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Talking points: Aging well, debt by association, sleep texting

Happy 127-year-old is crowned China's oldest person by the Gerontological Society of China Almihan Sayit claims she was born on June 25, 1886, making her 127 years old.


Almihan Sayit, 127 years old, has been given the title of China's oldest person by that country's Gerontological Society. Sayit says she was born on June 25, 1886.


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So you're Facebook friends with old high-school buddies who still live in your hometown and spend weekends at the local pub. Some of them work, some don't. Just make sure none of them have been late paying back a loan. If you're associated with someone who's borrowed money from Lenddo (which operates in the Philippines, Colombia and Mexico) and was late paying it back, the company is less likely to give you a loan. CNN reported that there are other credit companies turning to social media networks to deem your worthiness when assessing you, too. Where typical lenders look at credit scores, smaller start-up lenders are looking at what your online friends have done. Though some lenders are saying that's a little extreme, others are saying "why not?" Better go check out what those friends at home are getting up to.


I was having a conversation with a friend late at night and my eyelids were nearly closing. When my friend took longer than a few minutes to respond, I fell asleep. The next morning, I realized the conversation hadn't ended there; we had continued texting for another 10 minutes. But, but – I was sleeping! It's a thing, and has a medical term: "sleep-texting." Not only is it possibly disruptive to relationships – having no recollection of the conversation means you may have said something unintentional – but the act disrupts sleep's natural restoration process, experts say. Waking up frequently to look at a screen and send a jumbled message means you don't spend as much time in REM sleep, and that can affect your abilities the next day. The way to avoid awkward sleep conversations? Shut that phone off before you hit the sack. Say goodnight and go.


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The managing editor of responded on Twitter on Monday to an Onion article sporting her byline and head shot. The article was an explanation of why CNN put Miley Cyrus on the top of the site, saying it was all to get page views. The piece says it was a pretty deplorable decision, but "But boy oh boy did it get us some web traffic," it reads. The Onion's piece was shared thousands of times.

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