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Posts from December 2012


Class Action Lawsuits, Wacky New Year Traditions
Class Action Lawsuits may end up scoring you a little cash in the new year. Read on my friends.

Class Actions You Might Be Eligible For
LivingSocial vouchers, Norton Antivirus, Verizon Wireless games, and Clearwire internet service all have open class-action lawsuits against them for which eligible customers can file claims and get cash. Here’s the down low:

LivingSocial Voucher Settlement: Anyone who purchased a LivingSocial voucher before October 1, 2012 and has been unable to redeem it is eligible to file a claim for up to 100% of the purchase price. The class-action suit alleges that daily-deal site vouchers are actually gift certificates and can’t expire within fewer than five years. File a claim by February 8, 2013. www.livingsocialvouchersettlement.com


Citibank HELOC Settlement: Customers who had their home equity line of credit suspended or reduced because Citi claimed that the value of their home had fallen too much are eligible for a $120 cash award. File a claim by January 31, 2013. (www.inrehelocsettlement.com)

Citizens Bank Overdraft Settlement: This suit alleged that Citizens Bank ran debit card transactions in order from largest to smallest, resulting in some overdraft fees that wouldn’t have occurred had transactions gone through chronologically. Some customers will receive their cash award automatically; others have to file a claim form by January 31, 2013. (www.citizensoverdraftsettlement.com)

Wal-Born Settlement: Wal-Born is the Walgreens generic version of the supplement Airborne. No matter what name brand it’s sold under, this product is a supplement, not a drug, but it had been marketed as a product that prevents and cures cold and flu symptoms. If you bought Wal-Born between December 1, 2004 and March 29, 2010, file a claim form by February 4, 2013. (https://walgreensredressprogram.com)

Norton Anti-Virus Settlement: This suit alleges that Symantec improperly charged customers for renewals of software licenses after they had already paid for and installed upgrades to those programs. Customers who bought Norton products and enrolled in auto-renewal between October 1, 2005 and May 23, 2012 may be eligible. The deadline to file a claim form is May 6, 2013. (www.topclassactions.com/open/2879-norton-upgrade-class-action-lawsuit-settlement)

Verizon Wireless Get It Now Games: Customers who paid for unlimited gaming and believed that it would transfer over to their new phone after an upgrade may be eligible for a cash settlement of up to $35. File a claim by April 30, 2013. (www.khalilpoursettlement.com)

Bayer Combination Aspirin: Products were sold for long-term use/heart health that had not been approved for that purpose by the FDA. Customers who bought Bayer Women’s Low-Dose Aspirin or Bayer Aspirin with Heart Health Advantage may be eligible for payments of $4 or $6. Covered purchase dates vary by product. File a claim by April 29, 2013. (www.topclassactions.com/open/2781-bayer-combination-aspirin-class-action-lawsuit-settlement)

Clearwire Internet Settlement: This suit alleges that Clear offered poor service speeds and charged customers high early termination fees when they tried to cancel substandard service. File a claim by January 9, 2013. (www.topclassactions.com/open/2533-clearwire-internet-class-action-lawsuit-settlement)


New Year's Eve will be here in a few days. Maybe you'll want to incorporate some of these international traditions into your celebration. Be careful with the fire though...and the jumping off chairs! Below are a few but the full article is here!

Spain

At midnight on New Year’s Eve, it’s customary in Spain to quickly eat 12 grapes (or uvas)—one at each stroke of the clock. Each grape supposedly signifies good luck for one month of the coming year. In Madrid, Barcelona, and other Spanish cities, revelers congregate in the main squares to gobble their grapes together and pass around bottles of cava.
 

Belarus

During the traditional celebration of Kaliady, still-unmarried women play games to predict who will be wed in the New Year. In one game, a pile of corn is placed before each woman, and a rooster is let go; whichever pile the rooster approaches first reveals who will be the first to marry. In another game, a married woman hides certain items around her house for her unmarried friends to find; the woman who finds bread will supposedly marry a rich husband; the one who finds a ring will marry a handsome one.

