Chris Malone

Quite possibly the best voice you will hear all day, that’s because when you hear Chris Malone weekdays from 3pm to 7pm, your workday should be about done.  Chris keeps your favorite music going strong as you head down the home stretch.  Keep 98.5 KTK with you in the car, as hitting the rush hour adds stress; Chris keeps you cool with an hour of commercial-free music starting just before 5pm!


Fourth Sexual Assault Attempt In A Week

In addition to two attempted sexual assaults last weekend, Gainesville & University Police are now investigating a 4th that happened early Friday (9/5) morning in the library west section of UF. This follows a 3rd attack, reported Thursday morning (9/4) just after 2am on NE 15th Street in Gainesville. The first attack was reported on Saturday (8/30) at 9:20pm. with the suspect attacked a 21-year-old woman on the 1800 block of NW Second Avenue. Five hours later, about 2am on Sunday (8/31), a man fitting the description from the earlier attack emerged and pulled a woman into a patch of bushes near the 400 block of NW 13th Street. In all 4 incidents, the description of the suspect is the same: heavyset white man in early 20s; 6 feet 5 inches tall, with close-cut brown hair and a tightly cropped beard. most recently, the man was wearing an orange shirt and blue cargo shorts. If you have seen a man fitting this description or have any other information, please call GPD at 392-1111.
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Three Steps To Take To Keep Your Photos Safe From Hacking

Federal officials continue to investigate hacking claims that led to the online leaks of nude pics of stars such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. Reports indicate that as many as 100 celebrities might have been hacked (and their photos saved) leading to speculation that more clandestinely-acquired celebrity nudes might be leaked in the future.
A bug in Apple's iCloud, the company's cloud system that automatically backs up some phone data, may have played a part in the hack. Apple is investigating. Check out these 3 easy steps you can take to keep your phone photos safe from online hacking


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Primary Election Results For The Heart Of Florida

Here are the results of Tuesday's primary election from the Supervisor of Elections.  Just click on your county.

Alachua County Primary Election Results
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Move Over Nutella And Make Room For Cookie Butter

For those times when slathering peanut butter on something just isn't enough, there is now cookie butter. Louise Kramer with the Specialty Food Association says, "Cookie butter has become a really big thing in 2014. It really is a treat that appeals to the American consumer in a new way." The cookie butter debuted in 2007 on a Belgium TV show, and the first flavor was based on a European cookie called "specloos"-- a cinnamon biscuit similar to a graham cracker. Now companies are expanding flavor varieties to appeal to classic American tastes, with flavors such as graham cracker and cookies & cream. Kramer points out another appeal of cookie butter, saying, "Parents don't want their kids to dip into raw cookie batter with eggs so it's a great alternative to get to lick cookies right off a spoon."

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I must admit, I'm a big fan of this stuff!  So far the only place I've found it is Trader Joe's but I'm sure other stores have it too.

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Easy Trick Helps You Avoid Drinking Too Much Wine

Wine can help you relax at the end of a long week, but how do you know when to stop pouring? A new study finds that pouring just half a glass of wine can be a successful way to prevent drinking too much. Researchers studied pouring habits of a group of participants and say that those who stuck to pouring half a glass, or to stop pouring two fingers from the top of the glass, tended to pour out 20 percent less than those who did not follow a rule. Study author Laura Smarandescu says, "It's a big difference. We would suggest using a rule of thumb with pouring because it makes a big difference in how much people pour and prevents them from over-drinking."

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Web Sites Match Sing Dog Lovers With Other Single Dog Lovers

If you love your dog so much that you want it to be involved in your search for a date, there are websites for that. Sites such as PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.com are connecting dog lovers with one another. Many of the sites recommend users bring their dogs on their first dates as a kind of ice breaker, and of course to see if there's chemistry between the pooches. Michal Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing says, "Having a theme that is...about one's passion makes it feel like you are looking for a needle in a smaller and far more relevant and appealing haystack." Still, not all agree it's a good idea, dating expert Trish McDermott says, "To squeeze doggie behavior under the first date microscope...is just another way to uncover the fatal flaw of an otherwise potential romance."

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The Ocala Saggy Pants Law Is Here To Stay

Last night's town hall meeting in Ocala failed to see repeal the newly adopted Saggy Pants law.

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Women Outpace Men In Running The Distance

Women and men have different strengths, and new data shows women are better at pacing themselves when running than men are. Researchers looked at nearly 92 thousand runners in 14 marathons. They found that at the halfway point, men slowed down an average of 16 percent, while women slowed down just 12 percent. Even experienced male runners were found to be more likely than experienced women to see their speed decrease in the second half of a marathon. Why does this happen? A researcher says it may be because "men burn a greater percentage of carbohydrates for fuel than women," while women burn more fat. This means that "men typically run out of fuel or hit the wall earlier than women do." The other theory is that men simple start off fast and hope they can keep the pace

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Gym Memberships For Dogs And Cats

If Fido is overweight it's your responsibility to get him back on track. Luckily, there are now gym memberships for dogs. One such gym is K9 Fit Club in Chicago, where dogs can go for hour-long obedience sessions that double as a workout. K9 Fit has eight gyms across the country and offers classes that are designed to give both dogs and their owners a dose of cardio and strength training. Dr. Marty Becker of Vetstreet.com says, "When you exercise with your pet, you tend to stick to it because they enjoy it so much. They encourage you to get your tail off the floor and out the door.

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You Have Been Tying Your Shoes The Wrong Way Your Entire Life

According to this video posted on Facebook by an elementary school parent, you’ve been doing it wrong your entire life.

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Nearly Half Of Adults Refuse To Use Smart Phone Banking Apps

What don't you use your smartphone for? A new poll finds that 48 percent of consumers said they would "never" use bill payment apps on their phones, and 44 percent said they would never use mobile banking services. One in five said they did not feel safe shopping on their smartphone, and 63 percent said they worry about security on their mobile device. The survey covered two thousand people and also found that the top worry of respondents was safeguarding their data against identity theft if their phone got stolen. Intercede CEO Richard Parris says there are many security features readily available for these phones, but it's up to app developers and service providers to make use of them. Parris says, "If this baseline security technology was more widely embraced, the cellphone has the potential to be the personal security enabler of the future and not the security bleed it is viewed as being today.

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Kickstarter "Potato Salad" Guy Hosts Homeless Festival

The man who made headlines by raising over $55,0000 on Kickstarter to make a potato salad plans to use the money to hold a festival and help the homeless. Zach Brown is planning to hold a free, family-friendly festival called PotatoStock on September 27th in a Columbus, Ohio, park. Local artists will be featured, there will be lots and lots of potato salad, and sponsors including mayo-maker Hellmann's and Idaho Potatoes are on board. Proceeds from concessions sold at the festival will be donated to help end homelessness in Central Ohio, creating a permanent fund at the Columbus Foundation.

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New Words Coming To the Oxford Dictionary

Britain's Oxford University Press said that it's adding some new words to its online Oxford Dictionaries to reflect new language trends. Once every few months, editors for the site who track and analyze some 150 million English words decide which are being used so widely that they deserve a dictionary entry. However, this doesn't mean they'll become permanent additions to the English language, and they may not make it into the more traditional Oxford English Dictionary. Among the new words being added:
  • vaping -- inhaling nicotine vapor using e-cigarettes
  • listicle -- Internet article in the form of a number of bullet-pointed list
  • live-tweet -- posting comments about an event on Twitter as it's taking place
  • binge-watch -- viewing multiple episodes of TV shows in a row
  • Paleo diet -- a diet based on ancient man's presumed diet of wild plants and animals
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Parents Paying More For Back To School Supplies

Many kids are already back in the classroom, with Alachua, Marion, Gilchrist and Levy County schools beginning Monday. That means parents are buying the required supplies. Management consulting and technology services company Accenture polled parents of children entering kindergarten through college and found that 89 percent plan to do most of their back-to-school shopping in a physical store. Sixty seven percent of parents said they plan to spend between $100 and $500, while 41 percent plan to spend $500 or more. Fifty two percent said they'll spend more on back-to-school shopping than last year, and just 37 percent said they plan to spend the same amount. Experts say parents are paying more because costs are up, not because they have more money to spend.

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Ocala Police Need Your Help In Locating a Man Who Beat Up 69 Year Old Woman

The Ocala Police Department needs your help in locating a man who kidnapped and beat a 69 year old woman unconscious Monday. He is described as 5-foot-9 white male of average build with bad body odor. He was wearing a dark long-sleeved shirt, dark leather gloves and a dark mask. Call OPD at 369-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP.

Let's catch this evil man.
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Japanese Company Launches Man-Bra

Remember the Seinfeld episode from the 90s, where Krammer and Frank Costanza come up with the Bro/Mansierre?  Well that dream is now a reality! A "Man-bra" has just gone on sale in Japan to help men with their "moobs". The Floral Goodnight Bra, which promises "round-the-clock protection against the effects of gravity", can also be purchased with matching underwear designed to hold the man's private parts in place (although it doesn't look very manly and cost about $30.


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A 9 Year Old St. Cloud Boy Fights Off Alligator Attack!

Simply amazing!  A 9 year old boy's quick thinking saved his life after being attacked by a 400lb alligator last week!  James Barney Jr. of St. Cloud escaped with only minor alligator bites and a memorable souvenir, the animal's tooth.

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Whooping Cough Epidemic Hits California

The California Department of Public Health has declared a whooping cough epidemic for California. Experts theorize that since the vaccine was changed in 1997 it offers less protection against the disease. They also worry that parents’ failure to immunize children is helping to fuel the epidemic.

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Powdered Wine Coming To A Store Near You

If you want the health benefits of red wine without the hangover, there's now red wine powder. It's called Vinia and is a red grape cell powder developed by a biotechnology company. They claim a single serve packet contains the same amount of antioxidants found in an entire bottle of red wine, and delivers them without the added sugar, calories and ill effects of drinking a whole bottle. The powder is said to be easy to blend with other foods and has a mild grape flavor. The powder will go on sale the second week of September.

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High Speed Chase Closed Interstate 75 Monday Afternoon

If you were stuck on northbound I-75 yesterday afternoon, there was good reason.  According to alert KTK listeners who tweeted their experiences, a high speed chase involving law enforcement that ended just south of Paynes Prairie Monday afternoon between 3 and 3:30. Come to find out, the Gainesville Sun & Ocala Star-Banner report the chase began in Sumter County.  A personal thank you to our KTK family who kept us up to date with tweets, pictures and experiences as they happened! Thankfully no one was hurt!
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Spring App Adjusts Pictures To Make You Look Taller And Thinner

If the filters on Instagram and other photo editing apps just don't do it for you, there's now Spring. The app lets users stretch out photos of themselves so they appear taller and thinner. The app's description says it wants to "help you adjust your body proportions" so "your body looks sexier." Users just pick two or three spots on their body in the area they want to stretch, and then the app does the work and keeps everything proportional. Still, it's possible to stretch out the background of the photo and make the alterations obvious.

