Happy Friday the 13th! Today we're banishing bad energy with Spotify's horoscope-inspired 'Cosmic Playlists' and inspiring romance with Facebook's new dating feature. We also take a look into brussels sprouts gin, Woolworth's charitable bread-turned-beer and an enticing move to Italy.
1. SPOTIFY LOOKS TO THE STARS
Enhance your psychic energy with Spotify's bespoke 'Cosmic Playlists', serving up a list of songs and artists curated by celebrity astrologer Chani Nicholas. Designed to grow engagement amongst millennial users, the playlists are billed as a monthly horoscope in music form. All 12 playlists will be updated monthly and accompanied by a pop-up written horoscope.
2. SOCIAL ROMANCE
From banking to dating, Facebook is slowly creeping into every facet of our daily life. Facebook users can now officially use the platform as a dating service. Users aged 18 and over can create a dating profile for free, and link their Facebook and Instagram posts. There's also the 'Secret Crush' feature, which notifies strangers who share a mutual crush. We'll wait for the first Facebook wedding.
3. NO CRUMB WASTED
Woolworths has announced it will convert 350 kilograms of unsold bread into beer. The limited edition 'Loafer pale ale' will be sold at liquor partners BWS and Dan Murphy's, and proceeds will go towards the Feed Appeal, an organisation which provides meals to Australians affected by food security. Dubbed the "first circular economy beer", its brewers claim it smells just like freshly sliced toast.
A new brussels-sprouts flavoured gin is making it just a little bit easier to enjoy your daily dose of greens. Edinburgh distillery, Pickering's Gin created the limited-edition batch from more than 10,000 brussels sprouts. Created in time for Christmas, the gin has an herbaceous, fresh green pepper twang and apparently pairs well with a cucumber slice.
5. THE ITALIAN JOB
Molise, a mountainous region in southern Italy is offering travellers €700 per month, (totalling €25,000 over three years), to relocate to its underpopulated villages. However, newcomers must pledge to open a business and reside in a town with less than 2,000 residents. Still, we're enticed.