TEN FREAKY THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER GOOGLE(The Stir):
1) Clock spider. I can't even type those words without my scalp crawling. Now, I have a THING about spiders so your creep factor on this one may vary, but if you're a fellow arachnophobe, you definitely definitely don't want to Google Image Search this term.
2) Trypophobia. Another Google Image term that returns a surprisingly upsetting number of visuals. Trypohphobia is also known as repetitive pattern phobia, a fear of objects with clusters of small holes.
3) Any medical symptom. Don't do it. All roads lead directly to cancer.
4) Tetris fanfic. Yes, there is fanfiction devoted to Tetris. Yes, some of it is pornographic. "I unbuttoned the blue pixel I had on my lower half and instructed her on the ways of foreplay. As her top pixel met my bottom pixel, I let out an ecstatic sigh. Such pleasure I had never experienced in my life ..."
5) Snapewives. According to the Urban Dictionary, "A group of middle-aged women on the internet who believe they are all married to Severus Snape from the Harry Potter books -- on the astral plane. They have real-life meetings where they take turns channeling the spirit of Snape so they can have wedding ceremonies with him." There are photos. There are videos. There are blogs. There are ... emotions.
6) Coconut crab. Sounds sort of tasty, right? Sure, in the sense that seeing one will eat your brain alive with horror. (A runner-up: the star-nosed mole.)
7) Mucus plug. Maybe you're pregnant and wondering what to look for. Maybe you should just use your imagination on this one.
8) Bedbugs on mattress. SWEET JESUS NO.
9) Skin condition. Nope, you don't have to be more specific than that -- Google will return a plethora of terrible visuals for you to choose from.
10) Yourself. Either you'll find no proof whatsoever of your existence or you'll realize just how screwed-up your Internet legacy will be. There's no happy outcome here.
THOUGHTFUL GIFTS FOR YOUR SWEETHEART THAT WON'T BREAK THE BANK (YourTango):
1) Liquor or wine with a personalized label. Look online for sites offering design-your-own labels for bottles, and make a big splash with a gift of an affordable beverage (alcoholic or not) in a beautiful bottle of your choosing. The label can include a favorite picture of the two of you together, from right there at, "chateau our house."
2) Framed pictures for the office. For cubicle and office-dwellers, a few personalized mementos help make the work environment warmer. Find a picture your spouse especially loves and have some prints made for a nice frame you've chosen. Or make it more special with a his-and-hers matching pair, so you always have the same view at the office.
3) Equipment for hobbies. If you're married to an avid gardener, put together a basket of nice work gloves, a trowel and seeds they like. If your spouse is a beer lover, many online stores offer complete homebrew beginner's kits. For the culinary enthusiast, a cooking class might be an affordable entry into a new style of cuisine.
4) Plant a tree. This is a great way to say that you're in it for the long haul with your spouse. A well-placed tree can not only be a symbol of your enduring love, but as it grows, it can provide shade in the summer and reduce your cooling bills. A fruit or nut tree can provide annual harvests for years to come for couples looking for really local food, and in the fall, nothing beats a pile of leaves for the kids to jump around in (and gives you a chance to parentally explain that raking builds character!)
5) Plan an adventure. Whether your budget allows extravagant gifts or encourages something more low-key, you can still make great memories. Pack a picnic basket with food, drink and romantic notes or poems and hike with your spouse to a scenic spot. Or take a day trip nearby spots like a river or lake. Look for affordable canoe rentals and spend the day on the water, with a leisurely romantic picnic on some "unexplored" beach or island. You may be able to find some great ideas by visiting www.greatdatedeals.com
WHAT YOUR FAVORITE BOOK IN SIXTH GRADE SAYS ABOUT YOU
1) The Outsiders: You were the first member of your peer group to discover, and later write, fanfiction.
2) Sweet Valley High (any title): You had an older sister. Depending on how much older she was, you found the books thrillingly racy or strangely foreign. Either way, your favorite part was always the opening description of the twins' appearance. You can still recite their measurements like beads on a rosary. Five foot six. Perfect size six figures.
3) From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: You once told your best friend at her eleventh birthday party that she was boring, completely unprompted, then refused to apologize. You never apologize, even when you wish you could.
4)Little House on the Prairie: You were perfectly normal in every way.
5) Caddie Woodlawn: Secretly, you found the girls who liked the Little House books juvenile.
6) The Hatchet: You fell mutually in love with the co-captain of the basketball team your sophomore year of high school, but did not come out for another four years. You occasionally test yourself in private to see if you can still do ten pushups in a row, just in case. Not that anything bad is going to happen, or that pushups will be what helps you survive if it does. But just in case.
7) Harriet the Spy: Your overtures at friendship never came across in the warm and offhand way you imagined they would in your head. The word your classmates used most often to describe you was "weird." You weren't liked and you weren't disliked. You were "that weird girl," and no one ever asked you what you were thinking.
8)The House on Mango Street: You moved a lot, too often, and hated it. Now that you have a place of your own you can't help buying something new for it almost every week; a mirror, a plant, a puzzle. It runs into money but you don't mind.
9) Babysitter's Club (any title): Your best friend since the second grade suddenly and without warning stopped talking to you the summer before junior high. After college you received an unexpected Facebook friend request from her. When you saw her picture, you immediately began to cry, even though you had not thought of her in years.
10) Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: For reasons that you can no longer recall, you spent the better part of fifth grade telling the most outrageous lies to anyone who would listen. You told your teacher that your grandmother had died, not to get out of any schoolwork but to see what her response would be. You affected a Southern accent for a week at summer camp, then dropped it without explanation.
