Have you ever seen or used one of those donation boxes placed in parking lots used to collect donated clothes, books, and shoes? Sam Levin reports at the East Bay Express that the boxes are often ill-maintained and usually run by for-profit businesses.
The Washington Post reports that a preview of the new SAT test is out and it actually sounds kind of better?
According to Quartz, 71 million people watched other people play video games last year, and many of them paid good money to do it at a live event.
New York joins cities like Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Beverly Hills that have a cupcake ATM—a place where people can go 24/7 to pick up a cupcake for $4.25 if they having a craving for one. The ATM is run by Sprinkles, and a robotic arm picks up cupcakes to deliver them in a compartment when a customer orders one. I’ll likely never use it, but you never know.
Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado are a husband and wife folk-pop duo who recorded six-second clips of themselves singing on their Vine account. Their short covers soon went viral, and Billboard reports that the recording eventually landed them a record deal with Republic Records.
In Boyers, Pa. there are 600 people who work in a limestone mine, but they’re not digging out natural resources or anything like that—they work for the Office of Personnel Management, and their job is to process the retirement paperwork of U.S. government workers. They work in a mine because they need the space, and they need the space because they need room for 28,000 file cabinets. Though it’s 2014, the majority of the paperwork is still processed and filed by hand. David A. Fahrenthold explains how this came to be in his appropriately titled story for The Washington Post, “Sinkhole of Bureaucracy.”
Eleven-year-old Kareem Granton ran away from home and spent five days sleeping on the subway. He talked to New York magazine’s Katie Van Syckle about how he spent time his time and what he saw.
Rachel Canning, the New Jersey teenager who sued her parents for college money and $650 a week in child support has now returned home. According to The Daily News.
Yesterday, a customer from a Manhattan chain restaurant found the head of a lizard in her salad.
In the future, “scrambled eggs” could be made entirely out of plants, and Asian’s richest, Li Ka-Shing, has so much faith in the company that’s developing the synthetic eggs, Hampton Creek, that he just led a $23 million investment round for the company, Wired’s Ryan Tate reports. The synthetic eggs currently taste a bit blander than real eggs, but cost 48 percent cheaper. The synthetic eggs may be especially important in China due to the country’s fast growing economy and the health scares over avian flu and antibiotics concerns. There are also potential environmental benefits if synthetic eggs take off and we rely less on chickens on factory farms.