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Tuesday 9-13-17

 

Q:  36% of Americans have paid for THIS at least once during the last 12 months

A: A ticket for a sporting event

 

 

Now that summer is over, OVEREATING season is back, baby . . . and there's no better way to celebrate than this.

 

Olive Garden just announced that they're doing their "Never-Ending Pasta Passes" again . . . and they go on sale tomorrow.

 

If you missed it the past few years, Olive Garden sells a pass for $100 that gives you eight weeks of unlimited pasta, soup, salad, and breadsticks.

 

There will be 22,000 passes on sale this year, and they'll go on sale at exactly 2:00 P.M. Eastern tomorrow at PastaPass.com

 

If you want one, you'd better be ready to click FAST . . . because last year, their 21,000 passes sold out in ONE SECOND.

 

 

There's also a new twist this year, where there will be 50 passes that cost $200 . . . and each one of those includes a free eight-day trip to ITALY.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 9-1-17

 

Q: 40% of people say THIS is their favorite thing about being married... What is it? 

A: The companionship 

 

It's amazing ANYONE'S able to relax and have a normal conversation on a first date, considering how much JUDGING is going on . . . and how even one little mistake can ruin things.  A new survey asked people the rudest things someone can do on a first date that would make them not want a second date.

 

Here are the top 10 . . .

 

1.  Ordering their food for them, 61%.

 

2.  Noisy eating, 56%.

 

3.  Posting on social media during the date, 45%.

 

4.  Texting someone else, 35%.

 

5.  Taking photos of your food, 33%.

 

6.  Making or answering a phone call, 33%.

 

7.  Going to a restaurant that serves bone marrow or other animal organs, 26%.

 

8.  Taking them to a fast food restaurant, 23%.

 

9.  Ordering seafood, 18%.  (Who knew?)

 

 

10.  Eating onions or garlic, 16%.

 

Thursday 9-1-17

 

Q: 67% of online voters say it's never acceptable for adults to do THIS for any reason…WHAT IS IT?

 

A: whine! 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 8-30-17

 

Q: 38% of online voters feel that THESE are a NECESSITY during pregnancy… What are they?

A: Specific pregnancy parking spots 

 

Many Americans are looking to help in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, but scammers are looking to take advantage of your good will. The Federal Trade Commission has put together a list of precautions before you donate.

 

As you search for different charities, make sure to get details information about the charity, like its name, address and phone number. Also, search the organization in the Better Business Bureau or Charity Navigator for legitimacy.

 

If you receive a call asking for donations, ask for detailed information about the charity, but remember, giving personal and financial information over the phone is not a good practice.

 

When giving a donation, make sure to do so by credit or check. Also, keep a record of the donation to receive a tax benefit. No money should ever be wired to a person claiming to be from a charity, nor should cash be sent in the mail.

 

“Scammers often request donations to be wired because wiring money is like sending cash: Once you send it, you can’t get it back,” officials with the FTC warn.

 

If you donate via text, make sure to check your statement for accuracy.

Signs of a charity scam, courtesy of the FTC:

 

Regardless of how they reach you, avoid any charity or fundraiser that:

• Refuses to provide detailed information about its identity, mission, costs and how the donation will be used.

• Won't provide proof that a contribution is tax deductible.

• Uses a name that closely resembles that of a better-known, reputable organization.

• Thanks you for a pledge you don’t remember making.

• Uses high-pressure tactics like trying to get you to donate immediately, without giving you time to think about it and do your research.

• Asks for donations in cash, or asks you to wire money.

• Offers to send a courier or overnight delivery service to collect the donation immediately.

• Guarantees sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a contribution. By law, you never have to give a donation to be eligible to win a sweepstakes.

 

 

 

10 things not to say to your child's teacher

 

"My son says you don't give him enough time to finish his tests. I'd like to hear your side of the story."

Laying out the situation and asking for the teacher's "side" may seem like a diplomatic approach, but to the teacher it reads as an attack, followed by a twist of the knife. "The kicker is the second part because it suggests you are mediating between two equals, like siblings who can't get along," says Tingley. A better tactic: "Jake seems to be struggling with his tests. What are you seeing?" When you start from a place of information-gathering, as opposed to putting the teacher on the defensive, you'll likely get a fuller picture of what's going on, says Tingley. (And you'll save yourself the embarrassment if it turns out your son has been doodling during every test.) From there, you and the teacher can decide on the best way to address the problem.

 

"Henry is acting out because he's bored in class."

"As a teacher, you spend your life trying to make school interesting and challenging," says Carolyn Bower, a former kindergarten teacher in Bangor, ME. "When someone says class is boring, it means you haven't done your job." The statement also may not be entirely accurate. "Parents often say this in response to a teacher bringing up a behavior problem, when the actual issue is a lack of self-control on the student's part," says Tingley. So instead of starting off with an excuse, find out what's really going on and promise to speak to your child. If you truly believe he's not being challenged, steer clear of hurtful generalizations and mention a specific problem and solution: "Henry seems to have the multiplication tables down. Could we give him something more challenging?"

 

"My child would never lie. If she says she handed in the paper, she handed it in."

Here, you're implying that the teacher misplaced the paper or is bluffing—which are both places you don't want to go. As hard as it is to hear, "kids sometimes lie when they're feeling cornered," says Tingley. Even if that's not the case with your conscientious student, acknowledging the mix-up and suggesting a solution is the best way to help your cause. Try: "Amanda says she turned in the paper. I don't know what happened to it, but I'd hate to have her take a zero. Can she hand in something late?"

