Dec 6

Six Gross Things That Are Allowed in Food

 

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This might make you never want to eat ANYTHING again, but we found a list online of gross things the FDA allows in food.  Here are six things that technically won’t hurt you, they’re just disgusting . . .

 

1.  Ground-up insects.  It’s impossible to prevent it sometimes.  So a jar of cinnamon can have about 400 insect fragments . . . a jar of oregano can have THOUSANDS . . . and an ounce of the stuff in Fig Newtons can contain up to four insect HEADS.

 

 

2.  Mouse poop.  There are small traces of it in everything from popcorn to flour.  The FDA only allows about five to ten milligrams per pound though.

 

 

3.  Mold.  Lots of foods have trace amounts of it, including ketchup.  But the grossest one might be canned peaches.  The FDA allows up to 3% of them to be, quote, “wormy or moldy.”

 

 

4.  Maggots.  A 24-ounce jar of tomato sauce can have one-and-a-half maggots in it.  And some orange juice can have the equivalent of one maggot per CUP.

 

 

5.  Rat hair.  It’s found in a lot of spices, but also ends up in peanut butter, chocolate, and pasta.

 

 

6.  Cigarette butts.  A tiny amount of random “foreign matter” is allowed in salt, pepper, certain spices, and things like sesame seeds.  And it’s not unheard of for ground-up cigarettes to get in there.

 

 

(Live Science)

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Dec 2

A Guy Is Using His Frequent Flyer Miles to Fly Strangers Home for Christmas

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Photo: http://shoutitforlife.com/

There’s a 44-year-old guy in New York named Peter Shankman who does business seminars all over the world.  So he racks up a lot of frequent flyer miles, and uses most of them to get plane tickets for his friends and family.

 

But he’s also using a bunch of them this year to buy tickets for complete STRANGERS who can’t afford to fly home for Christmas. He’s been asking people to explain why they deserve a free ticket on the site Imgur.com.  (Pronounced image-er.)

The ones who get the most votes by 5:00 P.M. Eastern today will get the tickets.  So HE’S not choosing who gets them, the Internet is.  (It’s probably too late to get in on the action, but this story explains how to apply for a free ticket.) He says he has enough miles to fly three or four people round-trip.  Or more depending on where each person’s going.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because he did the same thing last year.  And he also sent six people home for the holidays back in 2013, which inspired OTHER people to do it.  So about 25 people ended up getting free tickets that year. By the way, if YOU have a bunch of frequent flyer miles you want to donate to someone, there’s actually a website you can go through now called Abroaders.com.

 

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(Imgur / Lansing State Journal)

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Dec 1

Six Gross Things Every Couple Has Secretly Done

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Photo: telegraph.co.uk

 

Someone posted a list of gross things every couple has secretly done that DON’T have to do with sex.  So if you’ve never done these six things, apparently you’re in the minority . . .

 

1.  Checking the other person’s nose for boogers.  Like if you’re out in public, and one of you has cold.  You’d rather have THEM see it than someone else.  And the same applies for any food that’s stuck in your teeth.

 

 

2.  Having a full-on conversation in the bathroom while one of you is using the toilet.  It’s especially gross if they’re not just peeing.

 

 

3.  Checking to see if the other person stinks before they go out.  Like they ask you to smell their feet or their armpits to see if they need to shower or change clothes.

 

 

4.  Searching each other’s bodies for pimples and ingrown hairs.  Some people also enjoy POPPING them for some reason.

 

 

5.  Being competitive about how bad your gas is.  Especially once you’ve been together for a while or you get married.

 

 

6.  Sharing a toothbrush when you go somewhere together, and one of you forgets to bring one.  Unless you’re totally grossed out by it, you’ve probably done it at least once.

 

 

(Buzzfeed)

Nov 30

10 Interesting Facts About Christmas Movies

omorrow is the first day of December, but there’s a good chance you’ve already started watching Christmas movies, especially if you have kids.  And no matter how many times you’ve seen them, you may not know everything.

 

 

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“People” magazine has a list of “30 Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Christmas Movies,” and while some of them aren’t exactly shocking . . . there are some interesting ones.  Here are 10 highlights:

 

1. Natalie Wood was eight when she filmed “Miracle on 34th Street”, and she thought her co-star Edmund Gwenn really WAS Santa Claus.

