Daily Briefing: September 28

The stat, the quote, and the read you need to start your day right.

Stat

The tradition of wedding presents has changed over time. And, in this era of skyrocketing housing costs, more couples are requesting that their guests assist them with their mortgages, according to the Financial Times. The number of housing-related cash funds has increased by two since 2019, and contributions to these funds have increased by 79 percent this year, according to The Knot. When individuals contribute money to a housing fund, they are typically more generous; an average check for such a contribution was $175–$200 vs $100–$175 for honeymoon funds on Zola.

Quote

“I’m never flabbergasted. But I’m flabbergasted.”

After unexpectedly receiving the National Humanities Medal on Friday night, an award that honors those who help people access cultural experiences, emotional Elton John expressed his gratitude to President Biden. “Tiny Dancer” and “Rocket Man” were two of John's bangers at a concert he performed for former President Biden at the White House.

Read

I tried replacing Google with TikTok, and it worked better than I thought. (The Verge)

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