Dollar Bits: Mother, Jugs, and Speed

Mother, Jugs, and Speed

Does becoming a mother (or a father) make you happier?
A study suggests that having kids is worse for happiness than divorce or the death of your partner.

A jug of McDonald’s Szechuan sauce sold for over $15K
One of the few jugs of McDonald’s Szechuan sauce in existence was recently auctioned off for thousands of dollars on eBay.  In April, Adult Swim aired the first new episode of “Rick and Morty” since 2015. The episode ended with a plea from mad scientist Rick for McDonald’s to bring back its Szechuan McNugget sauce, a plum sauce that was available for a limited time in 1998 to promote the Disney movie “Mulan.”

Think Elon Musk’s train is fast? Think again.
China plans to build a supersonic ‘flying train’ that travels at 2,500mph – three times faster than Elon Musk’s Hyperloop.

Harvey’s immediate impact at the pump

Gas Prices Spiking Nationwide After Hurricane Harvey
As it was predicted, so it has come to pass: Days after the country’s largest fuel system temporarily shut down its main lines in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, gas prices around the country are shooting upwards. According to AAA, between Thursday and Friday, the national gas price average went up about $0.7 to $2.52, the highest recorded price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline so far this year.

Most seniors need to keep working

Retirement Delayed…  seniors still at work
The baby boom generation has left its mark on music, fitness and politics. Next up: retirement. While some people dream of the “golden age” of relaxation, sun and travel that their parents enjoyed, many more have looked at the numbers and decided to keep working. (It takes a lot of savings to finance a 30-year vacation.) For others, working is a choice. (Why give up a good income and fulfilling career?) Either way, the generation famous for rewriting the rules is now reshaping life after 65.

Misc. bits

You’ve got to hand it to them…
Juicero, the $700 juicer startup, is squeezed out of the market. The company that hoped to be the Apple Inc. of cold-pressed juicing is now dead at the hands of…well, hands.

How much are influencers account worth on the black market
Here in the social media era, everyone is a brand — but some more than others. Verified “influencers” on social media platforms can make a pretty penny selling access to their influence… and so it perhaps is unsurprising that the ability to influence is, itself, a hot commodity you can buy. Verification on most platforms is hotly coveted, but for a well-known person or brand to get the blue checkmark on Facebook or Twitter is a fairly straightforward process: Anyone can use a publicly available form to apply. Instagram, however, is another thing entirely. Mashable took a deep look at the world of shady backroom deals for that coveted Instagram verification.


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