What's worse than swimsuit shopping? Not much, apparently. A survey found that 70% of Americans would rather go to the dentist, do their taxes, sit in the middle seat on an airplane, or visit their in-laws than go swimsuit shopping.
60% of women and 46% of men say they aren't ready for this year's swimsuit season. And when asked to pick their problem area between abs, butt, arms and thighs, three in 10 women said "all of the above."
This March Madness, a blast from a ref's whistle will instantly stop the game clock, thanks to a new technology that detects the whistle, even when the crowd is screaming and yelling.
It seems that old school whistles – with the little pea inside – had problems when the referee blew too hard or when spit collected in the chamber.
Those whistles were gradually replaced with a different design that funnels the breath through three chambers, which combine to create a steady, three-toned screech.
And this season the NCAA is syncing up that screech to a gadget that automatically stops the game clock. Tests show that the speed of the system, which stops the clock faster than the average human operator, could add up to 30 seconds of playtime to a typical college game, which means 30 more seconds of action! (NYTimes)
Americans are eating less dessert. But it's not because we are being more health-conscious or cutting back on sugar. We're still eating sweets – we're just not eating a traditional "dessert." The sad fact is that families are not sitting down to eat dinner together anymore – so that dessert at the end of the meal is as rare as a meal without someone on their iPhone.
"People don't have the time for dinner that they used [to]," said Harry Balzer, of market research group NPD. "And dessert is seen as the least important part of the dinner meal." (Read the details here: Health.com)
6:15 Signs that he just isnt that into you....from Match.com
I know I'm guilty of ignoring the signs that a guy isn't into me. #1 being a BIGGIE!!!! Check out a few here then click below to read the whole magilla!
Bad sign #1: It takes him longer than 24 hours to return your calls Excuses women use to explain his behavior: Because the non-returned phone call has become the most obvious and frequent example of the lukewarm dater, the range of tortured explanations that have sprung up around it is impressive. "Two of my girlfriends have eerily identical afflictions," says an old girlfriend of mine. "Both continue to find bedrock explanations to support their guys' behavior. They say, and I quote: 'I think I must just really intimidate him', and 'He doesn't call when he has free time because he doesn't want to look like he has free time', and 'He knows I'm The One but just doesn't want to grapple with the idea of settling down yet.'"
Reality check: Now, there have been times when I've been dating a woman and it's taken me a day or so to return her calls. And if everything else between the two of you is sobbing violins and rose bushes, if he's professing his love to you and asking when he can meet your parents, and talking about how he'd love to walk with you along the Seine next spring, chalk up the delay in his calling to an emergency, or a crisis at work. But in most cases like this, it hasn't really been string instruments and flowers and talks about trips to Paris, has it? No, the fact is, you really like him, and he's really not so great about getting back to you when you call. A few hours is one thing. The length of a workday is acceptable. More than 24 hours, though, and he hasn't called back? Unless he's an undercover cop or a submariner, it means he's blowing you off.
Bad sign #2: He's never available to meet your friends or family—and you've never met his Excuses women use to explain his behavior: He's shy. He treasures the time alone with you. He's worried that you'll be disappointed in his friends, or that he won't measure up to your parents' high standards. He has abandonment issues, and he's terrified that if he gets too close to your friends and family (or you to his) that you will leave him, tearing open psychic wounds that might never heal.
7:15 I love Demeter Fragrance Company. They are known for making one-note scents that smell like pretty much anything you can think of, is introducing a new one … a New Baby's. What's it smell like? As any mom knows, a baby's head has a combination of scents: Clean skin, a hint of Johnson & Johnson shampoo, and perhaps a dairy undertone. A lot of people identify with the fragrance, but would you want to dab it on? It seems Demeter's mission is to catalogue every single scent that exists on this planet. Some of its previous fragrances have included: Clean Laundry, Cotton Candy, Crayon, Dirt, Gin & Tonic, Holy Water, Pizza, Rain, and … Spring Break. (The aroma of a wet T-shirt?) – I got the original article in Allure Magazine. Check out the page for Demeter Fragrances.
Here is their description of New Baby: New Baby is a light, bright, transparent and sheer fragrance, with slight lemony touches and an underlying creaminess. This is one of the most beautiful, and most complex, Classic fragrances Demeter has ever produced.
Despite its complexity, New Baby is in the Classic Library because it is linear, meaning that it expresses its nature immediately and does not change over time. That means in addition to being beautiful in its own right, it will also add depth and complexity to many personal blends.
New Baby has been a white whale of Demeter Fragrance Library, a fragrance that took 15 years to bring to market. It is almost a relief to launch this fragrance, a concept that someone asks us for each and every week.
7:45 Jerry called an told me about the guy named Mark at the Clarion in Shepherdstown. They are doing a karaoke contest and the guy rivals Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars Jerry says. Hmmm. If it's a weeknight, I can't make it. Staying up till 11 last night is killing me today!
