Tonight make sure to take a look at the moon. We won't have another one until 2015! We'll have a blue moon which doesn't really mean the moon is blue, it just means that we'll have more than two full moons in the span of a month. See more about thisrarity of nature here.
So I don't even remember what it is I was doing yesterday but I started thinking about the TV showLove American Style. It was a comedy show with the theme of love in the 1970's. Here's a video clip of the it's most groovy theme song!
Friday Toy Memory: The game Perfection! I don't know if it has an exclamation point but this game should. It scared the bejebus out of me every time I played it as a kid. I've included a video so you can refresh your memory of how the game works. I also find it funny that the guy who posted the video put this... "I've had this game tucked away in my closet for years. Each time I decide to dig it out it still scares me (and anyone else who plays it!)."
Since Labor Day is coming up on Monday, I found some stats on the workforce. I was particularly surprised at the number of people working from home from the last census findings. Interesting. Read below...
As you know, Labor Day falls on September 3rd this year. The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade of 10,000 workers on September 5, 1882, in New York City, organized by Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary. By 1893, more than half the states were observing “Labor Day” on one day or another, and Congress passed a bill to establish a federal holiday in 1894. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill soon afterward, designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day. The U.S. Census Bureau offers some facts and figures about Labor Day:
155.2 million: Number of people 16 and older in the nation’s labor force in June 2012.
85.0%: Percentage of full-time workers 18 to 64 covered by health insurance during all or part of 2010.
5.9 million: The number of people who worked from home in 2010.
25.3 minutes: The average time it took people in the nation to commute to work in 2010. Maryland and New York had the most time-consuming commutes, averaging 31.8 and 31.3 minutes, respectively.
Yeah, some people just don't wash their hands after they leave public bathrooms. Really, is there anything more to say other than eww? Here are some of the stats
A hand washing survey indicates most U.S. Americans wash their hands, but most are not washing them long enough – many wash for only 5 seconds. The fourth annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey, conducted by Bradley Corporation, found 70% of U.S. adults said they always wash their hands after using a public restroom, 29% sometimes skip that important action and 1% admit they never wash after using a public restroom. In addition, 57% of respondents estimated they wash their hands for just 5 to 15 seconds. The CDC recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds and suggests singing “Happy Birthday” twice to allow enough time to remove and rinse off germs. Other findings:
70% said they frequently or occasionally see people leave without washing their hands – 34% of men frequently saw non-hand washers versus 26% of women.
62% of respondents admitted they have simply rinsed their hands with water after using a public restroom, an increase since 2011 when 54% left with only a water rinse.
66% of employees rate their workplace restroom as excellent or very good. However, approximately one-third report they’ve experienced a range of annoying issues. Toilets that were clogged or not flushed, bad smells, and toilet paper or towel dispensers that are empty or jammed were the three most common complaints.
Just 11% of workers say they frequently see people leave the restroom without washing their hands.
Looks like bullying doesn't only happen in school. Have you ever felt bullied at work? Apparently lots of people have.
A new study by CareerBuilder finds the number of workers encountering bullies at the office is on the rise. Thirty-five percent of workers said they have felt bullied at work, up from 27% last year; 16% of these workers reported they suffered health-related problems as a result of bullying and 17% decided to quit their jobs to escape the situation. The study also found nearly half of workers don’t confront their bullies and the majority of incidents go unreported. Findings include:
-Of workers who felt bullied, most pointed to incidents with their bosses (48%) or coworkers (45%), while 31% have been picked on by customers, and 26% by someone higher up in the company other than their boss.
-54% of those bullied said they were bullied by someone older than they were, while 29% said the bully was younger.
-49% of victims reported confronting the bully themselves, while 51% did not. Of those who confronted the bully, 50% said the bullying stopped while 11% said it got worse, and 38% said the bullying didn’t change at all.
-27% of workers who felt bullied reported it to their Human Resources department. Of these workers, 43% reported that action was taken while 57% said nothing was done.
-The most common way workers reported being bullied was getting blamed for mistakes they didn’t make followed by not being acknowledged and the use of double standards. The full list includes:
Falsely accused of mistakes 42%
Used different standards/policies toward me than other workers 36%
Constantly criticized 33%
Someone didn’t perform certain duties, which negatively impacted my work 31%
Yelled at by boss in front of coworkers 28%
Belittling comments were made about my work during meetings 24%
Gossiped about 26%
Someone stole credit for my work 19%
Purposely excluded from projects or meetings 18%
Picked on for personal attributes 15%
The Maryland Grand Prixis taking place this weekend in Baltimore. If you are looking for something fun to do that isn't too far away, check it out here!
Would you sift through the emails, texts and voicemails of a significant other? A new survey indicates that women are more likely than men to be OK with doing a little bit of online and electronic stalking if they suspect their romantic interest of “bad behavior.” The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of post-50 dating site OurTime.com, looked at the dating behaviors and preferences of adults 18 or older across the country. Here's the story I read:
Unsurprisingly, what daters find to be acceptable or commonplace differs based on age group, physical location and gender.
-37% of women are totally fine with “e-snooping” on their dates
- 29% of men said they were okay with e- snooping
Age also has a big impact on one’s comfort with invading a significant other’s technological space:
-36% of 18 to 34-year-olds
-40% of 35 to 44-year-olds said they’d feel comfortable doing so,
-26% of people over the age of 55 would snoop if given the chance
I know he's been gone for about 2 years but I still miss him. Today would have been his 54th birthday. Happy Birthday MJ.
Believe it or not, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. A survey of dog trainers by Bark Busters reveals that senior dogs were easier to train than the average dog in terms of time and effort. As far as which breeds were the easiest to train, Golden retrievers, pit bulls and poodles top the list. Conversely, popular family breeds – Labradors, bulldogs and beagles – were found to require the most time and effort to train. When asked to rank the ease of training dogs on a number of factors, trainers said that senior dogs and mixed breeds were actually easier to train than the average dog; more difficult to train were puppies and small or toy dogs. As far as brains, Border Collies remain the smartest.
