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These days a lot of people like to give their babies unique names...and we get it, what parent wants their kid to be one of three with the same name in a classroom? Still, some parents are going a bit extreme in their efforts to be original.

According to the website, Nameberry, lots of folks have been naming their babies after brands, with 130 girls and 11 boys getting the moniker Tesla, 20 girls named Maybelline, and 24 girls actually getting the name Fanta. Sports fanatics also went a little crazy, with 12 girls and six boys being named Espn. No seriously. 

  • One big category of unique names has to do with spirituality, with 149 girls and 25 boys named Halo, 75 boys and 55 girls named Amen, and six boys named Yogi, while power and royalty were also a big inspiration, with names like Empress (106 girls), Heiress (53 girls), General (11 boys) and Duchess (nine girls, with 11 spelled Dutchess) also popular, with five boys actually getting named Sirprince.
  • And it doesn’t stop there. Parents have also found inspiration in nature, with names like Koi (26 boys, 25 girls), Lemmon (25 girls) and Alp (36 boys), as well as attitude, as in Envy (28 girls), Riot (46 boys, 14 girls) and Havoc (17 boys). Some have even named kids after notorious folks in history like Cleopatra (29 girls), Jezebel (27 girls) and Stalin(seven boys).

Source: Huffington Post


It’s almost time for kids to start heading off - or back to - college. But while parents are often shelling out big bucks for that education, it seems many of them aren’t exactly confident their kids will actually finish.

In fact, a new survey finds that 50% of parents aren’t “very confident” in their kids finishing school without having to temporarily withdraw at some point, although 49% of students are very confident they will finish without needing a break, with 46% believing they’ll get their degree within four years.

And as much as parents are worried about kids not having a degree, many are even more concerned about what their kids’ withdrawal will do for them financially. In fact, 80% of parents and students believe the financial repercussions from an early withdrawal could be severe, with many expecting that loss will cost about $10,000. In addition, 80% of parents and 84% of kids fear having to pay off a student loan even if the kid withdraws from school.

 Source: Omaha World-Herald


Getting a breast cancer diagnosis can be scary, but these days it certainly isn’t fatal. But what folks probably aren’t telling you is that the treatment that will save your life, may also bankrupt you.

A new report by researchers at University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center reveals that 38% of breast cancer patients are left worried about finances. In general, 14% of women surveyed say they lost more than 10% of their household income fighting cancer, with 17% spending 10% of their income on out-of-pocket medical expenses for their treatment.

The report also reveals that African Americans and Latinas have the biggest financial worries, with some losing their homes, having utilities shut off or even having to cut back on food in order to afford their treatment.

And if that isn’t already bad enough, most patients say their doctors are no help, with 73% of those with financial problems because of treatment saying they didn’t get any aid from their doctor’s office.

Source: New York Post


When that 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit Japan back in 2011 (and brought a tsunami in its wake), you probably remember that it triggered a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The aftermath sent radioactive particles into the ocean and air and some reached as far as the Pacific coast of the U.S.

Here’s the bad news: French researchers have recently discovered that some of those radioactive particles were so widespread, that they affected wines bottled in Northern California around the time of the event. A series of vintage Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines from 2009 to 2012 were examined to see if researchers could detect higher levels of radioactive particles in wine from around the time of the Fukushima accident.

Researchers used a method originally created to determine the authenticity of vintage wines for the study and didn’t detect the cesium-137, a radioactive isotope, in the wine until they vaporized it and turned it into ash. Then they found the wine actually contained twice as much as wines bottled before the nuclear disaster. But the amount they detected is still considered “extremely low,” as if that makes us feel better.

Source: New York Post

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