11) Anne of Green Gables: This is still your favorite book. For better or for worse, it will always be your favorite book, no matter how much you talk about George Saunders or Wallace Stegner.
12)The Giver: You had a pet that died at a very formative point in your childhood. After its death you insisted upon carrying around a clump of its fur in a Ziploc baggie, even to sleepovers, until the other girls stopped inviting you to their sleepovers and your mother started to hint tactfully that maybe it would be a good idea if you kept the baggie in a "very special" place in your room that you could visit whenever you wanted. Three days after you gave in, the baggie disappeared. You knew it was her. You even knew that you should have been angry; instead you were relieved. You had been feeling guilty for days that you weren't as sad as you had been, and you found the burden exhausting.
13) A Wrinkle in Time: You studied abroad in college - for several years you insisted upon calling it "university" but time eventually cured you of that - where you briefly flirted with the idea of converting to something a little more High Church. Possibly Catholicism. More likely Episcopalianism.
14) Where the Red Fern Grows: You have never lived in the country or grown anything in the ground, but like to think that you would do a very good job of running your own farm someday. Nothing ambitious, nothing big, just a few cows, some chickens, maybe a goat. A vegetable garden, maybe. You work at a desk.
15) The Witch of Blackbird Pond: You find a perverse pleasure in feeling misunderstood and shop often at Free People.
SECRETS OF PEOPLE WHO NEVER GET SICK(Huffington Post):
1) Stay positive. In one study, participants who had heightened activity in a region of the brain associated with a positive attitude produced greater amounts of flu antibodies. Researchers aren't clear on the connection, but they do know "the brain communicates with the immune system, and vice versa," says Anna L. Marsland, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Immunology Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh.
2) Get a massage. Most studies show that massage can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate -- and lowering these is likely to cause your stress level to drop, one key to building immunity. Any type of rubdown is fine, as long as you ask for moderate pressure. The therapist's touch should be vigorous enough to move or indent skin but not so hard that it causes pain.
3) Try a cold shower. Devotees claim cold showers help with low energy, migraines, circulation, and pain reduction. The scientific jury's still out on cold showers, but Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., author of Fight Fatigue: Six Simple Steps to Maximize Your Energy, says there's no harm in trying. Try small doses. Although a 10-minute cold shower might be tolerable in the summertime, in the winter you may want to opt for a 1-minute blast at the end of a warm shower.
4) Try ginger. For centuries, ginger has been the go-to root for a wide range of gastrointestinal distresses, including constipation. Researchers believe its compounds stimulate digestive secretions, improve intestinal muscle tone, and help move food through the gastrointestinal tract.
5) Washing your hands. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand-washing is the number-one action you can take to dodge the 1 billion colds Americans come down with annually (not to mention the bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, that cause foodborne illnesses).
6) Take Vitamin C. Although vitamin C and zinc for cold prevention remain controversial, some studies show that C is helpful -- especially for people who are under extreme stress -- and that zinc can prevent viruses from multiplying. Experts say there's no harm in trying.
7) Eat more garlic. Garlic is rich in antioxidants that boost immunity and fight inflammation, says Carmia Borek, Ph.D., research professor in the department of public health and family medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. That means the herb, in addition to boosting defenses against everyday illness, probably helps to stave off cancer and boost heart health.
It's hard to believe the '80s are back! The once worst decade of fashion is now cool again – OK, not everything from the '80s is cool again (thank goodness), but a lot of it has re-emerged with a modern twist. If the colored jeans and cropped and off-the-shoulder tops haven't convinced you – how about the fact that the Jelly Shoe is back, and hitting the runways of some of today's hottest designers.
Marc Jacobs, JuJu, Vivienne Westwood and Dionne von Furstenberg are just a few top designers who want the Jelly back, and are launching shoes that pay homage to the plastic sandal that took the '80s by storm. So break out your band aids and foot odor spray, because this summer is the summer of the Jelly sandal! (BuzzFeed)
Yahoo! Movies asked, and the people have spoken: the most-anticipated movies of 2013 are mostly sequels.
Yahoo polled readers to determine the top 10 most anticipated films of the New Year and seven of the 10 entries are sequels or installments of a series, with Iron Man 3 getting 22% of the popular vote. Other films on the list include Man of Steel;The Hunger Games: Catching Fire;Star Trek Into Darkness;The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
The only new movies that made the cut are Man of Steel, Pacific Rim and The World’s End.
I Don't Know How I Feel About This....................
You have the chance to change the game of Monopoly. The famed board game has taken to Facebook to ask fans which piece to replace with a modern one. The makers say one of the tokens will be retired. At Facebook you can vote to “Save Your Token.” The one with the fewest fans is voted off the board-- so to speak. Voting ends the first week in February.
The iconic Monopoly pieces are the race car, iron, wheelbarrow, boot, top hat, thimble, battleship, or Scottie dog.
You can also vote for replacement pieces: robot, helicopter, cat, guitar, and diamond ring.
For Twitter and Facebook:
Monopoly is modernizing the playing pieces. Vote now to save your favorite token. http://on.fb.me
NBC brings back Betty White’s Off Their Rockers on Tuesday. The sophomore season of the senior prank show returns with Psy teaching Betty how to dance Gangnam-style. Kim Kardashian drops by on the second of back-to-back episodes that find geriatric jokesters issuing citations for farting, stealing restaurant food and trying to delete porn from a computer.