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Kickstarter Roundup: Designing Obama, Chicago Indy Radio, Iran Election Video Game

Our friends over at Kickstarter have some excellent new projects in need of funding. Designing Obama: Help the design director of the Obama...

Our friends over at Kickstarter have some excellent new projects in need of funding.


Designing Obama: Help the design director of the Obama campaign get a book published that documents the art and design of the historic run for the presidency. Steven Heller and Michael Bierut are both writing forwards. You have until November 5 to contribute, which gets you a copy of the book (digitally or hard-bound, depending on how much you give).

CHIRP: The good people at the Chicago Independent Radio Project need funding to launch a webstream. Contribute by November 12 to get special albums, posters, tote bags, and more.

The Unconcerned: These developers are looking for backing so they can finish a video game based on the events in Tehran after the most recent "election" there. The puzzle/action game is centered around a father and mother looking for their lost daughter amidst crowds of protesters and police. December 10 is the funding deadline, and contributing will get you copies of the game, original artwork, the soundtrack, and more.

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Even though marathon running is on the decline, half a million people signed up to participate in the 2020 London Marathon. It seems wild that someone would voluntarily sign up to run 26.2 miles, but those half a million people might actually be on to something. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running a marathon can help reverse signs of aging.

Researchers at Barts and University College London looked at 138 first-time marathon runners between the ages of 21 and 69. "We wanted to look at novice athletes. We didn't include people who said they ran for more than two hours a week," Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study's senior author and cardiologist at University College London, said per CNN.

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In a move that feels like the subject line of a spam email or the premise of a bad '80s movie, online shopping mogul Yusaku Maezawa is giving away money as a social experiment.

Maezawa will give ï¿¥1 million yen ($9,130) to 1,000 followers who retweeted his January 1st post announcing the giveaway. The deadline to retweet was Tuesday, January 7.

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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