I had a friend that once told me her dog really liked eating toilet paper so they always had to keep the bathroom door shut when they weren't home. Embrace Pet Insurance company named the top 5 pet insurance claims. Wow...a bra strap...really?
Dogs Eat The Darndest Things
Eating without limits causes some crazy claims from Embrace Pet Insurance. Embrace picked the top 5 strangest things pets have eaten and the cost from over a thousand accident claims received annually - the costs for pet ingestion claims range from the lowest being $32 and the highest being $3,000. Isabella, a Golden Retriever who became sick with THC intoxication, the active ingredient in marijuana, was among the most expensive claims on the list. The top 5 craziest things pets ingested and how expensive each were:
Razor from Stomach
Ingestion of Marbles
Bernese Mountain Dog
Soft Toy Ingestion
Russian Blue cat
Ingested portion of bra strap
AprilFool'sday is Sunday-
Do any of you guys ever pull pranks on your family and friends? I'm not good at it. I can't keep a straight face or my facts straight on stuff like that.
Here are some pretty big pranks that were played over the years. Do you remember any of them?
Top April Fools’ Day Jokes Of All Time
If you can’t make it to the famed Museum of Hoaxes in San Diego, curator Alex Boese has compiled the Top 100 April Fools’ Day pranks of all time at www.museumofhoaxes.com. The top 5:
1. The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest: In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were going great guns with their spaghetti crop, thanks to a warm winter and the eradication of the spaghetti weevil.
2. Sidd Finch: Sports Illustrated ran an April 1985 story about baseball rookie Sidd Finch, who could throw a 168 mph pitch, studied in a Tibetan monastery and was going to play for the Mets. It was all made up by George Plimpton.
3. Instant Color TV: A technician for Sweden’s only TV station, which broadcast in black and white at the time, appeared on the news in 1962 and reported that slipping a nylon stocking over the screen would convert the set to color. Ironically, according to Boese, color TV transmission began in Sweden – on April 1, 1970.
4. The Taco Liberty Bell: In 1996, Taco Bell took out full-page newspaper ads saying the company, in an effort to help reduce the national debt, bought the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Liberty Bell. White House press secretary Mike McCurry jokingly told reporters that the federal government would also be “selling the Lincoln Memorial to Ford Motor Co. and renaming it the Lincoln-Mercury Memorial.”
5. San Serriffe: England’s Guardian newspaper ran a supplement in 1977 about a republic of “semicolon-shaped” islands in the Indian Ocean. The larger isle was named Upper Caise, the smaller, Lower Caise. San Serriffe was ruled by General Pica and its capital was Bodoni.
No matter how smelly my shoes are, they won't ever get as bad as this kid...
Even the panel of “odor specialists” resisted the urge to cover their noses as pungent smells emanated from the smelliest sneakers in this year’s Annual National Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest. Seven kids, ages 7 to 16, from across the country arrived in Montpelier, Vermont, yesterday wearing stinky shoes that won them regional recognition. In its 37th year, the Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest is the ultimate test of just how dirty and stinky sneakers can get when they’re part of an active kid’s life. Sneakers are judged on the conditions of the sole, tongue, heel, toe, laces or Velcro, eyelets/grommets, overall condition and most important ODOR. Mason Bennett, 16, from Eagle River, Alaska, took home the golden sneaker trophy along with $25,000, an all expense paid trip to New York City, and a year’s supply of odor-eaters products. Mason’s sneakers will also be enshrined in the Odor-Eaters “Hall of Fumes” in Montpelier.
Someone posted this in our office. It's a "Free Compliments" poster. and I have to admit it totally made my day! Here's the link to the website where I found this. You can download one for your office and give people a little Thursday smile!
Ipsos/Reuter's did a poll about worker satisfaction. They did the poll all over the globe and found that 3 in 10 workers say their workplace is not good for their mental health. An extensive new
survey finds that whether it is due to stress, interpersonal conflict, lack of feedback or promotion, 27 percent of workers in 24 countries report being unhappy with the psychological aspects of their work environment. Uh oh. Read more about it here.
Early this morning, a friend sent me this story and I thought it was cute. Picture this: you're a police officer and you pull over a dude driving a Lambourgini...wait for it.....dressed as BATMAN! Here's the story my friend sent me. Funny but also heartwarming. It even made international news. Cool! Read here and see the video that's related below!
