In the room where the Seahawks special teamers meet every day, Seattle’s punter remains known simply as Michael Dickson. “I’m not calling him any nickname,’’ Seahawks special teams coach Brian Schneider said Thursday of Dickson, who some Seattle teammates tabbed “Big Balls’’ after his decision Sunday to run with the ball out of the end zone when he was supposed to step out of the end zone and take a safety, a play that gave the Seahawks a first down and clinched a 28-14 win at Detroit. “That’s pretty funny of those guys, though. I don’t know if it will stick or not. I don’t think it will.’’ Dickson doesn’t seem to care if it does. He took to twitter after the game to question a quote attributed to him saying that “Yeah I’ve got Big Balls. They call me Big Balls Dickson.’’ Dickson says he meant only to say that some teammates were calling him that once he got to the sideline … [Read more...] about Michael Dickson’s nickname may not stick, but his run will live forever in Seahawks lore
Ways to live forever
First, you were supposed to die at 85. Then 90. Now 95 and even 100 are common defaults when financial planners tell people how much to save for retirement. Except that's nuts. In the U.S., the typical man at age 65 is expected to live another 18 years. The typical woman, about 20. Yet many financial planners contend we should save as if we're all going to be centenarians. That notion so offends adviser Carolyn McClanahan that she confronted a speaker at a financial planning conference who contended that death at 100 should be the default assumption. "Even when you have a 350-pound guy who smokes?" says McClanahan, who happens to be a medical doctor as well as a certified financial planner with Life Planning Partners in Jacksonville, Florida. Advances in medical science "aren't happening that fast." McClanahan watched lives change in seconds during her stints in emergency rooms and pathology labs. "You come into the emergency room and you die, or I'm telling you that you have cancer," … [Read more...] about Should you save enough to live to 100?
Opinion Radio Pictures Wanna Live Forever? Become A Noun Listen · 4:21 4:21 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/140467781/140869464" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Adam Cole: When I say "Henry Shrapnel, Jules Leotard, Robert Bunsen," you think — what?Me: That they're inventors? Adam: No. Better than that. Each one has become immortal. They're nouns! Me: Is that a good thing, becoming a noun? ...Adam: Are you kidding? It's a wonderful thing. A thing to sing about.Me: You're going to sing?Adam: If I may ... Source: NPR Credit: Adam Cole, Robert Krulwich Me: You see, becoming a noun is not always a plus.Adam: You're beginning to convince me. Samuel MaverickThen let me keep going, cause I've got another example: Samuel Maverick, a Texas rancher, signer of the … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Wanna Live Forever? Become A Noun
Television 2015 Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image iStockphoto iStockphoto This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters. It is a secret only intermittently discussed that the anointed Golden Age Of Television is also very often The Golden Age Of Nobody Knowing What The Frosted Flakes Is Going On, and one of the reasons for that is that nobody even knows for sure what it means to watch television anymore. Let's take a quick romp through an existential crisis on which we touched previously: What even is television? (If you said "a vast wasteland," you may be watching the television of many years ago and I'd like to borrow your time … [Read more...] about Television 2015: With 25 Ways To Watch TV, Does The House Always Win?
NEW YORK -- First came snail mail. Then email. Now the post office is about to deliver something new: pre-mail. For some, the first thing that comes to mind when your hear the words “post office” is: antiquated. “Oh my God I have to go to the post office,” one woman said. “Normally when you come to the post office it takes a long time, things are not labeled. You can’t find where you have to go and people aren’t very friendly.” Why the USPS Forever stamps aren’t living up to their name A new line of business for the post office: Banking? But for all of its shortcomings, the United States Postal Service does provide a lot of comedic material, which just may have inspired its latest feature. In one stand-up routine, Jerry Seinfeld said: “If I could talk to the post office, if I could say to them, if you really want to be helpful to us, just open the letters, read them and email us what it says!” It … [Read more...] about Postal Service offering high-tech way to preview your mail