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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Dick Clark
will once again be on hand Wednesday night (December 31st) to usher in 2009 with his New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, which is celebrating its 37th consecutive annual broadcast. Clark and Seacrest will kick off the show beginning at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Seacrest has signed a multi-year deal to co-host and executive produce the show with Clark, and will eventually take over as sole host when Clark retires.

Clark, who's now 79, has made steady progress after suffering from a stroke in December 2004, only weeks before that year's Rockin' Eve telecast. He told The Associated Press that although he's not carrying the full on-air hosting duties any more, the show is still nothing less than a labor of love for him: "Obviously, I'm not able to be as actively involved as I used to be out on the street, up on a platform and interacting with the crowds in Times Square. Thank goodness my friend Ryan Seacrest is able to handle that end of the activity on the show these days."

  • A few years back, Dick Clark explained one of the many reasons that New Year's Eve piques everyone's excitement year after year: ["There's something about the exhilaration of New Year's that gets to everybody. It's an event. Sometimes you're alone at home watching television, sometimes you're at a party or maybe you're at a massive event, but it never, ever gets tiring. It's always something exciting."] SOUNDCUE (:12 OC: . . . always something exciting)
  • Clark shed light on the aftermath of his 2004 stroke: "Your life changes overnight...I am one of the fortunate ones who survived and have been minimally impaired, so I'm just thankful I'm still able to enjoy this once-a-year treat of bringing in the New Year."
  • He says that he's happy, comfortable and enjoying an active personal and professional life, explaining, "My wife and I may join friends for dinner at a restaurant, attend a movie or just grab a bite to eat by ourselves away from home. Occasionally, we'll attend a music concert. Recently we've seen Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Frankie Valli and Cher."
  • Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, with guest hosts Fergie and Kellie Pickler, will feature performances by Lionel Richie, the Pussycat Dolls, Jesse McCartney, Solange, Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke, the Jonas Brothers, will.i.am, Taylor Swift, Natasha Bedingfield and others.
2009 promises to be one of Reba McEntire's busiest years to date. She'll release her first single for the Valory Music Company in early spring, just in time to host the Academy of Country Music Awards for the 11th time in April. Look for the complete album by summer.

In the meantime, you can also catch Reba singing and starring in Brooks & Dunn's new video for "Cowgirls Don't Cry," which the trio performed together for the very first time on November's CMA Awards.

The "red-headed stranger" may seem even stranger in 2009. In March, a set of Willie Nelson recordings titled Naked are set for release. The tunes were originally put out in the sixties and have been stripped of their string arrangements for the repackaging.

The cover art, however, may be even better than the album itself. It's a photo of the 75-year-old in a bubble bath that he took himself with his iPhone. Apparently the iPhone isn't Willie's only hi-tech gadget either. He tells Rolling Stone he also likes to bowl on the Nintendo Wii.

You may have to wait a bit longer for a new Big & Rich CD, but come January 12th, there'll be new music from a solo John Rich. His first single, "Another You", is a preview of the album Son of A Preacher Man, which is due in May.

Rich also recently wrapped the third season of his CMT series Gone Country, which premieres January 24th. Taylor Dane, George Clinton, Mickey Dolenz, Sheila E., Richard Grieco and Justin Guarini are among this season's contestants.

OFF THE RECORD

  • Despite rumors that Big & Rich are done for good, their website promises new tour dates next summer.

A BLONDE'S YEAR IN REVIEW

January -- Took new scarf back to store because it was too tight

  • February -- Fired from pharmacy job for failing to print labels... bottles won't fit in typewriter!
  • March -- Got excited... finished jigsaw puzzle in 6 months... box said "2-4 years!"
  • April -- Trapped on escalator for hours... power went out!
  • May -- Tried to make Kool-Aid... 8 cups of water won't fit into those little packets!
  • June -- Tried to go water skiing... couldn't find a lake with a slope
  • July -- Lost breaststroke swimming competition. Learned later, other swimmers cheated, they used their arms!
  • August -- Got locked out of car in rain storm... car swamped, because top was down
  • September -- The capital of California is "C"... isn't it?
  • October -- Hate M&M's, they are so hard to peel
  • November -- Bakes turkey for 41/2 days... instructions said 1 hour per pound and I weigh 108!
  • December -- Couldn't call 911... there's no eleven button on the phone!

HANGOVER RELIEF


(Sun) Hangovers can be really nasty. Your head hurts, you're nauseated and you're just plain dog-tired. To combat "the morning-after-sickness," drink a lot of fruit juice. It contains fructose, a sugar that helps burn off the alcohol faster. Take an aspirin or ibuprofen if necessary to relieve headache symptoms. Many people say they fell better after drinking clear soup, which replenishes the salt and potassium levels in the body. Vitamin B-complex helps shorten the duration of your hangovers. Experts at the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation in Baltimore say that to avoid a hangover:

  • Drink slowly.
  • Drink on a full stomach.
  • Vodka causes fewer hangovers than brandy, so stick to the white stuff.
  • Avoid bubbly drinks like champagne, gin and tonics, and rum and cokes. The bubbles put the booze into your bloodstream faster.
  • The smaller you are, the less you can drink. Most 110-pound women cannot compete with a 250-pound male in a drinking contest.
  • Take an Alka-Seltzer before bedtime.
  • Have two cups of coffee. This amount of caffeine will help reduce the swelling of the blood vessels that causes a headache.

HOW TO STOP A DRUNK FRIEND FROM DRIVING

(Cosmopolitan) Lisa M. Najavies PH.D. Associate professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and author of "A Woman's Addiction Workbook" offers these tips to stop a friend from driving drunk:

  • Be cool and calm. When people are under the influence, their emotional response is heightened, so they're far more likely to overreact and get defensive if you take an accusatory tone. When talking to them, it's critical to stay steady, not raise your voice, and maintain eye contact.
  • Come up with plan B. Make it easy for your drunken friend not to drive. Suggest an alternative, rather than just telling them no. Offer them a ride (and a promise to drive them back to pick up their wheels tomorrow) or call a cab.
  • Use delay tactics. If your pal insists she is not drunk and is absolutely fine to drive, then ask her to sit with you -- no drink in hand -- while you have a cup of coffee. The effect of alcohol diminishes with time, so the longer she can be prevented from getting behind the wheel, the better. And you can use this window to talk her out of driving.
  • Next time, plan ahead. One of the smartest ways to avoid this dilemma is to name a designated driver before you head out. Alternatively, eliminate all temptation to drive drunk by leaving the car at home. Instead, catch a cab, take public transportation, or organize a pickup.

TOP 5 BEST PLACES TO 'RING IN' THE NEW YEAR


The Verdin Company, one of the oldest makers of clock and bells have compliled the top 5 best places to ring in the New Year:

Palace of Westminster, London, England
The Palace of Westminster in London, England features the world famous Big Ben. The name Big Ben actually refers to the 13-ton bell hanging in the 316-foot tower. The BBC broadcasted the chimes of the bell December 31, 1923 for its first worldwide New Years celebration.

Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower, Jefferson, Iowa
The Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower located in Jefferson, Iowa, will be played by Carillonneur Bill Monroe at the stroke of midnight. The tower stands 168 feet with 14 bells that are played electronically or manually.

World Peace Bell, Newport, Kentucky
The World Peace Bell in Newport, Kentucky is the home of the world's largest carillon and swinging bell. The carillon consists of 84 bells, stands 12 feet tall and weighs 33 tons.

Shafer Tower, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Shafer Tower built in 2000 at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, will ring its 48 bells electronically at midnight. The 145-foot tower is named after former Ball State University Foundation president Phyllis Shafer and her husband, Hamer.

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Center, Louisiana
St. Louis Cathedral, located in, Jackson Center, Louisiana, is the oldest active cathedral in the United States. Standing as the crown jewel of the famous French Quarter, the cathedral has been rebuilt twice since 1849 because of a hurricane and fire.

EVE OF MANIA

Without the steady hand of Ryan Seacrest, the rest of the world predictably loses their minds on New Year's Eve.

  • Best for losing an eye: Moscow. The 10,000-plus crowd deals with the cold by guzzling vodka. Then, when the Kremlin bells signal the dawn of the new year, everyone drains their bottles and mindlessly throws the empty glass containers into the air.
  • Best for rich hotties in bikinis: Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. This tiny Caribbean island hosts a cracking New Year's beach party. The island's population is normally 140; on New Year's Eve it swells to the thousands of well-to-do bikinied lovelies descend.
  • Best for Fireballs: Stonehaven, Scotland. Residents of this village take part in an ancient celebration of lighting oily rags attached to ropes and swinging them above their heads. Bad news for visitors: Fireball-swinging is for locals only.

TOP FIVE SIGNS YOU PARTIED TOO MUCH ON NEW YEAR'S EVE







  • You just woke up
  • Lindsay Lohan tells you that you party too much
  • There are tire marks on your back
  • The only thing that'll clear up those eyes is industrial-strength Visine
  • In the paper: a picture of you riding the ball down in Times' Square

BREAK OUT THE BUBBLY!


This New Year's Eve, when you toast with champagne, you're part of a 300-year-old tradition. Champagne has long been the centerpiece of celebration. It has launched ships, christened babies, blessed weddings and rained down on graduates. The drink that has come to be associated with good times was discovered by a french monk named Dom Perignon in 1688. When carbon dioxide was trapped in a bottle of his wine that had begun to referment - voila! - a tradition was born. The effervescent wine from the Champagne region was eventually exported to America, where legends say George Washington drank one of the first supplies at a Senate dinner in 1790. After World War II, bubbly sales skyrocketed when Americans began splurging for the glamorous beverage they'd seen in movies. It is even rumored that Marilyn Monroe once bathed in 350 bottles of champagne. (Ladies Home Journal)

THE NEW YEAR'S EVE KISS!


According to a Match.com survey, this New Year's Eve only 43% of singles said they are confident they will start off 2006 with a romantic midnight kiss. Singles agreed that delicate kisses are more appealing than rough ones with 91% singles wanting to kiss with their eyes closed. 72% of singles believe they will be able to tell how their date feels about them by the way they are kissed. And for both men and women, bad breath is the most commonly cited kissing turn-off. Here are Match.com's New Year's Eve Kissing Tips:

  • Floss, gargle and brush well. Bad breath is unlikely to lead to a great kiss.
  • Location, location, location -- if you're without a date at midnight, but find yourself interested in someone you see, be sure to be standing close by, and looking available as the clock strikes twelve.
  • Eyes closed, lips comfortably (but not widely) open.
  • Don't be concerned with your beard, stubble, lipstick or flavored lip gloss. Most singles surveyed don't seem to care.
  • Stay in the kiss and in the moment. There will be plenty of time for conversation later.

Also, 15% of singles surveyed regretted last year's New Year's Eve kiss. When asked to look back on the person they were most recently dating, 75% of singles felt that they were a better kisser than their date. Both men and women believe that women are better kissers than men. Singles in the survey were the most likely to say their New Year's resolution for 2006 was to improve their romantic lives. Other popular resolutions included working out and getting in shape and getting one's financial life in order.

NEW YEAR'S TRIVIA

  • Chinese celebrate their New Year on the second new moon after the winter solstice. (This is when the Spring Festival starts and people look forward to the new harvest. Many Chinese ring in the New Year by sweeping the house, to rid of it bad luck, getting a hair cut and settling debts. The Chinese calendar is 2,698 years older than ours)
  • During the Scottish ceremony, Hogmanay, the townspeople join in the "Creaming of the Well." The person who drinks from the well first is guaranteed a "mate." (People would stampede to get a drink of the cream (the first water drawn). It is said that if a woman gets the first drink, she is guaranteed marriage within the New Year. To marry your ideal sweetheart, you must get him to drink from the well before the end of the day.)
  • The Ecuadorians cleanse their faults for the New Year by writing a list of the family's faults. (They dress up a straw man in the family's clothes. Then someone writes a last will and testament citing all the faults of the family members. At midnight, the will is read and the straw man burned, thus cleansing the family.)
  • On the morning of the Vietnamese New Year, Tet, children are not allowed to "cry." (Most Vietnamese people believe that the events surrounding the weeks of Tet [pronounced TATE] are an indication of the "spirit" of the weeks to follow. So, in order to avoid a "bad" year, everyone must be happy on New Year's Day. Therefore, children are not allowed to cry on this day. It is believed that the one who cries will bring bad luck no only to himself but to his family as well.)
  • Nevada has grown the most in population during the last 2 years. (Jumping almost 9% in growth)

WRITE OFF POUNDS


If slimming down is on your list of New Year's resolutions, start a food diary. It may double your weight loss, say experts at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. Writing down what you eat makes you more mindful of your food intake increasing your chances of diet success. (Good Housekeeping)

Also! Keep listening to the Morning Jolt weekdays at 8:20 for Get Fit with Kirt and Jessi!!! Let us know about your goals and success. We would love to have a picture too! Email us at mornings@kflg947.com

What happens when it's TOO LOUD and TOO FAST!

If you want the guests at your New Year's Eve party to place their drinking, keep the music soft, advices French researcher Nicolas Gueguen, Ph.D. When he and colleagues at the University de Bretagne-Sud secretly monitored 40 customers at two bars, they found that cranking up the volume on Top 40 songs led to more and faster guzzling of beers. patrons may have been hyped up by the high decibel onslaught, Gueguen speculates, or they simply couldn't engage in conversation because of the noise and focused instead on their drinks. Some previous studies have also found that faster music results in faster drinking. Your playlist guide: low and slow, so guests will sip the bubbly, not gulp it. (Good Housekeeping)

HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION

New Year's resolutions are easier to make than to keep -- but you can increase your chances of success by following these tips from experts.

  • Choose an obtainable goal. Resolving to look like a fashion model isn't realistic for most people, but a goal of exercising daily is quite possible to achieve, said fitness expert Lynn Bode.
  • Don't choose a resolution that you've been unsuccessful at year after year. You're likely to fail.
  • Ask friends and family members to help you with your resolution so you have someone to be accountable for.
  • Be specific. "Vague goals are impossible to achieve," said Stephen Willis, a specialist in stress management.
  • Limit the number of resolutions. One is best. Never choose more than three.
  • If you fail to keep your resolution, dust yourself off and start all over again.

BE RESOLUTE

A Men's Health online poll asked women: "Which New Year's resolution do you wish your man would make?"

  • 31% said "he's fine as he is"
  • 25% said "improve in bed"
  • 23% said "drop some weight"
  • 12% said "earn a promotion"
  • 9% said "upgrade his clothes"

Redbook asked readers what their "usual" New Year's resolution is:

  • 47% said "lose weight"
  • 27% said "manage money better"
  • 17% said "other"
  • 7% said "have more time for your family"
  • 2% said "volunteer"

Men's Health magazine reports men's plans for the new year:

  • 71% say they want to have better sexual endurance.
  • 80% say they want to take her to the peak every time.
  • 22% say they plan to pop the question this year.
  • 82% say bigger arms are a priority.
  • 70% say they want to find more time to work out.
  • 18% say beating the blues is a top goal.
  • 21% say quitting smoking is a top goal.
  • 60% say they want to stop skipping breakfast.
  • 58% want to conquer their food cravings.
  • 65% say they're eager to get over their fears.
  • 75% of dads say they want to be a better father.
  • 87% say they want to make more money.
  • 76% say they want to take better vacations.
  • 23% say they want to learn to play the piano.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

HOW TO GET THE GIRL

Maxim magazine offers these tips to guys on how to get the girl.

  • Give her chocolate. If she's allergic, dip the chocolate in medicine.
  • Take her for a long, romantic walk. Too tired to walk? Follow her on a minibike.
  • Take a trip together. If you can't afford a trip, enlist in the Navy.
  • Exercise is a sure way to make her hot. If she's still not hot after exercise, suggest plastic surgery.
  • Slash her tire. Then leave a new tire on her doorstep, ring the bell and run. You're her hero.
  • Invite her over for a quiet dinner at home. While you're at it, invite some friends over, too. Might as well get a keg. Party!
  • Introduce her to your friends. Don't have any friends? Take her to a cemetery and say that all your friends died on a class trip. Make your move.
  • Tell her she looks beautiful. If she doesn't react, that means she's sleeping. Gently wake her and reiterate how beautiful she looks. If she screams in terror, serve her breakfast in bed.
  • Send flowers to her workplace. Unless she works in a floral shop. In that case, send a beehive. The bees will help pollinate all her plants.
  • Relationships can grow stale over time. Keep things fresh by having sex with other women.
  • If she likes to dance, take her to a club. If she doesn't like to dance, let her sit in a wheelchair while you push her around the dance floor.
  • Arrange activities that you both enjoy. Such as watching you suffer.
  • Arrive on time. If you think you're going to be late, drive faster.

'don't-tell-the-wife'' secrets

You may think you know your husband better than anyone, but chances are he has at least one ''don't-tell-the-wife'' secret -- and he may have as many as 11. Men get smarter as they age. While a younger man might think being honest is always the best policy, he quickly learns that some things are best kept secret the first time he confesses to his girlfriend that yes, he was watching that pretty young thing in the bikini wash her car. Magazine writer and editor Ty Wenger reveals what every woman wants to know:

  1. Yes, he falls in lust 10 times a day -- but it doesn't mean he wants to leave you.
  2. He actually does play golf to get away from you
  3. He is unnerved by the notion of commitment, even after he has made one to you
  4. Earning money makes him feel important
  5. Though he often protests, he actually enjoys fixing things around the house
  6. He likes it when you mother him, but he's terrified that you'll become your mother
  7. Every year he loves you more
  8. He really doesn't understand what you're talking about when you discuss "issues" in your relationship. It makes no sense at all to him--even though he will nod in agreement and apparent understanding
  9. He is terrified when you drive
  10. He'll always wish he was 25 again
  11. Give him an inch and he'll give you a lifetime. Translation: Let him be a dumb guy and play poker with his buddies or go on vacation alone, and he'll love you forever for that

Monday, December 29, 2008

MOVIE RAGE

According to a poll of emergency rooms, more and more patients are going to the theater to see the latest flick and departing in an ambulance in a phenomenon called "Movie Rage." "Movie Rage makes Road Rage look like child's play," says Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, an ER physician at Our Lady of Angles in The Outfield in San Diego. "I patched up a woman who was viciously stabbed with a nail file. She kept answering her cell phone during a movie. The lady sitting next to her went berserk." The survey showed that the behaviors most likely to result in assault with a deadly weapon are:

  • Talking
  • Crunching popcorn
  • Repeatedly sucking the last two dribbles of soda from a straw
  • Answering a cell phone
  • Rattling a plastic bag of candy
  • Tipping boxes of Raisinettes or SnoCaps so the contents slide back and forth
  • Blurting out the ending of the movie
  • Kicking the back of the person's seat in front of you

How do you know you're about to get dumped?

Here are some ways to tell according to a recent Yahoo Personals article:

  • Picking fights. No one is saying you have to get along 24/7. Constructive conflict can actually be good for your relationship. But if you find that your partner has become argumentative over petty issues like your clothes or choice of restaurant, that should serve as a warning sign that he/she may be looking for an excuse to bail.
  • Forgetting to call. Used to be that your phone would ring all day long with your sweetie wanting to make plans or calling just to say, "I love you." Now your significant other doesn't even call when he/she is running three hours late. It may seem obvious, but going from speed dial to a blocked number is a sure sign that your relationship may be nearing its expiration date.
  • Changing their stripes. A major change in appearance can be a sign that your partner is looking toward greener pastures. Whether they've chopped off their hair, lost 40 pounds or gone from a bold brunette to a sultry blonde, major cosmetic changes should be noted. Of course, there's nothing wrong with being a little vain, but if the change is accompanied by any of the other signs listed here, you may need to get ready to go solo.
  • Criticizing. If your sweetie isn't feeling you anymore, don't be surprised if he/she becomes less tolerant of everything, from how you brush your teeth to how you tie your shoes. Constant criticism is a telltale sign that your days as a twosome are numbered.
  • Losing sexual interest. A healthy sex life can make or break a relationship. If you find that your partner is becoming more sexually aloof, you need to get to the root of the issue. While it's natural to have less sex as you settle into a comfortable groove together, waiting weeks or months to have sexual contact is a sign that something is amiss.

There's a new 2-way cell phone and GPS that attaches to your dog's collar

The speaker system is so your dog can hear you and you can hear your dog! And since you don't want your "pooch-pestered" by telemarketers, it only accepts calls from the ones you program. It costs $500 and goes on sale in early 2008. http://www.petsmobility.com

10 traits every man is looking for in a serious girlfriend:

So what do men look for in a girlfriend? Syndicated relationship columnist Lisa Daily, the author of "Stop Getting Dumped," has some pretty good ideas. Here are her 10 traits every man is looking for in a serious girlfriend:

  1. She has a life of her own -- and it's pretty good to boot
  2. She never makes the first move
  3. She is sexy without being trampy
  4. She waits to have sex
  5. She does little things to show she cares
  6. She should be her boyfriend's best wingman -- err, wing woman
  7. She never turns on the pressure
  8. She does not take any crap -- from anyone
  9. A good woman always chooses a good man
  10. She knows that love is the biggest part of the mating equation

Friday, December 26, 2008

Hey Flaggers, Let's GET FIT for 2009!

Don't forget to check out our brand new page here at kflg947.com. It is the GET FIT page. There you will find tons of helpful information to help you become a better you for 2009. If you have any comments or suggestions please email them to mornings@kflg947.com. Kirt and I would love to hear from you and post your comments to our website!

Have a great weekend and be safe!

xoxoxo

Jessi

WATER COOLER TALK

Apparently unable to hock their baby pics to the highest or even lowest bidder, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz posted pics of their bundle of joy online for free. Wentz had blogged earlier this month they were offered "mounds and mounds of money" for the pics, but declined.

Eartha Kitt -- the legendary actress, singer and dancer -- died yesterday of colon cancer. She was 81. Kitt was perhaps best known for her role as Catwoman on 60s TV series "Batman" -- a role that was later played with diminishing success by Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry. She recently won back-to-back Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for the show "The Emperor's New School."

The memorial service for Scott Ruffalo was sadly missing one crucial thing -- Scott's body.
The private service, attended by family, had to be held without his remains because, according to the New York Post, the coroner needed the body "longer than usual" for the police investigation. This week, Scott's body was released and cremated. The coroner ruled Scott's death a homicide, and the case is still under investigation.

Seems everyone in the world has seen "The Dark Knight" –- everyone except about a billion Chinese folks. That's because "DK" hasn't been released by Warner Bros. in mainland China, reports the Huffington Post, because of "prerelease conditions" and "cultural sensitivities." There's a scene that takes place in Hong Kong where Batman corrals a gangster, and another involving a famous actor who got caught up in a sex-pic scandal, and those scenes may have worried the studio. Of course, as HuffPost points out, bootlegs have been available for months in China.

True Blood Actress Marriage Sucks! Danielle Sapia has filed for divorce against her husband of three years, Gregg Adam Gellman -- not a vampire. Sapia, who has appeared in "True Blood" and "Dirt," cited irreconcilable differences. No kids, no spousal support -- she just wants out.

STUDY SHOWS HEALTHY HEART REQUIRES GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP

A new study shows that there's a link between sleep and heart health. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the sleep habits of 500 people over age 40 were monitored to determine exactly how many hours of sleep they got each night. The study found that those who got 5 or fewer hours of sleep were 4.5 times as likely to develop coronary artery calcification. It's not known exactly why sleep has the impact it does on the heart, but researchers theorize that it could be related to blood pressure rates or hormone levels.

