Money stresses us out even more than terrorism, according to the American Psychological Association, so it's understandable why some people consider currency to be especially evil. Money also greases the wheels of evil operations, from terrorist groups and violent dictatorships to human traffickers and poachers - just to name a handful. And the pursuit of material wealth can drive us to do some despicable things.
The movie business has been through its fair share of digital-age growing pains, but the internet certainly has not killed the movie star. Global connectedness and technological growth have actually bolstered the popularity of the big screen, even as many movie lovers tune-in on the smallest of devices. The $38.3 billion in global box office sales recorded in 2015 represents a 5% year-over-year increase, according to the most recent data available from the Motion Picture Association of America, and on-demand rentals generate billions in additional revenue each year.
The question of whether to arm teachers strikes at the heart of the debate over how to balance our constitutional right to bear arms with everyday public-safety concerns. Is the answer to fight gunfire
with more gunfire, by asking educators to wield Glocks as deftly as gradebooks? Or is commonsense gun control in order, despite its potential to limit our supposedly inalienable rights, even if only in the slightest?
The first of the year brings both the promise of new beginnings and the burden of self-improvement. Fueled by the nostalgia of the holidays and armed with a year’s worth of regrets, some 45% of Americans decide to make New Year’s resolutions each January, according to research from the University of Scranton. They are, it seems, taken by the spirit that led Benjamin Franklin to advise: “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”
At this point, it seems like many of us could use an app just to manage all of our dating apps. Whether you’re mining the Web for a mate, longing a long-term relationship or just hunting for a quick hook-up, there’s certain to be an app to match. After all, more than 2,800 companies operate dating websites, and the 500-plus dating apps in the iTunes store collectively have more than 91 million users.
Every president takes his (or her) own unique path to the White House, but the ascent of President-Elect Donald J. Trump has truly been unlike anything we’ve seen before. Trump has gone from rich kid to real-estate mogul, from bankrupt to “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and from leader of the birther movement to leader of the free world. And with no previous political experience, it’s fair to wonder whether the Oval Office will suit him.
WalletHub has made economic predictions for each of the past five years with pretty strong results, earning an average GPA of 3.63. But we are truly in uncharted waters as 2016 comes to a close, riding an economic recovery that has lasted years longer than average and awaiting the inauguration of a new president who can send shockwaves through global financial markets with a single tweet. So it’s really anyone’s guess what the future holds for our wallets.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday didn’t quell your holiday-shopping thirst? Lucky for you, December has more great deals in store, and WalletHub’s data team has kept a close eye on them all year to help you get ahead of the lines and find exactly what you’re looking for — at bargain prices.
Countries all around the world have their own unique New Year’s traditions. Many places feature customary cuisine, such as lentils (Brazil and Italy), suckling pig (Austria) and grapes (Spain). Others get a bit more creative. The Danish, for example, smash broken china on friends’ front doors, supposedly in a sign of affection. But you obviously don’t need to go global to learn a lot about New Year’s.
We have plenty of customs right here at home, from watching a giant crystal-covered ball drop in Time’s Square and drinking sparkling spirits at midnight to eating black-eyed peas and making resolutions on Jan. 1. And even these famous traditions have a history that most people don’t fully understand. For instance, you might not know that the Time’s Square ball weighs nearly six tons, or that more than 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed in the U.S. each New Year’s Eve. The fact that New Year’s Eve is the busiest night of the year for celebratory gunfire may or may not come as a surprise, too.
As a licensed private investigator and a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist, I’m naturally well aware of identity theft and the various other crimes that accompany it. But I’m perhaps even better acquainted with these matters because I was actually a victim before I dedicated my professional life to helping others protect themselves from fraud.
The debate over genetically modified organisms brings together a number of pressing socioeconomic trends, from the populist backlash against globalization, science and the media, to fears of resource wars caused by climate change and population growth, to our cultural shift in favor of so-called natural and organic foods. But while there are vocal supporters on both sides of this important issue, roughly 58% of Americans don’t know enough about it to generate a truly informed opinion, according to the results of a recent study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Whether you call it “climate change” or “global warming,” roughly one-third of Americans simply don’t believe in it – at least as a genuine threat to humankind, according to surveys conducted this year by Monmouth University, Pew Research Center and Gallup. That reality might come as a shock to some, but there’s a reason why thousands of people ask the internet whether the phenomenon is merely a myth each month. There’s a lot of uncertainty out there.
Settlers of the Plymouth Colony and their Wampanoag tribe predecessors kicked off a grand tradition way back in 1621. And for that we should all be thankful, if for nothing else than a day off from work and school. But the Thanksgiving we celebrate today is a lot different than that first festival in honor of a particularly bountiful harvest.
With credit card debt rising to increasingly dangerous levels and the expensive holiday shopping season getting underway, consumers will no doubt be looking everywhere for ways to save in the months to come. One old stand-by that’s currently undergoing something of a technological makeover – the coupon – may be forgotten by many, but it has the potential to lower your costs quite a bit, whether you’re shopping online or in a store. Roughly 319 billion coupons, worth a total of $545 billion, were distributed in 2014, according to the commerce analytics company Inmar. While that equates to more than $2,000 in coupon savings potential for each adult in the U.S., less than 1% of that potential value was actually redeemed by consumers. The right coupon site could therefore prove to be a goldmine for offers you might not find out about anywhere else. But which coupon site is best?
Have you thought about how the world could change if the likely frigid morning of January 20 echoes with these words: “I Donald J. Trump do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States…”?
Have you thought about how the world could change if the likely frigid morning of January 20 echoes with these words: “I Hillary Rodham Clinton do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States…”?
Even with checks and balances, four years of executive power can change the country – perhaps even the course of history – considerably. So from FDR’s clean sweep of Republican Alf Landon in 1936 to the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2000’s Bush v. Gore nail-biter, every presidential election matters and is, indeed, historic. This one still feels special, though – kind of like Barack Obama’s enthusiastic run to break the White House color barrier, but more sinister.
American Express is a venerable brand, known for customer service and as a status symbol. So it’s understandable that you’d be interested in the company’s cards. But thinking you want an Amex is a far cry from knowing you’ve found the best card for your needs.
Imagine your pet dog or cat sitting terrified in a small, nondescript cage inside a clinically cold laboratory, just waiting to be poked, prodded and experimented on – all in the name of advancing human health…or at least making better beauty products. Now, take a look around your home, from your cleaning supplies to the contents of your medicine cabinet. Odds are you’ll find countless products, perhaps even some which are keeping you alive, made by organizations that still perform testing on animals. They reportedly include the likes of: