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A Coca-Cola promotion in Singapore lets soda-drinkers embrace giant vending machines that say “Hug Me” to get their beverage. It’s that simple. And that awesome. The company plans to roll out the Hug Me machines across Southeast Asia as a part of a global “Spread Happiness” campaign. The “reaction was amazing,” said Coke marketing director [...] [Read More]
The number of big-box retailers in a community can have social and economic effects that lead to the formation of hate groups, a recent study found. Researchers found a stronger correlation between the number of Walmart stores in a county and local hate group activity than other factors such as unemployment, crime and low education. [...] [Read More]
A convicted drug dealer — who police said wanted to use cash from his taxpayer-funded benefits card to post bail — is the new face of welfare abuse, according to Massachusetts lawmakers who are pushing for a crackdown, MyFoxBoston is reporting. [Read More]
Drinking makes you smarter. Well, not really, but researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, have determined that “moderate alcohol intoxication” among test takers resulted in more correct answers on a common problem solving test. ScienceDirect.com: …alcohol provides a benefit to creative processes has long been assumed by popular culture, but to date has [...] [Read More]
Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey will announce that she is charging George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Fox News is reporting via The Washington Post: It is unclear what charges he will face. The unarmed Martin, an African-American, was shot and killed in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood [...] [Read More]
Just ask the founders of Instagram: Software engineers have the best job of 2012, according to a new ranking from careercast.com. Programmers, coders and engineers have a good work environment, low stress, low physical demands and, most enviably, impressive hiring outlooks. The ranking methodology compared 200 jobs and ranked them based on work environment (physical [...] [Read More]
An Argentinean mother is planning to sue a hospital after her baby was found alive in the morgue 12 hours after being declared dead, according to a Huffington Post story. [Read More]