Sep 30

Three Ways Companies Trick You Into Buying Stuff

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You probably know a lot of the ways companies trick you into buying stuff . . .like making something 49.99 instead of $50. They CLAIM something’s cheap, like saying a “SMALL $5 fee” instead of just a “$5 fee” . . . and they put an “original” price on something, even though it’s higher than the actual price EVER was. Here are three tricks you might NOT know about.

1.  They put things in tall, skinny packages.  In most cases, they could fit the same product in a short, wide package.  But studies have found that when we see a tall, narrow box, we automatically think there’s more in it.

2.  They CLAIM something’s cheap, and we believe it.  In a 2007 study, researchers offered overnight shipping for “a $5 fee.”  Then they changed the ad so it said “a SMALL $5 fee” . . . and suddenly 20% more people were interested.

3.  Price anchoring.  That’s the term they use when they put a price on something that’s way higher than they EVER planned on selling it for.

Like at a clothing store, you might see a tag that says the “original” price was $56.  But in reality, the store NEVER sold it for that price.  They just put it on there, because then you see $32 and think it’s a DEAL.

JCPenny actually stopped doing it for a while in 2012.  But their sales dropped so much, the CEO got fired for it.

 

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Sep 26

Ariana Grande Ready For SNL

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The brand new season of SNL kicks off this weekend, and pop diva Ariana Grande will be on the show performing two songs from her latest album My Everything. She will guest star with Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt. Here is the promo video.

 

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Sep 24

The Top-Earning Hip-Hop Stars

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“Forbes” put out their annual list of “Hip-Hop’s Biggest Earners” from the past year . . . and DR. DRE blew everyone else out of the water with $620 million.  Most of that came from Apple buying Beats. Here’s the full Top 25:

1.  Dr. Dre, $620 million . . . Apple’s $3 billion Beats buyout not only put him at #1, it’s also more than the remaining 24 names on this list COMBINED.

 

2.  A tie between Jay-Z and Diddy, both with $60 million

 

4.  Drake, $33 million

 

5.  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, $32 million

 

6.  Kanye West, $30 million

 

7.  Birdman, $24 million . . . He’s more of an executive than a rapper.  He runs Cash Money, the home of Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

 

8.  Lil Wayne, $23 million

 

9.  Pharrell, $22 million

 

10.  Eminem, $18 million

 

11.  Nicki Minaj, $14 million

 

12.  Wiz Khalifa, $13 million

 

13.  Pitbull, $12 million

 

14.  Snoop Dogg, $10 million

 

15.  Kendrick Lamar, $9 million

 

16.  A FOUR-way tie between Ludacris, Techn9ne, Swizz Beats and 50 Cent, all with $8 million

 

20.  A FIVE-way tie between Rick Ross, J. Cole, DJ Khaled, Lil Jon and Mac Miller, who pulled down $7 million apiece.

Data compiled on record sales, touring, digital downloads, films, merchandise sales, endorsements, books, and other entertainment ventures

 

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Sep 23

[New Music] Kendrick Lamar “i”

 

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Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar is back with another hit promoting untiy called i. It’s been two years since the prolific rapper released his breakthrough album GKMC. His new song samples the Isley Brothers’ ‘Who’s That Lady. Can you say EPIC? Have a listen

 

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Sep 22

Five Random Facts For Monday

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Wanna sound like a geeky now-it-all nerd? Just spew some of these random facts that are useless, yet interesting;

1.  Pop-Tarts turn 50 this year . . . and every year for the past 32 years their sales have gone up.

2.  It’s official . . . the National Climatic Data Center says this was the hottest summer in history.  The average temperature on land and across the oceans was 62.8 degrees.

3.  It would take five minutes to knock someone out by holding a rag soaked with chloroform under their nose . . . not two seconds like it does in movies.

4.  If the Statue of Liberty was melted down and the copper was sold for scrap, it would only be worth about $225,000.

5.  Eleanor Roosevelt was Teddy Roosevelt’s niece.  Franklin D. Roosevelt was Teddy’s fifth cousin.  So when FDR married Eleanor, they were both part of the same family tree . . . they were fifth cousins, once removed.

