6:15 Do you need white noise like a fan or something else to sleep comfortably? Why or why not? I've discovered that is was a thing. A guy I use to date always needed to have the fan on and it was rough for me because I'd always need to pull the blankets on me because I was cold, while he slept like a baby. I mentioned sleeping with a fan to my neighbor, and she says she needs to do it. What's that about?
A lot of people sleep with a fan for white noise. I decided to look it up and this is what people had to say on:
6:45 I guess Ravens Fans would like this. It's an Emporium for Purple People. Ha!
Where can you go to find a purple tea kettle? A purple couch? Purple camouflage underwear? Well you go to The Purple Store, of course! Adam Sheridan opened Purple Store in Seattle WA and online because people who prefer purple had trouble finding purple things and were excited when they did. Rather than unusual stuff, Purple Store customers seem to want ordinary everyday items, only in purple. And business is good. The store survived the recession and Sheridan says that, with more fans discovering Purple Store everyday, there are now plans to add more products and locations. (Where else would you find a plush purple panda bear?)
You can see the online store here: http://www.thepurplestore.com . I first read this story on TIME.com
7:15 The weekend is over, you may have some leftover beer. Other than drinking it, what can you do? Here are some great ideas courtesy of Rodale News and Samuel Adams beer. (They should know...)
8:15- Pole dancing for kids? I find this questionable at best. Despite the fact it looks like good exercise, I think since pole dancing has a connotation of strippers, it's hard to justify letting little girls do it. Sorry, this one is an epic fail in my book! Here's what I read:
Little girls often take up cheerleading, dance and gymnastics, but would you let your six-year-old take pole dancing classes? A studio in the UK is under fire for offering pole dancing classes to girls under the age of 13. The website for the LaKita Dance Academy boasts that one of their 12-year-old students placed third in last year's world pole dancing championship and shows the video of a 6-year-old performing in competition to the song "Pound the Alam" by Nicki Minaj. Critics worry that young girls performing sexualized dances in skimpy outfits with full-makeup will be left open for exploitation. But Lauren Kenealy , who runs the classes, told The Sun: 'It is just like gymnastics but using a different piece of apparatus. It's got nothing to do with being sexual.'
Here is a look at a competition featuring a 6 year old. What are your thoughts? You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm still thinking Um...NO!
6:45 Let me just say that we girls love our shoes. I mean reeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllyyyyyyy love our shoes. So much so that when surveyed, experts found this:
A new survey of 1,000 women aged 35-to-44 confirms that women really do love their shoes … perhaps in ways that are a little surprising. A sampling of the findings …
• 20% admit they’re more ‘aroused’ by new shoes than by their significant others.
• 50% admit to judging someone else based on their shoes (half were negative).
• Half of women are willing to lie about what they really paid for their shoes.
• 32% buy 4-to-7 pairs of shoes annually (a total of about 500 pairs in a lifetime).
• 25% won’t quit wearing heels, no matter the pain (even if it means popping a pill for relief).
(Some women are now resorting to surgery in order to wear designer heels.)
7:15 In this time of the year when mosquito bites are the norm, I thought I'd share some interesting stuff about the little pests! I betcha didn't know THESE things about mosquitoes! I've put a few tidbits below but go to the page for all the neat stuff about them.
Mosquito is Spanish for“little fly.” The word reportedly originated in the early 16th century. In Africa, mosquitoes are called “Mozzies”.
There are more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes. About 175 of them are found in the United States, with the Anophelesquadrimaculatus, Culex pipiens, and Aedes aegypti(Asian tiger mosquito) among the most common. The Anopheles is a malaria carrier, and the other two are known to spread various forms of encephalitis.
West Virginia has the fewest species of mosquitoes. There are 26 in the mountainous state, while Texas has the most with 85. Florida is a close second with 80 identified species.
Only female mosquitoes bite people. Both male and female feed mainly on fruit and plant nectar, but the female also needs the protein in blood to help her eggs develop. Once she's had her fill of blood, she'll rest a couple of days before laying her eggs.
