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Posts from February 2014


Words we need in English, Most People haven't seen Oscar noms, How to spot winte

6:15 I just love this. There are tons of words in other languages that we don't have a word for in English. Thank goodness, Mentalfloss.com has found a whole bunch of these words for us.

Some of my faves:

Kummerspeck (German)
Excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.

  1. Tartle (Scots)
    The nearly onomatopoeic word for that panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you can't quite remember.

    Backpfeifengesicht (German)
    A face badly in need of a fist.

    Gigil (Filipino)
    The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is irresistibly cute.

    Zhaghzhagh (Persian)
    The chattering of teeth from the cold or from rage.

    Cafune (Brazilian Portuguese)
    Leave it to the Brazilians to come up with a word for “tenderly running your fingers through your lover’s hair.”

 

6:45 Yep...this is me. MOST PEOPLE HAVEN’T SEEN OSCAR FLICKS

And the Oscar goes to…who? Two-thirds of Americans haven’t seen a single Best-Picture-nominated film this year. The poll of more than 1,400 people revealed that the most-watched of the nine nominated movies is Captain Phillips, followed by Gravity, American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street. The majority - 60%- were unsure about which film should be crowned Best Picture, but 12 Years a Slave got the most votes at 9%. Respondents had slightly stronger opinions about individual actors and actresses. Almost a quarter said Sandra Bullock should take home the Best Actress prize for Gravity, with Amy Adams coming in second for American Hustle. More than 15% said Leonardo DiCaprio should finally win a Best Actor Oscar for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street, followed by Matthew McConaughey for his Dallas Buyers’ Club lead. Still, most people- 52%- are unsure about which actors and actresses should win. But there’s one person who’s already a winner- host Ellen DeGeneres, who has the approval of 60% of respondents. The 86th Academy Awards air this Sunday on ABC.

http://news.yahoo.com/most-americans-yet-watch-best-picture-oscar-nominee-220102098--sector.html;_ylt=AwrTWfxLfgpTJVIAbzzQtDMD

 

7:15 How to spot winter movie turkeys. From USA TODAY

How to spot a winter turkey at the movies

Winter can be a treacherous time for the movie fan — Oscar contenders have made their splash, and summer blockbusters are still months away. What's left is Hollywood's seasonal minefield. The approximately eight-week stretch that runs from the second week of January through early March can launch the occasional crowd-pleaser. But it usually doesn't. Last year saw just one winter film crack $100 million, the Jason Bateman-Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief. This year has spawned two nine-digit grossers, The Lego Movie and Ride Along. Still, that's out of 16 movies released nationwide. "Studios tend to stick to the calendar, even if that means overloading a weekend in summer or the holidays," says Jeff Bock, chief box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. "Audiences have shown they can turn a movie into a hit any month of the year, but Hollywood is still very afraid of winter."

 

 

8:15 Ewww. Subway removing plastic from your sandwiches! Yoga mat additive is going to be taken out of sandwich bread. :(http://www.cbsnews.com/news/subway-sandwich-chain-to-remove-chemical-found-in-yoga-mats-from-bread/

SUBWAY TO GET RID OF PLASTIC CHEMICAL IN BREAD

Here’s something to chew on: the bread at Subway contains a chemical used to make yoga mats and shoe rubber! And they’re not the only chain to use the controversial ingredient, called azodicarbonamide, in their food- so do Kraft and Chik-Fil-A. The issue came to the forefront this week after a popular food blogger started a petition urging Subway to ditch the chemical. Subway responded that they’re already in the process of removing azodicarbonamide from their recipes.  BUT Wait theres more!

MORE THAN 500 FOOD ITEMS CONTAIN YOGA MAT CHEMICAL

Subway made headlines earlier this month when it announced it was removing a chemical commonly found in yoga mats from their bread. Now, a consumer advocacy group says Subway’s bread wasn’t the only food item containing the chemical. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a list yesterday containing almost 500 more foods on the market that are made with the same compound, called azodicarbonamide (ADA). The list contains food made by major companies including Ball Park, Country Hearth, Jimmy Dean, Kroger, Little Debbie, Marie Callendar's, Nature's Own, Pillsbury, White Castle and Wonder. Most of the items are bread, croutons, pre-made sandwiches and snacks. ADA is typically used to bleach flour and help make dough stronger and more rubbery.

Friday Toy Memory: 
Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers! Root Beer, Bubble Gum, Orange Crush Remember these guys? They had them with a little hook on the bottom so you could wear them around your neck like a necklace. 

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We used to remember phone numbers, Fast food chains doing more breakfasts, This

6:15 So my friend posts this on Facebook, I hope I never go to jail because I haven't memorized a phone number since 2001.

