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Here are some interesting and amusing developments from the past week that aren’t exactly news but might make you smile.

1. Starbucks sued for camera in bathroom

Can I get a Caramel Mocha Frappuccino with an extra invasion of privacy? A Virginia father who escorted his 5-year-old daughter into a Starbucks bathroom was shocked when the girl found a hidden camera facing the toilet – and recording. The man “is seeking $1 million in damages for the incident,” MSNBC reports, adding, “this isn’t the only incident in which cameras have been found in Starbucks bathrooms — similar surreptitious cameras have been discovered in store locations in Hartford, Conn.; Glendora, Calif.; and Brandon, Fla.”

2. Russian sex lives satisfying to fewer than half while rich fare better

The Cold War may be over, but now Russian couples are fighting it. “Almost half of Russians say they have satisfying sex lives, while a full quarter would rather not talk about it,” Bloomberg reports. But if money can’t buy happiness, it does buy sexual satisfaction: “Wealthy Russians and those younger than 40 were most likely to report sexual contentment.”

3. How much ‘forced labor’ fuels your lifestyle?

Want to know if you’re buying immoral products? There’s an app for that. “A new app and website that measure the forced labor in everyday products,” CNN reports. “Created by the U.S. State Department and a watchdog group, the free app and website will make consumers aware of their ‘slavery footprint.'”

4. DirecTV CEO White says $30 price for premium film rentals is ‘too high’

Sometimes you gotta wonder what CEOs really do. DirecTV’s Michael White apparently has realized that charging $29.99 for movies you can view at home is “awfully high.” Reports Bloomberg: “DirecTV began offering some Hollywood studio films on demand in April for $29.99 after 60 days.” White admits demand has been “small.”

5. Finally! A ketchup packet that’s easy to open

It’s about time that someone invented a ketchup packet that’s not hard to open, won’t go everywhere when you do, and has more than a smidgeon of ketchup inside. “A much larger Heinz ketchup packet is starting to show up in restaurants across the country,” MSNBC reports. “The Dip & Squeeze marks the first Heinz Ketchup packet redesign in 42 years, spurred by consumer feedback about the inconvenience of Heinz’s traditional rectangular squeeze pouches.”

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