Chris Malone

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Posts from October 2013


Latest Trend: Zombie Weddings
Zombie weddings are on the rise, no pun intended. A recent study conducted by wedding website TheKnot found that 24-percent of couples threw a theme wedding in 2012, and it seems many of them were horror themed. Diane Forden, Editor-in-Chief of Bridal Guide magazine says, "Couples don't feel as bound to tradition as they once did and are more likely to incorporate personalized themes that reflect their joint interests." She says other reasons couples may throw themed weddings may be a feeling of competition with other couples, or because of finances. Forden says when the recession hit the wedding industry experienced a huge do-it-yourself movement, which made weddings more unique. Forden says, "The zombie trend, for examples, may be a natural extension of creating a unique wedding," but she cautions against bloody costumes for your wedding saying, "In your golden years, do you really want to flip through your wedding album and see blood?"
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Deep Fried Twinkee Burger Is Here
Just when you thought the deep fried Twinkee was enough and only available at a fair or festival, now there is a burger.  Take a look at the beef patty, covered in cheese, bacon, creme-filling and sandwiched in between two deep fried Twinkees.

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Early Christmas For A Boy Dying Of Cancer
The Christmas spirit has come early for an Ohio boy who may not make it to December.  Toledo News Now and WTOL-TV report on this story.  Just watch the video below.

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Quit Smoking This Monday

Have you ever tried to quit smoking? NBC News reports that new research finds that tobacco addicts are most likely to think about quitting on a Monday. To find this, a team of researchers analyzed weekly Google search terms, and found that the volume of stop-smoking searches was about 25-percent higher on Mondays than on the rest of the days of the week. Researchers say the findings are important because previously it was believed that the impulse to quite smoking was random or chaotic, and with the new knowledge public health campaigns and stop-smoking efforts could direct more of their resources toward the beginning of the week and have better results.

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What Your Handwriting says About You
Another one of these personality tests I love so much!  Today we zero in on your handwriting.  Click here to see what your handwriting says about you!

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Tobacco Farmers Switch To Stevia
Times are changing for tobacco farmers.  As more people ditch the tobacco habit farmers were left wondering what they could grow in its place.  The answer is Stevia, a South American plant which is 300 times sweeter than sugar and contains no calories!  Click here for the rest of the story.

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Secret Credit Card Backdoor To Get What You Want
I stumbled upon this blog post that caught my attention.  How many times have you called your credit card company to request a lower APR?  Or for an increase to your credit limit?  How successful have they been?  Come to find out there are unpublished phone numbers to departments at your credit card issuer with more power than customer service to lower your APR, increase your credit limit, etc.!  Click here for the link and give it a try. Nothing is guaranteed but it worth a shot!

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Pet-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest Winner


CONGRATULATIONS to Jane Hurley & her ferret Clarence, the winner of $500 in the Pet-O-Ween Online Pet Costume Contest! Thanks to EarthWise Pet Gainesville for sponsoring the contest!


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Being Conservative Can Cost You More At The Store
Here is an interesting article about a person's political view and the cost of items at the store.  Click here to see why Conservatives maybe paying more at the grocery store than their moderate and liberal counterparts.

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Marion County Food Banks Desperate For Help!
The Ocala Star-Banner reports that Interfaith Emergency Services food bank & the Salvation Army's Center of Hope food bank are desperately low and monetary donations are running $60,000 behind last year.  "We are also having to buy food," said Maj. George Patterson, the commander of the Salvation Army in Marion County. "Donations of food, as well as the cash side, are down." Karla Grimsley, Interfaith's executive director, said the situation is even more desperate than it was in 2011. Any donation of non-perishable items would be greatly appreciated!
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Stop Snoozing!
If you're someone who hits the snooze button when your alarm goes off every morning, trying to eke out just a few more minutes of sleep, it's time to end the habit. The Week cites an essay in Pacific Standard that says of the snooze button: "Not only do we delay the start of our days, but we compromise the very sleep we are trying to steal. . . . When we hear the first sound of the alarm, our bodies release adrenaline and cortisol, hormones that wake us, interrupting our natural sleep cycle to make us alert. Surrendering to the temptation of the snooze erases that hormonal surge: Our bodies try to reenter the deeper periods of sleep. Only those restorative levels of sleep take a lot longer than nine minutes to enter, so every snooze confuses our bodies even more." The essay argues, in fact, that "snooze sleep" is worse than not getting any extra sleep because it throws off your circadian rhythms and you'll actually feel groggier than if you'd just gotten up naturally.
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Heartwarming Sportsmanship For Waterboy With Downs Syndrome
A true story of sportsmanship and a glimmer of hope in humanity!  Noah VanVooren wraps up his senior high school year as  the Little Chute, Wisconsin waterboy for the Mustang's football team.  Noah was born with Downs Syndrome but that hasn't stopped him from being the true spirit of the team.  So for the last game of the year, his team mates had a surprise for him.