Justin Timberlake not only wants to sing, be funny, design men's clothing, and oh yeah, look good doing it. He now wants to help design your home. Enter Justin TImberlake and Estee Stanley's Home Mint. It's their exclusive home design company. Want to know more about how JT is going to outfit your home? Gohere! The stuff is really nice but it's also if you have some disposable income. Pretty to look at. I'm speaking of the items on the site, not only Justin.
Have you heard this song "Video Games" by Lana Del Ray? It's a melancholy and vintagey song. I like it. Here it is below. After you see her version, check out Boy George's version of this song. It's different and more country. He doesn't appear in the video so even when you see it, you have a hard time knowing it's him. His video is below this one.
Now Boy George...I honestly thought it was Lyle Lovett.
Hello everyone...is it wrong that I'm already thinking of the long holiday weekend? You know you're thinking of it too!
Speaking of Labor Day weekend. Are you and your family planning on going out of town? Here are some of the most expensive places to visit according to Cheaphotels.com.
Most Expensive Labor Day Destinations
Seattle is the USA’s most expensive destination for this upcoming Labor Day weekend, based on the cost of its lodging, according to a new survey by CheapHotels.org. The survey compared hotel rates for 20 popular U.S. destinations for the Labor Day weekend period spanning August 31st to September 3rd (Labor Day). Travelers to Seattle over the long final weekend that unofficially brings summer to a close will have to pay at least $312 per night. And that’s for the cheapest available 3-star hotel room. That nightly rate makes Washington State’s largest city the priciest destination for this year’s Labor Day weekend. The runners-up are both found beachside on the East Coast in Virginia Beach and Atlantic City. There, room rates are $309 and $286 per night, respectively, for the cheapest available room. The 10 most expensive destinations in the United States for this year’s Labor Day weekend:
1. Seattle $312 6. New York City $224
2. Virginia Beach $309 7. Chicago $213
3. Atlantic City $286 8. San Francisco $179
4. Philadelphia $269 9. Portland $170
5. Boston $246 10. Austin $163
You know how you can't (pardon the crass expression) swing a dead cat without seeing these infused vodkas? Everywhere you look, you see either whipped cream vodka, or s'mores vodka, or orange dreamsicle vodka, gingersnap vodka etc? Well now I've hard it all. Waffle Vodka. Eww. How do you make that? Do you put an Eggo in a vat of Vodka and wait for it to start tasting like breakfast?
WAFFLE-FLAVORED VODKA IS A THING NOW _ How do you feel knowing that, as of this week, you now live in a world that has waffle-flavored vodka in it. Georgi, which also produces bubble gum and candy cane vodkas, produced the vodka in honor of National Waffle Day on August 24.
Cars talking to cars? A giant experiment begins on the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, in a few weeks. About 2,800 cars, trucks and buses will be communicating with each other. The cars will be outfitted with data links that will warn drivers of potential dangers like stopped traffic, or a car blowing through a red light. The devices can even get traffic lights to turn green if there are no cars coming the other way. The $25 million test is being conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the University of Michigan. Officials say connected cars could be on the road nationwide within a decade.<======== Rona's comment, BRING IT ON!!!!
If I were to win the key to a city, I don't think I'd lose it. Well someone did....
John Hakala has found a plaque and a key to the city of Parkersburg, West Virginia – 4,000 miles away in Germany. He came across the Parkersburg key in the back of a wine shop. Hakala is a member of the West Virginia Air National Guard and bought the key for $7. He plans on returning it to the city. Here's the story.
Happy Monday! I slept really well and woke up feeling like I wanted to stay in bed. You've all been there one time or another I suspect.
Have you ever picked up your keyboard, turned it upside down and been completely grossed out at all the icky things that fall out? (crumbs, hair, paper bits etc?) Okay, I know I'm not the only one who does that but the fact is that computer keyboards are germ vats! If you've ever wanted to clean your keyboard and didn't have a way to totally sanitize it, now you do....
Logitech says its newest keyboard is a boon for those who suffer spilled coffee accidents, because it’s completely washable. The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 can stand anything from a light dusting to a rinse in the kitchen sink, the company said. The keyboard can be hand washed repeatedly and can even be submerged – with the exception of the USB cable – in up to 11 inches of water, Logitech said. Drainage holes at the back of the keyboard allow for easy drying while key characters are laser printed and UV coated to ensure the letters don’t fade in the wash. The suggested retail price is $39.99.
I just don't know what to say...http://www.pantsfordogs.com/Seriously. Someone decided that dogs that couldn't hold it should wear satiny underwear.
Barbie and Ken have finally tied the knot -- thanks to Beatrice de Guigne, a destination wedding photographer based in France. De Guigne wanted something original to show off her skills, so she staged the wedding of the year. De Guigne said Barbie was tired of waiting so she asked Ken to get married. The wedding album is online athttp://tinyurl.com/barbiewedding<==============Rona's commentary...bout time! We thought it would never happen.
If Granny needs to celebrate with Barbie and Ken, let her! Read on to find out what I mean....
Red Wine, Fruit May Help Prevent Falls
Is granny shaky on her feet? Pour her a glass of wine! Resveratrol, found in red wine, might help improve mobility and prevent life-threatening falls among older adults, researchers said. Study leader Jane E. Cavanaugh of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh said falls become more common with advancing age and are the leading cause of injury-related death among those 65 and older. Cavanaugh and colleagues fed young and old laboratory mice a diet containing resveratrol for eight weeks. Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in red wine, dark-skinned fruit, red grapes, blueberries and nuts. The researchers periodically tested the rodents’ ability to navigate a steel mesh balance beam, counting the number of times that each mouse took a misstep. Initially, the older mice had more difficulty maneuvering on the obstacle. By week four, the older mice made far fewer missteps and were on par with the young mice.
Hans Fogle and I were talking about how much we waste in food. I came across this story about how much we waste as Americans. It made me feel bad for the spoiled fruit I never eat or the veggies I never get around to cooking in that fabulous stir fry.
