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Random Blogging For Wednesday December 18th

Good Morning!  Here we are 1 week til Christmas.. Crazy how time flies..  I'm ready are you?  If you're not,  Good luck this weekend.. I know what it's like to try and xmas shop this close to the big day.. I practically did it every year!

 

The Morning Brain Buster:

Q: 10% of men make their partner do THIS during the holidays. What is it?

A: Buy her own gift

 

Bonehead Of The Day:


A Miami man was arrested for trying to trade a live alligator for a 12-pack of beer.

The man waltzed into a convenience store carrying what looked like a 4-foot long gator and tried to trade it for beer.

The store owner called the cops and they came and gave the guy a ticket for possessing and trying to sell the alligator.

Fish and Wildlife officers took the alligator, checked it out, and released it back into the wild.

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How Do You Know You Are In A Dive Bar?  There Are Tell Tale Signs

They are same all across the country, and dive bars have certain elements that always seem to appear in some form or another.

Here are the tell-tale signs you're in a dive bar:

1. Super strong drinks
2. A stool with a plaque dedication
3. An old school jukebox
4. Old TV's playing random sports
5. Old school beer signs on the walls
6. Jello shots
7. A limited tap but a long list of tall boys
8. A guy who seems to legitimately live there
9. Touchscreen games
10. A big wrap around bar
11. Hipsters
12. A nut machine
13. Liquor prices that seem to be inverted
14. A bucket in the back to put your cigarette butts in
15. Loose cigarettes to buy
16. A condom machine
17. Bathroom graffiti
18. Dated holiday decorations
19. Random old antiques
20. Mismatched glassware

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Tax Dollars At Work..  Feds Spent Almost $1 Million On Romance Novel Website

The federal government spent nearly a million dollars on a romance novel website.

The National Endowment for the Humanities spent $914,000 on the "Popular Romance Project" for the past three years.

The Popular Romance Project is a website but also a group that puts on events and has a documentary in the works.. "to enlighten Americans about romance novels, music, and fanfiction and give this genre of pop culture its due".

 

** Its website covers everything the federal government needs to know about how people fall in love, including in-depth looks at Carly Rae Jepsen's hit "Call Me Maybe," "Black Superhero Romance," "men who become cats at will," and the fandom surrounding the male vampires in the "Twilight" series.

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Twerking, Nelson Mandella, How To Tie A Tie Were Googles Top Searches Of 2013

Google unveiled its 13th annual Zeitgeist, a breakdown of around 1.2 trillion searches.

2013's top question?  "What is twerking?"

The year in search also included the birth of the royal baby, and the death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Snapchat, DOMA, Molly and bitcoin were all terms that popped up regularly in news stories in 2013. Apparently people didn't know what they mean.


Google's top 10 "What" questions from 2013:

What is twerking?

What is ricin?

What is DOMA?

What is Molly?

What is gluten?

What is sequestration?

What is Obamacare?

What is lupus?

What is Snapchat?

What is bitcoin?


Here are the top trending searches in 2013 from around the world:

Nelson Mandela

Paul Walker

iPhone 5S

Cory Monteith

Harlem Shake

Boston Marathon

Royal baby

Samsung Galaxy S4

PlayStation 4

North Korea


Top 10 "How to" questions:

How to tie a tie

How to file

How to get a passport

How to blog

How to knit

How to kiss

How to flirt

How to whistle

How to un-jailbreak

How to Vader


The world's highest trending movies on Google:

Man of Steel

Iron Man 3

World War Z

Despicable Me 2

Chennai Express

Les Miserables

The Conjuring

Spring Breakers

Oblivion

Sharknado


The top trending people on Google were:

Paul Walker

Cory Monteith

Nelson Mandela

Aaron Hernandez

Adrian Peterson

Miley Cyrus

James Gandolfini

Paula Deen

Mindy McCready

Trayvon Martin

 

 

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Almost Half Of Americans Like Happy Holidays As A Greeting

Almost half of Americans say stores and businesses should greet customers with "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" instead of "Merry Christmas" out of respect for people of different faiths.

The issue has become political, with 49 percent of Americans supporting "Happy Holidays," up from 44 percent in 2010. 43 percent prefer "Merry Christmas".

About two-thirds of young adults, ages 18-29, support stores using a non-religious greeting compared to 39 percent of seniors.


This year, Texas passed a "Merry Christmas" law, allowing public school students and staff to say "Merry Christmas" and sing Christmas songs without fear of punishment.

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4 Things Your Mom Was Wrong About

1. Use antibacterial soap--The FDA announced this week that antibacterial soap makers would have to prove their products are actually better than plain soap at stopping the spread of germs. The FDA hasn't found evidence to suggest the antibacterial ingredients are more effective. In fact, these ingredients may even cause harm in the long term.

2. Take multivitamins--In a medical journal editorial, researchers found that multivitamins had no benefit for people without micronutrient deficiencies. The studies showed multivitamins didn't slow cognitive decline, didn't reduce heart problem risk, and offered no benefit regarding mortality, cardiovascular disease or cancer.

