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

The King of Queens and the Paradox of Choice

"In the decade since streaming TV technology ushered in the concept of binge viewing, the “rewatch” has evolved as a phenomenon with motivations and rituals of its own. While bingeing is associated with devouring new shows, rewatching is more about savoring old favorites." Wall Street Journal Who doesn't like to just occasionally plop down in front … Continue reading The King of Queens and the Paradox of Choice

And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

Despite my fondness for commercials, I was not aware until yesterday that there is an Emmy award for the best commercial. So of course, I had to check them out. Here were the five finalists (two featuring Apple products): Behind The Mac - Make Something Wonderful - Macbook: Behind the Mac, people with passion are … Continue reading And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

What Book Has Had the Biggest Impact on You?

That was a question all of our incoming freshmen had to answer as part of a summer reading assignment. I just finished reading all of my students' answers, and I found the responses fascinating, so I thought I would share those responses on my blog. As you might expect, given that there were over 100 … Continue reading What Book Has Had the Biggest Impact on You?

The Day My WordPress Stats Went Wild

Yesterday started like any other day, you know - woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. And then I checked my blog stats. Nothing unusual, maybe 60 to 70 views by 6:00 am. That's a fairly typical number for that time of day, and by the end of the day, … Continue reading The Day My WordPress Stats Went Wild

Looking for a Cheap Date? Try South Dakota

I guess this is kind of like a follow-up to my post the other day about "The Surprising Truth About Online Dating Apps"; you might call this one "The Surprising Truth About the Cost of Going on a Date". Match.com released the results of a nationwide survey that compared the average cost of a date … Continue reading Looking for a Cheap Date? Try South Dakota