Mosquitoes don't have teeth. The females “bite” with a long, pointed mouthpart called a proboscis. They use the serrated proboscis to pierce the skin and locate a capillary, then draw blood through one of two tubes.
A mosquito can drink up to three times its weight in blood. Don't worry, though. It would take about 1.2 million bites to drain all the blood from your body.
Female mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs at a time. Usually, the eggs are deposited in clusters – called rafts – on the surface of stagnant water, or they are laid in areas that flood regularly. Eggs can hatch in as little as an inch of standing water. Females will lay eggs up to three times before they die.
Mosquitoes spend their first 10 days in water. Water is necessary for the eggs to hatch into larvae, called wigglers. Wigglers feed on organic matter in stagnant water and breathe oxygen from the surface. They develop into pupae, which do not feed and are partially encased in cocoons. Over several days, the pupae change into adult mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes hibernate. They are cold-blooded and prefer temperatures over 80 degrees. At temperatures less than 50 degrees, they shut down for the winter. The adult females of some species find holes where they wait for warmer weather, while others lay their eggs in freezing water and die. The eggs keep until the temperatures rise, and they can hatch.
The average mosquito lifespan is less than two months. .
8:15 SAYING 'LIKE' ALL THE TIME ISN'T ALL BAD _ Those who speak by packing their sentences with words such as "you know," "I mean," and "like" aren't being ditzy -- they're being conscientious. So suggests a new study (in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology) whose authors say that such "filler words" tend to be used by people who are more thoughtful than most.
8:45 Friday Toy Memory: See and Say. Remember this? This was a sure way to keep me occupied for at least an hour as a kid. This was a fun one. Check out this old timey commercial.
1. “Do they pay for your hotel rooms?” I love this one. Can you imagine if the whole crew was staying in different places and the junior people were grabbing a park bench to sleep on, or couch surfing in their uniforms? Yes, the airline pays for hotels and arranges transportation to and from the hotel. Otherwise, every flight would be late while we figured out where so and so was staying.
2. Where are the lines between the states? You would be surprised how many people think there are actual lines between the states like on a map.
3. On night flights we will go through the cabin with trays of orange juice and water. Passengers will look at the tray and say: “Which one is the orange juice and which is the water?”
4. “When do I change the time on my watch or will it change itself as we go?”
5. “I don’t mean to scare you, but something out there has been following us for hours!” It’s the light on the wing.
6. We ask, “would you like cream and sugar in your coffee?” and they hesitate like it’s a difficult ‘Jeopardy’ question.
7. It takes years before you realize you can answer people’s questions with the wrong answer and they never know the difference. When they ask what river they are looking at, I always say Mississippi—no matter where we are in the country. Same thing with the circular irrigation circles you see in farm areas. “What are those circles out there?” Private helicopter landing pads.
8. What country is Hawaii in?
9. We point to where the bathroom is and the passenger just stands there. I’ll point to it again and they will say “it’s vacant.” They have no idea what the word vacant means, I guess we really shouldn’t use such fancy words like vacant.
10. “Have we landed yet?”
11. “Do you have a writing pen?”
12. We no longer have pillows in the economy cabin. A passenger asked me for a pillow and I told him they were discontinued. He asked “were people choking on them?”
13. “How do I move my seat forward?”
14. “When did you guys start wearing uniforms?”
15. On the customs and immigration form it says: Sex M-F. Passengers will ask if it means how many times they have sex Monday to Friday!!!
6:45 By the way, if you're looking to watch the US vs Germany World Cup game today. Here's your "get out of work note" courtesy of the coach of the US team. Game time is noon.
• Think twice about throwing a birthday party in a pricey restaurant, unless you’re picking up the entire tab … or all your friends are kazillionaires.
• It’s bad form to break up via text. Once you’ve spent more than a few naked hours with somebody, you can text them to tell them you’re late … but not that you’re never coming back.
• First dates should be cheap, short, and local. Meet for coffee or happy-hour drinks for an hour or two at most. This keeps things from going too fast, and puts a limit to a bad-date nightmare.
• At a business function, introduce yourself with both your first and last name. “Hi, I’m Amanda” sounds like it should be followed by “and I’ll be your cocktail waitress”.
