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June 15 is the Worldwide Day of Giving. Get involved, give back and feel good.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jun 15, 2013 4:29PM

June 15 celebrates the Worldwide Day of Giving. The idea was birthed in 2009 when Reed Sandridge lost his job at a nonprofit and decided to embark on an altruistic journey to honor his deceased mother.

The idea was simple: Give away $10 to a different person every day and learn a little something about each person along the way.

Photo: Paul Allen (Kim Kulish/Corbis); George Soros (Thomas Peter, Pool/AP); Michael Bloomberg (Spencer T. Tucker/AP/NYC Mayor’s Office)

 

Parking is such a precious commodity in Boston that one woman was willing to pay big for two off-street spaces near her home

By Associated_Press Jun 14, 2013 3:32PM

BOSTON (AP) — Lisa Blumenthal paid $560,000 for two parking spots in the city's Back Bay neighborhood during an on-site auction held Thursday in a steady rain by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS had seized the spots from a man who owed back taxes.

Photo: Brandt Botes/Getty Images Blumenthal, who lives in a multimillion-dollar home near the parking spaces, tells The Boston Globe she didn't expect the bidding to go quite so high for the spots she says will come in handy for guests and workers.

 

Wallflowers need not apply.

By Associated_Press Jun 13, 2013 5:43PM

VIENNA (AP) — It's no joke. An Austrian hotel is advertising for a modern-day court fool who is communicative, extroverted, musical, creative and imaginative.

Applicants are asked to bring and play their musical instrument during the job interview. Also welcome: creative costumes. The successful candidate will earn around $1,900 a month.

Photo: File photo of a jester (Matt Kent/Getty Images)

 

Thoughts on 'dog days,' Popsicles and the dreaded summer job.

By Rich_Maloof Jun 13, 2013 5:26PM

Summer conjures thoughts of sand between the toes, long dips in cool water and nicking off time at work to extend the weekend. As you head out into the sun, here are 10 little-known facts to take with you.

Photo: Kids eating popsicles / Priscilla Gragg/Getty Images The Popsicle: This longtime summer favorite was invented by 11-year-old Frank Epperson in 1905. He had mixed powdered soda flavoring with water and inadvertently left the mixture outside overnight, with the stirring stick still in it, when temperatures dropped below freezing. He patented the “Epsicle ice pop” in 1924.

 

Man accused of writing the word 'help' on the royal picture.

By Associated_Press Jun 13, 2013 3:16PM

LONDON (AP) — A man was arrested Thursday for allegedly defacing a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on display at London's Westminster Abbey, police said.

Fathers 4 Justice, a protest group that campaigns on behalf of fathers denied contact with their children, said the arrested man was a member. It said he had written "Help" with paint on the picture in the abbey's Chapter House.

File photo of a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II before it is positioned inside the Chapter House at Westminster Abbey on May 17, 2013 in London, England. A man has been accused of defacing the royal painting. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)Police said a 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and taken to a London police station.

 

Is it a bike? Is it a plane?

By Associated_Press Jun 12, 2013 8:09PM

PRAGUE (AP) — Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that successfully took off Wednesday inside an exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a remote-controlled, five-minute flight.

Photo: Two men watch the remote-controlled Flying Bike with a test dummy during its presentation in Prague on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that can fly. (AP Photo/CTK, Stanislav Zbynek)Looking like a heavy mountain bike, it weighs 209 pounds and has two battery-powered propellers in the front, two in the back and one each on the sides.

A dummy rode in the saddle.

 

Andy Warhol's art doesn't often conjure warm and fuzzy images, but a proposed tribute to him just might.

By Associated_Press Jun 12, 2013 4:36PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An arts group wants to cover a downtown Pittsburgh bridge named for Andy Warhol with knitted blankets.

Photo: Illustration of what bridge would look like if completed / Courtesy of knitthebridge.wordpress.com The Allegheny County Council must sign off on the plan. But if it goes forward, the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh will use machine-knitted blankets to cover the bridge's towering superstructure while individual blankets knitted by more than 1,200 volunteers will be used to cover its walkways.

 

Leaders of a New Jersey shore town are looking to butt in on how people dress when they stroll the boardwalk, because they believe most visitors don't want to see people's rear ends hanging out.

By Associated_Press Jun 12, 2013 3:08PM

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Town officials are set to pass a law Wednesday to ban anyone on the boardwalk from wearing pants that sag more than 3 inches below the hips, exposing either skin or underwear.

Mayor Ernest Troiano Jr. said Wildwood, a popular beach town near the southern tip of the state, has been inundated with complaints from tourists upon whose money the city depends for its survival.

Photo: A young man wears saggy pants on the Wildwood, N.J. boardwalk on June 6, 2013. Wildwood is set to pass a law Wednesday, June 12, 2013 regulating how people dress on its boardwalk, including a prohibition on pants that sag more than 3 inches below the hips, exposing either skin or underwear. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)"When you have good families who call you up and say, 'I've been coming here 20 years, 30 years, 40 years and I'm not going to any longer because I'm not going to subject my children or my parents or grandparents to seeing some kid walk down the boardwalk with their butt hanging out,' you have to do something," he said.

 
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