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Friday 6/23/17


It's tempting to pack a million things into your vacation, because you want to make the most of it.  But then you end up exhausted and feel like you never even WENT on vacation.  So this makes sense . . .


According to a new survey, the number one thing we want to do on vacation is absolutely NOTHING.  Here are five stats from the survey . . .


1.  Almost 75% of people in the poll said resting and relaxing is important when they're on vacation.  The rest of the top five are sightseeing, 55% . . . experiencing local culture and food, 51% . . . being with family, 46% . . . and being out in nature, 45%.


2.  22% of women also said shopping is important.  Only 9% of men agreed.


3.  86% of people planning a vacation this year say they'll travel with at least one other person.  A very independent 14% of us will go it alone.


4.  42% of people said they dial back their time on social media when they're on vacation.  About a third don't even TRY to.  And 22% said they "completely disconnect."


5.  43% of people in the survey said they're NOT taking a summer vacation this year.  The top reasons were it's too expensive, and they can't take time off work.  And 3% said they just don't like taking time off work.




 If you want all your 20-something coworkers to think you're cool, apparently you should stop using the WORD "cool."

Someone posted a list of words that used to make you sound young, but can make you sound OLD now.  Apparently "cool" is the new "groovy."  Here are five words you might want to start using less . . .


1.  "Totally."  Like when you're agreeing with someone, you might say, "Oh yeah, TOTALLY."  Millennials don't really use it like that.  It's more of a Generation X thing.


2.  "Sweet."  Some people in their late 20's and 30's think EVERYTHING is sweet.  Like, "We have next Friday off?  SWEET!"  So try not to use it too much. 


3.  "Cool."  Younger people DO use it in specific situations.  Like they might say a new gadget is "cool."  But they don't use it on its own as much.  Like if someone says they'll email you, and you say, "Okay, cool."  Apparently that's NOT cool anymore.


4.  "Bummer."  It sounds dated, like something you'd say in the 90's.  "Dude, bummer."


5.  "Awesome."  Again, you CAN still use it.  Like if your recent trip to Hawaii was "awesome," that's okay.  But it's starting to feel dated, kind of like the word "rad."  So try not to use it all the time.




Every couple in the world has argued at some point about how the guy TUNES OUT during a conversation.  In fact, every couple in the world has probably had that argument THIS WEEK. And a new study confirmed it really does happen.  They found the average guy stops paying complete attention to what his wife or girlfriend is saying after just SIX minutes. Here are the top 10 topics that make guys tune out . .  


1.  Talking about people he's never met.

2.  When she talks about her coworkers and other work issues. 

3.  Celebrities . . . specifically reality stars. 

4.  Fashion and shopping. 

5.  Other people's relationships.

6.  What someone said or did on Facebook.

7.  Horoscopes.

8.  What she had for lunch.

9.  Her feelings.

10.  Dieting and nutrition.






Thursday 6/22/17


Q: 38% of guys say once they get comfortable in a relationship, they stop doing THIS.  What is it?

A: Putting down the toilet seat



Canada’s Sourdough Saloon at Dawson City's Downtown Hotel is on their toes looking for the thief that stole the preserved human toe they use as an ingredient in its Sourtoe Cocktail. The toe is dropped in a shot of whiskey that the drinker must guzzle until the toe touches their lips. Terry Lee, the saloon's "Toe Captain," said: "We are furious. This guy asked to do the Toe after the 9 to 11 p.m. toe time hours and one of the new staff served it to him to be nice – and this is how he pays her back. What a low life." The Sourdough Saloon identified the suspect as a man from Quebec, who had a French accent and openly discussed stealing the toe before taking the drink. He also filled out the necessary paperwork before doing the shot. Hotel manager Geri Coulbourn said the toe was cured in salt for six months after it was donated by a man who had to have it surgically removed. While the saloon has several backup toes, they say they really need this one back.







Americans are all about expressing themselves and being unique.  But we're also lazy and strapped for time.  So this is an interesting question . . .


If you could just wear the same boring UNIFORM to work every day, would you do it?  According to a new survey, almost HALF of us would.


