blunt essays with sharp points
Dec 17, 2009 7:19 AM–In 2006, $8 billion was spent on gift cards that will never be redeemed---a bigger impact on consumers than the combined total of both debit- and credit-card fraud.
Two articles on the wasteful choices people often make when giving gifts:
The Gift-Card Economy By STEPHEN J. DUBNER and STEVEN D. LEVITT
Humbug or wise man? By Heather A. Davis, an interview of Wharton Professor Joel Waldfogel(go to complete article)
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes they fool you by walking upright.
What part of “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” don’t you understand?
Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. —Terry Pratchett
Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig. —Robert Heinlein
Do not ask why the past was better than the present, for this is not a question prompted by wisdom. —Ecclesiastes 7:10
Power lines abruptly stopped causing cancer in 1997 after the U.S. National Cancer Institute conducted a better study. —Robert Parks
Встретимся под столом! (Vstretimsja pod stolom: To meeting you under the table!)
The more you cry, the less you’ll pee.
Relish the love of a good woman.
It’ll never get better if you keep picking at it. —advice from Judge “Maximum” Bob Gibbs