 

"We're going on vacation for a week. Can you put together a packet of my daughter's work so she doesn't fall behind?"

You may think you're doing the responsible thing, but unfortunately, this typical request is a bit insulting. "You're implying you can replace teaching with a packet of worksheets," says Jan Copithorne, a middle school special education teacher in Highland Park, IL. On top of that, "it's a lot of extra work to anticipate everything that will happen in class over a week and put it together for one child." Because kids miss so much when they're kept out of school, Copithorne advises against pulling them out for an extended period, unless there's a truly important event or a family emergency. If you're set on your plans, ask the teacher for a general overview, like what chapters will be covered in each subject, and accept that your child will need to play catch-up when you get home.

 

"I know my son doesn't want to take your honors class next year, but he needs it for college so I'm insisting he sign up for it."

Some kids need a little nudge; others know their limits. You probably have a pretty good idea where your child falls, so be honest with yourself, then ask for the teacher's opinion—not her endorsement—about signing up for advanced classes. "No teacher wants to see a student forced into a place he doesn't want to be," says Tingley. (And no parent should, either.) "What often happens is the kid who isn't yet ready for the challenge ends up getting demoted to a regular class, which then feels like a failure," says Tingley. Karen Patterson, a high school language arts teacher in Upper Arlington, OH, has also seen students who sign up for too many high-level courses "absolutely self-implode." Sometimes, "a kid may love and want to take advanced history and language arts, but Mom is making him take advanced math too," says Patterson, who advocates a less-is-more approach, pointing to the benefits of a lighter workload: more time for extracurricular activities, which also look great on college applications.

 

"Why do you give so much homework?"

Your daughter has been up late every night working on a book report and presentation, both due in the same week for the same teacher. So naturally this is the first thing you want to blurt out at the next parent-teacher conference. The reason you shouldn't is because you are in effect saying, "You don't know how to do your job" and "Why don't you care about my child's well-being?" says Tingley. Instead, phrase your question this way: "Julie's been having trouble getting everything done. Are other kids having trouble, too?" Referencing the rest of the class depersonalizes things and can provide you, and the teacher, with some helpful perspective. For instance, if everyone is struggling, the teacher may realize that her expectations are too high. (If she doesn't, feel free to take your concerns to the principal.) If instead it sounds like your child is the exception, discuss getting her some after-school help or moving her to a different class.

 

"Matt has had so many after-school activities lately, he couldn't finish the reading."

In the hierarchy of your child's life, you and his teachers are the bosses—and you'd never tell your boss you couldn't do your job because you were busy with trombone lessons, right? "Young children tend to have a lot of activities, but when they get to middle school they can't be booked from 3:00 to 9:00 every night and keep up with their work," says Copithorne. As a general rule, plan on your first grader devoting about ten minutes per night to homework; for each subsequent grade, add ten more minutes, says Tingley. So a fourth-grader might have 40 minutes worth of work, while a high school senior has two hours, which should still leave enough time for a few of your child's favorite activities. "Students who do sports and clubs are typically more engaged in school," says Tingley. "So it would be a mistake to take them out of everything."

 

"Dear Mrs. Jones: Why did you give Emma this grade?"

Email is a wonderful tool for communicating with your child's teacher. But it shouldn't be used for firing off every question that pops into your head, particularly when there's a better way to go about getting the answer. "A full-time teacher might have 110 kids, and their parents are all emailing, too," says Patterson, who sometimes receives messages like the one above after posting grades. With many concerns, including those about low grades, talk to your child first. If she can't provide an explanation and is old enough, have her bring it up with the teacher in person—the best way to communicate when a question requires a lengthy response. "Especially at the high school level, kids should be taking on some of this responsibility themselves," says Patterson. If your child or you doesn't receive a satisfactory answer, by all means, send a (non-accusatory) note: "Can we talk about what Emma can do to bring up her science grade? I'm also available by phone if you prefer." In other words, think before you (cyber) speak.

 

"My daughter and her friends don't speak to Beth because she's not in their group anymore. That's not bullying; they have a right to choose their friends."

No parents want to believe their child is being cruel to other kids, so when a teacher brings up an issue like bullying, it's tempting to play it down. And yet, "teachers don't make those calls lightly, so when we do, we need parents' help in reinforcing lessons," says Bower. This can be trickier with girls than boys, since female altercations tend to be more insidious, says Tingley. But you can help "stop the stuff you see." Ask the teacher what behavior she has witnessed in the classroom and talk to your child about why whispering behind another student's back, or passing notes about her, is wrong.

 

Tuesday 8-29-17

 

Q: 54% of people surveyed say, these days, they don't enjoy doing this..WHAT IS IT?

A: Answering when someone rings their door bell 

 

 

When you're in school, you tend to take what your teachers say as absolute truth . . . then once you're an adult, you realize, "Wait, my teachers were just screwed up adults like I am now, and I don't know ANYTHING."

 

There's a discussion online where people are sharing the things they were told in school that turned out to be totally FALSE.  Here are some of the best ones . . .

 

1.  The bad things you do go on your "permanent record."  Sure, maybe as a kid, but it's not like your school record comes up once you're older.

