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Posts from December 2013


Florida Set To Pass New York In 2014
Figures out from the Census Bureau Monday showed that the U.S. population grew just 0.72 percent last year, the lowest rate in more than seven decades. The figures also show that New York remained the third most populous state, after California and Texas -- but just barely. New York has just fewer than 100,000 people more than Florida, which is expected to take over the third place spot at some point in 2014.
In a separate release, the Census Bureau projected that on January 1st, the U.S. population would be 317,297,938, a 0.7 percent increase from January 1st, 2013.
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Tim Tebow Lands TV Deal

Tim Tebow is embarking on a TV career. The Heisman Trophy winner has been hired by the new SEC Network as a college football analyst on the pregame show SEC Nation. In announcing the new gig, Tebow and the network noted that the job does not preclude a return to the NFL.

ESPN, which runs the network, specified that the multiyear deal "will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL." Tebow has been without a team since he was cut by the Patriots in August.

Tebow said of his new job, "While I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.".  Tebow will make his debut during pregame coverage of the BCS championship on January 6.

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NYE TV

Here is a rundown of New Year's Eve TV programming:
ABC-Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacreast-8pm
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eaturing Jenny McCarthy of The View and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas as co-hosts.  A slew of performances will take place including appearances by Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Blondie, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Icona Pop, Enrique Iglesias and Robin Thicke. The program will also feature a performance by Billy Joel, who will be playing a show in nearby Brooklyn, N.Y. at the Barclays Center.

Carson Daly will also be in Times Square to host an NBC special starting at 10 p.m. ET. Angela Kinsey of The Office fame will be on hand to help co-host the event, which will feature performances by Train and The Voice stars Tessanne Chin and Cassadee Pope. Mariah Carey and Blake Shelton are expected to appear, too.

Fox will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special hosted by Mario Lopez. J. Cole, Krewella, New Politics and Panic! At the Disco will perform.

Rodney Atkins, Susan Boyle and Blues Traveler will perform on Fox News Channel's All American New Year, with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Bill Hemmer as hosts. 

BET will host a special New Year’s Eve event with a 106 & Party special, featuring hosts Lil Mama and Mack Wilds. A$AP Rocky, Trey Songz and August Alsina will perform.

PBS will air the New York Philharmonic Gala Concert featuring featuring guest cellist Yo-Yo Ma. 

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Online Tool Lets You Know If An App Is A Data Hog
Have you ever downloaded an app that didn’t seem like it was going to chew up a ton of data only to later find out that it was devouring megabytes without you knowing? A wireless industry group has put together a website that measures data usage on the most popular iOS and Android apps (sorry Windows phone users) so consumers can know what to expect before they download.  Click here to find out the name of the app and the rest of the story.
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5 Healthy Late-Night Snakcs
These snacks will leave you feeling full but, according to Angela Lemond, R.D.N., of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, won't do bad things like spike you blood sugar, incite cravings or pack on the pounds.
1. one medium banana & one tablespoon almond butter
2. one medium apple & one ounce of low-fat cheese
3. a quarter cup of black beans & a small corn tortilla
4. one cup of blueberries & six to eight ounces of plain, non-fat yogurt
5. one cup of carrots stick & three tablespoons of hummus
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13 Most Useless Food Inventions of 2013
Not every invention is  a home run.  I see plenty of them when I forget to turn off my TV and wake up in the middle of the night.  Some strange item is being pitched for the low price of $19.95.  But did that useless food item make the top 13 list of 2013?

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Melbourne Police Hand Out Lottery Tickets With Speeding Tickets
A speeding ticket can be awfully expensive, but police in Melbourne, FL, were giving some lead-footed motorists a chance to win enough money to pay off their citations by handing out scratch-and-win lotto tickets and speeding tickets on Christmas day.