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Scrabble To Add 5,000 New Words To Dictionary

Scrabble players just got a big new bounty, as 5,000 words were added in the new Official Scrabble Players Dictionary from Merriam-Webster that's coming out next week. The dictionary, which has more than 100,000 playable words, was last updated a decade ago. Unsurprisingly, some of the new words came from the tech world, including "texter," "selfie," "vlog" and "hashtag." "Geocache" was also among the words added, after winning a public vote in a Facebook contest this May. To be included in the Scrabble dictionary, words must be two to eight letters long, found in a standard dictionary, can't require capitalization, can't have hyphens or apostrophes and can't be an abbreviation.
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How To Become An Attorney Without Attending Law School

Let's face it, law school is expensive!  3 years of extra school and relentless studying in order to take (and hopefully pass) the State Bar Exam.  But did you know that in 4 states, you can take the Bar Exam without ever attending law school?  Is Florida one of them?

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Working Out May Cause Cavities

If you're a fitness nut with some unexplained cavities your workouts may be to blame. A new study finds that triathletes have significantly higher levels of tooth erosion than non-athletes. Additionally, the more an athlete trained, the more cavities they had. Researchers say this may happen for two reasons: because endurance athletes consume a high number of carbohydrates which can alter the mouth's pH level, and also because breathing through the mouth dries it out and leads to less saliva. The scientists who conducted the study are currently testing special toothpastes and mouth rinses on athletes to see if a product could help them curb the tooth erosion issue. 

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Chris Malone's advice- Of course, this isn't a reason to skip the gym.  Just keep a bottle of mouthwash handy for a quick rinse after your workout. Look at it this way, it is easier to replace a rotten tooth than a bad heart, right?
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Men And Women Are Bad Drivers (In Different Ways)

The results are in, both Men and Women are bad drivers!  But how they are bad are different as Venus and Mars.  Men are more likely to speed, drive aggressively, and operate under the influence while women are involved in more non-injury accidents such as making turns at intersections.  So it is no surprise that men, on average, pay more for auto insurance than women.

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Back To School Tax Free Holiday Is This Weekend

Yet another sign that the new school year is just around the corner (August 18 for most), the famous sales tax holiday for back to school items, including clothing, computers and supplies, is this weekend.

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Drivers' Good Behavior Actually Creating Traffic Jams

Being courteous on the road, apparently, is causing headaches for drivers.  Here's the science behind "zipping", which we as Americans, deem as rude!

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Deep-Fried Alcohol

When will the deep fried madness end?  Besides twinkees, oreos, kool-aid and candy bars, a British couple now say they've mastered deep-friend alcohol!

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Mosquitoes love to bite beer drinkers

Say it isn't so!


Drinking beer makes you more attractive to mosquitoes and more mosquito bites!!!  But that's not all, people with Type O blood, those with larger frames and bigger bodies & pregnant women are more likely to be bitten too!

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I guess that just another reason to stay indoors!

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How you Pronounce Words Says A Lot About You

Potatoe or Potato, tomateo or tomahtoe. Besides being misspelled, where you place emphasis on certain syllables says a lot about yourself.  So take a look at these common words that are said differently .  Lots of fun!

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The Best Sleeping Position Is....

Sleep on your side?  On your back?  Or stomach?  Each position has it's pros and cons, so find out which is best for you!

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Fist Bumps Less Germy Than Handshakes

Famed germaphobe Howie Mandel was right. Fist bumps are far more sanitary than handshakes. Scientists at Aberystwyth University in the UK discovered that handshakes transfer 10 times as many bacteria as a meeting of fists, while a palm-to-palm high-five was somewhere in-between. It is thought that the smaller area of contact and the shorter duration in the bump reduced the spread of bacteria. The study's findings support the Journal of the American Medical Association's previous call to ban handshakes from hospitals.

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8 Ways Technology Is Hurting Us

Yes, technology is making our lives better.  healthier living, more efficiency, lower costs all good but they are also taking a cost on our brains!  There are 8 ways that technology is making us less healthy, less efficient and costing us dearly!

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Washing Denim Jeans Is A No-No

You may already know this but you are not suppose to wash your jeans.  But did you know you're not suppose to wash the...ever?  That's the word from Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh.  So what about spills, bacteria and smells? Take a look at this denim care guide (and notice washing is not on the list).

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Telling White Lies Can Strengthen Your Relationship

Do you ever tell little white lies? New research finds that telling your partner you like his (horrible) new haircut can actually strengthen your relationship. Researchers created a mathematical model that shows those who tell white, or pro-social, lies tend to form stronger links with others in their social networks. On the other hand, the model shows that those who tell lies to cover up a misdeed or manipulate the situation, known as anti-social lying, slowly isolate others from their social networks. The model may help psychologists better understand the effects of lying in online communities.

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Man Earns Up To A Thousand Dollars A Week Standing In Line For People

Talk about a text book case of offering a service that is in demand, Robert Samuel is a true entrepreneur.  He has founded a company that will stand in line for you...for a price and earning upwards of a $1,000 a week!

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Bruno Mars Banned From Pennsylvania High Schools

Bruno Mars has been banned from being played at schools in Lancaster County, PA. According to Lancaster Online, a Lancaster County school board made the decision to remove two Top 40 hits from its high school marching band's upcoming music selection because of their suggestive lyrics. 

Garden Spot High School's marching band has been practicing the instrumental versions of Bruno's "Locked Out of Heaven" and Fall Out Boy's "Thanks for the Memories." According to the site, the school district's school board voted six to three to uphold the decision to ban the records. Board member Heidi L. Zimmerman called the lyrics "trashy" and "inappropriate" for high school students. She added, "We only voted on it because the parents asked us to reconsider."

My personal opinion is this is one of the most ridiculous decisions ever.  First, as someone who was in marching bands, what is the harm of playing a song that is heard everywhere?  It's not like the band would be saying the lyrics...they're playing the music!!!  And to play the popular songs of the day is a powerful way for teenagers to get excited about a marching band, instruments and musicians. Banning the school band does not to change that fact that you can hear these songs everywhere...on the radio, in department stores, on TV and the Internet.  It only shows how out of touch board members are in thinking banning a song will make it less popular stop people from listening to it.  Trying to protect people by banning is a dangerous road to travel.  I can remember schools banning Metallica, Warrant and Def Leppard in my day saying it was to protect us.  Behold I grew up fine, as well as many people in my generation, without becoming a out-of-wedlock parent or even having sex, committing suicides or using drugs.  Why? Because my parents talked to me about sex, which leads me to the root of this issue. This country has a problem with the word sex.  For some reason, when performers sing the word sex, the song instantly become inappropriate and dirty.  Never mind song lyrics that sing about drug use, rape or abuse.  Sex is the king dirty word.  But instead of treating young adults like young adults, they would rather treat them like ignorant children and ban the word for their own good.  Believe me, with or without songs lyrics, some teenagers will have sex and some won't. Banning songs only strengthens the very stance these people are trying to prevent. However, this is solely my opinion and not in any way the opinion of 98.5 KTK, Entercom Communications, it's staff and management.  I take full responsibility for these words.

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Get Ready For Deep Fried Doritos

Ahhh, state fairs, you never miss an opportunity to introduce us to new ways to deep fry food!  In southern California, one vendor has debut deep-fried Doritos chips!  Yep, the guy who brought us deep-fried Twinkles and deep-fried Snickers bars now dips his Doritos into the vat of hot oil and introduces his latest item at the Los Angeles (California) County Fair.

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Why It Is Better To Be A Morning Person

It may come as a shock to you but I'm a morning person!  I get to work before the sun rises every day and it some people see this as crazy!  But there are some of us early morning risers who say it's the best way to get work done, lower stress and avoid traffic!  Click here to find out why morning people rock!

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13 Easy Ways To Drink More Water Every Day

Let's face it, drinking plain, ol' water can be as boring as watching paint dry!  But it does so much good for you...inside and out!  So here are 13 fun ways to make drinking water...FUN and to make sure you're getting enough of the good stuff every day!

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Cellular Phones Bogging Down Restaurant Service

Do you think it's polite to use your cell phone in a restaurant? Apparently lots of people do, to the point where it's slowing down service. An anonymous manager at a busy New York City restaurant says that cell phones prevent customers from ordering as quickly as they used to. After comparing security footage from 2004 with current footage, the restauranteur claims that 10 years ago customers spent an average of one hour and five minutes at their table, but in 2014 the average time jumped to an hour and fifty-five minutes. The anonymous post on the Craigslist "rants & raves" board says that customers are so preoccupied taking photos, checking social media, and complaining about WiFi connections that take longer to order and to eat.  The post end reads, "We are grateful for everyone who comes into our restaurant, after all, there are so many choices out there. But can you please be a bit more considerate?"

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What Your Household Scent Says About You

So you like to clean with lemon scented items.  What does that say about you?  Well find out about lemon and few other scents too by clicking here.

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Ellen DeGeneres To Launch New Brand

Ellen is keeping busy with a new endeavor.  The comedienne and talk show host announced on Tuesday (July 8th) that she is starting her own lifestyle brand called E.D. Look for the brand to kick off in the fall with a collection of tabletop products, candles, and bedding. There will also be a pajama and slipper set available. The full launch will happen in the Spring (2015) with home-and-garden items, clothing and accessories for men and women, and pet products. Ellen added, "I don't want to be specific because I don’t want people stealing my ideas."  The 56-year-old addressed pricing saying, "My goal is that people can have a beautiful house, a really comfortable house, without only being able to afford very expensive things." The clothing prices will be midlevel. The new project will be a collaboration between Ellen and J. Christopher Burch, of Tory Burch fame. She discussed the brand with Women's Wear Daily saying, "I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't want it to be the biggest brand name that you can imagine. I'm not trying to launch a little boutique situation." 
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Tangle-proof Your Earbuds

Nothing is more frustrating than de-tangling your wound up earbuds. Check out this video. With a few little twists and turns of your earbud cords, you'll be able to ensure that your earbuds are never tangled again.