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Foods For Healthy Teeth
Cranberries, tea and cheese are all foods that are healthy for your teeth!  Click here for the rest fo the story!

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White Is The New Silver
After more than a decade on top, silver is no longer the world's most popular car color, according to PPG Industries, the leading supplier of automotive paints, which says it's been passed by white. PPG said 25 percent of the vehicles it supplied in the 2013 model year were white, up three percent from the previous year. Silver and black tied for second, at 18 percent each. PPG's Jane Harrington, the manager of automotive color styling, and her team determine color trends by watching fashion, architectural paint colors and other predictors. She believes more deep jewel tones are coming and more earthy metallics, like reddish orange.
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Top Financial Fear For Women
An interesting artcile that found the #1 financial fear of women is not wha you would think.  Clickhere for the story from MainStreet.com.

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Trick-Or-Treat Goodies That Aren't Candy
Here are some great alternatives to handing out candy for Halloween! Click here!

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Mini Scream Mask Pizzas For Halloween
In addition to all the pumpkin-flavored items this time of year, consider having some fun with the kids and making mini Scream mask pizzas!  They are adorable and easy!  Click here for the recipe from SheKnows.com!
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Toys Are Cheaper In December
Santa may be waiting a bit longer to do his Christmas shopping.  NBC's Today Show reports that You may have noticed big retailers recently their "hot toy" lists, and you should ignore them, for now. Mark LoCastro, public relations manage at DealNews.com says stores release these lists well ahead of the holiday season to "create a sense of urgency that these toys may not be available later on." DealNews did some research and says that toy prices will be lowest during the first two weeks of December, and that items on the "hot toys" list dropped by as much as 27-percent during the first two weeks of December. Edgar Dworsky, founder of Consumerworld.org says, "It's almost impossible to snag the absolute lowest price because prices are not totally predictable. If you shop a store that has a good price-matching guarantee or you use a credit card that has a price-guarantee feature, you're protected if the price drops after Black Friday."
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Betty White Safety Video
Betty White hosts a new Air New Zealand flight safety video that is seen before the flight take off.  Also a cameo from Gavin MacLeod, the captain from The Love Boat!
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Wine For Cats
Now I've heard everything!  The Huffington Posts reports that a Japanese pet supply company has created a wine exclusively for cats. B&H Life is selling the wine made for cats. The wine is called "Nyan Nyan Nouveau" (nyan is Japanese for meow) and doesn't actually contain any alcohol. The drink is made of grape juice, Vitamin C and catnip. The wine costs $4. The concept was created because customers wanted to celebrate holidays with their cats
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Sunday No Longer Funday
Men's Health reports that you're not alone if you think Sunday's are depressing. New research out of Canada finds that compared to 30 years ago, people now spend nearly twice as much time on Sundays on job-related work. Additionally, data collected from more than 50-thousand people revealed that time spent doing household chores, taking care of kids, and shopping increased from 2.9 hours to four hours each Sunday. At the same time the data reveals people are spending less time doing leisurely activities on Sundays such as socializing with friends, reading, watching TV. Turns out Sunday is no longer a day of rest, but researchers say doing your tasks in the morning and saving afternoons and evenings for relaxing is a good way to balance the day.
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The Corset Diet
Get ready for this one!  There is a growing trend in weight loss involving a corset....I kid you not!  Celebrities like Jessica Alba are singing the praises of lacing up to shrink the waist, and a number of doctors are even recommending it. Beverly Hills-based Dr Alexander Sinclair told ABC News that by being strapped into the device for three to five hours a day (before eventually working up to 12 hours a day), some of his patients have lost six inches from their waistline. You can read the rest of the story by clicking here.
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5 Ways To Keep Your Food From Getting Gross
There is nothing more disgusting than reaching for your favorite food only to find out that it has turned into a gross glob of goo.  Lifehacker.com came up with these 5 tips that you can use to keep your food from becoming gross

1. Keep your bananas bangin’, not browning: You might already wrap the entire bunch of bananas in plastic wrap at the stem, but separating each piece of fruit and then wrapping the stems will keep them fresher. The wrap keeps the fruit’s ethylene gas from browning and ripening bananas and any other fruit nearby. This will slow down that process a wee bit.

