Archive for the ‘Ideas’ Category

$100 Prize for funniest Workplace Wellness Horror Story

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Hate workplace wellness? Just doing it for the money? Sign the petition, tell your story and win $100. If there are ten stories from this Why the Heck group in the next 7 days, I’ll announce a winner on this site on the 8th day and send a check.
And pass the petition around [...]

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Funniest healthcare book review ever

Monday, February 10th, 2014 by arttaft

So funny and so complete you don’t even have to read my book.
Three Surprising Hazards Of Worksite Wellness Programs
Here’s a proposal for the plot of a new comic book.
Perry White summons Clark Kent and Lois Lane into his office one day in Metropolis.
“Great Caesars ghost,” White barks. “Health costs at theDaily Planet are through the roof. [...]

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Breakthrough on ALS Gehrig Jerseys–Your Brief Help Needed

Friday, December 14th, 2012 by Al Lewis (alewis)

There is a new show Saturdays at 4 PM on Washington’s top-rated station, WAMU 88.5, all about people coming up with ideas to solve problems.  http://wamu.org/programs/bigfix You can write to ideas@wamu.org and suggest that Major League Baseball market Gehrig jerseys to raise money for ALS.  I guarantee that this idea will get on the air…because [...]

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“Round Down” Penny Protest in Concord Remembered by Time Magazine

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Time Magazine fondly recalled our penny protest in Concord in last week’s issue
It wasn’t the lead story but, hey, it was three years ago and people still remember it.
For those of you new to the blog, a number of merchants refused to accept pennies at all, agreeing to round transactions down to the nearest nickel, [...]

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Idea #2: An ALS-, business- and consumer-friendly way to finally pitch the penny

Friday, March 16th, 2012 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Lots has been written about the recent report that pennies now cost 2.4 cents apiece to make.   The “solution” to this problem ?  The government is exploring the use of cheaper metals.   Washington dare not phase them out  altogether because to do so would invite protests that retailers would round up to the nearest nickel, [...]

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A new way to get attention for our jerseys: Get Attention for the Blog

Monday, March 12th, 2012 by Al Lewis (alewis)

OK,  folks, to paraphrase the immortal words of the great philosopher Humphrey Bogart, the problems of 6,479 little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.  (Hopefully that number will rise too, though I suspect it will fall at first.  Some of us in this ALS support group are actually dying.)
No [...]

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A Better Idea Than Paying $5/Month for a Debit Card: Cash Discounts at Checkout

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 by Al Lewis (alewis)

The first return-to-our-roots policy idea is “Pay Cash - Save Cash.”   By way of background, if you’ve been following the news (or reading your bank statements) you know that banks are going to be collecting monthly debit card fees from customers instead of charging retailers a “haircut.”
This “haircut” was a nuisance fee that most retailers [...]

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While We Are Waiting for a Break in the Jersey Quest, A Return to Our Roots

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Why the Heck started out as an idea-generation website, where only ideas that benefit everyone and hurt no one are offered, the idea-generation equivalent of losing weight on a diet of ice cream.
The Gehrig Jersey idea was a perfect example of that.  However, we have many other ideas that we will post, as we await a [...]

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Why the Heck going on hiatus right now

Monday, October 3rd, 2011 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Dear Gehrig Jersey Nation,
In business, few things are more frustrating that not being able to convince someone to act in their own best interest.  That is exactly what happened here with CMG.  They could have made money on these jerseys AND gotten positive PR.  (There is always the added benefit of  “doing the right thing” but that [...]

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The Answer is In: We’ve Been Turned Down by CMG

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 by Al Lewis (alewis)

The folks we work with at www.vfc.com — the company that owns the Majestic athleticwear line of which this would have been a part — have pretty much told us that CMG, from whom they get their licensing rights, is passing on this. 
The guy we work with at Majestic couldn’t have been nicer about it.  He understands [...]

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