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Five taxes you didn't know you were paying, in GIFs

May 7, 2013
President Barack Obama is proposing to increase federal tax and fees on airlines tickets. But before prices take off, here's a look at some other tax-heavy items you already pay more for.
Posted In: airline prices, Taxes, sales tax

The numbers for May 7, 2013: I'd like to buy a vowel

$3,600

The amount lost on your pay check for every extra letter in your name, according to the career search website, TheLadders. It mined user data to show that the shorter your first name, the bigger your paycheck. Extra letters come at a cost of a cool $3,600, the website says. Good for you, Ted, Jim and Bob. (TheLadders Blog)

300

The number of computers hacked by 18 middle school students at a school in Alaska who snagged administrators' log-ins and used it to mess with classmates. Talk about a recipe for detention. Here's hoping they grow up to use their hacking skills for good, not evil. (via BBC)

25

The number of years Fox's reality TV show "Cops" ran on prime-time television. After 900 episodes it has earned the crown as the longest-running show on prime-time television. The show moves to Spike TV this fall. (Hollywood Reporter)

4

The number of singers celebrating the opening of their namesake museum in Stockholm, Sweden, this week. ABBA (Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson and Agnetha Faltskog) has sold 400 million records in its musical tenure. The museum includes scale models of the band's kitchen and a little cottage where some of musical magic happened. (LA Times)

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May 7, 2013

The number mental health advocates want you to talk about

May 6, 2013
The folks at Mental Health America are encouraging people to complete a three-minute online screening as part of Mental Health Month.
Posted In: mental health, viral marketing

Spanish ad has a secret message only kids can see (video)

May 6, 2013
Technology in an advertisement for a Spanish organization let's adults and kids see different messages at the same time.
Posted In: marketing, viral marketing, advertising, advertisements, children

The numbers for May 6: 20 pounds of glitter and a 3D gun

100

The number of gallons of pink paint used to decorate the Barbie Dreamhouse, a life-size dollhouse tourist attraction that just opened in south Florida. Twenty pounds of glitter also went into its construction. (Sun-Sentinel)

$8,000

The price of a 3D-printed handgun purchased on eBay by a Texas Law School student, who he says successfully fired it over the weekend. Cody Wilson wants to circulate plans for the mostly-plastic handgun on the Internet to make a point about what he sees as the futility of government regulation. (Marketplace.org)

44

The percentage of "mass affluent" (those who make more than $100,000 and $1 million) who engage with financial institutions on social media, according to LinkedIn. (ClickZ)

120

The number of wing-flaps per second fluttered by penny-sized robot's made of a new piezoelectric material unveiled by researchers at Harvard. The tiny bugs weigh in as the planet's smallest flying robot. (Harvard)


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May 6, 2013

Reporter's notebook: Clearing up the $600,000 average white wealth

May 3, 2013
You asked us about numbers in a story about black wealth. Here's the outcome.
Posted In: wealth gap

The numbers for May 3, 2013: Jobs numbers and $1 tacos

7.5%

The unemployment rate as of April 2013. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the economy added 165,000 jobs last month, beating analyst expectations, and to its lowest since December 2008. The labor department also revised February and March to 332,000 and 138,000 jobs added, respectively. (Marketplace.org)

2

The number of operating systems being tested by Pentagon security experts for security vulnerabilities. After an evaluation, the Department of Defense approved two new OSs: Blackberry 10 and the Knox version of Android on many Samsung phones. (Yahoo News)

295,781

The number of Twitter followers (and counting) accumulated to date by "The Oracle from Omaha" since joining the social network. His first tweet, "Warren is in the House," came ahead of Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting this weekend. (@WarrenBuffett@WarrenBuffet)

4

The number of STD tests the new health-sharing app Qpid suggests you get ... and then share with the world! Maybe too social? (Qpid.me)

28%

The jump in suicide rates for middle-aged Americans this decade. (NYTimes)

$1

As if Doritos flavored taco shells aren't enough to e ...

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May 3, 2013

Map: You may be paying way more for birth control

May 3, 2013
It pays to shop around for prescription drugs.
Posted In: birth control, maps, prescription

Happy birthday, spam! On what 35 years of spam has gotten us

May 3, 2013
Thirty five years ago today, Gary Thuerk sent out the first spam email. We mark the anniversary by trying to track down a spammer ourselves.
Posted In: spam, email, internet marketing

The planet's most expensive prison: Guantanamo by the numbers

May 3, 2013
The Department of Defense wants to spend nearly $200 million to upgrade facilities at Guantanamo Bay. President Obama wants to shut it down for good. We take a look at the numbers behind the planet's most expensive prison.
Posted In: Obama, defense, prison

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