Brian Banmiller's blog

Microchipped Employees

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A Wisconsin company is hoping to make day to day life simpler for its employers, by microchipping them.

Three square market says more than 50 employees are volunteering for a program that inserts a small chip underneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger. That chip allows them to open doors, log onto computers and buy snacks with a wave of their hand. This type of technology is already available in Europe but this is the first time it's being used here in the U.S.  read more »

The Clown Motel

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Looking for a good scare? How about a motel full of clowns with a couple of ghosts mixed in?

Twenty years ago Bob Perchetti opened the clown motel in a small Nevada town halfway between Las Vegas and Reno. Now it's on the market for $900,000 and available for anyone who doesn't mind being surrounded day and night by clowns. Bob says he has always been fond of clowns and began decorating the motel with them from his own family's collection. Over the years that collection grew and now everything from the sign outside to the lobby to each and every room is covered with clowns.

And here's the catch. They aren't coming down. Bob says as part of the deal whoever buys the property must keep the clowns intact. And that isn't the only selling point.  read more »

Fast Food Fashion

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Can't get enough of your favorite fast food? Try wearing it.

Thanks to a new partnership with Uber Eats, McDonald’s is now offering a delivery service at more than 3,500 locations around the country. Now along with your burger and fries customers can also get items that include an adult size big mac onesie and hamburger pillowcases.

Called the McDelivery Collections it's described as a selection of fun, fashion forward items you can use or wear whenever and wherever you order. Other items of attire up for grabs include french fry themed sweat suits and sandals and picnic blankets dotted with popular menu items. The fast food giant kicked off the new line by offering the items free to whoever ordered food from the delivery service for one day only and while supplies last.  read more »

Facial Expressions

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Disney wants to know if you like its movies; and it’s using your facial expressions to figure it out.

Earlier this week Disney announced that is experimenting with an artificial intelligence that tracks a person's emotional response to a movie. The company's research branch developed neural networks that can tell a person's reaction based on how their face moves. The tests were conducted in screenings of movies such as “Big Hero 6,” “The Jungle Book” and “Star Wars.”  read more »

Buying Happiness

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Think money can buy you happiness? Depends what you spend it on.

According to a new study published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences people who spend money to buy themselves more free time are happier than others. Examples of this includes spending money to hire someone for personal chores such as house cleaning, grocery shopping and washing the car. And it's not just the rich who are benefiting.  read more »

Stuck Inside an ATM

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Everyone has had a bad day at work; but one Texas repairman probably has you beat.

What started out as an ordinary day ended with a cry for help that no one took seriously for one man in Corpus Christi, Texas. The man who has not been identified was working on a bank’s ATM when he became stuck inside. Because the walls are so thick his voice did not carry to the people outside so he got a little creative. He began writing polite notes that read “please help. I'm stuck in here. Please call my boss” and passing them through to customers.  read more »

Disney's Bottom Line

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The happiest place on earth is getting a little more magical.

For the first time in more than a decade, attendance is down at 13 out of 14 Disney parks because of rising costs. Bad weather, terrorist fears and overcrowding are also contributing to a drop in the number of people lining up to spend time with mickey and his friends. So at the recent D3 Expo in Anaheim the Walt Disney Company announced major changes designed around Disney characters and movies to bring people back to the parks.  read more »

Success Stories

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Want your story to be a successful one? Start young.

For most people the age of 25 is spent in your first apartment, on your second hand furniture, with a job that barely pays the rent. For people such as Donald Trump, Steve Jobs and Martha Stewart, the story is a little different. So what were some of the most powerful people in the world doing when the rest of us were adjusting to post-college life?  read more »

A Love Connection

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Thanks to the reaching power of social media, a long running joke is turning into the first date of a lifetime.

In 2014 Josh Avsec, a student at Ohio’s Kent State University messaged Michelle Arendas on the dating site Tinder. Two months later she wrote back telling him she was sorry for the delay and that her phone had died. Taking the brush off in stride he waited two months before responding, apologizing for his delay by saying he was in the shower.

The two of them have continued the joke for three years with responses always coming a few months apart. Some of their tongue in cheek excuses included having a busy president's day, waiting for their phone to become fully charged and homework.  read more »

Wedding Bell Woes

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Wedding season is well underway; and now hundreds of brides find themselves looking for something to wear.

The bridal salon, Alfred Angelo is now speaking out after abruptly closing its doors, leaving brides all over the country without something new to wear on their big day. In a statement the company says quote “We apologize for the inconvenience and hardship resulting from this event. We appreciate your patience.”

The company, which had been around since the 1930's, filed for bankruptcy last week revealing that it had no more than $50,000 in assets but over $50 million in debt. It is now asking people concerned about wedding or bridesmaid dresses to contact the company's bankruptcy trustee Margaret Smith and ask about their shipment or a possible refund.  read more »