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Posts from June 2012


4th of July Sales Not to Miss and Weekend Movie Trailers

4th of July Sales Not to Miss from msn

Clothes
If a new wardrobe gets you more excited that fireworks, now’s the time to shop:Gap is offering up to 40% off men’s and women’s clothes, as are Nautica (if you buy four items or more) and Cabela’s. And Jones New York is offering discounts of up to 75% off on its women’s clothes and accessories; Lord & Taylor is serving up discounts of 20%.

Outdoor Gear
For those of you who hope to take a backpacking, fishing or hiking trip this summer, consider that Backcountry.com is offering up to 40% off its clothing and outdoor gear, and Bass Pro Shops are offering some bargain basement discounts as well on a variety of gear.

Furniture and Mattresses
If you’ve been having some trouble getting enough shut-eye recently – or even just kicking your feet up comfortably -- Macy’s is offering a bunch of deals on furniture and mattresses on the 4th. Sears is offering 50 - 60% off mattresses and discounts on other home goods like patio furniture.

Travel
Have you taken a (much needed, we’re sure!) vacation recently? If not, consider that Hotels.com is offering up to 30% off many hotels around the county.

Home Improvement
We know that making home improvements probably isn’t top of your list on your day off, but with these deals, you might reconsider: Lowe's is offering 10% off major appliances priced $397 and higher, as well as 15% discounts on all Energy Star products. Home Depot has an interesting deal going on for the holiday as well: Buy two appliances and save $50; buy three appliances and save $100 (this discount scale continues up to six appliances, for which you can save a maximum of $450).



Fifty Shades of Grey Is Making E.L. James Even More Money Than You Thought from gawker.com

Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James is making an estimated $1.34 million a week off her book. 

E.L. James earns 7% royalty on every $14 paperback and 25% royalty on every $10 ebook sold.

Last month 4 million paperbacks and 1 million ebooks were sold.

E.L James earns $191K a day, give or take.

In March Universal/Focus features paid $5 million for the rights to the 50 Shades movies.

Fictional sadist and Seattle's most growly businessman Christian Grey earns $100,000 an hour.

Christian Grey earns $2.4 million a day, no give or take.



NEW MOVIES for June 29

 

ALL REVIEWS FROM ‘DAILY VARIETY’ AND ‘THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

  • MAGIC MIKE-- (2930 Screens) “RAUNCHIEST, FUNNIEST AND MOST ENJOYABLY NONJUDGMENTAL AMERICAN MOVIE ABOUT SELLING SEX IN DECADES. THE STUDIO EXPECTS TO EARN THIS OPENING WEEKEND IN THE VICINITY OF $20 MILLION. Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Matt Bomer, Riley Keough, Joe Manganiello and Matthew McConaughey. 1 Hour and 50 Minutes. Rated R.
  • TED-- (3240 Screens) WEEKEND TICKET RECEIPTS COULD EXCEED $40 MILLION. “A RAUCOUSLY FUNNY GOOF ABOUT A BOOZING, POT-SMOKING, FOUL-MOUTHED TEDDY BEAR. NOT TOO MANY FILMS SERVE UP LAUGHS THAT JUST KEEP ON ROLLING WITH REGULARITY FROM BEGINNING TO END. IT OUGHT TO COUNT ON UPBEAT WORD-OF-MOUTH FOR SOLID SUMMER BUSINESS.” Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Jessica Barth, Norah Jones and the voice of Seth MacFarlane. 1 Hour and 46 Minutes. Rated R.
  • MADEA'S WITNESS PROTECTION-- (2160 Screens) RARELY ARE TYLER PERRY FILMS SCREENED IN ADVANCE. THE CRITICS MAY WINCE, BUT HE ALWAYS PACKS THE THEATERS. THIS WEEKEND SHOULD BE NO EXCEPTION, WHERE HE’S EXPECTED TO EARN ABOUT $25 MILLION AT THE BOX OFFICE. Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Romeo Miller, John Amos, Doris Roberts and Tom Arnold. 1 Hour and 45 Minutes. Rated PG-13.

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Top 10 Movies People Walked Out On

Top 10 Movies People Walked Out On from xfinity.comcast.net

10. 'The Wicker Man' User thoughts: "Hands down the WORST movie ever."

9. 'A Clockwork Orange' User thoughts Why they walked out: "Not because it was a bad movie, but because I was a sissy then."

8. 'Last Tango In Paris' User thoughts Why they walked out: "I never even made it to the famous butter scene; the flick was so pretentious and dull that my then-boyfriend and I actually started folding a piece of notebook paper into intricate paper cranes and fighter jets.

7. 'Pirate of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' User thoughts: 'Dead Man's Chest' stunk to high heaven. It should have been called 'The Kraken' instead of 'Dead Man's Chest.'

6. 'Eyes Wide Shut' User thoughts Why they walked out: "It was overindulgent actors/directors trying to dictate 'art.'"

5. 'Ishtar' User thoughts: "Hoffman and Beatty must have been beyond desperate when they made this one."

4. 'The English Patient' User thoughts Why they walked out: "It was terrible! I can't believe all the raves it got. Boring!" Also, "Have you EVER tried to watch 'The English Patient' all the way through? A great opportunity for a nap."

3. 'The Exorcist User thoughts' Why they walked out: "When I was a child, I got real queasy and had to leave the theater when Linda Blair was being tested and had a needle stuck in her neck."

2. 'Leaving Las Vegas' User thoughts Why they walked out: "How this thing won academy awards is beyond me! Neither character had any redeeming qualities. They both died in the end. And I left thinking I would never get that two hours of my life back.

1. 'Natural Born Killers' User thoughts: "What a weird and disgusting movie!!!! We didn't even make it through half the movie. We couldn't take anymore.

Survey: "What movie have you walked out on?"

