Since we are talking about hotels, read this unrelated but interesting tidbit: In an experiment, five Paris hotels have launched a plan allowing guests to "pay what you want". The three- and four-star hotels are a little away from the city's tourist centers and hope the novel idea will increase business. The owners of the hotels are optimistic and confident that clients will not abuse the plan.
6:30- They are having a fest for the pests! MOSQUITO FESTIVAL _ The Great Texas Mosquito Festival begins today in Clute, Texas. It includes the Mr. and Mrs. Mosquito Legs Contest, the Mosquito Calling Contest, and the Skeeter Beaters Baby Crawling Contest. http://www.mosquitofestival.com/
6:45 The coolest Cooler. On Kickstarter.com, they've just exceeded $7 Million in pledges. So all we have to do now is wait for this thing to be made. I bet it will FLY off the shelves.
This is why I think this is so cool:
It has a blender
It has a solar panel
It has a wi-fi
It has a flashlight inside the cooler so you can see your beverages in the dark
It has a charger for your digital devices
It has a bungee cord to hold your stuff down!
I have never been so excited about a stinkin cooler in my life!!!!!!!
7:15 It's Friday! Let's Celebrate. We've passed 4th of July and Labor Day seems a little ways off so let's celebrate like they do in other countries with wacky celebrations from around the world.
CRAZIEST CELEBRATIONS FROM AROUND-THE-WORLD:
• "Cascamorras" (Baza, Spain): Each year on September 6th locals completely cover themselves in grease to reenact the stealing of a statue that took place 500 years ago.
• "Up Helly Aa" (Lerwick, Scotland): The highlight of this modern-day Viking celebration is the burning of life-size Viking longships.
• "Songkran Water Festival" (Chiang Mai, Thailand): Every April 13th-15th this Thai town has the biggest water fight in the world.
• "Festival of St Vincent" (Manganeses de la Polvorosa, Spain): Villagers round up a goat and throw it from the top of a bell tower while others below hold out blankets to catch it.
• "Baby Tossing" (Sholapur, India): Once a year mothers throw their babies of off 50-foot ledges to be caught by villagers below in order to secure 'good luck' for their children. I saw a video on this...at least they catch the kids in a sheet. See the video here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/25/indian-baby-dropping-baba-umer-durga_n_4855819.html
• "Cooper Hill's Cheese Rolling Festival" (Gloucester, England): Every year hundreds of people go rolling down this English hill while chasing a wheel of cheese. Injuries are common.
• "Boryeong Mud Festival" (Boryeong, South Korea): Just like it sounds. If mudslinging's your thing, this is your festival. You can slog through it, roll in it, throw mudballs … whatever you like.
• "Batalla de la Rata Muerta" (El Puig, Spain): As you may be able to tell from the name, during this event at the fiesta of San Pedro Nolasco residents throw dead rats at each other.
• "Las Bolas de Fuego" (Nejapa, El Salvador): To celebrate surviving a volcanic eruption villagers get together each year and throw the equivalent of Molotov cocktails at each other.
• "Moose Dropping Festival" (Talkeetna, Alaska): In celebration of the US state's official animal, locals attempt to drop moose poop onto targets from hot air balloons.
• "La Tomatina" (Buñol, Spain): For the past several decades on the last Wednesday of August this small Spanish town witnesses the largest tomato fight on Earth.
They did a similar tomato festival in Chicago and will also have one in NY this year too. IF you're interested. They had one in Frederick last August...no word if they're doing one in 2014. http://thetomatobash.com/washington-dc/
8:15- I'LL DRINK TO THAT:
More evidence suggests some drinking may help your heart, but too much can harm it. Two new studies, one covering 52 countries worldwide and the other from Scandinavia, link low-to-moderate alcohol consumption to a reduced risk of heart attack. It's as yet unclear whether all types of alcohol offer the same benefits but researchers are clear on what 'moderate drinking' entails: 2 glasses of alcohol per day for men, and no more than 1 serving per day for women. Both studies find increased risk of harm when drinking goes from moderate to heavy. In fact, having 6 or more drinks in the past 24 hours is associated with a 40% increased risk of heart attack, especially for those over age 65. (So you can't hit the moderate mark by averaging out your consumption over 7 days … cheater.)
8:45 Friday Toy Memory: Retro candy. I remember when I was a kid I went to summer camp each year. At the end of the night, they'd let us go to the snack bar where we could get up to two items. We'd have a little punch card with the amount of money we had on credit at the snack bar. I remember going up to the shack with the orange mosquito lamps going and the older counselors and camp employees working behind the shack. It was overwhelming all the crazy candy that we could get. You could get no less that 30 different types of sugary delights from:
Mike and Ikes
Good N Plenty
Fun Dip (this was my favorite as it was concentrated sugar with a sugar stick!)
Now and Laters
Little Hugs Drinks
Chocolate of all kinds
Licorice strings (like shoelaces) and many more.
ahh those were the days, they'd get us all sugared up and then send us to bed and play taps to make us go to sleep. Ha!
6:15 I want to get a little deep here for a minute: Sometimes I see little quotes that just stick with me this one was a good one:
☎ If you could give your 20-year-old self 3 words of advice, what would you say? (since I never follow directions, I went way over 3 words....following the directions, I'd say HAVE NO FEAR)
-it's okay, this weight, is probably as low as you're gonna get—enjoy it now!
-You will never know how much you don't know, so enjoy what you don't know and enjoy the ride in getting to know more.
-Don't be so afraid to try things, you just might succeed,now especially since you have less barriers, obligations right now.
Susan- "Don't take yourself so seriously. Thinking you know so much & so forth..."
Pam- "Don't get married...go to school."
Greg- "Stay away from the Jagermeister. The guy you see today is pretty much the same guy as I was then. Then after a moment of careful introspection he said..."Also, go ahead and go do it!" He had an opportunity to go work on a cruise ship and he didn't take it then, but instead joined the military."
Marc-"Be more flexible. Think more flexibly"
Danielle- "I would go back to my 16 year old self instead. I'd tell myself that just because you don't have a boyfriend or you're not popular, it doesn't matter when you get older. My 20's were great! It was my teenage years that were harder."
