For some people with disabilities that leave them with limited mobility, tying shoe laces can be really tricky. That’s a problem Nike is attempting to help with their new shoe, called the “Zoom Soldier 8 Flyease.” Despite a ridiculous name, the shoe is pretty cool. Instead of regular laces, the sneaker has a zipper around the back, allowing it to be put on and secured using one hand. Nike has been working on the design of the shoe for years, but it really got going when Tobie Hatfield, Nike’s senior director of athlete innovation, received a letter from a teenager with cerebral palsy. The teen, Matthew Walzer, wrote that with flexibility in only one of his hands, he was able to completely dress himself and has to have someone else tie his basketball sneakers (that provide the ankle support he needs to walk). Hatfield got in touch with Walzer, and the two started working together to develop the shoe. Now, the shoes are available to consumers and Nike plans to send them to basketball teams participating in this year’s Special Olympics. Very cool, Nike. Discuss
A travel company called Natura Vive has created these cable-suspended “Adventure Suites” that offer travelers the most terrifying—and breathtaking—sleep experience imaginable. Their “Skylodge Adventure Suites” hang 400-feet off of the ground on a cliff in Peru’s Sacred Valley. But, in order to get to your room for the evening, travelers must first climb the mountain itself. Thankfully, the tour guides have rigged the cliff with a series of zip lines to make the trip even more awesomely scary. Discuss
Apparently, we all need to get a little more creative with our date locations. According to a study done by Clover, a dating app that lets users select locations to meet up with dates, the most popular spot for a first date is Starbucks, followed by Chipotle and then Panera. The study broke down popular spots by age group, and Starbucks tied as the most popular coffee shop location for every age. However, users over 35 were more likely to choose Olive Garden as a dinner option, while Chipotle was the top pick for those in the 18-24 age bracket. Another interesting finding was that 51 percent of men prefer to meet at a restaurant for a first date, while 52 percent of women prefer meeting at a coffee shop. You can see all top 30 most popular locations here ... Discuss
In terms of fraternity heroes, Will Ferrell probably sits somewhere between Bob Marley songs and and Animal House posters, which is why Ferrell's recent kind of, sort of suggestion that the Greek system should maybe be abolished is sort of shocking. At a Q+A at SXSW, former Old School star and one-time frat brother himself Ferrell was asked about fraternities, and gave a surprisingly thoughtful response.
The incident in Oklahoma, that is a real argument for getting rid of the system altogether, in my opinion, even having been through a fraternity. Because when you break it down, it really is about creating cliques and clubs and being exclusionary. Fraternities were started as academic societies that were supposed to have a philanthropic arm to them. And when it’s governed by those kind of rules, then they’re still beneficial. But you gotta be careful. I was lucky in that the one I was in, we were really kind of the anti-fraternity fraternity. We were considered good enough to get the exchanges with the good sororities. We couldn’t get anyone to vote on anything, but if you needed 40 guys to show up and build a 20-foot-tall papier-mâché version of the Matterhorn, we were there and ready. But we didn’t take it too seriously. It was just about having fun. But I think it’s an interesting dilemma for universities these days.
And a thousand frat bros cried out at once, as if pierced through the heart. Of course, as Ferrell acknowledged, fraternities do offer a lot of good to incoming college students. And yet, one wonders if that good outweighs the bad.Discuss
OK. Let's calm down. This is just one study, and obviously there are other studies (which we have covered extensively), because nobody likes to hear Millennials may be lacking in basic skills—least of all us. Nevertheless, in the interest of fair reporting, you should know that a new study does suggest that while Millennials are the best educated generation in American history, they are still, to use this report's words, "unskilled." That is, Millennials lag far behind other countries in terms of basic skills, like reading proficiency and numeracy. Half of American Millennials couldn't meet the minimum standard for reading proficiency (putting the U.S. in third to last place among the countries surveyed). That's better than numeracy, in which American Millennials came in dead last. In fact, an American Millennial with a four-year college education scores about the same on basic skills as a high school graduate from Japan, the Netherlands or Finland.
The report says that "A decade ago, the skill level of American adults was judged 'mediocre.' Now it is below even that. Millennials, who will form the backbone of this nation's future, are not poised to lift us out of this predicament; in fact, the lack of adequate skills in this population has become a challenge for us to confront." Discuss
In January of 2014, Sam Priestley was probably about as good as you are at ping pong, if not a little worse. But he resolved to play a few matches every day for a solid year, and put together a video of his progress. It's pretty amazing to watch him slowly improve, little by little. According to the video, his goal was to crack the Top 250 players ranking in his native England—a mighty lofty goal he did not quite achieve—but he most certainly became better at it than you are ... Discuss