We share advice on everything from our diets to our clothing, but why do we keep our investment decisions to ourselves? Buying clothes can be costly, as well as finding the perfect organic diet to accent your gym membership and smoothie obsession. But investing actually makes you money rather than forcing you to use it. So why are humans inclined to listen to friends when it comes to spending money but are hesitant when it comes to earning it?
Great, the word that describes everything from pyramids to walls. The same word, in fact, that is constantly used to praise our self-proclaimed perfect country. But what truly makes America great? According to the dictionary, the vague word describes something considerably above average. To Donald Trump, it explains what our country used to be and where he plans to bring it. To the rest of us, it’s simply a four-letter adjective that we throw in front of words that need a little extra oomph. Although Jeff Daniels ripped apart our so-called greatest country in the world in the first scene of Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom, there’s more to being great than a couple statistics. Following the general criteria that is commonly used to rank the countries of the world in terms of “greatness”, let’s find the answer to the insanely complicated question: Is America great?
Matt Stone and Trey Parker are the brilliant minds behind the creation of Comedy Central’s smash hit South Park and its four young protagonists: Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny. Unlike Futurama, Family Guy, and most other satirical animated shows for adult audiences, South Park’s creators chose children as the main characters. The kids seem like any other group of rebellious fourth graders as they torment teachers, rag on each others' appearances and religions, and spend hours playing games to pass the time in their supposedly quiet town. But the town of South Park is far from peaceful, as the ten-year-olds take on the world’s problems while imparting timely messages upon their international audience.
Self-driving cars. Humans glued to the screens of their devices. Trash everywhere. One company to rule them all. Sound familiar? Either you just watched the 2008 Pixar hit Wall-E, or you simply looked at the ever-changing world around us. Debuting at a time when the economy hit its lowest point since the Great Depression, the dystopian society surrounding everyone’s favorite hardworking robot scared many with its foreboding predictions. But before humans actually admit that Wall-E predicted the future and director Andrew Stanton’s garbage-covered, humanless Earth of the year 2805 becomes a reality, we must take action for the sake of our planet.
Every space-minded child growing up found their niche among the stars once they were able to name all the planets in order from the Sun. For anyone born after 2006, they might find it a little harder as we continue to ask: Is Pluto a planet? Pluto, the true underdog story of the Milkyway, was declassified as a primary planet after it failed to meet the International Astronomical Union's specifications. The world watched on as the baby brother of the planet family was disowned and thrown into a meaningless group of misfit dwarf planets. So while we brush away our tears as we watch everyone’s favorite underdog become stripped of its planetary ties, let’s find the true reasons why we still question whether or not Pluto is a planet.
People are traveling across the land, searching far and wide. From the grasslands of Central Park to the cliffs of Beverly Hills, dozens are getting off of their couches and heading outside into the world of Pokémon Go. The location-based augmented reality game brought to us by Nintendo and Niantic opened the golden gates into the Kanto Region. Crowds hit the streets as they fight to rise through the ranks of the world and become the very best. So dust off your starter cap and toss a couple Poke Balls in your backpack, your childhood dream finally became a reality.