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Posts from September 2012


I Need Coffee The Most
Here's a silly question:  which profession needs coffee the most?

Answer: all of them.

In any case, research must go on.


Dunkin' Donuts and CareerBuilder.com said workers in food preparation and the service industry have the greatest need for coffee.

The online survey of 4,152 U.S. workers found food preparation and service workers were the most likely to say their productivity would drop without coffee, followed by scientists, sales representatives, marketing/public relations workers, nurses, media workers, business executives, teachers, engineers and IT workers.

The survey, which was commissioned by Dunkin' Donuts and CareerBuilder.com in honor of National Coffee Day Sept. 29th, found 55 percent of respondents said they drink at least one cup of coffee per day and 63 percent of coffee drinkers tend to have two or more cups of java during the workday. The survey had a margin of error of 1.52 percentage points with a 95 percent probability.

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RIP Andy Williams
Farewell to Mr. Moon River, Andy Williams, who has passed away at age 84.

In addition to being in everybody's mom's and grandma's record collections, and to rocking a Christmas sweater like no one else, he also introduced us to a group that was pretty darn popular in the 1970's, the Osmond Brothers!

When he first brought the Osmonds out on his show, Donnie was still too little to be part of the group.

I found a bunch of clips..but I liked this one the best because Andy sings with the kids. And there's a special guest at the end of the clip.

I hope you enjoy it.

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Puttin On The Ritz
On a recent trip to London, I happened to walk past The Ritz Hotel.  It's not the same one referenced in the song Puttin' On The Ritz, but i bet it was the original I could have stopped to have a $45 cup of tea for tea time, but I decided to pass on that one.

According to a survey by a market-research firm called the Brand Index, America's favorite snack is Ritz Crackers.  Here are the top 10: 

#1.)  Ritz crackers:   They finished first for the second year in a row.  The list is based on how many more people say they like a food than say they DON'T.  And 55% more people like Ritz than hate them.
 
#2.)  Lay's potato chips.
 
#3.)  Doritos.
 
#4.)  Fritos.  They moved up from fifth place last year.
 
#5.)  Orville Redenbacher popcorn.  They're down from fourth place last year.
 
#6.)  Wheat Thins.
 
#7.)  Tostitos.
 
#8.)  Cheetos.
 
#9.)  Pringles.  They moved up from tenth last year.
 
#10.) Triscuits.  They moved down from ninth place last year.

I'd easily pass any of these up if presented with Kettle Chips, but I will admit previous addictions to Triscuits and Cheetos.  (not at the same time, but now that's sounding like a good idea for a sandwich)



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Ever Sample A Grape Before Buying?

Who hasn't right?  As long as you're buying something else, you can have a sample right?

According to a new survey, one in four people have stolen something from a grocery store, and more than one in three sneak samples of food before buying it. 
 
In the survey by Sodahead, one in four people have swiped something from a grocery store.  Most of them took something that was worth less than $20 . . . but 3% of people said they stole something worth more than $100. 

The most common thing to steal is food, candy or gum . . . followed by cosmetics.  Only 2% stole alcohol or cigarettes.  One in four seems like a pretty high number of thieves . . . and it doesn't even include everyone who sneaks SAMPLES of food before buying it.  36% of people admit to doing that.

And above all this, 23% of people said they'd keep the money if a cashier gave them the wrong amount of change.
 

 

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PIN Numbrs You Should Never Have
Over the weekend, I updated a couple of the multitude of accounts I have.  Bank PINS, three different email passwords, credit card logins, facebook logins, twitter logins, the cable bill passwords, the electric bill account information.

Am I a slave to data?  Sometimes it feels that way, but I know at least my data is reasonably safe because of it.

Here's how I know its partially safe. 

Sorry to ruin your afternoon, but that PIN number you picked—probably a birthday, month/day combo, or year in the 1900s—is among the easiest for thieves to guess. And if you chose "1234," "1111," or "0000," consider your bank account a slush fund for anyone who steals your card. The firm Data Genetics looked through a database of stolen passwords—mostly for websites—and ranked the popularity of PIN codes, Slate reports. A few tidbits:

  • The least popular PIN is 8068, used in less than 0.001% of passwords. But with that information now public, it may not be the best choice.
  • The next four least-chosen numbers are "8093," "9629," "6835," and "7637."
  • People tend to like using odd numbers rather than even.
  • 22nd-most popular is "2580." You can figure out why by looking at your phone keypad and seeing which numbers run down the middle.
Now go update that PIN.
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OK...Drooling Over This

The new James Bond movie Skyfall comes out November 9th.  Yeah!  I get a nice belated birthday present in November this year.

