Thursday, December 12, 2013
December 12th is the 346th day of the year. There are 19 days remaining until the end of the year
There are 13 days left until Christmas 2013
There are 19 days left until New Year's Eve 2013
Today is National Ding-A-Ling Day, Gingerbread House Day, and Poinsettia Day
ON THIS DAY
On this day in 1955, the hovercraft was patented. Imagine a vehicle that travels without touching the ground... if you don't include low-flying planes. The following year, they came out with Hovercraft Macaroni and Cheese.
National Poinsettia Day -- By an Act of Congress, December 12 was set aside as National Poinsettia Day. The date marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who is credited with introducing the native Mexican plant to the U.S.
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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Time magazine has selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
A+E Networks is getting ready to rebrand is cable network Bio as FYI, a new lifestyle channel that will debut next summer.
Detroit is such a wreck, they have 88,000 street lights that aren't working. Wow.
The highest-rated show on primetime Tuesday involved Victoria's Secret models strutting their stuff. The CBS fashion show topped NBC's "The Voice" with a 3.4 rating while ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." had a 2.0 rating, its lowest to date.
At a school in Colorado, a six-year-old received a sexual harassment suspension after kissing the hand of one of his classmates.
It turns out the guy who was on stage doing the sign-language hand gestures during the Nelson Mandela Memorial was a fake. His hand movements didn't mean anything.
- Hollywoodlife.com claims Kendra Wilkinson is expecting a baby girl
- 9.71 million viewers watched the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
- Prosecutors will not file domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman for allegedly threatening his girlfriend with a gun
According to Men's Health three out of every five women say their man can't tell when they're lying. What else?
49% say in the past they lied about her interested in another man.
44% say in the past they lied about how jealous they were of your ex.
36% say in the past they lied about the fact you're a snooze in the sack.
34% say in the past they lied about cheating on you with another man.
30% say in the past she was still stringing her ex along in case things between you didn't work out.
Santa Stats: The Centre for Economics and Business Research is out with their Santa stats.
- Santa will devour 150 billion calories on Christmas Eve as a result of eating Christmas cookies .. this is 60,000 times his daily recommended intake
- Santa will visit 5,556 houses per second on Christmas Eve
- Santa will deliver gifts to 1.6 billion children
- Santa will wrap presents with 1.5 million miles of paper
- Santa will deliver over $459 billion worth of presents
- Santa will make over 640 million stops on Christmas Eve
- Santa will work for 32 straight hours
Which is better for breakfast: oatmeal or cold cereal? The answer is unequivocally oatmeal. It will not only leave you feeling more satisfied and full than an oat-based, ready-to-eat cereal, but also help you to eat less at lunch, according to researchers from Louisiana State University and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, both of which are located in Baton Rouge. During the research project, those who consumed the oatmeal four hours after eating reported greater feelings of fullness, as well as decreased feelings of hunger and desire to eat. Eating less later in the day translates into fewer calories -- and a lower number on the bathroom scale. Why? Oatmeal has more soluble oat fiber than cold cereal, which is a more satiating fiber. Plus, oatmeal is one of the top foods you can eat to naturally help lower your LDL "bad" cholesterol. The soluble fiber can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Climbing the corporate ladder could be setting your health up for a big fall, according to a recent survey. Researchers found when people are handed a promotion, they suffer 10% more mental strain. And they are 20% less likely to see their doctor due to more worries and less time to get away from the office. "Getting a promotion at work is not as great as many people think," says study spearhead Chris Boyce of the University of Warwick in England.
If food falls on the floor, pick it up within five seconds and you can eat it, right? Whatever germs are on the floor don't have time to adhere to the food that quickly. Or do they? A recent national survey by Kelton Research found that nearly 60% of Americans admit to eating food that has fallen on the floor. Would they continue doing that if they knew a typical home carpet has up to 4,000 times more bacteria particles -- even after vacuuming -- than toilet seats? This is the total number of bacteria particles found on one-inch square samples of different household surfaces. The independent tests were conducted by Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona:
Toilet seat: 49
Kitchen counter: 1,686
Kitchen tile: 2,546
Bathroom floor: 18,025
Carpet: more than 200,000
Prank of the Year!
