Feb 17

Four Easy Things You Can Do to Make Your Partner’s Day




If you had a great Valentine’s Day this week, and want to keep the love going, here are four easy small things you can do to make your partner’s day . . .



1.  Take a chore off their plate. Just do one extra chore like unloading the dishwasher or walking the dog when it’s their turn.



2.  Give them a compliment.  It’s easy to point out things they’re doing WRONG.  But pointing out what they’re doing RIGHT could make their day.



3.  Ask them about their day.  In the craziness of our everyday lives, it’s easy to forget the basics.  But asking them about their day shows interest in their activities and reminds them that they’re important to you.



4.  Give in now and then.  You don’t always have to “win.”  In an average day, there are probably half a dozen interactions where could give in and let them get their way.  Pick at least ONE and they’ll immediately feel less steam-rolled and more valued.




Feb 16

The Six Most Common Weight Loss Mistakes



Someone asked a nutritionist to list the most common mistakes we make when we’re trying to lose weight.


Here are the top six . . .



1.  Buying low-fat versions of everything.  They usually add more salt and sugar to make them taste good, so it doesn’t really help that much.



2.  Only doing cardio, and not lifting weights.  Adding muscle is what kick-starts your metabolism.  So you should really do both.



3.  Not getting enough sleep.  You’re more likely to gain weight if you get less than six hours a night.  Seven or eight hours is ideal.



4.  Setting unrealistic goals.  You have to think long term, and not expect to lose a ton of weight overnight.  Otherwise you’ll get discouraged.



5.  Not drinking enough water.  It makes you feel full, so you’re less likely to snack.  You’re also less likely to drink stuff like soda and juice that have a lot of empty calories.



6.  Weighing yourself too much.  Your weight fluctuates during the day, so there’s no point in weighing yourself more than once.  At most, you should only weigh yourself once a day, either in the morning or at night.



(Indy100.com / Women’s Health)

Feb 15

Are These the 20 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time?



“Rolling Stone” put together a list of ‘The 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time.’  They say they considered, quote, “artistic merit, technical proficiency, sense of timing, quality of their written material, their delivery, and degree of influence.”

And they mostly focused on modern day comics, which basically means they weren’t interested in actually researching comedians outside the past 40 or 50 years, but they still wanted to call it a list of the best of “ALL TIME”.  (???)


Anyway, here’s the Top 20:



1.  Richard Pryor


2.  George Carlin


3.  Lenny Bruce


4.  Louis C.K.


5.  Chris Rock


6.  Joan Rivers


7.  Jerry Seinfeld


8.  Bill Cosby


9.  Dave Chappelle


10.  Mort Sahl


11.  Steve Martin


12.  Robin Williams


13.  Bill Hicks


14.  Andy Kaufman


15.  Steven Wright


16.  Billy Connolly


17.  Bill Burr


18.  Kevin Hart


19.  Albert Brooks


20.  Mitch Hedberg


Feb 13

On This Day In Black History: February 13

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1923;  The first Black professional basketball team “The Renaissance” organized.


1970;  The New York Stock Exchange admits its first Black member, Joseph Searles.


1635;  America’s first public school, the Boston Latin School, opened in Boston. Black students were excluded from attending.


1892;  The first African American performers, the World’s Fair Colored Opera Company, appear at Carnegie Hall.


1818;  Absalom Jones, the first African American Episcopal priest ordained in the U.S. , dies.






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Feb 10

Four Ways to Eat at a Restaurant for Free or Cheap on Valentine’s Day



Americans will spend almost $4 BILLION on a night out for Valentine’s Day this year.  If you’re looking to save some cash, here are four restaurants offering promotions that will let you eat for free or cheap . . .


1.  Hooters.  We already told you about this one . . . but Hooters will give you 10 free wings if you bring in a picture of your ex and let them shred it for you.



2.  Fogo de Chão.  If you make a reservation to have dinner anytime between TODAY and Valentine’s Day, you’ll receive a complimentary lunch or dinner card that you can return and use any time before the end of April.



