6:15 Science Finds Dog People and Cat People are Different (May 29, 2014)
Are you a cat person or a dog person? New research finds that there are actually big differences between the two types of people. To find this, researchers surveyed 600 people. They found that cat lovers tended to be more open-minded, sensitive and non-conformist than the dog-lovers. Dog people were found to be more outgoing and inclined to follow rules. Researchers say that the requirements for caring for the respective creatures may play a role, as dogs need walks out in public and cats will allow one curl up with a book inside. About 60% of people said they were dog people, 11% identified as cat people, and the rest said they were both or neither. (Newser)
6:45 I gave away tickets to the successful and long running Shenandoah Summer Music Theater's production of Man of La Mancha (Runs June 11-June 22). If you didn't win tickets go here to find out about the show and buy tickets: http://shenandoahsummermusictheatre.com/
7:15- Are you a perfectionist? I'm not...or maybe I am and I don't want to admit. But anyways....
The pursuit of perfection might be bad for your health. Experts sayperfectionists may be at increased risk of a number of health problems, including insomnia and heart disease. In fact, some scientists say perfectionism should be considered a risk factor for illness just like smoking and obesity! An estimated two out of five people display perfectionist behavior, which can begin as early as age four. This obsession with perfection can cause stress and anxiety- which are only exacerbated by social media and our tendency to compare ourselves to others. Just remember: nobody’s perfect, so why try so hard?
6:45 My friend was in traffic, saw this scene and posted this on Facebook a bit later. It made me tear up. It's true.
“Sitting in traffic and I notice the people in the car behind me. The teenage girl in the passenger seat has headphones on and is looking out her window. In the driver's seat is who I can only assume is her father. He looks over at her, can only see the back of her head, and stares back at my car. I've been putting up with starring at this disappointing bulls#$% for ten minutes now. Take your headphones off, girl. Talk to your dad. Before you go to college. Before his hair turns grey. Before he's dead. Life is too short to be plugged in all the time. Communicate with those who you love more. Take every opportunity you get. I need to take this advice more too, and when I catch myself acting as this curly haired, headband wearing teen I will imagine the sadness I can plainly see on her dad's face and know I don't ever want to create that feeling in anyone I care about. Ever.”
--From my friend Bethanie.
7:15 Tell me you wouldn't do it if you had some extra cash lying around. Www.Rentagent.me is the site You can rent a platonic date from a catalog of carefully curated hot/talented/smart men. It's pricey though $200/hour. I'd do it! Here's the story and the attached video is cute too!
8:15 ArtSHIP Festival will be back this year for it's 7th year of fun. Check out this beer, wine, art, and music festival. There will even be a 10K that's associated with the event. All to be held Saturday, May 31st from 12pm-5pm on the campus of Shippensburg Universtity. Find out more by going to www.artshipfest.org .
North Mountain Arts Festival held annually the first Saturday in June at 201 North Mary Street,
Hedgesville, WV 25427.
Located in Historic Hedgesville, West Virginia. WhisperWood, owned by Judy Jeffares, Board member of the Heritage Craft Center represents local and regional artists. Featuring, pottery, weaving, wood turning, photography, painting, jewelry, fabric art, stained glass, fused glass, dichroic glass, quilts, wall hangings, greeting cards, hand carved eggs and many more unique
treasures discovered by Judy with her years of experience. All are beautifully displayed for your pleasure.
Incredibly, nearly 7 in 10 would do just that, according to a survey by Lookout, a mobile security company.
Phone theft is on the rise all across the U.S. with ten percent of Americans claiming that they've had their device swiped.
Generally speaking, many people admit that it's their own fault it happened with 44 percent saying that they just simply left their phones behind in a public setting where anyone could come along and scoop them up.
However, it's not so much losing the gadget that upsets victims of theft but the personal data that's in them like photos and bank information.
A majority of respondents to the Lookout survey said they would pay $500 to retrieve that data, regardless of whether they get their phone returned.
How far have you gone to retrieve your cell phone?
Rona's story=====> One time, I went to see a band at a club and afterward, I was taking pictures of them on my phone. I was so excited to take the pics with the band, I left the phone at the merch table. I had to drive back to DC to go get the phone (which I had gotten about 2 weeks before...ugh!)
8:15- So ...this means I don't have an excuse to eat that ENTIRE can of Pringles then?...
Is Comfort Food Really All That Comforting? As much as we love food and comfort, it’s comfort food that helps us through times of sadness or stress.
However, Heather Scherschel Wagner, a doctorate candidate at the University of Minnesota, says the idea that a pint of Cherry Garcia is just the antidote to make us happy again may be a lot of bunk.
To prove her point, Wagner had participants pick favorite comfort foods like chocolate, cookies or ice cream, along with a food they enjoyed although not necessarily one that would boost their mood, such as a granola bar.
The participants later watched a short video intended to make the viewer angry, fearful and sad. They rated their feelings after watching the video, which put them in bad mood, and then ate a comfort food, a granola bar or were given nothing to eat.
Three minutes later, the mood of the participants brightened -- in all cases. Wagner and her team were surprised but the bottom line was food didn't necessarily affect their moods, adding, "Basically, comfort food can't speed up that healing process."