8:15 SCIENTISTS THINK DINOSAURS MAY HAVE BEEN HIGH ON LSD
Scientists have discovered a very, very old specimen of grass that dinosaurs lived off of.
The cool thing about this grass is that it contains a fungus from which LSD was derived.
This means dinosaurs roaming the earth might have been tripping on acid.
As if dinosaurs weren't scary enough. Maybe weave that plot twist into the next Jurassic Park movie …
Because of the chemical on this grass, dinosaurs might have been dealing with hallucinations, delirium, and convulsions. Those acid flashbacks must have been
dealing with hallucinations, delirium, and convulsions. Those acid flashbacks must have been going WAY back into history. Found in: DailyMail
Having A Hard Time Remembering Something? Just Close Your Eyes. a Study Published In The Journal legal And Criminal Psychology found That People Who Closed Their Eyes After Seeing A Video Remembered More Details About It Than Those Who Kept Their Eyes Open.
6:15 I usually talk about Booze on Fridays at 8:15 but I saw this over the weekend and couldn't wait.
Pretty much a lawsuit was filed on Friday claiming that 28 wineries have high levels of arsenic in their wines?!
Read the snarky comments on: Jezebel.com
7:15 So...this is happening
"Get your vasectomy, then sit on the couch for 3 days watching sports – Doctors orders!" – A TX urology group, (I swiped this directly from The Skimm. You should read it every day like I do!) I saw this listed on a website of The doctor in New Orleans who wants to give guys a few days off work, provided they need a vasectomy has been doing this for years as a sports "special" and he's serious. Read it here if you don't believe me.
7:45 Shower up and get ready! THE ULTIMATE MARVEL MARATHON IS HAPPENING _ Do you have 27 hours to spare before Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters? If so, take a shower, bring a blanket and get ready for the Ultimate Marvel Marathon: a 29 hour, 11 movie marathon that begins at 6PM April 29with Iron Man and goes until around 10PM April 30with an early screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron. AMC and Regal are each hosting similar events.
8:15 NEARLY TWO DOZEN ARRESTED FOR FILLING OUT MARCH MADNESS BRACKETS
In Alpharetta, Georgia, cops conducted a "surprise raid" on a bar called Pepperoni's Tavern and arrested 23 people because they were betting on March Madness games.
It's shocking – shocking! – that anyone would even think of putting money down on these games and tarnish the integrity and morality of this pure sporting event.
Shame on those 23 scoundrels in Alpharetta, Georgia, for muddying these pure, crystal clear waters.
And thank you to the fine law enforcement officials of Alpharetta for getting those hooligans off the streets.
5:45 You wouldn't know it by looking out the window but, it's the First Day of Spring. So each year, Rita's Italian Ice does you a solid and gives you FREE RITA'S!!!!!! Get the deets here: https://www.facebook.com/RitasItalianIceCompany
Because I love food (and you should too)... tomorrow is National Corn Dog Day. Go here, get corn dogs, and eat your little corn-dog heart out!! http://www.corndogday.com/
Most of us remember the days when watching a movie meant driving to Blockbuster, renting a tape, bringing it home, watching it on a VCR and rewinding it (be kind rewind) then driving back to Blockbuster to return it. Most of today's kids, however, have had access to DVD and Blu-ray players — not mention Netflix and Hulu — for most of their lives, so VCRs are a totally foreign phenomenon. Give a kid a VCR and hilarity ensues.
7:45 Nascar Track Offering Deep-Fried Pb&J Sandwich. With Bacon Sprinkles.
Phoenix International Raceway Is Offering A Wild – And Wildly Unhealthy – New Treat For Nascar Fans.
It's Called The Carburetor Crunch – A Deep-Fried Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich Encrusted With Cap'n Crunch And Covered With Bacon Crumbles, Fresh Sliced Bananas And Caramel Drizzle.
The $7 Dessert Logs In At A Whopping 900 Calories, So Eat Slowly. Your Arteries Will Thank You. (phoenixraceway)
Annie called and asked if I had ever tried a fried PB & J sandwich. I said no...she said "OMG !!! I bet this would be even better because it adds bacon!" Awesome! Bacon makes everything better, be honest!
8:15 POWDERED ALCOHOL IS A THING
Have you heard of powdered alcohol? Well, you will – because the government has just approved the sale of "Palcohol," and, according to the company, it will be available as early as this summer.
Just mix some "Palcohol" with water or a mixer and boom! … instant cocktail. What could possibly go wrong? (UPI)
Here's the guy explaining...he's a little uh, dry. Ha! Pun intended!
8:45 Friday Toy Memory- Remember the fake Jamaican TV Psychic "Miss Cleo"? She would have these cheesy commercials where she would invite you "Call Me Now". Later it was found that she was an actor playing a role. Check out this video and the Wiki page for Miss Cleo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Cleo
Beards might be fashionable these days, but they're also massive bacteria traps.
Even when guys wash their beards, bacteria clings to the hairs remarkably well. And then they multiply. Which is a problem.
