You knew this was going to happen. Remember Jeremy Meeks, the guy who was called "Hot Convict or Felon-bae" after his mugshot went viral last summer?
Well, even though he was sentenced to up to two years in prison in February, he has signed with an agent and plans to go from a life behind bars to a life in front of the camera.
"I'm in a place where I will be able to provide for my family and really change my life," he told ABC News. "I never thought that everyone in the world would recognize me for my looks, so I feel extremely blessed and very thankful."
Meeks says he wants to give both modeling and acting a try. "I wish I could be on a show like Sons of Anarchy," he said. Crime may not pay – but having a hot mugshot definitely does ... (Huff Post, ABC News)
7:15 - 5 Things you didn't know about American's sleeping habits (some of this is scary stuff)
1. Sleeping is a HUGE problem in the United States. It's so bad that roughly 30% of American workers sleep less than six hours a night, according to NSF.
2. It's even worse for people who work the night shift: Around 44% of American night-shift workers are sleep-deprived.
5. Healthy people sleep approximately 18–23 minutes longer than those who experience chronic pain.
7:45 We are saving you money!!!! Tomorrow is 50% Friday so get details on how you can save 50% off of Gift Certificates to Bistro 112.
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6:15 What's the hardest part of having a date night--Getting a babysitter?
The person who's going to look after your kids might be waiting on the other side of your smartphone. At least, that's the idea behind fledgling Canadian start-up 'DateNight', which aims to match parents with babysitters through a downloadable app. To be clear – the company doesn't employ babysitters, it merely helps people connect with them. Prospective sitters and parents have to give references to be included in the app's database. They are then screened in interviews. The app, which is still in the process of being launched in Toronto, may spread if its test run is successful. (Whether you're the parent or the sitter … would you trust a stranger?)
Read more about this thing here: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/02/05/uber-like-babysitting-app-available-for-toronto-parents.html
Would you trust your kids to a babysitter you found through an app?
People texted in simply: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I had to laugh.
7:15 WILD HOTEL GUEST REQUESTS
When traveling, most people stay at "normal" hotels and make normal requests of the staff.
But rich people are different – and when they stay at high-end hotels, they have been known to make outrageous requests … that the hotels do their best to fulfill.
Here's a rundown of some of the wildest hotel guest requests ever made:
For a llama to roam the hotel grounds – At the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, a guest asked that his friend's llama be allowed to roam the hotel property. The hotel allowed it.
A last-minute wedding gown repair – A bride staying at the Jefferson in Richmond, Virginia, needed her wedding dress re-hemmed, so she brought it to the hotel team at MIDNIGHT before the big day. A seamstress was contacted and, amazingly, had the dress fixed by morning.
A private jet flight to a town with no airport – A family emergency arose for a guest at the Jefferson in Washington, D.C., so the hotel tracked down a private jet and convinced the pilot to land in a "safe area" that was not an airport runway because there was no nearby airport runway.
Penguins waiting in the room – The staff of the Four Seasons Resort in Hawaii couldn't arrange to have penguins waiting for the guests upon arrival because, you know, that's illegal. (Thrillist)
When you're at a hotel, are you high-maintenance? Do you try to max out the value you're getting by squeezing the hotel and the staff for everything you can? If not, what do you think of people who do this?
I'm not, I don't. I think they're jerks! :) --Rona
7:45 I was talking with a friend about how she recently cut soda out of her diet. She said she's already lost 2 lbs so far. We all get caught eating too much sugar sometimes. I know in this office we do, between donuts, cakes, cupcakes and other delicious treats, we all go overboard now and again. Here are some helpful tips to recover from a sugar binge—courtesy of Time.com and Health.com.
5:45 CHILLAXING WITH SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook and Twitter can help you de-stress … but only if you're female. Academic researchers say they were taken aback by the surprise result of their study. Experts at the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project think it may be because women tend to use social media to communicate with family & friends and to feel community support. In addition, women who are responsible for 'maintaining household family relationships' save time by completing the task using social media. It's also thought that women tend to be far more active sharers on social media, and no matter whether positive or negative events are shared, the very act of sharing lowers levels of stress. (Guys only share where to meet for Happy Hour.) –Read more here on Metro.co.uk
6:15 Get up and get yourself some free pancakes! It's I-HOP's 10th annual National Pancake day! You eat free and they ask you to make a donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Need I say more?
