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  1. Tech

    Young Woman’s Facebook Post Cost Her Dad $80,000

    Kids are expensive. Food. Clothes. Toys. $80,000 Facebook updates. That last one's not all that common, but it happened to one father/daughter team in Miami when an update from the daughter cost her father an $80,000 lawsuit settlement.

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  2. Science

    Let Science Explain Why Super-Rich People Are Dicks Who Will Literally Steal Candy From Children

    Man, tensions have sure risen between the incredibly wealthy and the entire rest of humanity lately, and some among the wealthy have taken to throwing out comparisons between their "struggles" and Nazi persecution. Because yeah, sure, that's reasonable. So, let science explain the phenomenon of out-of-touch rich dudes.

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  3. Weird

    How Much is Monopoly Money Actually Worth?

    We tend to use the term "Monopoly Money" to imply something is worthless, but is it really? Does Monopoly money have any real value? Well, no, obviously. It's paper money from a board game, but it's still a thing people buy, so it has to be worth something, right? Let's figure out the exchange rate of dollars to Monopoly money. For reasons.

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  4. Science

    Here’s Hoping a Potentially Incredible Fossil Find Doesn’t Vanish Into a Private Collection

    A pair of fossils discovered in Montana -- a T-Rex or close relative and an unidentified triceratops relative -- could potentially teach paleontologists a great deal about their respective species. Since they're going up for auction later this week, though, there's a real possibility that researchers will never even get to see them.

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  5. Weird

    Group Tries to Give Out Free Money to Incredibly Suspicious Strangers, Fails Miserably [Video]

    What happens when you try to give people money for free? FatAwesome recently gave it a shot. Several harmless looking guys, each in an ill-fitting white top and khakis, apparently went to various locations in Boston, and held out cash, saying "Free money!" and other variations. The video taken shows that Bostonians are suspicious, to say the least.

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  6. Tech

    PayPal Computer Error Briefly Credits Man With $92 Quadrillion Fortune

    Chris Reynolds is your average small-town Pennsylvania resident who uses PayPal to buy and sell vintage car parts on eBay. While a fun hobby, he never expected it to make him successful beyond his wildest dreams or anything -- so you can imagine his surprise when he received his monthly statement in the mail and found that PayPal had mistakenly credited him with approximately $92 quadrillion. Geez oh man, think all of the overpriced hair twigs you could buy on Etsy with that kind of money! Like, at least eight or nine very fancy, very overpriced twigs.

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  7. Weird

    England Might Put Jane Austen on Their Money: When’s the U.S. Gonna Step Up Its Game?

    The Bank of England hasn't been afraid to mix it up with their national currency these past couple of decades; starting in 1970, they've been printing historical portraits on some of their money, including such notable figures as Charles Darwin, William Shakespeare, and Florence Nightingale. Now it looks like celebrated novelist Jane Austen might get a place on the £10 note, according to the bank's retiring governor. Between this and Canada's dinosaur coins, why is everybody else's money so much cooler than ours? Come on, USA, get with the times!

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  8. Space

    The New Canadian Five Dollar Bill Has Space Robots on It, Makes Presidents Look Lame

    It looks like if Canada has just decided if they have anything interesting to announce, they're just going to let Chris Hadfield do it from space. I'm prepared to say this is the right call, because let's face it -- dude kills. Case in point: Yesterday saw Hadfield introduce the world to the new Canadian five dollar bill, a piece of currency notable for featuring the first ever image of a space robot to grace cold hard cash.

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  9. Weird

    “Elephant” May Be Our New Favorite Expense Account Line Item

    Look, we've all padded an expense account or two at some point in our lives. There's no shame in it, and frankly, anyone who denies doing it here and there comes off as a litte Ned Flanders-style creepy. There's such a thing as taking it too far, though, and Hans Peter Martin, an Austrian member of the European Parliament, may have taken the cake, including one particularly eye-catching item on a recent bill he expensed to that august body -- a 2,200 euro charge labelled "elephant."

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  10. Weird

    Artist Hides Check for His Entire Life Savings in Gallery Show, Declares Finders Keepers

    It's never been easy to make one's living as an artist, but these days it seems like getting your signal through all of the background noise can be even more difficult. British artist Tomas Georgeson has come up with an intriguing way of promoting his latest gallery show, reasoning that if you can't get people excited to come to your show, maybe you can just bribe them instead. To that end, Georgeson has hidden a check for the sum total of his life savings somewhere in the gallery and declared that the person who finds it gets to keep it.

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  11. Science

    Funny Money: Botanists Say Canada’s New $20 Bill’s Sporting the Wrong Maple Leaf

    Canada recently revamped its $20 bill, resulting in an uproar from Canadian botanists upset that the bills seem to have whiffed on a pretty big point -- Canada's iconic symbol, the maple leaf. While a maple leaf did make it onto the bill, tree and plant aficionados from across the country have noted with some dismay that it doesn't appear to be a leaf from the sugar maple that it represented on Canada's flags and hockey jerseys, but one from the Norway maple, a species that, as its name suggests, isn't even native to Canada.

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  12. Tech

    Worst Money You’ll Ever Spend: Cough Up $100 to Message a Complete Stranger on Facebook

    You most likely remember your parents repeating the phrase over and over in the hopes that it would eventually embed itself in your adolescent minds: "Don't talk to strangers." Years later, it turns out their advice was taken to heart since Facebook is currently testing an initiative to charge users to message complete strangers outside their network -- though why'd you even want to do so prior to this change is beyond us -- that will set them back $100. The social media juggernaut is still deliberating over the exact price point, but regardless, contacting some random unknown who will most likely ignore your message seems like a quick way to throw money down the drain no matter the finalized cost.

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  13. Tech

    I Believe You Discounted My Stapler: Staples and Other Online Retailers Tailor Prices Based on Customer Info

    Online shopping -- among other things too numerous to mention -- is perhaps one of the greatest gifts the internet has bestowed upon mankind, allowing us to indulge in the long-held fantasy of shopping without having to get dressed. Still, there's always been an unspoken tradeoff for being able to browse the virtual aisles in nothing but our tighty whiteys, because at this point it's hard to believe such convenience would be free. Online retailers have always been collecting our personal information for their own dubious ends since they hit the interwebs, but a recent investigation by The Wall Street Journal reveals that businesses such as Staples are using this data to tailor prices based on customer location, income, and other factors. It turns out that not all sales are created equal.

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  14. Science

    Money Can Buy Happiness… By Spending It On Others [Video]

    Can money buy happiness? Well, having enough money to keep yourself out of poverty can certainly prevent rampant unhappiness, but a number of studies suggest that, as noted by philosopher-king Biggie Smalls, mo' money can often equate to mo' problems. The fine fellows of AsapSCIENCE are back with another video, this time explaining how money can bring you happiness -- if you spend it the right way. The right way, of course, is on others making others happy by giving to charity or just buying a round for your friends. It's a convenient reminder for annual gift-giving season if we've ever heard one.

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  15. Gaming

    Bitcoin-Central Approved to Operate as Actual Bank, End of the World Clearly Nigh

    Well, folks, it looks like Bitcoin is truly here to stay as the alternative currency of choice. In fact, its "alternative" status might even soon come into question. Bitcoin isn't regulated by any government, or central authority, and therefore the general public has been reluctant to trust in the otherwise intriguing currency. That just might change now that Bitcoin-Central, a known exchange, will essentially be allowed to operate as a bank under French law.

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