Airlines Charge Thousands Extra for a Few Inches of Legroom on Long Flights For most fliers, the ideal seat on a flight is usually in first or business class. However, for airlines, the sweet spot on long-haul flights is, increasingly, farther back in the plane. A new hybrid class, called premium economy, is appearing on […]

Dismal Jobs Report Raises Questions Over Economy’s Strength as Year Ended; Bad Weather a Factor? Source: Brenda Cronin and Jonathan House, The Wall Street Journal, January 10, 2014. The U.S. job gap created during the most recent recession remains, and while payrolls are being added to the economy, they haven’t kept pace with population growth.      […]

I love fruitcake. For the past 25+ years, I have been buying fruitcakes from The Collin Street Bakery that is world-renowned for its fruitcakes. The business, opened in 1896, is located in Corsicana, Texas and ships to all 50 states, U.S. possessions and 195 foreign lands. The Bakery is the recipient of the president’s coveted “E-Award.” Some […]

Note: I just wanted to let you know I am going to occasionally post interesting graphics from The Wall Street Journal under the title “WSJ DataViz.” This week’s entry is about the sad affair that is going on in my hometown of Detroit. Crazy “solutions” are being tossed around like selling the art in the […]

Did the index (or first) case of the Broad Street Pump outbreak live at 40 Broad Street, close to the pump? Reverend Henry Whitehead thought so after a detailed investigation of cholera cases in 1854 following the outbreak. [SOURCE] The woman living at 40 Broad Street (Sarah Lewis, wife of police constable Thomas Lewis) lost […]

The Broad Street Pump had a long reputation of being a reliable source of clean well water. It extended 25 feet below the surface of the street, passing the layers of accumulated rubbish and debris that artificially elevated most of London. It stretched through a bed of gravel all the way to Hyde Park, down […]