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October 2009

Facts and figures on Halloween 2009

The observance of Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts, devils, and hobgoblins. Over the years, Halloween customs and rituals have changed dramatically. When I was young, we made costumes out things we had around the house.... Read more →

What are the most popular Halloween costumes this year?

When it comes to Halloween costumes, vampires, princesses, police officers, and pirates are in, while politicians, nurses, and Batman are out, reports the National Retail Federation. About 47 million adults and 58 million children across the country plan to dress up for Halloween this year. 

Once again, witches take the... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Ford vehicles due to fire danger

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is alerting owners of Ford vehicles about a fire hazard involving an additional 4.5 million vehicles in the latest in a series of related recalls. Including the latest announcement, there has been a total of eight safety recalls involving approximately 16 million Ford vehicles... Read more →

What were the best and worst consumer experiences you had this week?

Recently, I launched a best and worst consumer experience feature on The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide. I think looking weekly at these experiences helps us learn from our successes and mistakes. Here are my most and least successful consumer transactions for this week: My best consumer experience: Ordering a... Read more →

What are the top 10 risky foods regulated by the FDA?

Leafy greens, eggs, and tuna are on the top of a list of the 10 riskiest foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Those and seven other foods account for nearly 40 percent of all foodborne outbreaks linked to FDA-regulated food. That's no reason to forgo salads, says the... Read more →

Beware of ads with teeth-whitening claims

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be extremely wary of pervasive online ads offering the promise of a whiter, brighter smile. The BBB has received a recent onslaught of complaints from consumers who thought they were signing up for a free trial of teeth whitening products but were... Read more →