Have you ever wondered how Starbucks makes their Strawberry Frappuccinos look so vibrantly pink? The pink hue is thanks to crushed up insects, according to new information provided by the coffee chain giant. In a statement released by Starbucks, the company has revealed that they use cochineal extract, which is the ground-up bodies of insects, as a dye for the popular rose-colored beverage. Bugs from mainly Mexico and South America are dried out before they are ground and used in the drink. As stomach-turning as it may sound, the ingredient is in fact harmless. Commonly used to help liven up the dull hues of jams, meats, cheese, baked goods, alcoholic drinks and more, cochineal extract has been used as a coloring agent in food and drinks for centuries. Vegan fans may not be happy about this... ThisDishIsVegetarian.com, an animal rights and eco-friendly news site, labels the extract non-vegan. In fact, I remember reading about this in the book Fast Food Nation a few years ago. Ew. I'll still eat cherry candy!!!!
Have you ever seen a tree with upside down bottles on it and wondered what that means? So did the singer Pink! She put the question out on Twitter. I've seen that type of thing in South Carolina. The fact is, that these trees are thought to "capture" evil spirits that may come near your house. Here's a website that explains a little of the story. I don't have a tree low enough to do that. Too bad, I think it looks kinda neat!
Wacktrap! Have you ever complained to a company and never gotten a response? Customers now have a new way to tackle the problem of companies refusing to answer consumer complaints. Wacktrap is the first social network built around sharing and exchanging complaints and life experiences – meaning consumers in any industry can now easily share and find resolutions to problems with businesses. For the first time, Wacktrap.com is making complaints social!Click here for the kvetch fest!
Last night was my Mad Men Season 5 premiere party! What fun. The only problem is that the show didn't end until 11pm. Yeah, I'm beat. I've got way more food and booze on my hands than I know what to do with right now too. That's not a problem though. :)
Like popcorn? I've got some good news for you...there are some health benefits...
Pass the popcorn. A new study confirms that the hull of popcorn has some good nutritional qualities – as long as it’s not smothered in butter, oil and salt. Researchers at the University of Scranton ran a lab analysis on the content in several types and brands of popcorn and found that the crunchy hull is rich in polyphenols – antioxidants that prevent damage to cells. Polyphenols also may have disease-fighting properties. “The hull is where the most nutritional goodies (polyphenols) are – not the white fluffy part,” says chemistry professor Joe Vinson, senior author of the study. Vinson says polyphenols are concentrated in hulls because popcorn doesn’t have a lot of water and because it’s 100% whole grain. Some other foods that have polyphenols, such as fruits and vegetables, contain a lot more water. Read more
So are you ready for bathing suit season? Who ever is? Read this:
Almost 60% of U.S. adults don’t feel ready for bathing suit season, and 24% feel pressure to lose weight. The Nutrisystem/Harris Interactive 2012 Spring Dieting Season Poll also found:
67% of women don’t feel ready for bathing suit season.
Only 50% of men feel “ready” for bathing suit season.
Single U.S. adults are slightly more ready than married U.S. adults for bathing suit season.
Those who live in the West (29%) are significantly more likely to feel pressure to lose weight than those who live in the Northeast (20%).
“Super Monday,” the day after calorie-rich, big game-viewing parties, is one of the biggest diet decision days of the year, especially for men, but warmer weather and special events such as weddings are the biggest motivators at this time of the year to lose weight.
Since I have so many things buzzing through my little head, I'll just list them instead of doing a typical blog post.
1. I was listening to our advertiser Jim Stutzman and he quizzed in his commercial what was Donald Duck's middle name? Instead of me just giving you the answer. I'll give you thislink.
2. I came across this list of inventions that changed our lives. Some of them, I couldn't imagine living without. Others...not so much, like the flyswatter. It is interesting reading though. Inventions list.
3. I told our newsguy Hans Fogle that I got weird night of broken sleep. I took a "nap" at 7:45pm and woke up at 9:45pm. Then got stuff done and went back to sleep at 11:30pm. When I woke up this morning at 3:45am, I wasn't tired. I don't feel sleep deprived at all. What gives? This is what gives--it's called segmented sleep. I'll give you an excerpt and the link to the loooong story.
“Got Insomnia? Sleep on This,” Catholic Online, February 23, 2012
“The healthy habit of sleeping seven to nine hours every night is not always the most natural way for humans to rest. Scientific studies and history demonstrate that, throughout history, people actually did not sleep at a stretch, . . . A sixteenth-century medical manual even recommended keeping sex in the middle of the night, after a "first sleep" as "more enjoyable" and "done better". According to historian Roger Ekirch, who has researched the subject for 16 years, there is numerous historical evidence to show that people slept in two phases. Today the Tiv tribe of Nigeria continues to use the terms "first sleep" and "second sleep" to refer to the times of the night. Ekirch's study, says the BBC, concluded that this conception of sleep at night began to fade in the late seventeenth century, coinciding with the arrival of night lighting of cities (Paris was in 1667, the first city to put lighting in all its streets).”