 

2.  The supervising animator for “The Nightmare Before Christmas” says the movie was shot at 24 frames per second, meaning that technically the characters had to be posed 24 different times for each SECOND.  And it took It took a whole week to finish shooting each minute of the movie.

 

3.  An episode of “MythBusters” proved that a person’s tongue CAN instantly get stuck to a freezing pole like in “A Christmas Story”.

 

4.  Will Ferrell ate so much sugar while filming “Elf” that he had trouble sleeping.  He said, quote, “I constantly stayed up.  But anything for the movie, I’m there.”

 

5.  Jim Carrey was originally supposed to star in “Elf”.

 

6.  “The Santa Clause” joke involving ‘1-800-SPANK-ME’ caused massive problems for parents when kids discovered that it connected them to an actual phone sex hotline.  Some people who dialed the number reportedly racked up hundreds of dollars in phone bills.

 

7.  The Grinch was black-and-white in the original Dr. Seuss book . . . and it was the director of the 1966 animated movie who had the idea to make him green.

 

8. After the release of “Home Alone 2″, the Plaza Hotel in New York City was swamped with families wanting to recreate Kevin’s adventure in Suite 411, a.k.a. ‘Kevin’s Suite,’ for $1,100 a night.  Donald Trump owned the Plaza back then, and as you probably know by now, he has a cameo in the movie.

 

9.  “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” creator Robert May considered the names ‘Reginald’ and ‘Rollo’ before settling on ‘Rudolph.’  He ultimately thought Reginald sounded too British and Rollo sounded too carefree.

 

10.  Some of the Jean Shepherd stories that made up “A Christmas Story” were first published in “Playboy”.  Of course, they weren’t R-rated.  As you probably know, aside from the pictorials, “Playboy” has a long history of featuring short stories.  In fact, that’s why most people say they read it.  (???)

 

The director of “A Christmas Story”, Bob Clark, also directed the sex comedy “Porky’s” and the not-so-family-friendly movie “Black Christmas”, which is a classic horror movie from 1974.  (Hit up People.com for the whole list.)

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Nov 29

“Rolling Stone’s” 20 Best Albums of the Year

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, everyone will be rolling out their ‘Best of 2016′ lists . . . and this year, “Rolling Stone” is up first with their rundown of ‘The 50 Best Albums of the Year.’  Here’s the Top 20 . . .

 

1.  “Lemonade”, Beyoncé

 

2.  “Blackstar”, David Bowie

 

3.  “Coloring Book”, Chance the Rapper

 

4.  “Teens of Denial”, Car Seat Headrest

 

5.  “Blonde”, Frank Ocean

 

6.  “A Moon Shaped Pool”, Radiohead

 

7.  “Blue and Lonesome”, The Rolling Stones.  It comes out this Friday.

 

8.  “The Life of Pablo”, Kanye West

 

9.  “You Want It Darker”, Leonard Cohen

 

10.  “Jeffery”, Young Thug

 

11.  “A Seat at the Table”, Solange

 

12.  “Stranger to Stranger”, Paul Simon

 

13.  “Hero”, Maren Morris

 

14.  “Revolution Radio”, Green Day

 

15.  “Return to Love”, LVL UP

 

16.  “The Weight of These Wings”, Miranda Lambert

 

17.  “Human Performance”, Parquet Courts

 

18.  “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It”, The 1975

 

19.  “Atrocity Exhibition”, Danny Brown

 

20.  “Skeleton Tree”, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

 

 

Of course, there’s still a month left in 2016, so they jumped the gun a little.  It’s unclear how many albums they were able to hear that aren’t out yet . . . other than the new Stones album, which is on their list. That said, there aren’t many high profile albums set to come out over the next month.  John Legend and Childish Gambino have albums coming this week,   and Neil Young is releasing one next week.

 

(In any event, RollingStone.com has the full list, along with brief write-ups on each)

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Nov 22

Five Random Facts For Tuesday

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Here are some random facts for you . . .

 

1.  People produce an average of 0.28 pounds of feces per day, or around 100 pounds a year.

 

 

2.  When Milton Bradley invented the Game of Life in 1860, one of the possible outcomes was suicide.

 

 

3.  There are 4,700 species of frogs, and only one makes a “ribbit” sound.  But we associate it with all frogs, because the frog that “ribbits” is native to California, so it’s the one that sound engineers originally recorded for movies.

