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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.



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)









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 



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.”


The cards read, “Sugardaddy seeking his sugarbaby.” The mother of a teenager on the beach called the cops after seeing the cards. 


The man told officers he was passing out the business cards to young females, but they were all over 18.  The guy said he was devastated by the ban.




A 77-year-old guy in Clearwater, Florida named Roger Archambault wanted to get-it-on with his 72-year-old girlfriend on Friday night.  Unfortunately she wasn't in the mood . . . especially because they'd had a fight earlier.


And he was so upset over being denied that he grabbed their bottle of LUBE and squirted it all over her.


The cops came and he was arrested for battery.  He blamed it on alcohol and sleeping pills.




Thursday 8-3-17


Q: In a new survey, almost two-thirds of employees said doing THIS makes them more productive at work.

A: Becoming good friends with their co-workers


The classic rope swing. The sheep. The pigs. Chickens.  The 40-acre-plus saltwater farm in NORTH BROOKLIN, Maine where E.B. White wrote some of the most enduring words in American literature, and was the inspiration for Charlotte’s Web is up for sale. For the past three decades, the Gallant family have made it their own. Now, they hope a new family will love it the way they have.While the Gallants are sad about selling their historic home, they hope the new owner will make it their own. According to E.B.’s granddaughter, Martha White, she hopes it will forever be occupied since the author didn’t want it to become a shrine, museum or writers’ retreat. 






Wednesday 8-2-17


Q: 80% of parents plan THIS 4 weeks in advance...WHAT IS IT? 

A: Back To School Shopping!! 


Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBCUniversal and Telemundo to help families find and adopt a new pet, including right here in Maine!  On Saturday, August 19, seven shelters in Maine will offer waived or reduced pet adoption fees to Clear the Shelters. Reach out to your local shelter for more information about the event.


·   Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland - Westbrook

·   Ark Animal Shelter - Cherryfield

·   Greater Androscoggin Humane Society - Lewiston

·   Pope Humane Society of Knox County - Thomaston

·   Humane Society Waterville Area - Waterville

·   Kennebec Valley Humane Society - Augusta

·   Somerset Humane Society - Skowhegan


Things you *SAY* you like, but you don't.  Stop pretending!! 



A 30-year study by the University of California, San Diego has concluded that over-65s who enjoy up to three alcoholic drinks a day can look forward to a happy and healthy retirement. In fact, they said, moderate to heavy drinkers are more likely to live to the age of 85 without dementia or other cognitive impairments than non-drinkers. The study, which tracked more than 1,000 middle class white men and women in California, builds on a swell of recent research linking alcohol intake to longevity.


WAIT! (?)


The researchers warned that the study does not suggest drinking is responsible for increased longevity and cognitive health. They make the point that people who drink moderate amounts of wine on a regular basis tend to have higher incomes and education levels. They also tend to smoke less and have better access to health care.



If your summer vacation includes a hotel stay, you hope it's a great experience.  But it could also suck.  Here are The Top Signs You're Staying at a Bad Hotel.


When you ask the desk clerk to recommend something to do, she says, "Check into another hotel."


Their "Presidential Suite" is a room with two Russian hookers into water sports.


You have to specifically ask for towels without bloodstains.


They say they're a "green hotel."  And that's true if they're talking about shower mold.


The cleaning crew still hasn't vacuumed up the chalk outline left by the previous guest.


You're not sure that's a chocolate on your pillow.


You spot a couple of cougars in the hotel bar.  Not middle-aged women on the prowl, but REAL cougars!


The continental breakfast consists of stuff found on the floor of the owner's Chevette.


When the valet asks you if you need someone to grab your bag . . . he doesn’t mean what you think he means.


Expedia's rating for it was four bedbugs.





Tuesday 8-1-17


Q: 77% of men in a recent survey said they've only done this ONCE in the last 12 months. WHAT IS IT??

A: Cooked a meal for someone else



It's important to use a bunch of buzzwords at work, since it REALLY makes you look like you know what you're doing.  So you keep on using 'em, even though your coworkers hate 'em . . . and YOU hate 'em.


A new survey asked people for their least favorite office buzzwords, and here are the six best ones that made the list . . .



1.  "Let's touch base."


2.  "Game changer."


3.  "No brainer."


4.  "Mission statement."


5.  "Pick it up and run with it."


6.  "Let's get our ducks in a row."



There are also a few on the list we've never heard before, like . . .


