No Bad News

In today’s world, there seems to be more bad news than good news. The truth is, there’s just as much good news out there; the media just isn’t reporting it. If you’re tired of being fed only bad news by the media, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find lighthearted news: inspirational, funny, uplifting and interesting.

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How Target Knows When You’re Pregnant

Every time you go shopping, you share intimate details about your buying patterns with retailers, and many of them are studying those details to figure out what you like, what you need, and which coupons are most likely to make you happy. Target, for example, has figured out how to data-mine its way into your womb, to figure out whether you have a baby on the way long before you need to start buying diapers. Target assigns every customer a Guest ID number, tied to their credit card, name, or email address. That number then becomes a bucket that stores a history of everything you've bought and any demographic information Target has collected from you or bought from other sources. Using that, a recent study looked at historical buying data for all the ladies who had signed up for Target baby registries in the past. From that information, researchers say there’s an 87% chance they can tell when a woman is pregnant and approximately when her due date is. That’s when they start sending coupons for baby items to customers. In one case, however, it was like dropping a bomb on the father of a high school girl. Wondering if Target was encouraging his daughter to get pregnant, he contacted the retailer, who promptly apologized, but a few days later, the father had to eat his words. He had a talk with his daughter and discovered that she was, indeed, pregnant. Now, Target has become sneakier about sending the coupons. They now mix in the ads for things they know pregnant women would never buy so the baby ads look random. Evidently, the Target philosophy towards expectant parents is similar to the first date philosophy — even if you've fully stalked the person on Facebook and Google beforehand, pretend like you know less than you do so as not to creep them out. The store's bulls-eye logo may now send a little shiver of fear down the closely-watched spines of some, while others will begin paying with cash.
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The Next Time You Buy Your Favorite Burrito, You May Find That It’s Held Together With Edible Tape

Do you love burritos but hate the mess they make when they’re not expertly rolled into a magical self-sealing pocket? It turns out that a group of Engineering majors at Johns Hopkins taking a product design course have found a way to make your burritos delicious and more convenient. The all-female team of Tyler Guarino, Rachel Nie, Marie Eric and Erin Walsh came together and decided to solve the problem by creating an edible tape that keeps all the delicious ingredients inside the tortilla instead of on your plate or lap. The team tried dozens of different combinations and formulations until they were finally able to get a product that was clear in color, tasteless, didn’t have a noticeable texture, but was still strong enough to hold a big fat burrito together. After that, they set about making it pleasant to eat (not just edible). That meant playing around with the taste and texture. They decided on a final product that carried little to none of it’s own taste or texture so people could just enjoy their burritos. The product is known as Tastee Tape. You simply peel a piece off of the sheet, wet it to activate it, and then apply it to the tortilla. The team is currently looking to patent their invention.
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The Hotel That Has a Room With No Walls

Do you like the idea of sleeping under the stars? Would you be willing to pay $340 a night to do it? If so, we might know just the place for you. For most people, the most important part of a hotel room is the ability to get some rest. It’s a safe bet that those folks won’t be signing up any time soon for a room located at an intersection next door to a gas station and entirely without walls. Even if you have that fairly common love for the smell of gasoline and don't mind the idea of hearing traffic noise all night as you sleep, the Null Stern Hotel in Switzerland still may not be the right choice for you. Brothers and conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin, who partnered with hotelier Daniel Charbonnier to create the hotel room, are perfectly aware that guests won’t be sleeping peacefully in their newest hospitality experience, but that's exactly the point. The open-air suite — which is located between a gas station and busy intersection and purposefully lacks a door, ceiling, or walls — is designed to keep you up so you have time to contemplate current social, economic, and environmental issues. The Riklins don’t have the only open-air suites in the world, but they’re likely the only one with a waiting list of 6,000 people. Some say it’s a breathtaking way to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Swiss Alps, while others call it camping.
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Restaurant Threatens to Sue a Customer Who Tipped a Server $3,000, Then Changed His Mind

A Pennsylvania restaurant is threatening to sue a customer who tipped a server $3,000, but later disputed the charge with his credit card company. Mariana Lambert, a waitress at Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe located in Scranton, Penn., was shocked when a customer left her a $3,000 tip for his $13.25 Stromboli. Lambert said the customer’s generosity meant a lot because everyone is going through tough times right now. The customer, identified as Eric Smith, added the generous tip on the bill and wrote: “Tips For Jesus.” Restaurant employees were initially skeptical, but the credit card payment went through and was approved. Problems began last month when the cafe received a letter in the mail, confirming that Smith had disputed the payment. After exchanging messages with Smith on Facebook in an attempt to reach a resolution, the cafe is now considering taking him to court in attempt to recoup their loss. Smith, however, has stopped responding to the restaurant’s messages. Alfredo's CafĂ© manager Zachary Jacobson has spoken of his disappointment over how the affair has turned out by saying: "We thought somebody was actually trying to do a good thing, and here we are three months later and there’s nothing to show for it at this point.”
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