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3 Things You Need to Know Today: March 6, 2014

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Stuff is happening. Are you in the know? Here are some headlines you can throw around as part of your workday chatter.


Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Fresh from his invasion of the Ukraine and marginalization of the gay community, Russian President Vladimir Putin has scored a coveted Nobel Peace prize nomination. Apparently, some folks were impressed by his efforts in Syria–while the Nobel Institute’s director assured the public that they don’t pick the nominees, saying, “We receive nominations from absolutely everywhere in the world.” Winner will be announced October 10!


Dove Yanks “Armpit” Ad After NJ Residents Freak Out
This recent Dove billboard has New Jersey residents up in arms. “Dear New Jersey,” it reads, “When people call you ‘the Armpit of America,’ take it as a compliment. Sincerely, Dove.” Dove says it was an innocent effort to change the perception of armpits (they’re not always dirty, ok?) to which New Jersey residents responded by blowing up Dove’s Facebook page with angry comments. Dove has since stated they will pull the ads.


Los Angeles Bans e-Cigs
Angelenos’ days of public puffing are numbered, since they’ve just banned e-cigarettes in all places where traditional smokes are prohibited. Joining other cities like New York in restricting electronic nicotine, the ban was passed by unanimous vote, except for one lone council member who suggested they still allow it in bars. (He was muzzled.)

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Runners Give Spontaneous Tribute to 95-Year-Old WWII Vet
Joe Bell, a 95-year-old World War II veteran, just wanted to cheer on the runners who were passing by his house. “They hugged me and kissed me and the young men shook my hands,” the 95-year-old told the San Jose Mercury News.. “I never knew there were that many people that would do that. If this doesn’t make you feel 100% better about humanity, nothing will.

“I never got recognition in my life,” he added.

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