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Random Blogging For Friday January 31st

Well here we are at the end of January..  I gotta say, i'm glad January is done..  That means we are that much closer to spring.  Can't wait!  Hope you all have a great weekend!

 

The Morning Brain Buster:

Q: 10% of us will watch the Superbowl just for this reason. 

A: The halftime show

 

Bonehead Of The Day:

A thief in Philadelphia tried to rob a Hallmark with a greeting card! 

The suspect gave the store's cashier a card that had a message written inside.

The cashier called another employee over and the suspect ran off without any money. 

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One Lucky Guy.. Man Survives Going Through A Woodchipper 

 

A Washington State man is recovering from serious injuries after he was trapped and sent through a shredding wood chipper machine. 

Much of the man's body has been shredded and crushed after he climbed into a turned-off wood chipper machine to get an object stuck in the device. But someone didn't know the guy was inside the machine and the spikes and claws inside the device were turned back on with him inside.

The man heard the machine click back on, but knew it was too late for him to escape. He says that actually going through the machine itself wasn't the worst part about it. The worst part was not knowing what was going to happen.

His injuries are severe and he is expected to be in the hospital for at least the next few weeks. He sustained a broken pelvis, seven broken ribs, a shattered ankle, bruised liver, broken leg, a collapsed lung and a deep cut that runs the entire length of the back of his body. The cut was so deep it crushed his knee, and he is on a heavy dose of pain medication.

The worst part: He remained conscious throughout the ten-second shredding.

Thankfully, the man has stayed very positive, saying his co-workers' training allowed him to receive care quickly and he was even sharing jokes and smiling with friends and family at the hospital.

The company the man works for will be paying 100 percent of his medical bills.

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Golf Ball Lands On Gators Head.. Call Happy Gilmore!

A golfer in Englewood, Florida hit a shot that landed on an alligator's head.

A man was golfing with friends when they came upon a very large gator near a lake. That gator had a golf ball sitting directly on top of its head.

They quickly snapped a pic, but decided to leave the ball on the gator's head.

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Talk About A Fat Cat

 

The Maricopa County animal shelter in Arizona took in a massive 36-pound cat named Meatball.

The obese cat was surrendered at the shelter earlier this week after being shuffled from home to home over the years.

Meatball's last owners took him in from someone else and cared for the cat for about six months before he started 'having accidents around the house' so they gave him up.

They said he was that size when they got him and they didn't know why he was so fat since they had only been feeding him cat food.

To take off the pounds, the shelter has now put Meatball on a restricted, low calorie diet - feeding him a little bit of wet food in the morning and at night.

His weight puts him at risk for serious medical problems and he already has glaucoma in one eye.

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Why A Burger King Whopper Contains Less Calories Than A Restaurant Salad

Let's take a test - which has more calories in it, a King Whopper from Burger King or a salad from a restaurant?

You'll be surprised to learn that the answer is the salad.

With fattening meets, cheeses, dressings, croutons and bacon bits sprinkled all over salads it makes them very calorie heavy.

In fact, eating out at a restaurant can be a factor in obesity. If you have an appetizer, salad and side dish you're looking at about 1,500 calories in one meal. Keeping in mind that the recommended amount is 2,000 calories you can see how that could be a problem.

This compares to the Burger King Whopper which has 700 calories.

If you want to lighten up your meal, skip the appetizer and try to get your salad without some of its fattening friends.

Story

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And Now.. Helen Miren Twerking.. You're Welcome. 

Helen Mirren received the 2014 Hasty Pudding Award from Harvard University's prominent theater troupe. 

The 68-year-old Oscar-winner paraded around Cambridge, Massachusetts alongside Hasty Pudding members dressed in drag, and she twerked along the way.

Mirren admitted that she "tried in my bedroom. It was absolutely humiliating."

While being interviewed, Dame Helen also revealed that she's a big fan of Beyoncéand when asked to give advice to "all the single ladies" out there, the married actress said that they should "stay single as long as you can."

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Birthdays:

~~Veteran actress, Carol Channing is 93 (Hello Dolly; Where's Waldo?)
~~Actress, Portia De Rossi is 41 (Ally Mcbeal; Arrested Development; 'married' to Ellen DeGeneres)
~~Actress, Minnie Driver is 44 (Good Will Hunting; Grosse Pointe Blank; The Riches)
~~Actor, Anthony LaPaglia is 55 (Without a Trace; Empire Records; The Client)
~~Actress Kerry Washington ("Ray") is 37. (The Last King of Scotland; Mr. & Mrs. Smith; Lakeview Terrace; For Colored Girls; Scandal; Django Unchained)
~~Actress, Kelly Lynch is 55 (Mr. Magoo the movie; Road House; Drugstore Cowboy)
~~Actor, Stuart Margolin is 74 (Occasional Wife, Love American Style plyr, The Rockford Files, Bret Maverick)
~~SNL comedian, Bobby Moynihan is 36
~~Actor Glynn Turman ("The Wire," ''A Different World") is 68.
~~Actress Jessica Walter ("Arrested Development") is 73. (Play Misty for Me)
~~Hall of Famer Pitcher, Nolan Ryan is 67 (Texas Rangers owner)