"Blue sky thinking," which means creative but unrealistic ideas . . . "thought shower," which is a new way of saying brainstorm . . . and "punch a puppy," which is doing something bad for the greater good. 



A woman and her husband from the Swedish village of Jokkmokk were hiking in the mountains recently when they called police to tell them she was having trouble walking. Police dispatched an air ambulance and mountain rescue team only to discover the woman was having trouble walking because she was tired from all the hiking. That wasn't considered an emergency—especially because there was a cottage nearby—and the couple was given the option of walking down the mountain on their own or paying for the helicopter ride. They ended up paying the equivalent of $3,600 for the helicopter ride. “Mountain rescue should be for when there is a danger to life or health," said police. "If you have food and a roof over your head maybe it’s better to wait a bit until you’re feeling a bit stronger." 


NOW>> If you're one of those folks who DOES enjoy a hike... The best way to make your hike enjoyable is to plan ahead. On the trail, you’ll want to make smart choices and rely on yourself. Here are some smart tips that can make your trip fun.


1. Never hike alone. You need to have a partner in case you have an accident.


2. Know how to get to your destination, which may mean buying a map and carrying a compass.


3. Along the way, you may need to refill your water supply. Know where to find water, and have that marked on your map.


4. Always look at the weather forecast ahead of time and wear layers that you can remove as you’re hiking.


5. If you have a four-legged friend, check if dogs are allowed on the trail. Everywhere has different rules about being on/off leash.


6. Your safety on the trail is your own responsibility. Stay on the trail and don’t take shortcuts on switchbacks.


7. Know your capabilities. It’s best to be conservative on your first hike. Altitude, climbing and heat can make hikes that much more difficult.


8. Keep your medical conditions in mind when you’re planning a hike. Knee and back problems, heart conditions, diabetes, asthma and other medical conditions can be amplified with exertion and severe weather.


9. Consider hiking poles to take the stress off your knees and thighs.


10. Keep your backpack as light as possible. Water and food should be the heaviest items you pack.


11. Invest in a good quality backpack that fits your style and body type.


12. Hiking boots are always preferred to gym shoes, but wear them in first so you don't get blisters.


13. Sun glasses, sunscreen, bug spray and a basic first aid kit are always good to carry with you.


14. Hike at a pace where you can talk while your walking and know when to take a break.


15. Stop once every hour for 10 minutes even if you don't think you need a rest.


16. You should never hike on an empty stomach. Be sure to eat before, during and after your hike.


17. Make sure your snacks are filled with carbohydrates and salt. The carbs will give you energy while the salts keep your electrolytes in check.


18. Always carry your trash with you. Don’t leave litter on the trail.


19. Drink before you are thirsty. For every hour of hiking, plan to drink half a quart to a quart of water.


20. Assume it will take twice as long to hike uphill as down.


21. Give hikers going uphill the right of way.


22. Plan to end your hike before sundown. If you do end up hiking in the dark, bring a flashlight with extra batteries or a headlamp.



10 marriage rules you should break


1. Never go to bed angry.

Where did this one come from? Turns out, it may go as far back as the Bible, which advises not letting the sun go down on your anger. But trying to work through a problem when you're tired and stressed won't get you anywhere, says Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, psychologist and author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness. "Agree to disagree for now, and to revisit the issue when you're rested."


2. Always be 100% honest.

In marriage, no-holds-barred honesty is not always the best policy. For example, "you don't need to share details of past relationships," says Bartlein. "That invites comparisons, and when you compare, someone comes up short." The bottom line: You need to be polite and caring when it comes to your partner's feelings.


3. Never vacation without each other.

The received wisdom here is that if you have time off from your jobs and lives, you should naturally prefer to spend it together. One problem with this rule is that you and your spouse may not have the same definition of a great getaway (you like to ski, he's a beach bum). The other danger, says Dr. Lombardo, is the belief "that you have to be each other's everything, and that's just not realistic." Sometimes, you need a spa weekend, and he may want to go camping (or vice versa). Just be sure that you don't always take off without each other.


4. If you fight, you're headed for divorce.

Actually, says Bartlein, research shows that couples who never fight—assuming that means they're holding back to avoid conflict—are more likely to split. You need to find ways to fight healthily and productively (without blaming, name-calling and the like), but that said, being committed to respectfully airing out conflicts is a far better rule than "keep your mouth shut."


