Hannah's Headlines- 04/02/2018

Credit Cards To Stop Requiring Signatures For Purchases

These days you’re more likely to see someone pull out their credit or debit card than cash when making a purchase, which can certainly slow down a checkout line, but that process may start going a little quicker now, thanks to a new move by credit cards. 

Beginning April 14th, major credit cards Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover will no longer require customers to sign receipts for purchases used with credit and debit cards. While some stores already allow you to forgo the signature, especially for purchases under a certain amount of money, this is the first time card companies are collectively saying they no longer need your John Hancock, although some will require an EMV chip be on a card in order to allow a signature-less purchase.

According to Mastercard, which was the first major credit card to end the signature requirement, their research shows people believe the payment process and checkout lines will move along quicker without the signature, which is what both merchants and consumers want. 

  • Now if you’re worried about security, companies say you shouldn’t be. The encryption inside the EMV chip on most cards, along with other measures, make buying with a credit card a lot safer these days.

Source: USA Today

This Is How Long It Takes To Make New Friends

If you’re past the age of 22, you’re probably well aware of how hard it can be to make friends as a grown up. Something that came so naturally as kids becomes a big challenge as an adult. And now science has figured out just how long it really takes to make friends.

New research from the University of Kansas shows getting to be friends with someone new takes an incredibly long time. Professor Jeffrey Halllead the study and explains, “It takes roughly 50 hours of time together to move from mere acquaintance to casual friend, 90 hours to go from that stage to simple ‘friend’ status, and more than 200 hours before you can consider someone your close friend.”

So no wonder it feels so hard to make meaningful friends. When was the last time you spent 200 hours hanging out with someone cultivating a new friendship? But as busy as everyone is today, we still need our close personal relationships. Research has shown that having friends can help us live longer, keep our minds sharper, and of course, they have our backs when life gets tough, so it’s worth the hard work to develop friendships.

"We have to put that time in," Hall explains. "You can't snap your fingers and make a friend. Maintaining close relationships is the most important work we do in our lives — most people on their deathbeds agree." So it takes a long time, but it’s worth every second.

Source: Hello Giggles


Teens are snorting condoms in dangerous viral challenge

Parents beware! The latest stupid and dangerous internet challenge making a comeback among teens is a condom-snorting challenge, reports Yahoo!

Teenagers are putting unwrapped condoms up their nostrils and inhaling them with the goal of getting the condom to come out of their mouth. The challenge dubbed, the "Snorting Condom Challenge" isn't a new thing. It's been making the rounds online for several years, but has recently risen in popularity.

According to Yahoo!, the challenge is extremely dangerous -- much like the Tide Pod challenge, which had teens ingesting laundry detergent. In this case, the condom can block the airway and become a choking hazard. Yahoo! added that snorting condoms can also cause infections and allergic reactions in the nasal cavity.

Netflix Looking For A Professional Binge Watcher

Staying home and binge watching your favorite Netflix shows is a common occurrence these days, and while most people do this simply for the joy of it, soon one person will be able to watch all their shows and actually get paid for it. 

"Esquire" reports that Netflix recently listed a new job opening for what they call an “editorial analyst of original content,” or basically a professional binge-watcher. Responsibilities of the job are to "watch, research, rate, tag, annotate and write analysis for movie and TV content."

Now while most people may think they are qualified for the gig, there are some requirements they’d have to meet first. Prospective candidates must be knowledgeable about TV and movies, and have an ability to summarize what they’re watching, plus have plenty of time to watch programming.

So far there’s no word on how much the job pays.

Source: Esquire

"Aerospace entertainment" company looking to create meteor showers on demand

A Japanese firm that is billing itself as the world's first "aerospace entertainment company" is looking to launch into space small satellites that will let it create meteor showers on demand for special events and wealthy clients.

While naturally occurring meteor showers look dramatic, the bits of space junk or other debris that cause them are tiny -- often little more in size than grains of sand.

Astro Live Experiences satellites would recreate this by discharging tiny metallic pebbles into low Earth orbit.  The pebbles will turn into brilliant streaks as they burn up in the atmosphere over the buyer's desired region.

ALE was created by University of Tokyo astronomer Lena Okajima; he originally conceived the "sky canvas" project as a potential opening act for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The company says it intends to undertake its first tests in 2019, with "on demand" meteor showers.

However, there are those that think this isn't such a great idea, considering how many satellites, and how much space junk, are already in Earth orbit.  As you read this, a Winnebago-sized derelict Chinese space station is currently hurtling towards Earth, and its point of impact is still unknown.

“Pooparoos”- The New Toilet Toy Your Kids Will Want

Because kids love tiny toys and potty humor, there’s new toilet toys out and your kids are going to want one when they see them. Meet “Pooparoos” - little blue plastic toilets with little surprises hidden under the lid. Nothing gross - just a brightly colored little squishy creature.

Then you open the tank lid to find some “magical paper packs” and once you pour water on those, you’ll find all kinds of treats, like hot dogs, doughnuts and macarons. And that’s also where you’ll find some brightly colored poops, because these are Pooparoos afterall.

Your kid can feed the treats to the toy and then squeeze them out while the thing sits on the potty. Fun for the little ones, and a little nasty for parents, but, as one reviewer points out, “Don’t worry - this poop is cute.” So there’s that.

And of course, there are multiple Pooparoos creatures to collect, so your kid is going to want them all. But the unicorn one looks to be the coolest of them all, so fingers crossed for that one.

Source: Scary Mommy

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