Driverless Cars and Eating Dogs: Predictions for Year 2000 from 1980

What do you imagine will be the biggest challenges that the world will face in 20 years? Energy or food scarcity? Overpopulation? What about our biggest triumphs? Cures for cancer and extended lifespans? Smarter humans? Well, these would all sound similar to the people of 1980 when they looked 20 years into the future… » 11/06/14 1:56pm 11/06/14 1:56pm

What Happens to Your Social Security Number When You Die

Since 1935, the Social Security Administration has been issuing numbers to permanent residents of the United States. Nine simple digits distinguish each American from his or her fellow residents. Today, assigned randomly and never recycled, a social security number is as unique an identifier as your fingerprints.… » 10/29/14 6:30am 10/29/14 6:30am

The most abused Social Security number of all time is 078-05-1120

Back in 1938, the head of a wallet manufacturing company in Lockport, New York thought it'd be a great idea to show how well his new wallets could hold the then-new Social Security cards being issued to Americans. His sample card used his secretary's real social security number (078-05-1120) and as you can guess,… » 7/28/14 6:23pm 7/28/14 6:23pm

Biometric Social Security Cards Proposed to Combat ID Theft

Two Illinois congressmen are introducing legislation with the goal of upgrading that flimsy paper piece of crap we call a social security card to include a photo, fingerprint and computer ID chip. Recent data shows that nearly $45 billion is lost each year due to identity theft, which makes it increasingly necessary… » 2/13/08 4:50pm 2/13/08 4:50pm