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Picking the perfect pooch for your family is both good for you and the dog. The experts have come up with some pointers on which breed will work for you and will ensure your dog has a forever home!
Best Breed for Suburban Families: Golden Retriever
If your idea of the perfect Saturday is being outside tossing around a football, then consider the golden retriever. As the name "retriever" suggests, this dog is in its element chasing a Frisbee or playing fetch with the kids. Golden retrievers are easy to train, a bonus for busy moms and dads. Keep in mind, though, the grooming required: "Their coats are thin, fine, and mat easily, so you have to do a fair amount of brushing," Peterson says. Best Breed for Rural Families: Labrador Retriever
This dog ranks number one in America for good reason -- its versatility. The Labrador retriever is an excellent pick for a family of hikers or campers. Historically, Labrador retrievers were bred as strong hunting companions; for you, that means they're devoted, easy to train, and love the open air. Another plus: The Lab's shorter coat won't attract as many bushes, burrs, and brambles as a longer-haired breed's. Best Breed for Families with Rambunctious Kids: Beagle
The beagle has serious energy. It follows its nose anywhere and everywhere, which can get it into trouble occasionally. Almost sounds like your teens, right? Peterson recommends a beagle for parents looking to teach their kids responsibility. "This breed is compact enough so that a teenager or tween can walk, groom, and feed it, love it and play with it," she says. "It's not too much dog for your kids to handle." Best Breed for Multigenerational Families: Brussels Griffon
This breed is small and likes to cuddle, Peterson says. She suggests Brussels griffons for both senior citizens and children who are looking for an affectionate companion pup. They are spunky, inquisitive, and require daily (but not intense) exercise Best Breed for City Families: Pug
Urban living poses some challenges for a pet, and this breed is a great bet for a family with less room to maneuver. "Pugs are very much people dogs," Peterson says. "They are companion animals and like to stay with their owners at all times." In addition, pugs require a relatively small amount of grooming and exercise. Pick-a-Pup Checklist
Purebred or mixed breed -- no matter. "Taking time to meet the animal and learn about its personality is really the key to finding the right pet for your family," says Sara Kent, director of shelter outreach for Petfinder.com. Consider these factors before you bring a dog home: Size
"A fine-boned dog like a Chihuahua might not be the best choice for a rowdy household of kids," Kent says. This breed would be a better fit for, say, a low-key, less-active family. Temperament
if your dog complements your family's "personality," everyone will be happier. Do you prefer a friendly dog who loves to kiss and snuggle, or a more subdued one? Age
Puppies are lovable and sweet, but they also require a great deal of attention. Be sure you're prepared to contribute the time and funds necessary for raising a young dog -- think puppy training classes, vet visits, and all of those replacements for chewed-up shoes. Grooming
Frequent trips to the groomer can be costly and time-consuming. "Do you want to be going to the groomer monthly with your dog?" asks Kent. "Or would you rather have a pet who's maybe a little more wash-and-wear?" Exercise
Active dogs who don't get to move their bodies become bored and might exercise their brains instead -- in the form of destructive behavior. Assess the level of activity a dog will require, and whether your family can keep up, before you move forward.
I have to gloat for a bit! This is me after reaching my weight loss goal!
I've always heard the last 10 pounds are the hardest to lose and I can add truth to that statement! I was turned on to a product called Healthe Trim and for me, it did what it claimed. I dropped 14 pounds total in 5 weeks and I'm proud of my accomplishments!!! Anyway, if you wan to give it a try, call 855-600-TRIM so that you can get a bottle free with your purchase. It's guaranteed too or your money back.
Recently texting has been front and center to be banned in Florida. Come to find out, texting is not a fatal as you would think. Daydreaming causes more fatalities than anything else!
