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Good day, bad day: January 13, 2012
While high schoolers break a toilet-paper record, North Korea punishes citizens who failed to break down over Kim Jong-il's death — and more winners and losers of today's news cycle
 
Massachusetts teens show off their ability to fold toilet paper in historic ways.
Massachusetts teens show off their ability to fold toilet paper in historic ways.
Screen shot, New Scientist

GOOD DAY FOR:

Creative communication
A South-African fast food chain reaches out to the visually impaired by creating "braille burgers." The chefs painstakingly placed individual sesame seeds on burger buns to spell out "100% Pure Beef Burgers Made For You." [The Daily What]

Practical math
A group of Massachusetts high school students breaks the world toilet-paper-folding record by completing 13 folds with 8,192 layers. Requiring mathematical formulas, this is apparently much harder than it sounds. [Huffington Post]

Penny pinching TSA agents
A report says the TSA makes $400,000 a year by collecting the coins passengers leave behind when emptying their pockets for the security scanners. [The Atlantic Wire]

BAD DAY FOR:

Business as usual
The U.S. economy loses $800 million to $900 million every time Friday the 13th rolls around, as superstitious people are afraid to do things like fly. This year, the day occurs three times. [Daily Finance]

Politically incorrect humor
With the launch of its new "Blonde" roast, Starbucks issues a company-wide ban on blonde jokes. Witticisms mocking the fair-haired will earn employees a written reprimand. [Newser]

Stoicism
North Korea's regime is reportedly punishing citizens who did not cry over the death of Kim Jong-il by sending them to labor camps. [Daily Mail]

For more winners and losers see: Good day, bad day: January 12, 2012

 

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