• RSVP. All it takes to keep your host from feeling you don’t give a bent crap about them is 20 seconds of your time to respond right away or mark your calendar to respond in a few days.
• Send thank-you notes. It’s simply good form after a job interview, after a party, anytime someone has gone out of their way for you. You can do it via email, but snail-mail is classier.
• Friends don’t post photos that make friends look like crap. Even if the main focus of a photo is you looking radiant, resist publishing it if it also captures your pal in an awkward moment.
6:45- IS SMART BLING THE NEXT THING?
The latest in wearable technology is Ringly, a new cocktail ring that alerts you to messages and notifications from your phone. This bluetooth-enabled bling is from eBay alum Christina Mercando, whose goal was to fit technology into an item that’s actually stylish. An app lets you choose which notifications you want to receive and how you want to receive them. There are 4 different vibration patterns and lights that can be customized to signal specific senders … a flashing red for a message from your significant other, for instance. The idea is to be able to put your phone away, but still get the alerts you think are important. The rings will retail for $195-to-$260. (Isn’t the whole point of stashing your phone to get away from all this stuff?)
– Sourced from BuzzFeed.com
7:15- Embarrassing moments: How have you handled it?
Yesterday was a very busy day. I ran all day and after a pretty good workout, I head to Target after the gym. I was STARVING. This seems like an appropriate time to mention that there is something to that “don't grocery shop when you're hungry thing”. I went to Target to look for a specific product Asian cole slaw which is pretty healthy. Well, they didn't have it stock at that store so I ended up buying pizza, a burrito, and Pringles. Not so healthy. So I'm in the parking lot shoveling Pringles into my face (3 at a time—crumbs down the front of my workout shirt, it was ugly).
So who pulls up right next to me? Someone I'll call "gym guy". He's always in my exercise classes. He's sometimes on my side of the room, sometimes not, sometimes in front of me, sometimes not. He's got a cute butt and I've noticed him before. Anyway, I look over, see him as I'm eating handfuls of pringles, and turn the other way and lean down like I'm going to avoid seeing him. Or like somehow he's not going to see me. So awkward. It'll be fun the next time I see him at the gym. Ha. It's my life, a total sitcom.
8:15- Why? People why?
Grumpy Cat to Star in Lifetime Christmas Movie (June 12, 2014)
Internet star Grumpy Cat is getting her own TV movie, with The Hollywood Reporter saying the frown-faced feline will star in a live-action Christmas movie for the Lifetime cable channel. The movie, called Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, will have Grumpy Cat as a lonely cat in a mall pet store that nobody wants to take home, until a 12-year-old girl falls in love with her. Hijinks will, of course, ensue. An actor to provide the voice for Grumpy Cat hasn't yet been cast.
8:45- Today is the 5th Anniversary of the passing of Michael Jackson. He was an original. Enjoy this Vintage Michael. Smooth Criminal. Go to 1:30 to get to the music part. I love and miss him!
A two-year-old rescue dog named Peanut from North Carolina was named the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California, on Friday (June 20th). Peanut's owner, Holly Chandler, says the dog was a victim of animal abuse and was injured in a fire, but is healthy now, according to CBS News. Chandler said, "He doesn't have lips anymore. His eyelids are also gone, and so he can't close his eyes, so therefore his eyes water. The tears drain into his nose and so he has nice little snot bubbles because of it. So it's great, that adds to his character." Peanut's breed origins are unknown. Awww. I'm so glad he's loved.
7:15 It's summertime and we all are spending more time outdoors. Don't forget to slather on the sunscreen. But sunscreen alone won't cut it this summer. Here are some tips on avoiding the damaging rays of the sun.
8:15 Today is Left Handers Day. Great! Give us some scissors and a lefty mug! :) What's so funny is that when I posted this online, the comments went nuts! Everyone had funny commentary about being a lefty or being a righty. Who knew people were going to be so funny about it. Here's the story. On closer inspection, this story was posted by a TV station in August of 2013. It's not left handers day at all. :( Bummer. I guess it's more “re-poster fool's day”. Happy Left-Handers Day anyway!
