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World's Most Calming Color Is Navy BlueThe World's Favourite Colour Project asked more than 26,000 people from over 100 different countries about their favorite, and most calming color.
Facebook, Instagram Down A 2nd Time In A MonthText messaging service WhatsApp is also reportedly having issues. WhatsApp is owned and operated by Facebook.
Study: Climate Change Could Cause Mosquitoes To Evolve More RapidlyResearchers say the evolution of mosquitoes could have serious consequences, including a rise in mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, zika and dengue.
Exercise Just As Likely To Boost Happiness As MoneyThe study found that people who are physically active are just as happy as people who don't exercise but earn $25,000 more per year.
Minnesota Weather: Why Is This Snow Yellow?This near mid-spring snow storm is bringing many in Minnesota a fresh and not entirely welcome dumping of snow.
Teen Caught Speeding 96 MPH Was Still On FaceTime When Pulled OverThe girl reportedly giggled when the trooper who pulled her over tried to explain to her the dangers of distracted driving and speeding.
After Tests, Odds Higher St. Olaf Painting Is An Edvard MunchIt's believed the painting is of a young violinist named Eva, but it went unfinished when she and Munch broke up.
Rep. Betty McCollum Wins 9th Annual Minnesota Congressional Hotdish CompetitionAll ten members of Minnesota's Congressional Delegation are competing, including the five newcomers who won elections last November.
Average Person Has 4 Hours, 26 Minutes Of Free Time Per WeekIf you feel like that seems to be a lot, four out of 10 people said they get even less free time than that.

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Study: Fentanyl-Related Deaths Spiked 122% In West VirginiaFentanyl-related deaths have skyrocketed in West Virginia even as prescription-related opioid deaths declined, according to a new study.
Police Alert Public After Razor Blades Found Hidden In Gas Pump HandlesAuthorities in southwestern Michigan are urging residents to be vigilant after razor blades were found inside gas pump handles.
Police: Man Kicked His Puppy To Death For Urinating On CouchA Maryland man kicked a puppy to death while it was tied to a fence had urinated on his couch, according to court records.
Police: Man Threw Iguana At Manager Inside RestaurantAn Ohio diner faces animal cruelty charges after he allegedly used a pet iguana as a weapon inside a restaurant, authorities said.
Female Student Reportedly Expelled For Kneeing Boy In Groin While In Girls' BathroomA female student was suspended from her high school after she kneed a boy in the groin when a group of boys entered the girl's bathroom and blocked the door, according to a prominent lawmaker.
Some Chewy Chips Ahoy! Cookies Recalled Due To 'Unexpected' IngredientThe maker of Chewy Chips Ahoy! cookies is voluntarily recalling some of its products because of a "solidified ingredient" that could cause some people to get sick.
Study: Men’s Beards Contain More Germs Than Dog's FurFive months after a study found men with beards to be more attractive, a new report suggests a man's beard contains more germs than dogs carry in their fur.
Bed Bath & Beyond To Close 40 Stores This YearBed Bath & Beyond says it will be closing 40 stores this year, and that number could grow.
High School Student Arrested After Trying WWE Wrestler’s ‘RKO’ Finishing Move On PrincipalA high school student was arrested Wednesday after allegedly trying a wrestling move on his high school principal.