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3 weekend stories you may have missed


Had a busy weekend and couldn't catch the news? Here are three national stories you and your family may find interesting.

What men and women will spend their money on this Valentine’s Day — Quartz

Valentine’s Day is more than just a celebration for the romantic. It’s a day where millions of Americans spend millions of dollars on chocolate, Hallmark cards and roses, too. According to Quartz’s Jeanne Kim, Americans will spent $18.9 million on Valentine’s Day gifts.

And though men spend more money on Valentine’s Day, women are more generous across the board, giving gifts to family, friends and co-workers.

Take a look at Quartz’s chart for a more in-depth look at what Americans plan to spend this year.

What do emojis mean? — The Atlantic

It’d be hard to find someone with a smartphone who hasn’t used an emoji. Though they may be commonplace, emojis mean different things to different people. According to The Atlantic’s Shirley Li, emojis are an example of human uniqueness.

“They're embedded in complicated social context, making them open to interpretation,” Li wrote. “The prayer hands emoji, for example, may represent gratitude in some cultures, straightforward praying in others or even, oddly enough, a high five. While most emojis involving straightforward objects (office supplies, animals, vegetables, weather patterns, etc.) can be interpreted as is, some prove harder to read — especially when they're used as stand-ins for facial expressions."

When children with autism grow up — BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed’s Bob Planetenberg recently wrote about his experience during a job interview to become a staff member helping Scooter, a 23-year-old who was diagnosed with autism when he was a child. It was during the interview that Plantenberg realized how life doesn’t get any easier for children with autism when they become adults.

“The three of us sat at the table while Scooter and his teacher went through flash cards and Scooter looked at me a few times with a penetrating glare,” Planetenberg wrote. “His expression settled into a sort of skeptical normalcy. I felt like I was being sized up, and I now realize that I was. Scooter has had dozens of staff come and go in his lifetime. He was right to wonder whether I would be sticking around.”


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