ASKMEN.COM'S 2009 DATING RESOLUTIONS

  1. Make The First Move - When you ask somebody out you have a 50/50 chance of them turning you down. But, if you never ask them out you have a 100 percent chance of nothing happening. It's worth going for the chance they'll say "yes."
  2. Don't Stick Around If A Relationship Is A Dud - If you're in a relationship that's going nowhere all you're doing is wasting your time (and your partner's.) It's time to move on and continue your search.
  3. Plan Dates At Original Locations - Don't just go to the same local restaurant where you've always gone. Look for interesting, new places to go with your date.
  4. Stop Being Picky - Some people just don't have chemistry, so leave it at that rather than trying to find superficial excuses to not like your date. If you stay in that negative rut for the next person you date, you'll never find any positives with anybody.
  5. Take It Slow - Just because the first date went great doesn't mean you should introduce including meeting the parents on date number two. Treat the first few dates just like a first date and move slowly.
  6. Get A New Look - Maybe it's time for a makeover. Grab a men's magazine to scout out ideas for a new hairstyle and shell out some extra bucks to go to a higher-end stylist. As for outfits, try going to a better department store and looking for a sales associate whose style you like. Let them help you pick out some new duds.
  7. Try Online Dating - Online dating is no longer considered the loser's way to find a date. The beauty of online dating is you can cut to the chase and find out more about potential dates than you could standing around in a bar. Pick a site that reflects your preferences and set up an honest profile.
  8. Develop A New Dating Tool - Do you have a specific thing you do to impress your dates? Maybe it's time to pick up something new like learning about wine or working on your dance skills. Maybe you could take some cooking lessons and serve her a gourmet meal.
  9. Meet More People - Don't just hunt for potential dates, think about widening your existing circle of friends who could introduce you to a potential love interest. Try doing new activities, going to places where you don't normally go, or go to the gym, cafe or supermarket at a different time of day.
  10. Forget The Past - Having your heart broken can be a learning experience, but it's time to absorb the lessons you've learned and move on. Every new relationship should start with a blank slate.

Off Beat Briefs

WOMAN FIRED FOR WEARING PIN WITH CHRISTMAS MESSAGE - A woman in Tennessee claims she was fired from her job at Lowe's for wearing a pin that said, "It's called Christmas, for Christ's sake." The woman said that one of her customers was wearing the pin and when she said she admired it the customer gave it to her. A different customer complained to management about the pin's slogan and by lunchtime the woman was fired. Store policy dictates that no employee can wear a pin supporting a religion. Employees are, however, allowed to say "Merry Christmas." (WCBS-TV)

COUPLE HAVE GARAGE SALE WITH SOMEONE ELSE'S STUFF - A couple in Natchez, Mississippi are in trouble for having a garage sale with the contents of the home they were renting. Apparently, the couple sold everything in the fully furnished home, pocketed the money and moved to Louisiana. The woman was arrested when she was stopped for a traffic violation in Bossier City, Louisiana and her husband was arrested when he came to bail her out. (AP)

SATANIC BOSS POKES EMPLOYEE IN BUTT WITH PITCHFORK - The owner of a garden store in England was in court this week on charges of assaulting an employee multiple times. Michael Parker allegedly attacked Mark Reene with a chainsaw on one occasion and on another he stuck a pitchfork in Reene's bottom. Reene told the court that he kept returning to work because Parker had threatened that he would hurt Reene's family if he quit. Parker's lawyer said, "Mr Parker sets very high expectations for himself and when these aren't met by other people, he tends to lash out." (UK Telegraph)

SNOWZILLA RETURNS TO ALASKAN'S FRONT LAWN - A giant snowman who has become an annual attraction in a neighborhood in Anchorage, Alaska, wasn't supposed to make an appearance this year. But, the big guy is back even though the owner of the property where he stands was ordered not to build him this year. Billy Powers claims that he doesn't know who built the 25-foot behemoth this time around. Apparently the city sent Powers a cease-and-desist letter after neighbors complained about increased traffic from visitors who came to gawk at Snowzilla. City officials said they would deal with the issue after the holiday. Meanwhile, on Christmas Day, seven snowmen of average height appeared in front of the Anchorage city hall "carrying" picket signs that read "Heck No We Won't Go," "Snowpeople Have Rights" and "Save Us Obama." To see photos of them, go to snowzilla.org. (AP)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD

Ever wondered how people in other countries celebrate Christmas?

Well check this out!!!


http://www.santa.sc/content,traditions/

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

WATER COOLER TALK

  • Criss Angel and Holly Madison held a birthday party for each other last week at the Las Vegas Luxor Hotel and during the party, $100 bills rained from the ceiling. Nice party favors.
  • Backstreet Boys singer Brian Littrell is asking fans to pray for his 6-year-old son, Baylee, who is in the hospital. No details as to why.
  • Fergie and Josh Duhamel have set a date: January 10th in Los Angeles.
  • Ever watch that cable show, "17 kids and counting"? The mom had her 18th kid over the weekend.
  • A burglar broke into the Hollywood home of Paris Hilton and made off with $2 million in jewelry.
  • Sherry L. Johnston, the mother of Levi Johnston and the future grandmother of his child with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, was arrested in Wasilla, Alaska, Thursday and charged with six felony counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance.
  • An Egyptian man has offered his 20-year-old daughter in marriage to the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush.
  • Anne Hathaway doesn't have the groom in mind yet, but she says she has already planned out the music for her eventual wedding.
  • The tabloids are claiming that Michael Jackson is not doing well and is battling something that has left him half blind and needing a lung transplant.
  • Topless pictures of Amy Winehouse romping on a beach in the Caribbean are all over the Internet.
  • Kevin Federline has a new girlfriend: volleyball player Victoria Prince.
  • Former Guns 'n Roses drummer Steve Adler is back in rehab. This time, state-induced as an option to going to jail.
  • Guy Ritchie has already moved on and has hooked up with heiress Jemima Khan. One her more famous ex-boyfriends is Hugh Grant.
  • So you know, Jennifer Aniston, Marcia Cross, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts all went Noble Fir this year for their Christmas trees. One of the popular Beverly Hills lots is "Mr. Greentrees," where a 7-8 footer would cost you $190.

KFLAG Country Music News

The Recording Academy will honor country legends Brenda Lee and Roy Acuff with Lifetime Achievement Awards on February 7th, the day before the Grammys. Both are already members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Lee is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well.

Singing cowboy Autry is known for signature songs like "At Mailcall Today" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." He died in 1998. Lee is known for pop hits like "I'm Sorry" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," as well as country hits like "Big Four Poster Bed."

SIDE NOTES

  • Also receiving Lifetime Achievement Grammys: Blind Boys of Alabama, the Four Tops, Dean Martin, and folk singer-songwriter Tom Paxton.
Tonight, you can hear Faith Hill sing songs from her first holiday CD Joy To The World on the CBS special Home For The Holidays. Faith's husband Tim McGraw will perform a song previously recorded by Trisha Yearwood called "It Wasn't His Child" on the adoption-themed show as well.

  • Home for the Holidays airs tonight at 8 Eastern on CBS.
  • You can also catch Faith's Joy to the World special, originally taped for PBS, as it re-airs on GAC throughout the holidays.
Not only do Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have the 8th best-selling album of 2008 according to Billboard, Plant says it's a partnership that's likely to continue-- even at the expense of a Led Zeppelin reunion. In October, bassist John Paul Jones announced he was teaming up with guitarist Jimmy Page and drummer Jason Bonham for a tour. They have been searching for a singer to replace Plant, who had decided not to be involved. Now, months later, Plant maintains that a complete Zeppelin tour probably won't happen, but does say he's still in touch with some of the guys.

According to NME.com, Plant told the BBC he's content to continue working with singer and Raising Sand partner Alison Krauss, explaining, "I'm doing very well with Alison and I'm enjoying that. I still see Jimmy quite a lot and he's very complimentary and supportive of what I'm doing. But we are in different places now and you have to go on to do different things." Meanwhile, Page, Jones and Bonham are reportedly looking for another singer. One of the possible contenders could be Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy.

FAST FACTS

  • Led Zeppelin reunited last December for a concert at London's O2 Arena. Ever since, reunion tour rumors have been circulating.
  • Alison Krauss and Robert Plant took home the trophy for Musical Event of the Year at November's CMA Awards.
Country newcomer Eric Church is set to sing at the Inauguration in January-- but this one will take place in North Carolina instead of Washington. The Tarheel state native will perform "Carolina" at the inauguration of governor-elect Beverly Perdue on January 9. The song is the title track from his sophomore CD, set for release in March. The first single, "Love Your Love The Most," hits airwaves in January.

Church is known for his Top 20 hits "How 'Bout You," "Two Pink Lines," and "Guys Like Me."

FAST FACTS

  • Eric once worked as a page in the North Carolina governor's office.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR THE PSYCHIATRICALLY CHALLENGED

  • Schizophrenia: Do you Hear What I Hear?
  • Multiple Personality Disorder: We Three Kings Disoriented Are.
  • Dementia: I Think I'll Be Home for Christmas.
  • Narcissistic: Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me.
  • Manic: Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Busses and Trucks and Trees and Fire Hydrants and...
  • Paranoid: Santa Claus is Coming to Get Me.
  • Personality Disorder: You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pout, Maybe I'll Tell You Why.
  • Passive-Aggressive Personality: On the First Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me (and then took it all away).
  • Borderline Personality Disorder: Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire.

OLD JOCK'S TALES

Handling a toad will give you warts. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Chocolate causes acne. These old wives' tales have been around for centuries but are they true? "Some are simply false, some are based on a seed of truth and yet others are right on the money," says Thomas Craughwell, author of "Do Blue Bedsheets Bring Babies?" Here are 10 familiar tales and whether or not they're the straight dope:

  1. A dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's -- False. A canine mouth contains 53 types of bacteria while a human mouth breeds only 37. So think twice before giving Spot a kiss on the mouth.
  2. Reading in dim light will ruin your eyes -- False. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, you can't wear out your eyes by using them in poor light.
  3. Toads give you warts -- False. The skin glands of a toad secrete a substance that can give you hallucinations, but neither the slimy toxic gunk nor the toads cause warts.
  4. Crack your knuckles and you'll get arthritis -- False. While certain repetitive actions can lead to arthritis, knuckle cracking isn't one of them.
  5. If you cross your eyes, they'll stay that way -- False. Stabismus, the disorder that causes misaligned eyes, only affects 4 percent of American children. Crossing the eyes does not cause the disease.
  6. Arthritis flares up in wet weather -- False. People swim and shower without flare-ups and most people stay inside when it rains.
  7. Spicy foods create stomach ulcers -- False. A bacterial infection or overuse of pain medications are the culprits.
  8. Walking under a ladder is bad luck -- True. While a stroll under a ladder won't endanger your soul, it poses potential dangers from falling buckets and tools.
  9. An apple a day keeps the doctor away -- True. Apples are packed with antioxidants that fight the free radicals that cause cancer and other diseases.
  10. Chocolate causes acne -- False. You can eat as much chocolate as you want and not worry about breakouts, which flare up when the pores of the skin become blocked with oil.

TOP FIVE REASONS SANTA MIGHT SKIP YOUR HOUSE THIS YEAR

  1. You run General Motors and with the bailout money, who needs Santa?
  2. Who knew he'd be offended when you left out reindeer milk
  3. Tired of falling for that "rubber cookies" trick
  4. He still hasn't forgotten that time you put grease on the roof
  5. That recall campaign you launched against him last year

Face It -- You Love To Torture People!

Jerry Burger of Santa Clara University in California says, "What we found is validation of the same argument -- if you put people into certain situations, they will act in surprising, and maybe often even disturbing, ways." He's referring to the latest research that measure's people's willingness to torture other's with electric shocks if ordered to do so. He was replicating an experiment published in 1961 by Yale University professor Stanley Milgram, in which volunteers were asked to deliver electric "shocks" to other people if they answered certain questions incorrectly. Milgram found that, after hearing an actor cry out in pain at 150 volts, 82.5 percent of participants continued administering shocks, most to the maximum 450 volts. The experiment surprised psychologists and no one has tried to replicate it because of the distress suffered by many of the volunteers who believed they were shocking another person. Burger modified the experiment, by stopping at the 150 volt point. In Burger's modified experiment, 70 percent of the volunteers were willing to give shocks greater than 150 volts. Burger said, "That was surprising and disappointing." (AHN News)

Could you use some extra $$$$$$$?

Here are the top 5 ways to get some extra cash (from Smartmoney.com):

  1. Borrow From Friends or Family - There's no lender more sympathetic to your financial woes than the Bank of Mom and Dad. Loans from those you love can be far more painful, though, if handled improperly.
  2. Sell on eBay - Clearing out clutter can make you some fast cash on web sites like eBay. The auction giant permits listings of as little as 24 hours, as well as three- and five-day increments. Just about anything goes, from that tragic '80s bridesmaid dress to your half-used Outback Steakhouse gift card.
  3. Use Credit Card Checks - Save those credit-card balance transfer checks that show up in your mailbox. Most issuers will allow you to simply write out a check to yourself and cash it for any reason.
  4. Peer-to-Peer Lending - The kindness of strangers isn't far out of reach, thanks to the increasing popularity of peer-to-peer lending sites like Prosper.com and Virgin Money, which facilitate loans between individuals.
  5. Dip Into Your 401(k) - Make no mistake: Tapping your 401(k) is a loan of last resort

What do you think was the top news story of '08?

The New York Times online has released their most read news stories for the year:

  1. Found in a rundown Boston estate: Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango
  2. International Olympic Committee launches probe into He Kexin's age
  3. Sarah Palin: conservatives find the girl of their dreams
  4. CEO murdered by mob of sacked Indian workers
  5. President Bush regrets his legacy as man who wanted war
  6. Lifelike animation heralds new era for computer games
  7. Russell Brand calls George Bush a retard at MTV awards
  8. Coming soon - superfast internet
  9. Nouriel Roubini I fear the worst is yet to come
  10. Credit crunch may take out large US bank warns former IMF chief
  11. Barack Obama lines up a cabinet of stars as John McCain struggles on
  12. Oral history: The Monica Lewinsky scandal ten years on
  13. Soldier forced to sleep in car after hotel refuses him a room
  14. Get Osama Bin Laden before I leave office orders George W Bush
  15. Saddam Hussein's body was stabbed in the back says guard
  16. Scientists find bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol
  17. Barack Obama is warned to beware of a huge threat from al Qaeda
  18. Royal Navy in firefight with Somali pirates
  19. Horror as teenager commits suicide live online
  20. Google could be superseded says web inventor

Your favorite song of the season reveals your personality!

(Sun) Christmas carols put us in the holiday spirit with memorable lyrics and catchy tunes. But did you know that your favorite song of the season reveals your personality? "Whether it's a popular ditty or an old fashioned carol, the Christmas music you enjoy the most is a clue to the real you," says Denver psychologist Dennis Grantham. "For instance, a person who's all business the rest of the year may show a soft sentimental side." Here's some of the most famous Christmas songs ever written. Find out what your favorite says about you:

  • It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas -- You get in the spirit of things several weeks before the big day. Your excitement begins with decorating earlier than anyone in the neighborhood, and your practical nature assures that all your presents were purchased before Halloween.
  • Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree -- No matter how exhausting it gets preparing for the holidays, your positive spirit keeps everyone smiling. Even if your bank account is a bit low this year, family and friends will be charmed by your creative, if inexpensive, gifts.
  • Jingle Bells -- You're a born organizer who's sure to gather everyone together for a sing-a-long at holiday parties, both at work and at home. You also have a flair for choosing just the right presents for loved ones and friends because you make note of their wishes throughout the year.
  • Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful -- You loved the traditions your family tobserved during the holidays of your childhood, and you continue to practice them to this day. From the special homemade cookies to the cherished tree ornaments hung, you bring a special nostalgic touch.
  • White Christmas -- You're a strong leader with a hard nose approach to most situations, but this song brings out your sentimental side. Family and friends are delighted when you forget the bottom line and jump into the festivities with boundless enthusiasm.
  • Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer -- This silly "classic" tickles your funny bone because it's as irreverent as you are. You're all about the celebratory rather than the religious aspects of Christmas, holding court as the life of the party and showering loved ones with presents.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas from Craig and Tyrone!


Top 10 Things I'm Thankful For this Christmas...

10) The beautiful Sunsets every afternoon in the Tri-State area! Breathtaking!
9) Clear Skies 350 days a year! Fresh air!
8) No traffic!
7) All the great people at Cameron Broadcasting!
(My new friends Mike and Chris!)
6) The awesome new country music that came out in 08!
5) Doubleshot Sunday's! (Have you heard them yet?)
4) My mentors...Billy, Chris and Don! Dick and Pat, My Dad, George and Lynda!
3) My daughter Marissa and her husband Stephan. (She's such a great daughter!)
2) My dream girl Tamara Powers!
1) My health, happiness and home!

A guy couldn't want for anything more!

Wishing you all happiness, health, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Best,

Craig and Tyrone
K-Flag afternoons

PS: Wait til you see what K-Flag is going to do in 2009!

KFLAG Country Music News

This week, Taylor Swift knocks Britney Spears' Circus from atop The Billboard 200, as Fearless returns to number one. This officially pushes Taylor's total sales past the 5 million mark, with only two albums under her belt. Overall, Billboard ranks Taylor 2008's fourth best-seller of all genres, just behind Josh Groban, Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus.

  • Taylor is also Billboard's top country songwriter of 2008.
  • Taylor Swift's 2006 debut has sold 3.7 million copies, while this year's Fearless has already moved 1.5 million units in only five weeks.
  • You can catch Taylor in the January issue of Vanity Fair, and in the upcoming E! Special Young Hollywood From A to Zac.
Carrie Underwood will kick off 2009 singing at the People's Choice Awards in L.A. The American Idol winner is up against Alicia Keys and Rihanna for Favorite Female Singer. Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley take on Chris Brown for Favorite Male, while Rascal Flatts squares off with Coldplay and Maroon 5 for Favorite Band.
  • Carrie's "Last Name" competes for Best Country Song, against Taylor Swift's "Love Story" and Rascal Flatts' "Take Me There."
  • Online voting has already closed for most categories in the fan voted awards, which air live on CBS Wednesday January 7th at 9 Eastern. Queen Latifah will host.
  • Last year, Rascal Flatts took home the Favorite Band trophy, and "Stand" was named Favorite Country Song.
If you think Darius Rucker's solo success on the country chart means his band is over, the Hootie and the Blowfish frontman says you're wrong. He'll reunite with his South Carolina bandmates for four dates this spring, and even expects to record with them again, most likely sometime after the year 2010. Rucker says the band's hiatus comes mainly from a desire to take a break from endless summer touring and do different things, not from a desire to part ways.

Meanwhile, the successful solo star says he's itching to start his follow-up to Learn To Live for Capitol Nashville, and hints at forthcoming details about a big summer tour. In 2009, Darius will do a three-week stint with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.

  • "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" made Darius Rucker the first African-American to top the country chart since Charley Pride did in 1983.
  • The most current Hootie and the Blowfish CD, Looking For Lucky, was released in 200

WATER COOLER TALK

  • Whoops! Something went wrong with a David Copperfield trick involving a large fan Wednesday in Las Vegas. An assistant left the stage with a broken arm and a facial puncture.
  • Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, died last week at age 76.
  • When it comes to Mother Nature, the most dangerous places to live in the U.S. is the Great Plains states and the South. The two biggest killers aren't earthquakes or hurricanes, but rather heat and thunderstorms, according to research from the University of South Carolina.
  • This will sound like I'm making it up but I'm not: the Oxygen network is going to have a new show that combines a weight-loss competition with dancing called "Dance your ass off!"
  • Jermaine Dupri says on his blog that he and girlfriend Janet Jackson haven't split up -- and she isn't pregnant.
  • Up to 25% of fantasy sports players are women, according to a Ipsos Research survey for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
  • The Kleenex that Scarlett Johansson blew her nose with on the Tonight Show last week has found it's way on to eBay. Last time we checked, over 60 bids. The top: over $2,000.
  • The next U2 album, "No Line on the Horizon," comes out March 3.
  • So you fancy yourself a singer, eh? Now you can test your pipes against Elvis Presley at http://www.singwiththeking.com
  • Mark Felt, who revealed himself as the anonymous Watergate source "Deep Throat," passed away last week at the age of 95.
  • Insiders say that Oprah Winfrey is home shopping in the Washington, DC, area so she can be as close to Barack Obama as possible.
  • Angie Harmon and husband Jason Sehorn have welcomed their third daughter. Emery Hope Sehorn was born last Thursday.
  • Whitney Houston is being sued by her step mom. It's a battle for the money in her late father's estate.

CRAVING KNOWLEDGE

(Womens Health Think you're prepared to fend off the next chocolate doughnut that enters your field of vision? Find out how much you really know about your cravings:

  • Chewing gum can help reduce cravings. True, a study presented at the 2007 annual scientific meeting of the Obesity Society found that chewing gum at one, two, and three hour intervals after lunch significantly reduced the desire to eat.
  • Cravings are your body's way of communicating that it needs certain nutrients. False, this is probably just wishful thinking. Researchers have found no evidence of it for the vast majority of commonly craved foods.
  • The most successful dieters never give in to their cravings. False, a 2007 Tufts University study found that dieters who occasionally give in to cravings have the most weight-loss success.
  • Eating the same thing every day can increase the number of cravings you have. True, according to a study published in the journal Obesity in 2006, eating the same foods all the time can increase your number of cravings.
  • Chocolate is the most craved flavor. True, a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that while there's not yet proof that chocolate is biologically addictive, it is the most sought after flavor in North America.
  • The easiest way to kill a craving is to think about something else. False, smell or look at something else instead. Researchers at Flinders University in Australia found that visual and olfactory distractions could help.
  • Women crave more. True, at least when it comes to snacks: In a University of Illinois study, women were more likely than men to crave foods like cookies and candy.

DID YOU KNOW?

The way you take a seat reveals important information about your personality, say the experts. "Your posture and the position of your arms and legs when you're seated all make a subtle statement," says body language authority Glenda Casteel. "The way you sit also makes an immediate impression on others, who subconsciously take note and even make assumptions based on what they see." Discover what your typical sitting position says about you:

  • Sit with your legs crossed -- You're an outgoing person who's self-assured in almost any situation. You're blessed with the gift of gab. People enjoy your clever quips and witty opinions on everything from current affairs to the latest movie. Your ease with both friends and strangers makes you a perfect candidate for a job working with the public. Loved ones appreciate your honesty, loyalty and directness. You do have some weaknesses a short temper and lack of tact. But your good points far outweigh any shortcomings you possess.
  • Sit with your feet apart and toes pointed to the sides -- You're a determined person who's very sure of your opinions and quick to make your preferences known to others. You're highly observant, getting all the facts and weighing all your options before making a decision. You have no time for frivolous activities, and you seldom make an appearance at parties unless it is a family affair. You tend to set goals and accomplish them with as little fuss as possible. You may become stubborn at times, but it's only because you feel you're not being taken seriously enough.
  • Sit with your legs close together and vertical to the ground -- You're like Little Miss Muffett, sitting quietly in the corner, too timid to speak up and make your presence known. Your shyness can keep you from taking advantage of opportunities. You're particularly reticent with strangers and authority figures. But if people have patience and understanding, they will eventually discover how delightful you can be. Beneath your still waters hides an articulate, dreamy, emotional person with amazing creative abilities and a wellspring a love and affection for a fortunate few.
  • Sit with your legs together and slightly tilted to one side -- You're a gentle, ladylike person whose graceful movements bring to mind a classical dancer. You also have a terrific sense of style and your charisma is so potent that you can charm even your enemies out of their socks. You handle acrimonious situations with poise and sensitivity that instantly eases tensions. You're also a bit of a steel magnolia, hiding your hurt feelings in public and never letting them see you sweat. Your stiff backbone makes you the person on whom family and friends depend. (Sun)

How do you know you're going to be fired?

According to Fortune magazine, here are 8 signs that you could be on your way out.