 


Denmark (I worry about this one...drinking + chair jumping=emergency room)

Many Danes ring in the New Year by standing on chairs and then jumping off them together at midnight. Leaping into January is supposed to banish bad spirits and bring good luck.

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Recycle your tree, lie to your doc, stupid teen trends
If you're green like me, there are tons of things you can do after the holidays. Like recylcing packaging peanuts. This helpful list will give you some ideas of how to recycle after the holidays.

UPS Store Offers Tips On Post-Holiday Recycling

The National Retail Federation estimates that consumers will fork out $586.1 billion for gifts during the months of November and December this year. And with all those gifts come a lot of waste. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day alone, the EPA estimates that an extra million tons of waste are generated nationwide each week – from piles of crumbled wrapping paper to holiday cards to pine needles and boxes of packaging peanuts. An easy way to do your part in keeping your community clean is by recycling:


Recycle packaging peanuts: Many of The UPS Store locations accept clean foam packaging peanuts of all sizes, shapes and colors for reuse. You can bring your packaging peanuts to either one of Kjosa’s Riverview locations. For additional information on peanut recycling, consumers can visit www.loosefillpackaging.com.

Reuse: Resuse wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, tissue paper, etc. Also, save gift boxes and bags and reuse them throughout the year. Recycle those you can’t reuse.

Recycle greeting cards: Save cards and cut them up to use as gift tags next year. They also make a great resource for children’s art projects, or you can research organizations in your area that could use your collection of used greeting cards.

Recycle your tree: According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold in North America each year. After the holidays, put your tree to good use – chip it up to use as mulch around shrubs and flowerbeds, or, if you have a live tree, plant it in the yard or donate it to a local school or nursing home to plant on their grounds. You can also check with your local county for instructions on recycling options, drop-off locations or pick-up dates.  Locally in Berkeley County, there are 2 options for you:

Apple Valley Waste  (for a cost of $10)

Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority: to recycle live trees that are free of tinsel, ornaments, lights etc.


Hagerstown Christmas Tree Recycling Schedule

Use these tips to simplify your post-holiday cleanup so you can begin the New Year with a clean house – and a green conscience!



Do you lie to your doctor when you go see him? Do you tell him you only drink moderately when you pound them back every weekend? Or do you tell the doc you don't smoke when you actually burn a few on a night out? Read these two articles about why lying to your doc isn't such a good idea.

Read here and here!

Teenagers are notoriously stupid. They do things we'll never understand. Here is a list of some of the newest dangerous fads they are into. Talk to your kids hopefully you'll be able to talk them out of it before they do something to hurt themselves.

Teen Thrills That Can Kill

Teenagers are using common holiday baking ingredients – cinnamon, nutmeg and even marshmallows – to get a cheap thrill or a high, experts say. Teens are involved in several dangerous new trends that could be deadly. Most parents have no idea what is going on, but a quick search on YouTube reveals their stunts and trends. Here is a list of some dangerous fads parents should be aware of:  (SIDE NOTE: I AM DISTURBED BY MANY OF THESE AND I'M POSTING THEM SO THAT PARENTS ARE AWARE--CERTAINLY NOT TO ENCOURAGE TEENS TO TRY THESE!!!!)

Salt and Ice Challenge: Salt is poured on an area of the arm/or hand and then ice is placed on top. This creates a burning sensation. The game is to see who can tolerate the pain the longest/ can wait until the ice melts. The burning sensation creates a white scar, which eventually turns red and will be extremely painful.

Drinking Hand Sanitizer: Teens use the over-the-counter cleanser for a cheap way to get drunk. Most hand sanitizers contain 62% ethyl alcohol. Salt is used to separate the alcohol from the other parts of the sanitizer, which yields a 120-proof shot.

Cinnamon Challenge: The challenge is to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon within 60 seconds as a dare/bet. The spice usually dries out the person’s mouth and is almost impossible to swallow. Sometimes, the person accidentally inhales the cinnamon, which can cause severe chest pain.

Chubby Bunny Marshmallow: Game to see how many marshmallows you can fit inside your mouth and say “Chubby Bunny.” Players keep adding marshmallows during each round until they cannot fit anymore in their mouth/can’t say “Chubby Bunny.” The game has turned dangerous when kids have choked on the marshmallows and died.

