General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt spent his entire 2013 cash bonus – all $2.6 million of it – buying stock in the company he runs.
People in Western countries are consuming massive amounts of refined sugars, reaching about 150 lbs (67 kg) per year in some countries. This amounts to over 500calories of sugar per day.
The sources vary on the exact figures, but it is very clear that we are consuming way more sugar than our bodies are equipped to handle (4). Controlled human studies show that large amounts of sugar can lead to severe metabolic problems, including insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides — to name a few (5, 6).
Added sugar is believed to be one of the main drivers of diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer (7, 8, 9, 10). (via What’s Wrong With The Modern Diet [CHARTS])
For years we’ve been told that cash and credit cards are about to become obsolete as technology makes mobile payments more convenient and worthwhile than pulling out your wallet.
Forbes magazine published its annual Billionaires list today. According to the accompanying figures of the 2014 list, Forbes has found 1,645 billionaires and their aggregate net worth is $64 trillion.
This great shot of a tulip farm reminded us of an academic paper published by Mark Hirschey at the University of Kansas in 1998 while the internet bubble was inflating.
Hirschey studied tulip prices at the top of the Dutch Tulipmania and discovered that someone once paid nearly 2500 Florins or approximately $35,000 in present day US dollar terms for one Semper Augustus bulb.
Source: How Much Is a Tulip Worth?
Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Millions of single adults in the U.S. – 30 million, or 1/3 of all American singles, to be exact – will go online to find that special someone. Match.com says new memberships increase 25% to 30% between Dec. 26 and Feb. 14 and connecting online is the No. 1 way (31%) to get a first date. Meeting through friends ranks second (25%), followed by work (8%) and bar/clubs (6%).
Retired and broke: Social Security and the struggle to make it last. NOTE: One in seven seniors are living in poverty.
On Yahoo Finance today, Mandi Woodruff wrote a great profile of the Connally family who lives off the grid in the desert and they are thriving.
"I’ve always enjoyed rural life, and the thought of sustainability and home-scale energy production intrigued me," says Abe, who grew up in New Mexico and Texas. "On top of that, I wanted to see how integrating systems to reduce waste and improve efficiency would affect the architecture and other components of this lifestyle."