Hair around the nostrils and mouth are especially gross. If someone has a runny nose, you're dealing with trickle down mucus.
Food and drink can dribble down too.
Not a good look. (Read the whole story on DailyMail)
6:15 CLEANING OUT YOUR CLOSET
Spring will be here tomorrow, so how about we get started on that Spring Cleaning?
Here are some stats, compiled by Women's Health magazine, that will either motivate you to finally clean out that closet – or convince you to put it off for a while:
34% of women say they would rather go to the dentist for a cleaning that organize their bedroom closet.
25% of clothes never leave the hanger in the average woman's closet. The reason? They don't fit.
The average woman has 19 pairs of shoes in her closet.
20% of women say they will never toss their wedding dress.
32% of women say they equally divide closet space with their significant other.
24% admit that they hog most of the space.
56% of women say they would rather have a big walk-in closet than a big diamond engagement ring.
What's a closet full of new clothes worth? The women surveyed say they would go 15 months without sex for it. Hmm, I'm not sure I'd forego nookie for some clothes!
People were saying that some of them are very organized. Some said they do have their closets separated by color and season. Or long sleeves and short sleeves. I can't even understand that!
Here are some of the text comments I received:
Theresa -suggested taking the clothes to Goodwill because Bon Ton has an annual sale whereby if you donate your clothes to Goodwill, you can get a 25% off coupon to Bon Ton.
Andrea- "Husband got me organizer time for my big walk in closet for birthday. The woman expected me to GET RID of stuff! Umm NO i just want it organized, isn't that your job? Still had to pay her, worst birthday present ever!"
Aby- said that she sometimes organizes the clothes that she is currently wearing by color and shirt length. However, she says that she has a full floor of clothes that she no longer wears. :( I feel ya honey! I too have a lot of clothes in many closets that I don't wear because they don't fit...just like the survey said.
7:15 Continued discussion of closets and organization.
This is a lot less depressing – and a reminder to never give up on your goals ... 91-year-old Barbara Beskind just landed her dream job as a tech designer in the Silicon Valley. Barbara has wanted this job for 80 years.
When Barbara was just 10 years old she discovered her passion for invention when she made a hobby horse out of old tires. From that moment on she wanted to become an inventor. But this was the 1930s – and Barbara was told only men could study engineering. So instead she went into the Army, where she served as an occupational therapist.
But after seeing a news report about design firm IDEO, she decided to send them her resume. "It took me about two months to write my resume, paring it down from nine pages,'' she told the Today show. "Then I wrote the letter and sent it by snail mail." And, yes, she got the job – working on projects related to aging.
She takes public transportation to her job every Thursday – where she is greeted by hugs from her co-workers ... most of them 6 to 7 decades younger than her. (Boildown: Never give up on your dreams y'all)
8:45 Paul Pfau from NBC's the Voice. Local guy from Myersville, MD is competing on NBC's The Voice. He's made it through the Blind Auditions and is on Pharrell's team. Cool! We talked about what it's been like for him since he started on this show. Learn and read about him here. There are even musical clips as well. Check out Paul in his Blind Audition with his version of "Fly Me To the Moon".
"5:45 Pancakebot Is The World's First Pancake Printer _ Now Raising Funds On Kickstarter: The Pancakebot, Which Lets You "print" Out Pancakes Into Just About Any Design You Can Imagine. | link This sounds like this will revolutionize breakfast as we know it! Amazing. Move over Mickey Mouse Pancakes!
6:15 There's a new meme online where you go to Urbandictionary.com then you type your name in the search box. Sometimes urbandictionary can be NSFW so do it at your own risk. Here are a few definitions for people in our office:
"Female name, primarily used in Scotland. Comes from the masculine form Ronan, meaning baby seal in a mixture of Gaelic and Norse (Ron meaning seal in Gaelic). This name is usually reserved for only the coolest and nicest of people.
Oh, don't we all love Rona, the alcoholic. "
I like this one better... "amazing talented girl. beautiful ;) good in bed!! will be the greatest girlfriend you could want. Is sometimes a bit too goby and drinks a bit much but is great at a party. faithful trustworthy and hilarious. can get giddy but is an allover good one!"
"super hot guy who is going to be a rockstar person someday, but he says he doesnt want to!! hes dating this girl named rebecca and im super jealous of her because hans is the hottest guy in the world!!!!
did you see that guy? he was like a hans.
man, that guy was just like that hans we saw at the party yesterday"
Hans came across an article in USA Today that posed the questions: Do you listen to voice mails? Also, do you LEAVE voice mails? Hans said that he doesn't listen to them, because he doesn't have time. I typically do listen to them. Yeah, I do. If I'm in the middle of leaving it or someone calls me right back, I'm okay with that.
-DJ Called and said, if I call you, I'm calling for a reason. I'll leave a message, because I have something to say, and text just won't suffice. Also if someone leaves her a message, she said, she'll definitely listen to it. "If someone wants to talk with me, I'll listen to the message."