5. Once you have children, they come first.

"So often, I see couples who have put their relationship on hold in order to be good parents," says Dr. Lombardo. But those couples, she says, have it exactly backward. Making your relationship top priority is better not just for you, but for your children, who need to see you in charge and who feel safer and more secure with parents who have a loving relationship. "Create couple-only time during which you do not discuss bills or children, where you do fun activities and enjoy each other's company." The kids'll be all right.


6. You should never sleep in separate beds.

Um, snore much? It's a myth that couples always sleep better and more cozily together than apart. One partner may be a toss-and-turner, or one may hit the hay early while the other keeps a reading light burning till the wee hours. So if one of you occasionally decamps to the guest room, don't sweat it. "Getting a good night's sleep is crucial to the health of your mind, body and marriage," says Dr. Lombardo. Just be sure a separate-bed habit isn't about avoiding sex or physical intimacy.


7. Partners should sync up their hobbies.

Though spending every free moment you have training for a marathon while your spouse works on his classic car isn't good for your marriage, neither is subscribing to the notion you should quit doing what you love just because your husband doesn't love the same things. Giving up your passions is akin to forgoing your independence, and "without independence in a marriage people feel trapped," says Bartlein. Pursue your separate interests and find activities you both enjoy.


8. If there's no spark, you're doomed.

Many married couples understand intellectually that they won't always experience that I've-been-drugged-by-love feeling in a long-term relationship. "But many still believe that when the spark dies out, it means they're in the wrong relationship, and seek something new," says Bartlein. Long-term relationships survive on commitment and trust, out of which grows love. The mistake here is to believe that you can live forever on fireworks, or even just love, alone.


9. Boring is bad.

The problem with this so-called rule, says Bartlein, is when couples confuse a calm, predictable union with a bad one. A drama-filled relationship may feel exciting, but in the long run it's not likely to be healthy. Isn't it better, she says, to "boringly" know where your spouse is every night than to be "excited" by constant ups and downs? "Better to have a safe, relaxed, 'boring' life together in the everyday. You can always inject excitement with vacations and activities."


10. You should have sex with your partner to make him/her happy.

This may be a particular problem for women, especially new mothers. "Sex becomes yet another item on your to-do list, and you think you have to do it for the sake of your marriage, and the happiness of your spouse," says Dr. Lombardo. While neither of those reasons is wrong, they shouldn't be the only reasons. "Sex is for both of you."





Monday 7-31-17


Q: 17% of men now own one of THESE...What is it? 

A: a cat



AXL ROSE joined BILLY JOEL Friday night in Minneapolis and performed Joel’s “Big Shot” and AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.”


Take a listen!



Summer messes with your health. And just in time for YOUR vacation here are seven things that are more likely to KILL you during the summer


1.  Ticks.  They're worse than normal this year, and carry at least six different diseases.  The big one is Lyme disease, which can cause meningitis if you don't catch it early.



2.  Dehydration and heatstroke.  Heat waves kill more people each year than tornados, hurricanes, floods, or blizzards.  So drink plenty of fluids, and find some shade.



3.  Car accidents.  There are more fatal car crashes during the summer than any other time of year.  It's mostly because so many people are on the road.  Memorial Day weekend is the worst for deadly accidents.  Labor Day is second.



4.  Mosquitos.  Especially if you travel to places like South America and Africa.  And you also have to worry about Zika now, especially around the Caribbean.



5.  Sunburns.  They can be deadly in the long run because of skin cancer.  Getting five really bad sunburns before the age of 20 increases your risk of melanoma by 80%.



6.  Drowning.  More than 3,500 people drown every year.  About 20% of them are kids under the age of 14.



7.  Food poisoning.  It's a lot more common in summer.  Partly because people handle raw meat when they're grilling, and don't always wash their hands.




The Texas State Fair is famous for being the birthplace of some of the most INSANE food creations in the world.  And they just released the list of some of the new things that will be on sale when it opens on September 29th.



Unfortunately, they just released the names and didn't release descriptions of what these things actually ARE, so in a lot of cases, we have to use our imaginations.  But just on name alone, here are some of the amazing options . . .



1.  Beer battered beef jerky.


2.  Fried Texas dirt.  We assume "dirt" means, like, crushed up Oreos.


3.  Deep fried breakfast cupcake.


4.  Funnel cake bacon queso burger.


5.  Deep fried chicken noodle soup on a stick.


6.  Deep fried Froot Loops.


7.  Oreo beer.


8.  Tamale donuts.


9.  Fried redneck wedding cake balls.


10.  Fat smooth.  Yes, it's just called "Fat Smooth."



We're not positive what that last one's going to be, but the people behind the Texas State Fair were asked for clarification, and this was the reply . . .



