Here's some random Thanksgiving trivia for you . . . arm yourself, and bust it out when there's a lull in dinner conversation and a debate about gay marriage is about to break out.
1. This is the 150th anniversary of Thanksgiving. Yes, the FIRST Thanksgiving happened in 1621 . . . 392 years ago. But Thanksgiving wasn't OFFICIALLY an American holiday until President Lincoln made it one in 1863.
2. Thanksgiving is on Thursday because . . . that day seemed like it was the most wide open. There's no real significance to Thursday, people just didn't have much going on.
3. The woman who pushed Thanksgiving from an informal tradition into a holiday was Sarah Hale from New Hampshire. She was an author . . . who also wrote "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Yes, one woman is responsible for both.
4. Did you know turkeys CAN'T HAVE SEX? Today's turkeys have been bred for meat, so they're TOO FAT TO HUMP . . . and now they're all artificially inseminated.
5. To date, there have officially been FOUR DEATHS and 64 INJURIES during Black Friday sales. There's a website called BlackFridayDeathCount.com that will update those numbers in real time this year. (MNN / The Wire)
Thanksgiving is here! Families across the country will come together this Thursday to enjoy turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Most historical accounts say the first Thanksgiving took place in 1621 in the Plymouth colony of current-day Massachusetts. It wasn’t until 1863 that President Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day nationwide. In October of 1941, Congress voted to make it official. Of course, for most of us it’s all about the food. Each year, Americans eat 690 million pounds of turkey and 50 million pumpkin pies, racking up about 4,500 calories for the typical Thanksgiving meal.
Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, officially begins Wednesday at sundown. The holiday commemorates when the Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Holy Temple in the 2nd century BC. Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah by lighting one candle on the menorah each night for eight consecutive nights. The menorah actually has nine candles; one remains lit each night to provide light. Gifts are exchanged on each night of Hanukkah, and many families prepare special dishes cooked in oil like potato pancakes (latkes) and doughnuts. The cooking oil signifies the small flask of oil that kept the flame in the Holy Temple lit for eight days- the miracle of Hanukkah. If you’d like to wish someone a happy Hanukkah, try saying “good yontif,” which means “happy holidays” in Yiddish. The last time Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlapped was in 1888, and it won’t happen again for an estimated nearly 80,000 years. So enjoy it while you can!
Use the Misery Map to See What Delays You Might Be Facing at the Airport
If you're braving the masses and FLYING this weekend, here's a good website for you.
It's called the Misery Map, and it shows real-time updates on the delays and cancelations at airports around the country, and which routes are having the most recurring problems. You can see it at www.FlightAware.com/MiseryMap.
If your spoiled kid doesn't get the exact toy they want this Christmas, don't worry. A new survey found there are ELEVEN other occasions when parents give presents to their kids. Check 'em out . . .
1. Easter, 51% of parents give presents.
2. For winning an award, 28%. (Does that epitomize what's wrong with our attitude towards kids these days, or what? They receive recognition for doing something . . . then get recognition for receiving that recognition? Discuss.)
3. For being good, 28%.
4. The birth of a sibling, 16%.
5. Their sibling's birthday, 14%.
6. Halloween, 14%.
7. Getting over an illness, 8%.
8. Their day of confirmation, 8%.
9. Braving shots at the doctor's office, or a trip to the dentist, 7%.
10. Mom or dad's birthday, 6%.
11. Valentine's Day, 5%. (FemaleFirst)
There's a waitress named Dayna Morales at a restaurant called Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, New Jersey. And earlier this month, she posted a photo of a receipt on Facebook.
It showed that a family had given her NO TIP on a $93.55 bill . . . along with the message, quote, "I'm sorry, but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle." Dayna is a lesbian and has a short haircut. On cue, the Internet was OUTRAGED.
Except that the family accused of not tipping went to New York's NBC affiliate, and showed them the REAL receipt . . . where they DID tip $18. They even showed a credit card statement showing the $111.55 charge.
That's pretty damning evidence that the anti-gay receipt was FAKE . . . so who faked it? The restaurant says it's investigating, and Dayna told reporters, quote, "I don't know, all I know is what I've been saying."
Ever since the receipt circulated, people from all over the world have been sending Dayna money. So there's that. But she's a former Marine, and says she's giving part of the money to the Wounded Warrior Project. (NBC 4 - New York)
When your pet runs away, you can always hold out hope that he's alive . . . but the longer it goes, the less likely it is that you'll ever see him again. That being said . . . let this story help you eternally maintain blind faith.
Two years ago, a man named Cree Cantrell in Biloxi, Mississippi lost his cat, Jacque. Cree waited for the call that someone had found Jacque, but it never came.
Then, after TWO YEARS, he got a phone call that Jacque had turned up . . . in DENVER, COLORADO. Biloxi and Denver are about 1,300 miles apart. No one has ANY IDEA how Jacque made that trip.
But a vet in Colorado had Jacque, scanned the microchip Cree had implanted under his skin, and Cree's information came up. Now they've been reunited.
Cree says he'd never planned on getting Jacque microchipped, but when he took Jacque in to the Humane Society to get him neutered, they recommended it.
According to the Humane Society of South Mississippi, your chances of being reunited with a lost pet jump to over 50% if you have the pet microchipped. (ABC 13 - Biloxi)
For some of us, tomorrow will be the most UNHEALTHY day of the whole year. But at least there's cranberry sauce to balance it out. Here are three surprising health benefits of cranberries you might not have known about.
1. They prevent urinary tract infections. Cranberries have chemicals that prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract. And UTIs are the second most common type of infection there is, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
2. They protect against stomach and intestinal ulcers. The same chemicals that prevent bacteria from settling in the urinary tract can also work against the H. pylori bacteria in your stomach and small intestine. And that'll help prevent peptic ulcers.
3. They fight disease and aging. Cranberries are high in flavonoids and phenolic acids, both of which prevent oxidation and keep cells healthy in the body. And that slows the aging process, and fights the progress of chronic diseases. (LiveScience.com)
As part of its Sexiest Man Alive coverage, "People" magazine figured out there's a hot male celebrity from each state, and listed all 50. Although a few times, they might've stretched the definition of 'sexy.' Here's the list:
Alabama: Channing Tatum
Alaska: Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat
Arizona: Dierks Bentley
Arkansas: Wes Bentley
California: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Colorado: Don Cheadle
Connecticut: Dylan McDermott
Delaware: Ryan Phillippe
Florida: Enrique Iglesias
Hawaii: Jason Momoa
Idaho: Aaron Paul
Illinois: John Cusack
Indiana: Adam Lambert
Idaho: Ashton Kutcher
Kansas: Paul Rudd
Kentucky: Josh Hutcherson
Louisiana: Ian Somerhalder
Maine: Patrick Dempsey
Maryland: Edward Norton
Massachusetts: John Slattery from "Mad Men"
Michigan: Tom Brady
Minnesota: Garrett Hedlund
Mississippi: Lance Bass
Missouri: Jon Hamm
Montana: Patrick Duffy
Nebraska: Actor Bryan Greenberg
New Hampshire: Seth Meyers
New Jersey: Jon Stewart
New Mexico: Neil Patrick Harris
New York: Robert Downey Jr.
New Mexico: "Dexter" star Michael C. Hall
North Dakota: Kellan Lutz
Ohio: Justin Chambers from "Grey's Anatomy"
Oklahoma: Blake Shelton
Oregon: Eric Christian Olsen
Pennsylvania: Bradley Cooper
Rhode Island: Charlie Day
South Carolina: Aziz Ansari
South Dakota: Tom Brokaw
Tennessee: Chord Overstreet
Texas: Matt Bomer
Utah: Brandon Flowers from the Killers
Vermont: Tim Daly
Virginia: Trey Songz
Washington: Apolo Anton Ohno
West Virginia: Brad Paisley
Wisonsin: Mark Ruffalo
Wyoming: Harrison Ford . . . He's not from Wyoming, but he's called it home for years now.
Sure, you'll spend big money on a few people this Christmas . . . but aren't there a few people you DON'T want to drop cash on? Like the cousin you don't really talk to anymore, or the guy you pulled in the office Secret Santa?
Here are six cheap, easy Christmas present ideas, just in case . . .
1. Put some cookie mix in a jar. Take a mason jar, layer the ingredients inside to make cookies, put a ribbon on it, and attach the baking instructions.
2. Fold some $1 bills into origami shapes. Then, if you give someone $10, it looks way cooler than just a $10 bill or a check.
3. Make a big batch of homemade cookies. No one can be totally disappointed by a ton of cookies.
4. Buy a bunch of lottery scratchers.
5. Burn a CD mix. Older relatives and coworkers might still appreciate CD mixes, and it shows that you put some thought into it. For someone younger, you can put it in a thumb drive.
6. Make a photo collage from their Instagram photos, or other photos they like. You can do it online, and have them printed cheaply at a Walgreens. Photo printing costs have gone way down since there's no real demand anymore. (Reddit)
Wintry weather across the country was threatening to snarl Thanksgiving travel plans for many Americans. The worst weather is expected tomorrow, the busiest travel day of the year.
Flights could be delayed in New York, Boston, Washington and Baltimore. Storms have already claimed at least 13 lives in the West, including a 4-year-old girl who died in a car crash in New Mexico, and dumped up to a foot of snow on the mountains of Utah and Colorado.
The system was moving across the South and is expected to bring ice to Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and parts of the Carolinas before heading Northeast. High winds may even ground balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Should bartenders discriminate against SANTA CLAUS?
According to a report, the New York Police Department has asked bar owners NOT to serve people dressed as Santa . . . specifically the Santas who attend those gatherings and bar crawls around the country called SantaCon.
Basically, the NYPD has noticed that when Santas get HAMMERED in costume, they tend to stand out.
As the head of a midtown Manhattan neighborhood association put it, quote, "What do you tell a five-year-old when they see Santa passed out on the street, vomiting or defecating in front of the house?"
There'll be SantaCons in more than 300 cities around the world this December. There's no word if other cities are asking bars to keep the booze away from Santa.
(Dayton Daily News)
Here's an interesting fact you can drop during Thanksgiving dinner . . . maybe to distract your family from asking annoying, invasive, personal questions?
About 100 years ago, kids didn't go trick-or-treating on Halloween . . . they did it on THANKSGIVING.
It was called "Thanksgiving masking." Kids would dress up as BEGGARS and HOBOS, wear masks, and go door-to-door for candy and pennies.
No one's exactly sure when it ended, but it lasted in some areas through the 1920s. (MNN)
Earlier this year, a boxer puppy named Duncan was born in the Seattle area with deformed back legs. There was no way to fix it, so when he was 12 weeks old, both of his back legs were amputated.
Duncan's owners have a custom WHEELCHAIR for him . . . but it seems that he doesn't need it. Because in the month that's passed since his surgery, he's learned to run on JUST his two front legs.
Now, he runs around on his two legs . . . going just as fast as a dog with all four legs.
A woman named Amanda Giese adopted him. She says people protested her having his legs removed . . . and told her she should just PUT HIM DOWN. Instead, she went through with the surgery . . . and now Duncan will live a long, full life.
Amanda says, quote, "Duncan is my hero . . . he doesn't let his unique differences slow him down and he doesn't know he is any different." (NBC 5 - Seattle)
Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake Were Big Winners at the "AMAs"
The "American Music Awards" went down last night, and as usual, they were pretty much the anti-"VMAs". They were so tame even MILEY CYRUS failed to shock when she closed the show with "Wrecking Ball". Her outfit was skimpy, but all she did was stand in one place in front of a giant video image of a kitten that was mouthing the words to the song. Meanwhile, some overly-sensitive people are calling KATY PERRY'S performance racist, because she dressed like a geisha . . . and LADY GAGA performed with R. KELLY. TAYLOR SWIFT was among the big winners. She took home trophies for Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Album, Favorite Pop / Rock Artist and Favorite Female Country Artist. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE took home three awards: Favorite Pop / Rock Male, Favorite Soul / R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul / R&B Album.