The finding is important, according to Wagner, because people may be eating unhealthy foods to excess when they don't have to.
Even so, the researcher and her team want to conduct a different study to see if comfort food might provide solace when people experience stress in social settings.
6:15- I recapped my weekend. Play rehearsal, I did go to the Irish Festival etc. Then I proceeded to oversleep this morning. ha! What did y'all do? Write me firstname.lastname@example.org.
6:45 Can You Be Sued For Your Online Review Of A Hotel? (May 26, 2014)
A hotel in Lincoln City, Oregon is suing a guest who posted a negative review on the popular travel site, TripAdvisor.com. The Ashley Inn has filed a $74,500 defamation lawsuit against a purported guest who posted a scathing review under the name, "12Kelly." According to 12Kelly, the rooms and breakfast are nasty, the owner smokes weed, and various members of the housekeeping staff are either high or drunk. 12Kelly even claimed that the front desk receptionist was having phone sex.
The lawsuit says the reviewer ""made the statements deliberately, maliciously, and willfully with the specific intent to cause damage to the character and reputation" of the hotel. (Newser)
I have a friend that just told all her friends that she's pregnant. Well one of our mutual friends that had a baby in December gave her some pieces of advice. She was telling her that there are lots of little hidden costs that you don't think about. Then I happened to come across an article about a few days later. Here are some of the things that my friend said and what were also in the article:
8 New-Baby Costs These Parents Didn't See Coming
1. The cost of convenience. didn't expect that he would lose his inclination to comparison shop after his son's birth last July. "I like to consider myself a savvy shopper, and I always try to find the best price. But when you're sleep deprived and have a crying baby at home, you just buy whatever it is you need at the most convenient place," he explains. "Most times, the closest place doesn't have the lowest price, but it's not worth it to comparison shop when you're short on time."
2. Bottles. A few bottles aren't so expensive — but what about when you have to buy every kind? "No one really talks about it, but sometimes babies refuse to drink from the bottle,"
4. Outfits. Babies grow fast — and sometimes, too fast for their clothes.
5. The hospital goody bag. Even though he always considered himself a planner, John Schmoll of Sprout Wealth was still taken aback by his wife's hospital bill after delivering their first child. " "When we reviewed the itemized bill, however, I was surprised to see that the 'take home bag' filled with diapers, wipes, pacifiers, and other newborn goodies, wasn't complimentary. It came at a pretty steep cost."
6:15 HOW TO GET HAPPY, SCIENTIFICALLY SPEAKING:According to author and University of North Carolina researcher Barbara Fredrickson …
✓ Prioritize Uplift – You know what makes you feel good: Working out, calling a friend who’s super-positive, engaging in a hobby. Think of these as nutrients and make sure you get them.
✓ Know the Difference Between Pleasure & Happiness – Eating a chocolate cake may give you pleasure, but it’s not especially meaningful. On the other hand, making a chocolate cake for your best friend = happiness.
✓ Learn What Won’t Make You Happy – Getting a promotion or a fancy new handbag or even a lottery ticket windfall won’t really have the affect on your happiness you might think. Positivity is more of a personal, internal thing.
✓ Reflect on Your Connections – Take a few minutes during the day to think about the interactions you’ve had with others. The simple act of remembering will help increase positive emotions.
6:45- You mean to tell me, that graduation seating is now at a premium? A High School Is Charging For Prime Seats At Graduation (May 22, 2014)
Graduating from high school is a huge milestone, but would you pay to get a prime seat at your kid's graduation ceremony? Manatee High School in Florida is charging students $20 to graduate, and observers $13 per "prime" seat in the school's stadium. This equates to about $200 per row of seats. The school reportedly is looking for ways to defray the cost of the ceremony, and the loved ones of graduates are buying in, apparently the ten best rows sold out in four hours. (Newser)
I knew about spritzing clothes with vodka but there are some really good ones here.
8:15 YOU CAN’T LICK BEER … OR CAN YOU?
Lollyphile, the outside-the-lines company that created ‘Bleu Cheese’, ‘Sriracha Bacon’, and ‘Breast Milk’ lollipops, has now developed not one but 3 different suckers that taste like … beer. The hoppy candy is available in ‘India Pale Ale’, ‘Stout’ and ‘Lager’ flavors. The company is touting its new creation as “The King of Lollipops! A real banquet lollipop! An All-American slam-dunk barbecue apple pie bada-lollipop!” (A lot of people suck at driving but will it be legal to suck one of these and drive?)
– “New York Daily News”
Would you try a Wine lollipop? Or maybe a Maple Bacon? Blue Cheese? If so, you're adventurous and you should check out Lollyphile.
8:45 Friday Toy Memory: In honor of the unofficial start to summer. Sun-In. This product was uh, the height of 80's brilliance. I tried to use it once when I was in summer camp. I put it on my jheri curl and was swimming a lot and ended up turning patches of my hair green!
When there’s no toilet paper in your stall and you need to rely on a stranger in the women’s room to get you TP.
When you notice toilet paper stuck on the bottom of another woman’s shoe and let her know. (Rona's addition to this: you do that little dance where you try to get the tp off her shoe, then your shoe, then her shoe ha!)