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Kids Follow Rules When Written Down

Kids are more likely to follow the rules if they are written out and posted, finds a new study. Boston University researchers tested 61 children between the ages of four and six. They found that kids who were starting to read chose written instructions over spoken instructions 75 percent of the time. Professor Kathleen Corriveau, lead researcher, says, "Children seem more likely to remember it and more likely to obey it when it's put to paper. It suggests they view texts as a mechanism to knowledge." She suggests parents write down rules simply and broken down to increase the chance of their kid following them.
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Squeeze More Life Out Of Your iPhone

So you aren't ready to part ways with your iPhone.  Let's be honest, they are a bit pricey to replace, so here are some tips you can use to improve your current iPhone's speed, memory and shelf life

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How To Make Make New Friends As An Adult

When we are kids it was easy to make new friends but it's a little more difficult as an adult.  So here are some tips from experts on how to make new friends.

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Fireworks: Keep Your Pet Safe This Independence Day

It's no secret that fireworks freak out cats and dogs. The ASPCA says that nearly one in five lost pets goes missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks. In an effort to help pet owners keep their pets safe for the Fourth of July, the non-profit has released an app. The app offers a personalized recovery kit with step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal under various scenarios. Another feature of the app allows the user to upload photos and medical records to create a digital "lost pet" flyer that can be shared across social media networks in the event of an emergency.

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Breaking Bad Marathon Begins August 10

Hold off on that Netflix subscription for jsut a moment..  AMC is hyping up their upcoming series Better Call Saul by airing a Breaking Bad marathon of the Emmy-winning drama. All 62 episodes will air onthe network starting on August 10th. It will air ever Sunday night from 5 pm to 1 am before it wraps up on October 5th. The network will also air interviews and behind-the-scenes content that have never been seen before.
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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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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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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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Saved By The Bell Movie To Air On Lifetime

Lifetime has announced plans to air a new movie based on Dustin Diamond's memoir Behind the Bell. The project will tell the story of what went down behind the scenes of the popular NBC series that ran from 1989 to 1993. It will premiere on September 1st. The cast was also announced:
  • Degrassi actor Dylan Everett as Mark-Paul Gosselaar
  • Shameless actor Sam Kindseth as Dustin Diamond
  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones co-star Julian Works will play Mario Lopez
  • Alyssa Lynch has been cast as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen
  • Supernatural actress Tiera Skovbye will play Elizabeth Berkley
  • and Blink actress Taylor Russell McKenzie has been cast as Lark Voorhies
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Gainesville Pools Part Of World Record Attempt

Tomorrow (6/20/14) at 11am, a world record could be set.  The city of Gainesville's 3 pools as well as pools across the country will simultaneously begin the world largest swimming lesson! The three participating pools are the H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool and the Andrew R. Mickle Sr. Pool. The event is free to attend.

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Beyonce Releases New Fragrance

A new fragrance by Beyonce is set to hit stores later this summer. According to That Grape Juice, Bey is releasing a new scent called "Wild Orchid." The fragrance -- which is to be sold under the name, "Heat Wild Orchid," has been described as an "enticing, mouth-watering fragrance that emits a fierce, feminine energy." 

"Heat Wild Orchid" will hit stores in August.

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How To Cook A Hot Dog In A Pringles Can

If you ever find yourself in the middle of no where, hungry for a hot dog and without a way to cook it, you're in luck...as long as you have a Pringles can!

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Ana, Elsa Gaining In Popularity

Disney's animated hit "Frozen" is inspiring many parents to name their daughters after characters Anna and Elsa. BabyCenter.com says the name Elsa has risen in popularity 34 percent since 2013 jumping from spot 278 on the popularity list to spot 183. Anna was already popular, but has jumped from spot 37 on the popularity list to spot 35 since 2013. Linda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief says, "These are creative, strong, character names that are giving moms some fresh, new baby-name options, especially Elsa.

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Auto Recalls Being Ignored?

It's been a banner year for auto recalls so far and that's a problem. Announcement of auto recalls are important for the safety of our families, experts are afraid there are so many recalls that we're tuning them out!

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Genesis Together For Documentary.

The classic five-man lineup of Genesis will join forces for a definitive BBC documentary on the group. Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Steve Hackett were photographed together for the first time in 15 years to publicize Genesis: Together And Apart, which is set to air on BBC America. The project will mark one of but a few times the five-man lineup has worked together since Gabriel's defection in 1975 and Hackett's exit two years later. No firm details regarding the project, including whether the five members will perform together live or in private -- or even a projected air date -- have been announced.
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How Long Should You Hang On To Bill Statements?

You know to hang on to your tax returns for 7 years but how long should you hang on to those billing statements, pay stubs and medical statements?

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Coming Soon, Texts That Smell

A Harvard engineering professor has invented a device that lets you send smells to your friends and family. David Edwards invented the device called the oPhone that sends and receives 300,000 unique aromas. He currently is trying to raise $150,000 to starts manufacturing the oPhone. The phone should be available for purchase in 2015 and cost $199-dollars.

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Cracking The Price Codes At Stores

Price means everything, including hidden codes by retailers on how low the price will go (and when you should by).  So take a look at these price codes for Kohls, JC Penney, Sears, Target, Petsmart and many others and plan to get the biggest discount you can get!

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How Much Money Does It Take To Buy Happiness?

Money can't buy happiness, but it certainly helps. Americans seem to think they wouldn't really need that much of it to be happy any way. CNNMoney's American Dream Poll found that nearly a quarter of those questioned said they'd be happy making between 50 and 75 thousand dollars a year. The responses echo a Princeton study, which found that emotional well-being rose with income, but not much beyond 75 thousand dollars. Ten percent of those polled said making between a dollar and 30 thousand dollars would make them happy, six percent said money can't buy happiness at all, and 23 percent admitted they'd need between 100,000 and 200,000 dollars to be happy.
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Floridians Are The Most Stressed In The Country

Maybe this is what's behind all the crazy headlines it's always making, as Florida has the distinction of being named the most stressed-out state in the country, according to a study by real estate blog Movoto. The blog looked at factors including the percentage of people without health insurance, housing expenses and hours worked per week in order to measure stress across the country. Florida got the label of most stressed-out due to a combination of high unemployment and high rate of people without health insurance. Coming in second was Georgia -- long commutes, followed by New Jersey -- high population density, California -- high cost of housing, and Nevada -- high unemployment low insurance rates. The least stressed-out state of the lower 48 was North Dakota.
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Awesome Kids End The School Year Right

I'm was in need for a heartwarming story to restore my faith in humanity.  Today I want to share such a story from Kentucky and explain why I have much love for the kids of Anderson County High School. Wednesday was the last day of school and the kids were all gathered for a Pep Rally, or so that's what school janitor Ricky Spaulding thought. You see, Ricky has a son stationed overseas has hasn't seen in over a year and now his son has a son, which Ricky has never seen.  What happened next gave me chills of joy as a call for Ricky to report to the "Pep Rally" for a clean up was made.

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The Most Expensive College In Florida Is...

You can't put a price tag on an education, but for those in Florida, attending the University of Miami will cost you a few pennies.  According to E College Finder, the most expensive college in Florida is The University of Miami.  But overall in the United States, UM is quite a bargain compared to school sin New York, Illinois, California and Pennsylvania.

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13 June Holidays You Didn't Know About

June is chock-full of holidays!  But before you ask your HR rep about time off, know these aren't your typical festive days.  National Donut Day, Log cabin Day, Take Your Dog To Work Day and 9 other days makeup 13 holidays in June.

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Make Family Meals Happier

Between Little League games, piano lessons and late nights at the office, it isn't always easy to gather the family for dinner. And when you do gather together, it's not always a happy affair. What's a well-meaning mom to do?

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Worst Time To be Admitted To The Hospital

The time you schedule your surgery or get admitted to the hospital can affect your risk of death. A recent study found that a patient's risk of death after surgery is highest on weekends, afternoons and in February. Another study echoed the findings, confirming that patients admitted to hospitals on the weekends have a higher risk of death than those admitted on weekdays. For the first study, researchers analyzed data from over 200 thousand patients and found that patients operated on in the afternoon were 21 percent more likely to die compared to those who had surgery at other times of the day. Additionally, surgery on the weekend was found to have a 22 percent higher risk of death than surgery on weekdays, and those who had surgery in February were 16 percent more likely to die than those who had surgery in any other month. Researchers from both studies say they're unsure if hospital care quality is worse on the weekends and afternoons, or if patients admitted on weekends tend to be more ill than those admitted on weekdays.

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Picking Out A Father's Day Gift

Mom had her big day last month, now it's Dad's turn! Father's Day is Sunday, June 15, which is less than 2 weeks away.  The good people at The Consumerist, rather , came up with some awesome gift ideas for dear ol' Dad!

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Walt Disney World Ticket Winners



Congratulations to our 5 lucky winners in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train contest:
Heather Albright
Donna Lee
Bethany Conaty
Robert Shannon
Joan Hamby

Thansk for playing with us and keep listening for more contests and giveaways all summer long from 98.5 KTK!

 
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Hurricane Supplies Sales Tax Holiday Through June 8

Hurricane season begins June 1st and that means it's time to get your hurricane kit together.  Hurricane kit supplies are sales tax free from Saturday, May 31, 2014 to Sunday, June 8, 2014.
The specific items included in the Sales Tax Holiday include:
  • A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less
  • A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio selling for $50 or less
  • A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less
  • A self-contained first-aid kit selling for $30 or less
  • A ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less
  • A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less
  • A package of AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less
  • A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less
  • A portable generator that is used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $750 or less
  • Reusable ice selling for $10 or less
Building a disaster supply kit is a simple and effective way to make sure a family has enough water, food, medicine and other essential supplies when other resources may not be readily available. Different families have different needs, so residents need to be sure to take into account their family’s specific needs, and include:
  • Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
  • Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
  • Blankets / Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing
  • First Aid Kit / Medicines
  • Special Items - for children and the elderly
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight / Batteries
  • Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
  • Keys
  • Toys, Books, and Games
  • Important documents
  • Tools
  • Full vehicle fuel tanks
  • Pet care items
For the latest information on the 2014 Hurricane Season and to Get A Plan!, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLGetaPlan, Instagram @FLGetaPlan, Vine @FLGetaPlan, and Facebook Facebook.com/FloridaDivisionofEmergencyManagement and Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.
 
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New Movies Opening This Weekend (5/30)

Here is what's brand-spankin'new at the movie theatres

Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Brenton Thwaites and Sam Riley. The film tells the untold story of the iconic Disney villain, Maleficent, from the classic tale Sleeping Beauty. The film follows Maleficent as her heart is hardened by evils that drove her to curse baby Aurora and the realization that the child may be the only one who can restore peace in the land.




Maleficent is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 38 minutes.