  1. You don't fit in. Your values don't match the company's.
  2. Your boss doesn't like you and you don't like him or her. If your boss never asks your opinion, and never wants to chat or have lunch with you, and if you disagree with her agenda and dislike her style, your days are numbered.
  3. Your peers don't like you.
  4. You don't get assignments that demonstrate the full range of your abilities.
  5. You always get called upon to do the "grunt work."
  6. You are excluded from meetings your peers are invited to.
  7. Everyone on your level has an office. You have a cubicle in the hallway.
  8. You dread going to work and feel like you're developing an ulcer.

How do you know that you're too drunk to drive this holiday?

How do you know that you're too drunk to drive this holiday? Take some advice from across the ocean. Police in Suffolk, England have launched an anti-drinking and driving campaign, publishing impossible phrases to say when drunk, to encourage responsible drinking. Here are a few:

  • Thanks, but I don't want to sleep with you
  • Where is the nearest toilet? I can't possibly vomit in the street
  • Good evening, officer, isn't it lovely out tonight?
  • No fries for me, thank you
  • I'm not interested in fighting you
  • Good evening, officer, isn't it lovely out tonight?
  • Oh, I just couldn't – no one wants to hear me sing

Any other ones that you'd like to add to their list? Email us at mornings@kflg947.com


First Full Day Of Winter

The National Energy Commission says to winterize your home this winter make sure you check for air leaks, check your insulation & weather stripping and don't forget to check your heating system. That's great for most of the country, but what about those warmer climates like Southern California and Florida?

  • Make sure you have enough SPF-30 handy for those "brrrr" 75 degree sunny days.
  • A supply of clean, long sleeve t-shirts for those chilly winter days.
  • Keep your lawnmower sharpened... that "dead, dormant" lawn will still need to be mowed twice a month.
  • Fuzzy head covers to keep your driver and 3-wood warm during those frigid 65-degree days on the golf course.
  • Charcoal, cold beers and blue & gold board shorts to wear at those NFL tailgate parties.
  • Ladies, you may have to drop the hem an inch or so on your mini-skirts to stay warmer at those outdoor happy hours.
  • Make sure your strappy sandals straps are at least 3/8" wide. You'll need the extra "warm" toe-coverage when partying on Saturday nights, and those 5-inch stilettos may need to come down to 4-inches... with the occasional sprinkle you won't want to slip and fall on those treacherous sidewalks.
  • And most importantly... try to locate the extra sheet for your bed to keep "toasty warm" at night.

Friday, December 19, 2008

A BIG Thank you to my guest dj's today!

I want to thank Lisa McCabe, VP of the All New Aquarius and Jim McCabe, Mohave County Deputy Sherrif for being my guest dj's today! We had a great time and hope you did too! An extra special thank you to Lisa for passing along to our lucky Flaggers the tickets for the Mongomery Gentry concert March 27, 2009 and Travis TrittMay 16, 2009. Don't forget the smoking package deals available at http://www.theaquarius.com for rooms and preferred seats!

Water Cooler Talk

The world must be ending as it snowed five inches in Las Vegas! The last big storm was in 1979 when 7.8 inches fell.

Taylor Swift has had all of her wisdom teeth removed. Ouch!

Jennifer Aniston gave the necktie she wore on the cover of GQ to David Letterman while she was on his show. He immediately put it on.

Country singer Mindy McCready has been hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt.

The rumor is out there that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's marriage is at the breaking point. J-Lo's not helping by not wearing her wedding ring at her appearances. But a spokesperson says they're doing just fine.

Aretha Franklin will sing and Yo-Yo Ma will play the cello at Barack Obama's inauguration.

Vince Vaughn's new steady love is said to be Kyla Weber, a Canadian real-estate agent.

Because of the slowing economy, "Canadian Idol" has been scrapped for 2009.

It's said that Britney Spears has asked Kevin Federline to move back in with her.

34% of women have recently had a nightmare, compared with 19% of men, a study from the University of the West of England in Bristol shows.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck says she's bummed that she didn't get an invite this year to the White House Christmas party.

Scarlett Johansson says all she wants for Christmas is a ticket to the Inaugural Ball.

A KISS IS JUST A KISS... NOT!

While both men and women say they enjoy tender kisses, as well as lustful and passionate kisses, women much prefer the tender kiss. (Men, not surprisingly, like lustful, passionate and wet kisses.) Women also like it when men are spontaneous in their kissing. A little surprise smooch can really brighten a woman's day. That's the word from a "Kiss and Tell" survey from Harris Interactive conducted for SoftLips Lip Conditioning Balm that uncovered everything you ever wanted to know about kissing.

Greeting a Stranger -- 40% of respondents are uncomfortable when someone they've just met tries to kiss them when saying hello or goodbye; more women than men indicate that this lip maneuver makes them feel uncomfortable (49% women, 30% men).

Who's Kissing Where -- Those from the Northeast are most likely to indicate that they greet very close friends with a kiss (42%).

A Family Affair -- About one-third (37% total; 32% males, 41% of females) will only greet immediate family members with a kiss; those from the Midwest (42%) and the South (41%) are more likely to say this.

"Hello, Dahling" -- An air kiss is more likely to come from women (15%) than men (10%); fewer men and women express their preference for the double-cheek kiss as a casual greeting (7%).

Smooch the Pooch -- 45% of women and 27% of males admit that they kiss their pets. Kisses That Spark Fireworks Top Kisses: Tender kisses (42%) and lustful, passionate kisses (40%) rank the highest on the list of favorite types of kisses for both sexes; however, women consider the tender kiss to be the best (48%), while men prefer the lustful, passionate pucker (46%).

Surprise Smooch! -- Women favor spontaneous kisses more than men (38% women, 31% of men).

First...and Forbidden -- 27% of adults surveyed consider their first kiss to be one of their favorite types of kisses, while 12% feel that a forbidden kiss is tops.

Kiss and Make Up -- One in 10 Americans prefer the kiss-and-make-up variety of kiss.

Butterfly Kisses -- Women favor lots of small kisses more than twice as much as men (12% versus 5%).

The Nuptial Sealer -- Only 8% of all those surveyed--equal among men and women--feel that the "you may now kiss the bride" kiss was one of the best kinds of kisses. The Manners of Kissing

Opening Kiss -- 58% of total respondents feel that it is perfectly fine to kiss on the first date, though men are more apt to be open to first date frolicking (65% men, 51% of women).
Ladies, Take the Lead -- More than half (58%) of men believe that the woman can make the first move for a first kiss.

Goodbye Kiss -- Men and women differ when it comes to bad dates and kissing: 39% of women say they will never kiss a bad date good night, compared to only 26% of men who won't. Interestingly, 13% of the men state that they have ended a bad date with a kiss, while only 6% of women replied the same.

The Preteen Peck -- 22% of respondents admit that their first "real" kiss happened when they were between 11 and 13 years old.
High School Hot Lips -- The most common age for a first "real" kiss to have happened was between the ages of 14 and 16 (37%), with 18% getting their first memorable smooch between 17 and 19 years old.

Still Waiting -- 4% of Americans are still waiting for their first real kiss.

CHRISTMAS CARDS REVEAL PERSONALITY

The type of Christmas card you send reveals your true personality according to Dr. Ellnor Kinarthy. The expert tells what each type of card says about you:

Religious scenes -- You spend lots of time deep in thought and you value the true meaning of Christmas. You like to help others and often donate time and money to charity. You value the traditional family in which the wife stays home while the husband goes off to work.

Family photos -- You're a busy person who likes new and different experiences, like living in different places, eating at new restaurants and tasting different foods. But Christmas gives you time to pause and reflect on how much family and friends mean to you.

Humorous -- You're a fun-loving optimist who can see the humor in even bad situations, but you're also very sensitive to other people. You're a good listener who gives friends a shoulder to cry on. In addition, you love animals and are inclined to have pets.

Winter scenes -- You're very competitive and throw yourself into everything, even your hobbies. But you enjoy pictures of winter because they remind you that it's also important to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the season.

Santa cards -- You're a people-oriented person who likes going to big parties and enjoys making new friends. You consider all those tasty Christmas foods the best part of the season, and like Santa, you have a tendency to put on a little weight.

Christmas trees -- You take pride in your personal appearance and your home. You have an artistic nature and are very creative. Your strong sense of beauty shows through in your home, which probably looks like it was professionally decorated.

Current themes (like Santa compiling his list on a computer) -- You are very future-oriented and want to be ready for what tomorrow brings. You like video games, new car shows and all the latest gadgets. You may also be well-informed about investments.

WHAT CHA LOOKIN' AT?

(Lifescript.com) Given that average breast size has grown from a 34B to a 36C since the 1970s and clothing styles are smaller and snugger, it's no wonder the line between appropriate and "look at those!" has blurred. "I don't think women are stupid," says Elisabeth Squires, author of "bOObs: A Guide to Your Girls." "I just don't think anyone knows the rules." Check out these six rules for "best breast etiquette":

Acknowledge the obvious -- Sex sells. And like it or not, breasts are the dynamic duo that get beer sold and burgers bought. So it's not such a stretch to realize your ta-tas are more likely to get checked out than, say, your knees or collarbones. As such, it makes a case for doing a double take in the mirror before walking out the front door in the morning.

Sometimes less is more -- In some industries, it is completely appropriate – in fact, required – to play up your cleavage: entertainment, fashion, Hooters, to name a few. However, unless your career success rests on your chest, it is probably wise to rely on other assets at the office.

Sometimes more is more -- All bets are off when the sun goes down. Feel free to flaunt your curves and play up your cleavage for a night out on the town. Just remember that outfit definitely doesn't double as office attire.

Be age-appropriate -- The scientific reality of being a woman is that gravity will eventually win in your quest for perky breasts. And since you can't fight physics without a boob job (or a lot of duct tape), those not willing to go under the knife should aim for a look that complements a natural and mature bust line. Wear a well-fitting bra, but skip boosters to avoid an unnaturally high, crinkled cleavage.

Always flatter your rack -- Wear a well-fitting bra and consider a minimizer if you are particularly well-endowed.

Be adaptable -- Like snowflakes, no two breasts are the same, not even those on the same chest. And as your girls change, it is important to remember that maintaining a sexy, powerful presence isn't just about your cleavage.

I'D LOVE TO SAVE THE WORLD

Want to change the world? Just eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. Yes, a PB&J will slow global warming. How?

One sandwich reduces your carbon footprint by saving the equivalent of 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over an average animal-based lunch like a hamburger, a tuna sandwich, grilled cheese, or chicken nuggets.

If you have a PB&J instead of a ham sandwich or a hamburger, you save the equivalent almost 3.5 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

A PB&J will also save about 280 gallons of water over the hamburger. To put this in perspective, three PB&Js a month instead of hamburgers will save about as much water as switching to a low-flow showerhead.

A PB&J will save 12 to 50 square feet of land from deforestation, over-grazing, and pesticide and fertilizer pollution.

TOP FIVE WAYS BRITNEY SPEARS IS LIKE A SNOWMAN

At least once a year, there's a meltdown
The kids can play with them, but after a while, it's better that they come inside
Both have more talent than Kevin Federline
For a while, they had matching hairstyles
When they get out of a car, you see everything

What Not To Get Your Coworkers

(AHN News) Still trying to figure out a good last-minute gift idea for your favorite co-workers? Career counseling expert Leslie Juvin Tennant has compiled a top ten list of what NOT to buy.

Office supplies - If they wanted office supplies, they'd go to the supply room and have their pick.
Anything with the company's logo - This message is to employers: Your employees do not want to be walking advertisements, so don't assume they're not smart enough to pick up on that.
Chia-pets – Okay -- really -- is this a good idea for anybody?
Novelty gifts - The singing-Bass is one of them. These kinds of gifts may be fun over a few drinks at your annual Holiday party, but left to hang in someone's cubicle for the rest of the year is cause for headaches.
Self-help books - No one wants to be reminded of their demons especially during the Holiday season.
Clothes - Avoid giving clothes to people. Socks, shirts, and other items of clothing should never be given to co-workers. I've seen t-shirts with silly cartoons on them given away at parties and those same t-shirts "accidentally" dropped in the parking lot garbage can.
Sexual gifts – The potential H.R. nightmares should be obvious.
Food gifts - Candies and cookies are great, but giving a box of sausages to your vegetarian co-worker is just down right rude.
Religious gifts that are not of your colleague's faith - Don't even think about giving a nativity scene set to your Jewish friend in hopes of converting them or giving your Christian friend a Buddhist retreat gift certificate.
Fruitcake – Need we explain?

WEIRD NEWS

More Offers For the Shoe ThrowerAnd the legend of Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush, continues to grow. After already receiving job offers and an offer of $10 Million dollars for one of the shoes, an Egyptian man has offered up his 20-year-old daughter to Zaidi -- an idea the daughter, Amal Saad Gumaa, said she agreed with. She told reporters, "This is something that would honor me. I would like to live in Iraq, especially if I were attached to this hero." Her father, Saad Gumaa, said he had called Zaidi's brother, to tell him of the offer saying, "I find nothing more valuable than my daughter to offer to him, and I am prepared to provide her with everything needed for marriage." So far, no response from Zaidi himself. Although our guess is he's thinking, "So, is she hot?" (myway.com)

And Now There's Even a Shoe-Throwing Video Game!As if the now infamous Bush Shoe-Throwing incident hasn't gotten enough attention, a new video game has surfaced on the internet where the player hurls footwear at a moving target of the U.S. president. In the game, players have 30 seconds to try to hit Bush with a brown shoe as many times as possible. Players are greeted with the command: "OBJECTIVE: Hit President Bush in the face with your shoes! Do it!" Successful shots earn the player the message: "Shoes have successfully hit President Bush in his face. Well done!" To add insult to injury, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki can be seen peeping over a lectern next to Bush. If you're just dying to play, just go to: www.sockandawe.com. (Reuters)

Woman Rock!

(Women's Health) Although many people don't care whether the pros they deal with are men or women, sometimes chicks have an edge. Case in point: More people prefer female bankers to male bankers, a Pew Research Center survey found. Why? Women tend to be good communicators, which builds relationships and trust, says Carol Kaplan of the American Bankers Association. But some stereotypes die hard. Some who gets the nod for other jobs:

59% prefer a female elementary school teacher
54% prefer a male surgeon
46% prefer a male police officer
41% prefer a male airline pilot
36% prefer a female banker

Here's the top 5 most desired gifts:

Gift cards -- So what's the most desired gift this holiday season? It's the one people choose themselves. Fully 64% of respondents ranked gift cards at the top of their wish list.
Consumer Electronics -- And for men, bigger is still better. More men than women reported that they would prefer to receive bigger personal electronics items this holiday season, such as a high-definition TV (20%), LCD TV (10%) and Blu-ray DVD player (7%). More women said they favor compact gadgets like a digital or video camera (26%) or iPod (9%). In addition, 26% said they wanted a laptop computer.
A Passion for Fashion -- 48% said they would most like to receive apparel, with jeans and a blouse or shirt at the very top of fashion fanatics' holiday lists. Shopping for men is always hard, but you won't go wrong if you buy the man in your life a nice pair of jeans. That's right, more men than women want jeans this holiday season (24% of men vs. 16% of women).
Games -- Sorry Sony, but Nintendo's got more game. Of those who indicated they most want a gaming system for the holidays, 44% want a Nintendo system (with 43% wanting a Wii), while only 33% want a Sony system (with 31% wanting a PS3). Of those who chose video games as their most wanted holiday gift category, most plan to exhaust their fingers with Guitar Hero (14%), Wii Fit (13%) and Rock Band 2 (8%).
Totally cellular -- Overall, the Apple iPhone is the smart phone of choice for those who indicated they would most like to receive one this holiday season (35%). The BlackBerry is also a favorite among women, with 47% of women wanting to receive one compared to just 11%
of men.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Your Kflag Country Music Update...

Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney helped Gibson unveil its Dark Fire guitar on Monday (December 15th) at Nashville's Hard Rock Cafe. The guitar uses "Chameleon Tone Technology" to automatically re-tune itself in seconds, allowing for automatic, onstage changes in key and sound quality.

Rooney was obviously fascinated with the guitar, saying, "The great catch is it can emulate many other things, many guitar sounds. They're dialing that stuff in all the time, and you're gonna be able to download new versions of software. It's gonna make it even better in the future." He also called it his new girlfriend, with a wink at his wife Tiffany Fallon.

  • Because of the intricacies in production, Gibson is rolling out the guitar very slowly. It will also only produce 2,000 Dark Fire models.
  • The Dark Fire can emulate different guitar tones, from the classic Gibson electric tone to hard rock.
  • According to Gibson, the guitar will be ideal for club-level guitarists who don't have a guitar tech and a row of guitars tuned to different keys.
Mindy McCready was reportedly taken to a Nashville hospital after an apparent suicide attempt Wednesday (December 17th) morning. McCready evidently made a call to the mother of her roommate, who grew concerned about McCready's well-being. She phoned the authorities, and paramedics found McCready and took her to the hospital.

McCready has been in and out of legal trouble for years, and has allegedly attempted suicide a number of times before. She spent time in a Texas rehab center over the summer. Last April, she revealed that she began an affair with married baseball star Roger Clemens in 1991, when she was just 15 years old.

George Strait has announced he will hit the road in May, and tour through July. Julianne Hough will serve as his opening act on most of the shows, along with another artist who has yet to be named.
  • The tour kicks off on May 9th in Hidalgo, Texas. It will be Strait's first visit to the town.
  • Strait will also play some major festivals, including the Calgary Stampede and the Craven Country Jamboree in July.
  • The complete tour schedule can be found at georgestrait.com.

FAST FACTS

  • Strait has four Grammy nominations this year: Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Troubadour"; Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Shiftwork" with Kenny Chesney and for "House of Cash" with Patty Loveless; and Best Country Album for Troubadour. "I Saw God Today" is also up for Best Country Song, an award that would go to the songwriters.
  • Strait has sold more than 67 million records, and he has the most RIAA platinum certification in country music.
  • On April 6, Strait will receive the title of Artist of the Decade from the Academy of Country Music. Only four other acts have been so honored -- Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Alabama and Garth Brooks.
  • Interestingly enough, Strait released his first single just two years after Lynn was awarded the Artist of the Decade title... and he has been a major player in country music in the three decades since.
Lady Antebellum couldn't pass up the opportunity to perform on the Today show, even though the gig is on Christmas Eve. The trio will travel to New York City to perform their hit single, "Love Don't Live Here," as well as their rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" on NBC's Today on December 24th.

Hillary Scott says she'll probably take advantage of being in the Big Apple to pick up a few gifts: "I'll definitely be doing some last-minute Christmas power shopping in the city. I can't think of a better way to end what has been a truly unbelievable year for us."

  • "Baby It's Cold Outside" is an iTunes exclusive now available for download.
Sugarland has joined the line-up at the 40th Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, being held April 24th through the 26th, and April 30th through May 3rd. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush join artists like Wynton Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band and James Taylor at the festival.

FAST FACTS
  • Truth is, Sugarland isn't the only "non-jazz" act to be a part of the Festival. Emmylou Harris, Doc Watson, Patty Griffin, the Del McCoury Band and Guy Clark will also be appearing.
  • The Jazz Fest draws over 400,000 visitors each year.


Water Cooler Talk

  • Time magazine has named President-Elect Barack Obama their "Man of the Year."
  • No Doubt has pushed back the release of their next album until 2010 so they can concentrate on a 2009 tour.
  • The Roman Catholic church is peeved at Playboy over the cover of its Mexican edition, which features a photo of a scantily-clad busty Argentine model, Maria Florencia Onori, who seems like a depiction of the Virgin Mary. Playboy Mexico insists that is not the case.
  • Macaulay Culkin was shooting the NBC drama "Kings" when he was told that his sister had been killed by a car.
  • Country star Tim McGraw says the rumors that he will run for governor of Tennessee in 2010 are false.
  • Tough times, even for celebrities: Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins of TLC is facing foreclosure on her Georgia home.
  • Hilary Duff says she was misquoted when she told journalists she was still a virgin at the age of 19. The 21-year-old former Disney star told Maxim magazine, "You know what? I was quoted saying I was a virgin, but I absolutely did not say that. That's nobody's business but my own. Somehow it turned into a bad thing!"
  • Jessica Alba will guest star along with Jack Black in the post-Super Bowl episode of "The Office."
  • NBC's "Today" is preparing an hour-long primetime special for December 22.
  • If you care what Hugh Hefner says, he told a reporter the other day that "several girlfriends are better than one wife."
  • A Pennsylvania couple named their son Adolph Hitler Campbell when he was born 3 years ago. Why are we hearing about this now? A grocery store manager refused to decorate his birthday cake with his full name.
  • That tie Jennifer Aniston is wearing on the current cover of GQ (and, by the way, it's the only thing she's wearing) is from Brooks Brothers.

SAPPY CHRISTMAS MOMENTS

Cosmopolitan magazine poll shows just how sentimental guys really are about holiday traditions compared to girls:

  • Decorating the tree: Him-50%, Her-50%
  • Buying the perfect present for your partner: Him-79%, Her-85%
  • Receiving a thoughtful gift: Him-79%, Her-93%
  • Taking a stroll to check out the festive lights in town: Him-60%, Her-75%
  • Singing carols on Christmas Eve: Him-17%, Her-21%
  • Attending your family's annual holiday party: Him-66%, Her-73%
  • Kissing under the mistletoe: Him-62%, Her-54%

HOW TO TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF THE HOLIDAYS

The holidays don't have to stress you out. You can have a holly jolly Christmas with more "ho, ho, ho" and less "go, go, go," says top psychiatrist Dr. Anthony Pietropinto. Here are the doctor's simple tips for de-stressing the holiday:

  • Rent some Christmas videos -- Invite friends over or share a movie night with your family. Watching timeless classics like "White Christmas," "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street," help us relax and remember what Christmas is all about.
  • Trim down your shopping list -- You don't need to buy an excessive number of gifts. Make an agreement with family members to limit the exchange to one gift per person.
  • Cut back on your Christmas card list -- Drop folks you haven't seen or thought about in years. Send cards only to people who are really close to you.
  • Take a vacation day -- If you can manage it, take a day or two off from work so that you can relax and do your Christmas chores at a leisurely pace. If you're a homemaker, get someone to watch your kids for an afternoon.
  • Build on your past successes -- Think back on Christmases that went well and figure out what made them good -- then try to recapture that. Usually it's the family and friends around you, the good times you had -- not the presents you received.
  • Don't go crazy on the wrapping -- The kids are going to tear it off in seconds anyway. So use simple paper and labels -- or just labels and no wrapping at all.
  • Don't skip meals -- If you skip lunch or dinner on your way to shop, blood sugar levels will drop and make you feel even more tired and taxed. Eat a snack at your 4pm coffee break or a bowl of soup in the mall food court before you hit the stores.
  • Watch what you drink -- Even mild overindulgence can give you a next-day low, adding to your feelings of being overwhelmed. Then you can make the mistake of drinking too much coffee, which can make you feel jittery and disrupt your sleep.
  • Do what feels good -- Does chocolate pick you up? Have one. Such foods in small doses won't hurt and may even help by making you feel less stressed or deprived.
  • Get enough sleep -- Too many late night parties, Christmas concerts and wrapping and baking marathons will seriously deplete your ability to handle stress.
  • Read a favorite Christmas story -- Find a quiet corner, a cup of cocoa and favorite blanket and curl up and read the story you most loved as a child. Try "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

WAYS TO ADD 30 YEARS TO YOUR LIFE

(Netscape.comHow long will you live? 70% of your longevity is determined by your lifestyle. So, in a way, you are in control of your destiny. Taken together, all of the following lifestyle changes will help you live as much as 30 years longer. Here are tips from Dr. Sanjay Gupta's book "Chasing Life," Dr. Thomas Perls' livingto100.com and Health.com.

