Courtesy Scrubba Wash Pack(NEW YORK) -- It's a common backpacker's dilemma: carrying few enough clothes to easily move from place to place and keeping those few possessions from becoming caked in filth.
Enter the Scrubba Wash Pack, the latest iteration of a washing machine on the go. Described as a day pack that is also a washing machine, it's said to have a "flexible internal washboard with hundreds of nobules that give you a machine quality clothes wash in a matter of minutes."
Scrubba's founder, who describes himself as an avid traveler, is also the inventor of the Scrubba Wash Bag. The "world's smallest washing machine" was invented by Australian Ash Newland in preparation for a four-month trip to climb Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro.
The main difference between the two items is that the wash pack is wearable. It has adjustable straps allowing you to wear it as a backpack or messenger-style sling bag and a waist strap and access pockets on the shoulder straps and pouch.
The product is being funded on Indiegogo and is more than 60 percent funded in the eight days since it launched. There's more than a month left to raise the remaining $5,800 to make the Scrubba Wash Pack a reality. The crowdfunding description reads: "Scrubba Wash Pack is your versatile and weatherproof pack by day and your environmentally friendly and effective washing machine at night."
Courtesy Rachel Riley(LONDON) -- Who is the biggest fashion icon in Britain’s royal family?
One might assume it is Duchess Kate, but these days it is her son, Prince George, the third-in-line to the British throne, whose outfits are selling off the shelf in minutes.
Most recently, the red shorts and white shirt worn by nearly 2-year-old Prince George to his sister’s christening on Sunday have all but sold out.
The $125 Rachel Riley shorts and white shirt with red piping trim went flying off the shelves within hours of Prince George being seen around the world with his mom and dad, Prince William, outside the church on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate where Princess Charlotte was christened.
The outfit worn by Prince George is now sold out in sizes for 12-month and 18-month-olds, with only some stock left for parents wanting to emulate the royal look in the 3-month and 6-month size.
Rachel Riley has been a go-to designer for Princess Kate's children's clothes. Prince George wore a pair of her sailboat overalls for his first public engagement, his New Zealand play date last year.
The adorable blue shorts set Prince George wore while holding Princess Charlotte in the photographs shot by the Duchess of Cambridge and released officially by Kensington Palace was also designed by Rachel Riley.
Prince George’s red Rachel Riley shorts set he wore Sunday looks nearly identical to a similar outfit Prince William wore when he was taken to see his younger brother, Prince Harry, in the hospital for the first time in 1984.
George also wore the same outfit as his father for his first Buckingham Palace balcony appearance during last month's Trooping the Colour celebrating the birthday of George's great-grandmother, the Queen.
Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Burt's Bees began when co-founder Burt Shavitz picked up a hitchhiker in 1984 in his yellow Datsun.
Shavitz, who died Sunday at his home in rural Maine, and that hitchhiker would eventually become business partners.
The skincare products would become ubiquitous and Shavitz's face would be emblazoned on the packaging.
Roxanne Quimby, the hitchiker and an artist in Maine, quickly "hit it off," according to the company website. Quimby made candles with unused wax from Shavitz's beehives, the source of his roadside honey stand.
"They made $200 at their first craft fair; within a year, they'd make $20,000," the company states.
He would eventually sell off his stake for an undisclosed amount, but he continued to be compensated for his bearded likeness on company products. Shavitz had a love of golden retrievers and the color yellow, the preferred shade of company packaging.
"Burt was a complex man who sought a simple life in pace with the seasons of nature on his land. If there is one thing we will remember from Burt’s life, in our fast-paced, hi-tech culture, it’s to never lose sight of our relationship with nature," the company said in a statement.
By 1989, the company started shipping hundreds of Burt's Bees' candles, the company said.
In 1994, the company relocated to North Carolina from Maine. He lived in a house without running water, heated by a wood stove, according to several reports.
The company eventually opened offices in the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 2007, Clorox bought Burt's Bees for $925 million. Today, fans can buy Burt's Bees from national retailers like Target and major pharmacies.
The former city photojournalist told the New York Times last year as a documentary about him "Burt's Buzz" was released, "I've been extremely fortunate for an entire lifetime — as long as I wasn't in urban America."
As a photographer in New York City in the 1960s, Shavitz captured "key figures in the civil rights movement, beat poets, artists and images central to the burgeoning environmental movement," the company said. Through his company, he focused on on the perilous relationship between bees, humans and food with causes like The Burt's Bees Greater Good Foundation.
vichie81/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks opened lower on Monday, after voters in Greece voted overwhelmingly to reject the terms of the country’s latest bailout, but the declines weren’t as bad as many as feared.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,683.58, down 46.53 from its open.
The NASDAQ was down by 17.27 to finish the day at 4,991.94, while the S&P 500 was also down by 8.02 to finish the session at a close of 2,068.76.
The International Monetary Fund said on Monday it will help out Greece if asked.
Service firms grew at a slightly faster pace in June, as business activity and new orders increased. The Institute for Supply Management said on Monday that steady hiring over the past year has fueled a consumer spending rebound.
Health insurance company Aetna plans to keep jobs at Humana’s Louisville, Kentucky headquarters after it buys the rival health care insurer.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has given more than $2.8 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway stock to five charities as part of his plan to gradually give away most of his fortune.
Adam Berry/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A mystery Google product described in a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission could very well be the next iteration of Google Glass.
It's no secret Google's team has been back at the drawing board to come up with Google Glass 2.0 and the new filing first spotted by Droid Life seems to point to mystery product that could be another version of Glass.
Called "GG1," it's unclear whether the product is a wearable, although the FCC filings indicate the product will be equipped with Bluetooth LE and support 5G Wi-Fi. It will be powered by rechargeable batteries and be able to transfer data to a computer via a USB cable.
First available in April 2013 to people who qualified for Google's "Explorer" program, Glass went on sale to the public in May 2014. Google announced in January it would cease sales of Glass to individual consumers for the time being.
"Glass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk. Well, we still have some work to do, but now we're ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run," the Glass team said in a blog post.
The company has continued to sell its Glass at Work devices, which have been used everywhere from at sporting events to in operating rooms.
Glass was moved earlier this year from the Google X research lab to a separate group, reporting to Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest Labs, which the technology giant acquired last year for $3.2 billion.
Google said the plan is for the group to "build for the future," and promised new versions of Glass will be available down the line.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Following the Greek people's majority rejection of creditors' terms for austerity and the resignation of the country's finance minister, Greece's future in the European Union is more tenuous than ever.
"At this point, the pressure is on [Prime minister Alex Tsipras] to come up with a plan to stay in the euro, but time is running out," Lindsey Piegza, chief economist with Stiefel, wrote in a note to investors Monday.
Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, 54, resigned Sunday, which many, including Tsipras, view as a stepping stone to further negotiations with creditors.
Here's what's next for Greece: 1. Who is next finance minister?
Varoufakis, an economist, announced his resignation on his blog under the title "Minister No More!"
"Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my… ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement," he wrote. "For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today."
Varoufakis didn't state who would fill his shoes in the meantime, nor how the next finance minister would be selected. The former economics professor was elected in January with the Syriza party.
"The departure of controversial Greek finance minister Varoufakis has created some optimism that the climate has improved and that there might be a deal," said Rice University economist Ted Loch-Temzelides. 2. European leaders scramble
Deputy finance ministers from the Eurozone will meet today, as leaders frantically schedule this and other last-minute meetings. The Eurozone monetary union includes 19 of the 28 European Union member states that have adopted the euro as their currency.
Eurozone leaders are scheduled to meet on Tuesday for an emergency summit to discuss the result of the referendum. But before then, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be meeting French President François Hollande tonight.
"This meeting will be crucial," said Loch-Temzelides of Merkel's meeting. "There are some differences between France and Germany, with France eager to adopt a more flexible stance in order to get a deal. The fact that finance ministers are not meeting prior to these meetings increases the chances of a breakthrough. The two sides were already close prior to the referendum."
The Eurogroup, which is comprised of the ministers of the euro area member states, will also meet on Tuesday. 3. ECB debt deadline
While Greece failed to meet the IMF's deadline of paying 1.5 billion euros last month, the bigger deadline is to pay the European Central Bank 3.5 billion euros by July 20. It's still possible the two sides could reach an agreement ahead of that deadline. If there's a sovereign default, the Greek banks could be ruled insolvent.
"The ECB will then stop the lifeline to Greek banks, leading to a collapse of the banking system in Greece," Loch-Temzelides said. "Banks will need to be nationalized and a new currency will be introduced. This would be a catastrophic scenario for Greece."
Loch-Temzelides predicts that there is a more than 50 percent chance that the beginnings of a deal will emerge prior to this deadline and allow for a new bailout package that will avoid this scenario. 4. No more cash in ATMs
Greek banks could run out of cash by the coming weekend, Loch-Temzelides said.
"This would force Greece to issue IOUs, thus, making a big step towards leaving the euro," he said.
Varoufakis told ABC News' "This Week" before Sunday's referendum that banks are running out of money through a "politically engineered liquidity crisis."
"The European Central Bank got its margin orders from the Euro group, from our negotiating partners, to switch off liquidity. And this is why there -- there is no money in the banks. The moment we have an agreement with our partners in the Euro group, the liquidity will be switched on again," he said.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s been a busy year for Oreo: Red Velvet and S’Mores flavors debuted, with much speculation of what’s coming next.
Well, the wait is over, because as of Tuesday, there’s a brand new version hitting shelves: Oreo Thins.
These new and improved cookie sandwiches are identical to their bulkier older brother, but they’ve been on a strict workout plan to lose a whopping 7 calories and 4 millimeters in thickness.
Here’s how these skinnier snacks stack up to the original: Size
The original Oreo is 1 3/4 inches wide and 9 millimeters thick, while an Oreo Thin is 1 7/8 inches wide and 5 millimeters thick. Twistability
You can twist the Oreo Thin, but three out of every four cracked when we tried — unlike the original, which as we all know, usually separates with ease. Dunkability
Dunk away to your heart’s content, but the Oreo Thin will need a little more time than the original to saturate with milk. The original softens at 19 seconds, while the Oreo Thin takes 37 seconds to soak. Nutrition
The original Oreo is 42 calories each, while the Oreo Thin is 35 calories each. Taste
Throwing journalistic objectivity out the window, this writer much prefers the Oreo Thins. They’re crispier and more chocolaty because of a higher cookie to cream ratio. One ABC News editor noted, though, that they’re a lot more fragile than the original, and many in the package were already broken upon arrival.
Oreo Thins come in original, golden and mint flavors and are a permanent addition to the Oreo roster.
Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Burt Shavitz, co-founder of Burt's Bees, has died at the age of 80.
The company posted to its Facebook page saying that Shavitz "has left for greener fields and wilder woods." The company described its leader as "a bearded, free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land."
The North Carolina-based personal care company was founded in 1984 and was purchased by Clorox for $925 million in 2007.
icholakov/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Southwest Airlines reached an agreement with its flight attendants this past week to increase their wages and extend the current contract through May 2019.
According to a press release from the airline, flight attendants will also get bonus opportunities and work-rule adjustments in addition to higher wages. "I applaud the efforts of everyone who worked so hard to craft an agreement that rewards our Flight Attendants for their excellence," Southwest Executive Vice President and COO Mike Van de Ven said in a statement.
The union that represents the airline's flight attendants will be presented with the details of the agreement in the coming weeks. A vote will be held to ratify the new rules.
Ren You, 29, has offered $10,000 to anyone who can find him a long-term girlfriend.(Courtesy Ren You)(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Ren You is a 29-year-old with a Harvard MBA and a job at a private equity firm. He is also someone who does not like to be inefficient and does not want to miss out on opportunities. Those two character traits led You to develop a novel way to find love.
The Birmingham, Alabama, resident is offering $10,000 to anyone who can find him a girlfriend of six months or more. He is accepting applications now on his website, DateRen.com.
“I’ve done dating websites and I’ve met people through friends,” You told ABC News. “I’m sure if I stuck with those ways that, down the road a few years, maybe I’d find someone, but that seems very time consuming and not efficient.”
“I don’t know if this is an improvement,” he said of DateRen.com. “But it’s something new so I thought I’d give it a shot.”
Ren says he is consumed by 12-hour days at work, leaving little time for dating and even less time for fun and relaxation, “the bottom tier items” that “usually get cut.”
“Look at it this way: if you work 12 hours/day, how would you want to spend the few waking hours you have left?,” You explains on DateRen.com. “Probably not standing around in a bar with your fingers crossed. This is way more fun for me.”
The University of Virginia alumni says he received a handful of submission after launching the website earlier this week but now has around 400 potential dates in his inbox thanks to media coverage from around the world.
“Apparently it got picked up by a news outlet in China so I’ve gotten bombarded with a lot of mothers recommending their daughters, which is a new thing ,” You said. “One mom linked to her daughter’s Rhodes Scholar write-up.”
You says his own mom is supportive of his unique approach to love, as is his dad.
“They’re’ a little bit a-typical as far as Chinese parents go,” he said. "They’re relatively hands-off and no pressure to get married. Whatever I’m doing is of my own volition.”
You also ran the idea by his coworkers and his bosses before putting himself in the spotlight.
“They’re pretty open-minded and they thought it was hilarious and a creative idea,” he said. “So when this surprisingly got picked up and got back to them, it wasn’t a shock.”
You had been replying to each submission individually because he knows, “how crappy it feels to not get a reply on a dating website,” but now is weeding through to reply yes or no to the most thoughtfully-written messages, and may hire an intern to sort through them all.
The replies so far are about half from women nominating themselves, and half from friends, or moms, recommending someone. To You’s surprise, many of the entries have said they would not take the $10,000 should their nominee find love with You.
“They’ll say, ‘I just want this person to meet a good guy…I don’t care about the reward,’” You said. “I’m happy to pay if it works out because it’s a small amount of money for a big reward, but if someone preemptively says no, then it gives me some comfort that they just think I’m a pretty good dude.”
“The $10,000 offer made me come off rich but my family is very middle-class,” he added. “I did a lot of stuff for my parents after I graduated, of transferring their credit card debt, helping pay off loans, buying them a house…they know I have things under control. “
Instead of listing his most desirable qualities or what he wants in a woman, You says he just wants everyone to know he is a very normal guy who has taken an abnormal approach to hopefully finding love.
You also has an answer for those wondering if he could be defrauded by a girl who breaks up with him the day after their six-month anniversary.
“I think given the six months, I’ll be able to tell if you’re a fraud because that’s a long time to be my girlfriend and spend time with me,” You said. "If two people are going to split the $10,000 and one work basically to spend time with me, it’s a lot of time over six months.”
“If you do the math, I’m not sure who is willing to do this in lieu of a minimum wage job when you could probably make more in the job,” he said.
iStock/Thinkstock(ATHENS, Greece) -- Will Greece run out of cash? A vote on Sunday will decide.
Millions in Greece are struggling as they try to deal with high unemployment and limits on ATM withdrawals. A vote Sunday will allow Greek voters to decide whether or not Greece should accept an international bailout plan after months of talks.
The plan has austerity restrictions in exchange for aid, but many voters find the plan confusing.
"If you read the ballot, nobody can understand it," said Secretary General of the Greek Chamber of Commerce Nikos Sofianos. "I hold a master's degree from the London School of Economics and I don't understand it."
Sofianos also said the plan has the country "divided" as many opinion polls show a nearly even split for both "yes" and "no" votes.
Steve Snowden/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Carmelo Mercado, a retired New York firefighter who sacrificed his health as a 9/11 responder, is now getting something back from New York, through the form of a lottery ticket.
