Coca Cola has been a favorite for homemade experiments for ages. Ukrainian DIY nerds Kreosan demonstrate how to make a sweet bottle rocket with a 20 oz bottle of Coke and some lighter fluid. After filling the bottle with propane gas and quickly flipping it over, the gases react and launch the bottle straight up!
One tech CEO gives employees $7,500 to go on vacation. It’s not just paid vacation, you’re paid to go on vacation. This is on top of whatever their salary is. The only catch: You’re not allowed to check work emails, texts, or calls.
Banks in Greece are shut down to avoid a total financial collapse. This is all because of the Greek government’s decision late Friday to pull its negotiators out of bailout talks. That might lead to default and Greece being kicked out of the Euro Zone.
Interesting Stat of the Day: 53 percent. That’s the number of Airbnb listings that are rented upwards of 60 nights per year and three in ten are managed by people with multiple listings.
In technology news, SpaceX launched what was supposed to be a cargo flight to the International Space Station, and another attempt and landing and recovering the first stage on their drone ship. Instead, the rocket exploded about two minutes after lift-off.
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.
British inventor Colin Furze has grown in popularity online for his outrageous inventions and hacks. He has just passed one million subscribers on his YouTube channel, so to celebrate he gathered 300 fireworks rockets and launched them all at once.
The latest issue of “Time” magazine features former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the cover in silhouette. The placement of Clinton’s head under the “M” in “Time” appears to give the likely presidential candidate horns. A guy was thrown out of a Rhode Island bathroom by an explosion. The latest site survey from eHarmony reveals that men who use the dating website are uninterested in women whose hobbies include “using the computer,” “volunteering,” “reading,” “watching TV,” and “going to the movies.” Plus, during a recent TV shoot in Lima, Peru, a television production crew videotaped a purple-colored disc-shaped UFO hovering in the distant sky near a construction site. So far, there’s no official explanation for the object and more strange stories!
A woman in Chicago says that someone used fireworks and hammers to destroy her car. She says that one of her neighbors blew the car up because she may have taken a parking spot that someone had put “dibs” on.
According to the National Science Foundation, 45 percent of Americans believe in astrology, up from 32 percent in 2006.
Another case of life imitating art. A new Kickstarter is looking to create a coffee table book that can turn into a coffee table.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Colorado florists are offering marijuana floral arrangements for Valentine’s Day.