The American Music Awards Winners
Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
New Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande
Single of the Year: "Cruise", Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly
Pop / Rock:
Favorite Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Male Artist: Justin Timberlake
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: One Direction
Favorite Album: "Take Me Home", One Direction
Soul / R & B:
Favorite Female Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Male Artist: Justin Timberlake
Favorite Album: "The 20/20 Experience", Justin Timberlake
Rap / Hip-Hop:
Favorite Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite Album: "The Heist", Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite Female Artist: Taylor Swift . . . This is Taylor's FIFTH year in a row winning this one.
Favorite Male Artist: Luke Bryan . . . He won this last year, too.
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum . . . This is their FOURTH straight win in this category.
Favorite Album: "Red", Taylor Swift
Favorite Artist - (Adult/Contemporary): Maroon 5
Favorite Artist - (Alternative Rock): Imagine Dragons
Favorite Artist - (Contemporary Inspirational): Matthew West
Favorite Artist - (Latin Music): Marc Anthony
Favorite Artist - (Electronic Dance Music): Avicii
Top Soundtrack: "Pitch Perfect"
Every company has at least one strange rule or policy. And while you're not quite sure where the rule came from . . . you SUSPECT it's because someone was dumb enough to do it in the first place.
Here are 10 of the most ridiculous REAL workplace rules . . .
1. At a restaurant: "Don't mop the floor of the walk-in freezer."
2. At a gym: "No Scooters on the treadmills."
3. At a pet store: "Do not lick the reptiles."
4. At a medical school: "Do not steal the penises from the cadavers."
5. At a retail store: "Don't jump on the customers."
6. At a Best Buy: "No uploading pictures of your genitals on the computers."
7. At Ikea: "Toilets presented here are for decoration only."
8. At an office: "No bringing Tupperware to corporate events to load up with food to take home."
9. At a retail store: "If you must have sex in the parking lot, please take off your vest and nametag first."
10. At a shoe store: "The foot measuring tool is for measuring feet only." (Reddit)
If your culinary skills are lacking, the approaching Thanksgiving holiday may be stressing you out. So here’s something to be thankful for: you can actually save a few bucks this year by getting take-out or having your meal at a restaurant. An average price breakdown of several Thanksgiving options revealed that making the whole spread from scratch is the most expensive option, at more than $100 for a group of eight guests.
On the other hand, you can get take-out from a chain for between $10 and $11 a person, or get all the fixings from a grocery store chain for a similar price. Another option is to eat out, which at some low-cost chains can set you back as little as $9 per adult and $5 per child. Bonus: no clean-up! If you simply must cook, consider purchasing a pre-cooked turkey and the side dishes that cost the most to make from scratch (like pumpkin pie, which is about 10 bucks cheaper to buy than bake), then prepare everything else yourself.
When a toy becomes the "it" Christmas gift, it becomes a PHENOMENON. And this year's big Christmas toy is . . . nothing.
Gerrick Johnson is a toy industry analyst with BMO Capital Markets. He says, quote, "There are no hot toys this year . . . we don't have a Tickle Me Elmo or a Cabbage Patch Kid . . . nothing that's approaching phenomenon status."
So instead of something hot and new, kids are gravitating toward the classics. The most popular toy on girls' Christmas lists is BARBIE . . . and the most popular toy on boys' Christmas lists is LEGOS.
There are three main reasons there's no big toy this year. One, toy companies are taking fewer risks, and just relying on things they know will work consistently . . . that includes retro toys, superheroes, dolls, and slight twists on popular toy lines.
Two, there wasn't a huge hit movie with younger kids this year, like "The Avengers" last year. And three, kids are gravitating toward really expensive electronics, like iPads or the new PlayStation and Xbox, which parents probably WON'T buy them. (Washington Post)
Bad news if you have a date tonight . . . there's a good chance you're going to get STOOD UP.
According to a new study by Match.com, you're FOUR TIMES more likely to be stood up on a Monday than a weekend night. Saturday nights are the best nights for dates, Fridays are second best . . . and Mondays are the worst.
Here are the top six reasons people cancel dates . . .
1. Being sick.
2. Needing to hit the gym after going out too much over the weekend.
4. Being too tired.
5. Not being able to afford it.
6. Getting asked out by someone else, who seemed like a better option. (Daily Mail)
There's a six-year-old in Bridgewater, Massachusetts named Danny Keefe, who had a brain hemorrhage when he was born. And as a result he has a serious speech impediment.
But he's overcome that to become a successful student and the water boy for the fifth grade football team. He's also got the BEST STYLE of any first grader in the country . . . he wears a SUIT and TIE to school every day.
Unfortunately, because of his speech impediment and because kids just don't get his fashion sense, Danny has been bullied and picked on.
So when the guys on the football team found out about it, they all wore their OWN coats and ties to school to support Danny. They called it Danny Appreciation Day . . . and Danny called it the, quote, "best day ever." (Huffington Post)
We think of Thanksgiving as a fattening, once-a-year indulgence. But actually, there are a bunch of Thanksgiving foods that are GOOD for you. Here are the four best . . .
1. Turkey. Turkey is one of the healthiest meats, and it's almost totally fat free. It's also a great source of protein. You can prepare it in a low sodium chicken broth if you want to avoid a lot of salt.
2. Cranberries. People usually only eat them once a year, but cranberries are one of those healthy super-foods. They have a bunch of antioxidants and nutrients, so they help prevent ulcers and infections. They're also loaded with vitamins. Consider preparing them with applesauce as a sweetener, instead of sugar.
3. Sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and minerals, so they're better for you than regular mashed potatoes.
4. Apple pie. Apples are full of vitamins and fiber, so that's a score. But apple pies usually contain a bunch of spices that are filled with health benefits. And if you make it with a wheat crust, it's even better for you. Just don't add whipped cream or ice cream. (Fit Day) (Live Science)
I guess the only thing better than gorging yourself for a night is gorging yourself for an entire WEEK. Because according to a new poll, 65% of us are more excited about Thanksgiving LEFTOVERS than we are about Thanksgiving DINNER.
And as far as the individual foods go, TURKEY is still what people look forward to the most. Here are the top six dishes people are most pumped about wolfing down.
1. Turkey, with 40% of the vote. When you break it down by sex, 46% of men said turkey, compared to 35% of women.
2. Stuffing, 21%.
3. Pumpkin pie, 13%.
4. Mashed potatoes, 9%.
5. Sweet potatoes, 7%.
6. Cranberry sauce, 4%. (And 7% said "other.")
I don't understand people who line up for 24 hours outside a store to get in first on Black Friday. You're willing to freeze and fight just to save a few bucks on a TV? So I REALLY don't understand THESE people.
Yes, there are people who are ALREADY lined up for Black Friday.
Reports have come in from TWO different Best Buys in northeast Ohio . . . where it's really cold right now, by the way . . . of people camping out to be the first ones inside next week.
It's clear no one has pointed out to them that if they just got temp jobs for the week, they could make more than enough money to pay full price for whatever they're going to buy, have some left over, AND sleep in their warm beds.
That being said . . . it does seem like there's more to their camping than just trying to be the first ones to get deals.
Reporters interviewed some people outside the Best Buy in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and a few people told them it wasn't about the shopping . . . it was about the adventure of camping out or the camaraderie with the other campers. (USA Today)
What's something you wish you could experience again for the first time? OTHER than that . . . we know your perverted mind went straight to the awkward experience of losing your virginity. But we want you to be less obvious.
Here are our seven favorite answers to the question . . .
1. The whole, "Hey, I really like you" stage before a relationship gets serious.
2. When you graduate from high school and truly and optimistically believe you can take on the world, and do anything you want.
3. Christmas morning as a child.
4. Holding your child for the first time.
5. The first time you were with a naked woman . . . the feeling of, "Yes, I did it . . . I got someone to make the huge mistake of taking their clothes off for me."
6. Reading your favorite books . . . there's nothing like a big twist the first time.
7. The first day at work, when everything was new, exciting, and different. Instead of showing up every morning and feeling dead inside. (Reddit)
If you'd just stop treating your hair like it's spun from gold and start going to SUPERCUTS, you wouldn't just save a ton of MONEY . . . you'd also save a ton of TIME. Time you'll wish you had when you're on your deathbed.
A new survey found the average woman spends 37 FULL DAYS of her lifetime sitting at the hairdresser.
The average woman spends 14 hours a year at the salon. Over your adult life . . . which would be ages 18 to 81, based on average U.S. life expectancy . . . that adds up to just under 37 full days.
The average cut and blow dry takes about 45 minutes . . . the average coloring takes two-and-a-half hours.
This guy's kids must be BLIND WITH RAGE.
Leon Sheppard Sr. of Cordova, Tennessee just passed away at age 79. He was the president of the local Food and Commercial Workers union.
And instead of leaving his 4,200-square-foot MANSION and his $250,000 in savings to his five kids . . . he left ALL OF IT to his TWO CATS.
According to his neighbors, Leon LOVED his cats, Frisco and Jake . . . and apparently he loved them more than his kids.
His will states that all the money should go to the cats, and maintaining the house for them to live in. He says that after Frisco dies, his kids will take possession of the house and can move Jake out. They'll also get whatever money is leftover.
Attorneys say the will is totally legal . . . you CAN leave a trust for your pets. When reporters tried to speak with Leon's family, they said they didn't want to talk about it. (NBC 5 - Memphis)
An animal shelter in Philadelphia recently took in two eight-month-old pit bull brothers named Jeffrey and Jermaine, and quickly realized Jeffrey was BLIND. But he got around okay, because Jermaine has learned to act as his SEEING-EYE dog.
Basically, Jeffrey walks behind Jermaine with his head resting on his back, and Jermaine just goes about his business. But when they're separated, they freak out.
So the shelter realized they had to find someone willing to adopt BOTH dogs, which is normally pretty tough, especially when one has special needs. So last week, they posted a photo of the two dogs sleeping together, with their ARMS around each other.
And the photo was so touching, that in two days, Jeffrey and Jermaine's adoption page got over THREE MILLION hits . . . with people from all over the WORLD trying to adopt them.
The shelter stopped accepting applications on Tuesday, because so many people had applied. Now they're sifting through candidates to find the best match. But they want to remind people that there are a lot of OTHER dogs out there who still need a home.
(MNN.com / Philly.com)
If you're bringing someone home for Thanksgiving for the first time, things can get awkward FAST. Here are six tips for how to get through it as painlessly as possible . . .
1. Communicate. Tell your boyfriend or girlfriend ahead of time how everyone your family is going to react. Like, if you KNOW your grandfather is going to say something inappropriate, it'll make it less awkward if they know that going in.
2. Discuss Any Topics That Are Off-Limits. Obviously it's good to avoid politics and religion. But if there are any other hot-button issues, let them know BEFORE they put their foot in their mouth.
3. Get on the Same Page. Especially with your "how we met" story. If you told your mom you met at a museum when you really met at a bar, your date should know.
4. Bring Something. If you're not cooking dinner, bring a bottle of wine or a dessert. It'll give your family something to focus on, and it'll help break the ice.
5. Don't Apologize. Don't apologize to your date about your crazy family, or to your family for your date. They're part of you, and everyone should respect that.
6. Relax. Spending holidays with each other's families can be stressful, so the best thing both of you can do is relax. If you're nervous, you're just going to make everyone ELSE nervous, and that's when things get REALLY awkward. (Link4Love)
If you like your coworkers, make sure you get in some quality time with them at the Christmas party. Because if they get their wish . . . they'll ALL be working somewhere else next year.
According to a new survey, 92% of Americans say they want to get a new job next year. That's an INSANE amount. Only 5% of people plan on being at their current job one year from now.
83% of people are going to work HARD at finding a new job. 9% are going to look around a little and do some networking, hoping something better pops up. And 3% won't actively look, but will update their resume just in case.
