Jan 17

Five Random Facts For Tuesday


Here are some random facts for you . . .


1.  The intro music to “Seinfeld” was slightly different in every episode . . . it was composed to match the pace and cadence of Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up in the intro.



2.  Charles Dawes was the vice president under Calvin Coolidge, and he’s the only Vice President with a number one hit.



Before he got into politics, he composed a song called “Melody in A Major”.  A singer named Tommy Edwards recorded a pop version with lyrics in 1958, and it was number one hit on the Billboard chart for six weeks.



3.  In Pakistan’s version of “Sesame Street”, Oscar the Grouch is named Akhtar and he lives in a rusty oil barrel.



4.  Superman was originally supposed to be a BAD GUY.  Jerry Siegel created Superman in 1933 for a short story called “The Reign of the Superman”.  A year later, he decided it made more sense for him to be a hero.



5.  No matter HOW scrambled a Rubik’s Cube is, there’s a way to solve it within 20 moves.



(Twisted Sifter / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Cube20)

Jan 12

The 10 Most Hated Companies in America



The website 24/7 Wall Street just put together a list of the 10 most hated companies in America.  The rankings are based on things like customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, customer service, and company policies.  Check ‘em out . . .


1.  Comcast.


2.  Bank of America.


3.  Mylan . . . that’s the pharmaceutical company that jacked up the price of EpiPens more than 500% in the past decade.


4.  McDonald’s.


5.  Wells Fargo.


6.  Facebook.


7.  Spirit Airlines.


8.  Dish Network.


9.  Sears.


10.  Sprint.



(Yahoo Finance)


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Jan 11

The 10 Fast Food Chains With the Most Devoted Fans

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We’re a country that’s passionate about its fast food.  After all, it sustains our children better than we ever could.


A new study found the fast food chains that have the most devoted fans.  The rankings are based on what percentage of people would recommend the chain to friends and family, minus the people who would discourage other people from going there.

And the chain with the best fans is . . . Panera Bread.  Hmm.  I wouldn’t have guessed that.

The rest of the top 10 are:  Culver’s . . . In-N-Out Burger . . . Chick-fil-A . . . Five Guys . . . Papa Murphy’s Take N’ Bake Pizza . . . Subway . . . Whataburger . . . Rubio’s . . . and Baja Fresh.

For sit-down chain restaurants, the three with the most devoted fans are Texas Roadhouse . . . Bonefish . . . and Longhorn Steakhouse.



(QSR Magazine)

Jan 10

Ten Girly Things Guys Would Do If It Was Socially Acceptable



Someone online asked guys to name girly stuff they WISH they could do if it was socially acceptable.  Here are ten of the most popular answers they came up with . . .


1.  Wear a dress or a skirt when it’s hot out.


2.  Wear leggings or tights when it’s cold out.  One guy wore them for a Halloween costume once, and says he wears them under his pants now if it’s cold outside.  Yoga pants and really short shorts were also popular, because they look comfortable.


3.  Wear make-up to hide things like pimples and dark circles under your eyes.


4.  Wear body spray or cologne that smells fruity, or like flowers.


5.  Use the word “cute” more often.  Guys feel like they can’t say it, no matter how cute something is.


6.  Wear more jewelry.  Like bracelets and rings with huge gemstones.


7.  Order fruity drinks at the bar without being judged for it.


8.  Use things like facemasks to keep your skin looking good.  Apparently just the FEAR of your friends finding out keeps guys from doing it.


9.  Knitting or quilting was surprisingly popular.  It’s another thing guys want to do, but think their friends will make fun of them.


10.  Carry a purse, so you don’t have to keep everything in your pockets.




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Jan 9

Four Ways to Deal with Digital Eye Strain

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Photo: hercampus.com

Staring at screens all day can be rough on your eyes.  A new study found about 90% of us now stare at screens for at least two hours a day.  And 52% regularly use two devices at once, like using a laptop while you’re watching TV.


So what kind of problems can it cause?  31% of people in the study said they regularly suffer from sore eyes . . . 30% have neck and shoulder pain . . . 23% have headaches . . . 22% have blurry vision . . . and 22% suffer from dry eyes.



Here are four ways to make things a little easier on your eyes . . .



1.  Remember the 20-20-20 rule.  Take a 20 second break every 20 minutes, and stare at something that’s at least 20 feet away.



2.  Reduce any overhead lights that cause a glare on your screen.  You eyes have to work harder if there’s a glare.



3.  Sit so your screen is at least arm’s length away.  Closer than that is even worse for your eyes.  So if you have to lean in closer than, you might want to have your vision checked.



4.  Increase the size of the text on your computer or cell phone.  It’s not hard to do, just check your settings.  If you can’t figure it out, google it.



(PR Newswire)

Jan 5

Five Random Facts For Thursday



Here are some random facts for you . . .


