Andrew Tobias: A $50,000 Windfall For YOUR Parents?
"Four years later Jan and I are taking maximum benefits. But in the interim, I've collected nearly $50,000 - $50,000 to which we, having paid into the system all our lives, were entitled, yet knew nothing about. All she had to do was file for SS and suspend her benefits until age 70. I then applied for, and promptly began getting, my spousal benefits." - ca
David Wong: 5 Ways Hollywood Tricked You Into Hating Poor People (Cracked)
I bet every one of you can remember the first time financial reality smacked you in the face like a Hulk-thrown engine block. ("I work two jobs, shouldn't I be able to afford to get this festering wisdom tooth taken out?") That's because unless your parents were wealthy, you left school knowing jack shit about how money worked.
Phil Plait: Stars of Reality (Slate)
"When [my daughter] Lincoln was born, the whooping cough epidemic was growing, and before she was 2 months old, we simply said [to friends], 'You have to get a whooping cough vaccination if you are going to hold our baby.'" Kristen Bell
Euell Theophilus Gibbons (September 14, 1911 - December 29, 1975) was an outdoorsman and proponent of natural diets during the 1960s.
Although Gibbons longed to be a writer, he had difficulty getting published. However, capitalizing on the growing return-to-nature movement in 1962, his first book, Stalking the Wild Asparagus, became an instant success.
A 1974 television commercial for Post Grape-Nuts cereal featured Gibbons asking viewers "Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible." While he recommended eating Grape Nuts over eating pine trees (Grape Nuts' taste "reminds me of wild hickory nuts"), the quote caught the public's imagination and fueled his celebrity status. Johnny Carson joked about sending Gibbons a "lumber-gram", and Gibbons himself joined in the humor; when presented with a wooden award plaque by Sonny and Cher, he good-naturedly took a bite out of it. (The "plaque" was actually an edible prop.)
mj was first, and correct, with:
I'm guessing it's the guy who loved hickory nuts
I didn't even have to look it up...
Euell Gibbons (natch).
No Euell, I never have, despite the presence of several of them in my back yard (the photo isn't my yard, no).
Question might be a bit appropriate though, we're getting another Siberian Express here, 6 below (F) right now.
Alan J replied:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
A 1974 television commercial for Post Grape-Nuts cereal featured Euell Gibbons asking viewers "Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible." Euell Gibbons was an outdoorsman and proponent of natural diets, famous during the 1960s.
Oh, I think I know this - it's Euell Gibbons, the Grape-Nuts guy. Who else would talk about eating a pine tree?
Hope you're on the mend soon, Marty.
Leo in Idaho said:
Euell Gibbons, in a 1970s Grape Nuts commercial
Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
Euell Gibbons, pitching for Grape Nuts cereal.
Old Dale of Diamond Windy Springs answered:
Euell Gibbons…I remember traipsing around Parkdale, Oregon (in the Hood River Valley) collecting fresh herbs and wild asparagus at my sisters goat farm in about 1970. Fun times! Enough nostalgia!
The Academy Awards presentation last night was just another case of the Hollywood mutual masturbation society awarding another movie about the business. I liked "Birdman", but outside of some cool shooting and editing techniques, it was a pretty uneven film. Selma was the best film. Butt remember…opinions are like assholes…everybody has one.
Ravenous Lois Of Oregon said:
Those of us lucky enough to have been raised by survivors of
the Great Depression remember EUELL GIBBONS perfectly well.
During the depression years, people ate anything they could
find (although the rich still dined on endangered species)
and so as their children we were advised to eat what was put
in front of us or go hungry.
Euell was the spokes model for Depression Cuisine,
convincing everyone that you will enjoy eating trees and
even cereal that is routinely mistaken for road gravel, and
was the author of books like "Stalking The Wild Asparagus",
"Hunting Carp On Horseback", and later in life, "How To
House Break Your Broccoli Poodle".
Euell Gibbons coined the phrase "Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible" in a TV commercial for Post Grape Nuts.
DJ Useo responded:
I think the correct reply is Euell Theophilus Gibbons.
Simply for advocating sensible eating habits,
he was often vilified by the mainstream media of the seventies,
especially Johnny Carson.
I try to never eat processed foods, & especially canned food.
I wonder what part of the pine tree is edible? I bet it's tough to get all that squirrel scat off before serving. lol.
George M replied:
If my memory serves me correct, Marty, that person who sugested that many parts of a pine tree are edible was ol' Euell Gibbons - who I recall from tv ads for an all-natural cereal.
