That Eric Alper! – July 23, 2013

33 of your childhood toys that are worth a fortune now. You made a big mistake when you threw those out.

Video: The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra makes beautiful music with recycled instruments:

In America, politics and music have been tied together since the very beginning.Benjamin Franklin played multiple instruments, including the violin, harp and guitar, and he even invented one: the glass harmonica. Thomas Jefferson, who played the violin, used music to woo his wife, Martha, who played the piano. To honor this long and varied tradition, here is a list of Americans who have blended music and politics, organized by entertainment value (not necessarily talent level).

Friday saw the release of Nielsen SoundScan’s newest figures, which show a growing interest among consumers in streaming services like Spotify and Apple’s forthcoming iTunes Radio. For the first half of 2013, stream volume was up 24 percent over the same period last year.

If you’re managing social media for your business, it might be useful to know about some of the most surprising social media statistics this year. Here are ten that might make you rethink the way you’re approaching social media: