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Random Blogging For Wednesday August 28th

What day is it?  It's Hump Day!  YAY!  Here's what you missed on the show today.

 

The Morning Brain Buster:

Q: THIS is the 2nd most popular topic on Facebook after what you are eating. 

A: Going to the gym

 

Bonehead Of The Day:

A wheelchair-bound Seattle man was beaten with a tub of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! during an argument.

Police say that the victim lives in a shelter and was confronted by another resident, who accused the victim of having his television turned up too loud.

The suspect repeatedly hit the victim over the head with a 16-ounce tub of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, leaving police to find him covered in the butter substitute.

The suspect was arrested and booked into the local county jail.

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The Top U.S. Cities With The Worst Drivers Are:

In its ninth annual report on traffic accidents, Allstate looked at its claims for 195 cities between 2010 and 2011 to figure out how likely any driver might suffer an accident. Allstate represents about 10 percent of the nation's insured drivers, so its claims offer an accurate picture of national trends.

For the third time, Fort Collins, Colorado, ranked as the city with the best drivers. They are 28 percent less likely to get into a crash than the national average.

Fort Collins was followed by Boise, Idaho; Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Brownsville, Texas, and Madison, Wisconsin.


Here are the Top 10 Worst Cities For Driving With The Chance Of An Accident

1.Washington, D.C.--109%

2. Baltimore--86%

3. Providence, R.I.--85%

4. Hialeah, Fla.--79%

5. Glendale, Calif.--76%

6. Philadelphia--66%

7. Alexandria, Va.--62%

8. Miami--59%

9. San Francisco--54%

10. Arlington, Va.--50%

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Nissan Will Be Selling Robot Cars By 2020

Nissan announced plans to bring fuel efficient, affordable and fully autonomous-driving vehicles to the market by 2020.

Autonomous-driving vehicles are essentially robot cars - cars that can drive on their own while we sit back, drink our coffee and trust the computer inside our car.

Nissan is not alone in working on these vehicles as Google is also in the process of bringing autonomous-driving vehicles to the mainstream.

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BK Is Giving Us Another $1 Burger.. This One Has French Fries On It

Burger King is combining the best of both worlds with the new French Fry Burger.

It's basically a beef patty topped with four fries.

It clocks in at 360 calories and 19g of fat.

It'll be available September 1st and will be offered through the fall.

And by the way… it's only gonna cost you a buck.

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Birthdays:

~~Actor, Jack Black is 44 (Tenacious D; movies: High Fidelity, Shallow Hal, Orange County, School of Rock, Envy, Shark Tale, King Kong 2005, Nacho Libre, The Pick of Destiny, The Holiday, Tropic Thunder, Year One; Kung Fu Panda movies)
~~Actor, Jason Priestley ("Beverly Hills, 90210") is 44 ( Call Me Fitz)
~~Actor, Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") is 27 (Mirror Mirror; J. Edgar; The Lone Ranger 2013)
~~Actor, Billy Boyd is 45 (Lord of the Rings)
~~Actress, Jennifer Coolidge (" American Pie" movies) is 52
~~Actor, Luis Gusman ("Boogie Nights") is 57 (Carlito's Way; Anger Management; many more)
~~Prankster, Jess Margera ("Jackass") is 35
~~Actor, Ken Jenkins ("Scrubs") is 73 ( Cougar Town)
~~Actor, Kyle Massey ("That's So Raven") is 22 (Cory in the House; Fish Hooks)
~~Actress, Emma Samms is 53 (General Hospital's Holly Sutton Scorpio, Models Inc)
~~Actor, David Soul ("Starsky and Hutch") is 70 (The Yellow Rose)
~~Actor, Daniel Stern is 56 (City Slickers I & II, The Wonder Years' adult voice narrator, Home Alone's Marv)
~~Actress, Amanda Tapping is 48 (Stargate SG-1; Sanctuary)
~~Actress, Joni Allen is 43 (The City's Zoey)
~~Actor J. August Richards ("Angel") is 40.
~~Actress Carly Pope ("Popular") is 33.  
~~Olympic swimmer, Janet Evans is 42
~~Baseball legend, Lou Piniella is 70


