It’s an ad for an American tax preparation company called H&R Block.
I saw it because it was part of a campaign that YouTube was doing – something about the Super Bowl which is the championship game of the National Football League – which is American football. I had to look that up because I always forget if Super Bowl is football or baseball because it sounds like it should bowling.
Anyway, I guess the ad is a reference to the famous saying: Nothing is certain but death and taxes.
So, what does that proverb mean? This from phrases.org.uk: A rather fatalistic and sardonic proverb. It draws on the actual inevitability of death to highlight the difficulty in avoiding the burden of taxes.
In the Acadia Report today I’d like to talk about the election which is coming up. It’s on the 12th of February and it’s the Acadia Students’ Union General Election.
So, what is a student union? They have them in universities in New Zealand – and I think most universities around the world. But maybe you’ve heard of them being called something else. I just looked it up in Wikipedia and it says they’re also called: student government, student senate, students' association, guild of students or government of student body. And what’s the point? What do they do? The purpose of these organizations is to represent students both within the institution and externally, including on local and national issues. They are also responsible for providing a variety of services to students.
So depending on the university the organization might be more focused just on providing support and services to students – or they might be more political and organize lots of protests to try and change laws.
Anyway, I think the Acadia Students’ Union is doing a really good job of promoting their elections this year. They’ve made a website and they also uploaded some videos to YouTube which I think are really well made.
Kia Ora in Stick News today a man in the United States is selling a famous phone number on eBay.
According to Wikipedia the song became so popular that to this day people in the United States call the number and ask for “Jenny” as a prank.Now the guy who has the New Jersey version of the number, is selling it. Spencer Potter says he has got about 40 calls a day since he got the number free five years ago.To get around the phone company rules against selling telephone numbers, Potter is selling his DJ business with the number.
And that was Stick News for Thursday the 5th of February. Kia Ora.
Check out this cool snow clearing machine. It takes in snow at the bottom and spits it out at the top.
Word of the Day
Today’s word is drove.
This is a noun, which is usually plural. a large number of people or animals, often moving or doing sth as a group
For example: People were leaving the countryside in droves to look for work in the cities.
One of the Acadia Students’ Union videos is a parody of the start of Star Wars and it says: It was a new era for the Acadia Students’ Union. On February 12th, 2009, droves of students went online to vote for those who they thought were worthy of leading the students into the battle of 2010.
conversations with sarah
What are you doing here?
Death Murray! マーリー！
Murray Listen, I’ve got to go. Hey, Death, what are you doing here? We already did your taxes. あっ、お客さんだからまた電話します。 こんにちは、死に神さん。 今日はどうしましたか？ あなたの税申告は私たちがもう済ませましたよ。
Death I had some people take a second look at my return. 友人がオレに還付金がどれくらいあるか、ちょっと見てくれたんだが。
Murray Oh yeah? で？
Death And you made some mistakes. お前がミスを犯していると言ってた。
Murray Maybe they … 恐らくあなたのお友だちが・・・
Death No, they got me a bunch of money you missed. I’m not mad I just won’t be using you any more. イヤ、友人はお前の間違った申告のせいで、オレは還付金をもらい損なったと言っていた。 オレはそれほど怒ってないが、もうお前のところは二度と使わない。