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
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?
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
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!
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!
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…
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…
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
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?
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