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  • 19 Dec 2011

Christmas converting cheer

As a bit of Christmas cheer, here’s my favorite ‘converting’ stories, as suggested by Google News.
You see, as a newshound I’m always scouring the web for news articles to fill the website and pages of Package Print Worldwide. News aggregators, such as Google News, are a great way to quickly pick up on keywords and developments. However, they are not always spot on with their sourcing.
Some of the headlines that get sent to my inbox are tenuous to say the least, and it has become a bit of a running joke in the office.
Here are a couple of my favorites:
Steven Spielberg Considers Making 'Jurassic Park' 3-D
If we follow his precepts, more films will be post-converted, but the only movie I'm interested in post-converting is the first 'Jurassic.' "After Cameron's Titanic 3D arrives in theaters in April 2012, perhaps Spielberg will be more set on whether ...

(There’s a big craze for ‘converting’ existing 2D films into 3D at the moment, and Jurassic Park would be a pretty good one to do in my opinion. Not sure on Titanic though, especially if any cinemagoers aren’t strong swimmers.)
Chip shop fryer oil crime wave as thieves steal cooking grease to power cars
Daily Mail
Converting a car engine to run on vegetable fat costs around £200 but the money can quickly be recouped because buying the oil from supermarkets works out cheaper than filling up at the forecourt. It is possible to convert used cooking oil to a fuel ...

(If this works, this time next year I could be a millionaire!)
There are plenty more, especially on ‘converting’ from one religion to another, ‘converting’ waste into useful by-products and ‘converting’ passes and fumbles into touchdowns in American football.
These always bring a smile to my face when they land in my inbox, and quickly do the rounds in the office. Let’s hope 2012 is another great year for ‘converting’ and long may the world, and Google News, find new and interesting things to convert.


David Pittman


David Pittman is former deputy editor of Labels & Labeling.

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