6:45 TAKING SELF-SERVE TO A NEW LEVEL:
There's a newly-opened coffee shop that has no staff and uses the 'honor system' … and it actually works! The Vault coffee shop in Valley City, North Dakota doesn't have any staff or cash tills; customers serve themselves and are asked to leave money or swipe their credit card to pay for what they take. Amazingly, people actually do that and pay a little bit more, about 15%. And no thefts have been reported despite the fact that coffee, snacks, a library of books, and even 2 pianos are there for the taking. The owner only stops by the shop occasionally to keep it stocked up. How honest are you? Would you pay for coffee if you didn't have to? I would but I'd bet tempted to be dishonest. I'm not gonna lie. I'm sure at some point, I'd jokingly want to make off with the piano, just to see if anyone would say anything to me about it.
7:15 These days, it's kinda tough to figure out what to wear to work. Since the tech boom of the 90's , things have changed and there are differing views of what's appropriate for the workplace. Check this out:
What is corporate casual?
We need dress code transparency! In many workplaces employees are advised that 'corporate casual' is the official company dress code, but just what does that mean? Corporate casual evolved in the early '90s, when Silicon Valley nerds got rich and realized they had enough money to go to work dressed however they wanted. But if you Google the term, the gist of every article you'll find is that no one really knows what it is. A few tips from style watchers …
✓ Black jeans may be okay but blue jeans are definitely not.
✓ No skinny trousers.
✓ No shorts unless they are upscale designer wear.
✓ Men should only wear collared shirts, and they must be tucked in.
✓ Shoes should be clean and polished, never scuffed.
✓ No flip-flops.
✓ Do not overexpose your body.
✓ And this one we can all agree on … wearing a 3-piece suit to work in mid-Summer is essentially a definition of masochism. (And what's corp-casj mean to you?)
–I got the story here: http://www.full-stop.net/2014/07/08/blog/brittany-taylor/the-code/
Want to see what I mean about the fact that there is no concensus as to what Business Casual is? Check this out (one hint, Wikipedia doesn't know either):
8:15- You really couldn't make this up! If you're thinking you want you favorite pair of jeans to look a little distressed...
'Distressed' jeans often go for triple the price of regular jeans after they've been battered by factory machines. But now you can own a pair of jeans personally shredded by lions and tigers and bears. Introducing … 'Zoo Jeans'. The Mineko Club, a volunteer group in Hitachi City, Japan is selling jeans mangled by animals at the Kamine Zoo to raise money for wildlife conservation. The critters are given toys covered in denim to tear into, thereby creating a 'worn-in' look. The denim is then sewn to create the jeans which are being auctioned online. Bids on jeans 'designed' by a tiger have risen well into the thousands. (Too bad, you've already missed your chance to buy pants covered in lion spit. The sale ended earlier this month)
6:15 Bad Grammar On Social Networks Could Cost You A Job
If you think the way you phrase your tweets doesn't matter in the real world, think again. A third of HR managers responding to a CareerBuilder survey said they have taken an applicant out of consideration due to "poor communication skills" on social media.
The Chief Marketing Officer at one talent acquisition company said:
"Job seekers should pay special attention to their social media profiles, ensuring all publicly accessible information is professional. It's difficult for a recruiter to 'unsee' these references."
According to Time, HR pros think twice about an applicant if their social media feeds reflect any of the following:
Bad or nonexistent punctuation: "If they can't punctuate, if they can't make a coherent sentence, then they are not, in my opinion, what we're looking for," says Thomas Anderson, a panelist with the Society for Human Resource Management and director of HR at the Houston Community College System. "If they don't punctuate properly, you get a sense that the way they probably write all the time."
Misspelled words: According to Vitale, 47% percent of recruiters say spelling errors are their biggest turn-off when reviewing a social media profile. Spell-check is there for a reason, people.
Incoherent rambling: "The employer is more apt to question your professionalism if you show a pattern of misspelled words… or your commentary seems rash, uninformed or non-cohesive," says Jennifer Grasz, spokeswoman at CareerBuilder.
A stuck caps-lock key: "If they've got it all in capitals, that's a big red flag… that indicates in social media or email that you're shouting," Anderson says. This is a widely known bit of online etiquette, so an applicant that isn't savvy enough to pick up on this might have serious knowledge or social skills gaps elsewhere. (this is one of my pet peeves...friends who send e-mails with all caps. Ugh.)
Using words the wrong way: Using words incorrectly can also trip you up in an employer's eyes, Grasz says. If you're not sure what a word means, look it up.
Texting shortcuts: It might be natural for people -- especially young adults -- to abbreviate words with letters or numbers when texting, but Grasz says it can be a turn-off for hiring managers if your conversations on social networks are riddled with this kind of shorthand.
6:45 IS 'THE SIMPSONS' KILLING OFF KRUSTY THE CLOWN?:Rumors surfaced on Monday(July 21st) that Krusty the Clown may be the character getting killed off of The Simpsons in the coming season. Showrunner Al Jean announced last year that a major character would be axed in an episode airing onSeptember 28th. Al has revealed that the title of the episode is 'A Clown in the Dumps' which has many speculating that it could be Krusty since a previous clue revealed that the actor who portrays the character has won an Emmy for his work. The episode will also be a crossover with Family Guy.
7:15 A few months back, we learned that Lay's potato chips is having the 2nd "Do Us A Flavor" contest. Now after several months and thousands of entries of flavors, Lay's has announced the finalists, this morning I chatted with the 4 Finalists of the Lay's Do Us A Flavor Contest. I only played about 5 minutes of our interview on the air. Click below for the exclusive extended interview with the finalists and what they plan to do with the $1 Million if they win.
6:15 I was working in my yard yesterday pulling weeds. I pulled something that I was a little concerned might be poison ivy. Then all of a sudden, I started itching. It wasn't poison ivy (just a bunch of bug bites) but I was wondering why we itch. I turn to find out from How Stuff Works.com and learned. Now you can too...
