Here’s the news that caught my eye today while wondering how much someone would pay for a car they could control with their brain.
(More than I’d pay for a car with a brain of its own. I don’t need your sass, KITT.)
- If you want to win that $400 million lottery jackpot tonight, you’ll need some mojo on your side—especially since today is Friday the 13th. That date typically means bad luck, but the Brits at The Guardian went the other way with it. (They love doing the opposite of us, don’t they?) They highlight 13 tales of monetary good fortune, including a 3-year-old who found £2.5m in gold the first time he used a metal detector. Because, you know, a 3-year-old just using heavy machinery wasn’t impressive enough, apparently.
- According to the Bill of Rights, you have the right to free speech, a speedy trial, and … to repay your student loans wisely? OK, the first two are true, but the last one may be a reality sooner than you think. Earlier this week, four Senate Democrats unveiled a new “Bill of Rights” document for student loan borrowers. It doesn’t outline an 11th amendment or anything like that, but the 46-page document does propose regulations for servicing private student loans. (Sorry—they don’t include letting you bear arms against your lender.)
- The Aubrey Rose Foundation, a nonprofit that provides “emotional and financial support to families caring for children with life-threatening illnesses,” wants to give something to you as well: $1 million. The foundation is hosting a fundraising challenge in search of nation’s top college student. The competition will task students with creating a business plan and raising development dollars for the organization. The challenge starts on January 1 … and then lasts for the next 2 years (!). Gee, so much for winning $1 million in an hour just for knowing stupid trivia.
- We know how tough college acceptance season can be. But no matter how things shake out with your first-choice school, take heart—it likely won’t be as bad as what happened to these 2,500 Fordham University applicants. Due to a processing error, these early admission students received financial aid letters saying the school had accepted them. So, what’s the error? Well, none of them actually got in. Rather, 500 had been rejected, while the other 2,000 were deferred. Gee, why didn’t the school just send them all these instead? At least the students would have gotten a hat to remember the school by.
- It’s no news that Nelson Mandela passed away recently. (At least, I really hope you’re not finding that out from Daily Interest.) And while the world worries about the president’s selfie, Five Cent Nickel is using Mandela’s passing to uncover some financial lessons we can learn from the former President of South Africa. (You know, kind of like what we do in our video of the week, except DMX is slightly less of a luminary.) The author, who is from South Africa himself, cites Mandela’s pragmatism and patience as traits we should aspire to have in our financial lives.
- With finals here again, we get stories about one of my favorite things (take that, fake Maria): therapy animals. More and more schools are using these pups to decrease their students’ stress this time of year. This local news team covers the story, complete with looping videos of adorable, jazzed-up dogs that apparently help you calm down. Based on that video, though, there appear to be no therapy cats, unfortunately. I’m pretty sure that’s not because cats aren’t cute (they are!) but because they’d give you a look that says, “Get back to work.”
What money-related news caught your eye today? Let us know in the comments.
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