11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. What do you get if you cross a sheep and a goat? A “geep.” (Learn more at People) 2. After 10 years and four billion miles, the Rosetta spacecraft will slow to the pace of a person walking to examine a 2.5-mile-wide comet. (Learn more at NY Times) 3. Your bag of potato chips can hear what you’re saying – and perhaps even let others eavesdrop. (Learn more at The Verge) 4. A tear, …

Are You a Big Tipper? Survey Shows Age Matters

Who are better tippers in restaurants, older or younger diners? You might be surprised, reports a new survey – 30 percent of those 18 to 34 admit they usually skimp on their tip, while nearly all customers age 65-plus say they tip the expected 15 to 20 percent. The survey from French company Michelin, publisher of well-known restaurant guides, found that on average, Americans tip 18 percent for good service after dining out, slightly less than the 19 percent a …

6 Places Never to Use a Debit Card

Credit or debit? Although both cards look the same, they offer different protections. Under federal law, if your credit card is used to make unauthorized charges after it is lost or stolen, you’re liable for only $50 - no matter the amount and with no time restrictions to report the fraud. And many issuers won’t even charge the $50 for valued customers. But with a debit card, you have just two business days to report an unauthorized loss or money transfer, or …

Top 10 Demographics & Interests Facts About Americans Age 50+

Did you know … there are 108.7 million folks age 50-plus? This includes 76.4 million boomers (born 1946-64), compared with 49 million Gen Xers and 82 million millennials.   Research staff at AARP can rattle off facts about folks 50 years and older like we’re mini-Wikipedias. Although that makes us great at cocktail parties, we recently realized that we take some of this knowledge for granted, and that others might like to have quick access to the basic demographic and behavioral …

Food Talks

Ah, the language barrier. No matter how much you’re looking forward to your trip abroad, you can’t ignore that nagging worry about interacting with people who speak a different language – and potential situations ranging from difficult to ego-crushing. Rest assured, however, that no one expects you to speak in full sentences or be able to conjugate verbs. What you should know, even before you even arrive in another country, is how to be polite. “Hello,” “please” and “thank you” …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Planet Earth has a cousin – Kepler-186f – about 500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus.  (Learn more at The Atlantic) 2. A disorder that causes you to act out your dreams is the best predictor of brain disease, says a new study. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A majority of American adults in all age groups now owns a smartphone. (Learn more at Time) 4. Colorado boomers are the best educated; Maryland’s boomers …