What You Need to Know Today: May 22

Good evening, Early Risers!

Here’s what you need to know today


“When you think about things women like, you think about…fashion, or fortune-telling, or food or dating boyfriends. So I decided to theme the game around “eating” — after eating dinner, women like to have dessert. If you take a pizza and remove one piece, it looks like a mouth. That’s where my idea came from.” – Toru Iwatani creator of Pac-Man. Iwatani’s iconic arcade game turns 35 today and one question we all want to know is what makes Pac-Man so addictive? After scouring the internet, here’s the best answer we could find.

The dumb phone is back. A popular news story has been circulating about a screen-less phone, aimed at helping people detach from their smartphone addiction, without completely unplugging. The idea is novel, sure, but it’s a band-aid solution to a bigger problem – living in constant fear of missing a call, text, notification. Here’show to curb your phone-checking habit without some ridiculous gadget.


The email mistake many will make this long weekend. The biggest mistake people make when setting an auto-reply message before going on vacation is telling recipients they will reply when they get back. This only delays the inevitable, and Tuesday morning you’ll be swimming in an overflowing inbox. A better, more productive, way to handle email this Memorial Day weekend is to set this auto-reply message.

Better than the Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This implies others want to be treated like you. The alternative, and more accurate, is the Platinum Rule.

Personal Development

Imma let you finish but…Beyonce has some of the most popular songs of all time, because they are written for grade schoolers. A new study finds many no. 1 song lyrics are written at a third-grade reading level. Here’s why reading level is not as important as we think.


The arcade version of Pac-Man has a highest possible score of 3,333,360 … which has been achieved by less than how many people ever?

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