The researchers say, quote, "These numbers should signal a wake-up call for top management . . . employers must act now to engage top talent and prevent them from leaving for the competition." (Marketwatch)
A lot of us only associate Thanksgiving with shoveling down food . . . or starting Black Friday before we've even HAD Thanksgiving. But don't forget about the whole "being thankful" part.
A recent survey asked people what they're most thankful for at WORK. Here are the top six responses.
1. Friendly coworkers, which got 24% of the vote.
2. Good benefits, 20%.
3. An easy commute, 16%.
4. Being challenged, 15%.
5. Having a good boss, 11%.
6. Being able to work flexible hours, 3%. (And 11% picked "other.")
However, the survey also found that once you hit your mid-30s, GOOD BENEFITS become more important than anything else.
There's a fine line between being a BAD HOST and having guests that are TOO DEMANDING. But for the sake of simplicity, let's just say it falls on the host to make sure guests are happy.
A new survey came up with the top 11 things guests find annoying when they visit your home. Check 'em out . . .
1. When the host is TEXTING instead of talking to them.
2. Not enough toilet paper.
3. When the host engages in public displays of affection.
4. Being left alone for too long.
5. Not being offered a drink.
6. Getting stuck outside in the cold with no one answering the door.
7. Fighting off pets.
8. Not being introduced to strangers.
9. When it's too hot or too cold.
10. Being told to take off their shoes.
11. Being forced to play a board game. (Daily Mail)
Anyone can rant about the stuff that makes them angry . . . there's no ART to that. So today we're gonna try to turn your blind rage into poetry.
We want to know what makes you angrier than anything else, IN EXACTLY FIVE WORDS . . . no more, no less. Here are 10 of the best examples we've heard . . .
1. Arguing with the willfully ignorant.
2. Borrowers who break your belongings.
3. Supermarket 15 items lane abuse.
4. "Why don't you calm down?"
5. Click your pen again, jackass.
6. People always on their phone.
7. A false sense of entitlement.
8. "How's the job search going?"
9. People who spoil the ending.
10. Hashtags in front of everything. (Reddit)
Here's a reason to fight the horrible, unwashed masses and actually shop in STORES this year, instead of online. A new study found Christmas shopping is a surprisingly good workout.
The average person will burn about 1,500 calories over the next month by Christmas shopping. And that only counts the calories you burn from walking . . . NOT the extra ones you'll burn throwing elbows on Black Friday. (Daily Mail)
More Than Half of Us Will Buy Ourselves Gifts This Year . . . and We'll Probably Lie About It
It's okay to get YOURSELF something this year when you're Christmas shopping . . . or a LOT of things. Everyone's doing it.
A new survey found the majority of people will buy themselves gifts this year, and will spend an average of $130.
Men are 150% more likely than women to LIE about buying a gift for themselves . . . and to claim someone else bought it for them. (4-Traders)
A 10-year-old north Texas girl named Jordyn Self accidentally found her Christmas present recently . . . which is a collectable American Girl doll called "Saige." And what she decided to do with it is pretty incredible for a young kid.
Jordyn's elementary school had been sending care-packages to troops overseas. But donations were running low, and Jordyn knew the doll was expensive.
So she asked her mom to RETURN it and donate the money. But instead, they decided to start a RAFFLE on Facebook. The tickets cost $1 each, and they're choosing a winner at random later this week.
The doll retails for $110. But as of yesterday morning, they'd raised over $1,500. And someone posted on their Facebook page that their company will MATCH the donations.
Also, Jordyn is being REWARDED for her generosity. She and her mom were on the "Today" show yesterday, and the producers are sending her a replacement doll, plus one for her little sister.
If you want to buy tickets, the Facebook page is called "Saige for Soldiers." The raffle runs through this Saturday. (Today / Huffington Post)
Some people start to get annoyed by the holidays around Thanksgiving, and let their stress gain momentum right on through New Year's. Here are six ways to break the cycle . . .
1. Do something fun you used to do as a kid. Think about when you WERE happy during the holidays and recreate it. Maybe it was ice-skating as a kid or watching a favorite holiday movie. Just do it again and try to recapture the magic.
2. Do something selfish. You deserve "you-time" during the holidays, just like the rest of the year. So take a nap, or schedule a massage or some spa treatments. Don't waste time on guilt, just call and schedule the appointment.
3. Go outside. It's probably cold out, but that's actually great for your health. Keeping warm exerts energy, and you need fresh air when you've been stuck in malls.
4. Volunteer. Helping other people is actually a great way for YOU to feel better. But don't force it by doing something you hate. Volunteer to do something you love.
5. Honor people who've passed. You can get depressed during the holidays if you think about someone you've lost. So honor them by making their favorite food, their favorite drink, doing the things they loved, and ENJOYING it. They'd want you to.
6. Forgive your family. They may be annoying, or worse, but they probably love you. So do yourself a favor and let go of any anger and resentment. (Huffington Post)
Unless you've got a super-fast metabolism . . . or you're one of those communists who "doesn't like dessert" . . . you're going to gain weight over the next six weeks. Just admit it and plan your weight loss New Year's resolution now.
According to a new survey, only 28% of Americans say they're expecting to gain weight over the holidays.
55% say they do NOT expect to gain weight, and the rest aren't sure.
91% of people say it will be their own FAULT for having no self-control when it comes to eating . . . although 29% also say they're surrounded by such GOOD COOKS, they won't be able to resist. (PR Newswire)
If You Blow Up Your House Frying a Turkey, Expect a $29,000 Insurance Payout . . . If You Burn It Down With a Christmas Tree, Expect $100,000
Make sure your homeowner's or renter's insurance is all paid up . . . RIGHT NOW. You'll thank me after you blow up your house this holiday season, and your insurance company has to write you a big fat check.
According to Allstate, insurance claims jump 15% during the holiday season because of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's accidents. Here are the average insurance claims for four of the most common ones . . .
1. The number of people setting their houses on fire while FRYING TURKEYS jumps 300% during the holiday season. The average insurance claim is $29,000.
2. Candles are the top cause of home fires during the holidays. The average insurance claim after a serious candle fire is $50,000.
3. When a Christmas tree causes a fire, the fire's usually BAD. The average insurance claim after a Christmas tree fire is over $100,000.
4. Around New Year's Eve, the number of fires caused by FIREWORKS doubles. The average claim is $14,000.
There's also a 7% increase in your risk of a THEFT during the holidays . . . and a 19% increase in the risk of a SEWER BACK-UP. (Marketwatch)
Most companies will start throwing holiday parties in the next few weeks. So here's something to remind you what a drunken MESS they can be.
According to a new poll, 60% of us have seen a coworker get drunk and do something EMBARRASSING at a holiday party. Here are the top five drunken things people do.
1. 50% have seen a coworker get drunk and share inappropriate details about their own life.
2. 45% have seen a drunk colleague hitting on a coworker.
3. 43% have seen a coworker try to drive after drinking too much.
4. 35% have seen a coworker get drunk and start throwing around profanity.
5. 30% have seen a drunk coworker get into an argument.
According to a new survey, one in seven people have MISSED A PROMOTION because they dressed too casually at work.
64% of bosses say they HATE when employees wear sandals . . . 58% hate t-shirts with slogans on them . . . and 49% hate shorts.
The best thing a man can wear to get a promotion is . . . a suit with a light blue shirt and dark blue tie. Red and purple ties are the next best options. (Daily Mail)
Here's another one of those made-up modern medical conditions for you to PANIC about.
Apparently, there's something called EMAIL APNEA . . . which happens when you HOLD YOUR BREATH while you type an email. Usually you'd do it because you're so wrapped up in your typing you forget to breathe normally.
If you do inadvertently hold your breath while you type, it can have the same effect as hyperventilating or when you feel like you're in danger, and trigger your sympathetic nervous system.
That can cause your pupils to dilate, increase your heart rate, make you feel light headed, and even make you start FLOP SWEATING. So breathe when you type.
Email apnea is NOT recognized by any official medical boards or organizations.
83-year-old George Raynes and 83-year-old Carol Harris grew up together in New Brunswick, Canada, just across the border from Maine.
They met in first grade, and in the third grade, they were both in a production of "Sleeping Beauty" . . . where Carol played Sleeping Beauty, and George played the Prince.
And even though he wasn't SUPPOSED to, George actually leaned down and KISSED Carol. And it was his FIRST kiss. But they were always just friends, and after high school, George moved to Ontario and got married.
Then, earlier this year, George's wife passed away. Six months later, he decided to take a trip back to New Brunswick . . . and got together with Carol, who had never married.
After a few months, they fell in LOVE. And George got to plant ANOTHER kiss on Carol this past Saturday . . . when they got MARRIED in their hometown. (CBC News)
If you could have been there to see ANY major event over the past 50 years, what would it be? According to a new poll, here are the three most popular answers.
1. 27% of people said they wish they could have been there to see Neil Armstrong walk on the moon in 1969. Not actually ON the moon . . . the live broadcast.
2. 21% said the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990.
3. And 20% said Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
(You can check out how it breaks down by decade here
Black Friday isn't for another week and a half, but on the Internet it's been Black Friday all month long. If you're going online to get your shopping done early, watch out for these four scams.
1. Gift cards and coupon deals. You'll get a lot of emails offering you free gift cards, or gift cards with ridiculous discounts. The scam is to get you to enter your personal information online, so they can hack into your accounts or buy stuff in your name.
2. E-cards and video greetings. Some scammers will send you e-cards or videos that download malware to your computer when you click on them. They might even come from a familiar email or Twitter account, if one of your friends gets hacked.
3. Secret shopper jobs. You might get a job offer to be a secret shopper at stores in your area, and you'll even get real checks in the mail. They'll tell you to cash the checks, go shopping, and then wire the rest of the money back to the company. These ones are rough because your bank will tell you the check has cleared, and the money is available. But later they'll take the money back, when they find out the check was forged. And meanwhile you already wired money from your own account.
4. Incredible discounts from unfamiliar sites. You make a purchase and give them your credit card info, and they use it to buy stuff on the REAL site where you should have gone in the first place. (Techland) (Pioneer Press Watchdog)
The Xbox One hits stores this Friday. It comes with an upgraded version of the Kinect and the system will set you back $499.99. The new Kinect lets you use a variety of gestures and voice commands, including simply saying "Xbox On" to start the console.
Most of this year's big releases will be available at launch. If you've already bought the Xbox 360 versions of "Call of Duty: Ghosts", "Battlefield 4", "FIFA 14", "Madden 25", and "Assassin's Creed IV", you can upgrade them to the new version for $9.99.
The new Xbox One-exclusive titles available at launch are "Dead Rising 3", "Forza 5", "Ryse: Son of Rome", and the Kinect fighting game, "Fighter Within".
You'll also be able to find Xbox One versions of "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes", "Just Dance 2014", "Need for Speed Rivals", "Skylanders: Swap Force", and "NBA 2K14".
This new console finally includes a Blu-ray player, plus you can hook your cable box to it and watch TV without switching inputs even if the internet connection goes out
Despite what we'd previously heard, the Xbox One will NOT restrict your ability to share discs with your friends. You'll be able to buy, sell, trade, or download games digitally just like you can on Xbox 360 with no restrictions.
One of the cool new features is that you can now "snap" two apps to either side of the screen . . . meaning you can watch a movie while waiting in a lobby for a multiplayer game to start or browse the web without having to pause your TV show.
Xbox has also partnered with the NFL, so you can watch broadcasts with instantly updated fantasy stats, while taunting your friends on Skype at the same time.
The Xbox One takes full advantage of cloud storage. All your game progress is stored online in the cloud . . . there's a game DVR to record your gaming sessions . . . and you won't have to wait to download any game patches or system updates anymore.
(This Xbox One fact sheet
covers every new detail about the new console)
It's only November 19th, but we're about to give you the best Christmas present you'll get this year: You DON'T have to call your relatives on Christmas, and spend three hours having the same conversation five times over.
