The Daily Bongo
Friday, October 17, 2014 -- Evening
If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your PIgtails by Barbara CorcoranI have been a fan of Shark Tank for some time. What interests me most about the show are the sharks. Barbara Corcoran is one of my favorites, so I looked to see if she had any books. She does. If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails is a compilation of business advice from Barbara. What I like the most about the book is that each pearl of wisdom that Barbara bestows on the reader comes from her upbringing in New Jersey. Most of the tales revolve around her mother, who appears to be a really interesting person. I was surprised to learn that Barbara came from a huge family. She has nine brothers and sisters, and her family was blue collar. Barbara got into real estate because of a boyfriend that she met when she was fresh out of high school. However, her real estate business took off AFTER her boyfriend tossed her out to marry a secretary from their office. Barbara went all out to become a wealthy entrepreneur. One of my favorite stories is one of the first: Barbara didn't have large breasts, but another waitress at the restaurant she worked at did. Every guy wanted to be seated at the counter for the big breasted girl. Barbara's mother advised Barbara to play up her strengths, personality and great smile. Put pigtails in your hair, push your strengths, and you will be able to compete against big breasts.
If you are interested in starting your own business, Barbara has good advice. If you don't want to start a business, you will still enjoy the warm, family stories. I have no interest in business, but I really enjoyed getting a glimpse at the woman behind the shark.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 -- Evening
Quirkology by Richard WisemanI enjoy watching those brain shows that have popped up on TV lately. Brain Games has had multiple seasons, but I also watched Your Bleeped Up Brain. The shows talk about how the brain works, and how it tries to make sense of things. When we think that the brain is trying to fool us, it's basically trying to make sense of the information it is getting. Richard Wiseman, with a PhD in Psychology, was one of the guest scientists on Your Bleeped Up Brain, and he has also written a few books. I finally managed to locate one in my local library. Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things. In the book, Wiseman investigates and explains such things as:
- if being born on a certain date has any affect on your life (which it might with seasonal effects)
- if your name can say something about the person you will become
- if you can tell if someone if lying by looking at them (no, but talking to them might expose a lie)
- if ghosts exist (nope, but there might be other things that cause the eerie feelings)
- if you pick your president or decide guilt based on looks (and it seems that we do)
- what we find funny and why we find it funny
- how honesty are we
I really enjoyed reading the book. As I was reading, I found myself stopping to re-read sections to my husband. I thought that he would find the section on beards interesting since he has one. It seems that in a study Wiseman did, people thought men without hair on their faces were more honest. Face hair might mean maturity, but it also meant that others might think the man with the beard was sinister. As Wiseman noted, there has not been a US president with face hair since 1910.
If you are interested in the why people do the things they do, and what it means when they do them, Quirkology is for you.