 

 

4.  Cashews are the only nut that you can’t buy in its shell . . . because the shells are toxic.

 

 

5.  During the American Revolution, GEORGE WASHINGTON swore he’d never set foot on British soil.  So when a statue of him went up in London in 1921, the state of Virginia sent over some dirt and the statue was erected on top of it.

 

 

(Wikipedia / New Yorker / Oregon State / Evil Mad Scientist / About)

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Nov 21

The Six Most Popular Thanksgiving Foods

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A new survey found 96% of Thanksgiving dinners will include turkey this Thursday.  So only 4% of us AREN’T serving it.

 

Here are the five most popular Thanksgiving foods BESIDES turkey . . .

 

 

1.  Stuffing . . . 86% of us are planning to serve it.

 

2.  Mashed potatoes, 83%.

 

3.   Dinner rolls, 80%.

 

4.  Pumpkin pie, 74%

 

5.  Green beans or green bean casserole, 71%.

 

 

(Meyocks)

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Nov 18

What’s Most Important: Sex, Alcohol, Chocolate, or Wi-Fi?

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Photo: hercampus.com

This might be the BEST one-question personality test I’ve ever seen.  Like . . . if I know your answer to this, I basically know everything about you as a person.  A new survey asked people which of these four things is the MOST important to them on a daily basis:  Sex . . . alcohol . . . chocolate . . . or Wi-Fi?

 

 

Here are the results . . .

 

 

1.  40% would have the hardest time making it through a day without Wi-Fi.

 

2.  37% picked sex.

 

3.  14% picked chocolate.

 

4.  And 9% picked alcohol.

 

 

(International Business Times)

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Nov 17

The 10 Most Dangerous Toys of the Year

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The website ToySafety.org posted its list of the ten most dangerous toys of the year.  And they’re all sold at places like Walmart, Toys R Us, and Amazon.

So in other words, here are the ten presents you probably DON’T want to buy your kids for Christmas . . .

 

1.  Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddles Family.  They’re action figures for toddlers, but they have tiny parts kids can choke on.

 

 

2.  Kids Time Baby Children’s Elephant Pillow.  It’s a big pink pillow that looks like an elephant.  It can end up suffocating your baby if you leave it in their crib.

 

 

3.  Slimeball Slinger.  It’s a slingshot that shoots little green balls hard enough to cause serious eye injuries.

 

 

4.  Banzai Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers.  They’re like those big inflatable sumo suits, where you run around and bounce off each other.  Obviously not the safest idea.

 

 

5.  The Nerf Rival Apollo Blaster.  It’s a Nerf gun that shoots little yellow balls.  So again, you have to worry about your kids shooting an eye out.

 

 

6.  A “Galloping Butch” doll from the movie “The Good Dinosaur”.  It has small parts that could be a choking hazard.  And the plastic tail is pointy enough to do some damage too.

 

 

7.  Peppy Pups dolls.  The pull string can get wrapped around your kid’s neck.

 

 

8.  The Flying Heroes Superman Launcher.  It’s a plastic Superman doll that spins around and flies like a helicopter, but you launch it with a pull string.  They also sell Batman and Spider-Man versions, and they can all cause face and eye injuries.

 

 

9.  The Baby Magic Feed and Play doll.  It comes with a bunch of small parts that could be choking hazards, including a tiny spoon that can get lodged in your kid’s throat.

 

 

10.  The “Warcraft” Doomhammer.  It looks like Thor’s Hammer, but it’s from the video game “World of Warcraft”.  And it’s heavy enough to actually hurt someone.  So if you give it to your kid, it’s like asking them to shatter your kneecap.

 

 

 

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Nov 16

The Top 10 Lies Parents Tell Kids

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This is the time of year when you can get a LOT of mileage out of reminding your kids that Santa is watching them.  Of course, deep down you know the truth.  And to any kids listening, the truth is . . . yeah, he’s totally watching.

A new survey found the top 10 LIES parents tell their kids.  Check ‘em out . . .

 

1.  “Santa Claus is watching.”

 

2.  “We’ll see.”

 

3.  “We’re almost there.”

 

4.  “We’ll come back another time.”

 

5.  “Carrots help improve your eyesight.”

 

6.  “I always know when you’re lying.”

 

7.  “We can come back and buy that toy next time.”

 

8.  “I didn’t bring my purse with me today.”

 

9.  “If you keep making that face, it will freeze like that.”

 

10.  “Your pet went to live on a farm out in the country.”

 

 

(Daily Mail)

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