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 it away with the Stress-Free Drive Home, starting weekday afternoons just before 5.
With less than two weeks until Mother's Day, here are some ideas that Mom will love AND she'll be so proud of you for shopping wisely and saving money!
It would be extra thoughtful to leave a bouquet of your mom's favorite flowers in a matching vase somewhere around the house on Mother's Day, instead of just buying her random flowers and handing them to her.
Your Favorite Childhood Book
Buy your mom a copy of your favorite childhood book and write a thank you note inside for always reading it to you when you wanted her to.
Start A Book Club -- For Just The Two Of You
Buy two copies of a book that you've been dying to read and have a mini book club with your mom! It's a great way to let her know you want to spend more time together.
Make Her A Playlist
Burn your mom a CD or make her a spotify playlist of music to listen to when she's at the gym, commuting to work etc. Make sure to choose the songs you knew she loves -- it's a great way to show her how much you pay attention to her interests.
Pick out a few of your mom's favorite pictures of you (and your siblings) and have them put onto a photo mug. Then be sure to buy her a box of herbal, calming tea so she can get her morning started right.
Plan A Movie Night
Whether you head out to dinner and the movie theater or you opt to rent a DVD and cook your mom's favorite meal at home, a special movie night with just the two of you is sure to make her happy. Just make sure you have the popcorn ready and stop at CVS for her favorite candy, too.
Frame a Quote
Frame her favorite quote or a quote that reminds you of her. (And have a tissue box close by for when she cries.)
Yet again Gainesville ranks as one of the top 20 US cities whose population picks up a book now and then with 25% of the list comprised of Florida cities!. According to Amazon.com, here are the top 20 U.S. cities with a population of at least 100,000 who are the most well-read cities in America.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Columbia, South Carolina
St. Louis, Missouri
Salt Lake City, Utah
Vancouver, Dayton, Clearwater and Tallahassee are all new to the top 20 list this year. Knoxville made the biggest gain this year, jumping from the number 12 spot in 2012 to number 2 this year. Knoxville residents purchased the most romance books; the top two titles purchased were "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "Married by Mistake." Cambridge continues to grow the most budding entrepreneurs. This locale topped the list for ordering the most books in business and investing, as well as overall nonfiction. The top two titles purchased were "Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most" and "StrengthsFinder 2.0."
Summer vacay is closing in and it's time to think that you will bring with you. Now if you haven't flown in a while get ready for a baggage fee. So it's best to pack one suitcase for both of you and before you laugh at me for even suggesting it, take a look at these pro tips on packing one bag for two people for a week long vacation!
1-Get real about what you're bringing — then edit
"Be honest with the amount of space you are each going to take up," says professional organizer Bonnie Joy Dewkett. "Are you dividing 50/50?"
We'll guess probably not. But even if your guy lets you take up a little more room (or you concede to his clothes-horse demands), don't toss in seven evening gowns just because.
"Only take what you need," says Glazer. "Be thoughtful about your clothes. Pick and choose your outfits ahead of time. You don't need to bring everything 'just in case' you feel like wearing something else."
2-Invest in packing cubes
Using portable zippered containers called "packing cubes" will save you a world of hurt, says Dewkett.
"These give you divisions so you contain all of your shirts, pants, socks, panties, etc.," she says. "They're great for packing with someone, as your stuff can be packed together but stay separate. They also make it easy to separate on the destination end when you unpack. On the way home, pack clean clothes in cubes together and dirty clothes in cubes together."
Try packing cubes from a company like Eagle Creek or eBags.
3-Be ruthless about shoes
"His shoes likely take up more room than yours," says Glazer. "That does not give you license to pack more shoes. Rather, it gives you incentive to make him limit to one pair to pack and one on his feet. The same should go for you, too, unless you are going on a cruise or to a wedding and need an extra pair of dress shoes."
And about those giant man-loafers we mentioned earlier, on the way back home, use this trick for shoes: "Grab the shower cap from your destination to protect clothes from dirt," says Dewkett.
4-Secret weapon: dry-cleaning plastic
Wrinkling is a big-time concern when you're packing — especially if you want to go to a nice restaurant or event while you're away. But now you've got an ace up your sleeve:
"If you need your shirts fresh-from-the-iron crisp when you arrive, fold them carefully in between dry-cleaning plastic and lay them gently on the top of the bag, horizontally, so they're the last thing to go in. There is a reason the dry-cleaners use that stuff!"
Another de-creasing tip: "Roll clothes. They wrinkle less," Dewkett says. "Then hang them in the bathroom when you arrive. The steam releases wrinkles."
Bonus tip-Shell out big bucks for carry-ons, and save on big suitcases
"Buy a carry-on that is made well, so you don't have to keep replacing it," says Glazer. "On the other hand, I buy cheap bags to check because, let's face it, the airline luggage people are not so nice to our bags. I like the rolling duffel bags. You can fit a lot of stuff in them, and there is usually an upper and lower compartment — perfect for 'his' and 'hers.'"
And remember: If you forget something, take it in stride. After all, you're on vacation! Whatever you left behind or decided not to bring to save space, you can probably buy where you're going.
You're used to answering a lot of questions at your doctor's visit. Where's the pain? How long have you had it? You know, the usual. But you may be taken aback when your doc broaches some odd questions, either on a form or verbally.
The reason? Questions like whether you wear a seat belt every time you get behind the wheel, or if you live with someone who smokes can provide important clues to your health.
“What I do isn’t atypical of other naturopaths. We all typically have longer first visits,” says Jaclyn Chasse, N.D., a naturopath at North East Integrative Medicine in Bedford, N.H. “Our goal isn’t just to get a diagnosis; it’s to understand how you got to where you are with your health.”
Most health conditions, especially chronic diseases, don’t develop because you are a random victim. Chemistry, environment and genetics all play a role in leading you where you are today. “We ask a lot of questions about lifestyle,” says Chasse.
While you may be thinking, “Gee, doc, what do these personal questions have to do with my high cholesterol visit?” be patient and see how the answers can help your health.
Some odd questiosn from oyur Dcotor and why.
How’s your stress level?
Why ask? “Somebody who is under high stress may not be adhering to medications, they may not be taking time to pay attention to their diet and lifestyle and not have time for exercise,” says Yasmine Subhi Ali, M.D., a cardiologist and president of Nashville Preventive Cardiology, as well as the assistant clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
They may fall into bad habits. A lot of people turn to alcohol or eat too much junk food. Plus, the body responds to stress in different ways. One way is to release the hormone cortisol, which can cause people to gain weight and lose sleep.
“And if they are under a lot of stress I ask why, what’s stressful for them, and that opens up a window into their life for me, so I try to look at the whole patient,” says Ali.
How are you sleeping?
People who have chronic sleep deprivation are at a higher risk for heart attack and stroke. Ali asks how much sleep patients get, how well they sleep, do they sleep through the night, and do they have trouble falling asleep. Some people suffering from insomnia treat its accompanying daytime sleepiness with caffeine, which can lead to further heart problems depending on the source.
Are you in a happy relationship?
These things make a huge difference in overall health and especially in heart disease. People who live alone and are lonely because of that die earlier and have poorer quality of lives and tend to die of cardiovascular events, says Ali.
“People who have loved ones around them and feel they are appreciated are a lot more resilient," and are more likely to comply with treatment if they have a lot of support around them, says Chasse.
Do you own a gun?
A gun in the home is 43 times more likely to kill someone known to the family than it is to kill someone in self-defense, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Plus, a Harvard study found that states with the most guns at home have suicide rates double the rates of states with the fewest guns.
By letting your doctor know about your gun, in return, you may gain excellent resources on gun safety with kids and issues relevant to households with guns, like what’s the best way to manage a home with a firearm if someone in the household suffers from depression.
How do you feel about taking medication?
“I have some patients who don’t want to take medicines but they don’t want to tell me they don’t want to take medicines,” says Ali. Everybody is different. “I try to get to their philosophy about medication. Some people want to take whatever natural therapies they can find, but don’t want to take any medications; some people want to take one pill but won’t take more than that so they want to know which pill is most important, and some people want you to prescribe a ton of medications to them.”
Ali gets a sense of a patient’s medication philosophy so she can work with the individual to motivate him in the best way when it comes to taking medicine.
What do you do at work?
Job satisfaction can influence stress levels. For people in an office, do they sit at a desk all day? Sedentary lifestyle leads to heart disease. “I promote they get up from their desk every 20 minutes but certainly every hour,” says Ali. "Also, are they exposed to anything that could harm their health?"
Chasse is working with one couple that is trying to get pregnant, and the wife is a vet tech. She handles radioactive dyes used in imaging animals, mixes medications that aren’t safe for humans, and is exposed to harsh chemical cleaners after surgical procedures. “Getting all of that is really important because those things are toxins to the reproductive tract and can actually impair fertility,” says Chasse.
Do you live with a smoker?
Even if you don't smoke, living with a smoker — including those who only smoke outside — may come at a risk to your health. The long-term indoor effect of being exposed to someone who smokes is now called thirdhand smoke, which is residual chemical contamination that accumulates in indoor living spaces and on the hair, skin, clothing and personal effects of smokers, exposing housemates to known carcinogens.
In a study published in the Journal Tobacco Control, researchers found that tobacco byproducts were trapped in households, and found in the urine of all inhabitants of homes where one member smoked outside.
“When I hear an answer that might be a problem area, I start to dig deeper and sometimes I uncover really interesting problems or issues that way,” says Ali. She will never forget a woman who came to her for heart palpitations. When she asked about some bruises, she discovered the woman was a victim of domestic abuse — and that was the stress that was causing her palpitations.
I'm back from a short vacation to Panama City and the weather was wonderful. I am nursing my sunburned head and it's my own fault for spraying sunblock on every part of my body...except my head!
I came across this story and it really bolstered by faith in humanity. Cameron Lyle, a Division I college athlete at The University of New Hampshire is doing something wonderful to help a complete stranger, donating his bone marrow so a person can live. What makes this so special in my eyes is that making this bone marrow donation, Lyle will have to shorten his sporting career at UH.
Lyle had his mouth swabbed to join a bone marrow registry two years ago in the cafeteria at school. He didn't think any more of it until a few months ago when he got a phone call that he might be a match. He took more tests and discovered a month later that he was a perfect match. "When they first told me, I was like, 'OK, cool. I'm definitely going to do it,'" Lyle said. "After that I kind of went to tell my coach and then I realized slowly that my season was over."
The man who needs his help is a 28-year-old suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Lyle was told that the man only has six months to live without the transplant. Lyle's match is a one in five million chance for a non-family match.
"It was kind of a no-brainer for a decent human," Lyle said. "I couldn't imagine just waiting. He could have been waiting for years for a match. I'd hope that someone would donate to me if I needed it."
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is offering up a free ticket ($95,000 value) on its first commercial space flight in an online contest that culminates on Monday, April 22, 2013. At dawn on Monday, KLM will launch a high altitude balloon from the middle of the Nevada desert.
The balloon will fly higher and higher, going wherever the winds carry it until it reaches its final destination and bursts. The contestant with the entry that comes closest to both the height of the balloon at the end of its flight as well as the distance the balloon traveled will win a free trip into space on January 1, 2014.
The prize isn’t just the space flight. The winner will also receive airfare for two to Curacao and a free stay at one of Curacao’s luxury hotels; only one ticket into space, though.
An SXC (Space Expedition Corporation) Lynx will shuttle the winner and other passengers on the 60-minute flight into space. Passengers will travel at a max airspeed of Mach 2.9 as the SXC Lynx makes its way approximately 64 miles up into space. During the descent, the winner and other lucky passengers will experience up to 4Gs of force.
If this sounds like your dream trip, log on to the KLM Space website and submit your guess. On Monday, you can follow the balloon on its journey through both GPS and a live video feed. Good luck!
For something we spend half our life doing, a lot of us are pretty awful at sleeping. Here are the top 10 tips for falling asleep faster, getting quality rest, and waking up easier in the morning.
