‘We want a three-day weekend!’ say workers
Do you want a three-day weekend? Most people work or go to school from Monday to Friday. Now, some people say we will be happier if we only work for four days a week.
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£8bn tournament is most expensive of all time
Is hosting the World Cup worth it? The tournament is fun, but very expensive to prepare. Russia has high levels of poverty, but that has not stopped it from splashing out on stadiums.
Facebook accused of massive breach of trust
Should people delete Facebook? It has emerged that data about millions of users was wrongly passed on to another company. As the crisis grows, some are choosing to log off for good.
Easter eggs attacked for quality and waste
Are Easter eggs worth it? A new study of the top 10 bestselling Easter eggs reveals that customers are not only paying for a tasty treat — up to a third of the weight is actually packaging.
Storm in a tearoom as scone wars break out
Which first, the jam or the cream? It sounds like the start of a cream-tea joke, but a Mother’s Day photo showing a scone smeared with cream then a blob of jam has spark outrage in Cornwall.
All change! Future of copper coins challenged
Do we need our small change? The government has raised the possibility of getting rid of 1p and 2p coins. In an age of rising prices and digital payments, some say there is no use for them…
Premier League has half world’s richest clubs
Has money been good for the Premier League? As the January transfer window comes to an end, we see that even small English clubs have become some of the richest in the world.
Now for Amazon’s latest revolution: the shop!
Will the future still have physical shops? This week Amazon surprised the world by opening its own store in America. The twist? Automatic billing with no checkout and no queueing…
‘Burgergate’ emoji headache for Google
Should emojis be realistic? Google’s strange-looking burger emoji has got people talking on social media. Some want it to be changed, but others argue that the haters are missing the point.
Record Halloween spending predicted
Have we forgotten why we celebrate Halloween? Many think it is an excuse to spend money, dress up and eat sweets. But historians know there are other, more interesting reasons we celebrate.
Unequal pay: whose fault is it?
The BBC and Google have been in the spotlight recently for their gender gaps. The BBC pays men more money than women. Fewer women are in tech roles. What is this gap and why does it exist?
Grouchy Greeks and the birth of TripAdvisor
Archaeologists have found grumbling graffiti in Egypt, left there by ancient tourists. They have been compared to angry reviews on TripAdvisor. Have humans always loved to complain?
America to make trade tricky for Russia
The US Congress has passed a new bill. It plans to punish Russia, Iran and North Korea by imposing new sanctions. President Trump objects. What exactly are...
Zuckerland: Facebook plans to build its own village
If the plans get the go-ahead, Facebook’s Silicon Valley employees will start moving to “Willow Campus” in around four years’ time. Should more big businesses build homes for their workers?
Two tourists to fly around the Moon in 2018
A private rocket company has announced that two private citizens have bought a flight around the Moon next year. Tickets cost $250,000. A waste of money, or the trip of a lifetime?