Being distracted or lost in thought accounted for 62% of fatal accidents caused by a distracted driver, followed by a very distant 12 percent caused by cell phone use, which includes not only talking, but also texting, according to a survey by Erie Insurance. Of the more than 65,000 people killed in car crashes over the past two years, one in 10 were in crashes where at least one of the drivers was distracted, according to police report data analyzed by Erie Insurance in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a nationwide census of fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Distracted driving is any activity that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off your primary task of driving safely.
The top 10 driving distractions involved in fatal car crashes are:
Generally distracted or lost in thought, daydreaming: 62%
Cell phone use (talking, listening, dialing, texting): 12%
Outside person, object or event, such as rubbernecking: 7%
Other occupants (talking with or looking at other people in the car): 5%
Using or reaching for a device brought into the vehicle, such as navigational device or headphones: 2%
Eating or drinking: 2%
Adjusting audio or climate controls: 2%
Using other device/controls integral to the vehicle, such as adjusting rear view mirrors or using OEM navigation system: 1%
Moving object in the vehicle, such as a pet or insect: 1%
Smoking related, including smoking, lighting up, putting ashes in the ashtray: 1%
It's one of modern civilization's greatest conveniences, the sheer number of food choices locally available at your grocery store. Take a look at these bizarre food offerings that may not be available at your local store, but can be ordered online.
Bob's Pickle Pops
Are you a lover of pickles and pickle accessories who yearns for the ability to satisfy the craving on a warm summer day? The quest is over. Pick up some of Bobs Pickle Pops, yes, pickle-flavored ice pops, before your next trip to the beach.
Katadyn Canned Cheeseburger
Everyone has heard Jimmy Buffett's "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and imagined eating just that. But what if your paradise is, say, a tent in the wilderness, miles away from any fine hamburger establishments? The canned cheeseburger by Katadyn is your perfect solution.
Canfield's Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda
If you ever find yourself craving chocolate fudge when you are trying to watch your figure, pick up a case of Canfield's Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda, the sugar-free soft drink with no calories and a rich chocolate taste.
Betty Lou's Powdered Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter Searching for a healthier alternative to peanut butter that you can enjoy on the move? Buy some powdered peanut butter from Betty Lou's and you're good to go. Just add water to make this low-fat, low sodium powder into an odd, but theoretically delicious, snack.
Rose Pork Brains in Milk Gravy
On some sort of contrarian diet where you are trying to maximize cholesterol? Pick up a few cans of Rose Pork Brains in Milk Gravy and get approximately 1,170 percent of the daily recommendation in just one serving.
Accouterments Bacon-Flavored Mints
Bacon in the morning, bacon in the evening, bacon at suppertime. With bacon-flavored breath mints, you can taste bacon anytime. Accouterments also makes mints flavored with dill pickle, nacho cheese, and cupcakes.
Dale's Wild West Rattlesnake Meat
if you've always wanted to taste the deadly rattlesnake, but don't have the skills (or the bravery) to hunt one yourself, pick up a few cases of Dale's Wild West Rattlesnake Meat.
There is now a surgery for about everything! The mustache in America has become a diminished art unless you consider yourself a Hipster, Biker or Adult Movie Star. But in other parts of the world, the mustache is king. And for those who need help filling out their upper lip, Turkey has become the go-to place for facial-hair transplants.
The mustache revamping relies on a procedure called follicle-hair extraction, a process in which clusters of hair are removed from other parts of the body and implanted along the lip. The five-hour surgery can cost up to $5,000. Tourism agencies have started offering "transplant packages," combining hair transplants with shopping tours in Istanbul or excursions to seaside resorts.
So you've decided to sell the family truckster yourself. Here are some tips I found from SheKnows.com that I'm sure will help you garner top dollar!
Fix scratches and scuffs
First appearances matter. Help prospective buyers fall in love with your car by fixing up any minor scratches and scuffs that detract from the overall appearance.
Make it shine
Of course you're going to toss the fast food wrappers and wipe out those sticky cup holders, but if you really want to sell your used car right away, you're going to have to go a little further. Make your car sparkle inside and out by getting it detailed by a pro – or skip the expense and go the DIY route.
