The cost of living has been a big issue in national politics lately; the minimum wage debate rages on. Some believe in the market to set the wages, while others are more inclined to raise the minimum wage to more than double the national average. That’s right – in a few years, the state of Washington’s minimum wage will be $15 an hour. That’s a lot of money for flipping burgers, but the market can also cause wages to increase drastically. In small oil-booming towns, McDonald’s can pay up to $15 an hour.
Let’s move away from politics though, and into the fantasy world of television. Our old friend Homer Simpson seems to be one of the more well-off characters that we’ve listed below. With affordable living being at 30 percent of one’s monthly income, Homer dominates by only spending about 15 percent of income on living. Other TV stars aren’t so lucky. Full House is devastated when San Francisco’s housing boom is taken into account. With modern day prices, even Don Draper of Mad Men would be spending too much on living, although I’d say it’s worth it to live in his homes.
Our TV stars seem to have good jobs and no one is living on minimum wage. Well, then there’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Who knows how that crew pays rent. [via]
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At this point, are you even surprised when you hear news of another company data breach? Or, like me, do you roll your eyes and religiously check your bank account for the next few weeks?
It seems like every other week, another popular store has been victim to hackers, and consumer’s private information has been stolen. Chick-fil-A is currently in the news for a potential credit card data breach. And I went there twice in December. Oh well, I wasn’t attached to my debit card number anyway.
As I was searching for articles about the latest data breaches, I discovered this awesome interactive infographic. It shows data losses of over 30,000 records, with the largest at 200 million. The coolest part of this graphic is the number of ways you can filter the information for your viewing pleasure. You can sort by year, method of leak, number of records stolen and data sensitivity.
My favorite part is that it’s color coded. [via]
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The world of Hollywood has always been a mystery to the masses. The environment movie stars live in tends to be a trial of ups and downs. Show business is a place that can make and break the biggest stars. Money seems to grow on trees, with movies costing tens of millions of dollars to create. The importance of the movie star has been around since the beginning of film. Marilyn Monroe, the quintessential ‘movie star,’ is our best example of the rise and fall of Hollywood’s greatest.
No surprise that the white dress she wore in The Seven Year Itch has the top spot for the world’s most expensive movie prop. Someone paid $4.6 million for that thing. Literally a lifetime of wealth. Whether these stars become sex symbols, powerful influencers, politicians, or the funniest man on earth like the late Robin Williams, tragedy can befall all. The dramatic life of these stars, combined with the notoriety of blockbuster films they lead in, can only create a trail of priceless memorabilia.
Not only do movie stars drive the price up for movie props, movies grant some props with personalities of their own, like Wilson from Cast Away. The Delorean from Back to the Future has compelled fans to seek out Deloreans from around the globe. If only an A-lister would mail me some of their props. I might be a rich man one day. [via]
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I’ve always wondered when hair became something so associated with beauty. At what point in human history did someone start to cut their hair? My guess is that it would go back thousands of years. Before we all teased, shaped, and molded our hair follicles for looks, I bet people just got tired of it getting in everything. After getting tired of using makeshift hair ties, our ancestors must of taken the plunge and crudely cut their locks. I’m sure they used it once cut. Maybe for brushes or other tools.
Looking back at more recent history of some of the Chinese Dynasties, British royalty and tribal African hair styles, we’ve moved far away from the practicality of cutting hair into some obscured styles. Why were hair pieces or those weird white wigs so big in the West during the 1700′s? They were absolutely ridiculous looking, and must have itched like no other.
No matter the style or reason, I’m sure future generations will create even crazier styles, and look back at our slice of history in utter disbelief as well. [Via]