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The Strange New Frontier of Marijuana Tourism

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Do not dist-herb.
Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

With marijuana now legal in four states, and the majority of the remaining states having decriminalized the drug or approved medical marijuana, it looks like national legalization is inevitable. But before Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds ruin all the fun (hello, Marlboro Kush) here’s a look at some of the odd examples of marijuana tourism […]

Eurail Passes Aren’t What They Used to Be

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Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

You’re about to leave for Europe and you’re understandably stoked. You’ve got your flight booked, your accomodations settled (maybe a series of youth hostels or something from Hotels.com), and, of course, your trusty Eurail Pass by your side. Except maybe that last one isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If you’re anything like me […]

What Food Labels Really Mean

What Food Labels Really Mean
Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

So you want to be a good person. But you also want to buy some carrots. Shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish both, right? You go to the grocery store, however, and find yourself inundated with confusing labels: Free Trade, Organic, Cage Free, Free Range, Natural, Made With Limited Nazi Involvement, Non-Toxic, Very Very Toxic […]

Eight Ways to Gamble Creatively

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Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

As a general rule, things that are legal everywhere might be fun, things that are illegal everywhere are no fun — murder, for example — and things that are illegal in some places are always fun. Think recreational soft drug use, gay wedding receptions, etc. Gambling falls into that third category, but gaudy, smoke-filled casinos […]

The Eight Most Expensive Gifts for Your Pets

The Most Expensive Gifts for Your Pet
Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

Here are three things everyone loves: pets, lists, and hating on the rich. So why not combine the three and scroll through the most lavish pet purchases ol’ Uncle Nick could find on the internet. Please don’t feel obligated to call me Uncle Nick, but if it feels right to you, I won’t say no. […]

Get Me off Medicaid!

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Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

One man’s journey to get off Medicaid after he was enrolled by mistake.

9 Successful Kickstarters That Actually Exist

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Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

Anyone who’s participated in crowdfunding knows that a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign hitting its goal is no guarantee you’ll see the finished project anytime soon. Ambitious, creative people with very little experience in business or large scale manufacturing being handed a boatload of money is not a particularly surprising recipe for disaster (much like “cat […]

The 7 Most Useless USB Accessories

Fundue: The Fondue for Idiots
Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

You’ve got a printer, a speaker set, a scanner, an external hard drive – but you can’t shake that sinking feeling that you’re wasting those last few USB ports on your computer. Well it’s time to put them to use, as long as the word “use” is defined very broadly. USB Fondue Pot Tired of […]

How Much Do Pets Cost?

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Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

Here’s my question: how much does it cost to be a pet owner? Not just how much does a pet cost, but how much does it cost to own pets for your entire life? And, while we’re at it, can we quantify the benefits of pet ownership and see how they stack up against the […]

The Best and Worst “Of The Month” Clubs

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Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

“Of The Month” clubs embody everything that is right and wrong about humanity, much like my extended family or all you can eat sushi. Here is my curated list of curated monthly clubs, showcasing all that I both revile and treasure of their existence: THE DISGUSTING: Cheesecake of the Month Club Quick question: Do you […]

The Anxiety of Airline Price Predictors

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Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

Perhaps you’ve seen it already, the tiny Richter Scale in the upper left of your search results when you’re hunting for flights on Kayak.com (because everyone enjoys seeing a plummeting line when they’re thinking about air travel). That, my friends, is a price predictor, or a flight forecasting tool if you want to be technical, […]

8 Unusual Ways To Keep Warm as the Blizzard Engulfs Everything You Hold Dear

The icy hand of death cares not for your car.
Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

I live in Los Angeles where it’s 72 and sunny almost every day, and all I have to put up with in return is traffic, the constant fear of earthquakes, and the even more constant fear of being invited to an improv show. But for the rest of you poor souls who have to actually […]

You Should Bank With Charles Schwab

Photo by Mike Mozart, via Flickr.
Photo by Mike Mozart, via Flickr.
Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

My bank is better than your bank. Let me explain. Several years ago a friend recommended I close my Wells Fargo account and instead use Charles Schwab for my primary checking account. I said, “Please stop referring to yourself as my friend, and is this the same Charles Schwab who threw sand in my eyes […]

Cheap Movie Tickets, AKA My Journey To The Bottom

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Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

We all have our addictions – coffee, Candy Crush, meth. For me, it’s going to the movies. I wake up in the morning and I feel that itch. I need sticky floors and dated CG intro videos and people who say the seat beside them is taken when everybody knows it isn’t taken. I need […]

Cheap Items You Should Never Travel Without

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Written By:Author Nick von KellerNick von Keller

I’ve done my fair share of international travel, which is a snottier sounding phrase than I intended, but here are a few inexpensive items I always find room for in my suitcase: Plug Adapter While hair dryers and curling irons require bulky voltage converters to work overseas, your lifeline gadgets – laptop, iPad, smart phone, […]

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