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I like to calculate the average percentage discounts from the list price for ‘Sub of the Day’ offers at Subway to decide on what days to go there for lunch. Spoiler: It depends on where you live. Speaking of which – did you know that Subway on Isle of Man has a ‘Mango Chicken Tikka’ […]

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I am currently in Seattle. It’s a progressive place with lots of high income, educated people. It’s the Pacific Northwest where people buy organic vegetables, eat seafood and do lots of outdoors stuff. They should be healthy. But they’re not. Nearly 1 out of 3 people in Washington are obese, nearly 1 in 10 adults […]

The post Obesity Kills More Americans in 8 Hours than the Afghanistan War in 5 Years appeared first on Karsten Aichholz.

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Have you ever seen the queue at an ice cream stall that has a free ice cream promotion? People will queue up 30 minutes for free ice cream, ignoring the cost of time it entails. The moment ‘free’ is involved, everyone is happy to work or suffer for a rate that doesn’t even amount to minimum […]

The post The Free Scam: If It Doesn’t Cost Anything, You’re The One Being Sold appeared first on Karsten Aichholz.

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Have you ever seen someone walk so hard that they threw up? Me neither. If you stand at the finish line of a marathon, seeing people collapse or throw up isn’t entirely uncommon. It’s obvious that these runners went through a tough ordeal. Standing there you’ll also notice that most of them are anything but […]

The post Does Walking Burn More Calories than Running? appeared first on Karsten Aichholz.

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I recently talked to a fellow entrepreneur who seemed quite stressed out. Despite business going well, being healthy, and otherwise not having any complaints, he felt stressed. Very stressed. I could relate because I tend to feel the same way. Despite being in a very good position – no shitty boss, no looming deadlines, no […]

The post That Gap Between Expectations and Perceived Reality appeared first on Karsten Aichholz.

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When you are studying to become a teacher, they tell you it’s not important that your students like you, but that you teach them something. I found that to be true only when you care more about teaching than feeling good about yourself. Being liked by the people you spend twenty hours with every week […]

The post All That Glitters is Not Gold appeared first on Karsten Aichholz.

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Yesterday, Scott was a ‘5,673’ and today he’s a ‘1’. That was odd I thought to myself. Not that ‘1’s are rare. I see them at the train station every day. Usually, only once though. The second time I see someone, they’re a 2. You see, I have a special power. Every time I see someone, […]

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“Do you know how to turn a fruit into a vegetable?” a spandex-clad superhero screamed at a whimpering figure on the floor of the men’s bathroom. A smile seeped onto the superhero’s face. It made the figure on the floor try to turtle up even more, trying to pull his own wizard cloak even closer […]

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Karsten Aichholz by Karsten - 9M ago

The following is based on a true story. Names were changed to protect the innocent and guilty alike. Gavin and Stephen were browsing the sweets selection at the newspaper agent. I didn’t do any browsing of my own. I didn’t have any money. Not that I was poor. I just didn’t have any money. I felt uncomfortable […]

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Did you know that it’s really hard to suppress a blinking reflex? No, you probably didn’t. That’s not a particular fault of yours. The blame on that one lies on me. Not for you not knowing, but for you no longer existing. It puzzles me to know that this letter will reach you in some […]

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