3.  Qdoba Mexican Eats.  They’re doing a promotion called “Qdoba for a Kiss”, which is good for a buy-one-get-one-free entree on Valentine’s Day.  You just have to kiss your significant other . . . or if you’re single, they say you can plant one on a photo of your favorite celebrity on your cell phone.



4.  Waffle House.  Waffle House probably isn’t the restaurant you think of when you’re trying to be ROMANTIC.  But many locations go all out for Valentine’s Day with candles, dim lights, cloth napkins, tablecloths, and specials like rib-eye and eggs.  Call your location to see if they’re participating and to make reservations.



(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Feb 9

Five Random Facts For Thursday




Here are some random facts for you . . .


1.  The head football coach at the University of Michigan from 1897 to 1899 quit to prospect for gold in Alaska . . . and he actually was successful and struck it rich in 1908.



2.  The country of San Marino has played 139 international soccer matches . . . and won one.  They beat Liechtenstein in 2004.



3.  Happy hours have been banned in Ireland since 2003.



4.  The guy who wrote the “Bah dah dah dah dah, I’m lovin’ it” jingle for McDonald’s committed suicide five years later, in 2008.  He was a 40-year-old named Paul Tilley from Chicago.



5.  There are four American cities that have a VOLCANO within city limits:  Portland, Oregon . . . Bend, Oregon . . . Jackson, Mississippi . . . and Honolulu, Hawaii.



(Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Morning Advertiser / Mirror / Wikipedia)

Feb 6

The Most Popular Girl Scout Cookies in Every State



There are 10 different types of Girl Scout Cookies, but only a few that people ACTUALLY pay attention to.


The website Influenster.com just ran a survey to find the most popular type of Girl Scout Cookies in every state . . . and two types dominated.



Thin Mints are the most popular cookie in 24 states, and Samoas are the most popular in 18 states.  (You may know Samoas as Caramel deLites, by the way, since the cookies have different names in different parts of the country.)



Tagalongs, also known as Peanut Butter Patties, were the most popular in seven states . . . and Do-si-dos, also known as Peanut Butter Sandwiches, were the most popular in two states.



Because we’re weird, we also calculated how many electoral votes each cookie got, because literally everything has to be connected back to politics these days.



And even though Thin Mints won 24 states, they lost the Electoral College . . . by one vote.  Thin Mints got 242 electoral votes . . . Samoas got 243.



Tagalongs got 47, and Do-si-dos got six.  Man.  We won’t even let third parties have a chance in Girl Scout Cookie elections.





Feb 3

Five Random Facts For Friday


Here are some random facts for you . . .


1.  In Florida, anyone can execute a criminal on death row.  You apply and get paid $150 if they pick you to do it.



2.  People are the only animals with chins.



3.  There hasn’t been a white guy who’s started at cornerback in the NFL since 2002.



4.  The name “Gary” is only popular thanks to the actor Gary Cooper . . . whose real name is actually Frank Cooper.  He adopted the first name Gary after the city of Gary, Indiana because it seemed like a TOUGH place and he wanted to be tough.



5.  The plural of the word “beef” is . . . beeves.



(Florida Department of Corrections / The Atlantic / Complex / Wikipedia / Merriam-Webster)

Feb 1

Four Lunch Habits That Make You Gain Weight



The easiest way to eat healthy at work is to pack your own lunch.  You can also save a lot of money that way.  But here are four easy ways to cut down on calories, even if you go out for lunch . . .


1.  Stop deciding what to eat at the last minute.  A study last year found we consume fewer calories if we order lunch an hour ahead of time.  Partly because we don’t make healthy choices when we’re starving.



2.  Don’t schedule meetings or anything else that’s stressful right before lunch.  A study in 2015 found we tend to make unhealthy choices right after a stressful event.  There’s less activity in the part of your brain that’s associated with self-control.



3.  Don’t always eat with other people.  The portions at most restaurants are way too big.  And we tend to eat more if someone we’re with is stuffing their face too.  Don’t be anti-social about it, but it’s okay to eat by yourself sometimes.



4.  Don’t eat out of the container your food comes in.  You’re much more likely to eat ALL of it if it’s in the container, so put it on a plate first.  Whatever won’t fit can be dinner, or lunch the next day.  You’ll cut calories, and save some money.




