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Calvin’s parents must have been millionaires


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Remember the CALVIN AND HOBBES comic strip?

Kids today may not be as enamored with comic strips as their parents were back in the day – it really was the golden age of comics: Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, Bloom County. Some would include Garfield on this list, but that may vary depending on how you feel about cats.

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
Continue reading CALVIN’S PARENTS MUST HAVE BEEN MILLIONAIRES

Does the Creepy Dating Rule really work?


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We’ve all heard about the CREEPY DATING RULE, where you’re not supposed to date anyone younger than half your age + 7, right?

So if you’re 30 years old, you can’t date anyone younger than 22 years old.  And flipping that around – if you’re 30, you shouldn’t date anyone older than 46 years old.

22 years old through 46 years old.  That sounds like a pretty reasonable dating age range, don’t you think?

Stop Being Creepy
Stop Being Creepy
Continue reading DOES THE CREEPY DATING RULE REALLY WORK?

What are the most walkable cities in America?


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If you’re looking to move from your current home, what are some of the criteria that you use to select your new location?

It is solely based on affordability? Schools? Convenience to work?

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
Walkable City:
How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
Continue reading WHAT ARE THE MOST WALKABLE CITIES IN AMERICA?

Is it better to be an hourly employee or salaried?


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It’s a question that nobody wants to ask their friends or neighbors, but it’s one that you ask yourself every day: how much money do you make in a year?

Do you feel that you are adequately compensated for your time spent working?

Minimum Wage, Maximum Damage How the Minimum Wage Law Destroys Jobs, Perpetuates Poverty, and Erodes Freedom
Minimum Wage, Maximum Damage
How the Minimum Wage Law Destroys Jobs,
Perpetuates Poverty, and Erodes Freedom
Continue reading IS IT BETTER TO BE AN HOURLY EMPLOYEE OR SALARIED?

What is your favorite number? (Don’t tell us, we already know)


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There’s a reason that magicians and casinos both can fool you and take your money.

It’s all about the math.  The probability.  The statistics.

It’s about identifying the key common trait that everybody has, but is afraid to admit.  If a magician asks you to pick a card, which card do you always pick?  Do you think of one card, and then immediately switch to some other card (saying to yourself, “aha! they wanted me to pick that first card that came to my head, but I’ll show them”)…. only to find yourself at the end looking directly at the magician presenting you with The Card You Picked!?!?:!

It’s not always luck.

The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life
The Grapes of Math:
How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

Continue reading WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NUMBER? (DON’T TELL US, WE ALREADY KNOW)

You have better odds of winning the lottery than you do in winning Scrabble


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If you’ve ever played a game of Scrabble, you probably fall into one of two categories of players:  those that can always figure out a way to play a seven-letter word on a Triple Word Score (and typically win a game by more than 200 points), or you struggle determining where to place an “E” for a 2 point score.

If you fall into the latter group: don’t panic – you’re not alone.  Not everybody can memorize word lists and play any Scrabble word at will.

Scrabble Letter Tiles
Scrabble Letter Tiles

Continue reading YOU HAVE BETTER ODDS OF WINNING THE LOTTERY THAN YOU DO IN WINNING SCRABBLE

How to Win the McDonald’s Monopoly Game


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The more things change, the more things stay the same.

That’s the case with the annual McDONALD’S MONOPOLY GAME, where hungry people all over attempt to collect a set of deed cards to fill out their Monopoly game board in an attempt to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

Rich Uncle Pennybags Monopoly McDonald's Glass
Rich Uncle Pennybags Monopoly McDonald’s Glass

Continue reading HOW TO WIN THE MCDONALD’S MONOPOLY GAME

If you’re reading this right now, chances are you didn’t win the lottery


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So we hear that you may have bought a lottery ticket or two recently, hoping to maybe win big.

Hey – it could happen. It only takes one set of numbers to win, right?  And somebody’s going to win the lottery eventually – it can’t keep growing forever without a winner, as that would end up decreasing sales if customers ever figured out that nobody ever wins.

That’s why we still bother to try, because while the chances of winning the lottery drawing are practically nil, it’s still a one in millions chance of hitting… and that’s better odds than not bothering to buy a ticket in the first place.

Continue reading IF YOU’RE READING THIS RIGHT NOW, CHANCES ARE YOU DIDN’T WIN THE LOTTERY

Math is hard; let’s go shopping!


