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by Lou Bartelli posted Mar 28 2017 9:36AM

HIGHLIGHTS: Here are four things your credit card company will usually do if you just ask. Waive a late payment fee . . . up your credit limit . . . lower your interest rate . . . and waive their annual fee.

FULL STORY: A lot of young people don't know this. If you ever miss a credit card payment, just ASK them to waive the late fee. Unless it's a regular thing, there's a good chance they'll do it.

According to a new survey, here are four things your credit card company will usually do for you if you just call them up and ask . . .

1. Waive a late payment fee. Only 25% of us have asked, and it worked 87% of the time. You just can't do it all the time.

2. Up your credit limit. 28% of people have asked, and it worked 89% of the time.

3. Lower your interest rate. 19% of people have asked, and it worked 69% of the time.

4. Waive their annual fee. Only 11% of people have asked for it. 51% had it waived, and another 31% ended up paying a lower fee. So that's an 82% success rate.

The survey did find it's a little harder for YOUNG people to get a yes on all that stuff. But once you hit your mid-to-late 20's, your chances go way up.

93% of people between 27 and 36 who've asked for any of those four things have gotten a yes at least once.

by Lou Bartelli posted Feb 7 2017 9:39AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  You're more likely to get dumped today than any other day of the year, because it's exactly one week from Valentine's Day.  55% of people who've dumped someone right before Valentine's Day did it face-to-face . . . 28% did it on the phone . . . 12% texted them . . . and 5% did it on social media.

 

 

FULL STORY:  Today is "Red Tuesday" . . . the day of the year you're most likely to get DUMPED, because it's exactly one week from Valentine's Day.

 

 

If you want to break things off without seeming TOTALLY heartless about it, apparently this is the cut-off.

 

 

The cheating website IllicitEncounters.com did a survey, and found 30% of people have broken up with someone a week before Valentine's Day.  They polled their MEMBERS though . . . so the number might be lower for non-cheaters.

 

 

80% said the main reason they did it was so they wouldn't feel guilty FAKING their way through Valentine's Day next week.

 

 

And 55% said they broke up with the person face-to-face . . . 28% did it over the phone . . . 12% did it over text . . . and 5% did it on social media.

 

 

by Lou Bartelli posted Feb 6 2017 9:17AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  According to a former Starbucks manager, the drink that has the most caffeine for the least amount of money is the Starbucks Doubleshot on Ice.  It has 225 milligrams of caffeine, which is like two-and-a-half cups of normal coffee.

 

 

FULL STORY:  The cheapest way to overload on caffeine is to make coffee at home.  But which Starbucks drink has the most caffeine for the least amount of money?

 

 

A former Starbucks manager recently talked about it on Reddit . . . and said the answer is the Starbucks Doubleshot on Ice.

 

 

It's an iced-coffee drink that has 225 milligrams of caffeine.  Which is like two-and-a-half cups of normal coffee.

 

 

The price might vary a little bit depending on which Starbucks you go to.  But you should get more caffeine for your money than any other drink.

 

 

Just make sure you order the right thing.  There's a HOT version called the Doubleshot that only has 110 milligrams of caffeine.

 

 

And convenience stores sell a Starbucks drink that's ALSO called a Doubleshot, but it's not the same thing.  Those only have about 130 milligrams of caffeine.

 

 

If you want the version with 225 milligrams of caffeine, you have to order a "Doubleshot on Ice" from an actual barista.  (Thrillist)

by Lou Bartelli posted Jan 26 2017 10:28AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  According to eHarmony, the most attractive hobbies and interests a guy can have are traveling, exercise, theater, dancing, and cooking.  And the most attractive hobbies for a woman are exercise, photography, traveling, art, and dancing.

 

 

FULL STORY:  eHarmony recently analyzed people's profiles to find out which hobbies and interests we're attracted to the most.  Meaning you get more matches if you list them.  So if you hate to travel, or don't exercise much . . . maybe just lie.

 

 

Both of them are in the top three for women AND men.  Here's what they found . . .