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Lower Risk Of Nut Alllergy By Eating Them

Sometimes it really is the "hair of the dog" that can make things better. As nut allergies increase among children mothers have been wondering whether they should be consuming tree nuts while pregnant. Researchers say the answer is yes, eating tree nuts helps. To find this, researchers followed nearly 11-thousand participants form birth through about age four. The participants' mothers reported their diets during or shortly before or after pregnancy, and researchers found that peanut/tree nut allergy incidence was significantly lower among the children of mother who ate more nuts during pregnancy. Researchers say, "This study adds to the emerging body of evidence that early introduction of food allergens leads to the development of tolerance to these food allergies, reducing the risk of developing food allergies." (Fox)

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Chill You Bottle Of Bubbly For Good Reasons
Keeping your bottle of bubbly chilled not only makes it taste great, it makes opening it safer. Researchers from the Champagne region of France have recently discovered that the warmer the bottle of Champagne the faster the cork travels when popped. Researchers say the cork of a bottle kept at about 40 degrees Fahrenheit traveled at about 25 miles-per-hour while the cork of a bottle kept at about 65-degrees Fahrenheit traveled up to 34 miles-per-hour. Researchers claim this happens because the gases inside the bubbles move faster at warmer temperatures, which increases the velocity of the cork. The American Academy of Opthamology says that last year almost a fifth of serious eye injuries were blamed on flying champagne corks. (Daily Mail)
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FOMO in 2014
FOMO -- the fear of missing out -- has only recently become a phrase in wider use, meaning the fear that something's going on that you don't know about or aren't involved in, that's been heightened by social media. But AP reports that global advertising and marketing company and trend watcher JWT believes that JOMO -- the joy of missing out -- is going to be gaining ground in 2014. The prediction is that more people will be trying to shut out distractions and focus on the moment. The company's trend-spotter, Ann Mack, explained, "You're enjoying what you're doing in the here and now and not on social media broadcasting or seeing what everybody else is doing. I think the real surprise is the fact that as we get more immersed in technology we're starting to question its siren call, although we're not resisting it entirely. . . . Over the past several years we've let technology rule us and now we're ready to rule it and find a balance in our lives because we realize technology is here to stay but it's fundamentally changing our relationships, our behaviors, perhaps even our brains."
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Chocolate Shortage: Everybody Panic
Experts say the world is facing the worst cocoa deficit in 50 years. Cocoa demand reportedly exceeds output, and experts say in the next 10 months the gap between demand and supply will be a whopping 70-thousand metric tons. The International Cocoa (ICCO) Organization says that shortfall could persist for six years, which would be the longest running shortage since the ICCO began collecting data in 1960. One researcher explained the shortage by saying, "It's produced in countries in West Africa that tend to be politically unstable, and the weather can be difficult to predict." Researchers also say that demand has increased very much as once-poor populations are becoming middle class, and have more money to spend on luxuries such as chocolate. (Yahoo)
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Foot Numbing Spray To Numb Pain Out Of High Heels
Women may grin and bear it in order to walk around in sky-high heels, but a new invention may take the pain out of the fashion. Biochemistry has invented a foot-numbing spray called Heel No Pain. The spray claims to relieve foot pain for up to three hours and will be released in the U.S. just in time for New Year's Eve. The plastic surgeon who invented the spray says, "The pain simply dissipates and [this] lasts two to three hours. It's certainly enough to get you through a red carpet event." The inventor explains that the spray is a painkiller with heat treatment that is able to penetrate the skin. The stuff is FDA approved, and will cost you 15-bucks for one ounce. (Daily Mail)
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Paying Kids To Eat Vegetables Pays Off
Not surprisingly, new research finds that kids will eat more fruits and vegetables at school if they are paid to do so. Researchers from two universities ran a week-long experiment with 15 different schools in which they offered students a nickel, quarter or raffle ticket for eating a serving of fruit or vegetable. The raffle ticket was for a chance to win a larger prize, and researchers found that offering the small rewards increased fruti and vegetable consumption by 80-percent, and decreased food waste by 33-percent. Researchers say when the study was over the students went back to the same level of fruit and vegetable consumption as before, but they are not studying whether extending the experiments over three to five weeks might yield lasting behavior changes. (UPI)
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Super Saturday Sales Last Chance For Santa
The Friday after Thanksgiving has a name, so does the Monday after and now this Saturday has it's own moniker.  Super Saturday is the final push for retailers hoping to trade deals for your cash before Christmas.  The Consumerist says there will be deals but certain items will go even lower after the holidays.

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Top Hoaxes Of 2013
Yep, we've been duped and more than once this year.  Mashable.com has tabulated the top hoaxes of 2013 which include Manti Te'o's girlfriend, the kiss cam breakup and the zero tip on a $100 restaurant bill.

Click here to see the top 9 hoaxes of the year (so far).