3. Cold weather causes flu-Playing in the snow without a hat won't make you sick. Neither will going to bed with wet hair in the winter. That's because the flu season isn't tied to cold weather. This time last year Mississippi had the most flu cases in the country even though the avenge temperature was 53 degrees Fahrenheit. Instead, the flu season is tied to the school year. The only reason winter seems to play a factor is because low temperatures force children indoors where they play together and spread germs  and then bring them home to mom and dad.

4. Feed a cold, starve a fever--This is completely untrue, even though doctors have been saying for years. Yes, being sick can affect your appetite, but you shouldn't force feed yourself or starve yourself. Do what feels right and stay hydrated.

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Birthdays:

~~ Brad Pitt is 50 (Thelma & Louise, Interview With A Vampire, Seven, 12 Monkeys, Sleepers, Meet Joe Black, Fight Club, The Mexican, Spy Game, Ocean's Eleven, Sinbad, Troy, Ocean's Twelve, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Babel, Burn After Recording, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inglourious Basterds; Moneyball; World War Z; many more)
~~Director/producer, Steven Spielberg is 67 (Jaws movies; Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, Jurassic Park, Tiny Toon Adventures, Hook; Kate Capshaw's hubby; Prod'd Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future, Gremlins, Schindler's List; Lincoln; many more)
~~Actress, Katie Holmes is 35 (Dawson's Creek's Josephine "Joey" Potter, Go, Wonder Boys, First Daughter, Batman Begins, Mad Money; Tom Cruise's ex-wife)
~~Actress, Rachel Griffiths ("Brothers & Sisters"; "Six Feet Under")  is 45 (Blow)
~~Actor, Ray Liotta is 58 (Casablanca, Our Family Honor's Off. Ed Santini; Goodfellas, Operation Dumbo Drop, Turbulence, Observe and Report)
~~Actor Josh Dallas ("Once Upon a Time") is 35.
~~Comedian, Ron White is 57
~~Actor Roger Mosley ("Magnum, P.I.") is 65.
~~Actor, Roger Smith is 81 (77 Sunset Strip; Mister Roberts)
~~Actress, Ashley Benson ("Pretty Little Liars") is 24 (Spring Breakers)
~~Actor, Casper Van Dien is 45 (Starship Troopers; Sleepy Hollow)
~~WWF/WWE legend/actor, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin is 49
~~Actor, Jeff Kober is 60 (Sons of Anarchy)
~~Movie critic Leonard Maltin is 63.
~~WWE Diva, Trish Stratus is 38
 

MUSICALLY:

~~Singer/"Voice" judge, Christina Aguilera is 33
~~Guitarist Keith Richards (of The Rolling Stones) is 70.
~~Rapper DMX is 43.
~~Singer Angie Stone is 52
~~Guitarist Elliot Easton (of The Cars) is 60
~~DJ Lethal (of Limp Bizkit) is 41
~~MC 'Rah Digga' is 41
~~Spanish singer, Alejandro Sanz is 45
~~Musician, Sam Andrew is 72 (Big Brother and the Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin)
~~Drummer, Greg D'Angelo (White Lion) is 50
~~Blues guitarist Lonnie Brooks is 80
~~Country singer Cowboy Troy is 43.
~~Cledus T. Judd is 49

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New TV Show:  Get Married In 90 Days Or Go Home

 

A new reality series features couples from different countries trying to make their relationships work despite language boundaries, culture differences and skeptical friends and family.

The show is called "90 Day Fiancé" and follows five American men who have met and fallen for women abroad.

These women are given a K-1 visa - also known as a Fiancé Visa - which allows them to travel to the U.S. for 90 days.

At the end of 90 days, the couples must decide whether they are ready to tie the knot; if they aren't, the women must give up their visas and immediately return to their home countries.


 

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The Social Media Hoaxes You Fell For In 2013

1. The Gas Station Karaoke Couple
Will and Monifa Sims captured our hearts in May while singing karaoke at a gas station. The bit was part of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno's Pumpcast News segment, which features a live news anchor on a TV above a gas station pump who interacts with customers. The duo agreed to sing a few rounds of karaoke and the clip went viral, thanks to their enthusiasm and strong vocal skills. But it was later discovered that Will and Monifa were both trained actors.

2. Manti Te'o Girlfriend
Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o, who now plays for the San Diego Chargers, fell victim to a social media hoax. In January, it was reported that Te'o's longtime online girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who allegedly died in a car accident, never existed. Their story of love and loss captivated Americans' hearts throughout the football season, but the truth ultimately surfaced -- a truth that reportedly astounded Te'o as well. The hoax was orchestrated by a male acquaintance of Te'o's who said he was in love with the linebacker.

3. Paris Hilton's Nelson Mandela Tweet
Following the news of Nelson Mandela's death, a fake tweet from Paris Hilton's account made the rounds. "RIP Nelson Mandela. Your 'I Have a Dream' speech was so inspiring. An amazing man," the tweet read. But the tweet was created by @DeletedTweets, a parody account which has since removed most of its content.