  • 5 years: Don't smoke -- It's not cool to smoke. You smell, your teeth turn yellow, your skin looks like leather and your voice gets low and raspy. It also gives you lung cancer. Ick.
  • 5 years: Eat power foods -- It's all about the antioxidants. Every day you should eat a handful of dark chocolate and almonds, as well as fruits, vegetables, garlic and even a glass of wine.
  • 4 years: Skip the fast food -- Drive past the McDonald's and Wendy's without stopping and you'll live a lot longer since you're not ingesting all that fat and cholesterol.
  • 3 years: Get moving -- Run for 30 minutes, five days a week and you can live up to four years longer. If you walk, you'll add three years.
  • 3 years: Get married -- Numerous studies have shown that married people are happier and healthier. Why? They take care of each other. Face it, most men see a doctor because their wives made the appointment and told them to go.
  • 3 years: Eat salmon twice a week -- Eating fatty fish that contains omega 3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, herring, mackerel and sardines, not only appears to lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease, but also helps control triglyceride levels and inflammation.
  • 3 years: Lose the fat -- You'll not only look and feel better, but you'll be healthier if you lose weight. Being overweight increases your risk of death by 20 to 40 percent. Now that's motivation!
  • 3 years: Have sex -- Having sex two to three times a week helps you live longer by cutting in half your risk for heart disease and stroke. How? Sexual intercourse burns about 200 calories, which is the same as running for 30 minutes.
  • 1 year: Floss daily -- The greatest benefit of regular flossing is healthy gums. Research has shown that gum inflammation is linked to heart disease. Keep your gums healthy and your heart may follow.

BUTT REALLY

Cosmopolitan says a guy's rear view can provide clues to his personality:

  • Square Booty -- Broad and square, this behind is flatter than other shapes. These aggressive guys will do whatever it takes to achieve their goals.
  • High Heinie -- This booty is so compact and round it seems to sit on his lower back and form a small shelf. Shy but sweet, you can always count on this down-to-earth guy.
  • Apple Tush -- The upper area quadrants of the butt are fleshier than the bottom areas. These men are looking for an emotional connection with a woman and can be very sensitive, so handle them with care.
  • Bubble Butt -- This full, rounded bum really fills out a pair of jeans. This guy is the life of the party and can charm the pants off just about anybody.

WEIRD NEWS

Bah Humbug NYPD!
Not much holiday spirit coming from the NYPD these days. They ticketed Santa Claus -- while he was delivering gifts to children! Chip Cafiero, who was playing the #1 elf at the time says he'll fight the $115 ticket he received in Brooklyn on Black Friday when he was dressed as Santa. The 60-year-old retired schoolteacher was riding a horse-drawn carriage and handing out toys and candy canes. An SUV carrying the toys and protecting the horse from traffic was double parked next to him. Santa says he yelled "Ho! Ho! Ho!" to get the traffic agent's attention because the SUV wasn't blocking traffic. But in his words, "This Grinch just went ahead and fined me." No comment yet from the NYPD or the officer who gave the ticket -- who can clearly expect nothing but coal in his stocking this year. (Daily News)

Throwing Shoes Is Good For Your Career
The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush during a press conference in Baghdad has received offers of a job and an offer of $10 million for one of the shoes! 29-year-old Muntadhar al-Zeidi has been offered a job by the Lebanese TV channel NTV and if he takes it they say his salary will be retroactive to the day he threw his shoes at Bush -- last Sunday. A manager of NTV also said the station is willing to post bail for Zeidi should he decide to accept the offer. Zeidi is currently under Iraqi police custody and is facing a two-year imprisonment for insulting a visiting head of state. In the meantime, a 60-year-old Saudi entrepreneur reportedly offered $10 million bucks for one of Zeidi's shoes thrown at Bush. An Iraqi businessman also said he'll pay any price for the footwear that has become a symbol of the Iraqi people's disgust over what they see as Bush oppressive policies against them. (AHN News)


What's the funniest warning label on a product that you've ever seen?

Here are some wacky label winners:

  1. A warning on a small tractor that reads "Danger: Avoid Death" has been chosen as the nation's wackiest warning label by an anti-lawsuit group.
  2. A label found on an iron-on T-shirt transfer that warns: "Do not iron while wearing shirt."
  3. A label on a baby stroller featuring a small storage pouch that warns: "Do not put child in bag."

What's your favorite for Christmas?

For those still shopping, children were asked what gift they would choose if they could only receive one this holiday season. The number one answer was a Nintendo Wii, followed by Nintendo DS, Sony Playstation 3 or a bike.

A recent Entertainment Weekly online poll asked, "What's your favorite holiday TV special?"

  • "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," 33%
  • "A Charlie Brown Christmas," 28%
  • "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," 23%
  • "The Year Without a Santa Claus," 9%
  • "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," 4%
  • "Frosty the Snowman," 3%

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Your Kflag Country Music Update...

Lady Antebellum has released a new recording of "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Available exclusively on iTunes, the track is available as of yesterday (December 16th).

Dave Haywood says the song was a natural choice for his bandmates Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley. "We have always loved this song and thought it would be fun to surprise our fans with a holiday tune to close out the year. It's the time of year to be thankful and grateful, and we certainly feel we were blessed this year by the country music community and by our fans. We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!"

  • Lady Antebellum's debut album is still in the top 10 on the iTunes country albums chart.
  • Lady A will compete against the Jonas Brothers, Duffy, Adele and Jazmine Sullivan for the Grammy for overall Best New Artist. They are also up for Best Country Duo or Group.
  • A "Webside Wednesday" video at ladyantebellum.com shows the moment the group learned they received two Grammy nods.
  • The trio will tour with Keith Urban in 2009.
Keith Urban is giving fans a short sneak peek at the making of his video for "Sweet Thing." Visitors to keithurban.net can click on the News button, and then on the "Monkeyville Exclusive: Making of Sweet Thing Music Video" title to see the behind-the-scenes footage.

The video, to be released next month, was shot in a barn in Spring Hill, Tennessee. One of the key elements of the performance video is Urban's vintage Ford Mustang, which ties into the line about borrowing "Uncle Jake's Mustang."

  • Also featured in the video is a guitar which Urban purchased the day before the shoot. He laughed that he needed to put it in the video to justify purchasing it.
  • Urban is currently in the studio working on a new album, due out March 31st.
Billboard has put together its lists of the top country artists, albums and songs in 2008.

The Top Country Albums, based on sales, are:

  • #1 The Eagles -- Long Road Out of Eden
  • #2 Taylor Swift -- Taylor Swift
  • #3 Carrie Underwood -- Carnival Ride
  • #4 Garth Brooks -- The Ultimate Hits
  • #5 Rascal Flatts -- Still Feel Good

The Hot Country Songs Artists list, looks at all hits scored in 2008:

  • #1 Carrie Underwood
  • #2 Taylor Swift
  • #3 Brad Paisley
  • #4 George Strait
  • #5 Kenny Chesney

Other interesting stats:

  • Swift came in at number 2 on the Top Billboard 200 Artists, behind Josh Groban, Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus, and her debut album places at number 5 on the Top Billboard 200 Albums recap.
  • Her album "Fearless," was released on November 11th and sold 592,000 units in the first week, according to SoundScan. That makes it the best-selling debut for a country title in more than a year.

Water Cooler Talk

  • Peter Falk (Columbo)'s daughter says he is battling Alzheimer's and now needs fulltime care. He's 81.
  • The first new Dave Matthews Band studio album in four years will come out April 14th.
  • Rachael Ray has canceled her throat surgery to remove a benign cyst. She wants to try a new vocal therapy first.
  • A 9-year-old girl in Pharr, TX, wrote Santa Claus and asked Santa to make a relative stop touching her and her sister. The letter, which the girl turned in to her elementary school, was read by a school counselor who then alerted authorities.
  • Jack Black will appear in the" The Office"'s big post-Super Bowl episode.
  • Christina Hendricks, who plays head secretary Joan on 'Mad Men' has gotten engaged to actor Geoffrey Arend.
  • Caroline Kennedy has officially declared she'd like the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton.
  • Changes are coming to "American Idol" in January, including a return to "wild card" finalists picked by the show's judges, along with less airtime for bad auditions.
  • A substitute teacher in England has been fired, after telling a classroom full of 7-year-olds that there was no such thing as Santa Claus.
  • Cameron Diaz says she's a fan of "Shrek the Musical," but don't expect to see her star in it.
  • Avril Lavigne has fired her manager, after the response to her last tour and album were less than phenomenal.
  • Dennis Quaid and his wife have agreed to a a $750,000 settlement with a Los Angeles hospital that gave his newborn twins an overdose of blood thinner.
  • Paul Anka says he and his wife are doing fine. The fact that she was arrested and he ended up with two staples in his head... no big deal.
  • Playboy is apologizing for putting a nude model on the cover of their Mexican edition to look like the Virgin Mary.

Guys, ever wonder how to be a husband? Here are 10 steps to being a better husband (from MSN.com)

  1. Take an interest in something your wife is really passionate about. This can be especially tough for guys, because we generally feel that if someone else has interests that differ from ours, they're morons. It's not an easy task, and being able to show interest in something that matters to someone you love shows growth -- and that's terrifying. Good, but terrifying. Accomplish this and you'll make her feel better about herself, and you get better insight into what makes her tick.
  2. Put the kids to bed. Once a week give her the night off and put the kids to bed by yourself. Let her take a hot bath, read a book, or check gossip on the Web and forget about the kids. I'm always amazed how happy this makes my wife. It ranks somewhere between low-end jewelry and a Hawaiian vacation.
  3. Learn to apologize. This is the easiest one, and the hardest one. A marriage is a marathon, and we all fly off the handle too quick or let our temper get the best of us sometimes. When you're wrong, it's best to step up and apologize. It's amazing how fast "I'm sorry" can defuse a stupid argument about something you can't even remember.
  4. Thank her for putting up with you. Every once in a while, just thank her for putting up with you. That's all you have to say. Don't launch into a list of your faults, or the story about coming home two days late from that Vegas bachelor party. Just thank her, and let her know that you understand that you're not the easiest person in the world to live with.
  5. Clean up after yourself. Take care of that late night snack or morning cereal bowl. Setting them in the sink is one thing, but go that extra mile and actually put them in the dishwasher. After all, no one enjoys scraping bacon dip off a bowl that's been sitting too long or smelling the chili from the night before. A beer bottle on the counter the next morning is even worse.

Top 10 ways to insult people around the world

George Bush had two shoes hurled at him by an Iraqi journalist who wanted to make an example of the outgoing President by paying him the highest insult in Baghdad this week. In honor of the "Shoe-ter", we mentioned this list of Top 10 ways to insult people around the world. (It's from Mirror.co.uk):

  1. If you are handed a business card in Japan you can cause maximum offence by throwing it down on your desk or stuffing it in your back pocket as the exchange of business card here is meant to be a well thought out practice.
  2. In the Philippines a curled beckoning forefinger isn't used to summon someone over but rather to call them a dog. But the insult is punishable by arrest and even breaking the finger that committed the offense so use with caution.
  3. In India and Africa where people use their hands to eat, it is considered an insult to use your left hand as this is thought to be 'unclean' and used only for a related function which follows several hours later.
  4. In Scandinavia to show distaste keep your chin down during a bottoms-up because it is understood as highly offensive to look down at your feet while drinking a toast.
  5. If you blow your nose into a hankerchief in Japan you'll insult those around you because the Japanese word for snot literally means 'nose sh#%' and the idea of carrying this around all day is thought to be digusting.
  6. To insult someone in Korea you simply have to smile because smiling at a stranger is thought to be very rude and a clear indication that you believe them to be stupid.
  7. While the thumb and forefinger forming the letter 'O' is a western sign for OK in Russia it is understood to be an insult with sexual connotations. This could come in handy if you need to show your unhappiness with the service in a Russian hotel when on holiday.
  8. In Buddhist countries the most offensive thing somone can do is pat a person on the head as the head is thought to be the seat of the soul.
  9. In Argentina it is considered an insult if you turn up for a dinner date on time because this is thought to be a sign of greed rather than politeness. To keep everyone happy you should turn up a little late but if you want to make a point get their early and tuck-in.
  10. In North America you're sure to cause an uproar if you mistake an American for a Canadian or vice versa as both neighbors are very senstive about this confusion.

Are you Happy??

Unhappy people watch TV, happy people read and socialize. Those are the findings of a new study appearing in the journal Social Indicators Research. After analyzing 30 years of data and having new volunteers fill out diaries for a 24-hour period, University of Maryland sociologists John P. Robinson and Steven Martin found that despondent folks watched significantly more television in their spare time 20% more than those who are joyful. Meanwhile, contented people were more socially active, attended more religious services, voted more and read more newspapers. But those who filled out the journals rated TV watching more highly as a daily activity.

It was just a dream!

(DivineCaroline.com) When we experience stress in our lives, it frequently shows up in our dreams. But knowing how to interpret our dreams can be a confusing matter. Below are listed some dream symbols that can be a sign of stress in your life.

  • Nudity - foretells scandal and unwise engagements
  • Storms - symbolizes an internal storm in your life
  • Crashes - deep anxieties and fears
  • Hell - suffering from an inescapable situation
  • Death - often means the beginning of suspense or trials in your life
  • Bugs - suggests you are worried about something and are filled with anxieties and fears
  • Cats - foretells misfortune and bad luck

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Water Cooler Talk

  • Madonna has settled her divorce with ex-husband Guy Ritchie with at least 50 million pounds ($76 million).
  • Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Nastia Liukin guest star in the final holiday "Barney Cam" Christmas greeting from the White House.
  • Children who are born four months before the height of cold and flu season have a greater risk of developing childhood asthma than children born at any other time of the year, according to researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
  • A self-proclaimed prophet in Utah says that a disaster will prevent Barack Obama from becoming president.
  • Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber welcomed their second son into the world over the weekend.
  • Tara Reid has checked herself into a rehab center. Really?
  • In case you missed it, Van Johnson has died. He was 92.
  • Gossip lead singer Beth Ditto has dyed her hair orange and shaved off her eyebrows. Just another day at the office.
  • A "Star Wars" fan dished out $240,000 at an auction for the light saber that Mark Hamill waved around in the first two "Star Wars" movies.
  • Hugh Jackman will host the next round of the Academy Awards.
  • The Mariah Carey pregnancy rumor is making the rounds again.
  • Last Friday, Charlie Crist became the first Florida governor in 42 years to get married while in office.
  • Gobbling down your meals quickly and continuing to eat until you are full may be enough to nearly triple your risk of being overweight, reports HealthDay News of research from Japan's Osaka University.
  • Plans are to give you an uninterrupted season 5 of "Lost" starting next month... unless a Screen Actors Guild strike gets in the way.

RULES ARE RULES

Maxim came up with a list of Man Rules... so we decided women need a set of rules of their own.

The Man Rules (according to Maxim):

  1. Never redo a high-five. If you mess it up, let it go.
  2. The "shotgun rule" is always in effect.
  3. If you're white, never leave the sticker on your New Era hat.
  4. Only call your girlfriend once a day.
  5. Never use the term love-making, except when you're trying to get laid.
  6. Men should never, in any way, feed each other.
  7. Never dis Chuck Norris.

The Woman Rules (according to listeners)

  1. Never wear a jean jacket with jeans.
  2. Never take your friend's last tampon.
  3. It's okay to borrow a razor, but not to use for your naughty parts.
  4. Never wear shorts or short skirts without shaving your legs.
  5. Don't date another friend's sloppy seconds...it was sloppy for a reason.
  6. It's sister before misters... always.
  7. In the presence of your mother-in-law, she always knows more than you, but only in her presence.
  8. You're forbidden to look hotter than your son's girlfriend.
  9. Never use the "C" word or the "P" word.
  10. If you plan on getting drunk, remember to wear your panties.
  11. Never use another woman's compact without asking.
  12. Put the brush down and walk away slowly, don't tease your bangs.
  13. Don't wear strappy sandals with crusty feet.
  14. Never share your panties with your friends, or purchase from Goodwill.
  15. Should never tell a man you love him first.
  16. And never sleep with a man on the first date.

The list was of the top 10 "sexiest movie off all time":

  1. Out of Sight (1998)
  2. His Girl Friday (1940)
  3. Mr and Mrs Smith (2005)
  4. Body Heat (1981)
  5. Bull Durham (1988)
  6. Don't Look Now (1973)
  7. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
  8. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
  9. A Walk on the Moon (1999)
  10. Before Sunset (2004)

What's your favorite quote of 2008?

Here are the Top 10 quotes of 2008, as compiled by the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations:

  1. I can see Russia from my house!" -- Comedian Tina Fey, while impersonating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the TV comedy show "Saturday Night Live," broadcast Sept. 13.
  2. "All of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years." -- Palin, responding to a request by CBS anchor Katie Couric to name the newspapers or magazines she reads, broadcast Oct. 1.
  3. "We have sort of become a nation of whiners." -- former Sen. Phil Gramm, an economic adviser to Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, quoted in The Washington Times, July 10.
  4. "It's not based on any particular data point, we just wanted to choose a really large number." -- a Treasury Department spokeswoman explaining how the $700 billion number was chosen for the initial bailout, quoted on Forbes.com Sept. 23.
  5. "The fundamentals of America's economy are strong." -- McCain, in an interview with Bloomberg TV, April 17.
  6. "Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency." -- the Treasury Department's proposed Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, September 2008.
  7. "Maybe 100." -- McCain, discussing in a town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, how many years U.S. troops could remain in Iraq, Jan. 3.
  8. "I'll see you at the debates, b------." -- Paris Hilton in a video responding to a McCain television campaign ad, August 2008.
  9. "Barack, he's talking down to black people. ... I want to cut his ... off." -- Rev. Jesse Jackson, overheard over a live microphone before a Fox News interview, July 6.
  10. (tie) "Cash for trash." -- Paul Krugman discussing the financial bailout, New York Times, Sept. 22.
    (tie) "There are no atheists in foxholes and there are no libertarians in financial crises." -- Krugman, in an interview with Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time," broadcast Sept. 19.
    (tie) "Anyone who says we're in a recession, or heading into one -- especially the worst one since the Great Depression -- is making up his own private definition of "`recession.'" -- commentator Donald Luskin, the day before Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, The Washington Post, Sept. 14.

Helloooo Baby!

Turns out just saying "hello" may suffice to get a man going. A study in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly found that men are more likely than women to interpret ambiguous or friendly behavior as a come on. Researchers asked 43 opposite sex pairs of strangers to have a 5 minute conversation, then fill out a questionnaire rating their partner's physical attractiveness and personality. If a man found a woman attractive, he was more likely to think she was flirting, regardless of her intentions. Women, however, rated their partners as significantly less flirtatious, regardless of how attractive they found them. (Women's Health)

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign!

(Self) "If you hit this sign, you will hit that bridge" was named the funniest road sign in America in Hagerty Insurance's second annual "Road Sign Rally." Nearly 250 photos were submitted of not only road signs, but also local business signs and homegrown signs. Here's a list of the top 10 funniest:

  1. "If you hit this sign, you will hit this bridge"
  2. "Extreme Fire Hazard: Don't even fart in the forest"
  3. "Arm, Leg, First Born"
  4. "Attention dog guardians: Pick up after your dogs. Attention dogs: Grrr, bark, woof. Good dog."
  5. "Hell Freezes over" (frozen "Hell" sign)
  6. "Eat here, get gas & worms"
  7. "Guns, wedding gowns and cold beer"
  8. "Caution Pedestrians Slippery When Wet"
  9. "Drive slow, see our village: Drive fast, see our judge"
  10. "Drop your pants here" (sign for a laundry mat)

Got the cell phone itch?

Get this -- according to Brown University, dermatologists have reported an increase in the number of cases of contact dermatitis, and that statistic has been traced to the growing popularity of cell phones. It's not the phone itself that causes the allergic reaction, but the nickel it contains. Nickel is one of the most potent allergens in the world, and it can produce reactions ranging from mild redness to rashes and even painful and disfiguring blisters. A survey has revealed that approximately 50% of all cell phones now in use contain some level of nickel. Reactions are more common when the paint on the cell phone is chipped. (Sun)

How much do you love your soaps?

("TV Guide) Nielsen Media Research found soap opera ratings are on the decline, big time. Here's the ratings in millions compared to 10 years ago:

  • "All My Children" in 1998 4.2 million viewers, this year 2.5 million
  • "As the World Turns" in 1998 4.6 million viewers, this year 2.6 million
  • "The Bold and the Beautiful" in 1998 5.3 million viewers, this year 3.5 million
  • "Days of Our Lives" in 1998 5.4 million viewers, this year 2.6 million
  • "General Hospital" in 1998 4.5 million viewers, this year 2.8 million
  • "Guiding Light" in 1998 4.5 million viewers, this year 2.1 million
  • "One Life to Live" in 1998 3.6 million viewers, this year 2.6 million
  • "The Young and the Restless" in 1998 7.9 million viewers, this year 4.9 million

It is Psychic Tuesday!

Get on the Flagger lines to talk to Kflag's resident Psychic John Kane at 704-KFLG or toll Free in the Tri State at 888-339-KFLG. Two 20 minute sessions today at 7am and again at 8am. John Kane will need your first name and a specific question. NO HEALTH QUESTIONS PLEASE!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Santa Clause is coming to town!

It's SANTA'S HUALAPAI WONDERLAND! Saturday, December 20th from 3-7pm. With live entertainment by Strolling Carolers, Snow play area, hot cocoa, marshmallow roasting and hay rides. The first 100 kids to arrive will get a free gift from Santa! You can even have a professional picture taken with Santa by Imagine Photography, $5 for kids, $10 for the whole family. View pictures online at www.imaginephotoaz.com!

There also will be over 50k Christmas lights for your viewing pleasure! And, there are still some cabins available for decorating free of charge. If your business would like to participate contact Jason Marino, Marketing Coordinator of Mohave County Parks by calling 928-716-4903 or log on to www.mcparks.com.

Don't miss this wonderful family opportunity to get out and enjoy the wintery holiday magic at the first ever SANTA'S HUALAPAI WONDERLAND!

Water Cooler Talk

  • Kate Walsh's husband Alex Young has filed for divorce from the actress, citing irreconcilable differences. That was 15 months, if you're keeping score at home.
  • Usher is a dad again! Naviyd Ely Raymond was born at 2:33am Wednesday, and weighed in at 5 lbs, 13 oz.
  • A little yogurt a day could keep the dentist away. Eating the treat, which is high in lactic acid bacteria, cuts gum disease risk by 60% compared with other dairy items such as milk and cheese.
  • 1950's Playboy and pinup model Bettie Page has died at age 85.
  • The Sci-Fi Channel may be ending "Battlestar Galactica" soon, but the network has order 20 episodes of "Caprica," a prequel.
  • In England, the town of Dartford is naming streets after Rolling Stones songs. They already have Satisfaction Street, Ruby Tuesday Drive and Sympathy Street... with more on the way.
  • P. Diddy has confessed he has a "long toe thing." If he sees the girls foot and her second toe is longer than her big toe, there will be no second date.
  • Josh Hartnett sued a British tabloid and won $30,000.
  • KB Toys has announced they're going out of business.
  • According to the American Journal of Health Promotion, people who reported being content with their lives were 1.5 times healthier than those who said they weren't.
  • One source says that Paula Abdul is as good as gone from American Idol. That she is just through with the show.
  • Miley Cyrus got her learner's permit last Wednesday... and then, later in the week, got her first car from her mom: a Porsche Cayenne. Mom had gotten a new one, so it was a hand-me-down Porsche.

TO GIVE OR NOT TO GIVE

(From Men's Health magazine)

  • Postman: can't accept gifts worth more than $20, so get him a couple of movie passes or a restaurant gift certificate.
  • Trashman: Five bucks each in a nice card.
  • Paper Carrier: $5 minus the cards.
  • Secretary: Work related. Fancy pen, classy desk clock or a nice organizer.
  • Co-Workers: Gift certificates, picture frames, a pretty candle.
  • Boss: Go in with everybody else for a group gift. Anything else is just schmoozing.