A video of a repeat drunk driver being tricked into thinking he'd been in a coma for ten years is turning out to be one of the year's most popular viral videos. Nearly nine million people have watched the video since it was posted on YouTube just four days ago. The man's friends staged the prank to give him a wake-up call after five DUIs. After the guy passed out drunk, they smuggled him into a fake hospital room and wired him up to medical equipment. He awoke to doctors and a nurse he told him he had been in a coma for ten years! There was even a fake newscast on the TV with stories like President Hillary Clinton planning an invasion of Canada. The whole idea was the brainchild of American comedian Tom Mabe who'd seen his friend suffer with an apparent drinking problem. The victim begins laughing when the truth is revealed but Made tells him, "It's not funny... you could've lost your daughter, 10 years could've been wasted away here!" (Ananova)
Skydiver Survives 9K-Foot Fall Sans Chute!
It was nothing short of a miracle when 27-year-old skydiver Victor Bryie survived a 9,000-foot fall after his parachute became tangled in a friend's during a difficult maneuver in Florida. Though his injuries were very serious, Bryie is reported to be in stable condition. Bryie and another skydiver, Shaun Phillips, were near the Lake Wales Municipal Airport Sunday afternoon when they jumped from 14,000 feet and their parachute lines tangled. After Phillips' ankle got caught in Bryie's line, the two skydivers became ensnared in each other's chutes. Twisting in the air, Phillips' foot broke free, and he was able to open his parachute while he was still about 3,000 feet up. Bryie, on the other hand, remained tangled in his own lines and plummeted to the ground with a partially open parachute. The Orlando Sentinel reports the men were trying to perform a maneuver reserved for experienced skydivers which involves one diver holding the canopy of another's parachute. In other words, they were being stupid! (Orlando Sentinel)
THINGS SHE HATES ABOUT YOU
(Men's Health) Don't know why she's angry? Now you do:
You don't pick up after yourself at our place.
You ask how much our new haircut or handbag cost yet conveniently don't mention your sportsbook.com account or the $200 you lost on the NCAA parlay. Unless we're sharing a bank account with you, we're not interested in your opinions on how we spend our money.
You take to us as if we're one of the guys.
You speak of the future vaguely. Men seem to have perfect a special way of talking about the future that makes it unclear whether we're a part of it or not.
You stop trying. You have us as your wife or girlfriend. We're committed to the situation, and all is good. But pretty soon you stop trying to impress us and we don't like that.
You blatantly look at porn.
You turn down sex. When it happens that we're the one who wants sex and you're the one who doesn't, we find your refusal to be confusing and irritating.
You ask us out via text. Texting is fast and easy and leads to sexy banter but save it until after the first date. Calling a women to ask her out is much more personal.
WAYS TO HAVE A GREEN CHRISTMAS
This year, instead of wishing for a white Christmas, think green. An environmentally friendly holiday can be just as festive. Here are 15 ways to do just that.
1. Trade in those incandescent lights for LEDs, which use a fraction of the energy.
2. Look for recycled content in wrapping paper. This can be difficult to find and may actually require online ordering, but expressing demand will help drive its availability.
3. Recycle your own wrapping paper, boxes and plastic packaging.
4. Scale back the elaborate outdoor displays. You can be festive without being Times Square.
5. If you do use outdoor light displays, use a timer so the lights are on display only at times when there is an audience.
6. Give your cookies away on a real plate or recyclable plate. Likewise, if you're hosting a party, either bite the bullet and actually do all those dishes or use recyclable ones.
7. Take the time in your holiday party aftermath to sort through all the cans and bottles that can be recycled.
8. Make good use of your green bin and/or compost bin this holiday season. Uneaten food from holiday dinners and parties can go in there, as can scraps from meal preparation, soiled napkins and paper food packaging, coffee grounds and tea bags, paper plates and your great aunt's famous fruitcake.
9. Consider asking those with whom you exchange gifts to make a charitable donation in your name. There is no packaging involved. Consider food banks and shelters or organizations that purchase animals or supplies for families in developing countries. For a truly green Christmas, your contribution could go toward environmental conservation.
When gift giving, try an experience present, such as tickets to a show or a night at a hotel. It's something personal that isn't loaded up with all that packaging.
EYEBROWS REVEAL WOMAN'S PERSONALITY
There are a lot of ways to tell things about a woman.... this could be the goofiest. A woman's eyebrows reveals her relationship appetite, according to self-proclaimed "web goddess" Serena.
Thick: She's naturally drawn towards action and adventure and is quick to look around. She finds it hard to have a permanent relationship with just one partner.
Thin: She has little interest in long term relationships.
Close-set: She's jealous.
Wide-set: She's inhibited and shy.
Curved: She's very sensual.
Triangular: She prefers to be your best friend rather than passionate mate.
Straight: She's very conventional and trustworthy. A gal to take home to meet the parents.
And for the guys too... (from our twisted sarcastic mind)
Unibrow: (one brow all the way across the forehead) He might be spending a little too much time at the gym or wrestling bears at the circus.