 

2.  The food pyramid.  We were told to eat a ton of bread and corn and avoid fat, when now we know that's all backwards.

 

3.  You have to learn to write in cursive.

 

4.  You have to learn how to do math because you won't always have a calculator.  Today, we ALL always have calculators on our phones.

 

5.  Go to the best college you can, because the money you make will be worth the cost.

 

6.  The Internet isn't a valid source for research, you have to use books.

 

 

7.  You have to learn to say no to drugs, because strangers will want to give you free drugs

 

 

 

They say that there are a lot of vitamins and nutrients in the PEEL from fruits.  At least I think they say that.  I'm not sure who "they" are but it sounds like something they'd say.

But do YOU eat them?  Here are the results from a new survey that asked people what fruit and vegetable skins and peels they actually eat . . .

 

1.  Apple peel . . . 94% eat it.

 

2.  Potato skin . . . 78%.

 

3.  Carrot peel . . . 49%.

 

4.  Kiwi skin . . . 13%.

 

5.  Mango peel . . . 10%.

 

6.  Orange peel . . . 4%.

 

7.  Banana peel . . . 1%.

 

But if any of that sounds weird, the survey also asked people if they eat the skin off fried chicken . . . and 28% said NO.  Now THAT'S weird. 

 

 

 

Here are some subtle signs that you are considerably smarter than you think.

 

1. You took music lessons

Research suggests that music helps kids' minds develop in a few ways:

 

• A 2011 study found that scores on a test of verbal intelligence among 4- to 6-year-olds rose after only a month of music lessons.

 

• A 2004 study led by Glenn Schellenberg found that 6-year-olds who took nine months of keyboard or voice lessons had an IQ boost compared with kids who took drama lessons or no classes at all.

 

Meanwhile, a 2013 study, also led by Schellenberg, suggested that high-achieving kids were the ones most likely to take music lessons. In other words, in the real world, musical training may only enhance cognitive differences that already exist.

 

2. You're the oldest

Oldest siblings are usually smarter, but it's not because of genetics, one study found.

 

Norwegian epidemiologists used military records to examine the birth order, health status, and IQ scores of nearly 250,000 18- and 19-year-old men born between 1967 and 1976. Results showed that the average firstborn had an IQ of 103, compared to 100 for second children and 99 for third children.

 

The New York Times reports: "The new findings, from a landmark study published [in June 2007], showed that eldest children had a slight but significant edge in IQ — an average of three points over the closest sibling. And it found that the difference was not because of biological factors but the psychological interplay of parents and children."

 

For this and other reasons, firstborns tend to be more successful (but not that much more successful) than their siblings.

 

3. You're thin

For a 2006 study, scientists gave roughly 2,200 adults intelligence tests over a five-year period and results suggested that the bigger the waistline, the lower the cognitive ability.

 

Another study published that same year found that 11-year-olds who scored lower on verbal and nonverbal tests were more likely to be obese in their 40s. The study authors say that smarter kids might have pursued better educational opportunities, landed higher-status and higher-paying jobs, and therefore ended up in a better position to take care of their health than their less intelligent peers.

 

Meanwhile, a more recent study found that, among preschoolers, a lower IQ was linked to a higher BMI. Those researchers also say environmental factors are at play, since the relationship between BMI and smarts was mediated by socioeconomic status.

 

4. You have a cat

A 2014 study of 600 college students found that individuals who identified as "dog people" were more outgoing than those who identified as "cat people," according to a test that measures personality and intelligence.

 

But guess what? Those same cat people scored higher on the part of the test that measures cognitive ability.

 

5. You were breastfed

2007 research suggests that babies who are breastfed might grow up to be smarter kids.

 

In two studies, the researchers looked at more than 3,000 children in Britain and New Zealand. Those children who had been breastfed scored nearly seven points higher on an IQ test — but only if they had a particular version of the FADS2 gene. (That version of the gene was present in roughly equal numbers among kids who were and weren't breastfed.)

 

Figuring out the exact mechanism of this relationship between FADS2, breastfeeding, and IQ will require further study, the scientists noted in their paper on the finding.

 

6. You've used recreational drugs

A 2012 study of more than 6,000 Brits born in 1958 found a link between high IQ in childhood and the use of illegal drugs in adulthood.

 

"In our large population-based cohort study, IQ at 11 years was associated with a greater likelihood of using selected illegal drugs 31 years later," wrote researchers James W. White, Catharine R. Gale, and David Batty.

 

They conclude that "in contrast to most studies on the association between childhood IQ and later health," their findings suggest "a high childhood IQ may prompt the adoption of behaviors that are potentially harmful to health (i.e., excess alcohol consumption and drug use) in adulthood."

 

7. You're lefthanded

Left-handedness used to be associated with criminality, and researchers are still unclear as to whether and why there are slightly more lefties among criminal populations.

 

More recent research associates left-handedness with "divergent thinking," a form of creativity that allows you to come up with novel ideas from a prompt — at least among men.

 

In her review of a 1995 paper, New Yorker reporter Maria Konnikova writes:

 

The more marked the left-handed preference in a group of males, the better they were at tests of divergent thought.

 

Left-handers were more adept, for instance, at combining two common objects in novel ways to form a third — for example, using a pole and a tin can to make a birdhouse. They also excelled at grouping lists of words into as many alternate categories as possible.

 

8. You're tall

A 2008 Princeton study of thousands of people found that taller individuals scored higher on IQ tests as kids and earned more money as adults.

