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Stanford is offering a crypto class online - for free:
https://www.coursera.org/crypto/auth/welcome

I signed up and have gone through the work for week 1 - looks like it'll be a good class. It's still open for enrollment at the moment, though I think this is the last week for enrollment. If anyone out there is interested in the technical details of crypto, sign up now!
Cryptography is an indispensable tool for protecting information in computer systems. This course explains the inner workings of cryptographic primitives and how to correctly use them. Students will l...
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My wife was at wal-mart yesterday, purchasing a can of Scotch-Guard. She noticed that one of the cans on the shelf had a coupon on it (buy this can of Scotch-Guard, use this coupon to get $0.50/off at the register).

She picked up the can, inspected the coupon, and noticed that the coupon expired in 1999. She also noticed this can "looked" older than the other cans on the shelf (different design, looked more dated).


So ... what do you think happened to this can of scotch guard? Why do you think it's still there at wal-mart after all these years? Where did it come from, and why does it pre-exist that store's opening?

All theories welcomed :) I can think of a few but would like to see what everyone else comes up with...

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A couple things to note:
a) A coupon that expired in 1999 was probably made in 1998 or 1997. I recently bought a can of pickles that had a coupon that expired 2 years later (and thought that I wouldn't have wanted to buy the same can of pickles after it had been sitting on the shelves for 2 years). It's probably safe to assume the can was made around Jan 1998.

b) Wal-mart has an inventory turnover of ~8.4, which means items on weighted-price-average sit on their shelves for ~44 days. This item has been around for 4602 days (assuming 1/1/98 manufacture).

c) The wal-mart store (777 story road, store #5435) first opened 8/25/2004. (quick google search turned this up, makes it easy to find opening dates for wal-marts!)
Note that I did find store #2524, 5502 Monterey Rd in San Jose, was opened 1/29/97.
http://www.econ.umn.edu/~holmes/data/WalMart/store_openings.csv
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According to 3M most of their scotch guard products have a shelf life between 1 and 3 years (depending on the product). Which means that that can was probably made around 1996 - 1998. It is not uncommon for products that don't sell fast to migrate from store to store as they move/close/reopen. I helped move a grocery store from one location to another many years ago. There was a row of some canned goods from the same manufacturer that had 4 or 5 different labels mixed in together. If I remember, they only changed their labels every year or so. If you have an ....unmotivated.... stock person they will just shove all of the new items in front of the old over and over again.
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I occasionally get email where someone mistyped their email address and put in my email address by mistake. Here's one of my favorites -- apparently someone else mistakenly put my email when they bought a recent plane ticket from British Airways...

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From: British Airways Customer Services

Please do not reply to this automated e-mail

[flight information for someone's upcoming flight]
If you have received this email in error
This is a confidential email intended only for the British Airways customer appearing as the addressee. If you are not the intended recipient please delete this email and inform the sender as soon as possible.---

Please do not reply, and inform the sender ... but you are the sender!
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Someone out there is wondering why they never received confirmation about their flight. Andy, I find that statement in emails amusing as well.
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Went to the Reno, NV Balloon Race this morning and the Virginia City Camel & Ostrich races this afternoon. What a day! Lots of fantastic balloons of all colors/shapes/sizes, and had lots of fun watching camels / ostriches / emus / zebras / the zeedonkey race around the track!
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Stunning photo!
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