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by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 25 2016 5:20AM

FULL STORY: A new survey found the top five situations that stress us out at work. And somehow, "my boss figuring out I could be replaced by a robot or a highly intelligent animal like a monkey wearing glasses" didn't make the list.

Here are the top five moments when people get the most stressed out at work . . .

1. When they realize they made a mistake.

2. When they have a huge workload.

3. During a conflict, like getting chewed out by their boss or having to fire someone.

4. Right before a big deadline.

5. During presentations or important meetings.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 23 2016 7:56AM

HIGHLIGHTS: According to a new survey, parents are spending an average of $244 to send each kid back to school this year. The biggest costs are new clothes, shoes, and school supplies.

FULL STORY: Back in my day, there was no back to school shopping. Mom just put me in hand-me-downs and said I could get a Trapper Keeper when I got a damn job. At least that's how I remember it. I've drank SO MUCH Fireball between then and now.

According to a new survey, parents are spending an average of $244 to send each kid back to school this year. Here are the main costs:

1. New clothes and shoes, $130.

2. Equipment for their sports or clubs, $33.

3. School supplies and a backpack, $47.

4. Technology, $34.

The survey also found 11% of parents will turn to THEIR parents to get them to pay for some of that.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 19 2016 6:05AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A recent survey asked hiring managers to name the weirdest stunts people have pulled to land a job. And the answers included showing up in a white limo for a mid-level job . . . offering to share an ice cream cone . . . and mailing them CASH.

FULL STORY: A recent survey asked a bunch of hiring managers for the weirdest stunts people have pulled in job interviews to try and land a job. Here's the top ten . . .

1. A guy showed up in a white limo and three-piece suit . . . but it was a mid-level position where the dress code was khakis and a button-down.

2. Someone had their priest call and say to hire them.

3. A guy had his wife make bars of lavender soap to say thanks for the interview.

4. Someone asked the hiring manager if they wanted to share an ice cream cone.

5. A guy who had worked as a camp counselor showed up with some of the KIDS he worked with to show he had leadership skills.

6. Someone bought a first-class upgrade to sit next to a hiring manager on a flight.

7. Someone had an interview in October, so they showed up in a Halloween costume.

8. A guy sent socks with a note saying he'd knock their socks off. And someone else sent a shoe, with a note that said he was just trying to get his "foot in the door."

9. Someone tried to land a job by KISSING the person who interviewed them.

10. A guy tried to up his chances by mailing the hiring manager cash

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by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 17 2016 9:01AM

FULL STORY: The first generation of kids that grew up with HELICOPTER PARENTS are now adults. And they need jobs . . . but if you think their lunatic parents are going to let them take on that big scary task alone, you're sadly mistaken.

A new survey asked hiring managers the craziest thing a parent has done to try to get their kid a job. Here are the six best . . .

1. "The guy opened his laptop and had his mother Skype in for the interview."

2. "A father tried to negotiate a higher salary for his son."

3. "A woman brought us a cake to try to convince us to hire her daughter."

4. "A candidate was texting his parents the questions I was asking during the interview and waiting for a response."

5. "A father called us pretending to be from his son's previous company and praised him."

6. "One parent asked if she could do the interview for her child because he had somewhere to be.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 15 2016 7:10AM

FULL STORY: If drinking one cup of coffee every day is good for your health, then the 15 cups I drink should turn me into Superman . . . right?

A new study out of England found yet ANOTHER big health benefit of coffee.

Researchers found that people who drink even ONE cup of coffee a day are 20% less likely to die after a heart attack than people who don't ever drink it.

And the more coffee you drink, the better your chances are of surviving.

This is just the latest study that found coffee has serious health benefits. Other recent ones have found it helps fight liver cancer, heart disease, and Parkinson's.

by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 11 2016 9:37AM

HIGHLIGHTS: If you text someone who's out to dinner, do you expect them to write you back immediately? According to a new survey, 32% of us say YES.

FULL STORY: It's so sad when someone's having dinner with their friends or family, but pulls out their phone to text with OTHER people. But . . . a lot of us FULLY expect them to do it.

A new survey asked if you text someone who's out to dinner, do you expect them to write back immediately? And 32% of people say YES.

31% of us also think that if we call someone when they're busy, they should stop what they're doing to answer.

The survey also asked some "would you rather?" questions about our phones. Here's what they found . . .

1. 29% would rather give up sex for three months than give up their smart phone.

2. 74% would rather give up alcohol for a month.

3. And 49% would rather give up dessert for a month

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by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 10 2016 5:55AM

FULL STORY: Someone went through the breakfast menus at a bunch of different fast food places, and came up with the best breakfast option at each one . . . based on TASTE, not how healthy they are. Here's what they came up with . . .

1. At McDonald's, it's the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit. Because their bacon is better than their sausage and ham. And their biscuit tastes better than their English muffins and McGriddles. And for Burger King, they went with the French Toast Sticks.

2. At Subway, it's the Steak, Egg, and Cheese. Which comes on flatbread.

3. At Wendy's, it's the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. Which is what it sounds like . . . a fried chicken sandwich covered in butter.

4. At Starbucks, it's the Slow-Roasted Ham, Swiss and Egg sandwich. They claim it's better than anything else on the breakfast menu there.