According to a new survey, 45% of people say they don't WANT to talk on the phone on Christmas anymore . . . they just want a TEXT.
46% of people say they still want a phone call, so it's basically a 50-50 shot whether each relative will be fine with just a text or not. But aren't you willing to play those odds?
People who DO talk on the phone during the holidays spend A LOT of time on the phone. 42% of people say they'll spend more than 11 hours on calls with relatives . . . and 22% say it'll be at least 21 hours.
The survey also found only 5% of men and 12% of women say they plan on mailing out Christmas cards, or the dreaded FAMILY UPDATE NEWSLETTER. (Sacramento Business Journal)
It's only fitting that the word of the year sums up modern narcissism. People don't talk about ANYTHING besides themselves anymore, right?
Oxford English Dictionary just revealed its annual word of the year. And the pick for 2013 is . . . SELFIE.
Their official definition is, quote, "noun. A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."
Oxford editors say that the word "selfie" is showing up in written content 17,000% more than it was at this time last year.
A few of the runners-up for word of the year were . . .
binge-watch. "Verb. To watch multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming."
showrooming. "Noun. The practice of visiting a shop in order to examine a product before buying it online at a lower price."
And twerk. "Verb. Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance." (Time)
The Christmas season is a BIG marriage proposal season. And if you're thinking of proposing to your girlfriend this year . . . well, PRAY she hasn't been POISONED by all the elaborate proposals that go viral on YouTube.
According to a new survey, about ONE IN FOUR single women want some kind of CRAZY, ELABORATE PROPOSAL. Here's the breakdown . . .
10% say they want to be SERENADED.
7% want you to recite a POEM.
And 5% want a FLASH MOB.
The survey also found about a quarter of women would say "NO" if the proposal wasn't good enough. Then again, if you propose and she says NO because you didn't do a flash mob . . . you might've just dodged a bullet there, my friend.
Women said they REALLY start to expect a proposal three years and four months into a relationship.
(FOX 29 - Philadelphia)
On Friday afternoon, a 7-year-old girl named Amira Thorton was watching TV when she heard weird sounds coming from the kitchen at her home in Gresham, Oregon.
So she ran in and found her mother CHOKING on a piece of sausage. Now, Amira says that at some point, her grandfather had told her about the Heimlich maneuver.
But the reason she knew EXACTLY what to do was because she'd seen Robin Williams do it to Pierce Brosnan in the movie "Mrs. Doubtfire".
And apparently Amira's pretty strong for her age, because she actually managed to pick her mom up off the ground THREE TIMES . . . eventually got her to spit the sausage up . . . and saved her life.
We're all looking for ways to get things for free. But most of us give up too early. There are a lot of things it's possible to get for free legally, which most people never think about. Try out these four, from a list on Consumerist.com.
1. College courses. You can't get the degree for free, obviously. But that's really what you're paying for, not the learning. You can audit real college courses on Coursera.org, taught by professors at major universities. And it's completely free. You can also do it the old way, by showing up on campus and asking a professor if it's cool to sit in. If there are available seats, often they'll be glad to let you stick around.
2. First-run movies. It's easy to find free screenings of upcoming movies if you know where to look. Check out TxtMovieClub.com and Gofobo.com.
3. Streaming services. Like Hulu, Netflix, and Epix. The big ones offer 30-day free trials. Just use them for 30 days at a time, then switch to another one. By the time you get through them, the earlier ones will be offering you another 30 days just to come back.
4. Audiobooks. There are hundreds or thousands of audiobooks of public domain works, available for free online through sites like LibriVox. They're read by volunteers, so the quality might not be great. But you get what you pay for. (Consumerist.com)
There's an "alternate ending" of "Breaking Bad" online, and it's AWESOME. In this ending, all the events from "Breaking Bad" were a bad dream that BRYAN CRANSTON had on his previous show, "Malcolm in the Middle".
As Hal, his old "Malcolm in the Middle" character, he suddenly wakes up and tells his wife Lois, who's played again by JANE KACZMAREK, all about his nightmare, going on and on about how he was a "world-class chemist," and "meth dealer."
He adds, quote, "The only thing that made sense in the whole dream is that I still walked around in my underwear."
This ending will be on the "Breaking Bad" complete series box set, which will be released on November 26th. (The video has been yanked from YouTube, but you can find it by scrolling down at this link on Buzzfeed.com
. WARNING!!! There's some QUESTIONABLE LANGUAGE in this clip.)
This is obviously a riff on the ending of "Newhart" . . . which has already kind of been done to death. (Here's video
of that ending.)
Pillsbury just released the results of a new survey on what people plan on serving this Thanksgiving. Here are the not-very-surprising results . . .
92% will serve turkey.
76% will serve pumpkin pie. And about two-thirds of those will be store bought.
75% will have either rolls or other bread.
70% will serve green beans . . . but mostly in a casserole.
63% will serve corn.
56% will serve apple pie.
43% will serve pecan pie.
And 10% will serve something unique to their culture, like pasta, tamales, or pierogies. (PR Newswire)
You know that feeling of being into someone, when they start DOMINATING your thoughts all day long? Turns out your brain really can't deal with it.
According to a new study, when people fall in love, they immediately get DUMBER.
The researchers analyzed 43 people who'd been in relationships for less than six months . . . and found the ones who said they were falling in PASSIONATE LOVE did WORSE on tests than people who were just kinda dating casually.
The blame really DOES go to love dominating your every thought . . . your brain has a limited amount of resources, and when most of them are devoted to falling in love, you can't use as much brainpower on everything else.
Fortunately, once you settle into being in love, your brain goes back to working normally. (Huffington Post)
According to a new survey of 52 shop assistants at super high-end luxury boutiques . . . like Armani, Burberry, and Christian Dior . . . when they see someone wearing sweatpants, it's a sign that person is LOADED.
The consensus is that, quote, "Wealthy people sometimes dress very badly to demonstrate superiority." Basically, you're showing you're SO rich that you don't need to prove you're rich.
Now . . . you can't wear the $4 Walmart sweatpants and get away with it. You've got to buy the more expensive sweatpants. But you get to wear them in public . . . isn't that a totally worthwhile investment? (Harvard Business School)
Back in March, 44-year-old Pedro Quezada of Passaic, New Jersey was the sole winner of a $338 MILLION Powerball jackpot . . . the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history. He took the $152 million lump sum.
After he won, word surfaced he was a DEADBEAT DAD . . . but he quickly paid the $29,000 he owned in back child support. He also announced he was going to pay a month or two of rent for ALL of his neighbors.
Well . . . it looks like the deadbeat dad story was a more accurate representation of Pedro than the altruistic neighbor story. According to a new report, he NEVER ended up paying rent for a SINGLE neighbor.
It gets worse. His landlord, Kujtim Sulejmani, says Pedro ALSO skipped town without paying his OWN rent . . . and still owes $725 for his last month's rent.
Quote, "It doesn't get any lower than that. He won the lotto and then moved out. He didn't even pay his own. Forget the rest of them." (NJ.com)
We've seen stories before where the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted a kid's wish to be BATMAN for a day. But they SERIOUSLY went all-out on Friday in San Francisco, so this one's getting a LOT more attention.
Miles Scott is a five-year-old from Northern California who's been battling leukemia since he was 18 months old. Right now he's in remission, and wanted to be "Batkid" for a day. And Make-A-Wish made it happen.
Miles dressed up as a mini Batman, got to ride in a black Lamborghini that served as a makeshift Batmobile, stopped The Riddler from robbing a bank, and saved a damsel in distress on a cable car.
Then he rescued the San Francisco Giants' mascot from The Penguin, and the mayor presented him with a key to "Gotham City" on the steps of City Hall.
And every step of the way, there were people holding signs, wearing Batkid t-shirts, and cheering him on. About 7,000 people coordinated to help make it happen.
The "San Francisco Chronicle" even printed a special edition titled the "Gotham City Chronicle" with the headline, "Batkid Saves City," and handed out 1,000 copies.
Miles also got props from basically every ACTOR who's played Batman. Christian Bale called it "fantastic." Michael Keaton called it the "cutest thing in the world." And Adam West said the people of San Francisco did a "wonderful thing."
Val Kilmer posted on Twitter, quote, "Just heard the Riddler is robbing a bank in the financial district. Hurry." And the NEXT Batman, Ben Affleck, called Miles the "best Batman ever."
Even President Obama got in on it, and posted a video congratulating him, saying, quote, "Way to go Miles. Way to save Gotham."
(You can see how a bunch of other random politicians and celebrities reacted here
. Everyone from BRITNEY SPEARS, KHLOE KARDASHIAN, and the New Orleans Saints . . . to "Batman" composer Hans Zimmer?)
(USA Today / Huffington Post)
Most of us focus on the things that we need to fix, and don't pay enough attention to the stuff that's going well. Here are seven signs that your life is actually pretty awesome. Listen up . . .
1. Food and drink are readily available. You should appreciate the fact that you can grab a bite when you're hungry. Even if it's just a snack from a vending machine, if it's easy for you to get food, be thankful. And if having your favorite morning beverage is an option . . . you're fortunate.
2. You can take hot showers with clean water. Not everybody gets to do that. If you can, appreciate it.
3. You've got bedding and walls. It's easy to take "shelter" for granted, but having walls and a roof is a big deal. And beds are a total luxury . . . just imagine life without sheets. And if you've got a thermostat to adjust, your life is going great.
4. You don't HAVE TO walk. If you have ANY transportation option besides walking, it's time to be grateful.
5. You're wearing clean clothes. Maybe you're not wearing the trendiest designer stuff . . . but if you have clean options to choose from, then life is good.
6. People love you. Maybe not a TON of people, but if you've got at least a couple of people who love you . . . that's lucky. Don't take those people for granted.
7. You're breathing right now. If it seems lame to be happy because you've got oxygen, then just think about NOT having any. And then take a couple of deep breaths and appreciate your life. (Marc and Angel Hack Life)
This feels counterintuitive . . . but a new study says that having a BUSY WEEKEND is actually BETTER stress relief than spending the weekend on the couch.
Researchers found that a weekend feels six hours and 19 minutes LONGER if you're busy than if you're super lazy.
That's because we all subconsciously measure time by the number of MEMORIES we make . . . the more we make, the longer the weekend feels.
About one-third of people surveyed who had busy weekends said it felt like they were off THREE days. Almost half of people who had lazy weekends said it felt like the weekend disappeared too quickly.
The people who had busier weekends also felt more de-stressed when it was time to go back to work on Monday.
One more note: A separate survey also shows a life of lying around might not be the AMAZING DREAM it seems. The survey found that the JOY of RETIREMENT wears off after just 10 months . . . and people start to get bored. (Daily Mail / Daily Mail)
Well this is bad news. According to a new survey, only 28% of married women say they're DEFINITELY with "the one." 31% say they're definitely NOT with "the one." Ouch.
In other words, the odds are better that your wife thinks you're NOT "the one".
Men are much, much more likely to believe they're with "the one." 69% of men say they're definitely with "the one" . . . almost three times more than women. Only 4% say they're definitely NOT.
Here's another way to look at it: Women are EIGHT times more likely than men to say they KNOW they're not with the one.
The study didn't speculate on WHY. We're thinking it's because there's still pressure from society on women to get married ASAP . . . so some women SETTLE too quickly.
On the bright side, 83% of women say they wouldn't CHEAT on their husband, even if "the one" came along.
The FIVE SIGNS you know you're with "the one" are: You're still attracted to them, you think of them as your best friend, they make you laugh, you agree on important family decisions, and you're proud of each other's accomplishments. (Daily Mail)
Every year, the American Farm Bureau Federation releases a study on how much it'll cost to serve Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people.
And every year, it seems like they're worried about the high prices . . . even though every year, the prices look RIDICULOUSLY LOW.
According to the study, it'll cost you $49.04 to serve Thanksgiving dinner to 10 people this year. And that's not per person . . . that's for all ten people. So it'll cost you less than $5 per person. That's down 0.9% from last year, when it was $49.48.
