These Teenagers Just Don't Get Encyclopedias

When I was a kid, if I wanted to look something up, I couldn’t fire up the computer and hit up Google—it didn’t exist yet. Instead, kids of my generation turned to encyclopedias, a fact that horrifies the teenagers in the Fine Brothers’ latest video. “[Encyclopedias were] Google way back in the day,” one boy says. “It was the worst of times.”

Some have used them for projects, but only when they were very little, and some have no idea what they are—or how to use them. (And why would they, when they're used to typing something in a search engine and pressing enter?) When asked to look up “reading,” it takes a few of them a bit to realize they need to look in the book marked Q-R, and they’re puzzled when there’s not a table of contents or back index that would point them to the right page. “You just have to go about it on your own,” one girl says. “It takes forever—this is annoying! This is why I don’t use these.” Said another: “Five whole minutes of my life is gone when I could have found it in .00098 seconds with Google!” And their minds were blown by how much the books cost in the 1980s: $1500 to $2000 for a full set. “I value knowledge very highly, but I do think that’s a bit steep,” one girl says.

When asked about whether or not they could imagine having to use these books instead of using the Internet, most kids responded that yeah, they could probably do it. But, in the words of one guy, “I would hate it I would hate it I would hate it.” 

Still, the teens do recognize the benefits of books edited by experts over sites like Wikipedia, which can be edited by anyone, whether they’re knowledgeable or not—and, of course, you can always turn to books when your wi-fi is slow!

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Move Over, MoviePass: AMC Is Launching a $20 Per Month Subscription
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Attention serial movie-watchers: There's a new subscription service vying for your attention. Nearly a year after MoviePass brought its fee down to less than $10 a month to see one movie a day, AMC Theatres is rolling out its own monthly plan as an alternative. As Variety reports, you can now see three movies per week at any AMC cinema if you pay $19.95 a month.

The new program, called AMC Stubs A-List, has some clear disadvantages compared to MoviePass. AMC's monthly fee is nearly twice as high and it's good for less than half the amount of movie tickets. And while AMC Stubs A-List only works at AMC locations, MoviePass can be used at pretty much any movie theater that accepts Mastercard.

But once you look at the fine print of both deals, AMC's selling points start to emerge. A subscription through AMC gets you access to films shown in 3D, IMAX, Dolby Cinema, and RealD—none of which are covered by MoviePass. And unlike MoviePass subscribers, people with AMC can watch multiple movies in a single day, watch the same movie more than once, and book tickets in advance online. (That means actually getting to see a big movie on opening weekend before it's been spoiled for you).

There's another reason MoviePass users may have to jump ship: Its critics say its business model is unsustainable. For every movie ticket that's purchased with MoviePass, the company has to pay the full price. That means MoviePass actually loses money as more people sign up.

This has led some people to speculate the service is on its way to collapse, but MoviePass insists it has a strategy to stay afloat. Instead of relying on money from subscriptions, it wants to use the consumer data it has collected from its millions of customers to turn a profit. It's also investing in movies through its MoviePass Ventures arm (the company helped fund the new movie Gotti, which is currently making headlines for its zero percent Rotten Tomatoes rating). But if those plans aren't enough to quiet the hesitations you have about the company, you'll have the chance to make the switch to AMC on June 26.

[h/t Variety]

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Wake Up to the Aroma of Cappuccino With This Scent-Emitting Alarm Clock
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Some people need an aggressive alarm clock to get them out of bed, like Simone Giertz's slapping robot, or the singNshock, which zaps you if you hit the snooze button. For others, a gentler wakeup call is what does the trick. That's what you get with Sensorwake, a new alarm clock on Kickstarter that gradually stimulates three of your senses to ease you into the day.

During the first minute of the alarm's three-minute wakeup process, it releases a pleasant aroma. You have your choice of scent cartridges, including cappuccino, peppermint, rose garden, chocolate factory, orange juice, and pine forest. A single cartridge lasts 30 days before it needs to be switched out.

After reviving your nose, Sensorwake activates its visual component: a soft light. For the final minute, the gadget plays sound like a traditional alarm clock, but instead of a blaring buzzer, you hear one of five upbeat melodies. If all that isn't enough to get you on your feet, you can hit snooze and wait for the cycle to start over in 10 minutes.

With more than three weeks left in its Kickstarter campaign, Sensorwake has already multiplied its original funding goal of $30,000. To reserve a clock and two scent capsules of your own, you can pledge $59 or more. Shipping is estimated for November of this year.

[h/t Mashable]

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