5 Things to Talk About Today

  • Make sure you look up tonight to catch a glimpse of the phenomenal light show of the Perseid meteor shower. The peak should happen tonight through to Thursday morning and could show as many as 90 to 100 shooting stars per hour. And apparently the moon won't interfere with the display, giving stargazers the perfect viewing platform to see the shower in full effect. — Washington Post
  • If you plan to travel from August 25, 2015, to February 10, 2016, then you're in luck because Southwest is offering flights from $59. The nationwide two-day flash sale ends this Thursday and includes Burbank, California, to Las Vegas for $69; Charleston to Nashville for $106; and Dallas to Los Angeles for $132. There are a few rules and exceptions as always, but if you've been planning a family vacation, now is the time to get on board. — Huffington Post
  • How do you feel about being paid per click? Well a new platform-based publisher called Slant is paying 100 contributors on a pay-per-click compensation model. On the new pay system, writers get 70% of the ad revenue generated by their stories, and Slant keeps the rest. While paying contributors based on how much traffic they garner isn't new, paying writers this way encourages them to write articles that "pander to readers with the content most likely to get the most clicks." — Digiday 
  • A new study has found children in the early elementary school years have too much homework. The research published in The American Journal of Family Therapy found students "are getting significantly more homework than is recommended by education leaders, in some cases nearly three times as much homework." The standard is measured by the "10-minute rule," which equates to 10 minutes per grade level per night. Some parents of first-graders spent 28 minutes on homework per night, while for second-graders it was about 29 minutes. — CNN
  • A great-grandmother in Washington has been applauded for her home-made lunches that feed more than 200 children in the summer. Phyllis Shaughnessy was concerned some of the local schoolchildren would go hungry during the summer when there were no free or reduced-price lunches at school. So she launched nonprofit organization Green Lantern Lunches, which hand-delivers over 200 lunches to low-income children. "We're all put on this earth to do something, better to give than to take." — USA Today