Weekly Links: 8/22/9 With Random Knowledge!

by Matt B

I’ve been enjoying the week with a road trip to North Carolina to visit my little Sister and enjoy my Birthday during vacation. It has been great to just chill and not be concerned with the monotony of the day to day. I only have one more week of work until I assume my new position, so next Monday should be an exciting one.

Now onto the posts of the week: (In No Particular order, despite the Numbers)

Since I compiled most of this earlier in the week, most of these posts come from the same.

  1. Get Rich Slowly (post by A. Baker of Man vs. Debt)- The “Do I Have Enough for This”? Effect
  2. Budgets are Sexy-Interview With Ramit Sethi
  3. FrugalDad-Where to Park Car Savings
  4. CashMoneyLife-Above and Beyond the Latte Factor:5 Small Changes that can Make You Big Money
  5. Fiscal Geek-Boost Your Income For a Season
  6. WiseBread-The Many Reasons to Make Due With Less
  7. 7 Million 7 Years-The Myth of the IPO
  8. Fiscal Fizzle-Fifteen 5 Minute Tasks to Improve your Finances
  9. Dumb Little Man-How to Make Saving as Exciting as Spending


Budgets are Sexy hosted The Carnival of Personal Finance #218-Chuck Norris Edition, which included Stupid, Pointless and Worthless Frugality tips.

Counting My Pennies Hosted The Carnival of Pecuniary Delights-Gilmore Girl Quotes edition, which included The Power (and possible drawbacks) of Using Coupons


Debt Sucks Blog hosted the Carnival of Debt Reduction #205, which included Think Twice Before Settling your Credit Card Debt.

Random Facts:

  • When golfing in Japan, a hole in one is called an “albatross”. Get it? Birdie, Eagle, Albatross!
  • A Dime has 118 grooves on the side, a Quarter has 119.
  • In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase……… “goodnight, sleep tight.”
  • Gilligan’s first name, Willie was only used in the pilot episode of Gilligan’s Island.


  • Apparently, all Polar Bears are left-handed. If anyone has more information about this, please let me know!

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Are polar bears left-handed?- 7million7years
August 24, 2009 at 5:16 am


ajc @ 7million7years August 23, 2009 at 3:41 am

Polar Bear Myths:

– A hunting bear will cover its black nose while lying in wait for a seal. Canadian biologist Ian Stirling has spent several thousand hours watching polar bears hunt. He has never seen one hide its nose, nor have other scientists.

– The great white bears are left-pawed. Scientists observing the animals haven’t noticed a preference. In fact, polar bears seem to use their right and left paws equally.

– Polar bears use tools, including blocks of ice to kill their prey. Scientist Ian Stirling believes that this assertion can be traced to unsuccessful hunts. After failing to catch a seal, a frustrated and angry polar bear may kick the snow, slap the ground — or hurl chunks of ice.

– A polar bear’s hollow hairs conduct ultraviolet light to its black skin, thus capturing energy. This theory was tested—and disproved—by physicist Daniel Koon.

– The polar bear has a symbiotic relationship with the arctic fox, sharing its food in exchange for the fox’s warning system. Not only is the bear-fox relationship not symbiotic, the little foxes often annoy the bears. An arctic fox will sometimes tease a bear by darting in to nip at its heels and will sometimes try to drive a bear off its prey.

– Orca whales prey on polar bears. This has never been observed.

– Polar bears live at both poles. Polar bears, of course, live only in the circumpolar North. They never encounter penguins, which do not live in the same regions as polar bears.


If this is how many myths polar bears can generate, imagine how many there are about personal finance?!

Thanks for the link … and links!


Tooch August 24, 2009 at 12:23 pm

an albatross is considered to be 3 under par…and is only really possible on a par 5 hole. If you sink a par 5 in 5 strokes it’s par

4 it’s a birdie
3 it’s an eagle
2 it’s an albatross
1 it’s a ‘hole in one’.

I’m sure japan calls it as you said above but thought i’d lend some credence to your american audience

Matt B August 24, 2009 at 3:44 pm

My half-Japanese girl must have told me that!

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