1.) The newest thing that cities across our nation have to be concerned about – the theft of metal storm drain grates. The grates, which weigh around 250 pounds, cover drains that often have a drop of more than 10 feet, making their removal a danger to pedestrians and motorists. Plus, replacing them can cost up to $800 dollars a pop. According to the USA Today, the grates only fetch about $20 dollars as scrap metal, so officials believe they may be being sold to out-of-state developers for up to $200 dollars each. The City of Atlanta has had more than 600 grates stolen over the past few months.
2.) From the company that brought us the app that identifies the song you hear on the radio, and app that will help you dress like your favorite TV character. Where did Lea Michelle buy her dress? You’d like to get that same outfit that Zooey Deschanel was wearing - there’s an app for that. Shazam is developing an app that will find and order the same outfit worn by someone on television. When it all works, your phone will recognize the image of an outfit on your TV, and then search for it online.
3.) You’ve been hanging on to your old refrigerator because you figure it’s still cheaper than buying a new one. You might want to think again, as you could be wasting a ton of money on your energy bill. The government's Energy Star website has a nifty refrigerator retirement savings calculator that will help you calculate how much money you'd save by replacing your main refrigerator or freezer, or removing your old one from the garage entirely. In one test, the electricity bill for an old General Electric refrigerator from 1998 was more than double what a new energy efficient model might cost to run. Check out your refrigerator here: