An 11-year-old entrepreneur in Portland, Oregon, got a strange lesson in grown-up economics when she tried to sell mistletoe near the city's public market. A security guard informed her she'd have to move outside the city park's boundaries—or she could just plunk down on the sidewalk and simply ask people for money. "I don't want to beg," says Madison Root, who was trying to make a few bucks to help pay for new braces but opted against the suggestion. "I would rather work for something than beg." One bright spot: A viewer who saw the story on the local news promptly placed 30 orders.
Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon wants to use drones to deliver your order within a half hour. He says that the project, which is heavily in the R&D stage right now, couldn't debut before 2015 even if Amazon were ready because of FAA regulations, but estimates that it could still be another four or five years. The goal is for PrimeAir to do quick and light deliveries (Bezos called out kayaks as an item that the drones probably won't be able to handle) around a 10-mile radius. The drone fleet would be greener than using trucks because it would be all electric, and people's stuff would find them wherever they were based on GPS coordinates they entered at checkout.
An Australian family has reclaimed their Guinness World Record by stringing up more than half a million Christmas lights around their suburban home. A Guinness rep confirmed that the Richards family set the record for Christmas lights on a residential property with 502,165 twinkling bulbs. The family first entered the record book in 2011 with 331,038 multi-colored lights. But they were trumped last year by a family in LaGrangeville, NY, who illuminated their home with 346,283 lights. David Richards said most of his neighbors supported the display, which features 31 miles of wire. But some hadn't spoken to him since the last record was set. He said while he bought the lights, a local power company would donate the estimated $2,300 in electricity that would illuminate them for the next month.