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Five Facts About Super Bowl 48  

 
The "New York Post" has put together a list of 48 Facts About Super Bowl 48.  Here are some highlights:
 
1.  No member of the Seahawks has ever appeared in the Super Bowl.  This is the first time since the 1990 Buffalo Bills that a team had no prior experience.  The Bills lost the Super Bowl that year . . . and they also lost the year after, the year after that, and then the year after THAT.
 
2.  Peyton Manning is the only player on either team to win a Super Bowl ring.  Only three others have even appeared in the Big Game . . . Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (2008, 2012), tight end Jacob Tamme (2010) and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (2009).
 
3.  Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno's first name is a combination of his father's nickname, "Knowledge," and his mother's name, "Varashon."
 
4.  Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is a diehard fan of The Grateful Dead.
 
5.  The Broncos have more than 466,000 Twitter followers, while the Seahawks have over 428,000.  Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman leads players with the most followers at more than 736,000 . . . most of which he probably got over the past two weeks.
 
(You can find all 48 on NYPost.com.  If you want MORE, Forbes.com has another 48 interesting facts on the Super Bowl.)
 

 


 

Are These Celebrities Rooting for the Broncos or the Seahawks?  
 
Check out a list of celebrities and who they're rooting for in the Super Bowl.  Some of them are already fans of either Denver or Seattle, but others just randomly picked a team.  Now . . . guess which team they want to win.
 
Macklemore . . . Seattle Seahawks
 
Don Cheadle . . . Denver Broncos
 
Jessica Biel . . . Broncos
 
"South Park" geniuses Trey Parker and Matt Stone . . . Broncos
 
Sarah Palin . . . Seahawks
 
Sir Mix-A-Lot . . . Seahawks
 
NASCAR star Kyle Busch . . . Broncos
 
Dave Matthews . . . Seahawks
 
Roseanne Barr . . . Broncos
 
Drew Carey . . . Seahawks  (What?  Has he given up on the Browns?)
 
Kenny G . . . Seahawks
 
Patrick Warburton, a.k.a. Puddy from "Seinfeld" . . . Broncos
 
Anna Faris . . . Seahawks
 
Tiger Woods . . . Broncos
 
Kate Hudson . . . Broncos
 
 
 

 

Four Ways for Super Bowl Fanatics to Keep Calm
 
Super Bowl Sunday is a day to hang out with your friends and family, and have a great time.  But for super fans, it can also be a time to STRESS OUT.  Here are four tips to help you stay calm during the game:
 
1.  Exercise before the game starts.  Working out lowers your stress level, and it can keep you keep calm throughout the day.
 
2.  Don't drink too much.  Obviously, you want to relax and have a good time, but don't overdo it.
 
3.  Keep your TV volume low.   You may not realize it, but loud noises can agitate you.  
 
4.  Be aware of who you're with.  Especially if you're watching the game with a bunch of fanatics who are rooting for rival teams. 
 
(Live Science)
 

A Brain Surgeon in Alabama Walked Six Miles Through a Snowstorm to Save a Guy's Life


On Tuesday morning, a man with a traumatic brain injury showed up at a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.  But the only available brain surgeon was 61-year-old Zenko Hrynkiw, and he was at a different hospital six miles away.  (His last name's pronounced 'her-INK-ooh'.)
 
So Zenko got in his car and tried to drive over . . . but that massive SNOWSTORM had locked up traffic, and he only made it a few blocks.
 
Meanwhile, hospital staff were scrambling to keep the guy alive.  And they were having trouble getting through to Zenko's cell, because his reception was cutting in and out.  When they finally did get through, he told a nurse, "I'm walking."  
 
Then he abandoned his car, and started HOOFING IT.  A nurse called the cops, so they could give him a ride, but they couldn't find him.  And after a couple hours passed, the hospital staff started worrying he wouldn't show.
 
But Zenko is a verifiable BADASS.  Because after walking SIX MILES through a SNOWSTORM, he finally showed up at the hospital and rushed into surgery.
 
According to one of the nurses, the patient probably would have DIED if Zenko hadn't shown up.  But the surgery was a success, and the guy is currently recovering.  (Montgomery Advertiser / AL.com)  
 

How much of your life do you waste on Facebook?


Want to Know How Much of Your Life You've Wasted on Facebook?  Here's a Calculator to Help You Figure It Out
 
Ever wondered how much of your life you've wasted looking at your friends' baby photos and food updates on Facebook?  Well, now there's a way to find out.
 
"Time" magazine created an online calculator to do it.  First you estimate the amount of time you spend on Facebook each day . . . which is 17 minutes for the average person.  Then it scans your entire Facebook history, and spits out a number.
 
And chances are you'll be SHOCKED at how high it is.  Because even if you're not a huge Facebook user, you've probably wasted DAYS or WEEKS of your life on there.  You can check it out on the "Time" magazine website.
 
Or just Google "How Much Time Have You Wasted on Facebook?"  
 
(Time)
 

Why Diets Only Last 24 Hours


Half of All Diets Only Last 24 Hours . . . And the Top 10 Reasons Diets Fail
 
Did you make a New Year's resolution to go on a diet?  And were you eating giant handfuls of frosting by January 2nd?  Don't worry . . . so did everyone else.
 
According to a new survey, HALF of all diets only last 24 HOURS or LESS.  And 5% of people say they've never made it past the first day.  But even if they DO, the average diet after that fails after 11 days.  Here are the top 10 reasons why.
 
1.  Being stressed.
 
2.  Thinking, "I'm just going to reward myself."
 
3.  Having a bad day at work.
 
4.  Being offered dessert.
 
5.  Having a glass of wine after work.
 
6.  Being sick.
 
7.  Going out with people who aren't watching what they eat.
 
8.  Having a bad night's sleep.
 
9.  Cold weather.
 
10.  A break-up.  
 
(FemaleFirst) 
 

What's the Best Mistake You've Ever Made?


Have you ever made a BIG MISTAKE . . . or even a little mistake . . . that ended up making things WAY BETTER?  Here are five of our favorite stories about the best mistake people ever made . . .
 
1.  "I drunkenly and stupidly picked a fight.  The guy kicked me in the head.  After the MRI they found a brain tumor."
 
2.  "I failed out of college and joined the military.  It changed me into a completely different person and while I was in, I finally completed my degree in nuclear engineering technology.  Without failing out of college, who knows?"
 
3.  "I worked at a grocery store, gave myself a discount on a piece of watermelon, and got fired.  That started my job hunt . . . where I found a job with better pay, better vacation, better benefits, and work I actually liked."
 
4.  "I was about to make a left turn on my motorcycle and accidentally popped the clutch, which made it stall.  As I was cursing myself, a truck coming from the other direction blew through the red light.  If I hadn't popped the clutch, I'd be dead."  
 
5.  "I dropped a quarter before I could put it in a gumball machine.  While I picked it up, a kid went in front of me and got a pink gumball.  I put mine in and got a blue one.  This story might not be as dynamic as the others, but pink gumballs are awful."  (Reddit)
 

Sleeping habits force couples apart


Marriage is supposed to be for the rest of your life, but what if it interferes with your sleep?  Some couples find that their bedtime habits are simply incompatible, and the only solution is to sleep separately.  

And while this is often a sign that a relationship is going south, in many cases, it’s actually a saving grace.  Maybe one spouse likes the room at a lower temperature, or disturbs their partner with loud snoring.  Or perhaps it’s simply a matter of different schedules- one has to get up much earlier than the other.  

Whatever the reason, separate beds- or even separate rooms- are the answer for up to 40% of couples.  After all, love means never having to say, “quit hogging all the blankets.”
 

Here's a Five-Second Test to See If You're a Good Liar


We've got a five-second test that can tell you whether you're a GOOD LIAR or not.  It's called the "Q" test.  Ready . . . let's go.
 
Take your index finger and draw a capital letter "Q" on your forehead.
 
If you drew the "Q" with the bottom tail pointing left . . . so someone looking at your forehead would read it normally . . . that means you're aware of how other people perceive you, and you're a GOOD LIAR.
 
If you drew the "Q" with the bottom tail on the right side . . . so it would be backwards to someone looking at your forehead . . . that means you're more of an introvert and you're BAD AT LYING.  
 
(Business Insider)
 

Five Weird and Disturbing Things About Gum


You probably think that gum is a healthy alternative to candy or other snacks.  But actually, here's a list of five weird and disturbing things it does to your body:
 
1.  It makes you eat LESS fruit and MORE junk food.  Studies show that chewing mint-flavored gum makes fruit taste bad, so you don't eat it.  It also somehow increases the likelihood that you'll eat candy and chips.
 
2.  It triggers TMJ.  Which stands for "temporomandibular joint disorder," and basically means your jaw is in a ton of pain.
 
3.  You might get IBS.   Chewing makes you swallow a bunch of air, so you could end up with irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, cramps, and bloating.  
 
4.  It makes you go to the bathroom.  Obviously sugar causes tooth decay.  But if you get artificially-sweetened gum, it acts as a LAXATIVE.
 
5.  Gum includes "sheep fat."  It's a harmless, yellow, waxy substance.  They call it "lanolin", and it keeps the gum soft.  But it's made from the SECRETIONS from a sheep's glands.  (ABC News)
 

Little girl saves grandfathers life


A 10-Year-Old Drags Her 230-Pound Grandfather to His Car After He Suffers a Stroke . . . Then Drives Three Miles to Get Help
 
Earlier this month, a 10-year-old girl in Swansea, South Carolina named Cara Jumper was out in the woods checking hunting traps with her 72-year-old grandfather Coy . . . when he suddenly had a STROKE and fell into a POND.
 
And without hesitating, Cara dove in after him and pulled him out.  But that's just the BEGINNING of the story.  Coy was so out of it, he could barely walk.  And his cell phone had fallen in the water, meaning they couldn't call for help.
 
So Cara picked him up, had him lean on her, and basically CARRIED him a quarter mile to their car.  Which wasn't a small task, since he weighs about 230 pounds.
 
Then since he couldn't drive, SHE got behind the wheel and drove three miles on back roads to get help.
 
Coy's wife ended up driving him to the hospital, where his doctors found a small aneurism.  He was released after recovering for six days, and says he doesn't remember anything after hitting the water.
 
But after hearing the story, he has no doubt Cara saved his life.  Meanwhile, she says it was the hardest thing she's ever done, but DOESN'T consider herself a hero.  Quote, "I just did what I had to do."  (WISTV / NY Daily News)  
 

 

Three Quick Hits on the Crazy Snow Situation:


It Snowed in Hawaii . . . Snow Days Don't Make Your Kid Dumb . . . and Chick-Fil-A Fed Stranded Drivers
 
The snow is out in FULL FORCE right now.  You probably heard how in Alabama and Georgia, it was so bad people got stranded and had to camp out in stores and schools.  Here are a few quick stories about the snow deluge . . .
 
1.  It's always important to look at the GOOD in people that comes out during emergencies.
 
In Birmingham, Alabama, a Chick-fil-A restaurant owner named Mark Meadows had his staff hand out free food to anyone stuck in the snow . . . which turned out to be around 280 sandwiches.  He also let people sleep in the restaurant.  (Fox News)
 
2.  If your kid has gotten a LOT of snow days this year, it doesn't mean they'll be DUMBER.  A new study has found that kids are better off getting a snow day, rather than the school staying open in bad weather.
 
Because if there's bad weather, a lot of kids end up not going to school and miss out on class.  Then the teachers have to re-cover the material when everyone's back.  So if school's canceled, it actually wastes LESS time.  (CBS 3 - Philadelphia)
 
3.  The snow situation is so legit that parts of HAWAII are getting snow . . . up to six inches.  (Hawaii News Now)
 

Why you shouldn't call back an unfamiliar number


If Your Cell Phone Rings Once From an Unknown Number, Don't Call Back . . . It'll Cost You $30
 
Here's a heads up on the latest huge SCAM.  If you get a call on your cell phone from an unknown number, and it only rings once . . . DON'T CALL BACK.
 
You might be tempted, thinking it's a fantastic job offer, a long-lost friend, a super-hot chick at the bar you once gave your number to, or Publisher's Clearing House.  It's not.
 
Apparently, scammers in the Caribbean have a computer that calls thousands of random cell phone numbers, then disconnects after one ring.  And the phone number it's coming from LOOKS local.
 
But if you call it back, it's secretly an international call . . . you'll get charged $19.95 to make the connection, then $9-per-minute.  Assuming you hang up in less than a minute, that's $28.95 extra on your next cell phone bill.
 
We're not entirely clear HOW the guys running the scam get that money, or what kind of tricks they're using to make this work . . . but the Better Business Bureau is on it, which gives the threat some credibility.  
 
(Consumerist)
 

What kind of vehicle that men drive are woman most attracted to?


Women Are Most Attracted to Men in Pickup Trucks . . . And Least Attracted to Men in Mail Trucks
 
Sure, you've never done construction for a single day of your life, and the only things you haul around are boxes from IKEA.  But still . . . get yourself a pickup truck and BE A MAN.
 
According to a new survey, women are MOST attracted to men driving pickup trucks . . .  and LEAST attracted to men driving MAIL trucks.  Here's the breakdown . . .
 
32% of women say pickup trucks are the most attractive vehicles for men . . . 27% say sports cars . . . 16% say SUVs . . . 11% say sedans . . . 9% say hybrids or electrics . . . 4% say UPS trucks . . . 2% say minivans . . . and 1% say MAIL TRUCKS.
 
On the other side of things, men find women in SPORTS CARS the most attractive.
 
39% of men say sports cars are the most attractive vehicle for women . . . 22% say sedans . . . 20% say SUVs . . . 10% say pickup trucks . . . 6% say hybrids or electrics . . . and 4% say minivans.
 
Women say the most attractive car or truck color for a man is black . . . and men say the most attractive car or truck color for a woman is red.  
 
(Yahoo Autos)
 

A Definitive Ranking of 25 Classic Disney Villains


A trailer for the upcoming Disney movie "Maleficent" calls Maleficent . . . the evil fairy from "Sleeping Beauty" . . . quote, "Disney's greatest villain."  But is she really?
 
The "Huffington Post" put together A Definitive Ranking of 25 Classic Disney Villains . . . and on their list, Maleficent was only able to make it to #12.  Here's the Top 25:
 
1.  Scar from "The Lion King"
 
2.  Cruella de Vil from "101 Dalmatians"
 
3.  Ursula from "The Little Mermaid"
 
4.  Chernabog, the demon from "Fantasia"
 
5.  Lady Tremaine . . . a.k.a. The Wicked Stepmother from "Cinderella"
 
6.  Jafar from "Aladdin"
 
7.  Queen Grimhilde . . . a.k.a. The Evil Queen from "Snow White"
 
8. Gaston from "Beauty and the Beast"
 
9.  Hades from "Hercules"
 
10.  Claude Frollo from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
 
11.  The Queen of Hearts from "Alice in Wonderland"
 
12.  Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" . . . Maybe her standing will improve when we see Angelina Jolie's portrayal of her in the new movie.
 
13.  Shan-Yu from "Mulan"
 
14.  Ratigan from "The Great Mouse Detective"
 
15.  Captain Hook from "Peter Pan"
 
16.  Governor Ratcliffe from "Pocahontas"
 
17.  Shere Khan from "The Jungle Book"
 
18.  Foulfellow and Gideon from "Pinocchio"
 
19.  Madam Mim from "The Sword in the Stone"
 
20.  The off-screen "man" from "Bambi"
 
21.  Madame Medusa form "The Rescuers"
 
22.  Si and Am, the Siamese cats from "Lady and the Tramp"
 
23.  Prince John from "Robin Hood"
 
24.  Clayton from "Tarzan"
 
25.  Edgar Balthazar, the butler from "The Aristocrats"
 
(The full article on HuffingtonPost.com has brief write-ups on each villain.)
 

This story will make you tear up!


A Woman Adopted a Puppy with No Front Legs After It Was Scheduled to Be Put Down . . . And His Photos Are Inspiring Others to Adopt Disabled Pets
 
Six months ago, an animal shelter in Chicago took in a six-week-old pit bull named Rex, who'd been born with NO FRONT LEGS and was also ABUSED.
 
But no one was willing to adopt him, so they planned to PUT HIM DOWN.  Luckily, a group called Rescue Warriors took him in just MINUTES before that happened.
 
Still, even THEY struggled to find a permanent home for him.  Which is when a 24-year-old woman named Kimberly Boshold came into the picture.
 
Kimberly and her boyfriend Kevin happened to see a photo of Rex online, and offered to take care of him for a few weeks.  Then once they saw how sweet he was, they decided to KEEP him.
 
They've since renamed him Cole, and an organization called Eddie's Wheels built a custom wheelchair for his front legs so he can get around.
 
But that's not where the story ends, because Kimberly has also made it her mission to inspire OTHER people to help disabled dogs.  So now her Instagram page is basically ALL about Cole.  And she also set up a Facebook page to raise awareness.  
 
 

Still living at home?


A 27-Year-Old Is More Likely to Be Living With Their Parents Than Roommates . . . And Five More Facts About Today's Late 20s Americans
 
The Department of Education has been running a study since 2002 on a group of kids who were high school sophomores at the time . . . and are now roughly 27 years old.  Here are six things they found about the average 27-year-old . . .
 
1.  40% have spent some time unemployed since 2009.
 
2.  When they were 25, they weren't making huge money.  In 2011, only 21% were making over $40,000 . . . and more than half were making less than $25,000.
 
3.  About 60% of the kids who went to college in the 2000s took out student loans.  25% of them borrowed more than $25,000.
 
4.  College dropouts are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than college graduates.
 
5.  10% say they've already fulfilled their career goals.  And 57% say they're in a job that's a step toward their career goals.
 
6.  They're more likely to be living with their PARENTS than roommates.  42% live with a spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend . . . 23% live with their parents . . . 19% live alone . . . and 10% live with roommates.  (The Atlantic)
 

Keep an eye on your Credit Card Statement!


If There's a Charge For $9.84 on Your Credit Card Statement, Time to Panic
 
If you're scanning your credit card statement for fraud, you're probably looking for $3,000 at Best Buy or mysterious charges for first class tickets on Air Ethiopia.  But THIS fraud probably would never catch your eye.
 
According to the Better Business Bureau, you NEED to scan your statement and see if you've been charged . . . for exactly $9.84.
 
Apparently a giant network of scammers around the world has been making those small charges on TONS of people's credit cards.
 
They figured it was easier to avoid being noticed stealing $10 from one million people, than $1 million from 10 people.
 
The $9.84 charge will look like it's from a generic company . . . you wouldn't recognize the name, so you'd probably just think it was a restaurant or something if you were glancing over your statement.
 
If you DO have a random $9.84 charge on your card, call your credit card company immediately, report it, and get a new card.  (Huffington Post)
 

Oh, that happens to you too?


What's Something That Happens to You All the Time . . . But You Have No Idea If It Happens to Anyone Else?
 
Is there something that happens to you ALL the time . . . but you have NO idea if it happens to anyone else?  Here are six things that happen to way more people than you realize . . .
 
1.  Walking into a room and completely forgetting why you went in there.
 
2.  Spilling on yourself when you take a drink.  It's fine if it happens to you a lot . . . plenty of people somehow still haven't fully mastered drinking.
 
