News Appetizers: Now with More Reasons to Leave Work Early

Greetings, Persephoneers! It’s Friday, and perhaps you’re looking for a reason to duck out early. Maybe you have a hot date. Maybe that date is with Netflix and ice cream because you cannot EVEN with this day. News Appetizers don’t judge.

I mean, it could be much worse. You could be Carnival Cruises’ PR Team having to make statements about something going wrong with another ship.

Or you could be an employee of Samoa Air who has to explain that passengers’ tickets are now based on their weight. Yeah, that’s not troublesome or maddening at all. (Then again, I suppose kids are finally cheaper-per-seat.)

You could also be a federal employee who has to take a pay cut or a furlough because of the budget. At least if you are, the president has made a gesture of solidarity by returning 5% of his salary to the Treasury.

Fry Meme: Not sure if 17 year cicadas are a real bug or if science is trollingOr maybe you just need to go hide under your bed because the 17 year cicadas are coming.

Besides, a new study out from Leadership IQ suggests that slackers are happier at work anyway.

Okay, now I’m just being a bad influence. Let’s look at some other news of note:

Sadly, Jane Henson, former wife of Muppets creator Jim Henson, died this week at age 78.

And another big loss: On Thursday, film critic Roger Ebert lost his battle with cancer.

Pour one out for them both.

A court has ruled that sites like Amazon and iTunes cannot sell “used” MP3s without the express permission of the copyright owners. CNET has the full story.

Finally, would you like to see a NASA trailer ahead of Star Trek: Into Darkness? Of course you would!

Have a good weekend, kids.

By Sara Habein

Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

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