WHY WE ITCH: The average human body is covered by about 20 sq ft (2 sq m) of skin. Skin is the only organ that is constantly exposed to potential irritation. And, with so many things coming into contact with your skin daily, you're bound to get an itch or two. Here's how it happens … • Itching, also known as 'pruritus', starts with some kind of external stimuli, including bugs, dust, clothing fibers, and hair. (Say it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKip03opOfI) • Like tickling, itching is a built-in defense mechanism that alerts your body to the potential of being harmed. • Once the hair or dust scratches your skin's surface layer, receptors in the dermis of the skin become irritated. In a split second these receptors send a signal to your brain. • As soon as we sense an itch, our first natural response is to scratch the spot of the itch with our fingernails. The reason is simple … we want to remove the irritant as soon as possible. • Even if you don't remove the irritant, scratching will at least cause pain and divert your attention away from the itching. • But, when you scratch the spot where the irritant is, you not only remove the irritant but you irritate a lot more nerve endings than the irritant. So sometimes itching leads to … more itching. (You just started scratching, didn't you?<========== I know I did.) – HowStuff Works.com
7:15 Clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula recently conducted an observational study of 1,000 coffee drinkers. The survey assessed numerous common personality styles and psychological traits including introversion and extraversion; patience; perfectionism; warmth; vigilance; sensitivity; and social boldness, among others.
in the survey, which is described in Dr. Durvasula's book entitled You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life, people were given common scenarios that we all find ourselves in: how we approach waiting in long lines, how we plan dinner parties or what our typical weekends look like. Participants were asked to choose from a series of approaches to these scenarios. The survey also asked if they drink coffee and what they typically ordered. The results were not that surprising. What did the survey reveal about different coffee drinkers' personalities?
I have to admit I was skeptical about this but his findings are pretty on target. I'm in the "latte" category. Really it was waaay to close to home. See the chart here and see where you fall on the scale.
NOT LEARNING FROM MISTAKES: If you want to date someone who looks like your ex Match.com will set you up … for a fee. The online dating site has partnered with Three Day Rule, a matchmaking service that uses facial recognition software to identify a person's type and then finds potential partners who bear a resemblance. You just upload pics of your ex and the service finds compatible dates with the same facial structure. Soon certain Match.com members will be given the option of upgrading their account to include Three Day Rule. But it doesn't come cheap. A 6-month package costs – ouch! – $5,000. (Wouldn't you rather forget that jerk you dated and move on?) – Mashable.com
6:15 Talked about my weekend, what's coming up on the show and what Danielle and I will be giving away. I was bleary eyed and couldn't think...sometimes that happens. But I suspect you probably understand it and live the same reality on some Mondays dontcha? :) Thanks for bearing with me. --mwah, Ro.
6:45 I started to spiral by mentioning that Weird Al released 8 videos in 8 days last week. His parody of Blurred Lines is Word Crimes rawks. I have to admit, it has me much more self conscious about my use of exclamation points and quotation marks. "Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes - YouTube
You probably use your earbuds all day — during your commute to work, work itself, and your commute home. As many times as you pull them in and out of your bag, you probably don't think often enough about keeping them clean. Unsurprisingly, earbuds can transmit bacteria from person to person if they're shared, and in some cases can even cause ear infections. Clearly they need to be kept clean, but what's the best way?
Obviously you can't just toss your earbuds in the dishwasher to clean them. While doing some research, I came across a few suggestions of how to properly clean earbuds. Here's how:
Use a gentle cleaner, like soap and warm water. No need to go too heavy-duty here; try a mix of dishwashing detergent and water.
Use a gentle cloth with just a small amount of the soap mixture. Too much soap could leave a residue on your earbuds, and too much water, well that goes without saying.
If there's a lot of dirt or dust in the metal part of your earbuds, try brushing them with a dry toothbrush to dislodge the dust.
Some earbuds, like Apple's In-Ear Headphones, come with removable (and replaceable) silicone covers, so try removing them and cleaning those separately.
Never submerge them in water. You'll damage the wiring. Ditto for running them under the faucet, even for just a second.
Remember to only clean your earbuds when they're detached from your iPod or other device!
7:15 So could this be your new way to work? I would love this. ..if I didn't live 55 miles away one way. I'd be wiped (and probably lose 20 lbs in the first month).
Commute to Work on Electric Roller Skates Electric cars are a big-ticket item, but a California start-up company has a less pricey option for folks who want to get from point A to point B in a greener way: electric roller skates.
ACTON Global announced a Kickstarter campaign for its RocketSkates at the Wearable Technologies Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.
The dual-wheeled RocketSkates attach to your shoes and can reach a top speed of 12 miles per hour.
The RocketSkates can run for up to 90 minutes on one charge, and recharge in about the same amount of time.
Users lean forward to go faster and lean back to slow down. Brakes are positioned on the back of each skate. Users track battery life by using an iOS app.
The company reached its Kickstarter goal of $50,000 in 24 hours.
RocketSkates will be available in three versions with different size batteries. The $499 "Rocket Red" can cover six miles on a 45-minute battery. The "Terminator Chrome" costs $599 and gives the rider eight miles of skating and 70 minutes of battery life. The "Deep Space Black" offers a ten-mile limit and a 90-minute battery at $699.
But wait, there's more. Paging Doc Brown! Jennifer Choy, a transportation engineer at ACTON Global, says the company is also developing a hoverboard.
8:15 I tell ya, Google wants it AAAAALLLLLL!
Google not only wants to control what and how you search, your smartphone, how you look up maps, but now they want a piece of the action when it comes to your eyes and what you see. What am I talking about? They super tech giant Google has now teamed up with drug maker Novartis to make "smart" contact lenses which will detect glucose levels in your tears and can transmit the information to your smartphone. Which could help diabetics monitor their glucose levels. Wow. I shutter to think of what they'll think of next. Actually, this one is great because it can help people keep tabs on their health. For real, your contacts would be smarter than you. (I stole that last line and this story from the clever girls at The Skimm. If you've never read it, you should! Get the Google gets your contacts story here:
6:15 Originally, I was going to give travel tips to frequent flyers. After starting to get into it, it occurred to me that there was a huge flight disaster the night before. I figured that it might not affect anyone in our area but it seemed sort of inappropriate or frivolous to talk about packing light tips. So instead, I decided to use:
This is interesting: Track Your Child's Every Move with New Wristband Device
Good news if you're a helicopter parent. LG Electronics unveiled a new water-resistant polythiourethane wristband device Wednesday that allows moms and dads to track their kids with GPS and WiFi and receive advisories about their child's exact whereabouts throughout the day via a smartphone or tablet.
