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Rocks, Rates, & Ping-Pong Trick Shots

Rock Quote of the Day: “Stand up like a mountain; have faith like a rock; love like an avalanche.” – Bob Goff This Week in Economic History: It was on this day in 1985 that brokerage giant E.F. Hutton & Co entered a guilty plea to charges that it carried out a large check writing […]

Coke, Complaints, and Rising Rates

Complaining Quote of the Day: “If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo This Week in Economic History: It was on April 23rd, 1985 that the Coca-Cola Company announced it was changing the formula for Coke and would rename […]

Washing Machines, Dogs, Rates, and Tricks

Passion Quote of the Day: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela Today in Economic History: It was on this day back in 1934 that the first laundromat opened in Fort Worth, Texas. […]

Hidden Treasures, Lego Man, and Rates

First Quote of the Day: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. This Week in Economic History: It was on this day in 1975 that the company Microsoft was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Bill Gates & Paul Allen. (*I always thought […]

Washing Machines, Rolls Royces, and Rates!

Adult Quote of the Day: “Adulthood is like the vet, and we’re all the dogs that were excited for the car ride until we realized where we’re going.” – Author Unknown This Week in Economic History: Lots of stuff happened in the last week of March. Yesterday in 1863 Sir Henry Royce was born – […]

Shaving, Bad Game Shows, and Rates

Shaving Quote of the Day: “Of the Seven Dwarfs, the only one that shaved was Dopey. That should tell us something about the wisdom of shaving.” – Tom Robbins This Week in Economic History: It was on March 15th, 1938 the U.S. began an anti-counterfeiting campaign called ‘Know Your Money’. It was created to raise […]

Books, Higher Rates, and Weird Deaths

Book Quote of the Day: “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” – P.J. O’Rourke Today in Economic History: It was on this date back in 1985 that the IRS reported the number of millionaires in the nation had doubled from 1980 as a result […]

Pizza, Bad Music, and Rising Rates

Pizza Quote of the Day: “Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard and believe in yourself.” – Demetri Martin I don’t want to say the 80s was the worst decade for rock music ever, but here’s a link to the top songs the last week of February 1983. This Week in Economic […]

Gold, Rates, and Slo-Mo Water Balloons

Golden Quote of the Day: “You can’t sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.” – Diana Ross (*interesting side trivia: I fell asleep at her concert in 1994) Today in Economic History: It was on this date in […]