When you meet a woman who works or worked with someone you can’t stand, and you bond over how terrible they are.
When you witness dudes being jerks or mansplaining and share an eyeroll moment.
When you lend a woman your Chapstick or blush or deodorant in a moment of desperation.
When you’re both putting on makeup in a bathroom and share tips on contouring or eyeliner application.
When you’re in that bathroom at a bar on New Year’s Eve and a girl is freaking out because the zipper on her skirt is broken and you fashion a makeshift device with bobby pins to “fix it.”
When you ask a stranger for a tampon or when you provide a stranger with a tampon.
When your purse falls on the ground and shit flies everywhere and a very understanding lady helps you pick it up.
When you help a lady avoid an embarrassing moment by kindly letting her know there’s something in her teeth, or that her skirt is tucked into her tights.
When a woman fixes your bra strap because it was peeking out, or pulls up your shirt for you when it’s too low in the back and your strapless bra is showing.
Or tells you your zipper is down.
6:45 There was a really strong thunderstorm passing through this morning when I was getting ready. For some strange reason, I though to myself, is it possible that I might get electrocuted? I really had a small moment of panic and recalled my mom telling me NOT to get on the phone or use the shower when it was lightening outside. So here I turn off the water and decide to see if that's any old wives tale or not. According to this article in the NY Times from 2006, it's possible but very unlikely! Whew. Read it all here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/15/health/15real.html?_r=0
7:15 Unusual uses week continues: Today, my favorite condiment MUSTARD!!!!
8:15 For all you fans of the movie Frozen: Disney has announced plans for Frozen on Ice to launch in September for a nationwide tour. The show will include a cast of 39 skaters and will require nine tractor-trailers to move from city to city. According to the New York Times, viewers can expect a blizzard created by 20 snow machines, a stage inspired by a six-sided snowflake and towering video projection panels that, among other things, would simulate the movie's jagged North Mountains." The tour will begin in Orlando, Florida.
Merriam-Webster Adds 'Tweep', 'Selfie', 'Hashtag' And More To Dictionary (May 20, 2014)
Here's a selection of the 150 words Merriam-Webster added to its collegiate dictionary, along with the earliest mention of each word and the definition. The dictionary is now available now in print and online at Merriam-Webster.com.
Auto-Tune (v., 2003): to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software esp. to correct sung notes that are out of tune
baby bump (n., 2003): the enlarged abdomen of a pregnant woman
big data (n., 1980): an accumulation of data that is too large and complex for processing by traditional database management tools
brilliant (adj., new sense): British: very good, excellent
cap-and-trade (adj.,1995): relating to or being a system that caps the amount of carbon emissions a given company may produce but allows it to buy rights to produce additional emissions from a company that does not use the equivalent amount of its own allowance
catfish (n., new sense): a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes
crowdfunding (n., 2006): the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people esp. from the online community
digital divide (n., 1996): the economic, educational, and social inequalities between those who have computers and online access and those who do not
dubstep (n., 2002): a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns
e-waste (n., 2004): waste consisting of discarded electronic products (as computers, televisions, and cell phones)
fangirl (n., 1934): a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something
fracking (n., 1953): the injection of fluid into shale beds at high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources (such as oil or natural gas)
freegan (n., 2006): an activist who scavenges for free food (as in waste receptacles at stores and restaurants) as a means of reducing consumption of resources
gamification (n., 2010): the process of adding game or gamelike elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation
hashtag (n., 2008): a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that clarifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet)
hot spot (n., new sense): a place where a wireless Internet connection is available
insource (v., 1983): to procure (as some goods or services needed by a business or organization) under contract with a domestic or in-house supplier
motion capture (n., 1992): a technology for digitally recording specific movements of a person (as an actor) and translating them into computer-animated images
paywall (n., 2004): a system that prevents Internet users from accessing certain Web content without a paid subscription
pepita (n., 1942): the edible seed of a pumpkin or squash often dried or toasted
pho (n., 1935): a soup made of beef or chicken broth and rice noodles
poutine (n., 1982): chiefly Canada: a dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds
selfie (n., 2002): an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera esp. for posting on social networks.
social networking (n., 1998): the creation and maintenance of personal and business relationships esp. online
spoiler alert (n., 1994): a reviewer’s warning that a plot spoiler is about to be revealed
steampunk (n., 1987): science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology
turducken (n., 1982): a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey
tweep (n., 2008): a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets
unfriend (v., 2003): to remove (someone) from a list of designated friends on a person’s social networking Web site
Scientists have ruined everyone's favorite excuse for drinking red wine and eating chocolate. A new study has found the antioxidant found in both indulgences does not produce any health benefits. It was previously believed that resveratrol helped to prevent heart disease and some types of cancer, but researchers at John Hopkins University have proven that theory incorrect. Their study, which assessed a large group of Italians - who consume a diet rich in resveratrol - found that they do not live longer and are just as likely to develop cardiovascular disease or cancer as individuals who consume smaller amounts of the compound. (Time)
I'm in denial about all of this and will proceed to stuff my face with chocolate and red wine! Who's with me?
