Your first 2014 Perks: 1) 30% off butter-soft leather briefcases and bags from Oppermann. 2) A fully portable and damn-near-indestructible folding bike. 3) 23% off some wireless and waterproof Bluetooth-enabled earphones. Tangled cords are so 2013.
Things to do for January 03, 2014
Hot Peppers, the NSA and Sharks That Tweet
The weekend is back with a vengeance.
The World’s New Hottest Pepper Is...
... called the “Carolina Reaper.”
... around 313 times hotter than a jalapeño.
... nearly as potent as police pepper spray.
... capable of causing spasms of hiccups and vomiting.
... probably a poor idea to include in a burrito.
These Sharks Use Twitter
Down in Australia, some marine biologists just tagged around 300 sharks with special transmitters that’ll automatically send out a warning tweet whenever the fish get close to shore. Good thing you always carry your phone with you into the ocean.
Drinking: It’s Good for You
Concerning the occasional drink: a recent study suggests that people who partake in it may actually be boosting their immune system. And you know what they say: it’s flu season somewhere.
Dubai’s Record-Setting Fireworks Show
77,000: Previous world record for fireworks in a single show.
500,000-plus: Number of fireworks set off at Dubai’s New Year’s Eve.
61.6: Miles of oceanfront those fireworks covered.
6: Minutes the entire spectacle lasted.
0: People surprised this happened in Dubai.
The NSA Is Hiring 15-Year-Olds
If you’ve ever wondered which esteemed member of the National Security Agency is responsible for reading your emails... well, it might be someone who was born after 1998. That’s because the NSA is now hiring interns as young as 15. So, yeah, clean up the language in those emails.