The men who marry...

  • Age the average guy gets married: 27
  • Where he'll first meet her: High school or college
  • How long he'll wait to propose: 3 or more years
  • Amount jewelers say the average guy should spend on an engagement ring: $5,173
  • What he'll spend: $2,982
  • Number of men who'd buy a cubic zirconia ring if they could get away with it: 1 in 11
  • Percentage of men who get down on one knee to propose: 72
  • Percentage who ask her father's permission first: 4

DID YOU KNOW?

NASA plans to build a permanent base on the moon by 2020. The biggest obstacle to be overcome is the cost of getting enough concrete up there to do the job by some estimates, $100,000 for every 2.2 pounds of the stuff. Houssam Toutanji, a civil engineer at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, has solved the problem. He and his colleagues have proved that moon dust can be used to create instant hardening concrete that's strong enough to withstand forces 170 times greater than those experienced here on Earth. The moon dust will be mixed with sulfur, also abundant on the moon, that's been heated until it turns into a liquid. The mixture will dry to maximum strength in just one hour. On Earth, it takes concrete up to 28 days to get that hard. (Sun)

There's an old riddle: "What's the difference between a gum chewing girl and a cud chewing cow? The intelligent look on the cow's face." Well, the girl's suddenly looking pretty smart. Studies have shown that chewing gum increases blood flow to the brain. Australian researchers recently found that after 20 minutes of gum chewing, alertness went up by almost 19%. Chewing gum also lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol by about 16%, according to the study. (Ladies Home Journal)

The same principles that have enabled scientists to bend light around objects just like Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, can be harnessed to disperse giant tidal waves before they reach shore and cause damage. Stefan Enoch, of the Fresnel Institute in Marseille, France, has created a small prototype consisting of concentric rings of rigid pillars that can turn a simulated tsunami, another word for a tidal wave, into a whirlpool and send the water harmlessly off in all directions, like a rotating water sprinkler. On a larger scale, the tsunami preventing devices would look like small islands. They'd be built near vulnerable coastal areas and around structures like floating oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea.

MOST ANNOYING E-MAIL HABITS

AOL consumer advisor Regina Lewis identifies the four most annoying e-mail habits:

  • Clicking "send" too fast -- Take a minute to re-read every e-mail before you send it so you can fix typos and spelling errors and insert missing words. Especially in business, you will be judged on your mistakes -- even if it's only subconsciously.
  • Unnecessary copying and forwarding -- Sure, you want your boss to know how hard you're working, but copying him or her on every e-mail you send will only be a source of irritation. Also, be wary of forwarding chain e-mails and jokes; instead of entertaining your friends, they are more likely to cause aggravation especially if that joke has an attachment with a computer virus.
  • Getting in the last word -- Lewis advises you to follow the "Rule of Three": If it takes more than three e-mail exchanges to sort out an issue, it's better to call. Especially in business, don't feel compelled to send an e-mail just to say "thank you" or other short phrases. It just clutters others' e-mail boxes.
  • E-mailing on the go -- Sending e-mail from your BlackBerry during meetings, family dinners and driving in the car is rude (and in the case of driving, dangerous). It sends the message that you've tuned out and are not engaged in the matter at hand, says Lewis.

Friday, December 12, 2008

WHAT MAKES YOU A SUPER FRIEND?

(Sun) You have to be a friend to have a friend, says the old adage. Discover what unique ingredients in your personality make you so attractive to you pals by answering these multiple choice questions:

If a buddy had the flu, you would?

  1. Take over DVDs and magazines to entertain her.
  2. Bring her bottles of echinacea and vitamin C.
  3. Deliver a pot of your best chicken soup.

A fun evening with friends includes?

  1. Dressing to the nines and hitting a nightclub.
  2. Dinner at a cozy cafe and lots of girl talk.
  3. Inviting everyone over for dinner and a chick flick.

Before your best pal leaves for a big night out, you?

  1. Lend her accessories to liven up her outfit.
  2. Suggest she wear a classic black dress.
  3. Pull a striking ensemble together from her closet.

If you won a windfall in a contest, you would?

  • Spend the money on yourself and your loved ones.
  • Invest the cash.
  • Spend a bit but save the bulk.

    Analysis:

    Mostly "a" - You believe life is just a bowl of cherries, and you spread sunshine wherever you go. Your friends also cherish your bubbly sense of humor.

    Mostly "b" - You're always available to give wise advice to your pals. But you're never preachy. Instead, you effortlessly come up with solutions to thorny dilemmas.

    Mostly "c" - You're a terrific listener, and you easily put yourself in the other person's shoes. Friends know they can depend on your strength and love when they need it most.

  • CHEAT PROOF YOUR RELATIONSHIP

    (Cosmopolitan) Here are tips on warding off infidelity:

    • Participate in your guy's personal passion, if he invites you to, and show him what makes you tick. No real connection can exist if it's a one-way street.
    • Be open to new ideas in bed or to simply having more sex. That doesn't mean agreeing to anything and everything he wants. But sex represents intimacy for men, so keep in mind how much getting it on matters to him.
    • Talk at least 10 minutes a day if you have to be apart. Sharing little day to day details creates the fabric of your life together, And no, text messages can't accomplish the same thing as hearing each other's voices can.
    • Suggest getting together with his female friend or coworker if he seems to mention her a lot. The women in question will be less likely to move in on your man if she knows and likes you.
    • Accompany him to evening activities, whether business or social, as much as possible, unless he's claiming a boys' night out. In general, when alcohol is flowing, tempting situations are more likely to crop up.

    LOOKING GOOD!

    Marriage counselor Wanda Bryna says husbands can keep the come-hither look in their wife's eyes and ratchet up their sex life by stealing a peek down her blouse or complimenting her on how good she looks from behind. Here are more the counselor's tips for putting a sparkle in a wife's eyes and keeping romance alive:

    • "Compliment her on the things she does better than you, like tidying up the house or washing the car."
    • "When she bends over to pick up your socks or perform some other chore, smack your lips and yell approvingly, 'Oh, yeah! Hold that pose, baby, while I get the camera.'"
    • "Regularly praise her cooking no matter how bad it is."
    • "Don't' just grunt, but let your wife know you really appreciate her for popping the top on another cold one when you finish off a beer while watching a game on the tube. Give her a big kiss and look at her while you're smooching not at the game."
    • "Let her handle the remote once in a while. Be a sweetheart and tell her: "There's nothing worth watching so you can turn the channel to whatever you like. Watch that ice show you've been talking about."
    • Flatter her on casual nudity with complements like: "Hey, hey, still looking goooood!

    Top five signs you're about to get dumped:

    • Picking fights. No one is saying you have to get along 24/7. Constructive conflict can actually be good for your relationship. But if you find that your partner has become argumentative over petty issues like your clothes or choice of restaurant, that should serve as a warning sign that he/she may be looking for an excuse to bail.
    • Forgetting to call. Used to be that your phone would ring all day long with your sweetie wanting to make plans or calling just to say, "I love you." Now your significant other doesn't even call when he/she is running three hours late. It may seem obvious, but going from speed dial to a blocked number is a sure sign that your relationship may be nearing its expiration date.
    • Changing their stripes. A major change in appearance can be a sign that your partner is looking toward greener pastures. Whether they've chopped off their hair, lost 40 pounds or gone from a bold brunette to a sultry blonde, major cosmetic changes should be noted. Of course, there's nothing wrong with being a little vain, but if the change is accompanied by any of the other signs listed here, you may need to get ready to go solo.
    • Criticizing. If your sweetie isn't feeling you anymore, don't be surprised if he/she becomes less tolerant of everything, from how you brush your teeth to how you tie your shoes. Constant criticism is a telltale sign that your days as a twosome are numbered.
    • Losing sexual interest. A healthy sex life can make or break a relationship. If you find that your partner is becoming more sexually aloof, you need to get to the root of the issue. While it's natural to have less sex as you settle into a comfortable groove together, waiting weeks or months to have sexual contact is a sign that something is amiss.

    Here are some questions that usually freak men out!

    • What are you thinking?
    • Where is our relationship going?
    • Do you love me?
    • Am I fat?
    • Do you want to meet my parents?
    • What should we do for Valentine's Day?
    • How much do you weigh?

    What is the most livable state in the U.S.?

    The most livable state in the U.S. is New Hampshire for the fifth consecutive year as reanked by CQ Press. Why? New Hampshire excels in numerous important quality-of-life measures, including low crime, low poverty, high income levels and a well-educated population. Coming in right behind New Hampshire are Utah, Wyoming, Minnesota and Iowa. The least livable state is Mississippi, a position it has held on this CQ Press list for nine of the last 10 years. Behind Mississippi are South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas.

    Don't hate me because I am beautiful!

    High school girls who think they are pretty have a far higher risk of being bullied, both through subtle intimidation and physical threats. Specifically, attractive teen girls have a 35% increased chance of being the victim of a bully, including receiving hurtful anonymous notes, being socially excluded, having rumors spread about them and being threatened with physical harm, according to University of Alberta researcher Lindsey Leenaars. For attractive boys, it's a different story altogether. They are 25% less likely to be bullied.

    You remind me of my mother!

    Men tend to marry a woman who is like their mother. We're not talking looks or personality. It's even bigger than that. We're talking life direction. Whether a young man's mother earned a college degree and whether she worked outside the home while he was growing up seems to have an effect years later when he considers his ideal wife, according to a study by University of Iowa sociologist Christine Whelan, author of "Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women." High-achieving men, that is those who earn salaries in the top 10% for their age and/or have a graduate degree, are highly likely to marry a woman whose education level mirrors their mom's. Nearly 80% of the high-achieving men whose mothers had college degrees married women with college degrees, and 19% of them married women with graduate degrees.

    Thursday, December 11, 2008

    WATER COOLER TALK

    • Tough times on Broadway: "Grease," "Young Frankenstein," "Hairspray" and "Monty Python's Spamalot" will all close after the holiday season.
    • Britney Spears' latest CD, "Circus," is #1 on the album charts. Estimates have the record selling as many as 500,000 copies in its first week of release.
    • Character actor Robert Prosky has died at age 77. His was a face seen in lots of movies like "Mrs. Doubtfire" to TV's "Hill Street Blues."
    • Trista Sutter and her firefighter husband, Ryan, are having a baby girl, due next April.
    • Jennifer Hudson will get back to work next week, working on a video, for the first time since the tragic death of her family members.
    • One more visit from Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Live this weekend before she officially takes off for her new series.
    • Rapper DMX is behind bars again in Miami after he was arrested by federal authorities for allegedly skipping out on a court appearance.
    • T.R. Knight has asked to be released from his contract and get off "Grey's Anatomy."
    • Yes that was Ellen Degeneres and Britney Spears dressed up in Victorian clothes and caroling in L.A. last week. They were filming a big for Ellen's December 16th show.
    • Paula Abdul says Fox and "American Idol" producers knew Paula Goodspeed had stalked her, and allowed the woman to audition for the show anyway.
    • Oscar Meyer is accepting resumes until the end of January for one-year spots as Hotdoggers: drivers for the one of the official Oscar Meyer Wiener-mobiles.
    • Even the NFL is facing hard times and is trimming 14% of the staff at its headquarters.
    • Actor John Schneider's SUV was stolen and later recovered. But missing are the two puppies he had bought to give to his kids for Christmas.
    • Police cleared a woman arrested in the shooting death of actor Mark Ruffalo's younger brother after being shown evidence that the wound was self-inflicted, as they were playing Russian Roulette.
    • What's Brad getting from Angelina on his upcoming 45th birthday? A $12,000 Ducati Monster 1100S titanium motorcycle.
    • Toni Braxton had a good excuse for not dancing on the finale of "Dancing With the Stars" last month: she had a benign tumor removed from her breast the week before.

    CHRISTMAS CAROL QUIZ

    • According to the song when do "We need a little Christmas?" ("Right this very minute!")
    • What do you hear when "It's Christmas-time in the city?" ("Silver Bells!")
    • The song says it's "A beautiful sight we're happy tonight." What are we doing? ("Walking in a winter wonderland!")
    • In "Jingle Bells," what are we doing in a "one-horse open sleigh?" ("Dashing through the snow!")
    • According to the song where is Brenda Lee "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree?" ("At the Christmas party hop!")
    • In the Garth Brooks' song "Santa Looks A Lot Like..." Who? ("Daddy!")
    • The song says "For the holiday's you can't beat..." Where? ("Home sweet home!")
    • Name the song where "All is calm, all is bright!" ("Silent Night!")
    • What's the very last thing that "Frosty The Snowman" said to the children?" ("Don't you cry. I'll be back again some day!")
    • In the "Twelve Days Of Christmas," what is the gift on the 6th day of Christmas?" ("Six geese a laying!")
    • In "The Christmas Song," what is Jack Frost doing to your nose?" ("Nipping!")
    • In "Holly Jolly Christmas," "I don't know if there'll be snow but have but have a cup of this!" What is it? ("Cheer!")
    • What are the things you better not do 'cause "Santa Claus is coming to town?" ("Pout... cry... shout!")
    • According to the song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," exactly where did she tickle Santa Claus? ("Underneath his beard (so snowy white))
    • In "White Christmas," what do the treetops do? ("Glisten!")
    • In the song "Here Comes Santa Claus," what is Santa coming down? ("Right down Santa Claus lane!")
    • In "The Christmas Song" what a folks dressed up like? ("Eskimos!")
    • What did Rudolph the reindeer have? ("He had a very shiny nose!")
    • What do we "Deck The Halls" with?" ("Boughs of holly!")
    • In the song "Let It Snow," how do they describe the weather outside? ("The weather outside is (frightful)!")

    IS YOUR GUY MAKING YOU FAT?

    (Fitness) A relationship adds so much to your life like extra weight. The bittersweet gains: three pounds, on average, for cohabitators in the first five years and nine for new brides, says a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Let your love but not your waistline grow with these tips from Jenna Bergen, author of "Your Big Fat Boyfriend."

    • Take charge of takeout -- "Volunteer to make the call," Bergen suggests. "That way you can be sure your food is grilled rather than fried, has the dressing on the side or comes with brown, not white rice."
    • Ask for a shelf in the fridge -- When he offers you closet space, tell him you'd love some in the refrigerator too. Then stock up on healthier snacks than his chips and dips.
    • Save the couch for non-meal activities -- Eat in front of the TV and you'll mindlessly overindulge. Bergen's advice: Sit at the kitchen table, even if that means you two dine apart.
    • Exercise your wardrobe -- "Dressing sexy keeps you aware of your body," Bergen says. So don't let those hot pants get cold, wear them regular.

    SEX COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

    Yes, that's the word from Kerry McCloskey, whose book, The Ultimate Sex Diet: The Secret Formula for a Slimmer, Healthier, More Passionate Life, maintains that sex will make you skinny and healthy. Here's the top 10 health benefits of sex:

    1. Sex helps you to live longer.
    2. It strengthens your heart. Do it right and sex can be a cardio workout.
    3. Sex helps to reduce stress and depression thanks to certain stress-busting chemicals your body produces during intercourse.
    4. Sex strengthens your bones and muscles.
    5. It improves your memory and helps keep your mind sharp.
    6. Frequent sex helps you to look younger. A 1999 study by Scotland's Royal Edinburgh Hospital found that an active sex life can make you look up to seven years younger.
    7. Sex improves your sense of smell.
    8. It provides pain relief.
    9. Sex may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
    10. It boosts the immune system.

    WOMEN DRINKING MORE BOOZE:

    New York magazine says that more than 48 percent of young women acknowledge having had at least one drink in the past month (up from 42 percent in 1992). But beyond that, the women who drink are drinking more. The number of women who identify as moderate-to-heavy drinkers has risen in the last ten years, while the number of women who say they are light drinkers has declined.

    DEAD PEOPLE WANT PLASTIC SURGERY:

    As the population has become increasingly sophisticated about procedures to enhance their appearance, so have their requests, morticians say, for smoothing lines, plumping lips and even boosting sagging parts for that last big special occasion -- their funeral. Mark Duffey, president and CEO of Everest Funeral told MSNBC, "People used to say, just throw me in a pine box and bury me in the back yard. But that's all changing. Now people want to be remembered. A funeral is their last major event and they want to look good for it."

    Do you have a Christmas Joke? Here are some from people you may know:

    • "The one thing women don't want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband." -Joan Rivers
    • "I was so poor growing up, if I hadn't been a boy I'd have had nothing to play with on Christmas Day." -Rodney Dangerfield
    • "Do you do this with Christmas tree lights? You have a string of them and one bulb is dead and you flick the bulb with your finger to get it to light up? They do the same thing with George Bush before a debate." -Jay Leno
    • "I saw a guy driving down Hollywood Boulevard with a tree on his bumper and I said: 'Getting ready for Christmas?' He said: 'No, teaching the wife how to drive.'" -Bob Hope
    • "At the office party you're supposed to sit naked on top of the photocopier, not the shredder." -David Letterman
    • "Roses are reddish, violets are bluish, if it wasn't for Christmas, we'd all be Jewish." -Benny Hill
    • "Christmas is a time for remembering. So that's me f***ed." -Ozzy Osbourne

    TRAFFIC TICKET MYTHS (MSN.com)


    If the officer makes a single mistake on your ticket, the case will be dropped:

    • A ticket should be seen as an accusatory instrument and a basis for prosecution that must be factually valid. Clerical mistakes, such as a wrong number or wrong order of a person's name, are usually overlooked. Material mistakes, like the identity of the driver, the direction of travel, the street where the citation occurred or the description of the vehicle, can usually help a driver win the case.
    • If the officer doesn't show up in court, you automatically win: Though this may happen in many cases, there's nothing automatic about it. Most judges will drop a case if the officer does not appear in court because defendants have a constitutional right to question their accusers.
    • Red cars get more tickets: There are no official studies to confirm that red cars do get more tickets, but some suggest the bold color tends to attract more attention from everyone, including police officers. There is also a theory that red cars can create an optical illusion that makes them appear to be going faster than they really are.
    • You need a lawyer to beat a ticket: You might expect most traffic-ticket attorneys to say you can't beat your own ticket. With a little time and homework, however, many people successfully fight their own traffic tickets. At the very least, first-time offenders for minor offenses can usually strike a plea bargain in most jurisdictions.
    • If you get a ticket in another state, your home state won't find out about it: The interstate Driver License Compact is an agreement between participating states that share information regarding certain types of traffic convictions. Reports on traffic violations and suspensions are forwarded to the home state of the nonresident.
    • You can make up an excuse to get out of the ticket: Most police officers aren't interested in excuses. When an officer pulls you over, he already suspects you of an infraction. You'll have your day in court and many ways to fight the ticket.
    • A radar detector will ensure that you never get pulled over: "Radar detectors give drivers a false sense of security that they can speed as much as they want without facing the consequences of breaking the law," says Ken Underwood, the president of the National Safety Commission, an organization that promotes safe driving. But speeding drivers are also more likely to commit other infractions, and a radar detector can't tell you when a cop is watching you run that red light or make an illegal turn. Virginia and Washington, D.C., both ban the use of radar detectors. This year, a Florida bill making the devices illegal died in the Legislature.
    • If you don't sign the ticket, it will be dismissed: Signing a ticket is not an admission of guilt. The signature is merely an acknowledgement you received the ticket and a promise to appear in court. Refusing to sign the ticket -- and there are drivers who think that if they don't sign, they can lie in court and say they weren't there -- will do nothing but agitate the officer and invite more scrutiny.

    What is the secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep?

    Head for the kitchen and enjoy one or two of these 10 foods. They relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones - serotonin and melatonin - flowing. Yawning yet? Here are some foods that are good bedtime foods (from Yahoo Food):

    • Bananas. They're practically a sleeping pill in a peel. In addition to a bit of soothing melatonin and serotonin, bananas contain magnesium, a muscle relaxant.
    • Chamomile tea. The reason chamomile is such a staple of bedtime tea blends is its mild sedating effect.
    • Warm milk. It's not a myth. Milk has some tryptophan - an amino acid that has a sedative - like effect - and calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan.
    • Honey. Drizzle a little in your warm milk or herb tea. Lots of sugar is stimulating, but a little glucose tells your brain to turn off orexin, a recently discovered neurotransmitter that's linked to alertness.
    • Potatoes. A small baked spud won't overwhelm your GI tract, and it clears away acids that can interfere with yawn-inducing tryptophan.
    • Oatmeal. Oats are a rich source of sleep - inviting melatonin, and a small bowl of warm cereal with a splash of maple syrup is cozy - plus if you've got the munchies, it's filling too.
    • Almonds. A handful of these heart-healthy nuts can be snooze-inducing, as they contain both tryptophan and a nice dose of muscle-relaxing magnesium.
    • Flaxseeds. When life goes awry and feeling down is keeping you up, try sprinkling 2 tablespoons of these healthy little seeds on your bedtime oatmeal.
    • Whole-wheat bread. A slice of toast with your tea and honey will release insulin, which helps tryptophan get to your brain, where it's converted to serotonin and quietly murmurs "time to sleep."
    • Turkey. It's the most famous source of tryptophan, credited with all those Thanksgiving naps. But that's actually modern folklore. Tryptophan works when your stomach's basically empty, not overstuffed, and when there are some carbs around, not tons of protein.

    Who is your favorite Santa?

    • The Santa Clause (played by Tim Allen), 35%
    • Miracle on 34th Street (played by Edmund Gwenn), 22%
    • Elf (played by Edward Asner), 14%
    • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (voiceover by Stan Francis), 10%
    • Polar Express (voiceover by Tom Hanks), 10%

    American's Favorite Naughty Santas

    • Bad Santa (played by Billy Bob Thornton), 33%
    • Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (played by Jim Carrey), 27%
    • How The Grinch Stole Christmas (voice-over by Boris Karloff), 20%
    • A Christmas Story (played by Jeff Gillen), 13%
    • Trading Places (played by Dan Akroyd), 5%

    Daddy's pretty little girl...

    Fathers are likely to pass their good looks down to their daughters but their sons are on their own when it comes to diving into the gene pool. That's the findings of a study that shows both parents influence the beauty of daughters, but male attractiveness is not hereditary. "We checked to see if male and female facial traits are inherited," the authors write in an article published in the journal Animal Behavior. "For the male line, we find facial masculine dads have masculine sons. But we didn't find evidence that facial attractiveness is passed down from father to son." The theory implies it's not unusual for attractive parents to produce a beautiful daughter while failing to pass the same good looks to a son, and for a good looking dad to pass his striking appearance to a daughter, regardless of the beauty of the mother.

    "What show's January return are you most looking forward to?"

    • 48% said "Lost"
    • 13% said "24"
    • 12% said "Battlestar Galactica"
    • 12% said "American Idol"
    • 10% said "Scrubs"
    • 5% said "Big Love"

    You can bet on it!

    When men take risky gambles with money, they aren't just thinking about dollar signs. Turns out, they're also thinking about sex. That's the word from a new study by researchers at Northwestern University and Stanford University who say that when a man sees erotic photographs, it lights up the same part of the brain as when he takes big financial risks. Researchers found that when excited by erotic images, the 15 heterosexual men in this study were far more likely to bet high on a random chance game that would earn them either a dollar or a dime.

    Things that could get your fired!

