Counter Intelligence: Crocs Farmed for Handbags

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  • French luxury goods company Hermes now has a crocodile farm in Australia so it can provide skin for its handbags. It can take three or four crocodiles to make one handbag and the company said it had to resort to croc farms to keep up with demand. Hermes typically makes 3,000 bags each year -- and some of the company's exotic skin bags can go for as much as $50,000.
  • Most Supreme Court Justices have had an Ivy League education -- and some critics are concerned similar education contribues to elite groupthink. Every president who has seated a justice since the beginning of the 20th century has picked at least one grad from an Ivy League school. Four of six on Obama's list attended Ivy League schools and experts say educaiton at these universities tend to elimiate differences in background in its place promotes high-level groupthink. 
  • Napping can help spur creative thoughts, a new study shows. Researchers found individuals were able to think more creatively after taking a nap -- and that having dreams increased the ability to think. REM sleep was an important factor in bolstering creative thought.
  • If you ever feel the need to exercise while working, here's your chance. The Sit-to-Walkstation offers desk-bound employees a low-speed treadmill and companion work station that makes it a breeze to "burn calories as you work." There are even display consoles that show speed, calories burned, time and distance. This absurd piece of machinery costs $4,899 and doesn't include a chair.
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