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Solar Highways = Crazy cool!

Can you imagine NEVER having to plow your driveway again in NH!





Elephant takes a selfie....no really, it's true!

23-year-old Scott Brierley was driving through a safari park in Worcestershire, England recently, and accidentally dropped his cell phone out of the car while he was trying to take a selfie with some elephants. 


Park officials told him to stay inside the car, but they were eventually able to get the phone back and return it to Scott.  And when he went through his photos later on, he found one of the ELEPHANTS had taken a SELFIE on it.  Seriously.


It makes sense . . . Scott was taking photos when he dropped it, the camera app was probably still open, and an ELEPHANT touched the screen with its trunk.  Apparently it wandered over thinking the phone might be food.


As far as we know, this is the FIRST time an elephant has ever taken a selfie.  That's a fairly useless milestone, but whatever. 


See ya later smart phones, "dumb" phones are making a comeback; why?

Apparently, old school cell phones are making a comeback . . . people are getting rid of their smart phones because they want "dumb" phones.


Why would you want a phone with a tiny black-and-white screen that doesn't have a keyboard or apps or the Internet?  There are three main reasons . . .


1.  The battery can last for days . . . maybe even a whole week . . . without having to charge.


2.  They're WAY tougher.  You see people walking around all the time with iPhones that have cracked screens . . . old phones were indestructible compared to that.


3.  It helps you break that feeling of being TOO connected.  Some people find it freeing not to have every email, Facebook message, or tweet immediately show up in front of them.


Hashtag, Selfie, Yopper and Auto-Tune just a few of the 150 words being added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Merriam-Webster is adding over 150 words to the newest edition of its "Collegiate Dictionary".  And as usual, things that have to do with technology and the internet tend to dominate.  


Here are the top 13 new internet and tech words . . .


1. Hashtag.


2.  Selfie.  In November, the Oxford English Dictionary named "selfie" the Word of the Year.  Although Webster'swent with "science".)


3. Hot spot . . . as in a WiFi hot spot.


4.  Big data.  Which they define as, quote, "an accumulation of data that is too large and complex for processing by traditional database management tools."


5.  Auto-Tune.


6.  Crowdfunding . . . when you raise money through websites like Kickstarter.


7.  Dubstep.  That's the electronic music that pretty much requires a computer to create.


8.  E-waste . . . which is anything tech-related that you throw away.


9.  Social networking.


10.  Tweep . . . a person who uses Twitter.


11.  Catfish . . . as in someone "catfishes" you online, and pretends to be someone they're not.


12.  Fangirl.  Obviously it's the female version of fanboy.  As in, a girl who's WAY too into something.  They're both kind of an online phenomenon.


13.  Spoiler alert.



But there are actually a few words that DON'T deal directly with technology and the internet. The top seven are:



1.  Baby bump.


2.  Fracking.


3.  Freegan.  That's, quote, "an activist who scavenges for free food . . . as in waste receptacles at stores and restaurants . . . as a means of reducing consumption of resources."


4.  Gamification . . . where you add game elements to something that ISN'T a game to make more people interested in it.


5.  Steampunk . . . which is, quote, "science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology."


6.  Turducken . . . "a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey."


7.  Yooper . . . a native of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.


FREE Football Clinic with Patriots Alumni

For the first time ever in NH the New England Patriots Alumni Club will be in Concord running a free football clinic for ALL boys and girls ages between 11 and 14 years old.


Four former Patriot players and local High School coaches will be running the event.


The event will be held starting at 8:30 am on Saturday, May 10 at  Memorial Field in Concord NH. They are asking everyone to please pre-register to help with planning (however walk ins on Saturday morning are welcome).  To pre-register go here!



Did you know, that the pawns in chess all used to have their own name?

That's right.  You know there's a King and Queen....and maybe you know there are Rooks, Bishops and Knights.  And you've most likely heard of Pawns.  There are eight pawns (on each side) on a chess board.  And they all used to have their own names based on non-royalty jobs:  Gambler, policeman, innkeeper, merchant, doctor, weaker, blacksmith, and farmer.


Believe it or not, this ONE word can get kids to do chores.

A new study has found the MAGIC WORD to get your kids to do chores.  You can thank researchers from Stanford, the University of Washington, and the University of California in San Diego.  They studied 150 kids between three and six, and asked them for help . . . using different phrases, to see which one was the most effective.


And it is . . . "helper."  When researchers asked kids to be a helper instead of asking them for HELP, the kids were more likely to do the chores.  The researchers say it's because the noun "helper" makes it a part of their character and identity, so they're more motivated to prove it's true.


A hamster eating a tiny burrito...because, why not?

Thursday dragging a little?  This should help.




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