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12 Tips To Make Your Holiday Baked Good Even Better
The holidays aren't the same without baking delicious treats.  You know those treats you normally wouldn't cook at all?  Those treats that bring a smile to everyone's face and bring back memories of Christmases past?  Here an interesting article you can use to make those holiday treats even better!  Click here for 12 tips to make your holiday baked treats even better (Yahoo news)
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Say Goodbye to 60w & 40w Incandescent Lightbulbs
On Jan. 1, 2014, it will be lights out for standard incandescent 60- and 40-watt light bulbs. In order to comply with efficiency standards outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act, which was signed into law by President George Bush in 2007, it will be illegal to manufacture or import them after Dec. 31. But retailers will still be able to sell off any remaining stock. In 2012, all 100-watt bulbs were phased out, and 75-watt bulbs disappeared the following year.
Click here for expert tips to comply with the new law, as well as to balance energy efficiency and cost savings with aesthetics
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Dorito Dust Coming To A Spice Rack Near You
Who doesn't like Doritos? After the popular cheesy corn chips took the Taco Bell crowd by storm in the form of taco shells, the tangy chip-dust may start popping up elsewhere. Doritos' parent company, PepsiCo, just made a deal with the chain Buffalo Wild Wings to serve its beverages, and says it will work with the chain to create "unique menu offerings." The company sees Doritos as a topping for wings and even side dishes like French fries. A Wild Wings representative said she was shown ideas for salad dressings and sandwich and chicken wing sauces that incorporated PepsiCo's colas, including Mountain Dew. (Daily Mail)
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Breast Cancer Breakthough
Very encouraging news for women with a history of breast cancer in their family!  A study of 4,000 women at high risk of developing breast cancer because of family history or bad genes found that a daily hormone-blocking pill cut the risk of developing the disease by more than half after five years. The results were reported yesterday (December 12th) at a cancer conference in Texas. The drug, called anastrozole and sold as Arimidex, can cause hot flashes, joint pain and other side effects, but they were nearly as common among women who took a placebo, and are often due to menopause and aging.
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One-Up Your Neighbors Navity Display With A Real Camel
A little friendly, neighborhood competition is nothing new during the holidays. It usually involves a Christmas display much like the 2006 movie Deck The Halls with Matthew Broderick & Danny DeVito.  Ok bad example but if you want to one-up your competition, consider renting real camels for your live naivety scene.  It is a growing trend.

Click here for the rest of the story from the Washington Post.

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Free Digital Items With Free 12 Gifts Of Christmas App
You can get some free digital items from Apple, and all you have to do is download an app. Apple has announced 12 days of free gifts will be available to those in the U.S. for the first time. If you download the 12 gifts of Christmas app from the app store you will get a free gift every day from December 26th to January 6th in the form of an app, book, song or film. Apple has run this promotion for the last couple of years outside of the U.S., and it's definitely worth the download as previous gifts have included episodes of Top Gear, tracks from One Direction, games from Sega and books from author Lee Child.

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Best Time To Take Your Christmas Party Picture Is At 9:36pm
According to new research, the most perfect, memorable photo you can take at a party should be taken at 9:36 PM. Experts say by that point, most party goers will have drank enough to appear relax, but won't be sloppy drunk. To find this, British researchers polled two-thousand adults about when they feel they look their best at parties. One party planner says, "After a couple of drink and a bit of warming up during the meal, partygoers are usually at their most [lively], and that's when we'd recommend people get their photos. After 10 PM ...photos [can be ruined] by sweaty faces, smeared lipstick or [people acting inappropriately.]" Researchers say the time of 9:36 is based on a party where the start time is 7 PM and the end time is 10 PM. (Daily Mail)
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How Long Do You Spend Christmas Shopping For Your Spouse?
Christmas shopping can be time consuming and stressful, and new research finds that mothers spend an average of 13 hours and 23 minutes choose their partner perfect presents. Fathers are apparently able to pick the perfect gift more quickly, and only spend an average of four hours and 10 minutes on the task. Fifty-seven-percent of mothers surveyed confess they are disappointed with Christmas gifts given by their husbands or boyfriends and 25-percent say they frantically dropping hints now in hopes that this year it will be different. The U.K. survey covered one-thousand parents, and found that one-in-ten mothers say they are expected to wrap all the gifts that are put under the tree. Researchers also found that 11-percent of men are so clueless as to what to buy their wives that they let her choose her own gift. (Daily Mail)
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New Invention: Christmas In A Can
Probably one of the more disturbing items to come across my desk in quite a while.  An entire Christmas dinner in one single can.  The Christmas Tinner as it is known a contains 9 layers of Christmas dinner classics designed for those who find it a bit too much to put down the video game controller and enjoy Christmas dinner.The full nine layers, from top to bottom, include scrambled egg and bacon, two mince pies, turkey and potatoes, gravy, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts with stuffing - or broccoli with stuffing - roast carrots and parsnips and Christmas pudding,  The Christmas Tinner is available in limited stores in the UK and expected to launch in more stores before December 25.
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Walt Disney World Winner's List
Congratulations to Barbara Payne of Ocala on winning the 4 annual Preferred Passes to Walt Disney World!

