Adam Sandler, Jennifer Lawrence, Selena Gomez and One Direction Were Kids Choice Awards Winners
The Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards went down on Saturday night. Winners include ADAM SANDLER for favorite movie actor, and JENNIFER LAWRENCE for favorite movie actress AND female butt-kicker.
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. won favorite male butt-kicker for "Iron Man 3" . . . and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" won favorite movie.
ONE DIRECTION took home the award for favorite music group, and their single "Story of My Life" was the favorite song. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and SELENA GOMEZ won favorite male and female singer, respectively.
"Frozen" was the "kids' choice" for favorite animated movie, and "SpongeBob SquarePants" was named the favorite cartoon. ARIANA GRANDE also had two wins to celebrate: favorite TV actress and favorite TV show for "Sam & Cat".
SLIMING victims included teen singers AUSTIN MAHONE and CODY SIMPSON, along with PHARRELL, KATEY CUOCO and the host, MARK WAHLBERG.
(Nick.com has a complete list of winners, along with videos and pictures, and MTV.com a rundown of other highlights.)
If you want to rise to the top in your career, here's a list of seven ways make it happen:
1. Try to be in charge. If they need someone to be a leader, volunteer.
2. Find an ally higher up than you. You need someone who's going to talk you up when it comes to promotions and raises.
3. Request a transfer. This is risky, but if your company is starting up in a new market, it's a great way to prove yourself.
4. Learn how to negotiate. Never apologize when you ask for a raise. And do your research first so you know what you're worth.
5. Switch to a better industry. If your current job is in a sector that's floundering, transfer to one where there's room for growth. Check out companies where they hire more people than they fire.
6. Don't waste time on haters. If you're ambitious, you'll make a few enemies, so don't worry about drama. Focus on your ambition and where it's taking you.
7. Never say "I can't." Whatever your boss asks of you, just say yes. You'll figure out how you'll do it later. (Marie Claire)
A 14-Year-Old Figured Out the Government Could Save $370 Million a Year . . . By Switching Fonts?
If you did a science fair project as a kid, chances are it was something like a potato-powered clock, or a baking soda volcano. But a 14-year-old from Pittsburgh named Suvir Mirchandani might have actually done something USEFUL.
Suvir found out that printer ink can cost almost twice as much as Chanel Number 5: $75 per ounce, compared to $38 for the perfume.
So for his middle school science fair this year, he decided to analyze the different FONTS people use when they print stuff out.
And he calculated that if his school district stopped using Times New Roman, and used a slimmer font like Garamond, it could save them $21,000 A YEAR.
Then a group of experts looked at the data and realized that if the federal government did the same, it would save $136 MILLION a year in taxpayer money. Plus another $234 million if state governments did it. So, $370 million total.
The government LOVES wasting money though. So we'll see if it happens. But in the meantime, you can do it yourself and save almost 30% on ink every year. (CNN)
A Couple in Virginia Won the Lottery Three Times in Two Weeks . . . Including Two $1 Million Jackpots
Calvin and Zatera Spencer of Portsmouth, Virginia are either the LUCKIEST couple in America . . . or they're MASTER criminals who figured out how to rig the lottery.
Because they just won the lottery THREE TIMES in TWO weeks.
They won $1 million back on March 12th when they matched five numbers in the Powerball . . . they won $50,000 in a Pick 4 drawing on the 26th . . . and they won ANOTHER $1 MILLION on a scratcher the next DAY.
That's $2,050,000 in lottery winnings in two weeks. And according to Calvin, quote, "We're not finished yet."
The Virginia Lottery didn't release the exact odds on winning a few of those jackpots, so it's tough to calculate the odds Calvin and Zatera beat . . . but we estimated it's well over one in a trillion. (Hampton Roads Daily Press)
Buzzfeed posted a list with the coolest invention from each state. Here they are in alphabetical order.
Alabama: Windshield wipers.
Arkansas: The modern toothbrush.
California: The fortune cookie. (At least that's where they were popularized. The idea might have come from Japan.)
Colorado: The Barbie Doll.
Connecticut: The Wiffle Ball.
Florida: Sun tan lotion, appropriately enough.
Hawaii: Surfing, of course.
Idaho: The television.
Illinois: The mouse trap.
Indiana: The refrigerator.
Iowa: Sliced bread.
Kansas: The slurpee.
Kentucky: Chewing gum.
Louisiana: The microscope.
Maine: The microwave.
Maryland: The bottle cap.
Michigan: The stop sign.
Minnesota: The stapler.
Mississippi: Anti-fungal cream.
Missouri: The vacuum cleaner.
Montana: Heart monitors.
Nevada: Solar panels.
New Hampshire: The Segway.
New Jersey: The phonograph, to record something and then play it back.
New Mexico: The nicotine patch.
New York: The credit card.
North Carolina: Flight. Although the Wright Brothers BUILT the plane in Ohio.
North Dakota: Bubble bath.
Ohio: Wind turbines.
Oklahoma: The shopping cart.
Oregon: The computer mouse.
Pennsylvania: The suspension bridge.
Rhode Island: The diner. The first one opened in Providence in 1872.
South Carolina: The submarine.
South Dakota: The cyclotron, which is a particle accelerator.
Tennessee: The tow truck.
Texas: The typewriter.
Utah: The artificial heart.
Vermont: The electric motor.
West Virginia: The steamboat.
Wisconsin: The blender.
Wyoming: The world's first national park, which was Yellowstone in 1872.
Here's a crazy anecdote that shows how TOUGH it still is to get a job out there.
Last year, a Walmart opened in Washington D.C. and got 23,000 applications for 600 jobs. That means only 2.6% of people who applied got a position.
Well . . . the Ivy League schools just released THEIR admission rates. And it was easier to get into HARVARD than to get into Walmart.
8.9% of people who applied to Harvard got in . . . and that was the toughest of the eight Ivy League schools. It also means Walmart was almost three times pickier than Harvard. (Washington Post)
In case you forgot, tomorrow is April Fools' Day . . . and we just want to remind you it's NOT worth getting fired over a prank. Here's a heads up on what you might be dealing with . . .
CBS News just released the results of a new survey on April Fools' Day . . . and one out of four people say they're planning to pull some sort of prank tomorrow.
Back in 2010, 33% of people in the same poll said they'd be pulling a prank.
61% of people say they've pulled some kind of April Fools' Day prank in the past.
A High School's Prom Venue Went Out of Business at the Last Minute . . . So Now They're Having It at Dallas Cowboys Stadium
South Garland High School is just outside Dallas. And they were supposed to have their prom at a nearby event center this year. But at the last minute, the place went out of business.
So the principal started scrambling to find a new venue. And this week, she held an assembly to announce that she HAS.
It turns out several different venues offered to step in and help. So she got to choose the best one. And that ended up being the stadium where the DALLAS COWBOYS play. Which is also hosting the Final Four next weekend.
Over the past few years, the student body managed to raise about $15,000 in prom funds. And we assume renting out the whole stadium normally costs quite a bit MORE than that. But the Cowboys have offered to cover the rest of it.
The school's principal made the announcement at an assembly on Wednesday by flashing a photo of the stadium on a big screen. And there's video of it online. As you'd imagine, the students went NUTS. (Fox Sports / MyFoxDFW / CBS DFW)
It's always amazing to see how many people out there believe in PARANORMAL phenomena. As society gets more cynical, we're somehow becoming MORE likely to believe THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.
Here are the top 10 paranormal phenomena people believe in, according to a new survey . . .
1. Ghosts, 33%.
2. Having a sixth sense, 32%.
3. UFOs, 22%.
4. Past lives and reincarnation, 19%.
5. Telepathy, 18%.
6. An ability to predict the future, 18%.
7. Psychic healing, 16%.
8. Astrology, 10%.
9. The Bermuda Triangle, 9%.
10. Demons, 8%.
The Average Wedding Now Costs $30,000 . . . Plus Eight More Wedding Stats
Women know that every single detail of a wedding matters . . . while men know that all those details represent a huge waste of MONEY. But couples are still spending more than EVER on their wedding day.
According to a new survey by TheKnot.com, the average wedding costs $29,858 . . . a new high. Here are eight more stats from the survey.
1. The most expensive part is the reception venue, which costs an average of $13,385. The cheapest part is the groom's tux, which costs $248. And the dress costs $1,281.
2. The most expensive place to get married is Manhattan, where the average wedding costs about 87 GRAND. The cheapest is Idaho, where it's about $16,000.
3. The average number of guests is 138. And catering costs $66 per person.
4. 24% of people who got married last year had a "destination wedding."
5. The most popular month to get engaged is December, and the average engagement lasts 14 months. June and September tied for the most popular month to get married.
6. 24% of couples don't set a budget.
7. A band is three times more expensive than a DJ. $3,500 compared to $1,000.
8. 43% of couples who got married last year had a friend or family member officiate the wedding. And only 33% got married in a church, which is down from 41% in 2009. (PR Newswire)
Unless your parents were EXCEPTIONAL at their helicopter parenting, you probably saw a movie at a friend's house that was COMPLETELY inappropriate for your age. What was YOUR inappropriate movie?
Here are five of our favorite stories . . .
1. "I saw 'Pretty Woman' when I was seven and nobody was home. I didn't know what a prostitute was, but I got the impression it was a great thing to become. A few days later I told my mom I wanted to be a prostitute when I grew up."
2. "I saw 'The Shining' when I was eight. For several years after I refused to go into our bathroom without making sure the shower curtain was pulled back."
3. "I watched 'Jaws' with my 'cool' uncle when I was three. (CAREFUL!) My mom found out when I told a cashier to, 'Smile you son of a b***h.'"
4. "I saw 'Predator' when I was seven. My dad told me to cover my eyes when they showed the skinned corpses . . . but I peeked. Horrible idea."
5. "I bought a ticket to see 'D3: Mighty Ducks 3' but I went into the movie 'Sirens' instead. It was the best decision I made in middle school." (Reddit)
Wanna know if someone really LOVES you or not? In case they're just using you for your sweet, sweet body? Here's a simple test . . .
Just YAWN in front of them. If they yawn back . . . they love you.
You know how yawning is contagious? A study out of Italy found yawning is ESPECIALLY contagious between people who love each other.
So if you yawn in front of your parents, your grandma, your siblings, and hopefully your significant other . . . they SHOULD yawn back. And the QUICKER they yawn back, the tighter the relationship.
That being said . . . the people behind the study say it's not 100% accurate. So if you yawn and your boyfriend DOESN'T yawn back, that's not an offense worth dumping him over . . . it's just one failed test. (MNN)
If you don't smoke or kicked the habit somewhere along the way, you
might think you're pretty healthy. But guess what? Healthy Living
reports there are six everyday habits that could be as unhealthy
for you as smoking. These particular habits expose you to the same
contaminants in cigarette smoke or lead to cancer rates equivalent
to those caused by smoking.
•1. Sitting for long periods of time. According to Alberta Health Services-Cancer Care in Canada, inactivity is linked to nearly 160,000 cases of breast, colon, prostate, and lung cancer every year, so get moving!
•2. Eating too much animal protein, i.e. meat and cheese. A University of Southern California study published in the journal Cell Metabolism recently found that people on high-animal-protein diets during middle age were four times more likely to die of cancer than people on low-protein diets.
•3. Cooking with natural gas. While it cooks food much faster, you are being exposed to carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and formaldehyde every time you fire up the burner. Those three contaminants are common in secondhand cigarette smoke. To cut down on exposure, use the vent hood and cook on the back burners, which are closer to the vent hood.
•4. Cooking with the wrong oil. High-heat cooking with shortening and soybean oil, or "vegetable oil," releases compounds found in cigarette smoke and linked to airway inflammation. Opt for avocado oil for high-heat cooking and frying, while olive oil is good cooking at low temperatures.
•5. Indoor Tanning. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, indoor tanning causes roughly 420,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. every year. Smoking, by comparison, causes 226,000 cases of lung cancer. Skip the tanning altogether.
•6. Not getting enough sleep. Constant sleep deprivation can bring on high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and obesity, to name a few health problems. Get to bed early or see a doctor about your sleep issues
Scientists figured out that people who make SMALL changes actually lose more weight than people who go hardcore with diet and exercise. Here are ten small and EASY ways to lose more weight over the long haul.
1. Write down what you eat.
2. Get up and move around during commercials.
3. Always take the stairs. Climb three extra flights of stairs per day.
4. Pack your own lunch. You'll save thousands of calories and hundreds of dollars.
5. Walk anywhere that's less than a mile away.
6. When you're eating a treat, make the experience LAST . . . like about 10 minutes. And eat more slowly in general.
7. Skip juice and eat a whole piece of fruit instead.
8. Order a simple coffee instead of the mochachino type stuff.
9. Drop high calorie foods like cookies at the rate of one serving per week. At the same time, add one dose of healthy stuff like broccoli.
10. Get plenty of rest. For some reason, sleep deprivation causes weight gain.
Back in September of 1986, someone found a newborn baby that had been abandoned inside a Burger King bathroom in Allentown, Pennsylvania. And that baby is now 27-year-old Katheryn Deprill.
Earlier this month, Katheryn posted a message on Facebook and asked people to share it, hoping that her birth mother might see it and get in touch. And she also explained that she wasn't angry, she just had a lot of questions.
Well, the mother DID see it. And on Monday, the two of them were back together for the first time in 27 years.
It turns out the mother got pregnant at 17 after she was sexually ASSAULTED. And she hid the pregnancy from her parents, then left Katheryn at the Burger King, because she knew someone would find her there.
The mother's name hasn't been released. But it turns out that she'd already been trying to figure out how to find Katheryn too. And when they reunited, she also found out she's a GRANDMOTHER, because Katheryn brought along her seven-month-old son.
(WFMZ / Facebook)
A Guy Goes to the E.R. for a Sore Throat . . . And Neglects to Mention He Swallowed a Fork
People aren't always honest with their doctor. But this takes it to a whole different level.
A 25-year-old guy in Romania named Radu Calincescu recently showed up at a hospital complaining about a sore throat . . . and failed to mention that he'd just swallowed a FORK.
Which sounds impossible, but there are X-rays online to back it up. It turns out Radu had made a drunken bet with his friend, and claimed he was so tough, he could swallow a metal fork without getting hurt. (???)
