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Features by Brendan Newnam

Small talk: Alarm clock dollar eater, a handy ATM, hipster signing bonus

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: An alarm clock that shreds dollar bills, an ATM that costs an arm and a leg, and a hipster singing bonus.

Small talk: Lazy Cakes, hot dogs and the pork chopper bill

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Massachusetts tries to ban Lazy Cakes, women get a seat at the hot-dog-eating contest and the pork chopper bill gets passed in Texas.

Small talk: The 'Home Alone' house, fishing for plastic

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: the "Home Alone" house goes on sale, Europe wants its fisherman to catch plastic and Turkish policemen trick local residents.

Small Talk: Mommy juice, superhero unemployment

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Florida wants its unemployed to feel like superheroes, "Mommy" comes under copyright violation, and German circuses duke it out.

Small talk: Diamond rings at Costco, worst landlords in NYC

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Dressing up the dressing room, mapping the worst landlords in New York City and buying bling at Costco.

Small talk: Frito-Lay goes natural, robbing a store with your mom

Presenting news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: smaller napkins, Frito-Lay goes natural, and robbing a store with your mom.

Small talk: The YouTube degree, Phil Collins retires

Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Galigano talk with fellow Marketplace staffers about under-the-radar business stories involving Facebook bullies, the YouTube degree and Phil Collins' retirement.

Small talk: Blockbuster karma, non-jobs, and a robot marathon

Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Galigano talk with fellow Marketplace staffers Jennifer Collins, Adriene Hill and Ethan Lindsey about under-the-radar business stories involving Blockbuster, England's non-jobs, and robots running a marathon.

Small talk: Expensive soccer games, real-life thinking caps

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam talk to Marketplace staffers about the stories that didn't make the headlines. This week: the most expensive game in history, a new way to heat up the swimming pool, and a real-life thinking cap.

The new trend in urban farming: goats

Gone are the days of raised herb planters and zen gardens. Passionate urban farmers are now raising goats. But writer Novella Carpenter warns Brendan Francis Newnam, goats aren't for novice green thumbs.
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