6:15 What defines your song of summer? Hans (remember my co-host?) sent me this from USA Today. It was fun. After taking the quiz twice, my song of summer turned out to be:
You are 32% Summer Nights (from Grease)
If humidity levels are off the charts this summer, we’re blaming you and your steamy thoughts! Whether you’ll admit it or not, your priority is to find love — even if it’s over before Labor Day.
If you want to take it for yourself, go for it! http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/exp/quiz-summer-song/quiz.html
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 Anopheles quadrimaculatus, 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.
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.
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.
Also, this whole thing started because I was looking at the background of the word mosquito from the American Heritage Dictionary. http://ahdictionary.tumblr.com/post/64295220629/a-most-unpleasant-insect
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.