There’s a 44-year-old guy in New York named Peter Shankman who does business seminars all over the world. So he racks up a lot of frequent flyer miles, and uses most of them to get plane tickets for his friends and family.
But he’s also using a bunch of them this year to buy tickets for complete STRANGERS who can’t afford to fly home for Christmas.
He’s been asking people to explain why they deserve a free ticket on the site Imgur.com. (Pronounced image-er.)
The ones who get the most votes by 5:00 P.M. Eastern today will get the tickets. So HE’S not choosing who gets them, the Internet is. (It’s probably too late to get in on the action, but this story explains how to apply for a free ticket.)
He says he has enough miles to fly three or four people round-trip. Or more depending on where each person’s going.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because he did the same thing last year. And he also sent six people home for the holidays back in 2013, which inspired OTHER people to do it. So about 25 people ended up getting free tickets that year.
By the way, if YOU have a bunch of frequent flyer miles you want to donate to someone, there’s actually a website you can go through now called Abroaders.com.
(Imgur / Lansing State Journal)
A new study out of Cambridge University in England found that money really CAN buy happiness . . . as long as you spend it on the right things. It just depends on your personality.
They split people into five big personality types, monitored what they spent money on for six months, then tested them to find their general happiness levels. Check it out.
- People who are open should spend money on entertainment, and hair and beauty products to be happy. They should avoid getting traffic tickets or taking on a mortgage.
- Conscientious people should spend money on insurance, and health and fitness. They shouldn’t spend money on gambling, toys, or hobbies.
- Extroverted people should spend money on entertainment and travel. They shouldn’t spend money on lots of insurance or an accountant.
- People who are agreeable should spend money on charity and pets. They should avoid getting traffic tickets and gambling.
- And neurotic people feel BETTER when they spend money on traffic tickets. They also like gambling. But they should avoid spending money on hotels.
We are live at Hime Sushi Bar & Grill and we’ve got tickets to Circo Hermano Vasquez! Stop by, check out the #StPatricksDay happy hour specials including the new sampler plate, half off on select wines, and the Tasty Irish Mudslides. We’ll be doing it live till 9pm at Hime Sushi Bar & Grill
Don’t let people tell you the Super Bowl is in San Francisco this year. It’s in Silicon Valley, over an hour south of San Francisco. And since people there just LOVE flashing their money around, it’s how something like THIS happens.
This Super Bowl now has the most expensive tickets of any sporting event in U.S. history. One ticket is now selling for an average of $4,957.
The old record was the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match back in May, where tickets got up to $4,672.
(NBC 4 – Oklahoma City)
If you’re listening to this, it means you didn’t win the giant Powerball jackpot last night. If it’s any consolation, we didn’t either.
The winning numbers were 4, 8, 19, 27, and 34 . . . and the Powerball was 10. Time to start beating yourself up for not picking them: “Damn, it’s my birth month plus one, Kobe Bryant’s original jersey number, my dog’s length in centimeters”
There were at least three winning tickets sold. One was in Chino Hills, California. That’s a small suburb east of Los Angeles. It’s also the sixth richest medium-sized city in America, whatever that means.
The other two were in Tennessee and Florida.
We don’t know yet if it’s three individuals, or if the tickets were bought as part of a lottery pool.
Either way, that means the jackpot won’t be $2 billion on Saturday. It’ll be back down to $40 million. I don’t get out of bed for jackpots like that.
And now we can all go back to NOT burning our money on lottery tickets. At least until the jackpot explodes again.
(ABC 7 – Los Angeles / New York Times)