And the doctors decided NOT to rush him into surgery . . . instead, they told him to wait a few days to see if he could pass it NATURALLY.
It's not clear if that happened, or if it's even POSSIBLE. But Radu says he realizes swallowing the fork wasn't the smartest thing he's done. And he's not going to make any more bets for a while. (Daily Mail / Metro)
(We're pretty suspicious of this one, but not because a guy swallowed a fork . . . that's par for the course these days. But what kind of doctor would tell a patient to PASS it? That part seems fake.)
Whenever you try something on in a store, odds are it's rubbed up against a LOT of other people's bodies.
A new survey found that the average woman tries on 43,200 pieces of clothing in her lifetime . . . an average of 12 things every time she goes shopping.
Men try on MUCH, MUCH less clothing. The average man tries on 5,400 pieces of clothing in his lifetime . . . averaging three things every shopping trip.
But women actually buy LESS clothing per shopping trip than men. Women buy an average of one out of seven things they try on . . . so one or two items every time they shop. Men buy two out of THREE things they try on.
The survey also found women spend an average of 22 minutes trying on clothes . . . men spend an average of five minutes.
Brush up on those dance moves, fellas! Scientists have figured out what women want on the dancefloor.
Researchers at Northumbria University and the University of Gottingen found that women rated male dancers higher when they showed larger and more variable movements of the head, neck and torso.
Speed of leg movements mattered too, particularly bending and twisting the right knee. But arm movement was discovered to have no effect on a woman’s perception of dancing abilities. Hear that, guys? Stop flailing around!
Here’s a crafty way to rid yourself of anxiety: Crafting! Experts are realizing that activities such as knitting, cooking, sewing, drawing and cake decorating can have beneficial effects on mental well-being.
These seemingly simple domestic tasks can help soothe feelings of anxiety, depression and chronic pain. They may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging. Neurologists say crafting can have relaxing benefits similar to meditation. So pick up those knitting needles – you’ll feel better!
I'm not exactly sure who LIKES cleaning . . . besides people with OCD or girls pretending to be Cinderella. So even though this percentage is low, it still seems high.
According to a new survey, 7% of us LIKE cleaning the house. The other 93% of us would rather do ANYTHING other than clean.
And people really mean it . . . 44% say they'd rather speak in public than clean, and 30% would rather take a six-hour car ride with their in-laws than clean.
The survey also found that the bathroom is the room we hate cleaning the most . . . and 37% of people only change the sheets on their beds once a month. (PR Newswire)
A store in Gilford, New Hampshire recently had a run in with a GHOST . . . at least that's what some people say. One of the security cameras shows the glass cover of a cake stand suddenly shoot across a table and shatter on the floor.
Obviously someone could have just tied a string to it and yanked it from off screen. But the storeowner swears that didn't happen. Check out the video and see what you think.
If you want to impress your friends and family by wasting even MORE money on your wedding than the average person, here's a great new gratuitous way to blow three grand.
Four W Hotels in New York are offering a new service for weddings . . . a "social media concierge." For just $3,000, here's what the social media concierge will do for you . . .
Live-tweet your ceremony and reception.
Post Instagram photos and Vine videos.
Come up with a HASHTAG for your guest to use.
Encourage guests to use that hashtag when they post to social media.
Set up a wedding blog.
Put together Pinterest boards with gift and honeymoon ideas to, quote, "inspire the couple."
And put together a scrapbook for the couple featuring the best tweets and Instagram photos from the wedding.
Doesn't sound like it's worth $3,000 . . . or even $300. But if all that sounds like it's worth $3,000 to you, I'm sure you could find someone who'd be VERY happy to do it for your wedding. (Gawker)
Ever since Pizza Hut stuffed cheese in a pizza crust, people have been coming up with more and more creative ways to make unhealthy food even LESS healthy by STUFFING it. This burger takes that to a WHOLE other level.
A restaurant called Mister Eaters in Preston, England is now serving a hamburger where one of the patties has another ENTIRE CHEESEBURGER stuffed inside it.
They take a regular cheeseburger WITH the bun . . . surround it with more burger meat . . . then grill the whole thing.
Then they stack that monstrosity plus two MORE regular burger patties on four buns, with cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
It comes to at least 10,000 calories, and they're selling it for $33 . . . although it's FREE if you finish it. (Metro)
Stealing from your kid's piggy bank is REALLY not a good lesson on the value of SAVING. It might be a good lesson on the brutality of taxes, but that would take some VERY creative spin.
A new survey on parents, kids, and money just found 30% of parents admit they sometimes "borrow" money from their kids' piggy banks.
48% of parents bribe their kids with money to behave.
52% say it's more important to save for their kids' college than their own retirement.
44% said the best way to save for college is a savings account . . . only 34% knew about a 529 account, which is a college savings account that offers tax breaks.
And 7% of parents said the best way to save for college is a UBO-67 or CS213 account . . . neither of which actually exists.
It's kind of a tradition at offices for coworkers to get into passive-aggressive battles over the THERMOSTAT.
Someone actually tried to figure out just how much productivity businesses are losing because of issues with the office temperature . . . and it's actually a LOT.
A survey found that only 24% of people say they're always happy with the temperature in their office.
29% of people say they spend 10 to 30 minutes each day uncomfortable . . . and 6% spend more than a half hour uncomfortable.
And that works out to at least 1% of all work hours wasted every day because of the temperature in the office.
In an office with 100 people, that works out to eight total hours wasted in a day . . . or the equivalent of someone just not showing up to work. (PR Newswire)
Back on March 6th, an 1,800-pound steer kicked through a gate at a slaughterhouse in Casselton, North Dakota, and tried to make a run for it. (Casselton is about 20 miles west of Fargo.)
But animal control officers caught it a few hours later and brought it back. And at that point, it looked like the steer would end up becoming steak after all.
Luckily for him, there's a farm in Michigan that takes in runaway animals. And one of its supporters heard about the story in the news . . . and offered to BUY the cow.
One of the farm's co-founders is a guy named Monte Jackson, who drove 900 MILES from southeast Michigan to pick it up. And he's since been named Waldo.
And now Waldo will get to live the rest of his life grazing on a farm. According to Monte, quote, "He wanted to be free, and now he will be." (AZ Central / WDAY)
If you were a child of the '80s, you probably remember those "Parental Advisory" stickers popping up on CDs with "explicit content."
They may have kept your parents from buying them for you . . . but they probably didn't keep you from hearing them, especially since a lot of that music found its way out there in some form or another, or avoided the sticker altogether.
Along those lines, the Internet has produced a list of "18 Songs from the '90s You Grew Up Singing, But Shouldn't Have." Here they are:
1. "O.P.P.", Naughty By Nature. It's an acronym for "Other People's [P-word]."
2. "I Like the Way (Kissing Game)", Hi-Five.
3. "Sex and Candy", Marcy Playground
4. "Gin and Juice", Snoop Dogg
5. "Knockin' Da Boots", H-Town
6. "I Wanna Sex You Up", Color Me Badd
7. "I'll Make Love to You", Boyz II Men
8. "You Outta Know", Alanis Morissette. It isn't just the F-bomb. There's also the line about oral relations in a theater.
9. "Any Time, Any Place", Janet Jackson. It's about getting it on in public.
10. "Put It in Your Mouth", Akinyele. This is a lesser-known song, but it's obvious why this one made the list.
11. "Pony", Ginuwine, with the lyric: Quote, "If you're horny, let's do it. Ride it, my pony. My saddle's waiting. Come and jump on it."
12. "Freek'n You", Jodeci
13. "I Get Around", 2Pac featuring Digital Underground
14. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg", TLC. It about sex, and it isn't very subtle about it.
15. "All That She Wants", Ace of Base
16. "Doin' It", LL Cool J
17. "Shoop", Salt-N-Pepa
18. "12 Play", R. Kelly
(For more on each song, hit up this link
Check out six MacGyver style tricks you can use at home, reusing everyday stuff . . .
1. Use a squeeze bottle to make pancakes. You can use an old ketchup bottle or a generic water bottle with a squeeze top. Fill it with pancake batter and squeeze out perfect-circle pancakes every time, with no drips.
2. Seal plastic bags with old bottle caps. You cut off the top of a plastic soda bottle or juice bottle, push it down over the top of an open plastic bag . . . fold the bag over the bottle top . . . then screw the bottle cap on for an airtight seal. (If that sounds confusing, you can check out a visual at Lifehacker.com.)
3. Take out stripped screws with a rubber band. Don't drill out a stripped screw. It's easier to lay a rubber band across the head, and screw it out normally with a screw driver. The rubber band grips the screw, and comes out like it was new.
4. Organize cables with toilet paper tubes. Most people put USB cables in a shoebox or a drawer, and just let them get tangled. Instead, fill the box with empty toilet paper tubes, standing upright, one for each cable.
5. Use soda can tabs to increase closet space. Soda can tabs have two holes that are just the right size for sliding a hanger through. Put a tab on one hanger, then hang a SECOND hanger from the tab, and you can get two rows of clothes on one bar.
6. Use binder clips as cable catchers on your desk. If you use a laptop for your main computer, you probably have peripherals like external speakers and hard drives. And the cables for them probably end up tangled on the floor most of the time.
Instead, attach binder clips to the back of your desk, and feed the cables through the little wire loops. Then you can disconnect your laptop and the cables will hang there at the edge of the desk, in a little row.
A Girl With Cancer Put "Kiss Channing Tatum" on Her Bucket List . . . So He Sent Two Videos of Him Blowing Kisses to Her
Alisa Finley is an 18-year-old high school senior in Colby, Kansas, and she's battling a stage-4 brain tumor. Which is why she's trying to live life to the fullest RIGHT NOW, and recently posted her bucket list on Facebook.
Now the Internet is doing its best to make sure she crosses off as many things as possible, by sending donations and posting photos to encourage her.
Some of the things are pretty simple, like "jumping into a pool fully clothed." And then there are things like "going to Europe" and "riding an elephant." But she's already made it to Europe.
And the NUMBER ONE thing on her list was to "kiss Channing Tatum". So earlier this month, he heard about her and made two videos where he BLEW kisses to her. Including one while he was at the OSCARS.
Apparently Alisa wasn't quite satisfied with that though, because it's still listed on her Facebook page as "ALMOST done."
But number 17 is to, quote, "give people a reason to remember [her]." Which is probably the HARDEST thing on the list to accomplish. And she's already marked THAT one as "done." (Huffington Post / Facebook)
Women always say it's the thought that counts when it comes to presents. And as guys, we all assumed that meant: "Nothing's more thoughtful than expensive jewelry." But apparently we were being too cynical.
In a new survey, 56% of women say they'd prefer a thoughtful gift like a memorable trip over diamonds. The survey also found women would prefer a gift card to cash. (FemaleFirst)
Remember when your parents had to make things up, just to get you eat things you didn't like? Apparently LYING to your children is a time-honored tradition parents still use.
Here are four MYTHS parents tell their kids to get them to eat specific foods . . .
1. 31% of parents tell their kids that eating the crusts on their bread will give them curly hair.
2. 29% tell their kids that milk will make them strong. And sure, milk IS good for you, but just chugging milk while you sit on the couch playing video games won't make anyone strong.
3. 25% tell their kids eating carrots will help them see in the dark.
4. And 11% tell their kids that POPEYE is real . . . and eating spinach makes you strong.
It seems the best cure for a case of the Mondays is a sharp outfit. A survey revealed nearly three quarters of female professionals choose more formal outfits at the start of the week. But as the week goes on, fewer women get dressed up for work.
By Tuesday, more than 30% of women admit to spending less time and effort on their hair and makeup. And by Wednesday, 65% of women have swapped their high heels for flats.
The downward pattern breaks on Thursdays, with 70% rocking a stylish ensemble- probably because it’s a popular night for after-work drinks. More than 30% of women take the term “casual Fridays” seriously, wearing jeans at the end of the week.
The Average Person Calls Their Mother on Monday Night For 22 Minutes
Your mother REALLY wants you to call more often. And according to a new survey, you're not the only one. So . . . maybe she has a point?
We've got four results from a new survey that proves we're definitely NOT prioritizing our calls home. Check 'em out . . .
1. The average person calls their mother once a week.
2. The most common day is Monday.
3. The most common time is 7:00 P.M. In other words, it's before primetime TV starts.
4. And the average call only lasts 22 minutes.
A lot of you THINK you should be the one in charge, but not everyone is built for it. Here are seven signs that you have what it takes to be an awesome leader:
1. You have a desire to help others. You don't just want to boss people around. You actually want to bring out the best in people to make the whole team stronger.
2. You always want to learn more. Good leaders aren't know-it-alls. They're the opposite. They're smart enough to know that they don't always have all the answers, and they're willing to take the time to figure them out.
3. You're patient. Strong leaders know not to make rash decisions. They're methodical and take their time when they're faced with important choices, or when the stakes are high. Which means they're better at decision-making than the rest of us.
4. You've got a lot of self-discipline. Great leaders have a lot of self-control. They set challenging goals and make sure that they meet them.
5. You don't mind taking on hard problems. Born leaders don't throw in the towel when things get rough. They LIKE the challenge and they work hard to find a solution.
6. You get better and stronger with age. Powerful people tend to constantly improve. They welcome change and are able to adapt.
7. You take responsibility for your actions. Good leaders find lessons in their failures, so nothing ever sets them back. (MSN Living)
An Anti-Gay Group Applied to Be in New York's Gay Pride Parade . . . And the Organizers Said Yes
Bill Donohue is the head of the Catholic League, and he's SUPER anti-gay. But last week, he revealed he was applying to march in New York's GAY PRIDE parade. Although his plan was actually to get REJECTED.
It's because every year, there's a big thing about gays not being allowed to march openly in New York's St. Patrick's Day parade. And Donohue wants to point out that parade organizers don't HAVE to involve groups they don't agree with.
So his plan was to put organizers of the gay pride parade in the same situation . . . then he could call them hypocrites for complaining about discrimination.
Only problem is . . . they ACCEPTED his application on Thursday, and said they'd be HAPPY to have him take part in this year's gay pride parade. But obviously he doesn't REALLY want to be involved. So he's come up with a pretty weak excuse not to.
He claims that mandatory meetings about the parade are actually, quote, "gay training sessions." And since he won't go to them, they won't let him march. But basically his plan backfired. (Gawker)
Unfortunately, we're not ready as a society to recognize that women look their best WITHOUT makeup. Maybe we'll get there one day. Or . . . maybe that's just not true.