10. Prepare a Worthy Bed
While your bed probably isn't the primary cause of insomnia, snoring, or other sleep problems, it can certainly contribute to your comfort at night. Make sure you're using the right pillow based on your sleep type, and when it comes time to buy a new mattress, make sure you shop smart (and don't get fleeced). Once you know it isn't your bed, you can start getting to the bottom of your sleep issues.
9. Eat Better
What you eat can greatly affect how you sleep, even during the early half of the day. Eat breakfast first thing in the morning to sleep better at night, and make sure it's a big one. After eating well throughout the day, avoid eating spicy or junk foods at night, and instead choose something that will help you drift off. And remember: no booze! Not only will it not help you get to sleep, it'll cause you to snore all night, too.
8. Wake Up Pleasantly, Not Roughly
The days of the ever-annoying *bzzt*-*bzzt*-*bzzt* alarms are over. Instead of being jerked awake by an old clock, consider getting a smart alarm app for your phone, like our favorites for iPhone and Android. Then, try waking yourself up more comfortably. If you need a bit more of a push, of course, we've got more methods for manipulating yourself to wake up. And, whenever possible, do it without stimulants -- caffeine can wreak havoc with your brain and body.
7. Exercise in the Morning
Exercising in the morning or afternoon -- not at night -- can help deepen your sleep and make sure you fall asleep quicker, according to a study by the National Sleep Foundation. If you aren't much of an exerciser, there's no better time than now to upgrade your health and fitness routine than now.
6. Fix Your Sleeping Position
You may not realize it over the course of the night, but your sleeping position could not be great for your body -- or the quality of shuteye you get. Find out which sleeping style is best for you, and make a conscious effort to fix it when you go to bed, and you'll wake up feeling more refreshed in the morning.
5. Cool Yourself Off at Night
Cooling down your body temperature makes a huge difference in how easy it is to fall asleep, but that can be hard to do when it's hot outside (or when your significant other has body temperature nearing the surface of the sun). From DIY air conditioners to cooling pillows to more extreme methods, we've got the lowdown on staying cool while you sleep. Just make sure you don't wake up freezing in the morning -- that's never a fun way to start the day.
4. Get the Perfect Amount of Sleep
Not everyone needs the same exact amount of sleep, but with a little trial and error, you should find your sweet spot pretty easily. Count back 7.5 hours from when you need to wake up, and make sure you get to bed at that time -- then adjust accordingly. Of course, you could also try a webapp like Sleepytime to help you calculate the perfect number of hours, too.
3. Learn to Nap Like a Pro
if you feel yourself getting drowsy during the day, you might be tempted to nap -- but that can be disastrous for your sleep schedule if done incorrectly. Learn to master the power nap, then calculate the best time to nap and crank one out then (if you have a hammock, all the better). And, if you really want to make the most of your naps, try a caffeine nap to reboot your brain in the middle of the day.
2. Cultivate the Perfect Evening Routine
As the end of the day rolls around, you should be winding yourself down for bed to get the best sleep possible. If you really want to fall asleep easily, take some time to cultivate the perfect evening routine -- some light reading, a nice bubble bath, and something that doesn't involve a backlit screen -- to fall asleep quickly and keep your energy up the next day.
1. Get Some Help From Technology
if your sleep cycle seems beyond repair, you might need to get some outside help...from our favorite therapist, technology. From cheap methods like sleep tracking apps to full-on sleep tracking gadgets like the Wakemate, we've tested a number of technological sleep aids and found them to be rather helpful. If you're really motivated, you can reboot your entire sleep cycle and get the rest you deserve, and your midday self will thank you for it.
Surprisingly you get a call from your parents saying they'd watch your kids for the night so you and sweetie can go out. But do you REALLY want to go out? Or just have alone time? Here are some thought starters for an at-home date night!
Pick Your Theme
Maybe you've always wanted to break out that '60s style Mad Men dress but haven't yet found a venue. Make your own party at home perfectly suited (get it?) for your desired theme. Choose the theme you desire and you'll always have a good time. It's the perfect way to get away. Summertime in winter? Crank up the heat and put on that bikini. Christmas in July? We know you have that ugly sweater Aunt Helga gave you last Christmas. Find your theme and live out your fantasy.
In Your Skivvies
Here's something you could never pull off in public — your clothes! Hey, who doesn't love seeing sweetie in as little clothing as possible, so strip down and do your normal date night routine. Make dinner, drink wine, watch a movie. It's all the fun of a night in, but with a twist. Heck, maybe by the end of the night you'll strip down even further.
It has all the intimacy of a club without the downside of slipping in spilled drinks. Rehash the days of the high school dance. Turn down the lights, turn up the music and be sure to dance two feet apart. Just kidding! Getting close is the point, and what better way to get close to your guy than dancing in your own private gala?
Those people at the bar don't want to hear your rendition of "I Will Always Love You" as you look longingly into each other's eyes anyway, so do it in the privacy of your own home. Buy some karaoke tapes and belt it out. Be silly, be daring, be romantic, but above all, be yourself! There's nothing quite like letting completely loose with your best friend, so go wild.
Hey, you're not afraid to look stupid in front of the person who knows you best, so why not test your knowledge? Break out your favorite trivia game and make up your own rules. Wrong answer? Remove one article of clothing. Right answer? Choose your own reward.
Plenty of products we use every day have interesting little back stories to them. But what is even more interesting than that is how some world-changing inventions were created for a completely different, and often stupid, purpose.
5. Lysol Was a Terrible Gynecological Snake Oil
The next time you get the chance, take a look at the warning label on a bottle of Lysol. The first one that catches the eye is "Do not spray on skin." A close second: "Extremely flammable." Now, let's play a fun game: Bearing these in mind, see if you can read the rest of this entry without cringing. Boy, are you doomed to fail. The Original Use: There really is no way to put this gently: Lysol used to be peddled as a genital disinfectant for the ladies. When the product first came out in the 1920s, it was marketed as a feminine hygiene product and a form of birth control by way of vaginal douching. Lysol ads proclaimed a plethora of benefits for pretty much every gynecological need, making claims that were 100 percent natural. The ads were, however, backed up by a bunch of prominent European doctors no one had ever heard about (because they were completely made up). The American Medical Association eventually called the makers of Lysol out, but by then their product had already been the leading form of female birth control from 1930 to 1960? The obvious problem that somehow got completely ignored for decades was that Lysol is very much a caustic poison. If you apply it to your skin, which more or less all the women were doing for freaking 30 years, it burns and itches like there is no tomorrow. Which they of course attempted to cure by applying more Lysol.
4. Bubble Wrap Used to Be Wallpaper
We would probably live in a much more productive world if it weren't for bubble wrap. In addition to being one of the best products for packaging fragiles, it was everyone's favorite procrastination material before the Internet came along. Popping those air bubbles under your thumbs has to be one of the most satisfying simple pleasures in life. They're even electronic devices to simulate the experience. Lucky for us, then, that no one thought to make wallpaper out of it or anything. Humanity would've gone extinct in no time, as everyone would've just stayed home, popping their walls. The Original Use: The first thing you need to realize is that necessity isn't always the mother of invention -- sometimes inventors just invent something that seems cool, even if they have no idea what to do with it. For instance, aluminum foil was invented by the French in 1903, but nobody figured out that you could wrap food with it until two decades later (before that, they used it to mark racing pigeons). Bubble wrap is like that -- a couple of dudes figured out how to manufacture the stuff, and then they were like, "Well, now what?" That's when inventors Alfred W. Fielding and Mark Chavannes decided their wondrous new material could be sold as "bubble wallpaper" and they started peddling it for the new, hip generation as the "must have" interior decoration thing. The world took a look at what they had to offer, laughed heartily and didn't even consider buying it.
3. Play-Doh Was a Wallpaper Cleaner
Perhaps no toy relies more on imagination than Play-Doh. There it sits, a blob, waiting to be fashioned into anything a child can imagine: a snake, a worm, a bowl, an ashtray. A differently shaped blob. Those five things. So, of course such an abstract and creativity-enhancing toy must have a really, really weird-ass background to make it on a list like this. The Original Use: Wallpaper stain remover. Play-Doh came into existence as a nameless, unpleasantly off-white wallpaper-cleaning compound sold by a company called Kutol. However, it hit a speed bump in the form of vinyl wallpapers, which, unlike bubble wrap wallpaper up there, were actually a big thing in the 1950s and played merry hell with the wallpaper-cleaner industry, as they provided consumers with the ability to clean their new wallpaper with just a little water and soap. Their product rendered obsolete, things looked bleak for Kutol -- until they learned by chance that a nursery school was using their remover goop to make Christmas ornaments. Not being ones to look a gift horse in the mouth, or for that matter think things through, Kutol immediately removed the detergents from their goop, renamed themselves the Rainbow Craft Company and began selling their wallpaper remover as a toy. Eventually, other colors came along and the product was rechristened Play-Doh. And that is how the only toy empire was born from the practice of letting toddlers play with household cleaning chemicals!
2. Corkscrews Were Military Tools for Removing Bullets The Original Use: Actually, that's not a corkscrew. It's a gun worm, one of the few products that sound like a video game enemy. There was a time when guns were, to put it bluntly, worth slightly less than their weight in manure. Bullets got stuck in muskets all the time, which was a problem because if your bullet got stuck it meant you were unable to fire until it was free, and someone was probably shooting back at you. The gun worm was developed to remove those stuck bullets and other blockages, and were therefore essential in stopping you from getting killed.
1. WD-40 Spray Was Used to Protect Nuclear Missiles
We're going to get into some advanced chemistry here: Water causes metal to rust. So if you want to keep metal rust-free, you need something to repel or displace the water. In 1953, a little-known company from San Diego called Rocket Chemical Company set out to make a water displacement formula to end all water displacement formulas. True, there were 39 concoctions that failed before the 40th try viola! They named it with an abbreviation of "water displacement, 40th attempt," a random note a chemist had scribbled in his notebook, because that's what happens when your marketing budget is an apple core and a broken shoe string. That eventually got shortened to WD-40. Then they put their new hit product to its intended use: intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles. See that, boss? This is what we've been trying to tell you: There are all sorts of benefits to letting your employees steal.
A new report by Environmental Working Group details disturbing problems that widespread use of antibiotics in animals causes for humans. It also offers tips for consumers. The report titled Superbugs Invade American Supermarkets, analyzes the latest government tests of supermarket meat to ferret out the truth about antibiotic-resistant bacteria in meat.
Last February, a report on antibiotic-resistant bacteria in supermarket meat was released by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, a joint project of the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The EWG makes it a point to say that the results of these tests were “little noticed,” but here’s what was found.
Supermarket meat samples collected in 2011 harbored significant amounts of the superbug versions of salmonella and Campylobacter, which together cause 3.6 million cases of food poisoning a year.
The superbugs were found in:
81 percent of ground turkey
69 percent of pork chops
55 percent of beef
39 percent of chicken breasts, wings and thighs
the EWG report notes. In 2011, 30 million pounds of antibiotics were used on domestic food-producing animals, up 22 percent since 2005. In fact, 80 percent of all the antibiotics in America are used on food-producing animals. The other 20 percent of antibiotics are being used on humans.
But, even with this widespread use, or misuse as it actually is, the amount of potentially harmful bacteria found in meat is overwhelming. As more and more antibiotics are pumped into animals that don’t need them, bacteria adapt and become resistant to the antibiotics.
Animals aren’t the only ones that are affected. The problems it can cause humans is scary.
Antibiotic misuse threatens to make important antibiotics ineffective in treating human disease. In the past, people who became ill because of contact with harmful microbes on raw meat usually recovered quickly when treated with antibiotics. But today, the chances are increasing that a person can suffer serious illness, complications or death because of a bacterial infection that doctors must struggle to control.
The World Health Organization has said that “if important antibiotics become useless, things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill.”
