Feb 21

On This Day In Black History: February 21

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1936;   On this day Barbara Jordan, who will be the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives, is born


1917;  Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917–82) Jazz musician; born in Rocky Mount, N.C. He was raised in New York


1965;  Malcolm X (39) assassinated in Audubon Ballroom at a rally of his organization. Three Blacks were later convicted of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment.


1895;  North Carolina Legislature, dominated by Black Republicans and white Populists, adjourned for the day to mark the death of Frederick Douglass.


1987;  African Americans in Tampa, Florida rebelled after an African American man was killed by a white police officer while in custody.



Source: blackfacts.com





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Nov 17

The 10 Most Dangerous Toys of the Year


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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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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Oct 14

75% of Women Want to Pick Out Their Own Engagement Ring


There was a survey this week about the top 10 ways guys mess up marriage proposals.  Now here’s how they can get it RIGHT.  And the good news is you might not even have to worry about picking out a ring. A new survey talked to 2,000 single women, and 75% said they’d rather pick out the ring THEMSELVES.  So guys should either use a stand-in, or no ring at all.  Here are five more stats that are kind of interesting . . .

1.  A third of the women who wanted to pick out their own ring said it was because the guy would totally botch it, and buy something they hated.



2.  About 95% of women said they want a diamond.  Only 5% said they want something else, like a ruby or an emerald.  And the average woman expects you to spend just over $1,200 on it.



3.  The ideal amount of time you should date before you propose is 25 months . . . so just over two years.



4.  25% of women said they might say NO to a proposal if it wasn’t good enough.



5.  Less than 20% of women said they have the “perfect proposal” pictured in their mind.  So the good news is most women AREN’T expecting you to be perfect, and they’re okay with a little spontaneity.



(All Speeches / Daily Mail / The Star)

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Oct 13

The 10 Things Americans Fear Most

Photo: opnlttr.com

Photo: opnlttr.com

You’d think a survey about “things Americans fear” in October would have monsters and ghosts.  But I guess this year we’ve got too many REAL things to focus on.  Like actual sightings of scary clowns. Here are the 10 things Americans fear most, according to a new survey by Chapman University in Southern California.


1.  Corrupt government officials, 61% of us are afraid of it.


2.  Terrorist attacks, 41%.


3.  Not having enough money for the future, 40%.


4.  Being a victim of terror, 39%.


5.  Government restrictions on guns and ammo, 39%.


6.  The people you love dying, 38%.


7.  Economic or financial collapse, 38%.


8.  Identity theft, 37%.


9.  People you love getting seriously ill, 36%.


10.  Obamacare, 36%.



(USA Today)

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Oct 12

The 10 Worst Halloween Candies to Get Trick-or-Treating

Photo: Readers Digest

Photo: Readers Digest

Do you have deep emotional scars from bad Halloween candy you got as a kid?  It sounds crazy . . . but I’ll never forget when I sat down after trick-or-treating, and tried Milk Duds for the first time.  Never again.

Mashable.com put together a list of the worst Halloween candy to get when you’re trick-or-treating.  It’s totally subjective, but it’s hard to argue with a lot of their picks.  Here are the top 10 . . .

1.  Necco Wafers.


2.  Smarties.  That’s two “chalk-y” items in the top two spots.


3.  Candy buttons.


4.  Candy corn.


5.  Brach’s Pumpkins.  Those are the little pumpkin versions of candy corn.


6.  Dum Dums lollipops.


7.  Tootsie Rolls.


8.  Hot Tamales.


9.  Laffy Taffy, specifically the banana flavor.


10.  Twizzlers.




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Oct 11

Five Subtle Signs You’re Good in Bed



A recent survey found 75% of people think they’re above average in bed.  Which statistically can’t be true.  But here are five subtle signs you MIGHT actually be better than average in the sack . . .

1.  You’re empathetic.  If you pay attention to other people’s feelings and needs in general, you probably do it in bed too.


2.  You’re a good kisser.  Some people are naturally good at it, and some people learn how to be.  But if you’re NOT a good kisser, then you’re probably not great at all the other stuff either.


3.  You’re spontaneous.  It’s a sign you don’t get stuck in the habit of doing the same thing all the time.  Being spontaneous and willing to try new things usually makes you better in bed.


4.  You’re confident.  Most people agree confidence is sexy.  Which doesn’t necessarily mean you’re confident in bed, but it does tend to carry over.


5.  You’re good with animals.  Or more specifically, you’re good at petting them.  Some people get a little too rough with cats and dogs, because they don’t pay attention to what they want.  Meaning they might not pay attention to what YOU want either.




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Oct 10

Five Ways to Relax in 30 Seconds


If you’re having a hard Monday, here are five things that can help you relax in about 30 seconds.


1.  Laugh.  Studies have shown it releases tension, reduces blood pressure, and can even lower your blood sugar levels.


2.  Eat an orange, or anything else with vitamin C.  Which mostly means other types of fruit, like blueberries or strawberries.  Studies have found foods that are high in vitamin C can lower your blood pressure and calm you down.


3.  Go outside.  A recent study in Scotland found that being in nature helps you relax, even if it’s just a tree-lined street.  And a study in 2010 showed that walking around in fresh air can boost your mood in less than five minutes.


4.  Rub on some rose oil.  A recent study in Thailand found it lowers blood pressure and slows down your breathing.  And it’s not just because of the smell.  It even worked when people wore masks and couldn’t smell it.


5.  Walk into another room.  A 2011 study at Notre Dame found that when you change your environment, your brain essentially resets itself.  So if you’re stressed about something, just walk into another room and see if it helps.



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Oct 6

Five Everyday Things You Didn’t Know Had a Purpose



We found a list online of everyday things you’ve probably never thought about.  But they all have a purpose.  Here are five we liked . . .


1.  The hole in the top of a pen cap.  It’s not some weird engineering thing that keeps it from drying out.  It just makes the cap less of a hazard for little kids by keeping their airway open if they choke on it.



2.  Sometimes when you buy nice clothes, there’s an extra piece of fabric in one of the pockets.  It’s not there in case you need to make a patch.  It’s there so you can test laundry detergent on it.



3.  The little “fifth pocket” in your jeans was originally there to hold a pocket watch.  And the metal rivets prevent the seams from ripping.



4.  On a measuring tape, there’s usually a tiny hole in the hook at the end.  It’s there so you can hook it onto a nail or a screw.  And the bottom of the hook usually has little teeth, so you can use it to mark drywall while you’re measuring.



5.  There’s a soft plastic disc under the lid of a two-liter soda bottle.  Even if you take it out, the bottle might not leak.  But it has to be there to make it airtight.  Otherwise it would go flat a lot faster.




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