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Prices bottomed out on everything during the recession, from homes to new cars, but now everything seems to be on an upswing, including the price of a good laugh.
The Cost of Laughing Index, which includes everything from rubber-chicken prices to comedy-club admission, rose 1.7 percent in 2013 from a year ago, according to Malcom Kushner, a lawyer-turned-humor consultant who compiles the index.
That was largely due to an 8-percent jump in rubber-chicken prices and an 11-percent increase in the cost of whoopee cushions.
It used to be common for someone to stay in a job for 20 to 25 years and then retire. But now, a person who's been at the same job that long is as rare as a unicorn. So, how long is too long nowadays—and is it time for you to quit?
"Years ago, a colleague of mine who had held the same title for a number of years went to HR to discuss why she wasn't getting promoted," Jen Hubley Luckwaldt wrote on PayScale.com. The HR person replied: "People really only have your job for two years, max. Then they leave and go somewhere else. You've been here, what, six years? That's too long. I don't know what to tell you," Luckwaldt wrote.
"The norm is for people to move around a lot more than they did a few decades ago," said Marie McIntyre, a career coach and author of "Secrets to Winning at Office Politics." "I think when you're looking at resumes now, it's kind of unusual to see a resume where someone has been with the same company for 15 to 20 years."
You can test drive a car, so why not retirement?
InternationalLiving.com, a magazine and website with a self-explanatory name, is holding a contest to "test drive" retirement in Nicaragua for a month – all expenses paid.That includes airfare and rent for the winner and a spouse or friend, plus $1,500 for extra spending money.
In our desperate attempt to predict economic cycles, we look at all kinds of crazy indicators—like men's underwear sales or how hot a waitress is—for insight. Well, guess what: the answer may have been under your pillow the whole time.
Delta Dental is out with its annual Tooth Fairy Poll and it showed that the average amount left under kids' pillows for lost baby teeth shot up more than 15 percent to $2.42 in 2012 from $2.10 a year earlier.
It's that time of year again, Valentine's Day, when the hearts and roses come out in full force – look out, dog in the Pajamagram commercial, undergarments headed your way! – and businesses attempt to woo customers with memorable images of love, loyalty and lingerie.
Well, while you were trying to unzip your onesie, dear lady who got a Pajamagram, much of the bank-going public has "Lost That Loving Feeling." Whoa oh whoa oh whoa …
More than two-thirds (71 percent) of consumers said they would break up with their bank if offered a better alternative, according to a recent survey by the McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union.
From giant vats of mash to flaming barrels and a chilled glass of Kentucky champagne, here are scenes from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
Some businesses provoked skepticism, but gutsy entrepreneurs laughed all the way to the bank.
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