About 10 percent of people write with their left hand – a trait tenuously tied to intelligence and creativity, not to mention inky pinkies. And some experts say this small but steady legion sheds light on the brain. Despite their minority status, lefties are more likely to excel in music, mathematics and athletics, according to studies.
6:15- I got here early...wha? I never do that. I'm so tired today, I can't think straight. Today, I just rambled on about my weekend:
I'm really tired. I was out until 11:00pm last night. More on that later.
On Saturday, I MC'ed a cornhole tournament. A couple of things that I learned. 1. This is a sport that dudes really love (single ladies listen up), 2. People take it very seriously there are rules, there is an American Cornhole Association. 3. This has a lot of fans. I was surprised at how many people played and stayed even after they were eliminated from the competition.
Last night we wrapped up “In the Next Room (The Vibrator Play)”. It was a fun show to be a part of and we had very good audiences most of the 4 week run of the show. As we were cleaning up last night, I was mopping up the floor and at one point, hit myself in the eye with a mop handle. Ouch. My eye is sore but not hurt--if that makes any kind of sense.
6:45 Clean Up Your Online Presence With Social Sweepster
If you're currently job-seeking but worried about some unsavory photos of yourself online, fear not -- Social Sweepster can help you get rid of those drunken college pics.
Social Sweepster can go through your Facebook and Twitter accounts and find potentially reputation-damaging photos as far back as 2005. Certain objects in photos -- like beer cans and red solo cups, come up as red flags -- giving the user an option to untag, delete or ask a friend to remove the photos.
The service is currently in beta, but you can request an invitation here.
7:15- Are you flirting with me? I can't tell...
The art of flirting is one that is not learned easily, according to University of Kansas researcher Jeffrey Hall.
More accurately, most people don’t seem to pick up the clues when someone else is flirting with them. However, Hall says they are much better at realizing when there’s no flirting going on.
Hall, a communications professor who wrote The Five Flirting Styles, put 50 straight, single pairs of college students in a room where guys and gals talked to one another for ten minutes.
Then he had them fill out a questionnaire which asked specific questions about flirting. In eight out of ten cases, the participants correctly knew when they weren’t being flirted with.
However, just 36 percent of men and half that number of women understood when the other person was flirting.
Hall explains that people don’t like to make a big show about flirting because they don’t want to be embarrassed, adding, “We are not accustomed to having our flirting validated so we can get better at seeing it.”
Later, Hall showed the video clips of the first experiment to 250 people to see if third parties had any better luck at detecting when flirting is going on. The results were pretty much the same with most knowing when there wasn’t any flirting and the minority observing when it was happening. Check out his 5 Flirting Styles here: http://www.flirtingstyles.com/flirtingstyles.
8:15 Did you see this Banned Grey Poupon ad? It's gone viral...ha. Enjoy.
Teddy Ruxpin- $349 (man that bear was scary to me, with the eyes all rolling around in his head...no thanks!)
6:45 Who woulda thunk it? Better than Toothpaste? Red Wine May Fight Cavities
The key to better dental health may be to floss, brush and rinse with red wine.
That's not quite what scientists at the Spanish National Research Council are recommending. However, scientists believe there is some connection between preventing cavities and drinking red wine.
The research team says that the compound known as polyphenols in red wine has been shown to fight bacterial growth, specifically the kind that causes cavities.
In a series of lab experiments, polyphenols seemed to block the formation of glucans, which allow bacteria to stick to the mouth.
Moreno-Arribas cautions that tests still have to be conducted on humans to determine if red wine can indeed benefit the health of their teeth.
A couple of caveats: as those who drink red wine can attest, the drink is known to stain teeth. The Spanish researchers also say that white wine is counter-productive because of its enamel-eroding acid.
7:15 If I got 8 hours of sleep, I'd have to go to sleep at like 7:30pm. Not happening. But now that I know this, I might try to get more. It's that simple: Sleep More, Weigh Less
The more sleep you get, the less you weigh. That's the major finding from a study recently published in the journal Appetite. University of Chicago researchers found that the 10 obese men and women they studied showed a "14-percent drop in appetite and a 62-percent decline in desire for unhealthy salty or sweet snacks" when their sleep was increased from six hours or less to eight hours per night.