Car Surfing: Getting out of a car through the window while it is speeding down a freeway and then standing on the roof while it continues to speed down the road. This can cause accidents and the death of the person on the roof/ people in the car.

Planking: Also known as “Extreme Lying Down.” People lay down on their stomach in a strange and unusual place, pointing their fingers and toes downward. A picture is taken of the pose and posted on Facebook with a unique name for the “plank”

Vodka Eyeballing: Pouring vodka into your eyeball instead of drinking it. The fad started as a way to get drunk quicker because it is believed the alcohol is absorbed through the eye’s mucous membrane and enters the bloodstream through the veins in the back of the eye. Experts believe Vodka Eyeballing is a placebo affect because people are usually drunk when they attempt it.

Nutmeg snorting: Ground nutmeg has been snorted, smoked and eaten in large quantities to produce a marijuana-like high. Nutmeg contains myristicin which is a hallucinogenic, like LSD. Other common household products that are also being abused are hand sanitizer, aerosol whipped cream, aerosol cooking spray, ink markers and glue.

Purple Drank: A drink mixed with prescription grade cough syrup – whichh contains promethazine and codeine – and Sprite, or some carbonated drink. The drink gets its name from the purplish color of the cough syrup.

Smoking Smarties: Kids crush up the candy Smarties and inhale/exhale the candy’s dust. “Smoking” Smarties can be dangerous when the dust gets clogged in the nasal passages.

The Choking Game: A game where people cutting off oxygen and blood flow to the brain by choking each other to get a short high and/or pass out.

Butt Chugging: Using a rubber tube that is inserted into the rectum, alcohol is absorbed through the capillaries and blood vessels. The alcohol enters the blood stream and bypasses the liver’s filtering.

“Twilight”-Inspired Fad: Biting: Teens use the idea of a love bite, or a hickey, and take it one step further by breaking the skin and draw blood – passing blood from teen to the other.

Spice or K2 (Synthetic Marijuana): Spice is herb based synthetic marijuana. The DEA worked to ban the five main ingredients, but Spice companies have found ways to continue to manufacture K2 by working around the ban.

Datura Flower Abuse: Teens ingest the the common Datura Flower, also known as Angel’s Trumpet or Jimson Weed, for a high, but the flower is highly toxic, where even small doses can send you to the hospital.

Vodka Tamponing: Girls soak tampons in vodka and insert them in their bodies.

 
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We're still here! Jackson 5 Cartoon, Ann Curry's acts of kindess, Friday Toys
So the apocolypse never happened. See what people have posted on twitter about it...interesting (and kinda funny too!)
http://instapocalypse.com/ 

NASA has warned us time and time again that the Mayan apocalypse, predicted to fall on today, 12/21/12, is not scientifically possible. Still, Twitter users everywhere are spending a disproportionate amount of time coming up with Mayan joke material. Now, there is Instapocalypse, a site that culls Instagram photos published with the #apocalypse hashtag. If a fiery asteroid does end up hurtling towards earth today – well, it was real folks! Might as well have a giggle!


So Ann Curry from NBC (who I love!), did a story about doing good in the world after the shootings that occured last week in Connecticut. In the article, she states that if you "do good, you'll feel good". This article has inspired thousands of people to do some acts of kindness. Read the story here and see what some people have done. Cool Stuff!  File this in the chapter called #neededsomegoodnews!... it made me cry.
 
We talked about the Jackson 5 Cartoon on the show this morning. How they would always pull something out of their afros to save the day. Whether it be an anvil, waterslide, hammer, they always had it hidden in their hair. I think.

AFter show note...apparently I was wrong. This whole time I got the Jackson 5 Cartoon confused with the Harlem Globetrotters cartoon. It was one of the Globetrotters who pulled things out of his head. See this from a blog I found...
"AAnd I remember someone saying to me, "One of 'em had a fro so big he could pull ladders and elephants from it!" That would be Sweet Lou Dunbar. cla

That said, you'll see him do it in the intro to their cartoon below.