How funny and right this is. Then her facebook page became a conversation about how kids today never have to memorize phone numbers and they ask for cell phones at an early age. The point is that we are old and kids are young and we don't like it! Ha! BTW, I have memorized at least 10 numbers of my favorite people.

 

6:45 FAST FOOD CHAINS BREAK INTO BREAKFAST

The best part of waking up? The many fast food breakfast choices, of course. Two chains are expanding their AM offerings. McDonald’s, home of the much-loved Egg McMuffin, is thinking of extending their breakfast hours past 10:30 am. Serving breakfast and lunch simultaneously has always been a challenge for McD’s due to limited kitchen space. But execs say they’ve recognized a change in consumers’ eating habits and want to address it. In other fast-food breakfast news, Taco Bell is planning a nationwide rollout of their morning menu next month. Items like the Waffle Taco, Bacon and Egg Burrito and AM Crunchwrap will soon be available until 11 am. Good morning, indeed.

 

7:15 Boooo. For once, I want West Virginia to be on a GOOD list!

Report: The most miserable states in the USA IT LOOKS LIKE NORTH DAKOTA ON TOP OF WELL-BEING INDEX

The happiest place on Earth- or at least, in the U.S.- isn’t Disneyland.  It’s North Dakota!  The state ranked number one in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for 2013, unseatingHawaii for the first time in several years.  West Virginia took last place yet again.  Check out the top and bottom 10 states .See the article here: http://usat.ly/1fcPSrp

 

Top 10:

1. North Dakota

2. South Dakota

3. Nebraska

4. Minnesota

5. Montana

6. Vermont

7. Colorado

8. Hawaii

9. Washington

10. Iowa

 

Bottom 10:

1. West Virginia

2. Kentucky

3. Mississippi

4. Alabama

5. Ohio

6. Arkansas

7. Tennessee

8. Missouri

9. Oklahoma

10. Louisiana

 

8:15 OH NO, what am I going to do? Ikea is getting rid of my favorite shelving unit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-26339553 !

 

 

IKEA DITCHES BELOVED SHELF

Ikea is shelving one of its most popular items. The Expedit shelf is being officially discontinued. Because it’s the ideal size for storing and displaying vinyl records, the news has devastated collectors the world over. But many Ikea enthusiasts were simply fans of the Expedit’s clean, simple lines and proportions. But there is hope- Ikea says they’re replacing the Expedit with a very similar design, the Kallax.

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Jungle Jack Hanna, Couple finds millions in rare coins, Girl Scout Cookie Locate

6:15 Jungle Jack Hanna will be at the Weinberg Center this weekend. 2 shows 2pm and 5pm. For tickets: http://www.weinbergcenter.org/3988/jack-hannas-into-the-wild-live/ 
 

6:45CALI COUPLE FINDS $10 MILLION IN RARE GOLD COINS

Northern California couple got quite the surprise when out walking their dog! They stumbled upon $10 million in rare gold coins buried under an old tree. The coins were recently authenticated. Nearly all 1,427 of them, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, near-perfect condition. The husband and wife, who have chosen to remain anonymous, say they plan to hold onto a few of the coins as keepsakes, but will put the rest up for sale through Amazon. They'll use the money to pay off bills and quietly donate to local charities.

 

7:15 I am officially all over this app! Great idea. NEW APP FINDS GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

Take it from the Girl Scouts themselves and “Be Prepared” – by getting this sweet new app!  The Girl Scout Cookie Locator helps you find where Girl Scout Cookies are being sold near you, as well as when you can get them.  The app locates specific sites - like churches and shopping centers- where Scouts are setting up shop, making it ideal for Thin Mints fiends who don’t personally know any Girl Scouts or someone who does. Also, this young Girl Scout is an enterprising young woman I say! http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20789558,00.html  Wonder if it also locates your neighborhood medical marijuana dispensary? It also includes a countdown clock so you can get hyped for cookie season.

8:15 Be careful out there...it's snowing and slick. Winter Driving tips...http://www.progressive.com/AtProgressive/top-10-tactics-for-winter-driving.aspx?chnl=1

Andy's top 10 tactics for driving in snow, ice, freezing rain or fog

  1. Allow at least three times more space between you and the car in front of you.

  2. Drive at a slower, but constant speed. Don't drive so slow that other traffic is forced to pass you—go with the flow of traffic and avoid sudden movements.

  3. Black ice alert: The "crunch" sound of tires on snow fades when you're on dangerous black ice—turn the radio off and listen to the road. It also forms from fog or freezing rain. And it's practically invisible, so be particularly careful on bridges and overpasses, which are colder and freeze earlier.

