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A Penny for your Laughs?

Erin McCann, assistant editor of The Guardian, tells us about an innovative pricing method at a Spanish comedy club: it's pay-per-smile.


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The New Buzz-Perk: PREcation

A signing-bonus style perk for new hires encourages an employee-to-be to take time off work before they even start working.


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Nose-Blindness: Do you Smell What I Smell?

People lose the ability to perceive the scent of their environment within just a few sniffs, according to recent studies. In other words, your house probably smells grosser than you think.


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Trendies Embrace Their Inner Toddlers

What do you call it when adults dress in kitschy prints, slouchy overalls, and other fashions normally left to preschoolers? A trend called "toddlercore."


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Sanitation Workers Win the Right to Nap

Los Angeles thought they were avoiding a costly PR blunder when they banned napping by sanitation workers. That turned out to be a very expensive mistake.


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Mood Blankets for First Class

British Airways is testing a high-tech "happiness blanket" that changes colors to indicate a passenger's in-flight mood.


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Mensa Match-Making

A new collaboration between "genius society" Mensa and dating site Match.com helps the super-smart seeking a meeting of the minds.