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Pasta, Demogorgons and other news to know this week

Taylor Tompkins

This week’s (un)lucky number is: $4 million

The unlucky one this week is all of us because we didn’t have as good of a father-in-law as Mark Twain. Good ol’ Sam Clemens’ father-in-law not only gave him and his wife a fully-furnished, city block’s worth of a mansion in Buffalo, New York, but left him today’s equivalent of $4 million when he died. Talk about hypergamy.

This week

These are the things to look forward to this week.

When you’re here, you’re eating too much pasta: Can one ever eat “too much” pasta? Is there a limit to the amount of pasta one needs in their daily life? Should one eat their 12th breadstick? These are the existential questions I ponder in my everyday life. This week, the answers to these conundrums might become apparent on Wednesday’s World Pasta Day. To save on that alfredo, Capital One has launched its new Savor card just in time for you to get 3 percent back on that endless pasta bowl at Olive Garden.

Cue the weird electronic music: Get your Eggos, finish your D&D session and steel yourself because “Stranger Things” is coming back on Friday. Speaking of weird happenings, (my segue skills are really shining here guys) is there anything stranger than getting denied for a credit card despite having good credit? It’s no terrifying Demogorgon, but hey, it’s pretty weird all on its own.


What you might have missed last week.

Hack attack: Whose identity isn’t at risk at this point? Every day brings reports of a new data breach, and I am really starting to consider just going back to a cash-only lifestyle. If you’re a little less dramatic, but still want to protect your credit in this hack-filled time, it may be best to check out your state’s credit freeze laws. 

Molding minds: Children are our future. Just ask Matthew McConaughey, who took the time to give what I can only assume was the sassiest pep talk of all time to the University of Texas’ basketball team last week. So maybe put on your best shirt (or don’t, if you’re really channeling ol’ Matty), and be the credit role model the youths deserve by helping youngsters understand how to achieve a good score credit score with their first card.

Tangled in the web

Here are things from around the internet the staff are reading.

You can now Venmo your online store. –TechCrunch

You won’t have to pretend you know how to write in cursive anymore with your Mastercard. –

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