Jan 31

Five Stats About Our Coffee-Drinking Habits



According to a new study, 51% of us will have at least one cup of coffee today.  So how many calories could you save if you started drinking it BLACK?


Cream and sugar add about 70 calories per day on average.  Which might not sound like much, but it adds up.  And a lot of Starbucks drinks have way more than that.


About 100,000 people recently took an online survey about their coffee-drinking habits.  Here are five stats from it . . .


1.  49% of us always add cream . . . 38% sometimes do . . . and 13% take it black.  6% said they use cream in the morning, but not if they have coffee later in the day.  (???)


2.  73% of us add sugar, or some sort of artificial sweetener.  That includes 14% who say they just “pile it in.”  27% said they DON’T put sugar in their coffee.


3.  43% of people said they prefer drip coffee, like the kind you make at home.  57% prefer espresso drinks, like they sell at Starbucks.  Lattes, cappuccinos, and mochas are the most popular.


4.  84% of people said they like iced coffee, especially in the summer.  16% hate it no matter how hot it is outside.


5.  65% of people enjoy the Pumpkin Spice latte.  35% think it’s gross.



Jan 30

Five Random Facts For Monday


Here are some random facts for you . . .


1.  Geico came up with its gecko mascot in 1999 when there was a Screen Actors Guild strike that kept them from using live actors.



2.  “Veto” is a Latin word that means “I forbid.”



3.  Walt Disney did the original voice of Mickey Mouse.  He stopped after 17 years when he got too busy and had to turn it over to someone else.



4.  There are whales alive today that have been alive since before “Moby-Dick” was written . . . in 1851.  They’re bowhead whales off the coast of Alaska, and they’re over 200 years old.



5.  During the auditions for “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, Keanu Reeves originally auditioned to play Bill and Alex Winter auditioned to play Ted.  Their parts were switched AFTER casting.



(IP Watchdog / Etymonline / ITATS / Smithsonian / Mental Floss)

Jan 26

The Top Reasons You Haven’t Joined Twitter



Over 317 million people are on Twitter.  But you aren’t one of them.  Here are The Top Reasons You Haven’t Joined Twitter.


People who want to know what you’re thinking can read the toilet stall at Carl’s Jr.



Tweeting is a stupid, impetuous act that eventually comes back to haunt you.  Besides, you’re busy preparing to get married.



The only time you have anything interesting to say, you’re high.  And then you’re too lazy to get off the futon and find your phone.



You’re way too complex to fit anything you have to say in less than 140 characters.  Plus you can’t count to 140 characters.



Nobody wants to hear what you have to say in real life.  Why would that change online?



The same reason you never bought pants:  you know it’s a fad.



It’s easier to stand at a street corner and scream “Me!  Me!  ME!”



You’re one of those freaks who aren’t afraid to leave their basement to interact with others.



It simply regurgitates hearsay, rubbish, and bull crap.  And you can get that from our president.



You prefer to “follow” your favorite celebrities the old fashioned way:  with a pair of binoculars and a windowless van.



You’re married, so you already spend too much time speaking in short, choppy sentences.



You still haven’t even mastered email.



Up until recently, you thought “tweeting” was some weird sex thing.



Typing is just too damn hard on a flip phone.



You just started a cult, so you already have plenty of followers.



You prefer to do your bullying the old-fashioned way:  in person.



You can’t be limited to 140 characters when you have so many brilliant thoughts about “The Bachelor”.



You’re still trying to get a handle on Friendster.



“I don’t need a little blue check mark to determine my self-worth!” you screamed at your computer before crying uncontrollably.



There’s no way you could edit your constant Facebook pleas for “thoughts and prayers” down to 140 characters.



The only 140 characters you care about are the ones on “Game of Thrones”.



You don’t have time to tweet when you’ve got photos of sandwiches to post to Instagram.



It’s nowhere near as quick and efficient as Snapchat for sending women unsolicited pics of your junk.



You can’t, since you spend every waking moment on Grindr.



The only thing you’ll join where everyone else is a complete stranger is an orgy.