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7 Fitness Rules to Break, Tips for Bad Breath and Prime Time TV Tonight

7 Fitness Rules You Should Break from yahoo.com

Old rule: Avoid exercising in the heat.
New rule: Acclimatize slowly and cool your neck.

A series of experiments shows that cooling the neck before working out in hot, humid weather can significantly boost athletic performance. Volunteers wearing ice-cold, strap-on neck collars could run faster on a treadmill in 87-degree heat than when they weren’t wearing the collars. You can get similar results by dipping a handkerchief in ice water and draping it around your neck.

Old rule: Drink before you’re thirsty.
New rule: Drink up, but avoid fluid overload.

For years, sports nutritionists recommended “drinking ahead of thirst” to avoid dehydration. However, recent studies show that slight dehydration doesn’t hurt athletic performance or health.,A study by the Sports Science Institute of South Africa compared runners who did three two-hour workouts, in which they either quaffed a sports beverage according to thirst (about 13 oz. per hour), at a moderate timed rate (about 4 oz. every 15 to 20 minutes) and at a high rate (about 10 oz every 15 to 20 minutes). There were no significant differences in core body temperature or finishing time.

Old rule: Cardio burns the most calories.
New rule: Weight training is a better fat-burner.

A recent University of Southern Maine study found that 30 minutes of weight training torches as many calories as running at a blistering six-minute-mile pace. Along with boosting strength and chiseling muscles, weight training revs up your metabolism for up to 36 hours. High-intensity training is another excellent fat-burner, with a recent review in Journal of Obesity reporting that it’s more effective than other forms of exercise for flattening the belly, while also improving aerobic fitness.

Old rule: Work out longer and faster to boost your health.
New rule: Aim for 30 to 60 minutes of moderate exercise daily.

A new study found that people who jogged 10 to 15 miles per week, at a pace of six or seven miles per hour, significantly outlived those who ran further and faster. The low-mileage group had 27 percent lower risk of death, compared to non-runners, while people who logged more than 25 miles weekly at higher speeds had no significant drop in mortality. The study analyzed the medical records of nearly 53,000 adults over an average of 15 years.

Old rule: Subtract your age from 220 to get your maximum heart rate.
New rule: Women should use 206 minus 88 percent of their age.

To burn fat and improve endurance, typically, your target heart rate should be 60 to 80 percent of your max. However, the traditional formula is based on research in men and can result in a max that’s too high for women, according to a study published in Circulation. The researchers developed the new gender-specific formula based on an analysis of about 6,000 healthy women ages 35 and older. And while the math is a little tricky, you only need to run the numbers once a year—on your birthday.

Old rule: Stretch before your workout to prevent injuries.
New rule: Do a 10-minute dynamic warm-up.

A study published in British Medical Journal found no scientific evidence to back up the notion that stretching before a workout reduces injuries or that stretching before and after prevents muscle soreness. Other studies show that static stretching can actually impair athletic performance, while dynamic warm-ups—such as pairing calisthenics (like squatting and lunging) with running drills—improve it. Dynamic warm-ups also reduce injuries, a 2006 study found.

Old rule: Prevent or treat overuse injuries with custom foot orthotics.
New rule: Cheaper prefab inserts are just as good.

Custom orthotics are a billion-dollar industry, but there’s little evidence that they deliver more benefit. A study of military recruits found no difference in rates of stress fractures, ankle sprains, or foot problems in those given custom orthotics versus those who wore prefabricated inserts.
 


8 Ways To Beat Bad Breath from womenshealth.com

Stay On Top Of Your Teeth. Brush twice a day and floss at least once daily to remove the plaque and bacteria that accumulates on your teeth and under your gumline. And be sure to visit your dentist twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning.

Clean Your Tongue. The fleshy surface of the tongue is a prime breeding ground for harmful bacteria and accounts for a large percentage of halitosis cases; but most people neglect this crucial area when brushing. To dislodge the offending build-up take a regular soft bristle toothbrush and make a few gentle strokes down the tongue from back to front once a day.

Go Sugar-Free. Reaching for mints and gum can help mask that dragon breath but if you're using sugary brands you're actually adding to the problem. Bacteria in your mouth tend to ferment sugar, which leads to those very unpleasant odors. So stick with sugar-free solutions. And while you're at it, cutting down on sugar in the rest of your diet can go a long way in snuffing out those icky smells.

Wet Your Whistle. Your saliva contains vital protective enzymes that help kill bad bacteria, so a dry mouth can be contributing to your smelly situation. Staying hydrated will help stimulate the salivary glands and keep your mouth properly moisturized.

Pass the Bread. A low-carb, high protein diet may be the cause of that killer bad breath according to an analysis by the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine. The key to these diets is a fat-burning state known as ketosis when your body burns stored fats to use as fuel instead of the missing carbs. As the fat burns, chemicals called ketones accumulate in the body and are released in your breath.

Take a Tea Break. Drinking tea can do more than soothe your soul, according to findings presented at an annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. It can also help that halitosis. The research out of the University of Illinois at Chicago shows that polyphenols, chemical components found in black and green tea, can prevent the growth of the bacteria responsible for bad breath as well as the bacteria's production of putrid smelling compounds

Spice It Up. Cardamom, a sweet exotic spice often found in Indian cooking, has been known to contain antibacterial properties and has been used for ages as a natural breath freshener. The cardamom plant is high in a compound called cineole, a potent antiseptic that kills bacteria and alleviates bad breath. Chew on a few cardamom seeds as an alternative to mints and gum or try fennel seeds, another herbal remedy also known to work on bad breath.

Get a Physical. If you've been on top of your dental care, have tried all of the above and your breath could still peel the paint from the walls, it's time to ring up the doc. Chronic nasty breath can be a symptom of a variety of other underlying medical issues such as diabetes, severe sinus infections, post-nasal drip, GI disorders, or liver and kidney problems.
 

