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Fun on Friday: Men With Sticks Chasing a Silver Cup

Twenty-twenty has been a miserable year for sports fans. Coronavirus shut down sports back in March, leaving sports junkies to chose between blankly staring replays of 5-year-old football games or actually picking up a book.But we’re starting to see signs of normalcy.Or at least the new normalcy.Baseball finally started its season a couple of weeks ago. Of course, you can only watch in person if you can figure out how how to shape-shift into a cardboard cutout – or if you’re a politically...

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Fun on Friday: Some Truly Odd Uses for Gold

People love gold!It is well known for its use as money and jewelry. But over the years, people have found some truly odd uses for the yellow metal.I’ve shared some of these with you in past Fun on Friday columns. For instance, we had the golden toilet. And remember when the gold toilet was stolen?  Or how about mixing gold with your coffee? It pairs nicely with a gold brownie.Well, today I’ve got some other strange uses for gold for ya.How about gold pills.Designer Ken Courtney and artist...

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Fun on Friday: What Have You Done for Me Mr. Taxman?

I have to confess, I’m not really feeling particularly fun this Friday. This past week was tax week.And taxes aren’t fun.A lot of you might not even realize that tax day was July 15. The government pushed the date back from April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic. So, we got a little reprieve in the spring. But as they say, nothing is certain but death and taxes. The grim reaper and the taxman always cometh eventually.But if you got a refund, you probably went ahead and filed so you could...

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Fun on Friday: Who Is That Masked Man?

Our county implemented a mandatory mask policy last week. It seems like most places are going in that direction. And even in places where the government hasn’t mandated masks, a lot of businesses are requiring them.I know there is a lot of controversy about mask-wearing and its efficacy in stopping the spread of  The ‘Rona. I have no intention of wading into that quagmire. Regardless, this is the world we live in now, and I’ve decided that if I’m going to have to wear a mask, I’m going to...

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Fun on Friday: Should We Just Cancel Independence Day?

Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the food, the fireworks and the parades. And the message of independence has always resonated with me – ever since I was a little kid.Unfortunately, Fourth of July festivities have been canceled in most cities and counties  – by governments. Which is painfully ironic.Should we just go ahead and cancel the whole thing?Last year around this time, Peter Schiff did a podcast and argued that they should probably change the...

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Fun on Friday: Trust Me…

So, I’m just going to throw this out there. If you get an email from a couple of veterans who claim they rescued a sultan’s son and got a big payout in gold, it might be a scam.Maybe.And by maybe, I mean it’s a scam.This is actually a thing. I ran across it on a Chicago police blotter.According to the report, an elderly man received an email supposedly from two veterans claiming they received a delivery of gold for rescuing the sultan’s son. But of course, they couldn’t afford to store...

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Fun on Friday: Oops!

Confession: I am prone to lose things.I spend an inordinate amount of time looking for my glasses. I had to put a big lanyard on my keys to help me keep up with them. There’s even a running joke with one of my best friends about the frequency of losing my car in the parking lot.But in all my years of losing stuff, I can’t match some poor soul in Switzerland. Last October, somebody left a package of gold bars on a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) train valued at about $190,000.So, yeah, big...

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Fun on Friday: Somebody Finally Found the Buried Treasure

You can stop looking now. It took 10 years but somebody finally found the treasure.A decade ago, millionaire art dealer Forrest Fenn hid a real-live treasure chest full of gold nuggets and precious stones in the Rocky Mountains. Then he invited the world to go on a treasure hunt.The world obliged.Three years ago, Fenn estimated that at least 250,000 people had actively looked for the stash.The only clues he left were a map and a poem.“The ornate, Romanesque box is 10-by-10 inches and...

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Fun on Friday: 2-Dimensional Gold?

If you have ever handled gold leaf, you know it’s pretty thin. Paper-thin, in fact. But did you know we can go thinner?In fact, scientists can take gold and silver into two dimensions. Sounds crazy, eh? Like flat earth or something. But the research team of Ulrich Starke and his former doctoral student Stiven Forti have successfully created a gold layer only a single atom thick. It’s two-dimensional gold, so to speak.I have to wonder how they do this. An article in Phys Org says it’s “not...

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Fun on Friday: My Love-Hate Relationship With Social Media

I have a love-hate relationship with social media.On the one hand, I now have a number of really close friends that I would have never met without Facebook. I’m talking people I connected with on the social media platform and now hang out with in real life. It’s pretty amazing to be able to interact with like-minded people across the US, and even around the world.On the other hand, social media is a daily reminder that there are millions of people out there that I don’t want to know. Not...

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