1.) A customer at a Tim Hortons coffee shop in Canada decided to pay it forward, and pay for the order of the car behind him in the drive-thru line. What the man didn’t realize is he unknowingly sparked a run of holiday giving. While Tim Hortons periodically pays the tab of random customers during their “Random Cups of Kindness” week, this act was started, and executed by unknowing customers. The December 21st instance sparked a chain reaction that involved a total of 228 customers and lasted 3 hours.
2.) One month from today, the penny will begin to be phrased out … in Canada. The Royal Canadian Mint will start collecting one-cent coins for melting and recycling the metal content. Officials expect that around six billion pennies will be surrendered by Canadians over the next six years. The last pennies in the country were minted in May of 2012, and were costing about 1.6 cents to manufacture. Economic models to show that the Canadian penny should actually have been killed in about 1982, when more Canadians hoarded the coins and the Royal Canadian Mint was pressed to churn out billions more to keep retailers stocked, costing the government up to $11 million annually.
3.) If you’re a woman and you want to lower your stoke risk, simply put one foot in front of the other. New research shows that women who walk at least three hours every week are less likely to suffer a stroke than women who walk less or not at all. Women who walked briskly for 3 ½ hours or more per week not only had a lower stroke risk than inactive women, but also lower than those who cycled and did other higher-intensity workouts for a shorter amount of time.