Americans are tossing away 40% of their meals – or the equivalent of $2,275 a year for a family of four, according to a new report. Food waste has swelled by 50% since the 1970s in this country. A total $165 billion annually in leftovers gets trashed by homeowners and in unsold or unused perishables or scraps dumped by grocers or restaurants, according to research compiled by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ironically, the food squandering findings come just as a new Gallup poll shows that nearly one in five Americans say they haven’t had enough money to buy groceries on some days during the past 12 months. At the same time, a record drought baking half the country will help drive food prices 3 to 4 percent higher next year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Much of the waste is fueled by food companies and grocery chains that oversell and overstock. Also to blame are consumers who over-purchase – packing their shopping carts and refrigerators with far more than they need after being tempted by buy-one-get-one-free deals that often include short, shelf-life items like milk and produce, the NRDC said. The NRDC found that trimming waste in the U.S. food supply by only 15% would save enough edible goods to feed 25 million Americans annually.
Friday Toy Memory:The Little Golden Books. I used to have this one "Good Little, Bad Little Girl". I remember I took a pen and drew all over the little girl's face. I guess I was being a "bad little girl" tee hee! Anyone else remember these books?
Random Entertainment tidbit:
As rumors continue to swirl that Nicki Minaj will be the next judge on “American Idol,” new judge Mariah Carey is lobbying for Lenny Kravitz to get the job. Carey posted a picture of herself with Kravitz on Twitter and wrote: “@AmericanIdol What’s going on? need the info!! What about this combo? if we could ever get him to do it!” Meanwhile, TMZ reported that Kanye West is being courted for the show. Producers allegedly reached out to the rapper about filling one of the open judging spots, but TMZ said that Kanye isn’t sold on the idea “because he’s not sure if A.I. is in his wheelhouse,” and he would require a salary of at least $18 million a year. <=========== Rona's commentary, if Lenny is there so am I. I have NEVER been a fan of American Idol but if you throw some hot eye candy like Lenny Kravitz, I'm watchin! Just sayin.
I started the morning telling the story of how dorky I look in my Zumba Class. We have an instructor who looks like she belongs in a music video because she's such a good dancer. The rest of the class is filled with women of all ages, shapes, and sizes, and we look like we are trying to look like her. Last night after class, I thanked her for giving us the confidence to believe we look like professional dancers.
Now I DON'T have a video of our class but I found this woman teaching some people that MIGHT AS WELL be our class. Notice she is coordinated, and we resemble those in the background...trying to keep up. Start looking at the video at about 4:00 minutes in.
I definitely need to follow up a story about exercise with a blog post about drinking...classy I am! :)
STRAWBERRY MILK ... WITH BOOZE? Yes, you heard right! Arriving in September, Adult Beverage Company will launch it's newest ready-to-serve beverage -- Adult Strawberry Milk, a 40 proof liqueur infused with premium vodka. Just open, pour over ice, and voilà-- just like mom used to make. Adult Beverage Company already makes Adult Chocolate Milk.
So have you ever lost your cell phone and thought to yourself, I wish I could just call myself to find it. Well, if you are without another phone, you can go online to a site called www.wheresmycellphone.com. It's free! I did a test run with it on the air and it did call my phone. It left a voice mail asking to use other services that they offer but so far, no spam, so it might be worth it for you to keep in mind.
Did you know?
President Obama is a home brewer? It's true, he started in 2011. I didn't know that. I wonder how many other President's have brewed beer at the White House. Well now, people want to know what his recipe is for the brew called White House Honey Aleusing honey from the beehive in Michelle Obama's White House garden. There's now a petition on the White House's website asking the Obamas to release their home brewing recipe.
Do you consider yourself to be an honest person?
Honest Tea, the organic bottled tea company, has released the results of the first National Honesty Index social experiment. From August 8–August 19, Honest Tea set up more than 50 unmanned pop-up kiosks in over 30 cities across the country, with each location stocked full of Honest Tea and Honest Ade. Signage at the stands offered the beverages for $1 per bottle with payment based on the honor system, going into a clear box on-site. The outcomes were recorded using a customized digital tracking application by undercover observers nearby. Data collected for the National Honesty Index included geographic locations such as cities and iconic business districts; observable characteristics like gender and hair color; groupings of people including baseball fans, comic book fans, beachgoers, people with kids, and more. Among the findings:
93% of participants were honest.
Salt Lake City and Oakland were both 100% honest.
Women are 95% honest while men are 91% honest.
Boston baseball fans are more honest than New York baseball fans.
Redheads are more honest than blondes and brunettes.
Motorcyclists were 92% honest while Comic Book fans were 86% honest.
Men with beards were 96% honest while bald men were 85% honest.
The most honest cities:
Oakland, CA 100% New York, NY 92%
Salt Lake City, UT 100% Portland, OR 92%
Boulder, CO 99% Sturgis, SD 92%
San Francisco, CA 97% Tempe, AZ 92%
Seaside Heights, NJ 97% Atlanta, GA 91%
Boston, MA 96% New Orleans, LA 91%
Cincinnati, OH 96% Atlantic City, NJ 91%
Galveston, TX 96% San Antonio, TX 91%
Seattle, WA 96% Denver, CO 90%
Las Vegas, NV 95% Anaheim, CA 90%
Washington DC 95% Philadelphia, PA 89%
Chicago, IL 94% San Diego, CA 87%
Austin, TX 93% Charlotte, NC 86%
Cleveland, OH 93% Miami, FL 86%
Palo Alto, CA 93% Los Angeles, CA 79%
Top 5 Least Honest Locations: Iconic Business District Rankings:
Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, NY 61% Madison Ave. 98%
Venice Beach, CA 76% Wall Street 97%
Chelsea Piers, NYC 77% Capitol Hill 93%
16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80% Silicon Valley 93%
South Side Chicago 82% K Street 91%
Baseball Team Rankings:
Boston baseball fans 100%
San Francisco baseball fans 97%
Washington D.C. baseball fans 93%
Anaheim baseball fans 90%
New York baseball fans 83%
Chicago baseball fans 83%
The complete Honesty Index is available atwww.nationalhonestyindex.com where visitors can check out and compare the honesty statistics of more than 30 cities and 50 different groups of people, and build customizable info-graphics, which are shareable across many social platforms.
2002 called...and they want their headphones back!
