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Helicopter for hire

May 18, 2015
Customers exit a helicopter during a trial helicopter hailing service jointly launched by Chinese general aviation operator Reignwood Star and China's biggest taxi hailing platform, in Beijing, China, May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Customers exit a helicopter during a trial helicopter hailing service jointly launched by Chinese general aviation operator Reignwood Star and China’s biggest taxi hailing platform, in Beijing, China, May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

These soldiers are ‘fore’-armed

May 15, 2015
Hur In-hoe salutes as he pose for photographs after won a golf tournament in Pocheon, South Korea, in this handout picture provided by KPGA and released by News1 on April 26, 2015. REUTERS/KPGA/NEWS1

Hur In-hoe salutes as he pose for photographs after winning a golf tournament in Pocheon, South Korea, in this handout picture provided by KPGA and released by News1 on April 26, 2015. REUTERS/KPGA/NEWS1

Beware the wrath of El Nino

May 14, 2015

  Men ride on a motorbike through a busy road during a heavy rain shower in Bengaluru, April 23, 2015. India's monsoon rains could be below average in 2015 due to an impact of El Nino weather pattern. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

Men ride on a motorbike through a busy road during a heavy rain shower in Bengaluru, April 23, 2015. India’s monsoon rains could be below average in 2015 due to an impact of El Nino weather pattern. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

Oh, honey

May 13, 2015

  Italian honey bees hover around the suit of beekeeper Robert Harvey as he transfers bee colonies from a blueberry field near Columbia Falls, Maine June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Italian honey bees hover around the suit of beekeeper Robert Harvey as he transfers bee colonies from a blueberry field near Columbia Falls, Maine June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Losing my religion

May 12, 2015

  A rainbow is seen over a church in Arlington, Virginia after a localized burst of rain and hail, May 4, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A rainbow is seen over a church in Arlington, Virginia after a localized burst of rain and hail, May 4, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Not a three-hour tour

May 11, 2015

  Sonya Baumstein sits in her 23-foot carbon and kevlar solo rowboat in this handout picture courtesy of Andrew Cull in Port Townsend, Washington April 12, 2015.  REUTERS/Andrew Cull/Handout via Reuters

Sonya Baumstein sits in her 23-foot carbon and kevlar solo rowboat in this handout picture courtesy of Andrew Cull in Port Townsend, Washington April 12, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cull/Handout via Reuters

Oh, rats!

May 8, 2015

  You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. REUTERS/Mike Segar

You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. REUTERS/Mike Segar

New York City is building a better rat trap.

After a pilot program targeting rat colonies proved successful, NYC officials plan to funnel nearly $3 million toward eradicating rodents, tackling the problem at its sources in parks and subways. That being said, recent estimates have put the city’s rat population at 2 million — significantly lower than the previously accepted 8 million number. Hey, we’re not that gross.

How’s a $16 minimum wage sound?

May 7, 2015

  Not in Emeryville! REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Not Emeryville. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

 

Pack your bags, guys, we’re all moving to Emeryville!

The Northern California town plans to raise its minimum wage to $16 by 2019, making it the city with the highest minimum wage in the nation (the current federal minimum wage is $7.25). On the downside, Emeryville is located in the San Francisco Bay Area – which, while beautiful – is so flipping expensive that you’re going to need every last cent if you want to live there.

Delivered in an hour or your order is free

May 6, 2015

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Garlic bread included!?

 

One large pizza. And the police. No toppings.

A Florida woman being held hostage outwitted her captor after placing a cry for help (“911hostage help!” to be precise) on her Pizza Hut app delivery order, Reuters reports. The Pizza Hut store’s manager saw the unusual note and called the cops immediately, actually earning that bogus $2.75 “convenience fee.”

This Thanksgiving, less reason to gobble

May 5, 2015

  Tina Corpus and her daughter Christina shop for turkey at a Walmart store in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles November 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

Tina Corpus and her daughter Christina shop for turkey at a Walmart store in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles November 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian