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13-year-old corrects Byzantine map at the Met
A seventh grader from Connecticut was visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year and he noticed an error: A map of the Byzantine Empire in the 6th Century was missing Spain and part of Africa.
Benjamin Lerman Coady, of West Hartford, alerted authorities at the front desk who asked him to fill out a form. Turns out the kid was right.
"The front desk didn't believe me," he said, explaining that he never expected to hear back from the museum. "I'm only a kid."
In September, he received a letter from the museum's senior vice president for external affairs. It said that his comments were being forwarded to the museum's medieval art department for further review.
A few months later — in January, Evans, the museum's Mary and Michael Jaharis curator for Byzantine art, sent Benjamin an email: "You are, of course, correct about the boundaries of the Byzantine Empire under Justinian," she wrote.
Despite his geography skills, the student said he's not looking for a job as a cartographer. He told the Hartford Courant he wants to open an exotic car store in Grenwich Village.
When Google gets fined
And finally -- speaking of Google -- the Federal Communications Commission has been investigating the company's use of surveillance vehicles for its Street View mapping service.
Google admitted the cars it sends out to take images of streets around the globe, were gathering more than pictures. They were also capturing Web-surfing data, passwords and even e-mails from personal wi-fi signals.
Now, the FCC says there isn't enough evidence to go after Google for violating government regulations. But the agency is fining the online giant for deliberately impeding the federal investigation.
The fine? $25,000 -- which is about 0.000008 percent of the $2.89 billion Google made in just the first three months of this year.
Put another way, 25,000 bucks is what Google makes roughly every minute of every day.
The biggest tax procrastinators
The company that makes Turbo Tax has come out with a list of the cities that procrastinate on their taxes the most.
Portland, Oregon is number 10.
Minneapolis is number 7.
LA: number 4.
Washington D.C. residents are the third biggest procrastinators -- though maybe that's because their taxes don't buy them any representation in Congress.
Number one is San Francisco: What's their excuse?