Have your vehicle inspected
Be prepared to address any questions about the reliability of your vehicle by taking the car in to a repair shop before listing it on sale. While you're at it, AAA recommends requesting a detailed report that can be shared with prospective buyers.
Price it right
You probably have an idea of what you'd like to get for your car, but the only way to know you're pricing it right is to do the research. Look online for comparable vehicles and use online resources like the Edmunds.com appraisal tool.
Spread the word
Take advantage of social media by using Facebook and Twitter to let friends and family know you're selling your vehicle. Expand your reach by listing your car on Craigslist, eBay Autos, Cars.com and AutoTrader.com.
Use caution when showing the vehicle
Be safe and meet potential buyers at a public location instead of your home. If you choose to show your car at home, make sure you have someone else with you. It never hurts to do an online search of the person interested in your vehicle before scheduling a showing. You might be surprised at how much information you can learn from a simple Google search. If you're not comfortable with what you see or your search comes up blank, you may want to wait.
Complete the transaction
Congratulations – you've found a buyer. Now what? AAA recommends writing up a bill of sale for both you and the buyer to sign and have it notarized. Notaries can be found at a bank or any AAA office. Just make sure you collect your certified check, cash or money order before signing over the vehicle. Avoid being scammed by completing the sale at a bank so you can verify payment.
How happy can one be at losing weight! Speaking as a guy who has always battled the bulge and has struggled with the last 10 stubborn pounds, I can tell you I'm happy with Healthe Trim!! Not only have I won the battle but I'm kicking it's hiney! I've drop an additional 2 pounds off my goal!!! Yep, down 13 pounds in 5 weeks and I feel great. Those compliments from my co-works make me feel like I'm on cloud 9 and it certinly boosts my confidence. Two capsules in the morning and my appetite is controlled. me, forgetting to snack on chips and candy in the mid afternoon! :) I kinda laugh at Healthe Trim's slogan of getting high school skinny...because I'm skinnier now than I was in high school! Give Healthe Trim a try and together we can get the confidence to wear a swim suite by the pool and on the beach this summer! Call 855-600-8746 and tell them that Chris Malone referred you!
Now off to relax your stress. Check out these tips to beating stress
Hop off the worry train
Just because you have an idea ("I might get fired") doesn't mean you need to ride it to its terminus. "Worry can waste energy you're trying to fix every possible problem, even if none exist," psychologist Robert L. Leahy says. Instead, thing of a few tasks that will help whatever happens, like bonding with coworkers.
Plan to fret
"Take half an hour to worry intensively, then move on," says Penn State professor Tom Borkovec, Ph.D.
Keep a journal
Jot down your worry, then in a few days or weeks, write down the outcome. What you'll find: Things usually turn out better than you think they will.
Challenge the likelihood of your worry
If your husband is late coming home and you imagine he has been hit by a bus, think about the emotion behind your worry. (You are anxious because you love him and want to keep him around.) Once you have identified the emotion at the heart of your worry and allowed yourself to experience it, see if it's a reasonable worry hint: probably not. Then let it pass rather than allowing anxiety to ruin your quiet night at home.
Peel an orange
The next time a thought threatens to snowball into a stressfest, grab an orange or grapefruit. Press your nail into the skin, peel it back and smell the citrus scent, focusing on every sensation. "Rather than worry about the future, you can bring yourself into the moment," Leahy says.
Visualize your key life events of the past 10 years. You probably can't recall the worries linked with these experiences, or, if you can, you may see that most never happened. Tell yourself that current worries will fade from memory, too.
Woman feel more stress. 44% of the day, vs 39% for men.
Stress fell for both sexes after age 60
Woman stress over people and family, men over work
Under 40 feel heavy stress from arguments or interpersional communication
Midlifers were most stressed over money, not the lack of it, but how to use what they have.
