Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Marijuana Dispensary Wins Big Selling Girl Scout Cookies

One San Diego, California, Girl Scout has gotten in on the cash grab, peddling her cookie wagon outside of a local weed dispensary and selling 312 cookie boxes in six hours. The girl and her father were well within their right as they set up shop in the parking lot instead of at the store’s door. The shop, Urbn Leaf, even advertised for the girl on its Instagram account, encouraging patrons to get some real cookies with their “GSC”-flavored products. As far as the Girl Scout is concerned, however, the store is “just a place where adults go to hang out after work,” her father says he’s told her. (ABC 10 TV)


Monopoly Is Making a New Edition Specifically Designed For Cheaters

Do you cheat at Monopoly? Well, Hasbro has announced a new version of the game called the “Cheaters Edition”. It’s basically the same as regular Monopoly, but it comes with a special deck of “cheat cards.” Everyone pulls one before the game, and they have different challenges including:

  1. Steal money from the bank.
  2. Remove a hotel from someone else’s property.
  3. Move another player’s token instead of your own on your turn.
  4. Give someone less money than you owe them.

And if you successfully pull off the cheat without getting caught, you get a reward.  But if you do get caught, there are penalties, like going to Monopoly jail. The Monopoly Cheaters Edition is scheduled to come out in the fall and should cost around $20. (Business Insider)


Singles in America: Match Releases Largest Study on U.S. Single Population for Eighth Year

Match, the world’s largest relationship company, released findings from its eighth annual Singles in America study – the nation’s largest, most comprehensive annual survey of 5,000+ single people living in the U.S. The survey captures surprising data and trends on shifting gender norms, the evolving rules of casual dating, the complications presented by technology and social media, as well as attitudes about love, sex, and relationships across generations. Key takeaways from this year’s study include:

  • 72% of singles would date someone from a different political party
  • Meeting online is the #1 place where singles meet
  • 62% of Hetero singles would be open to a threesome
  • Sex with a Robot is considered cheating by nearly 50% of singles
  • Ages 60+ having the best sex
  • Nearly half of singles have had a “Friend with Benefits” relationship turn serious



Experts warn youngsters are forgetting their manners because they have learned to bark rude orders at smart assistants

Most children today have a smart assistant, such as Alexa and Siri, to help answer questions, but these smart assistants are causing young people today to forget their manners when talking to other people. That’s according to Childwise, a leading specialist in research with children and young people, that found children are now forgetting to say please and thank you because voice controlled digital assistants will tolerate rude questions. One solution could be to add a setting that requires a polite inquiry in order to get a response. The dividing line between digital ‘person’ and a real human being might not be clear for children, the report warns. Childwise’s research showed that younger children, growing up with this technology, are more comfortable with using it to help them with day to day tasks, such as help with spelling words.  By age 15 to 16, fewer than half of children with this technology at home say they use it at all. The report showed:

  • children mainly use the technology to search for information
  • one in seven asking for help with their homework
  • One in nine ask their digital assistants to play music
  • 42 per cent of children aged nine to 16 access voice recognition gadgets at home

(Daily Mail)


Nevada sets gambling revenue record in 2017

Nevada casinos generated $26.2bn in gambling revenue during 2017, surpassing a record set in the US state prior to the recession in 2007. The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported that this amount was up 3.7% on 2016, while casino income of $1.6bn for the 12 months to December 31, 2017, was also up 59% year-on-year. Casinos paid $852.2m in gambling taxes and feed during the past year, which amounted to 7.7% of overall revenue. The Las Vegas Strip proved to be the most popular area for gambling in the state last year, with revenue up 3.9% year-on-year to $17.7bn and profit rocketing by 191.4% to $814m. In comparison, casinos in Downtown Las Vegas collected $1.2bn in revenue, up 10.3% on last year, while profit climbed 11.3% to $110.3m. (igamingbusiness)


Dating is getting even more complicated with 5 more terms you need to know in 2018

As if the anxieties of dating isn’t enough, there’s more to consider. Thanks to dating website Plenty of Fish, there are names for all the digital dating behaviours you’re likely to come across in 2018 — and most of them are linked to our phones. 

  • Flexting – digitally boasting to impress your date before you meet them in real life. 47% of single people have experienced this, via a person who brags to them over texts to big themselves up. It’s usually women on the receiving end of this behaviour, with 63% reporting having gotten messages like this, compared to just 38% of men.
  • Cricketing – when you leave them on “read” for too long. In some cases it can take days for the other person to reply and continue the conversation. Instead of getting a response, the sender is met with silence. The majority of single people, 67% of them, have said they’ve waited patiently for a reply and have gotten it way later than expected. 
  • Ghostbusing – where you continue to text someone when they are straight up ignoring you (ghosting). A massive 78% of single millennials have been ghosted by someone they were dating. 38% of people reported someone wouldn’t stop texting them after they tried to phase them out.
  • Seredipidating – you leave things up to fate, and put off a date just in case someone else comes along who you like more. Nearly a third of singles said they believe the grass is always greener, and have admitted to putting off a day and time to meet for a date, just on the off-chance they meet someone in the interim. There has to be a limit though, as otherwise you’ll be swiping forever — alone.
  • Fauxbae’ing – when someone pretends to have a significant other over social media, while they’re actually single (AKA: Bae caught me slippin.). A curious habit 19% of single men have witnessed. It’s It’s a tactic to make an ex jealous, or an attempt to make nosey family members leave you alone. 

(Plenty Of Fish)


Pizza is a healthier breakfast than most cereals

Cold pizza, microwaved pizza, store-bought frozen pizza. It doesn’t matter what kind of pie is on your plate this morning – it’s probably a healthier breakfast than a bowl of cereal. It’s got proteins and carbs. It might even have vegetables. That hot slice of cheesy goodness is a balanced breakfast if we’ve ever seen one. Plus, you’re making a better choice than most moms are when they feed their kids cereal for breakfast. Why? America’s cereal options are nutritionally bleak – there’s rarely protein, healthy fats, or anything but spoonfuls of sugar in cereal these days. And with cheese gaining momentum as the next hit superfood, you can bet pizza is winning this nutritional war. You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories. However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning. (Chicago Tribune)


Hey, It’s Tuesday! It’s Also:

  • African American Coaches Day (First Tuesday)
  • Canadian Maple Syrup Day
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
  • Lame Duck Day
  • National Frozen Yogurt Day
  • Safer Internet Day  (The second day of the second week of the second month of the year!)

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