7:15 I feel like this is “life hack week”. Uses for Everyday items week continues with Pantyhose! I got a few new ideas from this today. I mean, I use the thing where you put shards of soap into panty hose and use them so they aren't a waste. I've also used them to strain things, but I never thought of storing onions that way or vacuuming up small items with pantyhose on the end of a vacuum nozzle. Cool.http://www.instructables.com/id/25-Unique-Uses-for-Pantyhose/?ALLSTEPS
8:15 I spend a lot of time trying to clean my house because I'm so messy. That means that I never really get anywhere with the project. However, here are a ton of cool cleaning tips for those with OCD.
Cool cleaning tips...if you are a little OCD, you'll love these.
6:15- Did you know that May is skin cancer awareness month? It's the perfect time to try out a new line of clothing made with a built in UPF or Ultra Violet Protection, which shields your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. SummerSkin clothing was created by Summer Kramer, a melanoma skin cancer survivor who saw the need for comfortable, fashionable clothing rather than the limited bulkier options she had to choose from.
SummerSkin apparel provides UPF up to 50 with no added chemicals.
I may try the sweat stain trick and see if it works! I have waaaaay too many workout clothes with smelly pits!
8:15- Dogs have always been man's best friend...now it looks like they can help us out even more!
Yesterday, researchers reported that dogs can be trained to sniff out prostate cancer. Turns out in one study dogs were able to sniff out the cancer — with 98% accuracy — by smelling urine samples. Other cancer studies are in the works. Woof.
6:15 If I asked you what the best selling products of all time were, what would you say? Chances we would both think that we'd have all purchased these things before. What would you guess would be on the list? My guesses would be basics like: Aspirin, vinegar, bread, shoes, ...Uh uh
J.Lo won the Icon Award, Justin Timberlake took home a top award (but he was on tour so he had one of those video acceptance speeches, and Katy Perry had a performance while she was on tour.
Poor Kendall Jenner. :( She got up to announce a band and they changed the teleprompter on her mid speech and instead of being able to roll with it, she blurted out “I'm such bad reader you guys” and it was awkward and sad. The girl is a teenager and is part of a family of people who are famous for the sake of being famous. :( Here's the video:
Final thought, I used to care about that stuff so much more. I just realize how old I am when I've never heard of some of these artists and I have no attachment to them or their music.
7:15 Unusual uses week! Each day I will cover unusual uses for everyday items. Today it was butter! Call Paula Deen.
6:15 15 Utterly Deranged Wikihow How-To Guides I can believe that I found this on the internet. People come up with the stupidest things. I am the person that reads those stupidest things. So here you go. Some were not appropriate for younger ears so I kept it off the radio. Here are a few of my favorites. Read on...
Step 2: "Put two hands directly in the middle of the sheets, with both thumbs on the side facing you and fingers on the outside."
Step 3: "Apply pressure to the sheets by squeezing them with your index finger and thumb."
Step 4: "Pull one hand towards you and the other away until the paper rips."
Tip: "People become beautiful to you because you love them. In a society obsessed with appearance, it can often seem the other way around but the reality is that love makes a person beautiful and the imperfect perfect."
Subsection 2, "Get Clean," Step 1: "Wet your entire body."
Subsection 3, "Shaving and Brushing Teeth," Step 4: "Brush your teeth. As weird as it sounds, brushing your teeth in the shower is actually very useful. You can brush your tongue and not be afraid of getting toothpaste in your hair or on your clothes."
Step 1: "Find someone you would like to bless, It doesn't really matter who they are because you are going to do something nice for them and help them out a lot."
WikiHow is the fountainhead of all knowledge.
6:45 Girl's Night Out at the Historic Mcfarland House is tonight! 6:30 is the Meet and Greet with Executive Chef Brad Spates! (He's been on Top Chef, Iron Chef and will appear on Top Chef on Bravo TV again this fall). He'll be doing demos of summer drinks, and summer appetizers. If you'd like tix or info go to: http://historicmcfarlandhouse.com/events
7:15 THE PROBLEMATIC PEOPLE IN EVERY OFFICE: â The Lunch Thief – The stealthy forager who ate your lunch, or at least the best part of it.
â The Supply Hoarder – Whether it’s bathroom tissue or Post-Its, there’s always a shortage thanks to this wacko.
â The Print Hog – Uses the printer/copier to run thousands of garage sale flyers, missing cat posters, etc.
â The Paper Jammer – Totally screws up the copier making those posters, then leaves it jammed for you to deal with.
â The Stinky Food Perp (this is me!)– They want anchovies and hard boiled eggs for lunch. Deal with it.
â The Music Blaster – They’ve got “99 Problems” and headphones ain’t one. All. Day. Long.
â The TMI Talker – They take personal phone calls and discuss the juicy details of their one night stand, impending colonoscopy, and STD scare for all the world to hear.
â The Kitchen Destroyer – They leave globs of mayo all over, neglect to refill the coffee-maker, and … geez, what blew up in the microwave?
â The Rage Case – No matter what you say, they overreact. They yell at their computer, throw things in their cubicle, slam doors, and curse a lot.