You have one of those things called a life.

Jan 25

A Study Finds Kids Like Their Pets More Than Their Siblings

Photo: queenofpaws.com

Photo: queenofpaws.com


If you ask your kid which one of his brothers and sisters he likes the most, and he says, “the dog” . . . that doesn’t mean you’ve failed as a parent.



According to a new study, kids generally like the family PET more than their siblings . . . especially if it’s a dog.



The researchers found that kids LOVE their siblings, but still see them as COMPETITORS for everything from new toys to getting love from their parents.



They don’t have those issues with a dog.  It gives them unconditional love and companionship . . . and they feel like they can safely share SECRETS with the dog, even though it doesn’t understand.



The researchers also say that if you DON’T have a dog, you should probably think about getting one.  They found that having a dog cuts down how often your family gets into fights . . . and it can have a serious positive impact on your kids’ development and happiness.



(Daily Mail)

Jan 24

Here Are the Least Healthy Items at America’s Biggest Fast Food Chains



Thrillist.com just worked with some dietitians to figure out the LEAST healthy item at every fast food chain.  The “winners” are based calories, fat, salt, protein, and the ingredients.  Check ‘em out . . .


1.  Taco Bell:  The DoubleDilla, which is a quesadilla with a ton of chicken and cheese.  It’s got 850 calories, 41 grams of fat, and 2,020 milligrams of sodium.



2.  Burger King:  Bacon King sandwich.  1,040 calories, 69 grams of fat, and 1,900 milligrams of sodium.



3.  Wendy’s:  Dave’s Triple.  1,070 calories and 30 grams of saturated fat.



4.  McDonald’s:  Double Quarter Pounder with cheese.  770 calories, 45 grams of fat, and 1,310 milligrams of sodium.



5.  KFC:  Two-piece Extra Crispy chicken breast.  780 calories, 47 grams of fat, and 1,750 milligrams of sodium.



6.  Panda Express:  Chow mein.  510 calories, 22 grams of fat, and 980 milligrams of sodium.  Even though it’s a side dish, it has more salt than any of the other things on the menu.






Jan 23

Teenagers Literally Don’t Smell the Horrible Odor in Their Rooms



If you’ve got a teenager whose room is legitimate SQUALOR and you’re wondering how they live like that, here’s one answer.  They don’t mind the horrible odor because they literally don’t smell the horrible odor.



A new study out of Denmark found teenagers were less likely than any other age group to recognize the scent of SWEAT and body odor.



And the researchers say that could be why their rooms smell.  Basically, they get used to the scent before they even fully recognize it and realize it’s bad.



Teenagers were also the least likely to recognize the scent of soap.



So what CAN they smell?  Food . . . and not healthy food.  Teenagers were more likely than adults to recognize the scent of Coke, ketchup, cookies, cotton candy, marshmallows, and candy bars.



(Daily Mail)

Jan 20

Four Ways You’re Putting Yourself at Risk of Catching the Flu Without Realizing It

We’re at the peak of flu season.  Here are four ways you might be putting yourself at risk without even realizing it . . .


1.  Washing your hands incorrectly.  Washing your hands is one of the best defenses against the flu . . . but you’ve gotta do it right.  That means washing with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or more.


And even though that doesn’t SOUND like a long time, less than half of people actually do it.  One way to keep yourself accountable is to sing “Happy Birthday” in your head twice while washing your hands . . . that should get you close to 20 seconds.


2.  Relying on antibacterial hand gel.  First, check the ingredients in your hand sanitizer . . . it should contain 60% to 95% alcohol, ethanol, or isopropanol, to work best.  And it doesn’t replace old-fashioned hand-washing, which is always better.


3.  Hitting the gym.  It’s true that exercising DOES keep your immune system strong against the flu.  But the gym is also a great place to pick up viruses, like from the sweaty treadmill, weight benches, and the locker room.


4.  Worrying too much.  Just worrying about getting sick can weaken your immune system and make you more likely to get sick.  So try to keep things in perspective.