  4. Use lower gears for better traction, especially on hills.

  5. Never use cruise control in slippery conditions; skidding or hydroplaning may cause you to accelerate.

  6. If your car has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), keep your foot firmly on the brake when you need to stop on an icy road.

  7. If your car does not have ABS, pump the brake rapidly to keep traction when braking on ice or snow.

  8. If your car starts to skid, don't brake at all. Instead, steer in the direction you want to go, then brake smoothly once the wheels regain control.

  9. In fog, use low-beam headlights or fog lamps if you have them. High beams will reflect off the moisture and impair your visibility.

  10. In heavy fog, slow down and crack your window to hear nearby traffic. Use painted road markings as a guide (if you have a passenger, ask him or her to help watch).

Ok, I can almost hear some of you saying: "Well, that's just common sense!"

 

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What's app? Buh Bye Moviefone, Save by lowering the Thermostat (not what you thi

6:15 FACEBOOK SPENDS BILLIONS ON MESSAGING APP

If you needed further proof that smartphone messaging programs are the future, here it is: Facebook just bought WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion.  The free app allows users to connect with their contacts using cellphone numbers and send and receive text messages over mobile broadband.  This means no pricey texting fees, making it especially convenient for overseas communication.  While the sum Facebook paid for WhatsApp may seem astronomical, the app is in fact hugely popular worldwide, with more than 450 million users and counting.  Remember the good old days (i.e. 2012) when Facebook bought Instagram for a measly $1 billion…?

 

6:45- MOVIEFONE HANGS UP 

Time has officially run out for Moviefone.  The automated movie listing/ticket-buying service is hanging up for good.  But while you’ll no longer be able to dial 777-FILM to find out what time the latest blockbusters are playing in your city, you can still get listings and purchase tickets by using the free Moviefone app.

 

7:15

  • 5 reasons to lower your thrermostat (besides saving money)

  • https://brightnest.com/posts/5-benefits-of-lower-temperatures-at-home-backed-by-science

  • Here are five ways that lowering your thermostat can improve your life:

  • Below 75 Degrees: Prolong the Life of Plants

  • Give houseplants a longer lease on life by dropping below 75 degrees. We’ll spare you the science as, but basically, plants need less water when they’re cool

  • Below 70 Degrees: Lose Weight (Without Hitting the Gym)

  • Move over “diet and exercise,” there’s a new weight loss secret in town! To shed a few pounds, drop your thermostat below 70 degrees. You don’t want the room to be so cold that you’re shivering and uncomfortable, but cool enough so that a light sweater feels perfect.

  • Here’s how it works: When the temperature drops, your energy expenditure increases, so you burn more calories (roughly 100 more a day). Over a period of several weeks, that increased energy can translate into an extra 3,500 calories burned, which means one lost pound.

  • Below 65 Degrees: Extend the Life of Your Fridge

  • Your refrigerator and freezer work really hard to keep your food safe and fresh, so cut them some slack. When your home is cooler, these large appliances don’t have to work as hard to keep your food cool.

  • frozen pipes!

  • Below 65 Degrees: Get a Better Night’s Sleep

  • If you want a better night’s sleep, lower your home’s temperature by about five degrees. This works because when you go to sleep, your “set point” – the temperature your brain needs to reach before going to sleep – is lowered. If your room is too hot, you’ll have a harder time reaching this point and falling asleep.

  • One Degree at a Time: Save Cash on Energy Bills

  • If the ‘ole energy bill is sucking up more cash then you’d like, look to your thermostat! Each one-degree drop can reduce your energy bill by 1-3 percent. Tip: To save even more money, drop your thermostat by five to ten degrees while you sleep. Not only will you get a better night’s sleep, you’ll lower your energy bill by 10-15 percent! 

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Monday 2-24-14 America Saves Week, Bring on the shirtless baristas for the ladi

6:15 America Saves Week

http://www.americasavesweek.org/about/about-america-saves-week

The 2013 Annual National Survey Assessing Household Savings (released during America Saves Week) revealed that only about half of Americans reported good savings habits.

  • 54% said they “have a savings plan with specific goals.”

  • 43% said they “have a spending plan that allows you to save enough money to achieve the goals of your saving plan.”

  • 50% of those not retired said they “save for retirement at work through a 401(k) or other contributory plan.”

  • 41% said that, “outside of work,” they “save automatically through regular preauthorized transfers from checking to savings or investments.”

  • 49% know their net worth.

America Saves is a national campaign involving more than 1,000 non-profit, government, and corporate groups that encourages individuals and families to save money and build personal wealth. Overall management for the campaign is provided by the non-profit Consumer Federation of America (CFA). CFA is comprised of over 270 consumer education, advocacy, and cooperative organizations dedicated to advancing the consumer interest.