The device, dubbed the LG Kizon, is designed for the wrists of pre-school and primary school children and comes in bright colors and with various kiddie accessory features.
In addition to tracking your child's every step, the device also provides communication via a "One Step Direct Call" button. If a parent calls their child and doesn't get an answer, the device will automatically connect the call and let Mom and Dad listen in on what's going on via the device's built-in microphone.
"Children as well as the elderly are ideal customers for wearable technologies," LG Electronics Mobile Communications CEO Jong-seok Park said in a statement. "Wearables allow us to stay connected without the worry of losing a device or the inconvenience of having to carry a large item in a pocket." LG has not announced a price for the Kizon.
Trendiest baby names of 2014 (so far) (As for pop culture names, Katniss from "The Hunger Games" is 14th for girls... Khaleesi from "Game of Thrones" is 18th for girls...and Django is 46th for boys. )
8:15 I have a friend I'll call "L". She just seems to have the funniest little stories on Facebook. So...she posted this the other day. Ha! BTW, We might be on to something with "Things in your pants Friday" stories...the is the second I've had. Maybe I should make it on Thursday? Things in your pants Thursday does have a ring to it!
"This afternoon I had a meeting with some folks. We had a sit down discussion and then we were going to get up and go look at some equipment and go through some demos. When I got up I placed my phone which had been on the table into my back pocket.....or so I thought...what I really did was accidentally slide my phone between my underwear and jeans. As I started to walk with a group of people I realized to my horror that my phone was sliding down my pants. Since it was black skinny jeans it stopped down by the inside of my calf just below the knee. I could hear the bottle cap sound coming out of my pants each time someone texted me. I kept asking questions so no one else could hear or have a chance to figure out where it was coming from. I spent an entire hour praying it wouldn't ring. Finally I had a chance to excuse myself and go to the rest room to retrieve it. I had 8 new messages. Yep. Just another day in the life."
---The woman lives a sitcom, I tell ya.
8:15 Friday Toy Memory: The groovy TV show Wonderbug. It was sort of a real life Scooby Doo. It had teens who were solving crimes and stuff but with the help of a car that used to be a piece of junk. The clothes, the premise, the actors...it was so 1970's and awful. I loved it!
If you only have time for one thing, check this out...remember this opening sequence? Whatever happened to the actors in that show?
You can watch a portion of the show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjk41C5Eh5o
6:15 Yesterday, we had a lot of excitement here when we started to smell something that smelled like it was burning. Anyway, we called the fire dept who investigated the smell and they advised us to turn off the AC. Funny since we are always complaining about the air conditioning system here. BTW, thanks to the Martinsburg Fire Department for taking care of us and keeping us safe yesterday.
Weird thing...it's on this morning. Who turned it on? Did it get fixed after I left? What's going on? This is what happens when you are only in the building for a few hours a day.
Then I switched gears and told this story: TOO STUPID FOR US TO MAKE UP: • A Wisconsin woman has found her missing wedding ring in an odd place. Apparently, her dog Tucker had been keeping it safe in his stomach for years. A few days after the family food thief ate an entire popsicle – stick included – Tucker threw up. The ring surprisingly appeared in the dog puke. It seems the popsicle stick may have forcibly moved the ring from where it was lodged in the dog's stomach. The owner says she simply cleaned it up using toothpaste … and her toothbrush. (Eww!)
6:45 In the summertime, all I drink is coffee, wine, and cocktails. No lie. So its hard for me to get enough water. Here are some great tips for getting the H2O in for you and your kids.
Ways to keep yourself and your family hydrated this summer.
1. It doesn't have to be water – many fruits and vegetables have a very high water content. Offer watermelon, strawberries, broccoli, celery, cucumbers and other watery fruits and veggies for snacks.
2. Make sipping fun. Pick out their own drinking cups or travel bottles in their favorite colors or decorated with their favorite characters. Buy a set of crazy straws. Invest in ice cube trays that make ice in fun shapes.
3. If kids balk at drinking "boring" water, give it some flavor and color. Freeze berries or cranberries into ice cubes, or infuse water with fresh fruit, herbs or vegetables such as lemon, mint, watermelon or orange.
4. Make your own popsicles for a fluid-rich treat.
5. Make sure water is easily accessible for little ones.
6. Be prepared. Invest in an assortment of reusable travel bottles and keep them filled and in the fridge so you can grab them any time you head out for a walk, bike ride or car trip.
7. Create a reminder system for drinking water.
7:15 You know the drill, you go on vacation and your diet goes out the window. That doesn't have to be the case. I came across some really good tips to avoid vaca weight gain from a travel writer.
6:15 Smartphones Are Indispensable to Many Americans
Smartphones haven't been around all that long, but they're almost as important to people as an arm or a leg.Maybe even more so if the findings of a new poll are to be believed.
On behalf of Bank of America, researchers at the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California-Annenberg and Bovitz Inc. Researchers asked 1,000 adults in the U.S. if they could last a day without their smartphone and 47 percent replied NO they could not.
Overall, 91 percent of respondents said their cellphone is as important to them as their car and a toothbrush.
Millennials are clearly the most devoted, with most saying they'd just as soon do without a toothbrush or deodorant than be deprived of their digital device.
And what would Americans be willing to do if they lost access to their smartphones?
Four out of five say they'd give up alcohol or chocolate if that's what it took to stay connected.
7:15 Do you have rude Milennial manners? Take this quiz to find out. I'm pleased that I'm not as rude as I thought I was. I answer with the majority of respondents on this quiz but a few of them, I was way off the mark.
