David Kestenbaum http://waer.org en Typewriters, Underwater Hotels And Picturephones: The Future, As Seen From 1964 http://waer.org/post/typewriters-underwater-hotels-and-picture-phones-future-seen-1964 The 1964 World's Fair showcased jet packs and new miracles of science. There was an entire house made of Formica. You could wipe it clean with a sponge!<p>The people who put the fair together tried to imagine how the future would look. Here are a few predictions, and how they actually turned out.<p><strong>1. We had picture phones back then?</strong><p>Vito Turso was at the fair when he used one of the first <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47xTOTFoTfc&t=7m14s" target="_blank">picture phones</a>. Back then, he was a boy selling pizza at the fair. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:36:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 22849 at http://waer.org Typewriters, Underwater Hotels And Picturephones: The Future, As Seen From 1964 Everyone Goes To The Store To Get Milk. So Why's It Way In The Back? http://waer.org/post/everyone-goes-store-get-milk-so-whys-it-way-back <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Everyone+Goes+To+The+Store+To+Get+Milk.+So+Why%27s+It+Way+In+The+Back%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Milk is one of the most popular items in a supermarket. And yet, it is often found at the very back of the store. One theory is that stores want you to walk further through the aisles so you'll buy more stuff. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:02:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 21952 at http://waer.org Volatility Index Indicates Wall Street Is Bored http://waer.org/post/fear-index-rate-reflects-investor-boredom An economic indicator commonly called the VIX, volatility index, is also known as the fear index. Whatever you call it, the index is hitting lows not seen since before the financial crisis. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 19521 at http://waer.org Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M's Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack http://waer.org/post/why-pack-peanut-butter-mms-weighs-tiny-bit-less-regular-pack The other day I went down to the little shop in the lobby of our building for a snack. I couldn't decide whether I wanted regular M&M's or Peanut Butter M&M's so I bought them both. On the way back upstairs to the office, I noticed something strange on the labels. Each had cost $1, but the pack of Peanut Butter M&M's was a very tiny bit lighter: 0.06 ounces lighter!<p>I wanted to know why, so I called a couple of experts and asked for their theories:<p><strong>Theory No. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:08:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 19275 at http://waer.org Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M's Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack On The Internet, A Penny Is Nothing To Sneeze At http://waer.org/post/internet-penny-nothing-sneeze <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=On+The+Internet%2C+A+Penny+Is+Nothing+To+Sneeze+At&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Our Planet Money team this week is taking a look at the lowly penny. People discard pennies in bowls by cash registers. They walk by them on the street without a thought of picking them up. In fact, a lot of us don't even pick them up when we drop them. Thu, 22 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 18589 at http://waer.org