Yesterday, I got ready to to the gym and I realized my earbuds broke. So I ran through my house looking for some other headphones. Enter these...
Um, yeah, they are super old and clunky but they work great! Whew, I'm glad I didn't have to get on the exercise bike with nothing to listen to. Also I might add that they are so old that the foam has disintegrated into powder. I'll just have to deal with it until I can get to buy some other headphones.
Yep, it happened again, WVU was ranked by The Princeton Review as the #1 Party School in the nation. Be proud Mountaineers, be proud! Check out these lists of party schools and also the “stone-cold sober schools” below and the story is here.
Top 10 party schools:
1. West Virginia University 6. University of Florida
2. University of Iowa 7. University of California-Santa Barbara
3. Ohio University 8. Florida State University
4. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 9. Miami University of Ohio
5. University of Georgia 10. Syracuse University
Top 10 stone-cold sober schools:
1. Brigham Young University 6. U.S. Military Academy
2. Wheaton College 7. City University of New York-Brooklyn College
3. U.S. Naval Academy 8. Wesleyan College
4. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 9. Wellesley College10. Calvin College
5. Grove City College 10. Calvin College
Some of the other “bests” in the eyes of students include:
Most Beautiful Campus – Florida Southern College
Best Career Services – Northeastern University in Massachusetts
Best Campus Food – Bowdoin College in Maine
Best College Dorms – Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
Happiest Students – Rice University in Texas
Best Athletic Facilities – U.S. Military Academy
Do you find yourself really stressed out at work or by your job. Beliefnet.comhas some 10 great tips to De-Stress from your job. Check them outhere.By the way, my favorite tip is to take the looong vacation! Just sayin. :)
This list is why I think celebrity is dumb! These people have all this money and what do they do with it? They insure stupid body parts.What's with these wacky celebs and their insurance policies? Models, musicians, actresses and athletes have to take care of themselves to stay at the top of their respective fields. And several take precautions in the case of the unforeseen. Online insurance, credit card & mortgage comparison service www.Kanetix.ca has compiled a list of the Top Ten Celebrity Insured Body Parts.
1. Mariah Carey Legs $1,000,000,000
2. David Lee Roth Sperm $1,000,000- -wha?
3. Jennifer Lopez Buttocks $300,000,000
4. Cristiano Ronaldo Legs $144,000,000
5. Julia Roberts Smile $30,000,000
6. Bruce Springsteen Vocal Chords $6.000.000
7. Jeff Beck Fingers (Each) $1,000.000
8. Troy Polamalu Hair $1,000,000
9. Rihanna Legs $1,000,000
10. Holly Madison Breasts $1,000,000
A few notable celebs were just shy of making the final cut: Tom Jones’ insured his chest hair, cricket star Merv Hughes spent $370,000 to insure his mustache, and legendary bassist of KISS, Gene Simmons, and his infamous tongue insured for a whopping $1 million.
A Twitter heat map created by Vertalab serves as a politeness barometer that shows where people in the United States like to tweet "good morning" as opposed to "f* you." The results indicate that they're mighty polite in Texas and Tennessee, while, perhaps not surprisingly, they drop a lot of f-bombs in Southern California, New Jersey, and New York. To be fair, New Yorkers have a strong "good morning" showing, too.
Every year, Beloit College puts out the Beloit College Mindset List to remind everyone that those entering college see the world differently than those who’ve been around longer. Among the notes in this year’s list: most of those born in 1994 never listened to the radio much and don’t remember a time when suitcases were carried instead of having wheels. And for this generation of entering college students, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead. Other interesting things on the list:
They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of “electronic narcotics.”
Michael Jackson’s family, not the Kennedys, constitutes “American Royalty.”
Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker’s long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.
Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge.
They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”
There has always been football in Jacksonville but never in Los Angeles.
A significant percentage of them will enter college already displaying some hearing loss.
There have always been blue M&Ms, but no tan ones.
Martin Lawrence has always been banned from hosting Saturday Night Live.
They grew up, somehow, without the benefits of “Romper Room.”
History has always had its own channel.
They watch television everywhere but on a television.
You've heard of Damn You AutoCorrect. Where people put the most naughty mistaken texts messages. On my phone, I have the feature where you can speak your messages, e-mails, or searches. The problem is that it never seems to hear me correctly so the results are hilarious. For instance:
A recipe that I wanted to transcribe called for lime, soy sauce, garlic, and honey. Instead, it typed " alarm, silly sauce, garlic, and homey". What? Hilarity ensues. Here are some others...
How ate you? = How are you?
I am excited for the trio= I am excited for the trip
EE were patted, it wad making me sick= We were painting, it was making me sick
I am aware that money to the girl= I am aware that Sunnie is a girl.
Welcome back to the work week...and for kids in Berkeley County Schools, it's a new school year! Woo Hoo!
This past weekend, a friend and I decided to take an impromptu trip to the beach. It was great! The weather was nice and it was nice to get away just for a day.
So I'm sleeping on the beach and I awake to hear this loud man on his cell phone barking out orders to someone who is evidently in the process of buying a car. The guy is telling the person (I think it was his son) about what not to say, who to talk to, how not to get "taken" by the salesperson. All on his cell phone and nearly screaming this stuff. My friend Jill and I look at him, look at each other and kind of chuckle about how loud this guy is. Then, I say to her "is this guy ever going to shut up?" she said something that made me laugh "No, he's like QVC, they never shut up!". I laughed so hard at that. The guy continued with this and that about how great his bloody mary's are, what he puts into them, also the best places to get shaved ice in Baltimore and on and on. This guy is clearly the beacon of knowledge on all things within his group of people. At some point, we noticed that no one was responding to him at all. They just nodded in agreement as he explained everything to them, from the best way to drive up to New York to decifering doctor bills. Hilarious. He was roughly about 55-60 years old (as were most in his group of 8 people) and he was only about 50 ft from us.
Work, Diet, Weight, and Health: How They're All Connected! (I got this from the Hungry Girl website). There are a ton of links that take you to different studies on this info. Great stuff!