4. How about a tattoo that vibrates?
Do you love tattoos? Do you love your cell phone? Well, soon - rather than having that annoying buzz when you put your phone on vibrate that’s as loud as a ringtone, you'll be able to get a vibrating tattoo! Nokia has filed a patent for a magnetic tattoo that your smartphone could vibrate as in incoming call comes in. If you don’t want a tat, Nokia is also working on temporary magnetic spray, stamps, decals and wristbands. Read more about it here.
Happy Spring y'all! Perhaps because I know spring is on it's way, I'm a little mischevious.
Back story: At least once a day, Hans Fogle (our trusty newsguy and host of Panhandle Live on WEPM) bursts through my studio door (I typically have my back facing the door) and comes in lip syncing some song from Michael Jackson to Adam Lambert. It's pretty funny but it usually startles me. So today, I decided I'd return the favor. Hans is in a studio with his back to the door as well. The only hitch... when I went to do my lip syncing to Kelly Clarkson, the door is loose so it flung open and banged up against the wall behind it. I guess I didn't know my strength. I scared poor Hans out of his skin. He jumped about 3 feet in the air and was white as a ghost! I felt bad for startling him but...paybacks baby! :)
Taylor Swift asks her cat to help get her voted as Entertainer of the Year for the ACM Awards. Check out this cute little video.
Any other Mad Men Fans out there? I'm super excited for Season 5's premiere on Sunday night. Prepare for me to sound really sleep deprived next Monday. So there's this new internet craze along the lines of planking and owling. If you don't know what either of those are, I'll get to that in a minute.
The new thing is called "Draping". It's in honor of Mad Men's Don Draper. The logo for the show has Don Draper's back seated and his arm draped over a couch with a cigarette in hand. So people are recreating this visual in all sorts of places. It's kind of funny. Especially if you are into Mad Men. Here's the site, and here are some examples of Draping.
Here's what Wikipedia has to say about planking. You'll notice that owling, batmanning, and teapoting are listed among other ways to embarrass yourself doing this fad. It's just dumb if you ask me. This would be a prime example of why I know I'm getting old. I like Draping though. It's natural. :)
A new study seems to think people that have wandering minds actually have sharper brains. The research found that those who appear to be constantly distracted have more "working memory" giving them the ability to do two things at the same time. So the next time your boss wakes you up from a good daydream during a meeting, tell him you're sharpening your "working memory." Here's the story.
So if you find yourself being greedy with food
There's a reason according to scientists! They said there is a greedy gene present for people who tend to overeat. Interesting. Read the story here.
Today is St. Patrick's day. We all know that we wear green, drink green beer and look for shamrocks...BUT do you know much about the Saint the day is after? I don't. So I did a little research and got this info for you. It's interesting stuff. Here is my St. Patrick's Day book report.