"Fat Smooth is three delicious Belgium mini cream puffs on a skewer, dipped in a Café Du Monde beignet batter. Fried until golden brown, then dusted in powdered sugar and drizzled with a chocolate and caramel sauce."


Friday 7-21-17


Ten Signs You're Living the 'Modern' American Dream


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.




Everyone has that friend who insists that "Seinfeld" is the worst sitcom of ALL TIME . . . just to be a contrarian.  Well, not everyone likes "Seinfeld", but there are definitely a lot of sitcoms that are worse. has a list of 'The 31 Worst Sitcoms of All Time.'  They are, in no particular order:



1.  "Cavemen", ABC, 2007.  It only lasted one season.


2.  "George", ABC, 1993-1994.  It only lasted one season and starred George Foreman.


3.  "Harry & the Hendersons", syndication, 1991 to 1993.  It lasted three seasons.


4.  "Homeboys in Outer Space", UPN, 1996 to 1997.  It only lasted one season.


5.  "Ferris Bueller", NBC, 1990 to 1991.  It only lasted one season.


6.  The "Friends" spin-off "Joey", NBC, 2004 to 2006.  It lasted two seasons.


7.  "Yes, Dear", CBS, 2000 to 2006.  It lasted six seasons.


8.  "Dads", Fox, 2013 to 2014.  It only lasted one season.


9.  "AfterMASH", CBS, 1983 to 1985.  It lasted two seasons.


10.  "Rob!", CBS, 2012.  It only lasted one season and starred Rob Schneider.


11.  "The Paul Reiser Show", NBC, 2011.  It only lasted one season.


12.  "The Ropers", ABC, 1979 to 1980.  It lasted two seasons.


13.  The American version of "Coupling", NBC, 2003.  It only lasted one season.


14.  "2 Broke Girls", CBS, 2011 to 2017.  It lasted six seasons.


15.  "The Great Indoors", CBS, 2016 to 2017.  It only lasted one season.


16.  "My Mother the Car", NBC, 1965 to 1966.  It only lasted one season.


17.  "[Stuff] My Dad Says", CBS, 2010 to 2011.  It only lasted one season.


18.  "Emily's Reasons Why Not", ABC, 2006.  It only lasted one EPISODE and starred Heather Graham.


19.  "Work It", ABC, 2012.  It only lasted two EPISODES. 


It was about two guys who disguised themselves as women because of the bad economy, sort of like "Bosom Buddies".  It starred Amaury Nolasco, the guy who plays Fernando Sucre on "Prison Break".


20.  "Imaginary Mary", ABC, 2017.  It only lasted one season.


21.  "1600 Penn", NBC, 2012 to 2013.  It only lasted one season.


22.  "Joanie Loves Chachi", ABC, 1982 to 1983.  It lasted two seasons.


23.  "The Millers", CBS, 1023 to 2015.  It lasted two seasons.


24.  "Are You There, Chelsea?", NBC, 2012.  It only lasted one season.


25.  "My Big Fat Greek Life", CBS, 2003.  It only lasted one season.


26.  "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer", UPN, 1998.  It only lasted four episodes.


27.  "The Hard Times of RJ Berger", MTV, 2010 to 2011.  It lasted two seasons.


28.  "Angel from Hell", CBS, 2016.  It only lasted one season.


29.  "Bad Judge", NBC, 2014 to 2015.  It only lasted one season.


30.  "Mulaney", Fox, 204 to 2015.  It only lasted one season.


31.  "Mama's Family", NBC, 1983 to 1990.  It lasted six seasons.



(Is there a show that in your book DESERVES a place on this list . . . or is there a show that you think SHOULDN'T be on this list?)




For the past few years, Lay's has been running their "Do Us a Flavor" contest, where anyone can submit an idea for a new flavor of potato chips . . . no matter HOW strange it is . . . and then they actually make a few of them.


They just announced the three finalists for this year, which you'll actually be able to buy in stores . . . and, honestly, they're all pretty tame.  Especially compared to the past years, which had flavors like cappuccino, gyros, and gravy.


This year's finalists are . . .


1.  Everything Bagel.


2.  Fried Green Tomatoes.


3.  Crispy Taco.


All three of them will be in stores at the end of the month.  People can vote on which ones are the best, and the person who submitted the winner will get a $1 million grand prize.



