The Golden Shear 紐西蘭『金剪刀』剪羊毛大賽
by Marcus Maurice
Shearers, wool handlers, and wool pressers can be champions at the Golden Shear competition.
|Fortune Telling and Soda Selling 無所不能，無所不賣的日本販賣機by Matthew Brown|
Japan has been ahead of the rest of the world in vending machine technology for years.
販賣機在日本非常普及，約每 50 人可以分配到一台，而且光是專賣飲料的販賣機就有 250 萬台。這個數據甚至不包括販售其他像是香菸、玩具、鮮花、
Helicopter Parents 事必躬親的直升機父母
by Nadia Chung
|Hovering parents end up with kids that are not independent.
|The Next Global Economic Superpowers
下一個經濟強權：環北極國家by Carrie Kellenburger
|NORCs may be the places that will carry us into the future.
芬蘭和冰島。由於地球暖化，到 2050 年這些國家預期會成為世界的經濟強權。
The term altruism was originally coined by philosopher Auguste Comte. It means selfless concern for the welfare of others. On December 15, 2009, 36-year-old Reed Sandridge did something that people who just lost their jobs usually never do. He started Year of Giving, a project dedicated to his mother, the most altruistic person he knew. Sandridge's plan was to give away US$10 to a stranger every day and then document it on his blog. He said his mother taught him that in difficult economic times, it's even more important to share with others.
Sandridge knows that US$10 is not really going to change a person's life. However, he feels good in his heart, which is worth way more than US$10. Also, his stories have inspired others to do more to help those in need.
Some days, giving away money in Washington, DC is easy, like when Sandridge helps out a homeless person or someone down on their luck. Other days, it's difficult because strangers think that Sandridge is crazy. In their opinion, no one in their right mind would be giving out money to strangers.
On his blog, Sandridge documents each monetary exchange and what happened that day. He keeps in contact with many of the people that have accepted his money and asks them to let him know how they spent it. Some bought cigarettes, alcohol, or groceries, while others paid it forward and gave the US$10 away themselves. Sandridge even has a section on the blog called Lend a Hand, where he lists the needs of the people he has met. From this, his readers can send him the needed items, which he will deliver accordingly. At the end of the year, Sandridge plans to have a party and invite all thse who have been featured. His mother would surely be very proud of him.