A Little Tax Magic

You already know that our Congress is as gridlocked as at any time in recent history. Budget and spending bills get rolled up into year-end monstrosities. Urgent priorities like immigration reform get hijacked by partisan posturing and “appeals to the base.” The wizard Merlin himself would have a hard time pulling a sword from the […]

The Humor Endures

The passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan last week at age 94 marks a bit of an end to the 1980s. Nancy earned both praise and criticism for restoring what she saw as some much-needed Kennedy-esque pomp and circumstance to the White House. Later, she earned praise for her work against drug use and, […]

We Don’t Really Like You

The actress Sally Field has appeared in dozens of television and movie roles since first appearing as “Gidget.” But she’s perhaps best known for a 45-second acceptance speech at the 57th Academy Awards, when she accepted the Oscar for Best Actress and told the audience “you like me . . . you really like me!” […]

Taxes Without Zaxes

March 2 marks the birthday of Theodore Geisel — better known to millions of children and former children as Doctor Seuss. That’s reason enough to celebrate. But the beloved author’s birthday is especially noteworthy this year. Archivists working at the Geisel Library have discovered an early draft of the author’s most famous classic — and […]

Men, Boys, Price, Toys

How much is a classic bright-red Ferrari worth? Well, if it’s the 1957 335 S Spider Scaglietti that the French Bardinon family auctioned earlier this month, the answer is €32 million, or around $35.8 million. But if there isn’t a convenient auction to establish how much someone will pay for something, and you need to […]

Rats Finding Cheese

Anyone who’s ever watched a gangster movie knows there’s nothing worse than a rat . . . a snitch . . . a stool pigeon. Life is hard for that much-maligned species! In Martin Scorsese’s classic mob saga Goodfellas, Henry Hill rats out his partners in crime to get a reduced sentence — then pays […]

Deee-Fence

Football fans who enjoyed Super Bowl 50 all know that while offense may sell tickets, it’s defense that wins championships. The Carolina Panthers learned this lesson the hard way Sunday night, losing to the underdog Denver Broncos, 24-10. The Broncos scored just one offensive touchdown on their way to winning the Lombardi Trophy, and gained […]

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Rock & roll fans lost an icon last month with the death of David Bowie just two days after his 69th birthday. Bowie made a career out of breaking molds, pioneering “glam rock” and reinventing himself constantly along the way. Rolling Stone magazine’s obituary hailed him as “one of the most original and singular voices […]

We Bring Good Things to Boston

Way back in 1889, the inventor Thomas Edison and the financier J.P. Morgan put their heads together to create the Edison General Electric Company. Just seven years later, it was one of the original twelve companies listed on the new Dow Jones Industrial Average. Today, GE is the fourth-largest company in the world. It’s the […]

Spinning Garbage Into Gold

Centuries ago, medieval alchemists used all the technology at their disposal to try to transform base elements like lead into precious substances like gold. Occasionally they even succeeded! Alas, in most cases, transmutations that seemed too good to be true turned out to be just that, and alchemists who tried to pass off their fools’ […]