To Tip or Not to Tip

Danny Meyer, an extremely successful restauranteur, has always been a forward thinker. He has never been satisfied with the status quo. In 1985, when he was 27 years old, Meyer opened his first restaurant. The restaurant, Union Square Café, was an instant hit with the public. Meyer didn’t have much formal training in business management when he started out in the restaurant world. More than thirty years have passed, however, and his empire has grown to include many award-winning restaurants at various price points. His casual Blue Smoke barbecue spot is…

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The Disney Superfans!

All is quiet at the Walt Disney Hollywood Studios in the early morning hours, except for a few people lined up at the gate. Kenny White, known as Kenny the Pirate, is one of them: he is anxiously waiting for his turn to ride the Slinky Dog Dash. No, he is not an impatient 5-year-old kid; in fact, he is a 50-year-old diehard fan attempting an impossible feat of riding all 49 rides in one day. Mr. White is not alone as there is an elite group of superfans who…

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Viva the Rats! Exterminate or Protect?

Rats have become a burden in Paris as of late, often seen scouring around popular tourist sights, restaurants and museums. When Geoffroy Boulard, mayor of the 17th arrondissement in the northwestern part of the city, attempted to have something done about the rodent infestation, to his great surprise, he encountered resistance. Ten members of the local lobby group showed up to protest the planned poisoning by exterminators: they proposed a more humane treatment of animals through the distribution of birth control. The local lobby called Rattus Norvegicus is active and…

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LeBron Opens His I Promise School

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LeBron James has achieved many great things thus far throughout his 15-year career. However, James has claimed that opening the new I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio is perhaps his greatest achievement yet. James stated via Twitter: “The jitters before the first day of school are real right now!!! Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life when we open the #IPROMISE School. This skinny kid from Akron who missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade…

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Doing Something May be Worse Than Doing Nothing

As the World Soccer Championship comes to a close with the final game to be played on Sunday, July 15th between Croatia and France, it is likely the champion will be crowned after surviving penalty kicks. Several of the quarter and semi-final games were decided as such and we witnessed the goalie trying to position himself advantageously as to best anticipate the ball trajectory. Most goalies dive left or right with few (or none) staying put in the center. But does moving off center lead to better outcomes? Counterintuitive as…

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