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Jaequan Faulkner loves running his hot dog stand.

The 13-year-old from Minneapolis is the proud owner of Mr. Faulkner's Old Fashioned Hot Dogs. It's a pop-up now, but, according to The Star Tribune, he hopes to turn it into a food truck one day.

Faulkner started the business when he found his uncle's old rotisserie machine and decided to put it to good use. This summer, he set up shop, filling the hungry bellies of approximately 20 customers a day with hot dogs, polish sausages, chips, and drinks.


Shortly after he started selling hot dogs, someone called the health department. They responded in a way no one expected.

Sure, food sellers have to be regulated, but this is just a teen grilling hot dogs for some extra pocket money. Instead of shutting Faulkner down, the health department helped him make his business a bigger success.

Not only did they provide him with all the necessary information on passing a health inspection — now Faulkner's got thermometers, hand sanitizer, and a station for cleaning his tongs and other tools of the trade — but the city also paid for Faulkner's permit once he'd checked off all the requirements.

For Faulkner, it's not just about the money — it's about making a difference in his community.

"I like having my own business,” he told The Tribune. "I like letting people know just because I'm young doesn't mean I can't do anything."

And he's not slowing down anytime soon — in 2019, the teen-trepreneur plans to donate a percentage of his profits to organizations raising awareness about depression and suicide, something that's personally important to him.

Go get 'em, Jaequan. Today, a hot dog stand. Tomorrow? The world!

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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People have clearly missed their free treats.

The COVID-19 pandemic had us waving a sad farewell to many of life’s modern conveniences. And where it certainly hasn’t been the worst loss, not having free samples at grocery stores has undoubtedly been a buzzkill. Sure, one can shop around without the enticing scent of hot, fresh artisan pizza cut into tiny slices or testing out the latest fancy ice cream … but is it as joyful? Not so much.

Trader Joe’s, famous for its prepandemic sampling stations, has recently brought the tradition back to life, and customers are practically dancing through the aisles.


On the big comeback weekend, people flocked to social media to share images and videos of their free treats, including festive Halloween cookies (because who doesn’t love TJ’s holiday themed items?) along with hopeful messages for the future.
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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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