Chinese martial artist Xie Desheng has set a Guiness world record by lighting 21 matches in one minute using only nunchucks. His previous nunchuck-related feats include extinguishing candles and opening screw-top bottles.
The MBA program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business will make Graduate Record Examination and Graduate Management Admission Test scores optional in its next admissions cycle, a move other schools such as Columbia University are considering. Experts question whether the GMAT exam, which generated $80 million of the Graduate Management Admission Council's $95.4 budget in 2018, exacerbates equity issues for applicants of color and fails to predict applicant success.
Adobe employees are all working remotely and productively right now due to the pandemic, but CEO Shantanu Narayen says he doubts the company will completely forgo physical offices. "When you're trying to create a new project, you want people around that water cooler," says Narayen.
Restaurant employees in the US are paid a subminimum wage plus tips through an outdated, unfair model that began right after slaves were emancipated, and a coalition of New York restaurateurs and workers is seeking change. The primary feature of the One Fair Wage group is elimination of the subminimum hourly wage.
The chief financial officer role is continuing to expand, especially as digital initiatives are involved, according to CFOs who responded to a Tata Consultancy Services survey. "Before we embed a technology, we must first train the workforce to accept that it is coming, and to make the most out of it," says Arvind Agrawal of Philips Netherlands.
Why it matters: Sadly, 48% of US teens who have been in a romantic relationship say they have been stalked or experienced harassment. The rise of social media must play a huge role in this alarming stat because it presents so many more communication channels for harassment and/or virtual stalking.
Why it matters: In response to yesterday's story about K-12 experimenting with new approaches, WYWW reader Ray Rose sent me this story about the DeSoto Independent School District in Texas. The district is making a handful of tweaks, but the one that caught my eye relates to scheduling. Students meet with teachers for 4-hour blocks of time and those blocks are offered from 8 am to noon, noon to 4 pm, or 4 pm to 8 pm. The idea is to not only offer flexibility for teachers, but also accommodate families that might need to adjust the learning schedule so they can work or tend to other responsibilities.
Why it matters: Judging by his performance inside the NBA bubble, Damian Lillard must have been reading WYWW back in April when your humble editor predicted the following about the "Next Normal":
"Basketball shooters will get better: Expect to see a record increase in shooting percentages; particularly free throws and three-pointers. Bored players haven't been able to train with their teams, but they've been able to work on their shooting."
Oh, and Dame ... if you are reading this today, all I have to say is why wait until you reach mid-court to shoot? Go ahead and start splashing from the three-point line on your own end of the court!