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Smart thermostats inadvertently strain electric power grids


Smart thermostats - those inconspicuous wall devices that help homeowners govern electricity usage and save energy - may be falling into a dumb trap.

Set by default to turn on before dawn, the smart thermostats unintentionally work in concert with other thermostats throughout neighborhoods and regions to prompting inadvertent, widespread energy-demand spikes on the grid.
 

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Why Are Black Cats Considered Bad Luck?


Feline friends and fans know there's nothing to fear, but the persistence of the belief that black cats are somehow bad luck has endured for centuries. Sure, back during the heyday of Egyptian rule (around 3000 BCE), all cats were notoriously honored and worshipped-killing one was even a capital crime-but the rise of witchcraft in Europe put the kibosh on any trace of goodwill toward the inkiest of felines.
 

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Clothes pre-stained with "ketchup"


File this under: another stupid gimmick, or, when will corporations stop trolling us? Velveeta tried to sell us nail polish that looked and smelled like cheese, and Balenciaga offered trashbag-inspired totes for almost two thousand dollars. What's next, you might ask? Well, Heinz (yes, the ketchup company) has teamed up with the online second-hand shop thredUp to sell "vintage" clothes with ketchup stains on them.
 
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