Monday October 23, 2017

Archive for the ‘Interesting’ Category

There’s No Virtue in Joining an Angry Mob

The condemnations of Harvey Weinstein’s egregious behavior have become a deluge, but the problem goes well beyond Harvey Weinstein. When the media becomes judge and jury, groupthink sets in and the mob expresses its indignation. College students are now self-righteous know-it-alls, claiming to be traumatized by words and texts. And many teachers have been made to feel they must toe a party line and walk on eggshells.  More…

The AR-15 Bump Fire Stock Modification Used By Shooter


The AR-15 Bump Fire Stock modification is a $99 add-on to a conventional AR-15 rifle to convert it from semi-automatic to full automatic operation. It’s an expensive hobby for most, with a fire rate of 400 to 600 rounds per minute – and at 40 cents a round – it can cost as much as $240 per minute just to fire the gun!

Viking skeleton’s DNA test proves historians wrong

The remains of a powerful viking — long thought to be a man — was in fact a real-life Xena Warrior Princess, a study released Friday reveals.The lady war boss was buried in the mid-10th century along with deadly weapons and two horses, leading archaeologists and historians to assume she was a man.  More…

How eating a big breakfast helps you lose weight

New research from a seven year study suggests making breakfast your biggest meal of the day, is the key to a healthier weight. The study found that not skipping breakfast, and having a larger meal at breakfast time, were associated with a decrease in Body Mass Index.  More…

Golden retriever gives birth to a green puppy

A dog owner couldn’t believe what she was seeing when her golden retriever gave birth to a green puppy. Her beloved pet Rio, aged three, gave birth last week to nine puppies – but when one came out mint green Louise Sutherland was stunned.  More…

Investor details how Amazon is killing retail chains

Investor Stanley Druckenmiller, who managed George Soros’ money for 12 years, told attendees of a morning session that Amazon’s superefficiency has so disrupted the retail industry that chains in the US today are lucky to get $1 back in sales for every $1 they spend. Yet the Amazon retail juggernaut, he said, receives nearly $4 dollars in return for every $1 it spends.  More…

How to rent your house to a film set and make $3,000 a day

Mary Dalton has gotten much-needed help paying her bills by renting out the three-bedroom house as a location for TV productions including Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” HBO’s “Entourage,” “Law & Order: SVU” and the upcoming Netflix crime drama “Seven Seconds.” She makes around $3,000 every time a production crew takes over her property.  More…

Sacramento Considering Driverless Shuttle Buses

The City of West Sacramento, California is “kicking the tires” on a driverless shuttle bus. On Tuesday, city officials and the makers of Transdev, an autonomous vehicle company—showed how the bus would work. The EZ-10, as it’s called, is described as a train but with virtual tracks. The route is programmed in—and off you go.  More…

Photo may solve the Amelia Earhart mystery

A recently discovered photograph may solve the mystery of missing American pilot Amelia Earhart. Earhart disappeared while on a flight around the world 80 years ago. Now some historians believe she survived the plane crash and died in Japanese captivity.  More…

We should thank millennials for ruining these terrible products

According to Business Insider, millennials are “Killing Chains Like Buffalo Wild Wings and Applebee’s.” This isn’t the first thing that we’ve killed by stubbornly refusing to spend money on it. Last year millennials got accused of wiping out everything from mass-market beers like Budweiser and Coors to the diamond industry to bar soap.  More…

Why are CEOs getting paid tons of money for nothing?

Marissa Mayer will pocket $186 million when Verizon fully acquires Yahoo next month — for essentially doing nothing. Yahoo’s core business stagnated under Meyer’s leadership. However, when she took the job, she inherited Yahoo’s 15 percent stake in Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce colossus. Alibaba’s increasing value caused Yahoo stock to double over her five-year tenure.  More…

America’s Oldest Veteran Richard Overton Celebrates 110th Birthday

A man believed to be America’s oldest veteran is celebrating his 110th birthday. Richard Overton, of Austin, Texas, fought in the 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion in World War II. His tips for longevity are far from traditional: He chain-smokes cigars, insists on a splash of whiskey in his morning coffee, and enjoys a steady diet of fried catfish and butter pecan ice cream, he told TODAY two years ago.  More…

Chicago Cubs World Series Rings Have Billy Goat Curse Reminder

The Chicago Cubs finally got their World Series bling Wednesday night complete with 214 diamonds, rubies, sapphires … and a BILLY GOAT More…

Texas’s Sky Pool on the 42nd floor has great Houston views

A luxury apartment block in Texas boasts a glass-bottomed rooftop pool, giving swimmers a dizzying view of the busy street 500 feet below. Dubbed the Sky Pool, the infinity pool is on the 42nd floor of the Market Square Tower and extends 10 feet over the side of the imposing Houston building.  More…

This fake rocker helped create MTV

Michael Nesmith is best known as one of the Monkees, a manufactured rock group that struggled to be accepted as a real band. But Nesmith’s new memoir, “Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff”, shows how this stand-in for a real musician became a genuine business success.  More…