Joe S answered:
Euell Gibbons, of the "Stalking the Wild Asparagus" fame. I know this as I'm an old pine tree eater from way back. Ate a lot, A LOT, of wild food in my youth. I could live in the wild indefinitely, or at least until my medicine ran out.
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The best documentary Oscar awarded to "Citizenfour" is the latest in a string of accolades for the journalists who brought to light the trove of classified documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The film directed and produced by Laura Poitras reveals how she worked with other reporters to lift the lid on the sweeping surveillance programs of the US National Security Agency and other intelligence services -- revelations which shocked many in America and around the world.
"The most important decisions being made affecting all of us are made in secret. We lose our ability to check the powers that control," Poitras said Sunday as she accepted the award at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with journalist Glenn Greenwald at her side.
"Citizenfour" revolves around a series of conversations with Snowden filmed in Hong Kong, where the onetime NSA contractor explains the powerful intelligence apparatus of the US government and its allies.
It notably shows Snowden -- who used the pseudonym "Citizenfour" when he first contacted Poitras -- explaining these programs to her, Greenwald and Guardian journalist Ewen MacAskill.
In a ground-breaking move the United States on Monday appointed the first US special envoy for gay and lesbian rights in a bid to help eradicate discrimination around the world.
"Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally -- the heart and conscience of our diplomacy," US Secretary of State John Kerry said.
He named Randy Berry, the current consul-general in Amsterdam, as the new envoy, saying he believed Berry would "significantly advance efforts under way to move towards a world free from violence and discrimination" against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
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Energy-saving LED traffic lights seemed like a cool way to cut back on electricity costs, but Japanese police said Monday they might just be too cool -- because they don't melt snow.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) account for around 45 percent of all of Japan's stop-and-go signals and that proportion is growing as local authorities cotton on to their economising possibilities compared with regular incandescent lights.
But in wintery northern Japan the lights have encountered a problem -- drivers can't see them because they don't get warm enough to melt accumulated snow.
Akira Kudo of Aomori Prefectural Police said snow has to be removed manually between December and mid-February during blizzards.
A towering American agave plant that waited 80 years to flower and produce seeds is dying after fulfilling its purpose and will be taken down next month, said its caretaker at the University of Michigan's botanical gardens.
The unusually old specimen has called Ann Arbor home since 1934. It grew to 28 feet tall after a rapid growth spurt last spring that preceded its flowering, which ended last year. Once it stopped flowering, the agave went into rapid decline, which is normal for the species, said Mike Palmer, horticulture manager at the school's Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
The agave produced "tons" of seeds, including one pod that contained 86 of them, Palmer said. Students have been picking viable seeds that will be distributed to botanical gardens throughout the U.S. Some seedlings will be sold in the university's garden store.
The plant is a variegated form of the American agave, which is native to Mexico and the American Southwest. Variegated plants often have some other color than green in their leaves. The variegated pattern is usually striped but sometimes can be blotched or muted throughout the leaf. In nature, without man cultivating them, variegated plants don't usually survive to reproduce successfully.
California public health officials on Monday reported four new cases of measles, bringing the total number people infected in the state so far to 123, most of them linked to an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December.
But the latest report from the California Department of Public Health shows only one person diagnosed with the virus in Contra Costa County, where authorities warned commuters earlier this month that a LinkedIn employee rode Bay Area Rapid Transit System for three days while contagious.
All told, more than 150 people across the United States have recently been diagnosed with the disease.
According to the California health department, 39 of the 123 people who contracted measles in the state were believed to have been exposed while visiting Disneyland. An additional 36 had contacts with those people in a household or community setting.
Pope Francis has given a gift of sorts to Armenian Catholics commemorating the 100th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, declaring a revered 10th-century mystic and poet, St. Gregory of Narek, a doctor of the church.
The Vatican said Monday that Francis had agreed to bestow one of the highest church honors on Gregory after the decision was taken by the Vatican's saint-making office. The designation, however, clearly reflects a desire of Francis, who as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was particularly close to the Armenian community in Buenos Aires.
The title of doctor of the church is reserved for people whose writings have greatly served the universal church. Only 35 people have been given the title, including St. Augustine, St. Francis de Sales and St. Teresa of Avila.
Gregory, who lived around 950 to 1005, is considered one of the most important figures of medieval Armenian religious thought and literature. His Book of Prayers, also called the Book of Lamentations, is his best-known work, a mystical poem in 95 sections about "speaking with God from the depths of the heart."
Musicians parade during the carnival parade in Basel, Switzerland, Feb. 23, 2015. The traditional Basel carnival nicknamed 'Die drey scheenschte Daeaeg' (lit.: the three most beautiful days') starts the Monday after Ash Wednesday.
Photo by Georgios Kefalas
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