Anyway, a new study from Bangor University in England figured out how much makeup women should wear to MAXIMIZE their attractiveness.
And researchers found that women were rated their most attractive when they wore a pretty SMALL amount of makeup . . . basically just enough to highlight what's good without overpowering someone.
They found that when women toned down the amount of makeup they wore by about 40%, their photos were rated the most attractive.
In other words, next time you're doing your makeup, try using a little more than HALF of what you normally use.
In case you missed the memo, smoking is so not sexy. Data from dating app Hinge revealed men who identify themselves as smokers get rejected 89% of the time!
That makes them 61% more likely than non-smokers to get kicked to the curb by a potential date. The good news is, the number of Americans who smoke is on the decline. The bad news is, more than 20% of adult men- particularly those between the ages of 25 and 44- still light up.
Looking for love? Put out that cig and get yourself a smokin’ hot pic for your online dating profile.
Congratulations . . . your laziness has lowered your wife's expectations SO MUCH, just doing a MINOR chore makes you look like a hero.
According to a new survey, the number one thing women wish their husband would do more often is . . . VACUUM.
That's it. You don't have to cook dinner, make grand romantic gestures, or take her on a surprise trip. You could make all of her dreams come true with like five minutes of vacuuming once a week.
Here are the top four things women wish their husbands would do more often . . .
2. Empty the dishwasher.
3. Ask for directions.
4. Put the toilet seat down. (PR Newswire)
Three Kids Skip School to Go to McDonald's . . . And End Up Saving a 94-Year-Old Woman From a House Fire
On Monday, three 17-year-olds in San Ramon, California snuck out of school to go to McDonald's. But on their way, they saw smoke POURING out of the windows of a house.
So they pulled over their car, and a 71-year-old woman who was spraying the house with a hose told them her 94-year-old mother was still inside. And without hesitating, all three of them ran in to SAVE HER.
The house was already filled with black smoke at that point, but they somehow managed to find the woman and pull her to safety. And they also saved her 18-year-old DOG, which is deaf and partially blind.
Then afterward, they went back to class like nothing happened, and apparently REEKED of smoke. And they got called to the principal's office for skipping.
But he decided to go easy on them after the woman's neighbor called and explained what happened. So each of them just has to complete four hours of volunteer work, and they say they don't regret anything.
Meanwhile, the 94-year-old was treated for burns at a local hospital, and no one else was injured. (Mercury News / Yahoo)
The Average Teenager Yells at You 59 Times a Year, Sulks 71 Times, and Asks For Money 70 Times
A new survey came up with the average statistics for all the AWFUL things your teenagers do. Just keep reminding yourself . . . once they make it to their 20s, they'll finally appreciate you.
Here's a breakdown of what the average teenager does to their parents in a year . . .
They talk back to you 95 times, or about once every three to four days.
They empty the fridge 84 times, or about once every four days.
They sleep in 81 times, or about once every four to five days.
They sulk 71 times, or about once every five days.
They ask for money 70 times, or about once every five days.
They shout at you 59 times, or about once every six days.
They come home after curfew 38 times, or about once every 10 days.
They say "I hate you" 27 times, or about once every two weeks. (Daily Mail) (You can see more stats on the average teenager here
Word up! The Oxford English Dictionary’s March 2014 update includes more than 900 new words, phrases and senses. Among the latest additions…
They actually added 200 new words. Find out here
Rebound to ease heartache
Next! A new study comes out in support of rebound relationships. It found that the best way to get over a breakup is to start dating someone new- and pronto.
In the study of more than 300 adults, the less time people remained single after ending a relationship, the quicker they recovered from heartbreak. Rebound daters had greater confidence and better overall psychological health- plus, they felt an increased sense of closure with their ex.
Basically, this is what Tinder was invented for.
Four Signs You're Someone's Rebound
Here are four signs the person you're with is using you as a REBOUND. Even if some of them don't sound so bad, it's still better to know what's up.
1. They talk about their ex . . . a LOT. Whether it's good OR bad things, if they keep bringing up their ex without you asking, it means they're still sorting through their feelings and not totally over the breakup.
2. They're still in touch with their ex. It's worse if they're trying to do the "just friends" thing. Sure, some people stay friends after breaking up, but it usually takes time to get there . . . so being in touch RIGHT after a relationship ends can be a red flag.
3. They're over-eager. If they're super eager to jump into a serious relationship with you right after a breakup, it might be their way of moving on without dealing with ANY of the feelings or unanswered questions from the last relationship.
4. They're only into sex. People sometimes go a little nuts after getting out of a long-term relationship, and just focus on having sex . . . LOTS of it. Especially if someone cheated on them.
Sounds great . . . but if that seems like ALL they're after, don't be surprised when you get dumped. (She Knows)
Texting and driving is so 2013. The hot new trend is VANITY while driving.
According to a new survey, one in 14 people admit they've taken a SELFIE while driving. And for people 18 to 24, it's even MORE common, at one in nine.
People 18 to 24 are also twice as likely to use social media while driving.
There's no data on how many ACCIDENTS people have caused by taking selfies while driving . . . but there's something pretty sad about the idea of your duck face hitting Instagram two seconds before you DIE in a crash.
And while we're talking about VANITY . . . plastic surgery spending in the U.S. was up 12% in 2013, to over $12 billion dollars. That's as much as we were spending before the recession in 2008.
The most common plastic surgeries were liposuction, breast augmentations, eyelid surgery, tummy tucks, and nose jobs. (Daily Mail / PR Newswire)
WHAT IS A "SELLOTAPE SELFIE"?
Stupid Photo Trend Alert: Sellotape Selfies . . . Hideous Selfies With Packing Tape Wrapped Around Your Face
Simply sharing a photo of your face isn't enough to get people excited anymore. These days, you have to raise the stakes. So allow us to introduce you to the newest STUPID PHOTO TREND.
They're called SELLOTAPE SELFIES . . . you wrap clear PACKING TAPE or Scotch tape around your face and head, to contort your face into the most hideous, gargoyle version possible.
It looks painful . . . not only are you contorting your face, but all the ones we've seen involve people having the tape on their HAIR. And removing it just CAN'T feel good. That being said . . . the photos are kind of great.
So if you want to participate in the newest descendant of planking and Tebowing, get yourself some tape and start wrapping your head. (Huffington Post)
Top 10 Smells! Mmm...
1. The ocean.
3. French fries.
4. Cut grass.
6. Pine trees.
7. Home cooking.
9. Fresh linen.
10. Fresh-cut flowers.
Your willpower is strongest in the MORNING . . . when your mind and
body are fresh. And according to a recent study, successful people all try to do the SAME 11 things before breakfast. Not every item, every day, but you'll get the idea . . .
1. Wake up early. It's the only way to get a head start AND get time to yourself.
2. Exercise, before it gets squeezed out by the rest of the day's activities.
3. Work on an important business project.
4. Work on a personal passion project. If you wait until after work, you'll rarely have the energy to do something creative, even if it means a lot to you.
5. Spend time with family.
6. Network over coffee.
8. Write down things to be thankful for.
9. Plan and strategize.
10. Check email.
11. Read the news.
19 Veterans Passed Over Because of Discrimination Just Received the Medal of Honor
Two-dozen veterans received the Medal of Honor on Tuesday . . . years after they SHOULD have.
Back in 2002, Congress ordered the government to go over thousands of records since World War Two, and look for anyone who'd been passed over because of discrimination. And since it's the government . . . it took 12 years to do that.
But they finally identified 24 soldiers whose actions warranted a Medal of Honor . . . 17 Hispanic veterans, one African-American, and one Jewish soldier.
And five MORE veterans were identified as deserving a medal, even though they WEREN'T minorities.
Sadly, only three of the 24 soldiers are still alive. Their names are Melvin Morris, Jose Rodela, and Santiago Erevia, and they all served in Vietnam. But family members were on hand to accept medals for the other 21 vets.
And one of the soldiers who died in action was Private First Class Leonard M. Kravitz . . . Lenny Kravitz's UNCLE. (Washington Post / CNN)
(You can read the stories of all 24 soldiers here
The Body Language Trick to Make People Believe You Is . . . Put Your Hand Over Your Heart
Want to know a good body language trick to make people believe you? You know, besides actually being trustworthy.
According to a new study, people are more likely to believe what you say if you say it while you have your HAND over your HEART.
And that's a good instinct . . . because in general, people actually ARE more likely to tell the truth when they have their hand over their heart.
The study also found we're less likely to believe what someone is saying if they have their hand on their hip.
There's one caveat to all of this: Like most things in life, if you're good looking, none of it matters.
In the study, people were ALWAYS more likely to believe what attractive people said, regardless of what they were doing with their hands. (Daily Mail)
It seems the old adage, “Happy wife, happy life” may be inaccurate. A study of more than 900 straight couples revealed the health and attitude of the husband has more influence on the quality of a marriage than the wife’s.
In fact, women’s positivity levels weren’t found to affect relationships at all! In general, marriages in which the husbands were described as having high levels of positivity reported less marital conflict. Relationship drama increased when husbands were in poor health, but wives’ health didn’t cause an uptick in conflict.
A new app takes the “social” out of social media. Unlike most social networking apps, Cloak helps you avoid your acquaintances!
The program uses location data from Instagram and Foursquare to figure out who’s nearby that you might know. You can flag people you really don’t want to see, and Cloak will warn you when you come within a certain range of each other.
The app’s developers believe society is nearing social networking critical mass, and that this is only the beginning of so-called anti-social networks. Ironically, Cloak also sounds like a great way to stalk people.
One thing you can expect when you’re expecting- should you want to, anyway- is whether you’re having a boy or a girl. While some couples are eager to find out the sex of their baby as early as possible, others opt to hold out for a surprise in the delivery room.
In a survey, almost 60% of people said they’d want to know what they were having in advance, while 41% would rather wait. If you’re in the latter group, be warned- you’ll likely be bombarded with questions for nine months about whether it’s a boy or a girl. Oh, and make sure you choose a neutral paint color for the nursery.
When you've been together a while, you can fight over pretty much ANYTHING. And sometimes the SMALLEST things lead to the biggest blow-ups.
So a new survey asked couples to name the top TRIVIAL things they fight over most often. Here are the top six . . .
1. The remote.
2. Things that make bills slightly more expensive, like leaving the TV on, or cranking up the heat.
3. Taking out the trash.
4. Other household chores, like dishes and laundry.
5. Who cooks dinner.
6. Who has to get out of bed to turn the lights off.
Eight Disney Movies Re-Told in Haiku
Can you boil an entire movie down to a three-line poem? It's easier than you think. Someone re-told 21 animated Disney movies in Haiku. And they nailed them. Here are eight favorites:
1. "Wall-E": "This is a nicer / version of 'Terminator' / plus some fat people."
2. "Cinderella": "Impractical shoes / and a few enchanted rats / will win you true love."
3. "The Little Mermaid": "Oh, little shell bra / how is it that you stayed on / during the rock scene?"
4. "Pocahontas": "Language barriers / don't have to be an issue / if you're super hot."
5. "A Bug's Life": "Masculinity / is a tricky thing when you're / a male ladybug."
6. "Snow White": "If you're attractive / be sure to always dress down / and avoid produce."
7. "Bambi": "If you like hunting / you have clearly never seen / this [effing] movie."
8. "Up": "The first five minutes / will ruin your whole [darn] life / and the rest is 'meh.'"
12 Interesting Movie Facts You May Not Have Known
Today, we're serving up "12 Interesting Movie Facts You May Not Have Known." Check 'em out:
1. Instead of relying on CGI, director Tim Burton had 40 squirrels trained to crack nuts for the "Nut Room" scene in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".
By the way, Peter Ostrum, the actor who played Charlie in the original "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory", never acted again and is now a veterinarian.
2. Pumbaa from "The Lion King" was the first character to "PASS GAS" in a Disney movie.
3. Joe Pesci ACTUALLY bit Macaulay Culkin's finger in "Home Alone" when Harry bites Kevin, and Macaulay still has a scar to this day.
4. The FECES in the toilet that Ewan McGregor had to climb into in "Trainspotting" was made from chocolate . . . the blood in the infamous "Psycho" shower scene was chocolate syrup . . . and in "Slumdog Millionaire" the poop that Jamal jumps into was made from a mixture of peanut butter and chocolate.
5. In "Avatar" the cigarette SIGOURNEY WEAVER smokes is completely CGI . . . because she's a non-smoker.
6. The role of John McClane in "Die Hard" was first offered to Frank Sinatra. Then Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Richard Gere, Harrison Ford, and Mel Gibson were all offered the role before Bruce Willis got it.
7. Jim Carrey was supposed to play Buddy in "Elf".
8. The mask Michael Myers wears in "Halloween" is a cheap Captain Kirk mask, painted white.
9. The police officer in "Hook" is singer and Alamo enthusiast Phil Collins.
10. Carrie Fisher never wore a bra under her white Princess Leia costume.
11. "Over the Rainbow" was nearly cut from "The Wizard of Oz" . . . because it was too sad?
12. In "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", Charlie Sheen stayed awake for 48 hours straight so he could play that random loser in the police station. Now, of course, he wouldn't need the sleep deprivation.
(For a lot more interesting movie facts like these, hit up this
A Mom Lies Down and Makes Herself a Speed Bump, to Save Her Daughters in a Rolling Car
Here's more proof that a mother will do ANYTHING for her kids . . . and it's why 22-year-old Mindy Tran of Lawrence, Massachusetts is our HERO of the day.
Earlier this month, Mindy backed her Honda Accord into her garage, parked, and got out to deal with her twin two-year-old daughters in the backseat. But somehow the car came OUT of gear . . . and started ROLLING down their driveway.
And there was barely time to react, because Mindy's driveway is STEEP . . . and led right into a busy street full of traffic.
So she jumped in front of the car, laid down on the ground . . . and let the car RUN HER OVER. She says, quote, "I used my body as a speed bump to stop the car."
And it worked. The car stopped . . . right on top of her. A neighbor ran over . . . got the girls out of the car . . . called 911 . . . and the fire department lifted the car off Mindy with an airbag.
Then she was airlifted to a hospital with a shattered left knee, a dislocated right hip, and a dislocated shoulder. She's still in the hospital . . . and will probably be there for a few more weeks.
She told reporters, quote, "I don't consider myself a hero. I am just a mother." (ABC News / ABC 5 - Boston)
Police Stop a Suicidal Guy from Jumping Off a Bridge . . . And End Up Saving a Guy from Drowning Too
Any time someone tries to commit suicide, it's unfortunate. Except in THIS case . . . when it was an oddly FORTUNATE event.
Last Wednesday night around 11:00 P.M., police in London got a call about a guy threatening to jump off London Bridge. So they showed up in a squad car, and requested a lifeboat in case he DID jump.
And it's a good thing they did that. Because when the boat got there, the crew realized there was another person already IN the water . . . who was DROWNING.
He was a 33-year-old who hasn't been identified, and he had severe hypothermia. And apparently he was pretty disoriented, because after they pulled him from the water, even HE said he wasn't sure how he got there. (???)
But according to one of the rescuers, there were no other boats in the area that would have spotted him, and he probably would have died.
In other words, the guy threatening to kill himself saved his LIFE. And while all this was going on, the cops on the bridge managed to talk the jumper down too. (The Telegraph / UPI)
There's a Three-Pound iPhone Case . . . So Using Your Phone Becomes a Workout
There's been such a race to make the THINNEST case for your iPhone . . . who knew someone would go the opposite way?
A British company just released a new iPhone case that weighs THREE POUNDS . . . the HEAVIEST case in the world.
So when you constantly lift up your phone to text, make a call, go online, or look for some strange on Tinder, it's also an ARM WORKOUT.
It's called the ToneFone, and it costs $42 . . . but international shipping is another $11.50. So you might be better off just taping a brick to your current case.
The first batch they made sold out quickly, but if you order now
they're going to be shipping more next month.
(Desirable Body / Gizmodo)
We've never been proponents of dieting . . . from where we're sitting, chubbiness is beauty and depriving yourself is FOOLISH. But, for whatever reason, everyone diets all the time anyway.
A new survey found the top nine things that drive women to diet. Check 'em out . . .
1. Clothes that don't fit anymore.
2. Seeing unflattering photos.
3. Health reasons.
4. Having children.
5. A friend or family member losing weight.
6. Advice from a doctor.
7. Encouragement from a friend or family member to lose weight.
8. A celebrity losing weight.
9. Something you read in the media.
A new company aims to take at least a little bit of the stress out of weddings. Vow to be Chic is an online dress rental service that lets bridesmaids borrow designer duds. The frocks come from premiere bridesmaid dress designers, are available in a wide range of colors and sizes and cost between $95 and $125.
For anyone who’s ever been a bridesmaid and had to shell out big bucks- usually $300 on average- for a dress they’ll only wear once, this service couldn’t be more convenient, especially with wedding season fast approaching. And Vow to be Chic founder Kelsey Doorey makes an excellent point- men have been renting their tuxes for years!
If you've been singing along to the radio today, so have about half the people you're sitting in traffic with. According to a new survey, it's the most popular thing people do while driving. Here's the top ten.
1. Singing out loud . . . 56% of people say they do it.
2. Talking on the phone, 50%
3. Eating, 50%
4. Reading text messages, 26%
5. Sending text messages, 20%
6. Taking photos, 13%
7. Reading emails, 12%
8. Sending emails, 9%
9. Watching TV or a movie, 7%. Remember, this is WHILE you're driving.
10. Putting on make-up, 7%
Then things start to get even MORE dangerous. The rest of the top 15 are: Changing clothes, putting on deodorant, flossing your teeth, working on a laptop . . . and READING. (PR Newswire)
If you've ever wondered if your waiter or waitress secretly hates you, the answer is . . . probably. "Fox News" put together a list of eight things we do that servers HATE:
1. Stacking plates. You might THINK you're helping, but it actually makes it harder for them. They have their own way of balancing stuff, so just let them handle it.
2. Letting your kids misbehave. Waiters hate it when you sit there and enjoy your meal while your kids freak out and make a mess on the floor. It's even worse when you seat your kids at a separate table and expect the waitress to watch them.
3. Making a mess. Don't rip up your cocktail napkin or straw wrapper into little pieces. It's immature, and it annoys your server.
4. Talking on your phone. Hostesses can't stand it when you walk into a restaurant talking on your cell phone. And it drives your waiter crazy because they don't know when to interrupt or if the call is important.
5. Leaving your cell out on the table. It makes them nervous that they'll spill something on it. Just put it away.
6. Walking in right before closing. If you go in five to ten minutes before a restaurant closes, all the workers will have to stay until you leave. That's really annoying. Especially if you're the only table there.
7. Leaving a bad tip. First off, don't leave anything besides money. Apparently, some people like to leave religious literature instead of cash. And if you pay with a coupon, tip on the full amount of the bill BEFORE the discount.
8. Lying about allergies. If you don't like something and don't want it on your plate, don't lie and claim it's because of an allergy. That becomes a HUGE deal for the chef and the people in the kitchen. And your waitress suspects that you're lying.
(Fox New Magazine)
Several months ago, a woman in South Africa named Gerdi McKenna got diagnosed with breast cancer and started chemo. She lost all of her hair, which is obviously harder for a WOMAN than a man.
But Gerdi . . . who looks to be in her early 40's . . . didn't have to do it alone. Because last month, one of her friends organized a surprise party for her.
And on the morning of February 24th, her two sisters, her mom, and seven of her best friends went to a salon . . . and all had their HEADS SHAVED.
When Gerdi showed up at the party, they were all wearing hats. Then they took them off at the same time . . . and she broke down in tears.
There's video of the whole thing, and in the last week, it's been viewed about EIGHT MILLION times. Just Google "Anything for Love." (It's in Afrikaans, but it's subtitled. One woman got her hair cut, but didn't shave it all off.)
One of her friends explained that shaving her head was nerve-racking, but she knows that her friend "is going through much, much more." And all of the hair was donated to the Cancer Association of South Africa. (Metro / Huffington Post)
Half of Us Believe in One of These Six Medical Conspiracy Theories
According to a new study from the University of Chicago, about HALF of Americans believe at least one of six big medical conspiracy theories. And one in five people believe at least THREE of them. Here are the six theories . . .
1. 37% believe the FDA is preventing us from getting natural cures for cancer and other diseases, because of pressure from drug companies.
2. 20% believe health officials know cell phones cause cancer but aren't stopping it . . . because cell phone companies won't let them.
3. 20% of people believe vaccines cause autism, even though that link has been scientifically DISPROVEN.
4. 12% of people believe the CIA intentionally infected black people with HIV, while pretending to give them hepatitis inoculations.
5. 12% of people believe the distribution of genetically modified foods by Monsanto is part of a secret program called Agenda 21 to shrink the world's population.
6. And 12% of people believe the fluoride added to water is a secret way for chemical companies to dump dangerous waste.
The authors say we tend to believe in conspiracies because, quote, "they seem like very compelling explanations for complicated situations." (LiveScience / JAMA)
I don't know about you, guys . . . but I'm guessing you're not a great dancer. Most of us aren't . . . but maybe SCIENCE can save us.
A study out of Northumbria University in England had women rate computer-generated images based on real movements, and figured out the five dance moves that make men more ATTRACTIVE. The findings are a little too general, but every bit helps.
1. Move your head. Whether you're nodding or shaking your head to the beat . . . you want to keep it loose and varied. Don't act like you're wearing a neck brace.
2. Move your wrists. You don't want them all locked up.
3. Move your left shoulder. Like, bounce your left shoulder up and down once in a while. And again, keep the movement varied.
4. Make fast movements with your right knee. Make sure your right leg swivels at the knee. Like you're gyrating your right leg using your hip, in sort of a circular way. Like ELVIS . . . or MICHAEL JACKSON in the "Rock With You" video.
5. Keep your upper body moving. You want your torso to move around, as opposed to flailing your ARMS around. But don't keep your arms and legs TOO close to your body.
The researchers say these moves could be biological signals of your, quote, "reproductive quality in terms of health, vigor, or strength" . . . which is why women find them so attractive. (Daily Mail)
Online dating isn't TABOO anymore . . . and more people than ever are getting dates with people they met online. The only problem is . . . those aren't necessarily GOOD dates.
According to a new survey, 29% of people say they've RUN OUT in the middle of a date with someone they met online.
20% have coped with a horrible online date by getting WAY TOO DRUNK.
And 9% have faked getting sick or an emergency to escape.
The survey also found 84% of people don't think online dating is a good way to meet your future husband or wife.
And only 14% say they trust everything they read in someone's online dating profile.
Raise a glass of green beer- Monday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day! The holiday was named after Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognized patron saint of Ireland, and commemorates the arrival of Christianity in the country. St. Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland in 1903.
Though blue was the color originally associated with Saint Patrick, the tradition of the color green goes back as far as the 17th century. The significance of the three-leaved shamrock is that Saint Patrick was said to have used the plant to explain the Holy Trinity to pagans.
On the other hand, the leprechaun, a figure inspired by Celtic folklore, is an American invention that has nothing to do with Irish history. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is a general celebration of Irish culture, and includes religious services, parades, festivals, parties and of course, plenty of drinking. Erin go bragh!
Be careful what you put in your resume . . . you could be revealing a lot more than you think. Here are six personal details you might be giving away.
1. Your age. If your resume includes the year you got a high school diploma, your employer knows your age to within a year or so. And if you have a work history that goes back to the '70s or '80s, the employer might decide you're too old to hire.
2. Family information. If you have volunteer work experience with a school or Little League, that's a pretty clear indication you have kids. Employers might see that as a problem. They're not legally allowed to ask, but they're allowed to figure it out.
3. Religious or political affiliations. It doesn't need to be a church or a campaign. It just has to be an organization someone can look up online, to see what it's all about.
4. When you can start. Everybody SAYS they can start right away. But if your resume shows an out-of-state address, most employers will assume it's going to take time for you to move and settle down in their area.
5. Your work ethic. If your resume has typos and grammatical errors, anyone can see that you're either lazy, not detail-oriented, or both. Someone might even deduce that you have a learning disability . . . even if you don't.
And if you list a bunch of jobs with the same title, employers might decide you don't have the potential for more. (LiveScience.com)
Back on March 6th, a worker at an animal shelter in L.A. found a 13-year-old Dachshund named Otto tied up outside, along with a note
It said he was dying . . . but the owners couldn't afford to have him put to sleep. So as much as they didn't want to, they were leaving him and asking the SHELTER to put him down.
Instead, the shelter got in touch with a charity for older pets called Leave No Paws Behind. And after a few days, they realized Otto was going to pull through.
Then the charity's CEO, Toby Wisneski, got involved. According to Toby, the dog had obviously been well taken care of, not neglected. So he decided to track down the owners, and somehow DID.
They haven't been identified, but it turns out they're an elderly couple . . . and they were heartbroken, because they assumed Otto was gone.
But Toby explained the situation, got Otto back home with the couple, and the charity says they'll provide free medical care for the rest of his life. (Yahoo / KTLA / Huffington Post
Let's say you wound up trapped in an elevator with the President. What would you talk about? Not President Obama, specifically. Just, "the President."
Here are our five favorite answers about what people would do.
1. "I'd say, 'Tell me something that will blow my mind. You can deny it afterward and no one will believe me, but that's okay, as long as it's true.'"
2. "I'd drop his guard by talking about basketball, then throw in a random question about something classified. Like, 'What is your NCAA bracket going to look like? Oh that's cool. What does Area 51 look like?'"
3. "I've always been curious about what a president learns when they arrive in office and get top security clearance. I'd ask him how much unexpected info he learned once he got into office, and how it changed his policy."
4. "I'd start asking him a bunch of random questions with short answers and writing them down for my multimillion-dollar book deal."
5. "I guess I'd talk about the one and only thing we had in common: How much it sucks being trapped in an elevator." (Reddit)
On Friday, a woman in San Jose, California was trying to pass her driving test for the THIRD time. And it looks like it's going to take her at LEAST a fourth try.
As she started her test, she got nervous . . . and hit the gas instead of the brake. So she plowed RIGHT into the back of a guy on a motorcycle, swerved so she wouldn't run the guy over . . . and smashed into the DMV.
In the process, she managed to break a GAS LINE . . . so the DMV had to be EVACUATED while the fire department and the gas company came out and capped the leak.
The motorcycle driver was okay, and it doesn't look like any charges were filed.
The woman didn't want her name released. But she told reporters she was upset that she'd forced the DMV to close . . . and that she'd have to postpone her test.
(FOX 2 - Oakland)
Men's transformation into becoming the VAINER sex is almost complete.
According to a new survey, the average guy spends 56 minutes every day looking at himself in the mirror . . . the average woman only spends 43-and-a-half minutes every day looking at herself. Here's how that breaks down . . .
Men spend 16-and-a-half minutes looking in the mirror in the morning while shaving and getting ready . . . women spend 14-and-a-half.
Men spend five minutes looking at themselves in their car mirror, women spend six.
Men spend 15 minutes looking in mirrors in bathrooms at work, the gym, and restaurants. Women spend 13 minutes.
Men spend four-and-a-half minutes in windows on the street, women spend five.
Men spend seven minutes looking at their reflections in computer, phone, and iPad screens . . . women only spend three.
And men spend eight minutes at night brushing their teeth and getting ready for bed . . . women only spend two. (FemaleFirst / Betta Living)
Ladies, there are six things about your relationship you should NEVER discuss with your friends, no matter HOW close they are. Check 'em out . . .
1. That your boyfriend doesn't like them. Obviously.
2. His flaws or bad habits. It's fine to complain about SOME things . . . but if you tell your friends every little thing a guy does wrong, they're eventually going to wonder why you're with him.
3. That he cheated on an ex. Even if YOU'RE able to get past the fact that he cheated, your friends might not.
4. Who pays for what. If HE pays for everything, you look like a gold digger . . . if YOU pay for everything, he looks like a deadbeat. Besides, it's none of their business anyway. You're better off avoiding the topic completely.
5. His family's dirty laundry. For one, it could make your boyfriend look bad. And two, if he finds out you've been talking behind his back, he's going to be upset.