PRIMETIME TV

Tuesday June 26

  • HELL’S KITCHEN THE CONTESTANTS PREPARE FOOD FOR UFC FIGHTER TITO ORTIZ AND FORMER BOXER SUGAR RAY LEONARD. (FOX, 8 PM)
  • U.S.OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS MICHAEL PHELPS BATTLES RYAN LOCHTE IN THE 200 FREESTYLE, ALSO NATALIE COUGHLIN IS THE FAVORITE IN THE BACKSTROKE EVENTS. (NBC, 8 PM)
  • PRETTY LITTLE LIARS ARIA DREADS HAVING TO TELL ELLA THAT BYRON IS DATING MEREDITH. (ABC FAMILY, 8 PM)
  • THE CATALINA CONFLICT ARISES BETWEEN STEPHANIE AND MORGAN DURING A BEACH POLO TOURNAMENT. (CW, 8 PM)
  • LAST MAN STANDING BACK-TO-BACK REPEATS (ABC, 8 PM)
  • NCIS (Repeats) DINOZZO’S SECRET ASSIGNMENT FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY LEAVES AN AGENT DEAD. (CBS, 8 PM)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat) SAM MUST CONFRONT HIS EMOTIONAL MEMORIES FROM SUDAN WHEN JADA’S TRANSPORT CAR IS ATTACKED. (CBS, 9 PM)
  • EXTREME MAKEOVER: Weight Loss Edition (Repeat) A 355-POUND WOMAN WORKS TO LOSE WEIGHT SO SHE CAN START A FAMILY. (ABC, 9 PM)
  • AMERICA'S GOT TALENT HOPEFULS PERFORM IN LAS VEGAS. (NBC, 9 PM)
  • MASTERCHEF DURING THE ELIMINATION ROUND THE COOKS TRY TO RECREATE THEIR FAVORITE DESSERTS. (FOX, 9 PM)
  • REAL HOUSEWIVES OF THE OC (Season Finale) THE DRAMA NEVER STOPS AT HEATHER’S PARTY, PLUS SARAH ACTS STRANGELY, WHILE VICKI & TAMRA FIGHT... CAN'T WAIT FOR THE REUNION SHOW. (BRAVO, 9 PM)
  • RIZZOLI & ISLES THE DEAD BODIES OF YOUNG WOMEN DRESSED AS DOLLS ARE FOUND ON THE PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM. (TNT, 9 PM)
  • LOVE IN THE WILD THE COUPLES BARTER COCONUTS IN ORDER TO ADVANCE THROUGH A JUNGLE CHALLENGE. (NBC, 10 PM)
  • BRISTOL PALIN: LIFE’S A TRIPP LEVI JOHNSTON’S DISPARAGING BOOK IS PUBLISHED WHILE BRISTOL IS LIVING IN LOS ANGELES. (LIFETIME, 10 PM)
  • TEEN MOM GARY & LEAH VISIT AMBER IN REHAB, FARRAH DATES HER NEIGHBOR, AND MACI TRAVELS WITH RYAN’S FAMILY ON A VACATION. (MTV, 10 PM)

 

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10 Ways to Get That Summer Body and What Ice Cream Says About You

10 Ways To Get Summer-Body Ready from instyle.com

Get Bronzed. A fake tan brings out muscle definition so you instantly look more toned.

Chew Some Juicy Fruit. Melons are the perfect hot-weather food. They hydrate without bloating and fill you up without putting you in a food coma.

Ready to toss your razor. Unlike IPL and electrolysis, the in-salon Depilar System ($20–$150 per treatment; depilarsystem.com for salons) is painless and works on all skin tones. It's an enzyme-based gel an aesthetician can apply after waxing to destroy empty hair follicles.

Order an App. A recent study in the journal Obesity found that dieters who track their progress using mobile apps drop more pounds than those who keep paper logs.

Develop Good Paste. Skip pricey microdermabrasion treatments that promise smooth skin and whip up your own remedy: Mix 3 parts baking soda (Arm and Hammer Pure baking soda, $1 and 1 part water into a paste, and apply in a circular motion before rinsing. The grains act as an exfoliant, uncovering fresh skin underneath.

Bolster Your Block. Summer skin needs more than a slathering of SPF to keep it protected. To prevent free-radical damage, it's critical to apply an antioxidant face cream under your sunscreen.

Suck It In. Spanx has finally hit the beach. Sara Blakely, the creator of the ubiquitous shapewear, has launched a new swimsuit line designed to make you look as sleek as possible. The strategic ruching supports and flaunts your curves.

Raise the Barre. As anyone who has seen "Black Swan" knows, ballet is a serious full-body workout. It kicks your metabolism into overdrive.

Get Hard On Nails. A protein-packed strengthener prevents nails from splitting and cracking--and can make a manicure last days longer.

Chill Out, Trim Down. Muffin tops apparently hate the cold. A new medical procedure, Coolsculpting by Zeltiq ($700–$1,200), uses a gel patch to freeze fat cells below the skin. The cells then break down and are removed by the body's normal metabolic process. No needles, no anesthesia, no downtime.

What Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor Says About You On A Date from thefrisky.com

Butter Pecan: You’re a little old fashioned and maybe a little conservative. You’re a hard worker who is detail-oriented at work and in your social life. (And very respectful to your date.) So while you are kind of conservative, you also are a decadent person. Sure, you can be all business. But when you’re ready to unwind, you unwind with the best of them.

Chocolate: Chocolate is for kids at heart. You know how kids say the darndest things? Well, yousay the darndest things. And since you get bored easily and don’t have a filter, you will tell people you are bored. Or that you don’t like them. Or that you aren’t having fun on your date. At least you’re honest. And when you do find someone, you’ll be really happy. You’re also really creative and talented, though, and very enthusiastic.

Neapolitan: Make up your mind! You have a trouble making decisions. You’re also kind of immature and like people to baby you.

