Mike: Ester, the SATs are back in the news cycle this week and it something I thought I would not have to think about ever again after high school.
Have you read Roz Chast’s cartoon about caring for her parents at the end of their lives? It is lovely, and you can read it here. (The Getty photo above is Chast with Sally Field at an event.)
At Mental Floss, rejection letters sent to famous people before they were famous, which are always fun to read and may inspire hope.
What are your estimates?
Planet Money asked their listeners to provide a visual representation of what they do for a living on Instagram or Twitter. The results are here.
America’s boyfriend Nate Silver talked to TIME recently about his plans for FiveThirtyEight, and the magazine offered us some insight into how the statistician decides who to hire:
Have you ever had a cup of coffee made with an AeroPress?
Here’s one way a repo company makes some money: They drive around in an unmarked car looking for parking for parking lots to go into so they can scan license plates using a license plates scanner mounted on their car. The repo companies are looking for owners of vehicles who have defaulted on their loans, and every time a scan finds a vehicle that’s stolen or in default, the company can make between $200 to $400.
I’m thinking of giving my poor coworker who is here as a contractor some money. Is that weird?
From Bloomberg, a look at the minimum wage debate via the state of Washington, which has the highest state minimum wage in the country.
At WSJ, Caroline Porter and Melissa Korn report that a new “online marketplace” linking courses teaching specific job skills to actual jobs is being put together. The marketplace, dubbed Balloon, will launch “with a catalogue of nearly 15,000 technology classes from big-name course providers including Microsoft, Adobe Systems, Coursera and Udacity.” The corporation behind Balloon is Apollo Education Group, Inc., notoriously known for it’s for-profit college The University of Phoenix, which has struggled to get students to enroll lately “amid regulatory scrutiny and student concerns about debt and job prospects.”
Here’s a mind-boggling case from the Morris County Courthouse in New Jersey, according to Bill Chappell at NPR’s The Two-Way:
An 18-year-old honor roll student named Rachel Canning is suing her parents for financial support and money for college after being kicked out of the house for behavioral issues (“one or two school suspensions, drinking, losing her captaincy on the cheerleading squad and being kicked out of the campus ministry”). Canning says her parents abandoned her and is currently living with her best friend, Jaime Inglesino, whose father is an attorney and is helping Canning sue her parents. Canning’s requests were denied by a judge in the first round of hearings in the case.
Lunchables, the lunch kit launched by Oscar Mayer in the early ’90s geared towards busy moms who needed give their kids something fast and easy to eat during school lunches, has rebranded the kit as “portable protein packs” for adults. Michael Moss explained the lunch kit origin story last year in The New York Times Magazine in a story called “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food.” I don’t think I will be swayed to pick this up at the grocery store, but perhaps the nostalgia will get some of you to pick up a package. [via]