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Yes, Fireworks Are Illegally Legal In Florida

Yes, scratch your head on this one. Fireworks are illegal to purchase by consumers in Florida, yet nearly every shopping center and roadside intersection in the heart of Florida has a circus-style tent set up with hundreds of them!  How can this be true?  A law (or I should say, a loophole) that is unique to Florida is why.

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Women Who Give Birth After 33 Live Longer

What do you think is the ideal age to have kids? New data finds that women who give birth after age 33 live longer than those who give birth earlier. Lead researcher, Dr. Thomas Perls, says, "The natural ability to have a child at an older age likely indicates that a woman's reproductive system is aging slowly, and therefore so is the rest of her body." Women who had their last child after the age of 33 were found to be twice as likely to celebrate their 95th birthday compared to those who had their last child by age 29. Genetic variants that mean women remain fertile for longer may be the key to the prolonged survival. However, Perls says this does not mean that women should wait to have children at older ages in order to improve their chances of living longer.

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Comforting Friends Through Hard Times

How do you comfort a friend in need? If you think pointing out that every cloud has a silver lining is a good plan, you'd be wrong. A new paper reveals that when participants "positively reframed" negative events it did not resonate with people with low self-esteem. In fact, the method was found to potentially backfire and make the comforter feel worse because their comforting wasn't working. What worked better was the use of "negative validation", or telling the person that their feelings, actions or responses were normal and appropriate to the situation. Researchers say that positive reframing fails to work because it "may suggest to some...that their anxiety about the upcoming event is unfounded and that their relationship partner does not truly understand or accept their feelings.

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Check This Out: Live Lightning Map

Being Florida is the lightning capital of the world, this live lightning strike map should be a neat experience to share with your kids!

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-Chris
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North Korea Upset At James Franco And Seth Rogen

The North Korean government sees the new James Franco and Seth Rogen film, The Interview, as an act of aggression from the U.S. Just days after an unofficial spokesman for Kim Jong Un compared the film's message to what our government did in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, a foreign ministry spokesman released a statement condemning the movie on North Korea's KCNA news agency. The statement said, "The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays an attack on our top leadership...is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable." They are also urging the U.S. government to ban the film from being screened.

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Earn More Money By Switching Jobs

Time for a new job. A new study reveals that people who stay at the same job for more than two years earn 50 percent less over their lifetime than those who change companies more frequently. Forbes magazine says the average raise a worker can expect in 2014 is three percent, which is really just about one percent after inflation. By contrast, the average raise an employee receives for starting at a new job is between ten and 20 percent, and in some cases as high as 50 percent. Loyal employees lose out in the long-run because many businesses have been forced to freeze payroll and decrease salaries following the 2008 recession. Bethany Devine, a Silicon Valley hiring manager, says, "There is often a limit to how high your manager can bump you up since it's based on a percentage of your current salary. However, if you move to another company, you start fresh and can usually command a higher base salary."

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The Nightmare Is Over

Gordon Ramsay has decided he is done doing Kitchen Nightmares. He wrote on his website on Monday (June 23rd,) "As filming comes to a close on the latest series of Kitchen Nightmares I've decided to stop making the show. I'm currently filming 4 new episodes, Costa Del Nightmares, for Channel 4 which will be my last. I've had a phenomenal 10 years making 123 episodes, 12 seasons, shot across 2 continents, watched by tens of millions of people and sold to over 150 countries. It’s been a blast but it's time to call it a day. Starting in 2004 this was the show that really propelled my TV career and I'm very grateful for the amazing team behind the series and for the support from the viewers for almost over a decade! From the first episode which aired in April 2004 with over 5 million viewers we're now 12 seasons later and it's been an amazing journey. In 2007 we took the show to America on Fox and they've just finished airing series 7 this summer. During this time I've visited over 100 restaurants, meeting and trying to help or in some cases failing to help, some of the most weird and wonderful people. Of course Amy's Baking Company is a standout along with Bonaparte's but there were good times too; the lovely sisters at La Galleria and Momma Cherri's to name but two. I'd like to thank you all for being so supportive. I'm glad I've been able to entertain and hopefully help a few people along the way. It's sad to say goodbye to Kitchen Nightmares but I'll be continuing with my other shows. It's been memorable!  Thank you for watching."
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USA vs Germany Soccer Scenarios For The World Cup

What a game Sunday night!  A win would have been awesome!  However a tie is better than loss as the US is still in the hunt for the World Cup.  Thanks to MLS (Major League Soccer) for the scenario information on what happens on the outcome of Thursday's game against Germany:

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So if the US beat Germany, they will have 7 points, which would put them at the top of Group G and would pit them against the second-place finisher out of Group H. 

If the US tie Germany, they would also advance to the knockout round. This time, they would come in second and face the first-place finisher out of Group H, most likely Belgium.

If the US lose to Germany, they will need to rely on what happens in the Portugal-Ghana game, which is also on Thursday, concurrently with the US-Germany game (noon ET, ESPN2):

  • If Portugal and Ghana draw, they will each have two points and the USA will be through to the Round of 16 in second place.
  • If Portugal win, things look still quite sunny for the US. The Portuguese would need to make up five goals on the US, no easy feat.
  • If Ghana win, things get a bit hairier for USA. The Black Stars would need to make up just two goals against the US, which would happen if they win 1-0 and the US lose 1-0. But If that scenario does happen, the US would still advance. The two teams would be tied on goal differential and goals scored so it would go to the head-to-head result. The US beat Ghana on Monday night.
  • In any other scenario in which the US lose and Ghana win, Ghana would advance.
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Harley-Davidson Develops An Electric Motorcycle

When you consider who might be interested in getting an electric motorcycle, probably the last person you'd think of is a Harley-Davidson rider. But that's not what the classic American company thinks, having designed an electric concept motorcycle called Project LiveWire. In fairness, Harley is looking more to win new customers than to get traditional Harley riders to go electric. Jeff Richlen, chief engineer of Harley-Davidson new products, told Yahoo Autos, "We see this as a bike for more urban areas. It's something that's appealing to people that perhaps haven't considered a Harley before, but it still retains our core DNA." The LiveWire has an electric motor that produces 75 horsepower and allows the bike to reach 60 miles per hour in under four seconds, and it has a total range of around 53 miles before recharging. Those are what the numbers are for now, at least, since this a test bike, not one that's in production yet. Harley also says it's created a new sound signature for the LiveWire that's different from the traditional Harley sound, describing it as "fighter jet on an aircraft carrier." A few dozen LiveWires will go on tour around the U.S. and Europe to see how buyers respond to the bike and what might need changing if and when it goes on sale. Richlen said, "So far, riders have been stoked. The response has been phenomenal, but the tech is still maturing."

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Man Wearing Mentos Suit Dunked Into Diet Soda

You've seen what happens when you place a Mento candy into a bottle of diet soda.  This new power source could potentially free us of foreign oil dependency!  So what happens when a guy gets dunked into a vat of diet soda while wearing a head-to-toe suit of Mentos?  Thanks to Vine, you can see!

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