Woman have 30 minutes less free time than men. Mother's have the least free time.
In honor of Mother's day this Sunday, here are some time wasters, useless trivia facts about Moms
The youngest mother whose history is authenticated is Lina Medina, who delivered a 6 1/2-pound boy by cesarean section in Lima, Peru in 1939, at an age of 5 years and 7 months. The child was raised as her brother and only discovered that Lina was his mother when he was 10.
On April 9, 2003, Satyabhama Mahapatra, a 65-year-old retired schoolteacher in India, became the world's oldest mother when she gave birth to a baby boy. Satyabhama and her husband had been married 50 years, but this is their first child. The baby was conceived through artificial insemination using eggs from the woman's 26-year-old niece, Veenarani Mahapatra, and the sperm of Veenarani's husband.
Most Surviving Children
Bobbie McCaughey is the mother who holds the record for the most surviving children from a single birth. She gave birth to the first set of surviving septuplets - four boys and three girls -on November 19, 1997, at the University Hospital, Iowa, US. Conceived by in vitro fertilization, the babies were delivered after 31 weeks by cesarean in the space of 16 minutes. The babies are named Kenneth, Nathaniel, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Natalie and Alexis.
Shortest Interval Between Two Children
Jayne Bleackley is the mother who holds the record for the shortest interval between two children born in separate confinements. She gave birth to Joseph Robert on September 3, 1999, and Annie Jessica Joyce on March 30, 2000. The babies were born 208 days apart.
Longest Interval Between Two Children
Elizabeth Ann Buttle is the mother who holds the record for the longest interval between the birth of two children. She gave birth to Belinda on May 19,1956 and Joseph on November 20, 1997. The babies were born 41 years 185 days apart. The mother was 60 years old when her son Joseph was born.
Highest Recorded Number of Children
The highest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782) of Shuya, Russia. Between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 confinements, she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets. 67 of them survived infancy.
Highest Number of Children in Modern Times
The modern world record for giving birth is held by Leontina Albina from San Antonio, Chile. Leontina claims to be the mother of 64 children, of which only 55 of them are documented. She is listed in the 1999 Guinness World Records but dropped from later editions.
SO happy to tell you I'm a loser! I've lost 13 stubborn pounds that I thought were never going to leave and I owe it to Heathe Trim. Seriously, I laughed when my friend told me about this stuff because I didn't think it would work. But for some reason, the mixture of ingredients were the key for me! My mid afternoon snacking habits were keeping em from ditching the last 10 pounds I wanted to lose. Now I breeze past snacking time it without a second thought. Two pills in the morning! Healthe Trim did what it claims. It controlled my appetite and doesn't make me jittery. It's c guaranteed to work or your money back! Call 855-600-8746 and tell them you heard about it from me.
Of course you're going to be stinky and sweaty after a long run or working in the garden. But what if you're stinky and sweaty at 2pm on a Wednesday and all you've done is sit at your desk all day? That's when you need some help. Prevention magazine outlined five surprising, natural ways you can fight body odor.
1. Choose natural fabrics.
Instead of wearing synthetic fabrics, switch to cotton because it will better absorb perspiration and then allow it to evaporate.
2. Skip the garlic and onions.
Garlic and onions not only give you bad breath, but also can be absorbed in your body in such a way that the odor is released in your sweat. In addition, these strong cooking odors can cling to your hair and clothes and will stay there until you shampoo your hair and launder your clothing.
3. Apply some apple cider vinegar.
If you're looking for a natural underarm deodorant, use apple cider vinegar. Really! Just apply it directly to your armpits to kill body odor.
4. Cut back on meat.
Extracts of proteins and oils from certain foods, especially meat, as well as some types of spices, can remain in your body's excretions and secretions long after eating -- and they can make you stink.
5. Benefit from good bacteria.
Take a daily acidophilus supplement to fight odor from the inside out. Acidophilus is a probiotic bacteria that helps aid digestion.