This video I found is only making me drool in anticipation.  I sooooo wanted to drive the Lotus that Roger Moore got to drive, which by the way turns into a submarine.  Two for one. 

After recently viewing a James Bond exhibit, I do realize that the Lotus (from The Spy Who Loved Me,) which turns into a sub is actually a miniature model.  Still.  I do not care.  I want to drive it into the ocean, just to see what will happen.

 

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The New Best Burger Rankings
Honestly, I think the next burger is the best burger you're ever going to eat, but in a competitive and orderly society, we must rank things and determine who's best.

A new survey from Market Force information asked around 7,600 people across the country: "Who has the best burger out there?"  The winner across the boards is Five Guys.  i don't disagree, their fresh, made to order sliders are delicious.   What surprised me is that the top fast food chains ranked somewhere near the bottom. 

Here's some cool graphics courtesy of Huffington Post:

Hurray for the local leader Culvers.  Butter Burger me baby!



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Did You Know
There is enough water in Lake Superiorr to cover all of North & South America in 1 foot of water?

Sounds sketchy to me, but here's a bunch of other fun facts.

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Shark Bait

There are a lot of old fisherman tales about how dolphins have helped those lost a sea, find a way home. 

They're romantic seafaring tales, but I never thought they were much beyond a feel good story.

Now there's a story out of the Pacific, where a man went on a fishing trip with his brother-in-law, and was adrift for 106 days.  He doesn't credit a dolphin with the save, rather a SHARK!  He says the shark was guiding him to a fishing ship.

Having a natural fear of sharks, I'm more likely to think the shark was guiding him to a better location to EAT him. 

Here's the story.

 

In any case, I'm glad he survived the ordeal.  Shark bite free.
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Obvious Headline Of The Day
Lets see, what could make the happiest place on earth even happier?

Just add alcohol.

Disney has announced that they are  to begin serving alcohol for the first time.

In a recent blog post, Disney officials said beer and wine will be on the menu at "Be Our Guest," a new French restaurant at the theme park. Disney says the wines and beers will -quote- "complement the french-inspired cuisine."

Oooh la la.  Now they'll need to remind the grownups not to ride the Tea Cups after imbibing.  Those things can make you dizzy when sober.
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Looking To Remodel?
I think undertaking a home remodel project is kind of like the best and worst of being an adult.

The sheer appreciation and depth of understanding that you have completed a major task is only complimented by the fact that you've done some of the work yourself.

It's also the most chaotic, headache inducing, stress monster you'll deal with.

I like the home renovation process, mostly because i do most off my own work.  That's a reward in itself.  I think if I ever went as far as they did at an art/tech expo in South Korea, I would never sleep again.  I'd just stare at my walls.  

Check this out:

Here's how they did it

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That's Quacktastic
In these highly political times, I know exactly where I stand on one issue.

I will never dress my dog in human clothes.  It's humiliating for both the animal and the owner.  Trust me.  Don't do this.

I might consider this new product though.  It's a dog muzzle for agressive dogs that makes them look like they have a duck bill. 
Yes.  I think I like this, and I might just get one for the heck of it.  Here's how to get one.
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Ever Been In The Cavern Club?
I was.  Just returning from a trip to London, I also took a train ride over to Liverpool.   I wanted to see something Beatles, and they have it. 

Seeking some nostalgia, I visited 10 Mathew Street in downtown Liverpool, which was the original location of the Cavern Club.  Now it's called the Cavern Pub.  They've kept the original look on the outside, but when you walk into the pub itself, it looks like a TGI Fridays (no disrespect to TGI Fridays.)

So I found a working Beatles exhibit, where you get to walk through the Beatles timeline.  It was cheesy and cool at the same time, but best of all, they had a life size recreation of what the Cavern Club would have looked like in the early 1960's.  Have a look see. 

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