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Facebook just announced plans to build a campus across the street from their current headquarters in Menlo Park, California.  “Willow Campus” will be a 59-acre campus featuring 1,500 on-campus apartments, 225 at below market rates, as well as parks, local transportation, retail space, a grocery store and a pharmacy.  Phase one is expected to be finished by 2021

Source: Buzzfeed

24/7 Wall Street looked at data from the research company The Wedding Report to determine the states where it costs the most and least to throw a wedding:

The States That Spend The Most On Weddings

  1. New Jersey ($39,602)
  2. Connecticut ($38,583)
  3. Massachusetts ($38,191)
  4. Hawaii ($37,755)
  5. New York ($36,978)
  6. New Hampshire ($36,302)
  7. Alaska ($35,128)
  8. Maryland ($35,069)
  9. California ($34,543)
  10. Rhode Island ($34,349)

The States That Spend The Least On Weddings

  1. Mississippi ($17,610)
  2. West Virginia ($19,367)
  3. Arkansas ($20,041)
  4. Kentucky ($20,090)
  5. Alabama ($20,355)
  6. Tennessee ($21,173)
  7. Montana ($22,098)
  8. Oklahoma ($22,105)
  9. New Mexico ($22,139)
  10. Louisiana ($22,701)

Source: 24/7 Wall Street

According to new research, Vitamin D may be the cure for all the pains that come with a bad sunburn.  Folks who took large doses of Vitamin D within an hour of getting their sunburn saw significant reductions in redness, swelling and inflammation.  The researchers are now looking into whether Vitamin D’s effects could result in more protection from ultraviolent radiation and even skin cancer, but so far there’s no definitive answer.

Source: USA Today

New research shows that sandboxes are just ripe with all different kinds of bacteria, parasites and other infectious germs.  The study out of Spain tested sand boxes in the area and found that the bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) was present in almost 53% of them.  Previous research found that sandboxes contain certain parasites that can cause flu-like symptoms, as well as pinworms and roundworms, which in rare cases can cause neurologic damage and death. (!?!)

Source: CBS News

Some of us love going out to eat, but it can make it hard to stick to your budget. But you don’t have to stay home just to keep your spending in line, just follow these easy tips for saving money on your restaurant bill.

  • Check out the menu ahead of time - You can find most menus online and it only takes a few minutes to look it over and see what the prices and options are. That way you’ll know before you go what you can afford and if there are any deals or specials.
  • Order drinks by the bottle or pitcher - Sure, the $40 pitcher of sangria sounds like a splurge, but when the whole table is sipping $7 glasses of it, it adds up fast. And you’ll probably spend more just buying by the glass.
  • Go meatless - If you want to save a few bucks, getting the pasta or a salad might be cheaper than the steak or chicken dish. And going veggie for one night won’t kill you.
  • Skip dessert and scope out the ice cream place around the corner - Check out the neighborhood to see what sweet spots are nearby for dessert. A $4 double scoop is a bargain compared to the $12 at the restaurant where you have dinner.
  • Pay with a credit card that gives you cash back for food - If you eat more meals out than at home, you might want to find a credit card that rewards you for that kind of spending. The Chase Sapphire Preferred card earns you two points for every dollar you spend at restaurants, and you can redeem those for cash back. If you’re gonna spend there anyway, might as well make the most from it!

Source: PureWow

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