The number's based on the price of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, butter, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and whipped cream. It does NOT include the bottle of gin your uncle puts down.
A separate survey by Butterball found that 42% of men will handle cooking the turkey this year, and 84% will help make a side dish or dessert. (CNBC / UPI)
Kids today might THINK they have great options to choose from when it comes to Christmas presents. But any adult knows that the Christmas presents WE got as kids were WAY cooler. And according to this list, we're RIGHT.
A department store in England looked at its records dating way back to 1950, and came up with a list of the most popular toys that have been sold during the holidays. Here are the top ten.
1. Cabbage Patch Dolls
2. Rubik's Cubes
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures
5. Buzz Lightyear
6. Barbie Dolls
9. Calico Critters, which were little animal dolls that were originally called "Sylvanian Families" back in the '80s. And they were more popular in England and Japan.
10. Legos (Daily Mail)
People mainly use the internet to stalk exes on Facebook and share pictures of food. So it's nice to see someone use it for GOOD for a change.
There's a 13-year-old orphan in Ghana named Esinam who suffers from a horrible facial deformity. She has a mass of tissue growing on her face that distorts her features . . . and they're not sure of the cause.
The surgery to correct it costs $10,000, so earlier this year, her orphanage started a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe.com. But as of last week, they'd only raised 130 bucks.
Then, someone who visited Esinam's orphanage three years ago posted about her on Tumblr. And in one week, more than 450 people contributed . . . and donations just passed the $10,000 mark.
A spokesman for the orphanage posted a message online saying thank you, and assuring people that all of the money will go toward Esinam's treatment. Fittingly, the surgery will take place on November 28th, which is Thanksgiving. (DailyDot / DailyMail / GoFundMe)
It's November, which means it's flu season. So if you get hit by the bug, here are five dates you can do even if one or both of you are sick.
1. Movie Night. It's the simplest thing in the world: all you need is a movie, comfortable pajamas, some blankets, and hot tea.
2. Make Soup from Scratch. Hot soup is great when you're sick, but the canned stuff is loaded with sodium. So if one of you ISN'T sick, they could try making it from scratch for the one who IS.
3. Binge Watch a TV Show. If there are a bunch of episodes piled up on your DVR, take the day and binge watch all of them. Or if you have Netflix, try getting into a totally new show . . . you could easily power through the first season or two in a day.
4. Play Games. Get your fireplace going or light some candles and bust out some board games. If you're feeling up to it, end the night with strip poker. Or not.
5. Get Steamy. Treat each other to a hot shower or bubble bath. The steam will help clear your stuffy nose . . . AND you'll be naked together. (Your Tango)
There are lots of bad habits we all WISH we could break. But we don't, because . . . c'mon, life's hard enough already. A recent survey found that SMOKING is the number one habit people WANT to break, but can't. Here's the top ten.
2. Swearing (Really? This is the part where we should tell you . . . the survey is by a British e-cigarette company.)
3. Picking your nose
4. Biting your fingernails
5. Drinking too much coffee
6. Watching reality TV
7. Fast food
9. Going shopping to relieve stress
10. Racking up debt on your credit cards
(You can check out the rest of the top 50 here
With a number of stores announcing they’ll be open Thanksgiving Day this year, retailers are hoping to entice employees with a number of perks.
In fact, thanks to things like overtime pay, increased employee discounts, relaxed dress codes and even free turkey dinners, many workers are actually volunteering for Thanksgiving shifts.
Big box retailers that will be open on Thanksgiving include Macy’s, Target, Best Buy, Kmart, Toys R Us and Walmart. The decision has caused controversy among workers and consumers, many of whom feel it’s unfair to make people work on the holiday.
But despite widespread criticism, employees who opt (or are forced) to work on Thanksgiving will likely be plenty busy- almost 40% of shoppers say they plan to hit the stores November 28th.
According to a new survey, 80% of people say WORK is the best place to find someone to date.
It gets creepier. Three-quarters of women say they'd most want to date a man who's in a more senior role than them . . . and the majority of men say they'd want to date a woman who's in a more junior role than them.
More than four out of five men surveyed say they really like it when their female coworkers wear SEXY outfits to work.
The survey also found the Christmas party is the WORST place to find someone to date at work . . . because Christmas party hook-ups tend to turn into awkward one-night stands, not lasting relationships.
(Counsel & Heal)
This number seems a little high, but according to a new survey, the average pet causes $440 worth of damage every year. Here are the main ways they destroy your stuff . . .
60% of the damage comes from chewing, biting, or drooling on stuff.
20% comes from getting electronics WET by knocking them into the toilet or knocking a glass of water onto them.
18% comes from VOMITING or PEEING on stuff.
And 5% comes from BURYING your things in the yard.
Dogs are the most destructive, followed by cats, rabbits, parrots, and hamsters.
38% of pet owners think their pets destroy stuff because they're bored . . . 27% think the pets want attention . . . 15% think the pets are JEALOUS of other pets . . . and 2% think their pets broke stuff because they were DEPRESSED. (Daily Mail)
Is it possible to be funny in, like, eight to 12 words? Here are some of the shortest but funniest jokes out there. Some are actually decent . . . and some are so bad they're good. Here are our 10 favorites . . .
1. How many Freudian psychologists does it take to screw in a penis?
2. A blind man walks into a bar. And a table. And a chair.
3. Have you heard about the corduroy pillow? It's making headlines.
4. For sale: Parachute. Only used once, never opened.
5. You've gotta hand it to blind prostitutes.
6. My grandma only has two weeks to live. But there's no way I'm paying the ransom.
7. There are two fish in a tank. One says to the other, "You know how to drive this thing?"
8. Why are New Yorkers so depressed? Because the light at the end of the tunnel is Jersey.
9. There are two types of people in the world. Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data . . .
10. A man goes in for a physical, and the doctor tells him, "You've got to stop masturbating so much." So the guy says, "Why?" And the doctor says, "Because I'm trying to give you a physical." (Reddit)
This couple is either SUPER into numerology or they're about to be. Expect them to start some kind of numbers-obsessed doomsday cult within the next four or five years.
Sarah and Chase Oliver of Greenville, South Carolina got married two years ago . . . on September 10th, 2011, or 9/10/11. And this week, they had their first child . . . on 11/12/13.
Their baby wasn't due for another two weeks, but he showed up early . . . and, I guess, fulfilled his cosmic destiny?
The baby's name is James Douglas Oliver. Both he and his mother are doing well.
Sarah says, quote, "Somebody mentioned that our anniversary is 9/10/11 and how cool it would be if he was born on 11/12/13. That was really the first time we kind of thought about it and then it was really cool that it actually happened."
(FOX 21 - Greenville)
If your dog saved your life, you'd probably reward it with extra TLC, treats, anything. But this week, a guy in Iowa did WAY more than that.
Around 1:30 in the morning on Tuesday, Paul Kemp of Des Moines, Iowa woke up to his dog Sheba barking like crazy and jumping on his chest. Then he realized why . . . when he saw FLAMES spreading across the room, about 10 feet from him.
The first thing he did was try to put the fire out with water. But it was already too late, so he ran out of the house, went to his neighbor's, and called 911.
But then he noticed Sheba wasn't with him, and realized she must still be INSIDE. So he ran BACK into the burning house, found Sheba, and saved HER life.
So far, police aren't sure what caused the fire, but the house was a total loss. Luckily, Paul had homeowner's insurance. He and Sheba are currently in a hotel. (Des Moines Register / KCCI.com)
A new study out of Europe has found that more and more parents sing their children to sleep with modern pop songs like RIHANNA'S "Umbrella" than old-school lullabies like "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".
Half of the 2,000 parents who were surveyed preferred singing relatively current rock and pop songs to their kids . . . with only 15% favoring old lullabies and nursery rhymes.
Almost eight in 10 parents say they do sing to their kids . . . with 64% saying they "usually" sing a contemporary song. 45% say they do it because the song is stuck in their head.
20% of the parents admitted it's because they know more of the words to modern songs than nursery rhymes . . . while a little over 5% claimed they don't know ANY traditional children's songs.
So what are these parents singing? The top 10 songs are:
1. "Just the Way You Are", by Bruno Mars
2. "Someone Like You", by Adele
3. "Umbrella", by Rihanna
4. "Angels", by Robbie Williams . . . Remember, this was a European survey.
5. "Diamonds", by Rihanna
6. "Sweet Child O' Mine", by Guns 'N Roses
7. "Wonderwall", by Oasis
8. "I Knew You Were Trouble", by Taylor Swift
9. "Beautiful", by Christina Aguilera
10. "All About You", by McFly . . . Again, European survey.
(You can find the Top 20 by scrolling down at this link
(Just missing the Top 10 at #11 was WHITNEY HOUSTON'S "I Will Always Love You", which is apparently attempted by the BRAVEST of parents. Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do, I Do It for You" also made the Top 20 . . . along with U2's "With or Without You", Adele's James Bond song "Skyfall", Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know", and some other European stuff.)
Our phones have slowly become our BEST FRIENDS . . . so gradually, we hardly noticed.
A new survey shows people are relying on their phones to do the same things they used to get from actual human beings.
35% of people say they sometimes bury themselves in their phone to avoid having to TALK to someone.
33% use their phones to LOOK BUSY and NOT LONELY when they're alone at a restaurant or bar.
And 41% have used their phones to research something quickly so they can join in a conversation and look smart.
Quick . . . what's the most commonly spoken language in the world?
If you answered "English" or "English . . . duh" or "American" . . . well, you're wrong. But we do appreciate your MADE-IN-THE-USA PRIDE.
And if you said Spanish . . . you're still wrong, but arriba la raza.
The most popular language in the world is . . . Mandarin Chinese. And actually, more people speak Mandarin than English and Spanish combined.
In a survey, 70% of Americans believed English was the most popular language and another 14% said Spanish. Less than 10% correctly said Mandarin.
There are approximately 955 million native Mandarin speakers in the world. Spanish has 407 million and English has 359 million. Hindi is fourth, with 311 million . . . Arabic is fifth, with 293 million.
The survey also found 73% of Americans say they can't hold a conversation in more than one language.
45% of people say FRENCH is the sexiest language on Earth. 16% said Italian, 15% said English, and 10% said Spanish. (Digital Journal / Wikipedia)
If you could get drunk WITHOUT having to deal with hangovers, fighting, spending money, or having to be with your friends . . . wouldn't life be FANTASTIC?
David Nutt is a neuroscientist at Imperial College in London. And he says he's created, quote, "an alcohol substitute" that has the exact same effect on you as if you were really drunk . . . only without all the side effects.
When you drink the alcohol substitute, you don't get aggressive or emotional, it's not addictive, you can sober up INSTANTLY just by drinking an antidote, and it doesn't cause a hangover.
Unfortunately, it's not going to be available anytime soon. David says he needs funding to finish experimenting and get it on the market. He's reached out to alcohol companies to partner up, but they obviously haven't been interested.
He thinks . . . or at least hopes . . . this will turn out to be like e-cigarettes, which the tobacco companies rejected at first, but ended up producing once they saw how much money they could make. (ABC News)
A 27-year-old woman named Claire Pepper was riding her bike through London on Monday, when she got hit by a car and PINNED underneath it.
Luckily she was wearing a helmet, which she'd bought just two days earlier. But she was stuck because the helmet apparently got lodged between the car and the road.
And as soon as THAT became clear, ten people rushed in and managed to LIFT the car onto its SIDE, so paramedics could get to her. Thankfully, the car was a Volkswagen Golf, not something bigger.
In the end, Claire was treated for a serious concussion, a broken collarbone, and other injuries. And one of the paramedics said the group of people may have saved her life by allowing her to be treated immediately.
