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Her fast-food paycheck sucks, but she'd have been much happier in 1968.

Regardless of what side of the minimum wage debate you fall on, the conversation is bound to get heated. But a deeper look at how minimum wage has changed over the years shows just how screwy this whole situation is.

Her fast-food paycheck sucks, but she'd have been much happier in 1968.

Fast-food workers are demanding a higher wage and for good reason.

Nancy Salgado, a 10-year McDonald's employee, got quite a lot of attention in 2013 when she and a group of protesters showed up at a luncheon during McDonald's president Jeff Stratton's keynote address. Here's what she wanted to know.


But how did we get here?

The minimum wage has been raised numerous times over the years, peaking in 1968. And as a nation, we've come a long way since the '60s. But in comparison with today, we haven't come that far when it comes to giving workers a decent living wage. Take a look at these comparisons from Time magazine's "A History of the Minimum Wage."

And while the average household is earning $91 more than they did in 1968, minimum-wage workers are earning $7,363 less than they were making in 1968 (adjusted for inflation). I highly doubt McDonald's employees like Nancy Salgado would wanna take a time machine back to 1968, but at least her wallet would be a lot fatter.

There's no way you could convince me to go back to the '60s — heck, in 1967, interracial marriage had just become legal in all states! That would've made my husband and me former outlaws! But it's pretty bad when 1968 America has the modern day beat when it comes to raising a family on a living wage.

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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'Merry Christmas' on YouTube.

The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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