Mar 23

Five Random Facts For Thursday




Here are some random facts for you . . .


1.  The words “highbrow” and “lowbrow” come from phrenology, which is an old pseudoscience that measured people’s intelligence by the shape of their head.  People with higher brow lines were considered more intelligent.



2.  (And speaking of lowbrow . . .)  The world’s longest penis and the world’s shortest person are roughly the same size.  The world record for longest junk is 18.9 inches . . . the world record for shortest adult is 21.5 inches.



3.  The first Super Bowl was carried by both CBS and NBC because of their TV contracts.  No other Super Bowl has been on more than one network.



4.  There’s only one country between Norway and North Korea.  Granted, that country is Russia, which is huge . . . but a small part of Norway borders a northwest corner of Russia, and North Korea borders a southeast corner.



5.  There are more public libraries in the U.S. than McDonald’s.  We’ve got approximately 16,500 public libraries and 14,000 McDonald’s.



(Wikipedia / / New York Times / RealClear / Libraries For Real Life)

Mar 20

The Seven Habits for Healthy Skin




The American Skin Association just put out a list of the seven habits you need if you want to have healthy skin the rest of your life . . .


1.  Minimize your exposure to UV light.  So wear sunscreen, and avoid tanning beds.



2.  Maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Meaning things like drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, exercising, and not smoking.



3.  See a dermatologist at least once a year.  Or more than that if you have a weird new mole or something.



4.  Pay attention to your skin, so you’ll notice any changes.  Ideally, you should check your skin every day in the shower.



5.  Use lotion to keep your skin hydrated.  Especially after you shower, because it dries your skin out.  Men are less likely to use lotion than women, but everyone should.



6.  Maintain good hygiene.  Even if you don’t shower, you should wash your face twice a day.



7.  Don’t neglect cuts and scrapes.  Use antibiotic ointment, so they don’t get infected.  And don’t pick scabs, or you’ll end up with scars.



(PR Newswire)

Mar 17

Ten Random Things, and the Age You’re Best at Them



Someone looked at a bunch of scientific studies, and came up with a list of random things, and the age when you’re BEST at them.  At least statistically.  Here are the ten we thought were interesting . . .


1.  Learning a new language.  Your ability to do it peaks when you’re around 7 or 8.


2.  Remembering people’s names . . . 22 years old.


3.  Finding someone to marry . . . 26 years old.


4.  Running a marathon . . . 28 years old.


5.  Playing chess . . . 31 years old.


6.  Remembering people’s faces . . . also 31 years old.


7.  Winning a Nobel Prize . . . 40 years old.  That’s when the average winner has done it.


8.  Making your peak salary at work . . . 39 years old for women, and 48 for men.


9.  Doing math in your head . . . believe it or not, around 50 years old.


10.  Having a strong vocabulary . . . late 60s or early 70s.  There’s a bit of a decline after that.



And in general, our happiness level peaks at 23, and again at 69.



(Business Insider)

Mar 16

Are These the 16 Greatest Pop Culture Trios?




“Entertainment Weekly” posted a list of “16 Great Pop Culture Trios.”  It’s unclear whether or not they’re ranked . . . but they ARE numbered, so let’s go ahead and assume they’re in this order for a reason.

They didn’t say much about the list, other than that the trios were taken from “movies and TV,” so that’s why the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria didn’t make the list.  But it doesn’t explain the absence of Snap, Crackle, and Pop.  (???) 



Here’s the list:



1.  Jack, Janet, and Chrissy from “Three’s Company”


2.  Buffy, Willow, and Xander from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”


3.  Harry, Ron, and Hermione from “Harry Potter”


4.  Luke, Leia, and Han from “Star Wars”


5.  Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, and Kate Jackson from “Charlie’s Angels”


6.  Curly, Larry, and Moe from “The Three Stooges” 


(No love for Shemp?  Hey, he was no Curly, but he could Stooge like a mofo in his own way!)