Every dog owners knows the joys of peanut butter and the seemingly hours of licking your dog does as they enjoy this treat. Now you can make a portable peanut butter treat that not only is cheaper than buying dog biscuits, but healthier and make with love
First you need to gather your supplies. For this recipe you'll need:
Never fails. Your favorite shirt is no longer wearable. It is thin, faded and destined to become a gift to Good Will. So use these tips to make your clothes last as long as you can!
1. Sort carefully
While this might seem like a no-brainer to many, plenty of people combine everything in one load — colors, delicates, whites, you name it. It's usually not until we wash a red pair of pants with white socks that we realize the importance of sorting clothes and washing colors and whites separately.
2. Don't wash jeans after one wearing
Jeans don't need to be washed every time you wear them. Unless they're stained or covered with mud or dirt, you can get away with washing them every third time you wear them. If they start to feel loose by the second or third wearing, throw them in the dryer for a few minutes.
3. Hang dry your clothing
While we love the convenience of dryers, our clothes do not. Dryers actually weaken the fabric's fibers much faster than if clothing is air-dried. (Where do you think the lint in your dryer's lint screen comes from?) Plus, if your dryer malfunctions, items inside can be damaged.
4. Watch your zippers and buttons
Zip up the zippers on your jeans and hoodies so they don't catch on other clothing in the washing machine. On the other hand, don't button your buttons. Otherwise, the buttons and buttonholes could be damaged.
5. Turn your clothes inside out
Turning all your clothing inside out before washing and when ironing will preserve the quality (including color) and life of them. This is particularly true for T-shirts, sports jerseys and items subject to pilling.
6. Use cold water
Not only does using cold water save energy and money, it also saves your clothing. Hot water causes some clothing to shrink and wrinkle.
7. Don't over-dry clothing
A hot dryer is likely the reason your favorite skirt shrank, or your T-shirts wrinkled. (Do you really want to iron those?) If you're going to use a dryer, keep clothes in the dryer until they are dry or just about dry, but not a minute longer.
8. Don't overload the washer and dryer
We're all guilty of this, mostly because we want to save time and don't want to deal with a second load of laundry. But stuffing the washer means clothes won't get as clean, and you may damage the washer in the long run. Overloading the dryer can prevent clothes from drying properly and can also damage that machine.
9. Use white vinegar
White vinegar is an inexpensive fabric softener. It doesn't stain your clothes or make them smell like vinegar. Add three-quarters of a cup to your final rinse cycle.
10. Wear undershirts
Wearing an undershirt is a simple solution to embarrassing sweat stains that can also ruin our clothes.
11. Use coffee or tea for fading black clothes
Adding some strong coffee or tea to your rinse water can help black clothing maintain its dark shade. LifeTips says washing black clothing with Ivory Soap Flakes and a small amount of detergent in cold water will prevent future fading.
12. Take your work clothes off when you get home
Who wants to stay in a suit or dress anyway? Change into more comfortable clothes when you get home to avoid cooking stains and extra wear on your best attire.
13. Read the labels
This one's another no-brainer, though plenty of us forget or simply ignore the labels. Before you wash anything, especially delicate clothing, be aware of the label instructions and follow them accordingly. If it's dry-clean-only, don't deviate. That could be a big mistake.
14. Rotate your wardrobe
If you wear the same shirt every week, it's naturally going to wear out sooner than other clothes in your closet. To prevent this, start a clothing rotation. After you wash your most recently worn clothes, move them to the back of the line in your rotation.
Sometimes we can't find the right words to express our love and appreciation to Mom. Here are some wonderful quotes that might inspire you!
