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Taylor Swift Moves Static

Taylor Swift has the pop star wattage to sell anything, it seems. Even eight seconds of static, released by glitch, which hit Number One on Canada's iTunes charts.


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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.