Saturday, October 03, 2015

Things I learned lately - 3 Oct

  • In Barrow Alaska, the most northern town in the US, food is expensive because is has to be flown in with everything else. A jar of peanut butter costs around $10. A typical family will spend $500 or more on groceries in a week.
  • Demand for the biggest, most extreme Gulfstream corporate jet (G650) is so strong that owners are flipping them at a profit between $5-7 million. The supply is so outstripped by demand that new customers were selling their $65 million jets before they even took delivery from Gulfstream.
  • Dear parents: If you're on Facebook to keep track of your teens, they've already left for other apps (WhatsApp; SnapChat; WeChat; KakaoTalk).
  • An estimated 1 in 5 children in the UK were conceived on an IKEA mattress.
  • 1/10 of all furniture purchased in Britain comes from IKEA.
  • Midwesterners love to shorten their phrases. Sometimes, things are just so cute or fun that there's no time to get out a full sentence. So, "Oh for goodness sakes, how cute!" is condensed to "Oh, for cute!"
  • Marijuana now legal in Oregon.
  • Amazon won't sell Apple TV boxes or Google Chromecast sticks. #Obviously #NoBigSurpriseHere
  • Facebook is testing 7 second profile videos (looped).
  • Police are disguising themselves as those panhandlers at the intersection to try and catch people on their phones.
  • Caffeinated peanut butter is now a thing. The caffeine of one cup of coffee in every tablespoon.
  • Amazon Flex pays regular people $18-25 an hour to deliver Amazon Prime Now parcels. You must have a car and an Android phone. Shifts can range from 2 - 12 hours.
  • In Australia, a woman named Lucy remotely piloted an iPad on a Segway into the lineup outside a store to get a new iPhone 6S. The iPad/Segway combination is one of 6 such 'telepresence robots' owned by the media company Lucy works for.

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