New reports indicate that sitting at your desk, working tirelessly all day long, takes a toll -- on your body, mind, and more.One studyof working women found that occupational burnout was associated with emotional and/or uncontrolled eating. (BEEN THERE.)Anothershows that among employed middle-aged women, those who work longer hours tend to gain more weight. (ACK!) And still another study found that subjects who engaged in unhealthy behaviors (poor diet, lack of regular exercise, smoking, etc.) had lower productivity levels than employees with more wholesome habits. The good news?According to findingsreported in the Journal of Labor Research, subjects who regularly exercised earned a 6 to 10 percent wage increase. All work and no exercise makes you a dull (and underpaid) girl or boy! Take a break, move around, and make sure you're eating right. Need some help making change happen? The people at Sodexo have partnered up with MyFitnessPal, connecting the info on workplace menu items to the popular smartphone app to make monitoring your daily nutritiona little easier. Good work, everyone!
Love it when you find new fun things online. I was looking for the spelling of the world surly. Don't ask. Anyway, I found on theMerriam-Webster website a list of new slang. I think this is user submitted slang but it's still kind of funny. Here's a a a brief list of some of the most recent submissions.
THE OPEN DICTIONARY New Words & Slang
fangirl (verb) : to get excited about someone or something (such as a celebrity or band)
hoser (noun) : an annoying or foolish person
procrastitasking- (noun) : the act of doing something to avoid doing something else
T.W.D. (abbreviation) : texting while driving
speciology (noun) : the study of species
glossophobia (noun) : the fear of public speaking
fishetarian (noun) : a person who eats seafood but not the flesh of other animals
GG (abbreviation) : good game
jibber-jabber--(noun) : meaningless chatter
Mr. T already coined Jibber Jabber.
Gotye decided to remix all the people who decided to remake his song "Somebody that I used to Know". The song is called "Somebodies" which I think is a pretty clever title. See itbelow.
Friday Toy Memory-This isn't a toy this week. It's a TV Show. What the heck were they "enjoying" when they came up with the concept. I guess we can just chalk it up to the 70's...after all it was also the era of Snufalupagus so there you go. Here's the Wikipedia page about the show with every tidbit of info you ever wanted to know. Here's the show's theme song.
On the way in this morning, I saw a lot of fog. Hopefully you will have a safe ride in to work this morning. Yesterday's traffic was just awful.
I remember back in the 80's and 90's. I used to always have a scrunchie on my wrist (see picture on the left). It was almost fashionable to wear them like that. It was never a smart fashion move (see the picture on the right) yet, we continued to wear them with reckless abandon.
Well now, after the Olympics, they may be making a comeback... The London games weren't just eye candy and athletic inspiration. The Olympics just may be creating a new fashion trend in a long forgotten fad – the scrunchie! Gymnasts from around the world have created a Twitter frenzy, simply by wearing the long forgotten hair accessory. Mark Jacobs has taken note, and is creating adorable designs for the once reigning champion of hair ties.
Who wants a better smelling phone? Well, the folks at Samsung might have the answer as they've just gotten a patent for the Perfume Phone. I think it's worth mentioning that this IS NOT the first incarnation of "phone smell good" that they've come up with.
The idea behind the phone is that when you plug it into a special dock, a sponge inside absorbs scent producing chemicals. Then you can set specific scents for certain callers and the sponge releases the smell when they call. There's no word if this will make the price of your data plan go up again. Read about it here on Engadget's site.
So what if you're in a restaurant and someone walks in with a miniature horse that's being used as a service animal. That's the real possibility now in Chicago because lawmakers have passed a bill to make that a reality. Seriously. Read more about it below... (by the way, my favorite line in the story is “I have no concerns that we’re gonna see any stampede in grocery stores or anything like that,”)
Find the story here... (CBS) – Illinois lawmakers may have gotten stymied on the issue of pension reform, a multi-billion-dollar mess affecting every taxpayer in the state.
But at least they managed to pass a bill involving miniature horses.
You heard that right. Under a measure the House sent to Gov. Quinn Thursday night – the evening members were supposed to consider a cost-saving pension bill – people with disabilities could use miniature horses as service animals in public places, much like guide dogs are used.
The vote was near-unanimous.
“I have no concerns that we’re gonna see any stampede in grocery stores or anything like that,” Chicago’s WBEZ quoted sponsoring Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria, as saying. “This is an issue that pertains really to the disabled community, and it’s something that puts us in compliance to the federal law.”
An overhaul of future state pension benefits for retired public employees was the centerpiece of the spring legislative session, but it collapsed late Thursday just before the deadline to adjourn. Illinois government has underfunded pensions by tens of billions of dollars.
It started with an accident early this morning. The the cleanup lasted until sometime in the 8:00am hour. Then there were all the backups. Ugh. All I can do is plead for people to drive more safely!
So today I mentioned Pet-toos. You are thinking what's a "Pet-too"? It's a Tattoo for your pet. Seriously. Just when you think crazy pet trends can't get any crazier ... now pet owners are further humiliating their 4-legged friends by giving them temporary tattoos. This is achieved by cutting and dyeing the fur to resemble ink. According to this article inJezebel.com. But I also found a site that show pet temporary tattoos. At least the latter is for a good cause, which is benefit abused animals.
Incidentally, I have a friend who is a tattoo artist and he tattooed his dog a few years ago. See that pics of "Hot Rod" here.
School Daze start NEXT WEEK AHHHH!!! Where did the summer go? If you haven't gotten your school shopping done, here are some tips to save yourself some cash on all the stuff your kids need. I found this on U.S. News & World Report.
Ways to Save on School Supplies
Shop online for bulk items – If you have a large family, get basic supplies like pens, pencils and notebooks in bulk from sites like Amazon.com or even warehouse clubs like Sam’s Club and Costco.
Ask for the student discount – When you’re buying big-ticket items like laptops and e-book readers, ask the store if there any student discounts or rebates available.
Check eBay – Another place to find big-ticket items at a discount is an online auction site like eBay.
You wake up at 1:00 a.m. and can't go back to sleep! Also, I went on Facebook and realized other people were experiencing insomnia too. Comforting...sorta.
This morning, I talked about the Closing Ceremony for the Olympics. I did not watch the opening but I did see some of the closing last night and I was impressed. It was so awesome to see the visual things they did to make it so special to London. The John Lennon face was cool (and a little creepy). Here are some highlights.
