An Economic Indicator: Yappy Hour and Other Doggy Treats

Dogs can tell us a lot…economically. San Francisco’s dog owners can select among 60 different dog treats and 4 birthday cake sizes at Le Marcel Dog Bakery. They can drop off a pet at one day care center that soon…

The GDP: A Prettier Sister

GDP, move over. Thanks to our nation’s obsession with physical beauty, there’s a new way to check the vitality of our economy. How? By looking at the number of cosmetic surgeries done annually. It makes sense that this would be…

The Recession: Quirky Indicators

People love to cite the lipstick effect. Named in 2001 by former Estée Lauder CEO Leonard Lauder, the lipstick effect just says that during hard times women enjoy more inexpensive luxuries like lipstick. But looking at this graph from The Economist,…

Disaster at Waffle House

By Mira Korber, guest blogger. Just last week, a desperate pit-stop at the iconic southern restaurant chain, Waffle House, proved the very worst of my life’s infrequent fast-food exploits. Mid 1,300 mile road-trip, the black letters on yellow signage hailed…