1.) Big Brother is watching us … but just how many people are “big brother?” The USA Today reports that more than 4.9 million people have some kind of government security clearance, with 1.4 million of those able to access information classed as "top secret." Those statistics come from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Plus, not everyone able to access state secrets are government employees, with close to a million security clearances held by contractors. Clearances, which require longer and more expensive investigations the higher up the ladder you go, tend to involve checks on basic information and interviews with associates. However, a Government Accountability Office report last year slammed intelligence officials for failing to bring in standard policies for government agencies to "determine eligibility for access to classified information."
2.) Father’s Day is this Sunday, but dad just doesn’t get the attention that mom does. A new study of internet use shows that there are 215% more online searches for Mother’s Day gifts and gift ideas than for Fatherr’s Day gifts and gift ideas. There seems to be two reasons for this – people feel mothers are more deserving of a big gift, and that dads would be happier to settle for something smaller.
3.) Over the weekend, two new world records were certified. The Magnet Lady, Louise J. Greenfarb from Henderson, Nevada now officially has the world record for the largest collection of fridge magnets. Louise has 35,000 non-duplicated fridge magnets that she has been collecting since the 1970s. And Bryan Bednarek shattered the world clapping record. The previous record was 721 claps in one minute. Bryan was able to execute 802 claps in 60 seconds to set the new world mark. Check out his record-setting video.