 
Friday toy memory: VIntage/Older Christmas/Holiday Decorations. I loved the ornaments, lights, and especially the vintage trees with the color block twirly lights.  My only objection is that version of Silent Night from Stevie Nicks...can't stand it. Otherwise, I'm in love! See below! Rockin! ... around the Christmas tree. :)
 



This one has a train going around the base and a bunch of cool ornaments on it.
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Last Minute Shoppers, Holiday travel

Last Minute Shoppers

 

A new survey by Visa shows that 73% of consumers still haven’t finished shopping for Christmas gifts. These last-minute shoppers will spend an average of $304 in the final days leading up to Christmas. Based on 1,007 telephone interviews conducted nationally between December 14-16, the survey finds that 16% of consumers have yet to purchase a single gift and plan to do all of their shopping at the last-minute. At this point in 2011, with one final Saturday left before Christmas, 77% of consumers have yet to finish their shopping, planning to spend $278, while the number of professional procrastinators who hadn’t even started shopping stood at 13%. the survey found regional, income and gender disparities among those who still had some Christmas shopping to complete:

 

  • 69% of Southerners still have gifts to buy and will spend $329.

  • 69% of Midwesterners still have gifts to buy and will spend $239.

  • 78% of Northeasterners still have gifts to buy and will spend $271.

  • 79% of Westerners still have gifts to buy and will spend $352.

  • 74% of women nationally still have gifts to buy and will spend $218.

  • 72% of men nationally still have gifts to buy and will spend $399.

  • 71% of people with household income under $20,000 still have gifts to buy and will spend $170.

  • 74% of people with household income between $20,000 and $49,999 still have gifts to buy and will spend $208.

  • 78% of people with household incomes over $50,000 still have gifts to buy and will spend $401.




Christmas, New Year’s Travel Busiest In 6 Years

 

The economy may just be turning the corner. This Christmas travel season could be the busiest in six years, with AAA predicting that 93.3 million Americans will hit the road. That’s 1.6% more than last year and just 400,000 people shy of the 2006 record. More cars will crowd the highways than ever before, largely because finding a seat on a plane at a desirable price has gotten more difficult. AAA says a record 84.4 million people will drive at least 50 miles between December 22nd and January 1st. That’s 90.5% of holiday travelers, up from 89.3% six years ago. The price of gas could be close to the average of $3.23 a gallon that drivers paid last Christmas Day. The price has dropped about 50 cents since September. AAA estimates the average price will range between $3.20 and $3.40 a gallon by New Year’s Day. Other highlights from AAA’s 2012/13 Year-End Holiday Travel Forecast:

  • Holiday air travel is expected to increase 4.5% to 5.6 million travelers from 5.4 million in 2011.
  • Median spending is expected to increase almost 6% to $759, compared to $718 in 2011, with transportation costs consuming about 29 cents of every travel dollar.
  • Average distance traveled to increase to 760 miles round-trip from 726 miles in 2011.
  • The average distance traveled by Americans during the holiday period is expected to be 760 miles, 34 miles more than last year.
  • Top activities are dining and spending time with loved ones.

Guess What? Mayan Expert Says December 21st Not Doomsday

 

WHAT A SHOCK! A Chicago expert on the ancient Mayans said the belief that the world will end December 21st of this year is based on a misunderstanding of the calendar. Gary Feinman, curator of Mesoamerican anthropology with Chicago’s Field Museum, said tomorrow will mark the end of a 1,872,000-day cycle for the Mayan calendar, but there’s no reason to expect the world to come to an end. “There’s really no basis for thinking we have to be worried about what will happen,” Feinman said. “There’s no Maya prophesy of doom. There’s no idea the world will come to an end that we can find in studies of the Maya.” Feinman said the ancient Mayans also wrote down dates for events taking place after the calendar rolls over December 21st. Guess that means more killings, pollution, climate change, murder and mayhem will continue.

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Road Trippin, Let's hear it for the boy!
Are you road trippin for the holidays? Here are some great tips for saving some cash on your road trip. A lot of it has to do with planning ahead, and using technology to your advantage. CLICK HERE FOR MORE. Good stuff!