7.  Kirk, Spock, and McCoy from “Star Trek”


8.  Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short from “Three Amigos”


9.  Lizzie, Gordo, and Miranda from “Lizzie McGuire”


10.  Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup from “The Powerpuff Girls”


11.  Sam, Neal, and Bill from “Freaks and Geeks”


12.  Judy, Violet, and Doralee from “9 to 5″


13.  Cory, Shawn, and Topanga from “Boy Meets World”


14.  Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”


15.  The Sanderson Sisters from “Hocus Pocus”


16.  Annie, Brenda, and Elise from “The First Wives Club”

Mar 15

Five Random Facts For Wednesday



Here are some random facts for you . . .



1.  Sloths are famous for being slow and lazy . . . but they’re super fast when it comes to sex.  It only lasts about six seconds.



2.  Cheerios were called CheeriOats when they debuted in 1941.  The name was changed in 1945.



3.  The most common name for counties in the United States is Washington County, with 31.  Jefferson County is second, with 26.



4.  The Russian delegation showed up 12 days late to the 1908 Olympics in London, because they were still using the old Julian calendar . . . and didn’t realize the rest of the world had switched to the Gregorian calendar.



5.  Neil deGrasse Tyson is now one of the most famous astrophysicists in the world.  Turns out he’s also a fantastic DANCER . . . and won a gold medal at a dance meet in 1985 doing Latin ballroom for the University of Texas dance team.



(Animal Facts / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Sports Illustrated / Wikipedia)

Mar 13

What Are Our Favorite and Least Favorite Fast Food Chains?



If there’s ONE thing that the world can take Americans’ word on, it’s fast food.  Also which football is the REAL football.  But for today, we’re focusing on the fast food thing.


A new study found our favorite and least favorite fast food chains.  Here are the results . . .



1.  Favorite burger chain:  In-N-Out Burger.  The runners-up are Culver’s . . . Five Guys . . . and Smashburger.  And our least favorite burger chains are McDonald’s . . . Burger King . . . and Carl’s Jr.



2.  Favorite Mexican chain:  Chipotle, health code issues be DAMNED, I guess.  The runners-up are Moe’s Southwest Grill and El Pollo Loco.  And our least favorite are Del Taco . . . Taco John’s . . . and Taco Bell.



3.  Favorite pizza chain:  Marco’s Pizza.  The runner-up was Papa Murphy’s.  And our least favorite are Pizza Hut . . . Little Caesars . . . and Cici’s Pizza.



4.  Favorite chicken chain:  Chick-fil-A.  The runners-up are Raising Cane’s and El Pollo Loco.  And our least favorite are Popeyes . . . Church’s Chicken . . . and KFC.



5.  Favorite sandwich chain:  Firehouse Subs.  The runners-up are Panera Bread . . . McAlister’s Deli . . . and Jersey Mike’s.  And our least favorite are Jimmy John’s . . . Subway . . . and Arby’s.




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Mar 10

Five Random Facts For Friday



Here are some random facts for you . . .



1.  Bill Nye “The Science Guy” doesn’t have any degrees in any of the traditional science fields . . . he graduated from Cornell University in 1977 with a degree in mechanical engineering.



2.  Mangos were so popular in the ’60s and ’70s in communist China that when a guy compared them to sweet potatoes, he was put on trial for malicious slander and EXECUTED.



3.  Hostess made potato chips with orange, cherry, and grape flavors in the 1970s.  They failed miserably.



4.  Superman lives in Metropolis, which everyone assumes is New York City.  But according to a former DC Comics editor, it’s actually in . . . Delaware.



5.  “Jurassic Park” is 127 minutes long.  But the dinosaurs are only on screen for a total of 15 minutes.



(Wikipedia / The Telegraph / AV Club / DC Wikia / Moviefone)

Mar 9

The Average Woman Spends $8 a Day on Her Face



Women still only make about 80 cents on the dollar compared to men.  And they also have to absorb THIS extra expense.


