• Current Events
    Questions About Jack LaLanne’s Death

    Now that the absolute shock of Jack LaLanne’s death is fading a bit, I can’t help but going over some nagging questions surrounding his death. No, I’m not a conspiracy theorist by any means. I idolized Jack LaLanne. But still, a few things about the whole situation continue to bother me.

  • Current Events
    Jack LaLanne: Losing My Superman

    I just heard that “fitness guru” Jack LaLanne passed away today, apparently from respiratory failure due to pneumonia. I never had the privilege to meet the great Jack LaLanne, but he completely changed my life. That man probably crossed my mind every day for nearly a decade as I discovered the world of fitness....

  • Current Events
    Population Predictions For Our Time From 1859-1954

    Below is a small collection of population predictions for our time (and beyond), published in past publictions. The earliest dating from 1859, looking all the way out to 1990. Some were surprisingly accurate, while others were far off the mark.

  • Current Events
    1938 Prediction: Population to decrease after 1980

    A 1938 article in the Evening Post attempted to predict the United States population 42 years in the future. Surprisingly, the writer predicted that the population would actually start to decrease after 1980.

  • Current Events
    Where are Alfred V. Lincoln’s Trees?

    According to an article in the Meriden Daily Journal dated 9/24/1921, Massachusetts resident Alfred V. Lincoln set aside $7500 of his estate at compound interest for 90 years, to be withdrawn in the year 2011 in order to plant trees in his hometown. The 1921 article estimated that his $7500 could grow...

  • Current Events
    1974: Natural Gas Almost Out by 2010?

    Prediction: World’s natural gas down to last 10% by 2010 Date: 1974 Score: Wrong Amid the 1970’s oil crisis, there was a lot of talk about the long-term supply of petroleum and of natural gas. In an article dated 10/14/1974 in the Ludington Daily News, writer H.J. Heller quotes William R. Gould,...

  • Current Events
    1957 Prediction: Atomic Luxury Spaceships by 2007

    In a 1957 article, predictions were made for what life might be like 50 years later, in the year 2007. Here’s what they had to say:

  • Current Events
    1979 Prediction of the $320,000 Cars in 2011

    On December 30, 1979 an article entitled “Why Does Everything Cost So Much?’ appeared in the Beaver Country Times, discussing inflation and the future. The writer suggested that a $50,000 home in 1979 would cost $3.2 million in 2011, while a $5000 car would cost $320,000. While this sounds far-fetched, the writer...

  • Scams & Deception
    Not-So-Wellness International

    Wellness International Network, Ltd (WIN) was one of my earliest first-hand experiences with fast-talking MLM salesmen. This was back in the 1990s when a friend of mine invited me to one of their “seminars” (AKA “sales pitches”) to hear about this exciting “opportunity.” Though I had already embarked on my advertising career,...

  • Spam Files
    The Craigslist 419

    It was only a few days ago that I posted a recent 419 scam email that one of my junk accounts received. But now a new twist landed in the inbox of my main account. They responded to an ad I posted on Craigslist, and did so in a very crafty way....

  • Consumers
    Structured Settlements: Overview

    I’ve seen a lot of long-winded definitions of structured settlements, but really it is just a payment plan. Typically a structured settlement comes in the form of worker’s compensation or some physical injury settlement. Rather than taking the full lump sum settlement, a structured payment plan is constructed to be paid over...

  • Consumers
    Ty Bollinger’s Cancer Book

    A look at a book promoted by Ty Bollinger called “Cancer: Step Outside of the Box.”