What You Need to Know Today: June 16

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Here’s what you need to know today


Bloom connects multiple generations. Skype is every young traveler’s tool of choice to let mom and dad know they’re alive. But using Skype to connect with older relatives can prove challenging, in some cases, impossible. Cue, Bloom, an easier way to connect with relatives that removes the big hurdles: access to a computer; remembering passwords etc. Bloom is backed by Google Ventures and FKA and officially launches today.


“because dreams offer too little collateral.” “I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible,” Disney famously said, “because dreams offer too little collateral.” When Walt Disney first opened Disneyland in Southern Calif, in the mid ‘50s, price of admission was $1. Many people expected Disneyland to fail because most amusement parks at that time charged no admission. With Jurassic World shattering box office expectations this past weekend, here’s more nostalgia, with a look at how far Disney has come since naysayers scoffed at $1 ticket prices.

The next wave of oral health care professionals. “Cosmetic dentistry now represents the largest nonsurgical beauty industry after makeup.” – Dan Lee, “America’s Obsession With Perfecting Its Teeth.” Millennials are the next wave of orthodontists, dentists, and hygienists, and like Dorothy Garlough, RDH, notes, “Millennial hygienists recognize that technology will lead to best practices in dentistry today…They prefer texting for appointment confirmation and question the status quo of not having an online appointment booking system.” Read Dr. Garlough’s full story.

Personal Development

Five American guys walk into a room…and you’ve gathered roughly half a ton of manhood. According to the CDC – American men and women have ballooned dramatically over the past 50 years. The average American woman now weighs as much as the average 1960s man. However, the road back to healthy BMIs is not what you think (smoking and watching soaps all day), though surprisingly it starts in the kitchen.

Greed is good. When Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) delivered his famous speech in the 1987 movie “Wall Street,” he polarized viewers: those who agreed that greed is good; and those who didn’t. In a recent article, “When Mother Teresa Drives a Ferrari,” the author points out a similar position, “There’s something appealing about the clarity of baldly ambitious capitalists when compared with confused philanthro-entrepreneurs.” If you think TOMS and Warby Parker are noble business models to follow, here’s something to consider.


On this day in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost how much to ride?

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