The Friday Financial and Health Follies (FFHF) summarize the important (or just fun) financial and health issues of the week.
- Share the humor of the funny
- Make fun of the stupid.
- Highlight and explain new financial and health news-so you don’t miss it!
Friday Financial Follies
I have been asked to participate in a
waste of time podcast hosted by Average Joe, of Free Financial Advisor fame. I’m on the best part of the show, a panel made up of several personal finance power-players.
Our job is to be so entertaining that listeners will sit through the first part of the podcast where Average Joe and The Other Guy discuss
dry important financial issues. Yep, it’s like reading a romance novel, you have to wade through all the foreplay before you get to the fun stuff.
The panel consists of the eponymously famous Len Penzo, the no longer anonymous Dominique, from Your Finances Simplified, and the delightful Carrie from Careful Cents. The only thing we have in common is our complete lack of ability to take ourselves too seriously, except maybe Penzo, but hell, he’s an engineer so we forgive him his rigidity.
If you want to hear the first show, check out this link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/
I plan on having a good time, if you enjoy it, so much the better. If you’ve got better things to do, I completely understand, but remember, we’ll have fun without you…
Now, on to the Friday Follies:
Strippers and Ball Players
Let’s see, did I get that headline right? Strippers offered money to a cash strapped school ball team, instead of normal ballplayer/stripper interaction. The offer was declined, something about ethics?
Rhinoceros Horns are Valuable
Antiques Roadshow estimated their value at a cool $1 to 1.5 million. A man had been collecting the cups for years, not as an investment, but because he liked them. Curious about their current value, he hauled them to the Road show. These rhinoceros horn cups were the most valuable item ever identified at the Show.
You’ve got red tide that plagues coastal areas , but black tide? Tide (yes, the detergent) is being stolen and then sold on the black market. Buyer beware: guy on the street opens his coat to expose jugs of Tide: don’t’ do it! Avoid those jugs.
Snails as Intel Gatherers
They are the curse of my garden/weed plot and totally loathsome to look at. Scientists in New York see them differently and have harnessed their energy to power batteries and envision them as ‘swarms of innocuous intel gathering insects’. Slimey, even with batteries and microphone!
Marketing 101, if you got something to say on a billboard, make it short, sweet and to the point. Hot Dogs Cause Butt Cancer. Tacky, over the top, sensationalism, this Chicago billboard takes the top prize.
No Budget, No Wipe
That’s the story in Trenton New Jersey. If the budget brouhaha is not resolved soon, municipal buildings all over the city will run out of paper. All kinds of paper, including the toilet kind.
Saville Row in London has been invaded by the worst sorts of occupiers. It’s not bad enough that Abercrombie and Fitch have opened their doors in the elite ‘hood, but flocks of tourists are arriving, by bus no less. The audacity!
Hospitals and Hotels:
Therea Brown RN writes a great Op/Ed in the NYTimes discussing the new quality measures and comparing hospital rankings to rankings for hotels. Great review of what is facing healthcare facilities in the next few years.
Notre Dame gets the largest single individual donation in its 9o year history. It is for the nursing school and will be used to expand the program.
Personal Finance Reads:
Len Penzo voices the wonder of gas appliances in 100 words (so he says, I didn’t count ‘em.)
Free Money Finance has his review of credit card deals, see what he thinks is the best.
Funancials tells you where you screwed up your bracket, (he would’ve told you how to fill out your bracket, but since this is Friday Follies and the madness started yesterday, it’s too late.) You losers bookmark it for next year, though.
American Debt Project slams lame stereotypes on ads and celebrates 100 posts. Congrats.
Money Beagle waxes nostalgic over the price of stamps. Remember what stamps cost when you were young?
Jeff at Good Financial Cents is giving away 500 bucks, the deadline is 4+days, so don’t procrastinate. You do have to give him a five item bucket list, shouldn’t be too hard, that’s 100 bucks an item if you win….
Retire by 40 has a $25 Amazon Gift Card Give Away thru March 24th
Modest Money has an ipad giveaway until March 31st
Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading. Don’t forget to waste a few minutes listening to the podcast.
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