I bought something at a store on Sunday. The advertisement said “50% off” and the item was originally $1 but when I went to pay it came up at 75 cents. No big deal right? Wrong. When I told the cashier about the mistake she said that 75 cents was 50 percent off. Lord, help us all.

A local family has major damage in their home. Ceilings, walls, floors – damage throughout the home from Hurricane Florence. The problem? Their insurance company only sent them a check for $26. The adjuster didn’t quite see the problem with the damage, apparently he thought it was abstract art.

If every week (or twice a week) someone hits a lottery prize of 20 or 40 million dollars (which is what can be implied when the winning amount increases due to lack of a previous winner) shouldn’t we all know someone who has won, at least vaguely? Another fun thought to ponder - if 33 percent of those winnings are paid into taxes shouldn’t the IRS and states be well funded by now? Maybe I’m overthinking this.

Since it is clear to most consumers that diamond and flower companies basically sponsor Valentine’s Day, shouldn’t we take the leap and say that dentists sponsor Halloween? Just asking for a friend.

If your phone costs more than your first car, your priorities in life are out of whack.

If your prescription only costs $4 but your insurance company requires you to pay $20, that’s fraud.

Glock models 43, 26, 19, 19x, 34, 45 and 17 all shoot 9mm ammo; Glock 23, 22, 27 and 35 shoot .40 cal ammo and Glock 42 (the smallest) shoots .380. Oddly enough the Glock 40 shoots a 10mm round. This is why buying a Glock takes a little research.

Over 68 percent of people don’t get a good night’s sleep. We need to turn off electronics an hour before bed.

42 percent of people are diagnosed with some form of sleep apnea. Doesn’t that alarm anyone? Is this a flaw in the human design or is the conventional bed with pillows wrong? I think we should all sleep in recliners.

I don’t want to turn my clock back on Saturday. I like daylight, I function better in daylight, I like to see kids playing outside after school. I’m not alone. A measure on the California ballot in November will allow the state to stop the time changes (already in place in Hawaii and Arizona). In March, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill to stop observing daylight savings time but it is still awaiting Congress to get off its butt and amend the Uniform Time Act. FYI this time change nonsense didn’t start until World War II and it is NOT natural to our body clocks either. More light later in the day actually requires less electricity, not more.

And my favorite, if it is 94 degrees on Monday and 57 degrees on Friday, you must live in North Carolina.

Remember knowledge is power and numbers are fun, so keep using them (unless you are a cashier – then ask for help – ha ha)


Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.