1.) As if the rich don’t have enough, new research has shown as life expectancy goes up, the life expectancy gap between the rich and poor is widening. In the U.S., life expectancy hit 78.5 years in 2009, but most gains went to those whose income is the highest. To illustrate the trend, look no forward than well-to-do St. Johns county in Florida, where women can expect to live to almost 83, men to more than 78. In neighboring Putnam, where incomes and housing values are much lower, the life expectancy is just 78 for women, 71 for men.
2.) What does the hottest job in our struggling economy pay? According to the Labor Department, $9.70 per hour. That’s the going rate for home health aides. CNNMoney reports that one home health aide company alone plans to hire 45,000 aides this year. But, thanks to an obscure provision in the Fair Labor Standards Act, they're treated just like babysitters in the eyes of the law. Which means even if they work full-time, they don’t have to be provided benefits, and they're also exempt from federal minimum wage and overtime laws. Despite all that, because of our aging population, the number of in-home health workers is expected to swell 70% between now and 2020.
3.) You spend hours on your computer playing video games - now, you can claim you’ve actually been working out. A Japanese publication has estimated how many calories it takes to click your computer mouse just once. ‘Convert Anything To Calories’, published by PHP Science World Shinsho has narrowed down a mouse click to 1.4 calories. With the average daily calorie consumption of an adult male estimated at 2,000, and a female estimated at 1,700, it’s time to get clicking if you want to make any dent in that amount.