News Briefs- October 30, 2012

Brix Hahn/Sun Star Reporter
October 30, 2012

$25,000 shoes for tallest man

Igor Vovkovinskiy is the tallest man in America standing at 7 feet 8.8 inches and has recently received three pairs of custom made Reebok sneakers. Ten designers used laser technology to tailor the shoes to his exact measurements. Each pair of shoes is branded with Vovkovinskiy’s first name, his height and a personalized logo. The shoes are size 24 and width 10E.

-CNN

Pentagon opens to immigrants

The Pentagon reopened its program to allow illegal immigrants to enlist in the military. The purpose of the program is to attract immigrants with special language and medical skills. The program only enlists 1,500 recruits each year, most of whom go into the Army.

-New York Times

Wii U to lose money

Nintendo plans to sell their Wii U at a loss. The company says they are planning on making a profit off of add-on sales as well as decreasing their manufacturing costs. Nintendo plans on selling Wii U at a lower cost during the release in an effort to maximize profits later on, a common play in the world of technology.

-BusinessWeek

Plastic surgery trend kills in Thailand

Women in Thailand are using plastic surgery to remain young and beautiful looking as a key aspect of their professions. These women are hired by agencies to promote products from laundry detergent to luxurious cars and get paid only $100 a day. In Thailand, these women are referred to as “pretties.” Many of the women pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for their surgeries.

BBC

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