August 6, 2021

Weekend reads: An accident with a shower door helped a woman pay off her student loans

Daily Briefing

    What men should wear on a first date, how talking to strangers can have positive effects on your mental and physical health, and more.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    What men should wear on a first date. Bars and restaurants across the country have started opening up, which means people are starting to go on dates in person again. So if you're a man going on a first date, what should you wear? Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Todd Plummer offers some tips, and explains why the pandemic might mean you should go for something more subdued and relaxed.

    How a shower door accident led to this woman paying off her student loans. In September 2019, Kiersten Conway sliced her hands open after a shower door at her boyfriend's apartment broke, sending her to the hospital for stiches. Afterwards, Conway's boyfriend made a claim with renter's insurance, which led to a $23,250 payment in addition to medical costs for Conway. Writing for Insider, Conway details how that payment helped her almost entirely pay off her student loans and why she believes that "all the pain and the suffering, and the permanent scarring and nerve damage" was worth it.

    Vivian Le's reads

    Space tourism is the latest in reality TV. While a seat on SpaceX's first all-civilian trip into space is likely out of reach for most people, you'll still be able to experience the trip vicariously through Netflix's exclusive miniseries, "Countdown: Inspiration 4 Mission to Space." Writing for Vox, Rebecca Heilweil examines how companies are rushing to capitalize on the world's fascination with the last frontier, with reality shows, exclusive live streams, and even a chance to win your very own trip to the International Space Station.

    The benefits of talking to strangers. Although numerous studies have emphasized the benefits of close social ties—among family, friends, and co-workers—can connecting with strangers also have similar positive effects? According to Joe Keohane, the answer is yes. Writing for The Atlantic, Keohane dives into personal anecdotes and scientific research showing that talking to strangers can make people happier, healthier, and more connected to their communities.

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