MUSICALLY:

~~Country singer Shania Twain is 48.
~~Country singer Jake Owen is 32
~~Country singer Leann Rimes is 31.
~~Singer Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) is 27
~~Singer-bassist Max Collins (of Eve 6) is 35
~~Singer Wayne Osmond (of The Osmonds) is 62
~~Musician, Dave Hlubek (Molly Hatchet) is 62
~~Musician, Daniel Seraphine (Chicago) is 65
~~Singer/actress Sherrié Austin is 43

 

Top 10 Songs Of The Summer

Spofify released its list of the most frequently streamed tunes of this summer (between June 1 and Aug. 20).

Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" came in at No. 1, followed by Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" and Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop".

Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Selena Gomez also ranked in the Top 10.

The Top 10 songs of the Summer:

1. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

2. Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

3. We Can't Stop - Miley Cyrus

4. Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

5. Get Lucky - Daft Punk

6. Holy Grail - Jay Z

7. Mirrors - Justin Timberlake            

8. Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

9. Treasure - Bruno Mars

10. Come & Get It - Selena Gomez

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Want To Spend Less?  Shop In High Heels!

The higher your heels, the smarter the shopper.

It seems that physical balance tends to lead to more balanced buying decisions. Hitting the stores after a yoga class or riding an escalator can also have the same effect.

When women's minds are focused on staying balanced, they are more likely to consider all of their buying options and choose a mid-range product, as opposed to something high-end or of low quality.

The study found people that were focused on balancing were more likely to buy a 42-inch television for $450 than a bigger, more expensive model or a smaller, cheaper TV.

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Signs That You Are Showing Your Age

A (British) study of 2,000 people found the approximate ‘middle-age' has moved from 41 to 53.

Social media sites was are said to be blurring the lines between young and old.

Losing touch with technology, needing a nap and groaning when you bend down were some of the signs that show you are turning middle-aged.

Also… Not knowing any songs in the top ten, thinking policemen look very young; choosing clothes and shoes for comfort rather than style, misplacing your glasses / bag / car keys, etc; complaining about the trash on television these days; and… knowing your alcohol limit.

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10 Ways To Be Happier At Work Without Switching Jobs

1. Ask a coworker out for a drink---If you've been feeling down at work, doing something nice for someone else can help you feel better. People who put more effort into their work relationships were 10 times more likely to be highly engaged in their work and twice as likely to be satisfied with their jobs. Also, these pro-social workers were more successful and had more promotions than the less friendly employees.

2. Get a head start on a big goal--When marathon runners reach 26.1 miles into the 26.2-mile race, runners can finally see the finish line and their brains release a flood of endorphins and other chemicals that give them the energy to accelerate through that final leg of the race. Researchers have named this location the X-spot. "The X-spot shows how powerful the finish line can be. In other words, the closer you perceive success to be the faster you move toward it. Give yourself a head start by designing your goals with some progress already worked in. For example, when you make your to-do list, write down things you have already done today and check those off immediately. Also include three routine tasks that you know you're going to do anyway, like attend a weekly staff meeting. This increases the likelihood of an X-spot experience because checking things off your to-do list highlights how much progress you've made over the course of the day.

