Mar 23

Five Random Facts For Thursday

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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 / News.com.au / New York Times / RealClear / Libraries For Real Life)

Mar 20

The Seven Habits for Healthy Skin

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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

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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?

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“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

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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 10

Five Random Facts For Friday

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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

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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?

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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.

 

 

(Buzzfeed)

Mar 3

The Ten Most American Car Companies

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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.

 

 

(Time)

Mar 1

Six Science-Backed Tricks for Job Interviews

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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.

 

 

(Glamour)

Feb 23

The Four Ways We Avoid Touching Stuff in Public Bathrooms

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The goal when you use a public bathroom is to touch as few things as possible.  And someone recently polled people to find out exactly how we do it.  Here are our top four strategies . . .

 

1.  Open and close the door with your butt, so you don’t touch the handle.  35% of women and 27% of men do it.  45% of people said they use a paper towel.

 

 

2.  “Hover” above the toilet seat.  52% of women do it, which isn’t that surprising.  25% of MEN also do it, which IS kind of surprising.  (Do a solid percentage of men pee sitting down?  Or is that just how some bathroom stalls get SO gross?)

 

 

3.  Flush the toilet with your foot.  53% of women do it, and 41% of guys do.  35% of men and women said they push it with their hand, but use toilet paper or paper towels to act as a buffer.

 

 

4.  Use a paper towel to use the faucet.  39% of women and 31% of men do it.

 

 

Also, about 70% of people said they use bathrooms at specific businesses, because they know they’ll be cleaner.

 

 

And the top six things that annoy us in public restrooms are when there’s no toilet paper . . . when the toilet is clogged or hasn’t been flushed . . . when the latch on the stall door doesn’t work . . . when it smells gross in there . . . when the overall appearance is gross . . . and when there aren’t any paper towels.

 

 

(PR Newswire)

Feb 17

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

 

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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.

 

 

(Brides.com)

Feb 16

The Six Most Common Weight Loss Mistakes

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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?

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“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

 

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Feb 10

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

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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

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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

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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.

 

 

(Influenster

 

Feb 3

Five Random Facts For Friday

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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

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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.

 

 

(Oprah.com)

Jan 31

Five Stats About Our Coffee-Drinking Habits

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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.

 

(Buzzfeed)

Jan 30

Five Random Facts For Monday

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

 

(Thrillist)

 

 

Jan 23

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

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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.

 

 

(Health)

Jan 17

Four Weird Things That Can Make You Fail a Drug Test

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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 11

Which Girl Scout Cookie Is the Best?

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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.

 

 

(Buzzfeed)

Jan 10

The Top Seven Things That Burn Us Out at Work

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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.

 

 

(BusinessWire)

Jan 9

Five Random Facts For Monday

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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)

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