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5 Things You Should Know – Part 144

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. PayPal charges much more than your bank to automatically convert currencies during purchases.

During checkout, there’s a little menu button off to the side where “Convert using Paypal” is selected by default, if you switch it over to “Convert using the bank to which my card is from” you’ll save ~$2-$4 on every transaction.

2. The iOS and Android APP Dreamlab uses your phone’s computing power while you sleep to crunch cancer research problems.

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3. When donating to homeless shelters this time of year they usually get an abundance of heavy winter clothing, but lack donations in things like socks and underwear. Women’s shelters are often short on things like tampons and pads as well.

Most homeless shelters seem to have a consistent need for socks especially. Women’s shelters rarely have enough tampons, pads, or bras to give enough to everyone. While people are thinking about donating this time of year it’s important to see what shelters really need more of before donating, call ahead to get a better idea of what your local shelters are short on. But any kind of donations is good donations.

4. Kidde just recalled over 140 different models of fire extinguishers made between 1983 and 2017.

Taken directly from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission:

The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

North American users can visit the Product Safety Recall page to check if their model is affected. Kidde will send you an updated model after applying online.

5. A 911 call reporting drunk/dangerous/reckless driving is not reasonable suspicion to stop a car.

You calling about a bad driver is not reason alone for a cop to stop the car. If they’re driving poorly when you see them but go 10 and 2 and exactly the speed limit when the cop is behind them, the cop has to witness a traffic violation himself to initiate the stop.

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