Chocolate Chip: You’re all about fun. You’re into sports and like to compete. You laugh a lot and are really generous. Total extrovert — you’re the life of the party. But you are also pretty classic.

Double Chocolate Chunk: You share many characteristics with the chocolate chip lovers, but you’re way more extreme. You do whatever you want and just don’t give a damn. You’re like the chocolate chip lover… on crack.

Mint Chocolate Chip: You’re smart and kind of quiet. Your tastes are refined. And you are stubborn.

Rocky Road: You’re the boss of everyone and are used to people doing what you say.

Strawberry: You’re young at heart and very thoughtful. You don’t jump into unknown situations and love tradition. You’re committed in your relationships, although it takes you a long time to get to that point because you are kind of shy.

Vanilla: You my friend, are not vanilla. You are daring and experiment with a lot of new things, taking high risks and setting huge goals for yourself. You are sure of yourself and don’t fall for trends just because they’re trends. And you’re stubborn. 10,000,000 people could jump off a bridge and try to convince you to stop liking vanilla ice cream and you won’t do it.

Coffee: You’re lively, passionate, and pretty impulsive. You start things all the time and don’t finish them because you get bored easily and sometimes have a hard time focusing.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: You are really indulgent and party your ass off. You do what you feel like doing basically all the time, regardless of what your work schedule is or what other people think. You plan stuff for your friends and get them psyched to follow your lead. Your philosophy is, “Why not?” And you’ll try anything once. Or twice, depending on how drunk you were the first time.



WIKI FACT

 

In the womb, it's louder than a vacuum cleaner for a baby.

Doctor Harvey Karp recommends loud rumbling noises to help put crying newborn babies to sleep. It reproduces the sounds that they heard for months living in the mother's womb. Newborns are also likely to stop crying with swaying motions, especially if placed on their side or stomach.


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10 Worst One Hit Wonders of Summer

10 Worst One-Hit Wonders Of Summer from yahoo.com

 

10) Macarena -- Los del Rio (1996)

9) The Dawn of Correction -- The Spokesmen (1965)

8) Telephone Man -- Meri Wilson (1977)

7) Bitch -- Meredith Brooks (1997)

6) General Hospi-tale -- The Afternoon Delights (1981)

5) I Wanna Be Bad -- Willa Ford (2001)

4) On My Own -- Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald (1986)

3) Who Let The Dogs Out? -- Baha Men (2000)

2) Almost Paradise -- Mike Reno, featuring Ann Wilson (1984)

1) Whoomp! (There It Is) -- Tag Team (1993)


10 Ways To Look Better In The Morning from xfinity.comcast.com

Prepare Hair Before Bed
If your fine strands tend to look greasy the minute you open your eyes, use a dry shampoo preventively. Spray roots until hair feels chalky. The powder will suck up oils as they're produced.

Put Down the Popcorn
If you want to wake up with a flat tummy, close the kitchen two hours before hitting the sack. Absolutely craving a late-night snack? Avoid anything salty. Cut up a grapefruit and grate some fresh ginger over it. Grapefruit is hydrating, and ginger is an anti-inflammatory that has the added benefit of calming skin.

Pour Some Fennel Tea
The seeds fight gas, meaning you'll awaken less bloated. The licoricey flavor might take some getting used to, adding a splash of lemon juice to brighten the taste.

Give Your Eyes Some Caffeine
The stimulant constricts blood vessels so dark circles appear lighter. Applying a caffeine-infused cream at bedtime can reduce water accumulation overnight, leaving eyes less puffy in the A.M.

Fake a Sunrise
There's nothing pretty about being rudely awakened by a shrieking alarm clock in the morning. A simulated sunrise clock wakes you more naturally.

Make Your Own Steam Room
After washing your face, turn the shower on hot, close the door, and let your skin soak up the mist. Once it feels dewy, apply a product with hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that pulls moisture from the air into your skin. It works better in humidity.

Cleanse, Rinse, Repeat
To prevent smudgy raccoon eyes, wash twice in the evening. First use a milky cleanser to remove makeup. To make sure there's nothing left behind, follow with a gel cleanser, which eliminates oily residue.

Stick a Bandage On It
You may not want to smother a zit with makeup, but hydrocortisone. Before bed, slather on the anti-inflammatory cream, then seal it in with a waterproof bandage.

Pamper Your Ringlets
If you wash your curly hair at the end of the day coat wet spirals with gel, make them crunchy. They will soften overnight and be the perfect consistency when you wake up.

Skip the Booze, Bubbles, and Juice
We all know alcohol is dehydrating, but it can also cause blood vessels to dilate, which leads to flushing and puffiness. If you indulge, avoid mixing liquor with carbonated beverages or sugary juices that can worsen fluid retention.
 

 

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Awkard Money Moments and Movie Trailers For The Weekend

Awkward Moment

40% of people say having a credit card declined is the most awkward money moment a person can have. Other awkward money moments from a new survey by couponcabin.com:

- Feeling pressured to donate to a charity on behalf of a co-worker, family member or friend - 34 percent

- Saying no to giving money to a panhandler or beggar - 30 percent

- Feeling pressured to chip in on a group gift at work, like for a baby shower or wedding shower - 26 percent

- Sharing salary/wage amounts with co-workers - 25 percent

- Splitting a dinner bill or check with a large group of people - 17 percent

- Figuring out a gift to get a partner for special occasions, like a first anniversary or a first birthday together - 13 percent
 

Movies Opening Friday June 22

ALL REVIEWS FROM ‘DAILY VARIETY’ AND ‘THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

  • BRAVE-- (3D Animation on 4000 Screens) Voices by Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd and Craig Ferguson. 1 Hour and 33 Minutes. Rated PG.



  • SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD-- (1400 Screens) Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Derek Luke and Melanie Lynskey. 1 Hour and 41 Minutes. Rated R.



  • ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER-- (3000 Screens in 3D) Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper , Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rufus Sewell. 1 Hour and 45 Minutes. Rated R.

 

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How Many Vacation Days Do You Need To Unwind?

Takes Four Days to Unwind from Work Stress and Enjoy Vacation


(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) Better tell the boss that your week-long summer vacation must be extended an additional week. A new study shows that just 3 days of a typical vacation are actually relaxing. That’s due to the lingering work stress, which doesn’t wear off for the first 4 days. On any ordinary vacation, you only start to enjoy the trip starting on day number five. Psychologist Glenn Wilson says (quote) “Vacationers returning to work are healthier, happier and likely to be more productive.”

A team of researchers studied the summer vacation (great work, if you can get it). What they found was that pressures build, but it takes a long time for us to unwind. After all, the researchers found that we spend (on average) almost 4 hours per day thinking about our job while vacationing. Or still doing work while traveling.
 

Wiki Fact

Today, about 200 million photos will be uploaded on Facebook


SUMMER BUMMERS

Generally summer brings out the best in people. There's lots to do, the weather is nice and the days are longer. But even the best season of the year has its drawbacks. Some of the worst things about summer are:

Going to work or summer school: Once school lets out there is nothing worse than having to get yourself to work knowing that all those kids and teachers are enjoying a long summer break.

You can't style your hair or wear makeup: With heat and humidity you must embrace the frizz and the melted makeup face, or you will be spending the entire season inside with air conditioning.

TV sucks: All the good shows are over until the fall − so there is absolutely nothing to watch.

Not being able to afford to go on vacation when everyone else is going: This can be a real downer especially when all you want to do is spend a little time lounging on the beach.

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Best and Worst Drinks to Have Before A Workout
Best And Worst Drinks To Sip Before A Workout from foxnews.com

Best Drink: Zico Coconut Water ($2.49 for a 14-ounce bottle)
Coconut is quite the trend recently, and for good reason. It naturally contains the potassium, sodium, and magnesium that sports drink companies pump their drinks with. It also contains less sugar then traditional sports drinks like Gatorade (12 grams of sugar in a 14-ounce serving as opposed to 14 grams of sugar in 8 ounces of Gatorade).

Best Drink: Water
There is nothing better than water for your workout. A classic choice, water gives you what you need to stay hydrated during your workout and is the best way to replace lost fluids. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, try to drink two to three cups of water during the two to three hours before exercise.

Best Drink: Low Sodium V8 Juice ($3.79 for a 46-ounce bottle)
Packed with vegetables, V8 is a great source of potassium and sodium, two electrolytes you sweat out during intense exercise. Choose the low sodium variety, as it still supplies plenty of sodium for your workout. Try drinking an 8-ounce glass an hour before you exercise to get 900 mg of potassium (20 percent of your daily needs!) and 140 mg of sodium.
Worst Drink: Coca-Cola ($1.49 for 2 liters)
It is a well-known fact that soda is nutritionally void and loaded with sugar, so it should come as no surprise that is a poor choice for your pre-workout drink. Sodas high sugar content on top of its carbonation can lead to not only a sugar crash but also stomach cramps and nausea during your workout.

Worst Drink: Minute Maid Lemonade ($2.29 for 64 ounces)
The store-bought varieties of this classic beverage are made with the same sweeteners as soda and contain just as much sugar. So the damaging effects of lemonade on your workouts are the same as soda. If you crave that citrus kick, try making flavored water by soaking lemons or limes in ice water.

Worst Drink: Rockstar Energy Drink:
There are rows upon rows of energy drinks at the grocery store these days. They all claim to provide the energy you need to power through anything, whether it's an intense workout or a long day at the office. But what isn't mentioned is the high amount of calories and sugar found in these drinks. Rockstar is one of the worst, with one 16-ounce can coming in at 280 calories and 62 grams of sugar.

50 Shades Of Grey Best Selling Paperback In History


IT’S OFFICIAL: “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” IS NOW THE FASTEST SELLING PAPERBACK SINCE THEY BEGAN KEEPING RECORDS -- THE NOVEL, THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF AN X-RATED TRILOGY, HAS BEATEN ‘HARRY POTTER’ AND ‘THE DA VINCI CODE’ TO REACH THE NEW MARK -- SO IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT OTHER FEMALE WRITERS HAVE STARTED TO COME OUT WITH THEIR OWN EROTIC FICTION
– IF YOU CHECK THE BESTSELLER LIST, SUDDENLY THERE’S A LOT OF INTIMATE  BOOKS ON THERE

Love Thy Neighbor

A new survey by findaproperty.com reveals that 33% of people have logged on to a real estate Website, such as Zillow, to find out more about a neighbor. Other findings:
- 10% of people have peaked through a neighbor’s window just to see what the inside of their house looked like.
- 3% of people would accept an invitation into a neighbor’s house simply to see what it looks like.
- 6% of people have snooped around a neighbor's home while they were away


Arsenio Hall's new syndicated late night show will debut in the fall of 2013.

Ask your audience, "What 70's, 80's or 90's star do you miss seeing on television?"
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What Your Blood Type Says About You
WHAT YOUR BLOOD TYPE SAYS ABOUT YOU

While a standard question on an American dating profile might ask what your astrological sign is, a standard question on a Japanese dating site will ask you your blood type.