This past weekend the theater group that I'm with went tubing. It's one of the few things we do during the year to build camaraderie. Anyway, thank goodness we don't do any of those awful "officey team building exercises". You know In grade school, at summer camp, as a new college student or even in a corporate workplace, you've probably been forced to play some sort of ice-breaker game. Maybe you had to find out five facts about the person sitting next to you, or you had to get into a group and work on a puzzle. Teachers, managers and other group leaders often look for activities to make people in the room mingle and bond with each other. The activities can be annoying, but the goal is admirable. After all, making friends with the people around you can make your school days or workdays much easier.)
In Gainesville, Georgia, it is actually illegal to eat fried chicken with anything other than your fingers – and someone was arrested for it! In 2009, Gainesville Police Chief Frank Hooper arrested Louisiana resident Ginny Dietrick on her 91st birthday for eating fried chicken with a fork – as part of a prank played upon her by a friend. The mayor and president-emeritus of the Georgia Poultry Federation were on hand to dismiss the charges.
In Beech Grove, Indiana, it is illegal to eat watermelons in parks. A parks board member explains that the ordinance was erected after watermelon rinds were found to puncture garbage bags and cause messes.
In Broward County, Florida, hot dog stand vendors may not wear inappropriate attire that shows parts of the "cleavage or buttocks", such as thong bikinis or G-strings, or else be deemed "a hazard or impediment to traffic". We're wondering what's going down in the Sunshine State that makes this rule necessary...
In Tennessee, it is illegal to catch fish with a lasso. This strange law started as a wacky city ordinance, but the language in the books has cleaned up over the years and now makes no mention of a lasso – although, lassos are still technically a prohibited device.
Lefors, Texas, it was illegal to drink more than three sips of beer while standing. This strange law was on the books within the last century, but has since disappeared. An old-timer confirms that the law was created so that people would go inside and sit down to drink rather than stand outside and offend the eyes of "teetotalers."
8:15 So we always play the song Rude by the group Magic. It's about a guy that wants to propose to his girlfriend and he's asking the girl's father for permission to marry. Here's a funny response "from the Dad" version. Cute...except for the dad threatening to kill the guy. In my humble opinion. :) --Rona
6:15 Anyone else get stuck in that crazy rain last night? Whew! I had something else I wanted to talk about but, I didn't sleep much so I rambled about this: Told the story of getting stuck in the very heavy rain storm and my friends (Tad and Gene) coming around the corner in their mini van and giving me a ride home.
7:15 Weird food rules. I told the story of my friend this weekend who got weirded out because I put cole slaw on my pulled pork bbq sandwich. She said under NO circumstances do cold foods and warm foods touch. EVER.
I looked online and found some other weird food rules people have: Weird Food rules
Food that can't touch
Won't eat food on the bones
Won't eat orange food?
It seems a bit strange but I have certain rules that apply to what I eat and even how I eat it! Here's just a few examples...
1. I always save the best thing on my plate until last.
2. I don't like to mix the different things on my plate, they have to stay separate. (Even spaghetti bolognese, I keep the meat/sauce part separate from the pasta!)
3. Certain meals, like fish and chips, I eat on a melamine plate instead of a ceramic one.
4. Fruit in savoury dishes is a definite no-go.
5. I ALWAYS save room for dessert!
There's more too but I'll leave it at that...
Is this just weird or do other people do this sort of thing too? Do you or anyone in your family have any similar 'food rules'?
Zack Brown has promised all funders who donate more than $1 that he will say their names during the production of the potato salad. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian
Zack Brown didn't want to fund an investigation, an avant-garde art project, or a tech start-up. He just wanted to make potato salad, of no particular kind, and he was asking for $10 on Kickstarter to do it. That was last Thursday. He has since managed to raise more than $35,000 in donations on the crowdfunding site - and he doesn't even have a recipe in mind.
What else does the internet love enough to fund? Here are some of the most unexpected - and ridiculous - successes that Kickstarter has seen to date.
1) Lionel Richie's head, inflated
Everybody loves Lionel Richie right? Barcelona based artists Hungry Castle certainly thought so and were not prepared to let one failed Kickstarter campaign deter them from creating their dream: a giant inflatable of Lionel Richie's head for public consumption. When DJ Rob da Bank took note, the self-funded artwork landed a place on the official line-up for last year's Bestival on the Isle of Wight. As the campaign grew, so did the head - enough money was raised to make it big enough to climb inside. Festival goers could enjoy a "fully immersive, slightly surreal and very personal" journey into the head itself, with more generous donors promised a VIP experience. With this success under his belt, Lionel Richie's head is now en route to Australia, on the latest leg of his world tour.
2) The world's first pizza museum
With museums created to celebrate mustard, kiwis, chocolate and even burnt food, artist Brian Dwyer decided the time was ripe to create the world's first and biggest pizza museum. So with the help of more than $16,000 in backing from pizza lovers, he curated "the largest collection of pizza related items in the world" and got the Guinness Book of World Records to make it official. Pizza Brain is now home to an art show, museum, arcade and of course, a pizzeria.
3) The Griz Coat
It was Halloween and Hans Reichstetter could not find a suitable grizzly bear jacket anywhere - he wanted it to be realistic, without being real. Hundreds of people shared his dilemma and The Griz Coat was born. Sold with the firm mantra that it is not a costume, but a lifestyle, the first batch of Griz Coats quickly sold out. The second batch promises polar bears. Unfortunately, neither the beer nor the hipster glasses are included.
4) Anti-Zombie soap
Kickstarter has long been the home of zombie-based campaigns - be that computer games, graphic novels or an instruction book for the post-apocalyptic golfer. But zombie megafan Noah Thompson decided that hygiene was the best protection for apopcalypse and has since managed to fundraise enough to create an ever-expanding range of soap products, each complete with a three day guarantee of zombie-free living. As he says, why take the risk?