-Caller X said that she also will listen to and leave voice mails. She said she's one of the late adopters of technology and so she doesn't like to text or any of that so voice mails are the way to go for her. Read the USA Today article here.
8:15 Can you imagine? 95-YEAR-OLD MAN BREAKS 200-METER-DASH WORLD RECORD
A 95-year-old British man recently ran the 200-meter dash in 55.48 seconds, which broke the record for his age group by over two seconds.
Charles Eugster also broke the record for the 60-meter dash – and still holds records for both the outdoor 100- and 200-meter dashes, which he set last year.
"I hoped getting fit would stop me aging," Eugster said during a previous interview. "It was pure vanity, really. I looked a mess and I was having a late-life crisis. My body was degenerating. I thought: 'Who knows about muscles?' So, when I was 87, I joined a bodybuilding club."
So, what have you done for your health lately? (Telegraph)
I know I need to take my butt to the gym after reading that!!!
5: 45 250-Year-Old Pretzel Unearthed _ Archaeologists Have Unearthed A 250-Year-Old Pretzel In Germany (bavaria) — Possibly The Oldest Example Of The Knotted Dough Ever Found In Europe. Carbon Dating Showed The Pretzel Was Made Between 1700 And 1800.
6:15 I know nothing about sports. I don't know who is playing in the NCAA Championships. No idea. So...If I had to fill out a bracket, it would suck! Since I live in Maryland and love working in West Virginia, I'm going to throw those two teams in to my bracket...but seriously. No idea. Look at these stats about what people will be doing this season: AN ESTIMATED 70 MILLION BRACKETS WILL BE FILLED OUT DURING MARCH MADNESS
According to the American Gaming Association, an estimated 40 million Americans will fill out more than 70 million brackets – and bet approximately $9 billion on the NCAA tournament this year.
Amazingly, this $9 billion is more than double what was bet on the Super Bowl, which "only" saw $3.9 billion dollar's worth of action.
The report from the American Gaming Association also pointed out that the total number of brackets expected to be filled out this year will be greater than the number of ballots cast for President Barack Obama in the 2012 election.
So if you want to name your granola, it's best not to name it after 70's Super Group Hall and Oates...or you're going to get sued. Unfortunately, an upstart in Brooklyn didn't know that. Now Hall and Oates is suing the company that created Haulin Oates. Read the article on Rolling Stone's site:
Man Begs For Donations To Save His Relationship During Spring Break
A man has started a GoFundMe Page in hopes of raising $300 for a plane ticket to Miami so that he could "save his relationship." 25-year-old Maryland resident Azel Prather Jr. says that his girlfriend went to Florida for spring break -- and he is worried that she is going to find a new man. He said, "We have a great thing going and I would hate to see it go down the drain for a little sand and sun. If you can find it in your heart to donate ANYTHING to help save my relationship I would greatly appreciate it."
His campaign has been shared over 1,700 times on social media and was later picked up by The Washington Post. He told the paper, "I think the sun just melts all the morals in Miami. It's a free-for-all!"
He added, "She's posted on Instagram two times and both times she was in a bathing suit and it received more than 200 'Likes.' I asked her to stop. That's too many likes for me." He later wrote on his GoFundMe page, "I should be on that wall beside her. I can tell the Miami sun is doing exactly what I thought it would do. Things have escalated quickly ... Help."
After three days, Prather raised $91. Then this past weekend, his campaign received $325 from 24 people.
I don't see the charm in this story. It's a little frightening that this guy can't trust his girlfriend to go away on spring break without him following her. I say, if that's his attitude, then he has bigger issues like, power, control, and jealousy. Sigh. Read the whole thing on People.com
5:45AUTOMATIC TOILET SEAT COULD SAVE MARRIAGES "ONE FLUSH AT A TIME"
An inventor in Michigan says his patented automatic toilet seat closer will "save marriages and relationships, one flush at a time."
Tom Reminga, who has developed the Flush Down Toilet Seat over the past two years, expects to put the gadget on the market for $45.
A small price to pay for the end of toilet seat strife. (NYDailyNews)
6:15 Even if it IS Friday the 13th, I still love this song from Stevie Wonder. I also love that there are tons of people who believe in crazy superstitions. I don't normally go for most of these but some are a little engrained so we do them, whether we believe them or not. Check out this list from List 25.
BTW, Frank texted in and said this one is one he's often heard: "If you drop a dish towel, it means that company is coming over"...It's an old wive's tale that I'd had never heard.
7:15 This is some Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind type of mind trick!
SCIENTISTS MAY BE ABLE TO GET RID OF BAD MEMORIES WHILE YOU SLEEP
French scientists are reportedly one step closer to being able to enter our brains while we sleep and manipulate our memories.
This would allow them to have the power to erase painful memories – or even turn them into positive ones.
If this freaks you out, don't worry. Yet.
Scientists have a long way to go before they can tap into the human mind.
