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Healthy Corner Store

Going to the corner shop for sweets is a special treat for most children. But in Philadelphia, the poorest and most obese city in the US, researchers found that half the kids in low-income neighbourhoods shop at corner stores twice a day.

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Milk Carton 2.0

In the seventies, putting missing children on milk cartons was a sure-fire way to get people’s attention. But thirty years later, we’re more likely to be looking at Facebook than our full-fat milk, and more likely to be pinning a picture of our breakfast than perusing its packaging.

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This round’s on Canada

Remember the days of worrying about whether you’d get served? This Canada Day, those memories came flooding back for beer drinkers across Europe. The brewer Molson positioned fridges full of free beer everywhere from central London to rural Belgium. The catch? You could only open them with a Canadian passport.

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Clicks and mortar

Online shopping’s all very well. But what if you want to touch, sniff and try before you buy? To prove the high street isn’t completely dead, online marketplace Storenvy has opened a shop for their online traders, allowing them to sell their wares in the real world.

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Vinyl lending

You won’t find strict librarians in this library. Or signs telling you to shhh. Or any books, for that matter. But you might just find a rare copy of that album you’ve been hunting for since 1982. This is the newly opened Vinyl Library, tucked away in an empty shop on a residential street in Stoke Newington.

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New York with sprinkles on top

If New York were an ice cream, would it be chocolate or coffee? And would it be drizzled with caramel, mixed with marshmallow or packed with chunks of waffle?

Ben & Jerry’s is letting fans craft a flavour of ice cream to represent D.C., SF, NYC, Portland, and Seattle. (Thanks for the scoop, Jamie.) There are all sorts of ingredient options to vote for. And as everything is supplied by local partners, they really will be ice creams churned by the people, for the people.

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Little library

Dip into Little Women. Borrow the Little Prince. Follow Gulliver through Lilliput. All from the teeny weeniest library you’ve ever seen. (Good spot, Lyndal.)

Designed by Stereotank, the ‘Little Free Library’ is a project by The Architectural League of New York and Pen World Voices Festival. There are ten of the yellow pods in New York, each stocked with tomes donated by the local community.

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Doggy vending machine

What will your dog do for food? Roll over? Shake hands? Bark a tune?

To show the lengths dogs will go to for a bite to eat, pet care brand Bakers set up the world’s first vending machine for dogs in a London park. (What a good boy, Jamie C!)

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Love for local

Supermarkets are convenient, but often source their products from all over the world – racking up carbon emissions and squeezing out local competition. As a reaction to this, Danish co-operative superstore SuperBrugsen are encouraging customers to suggest local products that they’d like to see on their supermarket shelves.

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Bang with Friends

Now, here’s a weird one. Introducing the most disruptive app that Facebook has seen in a long time – Bang With Friends.

The premise is simple, but undeniably controversial. You install the app, which lists all your friends of the opposite sex. You click on the friend you’d like to ‘bang’, and no one ever knows…unless your friend installs the app and chooses to ‘bang’ you too. If that happens, the app sends you both a message – and what happens next is up to you.

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