Interesting factoid: If I understood the story correctly, my step-mom invented the "conference call". It was during WWII and she was working for the Southwestern Bell phone company.
She figured out a way to plug in the wires to the switchboard in such a way that she could connect calls from servicemen to multiple people on the other end at the same time, enabling them to all hear their loved one during the very brief calls the soldiers were allowed.
Later the phone company techies of the day ran with her idea and, in the true spirit of capitalism, perfected a way to charge us extra for it.
They are officially zero. I'm talking about the odds that I will ever travel to India. Before I read today's paper my odds of visiting India were
about the same slightly lower than my sweeping Scarlett Johansson off her feet and driving off into the sunset with her beside me in my vintage Ferrari.
It seems in the northern Indian state of Uttar Prapesh the heat spiked to 117 degrees and the power company shut down. The story said that on a good day power only works for a couple of hours anyway, but now they don't even get that.
And being the super intelligent folks they are, they rioted, took the electric company employees hostage, and burned down the electric substations. Yeah, that'll show 'em!
So now they have 200,000,000 people (literally) running around without even their usual 2 hours of electric service a day. And to make matters worse, I'll bet you $100 the stores are all sold out of deodorant, too. Man, they can't buy a break!
Nope, sorry. No air conditioning, no Scotty boy. Texas in the summer is bad enough. I'm not going looking for trouble.
Stay cool everyone. :)