Monday, 10 August 2009

Want To Make Money From Stocks & Shares - Buy A Parrot

A five-year-old female parrot named Strawberry (pictured) has proved smarter than human investors in a stock investment contest, organisers said last Friday.

The parrot from Papa New Guinea finished third in the six week contest which ended on Wednesday, said Paxnet, an on line stock market information provider.

Ddalgi (strawberry) competed with ten stock investors. Human investors picked any stocks they wanted. The parrot, using its beak, made random choices from balls representing 30 blue chips including Samsung Electronics.

"The outcome of our contest was amazing. Ddalgi stood third with her investment return standing at 13.7 percent," Paxnet general manager Chung Yeon-Dae told AFP.

Human investors averaged a 4.6 percent loss, with only two outperforming the parrot - one by 64 percent and one by 21.4 percent.

The human investors, who mostly chose to trade shares of small and medium-sized firms, each made an average of 190 trades over the six weeks. Organisers gave the parrot seven chances to pick shares over the same period.

"Our experiment proved that making long-term investments in blue chips is safe and effective." Chung said.

Witty Bits

You can't be late until you show up.
Knowledge is realizing that the street is one-way, wisdom is looking both directions anyway.
Parents spend the first part of our lives teaching us to walk and talk, and the rest of it telling us to sit down and shut up.


Funny Signs

Notice in a Rome laundry: Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.
Welcome to Curl Up 'N Dye Hair Salon.
Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand: Would you like to ride on your own ass?
"Do not use for drying pets." the manual for a microwave oven.
Notice on the faucet in a Finnish washroom: To stop the drip, turn cock to right,

Today's Smile

Who Am I?

Another chance to identify our mystery celebrity by studying the 10 clues listed below. Can you work out the name we are looking for?

01 I was born 12 January 1932.
02 I did my National Service in the RAF.
03 I used to be a shoe salesman.
04 I have recorded 36 albums.
05 I started in the theatre doing variety.
06 Thirteen of my shows were sold to NBC in America.
07 I have toured with Buddy Holly and Jason Donovan.
08 I was awarded the CBE in 2008.
09 In 2001 I was presented with the Special Recognition Award at the national Television Awards for my contribution to television.
10 I used to present 'Countdown'.

Good luck with your answer!

Animal Crackers

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