5 Things to Talk About Today

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  • Kurt Cobain's childhood home is up for sale, but no one wants to buy it. The four-bedroom house on Chicago Avenue in Aberdeen, Washington, has been listed eight times above the local average, at $400,000. Apparently the house is in its original condition, untouched since the Nirvana frontman left, but realtors have failed to find interested buyers and were forced to drop the price to $329,000 this month. — Vanity Fair
     
  • One of America's most iconic cookies will no longer be made in the U.S. The manufacturer of Oreo just announced its plans to relocate production of the chocolate cookies from Chicago to Mexico. The move will see 600 U.S. jobs lost. One of the main reasons for the move is high tariff on sugar. U.S. trade barriers currently require Americans to pay twice the world average. This might force more sugar-based industries to relocate to where there are fewer restrictions on the ingredient. — The Daily Signal
     
  • Remember the ALS ice bucket challenge? Well, it worked. Scientists have credited the viral campaign for breakthroughs in research. One year and $220 million in donations later, scientists at Johns Hopkins are "claiming a major breakthrough in ALS research" that has helped to "unravel the mystery about a protein called TDP-43." Without the heightened awareness, they "wouldn't have been able to come out with the studies as quickly as we did," said Philip Wong, a professor who led the research team. — Washington Post
     
  • WhatsApp Web is rolling out to iPhone users. The new version will allow users to send messages from a computer to their friends. The desktop service is already available for Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Nokia S40/60 owners. If you want to check whether the feature is available for you, head into WhatsApp settings and look for WhatsApp Web in the list. — The Next Web
     
  • The Cleveland Clinic is shutting down the McDonald's restaurant at its campus. Hospital officials have discontinued the lease for the McDonald's, currently located at the main center of the campus. Noted as one of the top healthcare institutions in the country, the clinic says the move is just one of many changes being made to "promote healthy food choices, exercise, and a smoke-free environment." — Money

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