The 63-year-old father, who lives in Orange County, New York, started buying scratch-off tickets when he retired from the fire department 11 years ago, he told ABC News Saturday. He usually buys a few tickets a week.
"My mother always told me... life here in America is expensive, especially in New York; play lotto," Mercado said.
He usually doesn't play on Sundays, he said, but he bought two tickets May 17 in Sunnyside, Queens.
When he got into his van, he started scratching from left to right, and found he had a winning ticket for $5 million.
"I got confused. My mind became blank," Mercado said.
"I had to verify it because it could have been a printing error. I went back to the store and I verified it with the machine and sure enough, it said 'See New York state lottery officials.'"
And Mercado certainly has a loyalty to New York. He worked at a firehouse in Queens, including the morning of September 11, 2001.
"That morning ... when the first plane hit ... you thought it was an accident, a pilot made an error," he said Saturday. "But when the second one hit, there was no error. On the intercom there was a fireman who was trapped on a fire truck. He was about to cry. He said, 'Please come and help me.' When we heard those words ... we rushed down there.
"When I rushed there ... I saw grown firemen hugging each other and crying. And when I saw that, I said, 'This is bad,'" he said.
"As a fireman from 9/11, I inherited injuries, illnesses," he said, which led him to retire a few years later.
Now, with his new winnings, Mercado said he'll get to keep about $3.3 million, which will first go toward paying off a mortgage "hanging over my head," as well as other bills.
But he said he wants most of the money to go to his children. Mercado, a father of four, has three children in their 30s, and his oldest daughter has a son of her own.
He also has a daughter who is 10. Every August he takes her to Disney World, he said, and now Mercado may even buy a house in Florida for his children and grandson to enjoy.
"This time around I might buy something permanent," he said. "Hopefully, she [the 10-year-old] will still want to go Disney World when she's 18.
"Once I pay my house off, that's my main priority. ... The rest, I'll feel good that I put something away for them," he said.
Mercado added he now plans to "just enjoy the summer" with his young daughter.
A representative for the New York Gaming Commission did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Oh, say can you see ... a giant American flag made from LEGOs?
It’s the largest of its kind, constructed from over 100,000 LEGO bricks.
Earlier this week in Washington, D.C., children and their families lined up to help build the flag at the National Museum of American History. The Smithsonian Institution, which includes the museum, and LEGO partnered to set a record ahead of Independence Day.
The thousands of bricks were stacked together to build the giant stars and stripes. The father-son team of Dan and Chris Steininger, who are LEGO “master builders,” designed the flag back at LEGO headquarters.
“This is massive but it’s a pretty simple pattern to follow,” Dan Steininger said. They brought their plan to life with the help of kids who put together bricks that were used for the final product.
A total of six master builder teams travel around the world to put together projects for LEGO. Dan and Chris are the only father-son duo. Dan said he began to build LEGO projects when he would bring home LEGOs for his son for the holidays. He has a background in sculpting and said he realized “what a sweet medium LEGOs are.” This hobby morphed into a 26-year career that he now shares with his son.
The record-breaking flag project was also meant to highlight the opening of the museum’s new innovation wing, a 45,000-square-foot interactive learning space. The wing features exhibitions on the history of American business, “hot spots” of invention and the National Numismatics Collection -- a showcase of coins and currency.
rypson/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- JetBlue is taking advantage of the thawing tensions between the U.S. and Cuba.
In a press release out Friday, JetBlue announced they had operated their first charter flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.
The flights make JetBlue the first major airline to operate between the U.S. and Cuba since travel restrictions started easing months ago.
“As interest in Cuban markets grows, JetBlue is positioning itself as a leading carrier to the island nation by operating more convenient flight options than ever," said Scott Laurence, senior vice president airline planning at JetBlue, in the release.
In May, JetBlue announced they would be offering the charter service shortly after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, JetBlue Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes, and other New York business leaders went on a trade mission trip to Cuba to discuss connecting New York businesses with Cuba.