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By William Maley
The future of the Ford Taurus is uncertain. The once revolutionary sedan in the 80's, was brought back by Ford CEO Alan Mulally for the 2008 model year to replace the Five Hundred full-size sedan has seen its sales slump.
Automotive News reports that full-size sedans like the Taurus have seen their sales tank. Through July, full-size sedan sales are down 28 percent. But the Taurus is one of the worst off. The blue oval has sold 29,867 Taurus sedans through July. That puts it on track to 2009, which was the worst year for Taurus sales with 45,617 models sold.
Not helping matters is the Ford Fusion, which not only offers more passenger space than the Taurus, it also looks better. In July, Ford moved 25,105 Fusions.
There was hope for the Taurus when Ford introduced a redesigned model for the Chinese market earlier this year. Despite Ford saying the model was going to be built and sold only in China, there was some hope that something like that could happen for the North American version. But Ford has been quiet on what the future holds for the Taurus.
"Taurus continues to play an important role in our North America vehicle lineup," Ford spokesman Said Deep told Automotive News.
Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
Punctuation Marks We Should Be Using
Because sometimes periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, dashes, hyphens, apostrophes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, brackets, parentheses, braces, and ellipses won't do.
You probably already know the interrobang, thanks to its excellent moniker and increasing popularity. Though the combination exclamation point and question mark can be replaced by using one of each (You did what!? or You don't read mental_floss?!), it's fun to see the single glyph getting a little more love lately.
2. Percontation Point or Rhetorical Question Mark
The backward question mark was proposed by Henry Denham in 1580 as an end to a rhetorical question, and was used until the early 1600s.
3. Irony Mark
It looks a lot like the percontation point, but the irony mark's location is a bit different, as it is smaller, elevated, and precedes a statement to indicate its intent before it is read. Alcanter de Brahm introduced the idea in the 19th century, and in 1966 French author Hervé Bazin proposed a similar
glyph in his book, Plumons l’Oiseau, along with 5 other innovative marks.
4. Love Point
Among Bazin's proposed new punctuation was the love point, made of two question marks, one mirrored, that share a point. The intended use, of course, was to denote a statement of affection or love, as in "Happy anniversary [love point]" or "I have warm fuzzies [love point]" If it were easier to type, I think this one might really take off.
5. Acclamation Point
Bazin described this mark as "the stylistic representation of those two little flags that float above the tour bus when a president comes to town." Acclamation is a "demonstration of goodwill or welcome,"
so you could use it to say "I'm so happy to see you [acclamationpoint]" or "Viva Las Vegas [acclamationpoint]"
6. Certitude Point
Need to say something with unwavering conviction? End your declaration with the certitude point, another of Bazin's designs.
7. Doubt Point
This is the opposite of the certitude point, and thus is used to end a sentence with a note of skepticism.
8. Authority Point
Bazin's authority point "shades your sentence" with a note of expertise, "like a parasol over a sultan." (Well, I was there and that's what happened.) Likewise, it's also used to indicate an order or advice
that should be taken seriously, as it comes from a voice of authority.
The SarcMark (short for "sarcasm mark") was invented, copyrighted and trademarked by Paul Sak, and while it hasn't seen widespread use, Sak markets it as "The official, easy-to-use punctuation mark to emphasize a sarcastic phrase, sentence or message." Because half the fun of sarcasm is pointing it out [sarcMark].
10. Snark Mark
This, like the copyrighted SarcMark, is used to indicate that a sentence should be understood beyond the literal meaning. Unlike the SarcMark, this one is copyright free and easy to type: it's just a period followed by a tilde.
This cool-looking but little-used piece of punctuation used to be the divider between subchapters in books or to indicate minor breaks in a long text. It's almost obsolete, since books typically now use three asterisks in a row to break within chapters (***) or simply skip an extra line. It seems a shame to waste such a great little mark, though. Maybe we should bring this one back.
12 & 13. Exclamation Comma & Question Comma
Now you can be excited or inquisitive without having to end a sentence! A Canadian patent was filed for these in 1992, but it lapsed in 1995, so use them freely, but not too often.
Read the full text here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/12710/13-little-known-punctuation-marks-we-should-be-using#ixzz2KcZWRhyi
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In 1928, the federal
government overhauled its system of printing bank notes. It shaved about an
inch of length and just under a half-inch of width off the bills and issued the
new, smaller bills in the $1 to $100 denominations with which we're familiar. However,
the Treasury also issued larger denominations.
Fun facts about
big, big bank notes
Can you guess who is on the
front of the following bills also available at the bank:
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$1000 - ???????
$5000 - ???????
$10000 - ??????
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They featured William
McKinley ($500), Grover Cleveland ($1,000), James Madison ($5,000) and Salmon
P. Chase ($10,000).
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