Saturday, November 5, 2016

Sharing economy for the rich now includes horses

What use do the super-wealthy have for the sharing economy? Well, they need somewhere to store their horses. 

A new company is promising to solve that age-old problem as the "Airbnb for horses."

"Now this might not seem like a very big problem, but there are 9.2 million horses in the United States that compete in show jumping, polo, dressage, barrel racing, rodeos, and on the racetrack," a spokeswoman for Staller said. "It is actually an enormous market." 

Staller will help horse owners rent stalls near equestrian competitions on a short-term basis through a website and iOS app. Generally, brokers have handled those logistics, the company says. The first competition it's focusing on is the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Festival.  Read more...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Prince of Wales joins soil boosting project

The Prince of Wales is joining an Anglo-French initiative to improve the condition of the world's soils.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Climate change: 'Monumental' deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases

Countries meeting in Rwanda have agreed a "monumental" deal to phase out gases used in fridges that are worsening global warming.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Woman wins year of free pizza, donates it to center for homeless youth

Now this is a cheesy gift we can get behind.

Hannah Spooner, a 19-year-old Detroit resident, was delighted to discover she and her boyfriend had won a year of free pizza - $500 worth - after entering a raffle at Little Caesar's. 

But instead of keeping the pies for themselves, they donated them to Covenant House, a nonprofit that offers shelter, classes, vocational programs and three square meals a day to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth.

Spooner told a local FOX affiliate that she always knew she'd donate the pizza if she won - even when her boyfriend asked her whether she'd keep just a couple pies for herself. Read more...

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What makes an antique toy worth $100,000?

Like every collectibles market, the world of antique dolls is subject to towering heights and devastating lows.

"It's almost like the wind, or almost like fashion," said Jay Lowe, the head of the doll department at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. "What people want this year might be different than what people will want 10 years from now."

Such is the case of a William and Mary doll in Morphy's upcoming Toys, Dolls, Marbles, and Figural Cast Iron auction, which contains almost 1,300 lots estimated to sell in excess of $1 million. The doll, which is made out of wood and dates to the 17th century, sold in the 1980s for £50,000 at Sotheby's in London. Adjusted for inflation, that's today's equivalent of about £280,000, or $375,000. Read more...

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'Enjoy the tea!': Man confronts racist conversation with a nice pot of tea

A Perth man's clever response after overhearing a racist conversation in a café has gone viral on Facebook.

In a post that has been "liked" more than 9,000 times, Jarred Wall described how during lunch, he overheard two elderly women speaking about Aboriginal Australians. He suggested their conversation was "less than distasteful with words like assimilation thrown around willy nilly."

Instead of confronting the pair in-person, Wall became the living embodiment of Michelle Obama's now-iconic advice from the Democratic National Convention in July: "When they go low, we go high." He bought the two women a nice pot of tea and included a short but effective message on the receipt: "Enjoy the tea! Compliments of the 2 aboriginals [sic] sitting next to you on table 26." Read more...

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Sleep 'prioritises memories we care about'

Researchers discover that during sleep, thoughts your care about are more likely to enter your memory.