Most of the comments I've read are in the context of using cheques to pay for retail purchases. Yeah, that's bad.
I don't use cheques to pay for anything, except one item: my rent. Cheques actually solve that problem pretty well.
See, my landlord (essentially just a guy I live with) doesn't have the infrastructure set up for electronic money transfer, nor should he. So I can't pay by debit, and it would strain my withdrawal limit to hand him $425 cash every month. What to do then?
I can just leave a cheque on the fridge, and he can cash it whenever. Debit and credit are suited to retail (cashier and customer are together, money needs to be transferred now) but cheques are well suited to money transfers where both parties aren't at the same place at the same time.
That video link doesn't work outside of the United States. Do you have another?
The anti-matter, also known as positrons...
I guess the PR agent who wrote the story didn't even read the Wikipedia page on antimatter. Either that, or he/she just isn't a good writer -- that statement implies that all positrons are anti-matter and all anti-matter is positrons. Only the first statement is true.
Each duck was imprinted with an email address and, in three languages, the offer of a reward.
"This duck was lost by a Nigerian prince. Email this address to claim your reward."
Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.