 

 

The ten most attractive hobbies and interests a GUY can have are traveling . . . exercise . . . going to the theater . . . dancing . . . cooking . . . doing stuff outdoors . . . politics . . . pets . . . photography . . . and sports.

 

 

And the ten most attractive hobbies and interests WOMEN can have are exercise . . . photography . . . traveling . . . art . . . dancing . . . politics . . . doing stuff outdoors . . . cooking . . . learning . . . and music.

 

 

If you've ever lived or worked abroad, mention that too.  People who've lived in another country get more messages.  And so do people who speak a second language.

 

 

One hobby women DON'T find attractive is partying with friends on the weekend.  And even though WOMEN want a guy who likes theater, it's not mutual.  Women who say they really love the theater get FEWER matches than women who don't.

 

 

The survey also found men should list at least six hobbies on their profile to get the most matches.  But for some reason, women get fewer hits if they list more than four.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Jan 25 2017 9:32AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  According to a new study, kids generally like the family PET more than their siblings . . . especially if it's a dog.  The researchers found kids LOVE their siblings, but also feel like they're competitors . . . versus a dog, who just gives them unconditional love and companionship.

 

 

FULL STORY:  If you ask your kid which one of his brothers and sisters he likes the most, and he says, "the dog" . . . that doesn't mean you've failed as a parent.

 

 

According to a new study, kids generally like the family PET more than their siblings . . . especially if it's a dog.

 

 

The researchers found that kids LOVE their siblings, but still see them as COMPETITORS for everything from new toys to getting love from their parents.

 

 

They don't have those issues with a dog.  It gives them unconditional love and companionship . . . and they feel like they can safely share SECRETS with the dog, even though it doesn't understand.

 

 

The researchers also say that if you DON'T have a dog, you should probably think about getting one.  They found that having a dog cuts down how often your family gets into fights . . . and it can have a serious positive impact on your kids' development and happiness. 

 

 

by Lou Bartelli posted Jan 24 2017 11:27AM
 

HIGHLIGHTS:  A new study found that when couples talk about good news before they go to bed, they have a better SEX LIFE . . . and it also helps their sleep and their overall health.

 

 

FULL STORY:  It may seem like there's not much good news out there right now . . . but you should really try to find some, and talk about it in bed tonight.  Apparently it makes for spectacular foreplay.

 

 

A new study out of Gonzaga University in Washington found that when couples talk about good news in their lives or in the world before they go to bed, they have a better SEX LIFE.

 

 

It also helps people sleep better . . . which improves their overall health and can even make them live longer.

 

 

And if you're struggling to think of good news, the researchers say even small things from your day are okay . . . like telling them how you squeezed in a workout or had a good conversation with a coworker. 

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by Lou Bartelli posted Jan 16 2017 9:30AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  According to a new survey, the worst body language mistakes you can make in a job interview are not making enough eye contact . . . not smiling . . . fidgeting with something on the table . . . fidgeting in your seat . . . and crossing your arms.

 

 

FULL STORY:  A new survey asked more than 2,000 hiring managers for the biggest body language mistakes people make in job interviews.  And number one by far was not making enough eye contact.  Here are the top ten . . .

 

 

1.  Not enough eye contact.  Two-thirds of H.R. reps said it can ruin your chances.

 

2.  Not smiling.  Especially right when you meet the person who's interviewing you.

 

3.  Fidgeting with something on the table, like a pen.  It makes you seem nervous.

 

4.  Fidgeting too much in your seat.  Again, you'll look nervous if you can't sit still.

 

5.  Crossing your arms in front of your chest.  It makes you seem defensive.

 

6.  Having bad posture.  You look more confident when you stand up straight.

 

7.  Playing with your hair, or touching your face too much.  Again, you look nervous.

 

8.  Having a weak handshake.  It makes you seem like you're not very confident.

 

9.  Gesturing with your hands a lot when you talk.  A little bit is good, but not too much.

 

10.  Having a handshake that's too strong.  So you don't want a limp handshake . . . but you also don't want to break every bone in their hand. 

