Rosie the “Riverter” was not Rosie

The Riveting Story of an American Icon

Rosie has a surprising history

You may know the woman depicted here as Rosie the Riveter,

but she wasn’t originally called that.

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Hack-Proofing Apps on Smartphones and Tablets

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Did you know that your smartphone and tablet can be infected with viruses and malware—just like desktop and laptop computers? This typically happens when you download a malicious app.

Once it is on your device, hackers can steal sensitive material such as account details, passwords and photos. They can cause your operating system to crash, rendering your device useless. They even can hijack your contacts list and send spam texts to your friends, family and associates. From 2013 to 2014, mobile app malware targeting Android phones rose by 600% globally to more than 650,000 different varieties.

How to protect your devices…

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How to Break Big Bad Habits


Nearly everyone has at least one bad habit that he/she would just love to be rid of—maybe it’s eating too much, losing your temper or putting things off. But why is it so hard to break a bad habit even though you clearly know that the behavior is harmful to you?


A Powerful Force That Resists Change

Bad habits are often created by unconscious motives, beliefs and feelings. Of course, you can make a conscious effort to stop these practices, but that won’t help when the powerful unconscious or automatic part of your brain makes you reach for another helping or tells you to tailgate that driver who isn’t going as fast as you’d like. The unconscious brain holds on to what has always been done and reacts, over and over again, without thinking about consequences.

The good news: The unconscious mind can be rewired so that making the right choices and withstanding temptation become second nature. Then you don’t have to struggle to do what’s good for you—you just do it because it has become your new habit. The key is to engage in behaviors or practices that reprogram the unconscious brain. How to break common bad habits… Read the rest of this entry »

Toothaches can be Dangerous

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Choosing a Roadside Assistance Plan

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AAA  May Not Be Right for You

A Missouri woman had a minor auto accident on her way to church earlier this year. She was billed $913 for a five-mile tow. Most but not all roadside-assistance plans would have covered the towing and prevented the extreme overcharge.

Years ago, roadside-assistance plans, which tend to provide several other kinds of assistance as well, such as jump-starting a battery and changing a tire, used to be available only from auto clubs such as AAA and the Better World Club. But now these plans are offered by many types of companies, including auto dealers, insurers, credit card issuers, cell-phone service providers and warehouse clubs.

Although all the plans tend to cover some basics, the full roster of what you get from each plan, how well it delivers services and how much it costs varies widely. Choose unwisely, and you will end up paying a lot more than you need to and/or getting much less than you expect.

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Smoking Tabacco from a Hookah Water Pipe

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My college-age son is no dummy, but he started doing a very dumb thing. The fact that he wasn’t the only one—an estimated 22% to 40% of all US college students have done the same stupid thing in the past year—was scant comfort. What was this idiocy? Smoking tobacco from a hookah.

Hookahs are water pipes, and they can be simple or quite elaborate-looking. Typically they stand several feet tall and have a long hose attached to a mouthpiece. Hookah smoking is a social fad—it’s often done in groups, with the mouthpiece being passed from person to person. The practice originated centuries ago in Persia and India and has recently become all the rage among American teens and young adults.

The problem: Hookah fans often claim that this type of smoking is basically benign, especially compared with other types of smoking. But that’s a load of BS…as you’ll see below.

If kids you care about are in their teens or 20s, there’s a good chance that they have fallen for the hookah hype—or soon will. Though hookahs are slightly more popular with boys, lots of girls smoke them, too. Arming yourself with information can help you convince youngsters to stay away from hookahs. How do I know? My own son swore off the water pipe parties when I shared the following facts with him… Read the rest of this entry »

Natural Ways to Repel Mosquitoes and Ticks


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Spring has sprung, and that means it’s the start of mosquito and tick season. For protection, about one-third of Americans rely each year on the chemical N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide, better known as DEET. But prior to the late 1950s, when DEET was introduced to the public, we mostly used natural bug-fighting methods. For example, when my dad went fishing, his bug-protecting gear included a thin canvas hat with a mosquito netting “veil” and a drawstring collar. Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists DEET as “safe” and the most effective insect repellent on the market, many people don’t want to use it because of lingering concerns about toxicity.Safer bets… Read the rest of this entry »

Who Invented the Smiley Face?

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In the 1994 Robert Zemeckis film, Forrest Gump stumbles into the history books as he runs across the country.

At one point, he meets a poor T-shirt salesman who, Gump recalls, “wanted to put my face on a T-shirt but he couldn’t draw that well and he didn’t have a camera.” As luck would have it, a truck drives by and splashes Gump’s face with mud. He wipes his face on a yellow T-shirt and hands it back to the down-on-his-luck entrepreneur, telling him to “have a nice day.” The imprint of Gump’s face left a perfect, abstract smiling face on the bright yellow t-shirt. And thus, an icon was born.

