The $250m number is possible, because they will hire local production people and anybody who isn't local will be living and eating and otherwise consuming in the state. I'd say it's high, but it's possible. The jobs numbers seem to be one of those numbers where they reverse engineer a "jobs created or saved" number from… » 4/08/14 2:41pm 4/08/14 2:41pm

There was also a fleeting reference (along with Stephen Strange) to what I think was "a middle school kid in Iowa." Any chance this was a reference to Nomad/Jack Monroe? I don't really know anything about the comics, the reference just struck me for its specificity and the Marvel Wiki has Monroe being born in Iowa. » 4/05/14 3:23pm 4/05/14 3:23pm

I honestly cannot, for the life of me, figure out why there are still communities and states in this country that don't have water rationing policies in place. My city fought this battle for a year when they discovered that if our drought had continued our main water source would have been depleted within two years.… » 4/03/14 3:33pm 4/03/14 3:33pm

I feel the need to point out that a lot of those movies Mark mentioned weren't produced by Warner Bros. Superman IV was a Cannon Films production, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was Fox, Green Lantern and Steel were pure DC Entertainment (their version of Marvel Films), and Batman Forever was Polygram (distributed… » 3/26/14 8:31am 3/26/14 8:31am

The whole "debt will be (partially) pardoned or something" thing is a joke. In order to qualify for that program you have to be either on the 10-year plan or an income-based plan. If you're on the 10-year plan, you're going to pay off the loans anyway before the forgiveness kicks in and if you're on the income-based plan … » 3/25/14 10:09am 3/25/14 10:09am

If these numbers are true, the US should be begging Qatar for its secrets on preventing deaths. The death rate for Americans aged 25-54 (probably the rough age of foreign workers in Qatar) in 2007 was 710 per 100,000. The rate is probably higher for men only, but let's just use 700. At 700 deaths per year per 100,000,… » 3/24/14 7:31pm 3/24/14 7:31pm

Doubtful. I don't even think it's opening in that many theatres. It's not even coming to my city. According to Box Office Mojo, it's only opening in 291 theatres, compared with 3,115 for Need for Speed and 1,896 for Tyler Perry's movie. It might do the best per-screen average of those films, but I'd say $2-3 million… » 3/14/14 9:31am 3/14/14 9:31am