Gabatron Morning Briefing – 8-11-15: The Walking (And Texting) Dead

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise, and people who text and walk at the same time are to blame. They are called “petextrians”. The number of pedestrian deaths has actually gone up 15% since 2009.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 2.7 million. That’s the number of honeybee colonies in 2012, an increase from the levels in 2006.

The University of Michigan is looking at getting their rowdy fraternities in line by bringing back “House Moms.” The idea is to have an adult in the house to keep an eye on the frat louts, serving as a moderating influence.

A new study by a University of Chicago professor suggests that if you live on a tree-lined street, you’re likely to be healthier and even smarter.

In technology news, according to a new report from NBC News, China has been actively targeting the personal email accounts of White House officials since April 2010.

Plus, Walt Disney Japan has apologized after a tweet sent from its corporate Twitter.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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