MUSICALLY:

~~Singer/actor, Justin Timberlake is 33.
~~Singer Harry Wayne Casey, aka KC, (of KC and the Sunshine Band) is 63.
~~Singer Marcus Mumford (of Mumford and Sons) is 27

~~Singer Johnny Rotten (of the Sex Pistols) is 58.
~~Musician, Jamie Stewart (the Cure) is 50
~~Musician, Charlie Musselwhite is 70 (the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd's character in the Blues Brothers)
~~Musician, Scott Ian Rosenfeld (of Anthrax) is 51
~~Musician, Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) is 63
~~Guitarist, Adrian Vandenberg is 60 (Whitesnake)
~~Singer-guitarist Lloyd Cole is 53

~~Guitarist Jeff Hanneman (of Slayer) is 50

~~Singer Tyler Hubbard (of Florida Georgia Line) is 27

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In Theaters This Weekend

That Awkward Moment (-R-)
Three best friends are at that confusing "moment" in their dating relationships when they have to decide "So…where is this going?  Stars Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Michael B. Jordan.  (PROJECTION: $10-$12 MIL.)

 
Labor Day (PG-13)
Thirteen-year-old and his mother encounter a man who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives. Stars Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire.  (PROJECTION: $6-$8 MIL.)


ALSO:  Disney is releasing a sing-along version of the family film "Frozen". 

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Short-ish Seinfeld Reunion Coming

Jerry Seinfeld confirmed that he, Jason Alexander, and other members of the "Seinfeld" cast have worked on a "short-ish" project that will be seen "very, very soon".

Seinfeld wouldn't offer much info, however, (during his appearance on the Boomer & Carton radio show on WFAN this morning). He said it was neither a commercial nor an episode of his "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" series, before jokily adding that it's "not not those things, either." Whatever it is, he said it's probably "one and done".

Seinfeld also confirmed that co-creator Larry David is involved, though he didn't say which of the other "Seinfeld" characters besides George Costanza were on board.

Seinfeld and Alexander were spotted filming at Tom's Restaurant, the hangout from the show.

MTV speculates that it might be related to the Super Bowl in some way, given that the game is being played in New Jersey.

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5 Dangerous Game Day Party Foods For Pets

The Super Bowl is Sunday and unfortunately, many of those party foods you'll be scarfing down can be dangerous for your pet.

Here are five things you should keep far away from your cat or dog this weekend:

 

1. Alcohol--Having a cold one with your friends is alright if you're of legal drinking age. But letting your pet drink the beer is not. Drinking as little as a few ounces of beer or other alcoholic beverages can lead to ethanol poisoning in dogs and cats. Signs of poisoning include involuntary urinating, hypothermia, slowed breathing, and even heart attacks.

 

2. Chicken Wings--Chicken wings can be bad due to the risk of intestinal obstruction or worse. Another risk of chicken wings is salt. One buffalo wing has almost 160 to 200 mg of sodium. That's about the amount of sodium recommended for a 20-pound dog in a day. Feeding a dog too much salt can cause high blood pressure and can contribute to kidney and heart disease.

 

3. Chocolate --Chocolate can be poisonous to your dog or cat. A compound in chocolate called theobromine is most concentrated in dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. It's the kind of chocolates found in brownies and chocolate chip cookies that can cause heart arrhythmias, muscle tremors, and seizures.

 

4. Soda--Americans will spend over $2 million on sodas and other soft drinks this weekend. Caffeinated drinks can cause your dog or cat to suffer from restlessness, breathing issues, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors.

 

5. Guacamole—This creamy dip's recipe calls for three ingredients that are dangerous to dogs and cats: avocado, garlic, and onion. Onions and garlic can cause gastrointestinal issues, elevated heart rate, and red blood cell damage. Avocado toxicity can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of stool production.

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21 Things You Are Doing Wrong In The Bathroom

1. You're not cleaning your toothbrush.

Why: A study found that the average toothbrush contained about 10 million germs, including E. coli.

Try this instead: Once or twice a week, microwave your toothbrush for 10 seconds.

2. Flushing the toilet with the lid up.

Why: When you flush the toilet bacteria sprays out up to 10 inches — covering everything in a fine layer of filth.

Try this instead: Put the toilet seat down before you flush. Seriously.

3. You're wasting water trying to find the right temperature.

Why: A 10-minute shower can waste up to 42 gallons of water.

Try this instead: Once you find your ideal water temperature, mark where the knob is with a bright nail polish.

4. You're drying yourself off too vigorously. 

Why: Rubbing yourself dry with a towel can make dry skin worse and exacerbate other skin issues.

Try this instead: Gently pat yourself down with your towel post-shower, and if you're going to moisturize, moisturize before your skin is completely dry to lock in added moisture.

5. You're at risk for slipping. 

Why: Bathtubs, like most other things, are slippery when wet — 81% of injuries in bathrooms are caused by falling.

