Mar 7 2014
You have a little over a month to get those returns filed with Uncle Sam.
The sooner you do it, the faster you’ll receive that refund check, if you’ve got one coming to you. According to USA Today this week, the average refund so far this year is up three percent to $3,034.
Surveys show that most Americans will use the cash to pay down debt. Those between 18 and 34 years old are most likely to spend it on shopping or entertainment. What about you?
For a cup of coffee at the nearest Starbucks, tell us in six words what you would do with a $3,000 tax refund.
Put your six word refund plan in the comments below.
If we like your fiscal policy best, we’ll buy you a cuppa joe.
Winner announced next week. Congrats to Chance who won last week’s Ben & Jerry’s-themed…
Feb 28 2014
This week, the guys at Ben & Jerry’s have caused quite a stir. The Vermont-based company, known for its unconventional ice cream flavors, is attempting to reshape the way we eat the frozen delicacy by introducing four new “core” flavors, each one having all the elements of an ice cream sundae.
Be still my beating heart!
The new flavors – Hazed and Confused, That’s My Jam, Peanut Butter Fudge and Salted Caramel – also are the brand’s first line of ice creams to be 100 percent fair-trade certified and made with non-GMO sourced ingredients.
The four new flavors will be making their debut in winter’s twilight.
Hmmm. Winter’s Twilight … that has a Ben and Jerry’s flavor ring to it! Maybe it’s a mint ice cream with pastel, spring-colored M&Ms.
This week, for a Starbucks gift certificate, put yourself in Vermont, across the table from Ben and Jerry. What if they were looking for more new flavor suggestions? In six words, what new flavors would you propose?
Feb 21 2014
Despite recent reports of dropping numbers of teen users, Facebook’s business seems to be booming.
At least, that is, as attested by its recent $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service, WhatsApp.
Despite the hefty price tag and seemingly unrelated social media functions, analysts say it was a worthy investment, estimating that WhatsApp and Facebook will “more closely resemble each other over time, potentially creating noteworthy competition.”
Only time will tell.
Rather than stew on the value of Facebook’s latest big buck bargain, let’s whip up some billion-dollar business ideas of our own!
In six words, pitch your $19 billion big idea to Mark Z. in the comments section. There’s no doubt Zuck reads the BuzzLine every Friday!
Once you enter your big idea, don’t forget to stop back in and VOTE for your favorite with our new BuzzLine user voting function.
Ready, set, GO!
Feb 14 2014
Summer Olympics? Not as much fun, for me at least.
What about you? Speed skating or sprinting? Cycling or bobsledding?
This week on the BuzzLine, tell us why you like the Summer or Winter Olympics better. In six words.
Summer Games or Winter Games? You decide and let us know why with six words below in the comments. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite.
You could win a spot atop the BuzzLine podium and a Starbucks gift certificate.
Go for the gold!
Jan 31 2014
Going to the game? I hear tickets are still available.
Even with game time forecasts predicting a heat wave of 30+ degrees, ticket prices keep falling.
Is it because the teams aren’t “sexy?”
Is it because a cheap ticket at $1,515 is outrageous for a game in New Jersey between unsexy teams?
Or is it because the BuzzLine hasn’t yet gotten involved to help get this game going? That must be it.
For a Starbucks gift certificate that will keep you warm no matter where $1,500 seats you, give us your best Super Bowl ticket pitch… in six words. Maybe:
Leave your six-word pitch in the comments below, come back and vote for your favorite, and we’ll announce a winner next week.
Jan 24 2014
Even the completely uninterested likely haven’t escaped the “news” about the 19 year-old’s recent antics – drag racing, taking drugs, drinking and driving, resisting arrest…
And the cherry on top? Rumors about his possible deportation.
Bieber, Bieber, Bieber. Whatever will we do with you?
If you were Bieber’s publicist, what six words of advice would you give the misguided pop star?
Leave Justin your six words of wisdom in the comments.
As usual, the winner will receive Starbucks on us.
Now, back to Bieber.
Keep it classy, come back and vote, and… GO!
Jan 17 2014
Can you feel the excitement? Awards season is in full swing in Hollywood!
The Golden Globe winners have already been announced. And, the Critics’ Choice Awards were handed out last night, on the same day the Oscar noms were revealed. Of course, we can’t forget the Screen Actors Guild Awards this Saturday, which we believe is the best barometer for who’ll take home Oscar gold on March 2.
Can you tell we’re movie geeks at the BuzzLine?
With all this talk about movies, we wanted to get some quick, six-word movie reviews this week. Either pick one of the movies up for awards this year or give us a six-word review of your favorite movie of all time. Heck, you can give us a review of the first movie that pops into your head for that matter. We’re not picky!
We’ll even be a little generous at the BuzzLine this week. The title of your movie doesn’t count toward your six words. For example:
Jan 10 2014
Much of country learned a new weather phrase this week – polar vortex!
Thankfully, the United States is starting to thaw from the bone-chilling temperatures that resulted in some of the worst winter weather in two decades. The polar vortex resulted in closed schools, canceled flights, stalled trains and freezing – and even below freezing – temperatures from coast to coast.
But we may not be completely out of the woods just yet. After milder weather through this weekend, there are signs that another arctic blast could be on the way, including a glancing blow from the polar vortex, according to AccuWeather.com.
How have you been staying warm? In six-words, what advice do you have for surviving another polar vortex? How about:
Write your six-word wisdom for staying warm in the comments section below for your chance to win a Starbucks gift card. That’ll help keep you warm!
And feel free to share the BuzzLine on your social channels!
Nov 22 2013
The Federal Communications Commission is reconsidering its ban on calling your mom, texting your friends or playing Words with Friends from 30,000 feet.
Airlines would have to install special antennae before passengers can start talking, and at least one flight attendant group is against the measure.
I know I am. But what about you?
In six words, what’s your argument for or against lifting the in-flight cell phone ban? Maybe:
Put your six words in the comments below and you could win an SBUX gift certificate.
Share the BuzzLine on Twitter, #FCC, and who knows? Maybe your six words will influence national policy.
We’ll announce the winner next week.
Nov 8 2013
This week, the BuzzLine is mixing things up. We’re asking for your best caption-writing skills.
Just like the kiddies at summer camp, tiger cubs at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., had to take a swim reliability test this week to prove they were fit to go on exhibit. They passed. (Talk about a heck of a final exam!)
Of course, the national media went “gaga” over these tiny tigers. It just goes to show you that animals and babies still sell. And animal babies? Forgetaboutit!
Think fast! In six words, give us your best caption for the picture above.
You Seinfeld fans will recognize the second example.
Leave your six-word response in the comments. The best caption gets a Starbucks gift card. Congrats to this past week’s winner, Kim Blake, in our DC office!
Keeping with this week’s topic, here’s Katy Perry’s Roar, just for fun!