Top 20 Companies?

These are the top twenty ranked companies according to a Harris Poll that ranks them by consumer perceptions of social responsibility, emotional appeal, products and services, vision and leadership, financial performance, and workplace environment.

1. Wegman’s Food Markets – privately-owned supermarket in the Northeast US.
2. – largest internet-based retailer in the US. It began as an online bookstore but now sells everything that’s legal to sell. Except Confederate flags.
3. Samsung – South Korean conglomerate company, popular among consumers for its electronics.
4. Costco – American members only warehouse club.
5. Johnson & Johnson – American medical and pharmaceutical products company.
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6. Kraft Foods – American food manufacturing company, best known for its bright orange macaroni and cheese. (Update: Kraft merged with Heinz, owned by #11, Berkshire Hathaway on July 2, 2015, becoming the fifth largest food and beverage company in the world.)
7. L.L. Bean – retailer of outdoor apparel and equipment. Preppy.
8. Publix Supermarkets – employee-owned supermarket chain based in Florida and operates in several states in the Southeast US.
9. Apple – maker of iPhones, iPods Mac Computers, and Apple TV.
10. Google – American technology company, probably best known for its search engine (which we love). It has also developed several excellent products including Chromecast, Google Fiber (fiber optic communication, not a breakfast cereal), and Chromebook, plus too many other products, apps and services to list here. Let’s just say Google is everywhere and we love it, but not in some weird Stockholm Syndrome way or in some we’re-just-sucking-up-to-get-better-PageRank-way, because that would be wrong.
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11. Berkshire Hathaway – conglomerate that owns Dairy Queen, GEICO, Fruit of the Loom, Helzberg Diamonds, BNSF, FlightSafety International, NetJets, Lubrizol and interests in several other companies.
12. The Walt Disney Company – American media and entertainment company, best known for its animated movies, theme parks (Epcot is best!), and former child stars who get featured regularly in the tabloids.
13. Sony – Japanese conglomerate producing electronics, movies, music, and games.
14. CVS – US pharmacy chain.
15. Microsoft – American technology company that makes computer software, Xboxes, and the Bing search engine.
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16. Lowe’s – American home improvement/hardware and appliance stores.
17. Kellogg Company – American food manufacturing company that makes snacks and breakfast foods, including cereals.
18. Chick-fil-A – American fast food restaurant with the best chicken nuggets ever.
19. The Boeing Company – American company that makes airplanes, rockets, and satellites. It’s the largest aerospace and defense manufacturer in the world.
20. Intel Corporation –  American technology company that makes semiconductor chips.

Other Ways to Say Someone is Drunk?

inebriated, foxed, boogaloo, decks awash, half seas over, hosed, totaled, stinko, intoxicated, polluted, soused, bent, jolly, pissed, in one’s cups, blind drunk, elevated, high as a kite, shot, bombed, boozey, boozed up, on a jag, jagged, oiled, buttered, lubricated, stiff, on a binge, hitting the bottle, zonked, plotzed, soaked, stoned, buzzed, cock-eyed, legless, zonked, liquored up, mellow, sloshed, groggy, snuffy, full as a goat, full as a tick, potted, bombed, stinking drunk, fried to the eyebrows, fried to the gills, lush, tight, feeling good, feeling no pain, pixilated (that sounds like one that should be from the computer age but it’s from the 1850s), plastered, have a snoot full, flooey, busted, crocked, half-crocked, shit-faced, spiffed, squiffed, blotto, shellacked, swackered, juiced, tanked up, woozy, pie-eyed, boiled, shickered, pickled, lit, lit up like a Christmas tree, ossified, wasted, hammered, tipsy, blitzed, crapulous, sozzled, three sheets to the wind, trashed, buttoned, bibacious, flushed, had one too many, hooched up, off the wagon, red-nosed, and seeing double.

Best Movie Bad Guys Quotes?

Some of us like going to the movie theater with its giant screen and surround sound. Some like watching movies on TV with family and friends. Others prefer a little bit more one-on-one movie time with just them and their computer or phone. No matter what watching style suits you best, we can all appreciate a really good bad guy. He usually won’t win in the end, he won’t get the girl, and no little kid is going to say, “I want to grow up to be just like THAT guy!”, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t get some of the best lines ever written.

Here’s a few of our favorites.

Patrick Bateman, American Psycho – “I have to return some videotapes.”

Hannibal Lector, Silence of the Lambs – “I’m having an old friend for dinner.”

Vito Corleone, The Godfather – “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver – “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Then who the hell else are you talking… you talking to me? Well I’m the only one here. Who the fuck do you think you’re talking to?”

Norman Bates, Psycho – “We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?”

Auric Goldfinger, Goldfinger – “No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!”

Verbal Kint, The Usual Suspects – “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

Tony Montana, Scarface – “Say hello to my little friend!”

Dean Wormer, Animal House – “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son.”

The Joker, The Dark Knight – “Why so serious?”