– Adapted from TheFrisky.com
8:15 HOW TO GET THE BEST BEER FLAVOR _ Like your beer in a chilled glass? According to the food and drink blog The Kitchn, a chilled glass is best used for room temperature beer. When a beer is at room temperature, the chilled glass brings the temperature of the beer down to the optimal flavor range, usually between 40 and 55°F. Beer already at that optimal range (like beer you've kept in the fridge) suffers when poured into a chilled glass.
There isn't anyone who ISN'T interested in saving money these days. Here are 10 things that are killing your wallet. Guilty? I know I am!
10 Wallet Killers:
Drinks That Pick Us Up
Premium Cable Packages
6:45- Snakes and Spiders oh my!
I posted the spider chart that popped up on Facebook today. It describes the kinds of spiders that appear at this time of year. I'm kind of afraid of spiders because I don't know which are poisonous. This chart helps.
I'm not that afraid of snakes but... I would be if one slithered into my house. There was a woman in texas that found the python in her bathroom. Yeah, not this kind of snake, the kind you find at the zoo...with handlers.
6:15 I talked about my cell phone again. This time, it was about how I feel completely out of sorts without my phone. I asked people to call me and let me know if they feel like they are sort of “not right” when they lose their phones. Tammy called to say “it's not right”. I agree Tammy!
6:45 What’s the secret to a long, happy marriage? Is it Housecleaning ?
It might be found in that old adage, “Share and share alike.” At least, when it pertains to doing the housework.
University of Illinois professor Brian G. Ogolsky, an expert on family studies, says that if couples equally share cleaning duties, their chances at marital satisfaction are excellent. However, once a partner starts to slack off, you can expect trouble.
In studying the various beliefs and behaviors of more than 200 heterosexual married couples, Ogolsky found that women were significantly happier if their husbands shared their attitudes about dividing household chores, although the same wasn’t true the other way around.
Just the same, people who are about to enter into matrimony should establish ground rules about household labor before they tie to knot, according to Ogolsky. He says that once bad patterns become cemented within two years of the union, they can eventually lead to frequents conflicts and marital discord.
Becky called and said her husband does MOST of the housework...does he have a brother?
8:15 Did you know Berkeley Senior Services is doing a Mystery Dinner Theater with H.S. Reunion (1984) theme? So, Hans Fogle and Pam Neeley are both participating. I can't wait to hear how they do! Get details about this fun even that will benefit Berkeley Senior Services on our website: www.wltffm.com and click Community Connection
7:15 I was talking with a friend of mine over the wekend who was telling me that she was getting ready to get a “hand lift”. It's like a facelift for your hands. Then, I come into work and saw this story. I guess it's a thing huh?
Women Are Getting 'Hand-lifts' For Perfect Engagement Ring Selfies (May 12, 2014)
Want to show off your engagement ring -- but hate the way your hands look? You can now get a cosmetic hand lift. Doctors are using the injectible anti-anging treatment Juvederm to give aging hands with visible tendons and veins a more youthful look.
New York City Dr. Ariel Ostad said that he has been doing more hand lift procedures, due to the hand selfie trend.
The procedure costs about $1200.
8:15 Check out this video. It's hard to see anything but the first part is the kicker. This cop and the lady he pulled over are both very lucky to be alive!
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COP HIT BY FALLING TREE DURING TRAFFIC STOP _ A dashboard camera captured the moment an Iowa cop almost died last week when a large oak tree randomly cracked and slammed directly into an SUV he was ticketing. Jeremy Veach was talking to the driver, who had neglected to put her headlights on, when the 30-foot tree cracked and fell, totaling the car and slamming Veach to the ground. There was no wind in the area that night and the owners of the tree said they had no idea it had rotted because it "appeared healthy" and continued to sprout green leaves each season. Veach and the driver walked away without major injures. The SUV, which Veach was able to duck behind, bore the brunt of the damage. | Video
6:45- Ladies, ever been stuck on a bad date? Well, a new tech accessory with safety features can offer a potentially smooth escape from any awkward situation, or more importantly, a situation where women might feel threatened.
Developed by marketing communications brand JWT Singapore, the Guardian Angel is a necklace, or bracelet, with an inconspicuous button that makes your cellphone ring at which point you can excuse yourself from the date but in a polite and discreet manner.
The $120 accessory also has a second function meant for a more extreme scenario. If the button is pressed for three seconds it will send out an SOS message to the phone number programmed as your emergency contact along with a link to your location.
JWT Singapore came up with the idea after speaking with the Association of Women for Action and Research, an advocacy group for women based in Singapore.
“Especially in a workplace or social scenario, there can be social penalties for confronting harassers directly,” said Corinna Lim, AWARE executive director, in a press release. “The Guardian Angel can help defuse some harassment situations. The emergency contact function also empowers women to more easily seek help in cases of serious threat.”
AWARE will receive 10 percent of each sale to fund further research projects.