The winners in the past have included things like Cheesy Garlic Bread . . . Wasabi Ginger . . . and Southern Biscuits and Gravy.  (Foodbeast)



Wednesday 7-19-17


Q: 29% of online voters said they believe doing THIS in public is wrong.. What is it? 

A: Applying Makeup 



There's a dating app called Hater that matches people up by what they HATE.  And they just analyzed their data to figure out what people in every state hate the most.  The results are ALL over the place, but here are 10 of our favorites . . .   (SEE THEM ALL HERE) 



1.  Minnesota . . . drinking alone.


2.  Colorado . . . 'N SYNC.


3.  Illinois . . . biting string cheese.


4.  Pennsylvania . . . people who use money clips.


5.  Nebraska . . . friendly reminder emails.


6.  Nevada . . . feminism.  Yikes!


7.  Missouri . . . people who believe in aliens.


8.  Iowa . . . long hair on guys.


9.  Hawaii . . . taking video at concerts.


10.  Louisiana . . . being the designated driver. 





Travis Adair says he and his family woke up Saturday morning to a loud thud on the roof of their house in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The family soon discovered the cause of the sound -- about 15 pounds of frozen Italian sausage packages landing on their home "I thought possibly it had fallen from a plane. I thought possibly it was something to do with a drug deal or something," Adair's wife, Jennie, said. "I would love to know what really happened, because it's just so, so odd." Their son Austin said in a YouTube video that he broke the meat open just in case, but there were "no drugs inside of the sausage." The packages were labeled William Land Service, a land clearing company in Alabama. "I called them and the guy had no idea what I was talking about and probably thought I was crazy," he said.    NEWS LINK HERE 



Tuesday 7-18-17



Q: 61% of people say doing THIS makes them feel guiltier than being late for work.  WHAT IS IT?

A: Eating Ice Cream




I'm not sure it's possible for anyone to think their boss is PERFECT.  But clearly it's possible . . . and, dare I say, easy . . . to think they're TERRIBLE.  According to a new survey, 44% of people say they've left a job because of a bad boss.

And here are the 10 worst things that bosses do . . .



1.  Taking credit for your work.


2.  Not trusting or empowering you.


3.  Not caring if you're overworked.


4.  Not fighting for you to get raises.


5.  Hiring or promoting the wrong people.


6.  Not backing you up when there's a disagreement between you and a client or customer.


7.  Not giving direction on assignments or roles.


8.  Micromanaging.


9.  Focusing more on your weaknesses than your strengths.


10.  Not setting clear expectations.




Most of us are carrying at least some debt.  And a lot of us are dealing with a soul-crushing TON of it.  So what's the best order to pay it off?  A new survey asked average Americans what they think.



Here are five different types of debt, and how we prioritize them . . .



1.  40% said paying off your CREDIT CARDS should be the top priority.  Which makes sense, because they usually have the highest interest rates.



2.  28% said paying your MORTGAGE should be first.  You don't want to lose your house, so that makes sense too.



3.  7% said paying off their STUDENT LOANS is #1.  Those usually have a lower interest rate though, and you've got a long time to pay them.  So it's not the end of the world if you just have to do the minimum monthly payment for a while.



4.  4% said paying down a HOME EQUITY loan should be the top priority.  Not all homeowners have those though.



5.  3% said paying off their CAR loan is the most important thing.



Another 17% of people in the survey said they're not sure what the right order is, and the remaining 1% would choose to prioritize some other random debt.





Celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg and Khloe Kardashian have released their summer reading lists.  Their lists contained best sellers, and nothing found on this list of The Top Books that Didn't Make Anyone's Summer Reading List.



"Jared Kushner's Guide to Forgetting Meetings"



"The Seven Habits of Highly Inbred People"



"The Diary of a Middle-Aged Cat Lady"



"Steve Harvey's Family Feud Guide to Tricking Old Women into Saying Penis on TV, Then Pretending You're Shocked When They Do"



"Mike Pence's Guide to How to Talk to Women Who Aren't Your Wife"



"The Tweets of Wrath"



"Think and Grow Pot for Your Medical Marijuana Dispensary"



"One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Don't Give Me Any Fish I'm Vegan"



"Little Women . . . Getting Mansplained to By Little Men"



"Todd Bridges of Madison County"



"Meth of a Salesman"



"The Catcher in the Pitcher".



"Harry Potter and the Confederate Flag Bumper Sticker"



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