Scientists say that the hormones ghrelin and leptin are affected when you don't get enough sleep. Ghrelin signals the body when it's time to eat, and leptin tells it when to stop. When you are lacking sleep, ghrelin levels increase and leptin decreases. Other studies have shown that the more tired you are the more likely you are to reach for high-calorie carbs rather than lean proteins, veggies or fruit.
Shape magazine blogger Keri Gans suggests heading to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until you are able to fit in eight hours of sleep. She also says you should put your breakfast "on auto-drive: Have your yogurt, berries, and sliced almonds ready to grab no matter how tired you are."
8:15--PRICE HIKE DOESN'T SLOW BACON CONSUMPTION _ Americans ate about 1.1 billion bacon servings during the 12 months ended April 2014. That's a 6% increase in servings over the previous year. That's a pretty nice bump in bacon consumption when you consider that between May 2013 and May 2014, the average retail price for a pound of sliced bacon increased 18.8% to $6.05.
8:45- Friday Toy Memory: The cartoon strips “Bloom County” and it's successor “Opus”. Our Office Manager Susan came in this morning wearing a T-shirt with the penguin Opus (was it a penguin?) lounging on the front. Even though it's an old shirt, it was a great memory for me. Here's a pic of Susan rockin it!
6:15- I was hanging out with my friends 8-year old twins. Kids think about the most interesting things sometimes. Somehow or the other, the question of 'Why can't we see the ears on birds?' It got me to do some deep thiniking. Here are some other Deep Though Thursdays or Whyzits (Why is it):
BS WHYZITS: (deep thoughts on Thursday)
• Whyzit the pizza box is square; the pizza is round; and the slice is triangular? • Whyzit cartoon characters wear the same outfit in every single episode?
• Whyzit we feel it necessary to look in the mirror after puking or crying? • Whyzit we call them ‘chicken fingers’ when chickens don’t have any? (that goes for beef tips too)
• Whyzit people say “Heads up!” when they actually mean “Duck!!!!”? • Whyzit called a double-‘U’ when it’s actually two ‘V’s put together?
• Whyzit the space bar make a louder noise than the other keys?
• Whyzit we call it a ‘pair of pants’ when it’s just one?
• Whyzit people always moan when they stretch?
6:45 Yesterday, I talked about the new thing Neo-tensil (they are calling Spanx for your face).
Spanx Rolls Out Jeans (June 13, 2014)
If you've dreamed of a pair of jeans that would suck and tuck you in like your beloved Spanx, it's time to wake up! Your dream is about to become reality with Spanx's announcement of two different styles of jeans set to hit the market on July 25th.
Fashionista.com reports that the Signature jean is described as "high-waisted with a wide waistband (meant to be hidden under a shirt) and a side zipper." The Slim-X jean is "a traditional five-pocket jean with a lower, but still high, rise that shirts can be tucked into."
Both cuts of jeans have "patent-pending hidden shaping features that create a perky rear and all-around slimming fit."
The Signature and the Slim-x will be offered in skinny, straight and bootleg cuts. The jeans are priced to start at $148 and will only be available in Spanx stores and online at Spanx.com. In the meantime, you can grab yourself up a pair of spanx leggings which are already on the market. Click here to see em. http://www.spanx.com/shop/spanx/denim-leggings-zid38-2066
7:15 So, the FBI's been collecting internet slang. So that they spy on us better, I guess? The FBI's 83-Page Glossary On Slang - http://wapo.st/1vIgETG (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/06/17/the-fbi-maintains-an-83-page-glossary-of-internet-slang-and-it-is-hilariously-frighteningly-out-of-touch/)
Here's a little of what you'll find in the article: Among the other head-scratching terms the FBI considers can’t-miss Internet slang:
AYFKMWTS (“are you f—— kidding me with this s—?”) — 990 tweets
BFFLTDDUP (“best friends for life until death do us part) — 414 tweets
BOGSAT (“bunch of guys sitting around talking”) — 144 tweets
BTDTGTTSAWIO (“been there, done that, got the T-shirt and wore it out”) — 47 tweets
BTWITIAILWY (“by the way, I think I am in love with you”) — 535 tweets
DILLIGAD (“does it look like I give a damn?”) — 289 tweets
DITYID (“did I tell you I’m depressed?”) — 69 tweets
E2EG (“ear-to-ear grin”) — 125 tweets
GIWIST (“gee, I wish I said that”) — 56 tweets
HCDAJFU (“he could do a job for us”) — 25 tweets
IAWTCSM (“I agree with this comment so much”) — 20 tweets
IITYWIMWYBMAD (“if I tell you what it means will you buy me a drink?”) — 250 tweets
LLTA (“lots and lots of thunderous applause”) — 855 tweets
NIFOC (“naked in front of computer”) — 1,065 tweets, most of them referring to acronym guides like this one.