Do you ever rely on your cell phone/mobile device so much that you think you might be a little too invested in it? I just read a bunch of survey results from a company called Lookout Mobile. I have their app and you can retrieve your phone if you lose it and other cool stuff. Anyway, their studyshowed some surprising facts about mobile device use. Here are some quick stats below. The full page is located here.
Smartphones are essential to our lives.
We constantly connect. Nearly 60% said they don’t go an hour without checking their phone. Younger folks were the most addicted: 63% of women and 73% of men ages 18-34 say they don’t go an hour without checking their phones.
Our connection never sleeps. 54% said they check their phones while lying in bed: before they go to sleep, after they wake up, even in the middle of the night.
We need access everywhere. Nearly 40% admit to checking their phone while on the toilet.
We sometimes break rules of etiquette to stay connected.
We act rudely. 30% admitted that they check their phones during a meal with others.
We take risks. 24% said they check their phones while driving.
We behave inappropriately. 9% said they check their phones during religious services at a house of worship.
We have emotional reactions and concerns when we do not have our phones.
94% are concerned about losing their phone.
73% say they felt panicked when they lost their phone.
38% are most concerned about the cost & hassle of replacing a lost phone
I Love Fridays! I usually get a burst of energy and try to get a million things done here. For instance, I decided that I needed to find an article that I read a few weeks ago, not knowing where I read it or who wrote it. Yeah, that was hours of time wasted!
Nevermind that! We are going to head over to Johnnie's Express on Winchester Ave in a few minutes so I hope you can join the fun! 11am-1pm. See you there!
Have you ever want been annoyed by all the baby photos your friends are posting on Facebook? Now you can get rid of them altogether, thanks to a new plug-in called Unbaby.me. It scans your newsfeed for keywords like "so cute," "cutest baby ever," or "newborn" and swaps the bphotos with images of puppies, manatees or even Justin Bieber. (The plug-in is automatically configured to replace the offending photos with cats, but users can customize the extension to their liking, with the option of adding more specific keywords.) Once a picture is swapped, the status reads "baby removed." (my commentary: That's funny and just wrong! hehe!)Here's an article that tells how it came about.
Friday Toy Memory: Furby. Remember this? It was always creepy but that didn't stop people from buying it! Well you should know there is a new Furby for 2012. Here's a link comparing the new and old Furbs! They've added extra creepiness and it costs 60 bucks! Highway Robbery I tell ya! Take a look at this little creeper!
And I freaked people out when I said "I'll tell ya all kinds of things you can do with cucumbers that you never knew...get your mind outta the gutter." Might get in a little trouble for that one. Butread and see why I so excited to share this interesting bit of news. WOW!
What the heck is a "Honey Boo Boo"?
TLC SCORES WITH HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO _ TLC scored some impressive ratings on Wednesday with the premiere of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, a new reality show that follows the "unapologetically-outrageous family life of the Honey Boo Boo clan." It was especially a hit with women.
Last night I went to the Berkeley County Youth Fair and had a blast!!!! There was a lot of eating of fair food, meeting people, spinning of the prize wheel and so much more! Here are a few of the sights from last night...
Comment: I was too busy stuffing this deliciousness into my face to take a picture of what it looked like. It was thick cut bacon, placed ever so tenderly inside a split garlic bread stick. A-mazing!!!!
Comment: I'm bummed that this picture came out so blurry. This was quite possibly the cutest kid ever. She, her sister, and her mom all had red hair. She came up and asked if she could have a balloon so politely. I told her that she could also spin our prize wheel and she said something so ridiculously cute, I couldn't stand it. She said, "okay, I'll wait here with you". So cute!!!! Her dad snapped this picture after she got her pink balloon.
We had so much fun with the kids at the Berkeley County Youth Fair. This little boy came by to spin the prize wheel and he crossed his fingers for good luck. It was really cute. I loved his little boots too. Lol.
Men Want Their Girlfriends To Be More Like …
Emma Stone just might be the most girlfriendable celebrity! The “Amazing Spider-Man” actress topped the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kate Upton in a survey asking guys which celebrity they’d like their girlfriends to be more like. AskMen.com asked members:”Which female celebrity would you like your girlfriend to be more like?” The results:
51% Emma Stone
20% Kate Upton
16% Tina Fey
9% Kim Kardashian
4% Nicki Minaj
Are you a big fan of boy bands? You should check out the special on E!
One Direction, LFO, Backstreet Boys are all featured on the E! Boy Bands Special
Zayn Malik of One Direction says they once waved at a girl and she fainted. LFO’s Brad Fischetti says the feeling of standing on a stage in front of 10,000 screaming girls can be addictive. A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys says boy bands can get away with singing songs like “I Want It That Way” that make no sense. They’re all part of an E! Entertainment special about the best boy bands of the past 20 years. Read more about “15 Awesomest Boy Bands” here.
The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers that if someone who claims to work for the FTC calls to inform you that you have won a lottery or sweepstakes, then its a scam. Many consumers and their families have sent money and lost it before realizing and reporting that
they were scammed, the agency said. To receive the prize, the caller claims that all you have to do is pay the taxes and insurance. The caller then asks you to wire money or send a check for an amount between $1,000 and $10,000. Don't send money or account information, and immediately report the incident to the FTC atwww.ftccomplaintassistant.gov. The FTC investigates fraud and provides free information, but it never collects money directly from consumers.
If today was 8-8-08, I'd say I have an excuse to eat! Hey now!
Now that I got that little bit of cheese out...here are some things that I discussed on the morning show today.
Jerry Seinfeld is always funny in my book. He's been looking for something to keep himself busy and his name "out there". This is his new project. It's called "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee". He gets together with other comedians and they go someplace and get coffee while commenting on life. It's a show about nothing. Hilarious! Be warned there may be language you may find offensive. Read more here. Here is the site Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
At Pilates Proworks in New York, moms are dropping the pregnancy pounds by swapping dumbbells for newborns. The fitness center's "Mommy and Me" classes encourage parents to use their little bundles of joy to lose weight and add muscle. Moms move through 40 different positions during an hour session, lunging as they extend their babies forward and squatting as they hold them close. A session reportedly burns 300 calories or more. Strapped for cash and time? You can try a home session with the Super Mom Workout app. It costs 99 cents and features instructional videos. Read more here. Below is an example.
