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  • Usually, the only reasons a bank makes me cry are the outrageously high fees, but this video from TD Bank has given me the feels.

    In it, TD Bank set up an ATM, or in this case, an "automated thanking machine," at various locations across Canada.

    To express gratitude to its clientele, the company simultaneously gave out money and gifts that clearly required some thought and planning. Gifts included throwing out the first pitch at a Blue Jays game to player Jose Bautista, setting up registered education savings plans (RESP) for one woman's kids (smart product/service integration) and also sending them to Disneyland (because kids aren't going to appreciate an RESP yet), and the simple, effective surprise of a beautiful bouquet of roses. The segments that really got me are the ones of the mother whose cancer-stricken daughter is in Trinidad. Watch and weep.

    This sentimental video is being compared to another one that came out from WestJet, another Canadian company, last Christmas. The

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  • How often do you get caught in a conversation that is going on and on to the point that you zone out? Then when you return from your little reverie, you don't know how to get back in. Or perhaps you don't have an answer to the dilemma that the other person is currently facing.

    Nathan Pyle of BuzzFeed has some great suggestions on what to say in different scenarios to make it seem like you were listening the whole time. In "How to Win Friends and Influence People," Dale Carnegie wrote "to be interesting, be interested." These tips will make you seem like the most interesting/interested person ever.

    Citing a rogue puppy, subway commuter stress, and the highly sensitive topic of tablecloths versus place mats, we put some of his phrases to the test in our interview above.

    Here's the entire list of his conversation tricks.

    For more from Pyle, specifically for NYC basic tips and etiquette, check out his book of the same name (in paperback and animated super-GIF versions!) and of course

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  • On Monday, Geraldo Rivera, no stranger to controversy, stirred things up again while appearing on the Fox News show "Outnumbered."

    In a segment on what 20-somethings really want in a marriage, the talk turned to the concept of "beta marriages," in which the union can be formalized or dissolved after a two-year trial period with no paperwork or hassle, allowing partners to see if they want to continue beyond a short-term commitment.

    Rivera, after noting that his current marriage is almost 11 years strong, acknowledged that he has been divorced four times, essentially having had his share of beta marriages himself.

    Mentioning his three daughters, he went on to explain that he is against the idea of beta marriages, arguing that while men bring money to a marriage, women bring their youth, and that a woman's youth is precious.

    "I know this may provoke a Stephen Smith-like reaction, but I think essentially — although there's an increase in two-income marriages — generally speaking, the man

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  • Brandon Bowen, 16 years old, is a self-proclaimed "professional fatty" and "amateur Viner" from Tifton, Georgia.

    He recently posted a vine with his unique approach to blocking out the haters.

    Brandon got the idea to use the spoons from a fellow churchgoer, and in the video above he gives me a little lesson in hater blockin'. He says his secret to holding the spoons in place is duct tape, but I found that wedging a spoon in under my brow and then squinching my face works pretty well.

    This young Southern gentleman puts forth a positive message, saying that blocking out the haters gives us one less negative thing to deal with, considering all that's going on in the world.

    The video has encouraged a number of imitations:

    Brandon has even posted a sequel of sorts to his original vine.

    We had to do one of our own.

    A follow-up video shows his love for minitacos, which even got its own remix.


    He admits that he doesn't have a recipe for a minitaco; they come from a box. Someone hook

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  • Summer after summer of filling and knotting water balloons was taking the fun out of water balloon fights. So one Texas family took matters into their own hands and came up with a way to save time.

    After some experimentation, engineer Josh Malone and his kids came up with a prototype of a prepackaged balloon set, which attaches to a hose. After a group of balloons are filled with water simultaneously, they tie themselves before falling off — in one minute

    "We knew there had to be a better way," Malone tells Yahoo News. 

    Malone's Kickstarter page has already made a splash this week. 

    "We've been pleasantly surprised. We knew people liked it, but we didn't know how much," he adds.  

    The original goal of $10,000 was quickly met and eclipsed by the $316,000 the campaign has raised in pledges in just a few days. The August and September deliveries sold out in 24 hours. Other backers will have to wait until next spring or summer to get their hands on the insta-water balloons. It's

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