Personal Finance Roundup

8 Unexpected Ways to Generate Extra Cash [MintLife Blog] “Alternatives to help supplement income or even simply maintain it, aside from asking for more job perks.”

How to Take Control of Your Finances in 2011 [Get Rich Slowly] “Here are eleven simple but effective steps to build a better financial future.”

Slow and Steady Saving Still Pays [Wall Street Journal] “Steady savings and the passage of time can benefit younger 401(k) investors.”

Will your pet bankrupt you? [MSN Money] “Before you adopt that cute mutt or exotic fish, be sure you know what the animal’s needs are — and that you have a plan to deal with unexpected expenses.”

25 Toughest Interview Questions of 2010 [MoneyTalksNews] “Some of the weirdest questions employers asked their prospective employees in 2010.”

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  1. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    Number 9 of the “20 toughest interview questions” says, “You have a birthday cake and have exactly 3 slices to cut it into 8 equal pieces. How do you do it?” The “correct” answer is to cut the cake in quarters using 2 of the cuts, then stack the pieces and cut down through all four with the third cut.

    I use this question as a brain break in my corporate classes, using a pizza as the example. My students are engineers. We’ve come up with ways to cut the pizza into a variety of piece quantities from four pieces up to (theoretically) infinity with three slices, assuming a variety of topological transformations and not-necessarily-straight slices. The only constraints we impose are that the pizza can’t pass through itself, and each slice has to cut completely through the pizza, separating it into more than one piece. Fun stuff.