4. Letter to Santa With the Amazon Link
An adorable kid's letter to Santa gained significant attention in December for its unusual request: Instead of telling Santa the name of the toy he wanted, the letter contained a long Amazon link. The media pounced on the letter. But it turns out, the note was not the work of a child. Rather, a comedian posted it to the blog The Inclusive in 2011 and it only recently resurfaced.

5. Thanksgiving Airplane Note War
On Thanksgiving, the Internet followed along with The Bachelor producer Elan Gale as he live-tweeted a situation he claimed to experience on an airplane. A passenger named "Diane" grew angry with the airline crew when the flight was delayed and caused a scene. Gale confronted "Diane" via several handwritten notes, and the web watched a back-and-forth showdown unfold. Days later, he revealed he made the whole thing up.

6. Major Twerking Fail
When so-called Caitlin Heller captured her upside-down twerking fail in September, during which she fell onto a coffee table and ignited a small house fire, it reached 9 million views on YouTube in one week. It was later revealed to be a stunt orchestrated by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who wanted to see just how far the joke could go online.

7. Kiss Cam Breakup
During a Grizzlies baseball game in Fresno, Calif., a woman poured a drink on her boyfriend when he wouldn't get off the phone to kiss her during their Kiss Cam moment on the Jumbotron. The clip went viral, but the "couple" was actually just two Grizzlies employees having a little fun.

8. @Horse_ebooks
Twitter followers of the popular account @Horse_ebooks learned this year that it wasn't actually run by a spambot, but rather two people who worked in media. For years, the account tweeted random fragments of text every few hours from horse-related e-books, but in September, the truth was unveiled: The account was part of a large performance art experiment.

9. Zero Tip on a $100 Bill
When New Jersey waitress Dayna Morales posted a picture to Facebook of a customer's receipt that allegedly included zero tip on a $93.55 bill because of her sexual orientation, it made national news. "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle," a note on the receipt read. Sympathizers worldwide began sending money to Morales to show their support. Problem is, the family who was served, confirmed that they had indeed left an $18 tip, and provided a credit card statement as proof.

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Travel Is The Best Medicine

A study finds...  travel lowered risks of heart attack and depression.

 

According to the study:

**Women who vacationed every six years or less had a significantly higher risk of developing a heart attack or coronary death compared with women who vacationed at least twice a year.

**Men who did not take an annual vacation were shown to have a 20% higher risk of death and about a 30% greater risk of death from heart disease.

**Benefits of travel are almost immediate. After only a day or two, 89% of people saw significant drops in stress.


The study also found that 59% of Americans dream of traveling during their retirement, and that the most impactful trips are those spent with family and friends.

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Time To Start Bribing The Kids

A new study finds kids will eat fruits and vegetables if you pay them.

Researchers ran a study at schools where some could earn a nickel, others a quarter, and others a raffle ticket for a larger prize for eating fruit and veggies.

They found that offering small rewards increased the fruit and vegetable consumption by 80%, and the amount of wasted food declined by 33%.

 

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Hot Gifts For The Gadget Lover

Xbox One--Price: $499--Microsoft's Xbox One comes with the motion-detection Kinect sensor, an impressive lineup of games between now and March and partnerships with the National Football League, most major cable companies and Steven Spielberg, who will be making a live-action Halo series available to Xbox Live subscribers in the future. It may have gotten some negative feedback at first, but Microsoft has made policy changes to please gamers.

PlayStation 4--Price: $399--Sony's console focuses heavily on independent game makers. It also has its own extensive catalog of successful franchises. Also, Sony has a social option that gives gamers the ability to share game footage with friends. Also, the PS4 will suggest games you might enjoy.

Samsung UHD TV--Price: $3,500--UHD—or ultra high-definition—TVs are the next big thing in the television industry. There's a problem, though. There's no 4K content available right now and it may be a while before there is. UHD sets are great for people who want the best in their home theaters, but for the rest of us, there are lower-priced options for terrific 1080p sets.

Kindle Fire HDX--Price: $229-$579 --If the iPad is the tablet for business people, the Kindle Fire is the tablet for entertainment junkies. It has a beautiful display, a phenomenal battery life and a powerful quad-core processor driving things.

Chromecast--Price: $35--Google's plug-in streaming video device came out of nowhere this year, but it's a great stocking stuffer for techies. Just plug the gadget into a high-definition TV to stream YouTube, Netflix and other online content services, and you'll be able to control channels and other options with a smartphone. It's a low-priced alternative to Apple TV and the Roku box, which also are great streaming devices to consider.

Dish Hopper with Sling--Price: Varies on subscription package--Dish Network's Hopper might seem odd, but the system won Best of Show at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. The ability to skip commercials on selected programming is nice, and the added ability to let customers watch live programming on any channel they subscribe to on their phone or tablet is useful for people on the go.

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Video Of The Day:

Don't ya hate it when people talk loudly on their cell phones at the airport.. Have some fun with them.

 





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