Consumer Confidence Plunges
RUSH: According to a poll from Reuters: "Consumer confidence fell much further than expected in January." In January a consumer confidence reading fell to 58.6. Economists had forecast that consumer confidence would fall to 64 from last month's reading of 65. I don't know what these numbers mean. I don't know if 120 is great confidence, 115, but it's plunging, and it's plunging far faster and far further than any of the economic experts expected.
School Removes Toilet Paper from Boys Bathrooms to Prevent Vandalism
RUSH: "An eastern Pennsylvania high school says vandalism forced it to create a policy in which toilet paper has been taken out of the boys' bathrooms. Boys at Mahanoy Area High School now must go to the school office to request toilet paper and sign it out. Principal Thomas Smith says that's helped solve a major problem of intentionally clogging toilets that's been going on for two years.
"Smith says boys must sign out the toilet paper and then sign it back in. But the Republican-Herald of Pottsville reports some parents are protesting the policy. Parent Karen Yedsena says some students are too embarrassed to go to the office to get toilet paper and are going home sick instead."
I don't understand that. Okay, so the boys, not the girls, the boys have to go to the principal's office and request toilet paper. There's none in the bathroom 'cause these guys have been clogging the toilets with it, so they took it out of there. You have to sign out toilet paper. Now, in a lot of instances you don't have this kind of time. You sign out the toilet paper, then you go in the bathroom, then you gotta take it back and sign it back in. And one parent said that a lot of students are too embarrassed to go ask for toilet paper and they are going home sick instead.
I guess what that means is that the child is going to the principal's office, "I'm sick. I feel horrible. I've gotta go home," as an excuse to go home and use the bathroom 'cause they're too embarrassed to go in there and ask for toilet paper. Because I assume that the parent says, "Look, everybody knows what's gonna happen here when you go in and ask for toilet paper, it's an embarrassing thing to do." Wait 'til Sheryl Crow hear's about this. She's gonna love this. She had this idea of one sheet per person. This is back when she was dating Lance Armstrong. Hell, I would dope, too.
Woman Sets Record for World's Largest Hips
RUSH: I'm gonna turn the Dittocam off because I gotta zoom in to show you people something. It's nonunion here, so I can do this myself. It always irritates the United Screeners Union guy, Moe Thacker. I'll get grief from him, but that's what I like about it. I can touch all this equipment myself.
Okay, a story from the Huffing and Puffington Post. A woman has set a new record for the world's largest hips. Mikel Ruffinelli is her name. She's 39. She has hips that are eight feet wide, and that fact has allowed her to now set a new world record. Mikel Ruffinelli comes from Los Angeles. She's just five foot four. She's not a giant. She's five foot four. She loves her shape. She's totally content. She says (paraphrasing), "I love my curves. I love my hips. I love my attributes. I love being unique." Okay, then.
Let me zoom in here a little bit more. Stand by for this, folks. Ready? Here we go. There is five foot four-inch Mikel Ruffinelli with her eight foot-wide hips. There you have your new world record holder. There she is. I knew you wouldn't believe this if I... that is on the beach. Yes, it's on the beach. I don't know who the guy is. It doesn't say here in the caption. But she loves herself. Very happy. I'm turning the Dittocam off. I don't think it's good for you people to see me zoom in and zoom out. It's a bit distracting so I'm zooming out now, but I can't come here and tell you about a woman with eight foot hips and have a picture of it and not show you.