Twitter Crashed the Stock Market

I love days when the stock market is up. It generally means that something good is happening in the world, and that people are making money. Today was one of those days; the Dow Jones Industrial Average, one of the three main American indexes used to judge the health of the stock market, was up about 1% this morning. Then, a Twitter message sent to millions of users caused what is known as a flash-crash as people around the world saw what they thought may have been one of the most shocking news stories in a decade.

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12 Days of Christmas: By the Numbers

It cannot be overstated how much we at Abraham Thinkin’ love Christmas. Truly, any superlative to describe a person’s enthusiasm is applicable to our Christmas Spirit, and it probably still falls short of effectively capturing the level of our Holiday Cheer. As we all know by now, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loud for all to hear. Fortunately for you all, we cannot sing Christmas Carols to you through the computer, so instead, we are going to do what we think is the next best thing. Every day between now and Christmas Day, we will post something related to Christmas, including Christmas Traditions, Stories of Christmas Lore; some of Abe’s Christmas Faves, and much much more.

To the Western world, Christmas would not be complete without giving. Whether you are into giving, receiving, or both, the tradition of Christmas shopping has become and essential – and sometimes stressful – ritual. This is the time of year when that elective-spending part of your budget balloons as you purchase gifts for friends and family. So how much does the world spend on Christmas, and how much does it change the economy? We try to answer these questions on this, the Tenth Day of Christmas.

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America’s Death Star

No, you read that correctly:The United States of America may soon be the proud owner of its very own Death Star. Confused? Allow me to explain.

In September 2011, the White House launched We the People – an online petition site designed to be an easy way for American’s to gather and express support for popular initiatives. According to White House policy, any petition that gains over 25,000 signatures will be given an official response by the Obama Administration. Well, a couple of days ago, a petition for America to build a Death Star reached that threshold. Given the publicity this has been getting, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this thing reach 6-digits…and I cannot WAIT to read what will undoubtedly be a hilarious response from the White House.

Now that I am aware of this, expect follow-up posts in the future covering other ridiculous and awesome petitions on the site. Hot damn, I love America.