1.) As schools open today in Charleston County, the question that will be asked again and again is “what did you do this summer.” A group of student from John Dickinson High School set a Guinness World Record. The Wilmington, Delaware students took the summer months to construct a 112-foot tower made from more than 500,000 Legos to build the world’s tallest Lego tower. They beat the previous record, held by the city of Prague, by more than 6 feet.
2.) A high school math teacher and his students spent part of their summer determining that Double Stuf Oreos don’t actually include twice the crème filling of original Oreos. Dan Anderson, who teaches in Queensbury, New York, and his students analyzed various packages of Oreo cookies and concluded that bigger Oreos didn’t possess as much filling as the packaging information suggests. Double Stuf Oreos actually only had 1.86 times the size of normal Oreos, which is 0.14 less than the double it proclaims to have. Meanwhile, the Mega Oreos only had 2.68 times more creme than the normal cookies.
3.) Whether you are for, or against it, implementation of the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare - is just months away. One thing you need to realize, and remind the people you care about, is that no one is supposed to call you up to sell you any kind of special insurance. If you have coverage, there’s nothing for you to do right now. Anyone else, from temporary and part-time workers to the self-employed and the unemployed, needs to wait until insurance exchanges open up for ordinary citizens to browse and shop for health care. If someone calls you trying to sell you Obamacare insurance, you should notify the Federal Trade Commission.
You can get basic information at HealthCare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596. If you do receive a phone call you should call the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP, or file a complaint at FTCcomplaintAssistant.gov.