Et tu, Romney?
Another day, another Republican speaking out against Donald Trump. Here are some need-to-know numbers for Thursday.
Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a speech skewering Donald Trump on Thursday. It was part of a larger effort by some Republicans to prevent Trump from gaining the nomination, which they fear would greatly damage the party’s image. But if they’re looking for a viable candidate to take him on, popular Google searches don’t seem to offer any hope. As the New York Times recently reported, Donald Trump takes the lead as the most Googled candidate. Perhaps just as notable, his competitors don’t come in second. That honor belongs to the John Oliver-coined nickname “Donald Drumpf,” which has been Googled 25.8 times for every 100 times his actual name has been searched. With the recent Super Tuesday results signaling it may be hard to stop Trump’s campaign, Romney spoke harshly, saying, “Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud.”
Speaking of phonies and frauds, students in the UK are apparently purchasing watches designed to help cheaters. Teachers in Bath have been calling attention to the devices, which are advertised for their ability to aid students on exams. As the BBC writes, they even come with an emergency button that quickly hides the watch’s contents when a teacher approaches. Not that you’d ever consider actually getting one, but just for your reference, they retail for about $61 on Amazon.
But think of what you could buy instead of a watch with that $61. That’d probably get you at least a half a bag of organic food at a high-end grocery store. We kid. That would get you a quarter bag of organic food at a high-end grocery store. Enter: Kroger. It’s a grocery chain that’s experimenting with fresh foods, healthy eating and premade meals. Case in point, the company recently opened Main & Vine, a store targeted at a younger, more health-conscious demographic. While the store numbers just one (for now), Kroger is hoping that the company’s large size — it owns 2,625 stores, to be exact — will help tackle issues like high prices that often plague fancier stores.
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