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February 24th, 2022

Good morning, and happy Friday! Results from a new sleep study were presented yesterday at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, with five sleep habits directly linked to a longer life expectancy. One of those involves getting at least seven or eight hours of sleep a night…so, don’t feel guilty about hitting that snooze button. You may just live longer because of it.

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In Today’s Brief

  • European Commission: TikTok ban
  • Ohio: 45K animals dead from toxic spill
  • Harvey Weinstein: Sentenced in LA
  • Netflix: Drops prices globally

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One year of the Ukraine war

Today marks the one-year point of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, during which Russian President Vladimir Putin sent up to 200K soldiers into the country as part of what he called a “special military operation.”

While neither Ukraine nor Russia has reported official casualty numbers for troops, the latest estimates from the United Nations show that over 7K civilians have been killed, with 12K injured. More than 8M Ukrainians have fled across Europe. Since the war began, the U.S. has committed nearly $80B in aid to Ukraine, including humanitarian, financial, and military support. Meanwhile, the global economy continues to face shortages of grain, fertilizer, and energy due to the conflict.

Yesterday, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution calling for Russia to withdraw its forces. It passed with 141 countries voting in favor, 32 abstaining, and 7 countries voting against it, including Russia. UN General Assembly resolutions don’t have force in international law; binding enforcement actions are up to the UN Security Council, where Russia has unilateral veto power as a permanent member.

Air fryer recall

Nearly 2M Cosori air fryers have been recalled in the U.S. after reports of the product overheating and catching fire, according to federal safety regulators.

In a notice published yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) wrote: “[Cosori] has received 205 reports of the air fryers catching fire, burning, melting, overheating, and smoking. These include 10 reports of minor, superficial burn injuries and 23 reports of minor property damage.” The CPSC noted that the cause of the problem is a wire connection prone to overheating and that customers should “immediately stop” using the affected air fryers. Cosori wrote on its recall website that the incident occurs in “extremely rare circumstances” and that its products “are in full compliance with established industry standards.”

The air fryers were reportedly sold in brick-and-mortar and online retailers from June 2018 through December 2022. About 250K units in Canada and 21K in Mexico have also been recalled.

The Grinch gets a sequel

Random House and Dr. Seuss Enterprises yesterday announced a sequel to Dr. Seuss’ 1957 children’s book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Per Random House, the new book was written by Alastair Heim and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and is titled How the Grinch Lost Christmas! It will be released on September 5th and reportedly picks up one year after the events of the original story. Both Heim and Ruiz have worked on Dr. Seuss projects previously; Heim has penned several Beginner’s Books stories since 2020, while Ruiz has been a contributor to the Cat in the Hat Learning Library series for over two decades.

The original Grinch book has sold nearly 10M copies in North America and has been translated into multiple languages. It was made into a 1966 animated TV special narrated by Boris Karloff, a 2000 live-action movie starring Jim Carrey, and a computer-animated film in 2018 with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the titular character.

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Around the Globe

  • President Biden nominated former MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga to become president of the World Bank; the World Bank said it expects to select a new president by early May to replace David Malpass, who announced his resignation last week (More)
  • The European Commission has banned TikTok from official devices given to its staff to protect data and increase cybersecurity, according to EU spokesperson Sonya Gospodinova (More)
  • Death toll from Brazilian landslides and flooding from rainfall in coastal areas of the country’s state of Sao Paulo rose to 49 people, with dozens reportedly still missing (More)

On the Homefront

  • Four new charges were announced against FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, including making unlawful political donations to acquire influence in Washington, D.C. (More)
  • Nearly 45K animals have died from the February 3rd train derailment in East Palestine, OH, according to a report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; the figure updates the initial death estimate of 3.5K animals after the accident (More)
  • Alex Murdaugh testified at his double murder trial yesterday; the former South Carolina attorney admitted to lying to investigators about his whereabouts on the night his wife and son were killed and denied that he committed the murders (More)

Glitz & Games

  • Incarcerated movie producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 16 additional years in prison in Los Angeles; Weinstein is already serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted of rape and sexual assault in New York (More)
  • HBO Max orders ‘It’ prequel series titled ‘Welcome to Derry’ based on the original Stephen King novel; the series will be developed by Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, and Jason Fuchs (More)
  • Alec Baldwin pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the 2021 shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico set of the film Rust (More)

Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market closed higher yesterday after erasing gains during mid-day trading (Dow +0.33%, Nasdaq +0.72%, S&P 500 +0.53%)
  • Shares of Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) closed 11% lower after CEO Russell Weiner described “significant pressure” on its U.S. delivery operations in 2022 during the company’s earnings call yesterday (More)
  • Netflix lowered its subscription costs in over 100 territories in the past week, including Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Libya, Iran, Kenya, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Venezuela, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good: When Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi suffered from an episode of Tourette’s tics during his show in Germany this week, his fans stepped in to belt the chorus of his hit “Someone You Loved”...and the result is worth checking out
  • Sneak Peek: Today marks one week until the release of Creed III, which is Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut - check out the final trailer and get pumped to watch him go toe-to-toe with Jonathan Majors when the film drops
  • Bump This: Hear a Gen Z rocker’s ode to the Big Apple in Knox’s new single “NYC” - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube
  • Nerd Out: Discover how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’ addiction to the game Minesweeper helped lead to the Xbox and the advent of modern video gaming as we know it
  • Go Deep: Read up on how archaeologists digging in a cave in southern France may have discovered the first use of bows and arrows in Europe by humans from 54K years ago, far earlier than previously known (for context, use of the bow and arrow in Africa has been documented to date back some 70K years)
  • Hot Goss: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has emerged from his darkness retreat in Oregon where he sought life answers such as whether to play next season for just under a $60M salary (seems like a pretty easy choice to us, but hey, what do we know?)
  • Life Hack: Do you find that you’re always in your head? Yeah, us too...and it’s okay! Here are 12 small ways to be more present in your life, from doing a social media cleanse to picking up a new hobby


The 10 best countries for launching a startup.

…and the problem with tech’s obsession with productivity.

What to know about the FDA’s new nutrition label rules.

Strange secrets of ancient Egyptian pharaohs.

Mapping out the cost to retire comfortably in each U.S. state.

Capturing the moment of a volcanic eruption in Guatemala.

…and a waterfall during the summer in Iceland.

The part of Nevada where 2K planes have gone missing.

Looking Back…

On February 24th: The U.S. House of Representatives votes 126-47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson (1868); U.S. ground operations begin in the Persian Gulf War (1991); Fidel Castro retires as President of Cuba after nearly fifty years (2008); American entrepreneur Steve Jobs is born (1955).

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