This Week in GOOD

This week began like any other but ended in historic fashion. Just in the last few days, Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice and the American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were freed from a possible future of hard labor in North Korea. If that's not enough cause for celebration, the Cash for Clunkers program got another $2 billion in funding. Oh, and we hear job losses are on the decline.This week in GOOD, we pored over the books of our youth, hated on the word "moist," discovered yet more ways to save energy, and took a look at Alaska's loneliest road. We also learned about efficient housing, the merits of a good team, and how one photographer captured history in the making.We'll see you next week. In the meantime, enjoy your weekend.Photo: the art department and friends are hard at work on the next issue.

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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