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The Happiest Place on Earth gets more expensive: The commodities of your favorite rides

Jun 3, 2013
Yes, there are commodities in Disneyland. Or at least we pretended there are.
Posted In: commodities, disney, amusement parks

The numbers for June 3, 2013: Tip-top tippers and potatoes growing on bushes

69%

The percent of Germans who say they always tip. According to a survey by the travel company TripAdvisor, Germans tip the most. Americans are the second best tippers, with 57% leaving a gratuity. (TripAdvisor)

$50 million

The amount the IRS reportely spent on conferences for its employees. The new acting chief of the IRS calls this spending "inappropriate" -- which included money put towards teaching some IRS employees how to line dance. (Wall Street Journal)

$0.00

While addressing graduates at Princeton over the weekend, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested students worry less about money. "Money is a means not an end," he said. "I'm not going to tell you that money doesn't matter, because you wouldn't believe me anyway." (CNN)

10%

Children surveyed in Britain that thought potatoes grew on bushes or trees. (BBC)

$130 million

Will Smith's "After Earth" rating on Rotten Tomatoes was a scant 13 percent, despite the blockbuster budget. Will Hollywood ever f ...

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Jun 3, 2013

The numbers for May 31, 2013: More like 80/20

12.2%

The unemployment rate for the 17 countries that use the euro. It's a new record high for the region. (Marketplace)

17,000

The number of summer internship applications at Goldman Sachs. Despite a rocky few years for Wall Street and Goldman's reputation, a lot of youngsters -- and their parents -- still want in. (The Guardian)

80%

The chances of a penny landing tails up after you spin it. It's heavy on the Lincoln head side, turns out. (Smithsonian Magazine)

5

As in MI-5. HSBC bank is bringing the former head of Britain's domestic spy agency on board. And speaking of spy chiefs, you heard that former CIA head David Petraeas just got a nice spot with KKR, the big private equity firm. (Financial Times)

1,000+

The number of nutrition labels found on Google. (TechCrunch)


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May 31, 2013

Where were your clothes made? (Map)

May 30, 2013
A map of where our Twitter followers said their clothes were made.
Posted In: clothing, Bangladesh, Fair trade

The numbers for May 30, 2013: The happiest Tweeters

2.4%

The rate at which the U.S. economy grew in the first quarter of 2013. The revision is down slightly from the Commerce Department's initial estimate of 2.5 percent. The data show less government spending is at work here, amid Washington's austere footing when it comes to budgets. (Reuters)

140

The character limit of a Tweet. Researchers looked at millions of tweets for references to happiness and found that the saddest Tweeters live in Texas. The happiest are from Napa, California. (National Geographic)

5.2%

The amount Japan's Nikkei index lost today -- otherwise known as a "correction". Tokyo's booming stock market has dealt with major jitters recently, but is still up about 30 percent for the year. (The Telegraph)

43%

The percent of users dropping off Yahoo Messenger. Digital analytics firm ComScore says desktop-based instant messaging is down acrosss the board since April of 2012. Facebook chat and Gchat are up -- at least for now. (Buzzfeed)

$1,500

The av ...

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May 30, 2013

Dog eats whale: Japanese company pulls whale-based dog treats

May 29, 2013
An Japanese company enrages conservationists for selling dog treats made from the meat of endangered fin whales.
Posted In: whale, fishing industry, dogs

The numbers for May 29, 2013: 'One million dollars...'

$3.5 billion

The estimated insurance cost of last week's tornado in Oklahoma. Bloomberg News is reporting this does not include wrecked cars covered under auto policies. Marketplace's Krissy Clark shares some of the more human costs. (Marketplace)

Cobalt 60

The likely radioactive material contained in some metal-studded leather belts sold by British online retailer Asos. Radiation levels were very low, so the recall back in January was voluntary -- it's only now become public. (The Guardian)

$1 million

The cost of some Hampton's summer rentals. CNBC did the math, and that's about 9 thousand eight hundred dollars a day, but you'll get a nice pool and all-you-can eat square footage. (CNBC)


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May 29, 2013

Record number of moms are breadwinners

May 29, 2013
A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that four-in-ten families have mothers who are the primary or sole earner.
Posted In: single mothers, economic trends, demographics, pew

Tell us: What was your last fight over money about?

May 28, 2013
We want to know how finances have caused conflict in your life.
Posted In: Personal Finance, debt, survey

Old Economy Steve: A meme for frustrated Millennials

May 28, 2013
The meme that voices the economic frustrations of Millennials.
Posted In: baby boomers, memes, millennials, Millennial Generation

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