Water Cooler Talk: Feb. 23-27, 2015
Up first: Oscar winners and a one-way ticket to Mars
Let’s get right to it: Here are your conversation starters for the week.
AND THE OSCAR GOES TO...
There was hardly a dull moment at the 87th Academy Awards. How did your picks stack up on the big night? Birdman was the big winner, snagging the Oscar for best film, while Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore took home best actor and actress. And here are the dresses that stole the red carpet.
100 FINALISTS WERE SELECTED FOR THE MARS ONE MISSION
By now, you may have heard about the Mars One mission. (This is real life, not a sci-fi movie). What insane person would apply to a one-way expedition to colonize Mars, you may ask? Well, more than 200,000 people submitted applications, which were narrowed down to 100 finalists
PIZZA HUT LAUNCHED AN EXCLUSIVE NAIL POLISH LINE
Looking for the perfect gift for a pizza lover? Well, Pizza Hut Australia launched a very exclusive, limited edition line of nail polish to help you eat your pizza and wear it, too. Go ahead and paint your nails a shade of “Meat Me After Midnight,” “Poppin’ Pepperoni” or “Say Cheese.”
NIAGARA FALLS FROZE OVER
As if snowpocalypses and blizzards clobbering the Northeast weren’t enough, Mother Nature decided to freeze Niagara Falls this week. Tourists have been flocking to see the winter wonderland despite the -13 degree temperatures at the U.S.-Canada border. Next up: Hell freezes over.
WALMART RAISED WORKERS' PAY TO $10 PER HOUR
Walmart, the biggest private employer in the U.S., is raising wages for its lowest-level workers to $10 per hour, a far cry above the $7.25 federal minimum wage. The pay raise will cost Walmart about $1 billion dollars, but it will potentially coerce other companies to follow suit.