A Million Ways To Die In The West is the new comedy from writer/director, Seth McFarlene, which stars Seth McFarlene, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Alex Borstein and Sarah Silverman. The film follows Albert, a cowardly farmer, played by McFarlene, who falls for the new, mysterious girl in town but when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives, Albert must put his new found courage to the test.



A Million Ways to Die in the West is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 56 minutes.

 
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Driverless Cars To Hit The Road In 2015

FINALLY!  Cars that can drive themselves are no longer science fiction.  Google is planning to build 100 small driverless cars that it hopes to have on public roads sometime next year. The two-seat prototype cars, which only go as fast as 25 miles per hour, won't be for sale, but will be given to selected operators for testing and tweaking. The cars, which look kind of like rounder VW Beetles, don't have steering wheels or gas and brake pedals. They start with a button, with passengers setting a destination and a route, and the car driving itself there, using sensors, including radar and cameras, and computer programs that predict what other cars and pedestrians might do. It runs on electricity, and can go about 100 miles before having to be charged. Although car companies are working on driverless technologies, the earliest dates so companies have put out for them is 2020. With Google wanting to put these cars in use next year, regulators have to come up with guidelines for driverless cars on public roads.

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Best Colors To Wear To A Job Interview

Time for that job interview and all attention switches to picking out the right outfit.  Just as important is the color you wear.  See what colors to wear and what colors to avoid by clicking here and reading the rest of the story.

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Yacon Syrup: Promising Weight Loss Properties

Yacon syrup has a lot of people talking, including Dr. Oz, about it's weight loss properties.  But does it really work? Or is it hype?

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Man Holds Breath In Tunnel & Causes Traffic Accident

Have you ever heard the old superstition that you are suppose to hold your breath through a tunnel?  I'm not sure where this originated from but a 19-year-old Oregon man caused a three-car crash when he fainted while holding his breath driving through a tunnel!

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Katy Perry Portrait On Display At Smithsonian Museum

You know you're arrived when a portrait of yourself is added to the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum in D.C.! According to Billboard, the museum said earlier this week that a 2010 portrait of the singer by artist Will Cotton titled, "Cupcake Katy" will go on view starting on June 18th. The painting will be part of a rotating display of recently acquired portraits. 

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Verizon Customers Beware Of New Scam

If you're a Verizon customer you should be aware of a new scam. Many Verizon customers have reported getting a robotic call that demands their account information. Victims were told to visit MyVerison59.com in order to get a 59 dollar credit on their Verizon bill. The site has since been removed, but looked like a Verizon login page. Many people apparently entered their information, which of course is a huge security risk. Experts say to avoid being scammed, check out any too-good-to-be-true promises that come out of nowhere and check with a company directly if something just doesn't sound right.

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How To Make Oreo Tacos

Why wait for the fair to offer your creative concoctions like fried Twinkees.  Now you can make Oreo Tacos right at home and just in time for Memorial Day weekend!

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American Foods The World Doesn't Understand

What do Corn Dogs, Grits and PB&J have in common? Although we love them here in the USA, the rest of the world are not fans at all!

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Wearing Socks With Sandals Now Chic

What was once seen as a fashion faux paux is apparently now viewed as a fashion statement-- people are purposely wearing socks with sandals. The look has been seen on the runway models of Kate Spade, Tory Burch and Burberry, which in turn has caused fashionistas to embrace strapping their sandals on over their socks. A stylist says to rock the look wear "lightweight and solid-colored socks with flat-formed shoes. You'll definitely want to show some skin and sex this trend up to avoid feeling frumpy."

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New Trend: Tooth Tattoos?

Good grief!!! Teeth tattoos are an emerging trend as people seek to decorate their mouths with images of their favorite things. The Suburbia Dental Laboratory in Bloomfield, Connecticut made its first tattooed crown 20 years ago when a customer asked for an image of a corvette. The tattoos can't yet be applied to healthy teeth, but are available for patients requiring a crown that don't want the pain of getting an actual tattoo. The dental stain tattoo, which costs between $75 and $200, is created by taking a mold of the patient's tooth and then adding the design to the crown which is heated up to 212-degrees to make the art take hold.
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Now You Can Text 9-1-1 For Emergencies

The times are changing! We've been taught since we were kids that in case of an emergency we should call 9-1-1, but now you can text 9-1-1 too. The FCC says it's rolling out the service to make it easier for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, have a speech disability, or who are in a situation in which making a call could be dangerous. So far no technology exists to triangulate the place a text was sent from, so the FCC is telling 9-1-1 texters they will have to provide information about the situation and their exact location. Also, the service will only be available in select areas of certain states for now.

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All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants Charges For Not Cleaning Your Plate

In an effort to cut down on food being thrown away, a restaurant in Losone, Switzerland, that has an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet is charging customers a fee of $5.65 if they don't eat everything they've put on their plate. Chef Giovanni Tafuro of the restaurant Patrizietta told the 20 Minutes newspaper, "I wanted to send a strong signal. It made me sick to see so much food being thrown out." Yahoo Food says this has been done before, citing a Chinese buffet-style restaurant in the U.K. that announced in 2012 that it would fine diners a whopping $34 if they didn't clean their plates.

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9 Bad Consumers Who Make Things Worse For The Rest Of Us

I believe everyone should hold a job at least once in the the food industry and in customer service.  Once you have dealt with customers, you tend to be on your best behavior when a problem arises.  I've been in a restaurant where the customer is fussing at the waiter because their food order is wrong.  News flash...it isn't automatically the waiter/waitress fault!!!  So when I saw this article about 9 customers who make it tough for all of us, I had to share.  Take a look at it.

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Hand-Lift Procedure Growing trend For Wedding Photos

If a Facebook friend gets engaged, do you expect to see a photo of the ring? Apparently women are concerned about how their hands look in these engagement ring selfies, and as a result are getting "hand-lifts." Plastic surgeons explain the procedure consists of injecting the anti-aging treatment Juvederm into the hands of patients to make them appear plumper and more youthful. One plastic surgeon from the New York City area says he's been doing more of the procedures lately, in part due to the hand selfie trend. The procedure is said to last for nine months, and costs over a thousand dollars.

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You'll Never Guess What's In Your Wine

Sorry Vegetarians, Vegans and those with dairy allergies!  Most wines and beer contain trace ammounts of egg, milk and fish bladder and have for hundreds of years!  In the process called fining, isinglass, a type of collagen derived from fish’s bladders, egg ansd milk are used.

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Even Sarah McLachlan Can't Watch ASPCA Commercials

You know what commercials I'm talking about.  Those ASPCA commercials that shows abused animals while "Angel" plays in the background.



Well you and I aren't the only ones who gets so teary-eyed and sniffily that you have to change the channel. Sarah McLachlan, who sings the song Angel, admitted yesterday that she finds the commercials difficult to watch and changes the channel too!

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How To Delete Your Account

It's easy to sign up for services but not so much when you are trying to cancel or end them.  Here is a handy one sheet of how to delete service/contracts from 65 companies.

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Growing Trend: Restaurants Ban Tipping

Tipping at restaurants may be a thing of the past sooner than expected. Even more upscale restaurants are banning tips, and one expert says the move protects waiters from being shortchanged by cheap diners.  The expert also says the downside to tip-banning is that diners get sticker shock when they look at the prices of food with tips factored in. The owner of an upscale restaurant in Los Angeles explains by saying, "We interview and hire our employees, not the guest, and we expect to pay them, and be responsible for their actions. If they do great, we keep them, and if they don't, we let them go. We don't want their pay to be at the mercy of a guest's random calculation, based on unpredictable factors."

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Are you cooking Spaghetti, Steak And Broccoli wrong?

The professionals have spoken and we're cooking spaghetti, steak and broccoli wrong!  Leave it to Oprah to lead us in the right direction.

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Move Over Snuggie, The Flask Scarf Is A Must Have

If your mom really enjoys her wine there’s a gift that’s perfect for her for Mother’s Day. It’s called the FlaskScarf, and is basically a scarf that doubles as a flask. The fabric fashion accessory contains a hidden foil bag with a mouth valve that can hold eight ounces of liquid. The product description reads, “[It’s] everything you need to get your drink on and look good doing it. Don’t settle for just one, you deserve both!” The item is available for purchase on FlaskScarf.com.
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Cash In Your Unwanted Gift Cards

There are several websites that offer to trade your unwanted gift cards for a wanted one.  Some, like Cardpool even offer you cash for those gift cards.  Now unwanted gift cards can be traded out for cash conveniently in your grocery store!

Coinstar, the machine where you can trade your money coins for paper cash is launching new kiosks that will accept unwanted gift cards and for cash. The company is planting these new machines next to their older, coin-gobbling ones and soon will be in our area.

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41st Daytime Emmy Award Nominees

The nominees 41st Daytime Emmy Award have been announced.  Look for the awards to be presented June 22nd on CBS-TV.  By the way, the Daytime Emmys are for shows that air from 2am to 6pm.
NOMINATIONS IN MAJOR AWARDS:
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
The Bold and the Beautiful
Days of Our Lives
One Life to Live
The Young and the Restless

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Eileen Davidson, Days Of Our Lives
Katherine Kelly Lang, The Bold & The Beautiful
Heather Tom, The Bold & The Beautiful
Arianne Zucker, Days Of Our Lives
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Peter BergmanThe Young and the Restless
Doug DavidsonThe Young and the Restless
Christian LeBlancThe Young and the Restless
Billy MillerThe Young and the Restless
Jason ThompsonGeneral Hospital
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Melissa Claire EganThe Young and the Restless
Jane ElliotGeneral Hospital
Amelia HeinleThe Young and the Restless
Elizabeth HendricksonThe Young and the Restless
Kelly SullivanGeneral Hospital
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bradford Anderson, General Hospital
Steve Burton, The Young and the Restless
Scott Clifton, The Bold & The Beautiful
Eric Martsolf, Days Of Our Lives
Dominic Zamprogna, General Hospital
YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kristen Alderson, General Hospital
Linsey Godfrey, The Bold & The Beautiful
Hunter King, The Young and the Restless
Kim Matula, The Bold & The Beautiful
Kelley Missal, One Life To Live
YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bryan Craig, General Hospital
Chad Duell, General Hospital
Max Ehrich, The Young and the Restless
Chandler Massey, Days Of Our Lives
Daniel Polo, The Young and the Restless
OUTSTANDING MORNING PROGRAM
CBS Sunday Morning
CBS This Morning
Good Morning America
Today Show

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW/INFORMATIVE
The Chew
Dr. Oz
Dr. Phil
Steve Harvey

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW/ENTERTAINMENT
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Live! With Kelly & Michael
Rachael Ray
The Talk

The View
OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW
The American Bible Challenge
The Chase
Jeopardy!
Let’s Make a Deal
The Price Is Right
Wheel of Fortune

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW HOST
Wayne Brady, Let’s Make a Deal
Jeff Foxworthy, The American Bible Challenge
Steve Harvey, Family Feud
Todd Newton, Family Game Night
Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series
Dino Dan 
The Fresh Beat Band 
Sesame Street 
Yo Gabba Gabba! 

