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by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 29 2016 10:03AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  A website just found the best and worst cities for celebrating the Fourth of July, using criteria like the weather, beer prices, and the number of fireworks shows.  The best city is Seattle, Washington . . . and the worst is Laredo, Texas.



FULL STORY:  It's easy to have a good Fourth of July.  I just need good weather, about 35 beers, and a fireworks show that looks like it could blow up the moon.  So what city is going to NAIL that? just ranked the 100 biggest cities in the country from the best to worst place to celebrate the Fourth of July, based on things like the weather forecast, parks, whether fireworks are legal, the number of fireworks shows, and beer prices.



And the best place to be on the Fourth of July is . . . Seattle, Washington.  The rest of the 10 best cities are:



Minneapolis, Minnesota . . . New Orleans, Louisiana . . . Washington D.C. . . . Portland, Oregon . . . St. Louis, Missouri . . . San Diego, California . . . Milwaukee, Wisconsin . . . San Francisco, California . . . and Orlando, Florida.



The worst city for the Fourth of July is . . . Laredo, Texas.  The rest of the 10 worst are:



North Las Vegas, Nevada . . . Irving, Texas . . . Gilbert, Arizona . . . San Bernardino, California . . . Arlington, Texas . . . Garland, Texas . . . Newark, New Jersey . . . Riverside, California . . . and Mesa, Arizona

by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 27 2016 8:59AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are five signs your kids aren't drinking enough water:  They have dry skin . . . they get lots of cramps . . . they feel hot all the time . . . they're constipated . . . and they feel bad in general, but they're not sick.



FULL STORY:  A recent study found 75% of kids don't drink enough water.  And it's even more important this time of year, so here are five signs your kids might be dehydrated . . .



1.  Dry skin.  When you're REALLY dehydrated, your skin loses its elasticity.  So it doesn't bounce back when you pinch it.  But even being a LITTLE dehydrated can cause dry skin, chapped lips, dry mouth, and brittle nails.



2.  They get a lot of cramps.  It probably means they're dehydrated and low on potassium and magnesium.  So they should drink more water, and eat things that are high in those two minerals, like bananas and leafy greens.



3.  They say they feel hot all the time.  It's harder to regulate your body temperature when you're dehydrated, so you start overheating.  So obviously make sure they drink plenty of water if they're outside in the sun.



4.  They're constipated.  Obviously dark urine is a sign you're dehydrated.  But your intestines also need water to digest food, and a lot of people who think they need a laxative really just need water.



5.  They feel terrible in general, but they're not sick.  Being dehydrated can cause headaches and general fatigue.  And sometimes mild cold symptoms are really just a sign you're dehydrated

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by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 21 2016 9:46AM

If you're wondering why everyone seems to love IPAs, but you think they're way too bitter, maybe you should stop drinking them while you listen to weird Norwegian death metal.



A new study found that the music you listen to while you drink beer actually affects how it tastes.  Like, if you're listening to a Disney movie soundtrack, beer tastes sweeter.  If you're listening to something with a lot of angry bass, it tastes more bitter.



The researchers say it's probably because you mentally transfer the emotions you feel from the music over to the beer. 






Related Comedy:  A new study says listening to different types of music can affect how your beer tastes.  I was wondering why the PBR seemed stale at the Foghat concert!

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by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 20 2016 9:28AM

Here's the answer for everyone who's wanted to take down a full bottle of wine at home, but felt bad about drinking alone.  Now you can get your CATS in on the action.



A company out of Colorado just introduced America's first WINE FOR CATS.  There's been a cat wine on sale in Japan for a few years, but it was made out of grapes, which can be dangerous for cats . . . so it never made it over here.



But this all-American cat wine is made out of beets, which are safe.  And no, it doesn't have alcohol in it.  You can buy it online, starting at $5 for a small bottle.

by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 16 2016 9:51AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  A new survey found the professions we trust the least.  The top 10 includes car salesmen . . . people on Wall Street . . . politicians . . . and journalists.



FULL STORY:  We've got the results of a survey here that asked people what professions they trust the LEAST . . . and man, there are SO many options, I don't know how they stopped at just the top 10.  Here are the results . . .



1.  Car salesmen.


2.  People in advertising.


3.  Real estate agents.


4.  Insurance brokers.


5.  Union leaders.


6.  Wall Street workers.


7.  Local and state politicians.


8.  National politicians.


9.  TV journalists.


10.  Newspaper journalists.



So who DO we trust?  People in medicine, apparently.  The three professions we have the most faith in are nurses . . . doctors . . . and pharmacists

by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 14 2016 9:12AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  A new study found women are more likely to say they'd help their best friend cover up a crime than men . . . but men would be more likely to give their best friend a big loan.



FULL STORY:  You never know how strong a friendship is until you get a call at three in the morning saying, "I'm in BIG trouble . . . can you grab a shovel and come over?"



A new survey asked people JUST how far they'd go to help out their best friend.  Here are the results . . .



1.  15% of women and 10% of men would help their best friend cover up a crime.  It's interesting that women are more likely to do it than men, right?



2.  70% of women and 60% of men would donate a kidney to their friend.



3.  And women would let their best friend borrow an average of $1,800.  But men would let them borrow $2,600.



The survey also found women consider someone their best friend a lot quicker than men.  Women say it takes an average of one year . . . men say it takes an average of three years.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 13 2016 7:16AM

HIGHLIGHTS: With young kids, you don't need to go into too much detail if they ask about the Orlando shooting, just make sure they know they're safe.  And with older kids, it's okay to have a real discussion.  Just try not to let them get too wrapped up in the media coverage, and stay as levelheaded as you can when you talk about it.



