History was never one of my strongest subjects in school. However, in my youth, I managed to learn one history lesson about why Alexander Hamilton was on the ten dollar bill. Having the last name of Hamilton may have caused my unusual interest. Many assume those on our U.S. currency are all presidents. This is not actually always true. Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin are both on currency and neither one was ever president. The following video is a great bit by Asylum’s Anthony Layser. Have a little laugh today on President’s Day:
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On Valentine’s Day, it is a time to think about true love. Just the words “true love” bring to mind the scene from the movie Princess Bride where, with his last breath of air, Westley (Cary Elwes) uttered those precious two words. Are the rest of us convinced that true love exists? The Pew Research Organization found that about 28% believed in true love. For more information on what their research revealed, check out the following information:
Throughout human history, romantics, poets, balladeers and songwriters have celebrated the idea that there’s just one true love for every living soul. Do everyday Americans agree? Well, 28% do. But 69% do not. Views about one true love do not correlate with marital status or with age. However, men (31%) are a bit more likely than women (26%) to say that every person has only one true love; and Hispanics (47%) and blacks (32%) are more likely than whites (24%) to feel this way. Education matters, too: those with a college degree are only half as likely as those with a high school diploma or less to say everyone has just one true love (19% vs. 37%). Conservatives (32%) are more likely to say this than moderates (24%). Catholics (38%) are more likely than Protestants (30%) or those who are unaffiliated (17%) to say they believe in just one true love. A Pew Research survey posed a follow-up question to the respondents who say they believe in just one true love: “And have your found yours, or not?” Nearly eight-in-ten (79%) say they have. These responses correlate both with age and marriage. Among those who say there’s only one true love for each person, about half of 18- to 29-year-olds say they’ve found theirs (54%), compared with nine-in-ten adults ages 50 and older. Meantime, fully 96% of married adults who believe in only one true love say they’ve found theirs, compared with 61% of all unmarried adults and 79% of cohabiters. Read morevia pewresearch.org
I teach a lot of ethics courses where we talk about Enron and Ken Lay. A student recently posted a link in class which I found to be interesting. If you click on that link, there is a whole website dedicated to those who claim Ken Lay is actually alive.
There are always rumors about people who have died still being alive. Here is a list of some of those people:
Last week there was a rumor going around that Bill Cosby died. He is actually very much alive and well. For a list of premature obituaries, click here.
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Dachshund Saves Owner After Seeking Help From Neighbor
My daughter sent me this story from huffingtonpost.com about a dachshund saving their owner. My dog looks almost exactly like this one . . . Unfortunately mine doesn’t have quite the know-how that this one does. Click on huffingtonpost.com above to read the article.
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