    A survey by TheLadders.com reveals that 36% of U.S. bosses have issued a formal warning for swearing, and 6% have actually fired an employee for swearing. The survey also found that 81.2% of senior executives find a foul-mouthed colleague unacceptable to work alongside in the office. Nearly 100% of the survey respondents believed that the idea of office etiquette does exist and the majority (69.7%) said they would fire an employee for bad office manners. Of managers who have fired employees for office etiquette offenses, the top five most common causes were:

    1. Bad language, 38.4%
    2. Excessive workplace gossip, 36.5%
    3. Drinking on the job, 35.2%
    4. Leaving the office without telling anyone, 33.6%
    5. Too many personal calls, 28%

    When asked to rate the worst affronts to office etiquette:

    1. Eating someone else's food from the fridge, 97.8%
    2. Bad hygiene, 95.6%
    3. Bad habits, 88.2%
    4. Drinking on the job, 85.7%
    5. Wastefulness with paper, 82%
    6. Cooking smelly food in the office microwave, 74.1%
    7. Sneaking peeks at the BlackBerry in meetings, 63.5%

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008

    WATER COOLER TALK

    • Dennis Yost, lead singer of the Classics IV ("Spooky," "Stormy" and "Traces of Love") has died in an Ohio hospital. He was 65. Yost died Sunday at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, northwest of Cincinnati.
    • The brother of Mark Ruffalo has died a week after he was shot in the head. Scott Ruffalo, 39, died late Monday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
    • Cancer will overtake heart disease as the world's top killer by 2010. Why? Rising tobacco use in developing countries is believed to be a huge reason for the shift, particularly in China and India, where 40% of the world's smokers now live.
    • In case you missed it, NBC's current plan is to move Jay Leno to 10pm (9pm central) five nights a week, when Conan O'Brien takes over the Tonight Show in May.
    • One of the hot sellers in Japan these days: bras for men. To help support their man-boobs.
    • According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine only 59% of high schoolers buckle up when they're behind the wheel, and even fewer, 42% do so when they're passengers, reports a recent study.
    • The big controversy in London tonight will be a televised assisted suicide. A terminally ill man will be shown ending his own life.
    • Kiefer Sutherland got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday.
    • Josh Holloway, who plays Sawyer on ABC's Lost, and wife Yessica Kumala are expecting their first child together in 2009.
    • Oprah has confessed: she now tips the scales at 200 pounds.
    • A group is organizing "Day without a Gay," to show the impact of how much our world depends on gay people. To demonstrate that point, today is the day you're supposed to "call in gay" to work. (instead of sick)
    • Men in their 40s and 50s who eat seven or more eggs a week have a higher risk of dying earlier, according to a 20-year study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
    • While everyone's talking about Caroline Kennedy filling Hillary Clinton's senate seat, Fran Drescher has said in an interview that she'd be interested.

    Santa at the Ranch!

    The Boys and Girls Club of the Colorado River invite kids of all ages to come and enjoy an evening of Holiday Spirit tonight for Family Feast night at Laughlin Ranch, on the parkway in Bullhead City. It is a family feast with Wii Bowling on the 100 inch screens from 5:30 pm to 8pm and meet Santa under the 14 foot Christmas Tree. Support Happy Holidays with the Boys and Girls Club of the Colorado River and all the wonderful Children.

    Make your reservations today for Family Feast by calling 928- 754-1322


    The Boys and Girls Club is also selling Christmas Tress! Buy the perfect tree for your home on Hwy 95 between Martin Swanty's and Holday Marine in Bullhead City!

    CHRISTMAS' MOST WATCHED

    For most Americans, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without Rudolph, Frosty, and the rest of the Christmas movie and television-special gang. A Maritz AmeriPoll asked which movies and TV programs they would watch this holiday season and whether or not they own the video. Here's what they said:

    Movies

    1. "It's a Wonderful Life," 49%
    2. "Miracle on 34th Street," 48%
    3. "A Christmas Carol," 47%
    4. "The Santa Clause," movies 37%
    5. "A Christmas Story," 36%

    TV Specials

    1. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," 54%
    2. "Frosty the Snowman," 52%
    3. "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," 48%
    4. "A Charlie Brown Christmas," 44%
    5. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," 40%
    If you would like to watch some of your Holiday Favorite TV specials online log on to...
    www.santa.sc

    WHAT'S YOUR NATURAL ELEMENT?

    Ancient Chinese teaching say that each of us is influenced by one of the natural elements - wind, fire, earth or water. Discover where your power lies by completing this short quiz:

    Your favorite color for your bedroom is:

    1. White
    2. Rose
    3. Gray
    4. Sky blue

    You prefer to read a:

    1. Novel
    2. Newspaper
    3. Self-improvement book
    4. Fashion magazine

    When friends come over for dinner, you:

    1. Have them help cook
    2. Serve a sit down meal
    3. Set up a buffet of favorite foods
    4. Ask everyone to bring a dish

    The type of TV show you enjoy watching is:

    1. Comedy
    2. Mystery
    3. Home improvement
    4. Reality

    Analysis

    Mostly "a" - The wind element is the inspiration for your imaginative way of dealing with problems. You would excel in a job that demands creative abilities such as design.

    Mostly "b" - The fire element gives you the confidence and passion to meet challenges head on. And that take charge attitude makes you a natural at running your own business.

    Mostly "c" - The earth element encourages you to see life in practical, sensible terms. Your ability to offer solid advice makes you a shoo-in for a position where you can help others.

    Mostly "d" - The water element makes you flexible and laid back and your live and let live approach is the perfect outlook for a position as a mediator who brings others together.

    U.S. Postal Service holiday shipping deadlines:

    • Dec. 4: Military mail destined for Iraq or Afghanistan.
    • Dec. 11: Military mail to other international destinations.
    • Dec. 16: Parcel post, the most economical service.
    • Dec. 20: First class and priority mail.
    • Dec. 23: Express mail.
    Christmas by the numbers (Source: U.S. Postal Service):
    • 19 billion letters, packages and cards the U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    • 960 million cards and letters the postal service expects to process on its busiest day - Monday, Dec. 15.
    • 826 million first-class letters the postal service expects to process daily during the holiday season, up from the usual 700 million daily.
    • 12 million packages the postal service expects to deliver daily on average through Christmas Eve.

    Here's how you can survive your corporate holiday get-together.

    • Talk about your silver linings! It doesn't matter whether you're treated to a five-course dinner at a spiffy restaurant or Cheez Whiz on Ritz crackers "what happens at the office holiday party can affect your professional life well into the next year. To keep yourself out of the minefield that's packaged as holiday merriment, remember: The important word in the phrase "office holiday party" is office. In other words, it's still work, just in dressier clothes and with liquor.
    • Do I Have To Go? It's work, remember? And if you work in a place where you're One of the Few (that's anything that represents the non-majority in your office), your absence will be duly noted. So mark your calendar and plan to be there. It's what, maybe four hours out of your life? So go, already; you'll probably enjoy it more than you think you will.
    • What Do I Wear? Dress festively, but not the same way you would for a night out on the town with your friends. If you've worked hard at the gym all year and want to show off your new form, do it in a dress that's pretty but not provocative.
    • Who Do I Bring? If you're allowed to bring a guest, bring someone who will enjoy meeting your colleagues and who will be discreet enough to remember the gossip you've shared while connecting the dots mentally, rather than out loud.
    • Can I Drink? Sure"as long as you drink very modestly and make your drink last a very long time. Some people self-impose a two-drink maximum. We all know that interesting, sometimes disastrous, things happen when office politics mixes with liberal quantities of alcohol. Far better to drink less and be one of the people who remembers the fool who re-created the Madonna-Britney smooch on the dance floor with the boss's wife, instead of being one of the smoochers in question.
    • What If Someone Says or Does Something That's Totally Out? Repeat: Alcohol and office politics are a dangerous mixture.
    • Do I Have To Stay Till The End? Usually, no. If you arrive at the end of drinks, stay for dinner and quietly slip away soon after, you've done your duty. (If people beg you to stay, you can always murmur something about needing to relieve the babysitter if you have children, or breakfast with out-of-town friends the next day.) Whenever you're back in the office, remember to thank whoever was responsible for the evening.

    The most dreaded holiday gift is a necktie!

    According to a survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of eBay, neckties are the gift men most dread, with 24% ranking them as their least wanted holiday gift. Coming in right behind are flowers (12%) and candles (8%). Here's the top 5 most desired gifts:

    1. Gift cards -- So what's the most desired gift this holiday season? It's the one people choose themselves. 64% ranked gift cards at the top of their wish list.
    2. Consumer Electronics -- And for men, bigger is still better. More men than women reported that they would prefer to receive bigger personal electronics items this holiday season, such as a high-definition TV (20%), LCD TV (10%) and Blu-ray DVD player (7%). More women said they favor compact gadgets like a digital or video camera (26%) or iPod (9%). In addition, 26% they wanted a laptop computer.
    3. A Passion for Fashion -- 48% said they would most like to receive apparel, with jeans and a blouse or shirt at the very top of fashion fanatics' holiday lists. Shopping for men is always hard, but you won't go wrong if you buy the man in your life a nice pair of jeans. That's right, more men than women want jeans this holiday season (24%of men vs. 16% of women).
    4. Games -- Of those who indicated they most want a gaming system for the holidays, 44% want a Nintendo system (with 43% wanting a Wii), while only 33% a Sony system (with 31% wanting a PS3).
    5. Totally cellular -- Overall, the Apple iPhone is the smart phone of choice for those who indicated they would most like to receive one this holiday season (35%). The BlackBerry is also a favorite among women, with 47% of women wanting to receive one compared to just 11% of men.

    Sticky Holiday Situations at Work

    Sticky Situation No. 1: A colleague buys you a holiday gift, but you didn't get him anything

    Don't fret: There's no need to rush out to the nearest store or reply with a hasty apology. A sincere thank-you note is enough to show your gratitude.

    If you do decide to reciprocate, purchase something within the same price range as the present you were given or give a homemade gift. Remember to consider the individual's personality, selecting something that suits his interests. If you're stumped, you can get hints from items on his or her desk or by asking co-workers for ideas. Should you still be at a loss, "neutral" choices such as gift cards, baked goods and calendars are good options.

    Sticky Situation No. 2: The company holiday party is approaching, and you'd rather not go

    You may not relish attending your company's holiday celebration for any number of reasons. But unless you have another commitment that you can't get out of, it's wise to at least make an appearance. Most of your co-workers will be there, including those in management, and your absence may be noticed.

    Being there also is a good way to interact with people you don't typically have the opportunity to speak with and mingle with higher-ups. If you do attend, keep a positive attitude and watch how much alcohol you consume. If you overindulge, you risk being the talk of the office for all the wrong reasons.

    Sticky Situation No. 3: You have big plans during the holidays, but with so many people requesting time off, you're worried you might not be granted the vacation days you would like

    The early bird catches the worm in this case, so broach the subject with your manager as soon as possible. You both can determine the best time to schedule your vacation so you avoid leaving when major projects hit their peaks or numerous colleagues will be absent.

    Sticky Situation No. 4: You're one of the few people not on vacation during the holidays, and you're stuck at the office without much to do

    The lack of distractions and pressing issues presents you with an ideal opportunity. Check with others in the office and find out if they need assistance on any projects. They'll appreciate the offer and be more likely to help you in the future.

    Another option is tackling back-burner assignment that you've put aside. Or straighten up your desk, getting rid of old papers and organizing what remains. Go through your e-mail folders, too, and delete unnecessary messages. Cleaning up your work area will allow you to hit the ground running after the holidays.

    Top 20 Christmas Gifts

    Looking for a great Christmas gift for him, her or the kids? You will find something here!

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    Tuesday, December 09, 2008

    WATER COOLER TALK

    • This is no joke -- Jay Leno is taking over the 10pm (9pm central) slot weeknights on NBC sometime during the Fall, 2009.
    • 'Tis the season: Brad and Angelina have made a $100,000 donation to a children's charity.
    • Britney Spears' first husband, Jason Alexander, has been sent to jail for violating his probation. That was her 55-hour Las Vegas marriage.
    • Madonna won a judgment Monday against a British tabloid that she accused of breaching her privacy and copyright by publishing pictures of her 2000 wedding.
    • Eli Stone's Jonny Lee Miller and his wife, actress Michele Hicks, have brought their first child into the world, a son: Buster Timothy Miller.
    • Forrest Ackerman has died at age 92. An actor, agent and magazine editor, he was credited with discovering Ray Bradbury and coining the phrase, "sci-fi."
    • The Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift and Lionel Richie will ring in 2009 from Times Square on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve."
    • To fan the Oscar hype, "The Dark Knight" will return to theaters on January 23rd. Yes, it comes out on video today.
    • John Malkovich and Hugh Laurie are both going to host "Saturday Night Live" this season. By the way, Amy Poehler returned to SNL over the weekend, for a quick appearance as Hillary.
    • In Oregon last Saturday, Scott Napper took his girlfriend out to a local spot on the beach, "Engagement Rock"... but before he could pop the question, a wave crashed on shore and swept her way. She hasn't been seen since.
    • John Rich of Big & Rich fame, married his girlfriend Joan Bush on Saturday.
    • An original hand-written outline for Martin Luther King Jr.'s first speech condemning the Vietnam War, owned by his friend Harry Belafonte, is going on the auction block on Thursday.
    • Shania Twain arrived in New York to do some Christmas shopping, along with several friends from Switzerland... including the ex-husband of the woman who broke up her marriage to Mutt Lange.

    LOVE STORY

    Ever sink deep into your seat in a darkened movie theater as you realize the love story projected on the big screen is your own? It's not uncommon, according to Marcia Millman, author of the book, "The Seven Stories of Love: And How To Choose Your Own Happy Ending." By recognizing these seven basic love stories that are reenacted over and over in films, fiction and life, Millman says, we can connect with the motives and early experiences that unconsciously drive our choices and behavior in relationships.

    • First Love -- "Titanic" and "Dirty Dancing." This is a powerful plotline for youth when finding romance has much to do with "breaking away from our parents and finding our own identity," says Millman. Later in life, as in "The Way We Were," some people long for their first love to recapture their youth or when something's missing in their current relationship.
    • Pygmalion -- "My Fair Lady," "Educating Rita" and "Working Girl." The mentor-and-protege plot revolves around the older partner's need for admiration and control and the younger one's desire to grow. This story line often triggers emotions in women who lost their fathers at an early age.
    • The Downstairs Woman and the Upstairs Man -- "Pretty Woman" and "You've Got Mail." One of the most popular stories usually involves a bright, ambitious woman from a poor and unconnected background who falls in love with a powerful and wealthy man out of her reach. "Her aim is to win the love of a powerful man to make up for the father who never paid attention to her or rejected her," says Millman.
    • Sacrifice -- "Casablanca," "The Bridges of Madison County" and "The End of the Affair." This is when people sacrifice once-in-a-lifetime happiness for a higher moral purpose or principle - not hurting someone else, a higher calling. "What these people are often most afraid of is passion," says Millman.
    • Rescue -- "Beauty and the Beast," "Run Lola Run" and "What Dreams May Come." Common for both men and women, it's the tale of falling in love with someone who's been wounded in the past, and unconsciously seeking to rescue oneself by saving the lover.
    • Postponement and Avoidance -- "An Affair To Remember," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Forever Young." Perhaps the all-time favorite, it's about having the faith that love will survive every obstacle. Such stories are about "someone who has been inhibited or afraid and finally takes a chance on love and it works out well," Millman says.

    Homemade Gift Day

    We all know that gift giving and receiving can be extremely stressful. Especially during these tough economic times and most importantly, many people have forgotten what Christmas is all about. So why not exchange gifts that are homemade? Check this great website for some fantastic ideas!

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    Picking the right winter coat for your body type

    A warm coat is the most-utilized piece in a woman's winter wardrobe, and with cold weather quickly approaching, there's little time to sugarcoat the need for every woman to find a cover-up that is both figure-flattering and fashionable. This guide to picking the right winter coat for your body type will help you bundle up beautifully, regardless of your size or shape.

    • If You're Bottom Heavy: When you have an ample rear, the wrong fit can make your coat appear to be too small, even if it's the right size for your body. Also, trenches, and coats that are double-breasted work well with wider hips.
    • If You're An Apple: A woman's stomach can easily appear larger and wider in an inappropriate coat style. Luckily, swing coats, are not only stylish this season but are also very flattering to the apple-shaped figure. Coat Styles to Shun: Belted coats are not flattering (or comfortable) on apple-shaped women, nor are extremely fitted coats.
    • If You're Extremely Busty: Well-endowed women often struggle to find stylish coats that fit across the bust line without adding inches elsewhere. To keep your chest under wraps without sacrificing style, opt for single-breasted coats with a tailored look.
    • If You're Extremely Thin: Being too skinny often creates chaos when looking for a well-fitting coat that doesn't swamp its wearer. Never fear, a well placed belt on a coat or jacket can create curves.
    • If You're Short: Being petite can leave you swimming inside of the wrong coat style, so it is very important that you invest in a fitted winter coat so the cut of your coat does not overwhelm your small frame.
    • If You're Plus-Sized: Larger women need to make sure their coats accentuate (not add to!) their curves. Less bulky (but still warm) fabrics in solid colors are a huge plus for fuller figures. Also, try drawing attention to your face with a v-neck coat in a classic pattern.

    Want a healthier home? Here are five tricks to a happier home:

    • Color your way to happiness - Adding color to any room is a drastic mood lifter, and it can be done pretty quickly! Consider painting just one wall a lively color. A bright red, a soothing green or even a vibrant yellow completely changes the feel, and will really affect the vibe of a room.
    • Celebrate life - First of all, think Flower Power! Fresh flowers are very easy to get at your local grocery market, and they make any room seem more alive. Plants have the same positive effect.
    • Let there be light - The more points of light in any room, the better. Especially as the days are getting shorter, having warm lighting will help you feel more energized and alive through the winter months. Overhead lighting can be augmented by lamps in several places throughout a room.
    • Get comfortable - You begin and end almost every day in your bedroom, so make the room an oasis! Have proper bedding and pillows. You will feel well rested, and it will be easier to get up in the morning.
    • Take control - It's this simple: Clear space = A clear mind. Keep desktops, countertops and tabletops open. Put the papers, files and knickknacks away. Not only will your home feel cleaner, it will feel a whole lot bigger!

    That really hurts!

    McGill University reports new research has exploded the myth that women have a higher pain threshold than men. In fact, gals are less tolerant of pain than guys. The finding is important because doctors have traditionally not paid sufficient attention to women patients who complain of pain, and often don't give them adequate doses of medication to deal with the problem. Redheaded women are more pain sensitive than blondes or brunettes because a mutation in a pain receptor gene also produces red hair and fair skin. If you're a woman facing surgery especially if you're a redhead, make sure all the doctors involved in your case are aware of this new data and take it into account when determining the amount of anesthetic and post operative pain medication you're given. (Sun)

    Big, Beautiful and getting lucky!

    Plump women are getting more nooky than skinnier gals, reveals eye opening new research. The study seems to contradict widely held stereotypes that overweight and obese women are not as sexually active as other women. The researchers from Oregon and Hawaii concluded that the opposite seems to be true. "I was glad to see the stereotype that you have to be slender to have sex is just that, a stereotype," says Oregon State University professor Marie Harvrey. 92% of overweight women reported having a history of sex with a man, as opposed to 87% of women with a normal body mass index. (National Examiner)

    Want more lovin' boys? Do the dishes!

    Men who want their wives to be more amorous in the bedroom at night should learn how to do the dishes and run the vacuum cleaner. That's the word from the Council on Contemporary Families, which concludes that American men still don't do their full, equal share of housework and child care, even though their contributions to housework have doubled in the past 40 years.

    Monday, December 08, 2008

    Cosmopolitan says look for these clues the next time you think your guy may be trying to pull a fast one:

    • Shrugging his shoulders is a sign of uncertainty. So if he does so while talking definitively, be suspicious.
    • If he nods his head yes while verbally denying or vice versa, believe his body, not his words.
    • Placing a barrier between you and his mouth means he may not want you to listen too closely

    CHRISTMAS JEOPARDY

    • This red, silver and white screen has been around for decades and it allows kids to create graphics with vertical and horizontal lines using knobs. What is Etch-A-Sketch?
    • She is Rudolph's girlfriend. Who is Clarice?
    • In the carol "We wish you a merry Christmas, The guests demand that the host bring "this" right now or right here. What is Figgy Pudding?
    • This toy walks down stairs and is fun for a girl and a boy. What is a Slinky?
    • In "Twas the night before Christmas," Santa rose up the chimney after doing this. What is "Laying a finger aside his nose?"
    • It brought Frosty to life. What is a magic hat?
    • He's the director of the Christmas show in "It's a Charlie Brown Christmas." Who's Charlie Brown.
    • In "Miracle on 34th Street," this government agency verifies the existence of Santa Claus. What is the post office?
    • This toy company made more trucks this year than Ford, General Motors and Chrysler combined. What is Tonka?

    WATER COOLER TALK

    • 38-year-old chief White House correspondent David Gregory has been named the new moderator of "Meet the Press."
    • Beverly Garland, who played Fred MacMurray's TV wife on "My Three Sons," has died. She was 82.
    • A judge sentenced O.J. Simpson to a minimum of nine years in prison Friday, with the possibility of parole, for the 2007 gunpoint robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel.
    • Oprah Winfrey tops the Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 list, an annual ranking of the most influential women in the entertainment industry. The highest-paid actress is Angelina Jolie commanding more than $15 million a movie. Hey, she's got kids to feed.
    • The CEO of Gulf Oil says that the price of gas could hit as low as $1 a gallon sometime next year.
    • Australia is encouraging workers to take some time off. The average Australian worker has 11 days of vacation they never get around to using.
    • Boy George has been convicted of handcuffing a male escort in his bedroom and keeping him against his will. There will be jail time.
    • An AskMen.com poll found 83% of men believe guys should pay for the majority of dates.
    • President and Laura Bush have bought a home in Dallas, which is where they plan to live when he retires next month. 8,500 square feet, complete with servants quarters.
    • Kate Beckinsale may be 35 years old, but she still doesn't have a driver's license. Hasn't been able to pass the test in the 18 years she's been trying.
    • "Ugly Betty" star America Ferrera will host a fund-raising event at the Manhattan Center Studios on December 15th to help Hillary Clinton retire her $7.5 million debt.
    • Natalie Maines and her big mouth have done it again. This time she's being sued by the stepfather of one of three 8-year-old boys slain in 1993. She was standing up for the three convicted and suggested the stepfather was involved.
    • 533,000 jobs disappeared in November, the biggest one month chunk since 1974.
    • Kate Moss is reportedly throwing a party to announce that she's pregnant.
    • Brad Pitt says he bought Angelina Jolie some anger management classes because she has this pesky habit of throwing knives when she gets upset.
    • Paul Benedict, who played the English neighbor Harry Bentley on the sitcom "The Jeffersons," has died at age 70.

    TOP 10 THINGS REINDEER HATE

    1. Being mistaken for regular deer
    2. People who spell it R-A-I-N
    3. A certain fat guy
    4. A certain fat guy's wife and her picky rules about "animals in the house"
    5. Trying to fit antlers in the low slung sportscars that they prefer
    6. Elves who think they know everything about making toys
    7. Fleas
    8. Fleas from a certain fat guy's beard
    9. A cookies and milk snack at every stop--does he share? No, Siree! * All night flight, no movie!

    SIGNS YOU'VE GONE TO A BAD MALL SANTA

    • His employee name tag reads M. Jackson.
    • Tells the kids the only "Prancer and Vixen" he knows are a couple of dancers at (local stip club).
    • Insists that the moms also sit on his lap.
    • He's wearing a yakima.
    • Wants to know which girls are on the "naughty" list.

    HOLIDAY LIES

    Here are a few "lies" we tell during the holidays:

    • "We wish you a Merry Christmas."
    • "I want to get back to the real spirit of the holiday."
    • "I don't want you to get me anything special."
    • "I want to get away from materialism."
    • "But mom, it's an educational toy."
    • "It's the thought that counts."