Terminator, Terminator – “Ill be back.”

Hans Gruber, Die Hard – “I am going to count to three, there will not be a four”

Hal-9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey – “Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye. ” 

Scar, The Lion King - “Long live the King!”

 The Wizard of Oz, The Wicked Witch of the West – “Just try and stay out of my way. Just try! I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!”

 Nurse Ratched, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – “You know Billy, what worries me is how your mother is going to take this.”

 Barack Obama, Weekly Address August 15, 2009 – “No matter what you’ve heard, if you like your doctor or health care plan, you can keep it.”

5 Pillars of Islam?

These are the five main obligations of faith that a Muslim must fulfill.

The first is the belief that “There is no God, but God (Allah), and Muhammed is his prophet.” This is called shahadah and it is a statement of faith in only one God and in the finality of Muhammad as prophet.

Salat is second and it is the ritual prayer that is performed five times a day: at dawn, midday, afternoon, sunset, nighttime. Prayer is done facing in the direction of Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.

Muslims must give a sort of religious wealth tax, zakat, where a fixed proportion of their wealth is collected and used to benefit the poor, debtors, volunteers in jihad, pilgrims, and tax collectors. Traditionally it is 2.5% of a person’s wealth (the value of all of their money and possessions), once per lunar year.

Fourth is required fasting during Ramadan called sawm. All adult Muslims are required to give up food, drink and sexual intercourse during daylight hours. It is a test of self-control that helps bring the person closer to God and increases their awareness of the suffering of the poor. At sunset they break their fast with a meal called iftar.

The fifth pillar is the Hajj. It is the requirement that those who are physically and financially able to must go to Mecca once in their lifetime. The number of people making the pilgrimage has reached two million.

Favorite Books of Famous People?

Click on the person’s name to see a list of books they’ve read.


David Bowie

Bowie’s top 100 favorite books, listed in reverse chronological order.

Bill Gates

He has reviews for several of the books he’s read. It’s like listening to a friend tell you why he likes a book. There’s a lot of non-fiction books in the list: autobiographies, books about science (especially physics), books about business and finance,  books about diseases and public health, and books with ideas about how to be a good steward of our planet.

I’m not going to list all of them, but I will list a few that this has made me want to read.

  • The Rosie Effect - Graeme Simsion
  • The Fever: How Malaria has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years - Sonia Shah
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism – Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything - Joshua Foer
  • 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know - Joanne Baker
  • Epidemics and Pandemics: Their Impacts on Human History –  Jo N. Hays
  • Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver – Arthur Allen

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Update 5/23/2015: Here’s Bill Gates’ 2015 summer reading list.  It includes Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh, XKCD and What If?, both by Randall Munroe, On Immunity by Eula Biss, The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins, How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff and Should We Eat Meat? by Vaclav Smil.

Carlos Santana

His books appear to be spiritual self-help books.

  • The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self Mastery -Don Miguel Ruiz
  • A Course in Miracles – Foundation For Miracles

Eric Idle

He has a blog of archived reviews of books he read between January 2010 and December 2014. I’m not going to even try to give a sample. There’s lots of fiction and he’ll tell you which he liked and which he didn’t.

Alan Turing

This is a list of books he checked out of the school library when he was a child. There’s lots of math and science. Looking at that list, you can see that the man who was a computer science pioneer and code-breaker must have been a brilliant, inquisitive child. Although, if what you read as a child forms who you become as an adult, I should by all rights be a superhero.

Tupac Shakur

This rapper/songwriter has a lot of classics and black history in his list.

Charlaine Harris

The True Blood author recommends a short list of books each week on her blog.

Art Garfunkel

Singer, actor and reader. Wow. He lists the books he’s read from 1968 through 2014. There are no comments, just the title, author,  number of pages, when it was published, and when he read it.

Wil Wheaton

Actor, writer, producer, and one of the earliest celebrity bloggers.

 Ken Follet

The author lists books he’s been reading. He also shares what he’s reading on Twitter.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

List of 8 books every intelligent person should read. Includes links to read them for free online.

Karl Rove

The author and political genius lists 70 books he’s read between 2010 and 2013. He provides comments on each book. The list is full of histories and biographies with some action and adventure novels mixed in.

Sergey Brin

The Google co-founder has a huge list of books, alphabetical by the author’s first name. No comments on them.

Christopher Hitchens

Author and critic of religion and anti-theists. His list is alphabetical by author’s last name. The way it’s supposed to be (I’m looking at you Sergey!)

Stephen King

The list of books he recommended in his book On Writing.

Hayao Miyazaki

The Japanese director and producer known for films such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke,  My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, and other anime films has a list of recommended children’s books. The list is in English and Japanese.

Added (5/25/2015):
The Bookshelf of Osama Bin Laden.  His reading choices tended to lean towards politics and conspiracy theories. He would have seemed a lot less scary if we had known before that he read books like Bloodlines of the Illuminati.