5) A squirrel census
It was the autumn of 2012 and Jamie Allen was working on a short story, imagining the day the squirrels came down to attack everyone. But he quickly came upon a hurdle: nobody could tell him how many eastern grey squirrels existed in Atlanta. So with the help of a team of researchers, designers, web programmers and one firefighter, he conducted Atlanta's first squirrel census, complete with infographics, lectures and squirrel-related art. He has now set his sights on the mass production of high quality squirrel census poster prints and has raised more than $8,000 to get started.
6) Tea from a 1974 Citroen H Van
In recent years the capital has witnessed the growth of an imported caffeine culture of lattes, frappuccinnos and flat whites. So where was the tea equivalent for a country famously obsessed with a hearty brew? Emilie Holmes decided that a mobile tea truck was the answer and the Brew Bar can now be seen peddling "Good and Proper Tea" around London. But will it take off? We've even got one within walking distance of Guardian HQ.
7) Emoji Dick
Ever wished you could read Moby Dick translated into Japanese emoji icons? If you have, you are not alone - 83 people on had the same desire and were prepared to cough up enough cash to make Fred Benenson's dream a reality. The translation and production of the text has also been crowdsourced, with a workforce from Amazon's Mechanical Turk marketplace. Here, to whet your appetite, is one of the novel's most famous lines in translation.
8) Grilled Cheesus
Your prayers have been answered: you can now get the face of Jesus on your lunchtime toastie. After $25,000 in donations, the electronic sandwich press has become a reality. Cheese lovers around the world have been giving thanks.
6:45 Your Healthy Friends Will Be Into BrusselKale (July 11, 2014)
Thanks to science, we're getting a new hybrid vegetable this fall: BrusselKale. And it doesn't take a genius to guess that the new vegetable was developed by cross-pollinating Kale and Brussels Sprouts.
According to the scientists at a British company called Tozer Seeds -- who incidentally spent 15 years developing the vegetable, BrusselKales have a flavor that is a "fusion of sweet and nutty." Since both Brussels sprouts and kale are members of the cabbage family, no genetic modification was necessary to make this monstrosity.
If the name BrusselKale already has you cringing, you can call them "Kalettes" because they will also be marketed that way.
The official Kalettes website says the new leafy vegetable will be in supermarkets this fall.
7:15 Strap on the old feedbag for Free Food Fridaaaaaayyyyy! Slurpees, and Chicken, and Donuts oh my! --Rona It's called Free Food Friday http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/free-food-friday/story?id=24504119
8:15 There's a Bee in my pants story....just listen. A very funny story as told by one of my colorful co-workers.
8:45 Friday Toy Memory: Sooper Dooper Looper at Hershey Park. It was a round looper roller coaster. I'm sure you remember the t-shirts from those that went to Hersey park and road the ride. I recently saw a guy in a throwback movie called Ping Pong Summer wearing one of those t-shirts. When we went to Hershey, I was too short to get on the roller coaster but I remember wanting to ride that soooo badly. Then, one of the kids that was on the church trip with us ended up throwing up on the ride so I was glad I didn't go. Ha. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SooperDooperLooper
6:15 The other day, I was driving and I noticed that my cellphone was really hot. I pulled over and noticed an icon on the phone telling me that it was cooling itself down. Then I came across this story. Excellent tips to keep your phone cool during the summer.
The summer heat is great for tans, swimming and margaritas, but it's not so good for your iPhone, Android or other smartphone as well as any other portable electronics. Overheating is a serious risk when it's hot outside and can permanently damage or destroy your tech. Luckily, there are some ways you can lower the risk and at least limit the likelihood of having to spend your sunscreen budget on a replacement phone or other electronics. Here are eight cool tips to keeping your phone or other gear...cool.
1. Don't put it in the sun. That may seem obvious, but it's an important point. Even when it's hot out, it's less hot in the shade. Even better is putting it in a bag that is also in the shade. It can really make a difference.
2. Take it out of the case if its in one. The case can act as a sort of insulation, retaining heat and not giving the phone a chance to radiate some of it off. Think of it like wearing a wool glove on your hand in the heat versus letting your hand out to cool off.
3. Turn off extra background features. Bluetooth, location services and Wi-Fi, even if they aren't in active use, will lead to your phone heating up a bit more. That bit can make a difference, so leave them off.
4. Even better is if you put it in airplane mode, which turns off all data and phone access. If you don't need or anticipate using them, this will help keep it cooler.
5. Best of all is if you turn it off entirely. If it's already started to feel a little warm, or if you're concerned enough about the heat damaging the phone, leaving it off is the best way to avoid overheating. It won't save the phone from really extreme situations, but it can make a difference by eliminating internal heat as a possible problem source.
6. Don't play games or use it for directions. Both games and navigation use a lot of processor power, and that means heat. It's a bad idea to tax the processor when it's hot out, so minimal intensity use is a good way to keep the phone cool.
7. Don't leave your electronics in a car. Even if out of the sun, cars can heat up fast, so when you park your car, take your electronics with you.
8. Don't charge your electronics if it's hot. Even when it's in airplane mode or off, the basic nature of battery charging heats up your phone. If it's already hot out, it can be quite dangerous so wait until you're somewhere cooler before plugging in.
6:45 What's up halitosis?
An apple a day keeps garlic breath away.
Or at the very least, it will help to neutralize the odor that comes from eating garlicky foods, according to Ohio State University researchers.
They sought to determine what works best at tamping down dreaded garlic breath, which is created by sulfides contained in garlic.
Participants were first fed raw garlic and then given various foods and liquids. Apples worked well because of oxidating enzymes that cover up the smell of sulfides.
Meanwhile, lemon juice, milk and green tea also proved effective in reducing garlic breath. The researchers added that the best way to reduce the odor is to consume the various neutralizers while eating a dish with garlic.
7:15 I recently met someone who lost everything she owned in a fire. She was very grateful that no one in her family was hurt. She was saying that doing an inventory of her belongings was proving challenging for her. It got me to thinking how difficult that would be in my case. Well, I decided to call my friend State Farm Agent Pam Neely, and she gave me some really good advice on what to do IN ADVANCE of a tragedy.
Pam had some helpful tips:
--keep a list of items that have serial numbers and/or model numbers, ( i.e., electronics, firearms, etc). It will be easier to replace those types of items with something of similar brand or quality with that info on hand.
