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St Bernard Swallows Four Teddy Bears

The Daily Telegraph claims an 8 year-old Saint Bernard from West Yorkshire, England is recovering from having four teddy bears removed from her stomach. Maisy’s owners took her for a CT scan after she became ill. Doctors thought she had cancer because she is 8 years-old and was moving slow. When veterinarians opened Maisy up they were stunned when they found the teddy bears instead of tumors. Maisy is now recovering and expected to be okay.

 

Four Ways Fast Food Joints Trick You Into Eating More

 

Think about this the next time you’re about to order six things for YOURSELF at Taco Bell.  It’s four ways fast food joints trick us into eating more . . .

1.  Decision anchoring.  The first option we see tends to stick in our mind, and there’s a good chance we’ll order it.  That’s why they put big signs on the windows and near the entrance to push their new items.  It makes you more likely to order what you usually get AND the new stuff they’re pushing.

2.  Price anchoring.  They make sure there’s expensive stuff on the menu, so everything else DOESN’T seem expensive.  It’s also why most places have scaled back their dollar menus.  Basically, the best way to sell a $2 burger is to put it right next to a $5 burger.

3.  Playing up the “health halo.”  They know we feel guilty for eating fast food.  So on the menu, they play up the healthier ingredients, like making sure you can see the lettuce and tomatoes on a sandwich.  Then we don’t feel as guilty and order more.

4.  Less face-to-face interaction.  More places are adding self-service kiosks, and it’s not just to speed things up.  With kiosks, we feel like we can take our time, and there’s not someone there JUDGING us for how much food we’re ordering.  So we’re more likely to tack stuff on, like a milkshake or chicken nuggets.

 

A City in China Is Letting People Out of Traffic Tickets If They Confess on Social Media and Get at Least 20 Likes

I’m not sure if we’d even consider this a “penalty” here in the U.S.  Half of us post about this kind of stuff on Facebook anyway . . .

Last week, a city in southwest China started forgiving fines for minor traffic offenses, and things like jaywalking.  But to get out of the fine, you have to CONFESS on social media.  And your post has to get more than 20 likes.

Only a handful of people have done it so far.  The cops are mostly targeting people on bikes and scooters, in areas where they tend to hand out a lot of tickets.

The idea is that shaming people online will have a bigger impact than handing out fines.  Plus, it’ll spread awareness and make the roads safer.  And if it works, they’re going to do it in other areas too.

Here’s what one guy who got pulled over on his scooter had to write . . .

Quote, “I was seized by traffic police when driving my scooter in the wrong direction at an intersection.  I have learned it was wrong after education by the traffic police officer.  I would like to remind internet users to learn from my lesson.”

 

 

 



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