Chocolate to go… *drumroll* EXTINCT! Say what!

November 16, 2010

I wish that were an exaggeration.

[Above: A Castle Made out of Chocolate from Japan Probe].

I’ve never been *much* of a chocaholic, but if the opportunity presented itself, I’d be hardpressed to turn down a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup or a Godiva Truffle.

But I can’t go thinking the offers will keep coming. Not when The Independent published an article called, “Chocolate: Worth its Weight in Gold?”

In as little as 20 years, chocolate will no longer be so affordable.

The following is taken directly from The Independent article:

“In 20 years chocolate will be like caviar. It will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won’t be able to afford it.”

The article credits the increasingly overwhelming consumer demand for chocolate, diseased crops from the Ivory Coast (the main source for cocoa), and difficult-to-grow-crops in the other areas. Space is limited as well since chocolate is only grown within 10 degrees north-and-south of the equator.

Here’s some silver linings: Maybe this will solve obesity? Maybe we’ll appreciate it more?… who knows!

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[Source: The Independent].


Wicked Cool Car I HAD to Share With You Guys. Antique goes ELECTRIC. Someone try this. #insurance

August 31, 2010

Check out the above Replica MG TD. Not totally sure what the year is- you’re seeing a custom top on top of an old Beetle. I found this on Wired.com.

Wired refers to this ingenuity as a “homebrewed” electric car. Of course, back when MG TDs were the bee’s knees, they spewed CFCs (as older cars do!)

Doug Small decided that he would change their rep. He actually electrified this automobile. He began planning the project four years ago and began all the mechanical work two years ago (Sept. ’08).

“Everything was readily available online,” Small said. “The most difficult challenge was figuring out the battery layout. There was a bit of trial and error, but I finally found optimal battery positioning.”

Well, that kind of proves that the internet makes nearly everything possible.

Here are the specs:

Battery: 6.5 hrs to recharge

Mileage: 20-25 miles

Top Speed: 55 mph

Here’s what it looks like on the inside!!!

Oh wouldn’t it be nice to never visit a gas station or have an oil change? *sigh*

Source for all of this: Wired.com


What’s in That Water! No Beach This Weekend For Many on the South Shore

August 13, 2010

According to WHDH 7News, the following beaches are closed this weekend due to high amounts of bacteria. These beaches will not be re-opened until the water is clear.

Closed beaches include:

— Wollaston Beach at Channing Street

— Milton Street and Sachem Street in Quincy

— Kimball and Wompatuck beaches in Hingham

— Peggotty Beach in Scituate

— a section beach in the Fieldston section of Marshfield

— Landing Road and Shipyard Lane in Duxbury

— a section of Plymouth Beach and White Horse Beach in Plymouth

Source: WHDH


Live Paperless. NBA Insurance Lists 5 Incentives

July 28, 2010

As we move further into our very techie age, more and more companies encourage their consumers to go paperless. In truth, a lot of people don’t take advantage of what going paperless has to offer. Many customers are reluctant to make the switch. They see online billing as just another way computers are taking over the world or another way they can compromise their privacy.

Of course, that’s not the case. We don’t live in the movie iRobot. Online banking is typically very high on security. For these things, I am grateful.

However, these consumers fail to see the benefits:

1. Getting e-statements from your companies is very eco-friendly. No more paper pushing on either end. You’re saving trees.

2. Convenience. You don’t have to waste a check from your checkbook or spend money on a stamp. (I’m sure everyone has already heard they’re raising the price of stamps again soon!)

3. Billing fees are either eradicated or greatly reduced. Our choice for auto insurance: Commerce Insurance, for example, cuts out billing fees entirely if you switch to EFT (electronic funds transfer)!

4. You never lose your information because it’s all online. Always in the same place. Think of how easily we lose bank statements and receipts at home!

5. Get a kickback. Companies will sometimes pay you for going paperless. Citizens Bank, for example, implemented their Greensense program in 2008. It turns off your paper statements and reimburses you for it!

If you’re interested in switching to EFT with any of our companies, give our office a call! You won’t regret it! 🙂


NBA #Insurance: Protecting You and Your #Environment on the #SouthShore

July 9, 2010

 

Did you know that every year, the average American trashes so much office paper that he or she could construct a 12-foot wall all the way from Los Angeles to New York City? That’s nearly 3,000 miles of wasted paper! (Source: Clean Air Council)

Unlike many offices and organizations, NBA Insurance Agency, Inc. has taken notice of this issue. We shred and recycle all of our excess paper.

By shredding and recycling a great deal of our policy files, we are not only helping the environment, but also the client’s privacy. You can trust that your information is safe with us.

For more information on how you can “go green,” you can check out the Town of Plymouth’s site on how to get active in recycling  and overall eco-friendliness.