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A town in Minnesota has a mayor that is 4 years old!


The tiny town of Dorset, Minnesota has a tyke for a mayor. The town doesn't hold elections; they hold a raffle. Every year, they hold the Taste of Dorset Festival and they basically draw a name out of a hat among one of the 28 residents of the town and that person gets to be mayor.

The town bills itself as the restaurant capital of the world and has no formal city government. Bobby's job as mayor is to greet people as they come into the town. And he's doing a great job at it, as his election has brought a lot of PR for the town and curious onlookers who want to see the tiny mayor at work.

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A baseball games contain about 18 minutes of baseball!


The Wall Street Journal decided to conduct an experiment to see how much baseball was in a baseball game. The results? A 3-hour baseball games contains about 18 minutes of actual baseball action. The Journal said that they clocked in everything that could be remotely considered action – every pitch and things like fake pickoff throws and home run trots.

So, what makes up the rest of it? About 50% of the time (1:14:49) is down-time between pitches. Some more (33:39) is batter switching and 42:41 elapsed between innings. American seem to like their slow sports: The Journal also conducted an count a few years ago where they found Football has 11 minutes of action per NFL game.

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Wall Street might be using Snapchat for a different kind of naughty pics!


Snapchat is infamous for basically being a sexting application. For those who don't know about it, the app let's you send pictures that disappear within three seconds. This has made people comfortable with sending pictures of their naughty bits because they know they won't live forever.

Seems like that's not the only use for the app though. Financial analyst Jim Cramer recently stated that Wall Street bankers are using Snapchat to make insider trading easier.

Insider trading is when someone buys or sells a stock or financial instrument with non-public information that gives them an advantage. For example, if you knew that Apple was going to announce they were going broke tomorrow and you sold all your stock today, that's insider trading.

Regulations make that kind of trading illegal because it gives people an unfair advantage and disrupts the financial markets. If it were legal, the market would be a disaster.

However, it can be very profitable if you get away with it. That's why, according to Jim Cramer, bankers send each other Snapchats of what stocks to buy / sell and when. The image disappears after a few seconds and no one knows about it!

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Australia has invented 'shark-proof' wetsuits!


Sharks are actually not out to get surfers. One of the main reasons why they do attack them is because they look like tasty seals. It bears to logic then, that if you don't want to get eaten by a shark, you should probably not swim with a seal costume.

That's exactly what Australian researchers have done. After a spike in shark attacks, they've decided to tackle the problem by developing the wet suit you see on the right.

The researchers think that the suit will make people look like a poisonous fish, thus getting the shark to kindly stay out of the surfer's way. They've also developed another that is blue and makes humans basically invisible to sharks.

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