But when they figure it all out, they might be able to do some incredible things, like reduce the symptoms of trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder. (Get the story on: HuffingtonPost)
7:45 THE NAME "GARY" IS GOING EXTINCT
According to Census Bureau statistics, the man's name "Gary" is going extinct.
The name has been plummeting in popularity since the early 1950s, when America saw nearly 39,000 baby Garys born.
This is compared to 2013 with only 442 – the lowest since 1928.
The name is now ranked number 578 in America.
It's the end of an era, so hats off to Gary Busey, Gary Sinise, Gary Oldman and Gary The Snail. (Metro)
8:15 BREWERS IN OREGON TO MAKE BEER WITH TREATED SEWAGE
Oregon is known for specialty beers. But what about a beer made with sewer water?
Well, "sewage brewage" is exactly what about a dozen local home-brewers will be making this summer.
These home brewers are taking part in a unique experiment. Instead of using normal tap water to make their beer, they'll be using what was once sewer water – and getting this water straight from the treatment plant.
It's all part of a competition Washington County's Clean Water Services is putting on to demonstrate different uses for its recycled water.
The agency says a special purification system is able to make sewer water even cleaner than your typical drinking water.
If they say so …
And when it comes to making beer, the purer the water, the better the brew.
But don't expect to find the brews on store shelves anytime soon. The competition this summer is just for fun.
Or … As fun as drinking beer made from sewer water can be. (Read the full story here: MyArkLaMiss)
8:45 Friday Toy Memory: Columbia Music Club or its rival BMG Music Club. Do you remember opening magazines and it had the penny glued to that heavier cardboard page? Then the Columbia Record and Tape club promised thaty you'd get 11 records for a penny or $1. This of course was a racket. They would get you with the initial offer then automatically send you records. In the end, you owed them for the new music that they sent. This racket was a great idea, until you got yourself into a spiral of payment that you had no way of paying as a youngster. This sentiment is perfectly stated in the article on Mentalfloss.com. So on target!
Watch the commercial here (I'm trippin at all the 70's acts on here Captain & Tenille, Chicago, James Taylor):
5:45 If you're like millions of Americans, you probably wake up and look forward to that first cup of morning coffee. Many of those millions use the Keurig K-Cups. Those little single serving cups that go in the Keurig machine. Well, the inventor of the K Cups has some surprising revelations about his invention...he regrets making creating them.
6:15 I played Happy by Pharrell. It makes me smile. Since I saw the "11 Reasons that you should smile" it seemed fitting. This article has all kinds of interesting info on smiling. Makes me want to do it more often.
Some researchers insist the benefits of smiling can only be rendered from a genuine expression of happiness, others have found that a forced smile can still make you feel happy, even when your existing mood and surroundings suggest otherwise. It only takes smiling for a brief period of time to experience its benefits -- no matter how contrived it feels initially. In this case, maybe it's OK to fake it a little.
It has so many benefits like:
Smiling helps reduce stress.
Smiling makes you more approachable.
A smile makes you seem more trustworthy.
Smiling actually retrains your brain for the better.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson walked in the Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday (March 10th) as Derek and Hansel to officially announce the sequel to Zoolander. It is rumored that Karlie Klosswill have a cameo in the film along with fellow modelsNaomi Campbell, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunnand Alessandra Ambrosio. Zoolander 2will hit theater in February 2016. Watch them work the runway below:
8:15 Who moved my cheese? It's a great book...and an even better story.
TRAILER WITH MOZZARELLA STOLEN FROM TRUCK STOP _ Thieves made off with a refrigerated tractor-trailer filled with $85,000 worth of shredded mozzarella cheese bound for a distribution center in central Florida. Ha!
5:45 I complain a lot about work, we all do but this is a way to look at it in a good way, are any of you happy about where you work?
TREAT YOUR WORKERS WELL, HELP YOUR BOTTOM LINE "Fortune magazine just released its annual list of the 100 best companies to work for, a listicle orgy of companies that offer jobs with amazing pay, perks, benefits -- and shareholder returns. The magazine noted that, since 1998, the companies on the list have outperformed the S&P 500 stock index by a ratio of almost two to one, according to data from the Russell Investment Group." [HuffPost]
6:15 Poor ways to blow your tax return. Yeah, no one is surprised that gambling is on the list..
Elaborate marriage proposals, whether it's done in front of 30,000 fans at a sporting event or with a choreographed flash mob performance, take a lot of careful planning. But Dean Smith pulled of an amazing proposal that took exactly one whole year to pull off.
Dean videotaped himself every single day, for 365 days, holding a white board asking his girlfriend Jennifer to marry him. He started it on January 8th, 2014. Jen, of course, had no idea until January 8th, 2015. They were on vacation in Aruba with their families when Jen's family presented her with a special video to watch. The video begins with Dean explaining, "Jennifer, I love you more than anything in the world. I know that you're the person I want to spend the rest of my life with, but I want the timing to be perfect and make this moment special. For the next year, I'll show you how much I love you and that you're in my thoughts every day. I want to marry you."