Researchers recently talked to more than 3,000 women in the U.S., and found the average woman spends $8 a day just on her FACE . . . $5 worth of skincare products, and $3 worth of make-up.



If you do your face up seven days a week, that’s just over $2,900 a year.



Women in New York, Connecticut, and West Virginia spend the most, at $11 a day.  Women in Montana spend the least at $3.50.  Then it’s Utah at $4.50, and Colorado, New Mexico, and Maine at $5 a day.  (See the top ten and bottom ten here.)



They also found women spend 10 minutes on their face each morning, and use 16 different products.  One-third said they wouldn’t leave the house if they couldn’t wear foundation.



Women in California do their face the fastest, at 3 minutes.  Women in New York are the slowest, at 21 minutes.  Then it takes an average of 7 minutes to wash it all off and moisturize at night.



Women in Delaware spend the most on lipstick at $30 a year.  Women in South Carolina spend the most on foundation with $45 a year.  And women in Alaska spend the most on moisturizer . . . $47 a year.



(Huffington Post)

Mar 7

Do You Put Ice in Orange Juice, Milk, Beer, or Wine?



There’s nothing that sucks the classiness out of a glass of wine like plunking a few ice cubes in it.  ESPECIALLY red wine.



A new survey asked people if they put ice in different drinks that most people normally wouldn’t.  Here are the results . . .



1.  Orange juice, 18% use ice.


2.  White wine, 15%.


3.  Beer, 6%.


4.  Milk, 5%.


5.  Red wine, 5%.



For more traditional iced drinks, 86% put ice in soda . . . 73% put it in water . . . 29% prefer iced coffee to hot . . . and 26% drink iced tea over hot tea.




Mar 3

The Ten Most American Car Companies



What’s the most “American” car you can own?  According to a new study, it’s not a Chevy or a Ford . . . it’s a TESLA.  They’re the only company that assembled all of their cars in the U.S. last year.


Here are the ten most American car brands . . .



1.  Tesla.  100% of their cars sold in the U.S. were assembled here.


2.  Jeep, 89% were assembled in the U.S.


3.  Cadillac, 86%.


4.  Dodge, 83%.


5.  General Motors, 80%.


6.  Acura.  It’s a Japanese company, but 71% of the cars sold in the U.S. were assembled here.


7.  Chevrolet, 70%.


8.  Ford, 64%.


9.  Toyota, 61%.


10.  Buick, 60%.  Ten car companies assembled ZERO percent of their cars in the U.S. last year:  Jaguar, Mazda, Porsche, Audi, Mitsubishi, Land Rover, Smart Car, Fiat, Scion, and Mini Cooper.




Mar 1

Six Science-Backed Tricks for Job Interviews



We’ve got six job interview tricks for you that are all backed by science.  And most of them seem like they’d probably work on a first date too . . .


1.  Visualize a good interview.  Studies have shown that athletes do better when they visualize themselves doing well.  And it works with interviews too.



2.  Stop saying you’re “nervous” beforehand, and start saying you’re “excited.”  Anxiety and excitement are similar emotions.  If you tell yourself out loud that you’re “excited” instead of “nervous,” it actually calms you down.



3.  Have a ritual before each interview.  It can be something small, like listening to the same song before you go in.  Studies have shown that rituals can reduce your heart rate, help you concentrate, and make you feel more in control.



4.  Start with small talk.  Like the weather, or how crazy traffic was on your way over.  Studies have found you’re more likely to get a job if you start out with some meaningless chitchat, because it builds trust.



5.  Get ready to brag.  Studies have found women tend to be more reluctant to do it than men.  One trick is to pretend you’re bragging about a friend instead of yourself.



6.  Don’t over-rehearse for it.  You’ll sound scripted if you do.  Plus, making a mistake isn’t always a bad thing.  There’s something called the “pratfall effect,” where you actually seem MORE likeable if you make a mistake or trip over a word.