The Washington Post compared the latest favorability numbers of a few presidential candidates with the favorability of a few other familiar faces: the Terminator, Darth Vader, the shark from “Jaws” and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Voldemort needs to work on his name recognition, but all the other fictional villains came out ahead of the actual political candidates in the mix.
The airline industry is proposing smaller carry-ons. The International Air Transport Association says their “optimal cabin bag size” plan would streamline restrictions that currently vary by airline and give “theoretically everyone” a chance to store their bags on the aircraft.
Interesting stat of the day: An estimate from the Social Security Administration says that about 12,200 living Americans are inaccurately declared dead by the agency every year due to keystroke errors.
In technology news, the National Transportation Safety Board is calling on car makers to put automatic collision avoidance technology in all new cars. They say it could prevent more than 80 percent of deaths and injuries due to rear-end crashes.
In science, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft continues to orbit the dwarf planet Ceres and get better and better pictures. Amazingly, they still cannot explain the mysterious white spots on one area of the surface.
Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.