Oct 31

The Three Biggest Mistakes You Make at the Gym

Photo: advancingyourhealth.org

Photo: advancingyourhealth.org


Here’s something to help burn off all that Halloween candy you’ve been eating.  According to Health.com these are the top three mistakes personal trainers see people make at the gym . . .


1.  Leaning on the handlebars when you use a treadmill or stationary bike.  It makes it easier, but you don’t get as good of a workout.  It prevents you from engaging your core muscles and your glutes.  So you should mostly use the handlebars for balance.



2.  Not taking deep enough breaths.  Your stomach should go out, not just your chest.  Otherwise you don’t get enough oxygen in your bloodstream.  And it also matters WHEN you breathe . . .



Like if you’re doing a bench press, breath out while you’re pushing up.  If you breathe in or hold your breath, your blood pressure spikes and you feel dizzy.  And when you’re running, try to breathe out every time your right foot hits the ground.



3.  Only working out your glamour muscles.  Meaning the ones you look at in the mirror, like your biceps and abs.  People tend to concentrate on those, and forget about the muscles in their back.  So do more exercises where you’re pulling instead of pushing.




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Oct 28

Six Ways People Take the Fun Out of Halloween



Photo: Readers Digest

Photo: Readers Digest


FULL STORY:  It’s okay if you’re not a huge fan of Halloween.  Just don’t ruin it for the rest of us.  According to a new survey, here are the top six ways people take the fun out of Halloween . . .


1.  Showing up to a costume party in regular clothes.  You can get away with it if it’s a kids’ party.  But if it’s a party for adults, either wear a costume or stay home.



2.  Not answering the door for trick-or-treaters.  At least leave your porch light off, so they don’t waste their time.



3.  Refusing to let your kids eat ANY candy.  And pretty much everyone thinks it’s lame to hand out non-candy items to OTHER kids, like little bags of popcorn or pencils.



4.  Refusing to carve a pumpkin.  Or refusing to even buy them, because you think it’s a waste of money.



5.  Refusing to watch a scary movie.  Even if you think they’re lame, this is the one time of year you need to get over it.



6.  Constantly talking about how much you hate Halloween.  Again, it’s fine if it’s not your favorite holiday.  Just try not to ruin it for everyone else.



(Female First)

Oct 26

The 10 Minor Crimes People Are Most Likely to Commit



We’re all criminals and apparently NO ONE feels bad about it.


A new survey found the minor crimes that people are most likely to commit . . . and you’ll probably have NO PROBLEM admitting you do some of these.  Here are the top 10 . . .



1.  Buying something, wearing it once, then returning it.


2.  Taking a sick day when you’re not sick.


3.  Illegally downloading music or movies.


4.  Getting too much change back when you buy something, and keeping it.


5.  Logging onto someone else’s WiFi.


6.  Eating grapes or other little things at the grocery store.


7.  Smuggling food into a movie.


8.  Using the bathroom at a store or restaurant without buying something.


9.  Driving with an expired registration.


10.  Lying to get a discount, like saying it’s your birthday or that there was a problem with your food.





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Oct 25

Three Reasons to Stop Using Your Debit Card



Using your debit card for everything helps you avoid credit card debt, but you miss out on building better credit.  And lots of credit cards offer pretty decent cash back rewards. Anyway, here are three OTHER reasons to stop using your debit card.


1.  It’s linked directly to your checking account.  So if someone steals your info, they can steal your ACTUAL money.  If someone steals your CREDIT card info, you can just refute the charges, and you won’t suddenly be broke.


2.  Debit cards don’t offer as much fraud protection.  If someone uses your credit card into, there’s a law that says you only have to cover a maximum of $50.  If your debit card has a Visa or MasterCard logo, it might be covered too.  But not always.


3.  It’s easy to lose track of how much money you have in the bank.  Most people don’t balance a checkbook anymore, they just check their balance online.  But it’s still pretty easy to overspend with a debit card and end up with overdraft charges.

So just use your credit card instead of your debit card, and pay the balance off every month.  But obviously that’s a slippery slope for a lot of people.



(The Week)

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Oct 24

Five Random Facts For Monday



Here are some random facts for you . . .


1.  Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, but Venus gets hotter, because its atmosphere traps and holds heat.



2.  Miss Piggy and the Phillie Phanatic were created by the same person.  Her name is Bonnie Erickson, and she had a design company that made mascots.  And eventually she ended up working for JIM HENSON.



3.  The first escalator was an amusement park ride in Coney Island, New York in 1896.



4.  The oldest socks ever discovered are from between 300 and 500 A.D. . . . and they were designed to be worn with sandals.



5.  Snapple’s Apple Juice doesn’t have any apple in it . . . they use pears to simulate the taste of apple.



(Planets For Kids / Jim Henson Legacy / Untapped Cities / Wikipedia / The Consumerist)


Oct 21

The Ten Weirdest Sick Day Excuses People Used This Year



Career Builder just released its annual list of the most ridiculous sick day excuses people have come up with in the past year.  Here’s the top ten . . .


