The Allure of the Free Thing

Nothing feels as good as the free thing. Leaving your apartment and stumbling across a box of free books, or kitchenware, or a sofa that you find on the street that is hopefully not full of bed bugs is like finding treasure when you were just trying to go to the grocery store. I stop and look at every single dresser, or chair, or mirror that’s left out on the street, pausing and envisioning how it could fit in my room at home. “I need one of these,” I tell myself. “Who can help me carry this home,” I wonder, as I scroll thru the texts on my phone.

It’s Official, People Love Libraries

Ring the Pew Research gong, we have a new study! Or okay, new-ish. This one, titled How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities, reports a lot of love for libraries at a time where their usage is at an upsurge but their funding is more in jeopardy than ever.

Best Places to Cry For Free in New York City

The NYC Crying Guide is my new favorite Tumblr, and I recommend it to anyone who lives in New York and has a proclivity for crying in public.

The author gives first-hand accounts and specific addresses of various places of business one can duck into on one’s lunchbreak for a good cry of varying duration. Useful as well as entertaining!

Kentuckians: Get a Free Steak Dinner and a Chance to Win a Handgun

In an effort its spokesman has described as “outreach to rednecks,” the Kentucky Baptist Convention is leading “Second Amendment Celebrations,” where churches around the state give away guns as door prizes to lure in the unchurched in hopes of converting them to Christ.

As many as 1,000 people are expected at the next one, on Thursday at Lone Oak Baptist Church in Paducah, where they will be given a free steak dinner and the chance to win one of 25 handguns, long guns and shotguns.

Women Engineers Given Mirrors and Nail Files Swag From Goldman Sachs

According to DealBook, Goldman Sachs sponsored a Harvard event for women interested in computer science and gave out cosmetic mirrors and nail files with the Goldman Sachs logo on them as “swag.” T-shirts and keychains were also given out.

Meditating With Oprah For Free

This theme is only a little bit more embarrassing than the one they did in August called “Miraculous Relationships,” which I fully participated in and fully loved. I had never meditated regularly before, but I did do almost every day of the last ‘challenge’ and it ended up being a really good start to my day and I got weirdly addicted to meditating, which unfortunately goes against the whole point of meditating but what are you gonna do? Then at the end of the 21 days, as soon as I was truly hooked, they gave us a bonus day or two and then tried to sell everyone $100 meditation packages. I was tempted (I felt so good! So centered! So miraculous and in love!), but instead I downloaded a free meditation app on my phone and then obviously never meditated again.

Unpaid Labor, On Purpose: Why We Volunteer

Why do people volunteer?

The Business of Freebies

Today is “Free Cone Day” at Ben & Jerry’s locations across the country, and Brad Tuttle examines what’s in it for businesses when the give something away for free.

Free Things My Neighbors Give Away Part II

This week, a neighbor has left out a blender that looks like it’s possibly from the ’80s.

Free Things My Neighbors Give Away

My neighbors leave out things they don’t want.