Jan 17

Four Weird Things That Can Make You Fail a Drug Test


Remember the “Seinfeld” episode where Elaine tests positive for opium because she ate poppy seeds?  Well, studies have found that CAN actually happen.  Especially if you eat them an hour or two before you get tested.


Here are four more weird things that can make you fail a drug test . . .



1.  Tonic water.  It has quinine in it, which is sometimes mixed with street drugs.  (Pronounced KWY-nine.)  So if it shows up on a drug test, they might think you’re on something.  The tonic water from one gin and tonic can be enough to do it.



2.  Cold medicines.  A study in 2010 found that some decongestants can make you test positive for METH.  And certain types of antibiotics can make you test positive for opiates like heroin.



3.  A high dose of Ibuprofen.  It can mess with the test and make it look like you have marijuana in your system.  So if you have a headache the day before a drug test, you should take aspirin or Tylenol, not Advil.



4.  Baby soap.  Sometimes newborns are tested to find out if the mom was on anything.  It’s not clear why, but a study in 2012 found that some types of baby soap that are used in hospitals can cause false positives for marijuana.



(Live Science / MedicalDaily.com)

Jan 12

If You Make the Peace Sign in a Selfie, Hackers Might Steal Your Fingerprints



You should probably stop making the PEACE SIGN in your selfies.  And not just because “peace” is so un-trendy right now.

According to the National Institute of Informatics in Japan, hackers actually have the ability to steal and clone your fingerprints from your pictures.

But, before you panic too much, it’s pretty complicated and there’s not that much they could do with them if they do steal them.  But the mere fact that it’s possible is pretty crazy.




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Jan 11

Which Girl Scout Cookie Is the Best?

Photo: Hollywood Life

Photo: Hollywood Life


We’re almost at Girl Scout Cookie season, but before we eat them, first let’s take some time to JUDGE them.

Buzzfeed just ran a survey where people ranked the Girl Scout Cookie flavors.  Here are the results.  Since most of the cookies have two different names in different regions, we’re using both of them . . .



1.  Thin Mints, 34%.


2.  Caramel deLites / Samoas, 33% . . . vanilla cookies with caramel, coconut, and chocolate stripes.


3.  Peanut Butter Patties / Tagalongs, 18% . . . peanut butter covered in chocolate.


4.  Shortbread / Trefoils, 4%.


5.  Lemonades, 3% . . . shortbread with lemon icing.


6.  Peanut Butter Sandwich / Do-si-dos, 3% . . . oatmeal cookies with peanut butter in between.


7.  Thanks-A-Lot, 2% . . . shortbread with fudge on the bottom.


8.  Trios, 1% . . . gluten-free peanut butter and oatmeal cookies.




Jan 10

The Top Seven Things That Burn Us Out at Work


Wow, if you’re already burned out on your job by January 10th, it’s going to be a ROUGH year. A new survey found the top seven things that make us get burned out at work.  Check ‘em out . . .


1.  Not making enough money.


2.  An unreasonable workload.


3.  Too much overtime or after hours work.


4.  A bad boss.


5.  Feeling like your job has almost no connection to your company’s strategy.


6.  Negative culture.


7.  Mediocre technology.



The survey also found that HALF of people who leave jobs say one of the reasons is because they got burned out.  And it’s much more likely to happen at big companies than smaller ones.




Jan 9

Five Random Facts For Monday



Here are some random facts for you . . .


1.  Only two football players have ever worn a triple-digit number.



A kicker at the University of Kansas named Bill Bell wore number 100 in 1969 to honor the 100th anniversary of college football . . . and a kicker at West Virginia University named Chuck Kinder wore 100 in 1963 for the state’s centennial.



2.  The “New York Times” had Elizabeth Taylor’s obituary written for so long that the guy who wrote it died SIX YEARS before she did.  The writer was a theater critic who died at age 71 in 2005 . . . Taylor died at age 79 in 2011.



3.  Hot Pockets were called Chunk Stuffers when they debuted in the 1970s.



4.  You can still buy Blockbuster stock.  It’s now a penny stock that trades under the stock symbol BLIAQ, which stands for BB Liquidating.