EZ Bake for the boys! Update: Easy-Bake Oven Going Gender-Neutral!
Hasbro said it will include boys in the marketing for Easy-Bake Ovens after meeting with a 13-year-old girl. McKenna Pope, 13, won an audience with Hasbro officials after she received more than 40,000 signatures on her Change.org petition and received the endorsement of celebrity chef Bobby Flay for her campaign to have Easy-Bake Ovens marketed to children of both genders. Pope said she was inspired by her brother, Gavyn Boscio, 4, who loves to bake but fears to play with an Easy-Bake Oven because it’s a “girl” toy. Hasbro officials said at the Monday meeting Gavyn will be able to play with a gender-neutral version of the oven, which will be marketed to both sexes, starting in the fall of 2013. The new Easy-Bake Oven will have its debut at the New York Toy Fair in February, Hasbro said.


So you still have to do your office Holiday party? Well take heed, here are some tips to help you so you don't have to do the walk of shame the next day! CLICK HERE TO READ THE TIPS!!!!
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Meh. Bah Humbug, Eel Lights Christmas tree

Are you stressing about this whole 12-21-12 thing? Most people aren't...read on.
Most ‘Meh’ Over Armageddon

 

Despite all the doom and gloom surrounding December 21, 2012, the last day of the Mayan calendar and the reported end of the world, a new survey reveals that Americans are more optimistic than previously thought. The folks at Zoosk.com recently conducted a survey among its members in the U.S. to gather their thoughts on this date, if they are preparing for it, and how the idea of the end of the world would affect their plans. Findings include:

  • 93% of Americans think the world will not come to an end on December 21, 2012.

  • Only 25% of Americans will do any kind of preparation for December 21, such as buying survival gear and emergency supplies.

  • 68% of Americans say they would stay in the relationship they are currently in even if they believed the world were coming to an end.

  • 34% of Americans would like to spend their last day on Earth snuggling with a loved one.

  • Only 5% would max out their credit cards.

  • Only 1% would tell-off their boss.

 


There are things we love about the holidays but here are a few things that Consumer Reports people DON'T like about the holidays...read on.

Although a whopping 94% of holiday shoppers say they’re at least somewhat enjoying the holiday season this year, one in five feel that gift shopping itself is one of the things they absolutely dread about the holiday season, according to a Consumer Reports poll. At the top of the dreaded list: crowds and long lines, which drew the ire of 58% of poll respondents. On the bright side, the thing that people dreaded the least was holiday tipping! Americans’ biggest holiday dreads include:

    Crowds and long lines (58%)
    Gaining weight (41%)
    Aggressive or thoughtless driving in store parking lots (40%)
    Getting into debt (30%)
    Gift shopping (20%)
    Seasonal music (14%)
    Disappointing gifts (13%)
    Seeing certain relatives (12%)
    Traveling (10%)
    Having to attend holiday parties, gatherings or events (9%)
    Having to be nice (4%)
    Holiday tipping (3%)



Aquarium Uses Eel To Power Christmas Tree
The Living Planet Aquarium in Utah is using an electric eel to power the lights on a Christmas tree in its “Journey To South America” gallery. Terry Smith, project manager at Cache Valley Electric, said the electricity generated by an eel in a nearby tank causes the four strands of lights on the 5-foot tree to flash intermittently at the Sandy aquarium. Officials at the aquarium said electric eels can discharge specialized cells called electrocytes simultaneously to create a 600-volt electric charge equal to about five times the power of a standard U.S. wall socket. The eel-powered tree will be on display through December 31st. For realz!  See the video below...
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Whats a Sourtoe? Regifting, Friday Toy Memory
    Bar Makes Cocktails Using Pickled Human Toes... Ewww.
A Yukon Territory bar is serving patrons a drink called The Sourtoe – containing an actual human toe. The idea was born in 1973, when a riverboat captain found a severed big toe preserved in a pickle jar in a cabin outside of town. Captain Dick, as he is
known, says he came up with the original rules for the drink over the course of a drunken evening with friends: take a beer glass full of champagne, drop in the toe, tip the glass back, and the toe must touch the lips. Today, you can "do" the Sourtoe with any beverage for $5. While it may sound unsanitary, the toes are pickled for months in medical alcohol and then packed in dry salts. "There is no issue with the toe," says Patricia Living, communications director for Yukon Health and Social Services. "The risk of freezing on the way to the bar or being attacked by a pack of wolves would be higher." See more here!


