11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Yes, men are idiots. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Drinking alcohol to fall asleep can have the opposite effect. (Learn more at University of Missouri via Futurity) 3. The myth that eating carrots improves your eyesight stems from a World War II espionage ruse. (Learn more at Washington Post) Enter for a chance to win up to $10,000 to help make your dreams a reality! See official rules 4. If you feel younger, you’ll live …

How to Follow the 2014 Midterm Election Returns

Whether you’re a hard-core political junkie or just an ordinary citizen who’s interested in the outcome, there are a wealth of ways to follow the midterm elections on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Here are some suggestions: TV news websites ABC News will provide a live streaming webcast of its election coverage, anchored by George Stephanopoulos, starting at 7 p.m.  Additionally, the network will augment its programming with live blogging by a team of analysts from FiveThirtyEight, including Nate Silver, …

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, …