1. ‘Uh, can you recycle that?’ Gift-wrap edition: It turns out you can’t just go ahead and recycle every bit of the wrapping that gets torn to shreds on Christmas morning, reports USA Today.
Glitter, glue on bows, and ribbon are not OK for recycling. So, where should that stuff go? Landfill?
For starters, you might want to think about reusing those bows, starting Monday. You can recycle nonmetallic wrapping paper, as long as it has no glitter and no velvet.
One plus: It is OK to have tape on the paper.
2. Calling a cab a cab? Uber is, well, just a taxi service, according to the highest court in the European Union.
This will have a big effect on the European business model for Uber, which is currently regarded as a “ride-sharing service” in the U.S., usually avoiding most local laws about taxi services.
3. No seat for you? Southwest Airlines’ open boarding policy is not fun for everyone, according to a report by AzCentral.
Customers who pay the airline a bit more to board in an earlier group often grab good seats for friends or family who are boarding later, and more cheaply.
That turns away the people who are already on the plane, who are then left standing there, needing to find other seats. It’s a flying free-for-all.
Will it go well as people converge on airports for the holiday rush? Have you been left scrambling for a decent seat on a Southwest flight?
4. New guidelines, new problems? Recent changes in how to determine danger zones for high blood pressure could result in a whole lot of overtreatment, according to The Upshot in The New York Times — especially since the method for taking blood pressure measurements in the recommendations differs significantly from how they are frequently taken in reality.
The ideal? To have a patient alone in a room, not talking, for five minutes before the reading. Is that how your blood pressure is usually measured?
5. Scammers: They’re making a list, they’re checking it twice: Holiday schemes range from already used-up gift cards to Social Security numbers stolen by fake holiday employers, so be on the lookout, reports USA Today.
And be careful not to donate to any fake charities, especially including George Costanza’s invention, “The Human Fund”: Protect yourself against the 12 scams of Christmas for 2017
Jillian O’Connor, email@example.com
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