Re-Gifting Horrors

 

Holiday traditions like eggnog, mistletoe and stockings hanging above the fireplace aren’t going anywhere, and neither is re-gifting. A Harris Poll found that 39% of U.S. adults have re-gifted an item. It’s fairly easy to get away with re-gifting. Only 8% of those who have ever re-gifted said they have been caught doing so. Sometimes it can be hard to tell whether or not an item you receive is, in fact, a re-gifted one. Only 32% of Americans have, to the best of their knowledge, received a re-gifted item. No matter who people are gifting to this holiday season, re-gifting and awkward gift moments are almost guaranteed to happen. When asked what was the most awkward gift they have ever given or received, Americans said:

  • “A bag of dog food. I have a cat.”
  • “Belt buckle. Not a belt, just a buckle.”
  • “A boyfriend of one month bought me an engagement ring that I turned down.”
  • “Three expired bottles of barbeque sauce.”
  • “A giant box of condoms from my mother.”
  • “Jar of hemorrhoid pads.”
  • “A gift card with zero balance on it.”
  • “Picture frames with other people’s kids in it.”
  • “Glow-in-the-dark handcuffs.”
 

Holidaze

MOGL, a restaurant loyalty platform, has released the results of its recent “Holidaze” survey, which highlights the anticipation and consumer sentiment that often goes along with the “most wonderful time of the year.” The survey found that

-57% of respondents want to “Have more fun” in 2013 as their top New Year’s resolution
-22% saying they want to lose weight
-12% wanting to find a soul mate
-9%  want a new job.

The survey also found that:

31%, would prefer to spend a holiday happy hour with Will Ferrell’s memorable character Buddy the Elf

28% would love to spend it with Chevy Chase’s Clark W. Griswold

24% with Billy Bob Thornton’s Bad Santa,

12% with Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch – who came in last.

When asked which celebrity chef they’d like to cook their holiday dinner

Anthony Bourdain was number one at 32%, followed by 30% who picked Giada De Laurentiis and 27% who chose Gordon Ramsey.

Additional survey results:

26% will attend their company’s holiday party at a restaurant this year,
12% at the office, and
12% at a hotel ballroom.

 
However, 51% said their company has no plans for a holiday party this year.

    12% say they go out to eat “a lot more often,” during the holidays, while 35% say “a little bit more often”, 8% eat out “less often”, and 45% eat out just as often as they do any other time of year.

    34% say they tip “a little bit more” than normal, 5% say “quite a bit more,” 1% double their tip, but 60% say there is no change in their tipping behavior at all

    40% choose to stash their holiday bonus – if they’re lucky enough to get one – in a 401k account, compared to 33% who go on a shopping spree, 16% who donate it to charity, and 12% who take it to Vegas, where it usually stays in Vegas.


Friday Toy Memory: Rainbow Brite! Remember this doll? How about the cartoon full of colorful awesomeness? Thanks for the idea Nicole! (I'm going to name her West Virginia Morning Show Content Contributor). :)  Here's a cartoon clip below...
 
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Pineapple Express, Love Letters, Every Christmas Story Ever Told
I'm keeping it brief but I wanted you guys to have this information.

5:50 this morning I told a roundabout tale about hearing that a tractor trailer carrying pineapple overturned on the beltway. I just imagined a pina colada party. Not to jest at the driver or if anyone was injured, just to laugh at the cargo...that's it. Here's the story and a picture of the truck.


6:15 We discovered a really cool site that asks you to send a letter (a love letter but not the romantic love, just a nice note) to someone who may need that in their life. Cool huh? Right now, they are in the midst of a campaign called 12 days of 12 letters. Cool stuff. I love it when people share the love! This is how they got started...click here!