5.  Your eardrums rupture at 150 decibels . . . slightly louder than a jet engine going off right next to you.  Your lungs would rupture at 200 decibels . . . but it’s impossible for a sound to be louder than 194 decibels, because the air breaks down the sound waves.



(Wikipedia / Wall Street Journal / Wikipedia / Motley Fool / PopSci)

Jan 5

This Is the Busiest Week Ever For Online Dating…



The beginning of the year is always a busy time for online dating, but this year it’s ESPECIALLY busy.


According to Match.com, Tuesday was the biggest day in online dating HISTORY.  And for the rest of this week, people are going to be searching HARD for dates.

The average guy will go through 47 different women’s profiles this week . . . and the average woman will look through 38 different men’s profiles.  And they’ll send messages to at least 20 of them.

The best time to send a message is 9:00 P.M. . . . that’s when you’re most likely to catch someone’s eye and get a response.

But . . . even though people are hitting the dating sites HARD this week, no one’s actually GOING on dates.  People who match up on online dating sites right now are going to wait almost two weeks before they get together for the first time.

Monday, January 16th is the most popular date for people who meet online this week.




Dec 15

The 10 Signs of a Classy Man and Woman



Are you classy?  And I don’t mean the way a reality show contestant says “I’m classy” but then takes 15 shots and has sex under the covers while a night vision camera films them.  I mean REAL class.


Here are the 10 signs of a CLASSY MAN, according to a new survey:



1.  He’s respectful of women.


2.  He holds the door for other people.


3.  He takes pride in his appearance.


4.  He stands when a woman sits down at the table.


5.  He takes his hat off inside.


6.  He has a firm handshake.


7.  He knows when to admit he’s wrong.


8.  He owns a tailored suit.


9.  He always smells nice.


10.  He wears ironed shirts.



And here are the 10 signs of a classy woman . . .



1.  She wears subtle make-up.


2.  She ages gracefully.


3.  She has confidence.


4.  She never drinks directly from a bottle.


5.  She accepts compliments well.


6.  She only wears heels she can walk in.


7.  She always smells nice.


8.  She doesn’t downplay her intelligence.


9.  She reveals her cleavage sparingly.


10.  She wears dresses that aren’t too tight or too loose.


(Daily Mail)

Dec 13

The Golden Globe Nominations Are Out


The Golden Globe nominees were announced yesterday, and the musical “La La Land” leads with seven nominations.  That includes best acting nods for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling“Moonlight” is next with six. HBO leads all networks with 14 nominations.  FX is next with nine, mostly thanks to “The People vs. O.J. Simpson”, which is up for five awards.


“The 74th Annual Golden Globes” air Sunday, January 8th on NBC.  Jimmy Fallon is hosting it for the first time.  He also hosted the Emmy Awards back in 2010.


Here’s a complete list of the nominees . . .


Movie Awards: Drama


Best Drama:


“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”


“Manchester by the Sea”




Best Actress in a Drama:


Amy Adams, “Arrival”

Jessica Chastain, “Miss Sloane”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”



Best Actor in a Drama:



Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Joel Edgerton, “Loving”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”





Movie Awards: Comedy / Musical



Best Musical or Comedy:



“20th Century Women”

“Florence Foster Jenkins”

“La La Land”

“Sing Street”



Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy:


Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”

Lily Collins, “Rules Don’t Apply”

Hailee Steinfeld, “The Edge of Seventeen”

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”.


She’s also getting the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award.  The last time someone got it AND got nominated the same year was Sofia Loren in 1995.



Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy:


Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”

Colin Farrell, “The Lobster”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Jonah Hill, “War Dogs”





Additional Movie Awards



Best Animated Feature Film:





“Kubo and the Two Strings”

“My Life as a Zucchini”



Best Supporting Actress:


Viola Davis, “Fences”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”



Best Supporting Actor:


Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Simon Helberg, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals”



Best Director:


Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”



Best Original Song:


Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling from“Trolls”

City of Stars from “La La Land”, by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul

Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande’s Faith from the movie“Sing”

Iggy Pop and Danger Mouse’s song “Gold” from the movie“Gold”

How Far I’ll Go from “Moana”, by “Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda



Best Original Score:


Nicholas Britell, “Moonlight”

Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”

Johann Johannsson, “Arrival”

Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka, “Lion”

Hans Zimmer,Pharrell Williams, and Benjamin Wallfisch, “Hidden Figures”



Best Screenplay:


Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Taylor Sheridan, “Hell or High Water”



Best Foreign-Language Film:


“Divines” (France)

“Elle” (France)

“Neruda” (Chile)

“The Salesman” (Iran/France)

“Toni Erdmann” (Germany)





TV Awards:  Drama



Best Drama Series:


“Game of Thrones”  (HBO)

“Westworld”  (HBO)

“Stranger Things”  (Netflix)

“The Crown”  (Netflix)

“This Is Us”  (NBC)



Best Actress in a Drama:


Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Keri Russell, “The Americans”

Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things”

Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”



Best Actor in a Drama:


Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Billy Bob Thornton, “Goliath”





TV Awards:  Comedy / Musical



Best Musical or Comedy Series:


“Atlanta” (FX)

“Black-ish” (ABC)

“Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)

“Transparent” (Amazon)

“Veep” (HBO)



Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series:


Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Sarah Jessica Parker “Divorce”

Issa Rae, “Insecure”

Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”

Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”



Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series:


Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”

Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”

Donald Glover, “Atlanta”

Nick Nolte, “Graves”

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”





TV Awards: Miniseries Categories



Best Miniseries or TV Movie:


“American Crime”  (ABC)

“The Dresser”  (Starz)

“The Night Manager”  (AMC)

“The Night Of”  (HBO)

“The People vs. O.J. Simpson”  (FX)



Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie:


Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”

Riley Keough, “The Girlfriend Experience”

Sarah Paulson, “The People vs. O.J. Simpson”

Charlotte Rampling, “London Spy”

Kerry Washington, “Confirmation”



Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie:


Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”

Tom Hiddleston, “The Night Manager”

John Turturro, “The Night Of”


Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”

Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. O.J. Simpson”



Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie:


Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”


Thandie Newton, “Westworld”

Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us”

Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”

Olivia Colman, “The Night Manager”



Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie:


Sterling K. Brown, “The People vs. O.J. Simpson”


John Travolta, “The People vs. O.J. Simpson”

Hugh Laurie, “The Night Manager”

John Lithgow, “The Crown”

Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”



(For more info, hit up GoldenGlobes.com.)

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Dec 12

The Top Reasons You Aren’t Getting a Christmas Bonus [Humor]

Photo: lifeinthelostworld.com

Photo: lifeinthelostworld.com


You are the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.


Your boss is Hillary Clinton.


It was your idea to plan an entire, multi-year ad campaign around new company spokesman Prince.


They found out it was you who pulled the fire alarm because you wanted to go out to the parking lot to catch Pokémon.


You’re the Warner Brothers exec who greenlit “Suicide Squad”.


You love Michael Bolton music, and you love it LOUD.


Your boss skipped the middleman and gave it directly to your meth dealer.


Bonuses are based on performance.  And Whopper sales sag when you’re manning the cash register.


About once a week, you have a Gulf War flashback and spend the day chasing the Muslim IT guy around with a staple gun.


You always tell your boss that there’s no “I” in team.   And he says there is one in “fired.”


(WB Media)

Dec 9

The Ten Worst Gifts People Have Gotten from Coworkers



Are you buying presents for any coworkers this year?  22% of us are, according to a new survey.  And 21% are planning to buy something for their boss.

Most people who ARE buying something said they’re spending less than $25 . . . 33% will spend less than $10 . . . and 11% plan to spend $5 or less.  And here are the ten WORST Christmas presents people said they’ve gotten from a coworker . . .



1.  A jar of gravy.


2.  A coconut bra.


3.  A fake lottery ticket.  The kind that makes you THINK you won a bunch of money.


4.  Two left-handed gloves.  We’re assuming that one was a gag gift, or they weren’t paying attention when they bought them.