Claire is now recovering in the hospital, and says once she recovers, she's going to track down all ten of the Good Samaritans and say thank you. And she also hopes the story will remind other cyclists to ALWAYS wear a helmet. (Evening Standard / Daily Mail)
A lot of people don't see the results they want to see at the gym, because they have BAD WORKOUT HABITS . . . and don't even know it. So listen up and see if you do any of these seven things.
1. The elliptical. If you use it correctly, you'll burn calories. But most people keep slowing down the longer they stay on it, so they don't actually get much exercise. And it's not a natural motion, so it doesn't tone muscles the way running and jumping will.
2. Long workouts of moderate intensity. There's a reason they say, "No pain, no gain." You can't improve your fitness without pushing yourself. It's much better to go 20 or 30 minutes at high intensity, than it is to go for an hour at a comfortable pace.
3. Wasting time between reps. Don't look in the mirror, don't check your phone, don't start conversations with other people. Plan out a certain workout for a certain time period, and get it done.
4. Too much cardio and no strength training. Some people are all about burning calories, so they just focus on the treadmill. But building muscle is important too. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn throughout the day.
5. Hydrating with sports drinks. Most sports drinks have too much sugar. Go with water instead . . . the extra electrolytes aren't worth all the empty calories.
6. Doing the same exercises all the time. The more you do something, the more efficient your body gets at doing it. If you run half an hour a day for six months, you'll start burning fewer calories. Try rotating your workouts on a regular basis.
7. Working out alone. Most people get a better workout when they're with someone else. It's more enjoyable to share it, you're more likely to keep showing up, and you'll push yourself harder if you have some competition. (Health.com)
The PlayStation 4 hits stores this Friday. It comes with a 500 GB hard drive and will set you back $399.99. And it won't take long before you use the entire 500 gigs, since ALL your games are going to have to be cached to the hard drive before you can play them.
Most of this year's big releases will be available at launch. If you've already bought the PS3 version of "Call of Duty: Ghosts", "Battlefield 4", and "Assassin's Creed IV", you'll be able to upgrade them to a PS4 digital version for $9.99.
There will also be a PS4 version of "Madden 25" in stores too, but apparently only CANADIAN stores are offering any kind of trade-in discount for your old PS3 copy. Sadly, "Grand Theft Auto V" will NOT be out on the new console any time soon.
The new PS4-exclusive titles are "Killzone Shadow Fall" . . . which is the sequel to "Killzone 3" . . . and "Knack", about a machine defending humanity from a goblin army.
You'll also be able to find PS4 versions of "Minecraft", "Angry Birds Star Wars", "DC Universe Online", "Injustice: Gods Among Us [Ultimate Edition]", "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes", "Just Dance 2014", "FIFA 14", and "NBA Live 14".
One of the big changes between PS3 and the PS4 is that a $50 PlayStation Plus membership is now REQUIRED to play online. But on the plus side, the number of people you can have on your friends list will increase from 100 to 2000.
The new controller has a "Share" button built into it that allows you to capture, edit, and post clips from your last 15 minutes of game play to social media.
And there's an app that can turn your smartphone into a second screen for the PS4 to view in-game items, buy games and download them to your console, or watch other people play. Some of your games can also be played remotely on your Vita.
(Here is an extensive FAQ
the covers every detail about the new console.)
There's nothing more frustrating than being out with someone who just stares at their phone, totally ignoring you. But we had no idea it was making people CHEAT on each other.
In a new survey, 45% of people said they've either cheated on their partner, or were considering it, because they pay more attention to their phone than to them. That's almost HALF of us.
Women between 30 and 50 years old were the most likely to feel that way.
Of course, there's an underlying principle here . . . couples that stare at their phones are probably having communication and trust issues with each other ALREADY. And CHEATING isn't really addressing those issues.
Naturally, of the people who said they'd cheat because their significant other was too obsessed with their phone . . . 66% would use their OWN phone to help find someone to cheat with. (Daily Mail)
Here's yet another sign we're letting Christmas COMPLETELY take over November. According to a new study, the average woman has already started getting ready for Christmas party season.
And the average woman puts in 49 hours over the next five weeks or so preparing for Christmas parties. Here's how that breaks down . . .
21 hours of shopping for outfits.
18 hours at the gym working out.
Six hours researching a hairstyle, then getting their hair done.
Four hours of makeup, fake tanning, and teeth whitening.
The study also found women will spend more time preparing for Christmas party season than any other major event . . . including a friend's wedding, New Year's Eve, a birthday party, or a big date. (Daily Mail)
Do you ever wish you had your own bubble, so you could avoid getting sick this time of year? Well, you're not the only crazy person out there. In fact, you're far from it.
According to a new survey, 55% of people would opt for a bubble-boy scenario during flu season. But since it's not really an option, here's how we TRY to avoid getting sick.
36% of us like to stay at least 10 feet away from sick people. 13% said six-to-nine feet is okay. 38% said three-to-five feet is fine. And 12% said they still feel safe when they're less than TWO feet away.
63% of us avoid shaking hands. And 40% disinfect ANYTHING a sick person touches. But there are also a solid number of people who couldn't care LESS. 23% said they make absolutely NO effort to avoid getting sick. (PR Newswire)
Well this is weird: We keep waiting for the Post Office to STOP Saturday delivery, and start saving money. Instead, they're going the EXACT OPPOSITE DIRECTION . . .
They're about to EXPAND delivery . . . on Sundays . . . but ONLY for Amazon. Seriously. The U.S. Postal Service just reached a deal with Amazon where Amazon will now have seven-day delivery.
If you think about it, it's a pretty good deal for both of them: If we know Amazon's next-day and two-day shipping will work seven days a week, Amazon will become even MORE popular . . . and we'll be even LESS inclined to go to actual stores.
And the Post Office will get a larger chunk of Amazon's packages . . . eating into UPS, FedEx, DHL, and others . . . which means a big influx of money.
They plan on using their flexible scheduling system with current employees to make the deliveries . . . which provides more hours and work for current employees, and could even prevent layoffs.
It starts this week, but only in New York and L.A. Then it'll roll out to more cities next year. (Los Angeles Times)
Jamie Goodreau is a high school history teacher in Lancaster, California. (About 70 miles north of Los Angeles). And every year, she has students raise money for charities that support veterans.
Usually, they raise about $25,000. But this year they decided to do even MORE, after meeting an Iraq war veteran named Jerral Hancock. Jerral lost his left arm and was paralyzed when the tank he was driving hit a roadside bomb in 2007.
Earlier this year, he talked with Goodreau's students about the difficulties he faces every day . . . how his wife left him after he got hurt . . . and how his wheelchair doesn't even fit through the hallway of the mobile home he lives in with his two kids.
So the students decided to do something about it. And in the first four months, they raised an incredible $80,000 . . . mostly by holding yard sales, pizza nights, and other events. And once that happened, the whole COMMUNITY started getting involved.
A local bank started donating, and an architect and local contractor volunteered to help. And the students just bought a $264,000 property where they're planning to build Jerral and his family a new HOUSE that'll be handicapped accessible.
And even though some of the students have already GRADUATED since the project began, they're seeing it through. They hope to have the house built by this summer. (Washington Post)
Most people have learned it the hard way at one time or another . . . NEVER leave your current job before you land your next one. But looking for a new job without getting fired is tricky. Here's a good list of do's and don'ts from Monster.com.
1. Don't tell anyone at your current job, and don't use them as references. Sooner or later it'll get around. And even if your boss doesn't care, it might strain your working relationships if other people are looking to move into your job when you're gone.
2. Keep your LinkedIn profile 100% complete. It doesn't raise eyebrows, as long as you don't write that you're looking for work. And hiring managers often go there first these days, so you should give them everything they might want to know.
3. Don't bad-mouth your current employer. In a few more weeks, the person you're sitting in front of might BE your current employer. But before that, they'll have to decide whether they like the way you talk about your boss.
4. Ask your interviewers to keep your job search confidential. Even if they don't call your old job, they might tell other people at their company . . . and maybe one of them knows people at your old job.
5. Stay focused on your current job, and schedule interviews during non-work hours. You still have to keep up your performance, so you don't get fired before you're ready.
6. Don't use any company equipment in your job search. Lots of companies track Internet and cell phone usage now.
7. Don't dress differently than normal. If you need a suit and tie for your interview, but you never wear suits to work, keep your interview clothes in your car and change after you leave the office.
8. Don't post your resume, and don't talk about your job search on social media.
9. Always be honest if you get caught. There's no reason to lie if someone finds out and confronts you. You're leaving anyway, and it usually comes back to haunt you later.
Need MORE proof that radio is still taking on ALL CHALLENGERS and smacking them down?
According to a new study by Nielsen, radio is STILL the number one way people discover new music. 48% of people say radio is the top way they find new music.
10% say they find music mostly from tips from friends and relatives . . . 7% of people mostly find music on YouTube. (USA Today)
Want to keep your kids from sneaking over to the Christmas tree early to SHAKE their gifts, or peel back the wrapping paper just a little?
Now you can, in a wonderfully obnoxious way. There's a product called the GIFT ALARM on sale for $13.
It's a motion-activated siren that makes noise and flashes lights whenever someone gets too close to the gifts under the tree. Enjoy. (Gizmodo)
It's too late to change your life in 2013. But 2014? THAT'S the year when you're finally gonna do it, man. That's the year.
According to a new survey, 71% of people have ALREADY planned out their New Year's resolutions.
The most common plan is . . . losing weight. 52% of people say they plan on resolving to drop pounds in 2014. But until then, I guess there are still two months of GORGING TIME available?
18% of people plan to make a resolution to work out more, and 15% plan to curb their stress and anxiety.
Not surprisingly, only 11% of people surveyed think they'll end up sticking with their resolutions. More than two-thirds of people who've made resolutions in the past say they abandoned their plans before the end of January.
It's that time of year again when kids start making mental checklists of all the JUNK they want for Christmas. So it's kind of refreshing to hear about a kid who's NOT doing that.
Over the last few months, an eight-year-old in Bakersfield, California named Jaxon Evans has been running a Kool-Aid stand to raise money . . . and plans to use it to buy Christmas presents for HOMELESS kids.
So far, he's raised $1,600, and he's trying to make it to $2,500. And it sounds like he will, because now the story is making national news.
Plus, he's getting some help from Kraft, which sent him a bunch of boxes of Kool-Aid, so he doesn't have to cut into his profits buying more.
And instead of looking forward to Christmas, Jaxon is waiting for Black Friday. Because that's when he's hitting Toys R Us and buying as much as possible.
On top of their normal Black Friday sales, his local Toys R Us store is giving him an extra 10% off on everything he buys. (KGET / SunnySkyz.com)
It's November . . . also known as 'Movember', where guys grow mustaches to raise awareness for charity. So here's a rundown on what a man's facial hair style supposedly says about him in general . . .
1. Traditional Beard. A solid, sharp beard means he's an alpha-male, and someone who's totally comfortable in his manhood.
2. Bushy Beard. A bushy, full beard can signify shyness or laziness, depending on how it's worn. It tends to be seen on either granola-eating hippies . . . or men who have given up on grooming entirely.
3. Goatee. A younger guy sporting a goatee might feel like he's got something to prove. The goatee is actually best on older men.
4. Sideburns. Sideburns are a non-committal style of facial hair . . . not quite a beard, not quite clean-shaven . . . so it could be a man who's still finding himself.
5. Mutton Chops. A guy sporting massive chops supposedly isn't afraid to express his wild side. When done right, they can look kind of regal. But when done wrong, it looks like an animal died on your face.
6. Chinstrap. One of the sillier and more pointless forms of facial hair. He might not BE a creeper, he just looks like one.
7. Soul Patch. This guy might be nostalgic for the '90s . . . or he might just be kind of a douche.
8. Mustache. Sporting a 'stache is like having only the difficult part of a beard: it's harder to eat, to kiss, to groom, etc. That kind of dedication deserves some major props . . . especially during Movember.
