Friday, April 20, 2012

Signs of the times

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter
• Young people are less interested in driving. The average annual number of vehicle miles traveled by young people (16 to 34-year-olds) in the U.S. decreased by 23 percent between 2001 and 2009, and 26% don't have a driver's license.

• If a female HR professional receives a resume including a photo from an attractive female applicant, it is likely to land in the garbage because of jealousy and rivalry, according to recent research. Resumes with pictures of handsome men had the opposite result.

• In 2010, more than 13.3 million people, 47% of Canadians aged 15 and over, did volunteer work. Of these, 10% accounted for 53% of all hours given to nonprofit and charitable organizations, according to Statistics Canada.

• Canadian entrepreneur Eric Migicovsky raised $3.6 million for his start-up business in less than a week through crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter.

• Within the next decade, smart-device swiping will have gained mainstream acceptance as a method of payment and could largely replace cash and credit cards for most online and in-store purchases by users of smartphones and tablets.

• Got five bucks? Go to fiverr.com to find people who will do stuff for five bucks. For example, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike will sing Happy Birthday, or a guy will do anything you want wearing a Teletubby costume.
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