Happy Valentine’s Day Record

According to Peter, and confirmed online, the Guinness World Record for most Valentines received by a guinea pig is 206. A three-year-old guinea pig named Sooty, who lives in Wales, received the cards from as far away as New Zealand in 2005.

Peter made 2 Valentines Cards for his guinea pig and said Dazzle only has 205 more to go until he breaks the World Record. Grace gave him 4 more, so he is well on his way.

Some 2,700 Applicants Notified Of Carolina Acceptance — in Error

About 2,700 applicants for fall 2007 admission to Carolina were notified mistakenly on Jan. 23 that they had been accepted. In fact, decisions on these applications have not been made, and the students were not expecting decisions until March 31.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions said two simultaneous human errors involving e-mail messages were to blame. Its staff began apologizing to applicants the next day.

“We are still mortified that this happened,” admissions Director Steve Farmer said Thursday, nearly two days after the error. “I hate that it happened. We try to make sure the candidates under our care are treated fairly and humanely, and it’s heartbreaking in this case there were 2,700 students we’ve failed.”

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Stormy Worm

I just received an email with the “Stormy Worm” and it was not caught by Earthlink filters. The Subject Line was Wrapped Up and it contained the attachment postcard.exe. Since I preview all my email in Webmail before downloading, I was not in danger of downloading this. I am concerned that it slipped by Earthlink’s defenses.

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Local Groundhog Predicts Early Spring

from Raleigh News & Observer:

No one deserves a sunny future more than Sir Walter Wally, Raleigh’s luckless Groundhog Day forecaster.

The newest Wally, still a baby, has been hit by a car, suffering head trauma and the embarrassing loss of forehead fur.

But on Friday, he wriggled out of his cardboard burrow and whispered happy news to Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker: Spring will come early this year.

“He told me we’d have a warm year,” Meeker said at the N.C. Museum of Natural Science.

Punxsutawney Phil agreed, 500 miles to the north in Pennsylvania. So did Staten Island Chuck in New York and Georgia’s Gen. Beauregard Lee.

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Ice Scraper Redux

This morning I awoke to discover that 2 to 3 inches of snow has fallen outside my Nashville hotel. There was not much on the ground, but there was plenty on my rental car. I was so concerned that it was going to snow yesterday night (which it never did), that I had no idea it was going to snow last night.

Since the snow was pretty deep on my car, I needed to use a stryofoam bowl from the breakfast bar to clear the snow off before I could use my Cosco membership card.

This was the third day of my trip, and I really was not thrilled that I had to scrape my car before I could start another long day.

Remote Snow Day

Today I am still in Nashville and there has been a threat of snow overnight. I was not looking forward to getting snowed in in a motel, but all I could do was wait. Every few hours I kept getting up to look out the window, but there was no snow on the ground. There wasn’t even a flake.

Back home in Chapel Hill, the same snow that was supposed to fall in Nashville overnight was predicted to fall during the morning hours. Schools were cancelled last night. I kept going back and forth between Raleigh area news websites and those in Nashville, so I could keep up the weather at home and the weather where I was.

A 5:30 this morning, my phone rang. It was the automated recording from the schools district telling me that my kids did not have to go to school. Not only did I already know that, but I was out of town, so I did not get to spend the day sledding with the kids.