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There’s a running joke at Web Watch about one’s ability – or inability – to handle math that’s more advanced than the basic multiplication table.

We’ve counted on our fingers in public more often than we care to note, and we are often despised at the blackjack tables — not because we don’t know the rules of the game or make the incorrect strategy decisions, but rather because we slow the game down tremendously while we determine whether we should hit or stay on a 6 of clubs and an 8 of hearts vs a dealer’s up-card of 4.

Yeah, 6+8 shouldn’t be a difficult piece of math to remember, but sometimes things aren’t as easy as they look.

Continue reading MATH IS HARD; LET’S GO SHOPPING!

How to predict winning lottery numbers


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“How to predict winning lottery numbers?”  Let’s be a bit more specific — today we’re going to talk about why it really doesn’t matter what lottery numbers you pick.

Ever.

Look – winning the lottery is one of those one-in-a-billion opportunities.  Sure, someone somewhere is going to hit the Powerball or Megamillions jackpots – but they’re definitely not going to be able to tell you how they did it.

But lottery fever is going to take over your family, your office. Everyone is going to want you to pitch in your dollar for a chance at the multi-million dollar prize.

The question is, should you?

Continue reading HOW TO PREDICT WINNING LOTTERY NUMBERS

What are the odds of killing yourself when playing Russian Roulette?


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What are the odds of killing yourself while playing Russian Roulette?

Web Watch doesn’t really know why this question was asked on the Internet, but it was – and it’s our duty to share this information with our faithful Web Watch readers.

Because one never knows when one will find themselves in a Russian Roulette game where this may come into play.

Of course, you can always make it Beer Roulette, where you guess as to which one of the beers in the 6-pack has been shaken up.  It’s a waste of a good can of beer, but it’s infinitely funnier.

Continue reading WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF KILLING YOURSELF WHEN PLAYING RUSSIAN ROULETTE?

Sudoku so hard, it took one team a giant computer and an entire year to solve a single puzzle


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Will Shortz Presents Simply Sinister Sudoku: 200 Hard Puzzles
Will Shortz Presents Simply Sinister Sudoku: 200 Hard Puzzles

If you enjoy working on Sudoku puzzles as much as Web Watch does, then this may be of interest to you.

First, let’s talk a little bit about what Sudoku is, for those Web Watch readers who may have been living under a rock for the past 10 years:

Sudoku is a puzzle that is rumored to have been created by a puzzle creator living in Indiana, seemingly around 1979.  In 1984, it was published in a Japanese newspaper… and the rest, they say, is history.  The puzzle typically is a 9×9 square, and the object is to put the numbers 1-9 into the boxes so each row, column and 3×3 sub-block contains all the 1-9 digits.

In other words, it’s a game that’s absolutely perfect of playing on an iPad or phone. Continue reading SUDOKU SO HARD, IT TOOK ONE TEAM A GIANT COMPUTER AND AN ENTIRE YEAR TO SOLVE A SINGLE PUZZLE

How to fold a piece of paper in half, 13 times (2nd attempt, an update)


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Giant Roll of Toilet Paper
Giant Roll of Toilet Paper

Remember back in April when Web Watch told you about the class that ATTEMPTED TO FOLD A SINGLE PIECE OF PAPER ONTO ITSELF 13 TIMES in order to set a new World Record… and failed?

Well, Web Watch has an update for you on this.

Continue reading HOW TO FOLD A PIECE OF PAPER IN HALF, 13 TIMES (2ND ATTEMPT, AN UPDATE)

Do the math: Warren Beatty slept with a woman every 1.17 days


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STAR: How Warren Beatty Seduced America

In Peter Biskind’s new book about Warren Beatty, STAR: HOW WARREN BEATTY SEDUCED AMERICA, we learn that Warren Beatty has allegedly slept with over 12,000 different women.

Approximately 12,775 – if you believe what the book says.

While there may be some Web Watch readers who will applaud Warren for coming anywhere close to even 1/4 of that number, there will be a large number of folks who will believe that Warren has completed all those conquests… and more… without question.

And that is where Web Watch can step in.  Because bedding 12,775 partners seems a bit over-achieving to us.

And apparently, we’re not alone in this thinking. Continue reading DO THE MATH: WARREN BEATTY SLEPT WITH A WOMAN EVERY 1.17 DAYS