Category: Just for Fun

519 Boys Named “Sue”

In 1969, Johnny Cash released his recording of “A Boy Named Sue”— a ballad of a seemingly spiteful father who abandoned his son but only after naming him Sue. The song reaches a memorable finish when Sue’s father says, “Son, this world is rough And if a man’s gonna make it, he’s gotta be tough …

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When Survey Results Change Drastically, You May Want to Check Your Work

When survey results change drastically from one period to the next the results are often chalked up to actual changes within the population that the survey was intended to measure. However, the possibility also exists that not all changes correspond to true changes in the underlying population. Pollsters rarely survey the same respondents from period …

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How Much is Rich?

Many dream of being “rich” one day.  But what is the amount of money that would make you “rich”?  CNNMoney.com’s Hibah Yousuf reported some interesting facts base on a survey conducted by UBS of 4,500 affluent investors.  The survey provided the following information on how much “rich” is: 70% of those surveyed with at least …

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SEC May Soon Require Reporting of CEO Pay Ratio

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) may soon require reporting of a new metric by publicly traded companies.  The potentially required ratio would reflect the multiple of CEO pay over the median worker’s pay and is intended to provide shareholders with insight into executive compensation and employee morale.  Bloomberg reports that such a ratio averaged …

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Best Things About America

For the fourth year in a row, Fortune has put out its list of 100 Great Things About America.  The list includes some of the values and innovations that have defined America over the years, peppered with some amusing distractions that represent the lighter side of American culture.  The top 10 are: Comebacks Wayfarer sunglasses …

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Are Those Soap and Shampoo Bottles at Hotels Taxable?

Not to the hotel.  Scott Smith of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowithz, PC reports that in an April 11, 2013 decision a Texas Court of Appeals ruled that: Red Lion charged a hotel guest asset fee for overnight lodging, which was subject to state and local hotel occupancy taxes.  In addition to the use …

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50 Flavors of Yuck: Why More Candies Aren’t Like Jelly Bellys

Every once in a while I am reminded that I hate Jelly Belly jelly beans. Even after carefully selecting only those flavors that look safest (usually the fruity ones), I am nevertheless tortured with at least a couple nasty tasting jelly beans. This repeated bad experience makes me (i) thankful that most candies aren’t sold …

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One Way Ticket to Mars

Feel like being a pioneer?  Well, now you can be.  Mars One, a not-for-profit organization is planning on sending a crew to Mars in 2023.  Applications to participate in this voyage started on April 22, 2013.  As of May 7, 2013, 78,000 applications were received.  Mars One expects to receive 500,000 applications for this mission.  …

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Businessweek Publishes Its List of Top Undergraduate Business Schools

Businessweek has released its current list of the top undergraduate business programs in the US.  The top three placeholders held strong from their 2012 ranking: University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management   The fourth and fifth place …

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Los Angeles does NOT have world’s worst traffic

But, of course, the City of Angels does claim the nation’s worst traffic. Los Angelenos speak of their congested freeways much like southeast Texans speak of their hurricanes—with a mixed sense of pride and dread. You would rather not live through the experience, but since you did, you might as well brag about it. “Quit …

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