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Happy Park(ing) Day, friends. As you can see, today is the day that people the world over transform metered parking spaces into temporary parks,...

Happy Park(ing) Day, friends. As you can see, today is the day that people the world over transform metered parking spaces into temporary parks, and in a very real and visceral manner, champion the notion of a people-centric public realm over car-centric public one. In addition to the photo finery before your very eyes (more after the jump), check out this Flickr set, via Twitter user @bloch_party for photos of people celebrating the day in New York and Washington, D.C.Earlier this week, we served up an online reading list for entrepreneurs, praised the unsung heroism of editors, and applauded the launch of the Design Revolution road trip. We explored the recycled beauty of Nek Chand's garbage garden, found the silver lining behind Van Jones's untimely departure, illustrated the numbers the most carnivorous countries, and took a new look at some iconic fast foods (while hoping for a way to turn those fries into nutrients). We also enjoyed some Italian slow food and pondered the increasing heaviness of the world's biggest book.Here's the low down on the Gov 2.0 conference, and here's the final installment of our We Like to Share series.Please enjoy a few photos from Park(ing) Day participants who sent them our way.


Photo by Twitter user @sezio (San Diego, California).

Photo by Gregory Geiger.
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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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