PMYMHMMFSWGAD (“pardon me, you must have mistaken me for someone who gives a damn”) — 128 tweets
SOMSW (“someone over my shoulder watching) — 170 tweets
WAPCE (“women are pure concentrated evil”) — 233 tweets, few relating to women
YKWRGMG (“you know what really grinds my gears?”) — 1,204 tweets
In all fairness to the FBI, they do get some things right: “crunk” is helpfully defined as “crazy and drunk,” FF is “a recommendation to follow someone referenced in the tweet,” and a whole range of online patois is translated to its proper English equivalent: hafta is “have to,” ima is “I’m going to,” kewt is “cute.”
8:15- MOBILE MARIJUANA MUNCHIES: Seattle-based company MagicalButter unveiled its mobile marijuana meal-serving truck at the ‘Cannabis Cup’ pot event in Denver CO late in April. The truck, dubbed ‘The Samich’, has since returned to its home base of Washington state, where recent changes in drug laws have opened up the marijuana market there as well. The food truck’s menu includes things like grilled cheese sandwiches with a side of tomato soup, pulled pork, and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Each serving contains butter, cheese, or oil infused with THC … the main psychoactive chemical in the cannabis plant. (If you eat THC, don’t you get even hungrier?) (Rona's thought...that is freaking brilliant!!!!! The business owners are very smart!)
6:15 I learned a lot about these classic songs from Mental Floss.com but the best thing is I learned the REAL lyrics to "You're So Vain". I always thought it was "“You had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself go by.” It's not. Read on to find out what it really is.
A new product called Neotensil is being touted as ‘Spanx for your face’. The anti-aging skincare treatment is from Living Proof, the company that actress Jennifer Aniston both co-owns and serves as spokesperson for. The new product is meant to reduce puffy and saggy skin, especially around the eyes. It’s a wearable polymer film that mimics young skin’s strength and elasticity and sits atop loose skin to reshape it. Neotensil isn’t an over-the-counter beauty treatment; you need a prescription. It’s also not cheap … 7 weeks of young-looking skin will set you back $500. The effect of each treatment lasts for 16 hours. (At which point you turn back into a pumpkin and go home.)
7:15 Yeah, the other day, I woke up and realized how lame my pillow is. It's just matted down and I need some new pillows. In my search I came across the article on Lifehacker.com. Things you should clean or replace because they are absolutely vile!
8:15 A friend of mine posted this on Facebook yesterday and it got me to thinking about how easy it is for us to be reminded of times in our lives just by what was going on at the time. His post said, “20 years ago tonight, bar-backing @ Fran O'Brien's in Rehobeth Beach, DE watching the white bronco...Where were you???”
I was in City Limits Nightclub and they had it on all the TV's in the place. Everyone was watching it and no one was dancing. I even think they turned the music off for a few minutes when they were showing it.
6:15 Now that Pomp & Circumstance has gone from your mind. Recent graduates might feel pressure to immediately get to the business of getting to work. Well The Frisky.com has some different advice:
ADVICE FOR NEW GRADUATES:
• Take a few weeks off after graduation to enjoy the feeling of being ‘done’. Focus on putting finals, professors, lectures, and all-nighters behind you.