 

The researchers write: "As early as age 3 — before schooling has had a chance to play a role — and throughout childhood, taller children perform significantly better on cognitive tests."

 

9. You drink alcohol regularly

Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa and colleagues found that, among Brits as well as Americans, adults who had scored higher on IQ tests when they were kids or teens drank more alcohol, more often in adulthood than those who had scored lower.

 

10. You learned to read early

In 2012, researchers looked at nearly 2,000 pairs of identical twins in the UK and found that the sibling who had learned to read earlier tended to score higher on tests of cognitive ability.

 

The study authors suggest that reading from an early age increases both verbal and nonverbal (e.g. reasoning) ability, as opposed to the other way around.

 

11. You worry a lot

A growing body of research suggests that anxious individuals may be smarter than others in certain ways, according to Slate's coverage of several different studies on anxiety.

 

In one study, for example, researchers asked 126 undergrads to fill out questionnaires in which they indicated how often they experienced worry. They also indicated how often they engaged in rumination, or thinking continuously about the aspects of situations that upset them, as psychologist Dr. Edward Selby reported in Psychology Today.

 

Results showed that people who tended to worry and ruminate a lot scored higher on measures of verbal intelligence, while people who didn't do much worrying or ruminating scored higher on tests of nonverbal intelligence.

 

12. You're funny

In one study, 400 psychology students took intelligence tests that measured abstract reasoning abilities and verbal intelligence.

 

Then they were asked to come up with captions for several New Yorker cartoons, and those captions were reviewed by independent raters.

 

As predicted, smarter students were rated as funnier.

 

13. You're curious

In University of London business psychology professor Tomas Chamorro-Premuzi's post for Harvard Business Review, he discussed how the curiosity quotient and having a hungry mind makes one more inquisitive.

 

Regarding the importance of CQ, he wrote that, "It has not been as deeply studied as EQ and IQ, but there’s some evidence to suggest it is just as important when it comes to managing complexity in two major ways. First, individuals with higher CQ are generally more tolerant of ambiguity. This nuanced, sophisticated, subtle thinking style defines the very essence of complexity. Second, CQ leads to higher levels of intellectual investment and knowledge acquisition over time, especially in formal domains of education, such as science and art (note: this is of course different from IQ’s measurement of raw intellectual horsepower)."

 

A Goldsmiths University of London study found that intellectual investment, or "how people invest their time and effort in their intellect," plays a major part in cognitive growth.

 

14. You're messy

A study published in "Psychological Science" by the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management's Dr. Kathleen Vohs revealed that working in an untidy room actually fuels creativity.

 

In the study, 48 participants were asked to come up with unusual uses for a pingpong ball. The 24 individuals working in neat rooms came up with substantially less creative responses than the individuals working in cluttered rooms.

 

So if you are a pack rat, tell everyone you're just fueling your sense of creativity and innovation the next time someone tells you to clean up your act.

 

15. You didn't have sex until after high school

High schoolers with higher IQs are more likely to be virgins than those with average or lower IQs, according to a study from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. The core sample looked at 12,000 teens from the 7th to the 12th grade.

 

Not only were the teens with the higher IQs more likely to be virgins, they were also less likely to kiss or hold hands with a romantic partner. A number of explanations have been put forward by the science blog Gene Expression to explain this gap, including suggestions that smart people possess lower sex drives, are risk adverse, or simply less able to find sexual partners.

 

16. You're a night owl

One study published in the "The Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences" found that, when all other variables are factored out, night owls tend to beat out early birds in terms of intellect. It concluded that ethnographic evidence indicates that "nocturnal activities" were rarer in the ancestral environment. That means that more intelligent individuals are more likely to stay up late because smarter people are more likely to "espouse evolutionarily novel values."

 

17. You don't always have to try hard

This isn't to say that laziness is a sign of being smart. But it is fair to say that smart people simply don't always have to try as hard as "strivers" who fight to build up their skills — at least in certain fields.In an opinions piece for The New York Times, psychologists David Z. Hambrick and Elizabeth J. Meinz cited a Vanderbilt University study of highly intelligent young people.

 

The study tracked 2,000 people who scored in the top 1% of the SAT by the age of 13. Hambrick and Meinz wrote that, "The remarkable finding of their study is that, compared with the participants who were “only” in the 99.1 percentile for intellectual ability at age 12, those who were in the 99.9 percentile — the profoundly gifted — were between three and five times more likely to go on to earn a doctorate, secure a patent, publish an article in a scientific journal or publish a literary work. A high level of intellectual ability gives you an enormous real-world advantage."

 

They concluded that while striving to be smarter is commendable, there are certain innate abilities that can't always be learned.

 

18. You don't constantly need to be around people

We tend to be happier when we spend more time with friends.

 

That is, except for the hyper-intelligent people among us. As Business Insider previously reported, a Singapore Management University and London School of Economics study found that smart people differ from the rest of us when it comes to happiness levels and socialization.

 

So if you adore your friends but require a solid chunk of "me time" too, that could be a sign that you're super smart.