Opt for organic and meat raised without unnecessary antibiotics when you can. They have fewer superbugs, in part because these livestock producers rely on preventive medicine, good sanitation and stress reduction — not antibiotics — to keep animals healthy. Most stores offer an option at good prices.
Buy from farmers and producers who use antibiotics prudently: Some sell locally and others online.
Ask your butcher or local farmer how the meat was raised. Ask your store manager to carry meat raised without unnecessary antibiotics.
In addition to buying better meat and following safety rules, consumers need to spread the word. Tell your friends about the overuse of antibiotics in meat and the problems it can cause with human health. Link to this post or the EWG page on Facebook. Tweet about it.
Prevention magazine worked with the nonprofit Food & Water Watch and developed a list of a dozen fish you should avoid eating and why -- and what you should eat instead.
1. Imported Catfish
Most imported catfish comes from Vietnam where antibiotics--that are banned in the United States--are widely used. Instead, choose domestic, farm-raised catfish, which is responsibly farmed and plentiful.
Caviar from beluga and wild-caught sturgeon are not only susceptible to overfishing, but also the species is threatened by an increase in dam building that pollutes the water in which they live. Instead, opt for fish eggs from American Lake Sturgeon or American Hackleback/Shovelnose Sturgeon caviar from the Mississippi River system.
3. Atlantic Cod
Although cod is economically vital to New England fishermen, the stocks collapsed in the mid-1990s and are still in disarray--to the point that Atlantic cod is one step above being listed as endangered. Instead, eat Pacific cod.
4. American Eel
A frequent addition to sushi dishes, American eel (also known as yellow or silver eel) is highly contaminated with PCBs and mercury. In addition, the fisheries are suffering from pollution and overharvesting. Instead, choose Atlantic or Pacific squid, which has a similar taste as eel.
5. Imported Shrimp
90 percent of the shrimp sold in the United States is imported, and it is packed with contaminants, including antibiotics and residues from chemicals used to clean pens, as well as filth, such as mouse hair, rat hair and pieces of insects. Why? Less than 2 percent of imported shrimp is inspected. Instead, seek out domestic shrimp, which likely comes from the Gulf or Mexico or Oregon.
6. Atlantic Flatfish (Flounder, Sole and Halibut)
Caught off the Atlantic coast, these fish are not only heavily contaminated, but also vastly overfished. Instead, opt for other mild-flavored white-fleshed fish, such as domestically farmed catfish.
7. Atlantic Salmon (both wild-caught and farmed)
The stocks of wild Atlantic salmon are so low that it's actually illegal to fish for them, while salmon farming is very polluting. The fish are crammed into pens and are susceptible to disease and parasites, which require antibiotics. Note that all fish currently labeled "Atlantic salmon" comes from fish farms. Instead, choose wild Alaskan salmon.
8. Imported King Crab
Most imported king crab comes from Russia -- even if it says Alaskan king crab on the label. Alaskan king crab is a separate type of fish that is more responsibly harvested, while in Russia, the limits on fish harvests are not strongly enforced. Instead, look for Alaskan king crab and always ask if it comes from Alaska or is imported.
Shark is extremely high in mercury, which is bad for humans. But overfishing has changed the ecosystem. With less shark in the oceans, there are now more cownose rays and jellyfish, which in turn are depleting other fish, such as scallops. Instead, eat Pacific halibut and Atlantic mackerel.
10. Orange Roughy
This fish not only has high levels of mercury, but also is overfished--so much so that some large restaurant chains, including Red Lobster, refuse to serve it. Instead, opt for yellow snapper or domestic catfish to get the same texture as orange roughy in your recipes.
With the Sandy Hook incident a year ago and the most recent Boston Marathon tragedy on every TV, radio Internet and social media site, your kids are exposed to these very grown up, scary and unexplainable acts of violence. So I found these tips from experts on how to talk tragedy with your children.
Turn off the TV
Even though you want to stay up-to-date on what's happening, you shouldn't have your television on in front of young children. The images and video being shown on TV and on the internet are too violent and scary for kids to see. If you want to know what's going on, you can monitor the news on your smartphone without exposing your children to the images.
Talk with your Kids
When news breaks of this magnitude, it's almost impossible to shield children from the tragedy completely. Before you dive into a conversation with your kids, find out what they know. They may have already been talking to classmates and teachers at school about what has happened.
Skip the Gory Details
You don't want to lie to your kids, but you don't need to fill them in on every last detail either. You can share the events with your children without getting into gruesome nitty-gritty. Kids don't need to hear about exactly what happened. Talk in very general terms, especially to young children.
Let your Child Talk
If your kids are scared or upset, let them talk out their feelings, ask questions and safely express their fears. Hug them tight. Assure them that they are safe. They are sure to ask questions that you don't know the answers to such as, "Why would someone do this?" Don't be afraid to say you don't know. In times like this, we don't have the answers. Explain that these events are very unusual and random. Talk about the first responders and how they help when violence or tragedy occurs.
Do what's Right for Your Family
Parents know their children best, and know how much they can handle hearing.
"My son is 6," says Marcia, a mother from San Antonio. "He's very intuitive and knew right away that something was wrong when I picked him up from school. I couldn't lie. So I explained in very age-appropriate terms what had happened today. He asked a few questions and we both cried... and prayed."
Teresa, a mother of two from Los Angeles says, "My girls are 8 and 5. They don't know anything about what happened in Boston today, and I plan to keep it that way if I can. The innocence of childhood only lasts so long. I want to shelter them from horrific things like this for as long as possible."
There are no easy or one-size-fits-all answers when talking to your kids about tragedy and violence. Just reassure them that they are safe and loved, and answer their questions to the best of your ability.
Scrabble is still one of the most popular games out there. Last week the game celebrated it's 75th anniversary, so here are 10 words that could mean a big win for you.
Definition: An anti-inflammatory medication used to treat arthritis and bursitis. Conditions: The theoretically highest-possible scoring word under American Scrabble play—as calculated by Dan Stock of Ohio—has never actually been played … and probably never will (unless you’re really, really lucky). That’s because it has to be played across three triple word score squares and build on eight already-played (and perfectly positioned) tiles. Points: 1,778
Definition: To quiz or question. Conditions: Not only will you need to draw the game’s only Q and Z tiles (there’s only one of each), but a blank tile, too (in place of the second Z). Play this verb as your first word across two triple word squares with the Z on a double letter score square and you’ve got the game’s most valuable eight-letter bingo. Points: 419
Definition: An anti-anxiety drug. Conditions: All that stress will melt away if you can build on one existing letter, play across two triple word score squares, place one of the most valuable tiles (i.e. X or Z) on a double letter score square and net a 50-point bingo. Points: 392
Definition: The national bird of Guatemala as well as one of its monetary units. Conditions:Placement is everything to score this whopper of a word: Building on one letter, use all seven letters on your rack for a 50-point bingo, with Q and S on triple word score square and Z on a double letter score space. Points: 374
Definition: A romantic or quixotic idea or action. Conditions: In 2007, Michael Cresta used an already-played R and all seven of his tiles across two triple word score squares to earn the most points ever on a single turn, which aided in a second record for the full-time carpenter: the highest-ever individual game score (830 points). Points: 365
Definition: A small pickle, made from an immature cucumber. Conditions: In 1985, Robert Kahn paid tribute to the pickle at the National Scrabble Championship in Boston—using an E and R already on the board—to set a record for a non-bingo word score. Points: 180
Definition: Resembling quartz. Conditions: “Quartzy” held the record for highest-ever single turn score until “Quixotry” nearly doubled its total in 2007. Play it across a triple word score square with Z as a double letter score, with a 50-point bingo for using all seven letters on your rack. Points: 164
Definition: A Russian peasant. Conditions: On its own (with no bonuses or extra points), “muzjiks” is worth an impressive 29 points. But exhaust all of your tiles on your first turn to spell it, and you’ll earn more than four times that—which is what player Jesse Inman did at the National Scrabble Championship in Orlando in 2008 to earn the record for highest opening score. Points: 126
Definition: An alignment of three celestial bodies. Conditions: Forget trying to pronounce it (though, for the record, it’s “SIZ-i-jee”). Instead, just remember how to spell it—and that it’s worth 21 points au naturel. You’ll need one blank tile to make up for the lack of Ys (there are only two in the game). For a higher total, land the Z on a double letter score square and the final Y on a triple word score square. Points: 93
Definition: Slang term for pizza. Conditions: Big words are great and all, but two-letter words can also score big. And be especially annoying to your opponent. Build on two As—one directly below, the other directly to the right of a triple letter square—to spell this two-letter delectable across and down. Points: 62
It's all too easy to let summer drift away from you; to wake up with a vague hangover from Labor Day celebrations and realize that you never did take a proper vacation when the weather was warm, the beaches were lifeguarded and the seasonal restaurants were in full swing. If you haven't already given it some serious thought, now is the time to start making some summer plans—not only because otherwise you might find yourself face-to-face with a "no vacancy" sign, but because once you've scheduled time off, it's simpler and easier to plan around it so you won't be stressed out by taking time off work.
So, where do you want to go? Sometimes this is the very (seemingly huge) question that leads people into a state of confusion and paralysis. There are so many choices, and being sure of where you want to go with all the possibilities seems daunting. Here are a five key questions to help you narrow down your vacation destination and get the most out of it.
How long would you like to be away? If you have such a tight schedule for work or other commitments that you can't take off more than 3-4 days, don't fly. If you have at least a week, boarding a plane makes more sense. But since there's nice weather in most parts of the country in the summer, consider vacationing closer to home anyway; it will reduce your personal carbon emissions and save the hassle of dealing with the TSA, packing everything into small suitcases and possibly encountering delays or cancellations of flights, which can chip away at your hard-earned vacation time. Really consider if flying is worth all of the above before you book.
What's your idea of a vacation? Many people go on vacations without a good idea of what they want to do (or not do). Take some time now to figure out if you want to ride your bike around an island, veg on the beach as much as possible, get some reading done in a quiet locale, need a place that will entertain/cater to children, like to hike, enjoy checking out the indivuality of water holes or think trying new restaurants and walking around a city is your idea of a good time.
How do you want to feel when you return from your time away? This might be the most important question, so it should maybe come first in this list. Do you want to return relaxed and rested? Then don't go away with stressful relatives and do activities you don't like. Want to detox and spend time in natural spaces? Then don't let your partner convince you visiting a new city is the perfect summer vacay. Do you need personal time to think, meditate, or do other solo activities? Then don't go away with the family (or if you do, carve out specific days that are 'yours' in advance).
Do you get bored and antsy with not enough to do? Then don't go away to a isolated cabin or a sparsely populated island. Asking these questions before you even book a room can help ensure you get what you need from your time away.
What can you afford? You should absolutely have a budget for your getaway, so you can avoid the stress and frustration of returning from vacation and feeling like you can't pay your bills. Make a sensible budget now, organize your reservations, and start putting aside the money now — it usually take about three months for me to save up for a vacation (and three months from now will be the middle of July!)
Who do you want to go with? Family vacations can be great, but they can also be stressful. Think seriously about whether you want your kids along (maybe you could use a break from each other and they can bunk with the grandparents for the week?), whether you want to travel with your partner's family again this year, or even if you want to get away solo (yes, this is a totally natural and healthy desire!). Do you need time alone with your significant other, or maybe you both need time away with friends (the time to organize a women's trip or guy's getaway is as early as possible).
More useless facts trivia, perfect for outsmarting your friends!
The Super Soaker was invented by a nuclear engineer out of a PVC pipe and Coke bottle
Lonnie Johnson first sold the idea to Lamari by firing it inside their Philadelphia offices. He was then introduced to Hasbro -- awesomeness has ensued ever since.
Bag-pipes were invented in Persia, not Scotland
"It was most likely a rather crude instrument comprised of reeds stuck into a goatskin bag. As civilization spread throughout the Middle East and into the Mediterranean lands, the people brought along their music."
The guy who voiced Mr. Owl in Tootsie Pop cartoons also invented the artificial heart
"Paul Winchell built the prototype with the advice and input of Henry J. Heimlich, the doctor who invented the most famous method of saving choking victims, and received his patent in 1963. He later donated the patent to the University of Utah."
The word "hello" was invented because no one knew how to start a telephone call
"Over at the laboratories of Edison's rival, Bell was insisting on "Ahoy!" as the correct way to answer the telephone. It was trounced by "hello," which became the standard as the first telephone exchanges, equipped by Edison, were set up across the United States and operating manuals adopted the word."
The first boomerang was found in Poland, not Australia
"The oldest Australian Aboriginal boomerangs are ten thousand years old... One boomerang that was discovered in Jaskinia Oblazowa in the Carpathian Mountains in Poland was made of mammoth's tusk and is believed, based on AMS dating of objects found with it, to be about 30,000 years old."
High fives didn't exist until 1977
"His hand was up in the air, and he was arching way back," says Dusty Baker, now 62 and managing the Reds. "So I reached up and hit his hand. It seemed like the thing to do."
Play-Doh was originally designed as a wallpaper cleaner.
However, its similarity to regular modeling clay without the toxicity or mess made Play-Doh a great toy. Joe McVicker became a millionaire before his 27th birthday after re-releasing the product as a toy. The same company that invented aspirin, Bayer
Also invented heroin as a cold medicine
Isaac Newton invented the doggy door
"Isaac Newton purportedly invented the cat flap (also known as the doggy door). He was said to put two cat flaps on his door, a large one and a small one, for his two pet cats."
Pinatas were invented in China
"Marco Polo discovered the Chinese fashioning figures of cows, oxen or buffaloes, covered with colored paper and adorned with harnesses and trappings. After burning the remains, people gathered the ashes for good luck throughout the year."
The machine-spun cotton candy machine was invented by William Morrison
He was a dentist
A Catholic priest invented the Big Bang Theory
Georges Lemaitre, a Catholic priest living in Belgium, was the first to put forth the idea that all matter was once condensed into one place before it expanded.
The Rubik's Cube wasn't originally meant to be a toy
"Although it is widely reported that the Cube was built as a teaching tool to help Erno Rubik's students understand 3D objects, his actual purpose was solving the structural problem of moving the parts independently without the entire mechanism falling apart. He did not realize that he had created a puzzle until the first time he scrambled his new Cube and then tried to restore it."
The first touch-screen smartphone was invented in 1993
It was made called the IBM Simon and was a mobile phone, pager, PDA, and fax machine all in one.
Baseball was first invented in England
Diaries found showed the game was a well-established sport in the 18th Century and was played by men and women... played in the UK more than 20 years before American independence.
A Canadian doctor invented Basketball
"The first game-comprising two teams of nine-took place on 21 December 1891. The final score was 1-0."
Michael Jackson didn't invent the moonwalk
It was actually created by a man named Bill Bailey.
The planning for my next birthday bash in London continues at a slow pace...yet it is a pace nonetheless. Since a milestone will be reached and my love for soccer has promoted me to save for a trip of a lifetime with one of my best friends , who also loves soccer and is hitting the same milestone, reading this article from the BBC shocking! There are certain things we American do that the British just don't grasp...and it isn't sports or tipping....it's basic, no-brainer stuff in my opinion. By the way, this is an opinion piece and isn't meant to be the rule of the land. However it gives you a glimpse of how our closest ally see us.
Digging sharp string between your teeth everyday is standard oral hygiene procedure in America. We know we’re supposed to do this too, but it hurts and it’s boring. Most Brits probably own a tub of floss, but only dust it off before a date or dental appointment.
2. Compulsive Baking
This one I like, although I don’t get how people with children and jobs and pets find the time to whip up regular batches of themed, iced and elaborately flavored cupcakes, muffins and brownies. It’s America’s most family friendly superpower.
3. Sending Personalized Holiday Cards
By this, I mean those creepy Christmas cards with a family portrait on the front. The children are wearing elf outfits while the parents grin unnaturally. Inside, there’s a run-down of the family’s year and, more importantly, its achievements. I’ve even heard of people inserting copies of their kids’ report cards.
4. Talking To Strangers Unprompted
This happens most often on public transport. I’ll be on a plane or train in the U.S., minding my own business, when someone I’ve never met will try to start a conversation. Short of pretending to be deaf and/or French, there’s nothing to be done.
Americans like to let the world know that they’re having fun — or approve heartily of what’s being said or done in front of them — by contorting their vocal chords into a shape that will allow them to pump out obnoxious mouth hoots, one after another. One word: earplugs.
6. Compulsive Sentimentality
Gushing public displays are usually meant well but give Brits the creeps. For instance, my husband and I recently checked out of a B&B after a two-night stay. Instead of bidding us farewell with a firm handshake and a receipt, the owner – a man in his 50s – latched on to me, then my man, for a prolonged hug. Just when we thought it was over, he announced, “I’ll miss you guys!” No, actually. You won’t.
7. Drinking Milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea. Americans must have missed the memo because they drink the stuff neat. To me, this is only slightly less absurd than eating a plate of salt and pepper for dinner.
8. Ordering Supersize Portions
In American cinemas, patrons load up with pails of soda so vast they require their own seat. They must have bladders the size of hot air balloons. Plates of food, meanwhile, more closely resemble those guilt-inducing, this-is-what-you-eat-in-a-week spreads laid out by TV diet gurus than a single course of a single meal meant for one person.
9. Taking Home Leftovers
Thanks to the previous point, doggy bags have long been part of American restaurant culture. I can’t quite bring myself to make off with my unfinished fare. It feels… icky. Plus, I’ve usually overeaten, and I’m convinced I’ll never want to look at food again. Naturally, I regret this decision in the morning.
10. Eating Breakfast Together
You know in films featuring perfect American families there’s always a scene where an implausibly jolly parent makes the kids pancakes in the shape of dinosaurs, then the entire household sits down to a sumptuous spread. Well, I am reliably informed that this kind of thing actually happens here. Breakfast is something Brits have if they’re hung over or if the hotel they’re staying in provides it. We’d never be so eccentric as to sit down and eat it at the same time — and in the same location — as our loved ones.
As a rebuttal, another article from the BBC explains 10 British habits we American don't understand.
1. Apologizing Unnecessarily
How often do you — a Brit living in the U.S. — auto-deliver a completely unnecessary, “Sorry?” I’m a 10-a-day gal. Sometimes, the American on the receiving end, instead of simply ignoring me or looking confused, will ask: “Why are you apologizing?” I’ve never given a satisfactory answer.
2. Drinking Too Much
In America, all-day boozing sessions are for alcoholics, tramps and the seriously miserable. A happy Brit, meanwhile, is one whose weekend pub-crawl starts at 6pm on a Friday and ends Sunday evening.
3. Forgetting to Eat
Often because we’ve indulged in point number two, Brits are terrible at remembering to feed themselves at regular intervals. Food-focused types like myself will always check that a night out is scheduled to include a meal stop; it’s never just assumed. Americans, meanwhile, make brunch, lunch or dinner dates. All other activities, like drinking, are supplementary.
4. Enjoying the Misfortune of Others
Nothing brightens a Brit’s day like discovering someone we didn’t particularly like lost their job or misspelled a status update. I get a smugness buzz every time I clock an acquaintance’s incorrect apostrophe usage. Americans, meanwhile, seem to spend less time thinking about other people, in a good way.
5. Doing Ourselves Down
As previously mentioned, Brits revel in the downfall of others. But we don’t want to come off as mean so we also make a point of knocking our own achievements. This makes us miserable. On the plus side, there’s the option of an “I never boasted about my Nobel prize on Facebook” gravestone inscription. (Note: a posthumous brag is borderline acceptable.)
6. Thinking Tea Will Fix Everything
A brew is our go-to panacea. Whether you’ve chipped a nail, broken up with your boyfriend or narrowly avoided being murdered, the first person on-scene will offer you a cuppa. This way, they get to keep busy, feel useful and put off coming up with soothing, wise words.
7. Our Reluctance to Fix Our Teeth
Having aesthetically displeasing teeth is every Brit’s right. Turn up at an American dentist’s with a gob full of wonky enamel, and they’ll probably assume you’re British, or grew up in a vile cult that outlawed orthodontics.
8. Poor Communication Skills
Since living here, I’ve noticed that Americans are much better at looking you in the face and saying what they mean. Brits are abysmal at eye contact, telling you how they feel and what they’d like to happen. We overuse phrases like, “I think maybe…” and “Perhaps we could just… ”
9. Driving a Stick-shift on the Wrong Side of the Road
I’m convinced that some Americans believe that driving on the left is an eccentric choice made by individuals, not a rule laid down by British law. And while U.K. drivers think performing maneuvers in manual cars is the height of masculinity, tell someone here you prefer a stick and it’s like admitting you do laundry in the river.
10. Our Desire to Laugh at Ourselves
Might I leap temporarily out of character and deploy a small boast on behalf of my nation? (Yes, yes, I realize this basically invalidates about four previous points.) Brits are masters of the self-deprecating gag, and this is confusing to countries like America with aggressively high self-esteem. Whole sitcoms — most recently Twenty Twelve – have pivoted on the point that we’re reliably incompetent.
From cash back bonuses to airline miles and Amazon.com points to free gift cards, there seems to be a rewards credit card for everyone, and oftentimes these rewards cards come with a premium fee. But is that premium fee really worth it? For many consumers, the answer is no. A recent survey from ThePointsGuy.com reveals that nearly three in four consumers, 73 percent, don’t know the balance on their rewards cards.
The younger generation is even more oblivious to their possible rewards. When looking at survey participants between the ages of 18 and 29, a full 80 percent didn’t know how many points they had. If you don’t actively track how many points you have then you’re essentially wasting money — both in the premium fees you pay for the rewards card and also in the lost benefits.
"Failing to keep track of your rewards miles and points is like throwing money away," said Brian Kelly, founder of ThePointsGuy.com. "There are good rewards programs for every type of consumer. Whether you're redeeming miles and points for first-class plane tickets, gift cards, cash back or something else, the cardinal rule is that you have to keep track of how many you have. Websites and apps are making it easier than ever to manage rewards, yet almost three out of four Americans aren't taking good care of their miles and points. That's alarming."
The survey also revealed some other money-wasting trends:
27 percent have let some or all of their frequent flier miles expire
Only 67 percent collect their rewards
59 percent of consumers don’t even know how their rewards program works
Conventional wisdom tells us that letting your dog sleep in your bed with you can cause them to believe they’re the alpha, giving them the illusion they’re in control because in bed, they (large dogs at least) are taller than you.
The reality is much different. While some aggressive behaviors could be exacerbated by letting your dog sleep in your bed, the reality is, it’s really more of an opportunity for training for most dogs. Take for example one of the more common aggressive behaviors, like guarding the wife by growling when the husband enters the bed.
Pat Miller, certified professional dog trainer and the training editor for the Whole Dog Journal, says, “keep in mind that removing the dog from the bed doesn’t modify the bed-guarding behavior; it only prevents the dog from having an opportunity to practice the behavior.” While safety is always an issue, it may be a better idea to use the opportunity to modify the behavior.
In fact, there are some who argue that allowing your pet to sleep in the same room (or at least close to you) during the night is a comfort to many pets who spend six to eight hours a day at home alone. There’s no reason to make them feel as though they aren’t part of the family.
So, if sleeping with your dog doesn’t generally cause any specific aggressive behaviors, that means it’s OK, right? Yes and no. The reality is, sleeping with your dog is more likely to compromise your health than his.
The real truth about sleeping with your dog
Unfortunately, letting your dog sleep in your bed may actually be bad for you. Many dogs have sleep habits that can interrupt your sleep cycle, which can cause you to be cranky the next morning, lower your immune responses and impact your health in other ways.
Additionally, pets carry allergens. Whether or not you’re actually allergic to pet dander, you pup goes outside to go to the bathroom, get exercise and generally just have fun. And while he’s out there, he’s exposed to a number of things you could be allergic too, not the least of which is pollen, which will stick in his fur, which he subsequently brings to the bed, which could aggravate your symptoms.
Dr. Bruno Chomel, a professor at the University of California - Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, told AOL News that there’s also the risk of the transmission of life-threatening infections like plague, internal parasites and other serious diseases. “We wanted to raise the attention of people, as sleeping with a pet is becoming quite common, and there are risks associated with it, even if it is not very frequent,” he said. “But when it occurs, especially in children or immunocompromised people, it can be very severe.”
Additionally, when spouses disagree on the topic, there could be a little marital disharmony over the subject. Trainer Pat Miller, however, suggests that those conflicts are the purview of a marriage counselor. She’s only trained to help you with your dog’s issues.
Despite sleep issues and allergies, many people are going to be loathe to kick their furry friend out of bed. Most of us would rather suffer than deny the beseeching look in those big brown eyes. That being said, if you answer yes to any of the questions below, it’s time to at least consider relegating your pooch to a crate or dog bed on the floor.
Is my dog interrupting my sleep to the point of serious issues like lack of focus at work or frequent illness?
Is my partner unhappy with the arrangement?
Is my dog frequently exposed to situations that could cause him or her to contract dangerous illnesses that can transfer to humans?
Do I have allergies that the dog’s presence is likely making worse? Are allergy shots to deal with that issue an option?
1. The McNugget
McDonald's executive chef Rene Arend created the Chicken McNugget way back in 1979, but it wasn't available in McDonald's restaurants nationwide until 1983 because there simply wasn't enough processed chicken to go around. Oddly enough, that McNugget shortage was what led Arend to create the McRib in 1981. Arend told Maxim in 2009, "There wasn't a system to supply enough chicken. We had to come up with something to give the other franchises as a new product. So the McRib came about because of the shortage of chickens."
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) was established to teach school kids to avoid drugs, gangs, and violence. It was one of the most visible parts of the U.S. "War on Drugs" for kids, who sat in D.A.R.E. sessions in elementary school and wore the trademark black tee shirt with red writing. Although D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983, it's often linked with Nancy Reagan's famous "Just Say No" slogan, which first appeared in 1982.
3. The Swatch Watch
A staple of nearly every 80s child wardrobe, the Swatch Watch was introduced in March of 1983, putting a decidedly '80s twist on classic Swiss craftsmanship. An analog Swiss wristwatch, Swatch competed with the trend of digital watches of the day. Fifteen years later in 1998, Swatch introduced the short-lived "Swatch Internet Time" concept, in which days were broken up into 1000 ".beat" increments.
4. TCP/IP on ARPANET ("The Internet")
On January 1, 1983, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) switched its networking technology to TCP/IP, arguably marking the moment that the modern "Internet" came into being. While the details of TCP/IP are kind of boring, it led to exciting innovations like the World Wide Web in 1989.
5. R.E.M. and "Weird Al" Yankovic's First Albums
The year 1983 saw the first full-length albums from two decidedly different musical acts: R.E.M. and "Weird Al" Yankovic. R.E.M.'s album Murmur featured "Radio Free Europe," and marked the earliest glimmer of radio-friendly "Alternative" music in the U.S. Weird Al's self-titled debut featured "I Love Rocky Road" (a parody of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n Roll") and "Another One Rides the Bus" (a parody of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust"), and has the distinction of being the only Weird Al record in which accordion is prominently featured on every song.
Honorable mention: Red Hot Chili Peppers released a demo tape in 1983, though They didn't release a full-length album
6. The Moonwalk
Michael Jackson introduced his signature "moonwalk" dance move during the TV special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever in which he reunited with his brothers from the Jackson 5. The move was shown during a performance of "Billie Jean," and the crowd went wild as it happened. Of course, similar moves had been used before, but 1983 was the first time we called it the moonwalk, and the first time Michael Jackson did it.
On January 3, 1983, the game show The Price is Right introduced its now-classic game Plinko. In the game, contestants win chips by guessing digits within the prices of products; then those chips are dropped into a peg-board, where they fall into slots with varying cash prize amounts. If you like Plinko, you'll love this incredibly detailed breakdown of the game and its history.
8. Mama's Family
NBC premiered the show Mama's Family (a spinoff of The Carol Burnett Show) on January 22, 1983, starring Vicki Lawrence. NBC canceled the series in May 1984, but the show continued to produce new episodes as an extremely successful first-run syndication program through 1990. Children of the '80s could always catch a syndicated episode of Mama's Family on afternoon TV. (New viewers may require a family tree to keep track of the characters.)
9. Star Wars VI: The Return Of The Jedi
Originally entitled "Revenge of the Jedi," Return of the Jedi was the triumphant conclusion to the original trilogy of Star Wars films. It introduced Ewoks, a second Death Star, and gave us a peek of what Darth Vader looked like without his mask (spoiler alert: it ain't pretty). In bonus creepy points, Luke also learned that in The Empire Strikes Back, he'd totally kissed his own sister. ("Noooooooo!")
Honorable mentions: 1983 also saw the release of A Christmas Story, WarGames, Flashdance, Risky Business, Strange Brew, and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.
10. Sweet Valley High
Francine Pascal and her merry band of ghostwriters launched the Sweet Valley High series for preteen girls, which ran for 20 years and 152 books. (2011 and 2012 saw the release of Sweet Valley Confidential and The Sweet Life, respectively, which followed the Valley girls as adults.)
11. The Minivan
The Dodge Caravan was first produced in November of 1983, featuring a boxy design, seating room for seven, and a family-friendly amount of interior space that still fit within a typical suburban garage. (The Plymouth Voyager was basically the same vehicle with a Plymouth nameplate on it and some styling changes.) 1983 was the first year your family could drive the minivan through a McDonald's drivethrough to eat McNuggets on your way to see Return of the Jedi. Of course, due to car model years, you'd be cruising in a "1984" model minivan.
12. Mario Bros
Nintendo released the original Mario Bros. arcade game, unleashing the Italian plumbers Mario and Luigi into the game-playing world. Mario had first appeared in Donkey Kong in 1981, but he was then named "Jumpman" and was a carpenter—presumably he spent the next two years learning the plumbing trade and developing a hatred of turtles. The same year, the laserdisc-based "Dragon's Lair" was introduced, with fully animated graphics but annoyingly difficult gameplay.
Hooters launched its first restaurant in Clearwater, Florida on October 4, 1983. Today the chain has more than 450 locations, and continues its reliance on waitresses wearing jogging shorts and tight tee shirts. From the official Hooters History: "Hooters was appropriately incorporated on April Fool's Day, 1983, when six businessmen with absolutely no previous restaurant experience got together and decided to open a place they couldn't get kicked out of."
14. Sony (Betamax) Camcorder
In 1983, Sony introduced its first Camcorder for consumer use. It was called the Betamovie BMC-100P and recorded on Betamax tapes. Later that year, JVC released its own camcorder using the VHS-C format...and we all know how that particular format war worked out.
AOL was founded in 1983, though at the time it was called Control Video Corporation (CVC). CVC's first offering was "GameLine," a modem-based game service for the Atari 2600 video game console. The company experimented with different business models (all involving online components) before hitting it big in the 1990s with its AOL dialup service.
16. The Apple IIe
Apple released its Apple IIe personal computer, often stylized as the Apple //e. It was released in January 1983 and was produced until late 1993, making it one of the longest-lived personal computers ever made. One of its banner features was the ability to display lowercase letters. (PREVIOUS MODELS USED ALL CAPS.)
17. Pet Sematary
Stephen King's 1983 novel Pet Sematary was inspired by a real pet cemetery where the author's daughter Naomi buried her cat Smucky in 1978. King was reluctant to submit the manuscript because many of the story's events were inspired by his family (though Smucky did not show up again), but at his wife Tabitha's insistence, King used the book to fulfill his contract with Doubleday. A limited run of the 30th anniversary edition is slated for release this November.
18. Cabbage Patch Kids
Though Xavier Roberts's hand-sewn "Little Person" dolls were first available for adoption in 1976, most people had never been to Cleveland, Georgia's "Babyland General Hospital" to pick one out. Roberts worked with Coleco to mass-market the dolls under their new name, Cabbage Patch Kids. Though a few early-adopters picked up their Kids in 1982, the official launch (and the height of their popularity) came in 1983.
19. The Disney Channel
On April 18, 1983 at 7am, the Disney Channel launched with Good Morning, Mickey!, a 30-minute compilation program featuring classic Disney shorts and a brief fitness segment called Mousercize (Jazzercise had been a staple of American fitness since the late 1960s).
Honorable mentions: 1983 also saw the launch of Country Music Television (CMT) and The Nashville Network (TNN, later rebranded "The National Network" in 2000 and then "Spike TV" in 2003).
20. Reading Rainbow
Original episodes of Reading Rainbow ran from 1983 through 2006, then in reruns through 2008. It introduced a generation of kids to the slogan, "Take a look—it's in a book!" In 2012, host LeVar Burton announced the Reading Rainbow iPad app, which reached the #1 slot in Educational Apps within 36 hours.
21. The A-Team
The first episode of The A-Team aired on NBC on January 23, 1983. The series would end on December 30, 1986, but not without going down in pop culture history. Remember, folks: "If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team."
22. J Crew
Originally branded as "Popular Club Brand," J.Crew launched in 1983 as a lower cost alternative to Ralph Lauren's near monopoly on preppie-only clothing. The brand has been back in the public eye over the past few years largely because of Michelle Obama's fondness for the company's clean lines and affordable prices.
The first StairMaster (the ambitiously numbered "Model 5000") was a rotating staircase, with none of the fancypants heart-rate monitors or workout information screens the sophomore effort would feature, but it changed the face of cardio exercise for the next 30 years. The latest StairMaster product, the StepMill 5, comes fully loaded with an HDTV and iPod connectivity.
24. Care Bears
Before the cartoons, plushes, and books, Care Bears were a line of greeting cards developed by American Greetings. When the characters premiered to the general public in February 1983 at the New York City Toy Fair, a series of six books and the Bears' first animated TV special ("The Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings") soon followed.
25. My Little Pony
As a follow-up to the popular My Pretty Pony released in 1981, My Little Pony began as a line of toys, which then exploded into a TV series, special edition and mail-order-only toys, books, and various other merchandise. The fourth generation series from 2010 (often called "G4") enjoys a cult-like following by super-fans called Bronies.
26. Microsoft Word
Originally named "Multi-Tool Word," Microsoft's classic word processor ran on Unix systems before it appeared on MS-DOS, Mac, Atari, and eventually Windows. Microsoft released the first demos of Word for MS-DOS in the November 1983 issue of PC World—making it the first program ever distributed on a floppy disk bundled in a magazine.
27. Trump Tower
The United States' 51st tallest building completed construction on November 30, 1983. Since then, notable tenants have included Bruce Willis, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, and of course, Donald Trump.
28. Diversity In Space
After its first flight in April, 1983, the Space Shuttle Challenger sent Sally Ride and Guion Bluford—the first American woman and the first African-American—into space in the same year.
29. Continuous Eruption Of Hawaii's Kilauea
On January 3, 1983, the volcano Kilauea in Hawaii began spewing lava, and has not yet stopped. This is the longest period of eruption in the volcano's history, and one of the longest on record for any volcano. Keep blowing your top, Kilauea!
30. The Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry, introduced in 1983 replacing the Corona in its automobile lineup, became America’s favorite family sedan and was the nation’s top-selling automobile in seven of the eight years from 1997 through 2005. Now sold in 27 countries and manufactured in 10, the Camry has had cumulative sales of over 6.5million units in the United States and over 10 million worldwide.
You never know, this useless fictional character trivia may come handy at one time!
1. Did you know the Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons has a name? It's Jeff Albertson. But that wasn't the decision of creator Matt Groening. "I was out of the room when [the writers] named him," he told MTV in 2007. "In my mind, 'Louis Lane' was his name, and he was obsessed and tormented by Lois Lane."
2. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. (Ken's last name is Carson.)
3. Cap'n Crunch's full name is Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch
4. Snuffleupagus has a first name -- Aloysius.
5. In the Peanuts comic strip, Peppermint Patty's real name is Patricia Reichardt.
6. The Wizard of Oz rolls off the tongue a lot easier than his full name, Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs. From Frank Baum's Dorothy And the Wizard in Oz: "It was a dreadfully long name to weigh down a poor innocent child, and one of the hardest lessons I ever learned was to remember my own name. When I grew up I just called myself O.Z., because the other initials were P-I-N-H-E-A-D; and that spelled 'pinhead,' which was a reflection on my intelligence."
7. Mr. Clean has a seldom-used first name -- "Veritably." The name came from a "Give Mr. Clean a First Name" promotion in 1962.
8. In a deleted scene in the 2006 Curious George movie, The Man With the Yellow Hat's name was revealed as Ted Shackleford. (Since the scene was deleted, perhaps this doesn't count.)
9. The real name of Monopoly mascot Rich Uncle Pennybags is Milburn Pennybags.
10. The policeman in Monopoly has a name, too. You can thank Officer Edgar Mallory the next time he sends you to jail.
11. On Night Court, Nostradamus Shannon was better known as Bull.
12. On Entourage, Turtle's real name is Salvatore Assante.
13. Sesame Street's resident game show host Guy Smiley was using a pseudonym all these years. He was born Bernie Liederkrantz.
14. The Michelin Man's name is Bibendum.
15. On Gilligan's Island, Jonas Grumby was simply called The Skipper.
16. Staying on Gilligan's Island, The Professor was Roy Hinkley.
17. The unkempt Shaggy of Scooby-Doo fame has a rather proper real name -- Norville Rogers.
18. The Pillsbury Doughboy's name is Poppin' Fresh. He has a wife, Poppie Fresh, and two kids, Popper and Bun Bun.
19. The patient in the classic game Operation is Cavity Sam.
20. The true identity of The Lone Ranger was John Reid.
While it's no surprise that your lifestyle plays a role in everything from your risk of developing heart disease to your blood pressure numbers and cholesterol count; what you eat, how often you workout and your overall health matter to your eyes, too.
“It is a synergy of multiple foods and lifestyle choices that affect eye health,” says Steven Pratt, M.D., an ophthalmologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California. Worse, most Americans don't know how serious the risk of diseases like glaucoma, a condition that can damage the eye's optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness, and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the leading cause of vision loss in adults over 50, are. ARMD gradually destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision and can eventually cause blindness.
The good news? Eye conditions we most hear about affecting our future such as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma are conditions we can make a difference in by protecting our health today. “Heart disease and eye health are very related, so anything that benefits your cardiovascular status will also benefit your eyes,” says Joanna Fisher, M.D., an ophthalmologist in Huntingdon, Pa., and clinical associate professor at Thomas Jefferson University.
Here are some things you can do for your overall health that can also help keep your eyes healthy:
Step on the scale.
People who are severely overweight or obese are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes, which can lead to diabetic retinopathy, damage to the retina caused by complication of diabetes, the leading cause of blindness in those under 65. Seems carrying extra pounds puts a strain on your peepers. Blood cells encircle the macula but the blood won’t flood into the eyes properly giving them the nourishment they need because fat gets in the way of good blood flow explains Sheri Rowen, M.D, a cataract and LASIK surgeon with Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Plus, women with a BMI of over 30 are 36 percent more likely to develop cataracts.
Eat more fish.
Chow down on fish at least twice weekly. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oil supplements can reduce your risk of ARMD. “Sockeye salmon is the best fish for the health of the back of the eye,” says Pratt. Sardines, herring, mackerel and albacore tuna are also excellent choices.
Get moving. Exercise is essential in lowering pressure in the eye when you have glaucoma. If you’ve been diagnosed with glaucoma, exercise can keep it from worsening and help it from developing in the first place. Research has also found that people who run or walk fast, about 2.5 miles per day, statistically have a 50 percent decreased risk of ARMD. So physical activity is directly related to better eye health and less eye disease.
Stress reduction is important, as most cardiovascular events are stress-related; stress also contributes to the onset of eye conditions. Pratt recommends spending fifteen minutes a day in a stress reducing activity: walking the dog, tai chi, mediation, a relaxing hobby like knitting or a friendly game of Words with Friends--anything that lowers blood pressure can lower the pressure in the eye.
Play Like Popeye.
Pop open the spinach. Spinach is a rich source of antioxidants like lutein and zeaxathin, which cut the risk of eye disease. Other good bets: leafy greens, like collards, eggs, and orange colored fruits like kumquats, tangerines and apricots, flax seeds and nuts. These antioxidant-rich choices are crucial to the health of the retina. When your diet lacks these nutrients, your body can’t fight diseases like ARMD.
Ditch the Smokes.
Every time you smoke and inhale, it causes damage to the blood vessels in the eyes, setting you up for not only early cataracts, but ARMD and other eye disease, too. Smoking causes cataracts to grow faster. Pretty much everybody will have a cataract; it’s just a normal clouding of the natural lens of the eye with age. But most people won’t be affected until their 70s or 80s. If you’re diabetic, it’s earlier. But when you smoke, you’re all but guaranteed cataracts in your 40s, 50s or 60s.
Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat when in the sun. They’ll reduce your exposure to eye damaging UV/UVA rays up to 18-fold. Ultraviolet light causes cataracts to grow faster and can worsen ARMD. Sunlight can also burn and damage the cornea and conjunctiva, the membrane covering the whites of the eye, a painful problem. Make sure sunglasses have UV protection. There are two types of UV: A and B. You want complete A and B protection when you buy a pair of sunglasses. Look for reputable brands. If you opt for cheapies, make sure they offer both UV/UVA protection.
In 2010, Americans generated nearly 250 million tons of trash. At first glance that may not seem like such a terrifying figure, but look at it this way: That’s 500,000,000,000 pounds of solid waste. Remarkably, 34 percent of that is composted or recycled. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, for each of the 4.43 pounds of trash that each American creates every day, 1.51 pounds of that, on average, is composted or recycled.
Which is a start, but landfills fill up, and there are only so many parks we can build over massive parcels of buried garbage. The good news is that reducing our personal garbage loads is becoming increasingly easy as more programs are being created to help us. With that in mind, the following 20 household items may seem destined for the dump but they can actually be recycled — and easily.
1. Athletic shoes
Tired, broken-down, “fragrant” running shoes are most generally directed to the trash, but given our penchant for kicks, that’s a lot of sneakers stinking up the landfill. A better future for your athletic shoes is to introduce them to one of Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe recycling bins. Nike in turn will incorporate them into the raw material called Nike Grind, which is used in everything from running tracks to shoe soles to zippers.
Americans send more than 15 million bicycles out to pasture every year. But rather than throwing them in the dump, you can give your old two-wheelers a second life by donating them to Bikes of the World, which collects, refurbishes and donates bikes to lower-income people and select institutions in developing countries.
3. Bike tools and gear
With a similar mission to Bikes of the World, Bikes Not Bombs takes bicycle bits, pieces, and gear in addition to the bikes themselves. They accept parts, tools, broken components such as cracked frames, worn tires, tubes with holes, helmets, bags, lights, pumps, locks, cycle clothing, etc. They restore bikes and gear, and deliver them overseas to economic development projects in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Bikes that don't get shipped often land in the group's youth programs where teens learn bicycle safety and mechanic skills while earning bikes to keep for themselves.
There comes a time in every bra’s life when it just has to move on, and bras aren’t generally the kind of clothing we women toss in the "to donate" pile. But the Bosom Buddy Program, started by a textile recycling company in Arizona, wants your weary bras. After sprucing them up, they donate the revamped brassieres to women’s shelters or other programs that help women gain self-sufficiency.
5. Brita water filters
Ditching plastic water bottles for filtered water is a resourceful move, even if you are left with spent water filters. But if you use Brita products, you’re in luck. They have teamed up with the company Preserve, and between the two, they are recycling Brita plastic pitcher filter casings into Preserve's eco-friendly, 100-percent recycled products such as toothbrushes, cups and cutting boards. Also cool: the activated carbon within the filters is regenerated for alternative use or converted into energy.
When it comes time to reveal the lovely hardwood floor buried underneath that mod shag carpeting, find a carpet-reclamation facility to take it for recycling. You can also check with individual carpet makers, many of which have recycling programs.
7. Compact fluorescent light bulbs
The mercury content makes CFLs a trickier disposal problem than basic bulbs, leaving many people confused about what to do with them once the light has been extinguished. But now both Ikea and Home Depot provide CFL recycling programs, and other lighting stores are also beginning to accept these bulbs as well.
Cosmetic packaging probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when considering recycling, but compacts, tubs, tubes, and other containers can be easily recycled. Various companies have their own programs, including: M·A·C Cosmetics, Origins and Aveda, to name a few.
This may sound crazy — clearly crayons aren’t public enemy number one – but with 120,000 pounds of crayons produced each day in this country, the landfills could become surprisingly colorful. Fear not, the National Crayon Recycle Program will recycle your rejected crayons and turn them into new ones. So far, the program has diverted more than 88,000 pounds of crayons from landfills.
Love them or hate them, the molded petroleum-based foam shoes that seem best suited for emceeing a circus are here to stay; if not in fashion, at least in the environment, given the enduring material from which they are made. But the company that everyone loves to hate has done something good with the formation of Crocs Cares, which recycles used Crocs into new shoes and donates them to underprivileged families.
There is something profoundly counter intuitive about throwing out old eyeglasses, it just doesn’t feel right; but how in the world can we recycle old glasses? It’s actually quite simple, and better yet, they can be reused by people in need. The Lions Recycle for Sight program collects used eyeglasses and cleans them before sorting by prescription strength and distributing them to people in developing countries. They accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses and plastic and metal frames. Children's glasses are especially needed. Drop them in a Lions Club dropbox or send them by mail, here’s how.
12. Hair dryers
Hair dryers usually have a decent lifespan, but once they need replacing, what to do with the old clunky beast? Folica.com is one option for recycling; the company accepts mail-back dryers and will issue a $40 credit towards the purchase of a new one.
If you bring your old iPod to an Apple Retail Store, they will take it off your hands and also give you a 10 percent discount on the purchase of a new one.
14. Mobile phones
Currently, only about 10 percent of cellphones in the U.S. are recycled; and while some components require proper hazardous waste disposal, other parts are highly recyclable. There are many charities that accept old phones for recycling. See a list of mail-back programs at earth911. And if you have an iPhone, you can return it to Apple for recycling; if the device is eligible for re-use, Apple will give you a gift card for the value.
15. Packing peanuts
Polystyrene packing peanuts, oh how they perplex! The masters of static cling are particularly problematic because they take up a lot of room, waste-wise, and they fail to biodegrade. Fortunately, they don’t lose their packing prowess upon being reused, so many shipping companies will take them back. Try Mailboxes, Etc and UPS, you can also find other drop-off locations at loosefillpackaging.com.
The global hosiery market is expected to reach $20.3 billion by 2015, and given pantyhose’s propensity to so easily render itself unwearable courtesy of snags and runs, there is a seemingly endless stream of pantyhose finding their way to the trash can. Fortunately, there are many ways you can reuse retired pantyhose, and when all else fails, you can recycle them. No Nonsense legwear company accepts all brands of nylons, knee-highs and tights and recycles the material to be used in carpet, anchor rope and park benches. Get a mailing label here.
17. Plastic dry-cleaning bags, bread bags, produce bags, etc
Some municipalities have fantastic curbside recycling options for plastic, but others don’t. If you live in the latter, there’s a secret that too few people know about. Nearly any plastic bag or plastic wrap can be deposited in the grocery bag recycling bin at many supermarkets. For more details, see Recycle sandwich bags, dry-cleaning bags and more.