--She also suggests to photograph or video your stuff. Keep in mind you should separate the house into rooms and make sure to open drawers, cabinets, closets, etc. This serves 2 purposes: provides proof of ownership and will help in making the required list.
--She also says to save the pictures or videos it to the cloud. Or if it's a hard copy give it to someone else (so it doesn't burn with all your possessions), keep it at work, or in a fireproof safe at home.
Finally she says that recovering from a total loss takes a very long time. In order to replace what you had, you need to provide the inventory and proof of ownership. Good stuff to know! Thanks Pam!
6:45 This guy is kinda amazing! Rob Cantor posted a video of his song "Perfect" to promote his new album "NOT A TRAMPOLINE" and in it, he does almost 30 celebrity impressions.
Cantor says it's 29 impressions, but by count it's 28 and he does one of himself that is "spot on."
He does voices like Kermit the Frog, Louis Armstrong, Shakira, Gwen Stefani, and Britney Spears and transitions between them effortlessly. It's pretty fascinating to see how he switches from a guy's voice to a woman's and nails it perfectly. Even though he's already had over 6 million hits, you'll want to check it out. My fave by the way, is Shakira. Here's the story and the video below the link.
6:15 I went to sleep extra early last night, knowing that I had to wake up early today. Unfortunately, I woke up at 2 am and didn't get back to sleep for an hour. When I did sleep, it was hard, deep sleep. So my most annoying alarm was going off for an hour before I woke up (I woke up when I was supposed to be leaving by the way). I had incorporated the song into the dream. I woke up (luckily), said an expletive, and jumped out of bed. Anyway, I was thinking of how much our body does when we are asleep and happened to find this from Sparkpeople.com.
Find a clean public restroom using your cell phone and information that other people have suggested.
Clean public restrooms were hard to find. Until now. We put public restrooms on the map. Literally. So the next time you've got to go on the go, you'll know where to go.
Visit SitOrSquat online to search for clean public restrooms all over the country. Rate and share the restrooms you like (sit) or note if the bathroom could be better (squat) by adding them to the map.
7:15 Would you want to know what your co-workers really think of you? A new iPhone app called Knozen could let you find out, allowing co-workers to rate each other's personalities anonymously. The app works by putting up two co-workers against each other, and then asking the user questions like, "Which person is friendlier?" or "Who is more likely to leave work early for a date?" After making a choice, the user is told how many other colleagues voted the same way, giving an evaluation of each worker's strengths and weaknesses. Users can see how they were rated too. At least seven people from an organization need to sign up for Knozen before they're allowed to start rating each other. Creator Marc Cenedella wants the app to eventually be used by businesses in the hiring process, believing that job candidates should be initially screened based on how well they'll fit into a company's culture, not just on their credentials.
8:15 Considering that today is going to be a typical warm summer day, I came across another app that can help you out if you work outdoors. It's from the US Labor Dept (OSHA). When you download the app, it lets you put in your location and figures out whether the weather and heat index will be dangerous for outdoor workers. They give you tips on keeping hydrated etc. Cool. Check it out: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html
6:15 As you know, tomorrow is 4th of July/Independence day. Here are some activities in our region.
Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display will be held on July 4, 2014 in Deep Creek Lake Area.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display. Starting at 9:30 p.m., fireworks will be launched from the top of Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort onto the waters of Deep Creek Lake. Viewing spots include the scenic overlook on Rt. 219, McHenry Cove on Deep Creek Lake and businesses in McHenry. Rain date: July 5th. http://garrett.chambermaster.com
Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park. There will be all day activities on July 4, 2014 at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown, Maryland 21740.
Opening ceremonies begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by entertainment at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. With 15,996 shells to be set off in just 30 minutes, this promises to be an action-packed show! For info call: 301-739-8577, ext 116 or go to: http://hagerstownmd.org
MSO Salute to Independence . Keep the Independence Day celebration going on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland 21740.
Since 1986, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra has presented a free "Salute to Independence" Concert at Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, MD. Held on the first Saturday of July, the "Salute" has been billed as "Maryland's Most Patriotic Event" and has also been recognized by the American Bus Association as "One of the Top 100 Events in North America." The evening concert attracts nearly 35,000 people from all over and is capped off by a spectacular fireworks display, one of the largest in the region. This year's special guest, folk singer/songwriter Jennie Avila, will be performing her original songs of the Civil War. 301-797-4000 http://marylandsymphony.org
Frederick's 4th - An Independence Day Celebration takes place in the City of Frederick's Baker Park on July 4, 2014.
Frederick's 4th – An Independence Day Celebration is a premier 4th of July event, both locally and statewide. Regional and national entertainment will begin at noon, and visitors can enjoy a day packed with free rides, activities and entertainment. Taste award winning chili, dunk a Frederick celebrity, or race a bath tub down Culler Lake – there is sure to be something for everyone! For info call 301-600-2844 or go to: http://celebratefrederick.com.
6:45 If you're going to have fireworks, you're going to need music to go with it. USA Today consulted a music critic who put together a playlist for your fireworks watching enjoyment. I like that it has songs from all eras like:
7:15 I interviewed Jennifer Jolly-USA Today Tech Columnist. She talked about some very cool timesavers with technology life hacks like: how to make the most of your technology from finding your lost car in a parking lot to surfing in the net to accumulate points and redeem for gift cards, magazine subscriptions, or even free gasoline for your car ! We talked Summertime Life Hacks. I only played about 5 minutes of the interview on the air. Here's a web exclusive longer version.
the most of your technology from surfing in the net to accumulate points and redeem for gift cards, magazine subscriptions, or even free gasoline for your car to finding your lost car in a parking lot .
You can get even more tech tips and information from Jennifer at her blog: http://jenniferjolly.com/
Here's how you can find her on USA Today Tech Now section: http://www.usatoday.com/search/technow%20jennifer%20jolly/
8:15 4th Of July Facts
Ready for the long weekend? Here are some fun facts about all our favorite things about the holiday (via Mashable)!
