8 Things You Need To Know This AM — Sep 06 2015

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Social media stalking can now be considered science: You can predict a model's success by plugging social media data into multiple algorithms developed at Indiana University.

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing figured out how to predict which models will rule the runways: By sifting through Instagram to count "how many posts the models did and how many likes and comments each post would get, on average," and collecting data from the Fashion Model Directory concerning "how many runway walks the models had already done and a few other figures, such as height [and] shoe size," and feeding the data into multiple algorithms. Their results were an astonishing 80% accurate. (The Cut)

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Bernie Sanders joined a labor picket line in Iowa, because the power of a politician with a megaphone should never be undervalued.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined Cedar Rapids-area union workers in a picket line outside Penford Products, a corn processor where the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers Union Local 100G is currently negotiating a new contract with the management. Sanders told the crowd, "I want you to know being out on a picket line and standing with workers is something I have been doing for my entire life. I did when I was mayor of the city of Burlington, did in Congress, did it in the Senate. This is what I do." (Des Moines Register)

West Point's annual pillow fight goes from harmless to hurtful for 30 injured cadets.

West Point's annual pillow fight, organized each year as a right of passage to celebrate the freshman cadets' completion of summer training, took a violent turn this year when some cadets began swinging pillowcases packed with hard objects. Thirty cadets were left with injuries, including concussions and broken bones, and many participants who took to social media after the fact appeared to take pride in their injuries. (The New York Times)

The majority of GOP presidential hopefuls are staying silent on the issue of health treatment programs for 9/11 heroes, because patriotism has to stop somewhere.

The James Zadroga Act, which provides monitoring, compensation, and healthcare treatment to 9/11 first responders and survivors dealing with illnesses as a result of the attacks, is up for renewal, but the majority of 2016 presidential candidates will not confirm their support for the bill. (The Huffington Post)

As refugees continue to stream into Europe, one German couple launched a service to help find them homes.

Mareike Geiling and Jonas Kakoschke started an inspiring Airbnb-style refugee housing service, called Refugees Welcome, to help those seeking asylum in Germany find roommates. Native Germans (and Austrians) who want to help are invited to register their apartments with the service. Then, after answering some logical questions about themselves and their space, like "how big is your open room?" or "what languages do you speak?," the service tries to match them with compatible immigrants in need. (GOOD)

Everyone's getting married at Burning Man and now you can see what that's like — without leaving home.


"Long have Burners been marrying their friends, trinkets, and even themselves in goofy and symbolic 'playa weddings.' Dust-covered wedding dresses pop out of costume boxes here. A camp called Reno Housewives will provide campy bridesmaids. Temporary divorce ceremonies are also common (here, the saying goes, all relationships are open). But the last two years have brought a strange new arrival to the events circuit here: an enormous surge in traditional, legal weddings." (Daily Intelligencer)

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Woman waking from coma reveals that her alleged suicide could have been a murder attempt; movie studios everywhere start bidding on her life rights.

Police thought a 53-year-old woman, Laura Stuardo, had tried to commit suicide by jumping off a cruise ship. But when she awoke from a coma, she had some startling news for them: It wasn't suicide at all. Stuardo revealed that she had argued with her partner, 55-year-old Giovanni Pia, before the accident, and told the press, "I don’t remember if he pushed me, but I certainly didn’t want to commit suicide." An attempted murder investigation has since been opened. (The Washington Post)

Princess Charlotte is worth nearly $5 billion to the British economy at only 4 months old; we quietly try to deal with our feelings of inadequacy.

Prince George may be in line for the throne, but his younger sister, Princess Charlotte, is still the one making more money. The youngest member of the British royal family will be worth nearly $5 billion to the British economy, according to Brand Finance, while her brother will tally a mere $3.6 billion. Girl power? (CNN)
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