2. Freezer burn no more aka The Moment Your Life Changed:  For ice cream, trim the tub as the level of ice cream goes down. That will help keep freezer burn at bay, as it’s the extra air in the container that provides a nice place for the crystals to set up shop.

3. Talking tomatoes: Store tomatoes stem down at room temperature. This way, less air and moisture will enter the tomato’s scar and gives it a little extra stamina.

4. Potatoes and apples are BFFs: Keeping your potatoes with the apples will help prevent early sprouting — that same ethylene gas that ripens bananas will put a damper on potato sprouts.

5. Nobody likes brown guacamole: Drizzle a thin layer of water over leftover guacamole to provide a barrier against oxygen. I also keep the avocado pit in the container, a trick learned that’s always done wonders.

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Travelers Scamming Wedding Parties At Hotels
Wedding crashers used to just show up, uninvited to weddings, but now they're doing something different. Rising hotel costs means more people are trying to get the discounts at hotels, even if that means claiming they're guests of a wedding they're not invited to. People searching out the wedding block rates simply type "wedding block" into google and then look at couple's wedding webistes with often include guest information and special codes to book rooms. Experts say hotels aren't overly concerned about crashers since it's better to sell a room than have it go empty, which unfortunately means it's up to the couple to catch the liars. Alan Fiels, co-autho of "Bridal Bargains" says that couples who are offering guest a room block to check to see who has booked, especially if the block is close to selling out, because if an interloper takes a spot one of your guests should have your guest will end up paying a higher rate.
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Quiet a Noisy Co-Worker, Nicely
Holding a job once in work cubicle land I know there are some setbacks to the configuration. Namely noisy co-workers.  Those one's who talk loudly when you are on the phone, burn popcorn in the office microwave and keeps repeating a song over and over on the computer.  How can you quiet that person while maintaining a healthy working relationship?  Click here for the story!

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True Happiness Is Priceless
New research finds that happiness can be found in rewarding relationships, not material wealth. The research comes from Sweden, and researchers arrived at their conclusion by analyzing articles in Swedish newspapers for words that occurred most often in the same articles that contained the Swedish word for happiness. The study found that terms such as "grandmother" and personal pronouns such as "you", "me", "us", and "them"were most often in the same articles as "happiness." Resaerchers say this shows a collective perception among members of society as to what should make us happy. One researcher says, "Just as the Beatles sang, most people understand that money can't buy you happiness or love."
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10 Sports Involving Pumpkins
October could very well be known as the month of Pumpkins!  Not only is there a pumpkin-flavored everything, there are sports that use pumpkins in play!  From bowling to chunkin', there's a pumpkin-themedsport for you!

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Met The Real Siri
So is Siri a real person?  well, yes, it's Susan Bennett and she tells her story on how she became one of the most recognized voices in the world. Video courtsey of CNN

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DIY Glow In The Dark Halloween Decorations
Whether it's a Halloween party or just to decorate for the trick-or-treaters, check out these do it yourself Halloween decorating ideas!  They are extra neat as they can glow in the dark to give your decorations that extra touch!

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11/12/13 Weddings
It seems many brides are trying to get married on a Tuesday in fall-- percisely November 12th which will be 11/12/13. Brian Beitler, executive vice president of David's Bridal predicts that about "2,300 weddings will take place on 11/12/13, compared to a little over 350 that took place last year." Numerologist Julian Michael says it's about the numbers more than the dates, "If you look at 11/12/13, the number 11 is really significant. You see it everywhere and some people who believe its connection to angels make a wish whenever they see it." One psychologist notes that "Numbers like this ignite our superstitions and our search for meaning. People think we must be special if we're the only generation to ever see this sequential date, right?
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Earbuds Are Causing Hearing Loss At An Alarming Rate
It's hard not to notice the popularity of earbuds.  Every day when I'm at the gym, I see those familiar white cords streaming down from the ear.  The alarming problem is that many people have the volume set too loud.  It's apparent to me this when I'm next to a guy or girl at the gym and I can hear their music clear enough to know the song! At what level is loud noise damaging to our hearing? Typically at 85 decibels, about the level of a hair dryer or a food processor.  Compared to traditional-style headphones that rest over the ear, earbuds can have a higher output level of sound by about 7-9 decibels. An audiologist at Wichita State University who pulled earbuds off students to find out how loud their music was discovered that most students were listening to music at 110-120 decibels, well over the recommended volume. At that level, loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss after just an hour and 15 minutes. With numbers like these, it’s no wonder that the number of teens with hearing loss has jumped 33 percent since 1994, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