She, of course, said "Yes." (People) See the video below (it's a little long but sweet):
7:15 The real reason why we shake hands
Human beings shake hands for the same reason dogs sniff each other's butts. Well, sort of. According to the Guardian, a study conducted at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science found that people (unknowingly) sniff their hands after a handshake in order to detect clues about a person's identity. A team led by Professor Noam Sobel secretly filmed 280 people before and after they said "hello" to a researcher, sometimes doing so with a handshake. For about 20 percent of the time in which they were filmed, participants were sniffing their own hands both before and after the greeting.
Now that you know this, you might find yourself monitoring whether you do this or not!
7:45 Local Musician Paul Pfau has been on NBC's The Voice for the past few nights. I'm fickle and I never watch that show but knowing now that he's in the running for the competition, I'm watching. Here's the battle he found himself in last night:
8:15 31 Ways to Spring Clean your technology. They even have a pinterest board of ideas! Score.
5:45 Part 2 NBC's The Voice...yay! Local talent. I was this proud when Christian Lopez was on American Idol.
Treeva Wilson and Paul Pfau on NBC's The Voice! I missed him by 5 minutes. Argh. But I'm glad to know he made it onto Pharrell's team. Go Paul! Its neat when you know someone who is going for their dream.
6:15 You lyin to me? Well, now there's a new app that can help you figure that out. Ahh technology... with facial recognition.
A new app called ooVoo analyzes facial expressions to determine whether someone is lying is not. A lot of people are going to be very unhappy about this technological breakthrough.
7:15 Law To Label Parents Of Obese Kids As Child Abusers
A potential new law in Puerto Rico would hold parents criminally responsible for allowing their chilren to become obese. The law, in an attempt to reduce child obesity, could potentially fine parents of obese kids up to $1,300 and label them as child abusers. They will also be "educated" about the consequences of obesity and their children will be labeled in school.
The childhood obesity rate in the United States hovers at around 17 percent, but in Puerto Rico it has climbed to over 24 percent. Opponents of this law say that while this addresses the obesity crisis, it won't fix the problem. (Cosmo)
People really seemed bothered by the idea that:
The parents would be fined. A few asked what about the schools and their part in childhood obesity? Foods served, what about PE being diminished in schools?
Becky called and said, it's not necessarily that a kid is obese. She said, her son was 200 lbs and 6'4 and very active, he was all muscle but he was labeled as obese. I said she brings up a good point that this could be a slippery slope.
An interesting discussion to be sure. I'm glad it's only something that they are proposing and hasn't come to fruition in Puerto Rico...but even if it did happen, I don't think that this is the way to get children to stop being obese, I think it's a collaborative effort. Just my opinion (as someone who hasn't been a kid in a while and who isn't a parent!--Rona
5:45 NBC's The Voice—Treeva Wilson (from Frederick) made a splash last week when she was on NBC's The Voice. Also, as I saw the promo, I noticed another local singer named, Paul Pfau...so since they can't say anything, we'll just have to watch and keep our fingers crossed for them both!
A Manhattan public elementary school has outraged parents by abolishing traditional homework assignments. Teachers at P.S. 116 have stopped assigning take-home worksheets and essays and are telling kids to play, read books and spend time with their families instead. The new policy has parents worried that their kids won't learn enough. Some are so concerned that they've threatened to pull their children out of school and others are filling the gap by creating their own homework assignments. However, the school principal defends the new policy saying, "You may be surprised to learn that there have been a variety of studies conducted on the effects of homework in the elementary grades and not one of them could provide any evidence that directly links traditional homework practices with current, or even future, academic success."
(Sidenote: when I mentioned this on the air, I had no idea that people would be that passionate about letting the kids play. That was the overwhelming response from you guys, "let 'em play!"
5:45 Just in time for Easter...Peeps flavored Milk. Prairie Farms is releasing PEEPS-flavored milk for spring. This week PEEPS milk will be available in three flavors: "Marshmallow Milk," reduced-fat "Chocolate Marshmallow Milk" and reduced-fat "Easter Egg Nog". This isn't the first time, the company has created specialty flavors. http://mashable.com/2015/03/05/peeps-milk/
6:15 Ways to make daylight saving time less miserable
Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, which means we will be setting out clocks an hour ahead. That extra light at night is going to be great – but it may take a few weeks to get used to losing that hour of sleep in the morning.
One way to make the transition easier is to go to bed earlier – starting tonight. If you go to bed 15 minutes earlier tonight, then 15 minutes earlier than that on Thursday and so on, by Saturday night you will be going to bed a full hour earlier. Doing that will, hopefully, help with the one hour of sleep you'll be losing on Sunday morning … or, really, Monday morning when we have to go to work. Read all the tips here on Health.com: http://news.health.com/2015/03/03/when-is-daylight-savings-time-2015/
7:15 Executive Chef Brad Spates from the Historic McFarland House. This weekend they will host the Valley Chef Showdown—Pastry Edition Saturday, March 7th from 2pm-5pm. There will be tastings of cakes, sweets, demonstrations and Hot Damn donuts will be there. If you mention 97.5, you can save on your admission price.