According to AAA Travel, about 41 million Americans will travel 50+ miles from their home for the holiday. This number is up about 2% from last year, most likely due to the holiday falling on a Friday.
85% of those travelers will be driving in their cars. Air travel is expected to decrease compared with last year -- despite a 5% decrease in airfares.
The American Pyrotechnics Association reports that 15,000 fireworks displays are planned for the fourth of July, nationwide. The APA also says that 213 million pounds of fireworks are sold annually, and that only 10% of the total fireworks sold every year are used in professional displays.
The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (yes, it's a real thing) says that more than 155 million hot dogs will be eaten on the 4th.
Americans eat the most beef on Memorial Day, but July 4th ties with Labor Day for second place. (Purdue University)
6:15 Recently, I had my car worked on and I had $1600 worth of work done. Ouch! I was so angry about it because there is NO way that I'd have an idea of what work I really needed to have done. Anyway, I did feel like the mechanic was being straight with me. I'm not saying all Mechanics are shysters, I just wish I knew more in advance of needing car repairs. A few on the list are below Check out the really helpful list here: http://list25.com/25-things-your-car-mechanic-wont-tell-you/
6:45 You won't believe this...First it was the Kentucky Fried Chicken Corsage, now it's the
Kentucky Fried Jewelry (June 27, 2014) (Unfortunately, it's all sold out!!!! :( )
If you love KFC and 14 karat gold jewelry, today (June 27) is your lucky day. Kentucky For Kentucky is launching a collection of gold-plated necklaces made from the real bones of a KFC fried chicken dinner. According to the company's website, the unusual jewelry was made using a complex and time-consuming process of painting the bones with a varnish, covering them in copper and then gold electroplating each one. Small necklaces will be sold for $130 and large ones will be sold for $160. Interested buyers will need to act fast when the sale begins at 10 a.m. as there will only be 20 items up for sale. (Daily Mail) It's all sold out already. :( http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2671221/Would-wear-FAST-FOOD-jewelry-The-14-karat-gold-plated-necklaces-real-Kentucky-Fried-Chicken-bones.html
One of America's worst habits is wasting food. Another is hoarding food well past its expiration date.
The nonprofit public health group NSF International decided to poll 1,000 people to get a better idea of what people are or aren't doing with the food that collects in their refrigerators with frightening regularity.
Among other things, 17 percent of respondents admitted that they don't toss food away until it actually begins emitting an odor. (I'M GUILTY OF THIS)
NSF International also learned that about one in seven people never throw out frozen food despite freezer burn and the fact that it doesn't keep indefinitely, contrary to what some might think. (I'M GUILTY OF THIS)
Those more apt to keep food around well past expiration or best-used by-dates are Americans 55 and older.
The survey also revealed the mistrust people have regarding the food in other homes with 40 percent admitting that they won't eat something served by a relative or friend because they're concerned it may not be safe to eat.
The heaviest rainfall recorded among the cities listed occurred in Washington, D.C., in 2001. While Dallas has only ever had one measurable rainfall on July 4 in the past 15 years, but was hit with 1.31 inches of rain in 2006, making it the third heaviest on record.
6:15 It started with the new Maroon 5 song Maps. I noticed that they don't have a GPS person in the song. Then, I started rambling about how GPS voices get more and more insistent when you get lost or do something different than their suggestion. It's like turn left in ½ mile. You don't do it and the voice starts to first sound concerned, then a little more urgent, then finally you hear "recalculating" meaning it has to change it's direction because you didn't follow the directions of the GPS. It's kinda funny.
But what I was REALLY planning on talking about is this:
Beyonce Tops Forbes' Celebrity 100 List; Bruno, Katy, Taylor & Pharrell Also Included
Who runs the world? Beyonce, of course. Queen Bey tops Forbes' annual Celebrity 100 list of the most powerful celebrities, based on both money and fame. The "fame" part is measured by how many times the star was mentioned in the media in general, and how present and powerful they are on social media specifically.
Beyonce is #1 on the list not just because she earned $115 million over the past year, but because she's among the most talked-about stars in the business. For example, the star who's #3 on the list, rapper and producer Dr. Dre, earned a ridiculous $620 million in the past year because Apple purchased his company, Beats by Dr. Dre. Yet Beyonce outranked him, so obviously, cash alone isn't enough to top the power list.
In addition to Beyonce and Dre, thirteen of the top 25 stars on this year's list are musicians, including Beyonce's husband, Jay Z, as well as Rihanna and Katy Perry, both of whom are in the top 10. Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga,Kanye West and BruceSpringsteen also appear on the list.
Musicians making the list for the first time include Bruno, One Direction, Pharrell Williams and Avicii. Musicians who fell off the list this year include Madonna, Carrie Underwood and Coldplay.
Here are Forbes' top 10 Most Powerful Celebrities. To see the full rankings, go to Forbes.com.
1. Beyoncé Knowles, $115 million
2. LeBron James, $72 million
3. Dr. Dre, $620 million
4. Oprah Winfrey, $82 million
5. Ellen DeGeneres, $70 million
6. Jay Z, $60 million
7. Floyd Mayweather, $105 million
8. Rihanna, $48 million
9. Katy Perry, $40 million
10. Robert Downey Jr., $75 million
6:45 Yikes. I'm not fan of spiders but damn. I don't think I'd be dumb enough to do THIS!!!! Note to self: Don't try to kill spiders by setting them on fire.
A Kansas woman was arrested Friday morning after allegedly setting a fire in her apartment to try to kill a spider. Ginny Griffith, 34, was arrested and charged with aggravated arson after firefighters rushed to her Topeka residence and extinguished the fire she allegedly started when she burned her bathroom towels with a cigarette lighter to try to kill the arachnid.
Instead, the fire quickly spread.
While the damage to the residence was minimal, she was charged with arson because Griffith lives in a duplex, and potentially endangered the other residents of the home.
7:15 If you're NOT watching the World Cup games, maybe this will be a litte more fun for you. It's Animal Planet's World Pup! Unfortunately, were are almost to the end of the voitng and the USA got eliminated in the last round but you can still vote.