States with Highest/Lowest Property Taxes
Real estate property taxes vary greatly from state to state. Hawaii has the lowest tax rate -- just over a quarter of one percent of assessed value. The rate is 10 times higher in New Jersey, however. Of course, home values vary across the country. So for comparison, see what a nearly $200,000 house would cost you yearly in each state.
Check Ratings of Surgeons
The nonprofit Consumers' Checkbook just started a new website called SurgeonRatings.org . This website, based on analyses of more than five million surgeries done in hospital by more than 50,000 surgeons, shows you which surgeons' patients Checkbook found had the lowest (or highest) rates of deaths, prolonged lengths of stay (indicating likely complications), or need to be readmitted to the hospital, after risk-adjustments for patient characteristics. You can look up doctors in 12 specialties. Keep in mind that their list is NOT all-inclusive.
What to Do if You Spill Liquid on a Laptop
Besides having a panic attack, there are some immediate steps you should take if you spill water or another liquid onto the keys of your laptop. Opinions on steps to take vary, so do check out other advice online.
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Mouse Print* -- The Secret Behind Shrinking Corned Beef
Raise your hand if you made corned beef last week. Raise your hand if that big piece of meat shrunk up to nothing by the time it was done. This happened for a reason, but not the one you think.
That story is in Mouse Print* this week.
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