Feb 13

Five Ways Guys Screw Up Buying Flowers



“GQ” talked to a bunch of florists about how clueless guys are when it comes to buying flowers.  Here are five ways they screw it up . . .



1.  Waiting until the last minute.  If you do, there might not be much to choose from at flower shops.  Or you’ll end up buying a cheap bouquet at the grocery store.  Which is still better than nothing.  Just figure out what you’re doing today, not tomorrow.



2.  Not asking for help.  If you don’t know what kind of flowers to get, ask the florist for suggestions, and tell them what you can spend.  Don’t be timid about it.  They deal with clueless guys constantly.



3.  Always buying roses.  They’re a safe bet, so that’s why guys do it.  But lots of other flowers are good for Valentine’s Day too, like orchids.  Again, ask for help if you need it.



4.  Choosing colors that aren’t romantic enough.  Guys tend to be drawn to really bright colors, like yellow and orange.  But darker, more neutral colors are the way to go for something like Valentine’s Day.



5.  Revealing them in a boring way.  Don’t leave them in plastic and put them on the table.  At least put them in a vase first.  Or send them to her at work, so she can brag.



According to a florist in New York, the one boring thing you CAN get away with is hiding them behind your back with one hand.  Women love that for some reason.




Feb 10

On This Day In Black History: February 10

BHM 17


1992; Alex Haley, American biographer, scriptwriter, author who became famous with the publication of the novel ROOTS, dies.


1927; 1946 Georgia-born Jackie Robinson — major league baseball’s first black player — married Rachel Isum.


1940; Singer Roberta Flack was born


1868; Conservatives, aided by military forces, seized convention hall and established effective control over Reconstruction process in Florida. Republican conservatives drafted new constitution which concentrated political power in hands of governor and limited the impact of the Black vote.

Source: BlackFacts.com



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Feb 8

The Three Things Single People Hate Hearing the Most on Valentine’s Day



We have a weird impulse to try to console our single friends on Valentine’s Day . . . even though they REALLY don’t want to hear it.


A new survey found 65% of single people don’t want your advice . . . and they won’t listen to it.



It also found the three things they HATE hearing the most . . .



1.  “You’ve got to put yourself out there.”


2.  “Don’t be so picky.”


3.  “It will happen when you least expect it.”



So who DO they want advice from . . . you know, when they’re actually in the mood to hear it?



48% of men go to their male friends for advice, 34% go to female friends, and 13% go to their EX.  For women, 66% go to female friends, 35% go to male friends, and 27% go to their PARENTS.



(Singles in America)

Feb 3

On This Day In Black History: February 3

BHM 17

1948; Laura Wheeler Waring, portrait painter and illustrator dies.


1920; The Negro Baseball League founded.


1964; School officials reported that 464,000 Black and Puerto Rican students boycotted New York City public schools. More than 267,000 were absent during second boycott, March 16.


1989; Tennis professional Lori McNeil defeated Chris Evert in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.


1989; Former Saint Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White is named president of the National League. He is the first African American to head a major sports league.






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Feb 1

On This Day In Black History: February 1


Check here all week for random facts during Black History Month


1952; Singer Rick James was born


1926; What is now known as Black History Month, was first celebrated on this date as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson. It became a month long celebration in 1976.


1965; More than seven hundred demonstrators, including Martin Luther King Jr., arrested in Selma.


1865; The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was adopted by the 38th Congress. Ratification was completed December 6, 1865.

Source: blackfacts.com



Jan 31

The Grossest Food That People Love in Every State

Photo: thespiritscience.net

Photo: thespiritscience.net


Not to divide this country even more, but DAMN, so many other states have terrible taste in food.


Thrillist.com just put together a list of the GROSSEST FOOD that people love in every state.  Here are some of the highlights . . .



1.  Akutaq in Alaska.  That’s “Eskimo Ice Cream” . . . but not delicious Eskimo Pies.  It’s a mix of seal and other animal fats, with berries, and sometimes sugar and milk.



2.  New Haven Clam Pie in Connecticut.  That’s pizza with clams and white sauce.



3.  Lamb fries in Kentucky.  Those are deep-fried lamb testicles.



4.  Koolickle in Mississippi.  That’s a pickle soaked in Kool-Aid.  WHAT?



5.  Cincinnati Chili Five-Way in Ohio.  It’s spaghetti with chili instead of red sauce, plus cheese, beans, and onions on top.



