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POSTED ON July 3, 2020  - POSTED IN Fun on Friday

Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the food, the fireworks and the parades. And the message of independence has always resonated with me – ever since I was a little kid.

Unfortunately, Fourth of July festivities have been canceled in most cities and counties  – by governments. Which is painfully ironic.

POSTED ON June 26, 2020  - POSTED IN Fun on Friday

So, I’m just going to throw this out there. If you get an email from a couple of veterans who claim they rescued a sultan’s son and got a big payout in gold, it might be a scam.

Maybe.

And by maybe, I mean it’s a scam.

POSTED ON June 19, 2020  - POSTED IN Fun on Friday

Confession: I am prone to lose things.

I spend an inordinate amount of time looking for my glasses. I had to put a big lanyard on my keys to help me keep up with them. There’s even a running joke with one of my best friends about the frequency of losing my car in the parking lot.

But in all my years of losing stuff, I can’t match some poor soul in Switzerland. Last October, somebody left a package of gold bars on a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) train valued at about $190,000.

POSTED ON June 5, 2020  - POSTED IN Fun on Friday

If you have ever handled gold leaf, you know it’s pretty thin. Paper-thin, in fact. But did you know we can go thinner?

In fact, scientists can take gold and silver into two dimensions. Sounds crazy, eh? Like flat earth or something. But the research team of Ulrich Starke and his former doctoral student Stiven Forti have successfully created a gold layer only a single atom thick. It’s two-dimensional gold, so to speak.

POSTED ON May 29, 2020  - POSTED IN Fun on Friday

I have a love-hate relationship with social media.

On the one hand, I now have a number of really close friends that I would have never met without Facebook. I’m talking people I connected with on the social media platform and now hang out with in real life. It’s pretty amazing to be able to interact with like-minded people across the US, and even around the world.

POSTED ON May 22, 2020  - POSTED IN Fun on Friday

For most of us, these government-enforced coronavirus economic shutdowns have been pretty miserable. I don’t think too many of us feel like we’re overall better off today than we were a couple of months ago – unless maybe you’re in the toilet paper business. Even if they haven’t impacted our pocketbooks, the lockdowns have taken a toll on our psyches. I didn’t like being told to stay inside when I was 10. I don’t like it any better today.

But speaking of 10-year-olds, a couple of young boys in France parlayed the lockdown into big bucks.

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