 

19. You live in a 'walkable' city

As it turns out, geography could be a pretty good indicator of how smart you are. As Chris Weller wrote for Tech Insider, Smart Growth America's study found that cities built for pedestrians tend to attract more college grads than cities built for cars. Washington DC scored highest in education and second in walkability, while New York City was voted "the most walkable metro area" in the US.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 8-28-17

 

Q: 37% of Americans say it’s been more than a year since they’ve been to this place

A: a book store 

 

 

Trendy restaurants are all about presentation . . . because you know your food tastes better if it looks good in Instagram photos, right?  But how WEIRD can they get with the presentation before it's too far? A new survey asked people whether they think it's acceptable or unacceptable for restaurants to serve food on or in something other than a regular plate.  Here's what they found . . .

 

 

1.  A slate . . . 69% said it's acceptable to serve food on it.

 

2.  A wooden cutting board . . . 64% are cool with eating off one.

 

3.  A plant pot . . . 52%.

 

4.  A floor tile . . . 28%.

 

5.  In a jar . . . 18%.

 

6.  A shovel . . . 17%.

 

7.  A dog bowl . . . 10%.

 

8.  A shoe . . . 9%.

 

 

Here's the five-step process you need to remember if you want to successfully cut in line in front of someone . . .

 

 

1.  Don't try it if the line is for something awesome.  A study in 2012 found we're much more likely to let someone cut if it's for something normal and boring . . . like a line for an ATM, or at the post office.  If it's for something cool, it's almost impossible.

 

 

2.  Don't try to sneak in front of someone.  They'll confront you about it.  Then everyone else in line will gang up on you.  So your chances are much better if you ask.

 

 

3.  Give them a reason.  It doesn't even have to be a great reason.  A study in the late '70s found your chances of getting a yes are much better if you use ANY excuse.  Even just saying you're running late works.

 

 

4.  Just focus on the FIRST person in line.  Another study found that if THEY say it's okay, the people behind them probably won't say anything.  So you don't even want to get them involved.

 

 

5.  As a last resort, try to bribe them with money.  A study in 2006 had people try it, and it usually worked.  And here's the best part.  Most of the people who let them cut didn't even take the money.  They let them go first, then refused to accept it.

 

 

 

Would you rather have a kid who's popular, or a kid who's really smart?  About 150 moms had to rank six traits, according to how important they are . . .

 

The six traits were extraversion, agreeableness, openness, intelligence, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.  And they got examples of what each one means.

For example, extraversion means you tend to be more social.  Agreeableness means you're trusting, sympathetic, and cooperative.  And conscientiousness means you're driven, disciplined, and think things through.

And more than half of moms said that being SOCIAL was the most important trait.  Only 10% said intelligence.  Here's how it breaks down . . .

  

1.  Extraversion.  51% said it's the best trait their kid could have.

 

2.  Agreeableness, 20%.  So the top two both have to do with working well with others.

 

3.  Intelligence, 10%.

 

4.  Openness, 10%.  Which is kind of like intelligence.  It's linked to a willingness to learn and experience new things.

 

5.  Conscientiousness, 9%.

 

6.  Neuroticism, ZERO percent.  That's where you're more prone to emotions like anger, anxiety, and depression.  None of the moms thought that was the best trait you can have. 

 

 

 

 

 

This week's hometown showdown is a battle between Class B schools. Get your phones or computers ready and vote for which of these games you want to see in the spotlight:

Messalonskee vs. Brunswick

Greely vs. Kennebunk

 

Westbrook vs. Biddeford

VOTE FOR THE HOMETOWN SHOWDOWN HERE!!! 

 

 

 

 

Friday 8-18-17

 

Q: 46% of us know someone who's lied about THIS…

A: What’s on their resumé.

 

The five finalists for the name of Portland's new hockey team have been released. Comcast Spectacor is bringing a new ECHL team to Portland for the beginning of the 2018 season. The team's owner asked fans to submit names for the new team. The final five finalists are Mariners, Watchmen, Wild Blueberries, Lumberjacks and Puffins.  The AHL Portland Pirates left for Springfield, Massachusetts, after the 2015-2016 season.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE! 

 

To land a decent job these days, you've gotta have some good job skills and experience . . . or at least CLAIM you do.

 

 

According to a new survey, 46% of American workers know someone who's LIED on their resumé.  That's up from 21% in 2011.  It's not clear if we're lying more, or just admitting it more freely.  Either way, it happens a lot.

Here are the four most common things we lie about . . .

 

 

1.  Job experience.  76% of people who know someone who's lied on a resumé said they lied about their job experience.

 

 

2.  Job duties, 55%.  So they didn't lie about having a job, just about what they DID at a job.

 

 

3.  Their education, 33%.

 

 

4.   Their employment dates, 26%.  Meaning they stretched them to seem like they worked somewhere longer.  Probably so they didn't have gaps on their resumé.

 

 

Just over half of senior managers said they think lying on a resumé is somewhat common.  And 38% said they've tossed a resumé in the trash because they realized the person lied. 

 

 

 

On February 26, 1979, a total solar eclipse cast a shadow over the northwestern United States and passed over Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota.

 

Here’s what the world was like the last time we saw an eclipse like this:

 

Cher, Bo Derek, Janice Dickinson and Farrah Fawcett were the female sex symbols and fashion icons

 

Michael Jackson, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Marlon Brando were the sexy guys.

 

Beer lovers rejoiced! Jimmy Carter’s bill making home brewing legal took effect

 

You could call a 1-800 number and listen to messages from “Star Wars” characters like Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader

 

The first Victoria’s Secret stores opened

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl over the Dallas Cowboys. Terry Bradshaw was named the MVP and Bob Jani performed at the halftime show.

