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MORE REASONS TO BE NICE TO YOUR TEACHERS

You missed International Teachers Day (it was Monday). But it's never too late to let your teachers know you appreciate them and the hard, hard work they do.

Personal finance social network WalletHub analyzed data to determine 2014's Best and Worst States for Teachers, based on 18 metrics, including starting salary and pupil-to-teacher ratio.

Check out some of the findings to see how Florida ranks among the 50 states and District of Columbia, then go say something nice to your teacher. Or give him an apple.

How Florida ranks for teaching

(1=Best; 25=Average)

21st: Average starting salaries

40th: Median annual salaries

26th: Unemployment rate

47th: 10-year change in teacher salaries

27th: Pupil-to-teacher ratio

47th: Public school spending per student

47th: Safest schools

Source: Wallethub.com

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DO WE REALLY NEED TO GO OVER THIS AGAIN?

Question: What happens when the driver of a big honking pickup makes a right-hand turn while looking at his phone?

Answer: The tiny little car waiting properly to drive across the street the truck turned from gets crashed into, head on. (See above.)

AT&T has designed an app meant to help curb chronic texters: AT&T DriveMode. When the app is on and the car is moving 25 mph or more, the app sends an auto-reply to anyone who texts you while you're driving. Its customizable message could say something like this to your friends: I'm behind the wheel and I've finally wised up and put the phone down. I'll answer you when I pull into the driveway. Watch out, though: Your parents can receive text alerts on their phones when AT&T DriveMode has been turned off and the car is moving.

The app is free to AT&T customers, but only available for Android and BlackBerry devices.

tb-two* staff

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AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR FRIENDS

Dear Saturday Morning Cartoons:

We congratulate you on lasting this long: You were one of the last '50s stereotypes to die out. Just about nobody walks a block to school, wears poodle skirts or majors in home economics anymore, but you stuck around! Which is why your departure fills us with such bittersweet nostalgia.

Last Saturday, the CW replaced its morning cartoon block with live-action TV, the last major network to do so. Blame who you want: the FCC guidelines on kid's educational television that were adapted in the '90s, entire seasons available on-demand on NetFlix and other streaming services, whatever the heck has happened to SpongeBob the past couple of years.

The result is still the same, that image of a lazy Saturday morning watching product placement while eating overly sugary cereal gone forever. We will miss you, cartoons, and our childhoods filled with the action, adventure and double entendres we didn't get at the time you gave them to us.

Rest in (animated) peace.

Kate Fueyo, Tampa Preparatory

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PLAYLIST

This playlist goes out to all the foodies. We combed through artists to serve you a smorgasbord of songs fit for lunchtime listening. Go to facebook.com/tbtwo or scan the code to listen.

Diet Mountain Dew, Lana Del Rey

Maximum Consumption, The Kinks

Lost in the Supermarket, The Clash

Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk, Rufus Wainwright

Cheeseburger in Paradise, Jimmy Buffett

Cherry Pie, Warrant

Savoy Truffle, Ella Fitzgerald

Eat It, "Weird Al" Yankovic

Banana Pancakes, Jack Johnson

Birthday Cake, Rihanna

Applesauce, Animal Collective

Apple Trees, Ozma

ALEXA VOLLAND, tb-two*

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WHY? WHY? WHY? (HALLOWEEN VERSION)

For some, the persistent popularity of sexy Halloween costumes has become the equivalent of reality TV - a disgusting yet somewhat amusing spectacle that represents the worst of humanity but is somehow still around. Therefore, it's disgusting but not surprising that Frozen, the 2013 smash that is now the highest-grossing animated film of all time, gets its own skimpy treatment courtesy of the website yandy.com. The site stocked a number of off-brand, revealing getups based on the movie, including an "Ice Girl" and a "Norwegian Maiden," each retailing for more than $80. Perhaps the most ridiculous, a "Funny Snowman" costume, was a relative steal at only $35. Don't get your hopes up. The costumes are sold out, and CNBC.com reported that a spokeswoman from the company wasn't sure if they were getting more in time for the holiday. But hey, DIY-ers, the snowman costume would be a cinch. In case you can't comprehend the absurdity without a visual aid, here's a photo. Olaf is a lot cuter.

Kate Fueyo, Tampa Preparatory

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