7:15 We interviewed Tim Eichelberger from the Apollo Civic Theatre's production of "Every Christmas Story Ever Told...(and then some) The show opens this weekend and runs thru next weekend. Find out more at www.apollo-theatre.org
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Top Yahoo Searches, Christmas Cash for Kids, and the new Starbucks Steel card
We chatted with Heather Cabot from Yahoo.com. She's their Web Life  Editor. She told us about the top Yahoo searches of 2012. To see all the searches go to YearInReview.yahoo.com


Got an extra $450 lying around that you'd like to get rid of ? I got you covered! Starbucks is rolling a "baller" gift card. It's a STEEL gift card. Starbucks will make only 5,000 of them. But you can't buy them at any Starbucks store. They'll only be sold via the luxury goods website, Gilt.com. The card comes with gold-level Starbucks card membership benefits, such as gifts and freebie refills on brewed coffee and tea. Click here to read all about it!


So if you're working out in the gym and there's a really smelly dude near you, do you think to yourself,"I'll complain to the manager"? Well, some people do that and this guy ended up getting booted from the Gold's Gym in LA because he was to smelly. His membership was revoked! Wow. Apparently the choice to NOT wear deoderant can get you booted from the gym.
 
We spoke with Becky Linton from City National Bank today and she told us of the need for Christmas Cash for Kids 2012. If you'd like to know where to donate click here for details!
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What's your get down song? Men just don't get it!
Just to prove no one reads this...I will give the first person who responds a "goodie bag" of WLTF stuff if you write to me at rona@wltffm.com and tell me you read this post!

Now what song do you like to "get down" to? There was a study from USA Today a few months ago and the findings were surprising. Click here for the full list!

Some notables that I don't understand on the list are...

The top 20 songs that people listen to for whoopee:

1. Dirty Dancing soundtrack

3. Ravel, Bolero

13. Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sound of Music

14. Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture

15. Grease soundtrack

18. Abba, Mama Mia

20. Star Wars soundtrack

Men just don't understand or remember a lot about the women in their lives, so says a study from Superdrug.com in the UK. Think your guy knows everything about you? think again. A new survey by British beauty retailer Superdrug found that a whopping 40% of couples have fought over the fact that the guy can’t remember super important details. Twelve percent of men surveyed don’t remember their other half’s birthday, while 39% don’t remember her bra size. An additional 10% have no clue what their significant other does for a job. Cell phone numbers top the list of things men forget about their wives of girlfriends at 54%.  Here's a link with more.

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Get in touch with Santa, I could pee on this...and Defriend-tion.
I'm a cat lover. I admit it fully. If you've had a cat, you know that those animals simply don't respect you, your home, your things, or your size. Something about they way they look at you makes you feel as if you are subservient to them. I don't know what it is. All I know is that I've done things for cats when I didn't need to becuase I felt guilty or something.....along those same lines comes the book "I Could Pee On This and Other Poems by Cats".  There are some seriously funny pages here. Check out the amazon page and take a look through some of the poetry. It's spot on!
 

Want to get in touch with Santa? There are a few ways to do it.

Vonage customers will once again be able to dial 1-700-CALL-SANTA (1-700-225-5726) from a Vonage home phone or Vonage Extension to hear a message from Kris Kringle himself. Now through Christmas Eve, the number will connect customers directly to a holiday greeting from Santa where they will have the opportunity to leave a message for Santa about what they’d like to see under the tree. The recorded message will be sent to the Vonage account holder’s email address so Vonage customers will know exactly what their loved one wished for this year. The audio attachment can also be forwarded to other family members and friends, or even set aside as a keepsake.

You can still call Santa even if you are not a Vonage customer. Simply visit
www.vonage.com/northpole and follow the instructions. Callers will also be able to track Santa’s whereabouts as he delivers presents around the world.  Starting at 5 p.m. on December 24th, Vonage customers can dial 1-700-CALL-SANTA to hear where Santa and his reindeer have been and where they are headed next!

By the way, we asked for some nicknames of Santa Claus. Check out some of the other names he has in other countries here.



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