The Peace Corps just saw a 40-year high in the number of applications it received for overseas programs. What was the key to the increase? The application process went from 8 hours to one. (It says something if people find your application to be more daunting that their impending service.)

+ Jennifer Connell sued her nephew who, at the age of eight, got a little too aggressive with a birthday hug which led to a broken wrist for his aunt. She got zero. (But the case really happened.)

+ A Harvard student broke a world record by standing on an exercise ball for five hours. Your move Yale.