1.  Americans eat 554 million tacos from Jack in the Box per year . . . or about 1,000 a minute.



2.  There are 18 countries that don’t have a single river, including the Bahamas, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.



3.  The first thing anyone bought online was Sting’s CD “Ten Summoner’s Tales” in 1994.  A guy from Philadelphia bought it from a company called Net Market in New Hampshire.



4.  In the early 1900s, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was considered a delicacy and only eaten by rich people.  But by the 1920s, the price of peanut butter went way down, and they became more popular.  And today, the average kid eats about 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they graduate high school.



5.  In an NHL game, if all of a team’s goalies are injured, the team has the option to suit up anyone as their goalie . . . even someone from the stands.  Of course, they’d probably just have another player do it instead . . . but you should be ready just in case?



(Consumerist / Wikipedia / New York Times / Wikipedia / NHL)

Dec 16

Four Mind Tricks to Help You Save Money During the Holidays

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It’s crunch time for gift buying.  Here are four mind tricks that will help you spend less during the last-minute rush.


1.  Use the “10-second” rule.  Whenever you’re about to buy something, hold it for ten seconds and ask yourself if you really need it or if that money could be better used on something else.



It’s especially helpful for stocking stuffers, since it’s easy to get carried away with small, inexpensive presents.



2.  Go cash-only.  Research shows that people spend a LOT more when using credit cards instead of cash.  So if you want to keep your spending in check, try bringing only cash to the store.



3.  Shop alone.  The more people you bring along, the easier it becomes to impulse buy.



4.  Take fewer shopping trips.  The more time you spend shopping, the more money you’ll spend.  So take fewer trips to the mall, and limit the number of stores you go into altogether.



(Business Insider)

Dec 15

The Five Best Places to Hide Christmas Presents



If you already bought your family’s Christmas presents and you’re hiding them under the bed because no one will ever look for them there . . . yeah, they’ve already been found. A new survey asked people for the BEST places to hide presents so their kids and their significant other can’t find them.



Here are the five ideas that got the most votes . . .



1.  At a friend’s house.


2.  In suitcases.


3.  The back of the top shelf of your closet.


4.  The back of the top shelf of your kitchen cupboard.


5.  Deep in the tool shed.

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Dec 13

The Eight Things You Shouldn’t Buy For Christmas [Women]

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Photo: http://shoutitforlife.com/

If you haven’t started Christmas shopping for your wife or girlfriend yet . . . GOOD.  Because you weren’t going to spend enough or get the right gift anyway.According to a new survey, the average woman expects $215 worth of presents this year.  And that’s a pretty big disconnect from what men were thinking . . . because the average guy only planned on spending $68. The survey didn’t ask women what specific gifts they want, but it DID find the ones they DON’T want.  The eight things women don’t want for Christmas are:



1.  Socks.


2.  Bath salts.  (I assume that refers to the bath salts you get from Bath & Body Works, not the drug that makes people eat each other’s faces.)


3.  Chocolate.


4.  Perfume, body spray, or toiletries.


5.  Gift cards or money.


6.  Kitchen products.


7.  Windshield wipers.  (???)


8.  A sewing kit.




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Dec 12

The Top 10 Songs to Get Hot and Heavy To

Photo: telegraph.co.uk

Photo: telegraph.co.uk

What do you put on when you’re hoping to set the mood in the bedroom?  If you use Spotify playlists, you better hope JUSTIN BIEBER doesn’t come up, because 39% of people say they’d no longer feel aroused if one of his songs came on. That’s from a new British poll on music and sex.  And even though it wasn’t conducted in America, there’s nothing TOO British on it . .


Here’s the Top 10 most popular songs to have on while you’re in the sack . . .


1.  “Skin”, Rihanna


2.  “Let’s Get It On”, Marvin Gaye


3.  “Lollipop”, Lil Wayne


4.  “Drunk in Love”, Beyoncé


5.  “Love to Love You Baby”, Donna Summer


6.  “Me & U”, Cassie


7.  “Love Me Like You Do”, Ellie Goulding


8.  “Magic”, Coldplay


9.  “Intro”, The XX


10.  “SexyBack”, Justin Timberlake



As you can see, pop, R&B and rock can set the mood.  The least-popular genre in the bedroom, was heavy metal, with 40% of people saying it was a turn-off.



That can’t come as a huge surprise.  What’s even more interesting is that 60% of people apparently DON’T consider it a turn-off.



Rap was the second least-popular genre to have playing during sexy time.



(What’s on your go-to playlist for sex . . . besides the OBVIOUS stuff like George Michael’s “Father Figure”.)  (???)



(And what’s your best story about a song KILLING the mood?  Was it something you THOUGHT would work but it failed . . . or was it a song that came on unexpectedly?)