• There’s no shame in living at home. The job market for new grads sucks, so if you can tolerate your family members you’ll be saving a lot of loot in the long run.
• Hold onto your Starbucks job while you job hunt. It will keep you busy, motivated, and you’ll have some spending cash.
• Say goodbye to Spring Break and Summer vacation. Most entry-level jobs won’t offer you the luxury of regular time off.
• It can take 60 résumés to land 1 job interview. Yes, you’re talented and bright and eager, but so are the thousands of others who graduated at the same time as you.
• Put any monetary graduation gifts into an emergency fund. Life happens. Be ready for it.
• If you hate your first job, learn from it while you search for a new one. If you do your basic, crappy, low-salaried job with dignity, you will be respected.
– Adapted from TheFrisky.com
6:45 I got to thinking the other day, there are all these grads and students out there looking for summer jobs. It made me reflect on my summer jobs. The worst summer job I ever had was sorting film at a film processing plant. It was in a hot warehouse, I didn't much like my co-workers, it was mindless, just sorting film rolls, and my walkman cassette player (yeah, it was THAT long ago) kept losing battery power. Can you imagine 8 hours on your feet just opening up envelopes of film and sorting them into boxes? The managers had no time for my shenanigans when I'd try to talk to them about the states the film came from, like “Oh, this one is from Maine?...they don't have film processing plants in Maine?” They'd give me a dirty look for trying to think outside of the open, sort, repeat.☎ What’s the most interesting (or worst) Summer job you ever had? I got no calls. Sniff sniff. Nobody loves me! :(
7:15 Ew. Would you eat a spam donut? I wouldn't! I saw that this had been created in the UK and couldn't understand why someone would find this delicious. Donuts are cut in half (like a sandwich) then, they slice the spam and put it “in” the sandwich and fry it. Ewww. Take a look at this. How gross.The fact that I wouldn't even eat it, is saying something.
It's been created by making sandwiches with a slice of the canned pork product in between the two halves of a glazed donut, then batter and fry that baby to hold everything together. It has been so popular that the creator of the masterpiece said he "might start doing a whole range of Spam creations." You'd have to take a plane to try the conconction though. It's only found in England at Mister Eaters Fish & Chips which has has previously grabbed headlines with other unlikely concoctions such as the 30,000-calorie, 5-foot-4" Pie-Scraper Burger, which stuffed a series of beef patties with pizza and pies to reach a world record.
7:45 In the chapter called “Bacon, why do you smell so good?”, we learn why now!
WHY DOES BACON SMELL SO GOOD? ( I don't know but I'd love to smell it everyday!!!!)
It’s a fact that nothing will get your mouth watering like the smell of bacon cooking. But why? The simplified version is this: When you throw bacon in the pan it undergoes something called the Maillard Reaction, which is what causes foods to turn brown and gives it its flavor. With sizzling bacon, the process causes sugars to react with amino acids. That reaction, combined with the meat’s melting fats, produces the aroma compounds that make you salivate more than Pavlov’s dog after a bell. (Now, about cinnamon buns …)
8:15 The government is finding even better ways to spy on us. The US Secret Service has put out the call to smart folks to come up with software that can detect sarcasm on social media sites. They put out a RFP (request for proposal) that can sift through Twitter, Facebook etc and detect whether or not you're being sincere or snarky. Wha?
6:15- I don't know if I buy it but, considering I had terrible allergies as a kid and suffered a lot, I might be open to it with my own kids...should I have kids. Infants who are exposed to unsavory things like rodent and pet dander, roach allergens and household bacteria during their first year are actually less to suffer from allergies and asthma, Johns Hopkins researchers say.
A new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology shows that being exposed to allergens before a child turns one can benefit them from allergies. To reach these findings, the researchers studied 467 inner-city infants in Boston, New York and St. Louis. They tracked their health over three years, and visited their homes to calculate the levels of a variety of allergens. They also conducted allergy tests on the children and collected bacteria from dust gathered in their homes.
The kids who lived homes with mouse and cat dander as well as cockroach droppings during their first year had lower rates of wheezing by age 3. The kids with a greater amount of bacteria in their homes were also less likely to wheeze and were less likely to have environmental allergies.
