Slope of Hope Blog Posts

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Changing of the Guard

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If we can take a break from the massive trade wars (and, umm, the dreadful damage it’s clearly doing to equity markets), I thought this bit was amusing. It shows actual footage of the changing of the guards at Arlington, except enhanced a bit with audio. The visuals are totally authentic. The sounds just make it funny.

My Amazing Article

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At the risk of drawing in new competition by describing my lifestyle, it’s true what they say about the life of a financial blogger. It has replete with advantages.

First there’s the money. I don’t want to brag, but over the course of a year, I make literally thousands of dollars in ad revenue. Second, of course, is the women. Rock stars have nothing over financial bloggers. It’s just something about this line of work that drives them wild.

Third, and most relevant to this post, is the endless come-ons and proposals that arrive in one’s inbox. Moments ago, I got this one:


Hey, Mo!

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Once again, my Sloper buddy Mo sent me a list of fascinating tidbits, just to break up the charting monotony:


1 A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

2 A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

3 A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

4 A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

5 A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

6 A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

7 A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. (more…)

Homographic Images

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Mo (a fellow Sloper) was good enough to send me a long email with some really fun items for those of you who, like me, are into language: For all of you who wonder why folk from other countries have a bit of trouble with the English language. This is a clever piece put together by an English teacher. Who else? Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym. You think English is easy?

1) The bandage was *wound* around the *wound*.
2) The farm was used to *produce produce*.
3) The dump was so full that it had to *refuse* more *refuse*.
4) We must *polish* the *Polish* furniture.
5) He could *lead*if he would get the *lead* out.
6) The soldier decided to *desert* his dessert in the *desert*.
7) Since there is no time like the *present*, he thought it was time to *present* the *present*. (more…)