11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. A cobra can bite and kill someone even 20 minutes after its head is severed. (Learn more at Daily Mirror) 2. Celebrity deaths do not generally come in threes. (Learn more at NY Times) 3. How rare is a blue lobster? One in 2 million. (Learn more at Associated Press) >> 12 Foods Sabotaging Your Sleeep 4. With the national unemployment rate at 6.2 percent in July, 20 U.S. cities are under 4 percent. …

The New Face of Friendship: Has Facebook Replaced the Backyard Fence?

I grew up in Brooklyn at a time when there were many sets of parental eyes watching over us. Riding bikes, playing stoopball or jumping rope on the sidewalk, we knew, without having to think about it, that we were safe. We also knew that if any of us did or said something deemed less than civil, it would get back to our mothers (or whoever was waiting at home, and there was always someone waiting at home) before we set …

The Danger of Acting on Stock Market Headlines

Over the past five years, U.S. stocks have tripled in value. For example, the Wilshire 5000 total return index increased from 27.50 to 82.62. Yet paranoia about the market has caused many investors to miss out. The chart below shows the return an investor would have received just by owning a total U.S. stock index fund and reinvesting the dividends. A total U.S. stock index fund essentially owns every publicly held company based in the U.S. Though the chart tracks …

When It Comes to News, There Are Gazers and Grazers

If you’ve turned the pages of a newspaper in public to find out what’s going in the world, you may have felt just a bit out of place among all the twenty-somethings using tablets and smartphones for the same purpose. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, what you noticed is a profound generational difference in how Americans get their news. Those of us who are 50 and older, …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. The world’s ugliest animal is … the blobfish. (Learn more at CNN)   2. Surprise: The “perfect age” is now 50. (Learn more at AARP) 3. The Beatles have a new album on the way. (Learn more at BBC) 4. A daily cup of coffee can help prevent uterine cancer. (Learn more at AARP)   5. Why Tofutti CEO David Mintz loves older workers: “There’s no experience like experience.” (Learn more at The Tennessean) 6. The latest Forbes 400 list of richest Americans gives …

‘Headless’ Headline Writer Axed by NY Post

Citing budget cutbacks, the New York Post has axed Vincent A. Musetto, the journalist widely credited with writing one of the greatest tabloid headlines of all time (“HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR”), dropping him from his most recent assignment as a film critic. “After 40 years at the Post, during which I wrote ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar,’ it has come to this,” Musetto said in an e-mail to his colleagues. Musetto was running the paper’s newsroom in 1983 when …