"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." --Abe Lincoln
"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers." --John Smith
"Mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have time off. They are the great vacationless class." --Ann Morrow Lindbergh
"Youth fades. Love droops. The leaves of friendship fall. A mother's secret hope outlives them all." --Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Nobody knows of the work it takes to keep the home together. Nobody knows of the steps it takes, nobody knows but mother." --Anonymous
"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." --George Washington
"Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground." --Zora Neale Hurston
"The best academy, a mother's knee." --James Russel Lowell
"Is my mother my friend? I would have to say, first of all she is my Mother, with a capital 'M.' She's someone sacred to me. I lover her dearly.
"Yes, she is also a good friend, someone I can talk openly with if I want to." --Sophia Loren
"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts." --Washington Irving
You may have heard me talk about this yesterday but for the past month I've been trying to lose the last 10 stubborn pounds to reach my weight loss goal. The mid afternoon snack is what always gets me! Anyways I made my goal and now with a total of 13 pounds lost thanks to Heathe Trim. I know what you are thinking and I too am skeptical about a miracle in a bottle, but Healthe Trim did what it claims. It controlled my appetite and doesn't make me jittery. I love it when my friends tell me how good I look and now that beach weather is returning I am actually excited to hit it shirtless! So if you are in the same boat as I was, give this product a try. It's called Heathe Trim and its guaranteed to work or your money back! Just call 855-600-8746 and tell them you heard about it from me.
Now on to myths at the gym. Here are 7 commonly believed myths that could be causing you to doubt your gym membership. Just remember that reaching your weight and physique goals are possible!
1. You must wait an hour after eating before you swim
The common myth that the blood going to your digestive tract after eating diverts the blood needed to keep your arms and legs pumping during swimming, which leads to cramps and sometimes drowning, is totally unfounded. Advanced creatures that we are, we have enough blood to digest food and properly work our limbs at the same time. And at least one study has backed that up, finding that fewer than 1 percent of U.S. drownings occurred after the victim ate a meal. Experts concede that swimming strenuously on a full stomach could possibly lead to some cramping, but for most casual swimmers the chances are low. So go ahead and hop in after a sandwich, but be wary of the pre-swim cocktail. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that up to half of all adolescent and adult deaths related to water recreation involve alcohol.
2. You have to 'cool down' after a workout for best performance
Most coaches and trainers call for a formal period of cooling down after a workout or competition to prevent muscle soreness, improve limberness and speed recovery. But many studies have failed to prove any merit, The New York Times reports. Although "venous pooling" that can lead to dizziness may occur after the end of an especially grueling workout, a two-minute walk will negate that — which is not really a full "cool down." As well, some suggest that there may be a "returning to normalcy" psychological element to the practice — but in terms of soreness and recovery, as of now scientists can't prove any benefit.
3. You have to stretch before exercise
It's one of the major tenets of exercise: You must stretch beforehand. But fitness science has done a major 180 on this one. Study after study has found no reduction in soreness after static stretching, and injury prevention doesn't get any backup from the studies either. Although there are gazillions of adamant stretchers out there, the authors of a comprehensive review of 104 studies on the topic conclude that static stretching as the sole activity during warm-up routines "should generally be avoided." You will increase flexibility, but the scientific consensus is that pre-exercise stretching is most-likely unnecessary and counterproductive.
4. No pain, no gain
We have Jane Fonda, the queen of the baby boomer fitness craze, to thank for this adage. She and many other instructors of her day told video viewers to "feel the burn" and encouraging them on with the "no pain, no gain" catchphrase, the slogan has become a mantra for those who want to push themselves. But experts disagree. The perception is that if it doesn't hurt, there is no benefit, and this just isn't true. Feeling discomfort or emotional fatigue is one thing, but pain? No. "You shouldn't be exercising at a level of pain ever," says Alice Burron, spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise. "You want to exercise smarter, not harder," she adds. "That's the premise. You don't have to kill yourself. You just have to be smart about it."
5. Protein bars or drinks after a workout are good
Hydration is the most important part of "recovery" after a workout, followed by carbohydrates and then protein – leading many people to go for the convenience of a protein bar or drink. But many of these snacks contain as many calories as a whole meal, and are little more than glorified junk food. Instead, go for a carb- and protein-rich snack of real food – like an apple with peanut butter or half a whole-wheat bagel with hummus – to get more complete nutrients, fewer calories and avoid processed ingredients.
