Gabatron Morning Briefing – 12-28-15: What’s German For “Free Lunch”?

26 people in Germany are getting a check for $1,100 per month in an experiment with a “basic wage.” The program is called “Mein Grundeinkommen” which means “My Basic Income” in German. Basically, the idea is that the government would right people a check for basics like rent and food.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 2,100. That’s the estimated membership of the Knot a Problem community, a group of people who delight in untangling catastrophic yarn entanglements.

Tim Peake continues to have problems with making calls from the cosmos. He tried to call his parents to wish them a Merry Christmas, but he dialed the wrong number.

Star Wars surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales over the weekend. That’s the fastest for any movie in history.

In science news, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory says it’s on track to demonstrate a working laser weapon on a fighter jet by 2020.

Plus, a 33-year-old Indiana man was walking along California’s Sunset Cliffs on Christmas Day when he fell 60 feet to his death.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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