What Do You Get For Turning 65?

A look at AARP, Medicare, Social Security, and discounts for seniors.

Besides a year older? If you or your spouse worked for at least 10 years in a job where Medicare taxes were withheld (including self-employment where you paid your own self-employment taxes), you’ll become automatically eligible for Medicare once you turn 65.

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Jim Salle’s Record Shop

Once inside, my mother discreetly let me know that the man behind the counter was Mr. Salle, the same gentleman who had sold her the hit records that she had listened to as a swinging teen.

In the summer of 1979, my mother, who lived out of state, came to visit my father and me. At some point she noticed my stereo and collection of records. She was planning to visit Lennox Mall during her stay and said, “I should take you to the place where I bought my records when I was your age.”

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Ivan T. Sanderson

Sanderson is remembered for his nature writing and his interest in cryptozoology and paranormal events.

Ivan Terence Sanderson was a Scottish-born naturalist, biologist, traveler, collector, and exhibitor of rare animals, radio and television commentator, and writer. He was born on January 30, 1911, in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Arthur Buchanan was a whiskey manufacturer and founded the first game reserve in Kenya, East Africa. Ivan became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

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Soledad O’Brien

Award-winning documentarian, journalist, entrepreneur, speaker, author, and philanthropist

María de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien is an American broadcast journalist and executive producer. She is a member of the Peabody Awards board of directors, which is presented by the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?

There is no definitive answer, but simulation theory assumes the universe as we know it is an advanced digital construct overseen by some higher form of intelligence.

Whether or not we are living in a computer simulation is a legitimate scientific hypothesis. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural Histories Hayden Planetarium, put the odds at 50-50 that our entire existence is a program on someone else’s computer hard drive.

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Balloon Modelling

People who use balloons to make these shapes call themselves Twisters, Balloon Benders and Balloon Artists.

Balloon modelling or balloon twisting is the shaping of special modelling balloons into almost any given shape, often a balloon animal. I have memories, as a child, that a clown would quickly twist a balloon into, usually, the shape of a poodle and give it to me. I always thought that was really cool.

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How Many People Live in Graveyards?

The living and the dead coincide

If you had asked me that question yesterday, without thinking I would have guessed … zero? Boy was I wrong! It seems that the answer may be millions. I looked to the web to find some information on the subject and here is what I’ve found.

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Amazon Deliveries

Toss and run!

I’m always complaining about how poorly Amazon packs their packages. The item is often just bashing around in there, corner to corner. I’ve only had two things arrive broken (or crushed) since the late 90s so I guess they can afford to save money on packing material. Since I bought security cameras I have caught their delivery habits, some better than others.

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April Fools

The positive view is that April Fools’ can be good for one’s health because it encourages “jokes, hoaxes … pranks, [and] belly laughs”, and brings all the benefits of laughter including stress relief and reducing strain on the heart.

April Fool’s Day is an annual custom on April the 1st consisting of practical jokes and hoaxes. Jokesters often expose their actions by shouting “April Fools!” at the recipient. Mass media can be involved in these pranks, which may be revealed as such the following day.

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