A well-known aphorism maintains that “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” The fact that the original coinage of that declaration—which has been variously attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and even American author Mark Twain—is highly controversial in itself self-attests to the assertion’s verity.
American shoppers spent $846 million on e-commerce on Cyber Monday, a 15 percent gain over the same day the year before.
Although scrapbooking is one of the hottest activities in the arts and crafts market, the art of preserving memorabilia and memories in book form can be traced back for centuries in one form or another. Perhaps the most interesting bit of history is that Mark Twain was a prolific “scrapbooker,” gathering and pasting bits of his life and travels into an estimated 300 scrapbooks. In fact, he probably held the first patent on a scrapbook product when, in 1872, he developed a self-adhesive scrapbook, which allowed users to moisten a pre-glued area of a page and simply press the item into place—an innovation that,