9. Handlebar Mustache. A man with a handlebar mustache says: "I'm willing to groom this thing to perfection." And it's seen on everyone from grungy biker dudes to hipsters trying to be ironic.
10. Overall Scruff. Overall scruff could mean a few different things, so you need to be careful. He's either trying to get laid, or living with his parents. Or both.
11. Clean Shaven. Being clean shaven is a boyish look that doesn't exactly scream masculinity or experience. More than likely though, he probably just doesn't like the way facial hair looks or feels on him.
There are a lot of bad drivers out there. In fact, you might be behind one right now. Because obviously it's impossible that YOU might be a bad driver . . .
According to a new survey, 69% of people think their driving skills are above average . . . which obviously can't be true when you do the math. And only 1% think they're BELOW average when it comes to driving.
Or in other words, we all THINK we're amazing drivers, even if we've caused three crashes in the past year and have a DUI.
Not surprisingly, when it comes to being delusional about what amazing drivers we all are, MEN are worse about it. 38% of men in the survey said they're MUCH better at driving than most people, compared to 27% of women.
According to a new survey, almost NO ONE says their brother is the nicest person in their family.
46% say their mother is the nicest member of the family.
14% went with their dad.
And 8% went with their sisters.
Brothers got so few votes, they weren't even included in the results.
The survey also found 66% of people say the top thing a friend or family member can do to instantly make them angry is to LIE . . . and then get caught. (PR Newswire)
Well this sounds disgusting. But I'd still like to try one.
This Saturday, the Zucker Bakery in Manhattan, New York is introducing a THANKSGIVING DONUT. It LOOKS like an innocent jelly donut. But it's actually a pumpkin-flavored donut stuffed with turkey, cranberry sauce, and GRAVY.
There's also one that's a sweet potato donut with toasted marshmallow filling. Which sounds MUCH less vile.
The bakery is making them in honor of Hanukkah falling on Thanksgiving this year. Donuts are actually a traditional Hanukkah food . . . so the bakery stuffed traditional Hanukkah food with traditional Thanksgiving food.
It's VERY rare that Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving . . . but Hanukkah's based on the lunar calendar, so it can happen. The last time it happened was 1861 . . . the next time it will happen will be in 77,798 years. (Time)
The Halloween chocolate on our lips hasn't even melted yet, and we're already hearing CHRISTMAS MUSIC. Does that make you OUTRAGED? You're not alone.
According to a new survey, 55% of Americans say it's, quote, "unacceptable" for Christmas music to start before Thanksgiving. But that also means a lot of people ARE cool with it.
And the older you are, the more beef you have with it. 71% of people over 65 say it's not okay . . . 63% of people between 45 and 64 say it's not okay . . . and 55% of people between 30 and 44 say it's not okay.
So apparently it's just the young punks who are fine with Christmas music blasting in early November. Only 40% of people 18 to 29 say it's unacceptable to play Christmas music right now. (PR Newswire)
On Monday, 13 Marines were on their way home, returning from Afghanistan. And before their American Airlines flight from Chicago to San Diego took off, the airline realized it had six open seats in first class.
So they upgraded six of the Marines, which is their policy when it comes to members of the armed services. But the other seven were still in coach. So seven first-class passengers gave up THEIR seats, so all 13 Marines could sit together.
Also, the fiancée of one of the soldiers' called the USO while they were on a connecting flight from Baltimore, and told them a bunch of soldiers would be showing up.
So with only one hour to work with, a 74-year-old USO worker and former Marine named John Colas managed to pull off an impromptu welcome.
When they landed, their plane taxied under a huge arch of water being sprayed from a fire truck. Then when they got to the terminal, there was a group of people CHEERING for them.
One of the Marines did an interview, and said it's, quote, "amazing when we are 10 years [into] a war, and there is still that kind of community, [and] that level of support." (Washington Times / Huffington Post)
Chances are, you or your kids ate all the GOOD candy by now. Here's a list of six things you can do with whatever's leftover . . .
1. Add it to recipes. You can add Twizzlers and M&M's to popcorn or pretzels for a do-it-yourself snack mix. Or put Sweet Tarts into milkshakes to add some tang. You can also bake it into cakes, or drop some in the frosting. And it's supposed to be AWESOME in cookie dough.
2. Put it in your coffee. Drop chocolate into your morning cup for an instant mocha.
3. Pair it with liquor. Twix and scotch are supposed to be a great match. You can also make your own flavored vodka by adding candy to the bottle and letting the flavor soak in.
4. Stow it away. Put some in a bag and save it for a time when you need to bribe your kids . . . or for your own sugar fix.
5. Use it for decorating. You'll probably need extra candy for the Gingerbread house at Christmas, and generic Halloween candy is perfect.
6. Bring it to work. Put it in a bowl in the break room. You know it'll disappear. (Parenting)
You might not know it, but beer and religion have a LONG history together. Here are five things you probably didn't know about religion and beer.
1. Beer brewing goes back at least to the ancient Sumerians, who recorded a recipe for beer on a clay tablet that's almost 4,000 years old. This would be at least a few centuries before the time of Moses.
2. Back in the 1700s, the Paulaner monks of Germany brewed their own beer to help them get through a 40-day fast during Lent. They called it Doppelbock, and it's still around today. It was so heavy and malty that they could live on it for the whole fast.
3. People think Benjamin Franklin was a beer lover because of his saying, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." But it's actually a misquote. It goes back to a saying of Franklin's that was originally about WINE.
4. Arthur Guinness was a devout Christian, and he created Guinness because he wanted to keep people from getting drunk on hard liquor.
5. The Greenbelt Festival in London is a Christian music and arts festival, and they have a tent where people go to drink beer while they sing traditional hymns. (NPR.org)
52-year-old Paul Mason from England USED to be the fattest man in the world, weighing in at 980 pounds. Then in 2010, he had gastric bypass surgery. And in the last three years, he's lost over 600 pounds. Back in May, he was in the news again, because his government healthcare plan wouldn't cover the $100,000 surgery he needs to remove over 100 pounds of excess SKIN, which still forces him to move around in a wheelchair.
Which is when a 40-year-old woman from Massachusetts named Rebecca Mountain heard about him, and got in touch. Rebecca was inspired by his weight loss, they started talking on Skype, then started DATING. And she's actually pretty attractive.
They finally met face-to-face for the first time on Saturday. And they talked about their relationship on a British talk show yesterday morning, where Rebecca said that even if Paul NEVER gets rid of the extra skin, she'll still love him.
But now it looks like he WILL get the surgery, because a doctor in New York has offered to do it for FREE. And Paul says he plans to move to the States to have the surgery, and to be with Rebecca. (Daily Mail / NY Daily News / BBC)
Here's a good modern etiquette question. When people come to your house, do you make them TAKE OFF THEIR SHOES? And if you don't, do you get OFFENDED when you're a guest and someone asks you to take yours off?
People on both sides of the argument have STRONG opinions why they're right.
People who say it's okay to ask guests to take their shoes off say it's a sign of sophistication and politeness . . . keeps the carpet and floors clean . . . and helps people relax and put their feet up.
People who say you shouldn't ask guests to take their shoes off say it's tacky . . . can catch people off-guard if they aren't wearing socks . . . and sometimes seems more like a POWER PLAY than anything else.
The only thing we agree on is that if you're wearing boots that are covered in mud or snow, you should voluntarily take them off. And if you DO ask people to take their shoes off, have socks available for them to put on. (ABC News)
This one's funny because no one got killed. If someone HAD gotten killed . . . well, you might still find it funny, depending on whether or not you have a soul.
Around 11:30 P.M. on Monday night, a woman was driving her new pickup truck in Dallas, Texas . . . on the way home from a 13-HOUR shift at work. Which partly explains why she eventually fell asleep behind the wheel.
And then she crashed . . . into a MATTRESS STORE. It's like she was gravitationally pulled there or something.
Fortunately, there were no injuries . . . somehow she was totally fine and there was no one inside the store at the time.
There was a huge hole in the wall of the store, though . . . there's no word on how much the damage will cost to fix.
(CBS 11 - Dallas)
Have you had one of those days at work where you weren't just your USUAL amount of tired . . . you were SO EXHAUSTED you couldn't avoid taking a NAP? 22% of people say . . . YES, they've slept at work.
Here are five more new stats from a new survey on sleeping at work . . .
1. The average work nap lasts 47 minutes.
2. People are most likely to fall asleep at work on Wednesdays.
3. People are more likely to just fall asleep at their desks, but about 10% have fallen asleep in the bathroom or a meeting room.
4. Women are more likely to take naps at work than men.
5. Accountants are most likely to fall asleep on the job.
Ever had one of those mornings where your girlfriend or wife wakes up angry . . . because they had a DREAM where you cheated on them? Those mornings are fantastic . . .
And according to a new survey, they're pretty common. About one out of every FIVE women says she has regular dreams about her partner cheating on her.
And women are three times more likely than men to have dreams about being cheated on.
According to a dream psychologist named Ian Wallace, when you dream about someone cheating on you, you shouldn't get mad at them . . . you should take a look at YOURSELF.
Quote, "Dreams where your partner is cheating suggest that you're betraying yourself in some way in life and need to have far more confidence in your talents and how attractive they appear to the people around you." (Huffington Post)
You always hear how you shouldn't eat anything before bed. But there are some foods that HELP you sleep better, as well as a bunch that make it harder. Yahoo has a list of the five best and worst foods to eat before bed.
Here are the five best:
1. Cereal and milk. Obviously sugary cereals are bad. But a healthy combination of carbohydrates and protein helps your body produce hormones that will help you relax before bed.
2. Passion fruit. You can eat the raw fruit, or drink passion fruit juice or tea. It contains a chemical called somniferum, which helps bring on sleep.
3. Bananas. They have a lot of magnesium, which is a muscle relaxant. And the potassium can also help regulate sleep patterns.
4. Cherry juice. It has extremely high levels of melatonin, a chemical in the brain that helps you relax. A recent study in a journal of nutrition found that people who drank two glasses of cherry juice a day slept an average of 39 minutes longer than usual.
5. Warm milk. This one might have more to do with the fact that it's warm, as opposed to any chemicals in the milk. So non-caffeinated tea would work just as well, if you don't load it up with sugar.
And here are the five WORST:
1. High-protein foods. Too much protein will just give you a lot of energy, and keep you awake longer. Sleep experts recommend high-carb snacks under 200 calories instead.
2. Alcohol. A lot of people get sleepy when they drink. But it won't last. You'll tend to wake up earlier and sleep less deeply all night.
3. Fatty foods. These can cause heartburn or upset stomach after you lie down.
4. Spicy foods. Sometimes you can have NIGHTMARES after eating spicy foods.
And one study also found that people who ate spicy foods before bed tended to have higher body temperatures in the first part of the night, which caused them to wake up more.
5. Caffeine. Obviously caffeine is bad before you go to sleep. But some people don't know that it keeps working for up to ten hours.
So if you're serious about getting a good night's sleep, you have to avoid caffeine pretty much from lunch until bedtime.
A deep-sea diver in Hawaii named Ron Tubbs has been collecting exotic fish for 35 years. But it almost cost him his life on Friday when the rope connecting him to his boat snapped.
Ron immediately surfaced and tried to swim back to the boat, but the current just kept pushing him away. Then he started feeling symptoms of the BENDS from surfacing too quickly, which can be deadly.
Luckily, he was out diving with a friend who called the Coast Guard. But once the sun went down, their chances of finding him decreased dramatically.
Plus, Ron had drifted about two miles out, and they weren't even CLOSE to him. Luckily, he could see their helicopter in the distance . . . and he also happened to have a green LASER POINTER on hand.
Now, shining a laser at an aircraft would NORMALLY be illegal. But Ron knew it was the only way they'd see him. So he tried not to shine it DIRECTLY at the helicopter, and hoped they'd just see it shining in the sky, which they DID.
