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Barbershop quartet makes airplane delay tolerable

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There is nothing more infuriating to an airline passenger than being stuck on the tarmac in travel limbo without leg room or entertainment.

A US Airways flight to New Orleans was delayed for maintenance after boarding, which basically means everyone on the flight was going nowhere fast. So when flight attendant Kari Mann realized that a barbershop quartet was onboard, she asked the group to provide some in-flight entertainment for the cranky passengers

The group, named Port City Sound,…

Queen Elizabeth drove King Abdullah to distraction, literally

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Given that we know the Queen enjoys a good photobomb, we can now add “trolling” to her list of royal hobbies

A twenty-year old anecdote featuring the Queen Elizabeth and the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia began surfacing on social media on Friday, according to The Independent. In it, the then-crown prince was treated to a driving tour by none other than Her Royal Highness

First tweeted by Shashank Joshi, a senior…

Young women are the heroes of campus rape doc ‘The Hunting Ground’

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PARK CITY, Utah — It’s easy to get caught up in the deplorable darkness of The Hunting Ground, a stirring account of how American colleges and universities systematically repress sexual assault claims pretty much for one reason: Campus rape is bad for business.

In its late-afternoon world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, people at the jampacked Marc Theatre audibly gasped at many of the documentary’s shameful statistics that flashed onscreen, like how 20% of women report being raped…

McDonald’s reveals what goes into its french fries

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There’s some good news and some not so good news. Yes, McDonald’s french fries are made with real potatoes. However, they also contain a whole lot of extras.

The revelations come from the fast-food chain’s new video, the latest in a series called “Our food. Your questions” in which Mythbusters co-host Grant Imahara tries to debunk rumors about their food.

In the clip, Imahara, “reverse engineers” the process of french fry production, to trace the…

Pope Francis on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression

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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith.

Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common good.

But he said there were limits.

By way of example, he referred to…

Pope Francis on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression

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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith.

Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common good.

But he said there were limits.

By way of example, he referred to…

Taylor Swift wrote a check for $1989 to help a fan pay off student loans

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Tumblr enthusiast Taylor Swift loves stalking people on the Internet and learning all about her fans from their social media accounts — and she isn’t afraid to let the world know. After all, she even created her own hashtag for it, #Taylurking.

While she probably looks at every single Instagram of her ex’s new flames (just like the rest of us), she also uses her creeping powers for good

After gathering data…

9 tips to avoid a toxic company culture of office politics

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This question originally appeared on Quora.

What is the best way to create and foster a work environment that has minimal office politics — particularly for a startup?

Answer below by Quora user Michael O. Church.

Well, the first question to ask is: Where do office politics come from? They come from systems that provide incentives for people to play political games. Such incentives might be:

  • Severe disparities in outcomes that appear to come more from popularity than actual contribution

  • Job…

90% of Americans more likely to trust brands that back social causes

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If your brand doesn’t support social causes, it’s missing out on a huge audience.

Consumers don’t just like when companies incorporate social good into their business models — they’ve come to expect it, whether it’s through corporate social responsibility (CSR), cause marketing or “good” content. In fact, 90% of Americans say they’re more likely to trust and stay loyal to companies that actively try to make a difference.

Studies also…

The trick is to treat homeless people like any other tenant

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By the end of 2014, homelessness in the U.S. hit several records — but that’s no cue to celebrate. The number of homeless children is at an all-time high, as is the overall homeless population in New York, the nation’s most populous city. Across the globe, an estimated 100 million people are homeless.

It’s a complex issue that attracts a lot of well-intentioned yet overly simplistic solutions. Sustainable housing efforts for the homeless are becoming more common, and often show signs of…