November 2015

November 2015

Adulthood is hard… And sometimes it’s lonely. This has led some millennials to seek new living arrangements – “grown up dorms.” Tiny, fully-furnished, one bedroom studios, each with a kitchen, bathroom, and single window. They’re not only cheaper than other apartments in the area but also include common areas for other inhabitants. Another plus? A “social engineer” to preserve (some might argue, force) harmony amongst the co-eds.

Uber ubiquity. What else do we really need Uber for? Physician’s house calls? Locksmiths? Babysitting? Some of these already exist, and some soon will. But just how far will this go? “Playdates!” said Kieran Snyder, CEO of something called Textio, which is essentially Uber for playdates. We thought that was called “having friends.”

 What’s the opposite of pleading the Fifth? Kimberly Ellis, a New York woman serving on a jury last year in a robbery case, simply couldn’t contain herself mid-trial when she posted to Facebook the following: “I’m trying to remain positive and centered, but, truthfully, I’m dying from boredom. God help me.” Unfortunately for her, God didn’t step in, but the court did. She was fined $1,000 for her trouble.

Santa gets a pass. Sorry ladies, but that grizzled, rugged, bearded man you’ve so hopelessly fallen for has a secret: he’s more likely than his clean-shaven counterparts to harbor some unsavory views. A recent study found that men with beards were more likely to be sexist, and they hypothesized that men who have sexist attitudes choose to grow beards to make them look more masculine and dominant. Did we also mention that men with beards are less likely to get hired and more likely to be seen as guilty by a jury? For your sake and the rest of society’s, please shave.

“I’m not going to make it in today.” You ever have those days where you just don’t want to go to work? Of course, we certainly don’t. We love our jobs (wink). Others, though, go to extraordinary lengths to get out of a day in the office. An Irish man so desperately didn’t want to go to his desk job at Intel, that he paid a friend to call in a bomb threat. Now the two men must serve 200 hours community service. Let that be a lesson to all of you. Don’t complicate things. Just go with the old standards: car won’t start, sore throat, and everyone’s favorite, stomach issues. Works every time.

The power of words. Scientists have now apparently determined that a propensity and intuition for language is hardwired into our brains. We’re able to identify the meanings of certain words of languages we aren’t even familiar with. Take, for instance, the foreign antonyms tobi and kekere. Can you guess which one means big and which one means small? Most people get that right with no prior knowledge of Yoruba, the language in question. The answer for those struggling is that tobi means large and kekere means small. Don’t worry, we didn’t get it either.

“Mr. President, pass the possum please.” Like everything else, Thanksgiving menus are certainly prone to change over time. The most documented changes might be those of the First Families. The turkey remains the same, obviously, but each family has added their own special dish, or dishes, to the mix. A few standouts: Teddy Roosevelt’s turtles, FDR’s curled celery with olives, and our own personal favorite – a 26 pound Georgia-born possum enjoyed by Taft. (That was in addition to a 30 pound turkey.)

 Quote to note:

Thanksgiving is an emotional time. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.

– Johnny Carson

Thanks for reading,

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 This month, The Ledlie Group is delighted to announce that we’ve published our first book, The Art of Control, for our good friend and client, Gerald T. Hannah. The book is now available in paperback, ebook, and hardcover.

 Happy Thanksgiving!














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