Now for a look at today’s what’s trending…
Today is what’s known as the most depressing day of the year.
The kids are back in school and the bills are pilling up from the holidays.
Ten things that are expected to cost more this year — stamps go up from 46 cents to 49 cents later this month. You might want to stock up on forever stamps before the price increase January 26th. Some food could cost more — honey. Demand for the product grows while production is failing. Chocolate prices could jump three percent this year — especially dark chocolate. A bright spot, experts say that gas prices may be even lower in 2014.
A crop circle that appeared last month in california wasn’t made by aliens — but marketers! A microchip company came forward and admitted to the scheme.
The company says it hired a marketing team and experienced crop-circle makers to produce the odd image. They then placed anonymous calls to local t-v stations, hoping to generate publicity. The story went viral by new year’s eve, and drew crowds of curious onlookers before it was mowed down. The company says it hid clues to in the crop pattern to its origin, using braille symbols.
The illegal ivory trade is threatening to wipe out the republic of congo’s elephants, and the problem stretches beyond Africa.
The Chinese government is set to publicly destroy a stockpile of confiscated ivory today. It comes just two months after the u-s government destroyed several tons of its own illegal ivory. The non-profit group, african parks, estimates that central africa has lost 62% of its forest elephants in the last decade. In just one of the reserves, around four thousand elephants have been killed in the last five years.