6. That he's now your best friend. Your friends don't want or need to know they've been replaced.
The Homeless Guy with the Golden Voice Has Been Sober for Over Two Years, and Just Moved Into His Own House
Remember the homeless guy with the golden radio voice? His name is TED WILLIAMS, and he was a huge hit online back in 2011 after a reporter in Columbus, Ohio posted a video of him online.
Then things started to turn around for him, and he got some voiceover work. But the last time you saw him may have been on "Dr. Phil", when he admitted he was drinking again and agreed to go to rehab.
Well, he's back in the news, and he's been sober for over two years now. And this time it sounds like he's turned things around FOR GOOD.
He reconnected with his family . . . he's still with his longtime girlfriend, who also went to rehab . . . and the two of them just moved from a condo outside Columbus into their own HOUSE.
He also published an autobiography in 2012 that's selling on Amazon. And he works with an organization that gives free cell phones to people who can't afford them.
In a new interview with Headline News, he said that all the things he used to pray for have become a reality. (HLN)
I'm looking at this list of the trendy baby names for 2014, and apparently people want their kids to be ancient Greek and Roman GODS. Can't we just go back to naming kids "Jack" and "Mary"?
According to the website Nameberry.com, these are some of the names riding the, quote, "next wave of cool" in 2014 . . .
For girls: Cordis . . . Delphi . . . Feodora . . . Glory . . . Ines . . . Kassiani . . . Leontine . . . Minerva . . . Persephone . . . and Ursuline.
For boys: Apollo . . . Cassian . . . Cosmo . . . Cyprian . . . Enoch . . . Falconer . . . Nero . . . Oberon . . . Paladin . . . and Romulus.
(You can see more "next wave of cool" baby names here
According to a new survey by Career Builder, 68% of hiring managers spend less than TWO MINUTES looking at a resume. And 17% spend less than 30 SECONDS.
Which is why using keywords is probably more important than you realize. So here are the top ten words and phrases you should and SHOULDN'T use.
The number one word you SHOULD use is . . . ACHIEVED. 52% of hiring managers said they like to see it on a resume.
The rest of the top ten goes: Improved . . . trained . . . managed . . . created . . . resolved . . . volunteered . . . influenced . . . increased . . . and decreased.
The top phrase you SHOULDN'T use is "best of breed" . . . which is a dog show term. We're not sure WHO would use that on a resume, but 38% of hiring managers said they'd probably reject someone who did. And we don't blame them.
The rest of the top ten phrases you SHOULDN'T use goes: Go-getter . . . think outside the box . . . synergy . . . go-to guy . . . thought leadership . . . value add . . . results-driven . . . team player . . . and bottom line. (PR Newswire)
Whenever I Google my symptoms when I'm sick, I just get freaked out. People don't post online when their stomach pain was from bad clams . . . they post when it turned out to be a scorpion living in their body.
BUT . . . according to a new survey, 42% of people say they ALWAYS Google their symptoms before they see a doctor. 27% take it further, and rely on Google for a diagnosis.
And 20% take it even further than THAT . . . and believe their search results OVER what a doctor tells them.
The number one reason people give for Googling their symptoms and using the Internet to diagnose themselves is that it's faster than waiting for a doctor's appointment. The number two reason is to see if it's WORTH going to a doctor.
Of the people who have diagnosed themselves, 42% say they have gotten it right . . . and 58% wound up getting it wrong.
Kids do the darndest things!
A study found that preschoolers are better at figuring out how to use new tech gadgets than college students. Experts say this may be because young children are more flexible learners, perhaps because they have fewer preconceptions than adults about how things are supposed to work, and have a more open-minded view of the world.
These days, the idea of babies and toddlers fiddling with smartphones and tablets is more commonplace than crazy. In fact, one pediatrician who once discouraged the use of tech toys by young children has since changed his mind.
Now, he says kids under two may benefit from 30 to 60 minutes of screen time a day.
Even though it makes you crazy when your wife constantly nags you . . . a new study says you NEED to NAG HER BACK. You're doing it to save her life.
A new study out of Oxford University in London found that married women are 28% less likely to die from heart disease.
Married women have just as much of a chance of developing heart disease as unmarried women. But the MARRIED women are more likely to survive it . . . thanks to their husbands nagging them.
The researchers found that when husbands constantly tell their wives to go to the doctor when something feels wrong, to take their medicine, and to avoid foods their doctor told them to avoid, it significantly increases their chances of living longer. (Daily Mail)
A lot of the stuff that can go wrong when you're travelling is out of your control. So here are six things you CAN control
1. Pack spare clothes and your most important toiletries in your carry-on. Your bag probably WON'T be delayed, but you should be prepared just in case.
2. Get travel insurance. It sounds like just another added expense, but you're covered for medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and anything that happens to your luggage.
3. Check out your cell phone plan, especially when it comes to data. If you're travelling abroad, roaming charges can be ridiculous. And make sure you know how much more you have to pay for calls and texts.
4. Don't book a tight layover. Give yourself at least 90 minutes. You don't want to be the guy running through an airport trying to make your connection.
5. Double-check the location of your hotel. Don't trust them just because they say they're near a landmark or centrally-located. Pull up a map and get an accurate picture.
6. Tell your credit card companies about your travel plans. They might actually shut down your cards if you try to make a charge in an exotic place. Which is a huge hassle when you're on vacation. (MSN Living)
A Baby Stopped Breathing During a Flight . . . And a Passenger Who Teaches CPR Saved Its Life
A 15-month-old baby suddenly stopped breathing during a flight from Tampa to Phoenix on Tuesday. So the pilot headed to Houston for an emergency landing. But obviously the baby didn't have much time.
Luckily, a guy from Tampa named Garrett Goodwin was sitting two rows behind the kid. He's a former Army medic who now teaches CPR for a LIVING.
He immediately jumped up to help when the kid's grandmother realized something was wrong.
He started doing chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth, and says there was a moment when he didn't think it would work. But suddenly, the kid came back around and started CRYING.
And at that point, some of the other passengers ALSO started crying because they were so relieved. The flight ended up landing in Phoenix an hour late, and a bunch of people missed connecting flights . . . but no one complained about it.
According to Garrett, he was just in the right place at the right time. And he hopes anyone with training would have done the same thing. Also, it's not clear why the baby stopped breathing, but he's okay. And Garrett even got to visit with him yesterday. (Fox10 / ABC News)
For years now, scientists have seemed to be in agreement that the five-second rule is a MYTH . . . if you drop food on the floor, it gets contaminated with bacteria immediately, whether you pick it back up quickly or not.
Well, good news. They might be WRONG. The next time you drop that Chicken McNugget, go ahead and pop it into your mouth. You'll be FINE. Probably.
A new study out of Aston University in Birmingham, England found that time DOES make a difference in bacteria transferring from the floor to food.
As long as you get it off the floor in roughly five or six seconds, it'll probably be okay.
The researchers also found CARPET transfers the least bacteria to your food . . . laminate and tiled surfaces transfer the most . . . and WET foods, like ice cream, pick up more bacteria than dry food.
87% of people say they would eat food they dropped on the floor if they picked it up quickly. WOMEN are more likely to do it than men. (Aston.ac.uk / Gizmodo)
According to a recent survey, 62% of men and 34% of women have gone through their partner's cell phone to see if they're cheating.
Obviously that's not the HEALTHIEST thing to do in a relationship. But if you ARE gonna do it, here are the top five things people do with their phones to HIDE an affair.
1. They put a lock code on it. But a lot of people do that for perfectly innocent reasons. So the only time to worry is if you ask what their code is, and they won't tell you.
2. They secretly have a second SIM card. And they swap it out when they call or text the person they're cheating with.
3. They give the person they're cheating with a fake name in their phone. So a guy who's cheating might save the woman's name as one of his BUDDY'S names. Because obviously you'd be suspicious if you saw that a random girl kept calling.
4. They regularly delete all their text messages and recent phone calls. There's no good reason to do it unless you're trying to hide something.
5. They have a second cell phone. And it might not even be a SECRET phone, it could be their "work" phone. (Female First)
St. Patrick's Day is this Monday. And even though it's a weekday, apparently every single one of us plans on getting HAMMERED anyway.
According to a new survey, 97% of Americans plan to celebrate in one way or another. Check out seven more things the survey found.
1. The average person will spend $35.
2. 41% of us will be going to a party or a bar, and 30% will celebrate with family.
3. 20% plan on going to a St. Patrick's Day parade.
4. Only 5% will be going to a St. Patrick's Day office party.
5. 50% of people say they'll be drinking beer, 19% will be drinking hard liquor, and 9% said they'll drink BOTH.
6. Guinness is the most popular beer on St. Patrick's Day, followed by Budweiser, Miller Light, Coors Light, Sam Adams, and Heineken. And 49% plan to drink GREEN beer.
7. One-third of people say they'll annoyingly attempt a lame Irish accent.
There's a valuable household resource you're apparently WASTING every single day, and you'll never guess what it is . . . your DRYER LINT. Here are five good ways you can reuse it.
1. To start a fire. Dryer lint is highly flammable. So use it in a fireplace or a campfire instead of buying lighter fluid.
2. As a cage liner for hamsters and guinea pigs. They love it because it's great for building beds and nests. Just don't use it near a cage heater or electric lamp.
3. Mulch. It's great for potted plants or outdoor flowerbeds. It breaks down naturally and enriches the soil.
4. Papermaking. If you make your own paper for crafts or stationery, use dryer lint in the slurry. Supposedly it adds interesting textures and colors, and is also great in papier maché.
5. Nesting material for birds. If you have any trees nearby, birds are probably already raiding your dryer vent for lint. Might as well collect it and leave it out for them.
Whatever you do, DON'T use lint for stuffing toys or pillows. It can cause a fire if you're not careful with it. (Networx.com)
There are a lot of bad dads out there. But there are also some really, REALLY good ones. And 40-year-old Yu Xukang of China is one of them.
Yu has a 12-year-old son named Qiang who's disabled and can't walk. And ever since Qiang's mom ran off nine years ago, Yu has been raising him as a single father. Which means he has to take care of him AND work.
But they live in central China, where there aren't many schools that can handle kids with special needs. And they also don't have public transportation. So for the past six months, Yu has walked 18 miles a DAY to carry his son back and forth from school.
Every morning, he wakes up at five. Then he carries him four-and-a-half miles to the school, walks back so he can work, and goes back at the end of the day to pick him up.
And Yu says it's all worth it, because his son is at the top of his class. And someday, he dreams of sending him to college.
But the story gets better, because a newspaper there recently did an article on it. And now the local government is going to pay for an apartment that's much closer to the school. (Daily Mail / Shanghaiist)
According to a new book, you only need TWO sentences to get your kid to tell the truth. And if the secret to parenting really boils down to THAT, you're going to be FURIOUS at all the time and effort you've wasted.
Erick Barker is the author of a book called "NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children". And he says you only need TWO sentences to get your kid to always tell you the truth.
When you think your kid might be lying about doing something, tell them: "I won't be upset with you if you did it. And if you tell the truth, I'll be really happy."
Barker says those sentences significantly cut down on lying because, quote, "Young kids are lying to make you happy, to try to please you.
"So telling kids that the truth will make a parent happy challenges the kid's original thought that hearing good news, not the truth, is what will please the parent."
He also found another sentence that cuts down on lying by about 25%. Say to your kid, "I'm about to ask you a question. But before I do that, will you promise to tell the truth?" (Lifehacker)
The Ten U.S. Cities That Take the Most Selfies
"Time" magazine just did a study to figure out the cities where people take the most SELFIES. They analyzed the cities where people posted the most selfies on Instagram in January, and divided the number of selfies by the city's population.
But obviously that doesn't factor in TOURISTS. Anyway, here are the top 10 cities in the U.S. with the most selfies . . .
1. New York . . . specifically Manhattan.
3. Anaheim, California . . . probably because of Disneyland.
4. San Francisco.
6. Newark, New Jersey.
7. Honolulu, Hawaii.
8. Las Vegas.
9. Washington, D.C.
10. Oakland, California.
Worldwide, the city with the most selfies is Makati City, in the Philippines. (Time)
Selfies Have Led to a Big Increase in Nose Jobs
If you go on Facebook any random time during the day, you'll see people posting selfies. What you DON'T see are all the selfies they REJECTED . . . because they were HORRIFIED at how they looked.
According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, there's been a MASSIVE jump in facial plastic surgery in the past year . . . and they believe SELFIES are the reason.
There was a 10% increase in nose jobs from 2012 to 2013 . . . a 7% increase in hair transplants . . . and a 6% increase in eyelid surgery. Those are all extremely significant increases.
Women accounted for 81% of the facial plastic surgeries in the past year.
According to a new survey, there are three types of jobs that really impress women: You can either be RUGGED and MANLY . . . make a lot of MONEY . . . or, best of all, FEED HER.
The survey had women rank the sexiest jobs for a man. Here are the top five . . .
1. Chef . . . 27% of women think it's the sexiest job.
2. Doctor, 23%.
3. Lawyer, 15%.
4. Firefighter, 12%.
5. Farmer, 6%.
The survey also found the LEAST SEXY job is . . . being a POLITICIAN.
Buzzfeed.com has put together a list of the 21 Most Traumatizing Moments From '80s Kids Movies. Although a lot of them aren't technically 'kids' movies. Here are our 10 favorites:
1. The leech scene from "Stand By Me", where the boys jump into a swamp and come out covered in leeches. Then one of them pulls a leech out of HIS UNDERWEAR . . . and faints when he looks at his bloody hand. ("Stand By Me" was actually rated R.)
2. The priest in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" ripping out a guy's still-beating heart. And the guy is STILL ALIVE when he's lowered into a pit of molten lava.
3. The Fratellis trying to chop off Chunk's hand with a blender in "The Goonies".
4. The 'Large Marge' scene in "Pee Wee's Big Adventure".
5. E.T.'s "death" in "E.T. the Extraterrestrial".
6. Atreyu's horse Artax drowning in "The NeverEnding Story".
7. Judge Doom revealing his real face in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit".
8. The clown doll scene in "Poltergeist". If you can believe it, "Poltergeist" was rated PG. But it was released in 1982, before the PG-13 rating was invented. It could easily have been rated R . . . and probably would have been if STEVEN SPIELBERG hadn't produced it.
9. Stripe's death in "Gremlins". Sure, he was the villain. But the way he disintegrated into a pile of goo was pretty nasty.