3.  Putting your hands under an automatic sink faucet in a public bathroom and no water comes out.  You're not an invisible vampire, it just happens sometimes.
 
4.  Forgetting someone's name two seconds after you meet them.
 
5.  Walking past a cop and thinking to yourself, "What if I grabbed his gun?"
 
(Reddit)
 

A Woman Donated Her Kidney to Her Husband, But He Cheated on Her . . . So Now She Wants Her Kidney Back


In 2007, Samantha and Andy Lamb of Ivybridge, Devon, England got married. Two years later, Andy had kidney failure and needed a transplant . . . or he'd die.  So Samantha donated her kidney to save her husband's life.
 
Then, in August of 2012, Samantha says Andy CHEATED ON HER with one of her friends.  So now . . . she wants her kidney BACK.
 
Samantha is now 41 and Andy is 45.  She says she regrets donating her kidney and, quote, "I would definitely go through the operation again but I wouldn't give the kidney to him . . . [I'd] give it to someone else."
 
Andy says he DIDN'T cheat on Samantha . . . their marriage fell apart because they were always fighting and her family hated him.
 
Also, Andy says he's just friends with the woman Samantha thinks he cheated with.  Quote, "I just helped train her dog."  (UPI / Daily Mirror)  
 

Do you know what you're getting for Valentine's Day?


56% of People Already Know What They're Getting For Valentine's Day
 
There's a 56% chance your significant other already KNOWS what gift you're giving them for Valentine's Day.  So . . . um . . . it would be really nice for them to clue you in on it, right?
 
According to a new survey, 56% of people say they know what they're getting for Valentine's Day and 30% have no idea.  We don't know about the other 14% . . . maybe they're expecting no gift?
 
The survey also found that 86% of people say a HOMEMADE or PERSONALIZED GIFT makes an extra special present.
 
Only 8% say a gift needs to be EXPENSIVE to be extra special.  
 
(PR Newswire)
 

Do You Take Off Your Wedding Ring When You're Going Out?


Do you take off your wedding ring when you're going out?
 
According to a new survey, one out of FIVE married people say YES, sometimes they do take off their ring before they go out.  Here are the top five reasons why . . .
 
1.  They want more attention from the opposite sex, regardless of whether they'd actually act on it.
 
2.  Their ring is uncomfortable.
 
3.  They're MAD at their husband or wife, and want to make a point.
 
4.  They don't want people to assume they're BORING.
 
5.  They think it'll help them make business connections easier.
 
Men are more likely to take their ring off than women . . . but women are more likely to do it after a fight.  (Daily Mail)
 

Cat get's to stay


A Cat That's Been Living in a Home Depot for 13 Years Will Get to Stay . . . After People Protested Its Eviction Online
 
Earlier this month, there was a story in the news about a cat named "Depot" that's been living in a Home Depot in Bluffton, South Carolina for the past 13 years, mostly hanging out in the lawn and garden center.
 
But it's recently been setting off the store's motion-activated security system at night.  So the store announced they were EVICTING it.  And of course the cat-obsessed Internet didn't like that idea.
 
So a guy from New York who vacations in the area set up a petition on the website Change.org, and the story started making national news.  Then people started threatening to BOYCOTT the store, and the higher ups at Home Depot took notice.
 
Since it was posted, the petition has gotten over 1,500 signatures.  And Home Depot now says the cat will be allowed to stay INDEFINITELY.
 
However, they did say they'd like to find a safer home for the cat before it gets TOO old.  Luckily, plenty of people have offered to ADOPT it.  And a nearby animal shelter is offering a free exam as well as any vaccinations it might need.  (Charlotte Observer)  
 

Want to Make a Quick $3,000? Just Let the U.S. Government Infect You With Swine Flu


We've got good news and bad news.  The good news:  The U.S. government is looking for volunteers to make $3,000 for nine days of just hangin' out.  The bad news:  You have to let them infect you with SWINE FLU.
 
The National Institutes of Health is in the middle of a massive clinical research study to try to find a cure for the flu . . . and they're at the point where they need to test it on humans.
 
So they need volunteers who are willing to be infected with the flu . . . then monitored carefully at a hospital for nine days.
 
They're testing it with all different forms of the flu . . . from regular, old influenza to H1N1 swine flu.
 
If you're interested in letting the government give you a virus for $3,000, you can apply online.  Just Google "NIAID Influenza Clinical Research Studies."  Or call 1-800-411-1222.  (Today / NIH)
 

Beard trend cuts razor sales


Procter & Gamble’s men’s grooming sector is struggling, and it seems they may have scruffy hipsters to blame.  

Experts say the rise in popularity of beards and mustaches has affected the company’s bottom line!  That’s right- fewer guys are buying razors and other shaving supplies, choosing instead to let their facial hair run riot.  

But it’s not all bad news- P&G believes the increase in body-shaving among men could potentially offset lost profits due to the beard trend.  We’re going to leave that one alone.
 

What is the key to a happy marriage?


The Key to a Happy Marriage Is . . . a Husband Who Works Long Hours
 
If you're PASSIONATE about wrapping up at work at exactly 5:00 P.M. so you can get home and spend as much quality time as possible with your wife . . . she would actually be a lot happier if you'd STOP.
 
According to a new study by the University of Texas, the key to a happy marriage is a husband who works long hours.
 
Researchers found husbands who worked at least 50 hours a week had the happiest wives.
 
Why?  The theory the researchers came up with feels SURPRISINGLY SEXIST.  They believe the wives are happier because men who work longer hours make more money . . . which means they can afford a maid.
 
Having a maid gives their wife more time to exercise and stay healthy.  And, I guess her healthy body makes both her and her husband happier?
 
The study also found the effect ISN'T reversed.  When a wife works at least 50 hours a week, it doesn't lead to a happier marriage . . . it only works when the MAN is putting in overtime.  (Daily Mail)
 

Movie Theater Owners Want Shorter Trailers That Don't Give Away the Whole Movie


Are you tired of movie trailers that go on FOREVER and give away the whole freakin' movie?  Well, theater owners have heard your complaints.
 
The National Association of Theater Owners has issued some "voluntary guidelines" calling for trailers to be no longer than TWO MINUTES.  That's 30 seconds shorter than the current norm.
 
They also don't want to show trailers for a movie more than five months before its release . . . and marketing materials can't be displayed inside a theater more than four months before a movie's release.
 
These rules will apply to movies released on or after October 1st . . . but it's up to the individual theater chains to implement them, and it's not clear if all of them will.
 
(I always used to LOVE the trailers . . . sometimes more than the movies.  But these days it definitely feels like were ASSAULTED with them.  They're so long, and there are so many of them.  And they really are way too involved.)
 

A Police Captain in Indiana Confirms That a Family's Home Is Haunted


It's one thing to run around telling people your house is HAUNTED.  It's a whole different story when people actually BELIEVE you.
 
Latoya Ammons of Gary, Indiana has been living in a rental house with her three kids and her mother.  She swore the house was haunted.  And now . . . the CAPTAIN of the Gary police AGREES with her.
 
Latoya's family experienced all kinds of crazy stuff once they moved into the house including swarms of flies in the winter, mysterious footprints, LEVITATING CHILDREN, and one child walking backward up a wall in front of their case worker.
 
Finally, Latoya and her family had to flee the house . . . and since then, they haven't had any haunting incidents.  Latoya, her case workers, a priest, and the police captain all agree there was SOMETHING haunting that house.
 
The house is still vacant right now.  (Gawker)  
 

2014 Grammy's


The Grammy Winners You Care About  
 
Album of the Year:  "Random Access Memories",  Daft Punk
 
Record of the Year:  "Get Lucky",  Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
 
Song of the Year:  "Royals",  Lorde
 
Best New Artist:  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
 
Best Pop Album:  "Unorthodox Jukebox",  Bruno Mars
 
Best Traditional Pop Album:  "To Be Loved",  Michael Bublé
 
Best Pop Solo Performance:  "Royals",  Lorde
 
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group:  "Get Lucky",  Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
 
Best Dance Recording:  "Clarity",  Zedd featuring Foxes
 
Best Dance / Electronica Album:  "Random Access Memories",  Daft Punk
 
Best Rock Song:  "Cut Me Some Slack",  Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear
 
Best Rock Album:  "Celebration Day",  Led Zeppelin
 
Best Rock Performance:  "Radioactive",  Imagine Dragons
 
Best Metal Performance:  "God Is Dead?",  Black Sabbath
 
Best Alternative Music Album:  "Modern Vampires of the City",  Vampire Weekend
 
Best R&B Song:  "Pusher Love Girl",  Justin Timberlake
 
Best R&B Album:  "Girl on Fire",  Alicia Keys
 
Best R&B Performance:  "Something",  Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway
 
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance:  "Please Come Home",  Gary Clark Jr.
 
Best Rap Song:  "Thrift Shop",  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
 
Best Rap Album:  "The Heist",  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
 
Best Rap Performance:  "Thrift Shop",  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
 
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:  "Holy Grail",  Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake 
 
Best Urban Contemporary Album:  "Unapologetic",  Rihanna
 
Best Country Song:  "Merry Go 'Round",  Kacey Musgraves
 
Best Country Album:  "Same Trailer Different Park",  Kacey Musgraves
 
Best Country Solo Performance:  "Wagon Wheel",  Darius Rucker
 
Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group:  "From This Valley",  The Civil Wars
 
 
And here are a few other random winners: 
 
 
Best Americana Album:  "Old Yellow Moon",  Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
 
Best Comedy Album:  "Calm Down Gurrl",  Kathy Griffin
 
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:  "Overcomer", former "American Idol" star Mandisa . . . The title track also won Best Contemporary Christian Music Song.
 
 
Best Score:  "Skyfall",  Thomas Newman 
 
Best Song Written for Visual Media:  Adele's "Skyfall" theme
 
Best Music Video:  "Suit & Tie",  Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z
 
Best Spoken Word Album:  "America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't", Stephen Colbert
 
Best Music Film:  "Live Kisses",  Paul McCartney
 
 
(You can sort through the winners in ALL 82 CATEGORIES at Grammy.com.)
 

 

The Grammy Performances  
 
BEYONCÉ opened the show with her ass hanging out.  She even twerked a little.  She sang "Drunk In Love" and was joined onstage by JAY Z, as expected.  It was a pretty unremarkable performance.  
 
Later, when Jay won Best Rap / Sung Collaboration for "Holy Grail", he held up his Grammy and said, quote, "And I want to tell Blue, 'Look!  Daddy's got a gold sippy cup for you.'"
 
 
LORDE has said she thinks she looks like Gollum from "Lord of the Rings" when she performs . . . and she kind of proved it last night.  But her version of "Royals" was still pretty stirring and raw . . . in a GOOD way.
 
 
CHICAGO dusted off their horns to perform with ROBIN THICKE.  First, they did a medley of their hits, followed by Robin's "Blurred Lines".
 
 
In other performances . . . 
 
 
Scott Eastwood can officially stand down.  Last night PINK proved once and for all that she's the sexiest human being on the planet right now, male or female.
 
First she sang "Try" while doing one of her acrobatic routines above the audience.  Then she hit the stage for "Just Give Me a Reason" with Nate Ruess from Fun . . . a guy it looks like she could probably break over her knee.
 
 
Despite having METALLICA and NINE INCH NAILS among the performers, the most ROCK AND ROLL moment had to be when IMAGINE DRAGONS teamed up with KENDRICK LAMAR for "Radioactive".  They totally rocked the house.
 
 
Metallica performed "One" with a pianist named LANG LANG (Pronounced LONG LONG), and it was okay, but not mind-blowing.
 
 
As for the much-hyped final performance featuring Nine Inch Nails, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, DAVE GROHL and LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM . . . well, it got CUT OFF, because the show ran THREE HOURS AND 45 MINUTES.
 
 
Seriously . . . they started thanking sponsors and rolling credits, then just turned it over to local programming.
 
 
Just before that, they did the "In Memoriam" segment, and it seemed to go a little faster than usual.  They probably sped it up because the show ran SO long.
 
 
SARA BAREILLES got to sing "Brave" with one of her heroes, the legendary CAROLE KING . . . and Carole was AMAZING.  After all these years, her voice is still impeccable. 
 
 
WILLIE NELSON, MERLE HAGGARD, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON and BLAKE SHELTON probably could have sounded better, but it was still a kick to see them all up there doing their thing together.
 
 
THE BEATLES were well-represented this year.  In addition to getting a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, RINGO STARR performed his old song "Photograph", and he played drums for PAUL MCCARTNEY'S new song "Queenie Eye".
 
 
Plus, OLIVIA HARRISON and YOKO ONO took the stage with ALICIA KEYS to present the award for Album of the Year.  Alicia accidentally called JOHN LENNON John LEGEND during the intro.
 
 
The performance that everybody's going to be talking about, however, was obviously MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS.
 
 
They did "Same Love", with MARY LAMBERT . . . the candy-coated, tattooed minx who sings on the track.  And in the middle of the song, QUEEN LATIFAH came out and "married" 33 couples, many of whom were SAME-SEX.
 
 
And yes, these people WERE supposedly LEGITIMATELY married right there during the song.
 
 
Then MADONNA came out and they mashed up "Same Love" with "Open Your Heart".
 
 
And last but not least, here's a fun GIF of TAYLOR SWIFT thinking she won Album of the Year when she didn't.

 

The Fourteen Habits of Highly Miserable People


Some of us are miserable because of bad luck, and some of us are born that way.  But the REALLY miserable people get there because they WORK at it every day.  Check out the 14 habits of highly miserable people, and try to avoid them.
 
1.  Worrying about money.  They worry about losing their job, about going broke, about getting scammed, about how much everything costs . . . even about DYING broke. 
 
2.  Being bored.  When you're bored, you tend to do self-destructive things just to entertain yourself.  You might have an affair, or start fights for no reason.  And then you also become BORING, which ends up making you lonely.
 
3.  Having a negative self-identity.  A great way to be miserable is to take any bad feeling you have, and create a whole identity around it.  When you're depressed, you think of yourself as a 'depressed person,' instead of finding what can make you happy.
 
4.  Picking fights.  It's one of the best ways to ruin a relationship.  Miserable people tend to cry a lot, and make false accusations.  They say their partner never cared about them.  And if the partner brings it up later, they act like it never happened.
 
5.  Assuming the worst about others.  They take innocent remarks and twist them into an insult about THEM.  They think other people will always let them down, and they look for faults in everyone around them.
 
6.  Doing everything for personal gain.  They might volunteer or donate to charity sometimes, but only to make themselves look good.
 
7.  Never expressing gratitude.  According to research, it makes you happier . . . so miserable people avoid it at all costs.
 
8.  Keeping yourself in a constant state of anxiety.  They stay informed about future disasters, epidemics, stock market crashes, and possible asteroid hits.  They're never optimistic about anything, because they know they'll be disappointed.
 
9.  Blaming their parents.  They blame everything they hate about themselves on the way their parents raised them.  And if there's anything they actually LIKE, they attribute it to dumb luck.
 
10.  Not enjoying life's little pleasures.  They tend not to get into conversations or spend time outside.  They don't go to museums or read for pleasure.  Instead, they find something petty to COMPLAIN about.
 
11.  Dwelling on themselves.  They're always examining and analyzing their defects.  If someone ELSE has a problem, they find a way to make it THEIR problem.
 
12.  Living in the past.  They talk constantly about how much better their lives used to be, and how bad they are now.
 
13.  Trying to reform other people.  They never date anyone who has it together.  They go for people who are unemployed, uneducated, who gamble, or who have anger issues.  And they never stop trying to heal them.
 
14.  Being critical.  They try to criticize everything, especially the things that everyone else likes.  It's a great way to start arguments, which can make you and everyone else around you more miserable.  (Alternet.org)
 

A High School Basketball Player Dedicated a Game to His Friend Who Died of Cancer . . . And Then Made a Game-Winning Buzzer Beater


Earlier this month, the men's basketball coach at Bishop McGuinness high school outside Greensboro, North Carolina wanted to motivate his players for an upcoming game against their rival.
 
So he had each player dedicate the game to someone who'd inspired them.  And one 17-year-old player named Spencer Wilson decided to dedicate his performance to his friend Josh Rominger.
 
Spencer and Josh were both diagnosed with CANCER several years ago, and Spencer beat his.  But sadly, Josh passed away about nine months ago.  And Spencer says he still thinks about him every day.
 
Well, the game was January 17th, and Spencer's team was losing 82 to 81 with just over two seconds left.  Then a player on the opposing team intentionally missed a free throw so Spencer's team would have to rebound AND shoot before the clock expired.
 
Luckily, they DID get the rebound, and Spencer ended up with the ball . . . threw up a prayer from about 50 feet . . . and it somehow WENT IN, winning the game 84 to 82.
 
You can check out the video online.  Spencer said afterward that it felt like a dream, and even HE couldn't believe it when he saw it happen.  (Huffington Post / CBS)  
 
 

Do You Rely on Online Reviews?


One-in-Five Are Written by People Who've Never Even Tried the Product
 
If you're one of those people who checks out reviews on Amazon or Yelp before you buy something, go to a restaurant, or take a trip . . . make sure to remember this:  A lot of them are MADE UP.
 
According to a new survey, 21% of Americans who've reviewed a product or service admit they NEVER actually tried it.  
 
32% say they left a review of something they've never tried because they just felt like it.
 
23% left the review based on hearsay from someone else.
 
22% left the review because they didn't like the IDEA of the product.
 
19% left the review because they don't like the owner or manufacturer.
 
And 10% left the review to be FUNNY, like an Amazon spoof review.
 
79% of Americans say they always or sometimes check online reviews.  (YouGov)
 

You Can End an Argument by Dimming the Lights


According to a new study, the key to ending an ARGUMENT with your husband or wife is . . . just dim the lights.  But it's NOT to make things sexy . . . so you don't also need to put on the SISQO CD and light a candle.
 
The researchers found bright lights make people more AGGRESSIVE and EMOTIONAL . . . so when they dimmed the lights, the couples got less upset and it diffused their arguments.  (Daily Mail)
 

Teachers get no respect


Kids these days- they don’t respect their elders.  That’s according to a poll of more than 2,200 American adults, which found only around 30% believe students today respect their teachers.  On top of that, only half think parents respect teachers.  

On the other hand, about 65% think teachers respect parents, and 60% think teachers respect their students. But overall, the adults polled feel there was more respect between teachers and students when they were in school.  The survey also asked about what makes a great educator.  

Based on the results, the best teachers challenge kids to do their best, inspire them to want to learn and have a constructive teaching style.  Other good qualities include knowledge about subject matter and sense of humor.
 

55% of People Will Watch the Super Bowl For the Commercials This Year


Are you watching the Super Bowl for the football or the commercials?  The odds are . . . yeah, it's the commercials.  Well done, brainwashing experts of corporate America.
 
In a new survey, 55% of people say they're looking forward to the Super Bowl ads more than the game or as much as the game.  That number includes 67% of women and 44% of men.  (PR Newswire)
 

Bieber Fever!