More and more women are reaching for whiskey. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, sales of vodka have dropped in the last two years after a decade of dominance.
Women are staying away from such brands as Smirnoff and Absolut – and choosing whiskey instead.
This is especially interesting because there are hundreds of new sweet-flavored vodkas out there, everything from whipped cream to cake to berries.
They're not selling very well. Instead, whiskey is rolling – and there's really nothing "sweet" about whiskey.
8:45 Friday Toy Memory- Those cheesy beach gifts we used to buy to give to people. I figured with all this snow and all this cold weather, we could focus on sun and summertime a little. I remember we'd always pick up a few of this type of thing. Spoonrests, sand in a jar, mugs, etc. Remember these? http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/vintageglassgarden/3331808/vintage_florida_souvenir__spoon_rest__ceramic_palm_tree__oranges/vintage/collectibles/souvenir
Here are some examples of those cheesy beach gifts I'm talking about. http://www.zazzle.com/vintage beach gifts
You knew this was going to happen. Remember Jeremy Meeks, the guy who was called "Hot Convict or Felon-bae" after his mugshot went viral last summer?
Well, even though he was sentenced to up to two years in prison in February, he has signed with an agent and plans to go from a life behind bars to a life in front of the camera.
"I'm in a place where I will be able to provide for my family and really change my life," he told ABC News. "I never thought that everyone in the world would recognize me for my looks, so I feel extremely blessed and very thankful."
Meeks says he wants to give both modeling and acting a try. "I wish I could be on a show like Sons of Anarchy," he said. Crime may not pay – but having a hot mugshot definitely does ... (Huff Post, ABC News)
7:15 - 5 Things you didn't know about American's sleeping habits (some of this is scary stuff)
1. Sleeping is a HUGE problem in the United States. It's so bad that roughly 30% of American workers sleep less than six hours a night, according to NSF.
2. It's even worse for people who work the night shift: Around 44% of American night-shift workers are sleep-deprived.
5. Healthy people sleep approximately 18–23 minutes longer than those who experience chronic pain.
7:45 We are saving you money!!!! Tomorrow is 50% Friday so get details on how you can save 50% off of Gift Certificates to Bistro 112.
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6:15 What's the hardest part of having a date night--Getting a babysitter?
The person who's going to look after your kids might be waiting on the other side of your smartphone. At least, that's the idea behind fledgling Canadian start-up 'DateNight', which aims to match parents with babysitters through a downloadable app. To be clear – the company doesn't employ babysitters, it merely helps people connect with them. Prospective sitters and parents have to give references to be included in the app's database. They are then screened in interviews. The app, which is still in the process of being launched in Toronto, may spread if its test run is successful. (Whether you're the parent or the sitter … would you trust a stranger?)
Read more about this thing here: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/02/05/uber-like-babysitting-app-available-for-toronto-parents.html
Would you trust your kids to a babysitter you found through an app?
People texted in simply: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I had to laugh.
7:15 WILD HOTEL GUEST REQUESTS
When traveling, most people stay at "normal" hotels and make normal requests of the staff.
But rich people are different – and when they stay at high-end hotels, they have been known to make outrageous requests … that the hotels do their best to fulfill.
Here's a rundown of some of the wildest hotel guest requests ever made:
For a llama to roam the hotel grounds – At the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, a guest asked that his friend's llama be allowed to roam the hotel property. The hotel allowed it.
A last-minute wedding gown repair – A bride staying at the Jefferson in Richmond, Virginia, needed her wedding dress re-hemmed, so she brought it to the hotel team at MIDNIGHT before the big day. A seamstress was contacted and, amazingly, had the dress fixed by morning.
A private jet flight to a town with no airport – A family emergency arose for a guest at the Jefferson in Washington, D.C., so the hotel tracked down a private jet and convinced the pilot to land in a "safe area" that was not an airport runway because there was no nearby airport runway.
Penguins waiting in the room – The staff of the Four Seasons Resort in Hawaii couldn't arrange to have penguins waiting for the guests upon arrival because, you know, that's illegal. (Thrillist)
When you're at a hotel, are you high-maintenance? Do you try to max out the value you're getting by squeezing the hotel and the staff for everything you can? If not, what do you think of people who do this?
I'm not, I don't. I think they're jerks! :) --Rona
7:45 I was talking with a friend about how she recently cut soda out of her diet. She said she's already lost 2 lbs so far. We all get caught eating too much sugar sometimes. I know in this office we do, between donuts, cakes, cupcakes and other delicious treats, we all go overboard now and again. Here are some helpful tips to recover from a sugar binge—courtesy of Time.com and Health.com.