10. The death of Littlefoot's mother in "The Land Before Time".
(Check out the complete list, along with pictures or GIFs for each entry, here.
Juan Pablo Selects the Love of His Life . . . and Refuses to Say He Loves Her
1. On the "Bachelor" finale last night, JUAN PABLO GALAVIS selected NIKKI FERRELL as the winner of his love. He did NOT propose . . . and really, he didn't seem all that interested in giving her his love after all.
Things got VERY weird during the "After the Final Rose" special, when Juan Pablo refused to say he loved Nikki . . . despite host CHRIS HARRISON trying to talk him into it, and Nikki saying that she loved him.
When asked about their future, Juan Pablo said, quote, "We have our plans, but it's something we want to keep very private." (Possible Translation: We're DONE . . . but ABC wants us to pretend we're still together for now.)
2. The third-place finisher in the lackluster race for Juan Pablo's heart, ANDI DORFMAN, will be the next "Bachelorette". She says, quote, "I'm ready to fall in love. I'm ready to meet the man of my dreams."
3. Not surprisingly, the "New York Daily News" has a report about how the producers HATED Juan Pablo . . . and how he's "the worst 'Bachelor' ever."
4. Word has it one of this season's contestants is talking about how BAD Juan Pablo is in bed. This person supposedly said, quote, "He's like a jack-hammer!"
Pizza chain Sbarro LLC has filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in three years after struggling with too much debt and fewer customers in malls that house many of its restaurants.
Lenders would take control of the Melville, New York-based company under a "pre-packaged" Chapter 11 reorganization, which Sbarro on Monday said could allow it to made a "quick exit" from bankruptcy before May 7.
Sbarro expects to cut its debt load by more than 80 percent, and said nearly all its lenders support its restructuring, which requires court approval. The company will invite other buyers to submit better offers.
Founded in 1956, Sbarro had tried to boost sales by revamping its recipes to entice diners who increasingly favor "fast casual" chains such as Chipotle and Panera Bread.
But an "unprecedented decline in mall traffic" and an "unsustainable" balance sheet necessitated a restructuring, including the closure of hundreds of restaurants, Chief Financial Officer Carolyn Spatafora said in a court filing.
"Sbarro has been stuck with an outdated business model," said Michael Whiteman, a restaurant consultant and president of Baum & Whiteman LLC in Brooklyn, New York. "Its biggest shortcoming is that it sells food that has been sitting out for a while, and more people want food made to order."
The company said it recently closed more than 180 money-losing restaurants, and expects to shed about 50 more locations.
It said it now has 799 restaurants in over 40 countries, employing more than 2,700 people. Sbarro said the bankruptcy does not affect the 582 restaurants owned by franchisees.
Last month, the company announced plans to close 155 of its 400 company-owned restaurants in North America.
Sbarro was founded in Brooklyn by Gennaro and Carmela Sbarro, a married couple who had immigrated from Naples, Italy.
It expanded in the New York City area before launching in 1967 its typical restaurant format, which includes an open kitchen and lets customers serve themselves.
Sbarro and 33 affiliates filed for protection from creditors with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.
The company reported assets of $175.4 million and liabilities of $165.2 million. It plans to shed $140 million of secured debt in the reorganization. Advisers include Moelis & Co, Loughlin Management and the law firm Kirkland & Ellis.
Sbarro previously filed for bankruptcy protection in April 2011, and emerged from Chapter 11 the following November.
"The board and senior management team are committed to ensuring Sbarro's future growth and success and today's filing is a necessary step," Chief Executive David Karam said.
Karam joined Sbarro last March from the hamburger chain Wendy's Co (WEN.O), where he was a president.
Whiteman said Sbarro may face an uphill struggle.
"I don't know that it has a sustainable business over the longer term," he said. "The way to turn the company around in the short haul is to get out of money-losing leases and close stores, which it has been doing."
The case is In re: Sbarro LLC, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-10557.
A Dog Drank a Lethal Amount of Antifreeze . . . But a Vet Saved Its Life by Making It Drink a Fifth of Vodka?
Earlier this month, a woman in Australia named Jacinta Rosewarne found her dog Charlie in her garage. He's a tiny Maltese terrier, and he'd just finished licking up a big pool of ANTIFREEZE off the floor.
Now, antifreeze has ethylene glycol in it, which can cause kidney failure and kill YOU. Let alone a tiny dog. And apparently Jacinta didn't know what was wrong at that point.
But she rushed him to the vet, who figured it out immediately. And to save Charlie's life, they put a tube down his throat . . . and started pumping him FULL OF BOOZE.
It turns out that alcohol alters the chemicals in antifreeze and makes it easier for your body to flush them out. So over the course of two days, they force-fed Charlie about a FIFTH of vodka.
According to Jacinta, he was HAMMERED the entire time. Quote, "He was stumbling around. I'd go to [pet] him, and he'd push me away like a drunk person." He also kept whining and threw up a little bit.
But two days later, Charlie's only problem was a massive HANGOVER. Jacinta says she tried to take him for a walk, but he didn't want to go. And he just slept all day. (Herald Sun / Metro)
A Guy Lost a Bet . . . And Let His Friends Change His Name to "More Sexy And Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova"
About four years ago, a 22-year-old in New Zealand was drinking and playing poker with his friends. And they made a bet that if he lost, they'd get to change his name to whatever they wanted.
Well, he DID lose . . . and they went through with it. But he didn't find out it was official until last week when he tried to renew his passport. And the new name they came up with is absolutely RIDICULOUS.
His full, legal name is now, quote, "Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova." "Frost Nova" is a spell in "World of Warcraft". Don't ask us why we know that.
The new name is exactly 99 characters long, and the maximum is 100. One of his friends recently posted the paperwork online to show it's legit. And according to him, the guy can't change his name back for three YEARS.
But that might just be wishful thinking, because according to "The New Zealand Herald", he can change it back anytime he wants for a fee of about $100. No word on whether or not he plans to welch on the bet. (NZ Herald / IBT / Gawker)
The couple that works out together, stays together…and stays in shape! “Exerdating,” a growing trend among NYC singles, combines fitness and romance.
One city-dweller regularly takes dates to spinning classes, while another wooed his fiancée at the gym. Workout-centric dating is a way for busy New Yorkers to multitask-by fitting in a sweat sesh while entertaining a possible love connection at the same time.
Supporters say they can tell a lot about a potential new partner based on their workout style. Plus, being down for a date at the gym shows you’re health-conscious and active.
Of course, when it comes to dating, some people would probably prefer to get their physical activity in a different way.
When you look at someone's Facebook profile, you should know it's FILLED WITH LIES. Some blatant, some subtle . . . but all lies. And a new survey found the top seven ways women lie on Facebook. Check 'em out . . .
1. Photoshopping photos before uploading them.
2. Exaggerating their career success.
3. Only posting about exciting nights so it looks like their social life is nonstop fun . . . and conveniently neglecting to post about the nights they're home on the couch.
4. Only posting photos of their place when it's clean.
5. Only posting about the adorable things their kid does.
6. Using old photos from when they looked better.
7. Untagging themselves in photos where they don't look perfect.
It's impossible to say every good marriage is successful thanks to just one thing. So we'll boil it down to SIX things. That's WAY more reasonable.
A new study of more than 10,000 couples in 110 different countries found the SIX secrets that were true across almost EVERY happy and successful marriage . . .
1. Mutual respect.
2. Deciding divorce is NOT an option. Successful couples decide at the beginning that there's no plan B . . . this is IT . . . and that leads to more patience.
3. Daily rituals. Whether it's having coffee together every morning or watching the news at night, having something you do together every day is key.
4. Spirituality. Virtually all the couples believed in a higher power.
5. Not worrying about sex. The study found that if you take care of the relationship and communicate, the sex will take care of itself.
6. Putting your marriage before your kids. If you make your marriage the priority . . . and don't just focus 100% on your kids . . . it keeps your marriage strong. Which is important for your kids AND you . . . since THEY'RE going to move out one day, and you'll still be there together. (ABC News)
You've probably seen people with those desks that let you work while you're standing up. And maybe you thought they were freaks. But you might be joining them, after you hear some of these negative health effects from sitting down all day at work.
1. Leaky veins. Sitting all day keeps the veins in your legs under high pressure all the time, because blood tends to pool there.
And THAT causes proteins and fluids to LEAK OUT into the surrounding tissue, which causes leg ulcers and all kinds of other problems.
2. High blood sugar. If you're not moving, your muscles aren't working. That makes them less effective at absorbing glucose from the blood, and more insulin resistant . . . which can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes.
3. Constipation. Long sedentary periods tend to reduce the amount of contractions in your gut . . . so the stuff that's in there just STAYS there.
4. Headaches. Slumping all day at a desk puts strain on your neck muscles. And it can affect the nerves in your neck and face too.
5. Bad knees. Sitting all day makes your leg muscles weaker . . . and that means they're not available to take stress off your knee joints.
6. Brain fog. You need to move your muscles for good circulation. If blood isn't flowing in your body, it's not getting to your brain either. And then you don't think as clearly.
7. Colon cancer. A study in Australia found that people who spent more than ten years in sedentary jobs were much more likely to develop colon cancer . . . even if they exercised regularly during their free time.
8. Slipped discs. If your spine stays still all day, the discs between your vertebrae are constantly under pressure, which makes them slip out more easily after sudden movements.
(UK Daily Mail)
A Great-Grandmother Won $2 Million in the Lottery . . . By Playing the Numbers She Got in a Fortune Cookie
For years, a 75-year-old great-grandmother in the Bronx named Emma Duvoll has been playing the lottery. And she usually picks numbers that coincide with family birthdays and anniversaries.
But back in January, she got some Chinese take-out with her sons, cracked open a fortune cookie, and noticed the lucky numbers on the back of the paper.
So she bought a Powerball ticket using those numbers . . . and LITERALLY ended up with a fortune. Because she matched five out of six numbers, and won TWO MILLION BUCKS. If you care, the numbers were 5, 12, 15, 27 and 38.
Emma got her check on Thursday, and says it was the first time she'd ever played numbers from a fortune cookie. After taxes, she took home a lump sum of more than $1.2 million.
She and her husband are both retired. And she says the sudden influx of cash probably won't change the way they live. Instead, they'll save some of it and invest the rest. Although, she does plan to visit her family in Switzerland soon.
(New York Post / Jezebel)
A Guy Dropped $20 in a Storm Drain, Climbed Down a Manhole to Get It . . . And Got Stuck for Two Days
A guy was walking down the street in Lawton, Oklahoma last week, and accidentally dropped a $20 bill in a storm drain. (His name hasn't been released. Lawton's about 100 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.)
So he decided to climb down a MANHOLE to get it. But it was basically pitch black once he got down there, so he got turned around right away . . . then couldn't find his way OUT.
It's not clear exactly how long he was down there, because he completely lost track of time. But eventually a group of kids who were walking home from school heard him yelling for help, and called 911.
When police got there, they opened a manhole, found him in a pipe about 15 feet down, and had to drop a ladder to him. And judging from how dirty and dehydrated he was . . . they estimated he was down there for TWO FULL DAYS.
He was treated for a few minor injuries, including a bump on his head that he got while crawling around in the dark. According to police, the kids who called 911 may have saved his LIFE.
And after all that . . . he didn't even find the $20 he dropped. (KSWO)
Even if you're a giant man with huge muscles, a leather jacket, and a million tattoos . . . how tough can you look wearing MICKEY MOUSE EARS?
There are some articles going around online right now, about how GANGS have infiltrated Disneyland.
They're modeled after motorcycle gangs, with custom denim vests and tattoos . . . only they're not violent. They're just adults who LOVE Disney.
Apparently there are about 20 or so of these gangs, and they're SUPER hardcore. Like . . . for some of them, it's just as hard to get in as it would be to get into a REAL gang. They even have names, like the Jungle Cruisers and the Main Street Elites.
For now, Disney seems okay with them . . . or, at least they're not going to crack down just yet. Yes, they look intimidating, but they're not . . . some even take it upon themselves to help police the parks and report people breaking the rules.
But if this evolves into things like TURF WARS, or violence, or squeezing little children and tourists out of the park . . . obviously Disney would step in. And now that they're getting press, we're guessing that crackdown will come sooner rather than later. (Ozy)
You’ve heard of the penguin suit, well how about the penguin sweater? The Penguin Foundation, based in Australia, is asking knitting fans to make sweaters for penguins that have been caught in major oil spills.
The pullovers are needed to help the penguins stay warm and to stop them from using their beaks to clean off the oil themselves. And you don’t have to be an expert knitter to help out. The Foundation says they’re easy to make, and even provides patterns. Not to mention they are adorable!
According to a new survey, one in FIVE women think their boyfriend or husband is HIGH MAINTENANCE. Are you one of them? Here are the top 10 signs.
1. You throw a tantrum if you don't get your way.
2. You expect a response to a text immediately.
3. You need to hear "I love you" several times a day.
4. You're always late.
5. You spend longer in the bathroom than she does.
6. You spend a lot of time on your looks or appearance.
7. You won't wear anything that isn't designer.
8. You refuse to go camping.
9. You refuse to use public transportation.
10. You'll only eat at nice restaurants.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" and "American Hustle" Lead the MTV Movie Award Nominations
The nominees for the MTV Movie Awards were announced yesterday, and "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "American Hustle" lead the pack with EIGHT nominations each.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" follows with seven . . . and "We're the Millers" has six.
All of them . . . except "We're the Millers" . . . are up for Movie of the Year . . . alongside "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug", and "12 Years a Slave", which won Best Picture at both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.
Other highlights are: The Best Kiss category, which includes JENNIFER LAWRENCE and AMY ADAMS in "American Hustle" . . . the Best Fight category, with the epic brawl from "Anchorman 2" . . .
And then there's the Best Shirtless Performance category, which includes four MALE nominees . . . and JENNIFER ANISTON in "We're the Millers".
Online voting is open now
. . . and runs up through April 12th. MTV will air the ceremony live on April 13th. CONAN O'BRIEN is hosting. You can find a list of all the nominees at MTV.com.
If you've been thinking about asking out one of your coworkers, here are five rules you both need to follow . . .
1. Make sure you're not breaking company policy. Your company might have strict rules and regulations on dating a coworker, so check your employee handbook before acting on anything.