So what can you do to still enjoy your music while protecting your hearing?  Click here for the rest of the article.

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Tom Clancy Dead At 66
Best-selling author Tom Clancy, whose Cold war thrillers made him the premier military novelist of his time, died on Tuesday (October 1st) in Baltimore. He was 66. Clancy's attorney said he'd died after a brief illness, with no other cause of death given. Several of Clancy's best-sellers, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger were later made into hit movies, and another film based on his CIA hero, Jack Ryan, is due out on Christmas. In addition to his military fiction, Clancy also wrote military fact -- nonfiction works on the military -- and even went into the field of video games.
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Homemade Shower Cleaner
Lets face it, no one likes cleaning the bathroom.  Not to mention the shower!  Now bachelor logic dictates the shower stays clean because you are getting clean yourself while in the shower.  Not true of course but what can you use to clean without resorting to toxic chemicals and pricey gadgets?  Sayward Rebhal of Networx.com came up with a pretty easy and cheap recipe.

It’s a simple solution made from time-tested “green” cleaning products. Here’s the recipe:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon castile soap
  • optional: essential oil for scent, 20 drops
In a large non-metal mixing bowl, combine the water and castile soap and whisk until the soap is dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. This DIY solution can be used as a refill in an existing contraption, like an automatic shower cleaner. But it can also be added to an empty spray bottle, and applied manually. It’s meant to be used daily, after the shower, and there’s no need to rinse it off. Just spray it, leave it, and forget it.
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Bargain Airfare For The Holidays
It's hard to believe it but Thanksgiving and Christmas are a couple months away. So if you are planning to travel by air, here are some important dates on when to get the lowest price. Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare says that the prices of flight in fall usually take a dip because kids are back at school, and airlines stuggle to fill seats on plane between summer and the start of the holiday season. Seaney says between October and the first few weeks of November flights are cheap, and this time is called the "dead zone." The other dead zone occurs between a few days after Thanksgiving and continues through mid December or so. Seaney warns be careful of buying tickets too close to Thanksgiving as demand is much higher and therefore prices are higher too. Seaney says the most expensive days to fly are the day before Thanksgiving (November 27th) and the Sunday after Thanksgiving (December 1st). If you must fly for Thanksgiving, consider flying on Thanksgiving itself and you'll save a time at the airport and money.
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Starts With an FDA approved Pre-Treatment Drug
October 1 begins Breast Cancer Awareness Month and besides allthe pink you'll see, the Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the first-ever pre-surgical use of a drug called pertuzumab. According to the clinical trial results, about 39% of those who received the triple play of pertuzumab, Herceptin and chemo were found to have no invasive cancer in the breast of lymph nodes. By comparison, only 21% of patients who received Herceptin plus chemo reached this same state.  Click here to read the entire article.

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Major Skin Cancer Breakthrough
A skin cancer drug that first came on the market two years ago is being hailed as a "major breakthrough" after new findings that show patients with advanced melanoma may now survive up to 10 years longer than before by taking it, much longer than originally anticipated. The drug, called ipilimumab, which is sold in the U.S. as Yervoy, is an antibody that activates the immune system to fight the skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer, and although it's almost always curable if found and treated early, it can spread to other parts of the body, and then becomes almost always fatal, with most patients living less than 18 months after diagnosis. Although the new drug is far outperforming expectations, it doesn't work for everyone, with about a 20 percent chance or greater that it will have no effect on a patient.

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How To Get Sleepy Heads Out Of Bed
Lets face it, waking up kids in the morning is not an easy task!  I remember my mother turning on the overhead light in an effort to get me to roll out of bed.  Instead I just ducked my head under the covers.....yeah, she REALLY loved that! 

Here are some tips you can use to get those sleepy heads out of bed.  Click here for the story.

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