Here's what the Japanese think your blood type says about you:

  • Type A -- Earnest, sensible, patient and reserved
  • Type B -- Wild, passionate, creative, strong
  • Type AB -- Cool, collected, rational, sociable, adaptable
  • Type O -- Agreeable, social, optimistic (Yahoo Shine)
10 Exercise Mistakes Beginners Make from ivillage.com

#1: Setting Unrealistic Goals
#2: Expecting To See Results Right Away
#3: Doing Too Much, Too Soon
#4: Using Improper Form or Technique
#5: Having No Goals At All
#6: Understanding That Diet Is as Important as Exercise
#7: Following a One-Size-Fits-All Workout Plan
#8: Trying Every Trend
#9: Not Doing What Motivates You
#10: Not Asking For Help

Summer Blockbusters

Here are 9 ways to save money on your Summer films.
1. Why pay anything? Many theaters offer free family film screenings on weekday mornings.
2. Keep an eye out for movie ticket coupons at grocery stores.
3. Seek out a drive-in. If you can
find one, you'll be rewarded with $6 tickets.
4. Ditch the theater chains. Independents may take an extra few weeks to get the summer blockbusters, but the tickets can be 70% cheaper.
5. Sign up for reward programs. Unlike frequent flier miles, theaters aren't depreciating their rewards programs. AMC MovieWatcher Rewards offers coupons for a free small popcorn each week, plus two points per ticket purchased. After you've earned 30, you'll get a free ticket. The Regal Crown Club awards one point per $1 spent. Rack up 120 points and redeem them for a free ticket.
6. Buy in bulk with your friends. AMC sells blocks of 50 tickets at $6 apiece. The tickets don't expire, but they can't be redeemed until two weeks after a film debuts.
7. Don't go on Friday or Saturday night. Instantly halve the cost of tickets by checking out a matinee.

8. Skip online reservation sites. Save the $1.50 and spend a few minutes waiting on line.
9. Be careful with the concessions. Theaters make their profits on popcorn, so if you need to buy, buy big and share with your friends. Even better, buy your snacks at a convenience store for a fraction of the price.

Wiki Fact
 
In the United States, each and every day, the typical person will produce nearly 3 pounds of garbage. To put this into perspective, within a couple of months, they've probably produced their own weight in trash.

PRIME TIME TONIGHT
 
 'The Bachelorette' Followed by 'Glass House', & 'Hell's Kitchen'
 
·        THE BACHELORETTE ARIE SNEAKS OUT TO SEE EMILY. (ABC, 8 PM)
·        AMERICA'S GOT TALENT MORE AUDITIONS. (NBC, 8 PM)
·        HELL'S KITCHEN CONTESTANTS PREPARE MEXICAN DISHES. (FOX, 8 PM)
·        SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER AMY AND RICKY RETURN HOME TO FACE ANXIOUS FAMILY MEMBERS. (ABC FAMILY, 8 PM)
·        HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (Repeat) ROBIN HIDES SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE GANG. (CBS, 8 PM)
·        2 BROKE GIRLS (Rerun) EARL'S TAX RETURN IS LATE. (CBS 8:30 PM)
·        MASTERCHEF A MEAL FOR 200 AT CAMP PENDLETON. (FOX, 9 PM)
·        REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC CAROLE HOSTS A BRUNCH AND HEATHER INVITES SOME OF THE WOMEN TO LONDON. (BRAVO, 9 PM)
·        TWO and a HALF MEN (Rerun) JUDY GREER ARRIVES. (CBS, 9 PM)
·        AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR THE MID-SOUTH REGION. (NBC, 9 PM)
·        MIKE AND MOLLY (Repeat) VINCE IS JEALOUS WHEN JOYCE HAS DINNER WITH AN EX-BOYFRIEND. (CBS, 9:30 PM)
·        THE BIG BANG THEORY (Repeat) THE GANG DEALS WITH THE AFTERMATH OF PENNY AND RAJ'S NIGHT TOGETHER. (CBS, 10 PM)
·        TEEN WOLF THE NEW SHAPE-SHIFTER STRIKES AGAIN. (MTV, 10 PM)
·        MISS ADVISED (Reality Series Premiere) THE STARS GIVE RELATIONSHIP ADVICE BUT HAVE TROUBLE WITH THEIR OWN LOVE LIVES. (BRAVO, 10 PM).
·        THE GLASS HOUSE (Reality Series Premiere) SEVEN PAIRS OF CONTESTANTS LIVE TOGETHER IN A STATE-OF-THE-ART HOUSE. (ABC, 10 PM)
 

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Top 10 Celebrity Dads

Top 10 Celebrity Dads With The Best Dance Moves from Zumba

Top 10 Celebrity Dads With The Best Dance Moves from Zumba

1. Will Smith – 41% – Exploding into the public eye in the 1980s,
Smith danced, rapped and acted his way to fame – becoming a
household name with his successful run in "The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air" and following it up with roles in "Independence Day," "Ali," and the "Men in Black" trilogy

2. Mario Lopez – 15% – Lopez danced into our lives as A.C. Slater on
"Saved By The Bell" and has been dancing ever since – from
"Dancing with the Stars" and "America's Best Dance Crew" to
"Extra" and Broadway's "A Chorus Line"

3. John Travolta – 14% – Grooving his way into the spotlight in the
1970s with roles in "Grease" and "Saturday Night Live," Travolta
has been 'staying alive' ever since – dancing through the decades
with one hit movie after another

4. Ricky Martin – 13% – From Menudo and pop superstardom to
raving reviews in Broadway's "Evita," Martin salsa'd his way to
international fame, while showing us just how 'loca' life could be
through his sensual moves on the dance floor

5. Usher – 8% –Rising to fame in the 1990s with his 6-time platinum
album, "My Way," Usher is now internationally known as the DJ who'
smooth voice and slick dance style has had us falling in love again and again, and again

6. Jon Bon Jovi – 3% – He may give love a bad name, but Bon Jovi's
career has not been livin' on a prayer. Ever since hitting the music
scene in the 1980s, this rock star has been serving up timeless hits
that will have even the worst dancers up out of their seat, and rocking out on the floor

7. Hugh Jackman – 2% – From Broadway to the silver screen and
beyond, Jackman is one of Hollywood's hottest triple threats – singing,
dancing and entertaining his way into our hearts with films such as
"X-Men" to upcoming adaptation of "Les Miserables"

