The Lobster War Between Sweden and Maine

The future of North American lobster exports to the European Union was threatened when 32 “surly” reddish green lobsters were found in Scandinavian waters.

The Difference That a Sticker Makes

Because “I Voted” stickers indicate voting is a social norm, like paying taxes or saving electricity, people are more likely to act like their neighbors.

Some Warren Buffett Investing Wisdom

Guilty of probability neglect, we should listen to Warren Buffett’s advice on investing and use cost/benefit analysis whenever emotions overwhelm logic.

Should We Buy Local?

I just finished an omelette with eggs and spinach from a nearby farm. It tasted good, I supported local business and I helped the environment. You could say that I had my cake (but it was spinach) and ate it…

Was That Birthday Card Really Free?

Have you ever been delighted that you got something for free? I was until I read “the cost of zero cost” in Dan Ariely’s book, Predictably Irrational. My story begins at a Papyrus store in NYC. About to pay for several…

How Sick is Medicare?

Perhaps it all began when President Lyndon Johnson called Wilbur Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. “Wilbur, I’ve just been looking through the polls here, and I’ve only got a few weaknesses, and the worst of them…

Low Costs and Big Benefits for Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines is doing everything it can to charge us less for a seat on one of its planes. One gentleman paid $77 for a round trip seat between Chicago and Fort Lauderdale. Just the seat. How much more could…

Green New Yorkers

Think about life in the city. A one-bedroom apartment might have 1000 square feet located next to several other similar dwellings and all are heated and cooled by the same source. You walk nearby to get your groceries and take…

Bag Wars

Sometimes incentives are unpredictable…especially for B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag). A new 5-cent tax on paper and plastic shopping bags in Montgomery County, Maryland is primarily targeting plastic bag use. Fewer plastic bags will mean cleaner local rivers and an…

Happy Pecan Farmers

With soaring demand from China and less supply in the U.S., you have some very happy pecan farmers. However, they have one big problem. Theft. Armed with ladders, pecan snatchers are shaking the trees in Georgia’s pecan groves, catching the…