5. At Taco Bell, it's the Breakfast Crunchwrap. It's eggs, cheese, and either bacon, sausage, or steak wrapped in a tortilla. And there's a massive hash brown in there too.

6. At Chick-fil-A, it's the Chick-n-Minis. Which is just a smaller version of their normal Chicken Biscuit. But they claim the cuts of chicken they use are a little better.

7. At White Castle, it's the Breakfast Waffle Slider. It's a fried egg, sausage patty, and the buns are two mini-waffles.

by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 9 2016 9:37AM

HIGHLIGHTS: VH1 is developing a cooking show hosted by MARTHA STEWART and SNOOP DOGG. It's called "Martha and Snoop's Dinner Party", and it'll premiere sometime this fall.

FULL STORY: MARTHA STEWART and SNOOP DOGG are co-hosting an upcoming VH1 cooking show called "Martha and Snoop's Dinner Party".

They'll invite their celebrity friends over for a, quote, "half-baked evening of cocktails, cooking, and conversation, where nothing is off limits." If NOTHING is off limits, that could include marijuana . . . especially since they use the pun "half-baked." Not that there's anything wrong with that. At least in SOME states.

The show will premiere sometime this fall. There's no word what celebrities might make guest appearances, but since Martha and Snoop don't exactly run in the same circles, it could be an eclectic group.

Speaking of odd pairings, Martha and Snoop DO know each other pretty well. They've teamed up on "100,000 Pyramid", and they both did Comedy Central's Justin Bieber roast.

He also appeared on her show a few times . . . cooking things like mashed potatoes and Christmas brownies. And they had great chemistry together.

Snoop says, quote, "My homegirl Martha and I have a special bond that goes back. We're gonna be cooking, drinking, and having a good time with our exclusive friends. Can't wait for you to see how we roll together!

by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 8 2016 7:11AM

HIGHLIGHTS: Four things you should buy for your kid's college dorm room are cheap towels, sheets, a microwave, and a coffee maker. And four you SHOULDN'T waste your money on are an iron, expensive bedding and throw pillows, an alarm clock, and a mini-fridge unless they'll definitely use it.

FULL STORY: Consumer Reports posted a list of stuff you should buy for your kid's college dorm room. And the top four are cheap towels, cheap sheets, a microwave, and a coffee maker so they don't drop five dollars at Starbucks every day.

And they also posted a list of the four things you DON'T need to buy, because they tend to be a waste of money . . .

1. An iron. They'll probably never use it. And if they DO need to iron something, they can borrow one from someone else. So you're better off buying some wrinkle-release spray. Or a steamer if they have room for one.

2. Expensive bedding. They'll just end up ruining it by the end of the year, so go cheap. And things like decorative pillows might sound good, but they take up space. Which is valuable when you're in a tiny dorm room.

3. An alarm clock. It might seem essential to YOU, but they'll just end up using the alarm on their phone instead. So don't waste your money, even if it's only ten bucks.

4. A mini-fridge. Don't buy one unless you're sure they'll actually USE it. Otherwise you'll waste a hundred bucks, and it'll take up an entire corner in the room

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by Lou Bartelli posted Jul 29 2016 6:16AM
 

HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are the biggest mistakes people make when they're applying for jobs, according to a new survey:  They don't find out the name of the person hiring and personalize their email to them . . . they don't send a thank you note after an interview . . . and they don't customize their resume for the job.

 

 

FULL STORY:  Apparently we could ALL get incredible new jobs . . . it would just take a TINY bit of extra effort when we apply.  But I don't know . . . even a tiny bit of effort really goes against my "lazy or die" philosophy.  So I'm probably out.

 

 

A new survey found the top five mistakes people make when they apply for jobs, and all of them seem like they'd be pretty easy to fix.  Check 'em out . . .

 

 

1.  84% of people don't find out the name of the person doing the hiring and personalize their email to them.

 

 

2.  57% don't send a thank you note after an interview . . . not even an email.

 

 

3.  54% don't customize their resume based on the job they're applying for.

 

 

4.  45% don't include a cover letter.

 

 

5.  And 37% don't follow up after they send in their application, which would help them stand out.

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by Admin posted Jul 27 2016 2:43PM
The folks at Japan's Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park have a message for "Pokemon Go" -- have some damn respect. The memorial sits right where the first nuclear bomb was dropped on a city, and officials are pissed it's currently a "Pokestop." Park organizers want the game's developer, Niantic Inc., to remove the landmark from the game by Aug. 6 -- the anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing. The site's become a go-to spot since the game's release in Japan last week. Niantic -- an American software company -- does have a form to request exclusions, but it makes no guarantees. Games apparently don't respect the dead.
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by Admin posted Jul 27 2016 2:38PM
Former President Reagan's attempted assassin will be a free man again after a federal judge signed off on John Hinckley Jr.'s release from a psychiatric hospital. Hinckley was found not guilty by insanity for the the 1981 shooting that left Reagan with a chest injury. His press secretary, James Brady, was paralyzed ... a Secret Service agent, and a cop were also hit. Hinckley has been in a psychiatric hospital since his trial. Wednesday morning Judge Paul Friedman said it was a difficult decision, but "The court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that Mr. Hinckley presents no danger to himself or to others in the reasonable future if released." He must continue treatment and have no contact with the Reagan family or Jodie Foster ... with whom he was infatuated when he pulled the trigger.
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