1.) That time you spent in the sun on the Folly Beach or the Isle of Palms yesterday may have made you smarter. According to a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, it's actually better for your brain to throw on a bathing suit and lay out in the backyard until you've baked yourself up good than to listen to classical music. Puzzles and classical music temporarily help your concentration, but don't help your long term brain function. The neuroscientist says the best things you can do for your brain are exercising, eating well, going out in the sun and instead of listening to, reading music and playing an instrument.
2.) If you have one dollar, you can buy a house. The city of Gary, Indiana, has 10,000 abandoned and unoccupied houses, which attract vandals and bring property values down. So a pilot program hopes to lure new families into the old neighborhoods. Twelve homes in one neighborhood are being offered for the price of one dollar, but there are some requirements. Families have to qualify through income, and through the ability to fix up the homes, which need between $25,000 to $50,000 worth of work. Plus, you have to agree to live in the home for five years.
3.) How much did you play for your last vehicle? Over the weekend a rare Ferrari sold at a California auto auction and set a new record. The Ferrari 275 N.A.R.T. Spider was one of only 10 ever built. It had been owned by a single family from its first day in 1968. Its selling price was $27.5 million dollars.