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Caity Weaver recently went to a TGI Friday’s when it opened and sat there until it closed, eating all-you-can-eat mozzarella sticks for $10. Her story is very funny, though, from personal experience, the best reason to go to TGI Friday’s is for their 2-for-1 drink specials. The last time I was there I got two scotches for $5! What a deal.

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This week’s open thread is an update to last week’s open thread about the startup that wanted you to pay $15 to have $10 worth of quarters delivered to you.

Whelp, Sam Biddle reports that the startup, which had fewer than 10 customers as of last week, is dead. Here’s their email to subscribers:

We had a blast working on Washboard but we have decided to shut down the service.

You’re receiving this email because you were a subscriber of our recently launched quarter delivery service that launched June 19th. We really do want to thank you for being one of the ones that believed in us. We launched this service because we had the same problem you do which is why we do feel bad for presenting you with a service and taking it away so quickly but we are excited to be focusing our energy on something ultimately more worthwhile.

Back to the bank!

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This online calculator the New York Times put together to help people figure out whether they should rent or buy is kind of amazing. The related story is here.

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Some weekend reading from The National Post, "Homeless in the Magic Kingdom: Desperate families living in the shadow of Disney’s booming service economy."

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Are you a working out before work kind of person? (I am!) From Quartz, a guide to working out before work: "Ultimately, the goal is to make this a habit—to rise and work out without thinking. A habit has three parts: a cue, a routine, and a reward."

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Really, I'd never do this.

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Here is your openest thread.

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Gilette is coming out with a new razor with a ball that allows it to pivot, and Kevin Roose writes at NYMag that this is just a trick to make us believe that our perfectly good razors are in need of a modern replacement.

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The 4th of July means fireworks and possibly lots of grilling and hot dogs. And if you're buying them from the store, the package you choose makes a difference!

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In the Texas Tribune, a brief look at some foster kids who made it to college.

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Seen on the subway earlier today: Someone reading a copy of the best-selling book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Which I have never read, and am interested in doing paired with its criticism.

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From WSJ: You too can own a Warhol or a Renoir—if you’re okay with postage-size art and napkins:

Small items—overlooked gems, dashed-off scribbles, even scraps artists may have assumed were headed for the garbage—are increasingly being auctioned off to an eager and growing audience.

In the last year, a Florida couple successfully bid on their first work of art—a postage-stamp sized sketch by Pierre-Auguste Renoir—for $6,250. At another auction, a signed napkin Andy Warhol covered with squiggly lines fetched $1,395. For less than $4,000 each, collectors nabbed a Pablo Picasso ceramic bowl emblazoned with a bullfighter and letters Henri Matisse adorned with fanciful doodles.

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