Category Archives: Fun Facts

The Best Fast Food

I generally try to ignore fast food (unless of course it’s given to me).  I do like a good burger, but I usually shy away from the genre because of its unhealthy reputation. But I couldn’t resist telling you about this.  Recently Money magazine published a rating of 25 fast-food restaurants.  Their methodology was simple

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Predicting the Future

What can we expect in 2018?  It’s tough predicting the future, especially regarding new technology, but some can’t resist trying.  The latest I’ve seen is a Wall Street Journal article entitled “Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2018” by Joanna Stern and Christopher Mims  (https://www.wsj.com/articles/tech-that-will-change-your-life-in-2018-1514394043? ). Some of what they’re predicting shouldn’t come as

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How The Turtle Got His Shell

No, this is not a children’s story (although it’s a tempting subject).  I ran across a post on the EarthSky website that discusses this.  Actually, it’s a link to a nine-minute YouTube video from PBS Digital Studios that explains turtle evolution in great detail.  It’s probably more than you ever wanted to know, but if

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Predicting the Future

Who can predict the future?  (Not theme parks, which is why Disneyland’s “Tomorrowland” always seems outdated.) But the Wall Street Journal is trying.  The website of this venerable publication has been posting a series of podcasts entitled “The Future of Everything.”  As of this date, 23 have been posted.  Most are a bit long, going

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Why We Procrastinate

You really have to love a piece that begins “This article would have been much better if I hadn’t waited until the last minute to write it.” Why do we procrastinate?  The most logical reason is because we’re so afraid of success that we find ways to intentionally sabotage our work.  This is so common

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What is a Work Spouse?

In my lifetime, I’ve heard a lot of ideas about management and productivity.  But one that is new to me is the idea of a “work spouse.” We need to make one thing clear right away — this has nothing to do with sex.  A work spouse is simply a friend you can trust, respect,

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Do You Know What You Are Eating?

We hear so much about eating healthy as it is, the last thing we need is another food warning.  I don’t want to cause trouble, but I’ve just run across an article entitled “5 Shocking Things We Eat Every Day” on Realbuzz.com.  The five ingredients they list are — Arsenic — Arsenic is in the

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Why is There Mint in Your Toothpaste?

Have you ever wondered why mint is in your toothpaste?  Or for that matter, almost every dental product?  I didn’t either until I heard the March 16, 2018 podcast of NPR’s Marketplace. It seems until the twentieth century, few people brushed their teeth.  Then an ad man named Claude C. Hopkins came along.  He created

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