Outstanding Children’s Series
Animal Science
Game Changers with Kevin Frazier
R.L.Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series
Sea Rescue

Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program
Curious George 
Disney Sofia the First
Peg+Cat 
The Wonder Pets!  

Outstanding Children’s Animated Program
Beware the Batman 
The Fairly OddParents 
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness  
Monsters vs. Aliens 
Turbo FAST

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program
Divorce Court 
Judge Judy  
Justice for All with Cristina Perez 
The People’s Court 

Outstanding Entertainment News Program
Access Hollywood 
E! News 
Entertainment Tonight  
Extra  
TMZ

 
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Never Lose Your Sunglasses Again

It never fails, buy a $300 pair of sunglasses from the mall and lose them in a month.  Purchase a $3 pair of sunglasses from the gas station and hang on to them forever!  One posh sunglass brand think they have the solution to keep those expensive shades forever. Coming soon are Tzukuri sunglasses and each pair will be embedded with technology that connects to your smartphone.  So when you stray away from your Tzukuris, your phone will alert you!  If you ask me, it's quite brilliant!

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New Spanish Law Would Make Children Obligated To Do Chores

Could Spain be on to something?  Last Friday (4/25), the Spanish parliament approved a bill that would make children legally obliged to do housework! Not just chores mind you, if passed into law, the requirements for those under the age of 18, means they will be expected to participate in family life, respect their parents and siblings, and perform household duties "in accordance with their age and regardless of their gender."

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Smartphone App Tells You Where The Sick People Are

If you're trying to avoid sick people there's now an app for that. It's called "Sickweather" and uses information from Facebook statuses and tweets to show the users where the sick people are geographically. The map the app provides allows a user to see where different types of illnesses are cropping up, and how many cases are in each area. The app also encourages the user to self-report specific illnesses through its interface.
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And The Fastest Land Animal In The World Is...

If you though the fastest land animal in the world is a Cheetah, you're wrong!   A new study reveals that the world's fastest animal relative to its body size is a small Southern California mite. The little creature can travel 322 body lengths in a second, which researchers say would equate to 1,300 miles per hour for a human. They say by comparison, a cheetah tops out at about 16 body lengths per second, or roughly 70 miles per hour. To find this, researchers used a high-speed camera to study how quickly different animals moved. The mite beat out the Australian tiger beetle, which previously held the record for the fastest relative speed.
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68th Annual Tony Awards Nominees

The 68th Annual Tony Awards are set, with host Hugh Jackman, for Sunday, June 8th on CBS-TV.  Here are the nominees.

Best Play
Act One
All the Way
Casa Valentina
Mothers and Sons
Outside Mullingar


Best Musical
After Midnight
Aladdin
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder


Best Revival of a Play
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Glass Menagerie
A Raisin in the Sun
Twelfth Night


Best Revival of a Musical
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Les Miserables
Violet


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Samuel BarnettTwelfth Night
Bryan CranstonAll the Way
Chris O'DowdOf Mice and Men
Mark RylanceRichard III
Tony ShalhoubAct One

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Tyne Daly
Mothers and Sons
LaTanya Richardson JacksonA Raisin in the Sun
Cherry JonesThe Glass Menagerie
Audra McDonaldLady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Estelle ParsonsThe Velocity of Autumn

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Ramin KarimlooLes Miserables
Andy KarlRocky
Jefferson MaysA Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Bryce PinkhamA Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Mary Bridget DaviesA Night with Janis Joplin
Sutton FosterViolet
Idina Menzel, If/Then
Jesse MuellerBeautiful - The Carole King Musical
Kelly O'HaraThe Bridges of Madison County

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney
Casa Valentina
Paul ChahidiTwelfth Night
Stephen FryTwelfth Night
Mark RylanceTwelfth Night
Brian J. SmithThe Glass Menagerie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Sarah Green
The Cripple of Inishmaan
Celia Keenan-BolgerThe Glass Menagerie
Sophie OkonedoA Raisin in the Sun
Anika Noni RoseA Raisin in the Sun
Mare WinninghamCasa Valentina

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Danny Burstein
Cabaret
Nick CoderoBullets Over Broadway
Joshua HenryViolet
James M. IglehartAladdin
Jarrod SpecterBullets Over Broadway

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Linda Emond
Cabaret
Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Anika LarsonBeautiful - The Carole King Musical
Adriane LenoxAfter Midnight
Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Direction of a Play
Tim CarrollTwelfth Night
Michael GrandageThe Cripple of Inishmaan
Kenny LeonA Raisin in the Sun
John TiffanyThe Glass Menagerie

Best Direction of a Musical
Warren CarlyleAfter Midnight
Michael MayerHedwig and the Angry Inch
Leigh SilvermanViolet
Darko TresnjakA Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Book of a Musical
Chad BeguelinAladdin
Douglas McGrath, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Woody Allen, Bullets Over Broadway
Robert L. FriedmanA Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater
Aladdin
The Bridges of Madison County
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
If/Then


Best Choreography
Warren CarlyleAfter Midnight
Steven Hoggett and Kelly DevineRocky
Casey NicholawAladdin
Susan StromanBullets Over Broadway

Best Orchestrations
Doug Besterman
Bullets Over Broadway
Jason Robert BrownThe Bridges of Madison County
Steve SidwellBeautiful - The Carole King Musical
Jonathan TunickA Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt
Act One
Bob CrowleyThe Glass Menagerie
Es DevlinMachinal
Christopher OramThe Cripple of Inishmaan

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Christopher BarrecaRocky
Julian CrouchHedwig and the Angry Inch
Alexander DodgeA Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Santo Loquasto, Bullets Over Broadway

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jane GreenwoodAct One
Michael KrassMachinal
Rita RyackCasa Valentina
Jenny TiramaniTwelfth Night

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda ChoA Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
William Ivey LongBullets Over Broadway
Arianne PhilipsHedwig and the Angry Inch
Isabel ToledoAfter Midnight

Best Sound Design of a Play
Alex BaranowskiThe Cripple of Inishmaan
Steve Canyon KennedyLady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Dan Moses SchreierAct One
Matt TierneyMachinal

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Peter HylenskiAfter Midnight
Tim O'HeirHedwig and the Angry Inch
Mick PotterLes Miserables
Brian RonanBeautiful - The Carole King Musical

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable
The Cripple of Inishmaan
Jane CoxMachinal
Natasha KatzThe Glass Menagerie
Japhy WidemanOf Mice and Men

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin AdamsHedwig and the Angry Inch
Christopher AkerlindRocky
Howell Binkley, After Midnight
Donald HolderThe Bridges of Madison County

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Jane Greenwood


Regional Theatre Award
Signature Theatre

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Rosie O'Donnell

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Joseph P. Benincasa
Joan Marcus
Charlotte Wilcox

 
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Cardboard Wine Bottles Reduce Carbon Footprint

A new brand of cardboard wine bottle is being used by a wine manufacturer to help lower transportation costs and their carbon-foot print. The packaging, which is made by GreenBottle, is 80-percent lighter than its glass contemporary and saves approximately 61 gallons of diesel fuel. Currently, only Paperboy is using the new container despite the added benefits of cheaper shipping costs and a 67-percent smaller carbon foot-print than glass bottles.

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9 Foods That Fight Bad Breath

For the times when you can’t brush your teeth or rinse your mouth, here are some great quick fixes that are as close as the refrigerator. Click here for 9 foods that fight bad breath.

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The First Video Ever Posted On You Tube

On April 23, 2005, Jawed Karim uploaded an 18-second video to a site called YouTube and is considered the fisrt ever video posted.

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Walt Disney World Ticket Winners

Congratulations to our Walt Disney World 3-Day Discover Disney ticket winners:
Bonnie Scott-Dunnellon
Heather Mumford-Orange Lake
Kory Mosher-Gainesville
Sharon Davis-Gainesville
Michele Carbajal-Ocala

Each have won a family four pack of 3-Day Discover Disney tickets.  That's 3 Walt Disney World theme parks in 3 days!


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25 Symbols You Never Noticed in Everyday Life

A "I never noticed that" slide show of hidden symbols and the meanings of some mysterious ones too. For instance, the meaning behind the Bluetooth logo, The Stardust casino logo in Las Vegas is modeled after an atom bomb mushroom cloud and the hidden Hershey's Kiss in the logo!

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Photoshopped Ads To Be Banned?

Most images we see in advertisements have been touched up digitally, in a process known as "photoshopping" Those enhanced images could become a thing of the past, though. Two Congresswomen have introduced a federal bill called "Truth in Advertising Act of 2014." The bill states that images that altar a subject's height or weight and erase characteristics such as cellulite, muscle tone, wrinkles, or skin tone misrepresent and deceive people into buying products. One of the congresswomen said, "The link between false ads and eating disorders becomes increasingly clear every day. We need to instead empower young men and women to have realistic expectations of their bodies. To be clear, we aren't trying to ban airbrushing in general. We're trying to generate a conversation."
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New Movies Opening This Weekend (4/25)

Here are the new movies opening this weekend:

The Quiet Ones, a new horror movie starring Sam Claflin, Emily Cooke, Ben Holden, Jared Harris, Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne. The film follows a university professor and a group of students who conduct an experiment on a young troubled woman and uncover a dark force. The Quiet Ones is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 38 minutes.



The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Don Johnson, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nicki Mina and Victor Cruz. The film follows Carly who, after finding out her boyfriend is married, meets her boyfriend's wife and when they discover yet another affair, all three women decide to bring him down. The Other Woman is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 49 minutes.





 

 

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Where To Trade In Your Old Electronics

Let's face it, there is a drawer, closet or box somewhere in your home now that is filled with old electronic gadgets.  Phones, games, DVDs and more that work perfectly but you no longer need.  So what to do with them?  Like the commercial says, sell them for cash!

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Click here for the best DVD/game trade in values

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Child Saves Money for PS4 But Instead Buys Neighbors Smoke Detectors

What a heartwarming story that once again shows us that our children can teach us a lesson or two.
Hector Montoya is an 8 year old boy who lives in Grand Prarie, Texas and had been saving up his money to buy a PlayStation4. Instead, a local tragedy moved him so much he spend his $300 not on a gaming system, but on smoke detectors for his neighbors.