Have you bought anything lately? From toys to medications, packaging on mainstream consumer goods is becoming increasingly impossible to actually open. Today is the day to bemoan the excessive plastic packaging and million little twist ties that make enjoying your new purchase a very delayed form of gratification. Also, there is a wiki-how site that instructs you on how to open said packaging.
Read this about the guys and all I could say was EWWW!
Well this is gross. Look around your office or workplace now. Pick out a group eight men. According to researchers, one of those eight wear their tighty whities two or three times before washing it. The survey, conducted by Clorox, also found guys 18 to 29 wash their bed sheets around one a month (compared to once a week for women).
Also, in Hooters news...
Faced with fierce "breastaurant" competition from restaurants like Twin Peaks and the Tilted Kilt, Hooters wants to get more customers, namely ladies. The chain apparently plans to do this using puppets and salads. Its new commercials feature two owl finger puppets (an angel and a devil) meant to represent internal debate in a would-be patron's mind because, a rep explains, "People don't know how to broach the subject of going to Hooters with friends, coworkers or even spouses." In addition to making light of the aforementioned issue, Hooters is revamping its menu to include nearly 30 different salads. Here's the story.
Here is one of the commercials...I don't find it funny, personally. That's just me.
Welcome back to the work week y'all! It's Berkeley County Youth Fair week. I'll be there on Wednesday night from 5pm-7pm.
With millions of people looking for jobs today, how do you make sure your résumé successfully captures the attention of employers and doesn’t end up in the Deleted Items folder? CareerBuilder’s study of 2,298 hiring managers nationwide provided real-life examples of resumes that stood out for the right – and wrong – reasons, and explores common pitfalls to avoid. When asked to share the most memorable and unusual applications that came across their desk, hiring managers gave these examples:
Candidate called himself a genius and invited the hiring manager to interview him at his apartment.
Candidate’s cover letter talked about her family being in the mob.
Candidate specified that her résumé was set up to be sung to the tune of “The Brady Bunch.”
Candidate’s résumé was decorated with pink rabbits.
Candidate applying for an accounting job said he was “deetail-oriented” and spelled the company’s name incorrectly.
Candidate’s cover letter contained “LOL.”
Examples of What Worked
Candidate sent his résumé in the form of an oversized Rubik’s Cube, where you had to push the tiles around to align the résumé. He was hired.
Candidate who had been a stay-at-home mom listed her skills as nursing, housekeeping, chef, teacher, bio-hazard cleanup, fight referee, taxi driver, secretary, tailor, personal shopping assistant and therapist. She was hired.
Candidate applying for a food and beverage management position sent a résumé in the form of a fine-dining menu and was hired.
Common Pitfalls to Avoid When asked what would make them automatically dismiss a candidate from consideration, employers said:
Résumés with typos – 61%
Résumés with an inappropriate email address – 35%
Résumés that are more than two pages long – 22%
Résumés printed on decorative paper – 20%
Résumés that detail more tasks than results for previous positions – 16%
Résumés that include a photo – 13%
Want to learn something new?
So I'm snooping on my friend's Facebook page and I find this interesting site. It's called Skillshare. The front page says, "Learn anything from anyone, anywhere." Sounds interesting right? So I go to the page and it offers classes for anything from knitting, to setting up a business budget, to editing photos in photoshop. Interesting. Unfortunately, it's set up by cities and there aren't any in the Eastern Panhandle but there are some in DC and Baltimore if you truly want to go them. Click here to read about Skillshare.
Good morning y'all! I cannot believe we are already into August! The summer is speeding by and I haven't even been to the beach!
If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend check out the Downtown Frederick Partnership's First Saturday. This Saturday, they will celebrate the Dog Days of Summer. You can bring your dog to Downtown Frederick and pop in pup friendly stores and take part in "Yappy Hour" as well as other fun. Check it out here.
YourTango.com has launched Love-o-Matic, an addictive new app that lets users
access hundreds of juicy, fascinating facts about love, dating, marriage,
breakups, sex, infidelity and more. Love-o-Matic offers an array of unexpected,
informative and entertaining data. Just a sample of Love-o-Matic facts: (some of them are risque'...you've been warned)
Impotence is grounds for divorce in 24 states.
In one survey, 4% of respondents said it’s possible to get over a breakup in “just a few days.”
The average single person goes on 100 dates before getting married.
Strippers who are ovulating make more in lap-dance tips than those who aren't.
Men who kiss their wives in the morning, on average, live five years longer than men who don't.
Couples who don’t have a TV in the bedroom have 50% more sex than couples who watch the tube in bed.
50% of men would break up with a woman if she gained a lot of weight.
Nearly 75% of Americans have fantasized about group sex.
22% of women ages 30 to 44 make more money than their husbands.
The average man’s ideal woman is 60 pounds lighter than he is.
Only 3% of arranged marriages end in divorce.
Beer lovers are 60% more likely to sleep with someone they just met.
The average affair lasts two to four years.
72% of women have considered leaving their marriage
33% of one-night stands turn into relationships
60% of married men have been unfaithful
One in five long-term relationships starts while one or both partners is involved with sombody else.
Married men who help with housework have sex more often than husbands who don't help out around the house.
Have you heard of the new phenomenon Texting While Walking (TWW)? Yeah, apparently people are so engrossed in texting that they decide to walk, and they are having serious problems multi tasking. So...we hear people are doing walking into doorways, parking meters, oncoming traffic and more. Read onhere. Scary stuff.
Friday Toy Memory: Again, not a toy...a drink? A powder? A breakfast of astronauts? Whatever it is, it was delish. The neighborhood kids would all get together and eat it without water ...yum, I can taste that sugary orange paste now! Also here's a Tang Tidbit: The creator of Tang, William A. Mitchell, also invented Pop Rocks, Cool Whip, a form of instant-set Jell-O, and other convenience foods?