St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century to a wealthy Romano British family, and was stolen by slavers when he was 16.He confessed that he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast where a ship would take him back to Britain. It did.In 432, he said that he was called back to Ireland - and explained the Holy Trinity by using the Shamrock.He died in AD 461 on March 17th, which is the date we celebrate St Patrick’s.He became the patron saint of Ireland in the early 17th century. Brigid of Kildare and Colmcille are also recognized as Patron Saints of Ireland.Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue, but green was used to celebrate his day from the 17th century.He did not drive the snakes from Ireland, as post-glacial Ireland never had snakes. Some say he drove the Druids out of Ireland, and they had a lot of serpent symbolism.Saint Patrick’s feast day was celebrated by the Irish from the 9th and 10th centuries.When the 17th of March falls during Holy Week, St. Patrick’s day changes, in 2008 it was officially observed on March 12 - but it won’t happen again until 2160.In 1903, St Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland. In 1903, it was decreed that pubs and bars be shut in the day because of over drinking. It was repealed in the 1970s.The Irish Society of Boston organized the first recorded St Patrick’s Day Parade in the world on March 18th 1737. It was held to protest the low social status of the Irish in America. New York’s first annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade was in 1762. Philadelphia since 1771, Morristown, New Jersey, since 1780, Boston, Massachusetts, since 1804 and New Orleans, Louisiana, since 1809.The first Saint Patrick’s Day parade in the Irish Free State was held in 1931.The shortest St Patrick’s Day Parade happens in Dripsey, Cork and lasts just 100 yards between the villages two pubs.In the mid 1990s, the Irish Government set up a group called St. Patrick’s Festival as a way to highlight Ireland and its culture.In 1780, General George Washington allowed his troops a holiday on March 17 “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence.Every year since 1991, March has been proclaimed Irish-American Heritage Month by the US Congress or President due to the date of St. Patrick's Day.It is one of the leading days for consumption of alcohol in the United States, and is typically one of the busiest days of the year for bars and restaurants.Seattle and other cities paint the traffic stripe of their parade routes green.Chicago dyes its river green and has done so since 1962 when sewer workers used green dye to check for sewer discharges and had the idea to turn the river green for St Patrick's Day.Indianapolis also dyes its main canal green.Savannah dyes its downtown city fountains green. Missouri University of Science and Technology.St Pat's Board Alumni paint 12 city blocks kelly green with mops before the annual paradeIn the Northeastern United States, peas are traditionally planted on Saint Patrick's DayColumbia, SC dyes its fountain green in the area known as Five Points (a popular collegiate location near the University of South Carolina). A two day celebration is held over St Patrick's Day weekend.The Cincinnati Reds were the first team to ever wear Saint Patrick's Day hats in 1978. The Boston Red Soxwere the second team to start wearing Saint Patrick's Day hats in 1990.Between 15 and 17 March 2009, a number of NBA teams wore green jerseys in recognition of Saint Patrick's Day including the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks.
I love this study. Can you believe someone paid money to find this information out?
Women with enviably large wardrobes often complain they have nothing to wear -- but a new survey finds that they're probably telling the truth. Eight in 10 women admit to hoarding clothes that don’t fit in hopes that they will again someday. One in eight go as far as to deliberately buy clothes that are too small because they plan to drop pounds. It gets worse. A quarter of women say their weight has yo-yoed so much that they have been four different sizes during their lifetime -- and many keep the clothes from all four. Here's thearticle with the study.
How do you celebrate St. Patrick's day?
Do you wear green? Do you go out to a bar and drink with your friends? Do you cook Corned Beef and Cabbage? Apparently 50% of Americans will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year, according to a National Retail Federation survey.
What does "celebrating" entail?
--Eight in 10 simply plan to wear green to avoid being pinched,
--Three in 10 intend to hit up a bar
--Overall, the average person will spend about $35 on the holiday, totaling $4.6 billion.
Friday Toy Memory- My Little Pony!
A pony with a ponytail? Yeah, count me in! Seriously. I was a little old for this toy when it came out but I do remember all the rage over them. I also can't believe that there was a 25 year Anniversary of this toy a few years ago. Wow. I'm old.
Brackets brackets brackets! I just saw some food brackets, weather channel has weather song brackets. Cool stuff. I'm so outta the loop with sports that I gotta do something else. Here are some fun links to OTHER brackets. Enjoy! :)
I just read an article about why Mantyhose (pantyhose for men) could be the next Spanx. I'm not kidding. Here'sthe article. They are being called everything from brosiery to guylons, to my favorite "Hose for Bros". LOL!
So men have apparently been buying up this new product called "Mantyhose" in droves. They remind me of Spanx for women. Guys, if you've never seen Spanx, here is a pic of them.
There has been a lot in the news about Pink Slime lately. If you haven't kept up with it, here is something to help you understand what it is.
It seems that now the Dept of Agriculture is allowing schools to decide whether the products they buy can contain pink slime for school lunches. It'd be nice if they just told schools they weren't allowed to add this ammonia product into kids food. Just sayin. Here's the article about the schools and Dept of Agriculture.
Jaime Oliver on his tv show "Jaime Oliver's Food Revolution" showed how it's made. Look at this but DON'T eat beforehand.
Today is the first workday of Daylight Saving Time. I definitely feel it and miss that hour!
Earlier today, I mentioned that I saw the new Lay's Commercial and the use of the song "Let's Stay Together". I love that song and I don't like it being used to peddle potato chips. I even love Lay's potato chips, it just doesn't seem like a good fit to me. Also, I take issue with a classic song that brings back memories that now is tied to this product. I'd prefer to think of the song as I remembered it before the commerical. Can you think of any other commercials where they use the song and you don't like it?
Here's the Lay's Commercial.
