Google is famous for having fun on April Fools Day by announcing some ridiculous new fake products, so when Amazon revealed “Dash” late yesterday, it almost seemed like a joke. Has consumerism gotten to a point that we will install physical buttons in our homes to place orders for designated products with a simple press? This has to be some sort of meta satire about consumption, doesn’t it? Apparently not. The “Dash Button” (featured in the video below) is a real thing, and will turn your home into a real-life Amazon product page. Because who hasn’t been waiting for that to happen ... Discuss

Americans are adopting fewer children from abroad than they have in decades. In 2014, there were 6,441 foreign adoptions in the U.S., the lowest number since 1982 and 74 percent less than 2004, which was the highest year for foreign adoptions in the U.S. There are several reasons for the decline. In the last few years, the U.S. State Department has suspended adoptions from countries including Vietnam, Nepal and Guatemala because of concerns about corruption and child-trafficking. Foreign countries such as China (which has long been the most popular country for Americans to adopt from) have pushed for more domestic adoptions and implemented stricter qualifications to adopt. Russia has banned adoptions by Americans altogether. Adoption advocates say the decline is not because of a decline in interest in adoption. “The number of Americans interested in adopting hasn’t decreased,”a member of the adoption council told the Wall Street Journal. “As opportunities close abroad, agencies and families are turning to domestic solutions” ... Discuss

Just weeks after a black student at Duke University said that several white students chanted a song about lynching directed at her, the school is investigating another disturbing incident: Late last night, a noose was found hanging from a tree on campus. University officials have launched an investigation. Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta sent an email to the student body, saying, “To whomever committed this hateful and stupid act, I just want to say that if your intent was to create fear, it will have the opposite effect.” The events on the Duke campus come after several other incidents of racism at major universities, including members of a fraternity at the University of Oklahoma chanting about lynching and using racial slurs. The OU chapter of Sigma Alpha Elsilon was closed and two students were expelled ... Discuss

For one day only—which just happens to be April 1—Netflix will break into marathon viewing sessions to warn viewers of the dangers of binge-watching. After streaming two consecutive episodes of a show, one of the stars of a Netflix original program—like Orange Is the New Black or House of Cards—will deliver a video PSA to your viewing device, reminding you to take a shower, not to skip work or to actually go outside. This actually isn’t a bad idea on days that aren’t April Fools Day ... Discuss

Volvo has created a new product called “Life Paint” which they hope will make cycling at night safer. The spray can be applied to clothing and objects, making them reflective in headlights at night, but invisible during the day. It’s literally, the greatest invention a cycling enthusiast could ask for ... Discuss

After months of uncertainty as to how consumers could possibly combine shopping for absurd gadgetry with air travel, our national nightmare has ended. A company called C&A Marketing has purchased SkyMall at a bankruptcy auction for $1.9 million and plans on trying to revive the catalog. The company’s executive vice president and co-owner Chaim Pikarski told, that their vision is to return SkyMall to its high-flying glory: "We'll look at the broader travel experience and see what we can inject. A lot of the products we source, design and sell are similar to what SkyMall does. We understand that business. We have many of these products." It’s time to put down your iPhones and stow your Kindles, America. Next time you fly, SkyMall may just be there waiting for you ... Discuss