8. Kevin Bacon – 2% – As one of Hollywood's most recognized actors,
Bacon has had a sizzling hot career, starring in cinematic classics such
as National Lampoon's Animal House, Tremors and Footloose, where
he showed off that in addition to his acting chops, he also had some impressively, fancy footwork

9. Tom Cruise – 1% – From the moment Cruise first busted his signature
moves in the 1983 classic "Risky Business," the American public
was hooked! Nearly 30 years later, this Hollywood top gun is still
stealing our attention with lead roles in films like the upcoming
summer blockbuster, "Rock of Ages"

10. Mick Jagger – 1% – If Rock & Roll had royalty, Jagger would be the
King. Showing off his moves on stage since he founded the Rolling Stones
as teenager, the legend has inspired countless musicians including
Maroon 5, who's song "Moves Like Jagger" skyrocketed through the charts –
becoming a worldwide best-selling single


Most Bedbug-Infested Cities from Terminex

1. Philadelphia

2. Cincinnati

3. New York

4. Chicago

5. Detroit

6. Washington, D.C.

7. Columbus, Ohio

8. San Francisco

9. Denver

10. New Haven, Conn.

11. Dallas

12. Houston

13. Indianapolis

14. Miami

15. Cleveland


Online Dating: 5 Ways To Stand Out From The Crowd from tresugar.com

1) Put great effort into writing your profile. Show passion and humor.
2) Make sure to upload only the clearest, best and most recent photos.
3) Resist writing a negative list in your profile.
4) Do view "the competition" and copy ideas that you like and think would work for you. Research!
5) Only answer emails from people that you can honestly see yourself dating.
 

Online Dating: 5 Ways To Stand Out From The Crowd from tresugar.com

1) Put great effort into writing your profile. Show passion and humor.

2) Make sure to upload only the clearest, best and most recent photos.

3) Resist writing a negative list in your profile.

4) Do view "the competition" and copy ideas that you like and think would work for you. Research!

5) Only answer emails from people that you can honestly see yourself dating.



5 Most Dangerous Cities In America from 24/7 wall st.

5 Most Dangerous Cities In America from 24/7 wall st.

5. Memphis, Tenn. Violent crimes per 1,000: 15.8 Population: 652,725 2011 murders:
117 Median income: $37,045 Unemployment rate: 11.1%

4. Oakland, Calif. Violent crimes per 1,000: 16.8 Population: 395,317 2011 murders:
104 Median income: $49,190 Unemployment rate: 15.6%

3. St. Louis, Mo. Violent crimes per 1,000: 18.6 Population: 320,454 2011 murders:
113 Median income: $32,688 Unemployment rate: 11.7%

2. Detroit, Mich. Violent crimes per 1,000: 21.4 Population: 713,239 2011 murders:
344 Median income: $25,787 Unemployment rate: 19.9%

1. Flint, Mich. Violent crimes per 1,000: 23.4 Population: 102,357 2011 murders:
52 Median income: $22,672 Unemployment rate: 18.9%

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5 Tips for Sleeping Peacefully As A Couple

5 Tips For Sleeping Peacefully As A Couple from yourtango.com

 

1. Invest in a new mattress that doesn't transfer motion when your man tosses and turns, like the Tempur-Pedic. Or get a king-sized bed

2. Have your own blankets, especially if one of you tends to roll around. It's no fun waking up in the middle of the night cold and blanket-less.

3. If your guy comes home when you're already sleeping (or vice versa), have him change in another room so he won't wake you. Nothing sucks more than trying to fall asleep for the second time in one night!

4. Accept your partner's sleep schedule and work around it.

5. Get checked for sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder that can result in heavy snoring and problems with breathing. It's completely treatable and worth looking into!
 

20 Most Romantic American Cities from misstravel

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

2. New York, New York

3. Miami, Florida

4. San Francisco, California

5. Chicago, Illinois

6. Honolulu, Hawaii

7. Los Angeles, California

8. Orlando, Florida

9. Santa Barbara, California

10. Washington, D.C.

11. Napa Valley, California

12. Dallas, Texas

13. San Diego, California

14. Boston, Massachusetts

15. New Orleans, Louisiana

16. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

17. Houston, Texas

18. Tampa, Florida

19. Sedona, Arizona

20. Cleveland, Ohio

Wiki Fact
 
After analyzing 2.4 million deaths over a 40-year period, researchers discovered that you are 14% more likely to pass away on your birthday (as compared to any other day of the year). That risk increases as you grow older, in particular for senior citizens

 

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11 Things to Say If You Want to Start a Fight

11 Things You Can Say If You Definitely Want To Get In A Fight from the frisky

1. “Are you trying to make me mad?” Is there ever a good response to this kind of question? Noooooot really.

2. “You never spend time with me.” Words like “never” and “always” are total relationship poison. Nobody is ever “always” or “never” doing something. Instead of claiming someone’s always doing x, y or z, try to use specific examples or time frames where your significant other disappointed you.

3. “Stop being crazy.” Men and women are both guilty of pathologizing their mates, though it seems like “crazy” gets tossed at women way more than men. Telling someone that they’re behavior is “crazy” is completely dismissive. It also vilifies people with actual mental illness.

4. “You’re overreacting.” It sucks when someone tells you how you’re feeling. How do they know? Don’t do it to someone else.

5. “You always do that.” See number 2.

6. “I don’t know why I even try.” This kind of comment is super dismissive, which makes it super hurtful.

7. “Are you on your period?” Girls get this all the time. This falls right in line with ass backwards thinking that women’s emotions can’t be real, genuine or justified.

8. “Are you going to wear that?” What you really mean is, “please don’t wear that. You’re totally embarrassing me.”

9. “What’s your problem?” Asking someone “What’s your problem?” says “I don’t really want to know.”