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Haagen-Dazs To Make Vegetable & Tomato Ice Cream Flavors

Haagen-Dazs has announced the release of two new ice cream flavors in Japan. The new "Spoon Vege" flavors are tomato cherry and carrot orange are not available in the U.S.. yet but the company might just do it if the product does well in Japan.

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New Movies Opening This Weekend (With Previews)

Opening today (Friday April 18th) is the new documentary, Bears. The film, narrated by John C. Reilly, follows a mama bear and her cubs as she teaches them life lessons in Alaska.

Bears is rated G and has a running time of 1 hour and 17 minutes.

Also opening today is the new science fiction film, Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman. The film follows a scientific genius' pursuit of knowledge which evolves into a dangerous thirst for power.
Transcendence is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 2 hours.
 

Opening today is the new comedy, A Haunted House 2, starring Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Dave Sheridan, Essence Atkins and Gabriel Iglesias. The film follows Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is getting a fresh start with his new girlfriend and her children. But after moving into their dream home, Malcolm realizes he is still plagued by paranormal events.

A Haunted House 2 is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 27 minutes.

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This is the Inspiration for Lorde's Royals song

Every wonder what inspired Lorde to pen Royals?  It's not about the Royal Family as I thought.  Actually it's because of a photo in National Geographic of Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett. Lorde said the word “Royals” on his jersey struck a chord with her and inspired her to write the song.

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Princess Elsa Dress Is The Must Have Item

Remember when "Tickle Me Elmo" prompted people to trample each other? The newest "hot toy" is here-- and parents are forking over thousands of dollars for it. It all stems from Disney's Frozen, which is now officially the top-grossing animated film in box office history. Little girls are all asking for Princess Elsa's blue gown, and parents are scrambling to find it. This has led to people sewing their own versions of the dress and selling them on Etsy and eBay for a thousand dollars or more. One mom told TODAY, "I didn't realize this movie was going to be such an obsession. We saw this film and then out of nowhere, she wanted all this stuff and it was unavailable." One toy retail expert says, "You just can't get it. It's really sold out and it's probably the hottest thing out there right now."
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New Hurricane Storm Surge Risk Maps

National forecasters will be introducing new maps for the Atlantic hurricane season this year that show not only the potential winds, but the potential for flooding from storm surges. The maps are being introduced because it was found that most Americans living on hurricane-vulnerable coastlines were paying too much attention to the wind strength predictions and not enough to storm surge in deciding whether to evacuate. Storm surge specialist Jamie Rhome of the National Hurricane Center said, "We are not a storm surge savvy nation. Yet storm surge is responsible for over half the deaths in hurricanes." The new maps, which will be issued 48 hours before landfall and updated every six hours, will enable people to see whether their property is likely to flood.
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Tax Relief Promises Are A Heaven For Scammers

This may not come as a surprise but those ads that offer to settle your debt to the Internal Revenue Service for a fraction of the bill may be a scam.

According to the Washington Post, officials with the Federal Trade Commission are warning consumers to be aware of these so-called “rescue” programs that, in reality, can cost consumers thousands of dollars and provide no tax relief.

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Purchase Google Glass Tomorrow Only

If you've been dying to get your hands on Google Glass you'll get your chance tomorrow (April 15th.) Google says anyone in the U.S. with 1,500 dollars to spend can attempt to buy one of the controversial pieces of technology. Google says a limited number of the products will be available, and they'll go on sale 9 AM Eastern time. Google says it's making the move in an effort to get more feedback about Glass.

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Daycare Costs More In Florida Than College

Eek!  New research blogged by The Washington Post reveals the costs of raising a child comes earlier than expected. A report from Child Care America reveals that the annual cost of day care for an infant exceeds the average cost of in-state tuition and fees at public colleges in 31 states (and Florida is one of them). The study found that in Florida, the average annual cost of daycare averages around $8,229, while a year of public college tuition runs around $6,882. The difference is $2,067.
Researchers say that in New York, for example, day care will set you back nearly 15 thousand dollars, while in-state college tuition is just 6,500 dollars. The other top states with huge price gaps between day care and public college are: Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado and Oregon. In South Carolina, however, the opposite is true as college intuition is higher than the cost of day care by about four thousand dollars a year
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Geocache Is The Winning Word

Remember last month when I mentioned that Scrabble was updating their dictionary and asking for your help in adding a new word?  Well the new word added is geocache, which means, "to seek items by means of a GPS device as part of a game." As an eight-letter word, it will be challenging to use, since players have only seven letters at a time. The Number 2 word was "zen," while other runners-up were: "bitcoin"; "cosplay"; and "ew." Hasbro had asked fans to nominate their picks on the company's Facebook page.The update will be available in stores this summer and is the first update ever in the 9 years the Scrabble dictionary has been available.  So does this mean you can use the word now?  Or wait until summer?
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3 New Movies Opening Today (With Previews)

Here is a rundown on new movies opening today:

Oculus-rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes
Stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff. The film follows Kaylie and Tim who are determined to prove Tim's innocence ten years after their parents were murdered and track down the mirror they think contains a supernatural power that they think caused their parents' deaths. But when they find the mirror and discover that previous owners met the same fate as their parents, Tim and Kaylie realizes too late that their childhood nightmare is beginning all over again.



Rio 2-rated G and has a running time of 1 hour and 41 minutes
Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez and Tracy Morgan lending their voices for this animated flick. The film follows Blu, Jewel and their kids after their moved from the magical city to the Amazon. In his new home, Blu must face the vengeful Nigel and meets his most fearsome adversary yet, his father-in-law.



Draft Day-rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 49 minutes
Stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn and Frank Langella. The film, set on the day of the NFL draft, follows general manager Sonny, played by Costner, who has the chance to rebuild his team and trade for the number one pick. But when personal and professional lines are blurred, Sonny must quickly decide what he is willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection.



 
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How To Avoid Spoiling TV Shows For Others

There are so many shows to watch and many times, I have to record one show so I can watch another and then the art of of avoiding certain friends and social media until I watch it becomes a challenge.  Spoilers are everywhere!!! Taking the joy of finding out how a show or series ends.  So how can you avoid becoming "that guy"?  Click here for tips on how to avoid spoiling TV shows for others.

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13 Natural Remedies For Ants

So Ants have invited themselves into your home.  How do you get rid of them?  Here are 13 all natural remedies to rid yourself of ants.

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10 Things You Should Always Buy Used

Video games, instruments and weights are just some items experts say you should buy used.  Why?  What else should you buy used?

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Are You Storing Fruits & Vegetables Correctly?

Looking to maximize the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables?  You may not be storing them correctly.  Experts say that garlic, apples, corn and potatoes are generally stored incorrectly leading to a shorter shelf life.

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Hitting Your Funny Bone Isn't Funny And Here Is Why

Your first reaction is to say hitting your funny bone isn't funny.  True, it's not funny as in "haha", but gives you a  funny feeling you have all up and down your arm that usually accompanies tears, screams and clinching!

Here are some factoids about the funny bone you might find interesting...not"haha" interesting but enough to keep you interested! :)

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Inspire 2014 Event Pictures

Take a look at Monday night's Inspire Celebration Event that honored 21 women who are amazing!

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Planning A Vacation While At Work Will Cost You

Everyone needs a break sometimes, but new research finds you shouldn't book your getaway from your desk at work. A poll of 4,500 U.S. vacationers reveals that people are more likely to book a more expensive hotel when they book from work. Researchers found that people who made reservations during business hours not only booked more expensive hotels, but were also less satisfied than people who stayed at the same hotel, but booked during non-business hours. Researchers say, "We speculate that occurs because people are either more fatigued at work and tend to buy more expensive items or that vacations seem more appealing while people are at work. This kind of preliminary data indicates that people should not be making purchases when they are working." Researchers also found people enjoyed their vacations more if they paid for it in advance.
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Washing Hair With Dry Shampoo

Washing your hair with dry shampoo does sound like an oxymoron but it has actually been around for centuries. It has enjoyed a recent resurgence of popularity because many beauty experts recommend washing your hair less frequently to keep it healthy. So what is it exactly?  Click here to find out.

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Most Popular State Attractions: State by State

I'll give you one guess as to what the number one attraction is for the state of Florida?  Yes, it's Walt Disney World.  But what's the number one attraction for New York?  Minnesota and Oregon? 

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Yawning May Be A Good Sign For Your Relatonship

Do you yawn right after your partner yawns? Researchers say the faster your partner yawns back at you, the healthier your relationship is. One scientist claims that humans don't pick up contagious yawning until they reach age four or five because certain parts of the brain need to develop, namely the parts related to social skills and empathy. This scientist says he wonders "if you could tell someone was falling out of love with you by the timing of their yawn delay." Previous research has revealed that people yawn more quickly after an acquaintance yawns then when a stranger yawns, and that the more familiar and attached a person is to the yawner the more likely he or she will return the yawn quickly. (Daily Mail)
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How To Keep Companies From Tracking You Online

Privacy please!  It seems that nothing we do is private anymore, especially with the era of the Internet.  yes, everything you search for and click through is tracked by companies (now you know how those specialty ads pop up).  Now you can reclaim your privacy!

Google and Apple recently rolled out a feature called the “Do Not Track.” DNT lets consumers opt out of third-party web tracking. To date, only 19% of users say they use this feature, according to a Forrester Research report, but it’s one of the simplest ways to keep third-party trackers at bay.

To initiate “Do Not Track” on your browser, go into your browser preferences and look for the tab labeled “Privacy.” Check the box to enable the DNT feature. You can get the same protection on your mobile phone by enabling DNT via your browser privacy settings. Most popular browsers offer a DNT option, including Google’s Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Explorer and Safari.

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Yard Sale Tips Guaranteed To Make It A Success

If spring cleaning is on your list of to-dos, a yard sale or garage sale should be too. Sure, it's a lot of work, but all the lugging of boxes and bags can be worth it if you know how to turn a profit. Experts chime in their advice on the best ways to turn an average yard sale into a real money-maker!

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7 Workout HabitsThat Are Bad For Your Skin

Hopefully you are sticking to your New Year's resolution guns and exercising on a regular basis.  One thing we overlook many times are the and things we do when we're trying to be good, like protecting your skin.  Did you know you should be wiping off exercise machines BEFORE you use them?  Or that your shower's water temperature is too hot?  7 bad workout habits that wreck havoc on your skin are just a click away!

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Universal Mardi Gras Ticket Winners


Congratulations to these 98.5 KTK listeners who won a pair of 1 day/2 park tickets to Universal Orlando!


Jennifer Shaw
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Remember that Universal Mardi Gras continues through June 7!
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Modern Family Home For Sale

The home used for the exterior shots of the Dunphy family residence on Modern Family is up for sale. According to Huffington Post, the 4 bedroom/4.5 bathroom house located in West L.A. is on the market for $2.35 million.

Current owner, Paul Chaimes, scores a paycheck from ABC every time the property is shown on the show and the new owners will most likely have the same kind of offer from the network.  But be warned, Paul revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that his house has become a bit of a tourist attraction with people regularly knocking on his door asking to take pictures in his front yard.

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16 Possible Scenarios That May Have Happened To Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The developing story of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is starting to sound like an episode of CSI than reality.  I can only imagine the horrible emotional roller coaster these families of the passengers and crew are going through with each new bit of information released. Here are 16 possible scenarios on what may have happened to the flight.

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10 Bad Foods Now Embraced

Once was bad for you is now good?  Seems like one report debunks another!  So to add to the melee, here are 10 foods once considered bad for you that are now embraced!

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Add Words To The Official Scrabble Dictionary

Hasbro is inviting fans to be involved in updating the Scrabble dictionary, letting them pick words they think should be included in the first update of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary -- used for online and real-world play -- in nine years. Fans can nominate picks on Hasbro's Facebook page through March 28th, after which 16 words will picked from the nominations for a March Madness-style bracket. The winning word will be revealed on April 10th.
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A Telemarketer Explains How To Banish Telemarketers

If you’ve signed up for the Do Not Call List, you shouldn’t get phone solicitations except from companies you do business with and charitable organizations. But if those calls are a bit too much,a telemarketer gives you some guidance to stop these calls too!

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Why You Cannot Escape Allergies

Do you suffer with seasonal allergies? Don't bother packing up and moving. U.S. researchers say you can't escape your allergies, no matter where you go. Researchers say, "This study suggests that people prone to developing allergies are going to develop an allergy to whatever is in their environment. It's what people become allergic to that differs." To find this, researchers analyzed blood serum data from about ten thousand Americans. They say they found that children between the ages of one and five, and children from the southern states displayed a higher prevalence of allergies than their peers living in other parts of the U.S. Researchers also found that people in higher socioeconomic status groups were more commonly allergic to dogs and cats, while those in lower socioeconomic status groups were more commonly allergic to shrimp and cockroaches.  (UPI)
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5 Foods To Stash In Your Desk For Emergencies

Yes, I know that 2:30 feeling  Many of us stash some sort of food in our desks for an afternoon pick me up.  Take a look at these 5 foods that will do a body good when hungry. Be forewarned, a candy bar is not one of them!

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Dunking Cookies Now Mess Free

Science marches on to make our lives better.  Perhaps you’ve faced the age-old problem of an aching hand while waiting for a cookie to soften in a glass of ice cold milk? What about those unsightly milk covered fingers that come along with trying to retrieve a sunken treat? These snacking disasters may finally be solved with a revolutionary new device called Dunkin' Buddy by inventors Jason Wells and Kiana Machnicz.This new apparatus allows you to submerge any cookie of choice completely hands free. WHHHAAATTT?????

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50 Things Turning 50

I remember reading an article a while ago talking about the human lifespan is getting longer and longer and that every generation is outliving the previous.  So being 50 maybe like 30 40 years ago...or something like that! :) Anyways, what do Jeopardy, The Lottery and Buffalo Wings have in common?  The turn 50 this year.  Find out what other favorites are golden this year by clicking here.

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Daylight Savings Time Makes Us Grumpy

Ever notice an extra set of grumpiness that follows the switch to daylight savings time? Grumpy grocery shoppers, grumpy drivers, grumpy co-workers all have one thing in common...the loss of one hour. But you can combat the negative vibes yourself!

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Lunchables For Adults

Love Lunchables?  Now there are adult versions.

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People With Hard To Pronounce Names Untrustworthy?

People are judging each other all the time, we all know it. Now scientists say they've found that we trust strangers with easier-to pronounce names. Researchers from the University of California say when someone has an easy-to-pronounce name they come across as more familiar, and safer. Researcher even found that people thought claims attributed to easy-to-pronounce names were more likely to be true. Researchers say, "When we encounter new information, how easy or difficult it is to process plays and important role in all sorts of situations. For example, research shows people think food additives with easier names are safer than those with difficult names."
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Nutrition Label Get Face Lift

First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday (February 27th) announced an overhaul of the nutrition label found on most packaged foods, the first major change in more than two decades. The changes, which have been in the works by the Food and Drug Administration for more than 10 years, are meant to make it easier for consumers to understand the labels and to make them reflect the latest scientific information. The changes include:
  • "Calories" appearing in a larger font and the number of calories even bigger and bolded.
  • Serving sizes updated to reflect the amounts that people actually eat. The number of servings per container will also appear larger and bolder.
  • New subcategory added under sugar for "added sugar" which doesn't occur naturally in the food.
  • Vitamins A and C will no longer be required to be listed, but vitamin D and potassium are being added because data show people aren't getting enough of them.
  • The daily value for sodium is slight decreasing, while the daily values for dietary fiber and vitamin D are increasing.
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Nutrition Labels get Face Lift

First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday (February 27th) announced an overhaul of the nutrition label found on most packaged foods, the first major change in more than two decades. The changes, which have been in the works by the Food and Drug Administration for more than 10 years, are meant to make it easier for consumers to understand the labels and to make them reflect the latest scientific information. The changes include:
  • "Calories" appearing in a larger font and the number of calories even bigger and bolded.
  • Serving sizes updated to reflect the amounts that people actually eat. The number of servings per container will also appear larger and bolder.
  • New subcategory added under sugar for "added sugar" which doesn't occur naturally in the food.
  • Vitamins A and C will no longer be required to be listed, but vitamin D and potassium are being added because data show people aren't getting enough of them.
  • The daily value for sodium is slight decreasing, while the daily values for dietary fiber and vitamin D are increasing.
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Justin Bieber & The Beatles Share This Common Rhyme

Most all popular music acts and performers are sharing one common thing when it comes to their songs...a rhyme.  Prince, Whitney Houston, Adele, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bob Dylan, and Kanye West are sharing this word bond and in fact, song analysis of every song on Billboard’s Year End Hot 100 between 1960 and 2013 suggests that this rhyme might be the most popular in pop music history. So what is it?  Click here for the answer!

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What Your Starbucks Order Says About You

Another look at what your buying habits say about you!   Take a look at what your Starbucks orders says about you by clicking here.

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7 Exercise Errors And How To Fix Them

It's all too common.  The new year starts with resoluters joining a health club/gym only to abandon it by mid-February...or in as little as 6 weeks.  The most common reason?  Injury!  So there are 7 very common exercise errors that might deter you from continuing to get healthy.  Not only will you learn of the errors but how to correct them.

just remember that you didn't get unhealthy overnight and becoming healthy takes a lot longer than a reality show series would have you believe.  Keep motivated to improve yourself because it will happen, if you really want it!

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Money Mistakes Couples Make

It is amazing to know that many couple commonly make huge financial mistakes together!  So take a look at these 9 money mistakes couples make and find out how you can avoid them to live happily ever after!

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Do Food Expiration Dates Really Matter?

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans throw away up to 40 percent of the nation's food supply every year. That's $165 billion in food. Partially to blame are food labels and those expiration dates.  Thanks to inconsistent and confusing labeling, Americans throw away huge portions of perfectly edible food. Find out what you can keep beyond its expiration date and what you should make a point of using on time. 

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11 Features You Don't See In Cars Anymore

Pull up a chair and let me tell you about the good ol' days, when cars came with bench seats, ash trays and full-size spare tires!  Seriously, like fashion, our cars evolve with the demands of the day.  Gone are many features once hailed as innovative.  See 11 features you will no longer see in cars by clicking here.

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Ten Natural Cough Remedies

Seems that everyone I know has developed a cough!  Not that I'm afraid of catching something from their coughs but it can be annoying and distracting (for both the cougher and coughee) when you are trying to work.  SO take a look at these 10 cough remedies that are not only cheaper than medicine but they are all natural!

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Crystal Pepsi Is Making A comeback

Nostalgia will make a comeback for a limited time.  Who could forget Crystal Pepsi?  The early 1990s soda flop is being reintroduced later this year for a limited time.

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Downton Abbey Cast Without Makeup

Yes, I'm hooked on Downton Abbey. For those unfamiliar with the British import, it's a soap opera type show based in the early 20th century that follows an aristocratic family.  One of he many facets that makes this series great are the costumes.  In fact, the costumes are so good that some of the cast look very different without makeup.  Take a look here at the cast with their Downtown Abbey costumes and without.

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50 Crazy Facts About The Winter Olympics

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Scented Figner Nail Polish

Revlon is marketing scented fingernail polish. The Parfumerie collection consists of 24 shades, in three fragrance categories (Fruits & Florals, Sweets & Spices and Freshes). Each $17.50 polish shade gives off its own perfume, thanks to fragrances and essential oils that release once the polish is dry.

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Credit Cards To Stop Requiring Signatures By 2015

Goodbye credit card signatures and hello PIN numbers. In a move that could better protect consumers from massive security breaches, major credit card companies are looking to implement a chip-and-PIN system instead of the tired and true swipe-and-sign method used across the country.

Both MasterCard and Visa have outlined a planned shift to the new EMV system and set a October 2015 deadline to begin using the system, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Gas Savings Club

We all reminisce about the gold 'ol days of when gas was under a dollar a gallon but those days appear to be gone for good.  It's a hard pill to swallow but and we have to accept the fact that the price of fuel will continue to increase.  With that in mind, AARP blogger suggest you start a  $4 A Gallon Gas Savings Club.

The idea is simple, budget for gas to be $4 a gallon today even as gas hovers well below that number. With the current price of gas around $3.50 a gallon now, what do you do with the extra $.50?  Save it!  As mentioned earlier, the price of petroleum is likely to increase before it decreases.  The theory is that your budget will not be whacked out as long as gas doesn't go over $4 a gallon...AND you enjoy some extra money you can save to pay for fuel once it goes over $4; again without throwing you out of your budget (at least for a short time).

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Warning About Counterfeit Perfumes & Colognes

Something stinks, doctors warn that there has been a recent rise in the production of counterfeit fragrances and that they can post a health hazard. One researcher says, "What is often in fake fragrances are ingredients like antifreeze, poorly based chemicals and urine." Experts say the fake perfumes are often sold online or by street vendors and discount retailers. The FBI encourages consumers to be on the lookout for signs that the fragrance is a fake, saying the packaging will vary slightly from that of authentic brands, and the products are often advertised as "limited edition" and sold at dramatically lower prices. Researchers say you should also look at the fragrance's color saying, "If it's too pale, that means it's heavy alcohol. If it's too dark, it is most likely using faux chamicals."
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Forgot Your Coupon? These Retailers Got Your Back

Never fails that you never have that valuable coupon with you when you need it.  Fortunately there are many retail stores that feel giving you a coupon discount even though you forgot yours is worth it to keep your business.  Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohls, and even JC Penney's have a reputation of finding a coupon for you, even if you don't have one!  Click here for the compete list of national retailers that employ this culture along with what you need to know about each to ensure you always get a discount.