5.  A stuffed duck.  Not a stuffed animal, a REAL stuffed duck.


6.  Toilet paper that looked like money.


7.  A bottle of dish soap.


8.  A pen holder that looked like a dead body.


9.  A whip.


10.  Post-it Notes . . . which they probably stole from the office.



(PR Newswire)

Dec 7

Driving on Less Than Five Hours of Sleep Is as Dangerous as Driving Drunk



You’re smart enough not to drive after you’ve been drinking.  But you ALSO need to be smart enough not to drive after you stayed up until 3:45 A.M. binge watching season four of “Burn Notice”.



A new study found driving on less than five hours of sleep is just as dangerous as driving drunk.



When you’re driving on that little sleep, you’re FOUR times more likely to crash than when you’re well rested.  Driving drunk also increases your risk of a crash by roughly that same amount.



And even driving on less than seven hours of sleep still makes you twice as likely to get into an accident.



So just to make all this even scarier, 35% of people sleep less than seven hours a night, including 12% who usually sleep less than five hours . . . which means a good amount of people you’re sharing the roads with are too tired to drive safely.




Dec 6

The Seven Hottest Movie Couples of 2016


E! Online made a list of the Seven Hottest Movie Couples of 2016.

Here they are in no particular order:


1.  Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in “La La Land”.  This one is a musical that doesn’t actually open until the 16th.  It’s the third pairing of Emma and Ryan, after “Gangster Squad” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love”.



2.  Morena Baccarin and Ryan Reynolds in “Deadpool”.  This one was as FUNNY as it was sexy.



3.  Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton in “Loving”.  This is the true story of a couple who successfully defeated Virginia’s ban on interracial marriages in the 1960s.



4.  Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”.  At least this time, no homes were wrecked.



5.  Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt in “Allied”.  Too soon?



6.  Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in “The Light Between the Oceans”.  And they’ve been doing it FOR REAL since they made this movie.



7.  Margot Robbie and Jared Leto in “Suicide Squad”.  This movie probably would have been better if it was just about these two.

Dec 2

Five Tips to Save Money on Your Christmas Decorations

Photo: Hongkiat.com

Photo: Hongkiat.com


Here are five tips on how to save money on your Christmas decorations.


1.  Keep it simple.   If you’re trying to save money, you don’t need a massive Christmas tree.  Go with a smaller or artificial tree, and stick with simple ornaments and lights.



2.  Swap out incandescent lights for LEDs.  The Department of Energy estimates that a six-foot Christmas tree lit 12 hours per day for 40 days with old-fashioned lights uses about $10 worth of electricity . . . while a tree lit with LED lights for the same amount of time uses only 27 CENTS worth of electricity.



3.  Make your own decorations.  You’ll save money AND tap into your creative side.  If you aren’t sure where to begin, sign up for a workshop at a craft store.  Michaels hosts free classes where you can make ornaments, wreaths, and other decorations.



4.  Avoid impulse buying.  It’s easy to get caught up and buy too much stuff when you’re out shopping.  So make a list of exactly what you need . . . and keep the receipt in case you decide to return anything.



5.  Wait until after Christmas.  This won’t help you this year, but a lot of stores put holiday items on sale the day after Christmas.  So hit the stores on December 26th and stock up early for NEXT year.



(Philly.com / NBC-2.com)

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Dec 1

The Top 10 Baby Names For 2016



BabyCenter.com just released its lists of the most popular baby names for 2016.  So . . . um . . . if you have a kid this month, apparently they DON’T COUNT.


The top 10 girls’ names for the year are:  Sophia . . . Emma . . . Olivia . . . Ava . . . Mia . . . Isabella . . . Riley . . . Arya . . . Zoe . . . and Charlotte.  Yep, “Game of Thrones” managed to land a name in eighth place.

The top 10 boys’ names are:  Jackson . . . Aiden . . . Lucas . . . Liam . . . Noah . . . Ethan . . . Mason . . . Caden . . . Oliver . . . and Elijah.

The boys’ name that had the biggest jump this year was Mateo . . . it went from 85th last year to 55th this year.  The girls’ name with the biggest jump was Peyton . . . it went from 84th last year to 41st this year.

And finally, they also found the election influenced some baby names.  Hillary was 64% more popular . . . Donald was only 5% more popular . . . but Ivanka jumped up 39%.




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