What’s with Men and Their Watches?

  The question came to me as we were browsing the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. It is one of the highest-end malls I have ever been to (OK, I don't go to any high-end malls, so this was easily the crème de la crème of any shopping mall I've ever been to. After about … Continue reading What’s with Men and Their Watches?

Music Monday: Comparing Top 500 Song Countdowns Across the U.S.A. (and the World)

It's been a tradition where I grew up, in the Philly suburbs, for a local radio station, WMGK, to play a list of the top 500 songs, as voted by listeners, over the Memorial Day weekend. This year the station replayed the list for the New Year, and I was surprised to hear that Stairway … Continue reading Music Monday: Comparing Top 500 Song Countdowns Across the U.S.A. (and the World)

The Toughest Position in Sports?

I was watching the Eagles-Giants football game the other day and it struck me how incredibly difficult the quarterback's job is. There are only 32 NFL starting quarterbacks in the world, giving you a sense of the rarefied position they hold. Here are some of the challenges associated with the position: The quarterback has to … Continue reading The Toughest Position in Sports?

Is It Buyer Beware, or Reader Beware?

The Wall Street Journal recently did some investigative reporting on "Amazon's Choice" products, and the results are at first glance concerning. Many people, myself included, use Amazon's Choice as a stamp of approval from Amazon. Such a designation comes in handy when one is trying to decide between tens, if not hundreds, of options when … Continue reading Is It Buyer Beware, or Reader Beware?

The Best Ads of 2019, Courtesy of Marketing Birds

I think at heart I must be a frustrated ad-man. I love great commercials and ads, as well as clever marketing campaigns. So imagine my excitement when I received an email today that Marketing Birds had compiled an ebook that featured the best ads of 2019. It's been a while since I've featured something from Marketing … Continue reading The Best Ads of 2019, Courtesy of Marketing Birds

I Always Knew the Rich Were Different Than the Rest of Us

Wellness Heaven recently conducted a survey of 1,157 hoteliers about which items are most commonly stolen from hotels. The chart below shows that the most commonly stolen items were what one would expect - towels, bathrobes, pens, etc. But what's surprising were some of the other items that were stolen - TV sets, phones, and … Continue reading I Always Knew the Rich Were Different Than the Rest of Us

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

Thanks, Google, for Crushing My Hopes and Dreams

Note: this article will be of little interest to most, if not all, readers. Unless you're into hearing someone complain about how changes to a search algorithm ruined their life, it's best that you just hit the like button and move on. For those who decide to continue reading, you've been warned. In late September … Continue reading Thanks, Google, for Crushing My Hopes and Dreams

Peanut Butter and Jelly – a Marriage Made in Heaven

They say you should write about what you know. Well, here goes. I've been eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for over 50 years. According to Wikipedia, a 2002 survey showed the average American will have eaten 1,500 PB&J sandwiches before graduating from high school. (I wonder if it's just as popular outside the U.S. … Continue reading Peanut Butter and Jelly – a Marriage Made in Heaven

Music Monday: An Eclectic List of Musical Firsts

For whatever reason, I have always been fascinated by the "first" of things. So I thought I'd spend some time searching the web and looking for some historic firsts in the world of music. I'm sure there are many other categories I could come up with, but the ones shown below will do for now. … Continue reading Music Monday: An Eclectic List of Musical Firsts