 

The most popular holiday gifts were Mattel’s Intellivision, Milton Bradley’s Microvision and Sony Walkman cassette/radio

 

Styx, Donna Summer, Barry Manilow, The Bee Gees and Billy Joel were some of the top pop artists of the year

 

The highest grossing film of the year was “Kramer vs. Kramer” starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep

 

Popular baby names included Jennifer, Melissa, Amanda, Jessica, Chris, Topher, Jason and David

 

 

 

They just released the results of a survey on the little things that people have STRONG opinions about.  Here's what they found . . .

 

 

1.  84% of people hang their toilet paper in the "over" style, 16% go "under."

 

2.  53% think green candies should be lime flavored, 47% think they should be apple.

 

3.  80% put ketchup on their hot dogs, 20% don't . . . and 89% say hot dogs are NOT sandwiches.

 

4.  56% prefer Macs, 44% choose PCs.

 

5.  70% like dogs, 30% like cats.

 

6.  87% prefer paper books, 13% like e-books.

 

7.  And 55% say pineapple doesn't belong on pizza, 45% say it does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 8-17-17

 

Q: 15% of people say they don't do THIS…’because it’s too hard’ What is it??

A: READ BOOKS (they're too hard to understand.)

 

 

According to a new survey, one out of five people can't name a SINGLE author.  Not Shakespeare, not Mark Twain, not J.K. Rowling, not even Dr. Seuss.

 

 

 

The 10 things EVERYONE hates about 'making coffee'... 

 

 

 

The strangest reason to stop late night snacking. 

 

When I'm sitting in my living room at midnight eating ice cream right out of the carton in the dark, the LAST thing on my mind is, "Uh oh, I'd better watch out for getting sunburned."  But here ya go . . .

 

According to a new study out of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, people who eat late night snacks are much more likely to get SUNBURNED.

 

Why?  They found when you eat at strange times, it messes up your body's internal clock.  Then, during the daytime, your skin doesn't produce as much of an enzyme that protects you against the sun's UV rays, so you get sunburned easier.

 

 

 

"Entertainment Weekly" put together a list of movies that best represent the "spirit and story" of each state. 

 

Here are the highlights:

 

Arizona:  "Raising Arizona"  (1987)

 

California:  "Chinatown"  (1974)

 

District of Columbia:  "All the President's Men"  (1976)

 

Florida:  "Scarface"  (1983)

 

Georgia:  "Deliverance"  (1972)  (Ouch?)

 

Idaho:  "Napoleon Dynamite"  (2004)

 

Illinois:  "The Blues Brothers"  (1980)

 

Iowa:  "Field of Dreams"  (1989)

 

Kansas:  "The Wizard of Oz"  (1939)

 

Maine – “Cider House Rules”  (1999)

 

Massachusetts:  "The Departed"  (2006)

 

Minnesota:  "Fargo"  (1996)

 

Nevada:  "The Hangover"  (2009)

 

New York:  "Do the Right Thing"  (1989)

 

Ohio:  "Heathers"  (1989)

 

Oklahoma:  "Oklahoma"  (1955)

 

Pennsylvania:  "Rocky"  (1976)

 

Texas:  "Giant"  (1956)

 

Vermont:  "Dead Poets Society"  (1989)

 

Washington:  "Twilight"  (2008)

 

Wisconsin:  "Bridesmaids"  (2011)

 

FULL LIST HERE:   http://ew.com/movies/united-states-of-movies/the-united-states-of-movies/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 8-10-17

 

Q: 18 percent of men and 10.5 percent of women say they NEVER do THIS!!  What is it?

A:  wash their underwear!

 

 

NICKNAME JERSEYS!  <----  Click the red link for all the teams and their nicknames

 

Last month, Major League Baseball said that they're relaxing the dress code for 'Players Weekend' on Friday, August 25th through Sunday the 27th, and players will be allowed to wear NICKNAMES on the back of their jerseys.

 

The nicknames were revealed yesterday . . . and here are 15 highlights.

 

1.  Lucas Duda of the Tampa Bay Rays chose 'Dude.'

 

2.  Welington Castillo of the Baltimore Orioles chose 'Beef,' as in Beef Wellington.

 

3.  Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners chose 'Don't You Know.'  When Cano was a Yankee, an announcer would say "Robby Cano, don't you know!" when he'd hit a homerun.

 

4.  Kyle Seager of the Mariners chose 'Corey's Brother.'  His younger brother Corey plays for the L.A. Dodgers, and won Rookie of the Year last year.

 

5.  Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees chose 'All Rise.'

So yes, nicknames WILL be included on the back of Yankees jerseys.  It's the first time ANY name has been on the back of their uniforms.

 

6.  Aaron Altherr of the Philadelphia Phillies chose 'A-A-Ron,' which is from that legendary "Key and Peele" skit.

 

7.  Carl Edwards Jr. of the Chicago Cubs chose 'Carl's Jr.'  The players aren't allowed to wear brand names on their jerseys, but for whatever reason Carl got an exception.

 

8.  Andrew Triggs of the Oakland Athletics chose 'Triggonometry.'

 

9.  Josh Phegley of the Athletics chose 'PTBNL,' which stands for 'player to be named later.'

 

10.  Sean Doolittle of the Washington Nationals chose 'DOOOOOOOO.'

 

11.  Lance McCullers and Collin McHugh of the Houston Astros chose 'Snap Dragon 1' and 'Snap Dragon 2.'

 

12.  Todd Frazier of the Yankees chose 'Toddfather.'

 

13.  Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians chose 'Bauer Outage.'