    YOUR WORK ETHIC COULD BE RUINING YOUR LIFE

    (Men's Health) It's easy to understand how men become workaholics. "The expectation to excel and be the breadwinner leads to excessive focus on achievement," says Diane Fassel, Ph.D., author of Working Ourselves to Death. But what about the hidden costs? Here's what to expect if you maintain this schedule:

    • Obesity - According to a 2006 survey, half of all workaholics don't exercise enough, and two-thirds don't sleep enough. Neither scenario is good for your BMI. A Case Western Reserve University study revealed that people who sleep less also at less but gain more.
    • High blood pressure - People who exceed 50 hours of work a week are 29% more likely to have high blood pressure, and are at higher risk of hearth disease and stroke, according to a 2006 study from the University of California at Irvine.
    • Heart attack - Men who work 60 hours or more per week are twice as likely to suffer heart attacks as those who work 40 hour weeks, according to a 2002 Japanese study.
    • Divorce - Women married to workaholics are less emotionally attached to and feel less desire for their husbands, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina.
    • Messed-up kids - A separate UNC study found that children of workaholic fathers have significantly higher levels of depression and anxiety.

    Teddy Bears in Space!

    Two teddy bears have been launched into outer space on a budget of just $100 bucks! The toys, named MAT and KMS, were decked out in custom-made space suits and launched on a weather balloon more than 18 miles above the Earth in the four-hour expedition. It's all the brainchild of Cambridge University's Space Flight science club in England. A laptop attached to a webcam captured stunning images of the bears looking down on Earth from nearly 100,000 feet. Pupils from nearby Parkside and Coleridge community colleges assisted the scientists by creating space suits to keep the teddies from freezing solid. After completing their mission the pair parachuted back to earth and made a soft landing near Ipswich just 50 miles from their launch pad. (Ananova)


    High Fashion Soup Lines

    You know we're in an economic crisis when the Manhattan fashion boutiques start setting up soup lines. A new fashion boutique calling itself The 1929 and located in Manhattan's trendy SoHo district is offering free soup and coffee to those buying their wears. Manager and co-owner Aaron Genuth says the store was inspired by the Great Depression. His partner Levi Okunov says they want people to go to the store, have a bowl of soup and try on some clothing. The store sells the work of independent designers on its ground floor. The basement is an art and performance space where the free soup and coffee is doled out. (Daily News)

    The Upside To Being Fat

    There is an upside to being grossly overweight. If you ever find yourself frozen to a sidewalk overnight, your blubber just might keep you alive. At least that's the case with a 120-pound morbidly obese border collie mix named Jiffy. In Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Humane Society workers found the poor pup frozen to the sidewalk where he was left overnight. Shelter manager Carey Payne says few dogs could have survived the single-digit temperatures, and it was probably Jiffy's fat that made the difference. Incidentally, Jiffy's 59-year-old owner was arrested for animal neglect although she claims she tried to get the dog inside but couldn't, and instead checked on him every few hours. Shelter workers poured warm water over Jiffy's back end to unstick him from the sidewalk. (The Sheboygan Press)

    We put together a list of the worst movie accents of all time. Here is their list of winners (or should I say losers).

    • Dick Van Dyke, "Mary Poppins" (1964)
    • Brad Pitt, "The Devil's Own" (1997)
    • Angelina Jolie, "Alexander" (2004)
    • Gary Oldman, "State of Grace" (1990)
    • Uma Thurman, "Henry & June" (1990)
    • Tim Robbins, "Mystic River" (2003)
    • Winona Ryder, "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992)
    • Forest Whitaker, "The Crying Game" (1992)
    • Liam Neeson, "Schindler's List" (1993)
    • Special Award: Kevin Costner, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991), "JFK" (1991), "A Perfect World" (1993) and "Thirteen Days" (2000)

    "How to Talk to Girls"

    Alec Greven is only nine years old, but he "gets" the other sex so well, he's written a book to help other boys. The book, "How to Talk to Girls" is something that will teach a lesson or two to grown men, too. Alec did his research at recess, watching the boys talk to girls. He took notes. Here is some of Alec's advice:

    • A crush is like a love disease. It can drive you mad.
    • Girls don't like sloppy boys. Ditch the sweat pants and comb your hair if you want to get a girlfriend.
    • When meeting a girl, walk up to her casually. Say, "Hi." If she says "Hi" back, you're off to a good start.
    • Most girls don't like showoffs.
    • When talking to a girl, act calm and don't be nervous.
    • If you do win victory with a girl, don't cheer in front of her. Go somewhere private, then knock your head off and cheer.
    • Pretty girls are like cars that need a lot of oil.
    • Pretty girls are more likely to dump a boy than regular girls.
    • Girls don't like the class clown. They tend to like the smartest kid in the class. That might be a good thing to shoot for, because then you pretty much get all the girls.
    • The rudest thing a boy can do to a girl is to say or do something mean.
    • It's hard to hold on to girls for a long time. Some boys might get the girlto like them at the start of a recess and at the end, the girl dumps them.
    • Life is hard. Move on. You have to get over it. Otherwise, everything just crashes down. You're all depressed. You don't play. You spend your time locked up in your room. You have to move on.
    • Listen to your mom. She's a girl, too.

    The hottest words of 2008 according to Glamour:

    • Brozilian - the male version of a Brazilian bikini wax.
    • Totes - a lot, as in "totally."
    • Recessionista - one who manages to look totes stylish despite hard economic times.
    • Guitarthristis - a condition involving sore arms and hands; occurs after playing too much Guitar Hero.
    • Staycation - spending one's vacation days at home.

    Friday, December 05, 2008

    Which holiday special do you most look forward to every year?

    So you don't miss it, here are some annual Holiday favorites on your upcoming TV schedule (all times Eastern):

    • "Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer," The CW Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
    • "Frosty's Winter Wonderland," ABC Family, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
    • "A Charlie Brown Christmas, ABC, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Also showing Dec. 16, 8pm.
    • "Twas the Night Before Christmas" ABC, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
    • "A Garfield Christmas," ABC Family, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
    • "Mickey's Christmas Carol," ABC Family, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
    • "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," ABC Family, Dec. 10, 8 p.m.
    • "Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABC Family, Dec. 10, 9 p.m. Repeating Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
    • "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" ABC, Dec. 15, 8 p.m. Repeating Dec. 20.

    Recurring Movies (all times Eastern):

    • "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," ABC, Dec. 5, 9 p.m., with Jim Carrey as the green one.
    • "Prancer," AMC, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
    • "A Christmas Carol," AMC, Dec. 7, 10:30 p.m.
    • "Jack Frost," ABC Family, Dec. 10, 10 p.m.
    • "Surviving Christmas" ABC, Dec. 13, 9 p.m.
    • "Elf," USA, Dec. 10, 10 p.m. Repeating Dec. 14 at 3 p.m.
    • "The Polar Express" ABC Family, with Tom Hanks in every computerized role. Dec. 22 at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
    • "A Christmas Story" TNT, in its annual 24 hour marathon on TBS, starting Dec. 24 at 8 p.m.
    • "It's a Wonderful Life" NBC, Dec. 13, 8 p.m. Repeating Dec. 24, 8 p.m.

    Among teenagers, texting is the hands down preferred way to be in touch. So how about a little Text Messaging 101?

    • Text messages are limited to 160 character each, are quicker than e-mail, quieter than phone calls and much more likely to get a response from your kid.
    • 25% of teens in relationships communicate with a boyfriend or girlfriend via text between the hours of midnight and 5am.
    • QWERTY keyboard, pronounced "kwer-tee," this mini keyboard built into some phones allows for faster, easier texting. The first six letters on a keyboard are "Q, W, E, R, T, and Y."
    • 1,742 text messages a month is the average, teenagers ages 13 to 17 send or receive according to Nielsen Mobile.
    • 158 billion text messages were sent nationwide in 2006, nearly double the number in 2005.
    • The people most likely to text message are between the ages of 13 to 24.

    Water Cooler Talk

    • For what it's worth, gun sales have gone up -- as much as 50% in some areas -- since Barack Obama was elected president.
    • Whoops! Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) hung up on President-Elect Obama twice because she thought Elvis Duran (airing on WHYI-FM Y100 Miami) was pranking her.
    • The economy is tight out there. Natalie Portman's vegan line of shoes, Te Cesan, has gone under.
    • Actor Mark Ruffalo ("Zodiac")'s brother is fighting for his life after being shot in the head in Beverly Hills.
    • Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have sent a letter to the National Enquirer demanding "a full public retraction" of story saying Kelly and Mark have "split."
    • Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") will play the love interest of Tina Fey character Liz Lemon on "30 Rock."
    • Former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams' second album, Moving Forward, will come out April 14th. On Reform Records.
    • Country music stars Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars) and Chuck Wicks are hinting at wedding plans after spending a family Thanksgiving together.
    • Designer Carmen Marc Valvo told Newsweek that the female body part with the starring role is her back. For spring and summer 2009 fashion, the sexy focus will be on the back with intricate, eye-popping dresses that show off a woman's back--from nape to tailbone.
    • Fleetwood Mac will go on tour in 2009 for the first time in five years.
    • Ask Heidi Montag's mom about her marriage to Spencer Pratt and she'll say that she gives it six months.
    • Prosecutors now allege Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law killed three family members because he was angry that the singer's sister was dating another man.
    • If you're trying to keep up, Amy Winehouse's husband is back in jail after failing a drug test.
    • "E.R." will wrap up in a two-hour series finale on March 12.
    • Gwen Stefani is reportedly pregnant with child #3.
    • You knew this was only a matter of time: in Germany, a priest has found a newborn baby abandoned in the manger of a church nativity scene.
    • Latest layoff announcements: MTV, 850. Dupont, 2500. AT&T 12,000.
    • Anne Heche is pregnant. No, we're not accusing you.

    Hard being a father

    Finally, Brad Pitt admits it isn't easy being a father of six.

    "It wears you out. Are you kidding?" the 44-year-old actor said in an interview on Larry King Live on Wednesday. "I'm aging fast." Still, he added, "It's worth every second of it." When King told him there's nothing better than being a father, Pitt replied, "Not for me there's not. No, not for me. I would agree with that." Does Pitt want more kids? "I don't know" he said. "I can't find a reason why not -- just yet." (Incidentally, he said his children are "healthy, so we're all happy. They are getting heavy.") This year, he said they're hoping to keep things multicultural with regards to the holidays. "We're working on it. We're still working on it," he told King. "You know, we tried a little something last year, but the kids are so young, it just didn't mean much, really. But we're getting there. "You know, as they get older, they'll start to understand more," Pitt added. "Right now, it's still presents, you know." Asked why the public seems fascinated by the Jolie-Pitt clan, the actor said, "I've stopped thinking about it, really. I mean, I don't know. "There are certainly people I'm interested in. It's quite complimentary," he said. "But, you know -- and I think it is an interesting family. It's not your usual family." The star also opened up about his buzzed-about new drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which is already generating Oscar buzz. The film's theme about aging "certainly makes me conscious of how much time do I have left," Pitt told King. "Do I -- you know, is this my day? Do I have 40 years left? What do I want to do in that time? How do I want to use it? And who do I want to spend it with? "And I don't know," he continued. "Me, man, it makes me -- this film just makes me want to hug my kids and call my folks. And it's really special. And I'm not a salesman. I find this one quite authentic and something really special." (US Weekly)

    THREE TIMES NOT TO TELL THE TRUTH

    Cosmopolitan gives us three times not to tell the truth.

    • If a pal asks your opinion, weigh whether it's in her best interest to be honest before responding. For example, if she wonders if her nose is too big, simply reply "I love your nose. You're gorgeous."
    • When someone opens up about anything from a work issue to a guy dilemma, don't offer unsolicited advice. It can be misinterpreted as criticism of how she's handling the situation.
    • Considering cluing in a friend to a nasty rumor you heard about her? First, ask yourself whether it's something you'd want to know if you were in her position. If not, zip it.

    Come On Boy, Let's Make a Beer Run

    No parent of the year awards here. In Cape Coral, Florida police arrested a 27-year-old intoxicated man after he had his 9-year-old son take him on a beer run. The boy managed to drive the truck onto a median which is wear officers caught up with them. The man said he was teaching his son to drive but it was obvious he was drunk as he stunk of alcohol and was unable to stand without swaying. Plus there was an open case of Budweiser beer was in the backseat. Our Bud-loving friend was charged with cruelty toward a child and allowing an unlicensed minor to drive. (The News-Press)

    TODAY IS Play Hooky Day Too!

    Rinkworks.com offers these school excuse notes parents have written for their kids:

    • "My son is under a doctor's care and should not take P.E. today. Please execute him."
    • "Please excuse Lisa for being absent. She was sick, and I had her shot."
    • "Please excuse Gloria from Jim today. She is administrating."
    • "Dear School: Please ekscuse John being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and also 33."
    • "Please excuse Roland from P.E. for a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip."
    • "John has been absent because he had two teeth taken out of his face."
    • "Carlos was absent yesterday because he was playing football. He was hurt in the growing part."
    • "Megan could not come to school today because she has been bothered by very close veins."
    • "Chris will not be in school cus he has an acre in his side."
    • "Please excuse Ray Friday from school. He has very loose vowels."
    • "Please excuse Tommy for being absent yesterday. He had diarrhea, and his boots leak."
    • "Irving was absent yesterday because he missed his bust."
    • "Please excuse Jimmy for being. It was his father's fault."
    • "Please excuse Jennifer for missing school yesterday. We forgot to get the Sunday paper off the porch, and when we found it Monday, we thought it was Sunday."
    • "Sally won't be in school a week from Friday. We have to attend her funeral."
    • "My daughter was absent yesterday because she was tired. She spent a weekend with the Marines."
    • "Please excuse Jason for being absent yesterday. He had a cold and could not breed well."
    • "Please excuse Mary for being absent yesterday. She was in bed with gramps."
    • "Gloria was absent yesterday as she was having a gangover."
    • "Please excuse Burma, she has been sick and under the doctor."

    TODAY IS Bathtub Fun Day !

    Enjoy with some of your closest friends!

    Thursday, December 04, 2008

    It is National Cookie Day -!

    There's more going on inside your cookie jar than meets your taste buds. In fact, psychologists have discovered that the way your cookie crumbles reveals the flavor of your personality, says family therapist Jim Franklin.

    • Chocolate Chip -- You're as American as apple pie, and you're raising your kids with the traditional values you treasure. Your low-key approach to life makes you a favorite with family and friends because you bring a steadying influence to the most chaotic situations.
    • Ginger Snaps -- You're bold, brave and in search of excitement. Life is never dull when you're around, and both kids and adults are attracted by your zest for life. You never shy away from new adventures, leading a happy band of friends and family who'll gladly follow you anywhere.
    • Graham Crackers -- You're softhearted and kind with a taste for nostalgia. You have many fond memories of your childhood, and your closet is probably stuffed with keepsakes from years gone by. But you don't dwell on the past because you're too busy making memories today.
    • Vanilla Wafers -- You have uncanny intuitive powers that give you the unique ability to size up a situation or a person with breathtaking accuracy. Loved ones caught up in complex problems often turn to you for advice because they know you'll steer them in the right direction.
    • Sandwich Cookies -- Whether you eat the creme filling first or dunk them in milk, your choice says you're a creative person with a vivid imagination. A born storyteller, you're often the center of attention at parties, regaling your pals with funny, sometimes outrageous, tales.
    • Fig Newtons -- Quiet, reserved and mature, your keen mind makes you a force to be reckoned with. You always have your "ducks in a row," and your organizational skills assure your home and job are both running smoothly. Just don't forget, spontaneity is a good thing too.
    • Sugar Cookies -- You're a nonconformist who believes that variety is the spice of life. Your avid interest in a multitude of subjects, teamed with your antiestablishment sensibility, makes you a challenging companion. You may not always take the safe path, but there's no doubt that life with you is never dull.
    • Oatmeal -- As homespun and down-to-earth as a comfy pair of slippers, you're a genius at making others feel loved. Your family and friends blossom under the warmth of your generous spirit, while your practical approach to problems helps you find the best route to a solution that satisfies everyone involved.
    • Shortbread -- You present a placid face to the world, but beneath your calm facade beats the heart of a passionate romantic. In fact, those closest to you would be amazed by your colorful fantasy life. Once you've found the right partner, you're able to give this untapped side free rein with totally satisfying results.

    YOU'RE NOT EVEN CLOSE

    When it comes to finding Christmas presents, Men's Health says 2 in three men who, as boys, searched the house for the hidden stash of Christmas presents. And two in 10 men who, as grown men, still search the house for the hidden stash of Christmas presents. Want more? You're in luck:

    • 26% of guys have proposed at the holidays.
    • 9 in 10 guys really do believe that "Good things come in small packages."
    • 1 in 6 men have dressed up as Santa Claus.
    • 1 in 4 men who dressed up as Santa Claus said it got old really quick.
    • 3 in 10 men have their wife or girlfriend do some of their holiday shopping for them.
    • 77% of women would prefer to receive a plasma high definition television instead of a diamond solitaire necklace.
    • 2 in 3 men have to exchange at least one gift on Christmas Eve.
    • 3 in 4 men who have bought a gift so cool they just had to buy the same thing for themselves.
    • 1 in 2 men who have "regifted" - taken their gift and given it to someone else.
    • 2 in 3 guys have shopped on Christmas Eve.

    OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTIES

    Office Christmas parties are in full swing and it's always fun to talk about "horror" stories from Office Christmas parties. Did you know:

    • A total of 618,000 Americans will be fired because of remarks they made to their boss at the party.
    • At least 288,000 marriages will be damaged beyond repair because of something that happened at a party. About half of those will end in divorce within a year.
    • There will be at least 500,000 unexpected pregnancies as a result of party drinking.

    BANG YOUR HEAD

    Glamour says these diseases feel real, but no HMO will cover them.

    • Apologitis -- A needless-blame-taking disorder signaled by overuse of the phrase "I'm so sorry." Acute cases have been known to apologize to people who bump into them. The cure: Try "Oops."
    • Indecisionism -- When it's 4:30 but there are still seven restaurants under consideration for tonight's dinner, indecisionism is to blame. The wish to abandon responsibility is a risk factor. A radical treatment involving flipping a coin is in final testing.
    • Man-orexia -- This insatiable hunger for anything male causes the sufferer to put her life on hold whenever a set of XY chromosomes crosses her path. One remedy is an all-girl retreat, but more serious cases may need a few hours listening to (radio show) to remember just how unappealing men can be.
    • Screw-you-enza -- More common during warm weather, this ailment prompts sufferers to cancel prearranged plans "just because." It was once thought to be contagious, but clingy relatives and over social peers are more likely the cause. Treatment includes, but is not limited to, high doses of guilt.

    WHAT DOES YOUR SLEEP POSITION SAY ABOUT YOU

    (Sun) The position you snooze in involves more than comfort it reveals important information about your personality. "The way you sleep echoes the way you deal with your daytime waking hours," says researcher Dr. Samuel Dunkell. "Invariably, you sleep as you live." So what is your body saying when you let down your defenses and head off into dreamland? Choose your favorite nightly slumber position, and find out what it reveals about you:

    • You sleep flat on your back -- This is known as the royal sleeper, fully on the back with arms slightly akimbo at the sides. This open, vulnerable position reveals your supreme confidence in your abilities. You're a resilient, inspirational leader who takes on difficult tasks with relish while encouraging others to excel.
    • You assume the fetal position -- Lying curled on your side, knees pulled all the way up and head bent forward says you're highly emotional, inventive and gregarious. You enjoy taking creative risks and you're flexible enough to handle surprise situations. Women who sleep in this position often enjoy a heightened sexual response.
    • You're most comfy on your tummy -- Sleeping in the prone position with arms framed above your head is a sure sign you're an adventurer who's ready for anything. You're also willing to take on projects that are outside your comfort zone. Uneasy with emotional displays, you only reveal your sensitive side to trusted loved ones.
    • You prefer to stretch out on your side -- Falling asleep on your side with one knee slightly bent indicates you're easygoing, nonjudgmental and thrive on parties and meeting new people. You may get hurt when others abuse your trusting nature, but you've also got a long list of loyal pals.
    • You change your position almost every night -- Choosing something different every night makes you special, only 5 percent of Americans are in this category. You possess an adaptable mind that's constantly coming up with innovative ways to handle problems. Family and friends depend on your ability to produce smart solutions.

    HURRY IT UP!

    Does your girlfriend or wife take forever to get ready (or do you)? For most guys, it doesn't matter if their wife or girlfriend spends ten minutes or three hours. She looks the same either way. But that doesn't stop women from barricading themselves in the bathroom and... doing whatever it is that they're doing in there for a long, long time. Like it or not, according to Men's Health magazine, there's not much you can do to hurry things up. But there might be a few things you can do to ease your pain.

    • Lie -- Tell her that dinner is at 7:30 instead of 8. That way you've got a "cushion" of half an hour for her to do all the things she feels she needs to get done, and you're not sitting there steaming about it.
    • Remind her -- Gently. An hour and a half before it's time to leave, remind her that it's time to start getting ready.
    • Get ready first -- Do all your showering and shaving long before she locks herself in the can. That way the pressure's off you.
    • Get a book -- The fact is nothing short of tear gas is going to get her out of that bathroom before she's good and ready, so make that time productive. Catch up on your reading. Watch SportsCenter. Whatever it takes to take your mind off the fact that time's-a-wasting.

    When doing your Christmas cards this year....

    Send one or two to a Recovering American Soldier
    C/O Walter Reed Army Medical Center
    6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20307

    Wednesday, December 03, 2008

    Looking for a career with CHP

    Age:

    20-35 years of age (as of written test date).

    Vision:

    The candidate must read from a standard Eye Test chart.
    If eyeglasses or hard contact lenses are worn, uncorrected vision must be no less than 20/40 in each eye and corrected to 20/20 in each eye. Applicants who have successfully worn soft contact lenses for the past 12 months are not required to meet an uncorrected standard, as long as their corrected vision is 20/20 in each eye. Normal color vision is required as assessed by the Farnsworth-Munsell D-15 test. An X-Chrom Lens is prohibited.

    Health:

    Good health. Must be free from any physical, mental or emotional condition that would prohibit the full performance of all the essential duties and functions of a CHP officer.

    Education:

    High school diploma, GED, or California High School Proficiency Examination.

    Conduct:

    No felony convictions and good personal conduct; must possess a California driver license upon appointment to the Academy. Candidates are asked questions relating to the RECENCY AND FREQUENCY of traffic citations, at-fault automobile collisions, illegal drug usage, arrests and convictions.

    Citizenship:

    United States Citizen or permanent resident immigrant who is eligible and has applied for citizenship; must be a United States citizen at time of appointment.

    You can also contact Officer Wyland LaFave at 760.326.2000
    http://www.chp.ca.gov/recruiting/oqualifications.html

    TOP 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY TO HER

    Askmen.com says there are some instances when you are better off either shutting up or telling a little white lie -- or risk spending the night on the couch.

    1. Man, you look so much like your mom!
    2. I would have invited you, but you're no fun.
    3. Anything related to marriage or children.
    4. Would have, could have, should have.
    5. You don't need another pair of shoes.
    6. Any story about your private life.
    7. Come on, a few little cramps never hurt anybody.
    8. What's the big deal? You have another birthday next year.
    9. Are you sure the dress shrunk?
    10. That's not the way my ex did it.

    What clothes and fashions shouldn't you wear if you're over 50? Here to help: "Over 50" Fashion No Nos from AOL.