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by Lou Bartelli posted Dec 9 2016 9:02AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  "Men's Fitness" released some tips for awkward holiday situations.  They include:  If you get too drunk at the office party, go in to work early to apologize to anyone you might have offended.  And if you get a gift from someone you hadn't prepared for, make sure to put them at the top of your list for next year.

 

 

FULL STORY:  Here are four awkward holiday party situations, and how to deal with them . . .

 

 

1.  You get too drunk at the office party.  If it was something minor and you didn't make a TOTAL ass of yourself, the best thing to do is lay low, go in to work early the next work day, and don't bring it up unless someone else does.

 

 

But if it was something bigger, you should own up to it and apologize to anyone you might have offended.  And if your DATE was the one who hit the open bar too hard, explain that she wasn't feeling well and acted out of character . . . and leave it at that.

 

 

2.  You get a present and don't have one to give in return.  The best way to handle it is to thank the person profusely, explain how much you love the gift, then put them at the top of your list for next year. 

 

 

3.  You're getting grilled about politics at dinner.  Diffuse the situation by asking the person questions about themselves instead of getting in a political back-and-forth and potentially escalating the conversation.

 

 

4.  You're double-booked to two holiday parties.  It's tempting to lie and say you're sick, but the better option is to be honest and let one of the hosts know as soon as possible.  Then a few days later, call or text them, remind them how sad you were to have missed it, and set up a time in January to get together

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by Lou Bartelli posted Nov 18 2016 12:51PM

HIGHLIGHTS:  A new study found Facebook can actually help you get a job interview . . . IF you look good in your photos.  People who have attractive photos got 39% more interviews and were 21% more likely to get positive feedback.

 

 

FULL STORY:  If you're planning to start applying for jobs in January, you might consider DELETING your social media presence so it doesn't tank you.  But here's what you should really do:  Change your profile picture to something nice and SEXY.

 

 

A new study by Ghent University in Belgium found that having a public Facebook page can HELP you get a job interview . . . but there's a catch.  It only helps if you look good in your profile pictures.

 

 

The study found that people with attractive photos got 39% more interviews and were 21% more likely to get positive feedback. 

 

 

They didn't calculate how many of those people actually got the jobs . . . but since it's a numbers game, the more interviews you get, the better your chances are of getting hired somewhere. 

by Lou Bartelli posted Nov 16 2016 10:16AM
 

HIGHLIGHTS:  The 2017 "People's Choice Awards" nominations are out, and Kevin Hart has the most with five.  Drake and Rihanna got four each.  CBS will air the ceremony live on January 18th.  There's no word on a host yet.

 

 

FULL STORY:  The nominees for the 2017 "People's Choice Awards" were released yesterday, and Kevin Hart leads the way with five nominations.  There are a ridiculous 64 categories in all, but here's a rundown of the biggest ones . . .

 

 

Favorite Movie:

 

"Captain America: Civil War"

"Deadpool"

"Finding Dory"

"Suicide Squad"

"Zootopia"

 

 

Favorite Movie Actor:

 

Kevin Hart

Robert Downey Jr.

Ryan Reynolds

Tom Hanks

Will Smith

 

 

Favorite Movie Actress:

 

Anna Kendrick

Jennifer Lawrence

Margot Robbie

Melissa McCarthy

Scarlett Johansson

 

 

Favorite Animated Movie Voice:

 

Bill Murray in "The Jungle Book"

Ellen DeGeneres in "Finding Dory"

Ginnifer Goodwin in "Zootopia"

Jason Bateman in "Zootopia"

Kevin Hart in "The Secret Life of Pets"

 

 

Favorite Comedic Movie:

 

"Bad Moms"

"Central Intelligence"

"Ghostbusters"

"How to Be Single"

"Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising"

 

 

Favorite Dramatic Movie:

 

"Deepwater Horizon"

"Me Before You"

"Miracles from Heaven"

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"

"Sully"

 

 

Favorite Family Movie:

 