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#BringJT2UF

On March 8, Kentucky will travel to the O'Connell Center to take on Florida in what could be the biggest game of the conference season. While both teams are expected to have locked up at-large bids by that point, there is the added possibility that the regular season title could be on the line. And with the conference's best team going up against its most talented group, all eyes will be fixed on The O'Dome.

To make things extra special, Florida wants to bring in "The President of Pop" to sing the national anthem.

That's right, Florida's student organization, known as the "Men's Basketbal Rowdies," named after the "Rowdy Reptiles" student section, is actively campaigning to have Justin Timberlake sing the "Star Spangled Banner" before the biggest home game of the season. 

So what can you do to help this happen?  Click here to read the rest of the story.  #BringJT2UF

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CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products By October 1

CVS/Caremark, the country’s largest drugstore chain, announced on Wednesday that it planned to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October 2014.  Click here to read the story.

To be honest, I never understood why a pharmacy store, devoted to healthcare, would ever sell tobacco.  It will be interesting to see if other drug stores follow CVS's direction.

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Allowance Inflation

A new report found that the number of parents offering more than $10 or $20 a week for allowance is on the rise, Reuters reports.

The number of parents offering below $10 a week for allowance fell to 68.4% from 77.3% in 2011. On the flip side, 4% of families are giving their children between $41 to $50 per week. For a few lucky kids, there are the more than 1% of families that give between $91 to $100 per week.

Stuart Ritter, a senior financial planner with T. Rowe Price, who conducted the Parents, Kids & Money Survey. said there are a few reasons higher allowances are cropping up: a better economy and sharing financial decisions with kids, such as paying for their own clothes.

Additionally, older children are also to blame for allowance inflation, Ritter says. The more typical $5 won’t get much for a 14-year-old these days.

Shelling out big bucks for your child’s allowance might not be doing much good when it comes to teaching your kid financial responsibility, Lewis Mandell, the former management dean at SUNY, says.

When reviewing financial literacy tests, Mandell found that kids with unconditional allowances tended to do the worst. He suggests parents tie chores and allowance together to show that money is valued and earned.

Parents should also stick to their guns when little Johnny comes home crying that little Bob gets enough allowance to buy the entire class happy meals.

Remember, you’re not a terrible parent if you only give your kid $10 a week in allowance, Mandell says.

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Do Detox Diets Work?

Seems that a lot of people I work with are on a cleanse diet.  Fruit juice, vegetables, etc. But do these type of diets really work and cleanse the body of toxins?

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Parents Just Don't Understand

Well it's happened.  Time has gone by, your kids have grown up and now (as your parents said about you), kids today do some strange things!  Take a look at things kids do today that parents just don't understand, like never listening to voicemails, wearing drop crotch pants and why they don't want to hang out with you anymore!

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School Closings For Thursday, January 30, 2014

Winterly weather has caused some of the area school districts to cancel classes for students and faculty Thursday, January 30, 2014

SCHOOLS CLOSED THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014
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SCHOOLS OPEN THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014
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Simple And Delicious Football Party Food Recipes

There’s no need to go searching all over the Internet for recipes to make party food fro Sunday's last football game of teh season. There are plenty of crowd-pleasing recipes right here that you can make with ingredients that you trust. Thanks to MotherNatureNetwork.com
  • Best Buffalo Wings – One of the event’s most popular foods can be brought in, cold and soggy, from a local pizzeria. Or, you can make amazing Buffalo Chicken Wings at home, including the blue cheese dressing.
  • Jalapeno Poppers – For those how like some heat without the meat, these three-cheese, cumin and shallot filled poppers do the trick.
  • Spicy Toasted Nuts – What is it about the Super Bowl and spicy, hot treats? Maybe it’s because spicy foods go well beer. This quick and easy mixture of nuts and spices takes five minutes to throw together and 20 minutes in the oven with a few stirs.
  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus – A decade or so ago, might have seemed like an odd choice for many Super Bowl parties. This Mediterranean spread has become mainstream, and everyone loves it as a dip for veggies, crackers and chips. It’s so versatile, too. (If Roasted Red Pepper doesn’t strike your fancy, try Black Garlic Caramelized Onion Hummus or Roasted Red Beet Hummus or Pumpkin Rosemary Hummus.)
  • Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili – A simple basic beef and bean chili where you control the heat. Serve with grated cheese and some sour cream.
  • Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili – A no-meat version of chili with pumpkin (or other squash), turnips, corn and beans.
  • Guacamole – This basic guacamole will go quickly, so you might want to double it for a big crowd.
  • Pizza Dough – If you make your own, this dough is chewy and flavorful. Spread with a family’s favorite, homemade pizza sauce and add the toppings of your choice.
  • Ranch dressing and dip – Don’t buy bottled. This recipe can be thinned out for dressing or thickened for a dip and has none of the sugary, chemically taste that store-bought dips can have.
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Check Your Bank Statement For a Charge Of $9.84

The Better Business Bureau has put out a national alert to consumers to be on the lookout for any recent charge for $9.84 on their credit or debit card, warning that it could be fraud. A worldwide scam has been discovered in which stolen cards are being used to make small charges in that amount that could easily be missed, attributed to websites with names like EETsac.com, CEWcs.com and EduAcc.in that claim to support customer services. It's not yet clear how widespread the scam is and when the credit card numbers were stolen.
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The iPhone Secret Undo Button

The iPhone’s secret Undo Button.  This function isn’t meant to be a secret, but most iPhone users don’t know about it—and it can save a lot of headaches. If you ever make a mistake typing, deleting, cutting, or pasting, here’s what to do. Just shake your phone like you’re furious. (This will not be hard.) An undo option will pop up on screen. Click undo, and your text will be restored.

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Make a Mailable Postcard That Looks Like A Valentine's Day Cookie

This Valentine's Day, mail your sweetie an extra-special treat that looks good enough to eat. A sugar cookie postcard is guaranteed to be memorable this Valentine's Day

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10 Signs of Identity Theft

WIth millions of Americans credit/debit card information hacked, you need to be aware of the signs of identity theft. 

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17 Grocery Store Insider Secrets You Need To Know

You may be wise to the many tricks and secrets grocery stores use to get the most coin from your pocket.  But some of them are truer and some are not.  For instance, notice the check out lane has gotten narrower?  That's because supermarkets don't want you to change you mind at the last minute and not buy items.  SO there is limited space for you to dump it!  Ever notice the music played is slower during the day and weekends?  On average, you will spend 29% more time in the store when the songs are slower tempo ( buy more).  These and other tricks of the trade are leaked to Reader's Digest.

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Take The Made In The U.S.A. Quiz

So what is made in the U.S.A.. and what isn't?  Take this quiz to see and test your knowledge of items we make right here at home.

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Adding Butter To Your Coffee Adds Boost To Your Day

Advocates of Bulletproof Coffee trend, a cup of black coffee with grass fed butter and medium-chained triglycerides (MCT) oil mixed in, created by Dave Aprey, owner of Bulletproof Executive, are saying that adding the butter to your coffee can help kick your day into overdrive. Kerry Bajaj, a Health Coach at Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York says, "Bulletproof Coffee is a great way to get healthy fats first thing in the morning." It is thought that starting your day with healthy fats is good for cognitive function. Bajaj says that if you're not into butter in your coffee, try having black coffee with scrambled eggs cooked in MCT or coconut oil.
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5 Weirdest Tings You'll See At The Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend and with the game.  Forecasters have predicted 5 of the most weirdest things you'll see at this year's game.

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Funniest Wedding Photobombs

From Yahoo! Shine, take a look at 30 of the funniest photobombs of wedding photos you'll ever see!

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Spanx Hazardous To Your Health?

According to gastroenterologist Dr. John Kuemmerle, dermatologist Dr. Maryann Mikhail and chiropractor Dr. Karen Erickson, Spanx can lead to health issues. The shapewear compresses your stomach, intestine and colon which can worsen acid reflux and heartburn as well as provoke erosive esophagitis. It can also cause blot clots due to decreased circulation or numbness, tingling and pain in your legs when sitting because it compresses a nerve in your thigh. This can come and go but it could become constant. Dr. Erickson noted that posture can also be affected because instead of using your muscles to hold yourself up, the Spanx can become a crutch to avoid using those muscles.

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40 Ways To Relieve Stress In Under 5 Minutes

Who has time to relive stress?  I've got a million things to do and to quote Sweet Brown, "Ain't Nobody Got Time For That!" And thinking about the million things that have to be done stresses me out even more!  It's this vicious circle of stress!  But now it's time to relax and check out these 40 ways to relieve stress in 5 minutes of less.  From chewing gum to counting backwards, any help in reducing stress is always welcome.

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How To Take Better Selfies

Looking to make your selfies better?  AskMen.com has some suggestiosn for you!
1. Forget your reflection.
2. Check what's going on behind you.
3. Your face should be naturally lit, but avoid direct sunlight.
4. Keep it clean.
5. Find your best angle.
6. Don't do the mouth pout.
7. Smile. Without actually smiling.
8. Take as many as you can and choose the best one.
9. Relax the muscles in your neck and stick your head out.
10. Be confident.

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Beware Of Free Credit Monitoring Scam

If you got an email from Target last week about the store's recent mega security breach, be careful. Target did indeed send out emails offering customers one year of free credit monitoring, but scammers are also on the prowl and are sending out similar emails. Target says it has identified and stopped at least 12 scams preying on customers via email, Facebook and other ways. To make sure the email you received from Target is legitimate, check out what it should look like here: http://tgt.biz/1hfzkTl . If your email doesn't match you should not click any links on it or give any personal information. Security experts warn that if your data was compromised in the data breach it's not just Target that customers needs to worry about, but also scammers posing as other retailers or even the IRS.
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Worst Password Of 2013

Do you have a good password? SplashData, a company that makes programs to manage passwords, has revealed that "123456" is the worst password of 2013. The worst password of 2012 was "password" which now falls into second place. The other worst passwords, in order were: "12345678," "qwerty," and "abc123." SplashData's CEO says "Seeing passwords like 'adobe123' and 'photoshop' on this list offers a good reminder not to base your passwords on the name of the website or application you are accessing." (Fox)
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