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A 30-year-old man who was playing a ball-tossing game called “Tubs of Fun” at a carnival in Manchester, New Hampshire filed a police report after losing $2,600 on the game. Henry Gribbohm said he was trying to win an Xbox Kinect for his kids but all he got was a stuffed banana with dreadlocks. Gribbohm said that when he lost his first $300 — which was all the money he had on him at the time — he went home and got more money — $2,300 to be exact. He told reporters, “They explained to me I was going to get all my money back. I was going to get an Xbox Kinect . . . They lied to me.” The day after his big loss, Gribbohm headed back to the carnival. After complaining to the game’s operator, $600 was returned and he was given a giant stuffed banana wearing a hat and dreadlocks because it was “all they could do.” Police are reportedly investigating Gribbohm’s claims. The carnival company said Gribbohm didn’t spend the amount he claims. (Kotaku)
A Shirt That Can Be Worn For 100 Days Without Washing?
A clothing company says it’s created a soft shirt that doesn’t need to be ironed and won’t smell after being worn for 100 days without being washed. The company is called Wool&Prince and was started a few months ago in Portland, Oregon. Creators say the shirt is made from special wool from Australian sheep, and put through a special process to make it soft, wrinkle-resistant and odor-free. The company currently has a Kickstarter campaign and is trying to raise money to place an order for the shirts with a factory. (Mashable)
Coming Out Could Boost Endorsements for NBA’s Jason Collins
One of the concerns gay athletes have faced about coming out is that they could lose endorsements they already have and opportunities for new ones in the future. But in another sign of how the world has changed, CNNMoney reported Tuesday (April 30th) that Jason Collins‘ endorsement potential probably went up after the NBA player came out on Monday, becoming the first male athlete in one of the four major U.S. sports to do so. Collins’ only current endorsement deal is with Nike, and they issued a statement yesterday supporting his decision. CNNMoney cited marketing experts as saying that while Collins, who isn’t a star athlete, hasn’t ever appeared in a Nike ad as part of his endorsement deal, there’s a bigger possibility that he will now. Bob Dorfman, editor of the Sports Marketers Scouting Report and executive creative director of Baker Street Advertising, said, “There’s a big demographic that could certainly see him as a role model and an a pioneer.” And Paul Swangard, managing director of Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon, said, “The market is more receptive. He might be the right player at the right time to benefit from that.”
Arizona Lawmakers Vote to Make Gold and Silver Legal Currency
Arizona lawmakers voted yesterday (April 30th) to make gold and silver legal currency, with the state Senate passing the measure after the House did earlier this month. It now goes to Republican Governor Jan Brewer, who hasn’t said whether she’ll sign it. The use of gold and silver as currency would be voluntary in Arizona, with businesses free to accept them if they choose. If it becomes law, Arizona would be the second state to make gold and silver legal tender in addition to standard U.S. currency, after Utah did so in 2011. Backers say the measure is response to a lack of confidence in the international monetary system, but Democratic state Senator Steve Farley, who opposed the bill, said it could create huge problems for businesses and government officials trying to administer a dual monetary system. Farley also pointed to the recent drop in the price of gold to its lowest level in more than two years, stating, “Anybody who thinks gold or silver is a really safe place to put your money had better think again.” The effort to establish gold and silver as currency has become increasingly popular in the U.S. in recent years among some hardline fiscal conservatives and groups including Tea Partiers.
Twitter-Based Happiness Measure: Boston Bombing Day Saddest in Five Years
The date of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15th was the saddest day in five years, according to a new Twitter-based measure of global happiness, LiveScience.com reports. The finding comes from University of Vermont mathematicians Chris Danforth and Peter Dodds, the men behind a new website that shows the daily temperature of the world as expressed on Twitter. They found that English-language users’ posts on April 15th saw a spike in the use of negative words, such as “sad,” “victims” and “tragedy,” and a drop in positive phrases. The researchers use Twitter’s Gardenhose feed, a random sample of about 50 million tweets daily that represents about one-tenth of the messages posted on the site, to create their “hedonometer,” a word that translates to “happiness meter.” Common words in those tweets have previously been rated as sad or happy on a scale of 1 to 9. So far, the hedonometer measures English-language tweets only, but the researchers are working to expand the number of languages. Danforth says that even though Twitter users are only a fraction of the world’s population, they are becoming both more common and more representative.