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Posts from March 2013

Here is a flashback to 1981. Do you remember?
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Store Charges $5 “Just Looking” Fee

A store in Australia is charging a $5 “just looking” fee for people who enter the store solely to ask for advice on gluten-free products before buying them for less money on the Internet. Celiac Supplies in Brisbane charges the fee on entry, and then takes the amount off any item you buy in store. The store’s owner said that around 60 people a week asked her advice before walking out without making a purchase, and she feels her expertise is worth something.

Would you pay this?



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No Mercy Where Do You Go Video from 1996---Loved This Song
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How Much Does Easter Cost You?

Easter Spending

A new survey by the National Retail Federation reveals that the average person will spend $145.13 on Easter candy, decor, apparel and food. Other findings:

Biggest Easter Expenditures

$45.26 on food

$25.91 on clothes

$20.66 on candy

$20.82 on gifts

$9.49 on flowers

$9.11 on decorations

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The 12 Worst Party Schools in America
Want your kid to have a wholesome, keg-free college experience? Then you'd be wise to consider sending her to any of these 12 schools, which were recently named the worst party schools in America. On these campuses, a shaken-up two-liter of cola is the crazy carbonated beverage of choice during co-ed mixers:
  • 1. GROVE CITY COLLEGE, Grove City, Penn.

    2. LIBERTY UNIVERSITY, Lynchburg, Va.


    4. BIOLA UNIVERSITY, La Mirada, Calif.

    5. BEREA COLLEGE, Berea, Ky.

    6. WHEATON COLLEGE, Wheaton, Ill.


    8. CUNY BROOKLYN COLLEGE, Brooklyn, N.Y.

    9. WESLEYAN COLLEGE, Macon, Ga.


    11. BRYN MAWR COLLEGE, Bryn Mawr, Penn.

    12. AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE, Decatur, Ga.

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Ready for Next Season Yet?
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Disney Bans Kids Under 14 From Visiting Parks Alone

  • Starting this Saturday,  all U.S. Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts and parks will require anyone under the age of 14 to be accompanied by someone who is older than 14. Since kids that age typically do not carry identification with them, an employee will verbally determine whether the guest is too young to enter on his or her own. (Apparently, Disney is very trusting.) If the visitor is underage, their parent/ guardian will be contacted and will need to physically come accompany the child into the park. The parks have no minimum age requirement now, but chose 14 based on guest surveys and input from child-welfare organizations. A Disney spokesperson said that no particular incident triggered the change in policy. Rather, it was a move to set a consistent age policy across domestic resorts.
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Google Unveils Talking Shoes

Google Unveils Talking Shoes

Google have unveiled the latest technology to help you keep in shape: sneakers that talk to you. The shoes communicate through a bluetooth connection to the wearer’s headphones or through a speaker on the left tongue of “The Talking Shoe.” The shoe recites motivational messages like, ”I love the feeling of wind through my laces” when you’re running and, “you’ve made me a very proud shoe” after a good workout.  If you stay still too long, it will joke, ”Are you a statue?Let’s do this already.” It can even post an update to Google+ so your friends can see how your shoes feel about you.

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National Napping Day

Today Is National Napping Day

March 11 is “National Napping Day,” created by Boston University professor William Anthony, Ph.D. and his wife Camille in 1999. They created the “holiday” to advertise the benefits of napping during the workday, even if it’s just for 10 or 20 minutes.

Six main benefits of napping:

  • Napping Boosts Alertness -- Even 20-minute naps have been shown to perk up shift workers, according to Harvard Men's Health Watch.
  • Napping Improves Learning And Memory -- MRI scans have shown that brain activity remains higher in nappers all day compared to people who don't take a rest.
  • Napping Increases Creativity -- Health.com reported that napping researchers discovered a burst of activity in the right hemisphere, the side most strongly linked to creativity, after napping.
  • Napping Boosts Productivity -- Sleep researcher Sara Mednick told Businessweek that a nap can lead to a higher boost in productivity than an afternoon cup of coffee.
  • Napping Lifts Your Spirits -- A quick nap is a well-documented mood booster.
  • Napping Zaps Stress -- The National Sleep Foundation recommends a 10-minute  "mini-vacation" nap.  It doesn’t even matter if you don’t doze off: A 2007 study found that asleep or not, a short period spent resting in bed is just as relaxing.
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Out With The Old.....

Out With The Old; In With The New

A new survey by the British Heart Foundation reveals that 14% of women have tossed out their partner's old clothes without telling him. Other findings:

- the average woman has 16 items in her wardrobe she has never worn

- 11% of women say tossing out clothes is better than sex

- 33% of people hang onto clothes because they remind them of a better time

Top 10 Old, Unused Items We Hang Onto

1. Old photo frames and photos (67%)

2. Clothes that no longer fit (46%)

3. CD collection from our youth (40%)

4. Unused gifts (36%)

5. A favorite teddy (30%)

6. Last season's clothes (24%)

7. Children's clothes (18%)

8. Wedding dress (17%)

9. A lava lamp (12%)

10. Little black dress (10%)

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Become a Human Lie Detector


Your boss tells you, "You're doing a good job." Do you believe him? You are interviewing a candidate for a job. "I left my previous job, because I was tired of the long commute." Your romantic partner tells you, "I am not having an affair." True?

It's easier than you think to become a human lie detector.

Look for Suspicious Behaviors
By themselves, each of these behaviors can just be signs of stress, or even a person's natural mannerisms. One can occur by chance, but when two or more of these behaviors suddenly appear at a moment when lying could be expedient, you should be skeptical. For example, when you ask a salesman how reliable that used car is, it suggests he's lying.

Here's the top eight list of suspicious behaviors:

A change in the voice's pitch.
A change in the rate of speech.
A sudden increase in the number of "ums" and "ahs."
A change in eye contact. Normally, one makes eye contact one-quarter to one-half of the time. If suddenly, at the convenient moment to lie, he's staring at you or looking away, beware.
Turning his body away from you, even if just slightly.
Suddenly being able to see the white on the top and bottom of a person's eyes, not just the sides.
A hand reaching, even if momentarily, to cover part of the face, especially the mouth.
Nervous movement of feet or legs.

Of course, in order to notice a change, you need a baseline. So you must first watch the person when talking about innocuous issues.

A Mixed Signal
Also look for mixed signals. When someone's telling the truth, her words, her face and her body language are all congruent. For example, if a person is honestly saying that she likes you, her face is usually relaxed, offering a gentle smile and warm eyes. Her body is calm and open. But when she's lying, something is usually inconsistent. In the most obvious case, she may be saying she likes you, but she's not smiling. She may even have a clenched fist. Better liars can muster a smile, but it doesn't look natural. Even better liars can put on a convincing smile, but their eyes aren't smiling. Still better liars can control their entire face, but their bodies seem closed or cold. Look for mismatches between words and body language.

When you've gotten a signal -- a change in body language or a mixed signal that the person may be lying -- ask for more information about the same topic. Are those same lying signs apparent? That can confirm your suspicion.

Of course, there's no foolproof way to detect lying. Some people are terrific at covering themselves up, especially if they are naturally emotionally flat or have practiced their lying skills over many years -- certain political leaders come to mind. But if you look for behavior changes and mixed signals at lying-expedient moments, you will improve your BS detector.

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