Chris Malone

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Posts from June 2014


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

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

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

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Check This Out: Live Lightning Map
Being Florida is the lightning capital of the world, this live lightning strike map should be a neat experience to share with your kids!

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North Korea Upset At James Franco And Seth Rogen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • If Portugal and Ghana draw, they will each have two points and the USA will be through to the Round of 16 in second place.
  • If Portugal win, things look still quite sunny for the US. The Portuguese would need to make up five goals on the US, no easy feat.
  • If Ghana win, things get a bit hairier for USA. The Black Stars would need to make up just two goals against the US, which would happen if they win 1-0 and the US lose 1-0. But If that scenario does happen, the US would still advance. The two teams would be tied on goal differential and goals scored so it would go to the head-to-head result. The US beat Ghana on Monday night.
  • In any other scenario in which the US lose and Ghana win, Ghana would advance.
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Harley-Davidson Develops An Electric Motorcycle
When you consider who might be interested in getting an electric motorcycle, probably the last person you'd think of is a Harley-Davidson rider. But that's not what the classic American company thinks, having designed an electric concept motorcycle called Project LiveWire. In fairness, Harley is looking more to win new customers than to get traditional Harley riders to go electric. Jeff Richlen, chief engineer of Harley-Davidson new products, told Yahoo Autos, "We see this as a bike for more urban areas. It's something that's appealing to people that perhaps haven't considered a Harley before, but it still retains our core DNA." The LiveWire has an electric motor that produces 75 horsepower and allows the bike to reach 60 miles per hour in under four seconds, and it has a total range of around 53 miles before recharging. Those are what the numbers are for now, at least, since this a test bike, not one that's in production yet. Harley also says it's created a new sound signature for the LiveWire that's different from the traditional Harley sound, describing it as "fighter jet on an aircraft carrier." A few dozen LiveWires will go on tour around the U.S. and Europe to see how buyers respond to the bike and what might need changing if and when it goes on sale. Richlen said, "So far, riders have been stoked. The response has been phenomenal, but the tech is still maturing."

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

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Saved By The Bell Movie To Air On Lifetime
Lifetime has announced plans to air a new movie based on Dustin Diamond's memoir Behind the Bell. The project will tell the story of what went down behind the scenes of the popular NBC series that ran from 1989 to 1993. It will premiere on September 1st. The cast was also announced:
  • Degrassi actor Dylan Everett as Mark-Paul Gosselaar
  • Shameless actor Sam Kindseth as Dustin Diamond
  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones co-star Julian Works will play Mario Lopez
  • Alyssa Lynch has been cast as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen
  • Supernatural actress Tiera Skovbye will play Elizabeth Berkley
  • and Blink actress Taylor Russell McKenzie has been cast as Lark Voorhies
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Gainesville Pools Part Of World Record Attempt
Tomorrow (6/20/14) at 11am, a world record could be set.  The city of Gainesville's 3 pools as well as pools across the country will simultaneously begin the world largest swimming lesson! The three participating pools are the H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool and the Andrew R. Mickle Sr. Pool. The event is free to attend.

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Beyonce Releases New Fragrance

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

"Heat Wild Orchid" will hit stores in August.

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

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

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

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Genesis Together For Documentary.
The classic five-man lineup of Genesis will join forces for a definitive BBC documentary on the group. Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Steve Hackett were photographed together for the first time in 15 years to publicize Genesis: Together And Apart, which is set to air on BBC America. The project will mark one of but a few times the five-man lineup has worked together since Gabriel's defection in 1975 and Hackett's exit two years later. No firm details regarding the project, including whether the five members will perform together live or in private -- or even a projected air date -- have been announced.
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How Long Should You Hang On To Bill Statements?
You know to hang on to your tax returns for 7 years but how long should you hang on to those billing statements, pay stubs and medical statements?

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

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

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How Much Money Does It Take To Buy Happiness?
Money can't buy happiness, but it certainly helps. Americans seem to think they wouldn't really need that much of it to be happy any way. CNNMoney's American Dream Poll found that nearly a quarter of those questioned said they'd be happy making between 50 and 75 thousand dollars a year. The responses echo a Princeton study, which found that emotional well-being rose with income, but not much beyond 75 thousand dollars. Ten percent of those polled said making between a dollar and 30 thousand dollars would make them happy, six percent said money can't buy happiness at all, and 23 percent admitted they'd need between 100,000 and 200,000 dollars to be happy.
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Floridians Are The Most Stressed In The Country
Maybe this is what's behind all the crazy headlines it's always making, as Florida has the distinction of being named the most stressed-out state in the country, according to a study by real estate blog Movoto. The blog looked at factors including the percentage of people without health insurance, housing expenses and hours worked per week in order to measure stress across the country. Florida got the label of most stressed-out due to a combination of high unemployment and high rate of people without health insurance. Coming in second was Georgia -- long commutes, followed by New Jersey -- high population density, California -- high cost of housing, and Nevada -- high unemployment low insurance rates. The least stressed-out state of the lower 48 was North Dakota.
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Awesome Kids End The School Year Right
I'm was in need for a heartwarming story to restore my faith in humanity.  Today I want to share such a story from Kentucky and explain why I have much love for the kids of Anderson County High School. Wednesday was the last day of school and the kids were all gathered for a Pep Rally, or so that's what school janitor Ricky Spaulding thought. You see, Ricky has a son stationed overseas has hasn't seen in over a year and now his son has a son, which Ricky has never seen.  What happened next gave me chills of joy as a call for Ricky to report to the "Pep Rally" for a clean up was made.

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

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

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

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

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

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Walt Disney World Ticket Winners


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

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

 
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