Are You Smarter Than a 15-Year Old? Depends What Country the 15-Year Old Is From

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD ) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) examines what 15-year old students know in reading, mathematics, and science, and what they can do with what they know. It provides the most comprehensive and rigorous international assessment of student learning outcomes to date. Results from PISA indicate the … Continue reading Are You Smarter Than a 15-Year Old? Depends What Country the 15-Year Old Is From

A Tale of Two Christmas Ads

I'm guessing many of you have heard about and perhaps seen, the latest Peloton ad in which a husband surprises his wife with a Peloton bike for Christmas. The ad, all of thirty seconds long, may be the most expensive ad ever produced, far exceeding the cost of Super Bowl commercials. Last year, a Super … Continue reading A Tale of Two Christmas Ads

Who Trained Whom?

For the past few months, when we've come back home from having been out for a while, our dog Nellie jumps up off the couch and runs right to the cabinet where her snacks are kept. She sits there, tail wagging, barely able to control herself, with her eyes shifting back and forth between us … Continue reading Who Trained Whom?

Hmmm… I’m Not So Sure About This One

It's Saturday, which means there's a decent chance I'll be sharing one of Dan Ariely's responses to an email he received from a Wall Street Journal reader. And today is one of those lucky Saturdays. Here was the question: Dear Dan, When I host friends for dinner, can I ask them to help with cleaning … Continue reading Hmmm… I’m Not So Sure About This One

‘Tis the Season, for Crying?

I don't know if it's the sentimental nature of the holiday season, but I've had tears streaming down my face three times this week. I've written many times about how much I like TV commercials, particularly at this time of the year. Many companies are starting to release their holiday ads, and many of you … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season, for Crying?

It Only Took Me 50 Years to Realize There Was a Pattern, Every Year

Thanksgiving is a day full of tradition, from giving thanks, to visiting relatives, to the food that is served, to watching one or more NFL games. Today was no exception. We had a wonderful today with my wife's family, filled with lots of food, fun, and football. But when I got home and started thinking … Continue reading It Only Took Me 50 Years to Realize There Was a Pattern, Every Year

Why Are You Teasing Me Like This, Amazon Prime Video?

I had today off as part of the Thanksgiving holiday, and so like many people, I spent part of the day mindlessly scrolling through my TV. Somehow I ended up browsing through Amazon Prime and I saw that multiple seasons of the 1960s comedy show That Girl were available for viewing. I was reading the … Continue reading Why Are You Teasing Me Like This, Amazon Prime Video?

Music Monday: Selected Songs from the Wonderful Film, The Peanut Butter Falcon

My wife and I had the chance to watch a wonderful movie this past weekend, The Peanut Butter Falcon. I highly recommend it. Here's the movie summary from Rotten Tomatoes, where it scored a 95% on the Tomatometer and 96% on the Audience Score: A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON … Continue reading Music Monday: Selected Songs from the Wonderful Film, The Peanut Butter Falcon

There Are Not Many Things Worse Than Running a Marathon. Or Is There?

This weekend is the Philadelphia Marathon, a 26.2 mile run through America's greatest city. Over 30,000 people compete in the race which winds its way through some of the most historic places in the United States. But apparently, it's not for everyone. A poll sponsored by Advil and Harris found that 28% of Americans would … Continue reading There Are Not Many Things Worse Than Running a Marathon. Or Is There?

Compound Interest – the Eighth Wonder of the World*

Remember that time is money. – Ben Franklin, Advice to a Young Tradesman, 1748 To prove what Franklin meant about the time value of money, let’s use an example, one that pays homage to Franklin. Another famous saying of Franklin’s is “A penny saved is a penny got.” Imagine someone took Franklin’s advice, and took a penny … Continue reading Compound Interest – the Eighth Wonder of the World*