How the American Girl Doll Became Queen of the World (Racked)

Shopping MallDoll hair salons, doll cafés, dolls for your dolls. These are all part of the multimillion dollar world ruled by the American Girl Doll, the object of many young girls’ obsession.

But how did we get here? And how did these dolls (costing a cool $115 dollars) become so unbelievably popular? Brush up on your American Girl Doll history with this article from Racked.

The 15 Oldest Billionaire Families in the US (Forbes)

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Coors, Du Pont, Rockefeller, Pulitzer, Mellon — they’re names that have been on buildings, beer labels, colleges and newspapers since the 1800s.

They also happen to be some of America’s oldest billionaire families. Check out the Forbes article to see who else made the list — and who didn’t.

 

 

Is it Better to Buy or Rent? (New York Times)

house from bank-notesHomeowners know that purchasing a house is a huge commitment with a number of factors to consider. Between mortgage, tax and maintenance, it can be at times better to simply rent. The New York Times’ Upshot has created an interactive calculator that can help you determine which option is best in the longterm.

Spoilt for Choice? This Newest Design Trend Wants to Make Choices for You (Quartz)

ChoicesA trip down the cereal isle in the supermarket can make it apparent that we are overwhelmed with choice. Creative industry mogul Aaron Shapiro is trying to change that. He wants technology to predict and execute choices for us from what kind of coffee to drink in the morning to what movie to watch on Netflix. The question is, will this give us time to focus on what’s important, or make life pretty boring? Read more about this so-called ‘anticipatory design’ in Quartz.