I also have to say that I like this one for Jackson Hewitt...but will never be able to get these dancers out of my head. They use the song"This is How We Do It".
It's allergy season and people are starting to complain about their noses running, sneezing and the itchy eyes. When you have something in your back yard that causes the allergies, it's hard to ignore. HEre are the Top 10 Worst Plants for Allergies from Weather.com and Health Magazine. I see one of mine on this list... I'm talkin to you Ragweed!
I love Taco Bell! When I read that they just rolled out a taco using a dorito taco shell, well, I almost left the building at 6:13am to go run to the border. Enter the Doritos Locos Tacos I wanted one STAT! I still haven't gotten to try it but it does look delish! Apparently, people like it. Read a review.
Since we're on the theme of food...
I saw a story of a chicken McNugget resembling George Washington has sold for $8,100 on eBay. Ha. Here's a picture of it. Do you see it? I do. Regardless, I can think of other things to do with my $8,100. Just sayin.
Follow up...I just read that whoever won the bid, has refused to pay up. They've "chickened out". hahahaha!!!!!
So researchers took 200 women and showed them pics of guys with beards. Then, showed them pics of the same guys without beards...guess what? They liked the clean shaven dudes better. What's that about? I like a guy with a goatee or a little bit of facial hair. It's interesting. We got into this discussion this morning. My informal poll (3 women) revealed that 100% of responders (all 3 of us) liked beards. SO there Time Magazine! Haha. Read the story about this. What do you think? Feel free to comment below!
Wouldn't it be neat to have a big name band play at your Senior prom? Lady Antebellum wants to do just that! The band has posted a video to Youtube with details. Basically The promotion is called “Own The Prom Night.” . If you want them at your prom, you've just got to send them “a youtube video showing your home town, your school, your community; all your friends and a reason why you want us to be there for that special night.” You have until March 16th to enter. Good luck!
Why should you meet your clients in person?
It's so easy to communicate via text, skype and e-mail these days that it's hard to remember why it's important to meet face to face. This blog post from Inc. Magazine online has some good points as to why it's a great idea!
Hello friends! Hope you had a good weekend. Just when we had gotten used to the idea of winter being gone, we get it back for a few days...argh!
Girls Scout Cookies made even better?
I told you about a new candy that is getting a lot of attention even before it's released. Nestle' and Girl Scout cookies will be blended together to make a new "Nestle Thin Mint Crunch Bar". YUM! Sign me up! Unfortunately, after the picture was realeasd to the public, we find out that you can't get it until June.
Annual Tradition is on it's way
Do you and your family make the yearly trek down to DC to see the Cherry Blossoms? Well the National Park Service says they think the Cherry Blossoms will be in bloom the week of March 24-March 31st. Associated press says, Washington is getting ready to celebrate a very cherry spring. Millions of tourists flow into the D-C area to see the blossoms. This will also be the 100th anniversary of Washington's cherry trees, which were a gift from Japan. More than 100 of those original tress still stand. Thousands of others have been planted in the decades since. The National Cherry Blossom Festival will celebrate the anniversary, with everything from a parade to cherry and spring-inspired dishes and drinks at area restaurants.
First Friday of the month and it's gonna be great! Woo Hoo!
Myths about the Gym
Ever wonder why some myths about working out stick around...even if everyone knows they are wrong?CNNput together a group of myths that just won't go away! Check them outhere.
Friday Toy Memory
While it's not really a toy...it's a game that many of us played in my neighborhood. I used to love playing"Red Light, GreenLight".If you aren't familiar with it, I've included thisWikipedia pagefor you! Might I suggest you play this in your office with your office mates on the way to the copier? Um...maybe not. Happy Friday!
Yesterday a friend of mine was on Facebook talking about her sleep patterns and there was a chart next to it. I was intrigued so I went over to her page to read about what this was. She got an app for her phone called "Sleep as Android". Essentially, (straight from their app page) this app allows you to...
"Track your sleep and wake up gently with nature sounds in optimal sleep phase. It includes an alarm clock with sleep cycle tracker. Wakes you gently in light sleep for pleasant mornings. Features: sleep graph history, sleep debt stats, sharing (FaceBook, email), nature alarms (birds, sea, storm...) with gradual volume up, music volume down when asleep, captcha, sleep talk/snoring recording (2 weeks trial)"
Left handed people are endowed with creativity or so that's what this study says. I got this information and other interesting tidbits about being a lefty from Buzzfeed . If you are left handed --as am I, you'll love this!