AP Strange But True

Moved: 12/29/2011 04:35

GREAT DAY GREETING

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It’s a great day in South Carolina.

Or is it? There seems to be a difference of opinion on that.

South Carolina’s governor wants state agencies to answer their phone by saying it’s a great day in the state.

But two state lawmakers say state workers shouldn’t have to do that, unless it really IS a great day.

They’ve introduced a bill saying no state agency can force its employees to answer the phone with that greeting as long as state unemployment is 5 percent or higher, and as long as there are people in South Carolina without health insurance.

A spokesman for the Republican governor says she stands by the greeting. She thinks it could help change the mood of state government.

SAMOA-DATELINE

APIA, Samoa (AP) — Tomorrow is Friday, December 30th. But not in Samoa.

The South Pacific nation is skipping that day, and jumping right ahead to the 31st.

The government of Samoa decided it wants to be west of the international date line, rather than east.

That’s where the new day begins. It’s the line that separates one calendar day from the next and runs roughly north-to-south through the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The move is designed to put Samoa on the same calendar as its trading partners throughout the region.

By goverment decree, anyone in Samoa who is scheduled to work tomorrow will get paid for it — even though tomorrow will never happen.

SPECTER THE COMEDIAN

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When he was in the U.S. Senate, Arlen Specter was known as a pretty funny guy.

And now that he’s out of politics, he has time to try out his material for a new audience.

Specter performed the other night at the Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia. He got laughs at the expense of former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others. The targets of his jokes also included Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the crowd roared with approval at Specter’s jokes.

The longtime senator told the audience that he’s not exactly new at this. He said he’s “been in comedy now for 30 years.”

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