48% of people said they'd rather wear a uniform to work every day, so they wouldn't have to put an outfit together.  Obviously some people do that already.  So we're really talking about office jobs.


If the uniform thing is off the table, the majority of us prefer a CASUAL dress code.  20% said very casual, like jeans and a t-shirt . . . 36% said somewhat casual . . . 28% said somewhat formal . . . and 16% said very formal, like a suit-and-tie or a pantsuit.


41% of people in the survey said they aren't always sure if what they're wearing to work is appropriate.  That includes 48% of men and 31% of women.


They were also asked to list things they've WANTED to wear, but decided it was too casual.  Some of the top answers were flip-flops, leggings, baseball hats, jerseys, shorts, cargo pants, tracksuits, and pajama bottoms.




Here's another reason to resent your kids for the sweet three-month break they get every summer.  Your WALLET takes a pretty good hit . . .


According to a new survey, it costs an average of $495 to keep your kid happy and entertained over the summer.


That includes $319 on toys and activities to keep them occupied while they're not in school.  Plus another $176 to take them with you on trips and vacations.  So it doesn't even include stuff like extra money you have to spend on daycare or babysitters.


9% of parents said they start saving up for summer at least six months in advance.  And 35% usually end up strapped for cash by August or September.


Almost two-thirds of parents start planning activities for their kids before summer hits.  But 45% said they're pretty much out of ideas by August.


The average parent said they suggest 13 different activities a week for their kids over the summer.  And that's still not enough.  On average, kids are bored and don't know what to do by about 1:30 every day.




Apparently is trying to RUIN everyone's Fourth of July barbecue this year.  They had professional chefs list foods you should never cook on a grill.  Here are six of them.  And we'll start with the most shocking one . . .



1.  BURGERS.  Their argument is the fat drips down . . . the outside doesn't get caramelized . . . and you lose all the flavor.  You're supposed to use a plancha . . . a flat piece of cast iron you place on top of the grill.  The Fourth of July is all about freedom though.  So we say do what you want.



2.  Filet mignon.  It doesn't have ENOUGH fat for the grill.  And they're usually pretty thick, so it's hard to cook them the way you want when you're using a flame.



3.  Pizza.  Most grills don't cook very evenly, and it's also hard to get the toppings to cook right.  If you do try it though, use aluminum foil or a pizza stone.  Otherwise you might have a tough time scraping it off the grill.



4.  Most types of fish, including salmon.  It tends to do better if you cook it on low heat.  And with really flaky fish, the smoke hides all the flavor.  Swordfish and tuna do pretty well on the grill though.



5.  Pork chops.  Again, you lose all that delicious fat.  So they're better in a pan.



6.  Shish kebabs.  They actually ARE okay on the grill, but not the way most people do them.  Vegetables tend to cook faster than meat.  So don't put everything on the same skewer.  Put meat on one, and veggies on another.





Wednesday 6/21/17


Q: 1.5 Million American adults will do THIS today.. what is it?

A: Miss work! 


Today's officially the first day of summer, which is going to be a surprise to lots of people in this country who, sadly, have already MELTED.  (If you heard that the first day of summer was yesterday, that's technically right too.  It depends on where you live.)  And here's more SHOCKING NEWS . . . a new survey found people are looking forward to the summer.  Who would've guessed?  The survey found 67% of people say they're looking forward to summer more this year than they have in the past few years. The top three reasons why are:  It'll finally give them a chance to hang out with friends and family . . . they've worked harder this year than in the past . . . and the weather in spring was worse than usual. But, of course, The Man is going to get in the way.  34% of people say they feel guilty about taking time off work during the summer . . . and 40% would be willing to take a pay cut if they could work less over the next few months. 