Justin Bieber Was Released on $2,500 Bail, and Waved to His Fans Like a Beauty Queen While Leaving Jail  
 
JUSTIN BIEBER was arrested after drag racing in Miami Beach early yesterday morning . . . and was charged with DUI, resisting arrest, and driving on an expired license.  Here's the latest . . .
 
After cooling his heels in jail for several hours, Justin made a brief appearance before a judge, who set a "standard" bail of $2,500.  Obviously, he didn't have any problem coming up with that.  He probably had that much ON him, in cash.
 
TMZ has video from the bail hearing.  Justin tried to look "tough," but didn't say anything to the judge.  He left all the talking to his attorney, Roy Black.
 
Black is a big-time lawyer, who helped William Kennedy Smith beat rape charges in 1991.  He's also represented:  Rush Limbaugh, Kelsey Grammer, "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis, and racer Helio Castroneves.
 
While leaving jail, Justin sat on top of a vehicle . . . and waved to his fans like a beauty queen or something.  Clearly, this kid doesn't seem to regret the example he's setting for his fans, a lot of whom are his age and YOUNGER.
 

 

Justin Bieber's Parents Are Enabling His Behavior, and Contributed to the Circumstances of His Arrest  
 
It seems like JUSTIN BIEBER thinks he can do whatever he wants because no one EVER tells him "NO."
 
So, are his PARENTS to be that last line of defense?  Well, apparently not, because they're serving as ENABLERS.
 
Justin allegedly admitted to cops that he drank some alcohol, smoked some dope, and took some prescription medication at some point on Wednesday night.
 
TMZ says he told them that his mom, Pattie Mallette, gave him the prescription medication he took . . . and that it was an anti-anxiety drug, like Xanax, but that he didn't know what it was, because he just takes whatever she gives him.
 
It's unclear if Justin has a prescription for whatever he was taking.  If he DOES . . . even if his mom handles it . . . he's probably in the clear on that.  If he DOESN'T . . . that's illegal, and he could be in even more trouble.
 
Meanwhile, Justin's dad, Jeremy Bieber, was actually with him all day.  So, it's reasonable to assume that he helped facilitate Justin's many STUPID decisions.
 
So-called sources say Jeremy was one of the people in the SUVs that reportedly blocked traffic to clear a stretch of road for Justin to drag race.
 
Plus, he was also spotted at the nightclub Justin was at just before the arrest, so there's a VERY good chance Jeremy knew Justin's condition when he got behind the wheel. 
 

 

Justin Bieber's Smiling Mugshot . . . Plus, Celebrities Are Mocking Him on Twitter  
 
JUSTIN BIEBER must be HAPPY to finally get some "street cred" or something . . . because he offered up a nice big smile for his mugshot.  Or maybe he's just still beaming from all the fun he had getting wasted and drag racing with his buddies?
 
Regardless, if Twitter is any indication, not many celebrities have Justin's back. Actually, a lot of them are making fun of him . . . and a few even took SHOTS at him.  Here are some that caught our eye:
 
Seth Rogen:  "All jokes aside, Justin Bieber is a piece of [crap]."  He actually said the S-word.
 
"Supernatural" star Jared Padalecki:  "Just saw the mugshot . . . I gotta admit, she's kinda hot without all of her usual makeup on."
 
Jason Biggs:  "50 in a 30.  Jesus, Bieber even drag races like a [P-word]."  He actually said a word that rhymes with "wussy."
 
Zach Braff:  "I'm nervous for Justin's anus in jail. #FreeBieber."
 
The account for Netflix's prison show "Orange is the New Black":  "We've got an open bunk for you, Justin Bieber."
 
Mario Lopez:  "Justin Bieber mugshot . . . he MUST be high . . . he thought he was at a Teen Beat photo shoot."
 
Actor Adam Rose:  "Shhh.  I think this is the part where Justin Bieber shaves his head."
 
Michael Ian Black:  "Doesn't Hollywood have any original ideas?  I've seen this Bieber movie so many times."
 
Josh Groban:  "'I sentence you to free credibility . . . in the world you are actively trying to gain credibility in.' -- judge to Bieber."
 
Lisa Rinna:  "Baby, Baby, Baby, NO!!!!!!  Like Baby, Baby, Baby, say it isn't SOOOOO!!!!!!"
 
Keyshawn Johnson . . . the former NFL player who moved out of Justin's neighborhood after complaining about what a nuisance he is, and how he's always speeding down their street:  "They finally caught HIM! . . .
 
"Glad no one was hurt, no kids in the street.  Everyone grows up at some point.  Hopefully he learns from it.  The scary part is grown adults who are with him aren't protecting him from himself!  All looking for a quick buck.  Learning experience for all."
 

 

The Youth of America Say It's Not Justin's Fault  
 
JUSTIN BIEBER was finally caught doing something INDEFENSIBLE . . . but that STILL isn't stopping his completely delusional "Beliebers" from Tweeting about how he's the VICTIM.  Here are some of them:
 
@StylishBill:  "He's just drunk . . . I mean why have him in handcuffs?  This is so stupid.  It's only because this is 'Justin Bieber' and they want him to fall."
 
@chey_says_hey:  "But everyone's blaming Justin.  It's not his fault, it's society and the media's fault."
 
@TWLSJANOSKIANS:  "People drink and drive all the time, and you never hear about it.  The only reason that it's such a big deal now is because it's Justin Bieber."
 
@hisbelieber_98:  "Justin was arrested??  He didn't do anything . . ."
 
@missbieberabi:  "It's not Justin's fault!!  He had his childhood lost!!  And he's just making up for it maybe in the wrong way, but just leave him alone!!"
 
@SagLikeBieber:  "Jesus, it's not our fault Justin was on anti-depressants.  It's not even his fault.  Some people are born with a serotonin deficiency.  Me?"
 
@Richkid_life:  "Justin Bieber didn't do anything we don't do everyday.  He just got caught."
 
@suprabelieveJB:  "@MiamiBeachPD [Eff] you.  Justin innocent."
 
@stratfordbiebbz:  "Justin is not a bad person.  He's just lost.  You know it's like screaming.  But no one can hear it."  (???)
 
@juxtinsbaby:  "Justin is human.  He isn't perfect.  He's going to make mistakes.  But if you can't handle him at his worst, you don't deserve him at his best."  
 
 

A Couple Met at a Homeless Shelter, Got Engaged Five Months Later, and Handed Out Food to the Homeless at Their Wedding


Back in 2011, a woman in Washington D.C. named Ressurrection Graves lost her massage therapy business and her house to foreclosure.  And eventually, she ended up in a homeless shelter.
 
But that's exactly when things started to turn around for her:  She met a guy named Deven, who was also homeless, and he wanted to DATE her.
 
Not surprisingly, she said she wouldn't date him until he figured out a way to move out of the shelter.  Well, apparently he got right on that.  Because they moved out TOGETHER about a week later.  And five months after that, they got ENGAGED.
 
Their wedding was in August, on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.  And immediately after their vows, they went to a bunch of parks in D.C. and handed out food to people in need.
 
They've also started a charity called Glory Soldiers Global to help homeless people get back on their feet.  (Huffington Post / Daily Mail)  
 

An Opera Singer Is Suing a Hospital Because a Botched Surgery Gave Her "Excessive Flatulence" and Ruined Her Career


I suppose it would be hard to take an opera singer seriously if her incredible high notes were punctuated with FLATULENCE.  And that's exactly what's ruined one opera singer's career.
 
33-year-old Amy Herbst of Nashville, Tennessee was a professional opera singer.  Her husband is an Army staff sergeant.  Back in February of 2012, they had their first child at a hospital on an Army base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
 
And during the delivery, the nurse performed a procedure on Amy called an episiotomy.  That's where they cut the perineum . . . also known as the TAINT . . . to make it easier for the baby to come out.
 
Amy says she never consented to it . . . and they BOTCHED it.  Since then, she's had NONSTOP flatulence and problems controlling her bowels.  It's also caused her so much pain she can't perform opera anymore.
 
Amy just filed a lawsuit against the government for $2.5 million for negligence, pain and suffering, embarrassment, and loss of income.  (Military Times / Daily Mail)  
 

If You Became a Billionaire, What's the First Simple Thing You'd Buy?


If you haven't heard, there's a March Madness pool this year where you could win $1 BILLION if you pick every game perfectly.  So . . . let's say you win.  Forget all the BIG things you'd buy, like a trip to Tahiti and a good lawyer.
 
What's the first SIMPLE thing you'd buy if you became a billionaire overnight?  Here are some of the best answers we've heard . . .
 
1.  "I'd go to a bar and buy everyone a round of drinks.  I've always wanted to be the guy who gets to say, 'A round of drinks for everyone!'"
 
2.  "I'd finally buy a giant trampoline.  Maybe two giant trampolines."
 
3.  "I'd buy a whole family bucket of KFC and just eat the skins."
 
4.  "I'd buy new socks . . . every day for the rest of my life."
 
5.  "I'd finally buy the first Nintendo.  As a kid, all my friends had it but my parents wouldn't get me one.  I just had to watch my friends play.  I'd finally get one."
 
6.  "I'd finally send my laundry out instead of doing it myself."  (Reddit) 
 

Law would require pre-marriage classes


First comes love, but before marriage, there’s therapy.  At least, that could be the reality if lawmakers in Colorado get their way.  

They’re proposing a law that would require all couples to complete mandatory marriage counseling before tying the knot.  The Colorado Marriage Education Act would mandate 10 hours of pre-wedding prep; that number would go up to 20 hours for second marriages and 30 for third marriages.  

Anti-divorce activists, who support the act, say its intention is to “better prepare individuals going into marriage to fulfill their new roles as spouse and potentially as parent, to furthermore protect children given that marriage is the foundation of a family unit.”  But while the law may help reduce taxpayer spending on divorce, as advocates claim, it won’t make your wedding any cheaper- in fact, couples would have to pay for the classes themselves.  One more thing to add to the budget.
 

The Ten Best Jobs When It Comes to Salary, Job Security, and Future Prospects


According to a new poll, 56% of workers say it's been at least five years since they even LOOKED for a different job.  But if you ARE planning to get a better job this year, you'll be in good shape if it's one of THESE.
 
According to an annual list from "U.S. News & World Report", here are the ten best jobs when it comes to salary, job security, work-life balance, and future prospects.
 
1.  Software Developer
 
2.  Computer Systems Analyst
 
3.  Dentist
 
4.  Nurse Practitioner
 
5.  Pharmacist
 
6.  Registered Nurse
 
7.  Physical Therapist
 
8.  Doctor
 
9.  Web Developer
 
10.  Dental Hygienist  
 
(U.S. News & World Report)
 

Four Ways to Make Sure You're Never Late


We've all found ourselves rushing around at the last minute.  And for about 20% of us, it's chronic.  But there are actually ways to TRAIN yourself to get things done early.  Here are four of them.
 
1.  Be realistic about how long things actually take you.  People who are chronically late are usually WAY OFF about how long it takes them to shower and drive to work.  Track yourself so you know.  And then make sure you're giving yourself enough time.
 
2.  Give yourself a buffer.  Plan to be at meetings or appointments 10 to 15 minutes early.  And allow even more extra time if you don't know traffic patterns, the parking situation, or exactly where you're going.  
 
3.  Add structure and routine to your life.  Late people usually don't have routines, they just wing it.  But if you add plans and structure to your day, you're more likely to be on time.  Make it a routine to do things like get ready for your morning the night before.  
 
4.  Get comfortable with downtime.  Some of you may crave the adrenaline rush that comes from doing everything at the last minute.  But punctual people are usually relaxed and cool.  They use their extra time to catch-up, get ahead, or just chill.
 
(Fast Company)
 

Two Girls Meet at College and Become Friends . . . Then Find Out They're Actually Half-Sisters


Ladies, have you ever told your best friend that she's like a SISTER to you?  Well, maybe look into that.
 
An 18-year-old freshman at Tulane University named Emily Nappi was recently going through the school's roommate-match process, and noticed that she shared a bunch of common interests with a 19-year-old freshman named Mikayla Stern-Ellis.
 
Unfortunately, Mikayla had already found a roommate.  But they became friends, started talking about their childhoods and the fact that they were both from California . . . and realized they'd also both been conceived through ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION.
 
And since they looked alike, they joked with friends that there was a 25% chance they were RELATED.  Then over Christmas break, Mikayla's mom told her it might not be that crazy, because it turned out both girls had a sperm donor who was COLOMBIAN.
 
So they compared the donors' ID numbers . . . and it turns out they ARE half-sisters.  Both girls are currently pursuing acting at Tulane, which was also an interest listed in their father's donor profile.  (The Tulane Hullabaloo / Daily Mail)
 

A Woman Gets Snowed In, Starts Drinking, and Posts an Ad on Craigslist Asking for a Ride to Taco Bell


It's just science:  Something about Taco Bell's Dorito-laced shells and semi-real meat starts calling your name after you've had a few too many drinks.  And this is a prime example.
 
On Tuesday, an unidentified woman in Baltimore got snowed in, and decided to start DRINKING.  Then she got a hankering for Taco Bell, but knew she was too drunk to drive.
 
So she did the responsible thing . . . she posted an ad on CRAIGSLIST looking for someone with four-wheel-drive to give her a RIDE, in exchange for free tacos.
 
According to her follow-up posts on Reddit, she got a ton of responses . . . but realized getting in a car drunk with a complete STRANGER was a bad idea.  So apparently she wasn't THAT drunk.  She eventually sobered up and drove herself.  
 
If you're wondering, she got a Doritos Locos Taco, a crunchy taco, a soft taco, a chalupa, and some Cinnabon dessert things.  
 
(Jalopnik / Reddit)
 

The Five Jobs People Regret Taking the Most, and Why


There's an impulse in this era to grab WHATEVER job is offered to you, because you never know if there will be ANOTHER one out there.  But maybe sometimes you've got to take a gamble and fight that instinct.
 
A new survey found the five jobs people REGRET taking the most, and why.  Check 'em out.
 
1.  Cashier.  The average salary is $18,600 . . . and that's not enough money to deal with an endless stream of angry and impatient customers.
 
2.  Mechanic.  It's a great job if you have a passion for it . . . but otherwise, it's tough to stick it out.  The average salary is $36,100, the hours are long, and it requires nonstop training to get any good.
 
3.  Middle school or high school teacher.  Obviously teaching can be one of the most rewarding jobs . . . but if you just jump in because a $43,000 job was open and you don't love teaching, the stress and the difficulty could overwhelm you.
 
4.  Delivery driver.  The job is physically demanding, it pays an average of $31,600, and there's ZERO meaningfulness to it.
 
5.  Bank teller.  The average salary is $24,400 and it's not for everyone . . . you have to be good at customer service and very detail oriented.  (Monster.com)
 

Can Cold Weather Help You Lose Weight?


Are your THERMOSTAT and your slippers making you chubby?  According to a new study out of the Netherlands, the COLD is good for weight loss . . . because your body has to use more energy to keep your core temperature up.
 
In fact, the researchers say furnaces could be partially responsible for people getting LARGER.  Ever since we've been able to keep the temperature up, our weight has been going up.
 
You could try to use this to your advantage if you want to lose weight . . . take cold showers and ice baths, keep your office temperature freezing, run around topless during the next polar vortex, whatever.  (LiveScience) 
 

Women Gain an Average of Seven Pounds in the First Year of a Relationship . . . Men Lose Four


You've probably seen this . . . and personally experienced it . . . but there's a "freshman 15" for new relationships.
 
According to a new study, in the first year of a new relationship, the average woman GAINS SEVEN POUNDS.  Meanwhile, just to make that sting worse, the average man LOSES FOUR POUNDS.
 
Why?  It could be that you both start eating most of your meals together, and adjust your usual portions so you meet in the middle . . . so women start eating MORE than they're used to, and men start eating LESS than they're used to.
 
Of the women in the study, the majority blamed their weight gain on their boyfriend's bad diet.  The majority of men credited their weight loss to their girlfriend's healthier diet.
 
Women also said a lot of the eating happens after arguments.  Men were much less likely to say they'd "comfort eat" after a fight.  (Daily Mail) 
 

One man's trash really IS another man's treasure!


One man’s trash really IS another man’s treasure!  At least, that’s what former Trader Joe’s president Doug Rauch is hoping.  He’s opening a hybrid grocery store-café called the Daily Table in Dorchester, Massachusetts that will exclusively sell and serve “expired” food!  His pioneering project draws attention to a commonly debated issue - what do “sell by,” “use by” and “best by” dates really mean?  

As it turns out, not much: that information is not federally regulated and mostly arbitrary.  Rarely do the dates stamped on the package actually indicate whether food is safe to eat.  For the most part, expiration dates result in lots of perfectly good food going in the trash.  In fact, 40% of the total food produced annually in the U.S. is wasted- more than $160 billion worth.  

With that in mind, the fact that 15% of American households didn’t have enough to eat in 2012 seems crazy.  Rauch hopes his new business is a step in the right direction- towards less waste and ultimately, less hunger.

Seven Healthy Foods That Can Make You Gain Weight


Some of the foods you THINK are good for you, may actually be causing you to gain weight.  Check out this list of seven health foods that have tons of calories:
 
1.  Dried fruit.  When fruit is dry the sugar becomes dense, so there are more calories.
 
2.  Peas and corn.  They're both considered a starch, because of their high carbohydrate count.  So you should count them as a carb, like bread. 
 
3.  Granola.  Cereal usually has LESS calories than granola.
 
4.  Avocados.  These have the "good fat", but you can easily consume hundreds of calories with a portion of guacamole.
 
5.  Frozen yogurt.  It can actually have more calories than ice cream.
 
6.  Energy bars.  They often have enough calories to be counted as a meal.  Which is sort of the point . . . they're not actually a 'snack.'
 
7.  Stuff that's gluten-free.  Gluten-free does not mean healthier.  These foods still have fat and sugar.
 
(Marie Claire)
 

Lost wedding ring found after 55 years


A Woman Lost Her Wedding Ring in 1958 and Searched for It for 55 Years . . . Then a Guy with a Metal Detector Found It in Two Hours
 
There's a 77-year-old woman in Scotland named Joan MacLeod, who lost her wedding ring when it slipped off her finger in a cornfield back in 1958.
 
Her husband bought a replacement ring when he got out of the Air Force, but Joan REALLY wanted the first one back.  So for 55 YEARS, she went back to the field every so often to look for it, but didn't have any luck.
 
Well, recently Joan and her husband saw a 75-year-old man named Eric Soane walking through a DIFFERENT field with a metal detector, and challenged HIM to find the ring.
 
So he accepted the challenge . . . which sounds like something a guy with a metal detector just DREAMS OF.  And sure enough, it only took about two hours before he FOUND IT buried under about six inches of dirt.
 
Joan says the ring doesn't fit anymore, because her joints are swollen from mild arthritis.  But she refuses to let a jeweler resize it by CUTTING it.  Instead, she's hoping they can stretch it out a little so she can start wearing it again.  (Daily Mail)  
 

You Can Become a Billionaire Overnight! Just Pick a Perfect March Madness Bracket


As far as we can tell, this is the most lucrative contest in the HISTORY OF THE WORLD.  Even if you don't know anything about college basketball you've got to take a shot, right?
 
