Multitasking Gone Wild

I somehow came across this disturbing TikTok video: https://www.tiktok.com/@danlambert_/video/7047202123573939462 This initiative is currently taking place in a handful of McDonald's in China.  Recent studies have shown that obesity is on the rise in China, with 5-6 percent of the general population being classified as obese. In some cities where fast food is popular, that rate is … Continue reading Multitasking Gone Wild

Have you Been Affected by Shrinkflation?

It's a clever term in the world of consumer packaging - shrinkflation. The term refers to downsizing a product while keeping its price the same. When companies are struggling to maintain profits, there are three basic responses: raise the price directly, take a little bit out of the product, or reformulate the product with cheaper … Continue reading Have you Been Affected by Shrinkflation?

Music Monday: Saddest Song of All Time

Have you ever wondered what the saddest song might be? Many people might assume it's a country song, since many of those seem to specialize in tales of woe. However, according to a recent survey of 2,000 adults, REM’s 1992 track “Everybody Hurts” holds the top spot. Rounding out the top five are the following: … Continue reading Music Monday: Saddest Song of All Time

Go Ahead! Pursue That Goal! Take That Risk!

This post has two objectives. One is to get a lot of likes. The other is to not waste your time. According to a new international marketing study, researchers have concluded that adding dogs or cats to promotional ads makes people more eager to pursue a goal or product. They were also more willing to … Continue reading Go Ahead! Pursue That Goal! Take That Risk!

Dang! That Took Much Longer Than I Thought It Would!

Warning: Humblebrag ahead... I saw in my inbox that today was the tenth anniversary of the first TED-Ed video. If you're not familiar with TED-Ed, here is a short blurb from its website: TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the … Continue reading Dang! That Took Much Longer Than I Thought It Would!

I Wonder If I Can Have a Few Dozen of These Delivered Before Friday…

This coming Friday will be the second exam of the semester for my students. As you might imagine, students are starting to get a bit anxious, some more than others. That's why I was so intrigued when I read about this device that could help lower a student's anxiety. The device? A breathing cushion. Researchers … Continue reading I Wonder If I Can Have a Few Dozen of These Delivered Before Friday…

I’m Hoping My Blog Will Be the Eleventh Leading Economic Indicator…

Leading economic indicators are indicators that usually, but not always, change before the economy as a whole changes. They are therefore useful as short-term predictors of the economy. Leading indicators include the index of consumer expectations, building permits, and the money supply. The Conference Board publishes a composite Leading Economic Index consisting of ten indicators designed to predict activity in … Continue reading I’m Hoping My Blog Will Be the Eleventh Leading Economic Indicator…

This Blog Post Will Reduce Your Aches and Pains

from a recent Study Finds: According to researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, feeling nostalgic helps people overcome low levels of pain by reducing brain activity. Their study reveals that yearning for a “simpler time” reduces brain activity and could help people overcome low levels of pain like headaches. “As a predominantly positive emotion, nostalgia serves … Continue reading This Blog Post Will Reduce Your Aches and Pains

What Has 12 Thumbs and Has Gained a Few Pounds Since College?

This group of guys. That's me in the gray hoodie with the glasses. I was lucky enough to be invited by one of these guys (the guy on my far right, the far left looking at the picture - the bald guy) to watch yesterday's Flyers hockey game from one of the suites. He had … Continue reading What Has 12 Thumbs and Has Gained a Few Pounds Since College?

Hey Wordle, That Didn’t Seem Fair

Over the past month or so I have become mildly addicted to Wordle, and I realized I needed to play more than just one game a day. So after a little bit of searching, I came across Wordle Unlimited. It's the same exact game, except you can play it as many times as you want. … Continue reading Hey Wordle, That Didn’t Seem Fair