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by Lou Bartelli posted Oct 10 2016 7:57AM

This sounds like a great way to break your brand new iPhone.

Apparently the hot new social media trend is taking a selfie where you're high fiving yourself. And since that means you can't use your hands, it takes some skill to pull it off.

It seems like the best strategy is to set your photo timer . . . toss your phone in the air . . . high five yourself, so you're clapping your hands together like you're praying . . . and hope you get a photo of the high five as it falls.

by Lou Bartelli posted Oct 7 2016 9:08AM

FULL STORY: Smartphones are blowing up in people's ears. Meanwhile, those non-smartphones we all abandoned ten years ago are SAVING lives.

A former engineer for Nokia posted a photo on Twitter of an old-style Nokia phone with a BULLET lodged in it. Apparently it saved a guy's life in Afghanistan last week.

It's not clear if the owner was a soldier or someone who lives there. But you can see the tip of the bullet barely sticking through the front of the phone. And the back of the bullet is sticking through the case on the back.

A few people online posted photos making light of the whole thing. Like a guy who covered his entire chest in Nokia phones, so it looks like a bulletproof vest.

To be fair though, we've seen stories about smartphones stopping bullets too. A cashier in Florida survived when his HTC phone stopped a bullet in 2013.

And a guy in France survived one of the terrorist attacks in Paris last year, when his Samsung Galaxy S6 stopped a piece of shrapnel.

by Lou Bartelli posted Oct 3 2016 9:41AM

HIGHLIGHTS: The most common disasters on dates are spilling food on yourself . . . tripping and falling . . . going to a bad movie . . . and running into an ex.

FULL STORY: Just because some dating disasters are common, that doesn't make them less HORRIFYING when they happen to you.

A new survey found more than two-thirds of people say they've had something disastrous happen on a date. And more than half of them say they never went on another date with that person because of it.

Here are the 10 most common things that have gone wrong . . .

1. Spilling food on yourself.

2. Tripping and falling.

3. Going to a terrible movie.

4. Bumping into an ex.

5. Having food stuck in your teeth and not realizing it.

6. Misreading the situation and going in for a kiss.

7. Choking on your drink.

8. Accidentally biting your tongue.

9. Having your MOM call during the date.

10. Forgetting your wallet.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 30 2016 12:04PM


HIGHLIGHTS:  Here's when stores should start putting out their Christmas stuff, according to a new survey:  10% say it should be out by now . . . 21% say around Halloween . . . and 64% say not until Thanksgiving or later.



FULL STORY:  I was in a store last week that had already started clearing out some of its Halloween stuff . . . and putting out CHRISTMAS stuff.  I can't wait to go back and get started on my Valentine's Day shopping in two weeks.



A new survey asked people when stores should start putting out their holiday stuff.  And here are the results . . .



1.  3% say LABOR DAY.


2.  7% say right now, the end of September.


3.  21% say right around Halloween.


4.  52% say Thanksgiving.


5.  And 12% want them to wait until mid December.



The survey also found about one million Americans are ALREADY DONE with their Christmas shopping.  But . . . 54% of people won't be done until sometime in December. 

by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 29 2016 5:35AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  A new study found the best and worst cities for people who love coffee.  Portland, Oregon and Seattle are the best . . . and Laredo, Texas and Toledo, Ohio are the worst.



FULL STORY:  Coffee's a good thing to be addicted to, because you can publicly declare your love for it.  Like, if you're addicted to heroin, you can't post on Instagram, "I am sooooo obsessed with heroin!"  But coffee?  Sure, go nuts.



A new study by found the best and worst cities for people who love coffee.  They based it on things like the average coffee prices, the number of coffee shops, and the Yelp reviews the coffee shops got.



And the best cities for coffee are . . . Portland, Oregon and Seattle.  I'm not sure any other two cities would've made sense.  Here's the rest of the top 10 . . .



Minneapolis . . . Pittsburgh . . . Orlando . . . San Francisco . . . New Orleans . . . Madison, Wisconsin . . . Cincinnati . . . and Scottsdale, Arizona.



The worst city for coffee is Laredo, Texas.  Here are the rest of the 10 worst . . .



Toledo, Ohio . . . Memphis . . . Detroit . . . San Bernardino, California . . . Fresno, California . . . Aurora, Colorado . . . Riverside, California . . . Stockton, California . . . and El Paso. 

by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 27 2016 5:56AM

FULL STORY:  A woman named Selena Avalos is the manager at a cell phone store called Spacetel Wireless in San Jose, California.  (We're not sure how old she is, but she looks like she's in her early 20's.)



And she ordered some chicken wings from Domino's for lunch on Tuesday.  But when she opened the box, there weren't any wings in it . . . just $5,000 worth of CASH.



It turned out the delivery guy accidentally gave her the wrong box.  And it was the store's bank deposit for the night.



So she immediately called to let them know what happened.  She says she never even considered keeping it.  Even though no one called her back for THREE DAYS.  So she got in contact with their corporate office.



And now they're rewarding her, by giving her free pizza for a YEAR.  And her boss was so impressed, she's getting an extra week's worth of paid vacation for being so honest.

by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 22 2016 5:41AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  A new survey found Pokémon will be the number one Halloween costume this year, and Trump and Hillarycostumes will be big too.  45% of people plan to wear a funny costume . . . 28% plan to go as something scary . . . and 27% plan to wear a sexy costume.



FULL STORY:  A new survey found 56% of us are planning to dress up for Halloween this year.  And get ready to see lots of people dressed as Pokémon and Donald Trump.  Here are five stats from the survey . . .