This year, for March Madness, you can become a BILLIONAIRE.  All you have to do is fill out a PERFECT March Madness bracket.  And it's free to enter.
 
What are the odds of filling out a perfect bracket?  If you just picked all 67 games randomly, it would be one in 9.2 quintillion . . . that's a nine with 18 zeroes after it.  If you know something about college basketball, the odds are around one in 128 billion.
 
The billion-dollar prize is being put up by Quicken Loans and Berkshire Hathaway.  
If you don't know, Berkshire Hathaway is run by WARREN BUFFETT . . . also known as one of the three richest people in the world with a $58.5 billion net worth.
 
Registration opens up on March 3rd.  It's only open to the first 10 million people . . . and they just might get that many signups.  If no one gets a perfect bracket, the 20 closest entries will get $100,000 each.
 
If you do beat spectacular odds and make a perfect bracket, you can choose a $500 million lump sum or the full $1 billion at $25 million a year for 40 years.  (Detroit Free Press / Quicken Loans / USA Today)
 

Five Little Tricks to Make Everyday Life Easier


We're always looking for things that can make life easier.  ESPECIALLY if they require absolutely no work or effort on our part.  Here are five little tricks to make YOUR life easier . . .
 
1.  Make a note on your phone called "birthdays."  Whenever someone mentions something they like or want, write it down in there . . . or you WILL forget it.  Then when it's time to buy them a gift, you won't even have to think about it.
 
2.  If you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and need to turn the light on, cover one of your eyes.  That way, when you go back to bed, the eye you covered is still adjusted to the dark and you can see where you're going.
 
3.  Open bananas from the bottom.  It's easier and helps you easily break off the nasty bottom part.  (FYI:  That bottom part is sometimes known as "Satan's anus."  TRUE!)
 
4.  When you're brushing your tongue . . . or doing anything else that might make you gag . . . make a fist with your other hand and tuck your thumb into it.  Squeezing your thumb reduces your gag reflex.
 
5.  When you wash your hands in a public bathroom, spend about 10 seconds shaking the water off your hands over the sink.  Then take one paper towel, fold it over, and use it to dry your hands.  You won't need more than that.  (Reddit)
 

Wedding Insurance


WEDDING BILLS
 
You’ve got something old, something borrowed and something blue.  As for something new, how about wedding insurance?  That’s right- people are now taking out insurance policies for their increasingly-expensive nuptials!  

Considering the average big day now costs around $26,000 (and can easily run you way more), it makes sense to get coverage in the event of bad weather, illness or even cold feet.  

In reality, most insurance claims are related to issues with vendors- like photographers, caterers and photo booth operators.
 

New flavors!


FLAVORS OF THE WEEK
 
Well, more like flavors of the year!  Here are some of the biggest projected culinary trends according to dispatches from the recent Fancy Food trade show in San Francisco.

-Jerky: Expect to see this dried delicacy- a go-to snack for the carb-conscious- in unique flavors and varieties.

-Grains: Move over, quinoa.  Grains are getting more exotic, with wheat varieties like freekeh and farro joining rice and barley on store shelves.

-Fruit and veggie purees: Not just for babies anymore!  Shelf-stable foil pouches of pureed fruits and vegetables are a convenient way for adults to eat healthily on the go.

-High-end ramen: Remember those cheap-o noodles you ate in your dorm days?  This is NOT that.  Think rice noodles and broths made with genuine Japanese flavors.

-Peruvian cuisine: Experts say it’s “the new Thai.”
 

Questionable Relationship Advice From Celebrities


Here's a shocker:  Celebrities don't always give the best advice.  Especially when it comes to dating.  Here are some questionable tips famous people have given about dating and relationships over the years . . . 
 
 
Gwyneth Paltrow on ending arguments:  "Whatever you're doing, do the opposite.  If you feel angry, go at him with love and you give him [oral relations]."
 
 
Adam Levine on his typical first date:  "I always like to dress up in a tuxedo and tell the girl to dress real fancy.  I like to pick her up and go to McDonalds in a tuxedo.  It's my move. 
 
"You don't have to shell out a bunch of money on the first date.  You don't want to show it all off on the first date, you know?  Dress fancy, but go to McDonalds.  Her world will be so rocked."
 
 
Uma Thurman on guys who cheat:  "It seems harder and harder to make contact with men, especially for mature women.  But it's better to have a relationship with someone who cheats on you than someone who doesn't flush the toilet."
 
 
July Delpy's advice to men:  "We need you to be reachable at all times, but we don't always pick up our phones when you call.  We realize this seems like a double standard;  if you'd like to discuss it further, just leave a message."
 
 
Megan Fox on guys in their 20s:  "Boys in their 20s are a waste of time.  They have nothing to offer conversationally;  they're immature."
 
 
Kesha on how to get over a breakup:  "Start by writing a nasty song about him, have your record come out all over the world, then make out with some hot bearded dude."
 

Five Easy Acts of Kindness


It's supposed to brighten your day if you do nice things for other people.  But if you don't have a ton of time or resources for big donations or volunteering, there are still a lot of small, simple ways that you can pay it forward.
 
Here are five easy ways to do it . . .
 
1.  Share coupons.  If you have a coupon that can be used more than once, offer to share it with someone standing next to you in line.
 
2.  If you're running to the store for a few things, call and ask a neighbor if you can pick something up for them.  
 
3.  Buy a lottery ticket, and then just give it to a stranger.
 
4.  Leave a big tip.  Even if it's just a little bigger than usual, you'll make your server's day.
 
5.  At the vending machine, leave your extra change for the next person.
(Woman's Day)
 

Woman almost drowns after wedding proposal


A Guy Proposed to His Girlfriend While They Were Scuba Diving . . . And She Almost Drowned
 
Guys, I know there's a lot of pressure now to be original when you pop the question.  But just make sure you don't do anything that might put your girlfriend's LIFE AT RISK.
 
Back in August, a guy from England named Anthony Taylor was on vacation in Turkey with his girlfriend Stephanie.  And he decided to propose during their very first SCUBA DIVING lesson.
 
He did it by having one of the instructors hand him a sign while they were 40 feet underwater that said, "Will you marry me?"  But when he held it up, Stephanie was so surprised that she GASPED, which caused her whole MASK to fill up with water.
 
Luckily, an instructor was able to clear the water so she could breathe again, and she eventually said yes.  There's a video of the whole ordeal online.
 
Anthony says his original idea was either to propose at a nice restaurant or on the beach . . . but then he decided to get creative.  Their wedding is set for September of next year.
 
Also, Stephanie recently WON her dream wedding dress . . . in a contest for best proposal story.  (Daily Mail)  
 

What's the Most Bizarre Punishment You Ever Received as a Kid?


Most of the time when you screw up as a kid, you get yelled at or grounded or sent to the principal.  But then there's that one time you got a CRAZY punishment that's stuck with you.
 
What's the most BIZARRE punishment you ever received for doing something wrong?  Here are five of the best ones we've heard . . .
 
1.  "In 5th grade, I got in trouble.  My dad brought home a ton of oak pallets and for a few weeks, every day after school, I had to pry them apart with a small claw hammer and stack them.  When I was finally done, my dad set the pile on fire."
 
2.  "My grandfather caught me eating ice cream.  He put a bird cage over my head and made me walk around the neighborhood."
 
3.  "My parents grounded me and wouldn't let me go hang out with my friends until I successfully completed a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle."
 
4.  "In high school, two guys in my class got into a fight.  The principal decided we all needed to bond . . . so she made all the boys in class learn a choreographed dance to JUSTIN BIEBER'S 'Baby' and perform it in front of the school."
 
5.  "When I was 14, I made a long distance call to a friend . . . that was a big deal at the time.  My dad and stepmom decided I couldn't be trusted out of sight so they removed my bedroom door."  (Reddit)
 

Mom asking daughter for approval


Like daughter, like mother
 
We thought it was mother who always knows best!  

A poll revealed more than half of moms turn to their daughters for approval when shopping for clothes.  In fact, 60% value their daughters’ opinions above all others!  

Most women want to ensure their outfits are age-appropriate (though more than 30% admit to shopping at the same stores as their daughters).  More than half of moms trust their daughters’ judgment because they are supposedly up on the latest trends.  

But despite their approval-seeking behavior, nearly 60% of moms will buy something even if their daughter gives it a thumbs-down.  Guess that explains the crop tops/miniskirts/Ugg boots.
 

The Number One Piece of Money Advice Americans Want Is How to Ask For a Raise . . . Here's the Top 10


When it comes to financial advice, Americans are SICK of hearing about smart saving, paying down debt, maximum IRA contributions, and blah blah blah.  All we REALLY want is to know how we can get PAID more.
 
A new survey by ABC News found the number one piece of financial advice Americans want is . . . how to ask for a RAISE.  Here's the top 10 pieces of financial advice we want . . .
 
1.  How to get a raise, 71%.
 
2.  How to spend less on groceries, 65%.
 
3.  How to pay less in taxes, 61%.
 
4.  How to shrink your utility bills, 60%.
 
5.  How to increase our savings, 57%.
 
6.  How to get our transportation costs down, 52%.
 
7.  How to pay less for our smart phones and Internet, 47%.
 
8.  How to earn more from investments, 45%.
 
9.  How to reduce our health care expenses, 42%.
 
10.  A tie between how to reduce entertainment expenses and how to reduce mortgage payments, 40%.  (ABC News)
 

THE OSCAR NOMINEES


"American Hustle" and "Gravity" Got the Most Oscar Nominations  
 
Nominations for this year's Oscars were announced yesterday.  "American Hustle" and "Gravity" tied for the most with 10 apiece.  "12 Years a Slave" followed with nine.
 
All three of them received a nomination for Best Picture, along with "Captain Phillips", "Dallas Buyers Club", "Her", "Nebraska", "Philomena" and "The Wolf of Wall Street".
 
MARTIN SCORSESE scored his eighth Oscar nomination for "The Wolf of Wall Street", which also earned LEONARDO DICAPRIO a nomination for Best Actor.  It's his fifth time being nominated.
 
MERYL STREEP secured her record 18th nomination for "August: Osage County".  Her competition in the Best Actress category includes JUDI DENCH, who received her seventh nomination and CATE BLANCHETT, who got her sixth.
 
In the Best Original screenplay category, WOODY ALLEN received his 16th screenwriting nomination . . . this time for "Blue Jasmine".
 
ABC is airing this year's ceremony live on Sunday, March 2nd.  ELLEN DEGENERES is hosting for the second time.  She also handled the 2007 show.
 

 

The Oscar "Snubs" Include:  Oprah, Robert Redford and Tom Hanks  
 
As usual, there were a lot of perceived "snubs" after the Oscar nominations were announced yesterday . . . here's a rundown of the misses that the Internet has deemed the MOST tragic.
 
OPRAH WINFREY and "The Butler" were completely shut out . . . just as they were at the "Golden Globes".
 
TOM HANKS did NOT receive a nomination for either "Captain Phillips" or "Saving Mr. Banks".  A few months ago, there was some thought that he could be nominated for BOTH movies.
 
EMMA THOMPSON also wasn't nominated for "Saving Mr. Banks".
 
ROBERT REDFORD was passed over for "All Is Lost".  When asked about the snub, Robert blamed it on the movie's lack of distribution . . . and the producers for not campaigning for the film to get the attention of the Academy.
 
Recently, the COEN BROTHERS' movie "Inside Llewyn Davis" had some momentum as a potential dark horse Best Picture candidate . . . but it didn't even get a nomination in that category.
 
In fact, it only got two nominations . . . for Best Sound Mixing and Best Cinematography.  Some people were also surprised it wasn't nominated in a music category, since it's about a musician and is filled with original music.
 
 
Unlike Oprah and Tom Hanks, "Bad Grandpa" Got an Oscar Nomination . . . and So Did "The Lone Ranger"  
 
Some people thought TOM HANKS' Walt Disney movie, "Saving Mr. Banks", would be a PLAYER at the Oscars, but when the nominations were announced, it received the same number as "Jackass Presents:  Bad Grandpa". And amazingly, that number is NOT ZERO.  (???)
 
It's ONE.  "Bad Grandpa" was nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, along with the ESTEEMED JOHNNY DEPP movie, "The Lone Ranger".
 
"Saving Mr. Banks" was only nominated for Best Score.
 

 

This Year's Oscar Nominees  
 
 
Best Picture:
 
"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Gravity"
"Her"
"Nebraska"
"Philomena"
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
 
 
Best Actor:
 
Christian Bale,  "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern,  "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio,  "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Chiwetel Ejiofor,  "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey,  "Dallas Buyers Club"
 
 
Best Actress:
 
Amy Adams,  "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett,  "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock,  "Gravity"
Judi Dench,  "Philomena"
Meryl Streep,  "August: Osage County"
 
 
 
Best Supporting Actor:
 
Barkhad Abdi,  "Captain Phillips"
Bradley Cooper,  "American Hustle"
Michael Fassbender,  "12 Years a Slave"
Jonah Hill,  "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Jared Leto,  "Dallas Buyers Club"
 
 
Best Supporting Actress:
 
Sally Hawkins,  "Blue Jasmine"
Jennifer Lawrence,  "American Hustle"
Lupita Nyong'o,  "12 Years a Slave"
Julia Roberts,  "August: Osage County"
June Squibb,  "Nebraska"
 
 
Best Director:
 
David O. Russell,  "American Hustle"
Alfonso Cuarón,  "Gravity"
Alexander Payne,  "Nebraska"
Steve McQueen,  "12 Years a Slave"
Martin Scorsese,  "The Wolf of Wall Street"
 
 
Best Animated Feature Film:
 
"The Croods"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Ernest & Celestine"
"Frozen"
"The Wind Rises"
 
 
 
Best Documentary Feature:
 
"The Act of Killing"
"Cutie and the Boxer"
"Dirty Wars"
"The Square"
"20 Feet from Stardom"
 
 
Best Documentary (Short Subject):
 
"CaveDigger"
"Facing Fear"
"Karama Has No Walls"
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"
"Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall"
 
 
Best Adapted Screenplay:
 
"Before Midnight"
"Captain Phillips"
"Philomena"
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street" 
 
 
Best Original Screenplay:
 
"American Hustle"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Her"
"Nebraska"
 
 
Best Foreign Film:
 
"The Broken Circle Breakdown"  (Belgium)
"The Great Beauty"  (Italy)
"The Hunt"  (Denmark)
"The Missing Picture"  (Cambodia)
"Omar"  (Palestine)
 
 
Best Film Editing:
 
"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Gravity"
"12 Years a Slave"
 
 
Best Costume Design:
 
"American Hustle"
"The Grandmaster"
"The Great Gatsby"
"The Invisible Woman"
"12 Years a Slave"
 
 
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
 
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Jackass Presents:  Bad Grandpa"
"The Lone Ranger"
 
 
Best Visual Effects:
 
"Gravity"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Iron Man 3"
"The Lone Ranger"
"Star Trek Into Darkness"
 
 
 
Best Sound Mixing:
 
"Captain Phillips"
"Gravity"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Lone Survivor"
 
 
Best Sound Editing:
 
"All Is Lost"
"Captain Phillips"
"Gravity"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Lone Survivor"
 
 
Best Production Design:
 
"American Hustle"
"Gravity"
"The Great Gatsby"
"Her"
"12 Years a Slave"
 
 
Best Cinematography:
 
"The Grandmaster"
"Gravity"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Nebraska"
"Prisoners"
 
 
 
Best Original Score:
 
"The Book Thief"
"Gravity"
"Her"
"Philomena"
"Saving Mr. Banks"
 
 
Best Original Song:
 
"Alone Yet Not Alone" . . . from "Alone Yet Not Alone"
"Happy" by Pharrell Williams . . . from "Despicable Me 2" 
"Let It Go" . . . from "Frozen" 
"The Moon Song" by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs . . . from "Her"
"Ordinary Love" by U2 . . . from "Mandela:  Long Walk to Freedom"
 
 
Best Short Film (Animated):
 
"Feral"
"Get a Horse!"
"Mr. Hublot"
"Possessions"
"Room on the Broom"
 
 
Best Short Film (Live Action):
 
"That Wasn't Me"
"Just Before Losing Everything"
"Helium"
"Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?"
"The Voorman Problem"
 
 
(For more information, including trailers, hit up Oscar.com.)
 

Seven Mistakes You're Making with Your Online Dating Photos


If you're having bad luck with online dating, it might be because your photos suck.  Here are the seven biggest mistakes people make . . .
 
1.  Posting only one photo.  Posting more photos increases your chance of getting a response.  And nobody wastes time with someone who doesn't have a picture at ALL.  
 
2.  Photos with someone who looks like an ex.  Even if the person's a sibling or a friend, it might not come across that way, and you'll like you're on the rebound.
 
3.  Nothing but group shots.  A few are okay, just include some pictures of you solo too. 
 
4.  Photos that are either too dark or too blurry.  Your pictures should be sharp with good lighting.  The idea is to actually SEE what you look like, so don't hide.
 
5.  Overusing filters.  If your photos are Photoshopped or altered with annoying Instagram filters, it just makes it look like you're hiding something.
 
6.  Shirtless selfies in front of a bathroom mirror.  33% of women said a shirtless photo was the biggest reason they'd pass on a guy's profile.  It's tacky and cocky.
 
7.  Women who crop their bodies out of every photo.  You're not fooling anyone, ladies:  This is the biggest turn-off for 36% of men.
 
Here's what you SHOULD do:  Post some close-ups of your face, some full-body shots, a group photo or two, and solo shots of you doing something you love, like traveling or hanging out with your dog.  (Match.com)
 

What are the odds?


A Family Has Four Kids With the Same Birthday . . . Beating One-in-133,000 Odds
 
This past Sunday, on January 12th, 22-year-old Emily Scrugham and 24-year-old Peter Dunn of Cumbria, in western England, gave birth to their fourth child . . . a boy named Ryan.  And they probably should've KNOWN he'd be born that day.
 
Because all three of their OTHER kids were ALSO born on January 12th.  Their oldest, Sam, was born on January 12th in 2009 . . . and their twin girls, Brooke and Nicole, were born on January 12th in 2012.
 
The odds of all of them being born on the same day are one in 133,225.
 
(For an explanation on the math there, there was a 1-in-365 chance of the twins being born on Sam's birthday, then a 1-in-365 chance of Ryan being born that same day too.  That calculates to 1-in-133,225.)
 
Emily says, quote, "I really can't believe we have another birthday on the same day, it certainly wasn't planned.  None of the births were due on January 12th.  Sam was two weeks late, the twins were one month early, and Ryan was three days late."
 
Peter says he's still trying to figure out if it's easier to have the birthdays on one day or spread out . . . but we're thinking having four kids' birthdays just a few weeks after Christmas is most certainly NOT easier.  (Daily Mail)  
 

One in Six Parents Do All of Their Children's Homework


If you're wondering whether the next generation is going to be even MORE coddled and spoiled than the current generation . . . here's a sign that the answer is a firm and definitive YES.
 
According to a new survey, one out of six parents admit they do ALL of their children's homework.
 
Of that group, 10% say they do it because they don't want their kids to be upset at night and throw tantrums.
 