 

14.  Tommy Hunter of the Rays chose 'Tommy Two Towel.'

 

15.  Jose Ramirez of the Indians chose 'Mini Me,' but the league rejected it because it's copyrighted, and that's a no-no because the league is SELLING these jerseys.  So, he threw in the towel and just went with 'Ramirez.'  (???)

 

 

Wednesday 8-9-17

 

Q: 52% of online voters say they do THIS every night when they go to sleep

A: leave their bedroom door open 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 8-8-17

 

Q: 19% of parents say their child does (or did) THIS..  WHAT IS IT?

A: Play T Ball 

 

SWINEAPPLE 

Who's down for a tasty swineapple treat?? 
Heidi's making one and bringing it into the studio before the end of the week...  get in touch if you'd like to come in and try it! 

 

 

A recent survey had people name the top signs you're living the "modern" American dream.  It's not exactly clear what that MEANS, but they posted a list of the top 30 answers, and some of them aren't that crazy.

 

There are a few big ones, like owning a $40,000 car and having at least $35,000 in savings.  But here are ten that are a lot more attainable.  They're a nice reminder of how good most Americans have it, even if it doesn't always feel that way . . .

 

 

1.  Having a Netflix subscription.

 

2.  Voting, because it means you're a U.S. citizen.

 

3.  Being able to buy gadgets every now and then, like a new phone.

 

4.  Having steak at least once a month.

 

5.  Being able to donate old clothes to Goodwill, because you don't like them anymore.

 

6.  Having enough free time to do leisurely stuff, like going on walks or bike rides.

 

7.  Shopping at Whole Foods.  (???)

 

8.  Owning a big-screen TV.

 

9.  Having a fridge with an ice dispenser.

 

10.  Being able to take a day off work without having to worry about being fired.

 

 

If you're dragging today, it might be the after effects of all that beer you drank last weekend.  Or one of these six reasons that are all backed by science . . .

 

1.  You're surrounded by negativity.  Like friends who just complain about their lives all the time.  Negativity is draining.  Trying to stay positive boosts your energy levels.

 

2.  Your sex life is non-existent.  If you're too exhausted at night, try the morning instead.  The boost of energy you get can kick-start your day.

 

3.  There's not enough magnesium in your diet.  When you don't get enough, it can be harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.  There is a list of magnesium rich foods at the bottom of this article.. 

 

4.  You never work out.  One recent study found that getting two-and-a-half hours of exercise a week can make you 65% less tired during the day.

 

5.  You're a ball of stress.  Anxiety is the #1 cause of insomnia.  And it's a vicious cycle, because it's even harder to deal with stress when you're underslept.

 

6.  Your bedroom is a wreck.  Studies have found that the quality of your sleep can suffer when your bedroom's a mess.  So you might want to spend an hour or two on a deep clean.  Or at least pick up your dirty clothes. 

 

Top 10 Magnesium Rich Foods

Green leafy vegetables aren’t the only foods rich in magnesium and chlorophyll. Here are the top 10 foods high in magnesium that you will want to add into your diet.

(Men RDA 400 milligrams and Women RDA 310 milligrams a day)

Spinach — 1 cup: 157 milligrams (40% DV)

Chard — 1 cup: 154 milligrams (38% DV)

Pumpkin seeds — 1/8 cup: 92 milligrams (23% DV)

Yogurt or Kefir — 1 cup: 50 milligrams (13% DV)

Almonds — 1 ounce: 80 milligrams (20% DV)

Black Beans — ½ cup: 60 milligrams (15% DV)

Avocado — 1 medium: 58 milligrams  (15% DV)

Figs — ½ cup: 50 milligrams (13% DV)

Dark Chocolate — 1 square: 95 milligrams (24% DV)

Banana — 1 medium: 32 milligrams (8% DV)

 

Other foods that are also high in magnesium include: salmon, coriander, cashews, goat cheese and artichokes.

 

 

 

As NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell comes back to Vacationland, so does the wrath of a mystery Mainer....with a vengeance.  A "Patriots Pole" has popped up on the corner of Black Point Road and Route 1 in Scarborough, with 10 deflated footballs nailed to the sides and a hat tip to Barstool Sports, a popular sports blog founded in Boston with a disdain for the Commissioner. The location is not a new one; deflated footballs were nailed to a telephone pole in the same spot back in February. It's also the road Goodell has to take to get to his summer home. 

 

 

Monday 8-7-17

Q: According to a recent survey, loud cars & motorcycles are the top noise complaints in residential areas.  The only thing that's more annoying is THIS.. What is it?

A: Mowing your lawn early in the morning

 

 

Never doubt the power of people's social media VANITY.

 

The cops in Swansea, Wales recently put 35-year-old Wayne Esmonde's mugshot on their Facebook page because he had a warrant out for assault.

  

In the mugshot, his eyes are open VERY wide and he kind of looks like a mix of shocked and crazy.

 

Well . . . Wayne replied to the Facebook post last week and wrote, quote, "I am him.  Not a very flattering mugshot.  I'd appreciate it if you take this post down.  Innocent until proven guilty and all that."

 

And he eventually reached a deal with the cops:  If he turned himself in, they'd take down the photo.  So he went to the station on Thursday, the cops arrested him, and they took down the mugshot.