18. Prosthetic limbs
Prosthetic pieces aren’t generally reused in the U.S. due to legal considerations, but don’t let those fake limbs go to waste! Some organizations arrange for prosthetic components to be disassembled and shipped to Third World countries and to be used for landmine victims and others. Check these organizations, each of which can accept donations depending on their current needs.
19. Resealable sandwich bags
Few items create more inner turmoil for eco-moms than zipper-style sandwich and freezer bags; for many they embody the sinful duality of being both wonderfully indispensable yet easily disposable. For those who can’t give up their resealable bags, you can now recycle them at any of more than 18,000 in-store recycling centers. And you can even earn reward points for doing so. For details, see Ziploc launches new recycling program.
20. Wine corks
Yes, cork is biodegradable and in the big picture, bitty little wine corks are perhaps not the most vexing of items to warrant recycling. But if you consider that in the U.S. alone we consume more than 850 million gallons of wine, you realize that the corks can really start to add up — and there are only so many DIY coasters and homemade memo boards one house can handle. Fortunately you can send your corks to places like Yemm & Hart or recork.org, who will kindly take them off your hands to create new products.
Happy Friday! I stumbled across this list of confessions as told by a movie theater employee. Know you know!
Why does it smell so good? The popcorn has chemicals in it to make its aroma fill the theater.
For the first month or two of screening, money from ticket sales goes to movie studios. Theaters rely on concession stands to make money. That's why concessions are overpriced. Popcorn costs almost nothing to make.
I know all the methods you use to sneak in. I just don't always care enough to kick you out for it.
The only foods I trust are the popcorn, drinks, and boxed candy. I wouldn't eat the pretzels, hot dogs, or nachos.
Chances are, if you complain to the manager and he sides with you, he's just putting on a show to calm you down. The manager might pretend to yell at me for a minute, but he'll pat me on the back the moment you're out of sight.
Combination deals don't save you money at some theaters. You'd pay the same price if you purchased the items separately.
Think you're saving calories by ordering a small popcorn? That "small" popcorn could have been a medium last month.
Stop getting angry that your food isn't ready. Microwaves can't cook frozen pizzas in 30 seconds!
No, I can't give you extra cups. Everything is inventoried at the end of the night.
Your suspicions are correct. Sometimes I sweep excess food under the seats. Movies often end every few minutes.
Sometimes, three or more screenings end at the same time. I don't always have time to clean everything up.
Yes, movies start late. But they almost always end on time-otherwise, the ushers wouldn't know when to clean up. Theaters tell you to come in early so you have time to watch commercials and previews.
Popcorn keeps for a day or two. Many customers confuse warm with fresh.
Time to test your knowledge of celebrities in trouble. The answers are at the bottom of this quiz. Enjoy!
1---Which of the following celebrities has not spent time in the Promises rehab facility in Malibu: Britney Spears, Michael Richards or Mel Gibson?
2---What was Paris Hilton's blood alcohol level when she was arrested for DUI: .08, .10 or .14?
3---According to TMZ.com, when Lindsay Lohan crashed her car in Beverly Hills and was arrested on suspicion of DUI, she spent the night in which Hollywood hotspot: Mood, the Roosevelt Hotel or Les Deux?
4---Former Married...With Children star David Faustino was arrested once for marijuana possession and disorderly intoxication. In which state was he arrested: Florida, New York, or California?
5---True or false: Courtney Love once said "I was court-ordered to Alcoholics Anonymous on television.That pretty much blows the hell out of the second 'A,' doesn't it?"
6---Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp was arrested in New York in 1994 for what: assaulting a photographer, trashing a hotel room, or drunk driving?
7---True or false: Drew Barrymore has never been arrested for a DUI?
8---Hugh Grant was arrested in London once for throwing a container of what at a photographer?
9---Which former American Idol finalist was arrested in Tampa for allegedly hitting a man over the head with a glass: Diana DeGarmo, Jessica Sierra or Carmen Rasmussen?
10--What car was Lindsay Lohan driving when she was arrested on suspicion of DUI: a Bentley, a BMW, or a Mercedes?
11--Before checking into rehab, Britney Spears shaved her head at what salon in Tarzana, California: Esther's, Joan's or Edith's?
12--According to Wikipedia, what brand of hamburger is David Hasselhoff trying to eat in the infamous video where he is drunk and shirtless: In-N-Out, Wendy's, or Jack in the Box?
13--When Nicole Richie was arrested by the California Highway Patrol, the 5-foot-1 Richie was listed at what weight on the booking sheet: 85 pounds, 90 pounds or 95 pounds?
14--True or false: Sanjaya was once arrested for growing marijuana plants?
15--Country showdown: who had the higher blood alcohol level after their arrest for drunk driving: Glen Campbell or Wynonna Judd?
16--Ty Pennington once pleaded no contest to a charge of drunk driving and was given three years probation. What is Ty's real first name: Tyrus, Tryone or Tygert?
17--When Nicole Richie was arrested in December, 2006, she told the officers she had used marijuana and what other drug: heroin, Vicodin or OxyContin?
18--Which former "Dancing With The Stars" contestant was arrested for a DUI: Vivica Fox, Willa Ford, or Mario Lopez?
19--What performer was arrested once for allegedly kidnapping a male escort and chaining him to the wall: Boy George, George Michael, or Busta Rhymes?
Bonus: When Paris Hilton reported to jail, how many state-issued pairs of underpants did she get?
1--- (Michael Richards)
3--- (Les Deux)
5--- (False, it was Paula Poundstone who said that.)
6--- (Trashing a hotel room)
8--- (A container of baked beans)
9--- (Jessica Sierra)
10-- (a 2005 Mercedes convertible)
13-- (85 pounds)
14-- (False, his mother was.)
15-- (Glen Campbell .20 to .175)
18-- (Vivica Fox)
19-- (Boy George)
The common wisdom practiced for years is to use scent and sound to "motivate" buyers to purchase a home. But it can backfire. New research shows that while popular scents or songs may elicit positive emotions, they can distract from our ability to make decisions.
“If you’re trying to sell your home, having the wrong smell or music playing is worse than having none at all,” said Eric R. Spangenberg, dean for the College of Business at Washington State University and longtime professor specializing in environmental psychology. “There is a lot of cognitive processing involved in a home purchase. A 30-year mortgage is a big decision.”
Spangenberg has studied the effects of scents and music in retail environments since the late ’80s. His latest research, published in the Journal of Retailing, shows that what consumers hear and smell is a determining factor in how much time and money they spend.
“The [home] staging business should incorporate other senses,” he said. “The science of olfactory cues is not being used. People use intuition, but a lot of intuition is based on urban myths more than it’s based on science.”
Spangenberg has three key principles to help sellers use smells and songs to make their homes more marketable.
No. 1: Keep It Pleasant
If you’ve ever cringed walking through the perfume aisle in a department store, it’s probably because your brain was on sensory overload. Spangenberg says when a smell is that powerful, it’s all you can think about … literally.
“You want scents to be on the edge of your perception — not centrally processed,” he explained. This leaves the central part of your brain to do what it does best: process the task at hand.
For a home buyer, the focus should be on deciding whether to buy a home, not trying to identify and sort out a powerful scent. To ensure this happens, Spangenberg says sellers should limit how much scent they infuse into a space.
Music follows the same principle. A song that is louder than you’re used to will detract from your ability to focus on anything else.
“Abercrombie & Fitch has a strong environmental psychological element to what they do,” Spangenberg said. “They don’t want me — a 50-year-old male — in their store. It’s too loud for me.”
No. 2: Keep It Simple
Spangenberg’s research has shown that simple scents are most effective in influencing shopping behaviors. In fact, his study found consumers spent 31.8 percent more on average when a home-decor store had a simple orange scent instead of a complex blend of orange, basin and green tea.
“Our results suggest the more simple, the less distracting,” he said. It goes back to the idea of freeing up the decision-making part of the brain. For home selling, Spangenberg says a simple citrus scent would be a better choice than a blend of potpourri.
Moreover, in his 2011 music study, titled “It’s all in the mix: The interactive effect of music tempo and mode on in-store sales,” Spangenberg found that music in minor mode was significantly more effective when accompanied by a slow tempo.
“Our ability to perceive and process those two things (mode and tempo) is hardwired in human beings,” Spangenberg explained, recalling an experiment conducted at a Nordstrom department store.
“Popular music wasn’t effective at keeping people there,” he said. “The problem was the tempo was too fast, making people move faster through the store than we wanted them to.” As a result, Nordstrom often has a live pianist play slower music in its stores today.
In the same way, home sellers could consider using simpler scents and slower songs to keep potential buyers interested.
No. 3: Keep It Consistent
Finally, Spangenberg’s research suggests consistency or congruence is key. He advises home sellers to evaluate their environment, the season and their potential buyers.
“A wood-and-stone home should have scents congruent with that environment,” he said. “But in a home with no wood, you wouldn’t expect a pine scent.”
Spangenberg says that it’s this inconsistency — the fact that the smell doesn’t fit with its surroundings — that matters.
“If you walked down the spice aisle blindfolded and smelled cumin, you would think someone needs a shower,” he said.
At the same time, consistency with the season is important. For example, Spangenberg says you wouldn’t expect a spring scent during the winter or floral notes in a home with Christmas decorations.
He says inconsistency can take away from a potential buyer’s ability to think about purchasing a home. This includes gender preferences.
“If I am trying to sell a condo to a young, professional woman versus a man, I would use different scents,” Spangenberg explains. “It’s about doing what fits.”
Do you miss having a dog, but your apartment doesn't allow pets? Don't worry, there's a website for that. BorrowMyDoggy.com allows users to simply borrow a furry friend from a pet owner. When a borrower signs up, they give details of their experience with dogs, the amount of time they have, and upload a photo of themselves. When a pet owner signs up they write a profile about their pet and whether they want the pet to be walked, looked after at home or groomed. The website says it keeps the site safe by running checks on borrowers to make sure their name and address match, and also recommends that borrowers and pet owners meet in a public place before the dog is
Years ago it was thought that teasing was just a natural part of growing up. But over the past few decades, that thought has changed when we have realized that teasing can have lasting effects, and if teasing turns into full-on bullying, the effects can be much worse. So how do you know if your child has become a victim of bullying? Here are some signs to look out for:
1. Is your child suddenly coming home from school very hungry?
Often, bullies will take a child’s lunch or his lunch money. Is your child missing items, such as school supplies or clothing, with no explanation? Sometimes bullies will take these items as a means of intimidation.
2. Is your child afraid to ride on the school bus?
The bus to and from school can be a bullying hot spot since no teachers are present and the bus driver is preoccupied with driving.
3. Is your child running to the bathroom right when he gets home?
The bathroom can also be a prime bullying spot (since there’s only one way in and one way out and it’s hidden from teachers), so much so that a child who’s being bullied might avoid going to the bathroom during the school day altogether.
4. Is your child suddenly withdrawn, unexplainably moody or upset, or anxious?
Do they seem clingy at the beginning of the day or doesn’t want to go to school a lot? Is he suddenly having trouble sleeping? All of these, as well any marked changes in your child’s personality, can be a sign that something is up.
It’s important to note that kids don’t always feel comfortable going to their parents with concerns about what’s been happening at school, and it’s hard for parents of bullying victims to know that something is even going on. That’s why it’s critical to get into the habit of talking to your child about their day and communicating with them about their daily life on a regular basis. This way, if something does come up, you’re more likely to notice a difference in what they say, or how they say it. Oftentimes a child will tell you more with their body language than with their words.
It’s also important to note that a child can experience the effects of bullying without being physically bullied. Kids can be ruthless to each other — excluding each other and making other kids feel left out and alone.
If you do suspect a problem, speak up, either directly with your child’s teacher or an administrator. Often the school doesn’t even know what’s going on, and it’s good to enlist everyone’s help early, since bullying can turn severe quickly. Luckily, in many schools today, bullying seems to be a buzzword and one that teachers are often trained in workshops to identify and deal with. Find out if your school has an active anti-bullying program in place and if not, work to get one in order. Kids will have enough reality to deal with later on in life so it’s important that we help make their schools as fun, safe and warm an environment as possible.