70% say their kids have no problem turning over all their homework to their parents . . . and 38% say their kids even wander off and do other stuff while their parents knock out their work.
 
And 42% say they get secretly EXCITED when the homework they do for their kids gets a good grade.  How pathetic is that?  
 
(Daily Mail)
 

What's a Safety Rule You Never Follow?


You always put your seatbelt on, cook your chicken until you're POSITIVE it's salmonella-free, and wear protection with the people you pick up at the bus station.  But there are still SOME safety precautions you don't take.
 
Here are the nine safety rules that MOST people admit they don't follow . . .
 
1.  Check your tire pressure in all four tires before you drive.
 
2.  Don't eat raw cookie dough.
 
3.  Don't use Q-tips to clean your ears.
 
4.  Always have up-to-date antivirus software running on your computer.
 
5.  Have one glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have.
 
6.  Read the Terms and Conditions before you click "I Accept" on an iTunes update or any other computer update.
 
7.  Let stuff sit in the microwave for a minute before you take it out and start eating it.
 
8.  Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds every time you wash them.
 
9.  Don't eat food that fell on the ground . . . even if it was down for less than five seconds.  (Reddit)
 

Lunch Break!


Half of Us Take a Lunch Break That's 30 Minutes or Less . . . and Most of It Gets Wasted Talking With Coworkers 
 
If only we could go back to the era where everyone got an HOUR for lunch . . . enough time for a steak and five or six cocktails.  No matter how depressed the guys on "Mad Men" are, that must've been amazing.
 
According to a new survey, these days, about HALF of Americans get less than a HALF HOUR off for lunch . . . and most of that time gets burned up pretending to be interested in your coworkers' lives.
 
The survey found 9% of people get no break, 7% get 10 to 20 minutes, and 32% get a half hour.  That adds up to 48%.  Only 38% of people get at least an hour.
 
The survey also found that, besides actually eating their lunch, 42% of people say the main thing they do during their lunch break is talk with their coworkers.  The second-most common thing is . . . working, at 29%.  
 
(PR Newswire)
 

Ridiculous Ways People Have Blown Their Chances in a Job Interview


The Ten Most Ridiculous Ways People Have Blown Their Chances in a Job Interview . . . and the Ten Most Common Ways People Do It
 
According to a new survey, people do some absolutely RIDICULOUS stuff in job interviews.  Here are the ten strangest ways people have ruined their chances.
 
1.  A woman explained that she probably didn't give a good interview . . . because she'd taken too much VALIUM earlier in the day.
 
2.  The applicant interrupted the interview to answer a phone call about ANOTHER interview with a different company.
 
3.  A guy showed up in a sweat suit so he could go JOGGING afterward.
 
4.  An applicant asked for a HUG during the interview.
 
5.  An applicant brought personal photo albums to show off during the interview.
 
6.  A job candidate referred to HIMSELF as his own personal hero.
 
7.  A guy asked for the name and phone number for the female receptionist.
 
8.  A woman showed up to her interview by crashing her car into the building.
 
9.  While discussing dental benefits, the applicant took his FAKE TEETH out.
 
10.  A guy casually mentioned that he might not be his daughter's REAL father.
 

 

Now here are the ten MOST COMMON ways people ruin their chances in job interviews.
 
 
1.  Coming across as disinterested.
 
2.  Dressing inappropriately.
 
3.  Coming across as arrogant.
 
4.  Bashing your current or previous employer.
 
5.  Answering a cell phone or texting during the interview.
 
6.  Appearing uninformed about the company.
 
7.  Not providing specific examples of how you'll be a good fit.
 
8.  Asking dumb questions.
 
9.  Providing too much personal information.
 
10.  Asking the INTERVIEWER personal questions.
 
The survey also asked for the most common BODY LANGUAGE mistakes people make in interviews.  The top five are:  Not making eye contact, not smiling enough, bad posture, fidgeting, and playing with something on the interviewer's desk.  (PR Newswire)
 

What is the most popular sport in the US?


For the 28th Year in a Row, Pro Football Is the Most Popular Sport in America
 
In 1985, there was a Harris Poll asking people to name their favorite sport to watch.  The top two answers were pro football at 24% and pro baseball at 23%.  Just a 1% difference.
 
Those have remained the top two most popular sports for the past 28 years.  But something HAS changed . . . and that's the margin between them.
 
Harris just released the results of their 2013 poll on Americans' favorite sports . . . and now pro football has 35% of the vote . . . while baseball has 14%.  So the difference has gone from 1% to 21% in less than three decades.
 
Also . . . college football is creeping up on baseball.  It's up to 11%, just 3% back.  Auto racing came in fourth at 7% . . . and men's pro basketball was fifth at 6%.
 
Two other interesting notes:  Golf's popularity has been cut in HALF since TIGER WOODS discovered the joys of getting some strange on the side, and forgot how to play golf.  Up until 2009, golf was getting 4% of the vote.  Now it's down to 2%.
 
And men's college basketball is at its all-time low, with 3% of the vote for 2013.  It peaked in 1989 at 10%.  (Harris Interactive)
 

2014 Razzies


The Razzie Nominations Are Out . . . and "Grown Ups 2" Was Well Represented  
 
The nominees for this year's Golden Raspberry Awards have been announced, and the cinematic gem "Grown Ups 2" was WELL represented.
 
It led the way with eight nominations . . . including a Worst Actor nomination for ADAM SANDLER.  The Razzies have been ALL OVER Adam in recent years. 
 
Last year, he received eight nominations for "That's My Boy", and won two.
 
And two years ago, he got a record 11 nominations for three crappy movies:  "Jack and Jill", "Just Go With It" and "Bucky Larson:  Born to Be a Star".  "Jack and Jill" went on to sweep EVERY CATEGORY.
 
Adam wasn't the only familiar target to take another shot from the Razzies.  LINDSAY LOHAN, TYLER PERRY and ASHTON KUTCHER also took hits again this year.
 
And then there's SYLVESTER STALLONE, who scored his record 31st Razzie nomination.  He's up for Worst Actor for THREE movies:  "Bullet to the Head", "Escape Plan" and "Grudge Match".
 
 
Here's the complete list of nominees . . .
 
Worst Picture:
 
"The Lone Ranger"
"After Earth"
"Grown Ups 2"
"A Madea Christmas"
"Movie 43"
 
 
Worst Actress:
 
Lindsay Lohan, "The Canyons"
Naomi Watts, "Diana" and "Movie 43"
Selena Gomez, "Getaway"
Tyler Perry (in drag), "A Madea Christmas"
Halle Berry, "Movie 43" and "The Call"
 
 
Worst Actor:
 
Johnny Depp, "The Lone Ranger"
Sylvester Stallone, "Bullet to the Head", "Escape Plan" and "Grudge Match"
Ashton Kutcher, "Jobs"
Jaden Smith, "After Earth"
Adam Sandler, "Grown Ups 2"
 
 
Worst Supporting Actress:
 
Lady Gaga, "Machete Kills"
Salma Hayek, "Grown Ups 2"
Katherine Heigl, "The Big Wedding"
Kim Kardashian, "Tyler Perry's Temptation"
Lindsay Lohan, "InAPPropriate Comedy" and "Scary Movie 5"
 
 
Worst Supporting Actor:
 
Chris Brown, "Battle of the Year"
Larry the Cable Guy, "A Madea Christmas"
Taylor Lautner, "Grown Ups 2"
Will Smith, "After Earth"
Nick Swardson, "A Haunted House" and "Grown Ups 2"
 
 
Worst Director:
 
The 13 People Who Directed "Movie 43"
Dennis Dugan, "Grown Ups 2"
Tyler Perry, "A Madea Christmas" and "Temptation"
M. Night Shyamalan, "After Earth"
Gore Verbinski, "The Lone Ranger"
 
 
Worst Screen Combo:
 
The Entire Cast of "Grown Ups 2"
The Entire Cast of "Movie 43"
Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, "Scary Movie 5"
Tyler Perry and EITHER Larry the Cable Guy OR That Worn-Out Wig and Dress, "A Madea Christmas"
Jaden Smith and Will Smith on Planet Nepotism, "After Earth"
 
 
Worst Screenplay:
 
"After Earth"
"Grown Ups 2"
"The Lone Ranger"
"A Madea Christmas"
"Movie 43"
 
 
Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel:
 
"Grown Ups 2"
"The Hangover Part 3"
"The Lone Ranger"
"Scary Movie 5"
"The Smurfs 2"
 
 
The "winners" will be announced on March 1st, which . . . as usual . . . is the day before the Oscars.  (Hit up www.Razzies.com for more information.) 

Six Foods to Never Give Your Pet


It may seem harmless, but you should avoid sharing food with your pet.  "Real Simple" put together a list of six dangerous foods for a dog, cat, bird or other pet.  Check it out.
 
1.  Chocolate.  It stimulates their heart and nervous system. And it's dangerous for all species of pet, but especially dogs.
 
2.  Grapes or raisins.  Both are poisonous to cats and dogs because they can damage their kidneys.
 
3.  Garlic and onions.  They can cause anemia in cats and dogs.
 
4.  Macadamia nuts.  These can cause muscle and nervous system damage in dogs.
 
5.  Avocados.  These are harmful to most species, but especially birds.  They can damage the heart muscle.
 
6.  Alcoholic drinks.  This seems like a no-brainer, but alcohol is bad for ALL species because it depresses their nervous system.  (Real Simple)
 

A High School Teacher Donated a Kidney to Save a Student's Life


Jen Sculley is a high school gym teacher in Denver.  But for one student, she's now MUCH more than that.
 
Jen . . . who looks to be in her 40s . . . recently found out that one of her students was undergoing dialysis treatment every night because her kidneys were failing.
 
The student is remaining anonymous, but the whole thing affected Jen in a big way . . . partly because the student has the same name as Jen's aunt, who passed away about a year ago from lung cancer.
 
According to Jen, she was listening to the student talk about her treatments and immediately thought to herself, "YOU'RE going to give her a kidney."  And she DID.
 
It turned out they were a perfect match, the surgery was last Wednesday, and they're both doing well.  In fact, Jen's student walked across the hospital the very next day to thank her in person for what she did.
 
Jen plans to take the rest of the month off work to recover.  (CBS Denver / Daily Mail)  
 

A Guy Got Busted at a DUI Checkpoint . . . Because His Parrot Told the Cops "He's Drunk!"


Usually the worst thing a pet can do is scratch up some furniture or ruin a rug.  Not many people can say their pet got them ARRESTED.
 
Last week, 49-year-old Guillermo Reyes was driving through Mexico City when he got stopped at a DUI checkpoint.  And while the cops were talking to him, they heard another voice in the car yell, "He's drunk, he's drunk!"
 
So they shined a flashlight in thinking it was another passenger . . . and discovered it was actually Guillermo's pet PARROT.
 
We have no idea why Guillermo was driving around with a parrot in his car, but it turned out the bird knew what it was talking about.  Because Guillermo proceeded to fail a sobriety test, and the cops threw him in JAIL for drunk driving.
 
Although they were nice enough to let the bird STAY with him in jail for the night.
 
Animal control officials said they were legitimately worried the bird might DIE if the two were separated, explaining that the two have a very unique bond.  (UPI / NY Daily News / El Universal)  
 

There's a Guy Who Hasn't Taken a Bath or a Shower in 60 Years


You know how DISGUSTING you feel if you somehow go a couple days without showering?  Multiply that by 10,950 and you'll get this guy.
 
80-year-old Amou Haji of southern Iran says he hasn't taken a bath or shower in SIXTY YEARS.  That would be 1954.  And the reason he's avoided cleaning himself is . . . quote, "cleanliness brings [me] sickness."
 
Amou lives a nomadic life . . . which is the romanticized desert term for being homeless, of course.  The photos of him show he's covered from head to toe in a thick, permanent-looking layer of dirt.
 
And that's not his only filthy habit.  He also smokes a pipe filled with ANIMAL FECES and his favorite food is DEAD PORCUPINE.  Which, to his credit, is a LOT easier to eat than live porcupine.
 
If the "Guinness Book of World Records" could certify Amou's claim, he'd break the world record for not bathing and showering.  The current record holder is a guy in India who went 38 years without cleaning himself.  (Jezebel)  
 

A Little League Coach Is Suing a 14-Year-Old Player For Accidentally Injuring His Achilles Tendon During a Victory Celebration


This is a pretty AMAZING lawsuit . . . because it's something you could NEVER even dream up.
 
Alan Beck is a little league coach and a chiropractor in Roseville, California.  And he just filed a half-million-dollar lawsuit . . . against one of his 14-YEAR-OLD PLAYERS.
 
According to the suit, the kid was running toward home plate last spring to score the winning run in a game, and threw off his helmet in celebration . . . just like the pros do when they're coming home on a game-winning home run.
 
But the kid's helmet randomly hit Alan in the leg.  And somehow it tore his Achilles tendon.
 
So now he's suing the kid for $500,000 for pain and suffering, and $100,000 for lost wages and medical bills.  And California law DOES allow people to sue kids.
 
The kid is named in the lawsuit but his father asked the media not to use his name.  Although the father's name is Joe Paris.
 
A family's homeowner's insurance policy might cover the suit . . . but Joe says he doesn't have homeowner's insurance.  The case goes to a judge in March.  (NBC 3 - Sacramento)
 

Woman forced to take weight loss photo off Facebook


Looks like Facebook is having a hard time seeing the big picture.  The site banned a Washington woman’s inspirational weight-loss photo!  

In the pic, Marilyn McKenna, who recently lost more than 100 pounds, is posing in a single leg of a pair of her old pants.  Facebook claims the photo violates their terms of service because it promotes “idealized physical appearances.”  

Apparently McKenna paid to have the site “boost” the image for it to reach more viewers.  Because of that, the picture is considered an ad and subject to different terms.  

According to Facebook, those terms “require advertisers of weight loss…products to limit the audience of their ads to people aged 18 and over.”  Sounds like this misunderstanding is as big as McKenna’s old pants.

What's Something People Only Do Because It's "Cool" . . . and Would Never Do Otherwise?


What's something people only do because it's "COOL" . . . and would NEVER do otherwise?  Here are eight of the best ones we've heard . 
 
1.  Sagging their pants.
 
2.  Wearing high heels.   
 
3.  Acting stupid or ignorant.
 
4.  Tanning.  Why else would anyone rapidly age their skin and increase their risk of cancer?
 
5.  Buying designer clothes instead of the cheapest clothes available.
 
6.  Smoking.
 
7.  Wearing shoes with laces when Velcro is so much easier.
 
8.  Waxing their body hair.  
 
(Reddit)

A Woman's Dog Saw Her Choking, and Saved Her Life by Standing on Its Hind Legs and Hitting Her in the Chest


A 61-year-old woman in Liverpool, England named Lesley Hailwood was at her house on New Year's Eve.
 
And it's not clear if she was depressed because she didn't have plans, or what.  But she got into a box of chocolates.  And around 11:30, she popped a piece in her mouth and started CHOKING on it.
 
Now, Lesley was alone, except for a dog named Nell that she's been taking care of while it's training to be a seeing-eye dog.  (Supposedly Nell is a German Shepherd-Golden Retriever mix, but that doesn't seem to match up with her photo.)
 
And at first, Nell didn't even notice Lesley was in trouble, and just kept sleeping on the floor.  But once Nell saw Lesley start running around in a panic, she woke up and jumped on the couch, which Lesley says she NEVER does.
 
Then she got up on her hind legs, and used her front legs to HIT Lesley in the chest . . . which dislodged the chocolate and saved her LIFE.
 
According to Lesley, Nell HASN'T been trained to deal with a choking victim, but somehow seemed to know exactly what to do.  (Daily Mail)  
 

A Man Is Suing Close-Up Toothpaste Because He's Been Using It For Seven Years and Hasn't Attracted Any Women


26-year-old Anthony Olatunfe is a Nigerian who's been using Close-Up Toothpaste for seven years.
 
And he bought it because the commercials talked about the "Close-Up Effect" . . . where your fresh breath and white teeth would INSTANTLY make you more attractive to women.  But it's been seven years . . . and it STILL hasn't worked for Anthony.
 
So now . . . he's SUING them.
 
Quote, "Right from college to now in my office, no girl ever agreed to even go out for a coffee with me, even though I'm sure they could smell my breath."
 
He says he even tried to kiss his female boss right after brushing his teeth with Close-Up . . . and she SLAPPED him.  Also, the commercials said keep away from children, so he, quote, "beat up my five-year-old nephew for coming near [it]."
 
He's suing for an undisclosed amount.  Close-Up is made by Unilever, and Unilever Nigeria declined to comment.  
 
(Metro Naija)
 

If Police Were Investigating a Crime at Your House, What's the Most Embarrassing Thing They'd Find?


Let's say a crime happened at your house and the police had to investigate.  What's the MOST EMBARRASSING THING they'd find there?  Here are eight of the best answers we've heard . . .
 
1.  "I visited the country Bhutan where the symbol of good luck is a penis.  I bought a hand-crafted black demon penis with wings attached.  It's in my living room."
 
2.  "I'm ashamed they'd see my only furniture is an air mattress and a fold-out camping chair.  The police would assume the burglars stole all my furniture.  Nope."
 
3.  "I am a guy with a complete collection of all BRITNEY SPEARS' CDs."
 
4.  "My bowl of very dusty condoms."
 
5.  "If they used one of those 'CSI' black lights, I can't even imagine what they'd see."
 
6.  "I have something called poop scissors.  It's because I have irregular bowel movements.  I only poop a few times a week, so they're so big they clog the toilet every time and I need to use these scissors to chop them up to get them down the pipes."
 
7.  "I have a backpack filled with old stuffed animals I hope to give to my kids one day . . . but, right now, I'm a single adult male."
 
8.  "Probably my homemade sex doll."  Probably?  (Reddit)
 

The 11 Steps for Falling in Love . . . According to Second Graders


Wouldn't it be great if there was a simple how-to guide for falling in love?  Well, two SECOND GRADERS have you covered.
 
An elementary school teacher in Boston recently asked her students to list the steps you'd need to take to fall in love with someone.  And a list that two girls came up with is pretty much spot on.  Or not.  Here are the 11 steps they outlined, in order.
 
1.  First you stare at the person.
 
2.  You get close to each other.
 
3.  You ask for a date.
 
4.  You go in bed and do sex.
 
5.  When you kiss, you suck and lick.
 
6.  Get naked in bed, and do more sex.
 
7.  Go dance, and put your noses together.
 
8.  You go in bed forever, then kiss forever.
 
9.  Take a shower together and kiss.
 
10.  Give each other rings.
 
11.  Go to the pool together.  (ABC News) 
 
 

Men Are More Likely to Be Heartbroken After a Breakup Than Women


Men Are More Likely to Be Heartbroken After a Breakup Than Women . . . Plus the Top 10 Ways People Cope With Being Dumped
 
Who takes BREAKUPS harder, men or women?  According to Hollywood and "Cathy" comic strips, it's women.  According to REALITY, it's men.
 
A new survey of 501 single people found men are 25% more likely than women to say they get HEARTBROKEN and lovesick after a relationship ends.  The survey also found the top 10 ways people cope with being dumped . . .
 
