Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Product Review: Monkey Brand Black Tooth Powder

I admit that I was fascinated by the minimal marketing. Monkey Brand Black Tooth Powder is a product from India that’s been keeping those Bollywood smiles sparkling for 100 years. Dental care is a HUGE issue for po’ folks, in fact it is one of the biggest divides between the lifestyles of the rich and famous vs the lifestyles of the poor and obscure. Low-paying jobs don’t offer a dental plan (nor do many middle-class jobs these days) and dentistry can be expensive to pay…

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Waiting for Merlot: Experiences vs Products

Good news, Po’ Folks: science has determined that having more stuff won’t make you more happy. In fact a recent paper, “Waiting for Merlot: Anticipatory Consumption of Experiential and Material Purchases” made a good case that the more stuff you have, the more disappointed you’re going to be with it. The authors of the paper, Amit Kumar, Matthew A. Killingsworth and Thomas Gilovich, found that anticipating something was generally more enjoyable than attaining it and more than anything else, experiences are a lot better than possessions. Let’s pretend that you just…

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