3. Take a coffee break at the same time every day--When your brain focuses on making multiple decisions for a period of time, you'll suffer from mental fatigue, making you more likely to procrastinate and quit. We need to avoid this burnout to have the strength to work efficiently and effectively, all day long. One simple way is to get a routine with the smaller things you do have control over: what time you get to work, what you have for breakfast, when you take coffee breaks, so you don't waste valuable mental energy deciding whether to eat eggs or oatmeal for breakfast, or whether to take your coffee break at 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

4. Make big decisions after lunch--Choosing the right time of day to make a big decision or an important presentation at work plays a major role in your brain's ability. A recent study of parole board hearings found that right after lunch, judges granted parole to 60 percent of offenders, but right before lunch, when their stomachs were rumbling, they granted parole to only 20 percent. Time your presentations or decisions so that you'll have eaten right before to give your brain the energy it needs. It's been proven to be equally as important to get a full night's sleep of seven or eight hours to avoid feeling run down at work. Eating on a regular schedule and getting enough sleep is a key step to feeling more positive and performing better on the job.

5. Keep on pinning the right way--If you're obsessed with Pinterest, you're already using one technique that can help you stay focused on your professional and personal goals. But first, some bad news: a vision board filled with unrealistic, commercially motivated images can actually make us feel worse because it makes us think we're missing out. The good news? Pinterest can help you achieve your goals when used correctly. Choose images that are realistic and possible in the near future, like a healthy dinner you want to make next week, rather than a photo of a stick-thin model. This guarantees that the process of vision boarding can help determine our real goals, like eating healthier, as opposed to the ones society want us to have.

6. Remove Facebook from your bookmark bar--Mindless noise can be distracting, but "noise" isn't only something we hear-it can be any information you process that's negative or unnecessary. This could mean TV, Facebook, news articles, or simply your thoughts about a shirt your coworker is wearing. We need to tune out the needless noise and instead tune into the true, reliable information that will help us reach out fullest potential. Turn off the car radio for five minutes in the morning, mute commercials on TV or the Internet, remove distracting websites from your bookmark bar, limit the amount of negative news articles you read, or listen to music without lyrics while you work. These small actions will free up more energy and resources for picking up and processing the important, real, and happy details in your job and in your life.

7. Write down 5 things you appreciate--If you're a frequent worrier or often feel anxious, you might be sabotaging your livelihood and your lifespan. Researchers found that phobic anxiety and fear cause a change in our chromosomes that dramatically speeds up the aging process. If we want to truly do what's best not only for our loved ones but for our careers, our teams, and our companies, we need to let go of our death grip on fear, anxiety, pessimism, and worry. Write a list of five things you feel passionate about. A study found that when people wrote about their positive feelings for a few minutes, they lowered their levels of worry and pessimism. With this one easy task, you'll not only be happier and more successful at work, but you'll live longer too!

8. Smile more every day--Research shows that you can trick your brain into picking up other people's actions or emotions. Plus, your brain releases dopamine when you smile, which improves your mood as well. Adopting this technique in the office can help improve your interactions and mood. Make an effort to smile at everyone who passes within 10 feet of you. It may sound silly, but you'll be amazed to see how quickly this can change the interactions you have at work.

9. Tell a joke--Using humor is one of the most effective and fun ways to boost happiness in the workplace. When you laugh, your nervous system activates, lowers stress and raises creativity, which helps you stay in a high performance zone at work. Studies have also found that when your brain feels more positive, you have 31 percent higher levels of productivity. Mention a funny story from the weekend or lighten the mood with a one-liner.

10. Cross-train your brain--If you feel stuck at work, you might consider training your brain to look at problems in a new way. Drive a different way to work, go somewhere new for lunch, or even take a trip to an art museum. A study found that a class of med students who visited an art museum showed a 10 percent improvement in their ability to detect important medical details. Observe new details in paintings and places that you may not have noticed before, even if you've seen them dozens of times. Any of these small changes to your normal routine can help boost performance and improve your ability to see your job responsibilities in a new light.

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Video Of The Day:

Are you a fan of the Walking Dead?  I love the show.. Can't wait for the new season... And this doesn't help in the anticipation of it..  But better than nothing!  What can I say want a new episode... now :)  But since we don't have that.. Here's a preview of the upcoming season!

 

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