No Brows: He sits way too close to the camp fire.
Lifted or Pointed: He could be a Klingon.
PACK ON THE POUNDS
Consider this fact presented by Women's Health magazine: The average American eats 600 additional calories per day between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Translation: That's an extra six pounds. Yikes! But if you know which foods are the worst culprits for your waistline, you can battle back more effectively:
Worst Classic Holiday Drink: Eggnog
At 350 calories and 19 grams of fat, eggnog, even without the booze, is on the naughty list because it consists of milk, cream and eggs. If you want a festive seasonal drink, choose homemade hot chocolate instead. Just limit how much whipped cream you squirt on top.
Worst Holiday Appetizer: Crab Cakes
When crab is blended with mayonnaise and then rolled in bread crumbs and cooked in a vat of bubbling fat, you end up with an appetizer that weighs in at 400 calories and 19 grams of fat. Each. That's more calories than three dozen shrimp.
Worst Holiday Party Cocktail: Gin and Tonic
It may taste light, but a gin and tonic has 210 calories and 22 grams of sugar, thanks to the tonic water. Choose Champagne instead for one-fourth the amount of sugar.
Worst Holiday Party Snack: Spinach and Artichoke Dip
In addition to the spinach and artichokes, this dip has mayonnaise, sour cream and cream cheese, which add up to a whopping 285 calories and 17 grams of fat per serving. And that's without the crackers or chips! If you simply must have some, limit yourself to dip on one cracker.
Worst Holiday Entree: Prime Rib
This coveted holiday cut of beef comes from one of the fattiest parts of the cow, which means you're ingesting 750 calories and 45 grams of fat with just one serving. Beef tenderloin is a tasty alternative at a fraction of the calories and fat.
Worst Holiday Dessert: Pecan Pie a la Mode
There is no pie that has more calories, fat and sugar than pecan. Even though some of the 810 calories and 65 grams of fat come from the healthy nuts, most come from the corn syrup and sugar filling. A better alternative after a filling heavy meal is angel food cake. Made from egg whites, it's virtually fat-free.
I-POTTY IS THE WORST
There are some really great children’s toys out there … but the iPotty isn’t one of them.
The 2-In-1 iPotty with Activity Seat for iPad by CTA Digital was just named the worst toy of the year by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.
When asked why this toy was so destructive, one voter said, “Toilet learning should be a time of positive interaction between child and caregiver. Also, children should be aware of the cues in their bodies as they learn. This toy takes this social/emotional focus out of the process and substitutes the hypnotism of a screen.” (CFC)
Posted: Wednesday 01:56PM Dec. 11, 2013 PST
Imagine the best football players in America putting on a red, white and blue uniform and competing for gold medal. The idea of adding football to the Olympics took a step, albeit a very small one, toward becoming a reality.
The International Olympic Committee has granted recognition to the International Federation of American Football, which is the governing body of tackle football, flag football, and beach football.
This is a very preliminary step towards recognizing football as an Olympic event. A lot of other things has to happen first. For instance, there needs to be more countries able to field a team to play a sport that not many countries are familiar with. That could take some time. Also, it's possible that American football could be added to the Olympics, but not in the form of what we watch on Sundays. It could be flag football, or even beach football. It could also be a scaled down version of two teams of seven players going head-to-head. Lingerie football is highly unlikely.
MOST ABSURD GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS IN SPORTS
With the end of the year fast approaching, you might want to start thinking about what you want to accomplish in 2014. Maybe you want to set some sort of sports record.
Here are a few absurd Guinness World Records in sports to consider chasing:
Fastest Serve of a Tennis Ball – 163.4 mph
The Fastest 100M Dash on All Fours – 17.47 seconds
Most One-Finger Push Ups in 30 Seconds – 41
Fastest 100M Dash in High Heels – 14.531 seconds
Farthest Dunk with a Basketball Using a Trampoline - 25 feet, 5 inches
Most Highly Insured Hair – Troy Polamalu for $1 million. (BleacherReport.com)
Ron Burgundy Weighs In On The PS4 vs Xbox One ... Burgundy urges gamers to think of the consoles as "beautiful women you can play"
Parody Song - "Santa's Broke" parodies The Chipmunk Song … If you're having trouble scraping together enough cash for Christmas gifts, you're not alone … the bad economy has affected EVERYONE this year … including a certain heavyset guy up North …
Today's Question: "6% of people have done this during the holiday season. What is it?
Extra Clue: involves buying gifts
Extra Clue: involves money
Final Clue: interest
Answer: 6% of people have taken out a loan to pay for their holiday gifts