Month: August 2015

  • No One Really Says LOL Anymore, According to New Study

    AOL Instant Messenger revolutionized how tweens and teens socialized. Not only did it probably help everyone learn to type faster than 225 words per minute — the minimum speed needed to become certified by the National Court Reporters Association — but it also popularized emoticons, and abbreviations. Nowadays, AIM is just a nostalgic relic. According […]

  • Man Recovers $10,000 In Winning Lotto Tickets He Threw In The Trash

    We’ve all thrown out things we’ve probably needed: receipts for something that we wanted to return, a piece of paper with an important number on it, or the post-it with our home’s wifi password. But have you ever thrown out $10,000? Rome News Tribune reports that for Cedric Jackson, the panic of tossing out a […]

  • Mortgage Interest Rates Rise to Highest Level This Year

    Mortgage rates rose modestly in the week preceding Aug. 20, according to the Bankrate regular report, with the average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage reaching its highest point since October of 2014. Bankrate calculated the rate at 4.06%, a slightly more conservative figure than the 4.29% reported by Ellie Mae the day before. […]

  • Tragic: LGBT Seniors Who Marry Could Risk Losing Retirement Benefits

    When the U.S. Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to marry this June, gay and lesbian couples across the nation finally gained access to the legal and financial benefits of marriage. Some gay and lesbian couples waited half a century or more for the right to marry, but now some of those couples face […]

  • Pictures Shared by HONY Photographer Help Raise Over $2 Million For Pakistani Workers

    Since the first photograph was taken 186 years ago, it’s estimated that more than 3.5 trillion photos have been taken around the world. These days, everyone has a camera phone they can use to snap a quick pic to post on their social media sites. But some photographers, like Brandon Stanton from Humans of New […]

  • Boston Already Preparing for Snow

    August may seem early to start planning for winter storms, but Boston isn’t taking any chances after last season’s historic snowfall. The Boston Redevelopment Authority met Aug. 13 to discuss where to build the city’s next “snow farm,” where snow that’s removed from city streets, sidewalks and parking lots can be piled. They are considering […]

  • Social Media Is Making Online Shopping More Convenient Than Ever

    Could online shopping be ruining the American economy as we know it? According to the latest research, even the most obscure industries — like health and beauty, for example — are being uprooted by small businesses that have capitalized on the growing trend of e-commerce. Business Insider reported that subscription services for household items have […]

  • At-Home Teeth Whitening Leaves U.K. Man With Hole in Throat

    A 22-year-old man in the U.K. has been left with a hole in his throat after using over-the-counter teeth whitening strips he purchased in hopes of emulating the pearly whites of his idol, movie star Channing Tatum. Jake Barrett apparently had a severe allergic reaction to the Crest 3D White Whitestrips, which left him with […]

  • Will Google Decide the Next Presidential Election?

    To say that the Internet has had a profound impact on the world would be to understate its significance. There are more than 100 billion global search engine inquiries conducted each month, connecting people to new businesses and services, giving them access to information — and determining the next presidential election. In a recent experiment, […]

  • The Danger of Forgetting to Brush Your Teeth

    If you’re one of the 25% of adults who don’t brush twice a day, you’re going to want to sit down and read this. The Guardian recently chatted with Francesco D’Aiuto, a senior lecturer at the Eastman Dental Institute in London, about how brushing twice a day isn’t just good for a patient’s oral health, […]