 

Source: ABC News  Bloomberg Wikipedia  WordPress  Wikipedia)

 

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Sep 19

The Top Things You Don’t Want to Hear on a First Date

 

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Going on a first date can be awesome . . . or it can be hell.  Here are The Top Things You Don’t Want to Hear on a First Date.

 

. . . And that’s when I realized that white supremacy was for me.

 

Trust me, you’re gonna want to wear a condom when you hit this.

 

Hi, I’m in the NFL.

 

I don’t believe in creation OR evolution.  I think we’re all just characters in one of Kanye West’s dreams.

 

Do you speak Klingon, too?

 

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a TV star, but I WAS on an episode of “Cops”.

 

I gotta take this call.  It’s my wife.

 

My water broke.

 

Thanks to all the electro-shock therapy, I no longer hear screams at night.

 

Before we order the appetizers, I should tell you, I’m required by the state to disclose a couple things about my past.

 

This movie is so unrealistic.  Believe me, that’s NOT what happens when you bury a corpse in the middle of the woods.

 

Sorry I couldn’t take you to that other restaurant.  Turns out, it’s entirely staffed by women I’m stalking.

 

No matter what happens, I KNOW I’m getting lucky tonight.  Because I just slipped myself a roofie.

 

In the trunk.  NOW!

 

Dad?

 

You’re a 38D?  So am I!

 

I hope this leads to a second date . . . because I’ve never had one.

 

And THAT is when I got REALLY into necrophilia.

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Sep 18

Fergie Working On New Album

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It’s been 8 years since The Dutches has had an album out, and she’s ready to reclaim her throne! the first single is reportedly called “L.A. Love (La La),” and may be dropping within the next few weeks. She confirmed the info on her appearance last month on ‘Chelsea Lately’. Her last album ‘The Dutchess’ sold 3 million copies and produced three #1 singles. Can’t wait to hear the new material Fergie! Keep you posted.

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Sep 16

What Habit in the Bedroom Bothers You the Most?

Is it even possible to share a bedroom with someone who doesn’t do at least ONE thing that drives you CRAZY?  Someone call science and get them to work on that.  Until they do, we’ll talk about this .  A new survey asked people to name their significant other’s bedroom habit that bothers them the most.  Here are the top 10;

 

1.  Eating in bed.

2.  Leaving a mess on their nightstand.

3.  Smoking in bed.

4.  Using a laptop or iPad in bed instead of talking.

5.  Snoring.

6.  Working in bed.

7.  Stealing the covers.

8.  Leaving clothes on the floor.

9.  Ignoring basic hygiene.

10.  Talking in their sleep.

 

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Sep 15

“Orange Is The New Black” Writer “Switches Team”

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Lauren Morelli is one on of the head writers for “Orange is the New Black” . . . and she just filed for divorce from her husband of two years.  She says writing for the show made her realize that she’s a LESBIAN.  Also, she’s now dating Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey on the show. She just filed for divorce from her husband of two years.

According to TMZ, Lauren says as she started writing for the main character, who had once been in a lesbian relationship, she saw herself in the character, and began to feel like a fraud. She says, quote, “I found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like.”

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Sep 12

Five Red Flags For Women Dating Online

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Ladies, if you’ve been doing the online dating thing, you probably know how frustrating it is.  Well “Cosmo” has put together a list of the biggest red flags to look out for.  Here are five of them . . .

1.  His social media presence is nonexistent.  No one who does online dating is completely “off the grid” . . . so if you can’t find a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram profile for him, he’s probably trying to hide something.

2.  He goes M.I.A. for big chunks of time.  If he’s responding to your texts almost immediately one minute, and then not responding for 24 hours, he’s either legitimately busy . . . or a player.  Probably the second one.

3.  He calls you “baby” within his first three messages.  Calling someone “baby” right off the bat makes it easier on him, since he doesn’t have to remember your name that way.

4.  He makes every text into a sext.  He probably knows better than to just outright ask for a naughty pic, but if he’s always steering the conversation in a sexual direction, it’s a bad sign.

5.  He flakes out on plans last minute.  Bailing on plans once or twice MIGHT be an unfortunate coincidence.  But anything more than that is unacceptable.

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