Kudos to these 10 people who each won a $50 Walt Disney World gift card, valid at Disney Theme Parks & Resorts, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.
 
  • Joan Partridge-Reddick
  • Sheila Springs-Archer
  • Heather Hartley-Gainesville
  • Nicole Sorrentino-Ocala
  • Cathy Dear-Dunnellon
  • Helene Vanderslice-Homosassa
  • Jim Fisher-Gainesville
  • Kathryn Eyes-Ft. White
  • Jodie Eaton-Ocala
  • Travis Mchenry  -Gainesville
Congratulations to all our winner and have a Merry Christmas!
 
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Help Foster Kids This Chrsitmas By Being A Secret Santa
I stumbled across this article in The Gainesville Sun & The Ocala Star-Banner about the State of Florida DCF partnering with One Simple Wish to seek out those who wish to be a secret Santa for current and former foster kids.  I can only imagine the pain and sorrow these kids go through during this time of year.  Not to mention many are forgotten so if you can help, click on the link below to find out more!
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How To Select A Bottle Of Wine
So many Christmas parties to attend and it is customary to being a gift to the host.  Many times that gift is a bottle of wine.  But how do you pick out a good bottle?  What kind of wine should you get? These questions and many more are answered by clicking here. 
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Plants Make You More Productive
Having a potted plant on your desk apparently makes for more than just good scenery. British researchers say a houseplant in your workspace has been found to aid concentration, increase productivity and boost wellbeing by 47-percent. To find this, researchers had 350 people measure their productivity, creativity and happiness in four differently designed work environments in a series of 90 experiments. Researchers say pariticpants recorded a creativty boost of 45-percent and a productivity boost of 38-percent when working in environments with plants. Researchers say the results of the study give "company managers a real incentive to share control of office space with their staff and create meaningful, less didactic and more group up space." (Daily Mail)
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2013 College Football Bowl Schedule
The matchup for the BCS championship game is set, with undefeated Number 1 Florida State to play against Number 2 Auburn on January 6th in Pasadena, California. This will  be the final BCS title game before next year's College Football Playoff system begins, which will involve a selection committee picking the four teams to play in national semifinals, with the winners playing for the championship.

Click here for the complete bowl game schedule from ESPN.com.

 
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Best AA Batteries Money Can Buy
There is usually one Christmas shopping list item that makes it year after year and that would be batteries.  But with so many choices, brands and packs, which one's are the best you can buy?  Consumer Reports has the answer and explains which batteries are the best for which gadget.  Click here for the Consumer Reports story.

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Teddy Bear Toss of 25,921
Supporters of the Calgary Hitmen hockey team tossed 25,921 stuffed toys onto the ice for the 19th annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are asked to bring a bear to throw when the Hitmen score their first goal or the "teddy bear" goal. In total, 25,921 toys were gathered and will be distributed amongst local charities in time for Christmas, including the Cerebral Palsy Assocation, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Alberta Children's Hospital. (Telegraph)

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Men & Women Brains Wired Differently
It probably won't be that big of a shock to us all that a new study found men's and women's brains are wired differently. LiveScience.com reports that the research found that male brains had more connections within hemispheres, whilefemale brains were more connected between hemispheres. The results suggest, therefore, that male brains may be optimized for motor skills, while female brains are optimized for combining analytical and intuitive thinking.
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Tips To Avoid Shipping Glitches
Don't guess the ZIP code, use a sturdy box and write clearly.  Just some tips the Post Office has for shipping gifts this holiday season.  Click here for the compete list.
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