Kids who were completely free of allergies were also most likely to grow up in homes with the highest amount of allergens and bacteria in them. In contrast only 8% of kids with both allergies and asthma were exposed to the substances by the time they were 1. Read more about it here: http://time.com/2828841/why-you-should-let-kids-eat-dirt/
6:45- Dogs Appreciate Treats (duh)... More When They Work for Them
Although dogs are man's best friend, they don't necessarily want a handout.
That, according to a study from University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden, which says that canines better appreciate a treat if they have to complete a task to receive it.
Researchers trained beagles in learning how to operate various pieces of equipment, and dogs that figured out the puzzles had a choice of rewards: food, a human who would pet it or another beagle.
Not surprisingly, the dogs picked food over the other rewards but the researchers also noted a high level of happiness when puzzles were solved, such as tails wagging and excitability.
The researchers thus concluded, "Opportunities to solve problems, make decisions, and exercise cognitive skills are important to an animal’s emotional experiences and ultimately, its welfare."
In other words, they don't mind challenges as long as it leads to a doggie treat.
7:45- I laughed so hard when I read some of these! Some of my faves are: (Heartburn, Classic Rock, Concert, Backache...clearly whoever wrote the list, knows me.)
TERMS THAT HAVE A DIFFERENT MEANING AFTER YOU TURN 30:
• ‘Backache’ – Used to mean something you got after working out or lifting something heavy. Now it means something you wake up with every freaking day.
• ‘Being Single’ – Used to mean being the fun one who could flirt up at a storm at the bar. Now it means being the only one not posting photos of your toddler on Facebook.
• ‘Classic Rock’ – Used to mean The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and CCR. Now it means music you listened to in high school.
• ‘Dark Circles’ – Used to mean something you’d wake up with under your eyes if you didn’t get enough sleep. Now it means something you wake up with.
• ‘Getting Up Early” – Used to mean waking up at 9 to ‘pregame’ before the football game. Now it means waking up at 6 to get to the farmers market early. (The good tomatoes go SO fast.)
• ‘Hotel’ – Used to mean a hostel or the Super 8. Now it means anywhere with a decent bed and points you can get on your credit card.
• ‘Late’ – Used to mean 3-4 am. Now it means anytime past 11 pm.
• ‘Metabolism’ – Used to mean a blessing that lets you eat and drink whatever you want. Now it means a sluggish curse that sends every slice of pizza directly to your thighs.
• ‘Passed Out’ – Used to mean an alcohol-induced coma. Now it means crashing on your bed from exhaustion while still wearing your work clothes.
• ‘Sunscreen’ – Used to mean SPF 8 you slathered on your nose before hitting the beach. Now it means marinating your entire body in SPF 60.
– Adapted from BuzzFeed.com
6:15-Stop Dad Pants! Ha. This funny little video is something all women can relate to.
Join the movement! In January, Sarah Harbaugh, wife of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, went public to proclaim she deserved no blame for her husband's fleece-tucked-into-pleated-khakis appearance. Now, her crusade has gone to an entirely new level with this video and Dockers' âª#StopDadPantsâ¬movement. Watch: http://nbcbay.com/WsZCrRx
Can you say #viralforfathersday?
6:45- Since the rest of the world is occupied with the World Cup games in Brazil, I figured, I should include something world cup related. Well remember that annoying tube shaped instrument from the last world cup...the Vuvuzela?
Well, move over vuvuzela now it's the caxirola (pronounced: Cashy Rolla). It's noisy and is supposed to resemble a rain stick. Check out this news story about the instrument and the video of the President playing it.
8:45- Friday Toy Memory: Garanimals. Coordinated seperates of the day. I had them. Who didn't? Even though you can't see the garanimals markers on the shirt, I wanted an excuse to show this incredibly cute picture of me when I was about 5 ½. Really. Stinkin. Cute.
Also, there is so much awesomeness in this commercial, I can't stand it...the music, the narrator, the kids, the groovy bellbottom coordinated seperates!!! YES!