6.  Chop Suey Sandwich in Rhode Island.  Yes, they put chop suey between two hamburger buns.




Jan 30

Seven Things You Shouldn’t Put Down the Drain

SB In The Morning


Most REAL adults know this stuff.  But a lot of young people have no idea.  Here’s a list of seven things you should never put down the drain . . .


1.  Grease, cooking oil, or butter.  They end up mixing with other stuff and form a thick sludge that can clog your drains up.  Another thing that does it is mayonnaise.



2.  Egg shells.  Don’t jam them in your garbage disposal.  They can break the blades.  And the tiny shell fragments can stick to stuff and cause clogs.



3.  Coffee grounds.  They end up sticking to grease and oil that’s already in your pipes, so they can make clogs even worse.



4.  Pasta.  It keeps expanding from all the water.  Don’t worry if it’s just a noodle or two though.  The same thing goes for rice.



5.  Flour.  When you mix it with water, it’s basically like glue.  So if you spill some on the counter, throw it out.  Don’t wipe it into the sink.



6.  The stickers on fresh produce.  They can clog your pipes up, and they can also cause blockages later on at water treatment plants.



7.  Expired medication.  Don’t flush it, because it gets into the water supply.  Some cities have places where you can drop off old pills.  Otherwise, leave them in the bottle with the lid on, and throw them in the trash.



(Food and Wine)

Jan 26

The Ten Most Attractive Hobbies



eHarmony recently analyzed people’s profiles to find out which hobbies and interests we’re attracted to the most.  Meaning you get more matches if you list them.  So if you hate to travel, or don’t exercise much . . . maybe just lie.


Both of them are in the top three for women AND men.  Here’s what they found . . .



The ten most attractive hobbies and interests a GUY can have are traveling . . . exercise . . . going to the theater . . . dancing . . . cooking . . . doing stuff outdoors . . . politics . . . pets . . . photography . . . and sports.



And the ten most attractive hobbies and interests WOMEN can have are exercise . . . photography . . . traveling . . . art . . . dancing . . . politics . . . doing stuff outdoors . . . cooking . . . learning . . . and music.



If you’ve ever lived or worked abroad, mention that too.  People who’ve lived in another country get more messages.  And so do people who speak a second language.



One hobby women DON’T find attractive is partying with friends on the weekend.  And even though WOMEN want a guy who likes theater, it’s not mutual.  Women who say they really love the theater get FEWER matches than women who don’t.



The survey also found men should list at least six hobbies on their profile to get the most matches.  But for some reason, women get fewer hits if they list more than four.



(FemaleFirst / eHarmony)

Jan 25

Five Random Facts For Wednesday

SB In The Morning


Here are some random facts for you . . .


1.  William Henry Harrison gave the longest inauguration speech ever at two hours, even though there was bad weather in D.C.  He also didn’t wear a coat, to show how tough he was.  But then he got sick . . . and died one month into his term.



2.  Philadelphia cream cheese is named after the town of Philadelphia in New York, where cream cheese was originally produced.



3.  Ferris wheels were originally called “pleasure wheels” when they were invented in the 1600s.



4.  The “ZIP” in ZIP code stands for “Zone Improvement Plan.”  They were created in 1963 to help mail carriers deliver mail more efficiently . . . to “zip” along their routes.



5.  Ellen DeGeneres was offered the role of Phoebe on “Friends” and turned it down . . . so Lisa Kudrow ended up getting it.



(The Guardian / Wikipedia / Today I Found Out / Wikipedia / Wikipedia)

Jan 24

Most Women Know if They’re Being Cheated On, Most Men Don’t

Source: video

Source: video


Apparently a woman’s intuition is like a borderline superpower.  And a guy’s intuition is borderline non-existent.

A recent survey by the cheating website Illicit Encounters found that women are WAY more likely to know if they’re being cheated on.


Here are four stats . . .


1.  79% of women who’ve caught someone cheating said they could tell something was going on.  Only 49% of guys suspected anything.  So the other half had no idea.



2.  Women are more likely to KEEP calling you out if they think something’s going on.  The average woman who’d caught someone cheating brought it up four times before they found out the truth or broke things off.  Men only brought it up twice.



3.  Men and women are both just as likely to deny something’s going on.  85% of women who’ve been caught cheating said they denied it, and so did 82% of men.



4.  Women are more likely to hire a private investigator to find out what’s going on.  5% of women who’ve been cheated on said they did it.  Only 2% of men did.



(Illicit Encounters)