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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 atApolloPeak.com, 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.

by Lou Bartelli posted May 26 2016 9:49AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are five mistakes you might be making on the grill:  Use newspaper instead of lighter fluid to get charcoal burning . . . make sure the grill is super hot, especially for steak . . . don't use direct heat all the time . . . don't mess with the meat . . . and don't cook two types of meat at the same time.



FULL STORY:  We found a list online of mistakes you might be making on the grill.  And we've seen some before, like don't grill steaks while they're still cold.  They should be at room temperature.  But here are five more tips that might help you out this weekend . . .



1.  Don't use too much lighter fluid.  Put newspaper under the charcoal, and use THAT to get them started.  Or if you have to use it, let the charcoal burn for about 30 minutes to burn it off.  Otherwise your food might end up tasting like lighter fluid.



2.  Make sure the grill is super hot, especially for steak.  You want it to sear the outside.  If you slow-cook steaks with the lid down, you basically end up steaming them, and they'll turn out dry.



3.  Don't use direct heat all the time.  Once they're seared on the outside, move them to the edge of the grill, so they don't get burnt.



4.  Don't move the meat around too much.  Let it sit for about four minutes after you put it on.  And don't poke it or push down on it with tongs, because it makes all the juices leak out.



5.  Don't cook too many things at once.  If you cook two types of meat at the same time, the flavors end up transferring.  And if the entire grill is full, you won't be able to move things to the edge of the grill when you need to

by Lou Bartelli posted May 25 2016 9:19AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  A new study found that for the first time ever, more young adults are living with their parents than anywhere else.  32.1% of people between 18 and 34 now live back at home.



FULL STORY:  I'm not sure there's ANY shame left with moving back in with your parents.  And if it IS a little taboo, people sure don't care.



A new study found that for the first time ever, more young adults are living with their parents than anywhere else.



32.1% of people between 18 and 34 years old now live back at home.  And that's slightly more than the 31.6% who live with a significant other.



The Census Bureau started keeping records on people's living situations in 1880, and there have NEVER been more young people living at home than living with someone else until now.

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