A California woman disguised her grandmother's dog as a baby so the pet would be able to visit her while she was sick in a hospital. Shelby Hennick shared photos on Twitter of her carrying the small dog in a blanket in order to smuggle it into her grandma's hospital room. Hennick, a 21-year-old veterinary technician said little Patsy played along with the plan as she managed to stroll past hospital staff. "Patsy was quiet the whole time and actually kept licking my arm," she said. Hennick also initially fooled her grandmother into thinking the bundle was her sister's baby, but when she placed Patsy on her lap the dog barked and cuddled up to the ailing grandmother. "I was really happy we were able to pull it off, and I'm sure it made her day," Hennick said. Her grandmother was later released.



There's a 63-year-old guy in Bradenton, Florida named Nicholas Dibble who's been having issues with his neighbors.  He claims the guy across the street is a drug dealer, and that the woman next door is running a brothel out of her house.  It's not clear if any of that's true.  But the thing he's really worried about is his MAIL.  He claims someone's been stealing it.  So earlier this month, he decided to catch them in the act by putting a MOUSETRAP in his mailbox.  But his plan backfired.  He was planning to tell his mailman about it, but she came at a different time than usual.  So HER hand got caught in the mousetrap, and she called the cops.  She could have had him arrested for battery, but decided not to press charges.  The U.S. Postal Service wasn't so nice though.  Now they won't deliver ANY of his mail, and he has to pick it up at the post office.  He says he has no way to get there, and it's a huge inconvenience.  But they don't care.  So he'll just have to figure it out.


Here are some body language tips that might help in a job interview, or any situation where you want to seem confident . . .


1.  Eye contact.  Make sure you maintain regular eye contact.  But look away sometimes, or it can seem overly aggressive.

2.  Facial expressions.  Don't be stone cold serious the whole time.  Smiling a little bit can make you seem warmer and more enthusiastic.

3.  Posture.  Sit up straight, and lean forward a little bit.  It makes you seem confident, and more engaged in the conversation.

4.  Your handshake.  Make sure it's firm, but don't crush the other person's hand.  And don't let it drag on too long.  Three or four seconds is plenty.

 5.  Fidgeting.  Just try to catch yourself doing it.  Things like bouncing your legs or tapping your fingers can make you seem anxious and intimidated.




Most of us have a little HOARDER hidden somewhere inside of us.  At least we THINK it's little.  Thanks to a new survey, you can compare your hoarding instincts to everyone else.  Here are the results . . .



1.  Do you still have multiple stuffed animals or keepsakes from childhood?  61% say yes.


2.  Do you save your old cell phones?  42% do, 58% don't.


3.  How many pairs of jeans do you have?  35% have more than five.


4.  How many pairs of shoes do you have?  Only 40% have less than 10 pairs.


5.  Do you still have CDs?  63% say yes.


6.  Do you still have DVDs?  51% have more than 20.


7.  Do you still have VHS tapes?  46% do.


8.  Do you have a bunch of cords but you're not sure what they connect to?  56% do.


9.  Do you have multiple hammers, screwdrivers, nails, and other tools?  52% do.



10.  And finally, 58% have looked in their closet and thought, "What IS all of this?" 




Tuesday 6/20/17


FIQ:  30% of husbands have hidden THIS from their wives, what is it?

A: A speeding ticket! 


The tree may be gone, but the products will live on forever!  This company is making items from the mighty oak tree from Shawshank Redemption.






Monday 6/19/17


FIQ: 60% of adults had one of these as a kid.. what was it?

A: A jump rope! 



MICHAEL PHELPS has dominated every human he's raced against, so now he's taking on another SPECIES.  He's racing a GREAT WHITE SHARK for Discovery Channel's 'Shark Week.' Sunday, July 23 at 8PM ET/PT


 The press release calls it "Great Gold vs. Great White" . . . and says, quote, "[Sharks] are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet.  [Michael Phelps] is our greatest champion to ever get in the water . . .


"But he has one competition left to win.  An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before.  Phelps v. Shark . . . the race is on!"


There aren't any details on HOW the race will be set up . . . so we don't know if they'll be swimming in the same place, let alone at the same TIME.  Maybe it'll be lame, and Michael will just time himself against a shark's average speed.


The "race" might have just filmed in South Africa.  Last week, Michael posted a photo of a shark, and captioned it, quote, "I was able to do something that I had always wanted to do.  Be in a cage and dive with Great White sharks."