10. “You are such a control freak.” Calling someone a freak is just about the same as calling someone crazy. Why not try (again) identifying the specific behavior or incident that felt controlling and discuss that? Nobody likes to be labeled.

11. “What’s that supposed to mean?” Has anything good ever followed after someone’s said those words in anger? Nope, not really.
Best Time To Book Flights from realsimplemagazine.com

 

Shop on Tuesday mornings. Fare sales are often launched Monday nights, so other airlines have matched their prices by Tuesday morning.

Search how full your flight is. You can tell if your flight is full or empty by starting to buy tickets online and "choosing your seat." That will show you how many seats are taken already.

Remember it's a gamble. When in doubt, booking earlier is safer. If you wait, fares could go up or down, and usually fares go up by more than they go down. Only bide your time if your flight isn't too full and you know the price is a lot higher than it should be.

Use online tools. Kayak's "Hacker" tool can help you find two separate one-way flights to make a round trip that saves more money. Kayak also offers a fare chart so you can see trends in the ticket prices, and Bing created a price predictor tool to help you guess if fares are going up or down.

Follow airlines. Some airlines promote one-hour sales on Facebook or Twitter only, so follow an airline for the best deals.

Consider a destination serviced by low-cost carriers. Carriers like Air Tran, Southwest, and Frontier drive down all airfares along their routes. So it might make sense sometimes to drive longer to go to a bigger airport with low-cost carriers, since even major carriers' flights will likely be cheaper


Town Votes To Ban 4-Letter Curse Words From Public Discourse

At the annual town meeting last night, Middleborough Massachusetts residents voted to ban the F-word in public. The Police Chief first launched the proposal. He thought about instituting a "Swear Jar" for the town. 20 bucks for each 4-letter word uttered in public.
     In fact, there's already a law on the books, but it's been long forgotten. The town has revived the law, by approving the proposal with a 183-50 vote. One elderly resident told the Wall Street Journal (quote) "Back when I was younger you wouldn't think of saying foul language on the street, but now it's [bleep] you, or stick it up your whatever."

Wiki Fact
 
Swearing is the most difficult habit to break. A recent survey found that people felt like it was easier to quit smoking, caffeine, and biting their fingernails before they could eliminate 4-letter words from their vocabulary.

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10 Most Shoplifted Items in America

10 Most Shoplifted Items in America


10 Most Shoplifted Items In America from buzzfeed.com

1. Cigarettes

2. Energy Drinks

3. High-End Liquor

4. Baby Formula

5. Allergy Medicine

6. Diabetic Testing Strips

7. Pain Relievers

8. Weight Loss Pills

9. Electric Toothbrushes & Replacement Heads

10. Lotions & Creams


Pregnant Mom Complains: Tasered for Parking in Handicap Spot

A mother, who is 8-months pregnant, was tazed by police for parking in a handicapped zone. As Tiffany Hobbs tells the story, she drove to Walgreens and took a space reserved for the handicapped. Meanwhile, her boyfriend walked into the store, while she stayed in the car with her children. Remember, she's 8 months pregnant. But the next thing she knows, a Chicago police officer is writing her a ticket. Tiffany tosses it on the ground and jumped back into the car. That's when, according to Tiffany, the officer told her she was under arrest and tazed her through the open car window. She was treated at a nearby hospital, and told that she and her unborn baby will be OK. A police spokesperson said about the incident (quote) "You can't always tell if somebody's pregnant." But that didn't get Tiffany out of the ticket.

Real-Life 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Sex Bunker for Mom in Her 40s

Fifty Shades of Grey continues to make headlines in the United States. And apparently, it's influencing women around the world. Just on Friday, a "hard-working, single mother in her forties" came forward to lay claim to a love dungeon. The secret place was located inside an old military bunker in the woods of northern Sweden. At first, it was believed to be a crime scene. But inspectors finally decided it was a "love chamber". Inside was a king-sized bed with silk sheets, ropes and harnesses, leather riding crops, and several love aids. The woman who used it for special dates with her boyfriend says (quote) "I just wanted to test my limits. This has become one of my most sacred places."

Wiki Fact

Women think about fashion, on average, 91 times per day for a total of 80-minutes spent judging wardrobes. If this survey is correct, that means women daydream more times about shopping for clothes in a day than men think about sex.

Music, DVDs and Blu-Rays on Sale Tomorrow


  • USHER-- LOOKING 4 MYSELF
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  • MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK-- GO
  • METRIC-- SYNTHETICA
  • JIMMY FALLON-- BLOW YOUR PANTS OFF
  • JOSH TURNER-- PUNCHING BAG
  • VARIOUS-- NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL COUNTRY # 5

  • SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS-- Robert Downey Junior, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris & Stephen Fry. 2 Hours and 9 Minutes. PG-13.
  • GOOD DEEDS-- Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Brian White, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy, Eddie Cibrian & Gabrielle Union. 1 Hour and 51 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
  • GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE-- (Straight TO DVD) Nicolas Cage, Johnny Whitworth, Fergus Riordan, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba and Christopher Lambert. 1 Hour and 35 Minutes, Rated PG-13.
  • A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN-- (Straight to DVD) Kate Hudson, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rosemarie DeWitt, Lucy Punch, Whoopi Goldberg. 1 Hour and 47 Minutes. PG-13.
  • TOO BIG TO FAIL-- (Straight to DVD) James Woods, William Hurt, Topher Grace, Cynthia Nixon, Kathy Baker and Paul Giamatti. 1 Hour and 38 Minutes. Unrated.
  • GCB-- (Complete Series) Leslie Bibb, Annie Potts, David James Elliott, Jennifer Aspen, Marisol Nichols, Miriam Shor and Kristin Chenoweth. 10 Episodes.
  • ENTOURAGE-- (Final Season) Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon. 8 Episodes
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