6. You need sports drinks to replace lost electrolytes
If you're running marathons or other high-intensity workouts that last longer than an hour, the added ingredients in sports drinks can be valuable. But many experts warn against the unnecessary calories for those doing low-intensity workouts or exercising for less than 30 minutes. Water is important for proper hydration, and most fitness outing don't call for anything more than that. As for the claims in sports drink ads, an Oxford University study looked at more than 400 advertising claims for sports drinks and could not find scientific backing for more than half of them; they characterized many of the rest as "flawed science."
7. Lifting heavy weights will make women bulk up
The bulging muscles of a bodybuilder are the result of very specific combination of weight training, diet and hormones — and women don't have the testosterone to get bulky from heavy weight lifting alone. A study at Central Michigan University backs up this expert opinion. Researchers had women work one arm with just a few reps of a heavy weight and the other doing more reps with a lighter weight — both an equivalent number of pounds. The heavy lifting arms got stronger, but the size of both arms remained the same.
Happy Friday! I stumbled across this bit of data on differences between men and women and contrary to stereotypes, women statistically are better at parking than men!-Chris Malone
Women are better at parking than men. And that's not all. Women are better at finding parking spaces. Says who? These are the results of a British study that is one of the most comprehensive ever conducted on gender driving differences. London's Telegraph reports that British researchers working for the parking firm NCP covertly placed parking lots across Britain under video surveillance. Each person who parked was graded on seven key components of driving styles. The results:
In general, women were more adept at maneuvering into a space than were men.
Women were more accurate in lining up their vehicle before starting each maneuver.
52 percent of women aligned their car in the middle of the parking space, compared with just 25 percent of men.
39 percent of women were able to cleanly back up into a parking space, compared with just 28 percent of men.
Men tended to be less patient than women, which caused them to miss open spaces.
Women had a slower approach to parking, but this allowed them to better find open spaces and see when another driver was about to vacate a space. But men do excel at some things:
Men were more skilled at driving forward into a parking space.
Men were more confident overall; that is, fewer men than women opted to reposition the car once it was parked.
Men parked faster, taking 16 seconds, on average, compared with the 21 seconds women needed to complete the maneuver.
Still, once all seven criteria were taken into account, women were ranked first with a total score of 13.4 out of 20, compared to 12.3 points achieved by me
1. Having a credit card declined – 41 percent
More than two out of five respondents said that having a credit card declined was the most awkward money moment. Hasn't this happened to everyone...and I feel everyone in line behind me are thinking what a deadbeat! But since I use my debit card and check my balance on my mobile app daily I know exactly how much money I have. So why my debit card is declined remains a mystery. But usually the advice from the cashier is to run it as credit and behold, the purchase is approved!
2. Feeling pressured to donate to a charity – 34 percent
Another biggie for me; especially around the holidays. I go to the grocery store and department stores quite often and occasionally donate to the red kettle, bell-ringing charity and even been known to buy a box of unneeded Girl Scot cookies but I can't afford to donate EVERY SINGLE TRIP TO THE STORE. yet I feel ashamed for not digging in my wallet!
3. Saying no to giving money to a panhandler – 29 percent
OK different feelings on this one. First, I donate to organizations that help the homeless and disadvantaged but individual panhandlers? No way. You can usually spot out the "fake" ones. In my experiences you can usually spot homeless people by the way they are dressed. Ill-fitting, dirty and foul-smelling clothing, extremely dirty and are not well groomed. Take a look next time you see a panhandler. I've seen some with watches, MP3 players and cigarettes! Obviously desperate and hungry people wouldn't have a spare cash for smokes (after all I quit, so can you),. Take notice next time you see a panhandler, if they are clean, groomed and accessorized they probably aren't homeless or poor rather their job is to beg for money or to feed a drug or alcohol addiction.