7:15 WORDS & PHRASES TURNING 100-YEARS-OLD IN 2014: (used on the dawg 4-25-14_
1914 marks the earliest year lexicographers at the “Oxford English Dictionary” can document the following terms appearing in print … ✓ ‘Atomic Bomb’ – Sci-fi author HG Wells is credited with first using the term when writing about the possibility of such an awful weapon. ✓ ‘Advertorial’ – A contraction of ‘advertisement’ and ‘editorial’, first used in the publication “Rotarian”. ✓ ‘Big Screen’ – Even though there was no TV with its small screen to provide contrast, the ‘big screen’ was already being used to mean movies in 1914. ✓ ‘Chunnel’ – The tunnel under the English Channel wasn’t completed until 1994, but 80 years earlier writer K Howard declared, “Another word that will be stolen from me is … ‘Chunnel’.”
✓ ‘Doohickey’ – A blend of the words ‘doodad’ (as in gizmo) and ‘hickey’ (as in a small gadget or device).
✓ ‘Light Speed’ – A hundred years ago an editorial in the “Frederick Post” predicted, “Even in this speed-mad age we can never hope to equal the speed of light.”
✓ ‘Oy Vey’ – This Yiddish expression (literally, “Oh, woe”) first appeared in print in the “New York Evening Journal”.
8:15 What it's like when you don't have your cell phone for a little bit...
My phone is out of commission and I feel like I don't have an appendage. I have to wait for 3 days for the new phone and I realize how much I rely on my stupid cell phone. I don't want to be that way but I am. Now comes news that most people (nearly half surveyed) can only remember up to 3 phone numbers. Can you remember phone numbers without your phone?
6:15 Since Mother's Day is coming up: LIES PARENTS TELL THEIR KIDS:
“We’re almost there!”
“If you keep making that face, it’ll freeze that way.”
“We’ll come back another time.”
“I never would have done that when I was your age.”
“The dog went to live on a farm.”
“You did great!”
“I don’t know where your toy is. You must have lost it.”
“It won’t hurt. I promise!”
“I’m leaving without you!”
– Adapted from BuzzFeed.com http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/lies-parents-tell-their-kids
6:45 Girl's Night Out is coming to The Historic McFarland House! They are having their first ever Girl's Night Out with food demos, cocktails and fun. It's gonna be a great time.
7:15 Interview with Interview: Engineering teacher, Bill Brooks Students: Jake Benedick and Aaron Nagy. These students designed and created the desktop plastic thing using our station logo and a 3-D printer. Very cool. Here is the project the students created...I'm so impressed!
Here is the interview:
8:15- In advance of Mother's Day, is there a secret you'd like to share with your mom? Here are some fun, sad, and interesting secrets for moms from their kids from Buzzfeed.com
8:45- Friday Toy Memory- Jean Nate' the body bath splash that was very 1970's in nature. My mom loved it and in advance of Mother's Day, I'm remembering my mom and her signature fragrance. What did your mom wear?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjTbgY7L49I
Sorry it's so late today. I totally forgot to post.
6:15 I know I talked about this before but as we get closer to Mother's day, it's nice to see the funny little ways that we are becoming our moms. I saw so many links to this...here's a funny video that about sums it up. Ha.
Some parents would do anything to get their picky eater to try something new. Some are even going as far as hiring "coaches" for up to $250 per hour to help broaden their little one's horizons. The initial hour-long consultation plus follow up visits can end up totaling about $400. One mom from New Jersey bragged to the Wall Street Journal that after hiring a food coach, her girls started eating sweet potatoes and substituting juice for water or seltzer with a splash of juice. She said the trick to getting kids to eat new foods is to mix them with familiar favorites.
Things to think about:
What kind of dietary miracle would someone have to pull off to get you to pay them $400
How did you get your kids to start trying new foods?
When your kid was going through his/her picky phase, what were the only things you could get him/her to eat?
8:15 I played Britney and then Justin Timberlake and it got me to thinking how much I liked them when they were cute little teenagers in love. I thought they were such a cute couple. Then I remembered that I saw the Justin will be on Oprah's “Master Class”.
6:15- Mother's day is THIS Sunday. So you'd better get to the store today. Here are some other Mother's day things you might find interesting from the National Retail Federations “Mothers' Day Spending Survey”.
M" is for the many things you can give mom for Mother's Day but according to the National Retail Federation annual poll, Americans may be cutting back a bit on their purchases compared to 2013.
With that magical day fast approaching, the NRF’s “Mother’s Day Spending Survey” reveals that a total of $19.9 billion will be spent on gifts or approximately $162.94 for each mom in the nation.
That works out to be $6 less in spending than last year when the NRF put the average amount spent for mom at $168.94.
As always, greeting cards are the most popular choice for consumers with 81.3 percent making that purchase while just over two-thirds will buy flowers. Meanwhile, one in three Americans will pick out some piece of apparel they think mom will enjoy.
Other Mother's Day gift mainstays include jewelry, books, housewares, gardening tools and gift certificates for spas. And in a sign of these hi-tech times, at least one in seven will surprise that special lady with a tablet, camera or smartphone.
Naturally, folks will want to get mom out of the kitchen on her special day, resulting in $3.8 billion spent on either brunch or dinner at a nice restaurant.
6:45- Want to know how much time you spend in front of the tv? This site calculates that...in days. Do you really want to know?