1.  Trump and Hillary costumes will obviously be big this year.  But 50% more people said they're planning to go as characters from "Pokémon Go".



2.  The top group costume idea is ALSO Pokémon.  But for millennials, it's "Suicide Squad" . . . for people aged 25 to 34 it's"The Avengers" . . . and for people over 45 it's "Star Wars".



3.  45% of people are planning to wear a funny costume this year . . . 28% want their costume to be scary . . . and 27% plan to wear a SEXY costume.  So sexy costumes are almost as popular as scary costumes now.



4.  The average person won't start planning their costume until we're just under three weeks out from Halloween.  So you've still got time.  And a quarter of people say they'd never wear the same costume two years in a row.



5.  Just under 25% of people said Halloween is their favorite holiday. 

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by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 15 2016 5:44AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  A new survey found 84% of us feel like we're unappreciated.  And we think the most underappreciated jobs are garbage collector . . . mom . . . and teacher.



FULL STORY:  Do you feel undervalued and underappreciated?  I'm just playing the odds here . . . you're thinking, "Oh my God, YES."



A new survey found 84% of us feel like we're unappreciated.  You could feel that way at work, at home, with your family, with your friends, or all of those.



And three out of four of us say we've done something nice for someone and not even gotten a "thank you." 



The survey also found the four jobs we think are the most underappreciated.  Check 'em out . . .



1.  Garbage collector.


2.  Mom.


3.  Teacher.


4.  Mail carrier. 

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by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 14 2016 5:47AM

FULL STORY:  We found a list online of ways to live life to the fullest.  And some of them are things you've probably thought about.  But they should be GOALS . . .



1.  Be bold and take risks.  If you ALWAYS make the safe choice, you end up limiting yourself.  And that applies to everything from taking a new job, to asking someone on a date.



2.  Stop doing the same thing every weekend.  Try to expand the list of stuff you do on a regular basis, so you don't get in a rut.  When you're on your death bed, you won't regret missing a football game or two.



3.  Do stuff that's outside your comfort zone.  Which goes hand-in-hand with the last one.  It doesn't have to be something big, like skydiving.  It could be as simple as ordering something new at a restaurant.



4.  Get together with friends as much as possible.  And do whatever you can to make NEW friends, so you're not just hanging out with the same people all the time.



5.  Try to master a new skill.  It doesn't matter what it is.  Just stick with it, and you'll feel like a more interesting person who didn't just sit around wasting time.



6.  Travel as much as you can.  Maybe you can't afford to fly to Europe every year.  But just going somewhere new that's within driving distance can open you up to new ideas and experiences

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by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 12 2016 9:18AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A new survey says the three most awkward situations in dating are meeting the other person's ex . . . meeting their parents . . . and the first date.



FULL STORY:  New relationships are basically just a string of awkward moments.  Until one of you finally poops in front of the other . . . then you're basically ready to get married.  That's free wisdom for you, by the way.  You're welcome.



A new survey found the eight most awkward situations in dating and new relationships.  Check 'em out . . .



1.  Meeting the other person's ex.


2.  Meeting their parents.


3.  Going on the first date.


4.  Making a poor attempt to talk to someone you find attractive.


5.  Meeting up with someone from online dating who isn't quite what you expected.


6.  Bumping into your ex.


7.  The first time you dance with someone.


8.  The first kiss. 


by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 31 2016 9:33AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  A new survey found the top ways we try to make ends meet.  Some of them are practical ideas, like cooking at home or getting a part-time job.  And some aren't . . . like racking up credit card debt or not going to the doctor.



FULL STORY:  A new survey found the 10 biggest ways people try to make ends meet these days.  And they're all over the place.  From good, practical ideas . . . to a few REALLY misguided ones.  Here's the top ten.



1.  Cooking at home more instead of eating out . . . 68% of us do it to make ends meet.


2.  Spending less on clothes and beauty products . . . 66% of us.


3.  Buying cheaper food . . . 55% of people do it.


4.  Skipping social activities, 46%.


5.  Not going on a vacation, 39%.


6.  Borrowing money from family and friends, 25%.


7.  Racking up credit card debt, 24%.  (That's a creative way to save the cash you CURRENTLY have, I'll give you that.  But not much more.)


8.  Not going to the doctor, 22%.


9.  Getting a part-time job, 13%.


10.  Moving to a cheaper place, 7%

by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 30 2016 11:26AM

FULL STORY:  According to women who've had at least one kid, these seven things can actually be more painful than CHILDBIRTH.  See if you agree, ladies . . .



1.  Kidney stones.  One woman said it's like being stabbed in the side with a hot knife over and over again.  And the pain was so bad, she couldn't talk and temporarily went BLIND.  Plus she didn't know what it was at first, which made it even worse.



2.  A really bad toothache.  Meaning the pain is constant.  One woman said giving birth was bad, but she had a toothache that was even worse.



3.  Broken ribs.  Not because the pain itself is worse.  But they take a long time to heal, and it hurts every time you breathe.  So some women said they'd rather give birth.



4.  A really bad migraine.  Which can last hours, and cause some people to pass out from the pain.  A lot of people also said cluster headaches can be just as bad.



5.  Gout.  Which causes burning and swelling in your joints.  A recent survey found more than two-thirds of people with it said it's the worst pain they've ever experienced.



6.  Trigeminal neuralgia.  (Pronounced try-JEM-in-uhl.)  Which is when a nerve in the side of your head gets inflamed and causes a stabbing pain.  Apparently it's rare, but there's no cure.  And it's so painful, it makes some people consider suicide.



7.  Third-degree burns.  But not just the burn itself.  Getting skin grafts, new bandages, and washing the burned skin can actually be MORE painful.

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