Weird & Wonderful
By Miriam Salpeter
We spend a lot of time at work with colleagues, and this time of year tends to be rife with opportunities to experience the awkward. With the gift-giving and holiday party season just around the corner, use these tips to prepare for those inevitable awkward moments at work that could otherwise leave you in a bad mood.
By Dan Fastenberg
The life of working with dead bodies has been the subject of some of the more popular recent television series in recent years, from CBS's CSI to HBO's Six Feet Under. But what is it really like to work in the industry?
All workplaces are understandably reticent to allow reporters and other outsiders to come in and investigate what goes on during their workday. And that anxiety is even more heightened for the work of preparing dead bodies. But German photographer Patrik Budenz was able to convince the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences in Berlin to allow him to spend four years researching and taking photographs of their workplace. Budenz is also the author of two books on the subject, "Post Mortem" and "Quæstiones Medico-Legales". AOL Jobs spoke with the photographer about his investigation, which was documented in Wired.
By Bruce Watson
The Big Dummy isn't dead yet ... but it doesn't look good for pop culture's inept father figure.
He's had a good run: since the 1980s, the big, dumb dad has loomed large on televisions across the country. Married to a beautiful, accomplished wife, outpaced by diabolically clever children, there was a time when the moron-of-a-thousand-faces was all but ubiquitous. For over two decades, in fact, it was almost impossible to find a TV father who wasn't overweight, unattractive, and seemingly brain damaged.
The dummy also dominated commercials. On all channels, at all hours, an army of doughy, schlubby dads stumbled through basic household tasks, making a mess of things while their capable wives and offspring looked on in bemused exasperation.
But what if they were different? What if they would work with you and go to bat for you in helping to pay off your debts? What if they would even help you get a job if that's what it took?
Well, incredibly, that debt collector exists and it's called CFS 2. Not only that, but its founder Bill Bartmann says they're making 200% more money than their competitors by being nice.
By Ilyce Glink
via Daily Finance
My friend, Leonora, always knows how to find a good deal. And when she drags me out shopping, we'll usually find something to buy. When I shop by myself, it's not much different―if I find a deal, I'll buy it, but otherwise, no.
But here's a surprise: Men act differently. They tend to spend more – a lot more – when they shop with their buddies, than when they shop alone.
According to "The Influence of Friends on Consumer Spending," in the Journal of Marketing, it's men who have a shopping problem: Men spend 17 percent more when they shop with friends. For women, there's no discernible difference. The study concluded that when they're among friends, men and women both tend to spend in ways that fit the kind of image they want to project.
After all, what is a costume or look without those realistic touches that the make-up provides, especially if you're going as a zombie or some other hideous creature? But we can't all be Greg Nicotero, the genius of special effects and make-up who now directs and executive produces The Walking Dead.
So what do you do when you don't have the budget of a hit TV show to create your make-up and effects?
Well, as any indie filmmaker will tell you, there's always a way to go back to basics and do it old school. We're going to lift the veil on some basic effects and make-up that you shouldn't leave home without, but you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to execute.
In fact, we'll show you that all it really takes to get Hollywood quality are household items that you may be able to purchase for under a dollar. This is certainly true when it comes to the recipe for fake blood, which is the building block for every other Hollywood gore effect in this article. Don't believe us? Check out what we got for your Halloween look after the jump. Trust us, don't leave home without these techniques.
Asian grocery stores -- my favorite go-to source for creative sodas and innovative convenience foods -- are also a treasure-trove of strange and wonderful candies the kids in your neighborhood won't be seeing at every other house. As an added plus, most Asian candies don't contain high-fructose corn syrup, partially-hydrogenated oils, nor many of the other fake-food ingredients that plague American candy. Admittedly, they're a bit more expensive, but if there's one holiday that practically screams for a candy splurge, it's Halloween.
By Bruce Watson
Halloween is a time for brilliance and creativity, for surprising looks and bold statements. But while fun and cleverness about in the costume and home decoration arenas, it seems like candy always gets left behind. Every year, it's the same old thing: Reese's cups and lollipops, Butterfingers and Tootsie Rolls, and that one house where they pass out candy corn.
This year, while you're planning a your exciting costume, why not give your candy bowl a facelift, too?
Here are a few great Asian candies that were taste-tested and reviewed by members of the DailyFinance staff:
By Mathew Schwartz
Forget about horsepower: In the EU, people now favor pedal power. Last year, bikes outsold new cars in nearly every European nation for the first time since World War II. And though bike sales are up, it's not just Europe's environmentally-minded, bike-friendly ethos that should get the credit: Europe's car sales took a big hit during its Great Recession, which was longer and more painful the the U.S. downturn.
Forget what you know.
Russell Oliver is no longer "The Cashman" he's now "Your Cashman."
The South African-born-son-of-traveling-circus-running parents turned moneylender du jour has been buying and selling jewellery since 1971. We reckon that he's seen a thing or two during this time. So we asked him to share some tricks of the trade. Here, "Your Cashman" gives nine tips on how to haggle, or shall we say, negotiate like a pro. But what you really want to know is how you can beat the house, right? Read on and find out.