4. Feeling pressured to chip in on a group gift at work – 25 percent
I usually have no problem chipping in a couple bucks for an office gift. However sometimes I am just flat broke. Around the KTK offices, this isn't a big deal but I can see how this can make you feel awkward.
5. Sharing salary/wage amounts with co-workers – 25 percent
Really?!? If you are bold enough to share your salary with everyone then be prepared for the wrath that will eventually come. The 'poor' salary the company pays you is probably more than many of your co-workers make. Be happy to have a job and respect your co-workers by keeping that information to yourself.
6. Splitting a dinner bill or check with a large group of people – 17 percent
Isn't a biggie for me but I can understand how awkward this can be when the person who ordered 3 margaritas and you had water wants to split the check in half!
7. Figuring out a gift to get a partner for special occasions – 14 percent
Again, this is another awkward money moment that I don't understand.
Most drivers know the sinking feeling of flashing red and clue lights in your rear view mirror. I've got to figure that police officers and troopers have heard every excuse ever created from motorist wanting to escape a traffic citation. According to a new survey from Insurance.com, these are the 10 worst excuses you can say at a traffic stop:
1-I couldn't see the sign telling me not to do it.
This was cited by 20.4 percent of the survey's respondents. Can you imagine rules of the road that would let you off for not noticing posted traffic signs? Women are far more likely to invoke this one, 62 percent in the survey.
2-I'm lost and unfamiliar with the roads.
It was cited by 15.6 percent in the poll, 65 percent of them women.
3-I didn't know it was broken.
This was cited by 12.4 percent, who, I imagine, were stopped for defective lights — don't people know they're responsible for the maintenance of their vehicles? Of course this is cited mostly by women (61 percent). Men don't want to admit they're irresponsible in their auto maintenance.
4-Everyone else was doing it.
The 6.4 percent who cited this must have never had their parents say, "If everybody else jumped off a cliff, would you go over it, too?" Finally, an excuse more popular with men (56 percent). Men are more likely to think that following the herd is a valid reason for doing something.
5-I'm having an emergency situation in my car. (For instance, spilled a hot drink on your lap.).
Invoked by 5.4 percent. I can't imagine this one winning hearts and minds. Maybe you shouldn't be juggling a hot cup while you maneuver a two-ton vehicle? I might have thought this was female-dominant, because in my experience woman multi-task while driving more often, but no — 67 percent were men.
6-I missed my turn/exit.
How could your inability to adequately follow directions get you off the hook? Still, 4.8 percent cited it, 54 percent of them men.
7-I had to go to the bathroom.
And so you were speeding? I think that actually deserves a police escort. Cited by 4.6 percent, 65 percent of them women. Men are more stoic, I guess.
8-I didn't do anything dangerous.
Whoa, isn't that for the cop to judge? It seems remarkably presumptuous as an excuse, but 4.2 percent, more than seven out of 10 men. It figures that men would think their own opinion would matter in this situation.
9-I was on my way to an emergency. (For example, to help someone who is ill or injured.).
So you're putting other people at risk? People only get away with this in action movies, where they inevitably cause dozens of accidents, upset fruit carts (how many times have you seen that) and drive on the sidewalk, scattering pedestrians, and nobody complains. Some 4 percent cited it, more than half of them men.
10-My GPS said it was the right thing to do.
This is the only excuse that arises from our modern digital culture, so it has the advantage of not being worn out yet—only 2.2 percent cited it (a huge 88 percent of them men). I don't know why women aren't invoking this more, but give it time.
The unifying factor is that all of these excuses, with the possible exception of blaming the GPS, are well-worn. "By now, police officers can probably finish people's sentences," said Michelle Megna, managing editor of Insurance.com. "I wonder if they wouldn't appreciate a little 'dog-ate-my-homework' creativity."