1.  Talking to friends.
 
2.  Overloading themselves with work.
 
3.  Grieving.
 
4.  Buying themselves something.
 
5.  Eating comfort food.
 
6.  Going to a therapist or psychologist.
 
7.  Partying.
 
8.  Casual sex.
 
9.  Talking about it to anyone who will listen.
 
10.  Getting revenge.  (Huffington Post)
 

One Out of Five Breakups Happen This Month


We're just about halfway through January . . . which means there's a decent chance your boyfriend or girlfriend is going to DUMP YOU sometime in the next two weeks.  Spoiler alert?
 
According to a new survey, 21% of people say their last relationship ended in January.  That means ONE out of FIVE breakups happen this month.
 
December has the second-most breakups, at 12%.  March has the third-most, with 11%.  (They didn't release the numbers for the other nine months of the year.)
 
Also, of the people surveyed who are currently in relationships, 65% believe their relationship is going to survive January.  The other one-third of people aren't quite as sure.   (FemaleFirst)
 

The Four Riskiest Places To Use Your Debit Card


If you're one of those people who use their debit card for EVERYTHING, you're probably setting yourself up to get CLEANED OUT.  Here are the four riskiest places to use a debit card . . . and they're all REALLY common.  
 
1.  Outdoor ATMs.  Basically, don't use an ATM at all if it's outdoors and out of the way.  Thieves will put a fake card reader over the real one, and copy the information on your card.  Then there's a little spy camera to record you entering your PIN.
 
2.  Gas pumps.  This is the same trick, but it's even easier because so many gas stations are unattended at night.  Some owners have to check their pumps every single morning because they get hit so often.
 
3.  Online stores.  Always use credit online, because credit cards have much better fraud protection.  Thieves can get information from your own computer using malware, hack into your wireless network, or steal info right from the merchant.
 
4.  Restaurants.  Every time you use plastic to pay at a restaurant, a stranger takes your card out of sight for five minutes or more.  You don't know that person.  They could be doing anything with your information back there.
 
(ABC News)
 

A Toddler Falls Into a Septic Tank . . . And Two Guys Dive in Headfirst After Her


As far as heroic rescues go, this one's pretty gross.  On Saturday, a toddler fell into a SEPTIC TANK in Maricopa, Arizona, and her mother immediately started screaming for help.  (Maricopa is about 30 miles south of Phoenix.)
 
Then without hesitating, a 28-year-old named Henry Ricketts . . . who just got out of JAIL two weeks ago . . . took off his shoes, and went in after her, HEADFIRST.
 
But once Henry got in there, he couldn't find her.  And he had to come up for air when he accidentally INHALED some of the septic tank water.
 
So another unidentified man dove in headfirst while two people held his feet.  And just from feeling around, he managed to grab the girl by her arm and pull her back up.
 
Now, by this point, several minutes had gone by, and the girl wasn't breathing.  Which is when a third person ran in, gave her CPR and mouth-to-mouth, and REVIVED her.  She's currently in the hospital recovering.
 
Apparently the tank's lid buckled when the girl stepped on it, and it's since been roped off.  Police are now deciding whether to file criminal charges against the person who owns the land.  (ABC15 / KPHO)  
 

What's a "Disgusting" Smell You Actually Kind of Love?


What's a smell that people think is DISGUSTING . . . but you actually kind of LOVE?  Mine is the smell of my own flatulence.  Everyone else hates it, but I bask in it like a fine perfume.  Here are 10 of the most common answers other people gave . . .
 
1.  Gas stations or exhaust fumes.
 
2.  Dry Erase markers and rubber cement.
 
3.  Dogs, and their gross but comforting smell.
 
4.  Your significant other's body odor.
 
5.  A musty basement.
 
6.  The intense chlorinated smell of a swimming pool.
 
7.  The "after sex" mix of every nasty lower body odor joining together as one.
 
8.  Horse and cow manure . . . if you grew up in a rural area or went to summer camp in one.
 
9.  Cigarette smoke . . . especially if your grandparents or parents smoked.
 
10.  Indian food.  (Reddit) 
 

Woman hit by car driven by chihuahua


Aye, Chihuahua!

A woman waiting at a red light in Washington was hit by a car driven by a Chihuahua last week! When Tabitha Ormaechea looked up to see who had hit her, she was shocked to see a dog behind the wheel.

The tiny pup had apparently switched the parked car out of gear and coasted into traffic. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the accident and the damage was minimal. No word on if the dog was trying to make a break for Taco Bell. 
 

Snow and steady


If the scorching temps of hot yoga are too much for you, don’t sweat it!  Instead, check out “snowga,” which combines the poses, meditation and breathing of yoga with winter sports like skiing and snowshoeing.  

A small but increasing number of yoga studios in chilly locales like Washington and upstate Connecticut offer it, and say that it both calms the mind and helps prepare people to hit the slopes.  Plus, if you fall, at least there’s something soft to land on.
 

Scientists Created the Ultimate Workout Playlist . . . Including Katy Perry, Daft Punk, and Pitbull


The next time you're on the couch creating your ultimate workout playlist, AND avoiding the gym in the process, here's something to help.  Researchers in the U.K. created the ultimate WORKOUT PLAYLIST . . . based on SCIENCE.
 
Sports psychologists in London looked at 6.7 million Spotify playlists that had the word "workout" in the title.  Then they analyzed the beats per minute of each song, to figure out the perfect type of music for each PORTION of a workout.
 
For example, when you're warming up, cooling down, or doing something aerobic, you should listen to POP music . . . because you want music with a regular rhythmic pattern for stuff that tends to be repetitive.  
 
For jogging, the best thing to listen to is RAP, because the number of beats per minute match up well with the average person's stride rate.
 
And when you're lifting weights, DANCE music is best, because it's faster and has a lot of bass.
 
The researchers say you should NEVER listen to ROCK, because most rock songs have changes in rhythm, which can mess with YOUR rhythm.  The study didn't say anything about country.
 
And here are the specific examples they came up with for the PERFECT workout playlist . . . from warm-up to cool-down.
 
1.  To get mentally prepared and psyched up . . . listen to "Roar" by Katy Perry.  It has 92 beats per minute.
 
2.  While you're stretching, "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo. 100 beats per minute.
 
3.  For an aerobic warm-up, "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk.  116 beats per minute.
 
4.  For a moderate cardio workout, "Timber" by Pitbull and Ke$ha.  130 beats per minute.
 
5.  For a more intense cardio workout, "Applause" by Lady Gaga.  140 beats per minute.
 
6.  For REALLY intense cardio, "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  147 beats per minute.
 
7.  For weight lifting, "The Monster" by Eminem and Rihanna.  110 beats per minute.  Which isn't really 'dance' music, but the other examples they gave were British.
 
8.  And to cool down, "Burn" by Ellie Goulding.  86 beats per minute.
 
When it's a REALLY tough workout, you're also supposed to choose songs that remind you of your YOUTH, because they subconsciously help motivate you to power through when you're tired.  (Daily Mail)  
 
(Check out the full list of songs here.)
 

THE GOLDEN GLOBES


"American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" Won The Two Biggest Golden Globes Last Night  
 
The "Golden Globes" . . . a.k.a. the Oscars' drunk half-cousin . . . went down last night.  Here's what happened:
 
"American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" won Best Comedy or Musical and Best Drama, respectively.  AMY ADAMS and JENNIFER LAWRENCE both won for "American Hustle", too.
 
 
"Gravity" garnered a Best Director win for ALFONSO CUARON.
 
 
Other winners included CATE BLANCHETT for "Blue Jasmine" and LEONARDO DICAPRIO for "The Wolf of Wall Street".  And both MATTHEW MCONAUGHEY and JARED LETO won for "Dallas Buyers Club".
 
 
On the TV side, "Breaking Bad" won Best TV Drama, and BRYAN CRANSTON won Best Actor in a Drama for it.
 
 
Surprisingly, ANDY SAMBERG'S show "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" won Best TV Comedy, and Andy won Best Actor in a Comedy.
 
 
The Golden Globes:  All the Interesting Stuff  
 
The "Golden Globes" are basically the Oscars with more alcohol and fewer inhibitions . . . so the actual award presentations are usually the LEAST interesting things that happen.  Here's the best of everything else . . . 
 
 
Hosts AMY POEHLER and TINA FEY were decent.  They some great lines, including these:
 
 
"Meryl Streep, so briliant in 'August Osage County', proving that there are still great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60."
 
 
"'Gravity' is nominated for best film.  It's the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age."
 
 
"And now, like a supermodel's vagina, let's all give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio."  (There was actually a glitch in the feed after this joke, like maybe the producers tried to cut it out.  If so, I'm glad they failed.)
 
 
JACQUELINE BISSET had trouble finding the right words when she accepted for Best Supporting Performance in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.  She seemed pretty emotional and she went on FOREVER.
 
She may have been HAMMERED, but it seemed like she was just genuinely surprised and touched.  
 
Here's who WAS drunk, though:  EMMA THOMPSON.  She even brought her martini glass onstage with her to present an award . . . and she threw her shoes over her shoulder. 
 
 
 
One of the night's most awkward moments was when DIDDY hugged BONO.  It looked like he was going in for a KISS, but Bono pulled away.  (Here's a Vine.)
 
 
JIM CARREY delivered the best BURN, when he roasted SHIA LABEOUF while presenting a comedy award.  He said, quote, "Dying is easy.  Comedy is hard.  I believe it was Shia LaBeouf who said that.  So young, so wise."
 
 
At one point while introducing EMMA STONE, Amy Poehler said that Emma had told her backstage that she "isn't looking for new friends."  Was THAT an insult, or just a self-deprecating joke by Amy?
 
 
Possibly the best moment of the night happened on the red carpet . . . and not surprisingly it involved JENNIFER LAWRENCE.  
 
 
She Photobombed TAYLOR SWIFT, and since EVERYTHING JENNIFER LAWRENCE DOES IS ADORABLE, it was a delightful moment.  (Check out a picture AND video here.)
 
 
One last note:  During its pre-Golden Globe coverage, the E! Network was running little "Fun Facts" about various celebrities.  And here's the "FUN Fact" they ran about MICHAEL J. FOX:
 
 
"Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1991."  
 
 

 

The Complete Winners List  
 
 
MOVIE AWARDS
 
 
Best Drama:  "12 Years a Slave"
 
Best Actress, Drama:  Cate Blanchett,  "Blue Jasmine"
 
Best Actor, Drama:  Matthew McConaughey,  "Dallas Buyers Club"
 
Best Musical or Comedy:  "American Hustle"
 
Best Actress, Musical or Comedy:  Amy Adams,  "American Hustle"
 
Best Actor, Musical or Comedy:  Leonardo DiCaprio,  "The Wolf of Wall Street"
 
Best Supporting Actress:  Jennifer Lawrence,  "American Hustle"
 
Best Supporting Actor:  Jared Leto,  "Dallas Buyers Club"
 
Best Animated Feature Film:  "Frozen"
 
Best Director:  Alfonso Cuarón,  "Gravity"
 
Best Screenplay:  "Her"  (Written by Spike Jonze)
 
Best Original Song:  "Ordinary Love" by U2 and Danger Mouse from "Mandela:  Long Walk to Freedom"
 
Best Original Score:  "All Is Lost" . . . Robert Redford's lost at sea movie.
 
Best Foreign-Language Film:  "The Great Beauty",  Italy
 
 
TELEVISION AWARDS
 
 
Best Drama Series:  "Breaking Bad"  (AMC)
 
Best Actress, Drama:  Robin Wright,  "House of Cards"
 
Best Actor, Drama:  Bryan Cranston,  "Breaking Bad"
 
Best Musical or Comedy Series:  "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"  (Fox)
 
Best Actress, Musical or Comedy Series:  Amy Poehler,  "Parks and Recreation"
 
Best Actor, Musical or Comedy Series:  Andy Samberg,  "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
 
Best Miniseries or TV Movie:  "Behind the Candelabra"  (HBO)
 
Best Actress, Miniseries or TV Movie:  Elisabeth Moss,  "Top of the Lake"
 
Best Actor, Miniseries or TV Movie:  Michael Douglas,  "Behind the Candelabra"
 
Best Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or TV Movie:  Jacqueline Bisset,  "Dancing on the Edge"
 
Best Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or TV Movie:  Jon Voight,  "Ray Donovan"
 
Cecil C. DeMille Award:  Woody Allen
 
 
(For more information on the winners, hit up www.GoldenGlobes.com.)
 

Five Ways to Streamline Your Morning Routine


If you tend to hit the snooze button one too many times, "Real Simple" has five ways to get your morning act together.  Listen up.  
 
1.  Start the night before by getting a good night's sleep.  You need at least seven hours to be at your best.
 
2.  Plan your outfit the night before.  Set everything out, so you're ready to go.  You don't want any last minute scrambling while you're trying to get out the door.  
 
3.  Get up, and work out BEFORE you eat breakfast.  A recent study showed that morning exercise keeps weight off, if you do it before you have anything to eat,.
 
4.  Make breakfast ahead of time.  That way, it's ready to go in the morning, and you don't waste time with preparation and decisions.  
 
5.  Plan to give yourself an extra five to ten minutes.  You want to be moving quickly, but you also want your morning to be relaxed.  And having extra time built into your normal routine will eliminate stress.  (Real Simple) 
 

The Ten Names That Make the Best Husbands and Wives


A study out of England has come up with the top 10 names associated with being the best husband, and the top 10 names associated with being the best wife.
 
In the study, people ranked their husbands and wives on how kind, generous, and thoughtful they were.  Then the researchers calculated which names got the highest average scores.
 
The top 10 names associated with being a good husband are:  David, Andrew, Daniel, Paul, John, William, Simon, James, Chris, and Stephen.  The names that JUST missed are Mark, Rob, and Pete.
 
And the top 10 names associated with being a good wife are:  Katie, Sophie, Louise, Sarah, Emily, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Amy, Jessica, and Lucy.  The names that JUST missed are Emma, Nicole, and Grace.  
 
(The Telegraph)
 

Perfect Online Dating Profiles


A New Study Found the Perfect Online Dating Profiles:  Women Who Drink and Aren't Educated . . . and Men Who Are Rich, Athletic Doctors
 
The dating website PlentyOfFish.com just did a massive analysis of more than 81,000 profiles to figure out the "IDEAL WOMAN" and "IDEAL MAN" for online dating in 2014.
 
And there's pretty much NO WAY you can hear this and not feel bad about the results.  It features the worst of gender stereotypes, plenty of unattainable goals, and a crystal clear reminder that YOU ARE NOT IDEAL.  But hey, WE love ya.
 
The study found the ideal man is Christian . . . has a doctorate . . . makes six figures . . . is athletic . . . has brown hair . . . and wants a relationship, not just casual dating.  So good news, athletic, rich doctors . . . you'll be able to get dates this year.
 
The study found the ideal woman is Catholic . . . DOES NOT have a master's degree . . . makes between $50,000 and $75,000 . . . is thin . . . drinks alcohol three times a week . . . and has a dog.
 
The study also found the worst thing a guy can do is say he's not interested in kids . . . and the worst thing a woman can do is be over 33 years old.  Ouch.  (Metro.us)
 

Double-duty


Talk about multitasking.  Almost half of Americans use a second screen device while watching TV!  

Unsurprisingly to anyone who’s ever live-tweeted The Bachelor, the most commonly-used second screen gadget is a smartphone.  And almost 70% of second-screeners are simultaneously searching for content related to whatever they’re watching on TV (usually a reality show).  

What’s really baffling is that only 13% say using dual screens enhances their TV-viewing experience.  In fact, it may make it worse- according to a separate study, 70% report experiencing digital eye strain from staring at screens too long.
 

Commuting Is So Bad, It Makes 10% of Us Want to Cry


I know commuting has a reputation for CRUSHING SOULS . . . but this statistic still seems remarkably high.
 
According to a new study, one out of 10 people say commuting is so stressful they want to CRY by the time they finally get to work.
 
The study also found that the average person wastes about 18 minutes a day "coming down" from their commute before they can really focus on work.
 
That adds up to a total of about 73 wasted hours per year, or almost nine full wasted days.  
 
(Daily Mail)
 
 

 

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Four Tips for Getting Over a Bad Breakup


If your holidays ended in a bad breakup, here are four tips for how to get over it and move on in the New Year.
 
1.  Think It Through, But Don't Obsess.  It's totally normal to replay things in your mind.  But the sooner you stop dwelling on the mistakes you made and live your life, the sooner you can have NEW experiences, and make new memories.
 
2.  Give Your Life a Cleansing.  It's impossible to move on when you're surrounded by reminders of your ex.  These days that means taking them off Facebook and unfollowing them on Twitter.  And box up all your pictures and other reminders.   You don't have to BURN them . . . that only happens in movies . . . but at least put it somewhere you won't see it every day.
 
3.  Learn From Your Mistakes.  Take something you learned from the breakup and apply it to your next relationship . . . so you don't keep making the same mistakes.
 
4.  Set a Deadline to Move On.  A "grieving period" is allowed, but spending TOO much time dwelling on things will make moving on harder.  AND it'll start affecting potential new relationships too. So even if it sounds weird, set a deadline for getting over things.
 
People are allowed to set New Year's resolutions like, "my diet starts January 1st", so it's not odd to say "starting in February I'm not thinking about my ex anymore."  Set a date, and stick with it.  It's a mental trick that can actually work.  (Ask Men)
 

Wife's nagging saves man's life


A Guy Got Pinned Under His Truck . . . But His Wife Called So Many Times, His Phone Vibrated Until It Fell Out of His Pocket and He Could Call for Help
 
Guys, the next time you complain about your wife NAGGING you to death, remember this:  It could actually end up SAVING your life.
 
There's a truck driver named Tim Rutledge, who looks to be in his fifties, and on Monday he broke down near Indianapolis when the negative 40-degree weather locked up his brakes.
 
But when he got under the truck to check it out, the truck shifted in the snow and PINNED him.  And he couldn't reach his phone.  
 
Luckily, Tim calls his wife Lisa in Orlando every morning, without fail.  So when he DIDN'T call, she got annoyed . . . and started calling him over and over and over again.
 
And that vibrated his phone so much, it FELL out of his pocket.
 
Now, by that point, Tim had been stuck for about EIGHT HOURS, and was frozen to the pavement.  So he COULDN'T dial.  But he was able to use the phone's voice activation feature to make a random call, which ended up being his boss, who called 911.
 
Soon after that, paramedics found Tim passed out under the truck, and had to cut him out of his frozen clothes.  He's currently back home recovering, but shouldn't have any lasting injuries.  (Fox59 / MyFoxOrlando)
 

What Personality Trait Do You Absolutely Hate?


What PERSONALITY TRAIT do you hate the most?  We're not talking about one of your OWN personality traits . . . those are all perfect, obviously . . . we're talking about the little horrible things OTHER people do.
 
Here are the top seven personality traits people hate the most . . .
 
1.  People who never leave room in a conversation for you to say ANYTHING.  You can barely even get in an, "Oh yeah."
 
2.  People who always play the victim, and are never personally responsible for any of the bad things that happen to them.
 
