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10.19.21 | The LEGO Group has made the decision to rid its toys of harmful gender bias. This is on the heels of California enacting new legislation in 2024 requiring retailers to not separate toys by boys and girls. Also, Newsmax pundits think Las Vegas Raiders Coach Gruden’s racist and homophobic comments could be about cigarettes and plastic surgery. Absurd. Finally, Mayor Pete schools Tucker Carlson for calling into question his manliness regarding parenting.
10.20.21 | Shop Talk covers two stories this week. The first one looks at the large number of American workers that are leaving jobs in search of more money and meaning—or both. Then we disclose the five most and least expensive states in which to conduct business in the USA. Caught My Eye exposes brands that destroy returned items to prevent resale versus fixing and reselling, and Apple is hawking a $19 Polishing Cloth to clean your iPhone or other gadgets. What is it P.T. Barnum said? Our Business Birthday is Jonathan I. Schwartz, born October 20th, the former CEO of Sun Micro Systems, who quit with a haiku, and is now the founder of health care service Care Zone.
10.13.21 | Shop Talk looks at the Eisenhower Matrix as a method to plan your day and prioritize tasks. Caught My Eye highlights another treasure found in a drawer of a UK estate worth millions. Also, the nine photos that we all should consider keeping on our phones are revealed. Famed fashion designer and business mogul, Ralph Lauren is our Business Birthday. Born on October 14, he is 82 years old and continues to take an active role in his business and philanthropic causes.
10.12.21 | China has a problem in suburban areas with loud dance music from “dancing grannies,” sometimes late into the night. One man has invented a remote-control device that he now sells—20K units to date—that will shut off the speakers and thus shut-down the dancing granny parties. Then a CEO sits on a toilet for 50 hours to raise awareness and money for sanitary products for the developing world. He raised over $30 million for Who Gives a Crap. Finally, the US Mint will release 5 new quarters in 2022 celebrating trailblazing women of America.
10.06.21 | Shop Talk discusses electric cars with the latest entry promising over 500 miles on one charge. It will cost you though. Caught My Eye celebrates the naming of a Michigan Post Office in honor of American Icon and National Treasure Aretha Franklin. Also, Venezuela lobs some zeros off its currency and a George Lucas doll akin to Jesus is in the works! Our Business Birthday is Lonnie Johnson, born October 6th and he is 72 today. Johnson invented the Super Soaker Water Gun among 250 other patents while an aerospace engineer with NASA and working on the Stealth Fighter and Jupiter Space programs.