Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 18, 2015
August 18, 2015
If you have any fond memories of your college dorm room, they probably don't involve the cramped little space. But hey, it's cheaper than off-campus housing, right?
Yet Green Mountain College senior ROB DUNN has gone above and beyond to save money, by building his own tiny house to live in. The total tuition including room and board at Green Mountain college is $46-grand per year. Staying on campus would have cost a cool $11,492. So instead, Dunn decided to build his own house for a modest three-thousand dollars.
The house is only ninety-six square feet and is powered by two 100-watt solar panels. A cast-iron stove insulated with clay, sand, and straw both heats the space and allows Dunn to cook.
Dunn says that living in the home is the "most raw experience that I've ever had."
Editor's note: Some of us save on college bills by eating ramen. For the rest of us, well... (AB)
Memo to (high school seniors):
A new survey from the recruiting company Looksharp puts into perspective how much your college degree is worth.
More than 50-thousand college students were polled on their fields of study and how many of them got internships and then were employed afterward. As you might have guessed, graduates with STEM degress (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) would up with the highest job prospects. Here's the list of majors with the resulting employment after college:
--Sociology, 18.9 percent
--Political Science, 26.6 percent
--Psychology and Counseling, 30.6 percent
--Arts, 34.8 percent
--Communications, 42.9 percent
--Law, 46 percent
--Health care, 47.7 percent
--Marketing, 48.8 percent
--Business, 49.6 percent
--Finance, 53.1 percent
--Nursing, 58.7 percent
--Graphic Design, 64.4 percent
--STEM, 71.2 percent
--Computer Science, 80.8 percent
A man in Stillwater, New York, knew he had a designated driver so he drank himself silly. Too bad the driver was only 10 years old!
Police were notified by a passing motorist who saw JOHN BARLING's son driving his pickup while his dad was drunk in the passenger seat. A relative came and picked up the boy and Barling was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and permitting unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. (Myers)
Small town, small people:
You knew GEORGE ZIMMERMAN wouldn't stay out of the public eye for long and this time, he's tackling the amazing world of modern art! TMZ.com reports he's painted a picture of the Confederate Flag, is selling signed and numbered prints through Florida Gun Supply and anyone that splurges on one will go into the grand prize drawing for the original!
As disturbing as it may be, Mr. Zimmerman's works are quite valuable and a portrait of prosecutor ANGELA COREY sold for $100-thousand dollars on eBay. (Lee)
You know the old adage: The way to a man's heart is his stomach. Turns out that's true for women as well. A new study out of Drexel University in Philadelphia has found that women are more enthusiastic about responding to romantic gestures if she's eaten a good meal first. The Huffington Post says young women --both with and without a history of dieting-- had "greater brain activation... in reward-related neural regions after having eaten than when hungry." The results suggest that eating a good meal "may prime or sensitize young women to rewards beyond food." It also supports other research that the neuro-circuitry for food and sex is shared. (Bartha)
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