I don't doubt the next bubble to burst is the student loan debt. It's really is sad that most recent college graduates are burdened with thousands of dollars of debt for their education. But there are some programs that will pay off some(if not all) of that debt if you move to a rural area.
Last year after completing her master's degree, Dayna Bechard Elliott, 34, took some major risks few would consider. She quit her corporate job in Kansas City and moved to Tribune, Kansas (population: 741) to open a restaurant with a business partner. Burdened with $30,000 in student loan debt, she admits this life change could have been a recipe for financial failure. But Elliott had a big safety net: the state of Kansas would help to pay off her student loans as long as she lived in a rural part of the state.
An increasing number of cities and states are trying combat dwindling populations-commonly known as the brain drain- by luring recent graduates to their areas offering economic incentives such as college loan reimbursement and tax exemptions to those who move there. With student loan debt in the U.S. fast approaching the $1 trillion mark and the majority of those loans at $10,000 or more, this perk is becoming increasingly attractive.
Kansas has implemented Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) offering $15,000 in college loan debt repayment and in some cases waiving income tax for up to five years for moving to one of these 50 rural counties. Jobs, which are more elusive in other parts of the country, are not a problem here.
“We need skilled labor in these areas," said Chris Harris, program manager with the Kansas Department of Commerce. "The population is aging. We need doctors, lawyers, teachers and people to take over small businesses as the older generations retire here. It’s an aging and shrinking population and we need educated people to do these jobs.”
In fact, only 10% of the jobs open in these rural counties are farming jobs. The vast majority of them are in healthcare, education and other white-collar professions. According to Harris, 98% of the 420 people already taking part in the program have secured employment.
But life in rural Kansas is probably how you’d imagine it. “It’s desolate and for a single person it’s even more difficult.” explains Jordan Kinsey, who moved to Norton, Kansas (population: 2,900) to teach music at the local high school.
Kinsey, a native of Paducah, Kentucky says he might not have taken the job if it weren't for the ROZ program with debt repayment and income tax exemption. But weekends are particularly hard, admits Kinsey. “I try not to be in Norton on the weekends," he said. "I’d rather drive three hours to Lincoln or Kansas City than stick around.”
“My social life is non-existent now,” says Elliott. “Living here without my friends has definitely been the biggest challenge for me. I’m happy and I’m consumed by work, but I miss having my group of friends. Skype and Google Hangout have been incredible tools for my sanity.”
Elliott’s restaurant, Elliott’s GastroPub, is the only bar in about five counties to have a full liquor license. So even if she doesn’t have much of a social life, she is providing one for others.
The Boons for Cash-Strapped Municipalities
In Niagara Falls, New York, population equals money. In the 1960s, Niagara Falls was a metropolis of over 100,000. Now, the city’s population is hovering around 50,000. And that figure is key. Below 50,000 means it is no longer a city and would not qualify for HUD funding. Seth Piccirillo, director of community development in Niagara Falls, helped create a program to entice local area graduates into staying.
Niagara Falls is launching a program this spring that will give about $3,500 toward student loan repayment to graduates who move there. Piccirillo says new housing units and good commute times to Buffalo and other parts of Western New York along with debt repayment will hopefully encourage people to explore moving to and staying in the city.
“Every person counts when it comes to our population here," Piccirillo said. "It may be a small program now, but it was just an idea we had last summer. We’re hopeful that people will check us out and see what we have to offer.”
While it may be difficult to picture Niagara Falls becoming the next Brooklyn or envision a recent grad forgoing San Francisco or Chicago for rural Kansas, these programs are catching on. About a third of the ROZ applicants come from out of state, including some from Florida and Texas. Neighboring Nebraska and Oklahoma are considering similar programs. And with only an initial $200,000 grant to fund the program last year, Niagara Falls has secured an additional $450,000 in funding for capital improvements to help develop housing for the participants.
Is the Debt Relief Attractive Enough?
Still, there are perils to the programs. Necessities like housing have proved problematic in some counties in Kansas. Kinsey, the music teacher in Norton, Kansas, says he still has to drive 20 minutes to get to his job despite all the empty real estate, and Elliott says that it’s a 90 minute drive to the nearest Target. The lack of a social life and opportunity to meet potential partners may limit how long people in their 20s and 30s stay in these areas once they get their loans paid down.
“It’s really up to these counties in terms of how much they want to invest in this program,” says Harris, from the Kansas department of commerce. “If they want younger people in leadership positions in quality jobs, then they will invest in building new housing and catering to their needs.”
But for Elliott, the move was worth it, at least at the moment.
“I put everything on the line to achieve my dream," she said. "The ROZ student loan program has taken the burden off my personal finances, and I worry less about how to pay back my student loans and focus more on trying to build a successful business.”
Whether you have a Mac or PC, you need to perform routine maintenance to make sure your computer stays in the best shape possible. While you should do this more than once a year, if spring gets you moving, we’ll show you how it’s done.
Clean Out Your Drawers
Throughout the year, you save countless files to your computer that you’ll never use again. Organize your files into folders to make them easier to find. Many people make the mistake of saving every file to their documents folder or on their desktop, so they can’t find anything no matter where they are.
For example, if you use your computer for work and for personal use, have one folder within your main documents folder called “Work” and another called “Home”. You can further subcategorize those into more folders. Keep things simple. Too many folders becomes overwhelming and difficult to navigate
After you get your desktop cleaned up, keep it that way. Tim Lynch of Psychsoftpc says, "You should actually never use [your] desktop for anything other than shortcuts to frequently used programs. What is not commonly known is that you can actually create folder[s] on the desktop and put shortcuts in these to further organize things... you can even put shortcuts to other folders in these."
Your desktop should be clear of any files you aren’t immediately working on. Save current files within their permanent home, then create a desktop shortcut to access them easily.
It may take some time to set up this system, but if you stick to it all year long, next year’s spring cleaning will be simple. If you’d like to save older files, consider using a thumb drive or external hard drive. Or upload them to a free file-saving and sharing system like Box or DropBox, rather than saving them on your computer.
Save What’s Important...Forever
Many of us have our entire lives on our computers: treasured family photos, financial documents and work files — things that are irreplaceable. Depending on the frequency of your computer use, it's recommend weekly backups to archive your files.
Macs come with something called Time Machine, which allows you to back up to an external hard drive with ease. There are similar backup programs for PCs. These features pair well with other services that protect your files against fire, flood or other natural disasters (or even theft).
Services like Box and Dropbox have free versions of the account you can use. You can also upgrade to the pro services for more storage. There are also services like Mozy and Carbonite (just to name a few). To find the service that's right for you, research reviews on third-party sites and choose to compare their various features. If you need to archive sensitive files with personal or financial information, consider a service that is HIPAA-compliant. Even if you don’t have to comply with HIPAA, that level of security will keep you protected.
Lynch recommends you have both onsite and offsite backup. "I recommend having an onsite backup in addition to one of the internet systems. You can't trust that the internet will always be available [to you]," he says, "The internet is always slower than local access. What happens to your stuff if... you forget to pay your bill?"
Don’t Forget To Clean The Baseboards
Your computer needs more TLC than just moving your files around so you can find them. Go through and delete any old programs you don’t use anymore. To uninstall it properly, use the add and remove programs function on Windows or download a program called App Cleaner for Mac. But Lynch cautions us against removing programs unless you truly don't need them. They take time to download and larger hard drives are inexpensive these days.
Update your antivirus and firewall software, too. If you don’t have any, get some. There are plenty of free versions available. Norton and McAfee have their merits, but are more expensive and can be a bit clunky. Additionally, Lynch advises that Norton has been missing things lately. For free antivirus software, he recommends Microsoft Security Essentials (which is very good and free) and Superantispyware Free and Malwarebytes Free. "The free versions don't offer protection," he cautions, "but can be run once in a while or in case of emergency." He also explains that all programs will miss something.
Add A Little Spit And Polish
Finally, make sure your computer looks as good on the outside as its motherboard is feeling. There are a multitude of cleaning products on the market specifically designed for cleaning your computer. Under no circumstances should you use window cleaner as too much vinegar, ammonia or other cleaners can harm electronics or ruin your screen. Also avoid using paper towels or any other cleaning device that could leave residue.
Power your computer and monitor off (including all the accessories) and allow it to cool. Remove the batteries from your keyboard, mouse and other peripherals.
Use a microfiber cloth (or one provided by the manufacturer) to wipe down the screen with either monitor cleaner or a solution of distilled water and (optionally) a small amount (25 percent or less) vinegar. Make sure your cloth is only lightly dampened so nothing drips into any exposed electronics. Wipe it dry with a second microfiber cloth. Rub horizontally at all times (never in circles) and resist the urge to press hard or use your nails on stubborn spots. Look at your monitor from multiple angles to ensure you don’t miss anything or leave streaks.
Do the same to clean your desktop or laptop parts and keyboard. You can use a cotton swab to reach hard-to-clean places, but again, make sure it’s not dripping wet, only slightly damp, and don’t allow any water to seep into the electronics. Under no circumstances should you ever spray any kind of cleaner, even an approved electronics cleaner, directly on your machinery — spray it on the cloth instead.
If necessary, you can gently remove the keys from most keyboards (take a picture so you remember how it goes back later) using a fingernail or soft-edged instrument. You can soak them in a solution of lukewarm water with one or two drops of dish soap and use a soft-bristled toothbrush for extra-tough stains (be careful of the letters or characters on the keys).
You may want to leave large keys in place, as they can be hard to replace. Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe the dampness off and allow them to air dry for 24 hours. Don’t put any keys back on the keyboard until they’re completely dry.
After spring cleaning and weekly (between cleanings), use compressed air to blow dust out of the keyboard and electronic components. Follow the directions carefully, as the propellant in compressed air can damage electronics if you spray too closely, for too long or at the wrong angle.
Happy April! Early this morning I read this story that brought a tear to my eye. It's the story of Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott and a cat named Koshka.
Knott met Koshka on base in the Maiwand District of Afghanistan, where the feline worked as the unofficial mouse catcher. But despite his service, Koshka wasn’t always taken care of. "He was my saving grace," Knott said. "He kept me alive during that tour."
"He was showing some signs that people weren't taking very good care of him," Knott told CBS Charlotte, NC affiliate WBTV. “I found paint in his fur a couple of times. And then people took clippers and shaved his back.” Concerned for the cat, Knott made room for Koshka in his office, even though soldiers aren’t allowed to have pets.
Then, on Dec. 8, 2011, a suicide bomber targeted a military convoy near Knott’s base and killed two of the soldier’s friends. Knott said he was struck by depression and was crying in his office when Koshka came to comfort him.
"With tears in my eyes he locked eyes with me, reached out with his paw and pressed it to my lips, then climbed down into my lap curled up and shared the moment with me,” he told the Clackamas Review.
That was when Knott decided that Koshka couldn’t stay in Afghanistan. "He pulled me out of one of my darkest times, so I had to pull him out of one of his darkest places," he said.
The soldier was unable to get his feline friend on a military convoy, so he forged a plan with a brave local interpreter who agreed to take the cat to Kabul. Both Koshka and the interpreter were at risk — if the man was discovered to be helping an American, the repercussions could be deadly.
"The risk to him was immense," Knott said. “This is a cat with a purple collar and an American-brand cat carrier, going halfway across Afghanistan, going across God knows how many Taliban checkpoints.”
But the interpreter got Koshka to the Kabul airport undetected, and Knott’s family paid $3,000 to fly the cat to their home in Oregon.
Since Koshka’s rescue, Knott has left Afghanistan and is now stationed in Washington state. When his military service ends, he plans to reunite with the cat that helped him through one of his darkest times.
The Oregon Humane Society honored Knott with their Diamond Collar Award.