Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Nail Salon Worker Photographed Butchering Deer

A  High Point University student shared a post on Facebook recently that  shows a nail technician butchering a deer at a High Point, North  Carolina nail salon. The manager of Diamond Nails said a customer  brought in the deer at 8:30 p.m. when the shop is usually closed. One of  the nail technicians then began to butcher the deer. Two customers were  reportedly inside at the time the deer was butchered. The meat is  usually delivered in a bag, but this time there was too much, so it had  to be cut up into smaller pieces. The local health department says they  don’t handle these types of situations but are aware of it. Health  department officials also said that the NC Board of Cosmetic Arts has an  investigator looking into the incident. “Hunting for a new nail  salon in High Point, North Carolina? Talk about multitaskers… manicures,  pedicures, and amateur deer butchers. Oh deer!” said the student who posted the picture to Facebook. Diamond Nails has a 96 sanitation grade. (My Fox 8)

A Florida dog put a car into reverse and drove it in circles for nearly an hour

A  dog hopped in its owner’s running car, kicked it in reverse, drove in  circles for an hour and smashed a neighbor’s mailbox before safely  exiting the vehicle without so much as a scratch. The owner of the car  didn’t know who was behind the wheel when she first spotted the car,  whirling around the block like an inept student driver might. Then the  cops came. And then the fire department. Authorities watched from a  distance as the driving dog did donuts. Finally, the vehicle hit a  mailbox and some garbage cans, then slowed down. When the Port St. Lucie  police opened the door, they saw a large black Labrador retriever hop  out of the driver’s seat. It turns out, the dog’s owner had left his car  running in the street when the dog changed gears and didn’t stop  driving for almost an hour, Port St. Lucie police said. As for the  mailbox, the dog owner promised to fix it. As for the pup, it’s  impossible to know its thoughts behind the wheel. The owner of the dog  said they were impressed, adding that “They should give that thing a license.” (CNN)

Older workers may save our economy

As  large parts of the global population ages, there’s a growing fear that a  flood of retirees will stifle productivity and hurt growth. But it  doesn’t have to be this way. A researcher from Harvard Medical School  argues that much of this comes down to how we think about aging. While  our ability to solve new problems may decline as we age, our verbal  reasoning and existing knowledge can stay strong into our 90s. More than  that, research suggests that age-diverse teams can be more productive  than less diverse groups. (BBC)

The benefits of failing fast

Failure  can be a highly effective teacher, under the right conditions,  according to researchers. To truly benefit  from setbacks, the researchers discovered that we must be willing to fail multiple times at a rapid pace, and zero in on the lessons we can apply to our  subsequent attempts at success. Speed is critical here, as lengthy gaps  between our efforts can put us into stagnation mode. And the more trials  you conduct in quick succession, the more opportunities you have to  gain experience and feedback that you can apply going forward. (Fast Company)

Tackle the tough tasks first

It  may feel nice to knock off the easy tasks on your to-do list, but  researchers at Kellogg Northwestern suggests that we are much better off  facing the tough stuff at the outset. When we take on difficult tasks  first, we stand to learn and improve more than if we simply stick to the  easy wins. And that learning process can ultimately make us more  effective with all of the tasks and assignments that follow. One way to  make the challenging assignments less daunting? Break them down into a  series of smaller steps. (Kellogg Insight)

Maybe work shouldn’t be our passion

“Make your work your passion.”  This advice may not be for everyone, warns researchers at Harvard  Business School. Yes, pursuing a passion does wonders for our  well-being, but that passion need not be our job. In fact, it may be  best if our passion is not our work, as that dynamic can lead to us  staking a large part of our self-worth to something as fickle and  changeable as a career. What should we do instead? Pursue activities we  enjoy, professional or otherwise. (Harvard Business Review)

Talk about real-life star wars

An  epic NASA image of star systems locked in combat captured via the  Hubble telescope depicts the upper galaxy, dubbed UGC 1810, engaged in a “titanic battle”  with multiple star systems. When engaged in this intergalactic  grappling match, the star system is known as Arp 273, which is located  300 million light-years away in the neighborhood of the Andromeda  constellation, according to NASA’s website. Unsurprisingly, UGC 1810  bears multiple battle scars from its “wild and violent gravitational interactions,” NASA reports. The most evident war wound is the star system’s blue outer ring that’s formed by “massive stars that are ‘blue hot’ and have formed only in the past few million years.” By  contrast, the galaxy’s inner ring (which is an older spiral galaxy  itself) appears redder and therefore paradoxically cooler (much like the  discrepancy between blue and red flames on your stovetop). This inner  ring is also interwoven with cooler filamentary sediment. It’s unknown  what sparked the interstellar showdown, but NASA predicts that the  scrappy star system will “devour its galactic sidekicks over the next billion years.” The galaxy will then adopt a more “peaceful,” spiral form like our own Milky Way, NASA says. (NASA)

Where have foreign students gone?

American  universities have seen a dip in international student enrollment and it  may be taking a toll on the U.S. economy. New international student  enrollment declined by 0.9% in the 2018-2019 academic year, according to  recent data, for the third consecutive year. This has cost the U.S.  economy $11.8 billion and more than 65,000 jobs, an education survey  suggests. What’s keeping students away? Some say it’s a combination of  factors including the political climate, the perceived difficulty of  getting a visa and students questioning the safety of America. (NAFSA)

US companies stall on investing

Some  of the biggest companies in America are putting the brakes on equipment  spending and other capital investments. Around 12% of surveyed  businesses cut or delayed capital spending in the first half of 2019,  which resulted in about $40 billion being lost in investment, according  to The Atlanta Federal Reserve. Trade tension has been the biggest  catalyst, says The Wall Street Journal, as it has left brands “unsure  about their supply chains, pricing and profits.” Harley-Davidson,  AT&T and Target are among the firms slowing spending, signaling a  continued drag on economic growth. (The Wall Street Journal)

Wednesday Shares With Us:

  • National Craft Jerky Day
  • National Jukebox Day (Day Before Thanksgiving)
  • Rockerfeller Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Spitegiving (Always The Day Before Thanksgiving)
  • Tie One On Day (Day Before Thanksgiving = honors Aprons)

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