A Montana representative is introducing a bill to strengthen the state's indecent exposure laws after a group of naked bicyclists pedaled through the city of Missoula in August. (wait, what?)
Rep. David Moore's proposal would tighten indecent exposure laws...
Tight-fitting clothing—like yoga pants, for example—could also be considered indecent exposure under the law, the Republican lawmaker said. "Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway," Moore said after the hearing.
Under current laws in Montana, a person convicted of indecent exposure three times could get a life sentence in jail. Moore's bill lessens that sentence to a maximum of five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.Moore drafted the bill after the Bare as you Dare nude bicycling event rode through Missoula last summer, angering residents.
7:45 THE COLOR OF MONEY
So we've all seen that "What color is this dress?" meme – there was no escaping it. But it's not white or gold or blue or black … the real color of this dress is green. That's because ever since it appeared on everyone's newsfeed on Thursday, sales of the actual dress – which is blue and black, by the way – have skyrocketed. According to Roman Originals, the company that makes the dress, sales are up 350%. (Read the story here on: Fortune)
8:15 The office shower...is becoming a thing...a very awkward thing.
Cafeterias, lounges and even gyms are all becoming commonplace in American office buildings. But now some companies are upping the awkward factor by installing office showers.
Costing anywhere from $5,000-$150,0000, office showers are often placed somewhere between the main cubicles and the bathrooms and allow employees to rinse off after hitting the gym or a bike ride at lunch.
5:45 There is a test of wills going on. There's a window in our studio and I have climbed over the console so that I can see out of the window and see the weather. Someone has all of a sudden decided that they don't like this window blinds being open. So now it has become a test of wills between who will open it and who will keep it closed. Game on!
6:15 I know we're all done with snow these days but I still wanted to share these INCREDIBLY COOL FACTS ABOUT SNOW:
• As well as snowflakes, snow can also precipitate as graupel (pellets) or sleet. • It's a myth that no 2 snowflakes are exactly the same. Identical snow crystals were discovered in 1988. • The largest-ever snowflakes are said to have measured 15 inches (38 cm) across, but that 1887 claim has never been substantiated. • Snow is translucent, not white. It's the light reflected off a snowflake's faceted surface that creates its white appearance. Deep snow can often appear blue. • In order to be classified as a 'blizzard', a snowstorm must include winds of at least 35 mph (56 km/h), reducing visibility to less than a quarter-mile (400 m) for a period of at least 3 hours. • An intense snowfall accompanied by strong winds that only lasts a short time is officially called a 'snow squall'. • In 2011, 22,022 people at 130 different locations in Nova Scotia plopped down on the ground to simultaneously to make 'snow angels' … a world record. • The largest snowball fight on record took place in Seattle WA, when 5,834 people exchanged frozen barrages on January 12, 2013.
Read more from Mental Floss.com: http://mentalfloss.com/article/61089/15-incredibly-cool-facts-about-snow
7:15 As a single person, I have botched a date or two in my day. So what I found were some surefire tips to ruin a first date: (it's on a site for men but I think many of these things apply across the board).
WORST THINGS YOU CAN DO ON A FIRST DATE
If you struck out over Valentine's Day Weekend, no problem. There's still fish in the sea. There's somebody for everyone. You know the drill.
If you're looking to hook up with someone new starting right now, here are some things you just can't do on the first date:
Show up late – Being late makes you look like an inconsiderate tool. (I guess I am because I'm late for everything).
Stay seated when your date walks in – You gotta stand up. It's basic manners. On the other hand, she should stand up when you walk in also.
Dodge the first round – It's not fair, but it's the way things are. Guys still have to pay for the first round of drinks.
Talk about your ex –Your date doesn't care. You must move on.
7:45 It's Gold Jerry, it's GOLD! Check this out...Taco Bell is making game changing moves for breakfast A-gain! Taco Bell's latest menu item — Cap'n Crunch doughnut holes — is making waves across the Internet. Read the story from USAToday: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/28/taco-bells-newest-test-capn-crunch-donut-holes/24177331/
8:15 I feel you. MEETINGS ARE A WASTE OF TIME
We've all heard the studies that meetings are a waste of time – but now some companies are doing something about it.
According to Atlassian, most employees spend 31 hours a month in unproductive meetings, and at least 50% of employees say these meetings are a complete waste of time.
What do most employees do during these meetings?
-75% do other work, and -39% sleep
-47% of employees complained that meetings were the number one time-waster at the office,
Unnecessary meetings cost companies $37 billion a year.