Breaking News Emails
1. This Tiny, Burrito-Eating Hamster Is Amazing
This hamster, who is lucky enough to have a personal chef, is becoming the viral star of the day. The little guy take a seat at a tiny makeshift table and dines on an equally tiny burrito in this short video. There’s not much else to say about it, but you won’t regret watching.
2. What’s Next for Sterling?
Donald Sterling has been slapped with a $2.5 million fine and a lifetime ban from the NBA, and now his right to own the Clippers is at stake. If three-quarters of the other 29 NBA team owners vote against Sterling, the Clippers owner could be forced to sell. NBC Sports’ Bob Costas says the owners will likely vote unanimously against Sterling due to his offensive comments and previous bad behavior, but this is uncharted territory. "I can imagine some of these guys saying, especially in this day and age, what if some off-the-cuff remark I made, certainly not as bad as what Donald Sterling has done, and done at other times of his life, but some off-the-cuff remark I made [becomes public], some joke I told, some cell phone video or someone taping me without my knowledge.”
3. If You Want to Boost Sales, Hire Snobby Staff
Apparently, the devil should sell Prada. According to a new study from the University of British Columbia, a snobby salesperson could be a secret weapon for luxury retailers. New research shows that while rudeness doesn’t compel shoppers to buy from mass-market brands, it does increase the customers’ desire to buy a luxury product – and makes them willing to fork over more money. “It appears that snobbiness might actually be a qualification worth considering for luxury brands like Louis Vuitton or Gucci,” according to Darren Dahl, one of the study’s authors. A word of caution: people who were swayed by rude salespeople reported a diminished desire for the product two weeks later.
4. The Most Popular Disney Princess Is…
Here’s some modern-day progress: today’s most popular Disney princess doesn’t end up with a prince. That’s according to eBay, where the top-selling doll doesn’t have a love story. Terapeak, a sellers’ analytic tool, has ranked the princesses by the amount they earned on eBay since May 2013. Just five months after the release of “Frozen,” Queen Elsa reigns supreme, raking in more than $3 million. She’s followed by Cinderella and Snow White. “Frozen” is now the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Let it go, Prince Charming.
5. State of the Air: Cali’s Air Is Most Polluted
California is known for many things: its beautiful coastline, laid-back attitude and sunny weather. But now the state is getting recognition for something gloomy: its awful air pollution. According to a new report from the American Lung Association, the top five U.S. cities with the worst air quality are all in California. Experts say that air pollution is tied to wheezing, asthma attacks and heart disease. Other parts of the country aren’t much better. The ALA reports more than 147 million Americans live in places with unhealthy concentrations of ozone or particulate pollution.
6. ‘Mean Girls’ Turns 10
On the 10th anniversary of the movie “Mean Girls,” it seems only fitting to look back at the film that so many of us quote on a daily basis. According to an interview with the director of “Mean Girls” in New York Magazine, there was a lot of casting drama. Apparently, Lindsay Lohan didn’t want to play the lead role of nice girl “Cady,” instead she had her sights set on the villain character, Regina George, which later went to Rachel McAdams. Turns out McAdams also had a little competition: Amanda Seyfried was also vying for the Regina role. But it looks like the casting directors did what they are paid to do, because Lohan, McAdams and Seyfried all nailed their parts and are now household names.