“Up front, most consumers may not even notice the price hikes because they’re so small. But their capacity to spend will get squeezed.”
— Sam Ro at businessinsider.com explains price increases like those recently announced by Chipotle and Netflix are all most companies can do to increase profits as job and wage growth remain stagnant. Chipotle will raise its prices by up to 5 percent by the end of June, and Netflix plans to raise the price of new subscriptions by $1 to $2 per month.
“There was no safety net—only a short dry run the night before—and so when some stereo equipment broke, the only option left was to cut in mono.”
— Marissa Moss at rollingstone.com reports on Jack White’s feat of completing the world’s fastest album. From recording to pressing the vinyl to releasing it at a Nashville, Tenn., music store Saturday for Record Store Day, the process took 3 hours, 55 minutes and 21 seconds.
“That little start screen is all I need to unlock a trove of memories, from stuffing too many cartridges into my carrying case at home to slumping in the corner of a dingy gym next to my best friend, playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan while his mom Jazzercised.”
— Jared Newman at time.com reminisces on Monday’s 25th anniversary of Nintendo’s Game Boy handheld gaming system. What games could you still beat with your eyes closed today? Tell us on Twitter @WaPoExpress.
“Maybe instead of throwing rice at weddings, we should all throw sugar.”
— Amy Reiter at blog.foodnetwork.com suggests a practical update to tradition after researchers showed married men and women were more likely to be aggressive toward each other when their blood sugar levels are low. May we suggest a Snickers?
“Instead of having absolutely no recollection of who their high school commencement speaker was, someday the kids in Topeka will not only remember who spoke but perhaps can even embellish a story about how they were the first lady’s personal escort when she came to their graduation.”
— Ed Rogers at washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan doesn’t understand the fuss some Topeka, Kan., locals are making over Michelle Obama’s upcoming address at a graduation ceremony for five area high schools. Some are criticizing the four-ticket limit per graduate. Others think the speech — tied to the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Brown v. Board of Education — will overshadow the students’ big day.