No! Cracker Jack discontinues toy prizes

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Say it ain’t so! I recently read that Cracker Jack—the sweet-salty snack hailed as America’s original junk food—is replacing the iconic mystery prize found inside each box with stickers bearing digital codes for “baseball-inspired mobile experiences” (aka online games). WTH? I understand companies must evolve to keep up with changing customer needs and wants, but […]

Cheers! 14 ways alcohol is good for you

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I just love it when medical science validates my behavior. Too often we hear that things we enjoy aren’t good for us. Well, I’m happy to share some recent findings that affirm the various health benefits of alcohol—the consumption of which has long been integrated into my lifestyle. By now, we’ve probably all heard that […]

Why marrying a smart woman is good for a man’s health

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Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. Research suggests that marrying an intelligent woman helps protect a man from dementia. Another study, however, says that men are terrified of smart women. Don’t you just love science? Apparently, pairing up with a brainy broad gives men a buffer against dementia. According to […]

10 childhood myths debunked

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Most of us boomers were fed a certain amount of misinformation when we were growing up. Sometimes, it was a “fact” the adults in our lives really believed. Or they just said whatever it took to get us kids to toe the line—and we bought it. Whatever the motivation, now that we’re adults, it’s time […]

Bad bosses this baby boomer has known

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I recently saw an ad for a 2011 movie entitled “Horrible Bosses.” The plot centers on three friends who decide to murder their respective overbearing, abusive bosses. While I’ve never felt compelled to take action quite that drastic, I have to admit that, over the years, I’ve had some—shall we say—challenging bosses. For example: A […]

How to solve tip-of-the-tongue syndrome

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We’ve all had those frustrating moments when we can’t retrieve a word from memory. This phenomenon even has a name: tip-of-the-tongue syndrome, or TOT. The good news is that an occasional bout of TOT is normal at any age—although it does become more frequent as we get older. But rather than beating ourselves up about […]

What’ll you have? 8 unusual places to get a drink

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When we boomers became “legal” in the 60s and 70s, there were basically two types of places we could get a drink: at a bar or a packie (a New England term for liquor, or package, store). Our access to adult beverages was further limited by blue laws—strict religious laws that harken back to colonial […]