This edition of the grind started out being all about money and finance and business...but then I got bored, started reading stories on the upcoming NCAA March Madness Basketball tournament, got an email full of interesting stories about women and a reader sent me a video of a Volkswagen being towed backwards down city streets at full speed...and it was all over. So, please enjoy this edition of the Grind which is kind of like a toddler with a broken leg riding a unicycle on a driveway lubed with Vaseline.
- Warren Buffet sure does get cheaper every year. In 2014, the offer was a billion. Then it was a million per year for life. This year, it's a million...all you have to do is guess the first round of the NCAA tournament bracket correctly.
- Of course, that's nothing compared to how much money companies lose every year due to employees slacking off filling out brackets for the NCAA tournament. Businesses estimate they lose billions...with a "B" during March Madness.
- Otherwise mild-mannered shoppers shove and knock each other around to get their hands on discounted items at a discount sale. Do they really need that stuff ...or do they need therapy?
- Would you pay $314 for a tie made of spiderwebs?
- Soon, Volkswagen is coming out with an automated backing up feature called "Trailer Assist". They made this video to promote how easy it is to use...sort of:
- Here's how it really works:
- Feeling powerless? You don't even control the temperature in your own hotel room.
- Screw looking at those blue-chip stock charts; invest in whiskey.
- I didn't realize the Minimum Wage Movement excludes employees relying on tips.
- Here are 250 Ivy League Courses you can take for free.
- Comedian Maria Bamford wants you to know exactly how much money she makes.
- The Doctor is in, "Alexa, tell me about misshapen, oddly colored moles."
- Sociologists are worried kids are being corrupted by all the AI surrounding them. Living in a world where a Cortana, an Alexa, a Siri or a Google Home (Where's your cool lady name, Google?!) answer questions in the blink of an eye, no matter how rudely asked is making for some pretty socially awkward and impolite kids.
- I bet the kids would disagree with this article's title: "The Biggest Trend In Sneakers Is Ugly".
- #9 On the list of the 10 most innovative companies in retail kind of shocked me.
- Meet Miki Agrawal, she's a serial entrepreneur who first created 'period proof underwear' and now she wants to do away with toilet paper.
- Steal this mom's sign so you can pee in peace.
The Madness, Money, Machines & Women, Amen :: Grind #109 ~ Fin.