2. Make the first contact offline. Basically, don't say ANYTHING over your work email that you wouldn't want the entire company knowing about.
3. Wait to reveal your relationship. There's no point in causing an uproar at the office if you're just going to decide after three dates that you're not actually compatible. So wait until you know it's serious before telling your coworkers.
4. No PDA: When you're at work, keep it professional. No flirting at your desk or making out in the breakroom. Save it for later.
5. Don't kiss and tell: People love to gossip . . . because it's better than actually doing work. So just assume that any details you share about your sex life WILL make their way around to EVERYONE in the office.
A Woman on a Cruise Ship Needed an Emergency Blood Transfusion . . . And 150 Passengers Immediately Showed Up to Donate
Last Thursday, a 73-year-old woman named Elaine Smith collapsed on board a Carnival cruise ship in the Cayman Islands. And at that point, no one knew what was wrong. But it turned out to be a bleeding ulcer, which can be deadly.
Doctors decided she needed a blood transfusion, so the cruise director got on the loudspeaker and asked for volunteers with blood type B-positive to come donate.
Now, obviously sitting down for a blood donation doesn't top the list of things you want to do on a cruise ship. But within minutes, over 150 passengers showed up to do it.
In the end, two passengers, two crewmembers, and Elaine's 76-year-old husband Homer donated about a pint of blood each. Then the captain picked up the pace, and got to their next stop two hours early.
Elaine was airlifted to Fort Lauderdale, and she's doing fine now. According to Homer, everyone involved was amazing. And when he first walked into the room where more than 150 people were waiting to donate blood, he was overwhelmed by it.
It turns out Elaine had been taking baby aspirin to thin her blood, and that's probably what aggravated the ulcer. (Sun-Sentinel)
There's a certain amount of self-delusion required to eat fast food. Like, you KNOW it's gross, bad for you, and processed with chemicals and poison. But it's sweet, delicious poison.
So this might SHATTER your illusions. Here are the five things you should NEVER order at fast food places, according to fast food employees. Keep in mind this is all unverified, but still . . .
1. Beans at Taco Bell. They come out of a can like cat food and the directions are, quote, "Add water and stir until you can't see white anymore."
2. Chili at Wendy's. The meat in the chili comes from old cooked burgers that don't get sold. The leftover meat is frozen, then thawed and dumped into the chili.
3. Macaroni and cheese at Panera Bread. The mac and cheese comes in frozen packages and it's just microwaved. There's no cooking involved.
4. BBQ chicken at KFC. It comes from chicken that's too old and stale to donate to food banks . . . so they soak it in barbecue sauce until it can be pulled.
5. Arby's roast beef. Apparently, before it's cooked, the roast beef looks like, quote, "a gelatinous mass with chunks of meat in it. Literally a paste with chunks of meat." (Reddit)
HERE'S why real men don't follow fashion trends. If we DID, right now we'd all be trying to look like Mr. Peanut.
According to the "New York Times", the newest men's fashion trend is . . . wearing a MONOCLE.
Yes, hardcore hipsters aren't wearing super thick glasses anymore . . . now they've switched to wearing just one lens attached to a string. They're even getting prescription monocles, so they're not just for show.
A British trend expert says the monocle is coming back thanks to a subset of hipsters he calls, quote, "the new gents." They also wear things like tweed blazers.
Quote, "All of this is part of a sense of irony and a way of discovering and displaying old artisanal and craft-based technology."
(New York Times)
The Scholastic Aptitude Test, better known as the SAT, is undergoing some major changes for the first time in nearly a decade. The updated college entrance exam aims to more accurately represent what high school students are learning in school. Among the changes, the test will return to its 1600-point scoring format, which was changed in 2004.
And, there will no longer be a penalty for wrong answers- a policy that discouraged test-takers from guessing. Certain vocabulary words will be replaced with more commonly-used words. The essay portion will be made optional.
Math questions will focus on problem-solving and algebra. And for the first time, students will have the option of taking the SAT on a computer. Some educators believe the new test will be less stressful for students. They have plenty of that to look forward to in the real world.
A Bacon Alarm Clock . . . Female Climax at the Touch of a Button . . . and an App That Ends Bad Dates
Check out three great new inventions that are all coming soon . . . but not soon enough . . .
1. Oscar Mayer is releasing a BACON-SCENTED ALARM CLOCK for your iPhone. You put a little attachment on the bottom of your phone, and when it's time to wake up, it releases the SMELL OF BACON. For now, the only way to get it is to enter a contest on their website. (Mashable)
2. A surgeon in North Carolina has cracked the ULTIMATE MYSTERY. He's created a device that can be implanted in a woman . . . and it gives them a full-on CLIMAX at just the touch of a button. It's about to enter clinical trials in Minneapolis, so unfortunately it'll be a few years until it's available. (Beatbeat)
3. If you've ever asked a friend to call you during a date in case you need an excuse to get out of there . . . a new app called Tickle is automating the process. The app uses the iPhone's accelerometer to sense your awkwardness on a date.
It monitors things like fidgeting or shaking your leg. And if it senses enough, it generates a FAKE PHONE CALL you can answer and use to escape. The app is coming soon . . . you can sign up for a waiting list now. (Tickle)
ABC has officially announced the pairings for the new season of "Dancing of the Stars". As for the "stars," they're the same as the rumored list we heard about yesterday . . . with one exception.
Instead of BRUCE JENNER . . . the cast will include AMY PURDY, a snowboarder and double-leg amputee, who was on "The Amazing Race" back in 2012. (Here's a video.) Amy will be paired with DEREK HOUGH.
Here are the rest of this season's pairings:
Billy Dee Williams, the SUPERSTAR who played Lando Calrissian in two of the original "Star Wars" movies, will dance with Emma Slater
Danica McKellar, a.k.a. Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years" is paired with Val Chmerkovskiy
Candace Cameron Bure, a.k.a. D.J. Tanner from "Full House", and Mark Ballas
"Price Is Right" host Drew Carey will dance with Cheryl Burke
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Nene Leakes and Tony Dovolani
Former pro hockey player Sean Avery will be paired with Karina Smirnoff
"Big Time Rush" star James Maslow will dance with Peta Murgatroyd
Olympic ice dancing gold-medalist Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Meryl's ice dancing partner Charlie White is paired with Sharna Burgess
17-year-old singer Cody Simpson will be with new dancer Witney Carson, who was a finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2012
Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad with first-time dancer Henry Byalikov, who has been on foreign versions of the various dancing competition shows
These are the pairings . . . FOR NOW. In a new twist, the show will have the dancers switch partners at some point during the season . . . and the VIEWERS will be able to vote on what the new pairings will be.
As previously announced, former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant ERIN ANDREWS is joining TOM BERGERON as a co-host, replacing BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET. The show's 18th season premieres on March 17th.
If you want to be a millionaire someday, it might help to know what real millionaires are like. There are a lot of misconceptions out there. Here are five of the most common myths about millionaires.
1. They spend a lot. We have this idea of millionaires throwing away money all the time on expensive stuff. But a lot of them are really frugal. In a lot of cases, people get to be millionaires later in life just because they saved a lot all along.
2. They're better than us. It's not that millionaires are smarter, more talented, or better at business. More often they're just good at setting goals and working toward them. They have a gift for moving forward in situations where other people give up.
3. They're luckier. Nope, they just work hard. Every small business owner who became a millionaire has some story about hearing "No" from a hundred people before hearing the first "Yes."
4. They're born into money. In fact, a recent survey found that 86% of millionaires are self-made. Most of them say they didn't even have rich contacts when they first started out.
5. They're fearless. Again, most millionaires are just like us. They're afraid of rejection . . . they just overcome it. Usually they're just realistic about their chances.
When you're in high school, not much matters more than the prom. Or at least that's what we all THINK. Because sometimes kids can surprise you.
Recently, the prom committee at Pine Ridge High School in Deltona, Florida started raising money for decorations. (Deltona is just north of Orlando.)
But then they found out a popular math teacher named Charlie Lundell was taking a sabbatical to get treatment for lung and liver cancer. And this is the THIRD TIME he's had to have chemo.
The junior class president at Pine Ridge is a girl named Katie Buday. And when she and her classmates heard about it, they decided prom wasn't that important after all.
Because, they've renamed this year's committee "Team Charlie." And instead of raising money for the dance, they're raising THOUSANDS of dollars to help his family while he concentrates on beating cancer.
They also found out that ANOTHER teacher is fighting a serious illness. So now they're raising money for BOTH of them. According to Katie, they just won't have as many decorations at the prom this year. (WESH / MyFoxOrlando.com)
If you run into a burning building to save a person or a pet, you're a hero. If it's anything else . . . you're a MORON. Here's a prime example.
Around 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, a fire broke out in the basement apartment of a building in St. Paul, Minnesota.
And when firefighters got there, they found the couple who lived there still inside . . . trying to rescue their flat-screen TELEVISION.
The couple's names haven't been released. But according to a fire department spokesman, the unit was filled with black smoke when they arrived. And the man and woman were in the middle of disconnecting the cords from the back of the TV.
Both ended up having to go to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but apparently they're okay. And it turns out they were the ones who'd accidentally STARTED the fire while they were smoking.
Luckily, firefighters were able to contain it pretty quickly. But it still caused about $90,000 worth of damage. No one else was hurt . . . and officials say they're not sure if the television made it out or not. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
Daylight Savings Starts Sunday . . . It Takes the Average Person Three-and-a-Half Days to Adjust to It
Believe it or not, Daylight Savings starts SUNDAY. It just keeps getting earlier and earlier. They really need to take it out behind the barn and shoot it already.
That means Monday morning is the WORST MORNING of the year . . . since your alarm clock is saying 6:30 A.M. when your brain is saying, "It's 5:30 in the morning, buddy. What the hell are you doing getting up?"
But it's not just Monday. According to a new study, it takes the average person THREE-AND-A-HALF days to adjust to Daylight Saving Time. Translation: You'll be a zombie until Thursday.
The study did find there are about 18% of people who say the time change DOESN'T really bother them that much. Who are these people?
There are some things men over 30 should just NEVER wear. Dressing like a jackass is for your 20s. Once you hit 30, you've got to start making more mature choices. Check out the ten things men over 30 should never wear:
2. Choker necklaces.
3. Dangly earrings.
4. Skull jewelry.
5. Fake tanner.
6. A wrist full of bracelets.
8. Sports jerseys customized with their name on the back.
9. Backwards hats.
(Buzzfeed / 11 Points / Complex)
A new etiquette survey reveals the top dos and don’ts of mobile phone use. The majority of people surveyed said they know someone who exhibits bad smartphone behaviors...and many are probably guilty of these transgressions themselves. So hold the phone and check your manners!
…Consider your ringtone and its volume.
…Have conversations about sensitive subjects in private.
…Be careful while walking and texting.
…Turn your phone off during funerals, weddings, movies etc.
…Mind your language when talking on the phone in public.
…Surrender your phone when you’re drunk to avoid embarrassment.
…Use your phone while on the toilet (almost half of people admit to doing this! Here’s a tip- the echo of the bathroom totally gives you away).
…Talk on the phone while making a transaction at a store, coffee shop, bank etc.
…Be overly distracted by your phone while you’re physically with another person.
…Let more than an hour go by before responding to a text.
…Break up with someone via text message (ouch).
…Overdo it with the abbreviations, like LOL.
…Use your phone while eating a meal with family or friends.
…Text or email in all caps.
11% of Americans Think HTML is an STD, 18% Think Blu-Ray is a Marine Animal . . . and 23% think MP3 is a "Star Wars" Robot?
There's a new survey that seems to have been SPECIFICALLY designed to make people look stupid. And . . . mission accomplished. Check out the results . . .
11% of people think HTML is a sexually transmitted disease.
12% of Americans think USB is an acronym for a European country.
18% think Blu-ray is a marine animal.
23% think MP3 is a "Star Wars" robot.
27% think a gigabyte is an insect found in South America.
42% think a motherboard is the deck of a cruise ship.
And finally, 61% say it's important to have strong knowledge of technology in this day and age. (Los Angeles Times)
Science says there's SOME agreement on behaviors and circumstances that can make you happy. But it's a pretty random list of stuff that's short term, long term, and that you can't even control.
1. Make love.. If you're monogamous, it's supposed to make you even happier.
2. Go shopping.
3. Play with puppies.
4. Get a good night's sleep
5. Get up early.
6. Exercise for at least 20 minutes a day.
7. Sit up straight.
8. Make a list of good stuff that happened to you.
9. Get married.
10. Have kids.
11. Make at least $75,000 dollars a year.
12. Have 10 good friends.
13. Have a strong relationship with at least one of your parents.
14. Spend your money on experiences, instead of on material things.
15. Be tall.
16. Be an only child.
17. Live in Australia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Lincoln, Nebraska.
79-year-old Alden Hiltunen lives in Aura, Michigan. (Which is in the northern part of the state, right on Lake Superior.) And for the past 22 years, he hasn't been able to see because he has macular degeneration.
But recently, he got his vision BACK, when doctors at the University of Michigan implanted a telescopic lens into one of his eyes.
Apparently things are still pretty blurry for him, but he can see well enough to recognize faces and read and write again. And one of the first things he did was sit down and write a note to his wife that simply said, "I love you, Glenda."
Alden's grandson Kyle posted a photo of the letter online last week, and now it's going viral.
Kyle says that when his grandmother saw it, she immediately broke down in tears. And she said that everything they've gone through to get his vision back has been worth it. (Yahoo / Reddit)
You hear all sorts of vague theories about the best time to book plane tickets to get the best deal . . . so it's nice to see a study like this that eliminates the fuzziness and just gets to the damn point.
A website called CheapAir.com monitored prices for FOUR MILLION flights last year, and found the absolute BEST time to buy a plane ticket is . . . exactly 54 DAYS before your trip.
Any earlier or later than that and you're looking at a higher price . . . although they say it's generally better to buy earlier rather than later.
That 54-day mark is for domestic U.S. flights. If you're going to Mexico, book 89 days in advance . . . 101 days in advance for the Caribbean . . . 129 days in advance for Asia . . . and 151 days in advance for Europe.
The only time the 54-day window doesn't apply is for Christmas or Thanksgiving flights. You're best off booking those SIX MONTHS before . . . on June 4th.
Short People Are Dumber Than Tall People?