A Maine woman says a rabid raccoon attacked her while she was out for a run, so she drowned it in a puddle. Rachel Borch, of Hope, was running in woods near her home on June 2nd when she saw the raccoon charging with its teeth bared. "Imagine the Tasmanian devil," she said. Knowing the animal was going to bite her, she held out her hands so it would bite her there. The 21-year-old then noticed a puddle in a nearby swampy area. She ran over with the rabid animal still biting down on her thumb and held its head underwater until it drowned. "With my thumb in its mouth, I just pushed its head down into the muck," she said. When it was dead, she immediately ran home. Hope Animal Control Officers praised Borch's composure, and say she was treated for rabies exposure.



Officials in an Arkansas county have a plea for visitors to its courthouse: Please stop urinating in our elevator. Craighead County officials hope that new security cameras will deter the steady stream of culprits who have been relieving themselves in the courthouse elevator in Jonesboro, a college town located about 115 miles northeast of Little Rock. Maintenance workers say the problem has actually persisted for years — even though the building's restrooms are only about 25 feet away from the elevator. Officials say the security cameras, installed last fall, have already caught three men in the act, one of whom has been cited for disorderly conduct and fined $105. A third instance was recorded on Monday, and county officials say they plan to issue another citation in the incident.


A new trend has developed in modern relationships and it’s called “sliding.”

The trend describes the way some couples slide through major relationship transitions and skip right to deciding to get married, while others make intentional decisions about moving through them.   A survey of more than one thousand American couples found that couples that make intentional decisions to move forward at different points in their relationships have a better chance of staying together than those that “slide” through those milestones.  The unintentional decision to slide into marriage is where one or both partners find themselves agreeing to get married just because it seems like the next “logical” step.   If you’re worried that you may be sliding into marriage instead of deciding to get married, here are five questions to discuss with your partner:


1. Why do we want to get married?


2. What will we do if our marriage gets off track?


3. What can we do to get better clarity about our future together?


4. What are our views of marriage based on our families of origin?


5. What core values do we share about having children, religion, finances, work ethic, and general philosophies about life?





At many American high schools, the graduation-day tradition of crowning a valedictorian is becoming a thing of the past.  The ranking of students from No. 1 on down, based on grade-point averages, has been fading steadily for about the past decade.


In its place are honors that recognize everyone who scores at a certain threshold - using Latin honors, for example.  This year, one school in Tennessee had 48 valedictorians.


About half of schools no longer report class rank, according to the National Association of Secondary School Principals.


Administrators worry about the college prospects of students separated by large differences in class rank despite small differences in their GPAs, and view rankings as obsolete in an era of high expectations for every student.  

There are also concerns about intense, potentially unhealthy competition and students letting worries about rank drive their course selections.


Among those weighing a change is Lancaster High School in suburban Buffalo, where students are leading an exploration of replacing valedictorian-salutatorian recognitions with the college-style Latin honors of summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude.  The principal, Cesar Marchioli, said he's neutral on the issue, though he feels for the 11th-ranked student who falls just short of the recognition awarded to the top 10 seniors honored at the annual banquet.


Across the country, commenters have peppered news websites with disparaging comparisons to giving 'participation trophies' to avoid hurt feelings, while supporters point out the often statistically insignificant differences that separate students.


Rankings still play an important part in aspects of the college admissions process.

There are scholarships for the top-ranked students, and the number of top students at colleges is factored into college rankings. 


Wisconsin's Elmbrook School District has for several years ranked only the valedictorian and salutatorian, and only then because the state awards scholarships to schools' top two graduates, according to Assistant Superintendent Dana Monogue.


Tennessee's Rutherford County schools give the valedictorian title to every student who meets requirements that include a 4.0 grade-point average and at least 12 honors courses.

Tennessee’s highly ranked Central Magnet School had 48 valedictorians this year, about a quarter of its graduating class. 


A spokesman for the Howard County, Maryland, district said schools recognize their top 5 percent so students can include it on college applications and hasn't considered changing.


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