5:45 CHILLAXING WITH SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook and Twitter can help you de-stress … but only if you're female. Academic researchers say they were taken aback by the surprise result of their study. Experts at the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project think it may be because women tend to use social media to communicate with family & friends and to feel community support. In addition, women who are responsible for 'maintaining household family relationships' save time by completing the task using social media. It's also thought that women tend to be far more active sharers on social media, and no matter whether positive or negative events are shared, the very act of sharing lowers levels of stress. (Guys only share where to meet for Happy Hour.) –Read more here on Metro.co.uk
6:15 Get up and get yourself some free pancakes! It's I-HOP's 10th annual National Pancake day! You eat free and they ask you to make a donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Need I say more?
A Montana representative is introducing a bill to strengthen the state's indecent exposure laws after a group of naked bicyclists pedaled through the city of Missoula in August. (wait, what?)
Rep. David Moore's proposal would tighten indecent exposure laws...
Tight-fitting clothing—like yoga pants, for example—could also be considered indecent exposure under the law, the Republican lawmaker said. "Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway," Moore said after the hearing.
Under current laws in Montana, a person convicted of indecent exposure three times could get a life sentence in jail. Moore's bill lessens that sentence to a maximum of five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.Moore drafted the bill after the Bare as you Dare nude bicycling event rode through Missoula last summer, angering residents.
7:45 THE COLOR OF MONEY
So we've all seen that "What color is this dress?" meme – there was no escaping it. But it's not white or gold or blue or black … the real color of this dress is green. That's because ever since it appeared on everyone's newsfeed on Thursday, sales of the actual dress – which is blue and black, by the way – have skyrocketed. According to Roman Originals, the company that makes the dress, sales are up 350%. (Read the story here on: Fortune)
8:15 The office shower...is becoming a thing...a very awkward thing.
Cafeterias, lounges and even gyms are all becoming commonplace in American office buildings. But now some companies are upping the awkward factor by installing office showers.
Costing anywhere from $5,000-$150,0000, office showers are often placed somewhere between the main cubicles and the bathrooms and allow employees to rinse off after hitting the gym or a bike ride at lunch.
5:45 There is a test of wills going on. There's a window in our studio and I have climbed over the console so that I can see out of the window and see the weather. Someone has all of a sudden decided that they don't like this window blinds being open. So now it has become a test of wills between who will open it and who will keep it closed. Game on!
6:15 I know we're all done with snow these days but I still wanted to share these INCREDIBLY COOL FACTS ABOUT SNOW:
• As well as snowflakes, snow can also precipitate as graupel (pellets) or sleet. • It's a myth that no 2 snowflakes are exactly the same. Identical snow crystals were discovered in 1988. • The largest-ever snowflakes are said to have measured 15 inches (38 cm) across, but that 1887 claim has never been substantiated. • Snow is translucent, not white. It's the light reflected off a snowflake's faceted surface that creates its white appearance. Deep snow can often appear blue. • In order to be classified as a 'blizzard', a snowstorm must include winds of at least 35 mph (56 km/h), reducing visibility to less than a quarter-mile (400 m) for a period of at least 3 hours. • An intense snowfall accompanied by strong winds that only lasts a short time is officially called a 'snow squall'. • In 2011, 22,022 people at 130 different locations in Nova Scotia plopped down on the ground to simultaneously to make 'snow angels' … a world record. • The largest snowball fight on record took place in Seattle WA, when 5,834 people exchanged frozen barrages on January 12, 2013.
Read more from Mental Floss.com: http://mentalfloss.com/article/61089/15-incredibly-cool-facts-about-snow
7:15 As a single person, I have botched a date or two in my day. So what I found were some surefire tips to ruin a first date: (it's on a site for men but I think many of these things apply across the board).
WORST THINGS YOU CAN DO ON A FIRST DATE
If you struck out over Valentine's Day Weekend, no problem. There's still fish in the sea. There's somebody for everyone. You know the drill.
If you're looking to hook up with someone new starting right now, here are some things you just can't do on the first date:
Show up late – Being late makes you look like an inconsiderate tool. (I guess I am because I'm late for everything).
Stay seated when your date walks in – You gotta stand up. It's basic manners. On the other hand, she should stand up when you walk in also.
Dodge the first round – It's not fair, but it's the way things are. Guys still have to pay for the first round of drinks.
Talk about your ex –Your date doesn't care. You must move on.
7:45 It's Gold Jerry, it's GOLD! Check this out...Taco Bell is making game changing moves for breakfast A-gain! Taco Bell's latest menu item — Cap'n Crunch doughnut holes — is making waves across the Internet. Read the story from USAToday: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/28/taco-bells-newest-test-capn-crunch-donut-holes/24177331/
8:15 I feel you. MEETINGS ARE A WASTE OF TIME
We've all heard the studies that meetings are a waste of time – but now some companies are doing something about it.
According to Atlassian, most employees spend 31 hours a month in unproductive meetings, and at least 50% of employees say these meetings are a complete waste of time.
What do most employees do during these meetings?
-75% do other work, and -39% sleep
-47% of employees complained that meetings were the number one time-waster at the office,
Unnecessary meetings cost companies $37 billion a year.