North Dakota coffee shop has no employees, runs entirely on the honor system…and it’s working

June 27, 2014 | 27 comments

In the town of Valley City, North Dakota, a former bank has been renovated and is now The Vault, a go-to coffee shop for the small community. Of course it has coffee, tea, and a few pastries…otherwise it wouldn’t really be a coffee shop.

But what it doesn’t have is what sets it apart — Employees.

Nobody works at The Vault. The owners Kimberly and David Brekke stop by to keep it stocked, but that’s it. Prices are clearly marked for customers who get whatever they want, add up their own total, and then swipe their credit card or slip cash or check into the slot on the counter. It’s entirely run on the honor system.

Is it working? Yes, it is.

David says that, while they aren’t making money yet because of the costs of renovations, revenue is 15% higher than if customers only paid the marked prices…

(via Say Anything)

Congrats to the Brekkes for having the guts and creativity to try this out…and to Valley City, ND for being honest enough to make it work.

Would this work in your neighborhood?

Man learns his missing 12-year-old son is still alive during an interview on live TV

June 26, 2014 | 10 comments

In one of the strangest interviews ever, Charles Bothuell, whose son had been missing since Father’s Day, discovers that the boy is alive and well…and had been hidden in his own basement.

The dad responds with complete shock, which perhaps explains why he doesn’t have the presence of mind to cut Nancy Grace off and just leave the studio to talk to his family…

This whole situation is…odd…and a lot of questions remain unanswered. But, thankfully, in the meantime, the child is in good care.

Read more from NBC News.

14-year-old George R. R. Martin’s effusive fan letter to Stan Lee hints at future writing skills and nerdiness

June 17, 2014 | No comments

In August of 1963, young teenager George R. Martin (He hadn’t picked up the second R yet.) bought issue 17 of Fantastic Four…and it blew him away. He simply couldn’t contain himself, so he sat down and wrote a letter of gushing praise to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Reading it over, you can see signs of the writing prowess, extreme thoroughness, and wonderful geekiness that would culminate years later in his bestselling series A Song of Ice and Fire…

George R R Martin's Fan Letter to Stan Lee

(via Neatorama)

OK Go’s new video is a single take of unedited, mind-bending optical illusions

June 17, 2014 | No comments

OK Go is back with a new music video that lives up to the incredible visual trickery we have come to expect from them. This single, long take took three weeks and a huge team to create and over 50 attempts to get just right…

97-year-old woman is the best friend her neighbor could hope for

June 17, 2014 | No comments

When you are old and living alone, you will want a neighbor like Evelyn, who wouldn’t let a little thing like having her license unfairly taken away stop her from getting Joyce to the grocery store like she’d promised she would…

Teddy bear meets his new best friend in adorable stop-motion baby announcement

June 13, 2014 | 4 comments

A teddy bear comes to life and patiently awaits the arrival of a new family member in this fresh take on baby announcements.

Comedian Chris Knutson and his wife Aimee started making this short film when they first found out they were going to have a baby. And thanks to that baby’s birth, they’ve now finished the cute and genuinely impressive movie.

Other than the happy new parents, it seems no one is more pleased about the little one than his new best friend, the teddy bear…

(via Wendy Maybury)

Calculating all the cliches, mistakes, plot holes, and general irrationality in “Frozen”

June 13, 2014 | No comments

The folks at Cinema Sins have turned their judgment toward Disney’s latest classic. And while many of their critiques of Frozen are a bit persnickety, they do make some pretty good points along the way…