7:15 Interview with Christine Delaughter from Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. They've been busy moving to their new location at 19 W. Cork Street in Winchester. This Saturday, May 10th, they'll be hosting their Grand Re-opening. Find out more here www.discoverymuseum.net
Hear the interview here:
8:15 SIGNS IT’S TIME TO QUIT YOUR JOB: It’s generally not a good idea to quit without another job lined up, career experts say, but here are the red flags you should watch for that say ‘it’s time to go’ ….
✗ You hate the work.
✗ It’s stressful enough to make you sick.
✗ You don’t fit in.
✗ You have the boss from hell.
✗ You’re overqualified.
✗ You’re asked to do something unethical or illegal.
✗ The company – or your department – is on shaky financial footing.
Read more here at TIME.comhttp://time.com/8173/7-signs-its-time-to-quit-your-job/
6:15 Workers Would Love to Exit Job in Grand Style
Marina Shifrin became an international sensation when she filmed her resignation from a Taiwanese animation company, which naturally went viral.
That got a lot of people to thinking about doing the same thing, if they had their druthers.
So Shoutly, an online social commerce platform, asked 500 people in the U.S. if they would like the world to know that they were quitting a job and 52 percent said they would post their resignation on a social networking site.
Seven percent of that group said they would do it the same way as Shifrin, basically dancing around an empty office to make a grand exit.
Meanwhile, another seven percent would hire a band to play behind them as they bid the boss farewell while another seven percent suggested going out in a literal "blaze of glory."
And of course, this being the age of anything goes, five percent would announce their retirement via a pornographic tweet from their soon-to-be former company's Twitter account.
So...this guy came up with his own way of quitting, while also taking his boss to task!
The studies had to do with oxytocin, the "neurochemical of love" that's released when humans engage in any number of activities from bonding with their children to having sex to, yes, interacting with animals.
But the guy doing the study was interested in seeing whether animals, too, saw an increase in oxytocin production during certain interactions.
In n animal refuge in Arkansas, a young male terrier and a young male goat regularly enjoyed playing with one another. Blood samples were taken from both animals, before and after 15 minutes of play. Zak found that after playing together, the dog's oxytocin increased 48%—meaning that, as Zak puts it, "the dog was quite attached to the goat," and thought of him as a "friend." But the goat's oxytocin increased an incredible 210%, showing that "the goat might have been in love with the dog," Zak says, as that's what an equivalent surge in a human would likely mean. Click for his full article.
7:15 58 things about the class of 2018 that are truly depressing
A Tex-Mex favorite now eaten in every corner of the United States, nachos seem like a timeless dish—what could be simpler than melted cheese over tortilla chips? In fact, nachos are a comparatively recent invention, and they are named after Sr. Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, who came up with the idea for them on the spur of the moment in 1943.
Sr. Anaya was the maître d’hôtel at the Victory Club restaurant in Piedras Negras, a city in the Mexican state of Coahuila located on the Rio Grande across from Eagle Pass, Texas. One evening a large group of guests arrived at the restaurant, and they needed something to nibble on. Sr. Anaya could not find the chef, so he went into the kitchen to prepare something himself. He took tostadas (corn tortillas deep-fat fried until crisp), grated some cheese over them, and put them under the broiler. When the cheese had melted, he added some jalapeno pepper slices on top and emerged with the first plate of nachos ever made. His creation was a hit and came to be known locally as Nacho’s especiales (that is, “Nacho’s specials”). In Spanish, Nacho is a common nickname for men called Ignacio. Eventually Nacho’s especiales was shortened to just nachos. The word nachos was then taken to be the plural of a common noun, nacho, and now nacho is used in all sorts of phrases, like nacho cheese flavor.
Soon after their invention, nachos became quite popular in southern Texas, and somewhat later, in the 1970s, the well-known sports journalist Howard Cosell tasted them. He began to promote them at every opportunity, and the fame of nachos spread to every corner of the United States. To honor the creation of nachos, a nacho festival is now held annually in Piedras Negras.
(The above derivation and more like it can be found in Spanish Word Histories and Mysteries from the editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries.)
6:45 This was a hot mess of a break. I talked about the fact that I just realized that Mother's day is coming up this Sunday...who knew? Also, I mentioned (very briefly) the history of Cinco de Mayo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinco_de_Mayo
On the origins of the holiday
It does commemorate the battle of Puebla, in which the Mexican troops were victorious over the French troops, and that's really important — in Puebla. Not really anywhere else outside of Puebla.
Mexico had put a moratorium on paying back their European debts. They basically had no money. The French wanted to get their money from Mexico, so they sent troops and they fought a battle in Puebla versus what was supposed to be a ... vastly underprepared army. ... But the Mexican troops ended up winning the battle ... and it was great. But they didn't end up winning the war, overall. They lost. But at a time, it was really a rallying cry for Mexican resistance.