Try this instead: Slip-proof your shower with a kit.

6. You're using the wrong shampoo. 

Why: Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate is the ingredient that helps shampoo lather and may be a culprit in causing dry, frizzy hair.

Try this instead: Try a sulfate-free shampoo, available at your local drugstore or online, like L'Oréal EverPure or Living Proof Full Shampoo.

7. You're flushing money down the drain in the form of razors. 

Why: Hasn't anyone told you money doesn't grow on trees? Extend the life of your razors by sharpening them.

Try this instead: Try this tip from Instructables by grabbing a pair of old jeans and run your razor up the pant leg about 15 times and down the pant leg 15 times — you'll keep your razors for longer and save dollars. This has been microscopically been proven to work.

8. You're rubbing your body with millions of gross dead skin cells.

Why: Over a 24-hour period, you shed close to a million skin cells.

Try this instead: Let your loofah dry between uses, and once a week, clean it with a solution of water and bleach.

9. You're destroying your horny layer. 

Why: Your horny layer is the protective outermost layer of your skin, and over-exfoliation keeps it from doing its job.

Try this instead: Exfoliate twice a week or use a body wash with alpha hydroxy acid, which will target dead skin cells specifically and break them up.

10. You're letting your skin dry out. 

Why: Once skin is dry, it doesn't absorb moisture as well.

Try this instead: Apply lotion while your skin is still damp to lock in that moisture ASAP.

11. You're not peeing in the shower. 

Why: Urea, the main component of pee, has been shown to hydrate skin and stop itchiness. So, actually, pee is magical.

Try this instead: Embrace the urge and let it flow. Plus, you conserve water! In Brazil, an environmental group ran a whole campaign encouraging people to use the shower like a toilet (number one only).

12. You're using antibacterial soap 

Why: A study by the University of Michigan states that antibacterial soap carries the risk of creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Try this instead: Use regular soap. According to the same study, regular soap works just as well as antibacterial soap at preventing illness.

13. You're washing your hands wrong. 

Why: Research concluded that if everyone washed their hands, we could prevent one million deaths a year. It also reduces diarrhea by 47%.

Try this instead: The CDC provides a handy guide to washing your hands, but some takeaways are always after the toilet and before you touch food.

14. You're not cleaning your filthy retainer. 

Why: According to researchers, mouth retainers are crawling with potentiallyharmful bacteria and fungi — like Candida, which causes yeast infections.

Try this instead: Wash your hands before and after you touch your retainer. Also, clean your retainer with a toothbrush and mouthwash.

15. You're not using your shower to steam your clothes. 

Why: Quit wasting time ironing your clothes separately.

Try this instead: Leave your clothes hanging up in the bathroom while you hop in the shower. They'll be steamed and wrinkle-free by the time you're out.

16. You're over-shampooing. 

Why: Shampooing every day can dry your hair out because it strips your hair of its natural oils, which are needed to keep your hair healthy.

Try this instead: Some derms recommend shampooing two to three times a week.  Rumor has it Prince Harry didn't wash his hair for two years. Or ditch shampoo and join the No Poo Movement.

17. Your laziness is turning your contacts case into a cesspool. 

Why: Almost 90% of contact lens cases are contaminated because we're nasty humans who top off the contact solution in the case rather than completely replacing the contents.

Try this instead: Dump it all out and refill your case with fresh solution like you're supposed to. 

 18. You're developing deodorant-immunity.

Why: In the same way that bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics, you can also become immune to your antiperspirant of choice.

Try this instead: Switch it up every once in a while. Try a different brand every six months.

19. You're leaving smears on the bathroom mirror 

Why: Wiping the fog off with your hands or a towel streaks the mirror when it dries.

Try this instead: Try this tip and use a blow dryer on the mirror for a few seconds, or spray the mirror with very hot water. It evens out the temperature and the fog disappears.

20. You're letting your shower curtain attack you. 

Why: Every time you turn around to grab the soap, your shower curtain is clinging to your body.

Try this instead: Attach wooden or metal clothespins to the bottom of your shower curtain to weigh it down to keep it in its place/the friend zone.

21. You're leaving skid marks in the toilet. 

Why: We can't always control what we leave behind.

Try this instead: Place a few sheets of toilet paper down in the toilet bowl before you use the bathroom. That way, no one else will ever have to know (or see) your business.

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Shop Shop Til The Smart Handbag Stops You

There's a new hi-tech handbag that locks up your wallet when you spend too much

The iBag uses a smart sensor on the owner's wallet to track a woman's spending.

If it detects a shopping spree or the owner walks into their favorite store it can automatically lock itself to prevent the woman from spending.

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Avatars For Dead People

Several students at MIT are working on a website that would have avatars of dead people.

The project is called eterni.me and they'd basically use things like photos, your Facebook, and Twitter accounts to create a virtual you.

Then years down the road, your descendants could interact with you.

The website launched this week, 7,000 people visited in the first three hours and 500 signed up for early invites.

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Video Of The Day:

Are you a good liar?  Find out with this test.

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