Pancake Lovers Rejoice

Canada’s long national nightmare is over.

Back in September, about 10 million pounds of Canadian Maple Syrup, worth an estimated $30MM, had been stolen from Canada’s national strategic reserve in Quebec (USA has a national strategic reserve of oil, and Canada has a national strategic reserve of maple syrup. Which one has it’s priorities in order? :P).

I am happy to report that all the stolen Maple Syrup has been recovered and returned to Canada’s national reserve:

We can all breathe a sweet, sweet sigh of relief: authorities may have recovered the syrup. They discovered somewhere between 600 and 800 barrels of unknown origin with an importer in New Brunswick. The investigation continues, but the syrup is safe. It’s currently under police protection.

via The Consumerist.

Put Your Digital Stuff To Work

Here is a nice profile of the startup IFTTT. If you have not heard of it, that name is short for “If This, Then That”…get it? If you are like me and have a perverse need to sign up for all sorts of different web sites and web services, then IFTTT is an essential for you. IFTTT basically “connects the dots” between the functionality of all sorts of web services out there and from personal experience, I have to say that it is a fantastic site/service.

Are you an Apple fan boy who has to know what the next free app is available in the App Store, there is an IFTT Recipe for that will send you an email. If you use Instagram and can’t keep track of all the photos you are taking (a big issue for me), there is an IFTTT recipe that automagically pushes your Instagram pix to Dropbox. Another does the same for your “Liked” Instagram pix.

But the true beauty of IFTT is the dead simplicity of it’s site and how easily you can connect seemingly random services. All of those recipes that I mentioned earlier can be set up in about a minute on the IFTTT site.

So if you are feeling like your online life has gotten away from you, check out IFTTT. It may help you reign everything in and help bring order to your universe.

Oh, and here’s one more IFTTT recipe for those of you lucky enough to buy Facebook on it’s IPO day: It will send a Tweet out from your account when Facebook’s stock price reaches it’s $38 IPO price.

Via Forbes.

Cheap Greedy Owners

In case you have not heard, there have been some issues with the NFL referees through the first few weeks of the season because the NFL owners and the Refs can not come to an agreement over a contract.

The uproar over the debacle that was the Seahawks – Packers game on Monday night brought this to a national stage, where even the ladies from The View discussed it.

The NFL is big, big business to the tune of billions of dollars. So what is the sticking point over this negotiation between the NFL owners and the Refs?

The officials work about 36 hours a week — nearly full time — and pension benefits have become an important issue to them. It would probably cost each team about $100,000 to settle the pension issue.

The NFL rakes in billions and the cost to each team to come to agreement with the Refs and end this football nightmare is $100K per team (or a grand total of $3.2 Million)?!? In the context of the NFL, this is a rounding error. The $100K per team impact equates to 1/10 of 1% of Larry Fitzgerald’s 8 year contract with Arizona or Peyton Manning’s contract with Denver. $100K a year per team is probably what each spends on washing the player’s jock straps and towels.

And these jokers can’t figure out a solution? Yes, maybe Roger Goodell should be fired.

Snort Away

Trouble could be brewing in Brazil as the country’s demand for cocaine has grown rapidly over the past few years and now represents 18% of global demand. That is still less than half of the US demand. However, from a raw usage perspective, Brazil has grown past the US and it’s 2.6 million coke users.

The country today consumes 18% of the world’s yearly supply of the drug, with 2.8 million Brazilians, or 1.4% of the population, snorting or smoking a combined 92,000 kilograms in 2010, according to estimates provided to us by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Party like it’s 1988.

PS – I found this on a new site called Quartz, from the folks at The Atlantic. It seems like a really smart and interesting site/publication…check it out.

Via Quartz.