6:45WOULD YOU LIKE A SHIRTLESS MAN WITH YOUR COFFEE? _ Not everyone finds the idea appealing, but coffee shops and stands with scantily clad ladies behind the counter have become more commonplace. The problem is they aren't that interesting unless you're attracted to women. But a new coffee stand in Spokane, Washington solves that problem. Hot Cup of Joe features baristas who server up coffee shirtless. The baristas may eventually leave their jeans behind and serve up coffee in what the owner calls "cute, classy underwear." Men do have an incentive to stop by: they receive a $1 discount on their coffee.

 

7:15 13 Worst Cliche's you should s top using right now!!!!!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/27/worst-cliches_n_3819046.html?utm_hp_ref=books

1. "Don't cry over spilt milk."

This cliché may not be outdated or irrelevant, but it does tend to undermine actual problems. Do you know a single person who would literally shed tears after knocking over a glass of two percent?

2. "Selling like hotcakes"

Let us clarify: hotcakes are not pancakes. Popular in the 19th century, they were made from cornmeal and cooked in pork lard. Armed with this knowledge, we'd assume that "selling like hotcakes" meant "selling zero." However, this assumption would be incorrect.

3. "The rest is history."

This is the cliché equivalent of calling something "interesting." It's another way of saying "I have no further insight into this matter."

4. "Avoid like the plague"

Self-explanatory, but maybe a little outdated.

5. "Let her hair down"

How did this become a metaphor for relaxation? Oh, right, upending one's hair from dozens and dozens of pins was a daily thing for women in the 17th century. It's 2013. Wearing your hair down requires as much, if not more effort than rocking a sock bun.

6. "Every cloud has a silver lining."

Um, does it?

The origin of this phrase is Milton's "Comus," in which the author is referencing moonlight emitted behind clouds in the sky at nighttime So, aside from being overused and unoriginal this cliché is also incorrect.

7. "Beg the question"

The issue with this cliché: it does not mean "raises the question." It is one of Aristotle's fallacies - a type of circular reasoning that involves answering a question with a similarly tenuous response, as in "Why?" "Because I said so." NOW YOU KNOW.

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Newest Awesome Rapper's Delight, Need a booty bra?, Creative? You're probably a

6:15 Brian Williams raps “Rappers Delight. So funny. My favorite is when they bring in Lester Holt and Kathie Lee. Hilarious. See it here:

6:45 Got a little “junk in the trunk” issue? As in you have none? Spanx heard your complaints and has now made the “Booty Bra”

 

SPANX BRINGS UP THE REAR

No butts about it- Spanx just came out with a bra for your bum.  The $58 Booty Bra lifts the butt while smoothing the tummy and dreaded muffin top.  The company was inspired to create the bum-boosting garment after Spanx devotees complained that most shapewear flattened their backsides.  Plus, the Booty Bra comes with the added benefit of giving less-endowed women a little more junk in the trunk.  The Kardashians must be kicking themselves that they didn’t come up with this first.

 

7:15 Consider yourself creative? Then you're probably a LIAR: People who 'think outside the box' tend to be devious

Creative people are more likely to lie and cheat.

Researchers found almost 60% of people who lied about scores in one experiment scored highly for creativity in a second.

They believe this is because creativity encourages people to break the rules and think outside the box…and rule breaking is a trait associated with cheating.

Uh oh, I think this applies to me! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2563958/Consider-creative-Then-youre-probably-DISHONEST-People-think-outside-box-tend-devious.html

 

8:15- MOST PEOPLE DITCH HEALTHY HABITS ON FRIDAYS

Thank God It’s [almost] Friday!  A survey found eight out of 10 people abandon their diet and fitness routines on Fridays in anticipation of the weekend.  The unhealthy choices start early on Fridays, with nearly half of people opting for a fatty, bacon-rich breakfast over a nutritious bowl of oatmeal.  More than 40% are especially tempted by candy and baked goods at the office on Fridays.  Despite normally being fitness-conscious, only 12% of people hit the gym on Fridays.  And by the time happy hour rolls around Friday night, two thirds booze with abandon, paying little attention to how many they’ve knocked back.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2507616/Its-Friday-lets-eat-drink-Eight-admit-relaxing-diet-fitness-regimes-ahead-weekend.html

 

Friday Toy Memory: The world's first action figure: G.I. Joe. I never had one as a kid but I do remember my neighbor having one and he was pretty stoked about it.  Can you believe that G.I. Joe turns 50 this year? He sure looks good for his age.
 Hasbro introduced G.I. Joe in 1964 as a way to honor war veterans.  The toy has come a long way over the years, with the addition of new features like high-tech gear and “life-like hair” . As an adult, I like him because he's played by Dwayne The Rock Johnson !

http://www.hasbro.com/gijoe/en_US/

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