3.  People who have to one-up everything you say.
 
4.  People who are condescending.  It's irritating if they're smarter than you, AND it's irritating if they AREN'T.
 
5.  Close-minded people.  They'll fight for their position, won't listen to anything you have to say, won't listen to reason . . . and actively seem to HATE KNOWLEDGE.
 
6.  People who admit they're wrong but won't change.  Like, the person who says, "I don't trust minorities.  Sorry, that's just how I feel."
 
7.  People who are always chronically late.  (Reddit)
 

Your "Once in a Lifetime" Vacation Probably Isn't . . . There's a 31% Chance You'll Go Back


Hopefully, you've been on at least one amazing, exotic vacation where you thought, "This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience . . . and I better make the most of every second I'm here since I'll never be back."
 
Well . . . not to ruin your memories, but there's about a one-in-three chance you WILL be back.
 
31% of people say they've gone on a once-in-a-lifetime trip . . . then eventually ended up going BACK to that place after all.
 
And of those people, 20% went at the exact same time of year, 10% used the exact same itinerary, and 16% even stayed in the same room.  
 
(Daily Mail)
 

Boys & their body spray


Say it, don’t spray it
 
This male grooming trend really stinks.  More than 80% of young women think men these days are dousing themselves in far too much body spray.  

And no wonder- 75% of guys admit they over-spray, mostly because they think the scent fades too quickly (news flash, dudes: apparently it doesn’t).  But it’s not entirely their fault- the majority of men blame their overzealous body spraying on the fact they were never taught how to properly apply it.  

It’s never too late to learn…and our sinuses will thank you!
 

Eight Random Facts For Friday


Here are some random facts that will blow your mind . . . or at least, gently caress it.
 
1.  A cockroach can live for seven days off the toothpaste residue in a toothbrush you only used ONCE.
 
2.   Bubble gum is pink because pink was the only color of dye lying around when its inventor, Walter Diemer, made a good batch of it. 
 
3.  The world record for constipation is 102 days.
 
4.  Of the 12 men who walked on the moon, 11 were Boy Scouts.  The only one who wasn't was James Irwin, from Apollo 15, who became the eighth man to walk on the moon in 1971.
 
5.  Salmon are pink because they eat so many red-colored shellfish.  Except the farmed salmon you eat . . . they don't eat shrimp, so they should be gray.  During processing, a pink coloring is added to make you feel more comfortable.
 
6.  BILL GATES'S house was designed using a Mac.
 
7.  Sprinting for 60 minutes burns as many calories as jogging for seven hours.
 
8.  The police in Dubai have a Ferrari and Lamborghini . . . allegedly because so many other people there have Ferraris and Lamborghinis, the cops also need them to keep up in case of a high-speed chase.  (Yahoo / UberFacts)
 

2014 People's Choice Winners


Sandra Bullock Basically Won Everything at the People's Choice Awards  
 
SANDRA BULLOCK pretty much DOMINATED the "People's Choice Awards" last night.  She won FOUR categories, including Favorite Movie Actress, Favorite Comedic Actress, and Favorite Dramatic Actress.
 
In fact, Sandra Bullock could only be stopped by . . . Sandra Bullock.  Sandra and MELISSA MCCARTHY were nominated for Favorite Movie Duo for "The Heat", but they lost out to Sandra and GEORGE CLOONEY for "Gravity".
 
The other non-Sandra Bullock-related highlights included:  BRITNEY SPEARS winning her FIRST ever People's Choice Award for Favorite Pop Artist . . . over her childhood boyfriend JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE.
 
Also, IAN SOMERHALDER gave his real life ex-girlfriend NINA DOBREV a kiss on the cheek, while they were accepting their award for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry for their work on "The Vampire Diaries".
 
 
Highlights from the People's Choice Awards Winners List  
 
 
Movie Awards:
 
Favorite Movie of the Year:  "Iron Man 3"
 
Favorite Movie Actor:  Johnny Depp
 
Favorite Movie Actress:  Sandra Bullock
 
Favorite Movie Duo:  Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in "Gravity"
 
Favorite Comedy Movie:  "The Heat"
 
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor:  Adam Sandler
 
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress:  Sandra Bullock
 
Favorite Drama Movie:  "Gravity"
 
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor:  Leonardo DiCaprio
 
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress:  Sandra Bullock
 
Favorite Action Movie:  "Iron Man 3"
 
Favorite Action Star:  Robert Downey Jr.
 
Favorite Family Movie:  "Despicable Me 2"
 
Favorite Horror Movie:  The new "Carrie" movie
 
Favorite Movie Thriller:  "Now You See Me"
 
 
TV Awards:
 
Favorite Network TV Comedy:  "The Big Bang Theory"
 
Favorite TV Comedy Actor:  Chris Colfer from "Glee"
 
Favorite TV Comedy Actress:  Kaley Cuoco from "Big Bang Theory"
 
Favorite Network TV Drama:  "The Good Wife"
 
Favorite TV Drama Actor:  Josh Charles from "The Good Wife"
 
Favorite TV Drama Actress:  Stana Katic from "Castle"
 
Favorite Cable TV Drama:  "The Walking Dead"
 
Favorite Cable TV Comedy:  "Psych"
 
Favorite Premium Cable TV Show:  "Homeland"
 
Favorite New TV Comedy:  "Super Fun Night"
 
Favorite New TV Drama:  "Reign"
 
Favorite New Talk Show Host:  Queen Latifah
 
Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host:  Ellen DeGeneres
 
Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host:  Stephen Colbert
 
Favorite Competition Show:  "The Voice"
 
Favorite TV Movie / Miniseries:  "American Horror Story"
 
Favorite Streaming Series:  "Orange Is the New Black"
 
Favorite Series We Miss Most:  "Breaking Bad"
 
 
Music Awards:
 
Favorite Male Artist:  Justin Timberlake
 
Favorite Female Artist:  Demi Lovato
 
Favorite Song:  "Roar", Katy Perry
 
Favorite Album:  "The 20/20 Experience", Justin Timberlake
 
Favorite Band:  One Direction . . . even though they don't play any instruments.
 
Favorite "Alternative" Band:  Fall Out Boy
 
Favorite Pop Artist:  Britney Spears
 
Favorite Hip-Hop Artist:  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
 
Favorite R&B Artist:  Justin Timberlake
 
Favorite Country Artist:  Taylor Swift
 
Favorite Country Music Icon:  Tim McGraw
 
Favorite Music Video:  "Roar", Katy Perry
 
Favorite Breakout Artist:  Ariana Grande
 
 
(You can find ALL the winners and nominees at PeoplesChoice.com.)
 

The Ten Most Stressful Jobs


If you think YOUR job is stressful, check out this list of the MOST stressful jobs.  Here's a list of the ten professions that are supposedly the MOST stressful . . .
 
1.  Soldier.  Obviously.  Because if you're on the front lines, you're getting shot at.  And your shift never really ends.  All for $29,000 a year.
 
2.  General.  You may not have the same stress and working conditions of soldiers, but you have the added responsibility of being in charge of life or death decisions.  But the pay is better:  Median salary is $196,000 a year.
 
3.  Firefighter.  You run INTO burning buildings while everyone else runs out.  It pays around $45,000 a year.
 
4.  Airline Pilot.  Basically, you can't really have a bad day.  But the median salary is $114,000 per year.
 
5.  Event Planner.  You're in charge of making sure someone's wedding or other important event is PERFECT.  And you usually have to do five or six events a week.  For around $46,000 a year.
 
6.  Public Relations Executive.  It's basically a thankless job, but the expectations are high.  If any information gets out that reflects poorly on your client, the blame is on YOU.  It pays $54,000 a year. 
 
7.  CEO.  A lot of the perks went away with the recession.  So no more corporate jets or inflated bonuses.  And you're responsible to your shareholders, and for the livelihoods of everyone in the company.  The median salary is $168,000.
 
8.  Newspaper Reporter.  It comes with tight deadlines and low pay.  And with everything going digital, jobs are constantly being cut back.  It pays $36,000 a year.
 
9.  Police Officer.  Even though there's a lot of down time, you never know what you'll have to face.  The salary is $56,000 a year.
 
10.  Taxi Driver.  If you drive a cab, you're the number one target for crime.  Plus, the hours are long, and the pay is low . . . just $23,000 a year. (Yahoo Finance)
 

A 77-Year-Old Fell in the Middle of the Night While It Was Negative Seven Degrees Out . . . And the Paper Delivery Guy Saved His Life


On Monday, 77-year-old Tony Soetaert of Shawnee, Kansas was taking out his trash around 3:30 in the morning . . . which is like 11:00 A.M. in senior citizen time.
 
But he slipped, fell, and couldn't get up.  And it was NEGATIVE SEVEN DEGREES out.  So he managed to crawl to his garage, which was open, and started honking his car horn to wake people up.  But no one heard.
 
Luckily, Jeff Stockwell, Tony's PAPER DELIVERY GUY, happened to come by about 30 minutes later and heard him yelling.  Actually, he said it sounded more like a CAT, and he almost left.  But at the last second he turned around.
 
And it's a good thing he did, because Tony was rushed to the hospital, where they treated him for hypothermia, and his body temperature was just 92 degrees.  He ended up being out in the elements for about 45 minutes.
 
Thankfully, doctors expect him to make a full recovery.  And Jeff . . . who was filling in and wasn't even on his normal route that morning . . . says he's glad he was there to help.  (KCTV5 / KSHB / Kansas City Star)  
 

Three Cautionary Tales


Three Cautionary Tales About People Setting Fire to Their Cars, Homes, and Themselves to Keep Warm
 
We FULLY understand how your desire to STAY WARM can overpower your common sense right now.  But please try to stay warm safely . . . so you don't wind up like these three people.
 
1.  On Tuesday morning, in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, it was minus-23 out and a woman was trying to get her car to warm up so it would start.  Nothing traditional was working . . . so she eventually put HOT CHARCOAL under it.
 
But the bottom of the car caught on fire.  The police say the woman was lucky not to get hurt . . . but the car suffered some serious damage.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
 
2.  On Tuesday, a man in his mid-50s was working at a steel plant in Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania.  The plant didn't have heat, so the man was working near a portable propane heater to stay warm.  But he ended up getting TOO CLOSE.
 
He accidentally SET HIMSELF ON FIRE, his co-workers used fire extinguishers to put him out, and he was hospitalized with serious burns.  (Montgomery News)
 
3.  On Monday night, a family in Cleveland County, North Carolina couldn't get their furnace to work . . . so they huddled around the stove.  An item near the stove caught on fire . . . and the entire house went up in flames.
 
The family all got out safely, but the house is damaged badly enough that they can't stay there anymore.  (ABC 9 - Charlotte)
 

 

The Cold Weather Saves a Woman's Life, When Her Car Goes Off a Bridge and Lands on a Pond That's Frozen Solid
 
54-year-old Anne Spiess of Maplewood, Minnesota is alive today . . . thanks to the POLAR VORTEX.  Hope you feel guilty for complaining about all the freezing cold weather.
 
On Tuesday, Anne was driving on an overpass when she lost control of her truck, went over a guardrail, fell 100 feet, and landed on a pond.
 
Yes, ON a pond.  Because it's so cold there, the pond was frozen solid . . . enough not to crack when a truck landed on it. 
 
If the ice hadn't held, Anne would've died in the water.  Instead, she was knocked unconscious . . . but survived.
 
She was rushed to the hospital where she's listed in fair condition.  
 
(ABC 5 - St. Paul)
 

The Best Age to Take a Mini Retirement From Work Is . . . 38


Ever thought about taking six months or a year off of work . . . a sabbatical, a mini-retirement, a pre-midlife crisis, or whatever?  Here's the best time to do it.
 
According to a new study, the best age to take a long extended break from work is . . . 38.
 
That's the age where you're still young, but well enough established in your job that you won't completely derail your career by taking time off.  You'll also have gone on a few trips by then, so you'll know where you want to travel.
 
It's also when . . . in theory, at least . . .  you're finally financially secure enough to withstand a period of no income.
 
This all sounds pretty romanticized, which is why most people won't do it.  70% of people say they'd love to take an extended break from work . . . but only 5% think they realistically ever will.  (Daily Mail)
 

You Can Buy "Smart Pajamas" That Read Bedtime Stories to Your Kids


Fear not, SUPER LAZY PARENTS within the sound of my voice.  Technology has your back.
 
There's an invention called SMART PJs . . . they're pajamas that read your kid bedtime stories so YOU DON'T HAVE TO.  You can just watch TV and eat cheese . . . or whatever it is you do . . . while your kid's pajamas expand your child's mind.
 
Here's how they work.  The pajamas have polka dot symbols on them that work as codes.  You use an app to scan a code . . . and each code brings up a different story on the phone.
 
The stories include all the classics, like Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty, and the Gingerbread Man . . . all performed by voice actors.  The words also appear on the screen, so the kid can read along.
 
The pajamas themselves don't have any wires in them or anything . . . they're just regular pajamas.  They sell for $30 online.  (WTOP)
 

Unique baby names trending in 2014


2014 just started and already we’re talking baby names.  Each year, NameCandy.com identifies the first monikers chosen by folks who became parents on January 1st.  

If this year’s list is any indication, the trend in baby names will be uniqueness- of the first babies to be born in each of the 50 states, only one name was repeated (Brooklyn).  

Other names include Malakai, Dior, Gwineth, Prantison, Nash, McKenlee, Dante, Naythyn, Watson and Jacktavious.   
 

What's Something That Was Socially Unacceptable When You Were a Kid, But Is Okay Now?


What's something that USED to be socially unacceptable back when you were a kid, but has now become okay or considered totally normal?  Here are eight examples that show just how much society can change, and how fast . . .
 
1.  Living together before marriage. 
 
2.  Calling someone after 9:00 P.M.  You used to have to worry about waking up the whole house . . . now you're just calling that person's cell phone.
 
3.  Using your real name on the Internet.  We used to be afraid of it . . . then Facebook and LinkedIn basically FORCED it upon us.
 
4.  Not responding to invitations.  When you got an invitation in the mail it was incredibly rude not to RSVP.  Now, with Evites and Facebook invitations, people rarely feel like they have to respond.
 
5.  Saying you don't think you need or want a college degree.
 
6.  Men staying at home while the wife is the breadwinner.
 
7.  Being a nerd.  It used to be a stigma . . . now nerd culture is huge and giant glasses are a fashion trend.
 
8.  Online dating.  There used to be a stigma about dating someone from the Internet . . . now it's responsible for one-third of marriages.  (Reddit)
 

Five Tech Products That'll Be Dead in Five Years


Digital technology has made a lot of things obsolete in the past 20 years, but it's about to get worse.  "Time" magazine has a list of five tech products that'll probably die out in the next five years.
 
1.  DVD and Blu-ray players.  Online streaming will probably become the only way to see movies at home.  Netflix and iTunes are killing the market for plastic discs, the same way Napster and iTunes did for music.
 
2.  Standalone GPS units.  Every smartphone can do what a GPS unit does.  And now most cars are sold with GPS built-in.  The market for standalone GPS units from companies like Garmin and TomTom has declined more than 15% per year since 2008.
 
3.  Point-and-shoot cameras.  Smartphone cameras now do just about everything a regular digital camera can do.  So camera companies are phasing out all their low-end models, to focus on SLRs and compact system cameras like the Nikon 1.
 
4.  Car keys.  Most new cars don't have them anymore.  But in the next few years, everything in most cars will be controlled by smartphone apps . . . including the locks.
 
5.  Dial-up Internet.  Apparently about 3% of Americans actually still use dial-up.  But broadband and satellite Internet are quickly growing to cover the last few places where they still don't reach.  In five years, everyone should have something better than dial-up. (Techland.com)
 

A Restaurant Owner Is Selling His Business to Help an Employee with a Brain Tumor


Last month, a 19-year-old in Montgomery, Texas named Brittany Mathis started having headaches and blurred vision.  So she went to the hospital, where they found a brain tumor the size of a ping pong ball.
 
Now, Brittany doesn't have insurance, and hasn't signed up for Obamacare yet.  So she hasn't even been able to have tests done to see if it's cancerous.  Which is where a guy named Michael De Beyer comes in.
 
Michael is the owner of Kaiserhof Restaurant, where Brittany works.  And he's decided to SELL the restaurant, so he can help PAY for Brittany's treatment.
 
Michael has owned the business for 17 years, and says it's worth about $2 million.  But he's planning to auction it off at a starting price of $1 million.  Then anything beyond that will go to Brittany, whose father died from a brain tumor in 2000.
 
Michael says he's determined to make sure the same thing DOESN'T happen to Brittany.  Quote, "I'm not able to just sit by and let it happen.  I couldn't live with myself."  (KHOU / YourHoustonNews.com)  
 

The World's First Burrito Vending Machine Is Here


We've gotten so used to ignoring those Redbox kiosks in stores . . . here's a kiosk that NEEDS attention.
 
The world's first BURRITO VENDING MACHINE is here.  It's at a Mobil gas station in Los Angeles . . . West Hollywood, to be specific.  And it's called the Burritobox.
 
The burritos cost $3, and you pick from several types . . . like egg and cheese, bean, and chicken . . . then add sides like sour cream or guacamole.  Then the box makes it for you in a few minutes. 
 
It looks like the burritos are basically frozen burritos like you'd buy at a gas station . . . it's not like there's a dwarf or robot inside making burritos or something . . . but the ingredients are supposedly higher quality.  Plus, hey, you don't have to heat them up yourself.
 
The company behind Burritobox says they'll be putting a second one up at another gas station in Los Angeles in a few weeks.  There's no word on when they could expand nationwide.
 
According to the owner of the Mobil station, who let Burritobox put their machine up two weeks ago, the box hasn't been a massive hit so far but, quote, "quite a few people use it."  (LAist / Los Angeles Times)  
 

What Would You Give Up to Stop Going Bald?


I think we're in an era where the bald or shaved head look is cool again . . . who can keep up anymore?  But there are still PLENTY of men out there who'd rather have thick hair than anything else.
 
According to a new survey, 69% of men say they worry about their hair thinning.  And the majority of them say they'd give up BEER or PORN for thicker hair.  
 
Only 8% would give up SEX for thicker hair, which makes sense . . . since the point of having hair is to get more women to have sex with you.  Why be celibate with awesome STAMOS hair?  (Daily Mail)
 

Over Half of All Smokers Made a New Year's Resolution to Quit . . . And Today's the Day It's Most Likely to Fail


If you made a New Year's resolution to quit smoking and you're still going strong, here's some great news.  Just get through today, and you've got a real shot at finally making it happen.
 
Every year, millions of smokers make New Year's resolutions to quit.  And every year, January 8th is the day that sinks them . . . because the eighth day of an attempt to quit smoking is the hardest.  So just make it through today.
 
According to a new survey, 56% of smokers in the U.S. made a New Year's resolution this year to quit.
 
41% are trying to quit by going cold turkey.  
 
(PR Newswire)
 

Walkie talkie


Sure, you can walk and chew gum at the same time, but texting is another matter.  

More than half of 18-to-24-year-olds admit they’ve bumped into someone or something while walking and texting.  And 70% say they’ve been the victim of someone else’s distracted walking.  It may appear that this problem can be largely blamed on “kids today.”