Ron was pulled from the water a short time later and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for decompression sickness. One of the rescuers said that if it wasn't for the laser pointer, they would have had ZERO chance of spotting him. (HawaiiNewsNow.com)
A Baby Born on Halloween Is Named "Freddy" . . . and His Family's Last Name is "Krueger"
If your last name is KRUEGER, it's gotta be SLIGHTLY tempting to name your kid "Freddy," right? Maybe not. But this family just got an extra reason.
On HALLOWEEN, a guy in Alexandria, Louisiana named John Krueger and his girlfriend, Jessica Briley, had a baby boy. And if there was even a question whether or not to name the kid "Freddy," having him on Halloween definitely sealed it.
Plus, John's great-grandfather's name was Fred. I mean, come on.
So John and Jessica named their son Frederick Jack Krueger. Both Freddy Krueger and his mom are doing well.
(Alexandria Town Talk)
Look, this study ISN'T saying that when a couple has a fight, the WOMAN is the one who can't move on, holds a grudge, and thrives off being passive-aggressive for weeks or YEARS afterward. I swear, it's not. BUT . . .
According to a new study out of the University of California-Berkeley, the key to marital happiness is . . . how fast the WIFE stops being angry after arguments.
The researchers analyzed video of 80 couples and found a direct link between their happiness and how fast the woman got over being angry. The man's speed in getting over arguments didn't really have an impact on the couple's happiness.
The researchers say, quote, "When it comes to managing negative emotion during conflict, wives really matter . . . but our study suggests that if spouses, especially wives, are able to calm themselves, their marriages can continue to thrive."
You know the WORST way to get someone to relax? By telling them STRESS is making things worse than they realize. Here are five stats from a bunch of new studies on how stress is destroying you. Sorry.
1. 10% of people say they're so stressed they're close to their "BREAKING POINT." What happens if you HIT that breaking point? The survey didn't say . . . but it can't be good.
2. A study out of Ireland found that parents who are stressed can slow down their babies' DEVELOPMENT . . . because the parents are so worried about THEMSELVES, they're less responsive with their kids.
3. 23% of men say planning their wedding was the most stressful thing they've ever done. But only 16% of women say that . . . they're more likely to be stressed by having a baby or moving.
4. 30% of men and 22% of women say they sometimes increase their DRINKING to cope with stress.
5. About two-thirds of people say they barely get anything done at work on Mondays because they're so anxious about the week ahead of them. (The Telegraph / Independent.ie / Daily Mail / Hospitality Net)
UPS delivers about 16 million packages every single day. And obviously, at that volume, SOME of them are going to get TRASHED or LOST. How can you make sure that doesn't happen to YOUR package?
Here are four secrets from a former UPS worker on how to make sure your package gets where it's going safely . . .
1. Don't bother writing "FRAGILE" on the box. Each handler loads about 250 packages an hour. They aren't going to notice "fragile" . . . and since SO many boxes say "fragile," they'll probably ignore it anyway.
2. Disguise your box as a gift. The one time the handlers WILL take special care of a package is if it looks like a kid put some effort into making sure it looks good. So wrap it, add bows, maybe add a handwritten message in crayon, and you're good.
3. Don't reuse boxes without removing EVERY old sticker. The scanners scan the first barcode they encounter. So if there's an old shipping label on there, or a FedEx or Post Office label that could scan . . . your package could be lost.
4. Follow their instructions perfectly. If your package IS destroyed or lost, you might be able to get reimbursed . . . but follow ALL of their instructions. Use a new box, don't overpack it, use wide tape, and waterproof what's inside. (Cracked)
Until now, if you wanted chocolate-covered potato chips, you had to melt the chocolate and dip the chips yourself. LIKE A CAVEMAN. Finally SOMEONE realized there's money to be made from combining two of America's favorite foods.
Lay's just announced they'll be selling chocolate-covered potato chips . . . and the chips hit stores this week. Their wavy potato chips will be covered in milk chocolate and cost $3.49 for a bag. (USA Today)
If you're going to misuse 911, odds are you're NOT going to get a sympathetic response. But it must've been a REALLY slow Halloween night in Nacogdoches County, Texas.
On Thursday night, a man called 911 to report his girlfriend for . . . being too SELF-CENTERED. The dispatcher sent a deputy out to the house.
When he got there, the man told him that his girlfriend, quote, "believes the decisions she makes in life are always correct . . . she's unwilling to accept others' advice . . . and believes she does no wrong."
Instead of giving him the standard lecture on wasting the police's time and maybe even arresting him . . . the deputy decided to play RELATIONSHIP COUNSELOR.
According to the police report, the deputy told the man, quote, "dealing with [someone] with those standards is an uphill battle, but with a positive attitude their issues could be reconciled."
There's no word on how the relationship has been going since. (ABC 7 - Tyler)
This was only a survey of middle-aged people, but I bet it applies to everyone from 25 to 112. The survey found people feel an average of THIRTEEN YEARS YOUNGER than they actually are. So if you're 50, you feel like you're 37.
The survey also found as many as one in eight middle-aged people feel like they're 30 years old or younger.
I know keeping dogs on leashes is designed to prevent them from running into traffic and straight-up MAULING people. But in this case a dog off-leash actually saved a LIFE.
On Wednesday, a guy in Birmingham, England named Roger Wilday was walking his German Shepherd Jade through a park, WITHOUT a leash. And at some point, the dog ran off into the bushes and wouldn't come back when he called her.
So Roger walked over to the bushes, looked down . . . and saw her sitting next to a bag with a newborn BABY in it.
She was only a day old, and only had HOURS to live out there in the elements. But she's currently in the hospital, and her doctors say she'll be fine.
Police say she'd been abandoned, and are releasing photos of her, hoping to find the mother or someone who knows who the parents might be. But for now, they're nicknaming the little girl "Baby Jade" . . . after the dog that saved her life.
(Daily Mail / BBC)
Here are six things to watch out for that will save your cell phone's battery life . . .
1. Location services. Tagging your location zaps your battery life. You can tell if an app is using GPS by looking for a small arrow at the top of the menu bar. Just disable it if you don't really need it.
2. Push notifications. Every notification that lights up your lock screen reduces your battery . . . and it uses even more if it's set to vibrate or make noise. Go to your settings and turn off all but the most vital stuff.
3. A bright screen. The lighter your screen, the more energy it's eating. If you're using an android, your display uses power, so dark wallpaper will use less juice. And you should also dim your brightness setting, whatever kind of phone you have.
4. Automatic connections. Most phones automatically try to connect to a network, and that uses power. You can switch to airplane mode to save some battery life, and turn off wi-fi until you need it.
5. Apps. Just HAVING apps takes power, even if you never use them. And a lot of times, they're open when you're multi-tasking. Make sure to close them out. You can also get apps that help you optimize battery life.
6. Temperature. You're supposed to try to keep your phone cool. The warmer it is, the more energy it's using. So keep your phone out of direct sunlight . . . and OUT of your pocket when you can. (Reader's Digest)
I think it's great that we've all got one or two random things we inexplicably find ATTRACTIVE. Nice abs or a sleeve tattoo are played out . . . so break the mold.
Here are the top eight things people find attractive that aren't normally considered attractive . . .
1. Dark circles under the eyes, like the person hasn't slept.
2. Slightly crossed eyes.
3. When left-handed people do things with their left hand.
4. An overbite . . . the more horse-like, the better.
5. Young men with gray hair.
6. Large noses.
7. Super pale skin.
8. Female bodybuilders. (Reddit)
Now that your kids have their Halloween trick-or-treating haul in the house, your job becomes . . . figuring out which candy to eat while they're at school. Maybe this will help.
"The Atlantic" compiled data from the past five years to see which candy gets eaten on November 1st and which candy lasts until the end of the month. Here's what they found . . .
If you want Reese's, Snickers, M&M's, or Twix, you'd better get on it now. Those four are the first to go every year.
You can take all the time you want on KRACKEL bars. Those get eaten last EVERY SINGLE YEAR.
Other candies that will probably survive until Thanksgiving are Jolly Ranchers, Nestle Crunch, and Baby Ruth.
Everything else . . . even cheap, generic lollipops . . . get eaten somewhere in the middle of the month. (Atlantic Wire)
Five Halloween Pranks Covered by Car Insurance
If you woke up this morning and your car wasn't the way you left it last night, don't freak out. Most Halloween pranks are covered by your regular car insurance policy. CarInsurance.com lists five pranks that insurance will take care of.
1. Broken windows. A comprehensive plan covers broken glass, no matter how it got broken. But in most states you'd need to pay the deductible, unless you took the zero deductible option for window replacement.
2. Slashed tires. Covered, but they'll take out depreciation costs. So don't slash your own tires just because they're old.
3. Egged vehicle. If the egg dries, it could damage the paint. Typically your insurance plan will only cover a new paint job for the damaged area.
4. Sugar in the gas tank. This might not be such a big deal, because filters can take it out. But if you need to clean out the gas tank and fuel lines, it'll be covered.
5. Flying pumpkins. Comprehensive insurance covers all kinds of flying missiles . . . pebbles and rocks, falling branches, and even pumpkins.
Obviously you'll still need to pay a deductible, so don't make a claim unless there's a lot of damage. And for pranks, most companies require a police report with the claim.
A Bank Transforms to "The Price Is Right" Set For Halloween . . . With the Tellers Dressed as Contestants Making Bids
Normally office Halloween costumes are pretty uninspired . . . it's hard to be EDGY, FUNNY, or SEXY when all of those might get you FIRED. But this bank made it happen.
A photo has been floating around from an unidentified bank that was decorated like "The Price Is Right" yesterday. All of the tellers are dressed like contestants, with fake bids under their windows. It's VERY well done. (Imgur)
We see a lot of stories about bus drivers doing BAD stuff, like a school bus driver in Georgia who tried to KIDNAP a young girl earlier this week. But here's a reminder that some of them are OUTSTANDING human beings.
Two Fridays ago, a metro bus driver in Buffalo, New York named Darnell Barton was driving over a bridge, when he saw a woman in her 20s standing on the wrong side of the guardrail about to JUMP.
So Darnell pulled up next to her, opened the door, and asked if she was okay. But she didn't respond, so he got OUT of the bus, put his arm around her, asked if she wanted to climb back over the guardrail, and she AGREED.
All of this was caught on the bus's security camera, and the footage shows Darnell sitting with her on the curb until authorities show up. Then when it's all over, you can hear the passengers give him a round of APPLAUSE.
According to Darnell, he just did what he thought he was SUPPOSED to do given the situation. (Buffalo News / WIVB / Gawker)
If you're flying for the holidays, uninterrupted games of "Candy Crush" might be in your future. Yesterday, the FAA announced it's okay for passengers to use electronics during ALL portions of a flight, including takeoff and landing.
Up until now, you had to turn everything off and wait until the plane was over 10,000 feet . . . even though everyone knew it was total NONSENSE. But now you can watch videos or play games, as long as your device is in "airplane mode."
But don't worry, you won't have to listen to the guy next to you talk on his PHONE for three hours. The Federal Communications Commission doesn't allow phone calls from planes, so calls and text messages are still banned.
But each airline gets to decide WHEN to implement the change. So if you're sitting on the tarmac next WEEK, don't argue with your flight attendant if she says your kid can't keep watching "Yo Gabba Gabba" on the iPad.
It might not happen immediately, but the FAA says they expect most airlines to allow use of electronic devices gate-to-gate by the end of the year. (CNN / Gawker)
It's not just your imagination . . . the woman you're with IS trying to give you a makeover. And we say . . . let her do it. It's probably for the better, and she's not going to stop trying until she succeeds, so why fight it?
According to a new survey, TWO-THIRDS of women have tried to change their boyfriend or husband's appearance. And most of them say it took them about six-and-a-half months to SUCCEED.
About half of the women say they regularly buy clothes for their boyfriend or husband. They'll buy an average of 21 items a year, spending close to $800.
34% of women say the main thing they wanted to change was their significant other's clothing style . . . 22% say hair style . . . and 9% say SMELL.
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