One Mom has a brilliant way of grounding her kids that you'll probably want to steal. Blogger and mom Lynette has created a chart that assigns a points value to common household chores. The grounded kid is told that they must earn 500 points to get "ungrounded." For instance if the child prepares and cooks dinner they earn 50 points, and if they empty the dishwasher they earn 25 points. Lynette wrote, "This worked out better than I could have ever imagined! My oldest son got right to work and earned his 500 points in one day. The other two are getting closer and working hard too! We had a nice dinner prepared by my son." (Huffington Post)
7:30 All week long, I'm giving away tickets to the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. They will be re-opening this Saturday, May 10th 9am-5pm at their new location: 19 W Cork Street in Winchester. Their new space is larger and will feature tons more exhibits and fun! Find them online at www.discoverymuseum.net
8:15 Even if you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo there are tons of other days to observe in the month of May such as:
7:15 Mommy and Me...at the club? You know you're getting old when this sounds like a good idea. Remember when you used to stay out late dancing till the wee hours of the morning? Now the only dancing you get is when you go to a wedding or anniversary party. Not to worry. There's a new concept in partying for you...
RAVE ON: Family discos and raves are increasingly common across London, as British clubbers who once packed world-famous venues such as Ministry of Sound get older and have children. Event planning company Big Fish Little Fish is specifically aimed at party parents who like to strut their stuff for a few hours before heading home for their kids’ bedtime. One dingy bar in south London that’s normally the venue for all-night raves is now transformed into a playgroup party for 2-and-a-half hours on Saturday afternoons, with professional DJs playing funk and house music. You can even get a tattoo at the bar … that washes off later. (Toddlers staggering around in the half-light are said to look disturbingly like small, drunk adults.)
– Agence France-Presse
7:45 ========> This is just crazy. Restaurant Provides Stuffed Company for Lonely Diners
It's no secret that many people prefer not to eat alone at restaurants, so a Japanese eatery chain has cooked up a solution: life-size stuffed animals. Specifically, servers at Japan's Moomin Cafe chain will park a giant stuffed version of the beloved, blobby Scandinavian children's characters opposite diners' unoccupied chairs. Suffice it to say, the practice seems to be popular, if for no other reason that patrons of the themed cafes are already fans of the Moonmin characters.
8:45 Friday Toy Memory: Hollywood Squares!!!!! I remember all the 70's guest stars especially: Charo, Vincent Price, and Paul Lynde. I used to come home from school and my babysitter would watch those shows. I'm glad I can catch it sometime on the Game Show Network. Awesome!
6:15 If you're looking for a job, you want to put your best foot forward. In an interview situation especially. Here are some people that did really dumb thing in interviews. Readers Digest got these stories from hiring managers etc. :(
"I swear this is true: Someone threw his beer can in the outside trash can before coming into the reception area."
Hey: TMI, people.
"A guy once talked during the interview about how an affair cost him a previous job."
Read the directions wrong.
"We ask prospective job applicants at our business to fill out a questionnaire. For the line 'Choose one word to summarize your strongest professional attribute,' one woman wrote, 'I'm very good at following instructions.'"
Grossed out the interviewer.
"Someone once blew her nose and lined up the used tissues on the table in front of her." Anonymous HR professional
Misunderstood the work.
"An individual applied for a customer-service job, and when asked what he might not like about the job, he said, 'Dealing with people.'" Source: Robert Half Technology
Brought a sidekick. Who wasn't patient.
"Once an applicant's friend came in and asked, 'How much longer?'" Anonymous HR professional
Listed all experiences...relevant or not.
"I had somebody list their prison time as a job. And an exotic dancer who called herself a 'customer service representative.'" Sharlyn Lauby, human resources consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL
"I had someone eat all the candy from the candy bowl while trying to answer questions." Anonymous HR professional
Called in an understudy.
"The candidate sent his sister to interview in his place." Source: Robert Half Technology
6:45 I learned this today:
If you point your car remote at your head instead of the parking lot to increase the range--and could possibly find your car more easily. Thanks Buzzfeed! Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tceVZtnUQd0
-use the arrows on your keyboard to advance videos on YouTube. The numbers work too.
-Test batteries to see if they are good by standing them up and if it's still good, it will usually stand straight up, the one that's bad will usually bounce and fall over.
-The one that I found most interesting is if you are in a parking lot and you can't find your car, point your car door opener at your head to increase the range of the signal. Your head (according to Buzzfeed) acts as an antenna. Who knew?
7:15 5 Googletips and tricks
Web search, image search, email - odds are you use Google for at least one of these things every day. But just because you use something every day doesn't mean you know every secret. In fact, I've rounded up five things you can do withGoogle that you probably had no idea. Some are useful and some are just fun, but you'll want to give them all a try. First off, even a lot of avid computer users don't know how many interesting things are "baked in" on the Google front page. You can type in a math equation, for example, or a flight number or FedEx tracking number, and get the data you're looking for. You can ask for the weather in whatever town you want, get a definition of a word and do conversions in weights and money and different currencies, too. (Just type in phrases like "define ineffable" or "$200 in euros.")
7:45 What does Justin Timberlake have to do with the phrase "It's gonna be May"? Even President Obama posted it on his Facebook. It's a meme where the band N'SYNC performed the song “It's Gonna Be Me”. However, it sounds like Justin Timberlake sings “It's Gonna be May”. I didn't get it. Now I do. It's cute but really?
Here's the video for your viewing pleasure. To hear him do it, go to: 1:02 (ish)