But while only around 20% of folks between 35 and 54 cop to bumping into people while texting, we suspect some of them are stretching the truth.  The age group least likely to cause a pedestrian traffic jam while fiddling with their phones is 65 and older…though that may be due to the fact that they’re less likely to be either texting or walking.
 

Just How Cold Is It?


Just How Cold Is It?  Siberia and Mars Would Be Warmer . . . Even Polar Bears Are Cold . . . and Antifreeze Could Freeze
 
The POLAR VORTEX has brought out record low temperatures all across the country . . . and THAT'S brought out all sorts of anecdotes about just how cold it is.  Here are six of our favorites . . . 
 
1.  It's so cold you could warm up in SIBERIA.  Not all of it, but some of it.  For example, the lows around the U.S. are lower than Tobolsk, Russia, in Siberia.
 
2.  It's so cold that the surface of MARS would be warmer.  Mars is 78 million miles further from the sun than the Earth, but parts of it are warmer right now . . . than say, the negative-42 temperatures in northern Minnesota.
 
3.  It's so cold that Atlanta . . . which hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics . . . is colder than Sochi, Russia, which is about to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
 
4.  It's so cold that the one polar bear at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago has been hiding in her 40-degree habitat rather than staying outside.  Since she was born in captivity, she doesn't have a thick enough layer of fat to take THIS level of cold.
 
5.  It's so cold that there's a guy in Fargo, North Dakota who's spending the day in a walk-in freezer in his store . . . because it's minus-10, and outside it's minus-40.
 
6.  It's so cold that antifreeze could freeze.  At negative-34 degrees, Prestone freezes.  Also, your vodka could freeze . . . that freezes at negative-16.51 degrees.  (CNN / Smithsonian / National Journal / Time)
 
 

Least Stressful Jobs!


Most jobs come with SOME stress. But here's a list of the six professions that are supposedly the LEAST stressful . . .

 

 

1. University Professor. Obviously it takes a long time to get there, but once you've gotten tenure . . . you're basically guaranteed that position for life. The median salary is $62,000 a year.

 

 

2. Medical Lab Technician. They can work at their own pace, they're away from the annoying B.S. in your typical office environment, and the median salary is $47,000 a year.

 

 

3. Audiologist. These are the people who take care of the hearing impaired. Apparently it's one of the most sought-after careers? Most audiologists get to run their own practice, and it pays around $66,000 a year.

 

 

4. Dietician. Since there's a huge demand for diets, there's a lot of job security in this one. And your clients are a diverse group. The median salary is $55,000 per year.

 

 

5. Librarian. You're in a quiet, peaceful environment all day. And if anybody screws that up . . . you get to "shush" them. All for $55,000 a year.

 

 

6. Drill Press Operator. If you're going to operate heavy equipment, this is one of the jobs with the least amount of danger. It pays $32,000 a year.

Eight Ways You Should Change Your Social Media Habits This Year


72% of all Americans are now using social media.  And according to a new survey, most of them want to change their online habits this year.  Here are the eight most common ways people want to use social media differently in 2014.
 
The top three things social media users want to do MORE of:
 
1.  Stay in touch with family.
 
2.  Stay in touch with friends.
 
3.  Reconnect with old friends they've lost touch with.
 
 
And the top five things social media users want to do LESS of are:
 
1.  Follow celebrities or politics.
 
2.  Dating.
 
3.  Waste time.
 
4.  Read about businesses or products. 
 
5.  Stalk other people online.
 
 
(PRNewswire.com)
 

Man's life saved by medical student during demo


A Guy Acts Out the Symptoms of a Deadly Condition So Medical Students Can Diagnose Him . . . But It Turns Out He Has It for Real
 
Medical schools sometimes hire people to help train students by acting out the symptoms of different conditions, so the students can practice diagnosing them.  (Kramer actually did it in an episode of "Seinfeld.")
 
Well, last March, a retiree in Virginia named Jim Malloy was acting out symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which can be fatal if it's not treated.  And a med student named Ryan Jones managed to correctly diagnose it.
 
But the thing is, Ryan was fairly certain he'd found an ACTUAL aneurysm.  So the doctor in charge told Jim he might want to see a cardiologist about it, which he did.  And it turned out Ryan was RIGHT . . . Jim had the condition for REAL.
 
He ended up having surgery in August, and he's made a full recovery.  Meanwhile, Ryan had no idea he'd saved his life until Jim's wife happened to run into him on campus and filled him in.
 
Ryan is now in his final year of med school, and said it just felt great to know he made a difference.  (UVAHealth.com / CBS News / WDBJ7)  
 

A Pilot Who Landed on a Bronx Expressway Is in Trouble With His Wife . . . Because He Had Two Woman With Him in the Plane


On Saturday afternoon, 50-year-old Michael Schwartz of South Salem, New York was flying a small plane when he had engine trouble . . . and had to make an emergency crash landing on an EXPRESSWAY in the Bronx.
 
Michael and his passengers somehow only suffered minor injuries . . . which sounds like a good thing and makes it seem like he's a pretty good pilot.  But when reporters talked to Michael's wife Giovanna on Saturday night, she seemed ANGRY.
 
She told reporters she'd JUST found out about the crash, and told them, quote, "Why don't you ask him?  I'm sure he'd be happy to tell you."
 
Well . . . it turns out Michael's passengers were TWO women, a 43-year-old and a 20-year-old.  And his relationship with those women . . . well, that's not clear.
 
The Internet has taken Giovanna's reaction and jumped to two conclusions:  One, threesome . . . or two, secret second family.
 
The truth could be something way less exciting . . . like he was secretly moonlighting as a tour guide . . . but his wife's reaction sure makes it seem like something much RANDIER.  (Gawker)  
 

The Ten "Coziest" Cities in America


The good thing about cold weather is you can be lazy, because there's no pressure to go out and actually DO anything.  And with that in mind, there's a new study that ranked the ten COZIEST cities in America.
 
It's based on things like the number of fireplaces and coffee shops per capita.  They're not all necessarily "cold" cities, but apparently they're the best places to curl up, read a book, and drink something warm.  Or something.  Anyway, here's the top ten.
 
1.  Boston
 
2.  San Francisco
 
3.  Santa Fe, New Mexico
 
4.  Washington D.C.
 
5.  Portland, Oregon
 
6.  Seattle, Washington
 
7.  Baltimore, Maryland
 
8.  Providence, Rhode Island
 
9.  New Orleans
 
10.  Savannah, Georgia  (PR Newswire)
 

You Can Burn 324 Calories Commuting . . . But Not in Your Car


Good news and bad news.  The good news:  You can burn 324 calories a day commuting!  The bad news:  YOU probably won't.
 
A new study found that commuters who take a subway, train, or bus can burn 162 calories going back and forth to work . . . between about 10 minutes of standing, two flights of stairs, and another 11 minutes of walking each way.
 
They didn't figure out how many calories you burn when you sit while you commute and drive yourself door-to-door . . . but we're thinking it's a lot closer to zero.  (FemaleFirst)
 

What's the worst idea you ever had as a kid?


Since you're listening right now, we can assume that the stupidest idea you ever had as a kid DIDN'T kill you . . . although it might've come close.  What's the WORST idea you ever had as a kid?  Here are eight of our favorites . . .
 
1.  "I wanted to be a garbage truck . . . so I bit into a light bulb."
 
2.  "I came up with a brilliant scheme where I'd always overpay for things so I could get lots of change back . . . and therefore become wealthy."
 
3.  "I loved ginger ale, so I thought eating a spoonful of powdered ginger from the spice rack would be delicious."
 
4.  "I decided to test our 'no tears' shampoo by squeezing it directly into my eye."
 
5.  "I built a little house using an umbrella, bricks, a bucket, and a deck chair.  To prove to my mom how real and functional the house was, I pooped in the bucket."
 
6.  "I wanted to see what salt smelled like.  I was at McDonald's, opened a packet of salt, poured it on a French fry, stuck it in my nose, and inhaled.  I ended up running around the McDonald's screaming."
 
7.  "When I was eight, my friend and I made a parachute out of my bed sheets . . . and jumped from the third floor of my house.  Both of us broke both of our legs."
 
8.  "I put my finger in a light bulb socket so I could see my skeleton, like in cartoons."  (Reddit)
 

Five New Year's Resolutions That Actually Work


If you've already started slacking on your New Year's resolutions, "Time" made a list of five that you might ACTUALLY be able to keep . . .
 
1.  Subscribe to a fruit delivery service.  You won't want to waste it, so you'll end up eating healthy before the next batch of fruit arrives.  
 
2.  Set up your bank account so that someone you trust can WITHDRAW money if you go off your diet.
 
3.  To make sure you save money, start an automatic deposit from your checking account into your savings at regular intervals.  
 
4.  Instead of forcing yourself to go to the gym, set up recurring workout appointments with friends.  You'll be a LOT less likely to bail on them. 
 
5.  Get a dog.  Once you make the commitment, you'll be taking walks every day for a decade.  (Time.com)
 

A Holocaust Survivor Met One of the Soldiers Who Saved Her . . . After She Randomly Saw His Anniversary Announcement in the Paper


90-year-old Marsha Kreuzman is a Holocaust survivor who was near death when her concentration camp was liberated by American soldiers in 1945.
 
And for several decades, she's been searching for those soldiers to say thank you.  But until recently, she hadn't been able to find any who were still alive.
 
Well, that changed this past October.  She randomly saw an anniversary announcement in her local paper for 93-year-old Joe Barbella and his wife Anne . . . which noted that Joe had helped liberate Marsha's camp.
 
It turns out Marsha and Joe both live in New Jersey, and at one point even lived in the same CITY.
 
They've become good friends over the past three months, and Marsha's still trying to show her gratitude . . . even though it's been almost 70 years since Joe helped rescue her.  In fact, she even showed up to his house with a Christmas present this year.
 
(NJ.com / Time)  
 

Man accidentally burns down house trying to defrost frozen pipes


A Guy Tries to Use a Gas Heater and Blow Dryer to Thaw Out His Frozen Pipes . . . And Accidentally Burns Down His House
 
Most of the country is dealing with frigid weather right now.  And apparently cold weather can make you dumb and DESPERATE.
 
On Friday, a guy in his 60s named Leonard Szulczewski realized the pipes had frozen in his home in Marion, Pennsylvania.  (His last name is pronounced Zul-zoo-ski.  Marion is about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh.)
 
So he put a gas heater under them, and also tried using a hair dryer to thaw them out.  But then he realized that would take a while.  So he left the heater running, went upstairs, and laid down for a nap.
 
Now, technically, Leonard DID succeed in thawing out the pipes.  But shortly after he fell asleep, he woke up to a loud popping sound, saw black smoke, and realized he'd accidentally set his entire HOUSE on fire.
 
Luckily, he made it outside and no one else was home.  But his house was a total loss.  In an interview with the local news, Leonard said he checked on the pipes before he took a nap, and he's not sure what went wrong.  (CBS Pittsburgh)
 

A Man Lost 37 Pounds in Three Months . . . Just by Eating McDonald's


If you're one of the many, MANY people who made a New Year's resolution to drop some weight . . . then get to McDonald's ASAP.
 
John Cisna of Ankeny, Iowa is a science teacher at Colo-Nesco High School in Colo, Iowa.  And three months ago, he thought it would be an interesting experiment for his class to see if he could lose weight by eating JUST McDonald's.
 
So he and his class analyzed the nutritional info, and put together some options for him to eat at McDonald's for three meals a day.  But unlike the movie "Super Size Me", John would keep it to just 2,000 calories a day.
 
His typical breakfast was two egg white McMuffins and maple oatmeal . . . for lunch he'd have one of the McDonald's salads . . . and for dinner he'd have a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder value meal with fries and ice cream.
 
The result:  John lost 37 POUNDS in 90 days.  His cholesterol also dropped from 249 to 170.  There's no word on how much he weighed before he started, but from the photos he shared, it looks like he was at least 200 pounds when he started.  (CBS 8 - Des Moines)  
 
(You can see a news report on John here.  Also, in a related story, check out a woman who ate nothing but Starbucks in 2013.)
 

Woman on Craigslist Is Looking For the Stranger She Kissed on New Year's Eve


A Woman on Craigslist Is Looking For the Stranger She Kissed on New Year's Eve . . . Even Though He Peed During Their Kiss?
 
If you don't know about Craigslist's Missed Connections section, it's where people can post messages looking for strangers they saw or briefly met, but didn't exchange names or contact info with.  I sure hope it works for this woman.
 
A few days ago, a woman in Bloomington, Indiana posted a Craigslist Missed Connection trying to track down the guy she kissed on New Year's Eve.
 
Quote, "You:  5-foot-8, scruffy, glasses . . . you lit my cigarette and we talked about our wishes for the New Year.  We heard the countdown starting . . . I started to cry and you kissed me, then we started to make out."
 
So that sounds like a great New Year's Eve moment, right?  Not so much.  Because then, quote, "After a minute I felt something warm and realized that you'd [peed] yourself.  I pushed you away."  
 
The guy took off running and didn't come back, but now the woman regrets how he reacted.  Quote, "You peed on me but it's okay!  I just want to know who you are.  Please reply and, when you do, tell me why I started crying so I know it's you."
 
She posted it five days ago . . . there's no word if the guy has responded yet.  (Gawker / Craigslist)  

Today Is the Most Depressing Day of the Year


Making it through the holidays might have been tough.  But making it through TODAY might be even HARDER.  Because according to a new study, it's the most depressing day of the YEAR.
 
Researchers looked at millions of comments on Twitter from the past three years, and calculated how many of them included negative comments.
 
And it turns out the first Monday after New Year's is when we complain the MOST . . . mainly because it's the first WORK DAY of the year for a lot of people.
 
But it also has to do with cold weather, and the fact that we're sick of trying to keep our New Year's resolutions . . . or angry at ourselves for already BREAKING them.
 
And in about 11 months, when you start complaining about how terrible the HOLIDAYS are, keep THIS in mind.  According to the study, Christmas and Christmas Eve are the two days of the year we're the LEAST miserable.
 

No more plastic bags in LA


Los Angeles is going green in 2014!  

The city’s plastic shopping bag ban went into effect on New Year’s Day.  Customers at large grocery stores will be forced to bring their own reusable bags or pay 10 cents per paper bag.  

As of July 1, smaller independent stores will also be subject to the new law.  But while the policy is good for the environment, some locals are making a stink - specifically, they’re concerned about how they’ll pick up after their dogs without plastic bags.
 

Woman eats only Starbucks for a year


As 2013 came to a close, one Seattle woman finally completed last year’s resolution: to eat nothing but Starbucks for one whole year.

The 40-year-old mother-of-two, whose real name is Beautiful Existence, spent 365 days and $500 a month eating only the food served at the coffee chain. That means a diet of mostly pre-packaged salads and sandwiches, and seasonal pastries.

"In the last month, in the last couple weeks, it's been really difficult. People had pizza at the office last week and I was dying," she told the New York Daily News. "I'm happy to be able to eat whatever I want (again)."

Her next challenge? To learn every recreational sport there is. At least she’ll be able to work off all that Starbucks food!
 

You're are young as you feel.. (after too many drinks)


If you’re still nursing your New Year’s Eve hangover, your age may have something to do with it. Science is one step closer to proving what you probably already suspected, which is that hangovers get worse the older you get.  

When you drink alcohol, your liver is tasked with breaking it down.  When you drink more than your liver can handle (thanks, tequila), the toxic by-product of metabolized alcohol enters your bloodstream, causing symptoms like nausea, shakiness, headache, fatigue and so on.  

Researchers say your liver’s capacity for breaking down alcohol decreases with time- so the older you get, the harder it is to recover from a night of heavy boozing.  They say with age comes wisdom…you’d think we’d know better by now.
 

It's a date!!


If your New Year’s resolution is to finally find love, this weekend is a great time to get cracking.  A Match.com study found that Sunday, January 5 at 8:57 pm is the busiest time of the year for online dating!  

In fact, the site expects to add more than two million new members during the first week of 2014- so your chances are at an all-time high!  Peak dating season on Match.com is between Christmas Day and Valentine’s Day, during which the site experiences a 30% increase in users.  Want to increase your odds?  

The photo you post with your profile could make or break your online dating experience.  For instance, full-body pictures are greatly preferred by both men and women.  Men prefer photos of women taken inside, while women like shots of men snapped in the great outdoors.  And if you’re a woman, feel free to post a selfie, but guys should get someone else to take their photo unless they want to come across as vain or desperate.     
 

Mugger rejects victim's flip phone


Muggers can’t be choosers! An armed robber in New York’s Central Park rejected his victim’s cheap flip phone last weekend!

Kevin Cook, 25, said he was walking with a friend in the park Saturday when the mugger approached and threatened them with a gun. But when Cook handed over his 3-year-old Windows phone, the mugger handed it right back! “Once he saw my phone, he looked at it like, ‘What the f–k is this?’ and gave it back to me,” Cook said.

The mugger then fled empty-handed – probably in search of an iPhone owner.
 

A winning discovery


One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that iscertainly the case for Long Islander Marvin Rosales Martinez.  

In October, 2012, the landscaper was cleaning up after Superstorm  Sandy when he discovered a scratch-off lottery ticket under a pile of leaves.  He first brought the ticket to a 7-Eleven, but when the store couldn’t verify it he went straight to the state lottery office in Long Island which confirmed it was a $1 million winner.

A lottery spokesperson said that in such cases of “finders, keepers” the practice is to wait one-year before awarding the prize in case someone else tried to claim the jackpot. And that one-year finally came due last week.

Martinez decided to go for the lump-sum payment, which after taxes came out to $515,612.   Sounds like it was worth the wait!
 

Vending machines to get calorie counts


This might curb your snacking! Under new regulations that are part of President Obama’s health care reform, vending machines willsoon be required to display calorie counts.

The Food and Drug Administration says that by requiring calorie information on roughly 5 million vending machines nationwide, consumers will be more likely to make healthier choices. But not everyone is happy about the idea. One vendor, Carol Brennan, owner of Brennan Food Vending Services in Londonderry, NH, called the new requirements "outrageous."

She says it will force her to limit selections offered in each machine, plus she doubts consumers will even benefit from the calorie information.
 

New Year's NEW gadgets!


Think you’re hip because you’ve got a smartphone and an iPad? Think again! A whole new wave of tech gadgets is set to be released this year and it’s enough to make you feel utterly behind the times! Here’swhat tech to expect in 2014:
 
Smartwatches: The Samsung Galaxy Gear is already on the market, but look out for Microsoft, Apple and Google to jump into the fray with their own smartwatches.
 
Big-screen smartphones: Smaller is no longer better when it comes to new technology. This year big-screen phones – we’re talking 5 to 6 inches – could see a spike in production. Rumor has it Apple is working on a 4.7 inch phone.
 
Google Glass goes public: The Google Glass will reportedly be released to the public this year. Last year, it was only released to a small group of testers.
 
The Internet of Things: Expect even more things to be connected to your smartphone or tablet this year. For example, last year saw the release of Internet-connected smoke detectors, kettles and even forks.
 
Smarter TVs: Both Google and Apple will continue to work on taking over the television space. Apple is rumored to be working on its own stand-alone TV set.
 

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