"Alice Through the Looking Glass"

"Finding Dory"

"The Jungle Book"

"The Secret Life of Pets"

"Zootopia"

 

 

Favorite TV Show:

 

"The Big Bang Theory"

"Grey's Anatomy"

"Outlander"

"Stranger Things"

"The Walking Dead"

 

 

Favorite Competition TV Show:

 

"America's Got Talent"

"American Ninja Warrior"

"Dancing with the Stars"

"Masterchef"

"The Voice"

 

 

Favorite Daytime TV Host:

 

Dr. Phil

Ellen DeGeneres

Kelly Ripa

Rachael Ray

Steve Harvey

 

 

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host:

 

Conan O'Brien

James Corden

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Kimmel

Stephen Colbert

by Lou Bartelli posted Nov 9 2016 9:18AM

Four Election Coverage Gaffes and Other Ridiculousness

 

1.  Fox News' SHEP SMITH dropped his CHAPSTICK and picked it up on the air last night.  That led to a bizarre back-and-forth with co-anchor Chris Wallace, who giggled and made fun of him for his chapstick "fetish."  (Jezebel.com has video.)

 

 

 

2.  CNN's WOLF BLITZER got tongue-tied and called DONALD TRUMP "Donald Drumpf," the name that JOHN OLIVER gave him earlier this year.  (Here's a clip.)

 

 

 

3.  For whatever reason, MSNBC's CHRIS MATTHEWS told a story about how John F. Kennedy allegedly went to go see a "porn movie" during a West Virginia primary.

 

 

He was talking about how politicians prefer not to watch the news while their election results are coming in.

 

 

Rachel Maddow asked WHY JFK went to the naughty theater, and Chris said, quote, "They tried to go to a nice one, but it was closed."  (Here's video.)

 

 

 

4.  "Variety" put out a list of the '15 Biggest Winners and Losers in the Media from Election 2016.'  The winners include Megyn KellySamantha Bee, and Chris Wallace.  And the losers include Billy BushMatt Lauer, and Jimmy Fallon

by Lou Bartelli posted Oct 25 2016 9:08AM
 

 

1.  The World Series starts TONIGHT in Cleveland, and Vegas sportsbooks have the Chicago Cubs as heavy favorites to beat the Indians.  You'd have to bet $175 on the Cubs to win $100 . . . while a $100 bet on the Indians would get you $155.

 

 

ESPN asked their panel of "experts" who they thought would win, and 26 of them went with the Cubs.  Only six think Cleveland can do it.  (CleveScene.com has a rundown of more predictions, all of which favor the Cubs.)

 

 

 

2.  Boston University has sent the Cleveland Indians some dirt from Braves Field, which is the site of their last World Series title in 1948.  (Here's a photo.)

 

 

 

3.  Some Cleveland fans are hoping to keep the Cubs curse alive by bringing GOATS to the stadium.  Apparently, they're just walking around outside the gates hoping to conjure the Curse of the Billy Goat.

 

 

If you're not familiar, legend has it that the owner of a bar called the Billy Goat Tavern showed up at Wrigley Field during their last World Series appearance in 1945 WITH A GOAT, and wasn't allowed to stay . . . even though he had a ticket for the goat.  So he allegedly said, quote, "Them Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more."

 

 

(This History.com link has the whole story of the curse if you're interested.)

 

 

 

4.  There's a petition going around demanding that BOB UECKER replace JOE BUCK on the World Series broadcasts.  Bob is 82 years old, and he's actually still active calling games for the Milwaukee Brewers.

 

 

The idea came up because Bob played an Indians broadcaster in the "Major League" movies.  That's not likely to happen, but it would be nice if Uecker at least shows up in the announcers' booth at some point.

 

 

 

5.  Speaking of things that won't happen, a "Chicago Tribune" columnist thinks they should let STEVE BARTMAN throw out the first pitch in Chicago.

 

 

 

6.  As you might imagine, World Series tickets are going for insane prices on the secondary market . . . especially for seats at Wrigley.

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