This feels SO UNFAIR to short people, who already get so much grief on a daily basis. So eff you, Edinburgh University in Scotland, for running this study and giving us no choice but to talk about it.
Their new study of more than 6,800 people found a, quote, "significant correlation" between being SHORT . . . and being DUMB.
They found that the average short person is less intelligent than the average tall person.
For the study, short was defined as any woman below 5-foot-3 and any man below 5-foot-9.
The study was based on genetics . . . so, basically, they're saying whatever genes you got from your short parents are also making you short on intelligence. Ouch. (Daily Mail)
"Forbes" just released its annual list of the WORLD'S RICHEST PEOPLE. Here are the six things to know . . .
1. After four years off, BILL GATES is back to being the wealthiest person in the world. Even though he's TRYING to donate his money, Gates's net worth went up $9 billion last year to $76 billion.
2. There are now 1,645 billionaires in the world with a combined net worth of $6.4 trillion.
3. There are a record 172 female billionaires on the list. That's up from 138 last year.
4. MARK ZUCKERBERG had the biggest gain of anyone on the list. His net worth went up $15.2 billion from last year, to $28.5 billion total. He ranks 21st on the list.
5. There are 31 billionaires in the world under age 40.
6. Some of the new billionaires this year are the two guys who founded WhatsApp and just got a $19 billion deal with Facebook . . . Michael Kors . . . Ev Williams, the founder of Twitter . . . and Vince McMahon of the WWE. (Forbes)
"12 Years a Slave" Won Best Picture . . . Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett Took Best Actor and Actress
"12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture at the Oscars last night, and star LUPITA NYONG'O won Best Supporting Actress.
The night's big winner was "Gravity", which took home SEVEN Oscars. They were mostly technical awards, like editing, visual effects and sound mixing. But ALFONSO CUARON also got Best Director.
"Dallas Buyers Club" won THREE Oscars, including Best Actor for MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY and Best Supporting Actor for JARED LETO.
CATE BLANCHETT won Best Actress for the WOODY ALLEN film "Blue Jasmine", and "Frozen" won Best Animated Film.
"12 Years a Slave" also won Best Adapted Screenplay, while Best Original Screenplay went to "Her".
The Complete Oscars Winners List
Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave"
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for "Gravity"
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club"
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine"
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto for "Dallas Buyers Club"
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o for "12 Years a Slave"
Best Animated Feature Film: "Frozen"
Best Documentary Feature: "20 Feet from Stardom"
Best Documentary (Short Subject): "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"
Best Adapted Screenplay: "12 Years a Slave"
Best Original Screenplay: "Her"
Best Foreign Film: "The Great Beauty" (Italy)
Best Film Editing: "Gravity"
Best Costume Design: "The Great Gatsby"
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: "Dallas Buyers Club"
Best Visual Effects: "Gravity"
Best Sound Mixing: "Gravity"
Best Sound Editing: "Gravity"
Best Production Design: "The Great Gatsby"
Best Cinematography: "Gravity"
Best Original Score: "Gravity"
Best Original Song: "Let It Go" from "Frozen"
Best Short Film (Animated): "Mr. Hublot"
Best Short Film (Live Action): "Helium"
Ellen Took Selfies and Bought Pizza for the Audience, Bill Murray Snuck in a Harold Ramis Reference . . . And Other Oscar Moments
Here were some of last night's Oscar highlights:
Before the show even started JENNIFER LAWRENCE had her SECOND OSCAR FALL in a row, when she wiped out on the red carpet. And of course, ELLEN DEGENERES called her out on it in her opening monologue.
As host, Ellen was . . . well . . . Ellen DeGeneres. And that's a good thing. She was funny without going overboard or trying too hard.
She did toss in one reference to her own sexuality, when she slyly brought up JONAH HILL'S nude scene in "The Wolf of Wall Street". She said, quote, "You showed us something in that film that I have not seen for a very, very long time."
She also took a star-studded selfie with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Channing Tatum, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Lupita Nyong'o that almost immediately broke the record for most re-Tweets.
By the time the Oscars ended, it had been re-Tweeted over TWO MILLION TIMES, and it actually crashed Twitter for a while.
And she handed out pizza to the stars, and later went around with PHARRELL'S giant hat to collect donations for it. Yes, Pharrell did wear the hat when he performed "Happy" earlier in the show. (Here's a list of celebs who took a slice of pizza.)
JARED LETO's acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor was basically a love letter to his mom. But he also spoke out for the people of Venezuela and the Ukraine, along with the millions who've died of AIDS.
JIM CARREY introduced a montage of classic animated films, and tossed in his old "Dumb & Dumber" quote, "I was WAY off." The sequel comes out in November.
And when BILL MURRAY presented the Cinematography award with AMY ADAMS, he ad-libbed a tribute to HAROLD RAMIS.
After they named all the nominees, he said, quote, "Oh, we forgot one: Harold Ramis for "Caddyshack", "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day".
And MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY dropped an "Alright alright alright" into his Best Actor acceptance speech. That's a callback to "Dazed & Confused".
One of the night's more depressing moments was when 81-year-old actress KIM NOVAK presented an award with MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY.
Her face was a total plastic surgery disaster, and she seemed like she might have been MEDICATED . . . although it could have just been her age.
LUPITA NYONG'O won Best Supporting Actress for "12 Years A Slave". The man who presented her with the award was CHRISTOPH WALTZ . . . who won Best Supporting Actor last year for ANOTHER slavery movie, "Django Unchained".
PINK paid tribute to "The Wizard of Oz" by singing "Over the Rainbow". And somewhat ironically, this was her first TV performance in years where she DIDN'T EVEN LEAVE THE GROUND.
JOHN TRAVOLTA introduced IDINA MENZEL, who sang "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen". But he completely botched her name, calling her something that sounded like, "Adele Dazeem". (???)
If you're into cult flicks, then this year's In Memoriam segment was for YOU. Tom "Billy Jack" Laughlin, Jim "Black Belt Jones" Kelly, legendary monster maker Ray Harryhausen and Kung-Fu film producer Run Run Shaw all made the montage.
Names that didn't make it included Cory Monteith, Dennis Farina, Jean Stapleton and Jonathan Winters. Although to be fair, none are particularly well known for movie work. (Check out the full list of dead folk at Oscar.com.)
One last note: It was a particularly "inspired" choice to have RAZZIE winner WILL SMITH present the award for Best Picture.
The Oscar Fashion Rundown: Pharrell's New Goofy Hat . . . Liza Minnelli's Nipples . . . And More
The most-talked about FASHION moments from last night's Academy Awards included PHARRELL'S new hat . . . and LIZA MINNELLI'S nipples.
The Internet went NUTS back in January when Pharrell wore his large, oddly shaped hat to the Grammys. And apparently, Pharrell dug all the attention, because he went back to that well for the Oscars.
He wore a similar hat during his performance. This time, it was black instead of brown. By the way, Pharrell also announced yesterday that the original Grammy hat has been auctioned off on eBay for charity. It raised $44,100.
Speaking of Pharrell, he also wore tuxedo SHORTS on the red carpet.
Liza Minnelli's REVEALING outfit was a blue pantsuit. It hung loosely over her body, except in her CHESTAL REGION, where you could clearly see the outline of her HUGE, 67-year-old nipples. She also had a matching blue streak in her hair.
Host ELLEN DEGENERES made a joke about Liza in her opening monologue . . . but it had nothing to do with her dress. Ellen said, quote, "That is one of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I've ever seen. Good job, sir."
Liza didn't seem pleased with the joke . . . but apparently, there were no hard feelings . . . because she gleefully posed for a "selfie" with Ellen later in the show.
In other Grammy fashion news:
LUPITA NYONG'O got a lot of love for her blue dress, which had a neckline that nearly plunged down to her WAIST. KATE HUDSON went with a similar neckline, and got similar praise.
There was some rain in Hollywood over the weekend . . . and some of the longer Oscar dresses got wet. Pregnant KERRY WASHINGTON'S gown was one of them.
In addition to Kerry, OLIVIA WILDE and ELSA PATAKY are also with fetus, so naturally they all had bump-friendly dresses.
JARED LETO wore an off-white suit, and let his long hair hang over his shoulders. Some people thought he was rockin' a Jesus-look. And at least one person thought his hair looked like RIHANNA'S from last year.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY and RYAN SEACREST also went with the off-white tux look . . . although they didn't have the hair, of course.
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH wore a tux to the Oscars. That isn't notable . . . but him hilariously photo-bombing U2 on the red carpet is.
Some people loved the black lace dress JULIA ROBERTS wore . . . but others weren't fans. LADY GAGA'S dress was also divisive, with its superhero cape-like thing.
ANGELINA JOLIE looked a little like an Oscar statue in a GOOD way . . . and KRISTIN CHENWETH looked a little like an Oscar statue in a BAD way.
(For more, here's EOnline's gallery of the "Worst Dressed at the Oscars" . . . including: Anna Kendrick, Glenn Close, Bette Midler and Anne Hathaway.)
(Here's EOnline's gallery of the "Best Dressed Men at the Oscars" . . . including: Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio.)
"Movie 43" Won Big at the Razzies, Along with Will and Jaden Smith
ADAM SANDLER has been a very popular target of the Razzie Awards. He's been nominated 19 times over the past 17 years . . . and in 2012, his movie "Jack and Jill" swept the winners' list.
Then, he won Worst Actor again last year for "That's My Boy".
But despite two nominations this year for "Grown Ups 2", the Razzies have FINALLY given him a pass . . . and have turned their attention elsewhere.
At this year's ceremony on Saturday, "Movie 43" and "After Earth" each won THREE Razzies . . . while "The Lone Ranger", "A Madea Christmas", and Tyler Perry's "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor" earned one each.
"Temptation's" win was for Worst Supporting Actress KIM KARDASHIAN.
Overall, Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2" was nominated for NINE Razzies . . . however, it came away with NOTHING, which makes it the biggest shutout in Razzie history.
The Complete Razzie "Winners" List
Worst Picture: "Movie 43"
Worst Actor: Jaden Smith, "After Earth"
Worst Actress: Tyler Perry in drag, "A Madea Christmas"
Worst Supporting Actor: Will Smith, "After Earth"
Worst Supporting Actress: Kim Kardashian, "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor"
Worst Onscreen Couple: Jaden Smith and Will Smith, "After Earth"
Worst Director: The 13 People who Directed "Movie 43". They are: Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner, and Jonathan van Tulleken
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel: "The Lone Ranger"
Worst Screenplay: "Movie 43"
Scientists get a lot of stuff wrong. They give a bunch of foods a bad rep, and then change their mind and say they're actually GOOD for you. You may have heard some of these before, but here are the five latest bad foods to get back on the healthy list:
1. Coffee. Too much caffeine was supposedly bad. But studies show that coffee improves memory, reaction time, mood, and general cognitive function. It also boosts your metabolism, and can protect you from Type II diabetes and Alzheimer's.
2. Whole milk. Scientists agreed that drinking it made you fat. Well, now they're saying that kids who drink SKIM milk are likely to be the chubby ones. Because skim milk somehow makes you crave junk food.
3. Salt. It used to be bad to salt your food. But the real problem isn't necessarily salt . . . it's processed foods with a high sodium content.
4. Chocolate. Candy bars are one thing, because they're filled with chemicals and preservatives. But pure chocolate is healthy for you. It helps with heart disease and lowers blood pressure.
5. Popcorn. Keep in mind that when movie popcorn is covered with butter, it can have 1,200 calories. But the kind that you air-pop at home is loaded with more anti-oxidants than fruits and vegetables. It's also a great source of fiber. (Salon.com)
Eight-year-old Myles Eckert lives in Toledo, Ohio. And last month, he found 20 bucks in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant. Which is like a MILLION bucks to an eight-year-old.
And at first, he planned to buy a video game with it. But then he walked into the restaurant and saw a soldier named Frank Dailey having lunch by himself.
Myles's dad was also a soldier. Sadly, he died in Iraq when Myles was five weeks old. So he never knew him, but thinks about him every time he sees a guy in uniform.
And instead of buying the video game, Myles decided to give the $20 to FRANK. But first he wrapped it in a handwritten note.
It said, quote, "My dad was a soldier. He's in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It's your lucky day! Thank you for your service."
Frank told CBS News that he was blown away by the gesture, and he looks at the note every day for inspiration. He also said he gave the $20 to charity, and wants to encourage other people to give too.
What makes the story a REAL tearjerker is that Myles then asked his mom to take him to his dad's grave after lunch, so he could tell him about it. (CBS News)
Have you been washing your hair wrong for your entire life? The Internet says YES. And you have to believe everything on the Internet.
Apparently, there's a growing new trend of people using conditioner FIRST and shampoo second.
The theory is that the conditioner softens and untangles your hair. Then you shampoo lightly afterward to wash away the heaviness of the conditioner and clean your hair without eliminating all of the moisture or taking away the shininess.
This might not work for all hair, though. A website called TrueBeauty.com says it won't work if you have thicker or drier hair . . . for those types of hair, you should actually shampoo and condition in the boring old order.
(Daily Mail / XO Jane)
I scream, you scream, we all scream for new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors! The Vermont-based company just came out with four new “Core” flavors for you to devour entire pints of in a single sitting.
“Core” refers to the column of deliciousness running through the center of each ice cream. There’s Peanut Butter Fudge, with a chocolate fudge core, Salted Caramel, with a caramel filling, That’s My Jam, with a raspberry jam center and Hazed & Confused, with a Nutella-flavored fudge core.
We’ll take one of each, please.
Hey, you're not perfect. It's okay, we don't judge. There's probably something you do all the time that's not perfect etiquette or socially acceptable behavior . . . and that's fine. So let us know what it is.
Here are the top 10 socially unacceptable things people do every day.
1. Pick food out of your teeth with your fingers.
2. Pee sitting down, as a man.
3. Pick your nose.
4. Scratch your butt, then secretly sniff it while you pretend to scratch your nose.
5. Put your elbows on the table.
6. Pass gas whenever you feel it coming.
7. Wear sweatpants out to dinner.
8. Take one bite out of a piece of pizza or cake then put it back in the refrigerator.
9. Sit at home, alone, doing nothing. It feels like you're always supposed to be doing SOMETHING now . . . you can just sit there, sort of watching TV.
10. Pee in the shower. It's so much faster. (Reddit)
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