FULL STORY:  It's hard talking to kids about things like the Orlando shooting.  And with small kids, should you even bring it up at all?  Here are five things to think about . . .



1.  It's okay to just shield them from it if they're really young, like 4 or 5.  Or if you think they do need to talk, just give them the broad strokes and make sure they still feel safe.



2.  If slightly older kids have questions, answer them.  Otherwise they'll get all their information from friends or online.  But again, you don't need to go into all the details.



3.  Don't let them get too wrapped up in the media coverage, regardless of how old they are.  Several studies after 9/11 found that kids who were exposed to a lot of news coverage about it were more likely to have issues with anxiety.



4. Treat teenagers more like adults.  You still want to make sure they feel safe, but it's okay to have a real discussion about it if they're a little older.  The best way to start is by asking what they know, and then asking follow-up questions.



5.  Try to be as calm and levelheaded as you can.  Even if they're older, your kids probably still look to you for cues on how they should feel about stuff.  So if you're super stressed or angry about something, they will be too.



And keep in mind that if you say something while you're angry or place blame on someone, they might hear it and think it's how you really feel.


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by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 10 2016 9:06AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are a few bad morning habits that can ruin your day.  Hitting the snooze button . . . checking your phone before you get out of bed . . . eating a breakfast that's high in carbs . . . or skipping breakfast altogether.



FULL STORY:  Here are five bad morning habits that can ruin your day . . .



1.  Hitting snooze.  You disrupt your sleep cycle, and end up sleepier than if you'd just gotten up in the first place.



2.  Checking your phone before you get out of bed.  Research from the University of British Columbia found that people who checked email throughout the day were more stressed than people who checked it just three times a day.



And checking Facebook before you get out of bed can cause you to compare your life to your friends, and make you feel jealous and agitated.



3.  Putting off exercise.  Exercising any time is better than not exercising at all, but research has found that people who exercise in the morning have lower blood pressure and get better sleep.



4.  Taking a shower that's too hot.  A hot shower in the morning will raise your body temperature and increase alertness . . . but if the water's TOO hot it can cause dry, irritated skin that can become inflamed and itchy.



5.  Eating a breakfast high in carbs.  A donut or muffin makes you more likely to feel sleepy and hungry before lunch.  But it's still better than SKIPPING breakfast, which makes you much more likely to eat more calories later in the day

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by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 8 2016 9:04AM

Hey, we've got a story about how the summer Olympics in Brazil could be deadly and it's NOT about the Zika virus!  And you thought that couldn't be done.



A new study found that giant sporting events like the Olympics can really increase your risk of having a heart attack.



Here's why.  If you get wrapped up in cheering for the American athletes for two weeks in a row, that can cause constant stress on your heart.  So if your health is already in the danger zone, it could push you over the edge

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by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 2 2016 11:40AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  A new survey found why we won't get rid of stuff even if we never use it.  The top three are:  "I might need it one day" . . . sentimental reasons . . . and hanging onto it to sell it.



FULL STORY:  I'm not going to say we've all got a little HOARDER living inside of us . . . but think for a second about JUST how much crap you have.



A new survey found the five reasons we won't get rid of stuff, even if we NEVER use it.  Check 'em out . . .



1.  "I might need it one day."


2.  Sentimental reasons.


3.  Hanging onto it to sell it.


4.  You'd feel guilty throwing it away.


5.  Laziness.



The things we feel the most guilty about throwing away are gifts . . . family heirlooms . . . clothes we rarely ever wear . . . and greeting cards.



The survey also found that 27% of us spend at least two hours a week looking around the house for stuff we can't find . . . and 90% of people would throw away some of their significant other's stuff if they knew it wouldn't cause a fight.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 1 2016 9:02AM

Any diet that encourages me to eat more waffles sounds good in my book.



A new study out of Yale found that a key to losing weight could be eating TWO breakfasts every day:  A small one early, then a bigger one a little later.



They say having two breakfasts kick starts your metabolism . . . it stops you from binging on food later in the day . . . it stops you from eating snacks in the morning . . . and it actually helps you lose weight in the long run

by Lou Bartelli posted May 27 2016 8:43AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are a few healthy snacks you can get at a gas station during a road trip.  Low-sodium beef jerky . . . trail mix that doesn't have chocolate in it . . . protein bars . . . and fresh fruit.



FULL STORY:  If you're heading out of town on a road trip for Memorial Day, here are five healthy snacks you can get at a gas station . . .



1.  Beef jerky.  The key is to avoid products with added nitrites, MSG, and lots of sodium.  So look over the ingredient list and take a pass if there are a bunch of unnatural ingredients you don't recognize.



2.  Trail mix.  Just avoid the ones with M&M's, chocolate-covered raisins, and pretzels.  Get the ones with nuts and dried fruit, since they have healthy unsaturated fats, protein, and fiber.



3.  Protein bars.  The best ones will be high in fiber and low in sugar and fat.  And it'll keep you full for a LOT longer than a candy bar. 



4.  Popcorn.  If you need a snack with a crunch, popcorn is a healthier option than chips.  One serving of popcorn can be as little as 100 calories.



5.  Fruit.  Fresh fruit is usually available at gas stations, but if not, a fruit cup, dried fruit, or fruit crisps are the next best thing.  Again, just make sure to check the ingredients for any hidden sugars.

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