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Features by Brendan Newnam

Small talk: Cuddle class, an Occupy Wall Street class, when Virginia starts classes

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: It's all about class. Air New Zealand has a cuddle class, NYU offers an Occupy Wall Street Class, and why classes in Virginia don't start until after Labor Day.

Small talk: Fast-food eaters, Occupy Harvard, 11/11/11

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Who eats the most fast food, the exclusivity of Occupy Harvard, and the bizarre behaviors surrounding 11/11/11.

Small talk: "Jersey Shore" and fake maple syrup

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Academics take on "The Jersey Shore," getting prosecuted for selling fake maple syrup and Kentucky is giving away a bridge.

Small talk: Less babies, golfing with sharks, a luxurious toilet

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: America's producing less babies, sharks at the golf course, and a $6,400 toilet.

Small talk: Baseball beers and surfing the Internet at work

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: The non-difference of sizes for beers at baseball stadiums, Windows 8's new "blue screen of death," and surfing the Internet during work is OK in Canada.

Small talk: A water menu, The Earl Grey, doctors (not) washing hands

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: water gets its own menu, Twinings introduces <em>The</em> Earl Grey and doctors need signs to remind them to wash their hands.

Small talk: Backyard timeshare and zombie protestors

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: a "backyard timeshare," a lesson on tweeting and eating, and zombie protestors.

Small talk: Snoring, Google-, no mankinis

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: The snore patrol, man loses Google history, and no nonsense, no mankini.

Small talk: Tweeting, first class babies and ATM fees

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This holiday: the LAPD calls on Twitter celebrities for help, babies are kicked out of first class and ATM fees hit everyone -- even those in the Hamptons.

Small talk: NYC camping, Portland water, elk lips

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Camping in the middle of New York City, draining a reservoir in Portland, and elk lips.

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