As you probably expect, that was not how the iconic smiley face was created. There was no cross-country runner or struggling t-shirt salesman, there was no truck or mud puddle. There was, however, a graphic designer, some devious salesmen, and an ambitious newspaper man – all add up to a surprisingly complex history for such a simple graphic. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Write Your Memoirs

So everyone will want to read them

People write their memoirs to preserve their life stories. But they often discover that memoirs don’t just benefit future readers—the act of writing a memoir can have a profound impact on the writer, too.

Writing memoirs helps memoirists better understand themselves. Reliving past victories helps them regain spirit and confidence that might have ebbed over the years. Rethinking old failures could help them work through long-suppressed missteps and traumas.

Example: A woman in her 70s always spoke glowingly of her late mother—but when she wrote her own memoirs, the stories that she included about her childhood suggested that her mother was a very flawed parent. She realized that she was angry at her mother and had felt abandoned all her life. The realization explained a feeling of emptiness that had stayed with her.

Writing a memoir can be a daunting proposition, particularly for people who haven’t written anything longer than a letter since high school. Here’s how to craft a memoir that will be a joy to write and to read…


Don’t attempt to recount every detail of your life in your memoirs—you’ll end up with a tedious, hard-to-read book. Instead, focus on telling only a relatively small number of stories—10 may be plenty. Each of these stories might highlight a crucial phase or turning point of your life. Together, they’ll show how you’ve gotten to where you are in an interesting, readable way.

Examples: One story might be about how you first found success in your career…another about when you and your spouse were just starting out…the third might be about having young children…the fourth about facing the greatest challenge of your life…and so on.

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A Dangerous Drug Kids Can Buy at the Candy Store

You might not have heard of it, but there’s a seriously dangerous drug that kids in most states can legally buy at a local retail store or even online for just $7 or so per gram. It’s sold in bright-colored packets (they look like oversized condom wrappers) and usually marketed as “herbal incense”… but the kids buying it and the adults selling it know that it’s really a chemical referred to as K2 or Spice. Kids consider it “fake marijuana,” because it promises a “legal high.”

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Computer Hijacking

Have you ever received e-mails that appear to be from friends but aren’t? Or have friends told you that they’ve received e-mails from you that you didn’t send? These are signs of a “computer hijacking.”

Here’s how to limit the damage if you suspect that your computer has been hijacked and what you need to do to prevent it from happening again…

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Test Drive Before You Buy

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The Right Way to Test-Drive a New Car

You might spend 1,000 hours or more behind the wheel of your next new car. Choose the wrong car, and those hours could be uncomfortable and/or unsafe. Yet most shoppers make this important purchase after test-driving the car for just 10 minutes.

 How to get test-drives right…


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Green Advertising Claims and the Green Consumer

Are they really green?

The Truth about Green Marketing

We are now living in a world in which environmental factors have become a concern in everything that we do.  From recycling to fuel efficiently, most Americans are now concerned with how their lifestyle effects the sustainability of the planet.  Furthermore, many are now watching the types of products that they use, and are making sure that these products are environmentally friendly.

According to the American Marketing Association, green marketing is the marketing of products that are presumed to be environmentally safe. Green marketing incorporates a broad range of activities, including product modification, changes to the production process, packaging changes, as well as modifying advertising. Read the rest of this entry »


Gone are the days of pawnshops as places to unload stolen goods. In many municipalities, pawnshops are required to provide law enforcement with a daily list of all pawned items, along with descriptions including serial numbers (if applicable).

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Small Business Saturday

The 2nd annual Small Business Saturday® is November 26, 2011.  It’s a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.  Shop Small at your favorite local stores and help fuel the economy.

When we all shop small, it will be huge.

How to Boost Your Social Security Benefits

What’s Ahead for Social Security

Social Security is supposed to be a security blanket for most Americans, but lately it hasn’t felt all that comforting. Because of the cost-of-living formula used by the Social Security Administration, benefits recipients are not receiving an increase in 2011 for the second year in a row. And under current rules, the entire Social Security system is in danger of becoming insolvent. To avoid that, the cochairs of a bipartisan commission on the federal deficit recently proposed raising the normal retirement age, increasing the annual limit on income that is subject to the Social Security payroll tax and other controversial changes.

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Icky, Sticky Sunscreen

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Today’s sunscreens feel nicer and work better.
The reasons…
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My Stinky Car

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Does Your Car Smell Funny?

Lots of smells can invade an automobile, some that are benign and others that signal trouble. Here, common car smells, what they are trying to tell you and how you or your mechanic can get rid of them…  Read the rest of this entry »