Coupons: Paper vs. Digital
Still Using Paper Coupons? You Are Not Alone! While retailers are making their own coupons and even manufacturers’ coupons available through mobile apps, customers still prefer to clip and carry around paper coupons. For every one online coupon redeemed, 48 paper ones are redeemed. (Consumerist)
Pokemon GO As A Religion?
Over the past week, tens of thousands of people have taken to roaming the streets, interacting with invisible beings that now inhabit our cities. They seem to be speaking in a special language, undertake hours of devotional activity, and together experience moments of great joy and great sorrow. It is an obsession, many say, that has taken over their lives , and for which they will sacrifice their bodies. What may sound like a sudden global religious conversion, is, of course, the launch of Pokémon Go, an augmented reality smartphone game that has restarted the popular culture phenomenon of Pokémon. In many ways, however, Pokémon and religion are not so far apart. Pokémon owes much of its its conception to creator Satoshi Tajiri’s childhood love of bug collecting, but the mythology and animist religious history of Japan also provided rich inspiration. (The Guardian)
Who’s Teaching Who?
A teacher in Britain has quit her job to become a full-time Pokemon GO player. 26-year-old Sophia Pedraza plans to cash in on the craze by pounding the streets to collect virtual characters and then sell her accounts on eBay.(The Hindu)
New M&M Flavor!
The results of Mars’ latest promotional campaign are in and America has chosen Coffee Nut M&M’s to become the candy’s new permanent flavor. The coffee-flavored morsels will hit shelves nationwide in August after being dubbed “America’s favorite peanut” during a contest that asked consumers to choose between three different varieties of the chocolates — coffee nut, honey nut and chili nut. (Time)
Apple Celebrates One Billion iPhones
The first generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. A little over nine years later and Apple says it’s sold a billion of them. There are just over 7 billion people on Earth, so let that sink in for a minute. (Apple)
The Smithsonian Wants A Beer Historian / Scholar
The Smithsonian is seeking a beer expert to record the beverage’s history and influence on American culture. The work will contribute to a number of related exhibits within the National Museum of American History in Washington DC, including the Food History Project. (ABC News)
Teen’s Gun Malfunctions When He Tries To Shoot Deputy
A Louisiana sheriff on Wednesday called his deputy “one of the luckiest men in America” after a suspect’s weapon malfunctioned as he pointed it at the officer. In a news conference Wednesday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said his deputy could easily have been killed in a confrontation with a 17-year-old theft suspect late Tuesday. Normand compared the encounter between his deputy and Devon Martes to an “O.K. Corral shootout.” Surveillance video captured the fatal shooting and shows Martes pointing what appears to be a gun at a sheriff’s deputy inside a warehouse of The Times-Picayune newspaper in a suburb of New Orleans. Dalton drew his service weapon and fired six shots at Martes, he said. The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene. Dalton is white and Martes was black. The sheriff said the other suspect remained at large Wednesday.
This has been a difficult year for the Jefferson Parish sheriff’s office. On June 22, David Michel Jr., a nine-year veteran, was killed after he was shot three times during a pedestrian stop. In January, another deputy, Stephen Arnold, was shot during a drug raid at a home in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood of New Orleans. Normand said the encounter between Dalton and Martes illustrated why officers are “on edge.” “And people have the audacity to ask why the police have fear,” the sheriff said. “Really? And people ask why the police are on edge. Really?” He warned that a growing number of guns have been seized by law enforcement in the parish, which makes up a large portion of the suburban area of metropolitan New Orleans. (KZTV 10)
Boy Addicted To Dog Milk
Mohit Kumar, a 10-year-old boy from Manaitand, India, who has been feasting on dog milk ever since he was four. His parents are desperate to get him to stop sucking the milk of stray bitches in their town, but so far they’ve been unable to find a way. Mohit was weaned at two years, but at the age of four he developed a rather strange habit – sucking the milk of stray bitches. “Once Mohit was playing with stray dogs outside and happened to suck on the breasts of a bitch.” (Oddity Central)
Up Your Nose
Nose-dwelling microbes produce an antibiotic which kills the hospital superbug MRSA, scientists have discovered. The finding suggests that the human body might harbor a rich variety of bacteria that could be harnessed in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is a growing cause for concern, with experts warning of an impending “apocalyptic” situation in which patients die following routine surgery because of infections that can no longer be treated. Among the superbugs of concern are strains of Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA, that are resistant to a number of antibiotics. (Nature)
Where’s The Truck?
A man driving down a stretch of highway in California captured video of a moving trailer missing an important component — the truck. The video, filmed on northbound Highway 99 in Bakersfield, shows the filming driver approach what appears to be a perfectly normal trailer from the rear. The car pulls up next to the trailer, revealing it’s rolling down the highway without the truck that used to be pulling it. See The Video (UPI)
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