 

But . . . unfortunately for Wayne, now that his story is out, that mugshot is ALL OVER the Internet and getting infinitely more attention than it was getting before.  Oops.

 

 

 

 

"The Karate Kid" is coming back . . . and it's coming back with RALPH MACCHIO and WILLIAM ZABKA . . . who played his nemesis Johnny in the original movie!!!

 

They're doing a 10-episode online series for YouTube Red called "Cobra Kai", and it'll debut sometime next year.

 

Here's the deal:  It's 30 years later, and Johnny is reopening the Cobra Kai dojo in order to redeem himself, and in the process he rekindles his rivalry with Daniel LaRusso.

 

Meanwhile, Daniel has been struggling to keep it together without the help of Mr. Miyagi.  PAT MORITA died in 2005, and obviously, they're not recasting his role.  So poor Daniel will be WAXING OFF on his own.

 

It sounds like there'll be a little more comedy here than in the movies, but YouTube says it'll also be packed with, quote, "heart and thrilling fight scenes."

 

 

 

10 reasons a dirty house is good for your marriage

 

1. You Avoid Chore Imbalance Resentment.

There's something incredibly peaceful and almost zen-like about falling asleep in an immaculate and pristine bedroom. Unless, of course, you cleaned the entire house yourself and have done every day since you said "I do" and your spouse never so much as puts their socks in the laundry basket or comments on how nice the place looks. That sort of resentment can keep you up all night, and in all the wrong ways!

 

2. You Have Time and Energy Left Over for Each Other.

Cleaning is hard labor, even harder, often, than convincing your 3-year-old to eat green vegetables. (There's a reason, after all, that cleaning services often cost way more than childcare!) And climbing into bed after a day of office work followed by a few hours of cleaning -- or after a day of cleaning on your so-called "day off" -- can feel like the finish line in a race you never signed up for. If you instead skip the cleaning and leave all the dirty dishes in the sink, even occasionally, you might just feel like knocking boots... or even simply having a conversation about something more meaningful than deciding which show to watch.

 

3. You Feel Young and Reckless.

Remember the kind of squalor you lived in during college or your early twenties? (If you're the kind of person who baked cookies and owned a dusting cloth in college, then this article is probably not for you!) Letting your house return to that state sometimes can be freeing. You'll feel like you're embracing life and what's important in it -- namely, people over dust bunnies. And that can be pretty sexy.

 

4. You Can Have Messy Kitchen Sex.

What's more fun: Lying back on your immaculate and empty kitchen table for some by-the-book sex because you know you're supposed to do it outside the bedroom sometimes... or pushing aside dirty dishes and pushing silverware to the floor and having screw-it-we'll-clean-up-later sex?

 

5. It's a Bonding Experience.

Marriage can sometimes devolve into a kind of ping-pong game where you take it in turns being annoyed at each other for tiny, domestic infractions -- like forgetting to remove muddy shoes before entering the house, or forgetting to pay a bill, or forgetting to put the wet laundry into the dryer. But if you agree, together, to let the house go for a day or a week or whatever, this messy state of affairs will mask all the other stuff you normally get annoyed at.

 

6. You Realize Some Things Can Wait.

Living with a messy house gives you perspective. You'll realize that the earth does not stop spinning on its axis simply because you left a pile of unfolded laundry in the middle of the TV room, or you didn't empty the trash and the house smells like tuna casserole the next morning. Life goes on, and on your deathbed, you will definitely not think, "I wish I'd emptied the trash cans more often." This kind of revelation can do wonders for the way you treat your spouse.

 

7. You Gain a New Appreciation for What You Each Do.

Taking some time off from domestic chores will make you each realize how much you do around the house. Even if you feel like you do, say, 90 percent of the household chores, we're pretty sure there's a lot your spouse does that you simply don't notice anymore. (And vice versa, of course!)

 

8. You Can Stay in the Moment.

A clean house can be just as stressful as a messy one. Imagine this: You're sitting in your supposedly spotless kitchen, trying to listen to your spouse tell you about their day, and you suddenly notice a dust bunny you missed earlier, or a glass you forgot to put in the dishwasher before turning it on, or a pile of newspapers you forgot to put out, and -- hold everything -- tomorrow is trash pickup day. You find yourself multitasking, finishing these little tasks, and only half-listening to the love of your life. Hey, how about you sit down and really listen, instead? Sure, sometimes you can show love by making your love nest cozy and clean -- but other times, it's more important to sit down and simply be there.

 

9. You Might Lose Your Cellphone or the TV Remote.

And then think of all the meaningful conversations you'll be forced to have!

 

10. You Won't Invite Friends Over.

When you've been with someone a long time, it's really easy to over-schedule your social life -- to plan dinner parties and football-watching parties and book clubs and playdates and Tupperware-style sex toy parties and... well, you get the idea. But when your abode is verging on squalid, shame makes you hole up together and enjoy each other's company. Let's hope you still have something to say to each other besides, "Have you seen the remote?"

 

 

 

 

Friday 8-4-17

 

Q: 70% of women prefer their men to have THIS.  What is it? 

Q: either brown or black hair (dark hair) 

 

The house that inspired Pet Sematary is up for sale! 

 

A 73-year-old Florida man has been banned from the Volusia County beaches for six months after he was handing out business cards looking for a “sugarbaby.”


 


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