On Tuesday, June 18th, CBS Morning News will be doing a feature based on our rankings of all 379 U.S. metros areas for their risk from natural disasters. According to the producers, it should air about 7:45am local time.
We compiled this list at the request of the New York Times, which wondered – in [...]
Institution Incentivizes Indecency
(Okay, maybe the subtitle is a little hysterical but I’m a sucker for alliteration.)
Portland has this slogan “Keep Portland Weird” (which they stole from Austin, how lame is that?) And as part of their celebration of weirdness, they have the annual Naked Bike Ride. There is a World Naked Bike Ride, [...]
Which city produces the most pro football players? Either all-time or the modern era, it’s the same place.
It may not be our national pastime, but football is probably the most-followed sport in America. It’s certainly got the biggest single game – pigskin fanatic or not, chances are you’ll be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday.
The New York Times announces “The 46 Places to Go in 2013“
Now this is not just a list of interesting spots. Oh, no. This is a list of “THE” places you must visit, and because the places have been precisely and lovingly vetted and curated, there are exactly 46 of them.
Not 50 places, because [...]
As parents we tend to fret about children and every Halloween there are stories about hazards such as tainted candy and “stranger danger.” These stories often prove to be overblown but the real danger on Halloween is that it is the most deadly day of the year for young pedestrians.
That’s a fact we uncovered in a [...]
Texas will soon have the highest posted speed limit in the United States (heck, in the Western Hemisphere. Take that, Honduras.) – 85 miles per hour.
In November, Texas will open a new toll road on a heavily-used corridor between Austin and San Antonio, where the current highway (I-35) has a speed limit of 65 [...]
Or so says a short film from the YouTube channel of “IowaFilmmakers”. You may not be surprised to learn that this is a group of filmmakers in Iowa. Their stated purpose is to “bring the world great film from a state not usually associated with filmmaking.”
They’ve made a fun film which sets the record straight about [...]
Charitable Giving in the United States Who tops our “Shame Score”?
A report was released today by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, titled “How America Gives.” The report maps charitable giving by state, city and neighborhood, by analyzing IRS personal income tax data at the zip code level. Using the amount of charitable deductions, The Chronicle’s [...]
Can you really retire in America and only spend $100 a day? Turns out it’s a lot more possible than you might think.
When I started this recent study with AARP, I’d expected only about 20 or 30 U.S. cities would be this affordable. But I was surprised to discover that most U.S. metro areas have [...]
There have been a number of news stories over the last two years about how the wealthy are fleeing states which have increased taxes on the highest tax brackets.
I’ll show you this line of thinking is not borne out by the facts, and is irrational to boot.
Here’s an example; a new story from [...]