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Archive for March 23rd, 2008

Stop Identity Theft Cold

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Remember that commercial where the guy goes around saying, "Hey, wanna know my Social Security Number? Look at this huge truck! My digits are painted up there!! You just try to steal my identity. You just try!"

"Ok!" says some reporter…who ultimately fails.

It turns out the guy behaving in an "insecure" manner is really the CEO of LifeLock, an identity theft prevention service. They've got success stories posted online at One guy lost all his personal papers, passport, wallet to thieves. The bad guys tried to sign up for credit cards in his name, and lifelock found out and stopped it.

So the basic service protects you from ID theft, plus it reduces junk mail and credit card offers, and covers you for up to $1 million. It costs $10 per month.

LifeLock is also the first and so far only company to protect the identities of children.

It's crazy we live in a world where we have to cope with the threat of someone stealing our identity. I'm glad there are services to help combat that threat.

Eating Popcorn Can Kill You!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

I can't believe this. I read an article written by some Yahoo that popcorn contains an ingredient that can be extremely harmful when present in a large enough quantity.

"Diacetyl, a component of artificial butter flavoring, can cause a condition known as lymphocytic bronchiolitis," which can become life-threatening.

The FDA started an investigation last September because some dude out there in the "real" world was eating multiple bags of popcorn per day, and he unknowingly stumbled right into the trap.

The trap being that if you eat enough popcorn, you will get diacetyl disease.

Usually that condition is limited to popcorn package plant workers and lab rats. But some consumers (subconsciously) want in on the action too, and take it upon themselves to push the limits of physical and psychological endurance. "Let's see how many artificially-buttered, chemically-infused popcorn kernels I can ingest today. One… two… … two-hundred ninety eight… 299 ……… 6,473……*cough*cough*"

Sure, everything in moderation. And sure, who eats three bags of popcorn in a 24-hour period? (movie critics)

But seriously. Any kind of chemical that can be lethal or disease-causing in high doses should be eliminated from prepackaged food. Shouldn't it?

Shop Smart! Shop S-Mart!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

I love Cadbury Eggs so much, I think I might go buy some on discount. But better to get the fresh ones. I once found one from like 3 years prior, and it was… not so fresh. More like “expired.” But still delicious! J/k

In order to fund my addiction to Cadbury Eggs, I’ve been thinking about creating my own Post Office. I think I’ve found just about everything I need to do it. VistaPrint provides a ton of related services, printing included. They can print address labels, checks, magnets, postcards, and stamps. Who’d have guessed stamps? Not me. But now I know better. A good post office offers plenty of customization, which is just what provides for all their products. You can even get a rubber stamp, to prove you’re in the Big Time!

Maybe I don’t need to set up a new Post Office, just for Cadbury eggs. It does make sense to go buy extra Easter candy (for those who are fans) after the fact, because of the inherent savings. But you can also save with…coupons! And guess who just so happens to offer a coupon for stamps? VistaPrint! Use the coupon code “Stamp25” during checkout, and you’ll save 2.5 tenths of a straw penny. No, make that 25% off your entire stamp order! That’s better…

I wonder if I could go somewhere in the world and find a Cadbury Egg the size of an Ostrich Egg? Then I could use the discount stamps from VistaPrint and send it back to America! I’d be king…