Posts Tagged ‘Benjamin Franklin’

  • Unintended Consequences of Daylight Saving Time

    The Unexpected Impact of Changing Times

    Mar 9, 14 • 244 Views • No Comments

    Beyond less sleep, when we moved our clocks ahead last night, we created many unintended consequences. It all began during the 1880s when the railroads said that they should coordinate time. With railroad companies observing 52 different times and even more...  [read more]

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    History of Money: Almonds, Paper Rectangles and Clicks

    Aug 8, 13 • 444 Views • No Comments

    Ben Franklin had some very wise ideas about money: Remember that time is money. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man health, wealthy, and wise. There are three faithful friends–an old wife, an old dog, and ready money. No nation was ever ruined by...  [read more]

  • Should We Redesign the Dollar?

    May 31, 12 • 218 Views • 1 Comment

    Have you ever worried that you gave someone the wrong bill–maybe a ten rather than a dollar? With US currency, it is easy to make a mistake. After all, the US dollar bill, the five, the ten, the twenty, the fifty, the one hundred are mostly green,...  [read more]

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    You’ve Got Mail?

    Mar 3, 12 • 280 Views • No Comments

    While the U.S. had postal services since the 1600s, Ben Franklin transformed the system. Appointed Deputy Postmaster for the Colonies by the British, he established our first home mail delivery system, diminished to a single day the letter delivery time...  [read more]

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    Do You Care If You’ve Got Mail?

    Dec 5, 11 • 225 Views • No Comments

    In Canada, when postal workers went on strike because of wage cut proposals, many people were saying, “Who Cares?” In the U.S., Hallmark and Amazon have said that they do care about the future of the Postal Service. If asked, approximately 650,000...  [read more]