Marc also reminisced that his grandmother used to make some nasty concoction of Tang and powdered Lipton iced tea. Well of course, people can make anything look fancy. I found thisfancy shmancy blog with that recipe...but they dressed it up with cinnamon sticks and stuff.
We got a little off topic and started talking about the group "Hot Chelle Rae" that sings Tonight, Tonight. It's catchy and we agreed that we both like it. We were wondering how they came up with the name. It seems like it was a food of some sort. Marc decided that he would come up with a dish called Hot Chelle Rae. It would include pasta shells, something spicy (likesriracha) and I suggested cheese...after all, everything is better with cheese.
I digress. Here's what I found out about them and the band name.
I'm going to give the boildown because I'm in a hurry to type today...
On the show this morning. I talked about my friend Greg who decided to bike across the country from Oregon to Maryland...in the summer! What a nut! He did it! It took him 5 weeks to the day. There were times when he felt like giving up in 100+ degree temperatures but he acheived that goal. Kudos! I'd never even be able to ride a bicycle out of the state without giving up! I told him he needs to write a book. In the meantime, we have his blog Oregon2Maryland.wordpress.com to read. Check it out. See the pic at the end with his new puppy...he's a hottie, the dog I mean!! :)
Have you ever wanted to borrow your neighbors car for an hour? Or a day? Check out this new website called Relay Rides where you can rent cars from people in your community. This service is nationwide, has no membership fees, and has insurance included! This is what I read that made me so interested in it.
"Rent Cars from Your Neighbors with RelayRides...You don't have a car.
Stepping in to fill that void is RelayRides, a new site that lets you rent your neighbor’s car right from his driveway. Search for vehicles by type, distance from you, or available amenities. Hourly and daily rates are available; in some cases you can even unlock the car and start your rental with a text message or via RelayRides's mobile site. Reviews from past renters act as endorsements for future renters, but the pièce de résistance is really the site’s million-dollar insurance policy. Whether you're behind the wheel or the one loaning it, you're covered. So that convertible you’ve been eyeing in your neighbor’s driveway? It’s all yours."
This morning, I chatted with Steve Byrne from the new TBS show "Sullivan and Son". He was lots of fun and he's super stoked about the show! Check it out tonight! It airs Thursday nights at 10:00pm on TBS. The TBS Sullivan and Son pagehas lots of fun games and show info so check it out! Like them onFacebooktoo!
Have you ever been talking to someone and notice that they have a huge hunk of food in their teeth. I have been calling it "Pepper tooth" for years. I think I got it from my friend Heather and it became a "thing" between us. No matter what the food was, it's called Pepper Tooth. Evidently, we're not the only ones to think up these gems. Check out the listing onUrban Dictionary.com.
Happy First day of August! Can you believe it? Where the heck is the summer going?
On Facebook people tend to post information that reveals too much personally and can be inappropriate at best. For instance, people refer to being hungover, doing drugs, how much they hate their bosses with little regard for the repercussions. The new "social experiment" called We know what you are doing.com gives a snapshot at any given time of information people put facebook, that they should probably keep to themselves. Here is the site.
Here is article that tells what the sites creator is looking to do with the "experiment"
Last night, I got caught up watching Olympic coverage, especially the men's swimming where Michael Phelps won the 19th Gold Medal, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time. Cool!
Need to know anything about the Olympics? Go here!
Here is a look at some of the interesting facts and trivia about the Olympic Games:
London has become the first to host the Games three times: 1908, 1948 and 2012.
The first Olympics, which got started in ancient Greece, only allowed men to take part. Athletes competed in the nude.
The only Olympian ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was Philip Noel-Baker of Great Britain, who won the silver in the 1500-meter dash in 1920.
The first black athlete to compete at the Olympics was Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera, competing for France in 1900.
The oldest man to compete in the Summer Olympic Games was Oscar Swahn of Sweden in shooting. Swahn became the oldest gold medalist when he won gold at 64 years and 280 days old in 1912, and the oldest medalist when he won silver in 1920 aged 72 years, 281 days old. The oldest woman to compete was British rider Lorna Johnstone, who participated in Equestrian at the 1972 Olympic Games at 70 years old and 5 days.
12-year-old Inge Sorensen from Denmark won a bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in 1936, making her the youngest medalist ever in an individual event.
The 1936 Berlin Olympics (also known as the “Nazi” Olympics) were the first Olympic Games to ever be televised.
American James Connolly won the first medal given out (of the modern era) at the inaugural Athens Games, staged in 1896. Connolly competed in the triple jump and emerged victorious, becoming the first Olympic champion since the last Olympics were held, about 1,500 years prior. Instead of a gold medal, the top prize at the time was a silver medal and an olive leaf.
Even though the top athlete in his or her field wins the “gold,” the medals aren’t really made out of solid gold. In fact, they haven’t been pure gold for around 100 years. The gold medals awarded now are actually silver, with gold plating.
Roughly 3,600g of gold worth more than $193,250 will be used to plate the medals that will be awarded at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
In the past, the modern games were only canceled three times, always on account of war. The 1916 Summer Olympics in Berlin were canceled because of World War I. The 1940 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, as well as the 1944 Summer Olympics in London were canceled because of World War II.
The United States has won more medals (2,189) at the Summer Games than any other country.
Summer movies are getting on a roll now! Two weeks ago we had Iron Man 3, last week The Great Gatsby debuted with success and now this week we have Star Trek Into Darkness! I saw it on Friday and I must say: BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR so far! The 2009 reboot...
The Summer movie season is finally here, thanks to Robert Downey Jr. and Iron Man 3! This of course, is the third Iron Man movie, but is actually just as much a sequel to last year's blockbuster: The Avengers. If any of the Avengers (Captain America,...
Okay, normally I see movies right when they come out, but I waited a little while to see Oz: The Great and Powerful. I finally saw it and I loved everything about it! Great visuals, great 3D, great story, great cast, tons of family fun and magic! I am...
Christian Lopez is a friend of the West Virginia Morning Show and have stopped by to chat about AI (well, as much as he's allowed to say) and he played his new original song "As Far As I May Go". Gooood stuff. Check it out.