The iPhone 6 won’t be available for purchase for nearly three weeks, but that hasn’t stopped some people from dedicating their every living moment to waiting for it outside the Apple store. That, New York’s cops learning how to tweet, and more on BDC Now with Jenny Johnson.
For Sale: Spot in Line to Buy Other Thing That is Also For Sale
It doesn’t take much to drive Apple geeks crazy, but next Tuesday marks a very special occasion in the world of overpriced technology. On September 9, Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6, which is basically like Christmas morning to these people. So it should come as no surprise that by Sunday there was already a small line outside the 5th Avenue Apple store in New York—a full nine days before the announcement will be made and an insane 19 days before the phone is actually expected to be in stores. Anticipation for this phone is so high that the two first people in line were able to sell their spots for $1,250, which is actually not a bad business model if you enjoy making money by literally standing around. But if you want to learn more about the iPhone 6 before it’s announced, don’t worry: you don’t have to spend weeks on end standing next to a bunch of people who haven’t showered and are evidently willing to lose their jobs to get a phone mere minutes before other people also get that same phone. Simply watch this video from the comfort of your own home. Sure, it’s in another language, but at least you get to ogle what appears to be the new iPhone’s sleek bod without having to endure the crushing realization that you have nothing better to do with your time than sit on a sidewalk in Manhattan for three weeks.
It’s Time For Colleges and Universities to Wake Up: Sexual Assault is a Real Problem
Sexual assault on college campuses is getting out of hand. This year alone we have seen 55 schools (including six in Massachusetts) come under federal investigation for mishandling sexual violence complaints, another five schools added to that investigation later the same month, 3,000 people sign a petition calling for Williams College to improve how it handles sexual assault, and now, in the 11 days since classes started at the University of Iowa, there have already been three reported sexual assaults. So what in the world is it going to take to get some real attention on this issue? Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz has an idea and it’s a little more in-your-face than a petition. She intends to carry around a mattress until she no longer has to attend the same school as the man who allegedly assaulted her and two other women. Sulkowicz, a visual arts major, will be using the demonstration as her senior thesis and says the mattress is not only representative of the setting in which her attack took place, but also represented “carrying the weight of the memories that I have of that night and carrying the weight of how the school dismissed not only me but the other two women who reported against him.” When a school forces a student and sexual assault victim to literally carry around a bed in order to be heard, it’s not exactly a good look. Here’s hoping Columbia (and every other school) actually takes some action this time around.
Tired of Your Police Force’s Excessive Brutality? Teach Them to Tweet
Nearly five months ago, the New York City’s police department got a lot of attention for one of their first forays into the world of social media campaigning. It did not go well. The #MyNYPD hashtag went out in a blaze of police brutality images from around New York and since then it has been mostly quiet on the cops-as-Twitter-users front. Now we know why. NYPD has been sending some officers to mandatory social media classes at John Jay College in the hopes that they will use Twitter in a more constituent-friendly fashion. Think fewer jokes about women killed by subway trains and more updates on street closures or bus diversions. If you asked us, we’d guess that NYPD’s social media catastrophes have less to do with their Twitter skills than with their policing skills (if you search #MyNYPD, the tweets critical of officers’ tactics are still trickling in), but that’s not going to stop them from trying to change their image 140 characters at a time.
Even If Golf Isn’t Really Your Thing, It’s About To Be Thanks to This 3-Year-Old
Tommy Morrissey may be young. He may have been born with one arm. But he could still probably give you a run for your money on the links. The Linwood, New Jersey native has been a fan of the game since he started mimicking the swings of golfers on TV. Several sets of plastic clubs later, he’s on to the real deal and taking cuts at his local course. And guess what? The kid can smack a ball more than 100 yards! That’s literally a football field. Of course, this kid isn’t just an impressive athlete, he’s also relatable. His dad, Joe Morrissey, says he still has some bad habits on the links, like hitting the ball into the water. That’s just like most of us! So even if golf isn’t really your thing, this kid and the inspiration he brings to the world ought to be.
Can Anyone Help Science Figure Out What the Heck This Creature Is?
It’s a scary thought, but on a planet covered mostly by unexplored waters, humanity is bound to encounter a new species once in a while. Less common (about four times in the last 100 years), however, is finding a species that simply doesn’t fit in with anything else on Earth. That’s the question scientists at the University of Copenhagen are dealing with as they try to find a place in the Animal Kingdom for a tiny mushroom-shaped organism first discovered in 1986 but never given a classification among the rest of us. “We think it belongs in the animal kingdom somewhere; the question is where,” one researcher told BBC News. That’s not exactly encouraging, but hey with some publicity on their work, maybe someone can help them. If you know anything about mushroom-like creatures that live off the coast of Tazmania, get in touch. It’s probably a good idea to identify this thing is before its much larger, deadlier cousin is discovered.