San Francisco, 1849. Alaska, 1897. New York City, 2011? Is there a new gold rush in the Big Apple?
There is for Queens native Raffi Stepanian, who literally struck gold after discovering he could make up to $300 a day by ‘mining’ the sidewalks in Manhattan’s Diamond District for the tiny bits of gold, platinum and rare gems that fall from the clothes of workers when they leave their shops.
Over the past decade or so, there has been some debate as to whether the government, public schools and retailers should use the word “Christmas,” or if they should use something more inclusive, like “the holidays.”
According to a survey from the Pew Research Center of 2003 American adults, the idea of American exceptionalism is alive and well among the 48 percent of the country who say the US stands alone as the best country in the world.
According to a Harris Interactive survey of adults planning to buy children’s presents this holiday season, the most popular kid’s gift items — more popular than video games, board games and dolls — are books.
Password management app maker SplashData has released its list of the “worst computer passwords of 2011″ based around the most commonly stolen password data. It should come as no surprise that the password “password” topped the list of no-nos.
Those who can claim mastery over Photoshop have a lot more skills than most of us might think. They can make celebrities and models look way better than they actually are, and they even have the ability to create people out of blank canvases, literally. Click after the jump and watch how a simple sketch in Photoshop slowly becomes a real-looking woman.
Lucy the beagle does what many animals do when confronted with a high-powered air stream — she attacks it. Lucy’s ingenious owner then realized the pooch looked as though she was rapping, and dropped a beat behind the video.
Lucy’s leaf-blower rap is pretty darn cute. Check it out below.
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