1.  A guy claimed the ozone made his tires go flat.


2.  A guy said he had to be a pallbearer at the funeral of his wife’s cousin’s PET.


3.  A woman said she couldn’t get out of her house, because the police were raiding it.


4.  A woman wouldn’t cancel her hair appointment, because her roots were showing.


5.  Someone said they accidentally ate cat food instead of tuna and got sick.


6.  A woman called in and said SHE wasn’t sick, but her llama was.


7.  A woman claimed she used Nair on her armpits . . . ended up with chemical burns . . . and couldn’t put her arms down.


8.  Someone said they couldn’t come in because they ate too much birthday cake.


9.  A guy said he couldn’t make it in because he was bowling the game of his life.


10.  An employee claimed they had to stay home, because they got bitten by a duck.



The survey also found 35% of us have faked a sick day in the past year.  28% just didn’t feel like going in . . . 27% had a doctor’s appointment . . . 24% needed to relax . . . 18% wanted to sleep in . . . and 11% needed to run errands.




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Oct 20

Women Are Angrier Drivers Than Men

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You think of men as being the ANGRIER gender, but apparently, when it comes to road rage, WOMEN are the lunatics.  So men are better at something driving related than women?  I did NOT see that coming.



A new study found women get 12% ANGRIER than men in different scenarios in the car.

Women get 14% angrier than men at backseat drivers . . . 13% angrier at people who don’t use turn signals . . . and between 10% and 12% angrier when people pass them, shout at them, or honk at them.

The study also found ANOTHER way that men are softer in the car.  29% of men said they’re more likely to open up and have a meaningful conversation when they’re driving, and 14% said it even makes them a better driver.



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Oct 19

What “How To” Question Does Each State Google More Than Anyone Else?


Whenever you wanna know how to do ANYTHING, your first instinct is probably to type it in Google.  But all that weird stuff you’ve been asking doesn’t go unnoticed. Estately.com just did a study on Google searches to see which “how to” questions each state asks more than anyone else.  Here are eight of our favorites . . .


1.  People in Texas are most likely to ask “How to sell your soul.”


2.  People in Kansas ask “How to find Kansas.”


3.  People in Ohio ask “How to make fire.”


4.  People in New York ask “How to explain mansplaining.”  That’s quite a paradox.


5.  People in Rhode Island ask “How to make an igloo.”


6.  People in Florida ask “How to get out of Florida.”


7.  People in Arizona ask “How to join the Illuminati.”


8.  And people in Indiana ask Google “How to Google something.”






(Here are more questions every state disproportionately asks.)

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Oct 18

The 26 Best ’90s TV Catchphrases


E! News has a list of ‘The 26 Best ’90s TV Catchphrases,” and it’s very heavy on “Full House”, “The Simpsons”, and “Seinfeld” . . . as you’d expect.  Here it is . . .


1.  “D’oh!” . . . Homer on “The Simpsons”


2.  “How you doin’?” . . . Joey on “Friends”


3.  “Have mercy!” . . . Jesse on “Full House”


4.  “Excellent” . . . Mr. Burns on “The Simpsons”


5.  “The truth is out there” . . . the slogan from “The X-Files”


6.  “How rude!” . . . Stephanie on “Full House”


7.  “You got it, dude” . . . Michelle on “Full House”


8.  “Yadda, yadda, yadda” . . . from “Seinfeld”


9.  “Schwing!” . . . the “Wayne’s World” sketch on “Saturday Night Live”


10.  “Don’t have a cow, man!” . . . Bart on “The Simpsons”


11.  “Whoa!” . . . Joey on “Blossom”


12.  “Did I do that?” . . . Steve Urkel on “Family Matters”


13.  “We’re not worthy” . . . “Wayne’s World”


14.  “Oh my God, they killed Kenny!” . . . from “South Park”


15.  “Eat my shorts!” . . . Bart on “The Simpsons”


16.  “It stinks!” . . . from “The Critic”


17.  The grunt “Uuueegghh” . . . Tim on “Home Improvement”


18.  “Serenity now!” . . . George’s dad Frank on “Seinfeld”


19.  “Oh, Mylanta” . . . from “Full House”


20.  “Cut. It. Out.” . . . Joey on “Full House”


21.  “Make it so” . . . from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”


22.  “Isn’t that special” . . . the “Church Lady” sketch on “SNL”


23.  “I’m the baby, gotta love me” . . . Baby Sinclair on “Dinosaurs”


24.  “Resistance is futile” . . . from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”


25.  “Is that your final answer?” . . . Regis on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”


26.  “Hello, Newman” . . . Jerry on “Seinfeld”




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Oct 17

The 10 Rudest Things You Can Do When You’re a Guest in Someone’s House


You don’t want to get a reputation as being a rude guest, because then people will stop inviting you to their parties.  Unless you find those parties boring and awkward . . . then this is more like a how-to guide. A new survey found the 10 rudest things you can do when you’re a guest in someone’s house.  Check ‘em out . . .


1.  Messing around on your phone.


2.  Asking for the WiFi password.


3.  Wearing shoes on the carpet without asking first.


4.  Looking in the bedrooms without permission.


5.  Looking in their fridge.


6.  Showing up empty handed.


7.  Helping yourself to food without asking.


8.  Putting your feet on the furniture.


9.  Turning down food when they offer it.


10.  Bringing your dog along without asking first.



(Daily Mail)

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