    • Awful After 50: They're nicknamed "granny panties" for a reason - oversized underwear can rapidly age a woman both mentally and appearance-wise.
    • Awful After 50: Wearing pantyhose with sandals is a definite no-no at any age, but the older one gets, the more frequently this rule seems to be broken.
    • Awful After 50: Unless you're Tina Turner, chances are that your triceps and biceps are best under the cover of your clothing, so steer clear of sleeveless clothing.
    • Awful After 50: A little cleavage may be sexy, but showing off your decollete in a super-low V-Neck can appear desperate at any age, but especially as you become older.
    • Awful After 50: Too much bling is not a good thing for the graceful ager, so stay away from too many strands, rings, clips, pins and other shiny things.
    • Awful After 50: Except for the occasional aerobics class exception, hair scrunchies are entirely inappropriate for any woman over the age of five, rather less 50.

    This holiday season, the must-have gift!

    It is not a toy, doll or video game console, it's cash! It gives a whole new meaning to the oft-repeated Wall Street phrase, "Cash is king." For the 2008 holiday season, extravagance is out and economical is in. According to two surveys conducted eight weeks apart by Western Union, consumers say that cash is by far the gift of choice and the more practical option this holiday season. Survey results show:

    • 65% of Americans would prefer to receive $100 in cash, instead of a specific present or a gift card of the same value. This result is up nine points from Western Union's first survey, fielded in mid-September.
    • More than half (53%) of those who would prefer cash would use that money on basic living expenses such as gas, groceries and bills. Only 14% would spend it on a treat for themselves.
    • 79% of Americans believe cash is a good gift because people can use it to get what they really want.

    WATER COOLER TALK

    • President-Elect Barack Obama is giving his wife a $30,000 ring to show his appreciation for her support during his presidential campaign, a ring she'll have on her hand by inauguration day. The Harmony ring is made of rhodium - the world's most expensive metal -- and encrusted with diamonds.
    • Lance Armstrong says he'll be back racing at the Tour de France next year.
    • A juror was AWOL for the murder trial of a former "Sopranos" actor on Monday. He was arrested during the weekend after allegedly punching his 15-year-old stepson in the face.
    • Yes, economic times are tough. But video game sales this Christmas are still expected to exceed a 15% increase over last year.
    • Mariah Carey's husband has given her an early Christmas present: a $1.5 million ski chalet in Aspen, Colorado.
    • The FDA is about to approve a new sweetener, made naturally from the Stevia shrub out of South America... although China actually grows 80% of the world's Stevia. No chemicals, zero calories.
    • Keith Urban is going to tour again next year, hitting the road in May. Supporting acts will include Taylor Swift, Sugarland and Dierks Bentley.
    • The number one topic for Yahoo searches this year and seven of the last eight years? Britney Spears.
    • CBS has picked up "Eleventh Hour" for five more episodes.
    • If Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer ever do get married, he'll bake their wedding cake. He fancies himself quite the baker.
    • After nearly 20 years of marriage, "CSI" star Marg Helgenberger has separated from her husband.
    • Mario Lopez will again host the Miss America pageant January 24th in Las Vegas.
    • Ivana Trump and her fourth husband are calling it quits after just getting married in April.
    • That scar on Tina Fey's left cheek is leftover from an incident when she was five years old and a stranger slashed her cheek.
    • If you haven't seen Ricki Lake lately, she's dropped 140 pounds. In her words, "Not skinny by Hollywood standards," but she's looking great.
    • This year, the cost of the full 12 days of Christmas is $86,609. Of course, that's not including tax and tip.
    • Cosmopolitan magazine reports the more a guy's eyes dilate, the better he looks to you.
    • 28 North American concert dates for Madonna grossed $91.5 million.
    • Courtney Cox is going to guest star when "Scrubs" returns to a new network, ABC, on January 6th. Another "Friend," Matthew Perry, will guest star later in the season.

    WATER COOLER TALK

    • President-Elect Barack Obama is giving his wife a $30,000 ring to show his appreciation for her support during his presidential campaign, a ring she'll have on her hand by inauguration day. The Harmony ring is made of rhodium - the world's most expensive metal -- and encrusted with diamonds.
    • Lance Armstrong says he'll be back racing at the Tour de France next year.
    • A juror was AWOL for the murder trial of a former "Sopranos" actor on Monday. He was arrested during the weekend after allegedly punching his 15-year-old stepson in the face.
    • Yes, economic times are tough. But video game sales this Christmas are still expected to exceed a 15% increase over last year.
    • Mariah Carey's husband has given her an early Christmas present: a $1.5 million ski chalet in Aspen, Colorado.
    • The FDA is about to approve a new sweetener, made naturally from the Stevia shrub out of South America... although China actually grows 80% of the world's Stevia. No chemicals, zero calories.
    • Keith Urban is going to tour again next year, hitting the road in May. Supporting acts will include Taylor Swift, Sugarland and Dierks Bentley.
    • The number one topic for Yahoo searches this year and seven of the last eight years? Britney Spears.
    • CBS has picked up "Eleventh Hour" for five more episodes.
    • If Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer ever do get married, he'll bake their wedding cake. He fancies himself quite the baker.
    • After nearly 20 years of marriage, "CSI" star Marg Helgenberger has separated from her husband.
    • Mario Lopez will again host the Miss America pageant January 24th in Las Vegas.
    • Ivana Trump and her fourth husband are calling it quits after just getting married in April.
    • That scar on Tina Fey's left cheek is leftover from an incident when she was five years old and a stranger slashed her cheek.
    • If you haven't seen Ricki Lake lately, she's dropped 140 pounds. In her words, "Not skinny by Hollywood standards," but she's looking great.
    • This year, the cost of the full 12 days of Christmas is $86,609. Of course, that's not including tax and tip.
    • Cosmopolitan magazine reports the more a guy's eyes dilate, the better he looks to you.
    • 28 North American concert dates for Madonna grossed $91.5 million.
    • Courtney Cox is going to guest star when "Scrubs" returns to a new network, ABC, on January 6th. Another "Friend," Matthew Perry, will guest star later in the season.

    LOVE CALCULATOR

    We had a blast with the Love Calculator this morning (lovecalculator.com). We had listeners call in and we'd do it on the air... then, we had them throw in a celebrity name to see which came out higher. Loads of fun for everyone. http://www.lovecalculator.com

    National Hand Washing Awareness Week!

    December 1-7. A phoner that worked for us was talking about washing hands. Studies say that frequent hand washing greatly reduces your chances of getting sick as often. Doctors recommend washing your hands before meals with warm soap and water for about as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday." Calls ranged from disgusting stories to those at the other end of the spectrum who are super-anal about germs. You won't believe some of the rituals some people go through.

    (Family Circle) Public bathrooms are cleaned fairly often, so while you're wise to use your hip to push open stall doors and paper towels to manage handles and knobs, you're more likely to pick up the sniffles from other places in your daily travels. Pull out your handy antibacterial wipes when you're:

    • At the grocery store. How often do you think shopping cart handles are cleaned? Think how often they're used.
    • Using cashier pens. Pens provided to sign credit card purchases are superb carriers of cold viruses. That goes for pens in doctors' offices, at banks, and by delivery people. So carry your own pen.
    • At ATM and in the elevator. Press all buttons with a finger or knuckle that you're unlikely to use to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Better yet, use a key or a pen you carry with you.
    • Washing your hands. Unless the liquid hand soap in public bathroom is in its own sealed bag, it's likely a breeding fiesta for bacteria. Rinse well with warm water and use your own hand sanitizer.

    Pushing an elevator button is more likely to make you sick than kissing your under the weather husband. Why? If someone sneezes into his hand before hitting the button, the virus ridden fluid from his nose awaits you. Saliva, however, contains little, if any, cold viruses, explains Dr. Neil Schachter, M.D., professor of pulmonary medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and author of "The Good Doctor's Guild to Colds and Flu."

    Woman's Day offers these stats on colds and flu.

    • 200 plus cold viruses exist
    • 3 to 8 colds is the average number a child will get in a year
    • 93mph is the rate at which air particles travel out of your nose and mouth when you sneeze
    • 3 feet is the distance droplets can travel from a cough or sneeze
    • 5 minutes is the time germs can live on hands
    • 1 to 2 days is how long cold germs can live on hard surfaces like doorknobs pens, and phones
    • 8 to 12 hours is how long a cold virus remains on cloth, tissue and paper
    • 30 seconds is how long you should scrub your hands to kill germs

    Tuesday, December 02, 2008

    WHAT DOES YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR SAY ABOUT YOU

    The brand of humor that tickles your funny bone reveals how you deal with life's problems, say researchers. Stressed out folks with a strong sense of humor is less depressed and anxious than those whose sense of humor is less well developed, say Dr. Rod Martin, Ph.D., of the University of Western Ontario, and Herbert Lefcourt, Ph.D., of the University of Waterloo, in their study of the psychology of humor.

    • You prefer clever wordplay over slapstick, relieve tense situations with witty observations and appreciate ironic circumstances. You're a realistic person who tells the unvarnished truth with a sly humor that highlights the absurdity of it all. No matter the situation, you stay mellow and in control. Family and friends turn to you for solutions, and you rarely fail to get things done as you defeat whatever roadblocks are tossed in your path with a smile.
    • You love making wisecracks, use sarcasm to make your point and revel in sucker punching your pals with practical jokes. You're confident, clever and always ready with a quick comeback. Your conversational style and sassy deli every is guaranteed to take the air out of any self important people you come across. pals appreciate your take on everything from presidential politics to food fads because your slant is bound to be original and funny.
    • You chuckle easily and often, play the cheerleader at work and adore telling stories that make others roar with laughter. You're an intuitive, sensitive person who bonds easily with others and enjoys sharing anecdotes with themes that bring people together. Your ability to tell hilarious stories also reveals your nurturing side, which thrives on making others happy. Your generous spirit, matched with your sense of humor, sets a great example.
    • You're a master of self deprecating humor, ignore critical remarks directed your way and deal with trouble by laughing it away. You're a genial person who never takes life too seriously. You endear yourself to family, friends and acquaintances with your self deprecating humor. Because you view life with a grin most of the time, your positive take on nearly every situation makes you a valuable team member who boosts morale at critical times.

    TOP FIVE REASONS THE ELVES ARE IN A BAD MOOD


    1. Santa blasting the song "Short People" over the PA system again
    2. Herbie the Dentist out of Novocain again
    3. Only clothing store within 40 miles of the North Pole is a Big & Tall shop
    4. Too short to ride any of the rides at Disneyland
    5. The company basketball team has lost their 395th straight game

    Red Rum Red Rum,

    Ladies, if you want him to notice you, wear red. The color red makes men feel more amorous toward women, according to a study by two University of Rochester psychologists. The study found that men are unaware of the role that color plays in their attraction to a woman. While red has long been associated with love -- from red hearts on Valentine's Day to notorious red-light districts, this is the first study to scientifically document the effects of color on behavior in the context of relationships.

    Working for Tips! How to tip this holiday season!

    There are more than 30 professions that get tips on a regular basis, but how much should you tip for the holidays? (here are the suggestions from the Emily Post Institute):

    • Au pair or live-in nanny, one week's pay and a gift from your child.
    • Regular babysitter, one evening's pay and a small gift from your child.
    • Day care provider, a gift from you or $25-$70 for each staff member and a small gift from your child(ren).
    • Live-in help (nanny, cook, butler, housekeeper), one week to one month of pay as a cash tip, plus a gift from you.
    • Private nurse, a thoughtful gift from you.
    • Housekeeper/cleaner, up to the amount of one week's pay and/or a small gift.
    • Nursing home employees, a gift that could be shared by the staff (flowers or food items).
    • Barber, cost of one haircut or a gift.
    • Beauty salon staff, give individual cards or a small gift each for those who work on you.
    • Personal trainer, up to the cost of one session or a gift.
    • Massage therapist, up to the cost of one session or a gift.
    • Pet groomer, up to the cost of one session or a gift.
    • Dog walker, up to one week's pay or a gift.
    • Personal caregiver, between one week's to one month's salary or a gift.
    • Pool cleaner, the cost of one cleaning to be split among the crew.
    • Garage attendants, $10-$30 or a small gift
    • Newspaper delivery person, $10-30 or a small gift
    • Mail carrier, small gift only
    • Superintendent, $20-80 or a gift
    • Doorman, $15-$80. $15 or more each for multiple doormen, or a gift.
    • Elevator operator, $15-$40 each
    • Handyman, $15 to $40
    • Yard/Garden worker, $20-$50 each or a gift
    • Teachers, a gift (not cash)

    Men Are Generous!?!

    Men are often perceived as selfish, but a Men's Health survey shows their more generous side. Two-thirds of American households chip in, donating an average of $2,000 annually. But is cash the best contribution, or is your time more valuable?

    • 52% of men consider themselves equally charitable as the average guy.
    • 36% of men spend from 1 to 4 hours a week volunteering.
    • 46% of men volunteer to help others.
    • 36% of men say they do not volunteer because they are too busy with work.
    • 30% of men say they do not volunteer because they have on desire.
    • 77% say they would support a community service requirement for high school students.
    • 75% say they would not support a mandatory 1 year stint in a civic program for everyone.
    • 29% of men think generous women are hot.
    • 59% of men think it's a nice bonus if a woman is generous.
    • 67% of men would rather have $10,000 donated in their name than win $1,000 for themselves.
    • 49% of men think celebrities and athletes donate to charity to boost their images.
    • 51% of men think stealing from a charity is worse than stealing from wealthy people or institutions.


    Water Cooler Talk

    • Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were seen together in Atlanta having dinner last week, but a spokesman says that does not mean they are getting back together.
    • "How I Met Your Mother" star Cobie Smulders (Robin) and actor Taran Killam are expecting their first child together.
    • Rachael Ray has scheduled surgery for December 16th have a "benign cyst" removed from her vocal cords.
    • If 18-year-old "Twilight" star Kristin Stewart wants to keep her clean-cut image, We'd recommend avoiding having her picture taken smoking pot in public. There's a photo making the rounds on the Internet.
    • TV Chef Gordon Ramsay may prefer the heat of the kitchen, after a mistress has come forward to say that she's one of only three and that he is in a very unhappy marriage.
    • What a difference a couple of months makes: There are now only three states and the District of Columbia with regular unleaded gas prices at over $2 a gallon.
    • Actor Billy Zane's parents have been accused of ripping off students after they closed down a medical college without warning and then kept $30,000 in tuition fees.
    • We don't know how 'together' Madonna and Alex Rodriguez... but they were both in Mexico City over the weekend.
    • A television station in Cincinnati -- WBQC -- has officially changed its call letters to WKRP.
    • This year's Indiana Wizard of Oz Festival was the last. Organizers say that the numbers were way down and only three of the surviving Munchkins were able to attend. In its hey day, the festival drew upwards of 75,000 people.
    • The Rev. George M. Docherty has died at age 97. He was one of the driving forces behind getting congress to put the phrase "under God" into the pledge of allegiance.
    • A judge in Colorado has adopted a new form of punishment for people who go to court for being too noisy. Those found guilty choose: an hour of listening to Barry Manilow or the theme tune from the children's TV show Barney and Friends.
    • This year is the 25th anniversary of the movie, "A Christmas Story."
    • Amy Winehouse is meeting with attorneys to discuss the idea of a divorce.
    • The rumor mill has Mary-Kate Olsen pregnant.
    • In the "go figure" category, Jude Law and his ex, Sadie Frost, were seen out house-hunting together.
    • The Australian media says that Orlando Bloom and model Miranda Kerr are engaged, but they deny it.
    • Rosie O'Donnell's live variety show was a flop, attracting only 5 million viewers. So did an episode of the cancelled series, "Pushing Daisies."

    Monday, December 01, 2008

    WATER COOLER TALK

    • Florida Gulf Coast University has banned all holiday decorations this year.
    • Carson Daly and his girlfriend Siri are expecting their first child together.
    • Barbara Walters says about her co-horts on "The View," "I don't know of any five women who get along as well as we do."
    • Actress Patricia Marand, who played Lois Lane in the Broadway musical "It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman," has died. She was 74.
    • Playwright William Gibson, who wrote the true story of Helen Keller in his book, "The Miracle Worker," has died. He was 94.
    • Rumors have put an Osmond nephew, the reigning Miss New York USA and Jason Castro's little brother among the contestants trying out for "American Idol" in the next season.
    • What you smell before you go to sleep at night could affect your dreams. Specifically, sniffing something that smells good, such as fresh flowers or a fragrance you especially like, could make for pleasant dreams, according to a study from researchers at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Germany.
    • So, you're taking the bus these days, huh? Inter-city bus ridership has grown almost 10% over the past year. That's the biggest jump in 40 years!
    • Vanity Fair has announced their after-Oscars party will be back next year. It was cancelled last year in support of the writers' strike.
    • Word is that John Mayer proposed to Jennifer Aniston, and she said thanks but no thanks.
    • In Brazil, four men were killed while trying to put up an almost 400-foot aluminum Christmas tree when it fell on them.
    • Josh Duhamel took his fiance Fergie and her family home with him for Thanksgiving... to his home town of Minot, North Dakota.

    Good news for couch potatoes.

    Reuters Health reports that a small study from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor concluded that even occasional exercise that is done without the intention of losing weight has enormous benefits, including improving the body's ability to burn fat and store fat as triglyceriedes in muscle, which is beneficial, as well as reducing insulin resistance and the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. "This means that exercising, even without losing weight, can benefit individuals in terms of metabolic health," Andrea Cornford, a graduate student researcher, told Reuters.

    Bad news for vegetarians

    People in Western cultures associate meat with power and veg substitutes with weakness, a study in the Journal of Consumer Research reports. Subjects registered their social values and diet choices, then took a sausage roll taste test. Those who prized traits such as authority and wealth rated rolls labeled "beef" tastier than ones labeled "vegetarian" regardless of what was actually in the wrap. Previous studies have linked meat eating with values like power and strength and leafy greens and grains with the rejection of power, says study author Michael W. Allen, Ph.D.

    Why Christmas Trees are better than women:

    • Your Christmas Tree never makes fun of you for having another fake one in the closet.
    • You never have to sit there and wait 20-minutes while you Christmas Tree finishes getting ready for the big company Christmas Party!
    • You pick out your Christmas Trees by groping them all over and feeling around the base.
    • How may times have you heard a Christmas Tree complain that all you do on Sunday is lie-around all day, watching football, and drinking beer.
    • When you've had enough of your Christmas Tree, all you have to do is drag it out in to the woods, or toss it on the curb to have it hauled away.
    • Your Christmas Tree never orders the lobster brisk and champaign. All it wants is water!
    • It doesn't matter what a Christmas Tree wears, they always look fat in it! (So the hell cares?)
    • Your Christmas tree doesn't care how many other Christmas Trees you've had in the pat. (Big added bonus)
    • Unlike women -- Christmas Trees cannot run away when they first spot my face.

    Christmas Tree Week

    The first full week in December. It's the perfect time to point out the differences between a Christmas Tree and a date.

    • A Christmas tree is ready when you go to pick it up.
    • A Christmas tree won't retaliate if you dump it after a month.
    • You don't need a clever line to pick up a Christmas tree.
    • You can fondle a tree before you take it home.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't mind you looking under it.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't become envious around bigger trees. This would be known as treeness envy.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't go completely to pieces if you mishandle its balls.
    • You don't have to worry about who else has had your tree.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't worry about how many others you've had.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't object to exotic electrical appliances.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't think your a whacko if it finds an artificial tree in your closet.
    • The tree doesn't get upset when you tie it up and put it in the trunk to take it home.

    WATER COOLER TALK

    • Florida Gulf Coast University has banned all holiday decorations this year.
    • Carson Daly and his girlfriend Siri are expecting their first child together.
    • Barbara Walters says about her co-horts on "The View," "I don't know of any five women who get along as well as we do."
    • Actress Patricia Marand, who played Lois Lane in the Broadway musical "It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman," has died. She was 74.
    • Playwright William Gibson, who wrote the true story of Helen Keller in his book, "The Miracle Worker," has died. He was 94.
    • Rumors have put an Osmond nephew, the reigning Miss New York USA and Jason Castro's little brother among the contestants trying out for "American Idol" in the next season.
    • What you smell before you go to sleep at night could affect your dreams. Specifically, sniffing something that smells good, such as fresh flowers or a fragrance you especially like, could make for pleasant dreams, according to a study from researchers at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Germany.
    • So, you're taking the bus these days, huh? Inter-city bus ridership has grown almost 10% over the past year. That's the biggest jump in 40 years!
    • Vanity Fair has announced their after-Oscars party will be back next year. It was cancelled last year in support of the writers' strike.
    • Word is that John Mayer proposed to Jennifer Aniston, and she said thanks but no thanks.
    • In Brazil, four men were killed while trying to put up an almost 400-foot aluminum Christmas tree when it fell on them.
    • Josh Duhamel took his fiance Fergie and her family home with him for Thanksgiving... to his home town of Minot, North Dakota.

    Christmas Tree Week

    The first full week in December. It's the perfect time to point out the differences between a Christmas Tree and a date.

    • A Christmas tree is ready when you go to pick it up.
    • A Christmas tree won't retaliate if you dump it after a month.
    • You don't need a clever line to pick up a Christmas tree.
    • You can fondle a tree before you take it home.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't mind you looking under it.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't become envious around bigger trees. This would be known as treeness envy.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't go completely to pieces if you mishandle its balls.
    • You don't have to worry about who else has had your tree.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't worry about how many others you've had.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't object to exotic electrical appliances.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't think your a whacko if it finds an artificial tree in your closet.
    • The tree doesn't get upset when you tie it up and put it in the trunk to take it home.

    Why Christmas Trees are better than women:

    • Your Christmas Tree never makes fun of you for having another fake one in the closet.
    • You never have to sit there and wait 20-minutes while you Christmas Tree finishes getting ready for the big company Christmas Party!
    • You pick out your Christmas Trees by groping them all over and feeling around the base.
    • How may times have you heard a Christmas Tree complain that all you do on Sunday is lie-around all day, watching football, and drinking beer.
    • When you've had enough of your Christmas Tree, all you have to do is drag it out in to the woods, or toss it on the curb to have it hauled away.
    • Your Christmas Tree never orders the lobster brisk and champaign. All it wants is water!
    • It doesn't matter what a Christmas Tree wears, they always look fat in it! (So the hell cares?)
    • Your Christmas tree doesn't care how many other Christmas Trees you've had in the pat. (Big added bonus)
    • Unlike women -- Christmas Trees cannot run away when they first spot my face.

    Christmas Tree Week

    The first full week in December. It's the perfect time to point out the differences between a Christmas Tree and a date.

    • A Christmas tree is ready when you go to pick it up.
    • A Christmas tree won't retaliate if you dump it after a month.
    • You don't need a clever line to pick up a Christmas tree.
    • You can fondle a tree before you take it home.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't mind you looking under it.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't become envious around bigger trees. This would be known as treeness envy.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't go completely to pieces if you mishandle its balls.
    • You don't have to worry about who else has had your tree.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't worry about how many others you've had.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't object to exotic electrical appliances.
    • A Christmas tree doesn't think your a whacko if it finds an artificial tree in your closet.
    • The tree doesn't get upset when you tie it up and put it in the trunk to take it home.

    Why Christmas Trees are better than women:

    • Your Christmas Tree never makes fun of you for having another fake one in the closet.
    • You never have to sit there and wait 20-minutes while you Christmas Tree finishes getting ready for the big company Christmas Party!
    • You pick out your Christmas Trees by groping them all over and feeling around the base.
    • How may times have you heard a Christmas Tree complain that all you do on Sunday is lie-around all day, watching football, and drinking beer.
    • When you've had enough of your Christmas Tree, all you have to do is drag it out in to the woods, or toss it on the curb to have it hauled away.
    • Your Christmas Tree never orders the lobster brisk and champaign. All it wants is water!
    • It doesn't matter what a Christmas Tree wears, they always look fat in it! (So the hell cares?)
    • Your Christmas tree doesn't care how many other Christmas Trees you've had in the pat. (Big added bonus)
    • Unlike women -- Christmas Trees cannot run away when they first spot my face.

     
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