What We Missed: Wednesday July 31st


Here's some news that will certainly make many a "Friends" fan (central) perk up: A pop-up experience themed around the beloved NBC sitcom will open in New York in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of its 1994 premiere.

Named "The One with the Pop-Up," as a nod to the episode titles of creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman's long-running series about six well-dressed best friends who hung out in the fictitious Central Perk coffee shop and sometimes went to work, the space will include set re-creations, props and costumes.

Made-for-social media moments include opportunities to stick a turkey on your head a la a scene from a Thanksgiving episode featuring Courteney Cox's Monica and Matthew Perry's Chandler or attempt to pivot and maneuver a sofa up a too-narrow stairwell like the one in Ross's (David Schwimmer) apartment complex.

source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/29/entertainment/friends-pop-up-25th-anniversary/index.html

As if one major college-related scandal weren’t enough in a year, there comes this news: wealthy parents in Illinois are reportedly scamming financial aid for their college-bound children by transferring guardianship to someone else, freeing up said children to claim financial independence. Is this pretty unethical? Absolutely. Is it illegal? Apparently not!

The story was reported on Monday by both the Wall Street Journal and ProPublica Illinois, who found the tactic employed by a number of parents in wealthy Illinois suburbs. The scam works as such: parents will transfer guardianship of their 16 or 17-year-old child to a friend, neighbor, or family member, citing some kind of disturbance at home that precludes them for caring for their offspring. Then, that child is able to cite only their own income—from a summer job, for instance—on financial aid forms, making scholarships and other aid for low-income students available to them even if their parents are high earners.

source: https://splinternews.com/rich-people-now-just-signing-over-custody-of-their-kids-1836806243

The IHG hotel group plans to replace “bathroom miniatures” with bulk supplies across all of its 17 brands, including Holiday Inn and Inter Continental, becoming the first big brand to act.

source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/29/travel/plastic-straws-mini-shampoo-bottles.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage§ion=Travel

A little boy is being hailed as a hero for saving 13 people from a fire that had broken out in their Chicago home after the smoke detectors malfunctioned.

Though he is only 5-years-old, Jayden Espinosa knew exactly what to do when a fire broke out early Saturday morning in his aunt’s South Marshfield/Back of the Yards duplex, Fox 32 News reports.

source: https://people.com/human-interest/boy-saves-13-people-fire-started-family-was-sleeping/

check out this really cool optical illusion!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7296031/Optical-illusion-tricks-brain-seeing-COLOURS-black-white-picture.html

On Monday, Arizona’s NBC affiliate 12 News reported that police in Tempe would be pulling over drivers who are following traffic laws to reward them with a coupon for a drink at a Circle-K convenience store. The idea faced immediate backlash from critics who pointed out that this could be a massive inconvenience (and possibly a violation of the Fourth Amendment) for drivers, if not an outright traumatic experience particularly for people of color.

source: https://www.eater.com/2019/7/29/20744728/tempe-police-will-not-pull-over-good-drivers-coupons

These actors could have played in your favorite roles! Check it out!!!

https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/pictures/these-stars-turned-down-major-movie-and-tv-roles-w436248/