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by Lou Bartelli posted Nov 30 2016 11:42AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  Bud Light is doing a Willy Wonka-type promotion over the next few months.  If you find a GOLDEN beer can, you have a chance to win Super Bowl tickets for life.



FULL STORY:  This is the adult, drunken version of Willy Wonka's GOLDEN TICKETS.



Bud Light is putting 37,000 GOLDEN BEER CANS inside of their cases through December and January.  If you find one, you have to take a selfie with it and post it on social media. 



Six of those people will win season tickets to their favorite NFL team. 



And one person will win Super Bowl tickets for LIFE.  Well, technically 51 years, according to the rules.  But if you drink enough Bud Light to win a contest like this, do you REALLY think you'll last more than 51 years? 

by Lou Bartelli posted Nov 28 2016 11:45AM

The Most Downloaded Holiday Songs of All Time


If you need help with your Christmas playlist, you're probably not going to get it from this list of the Most Downloaded Holiday Songs of All Time . . . because chances are you've had them in your collection for years.  Whatever. 



Here it is anyway, along with the number of downloads for each song:



1.  "All I Want for Christmas is You", Mariah Carey.  3.2 million downloads.


2.  "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?", Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, and Katie Lopez.  1.6 million downloads.


3.  "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)", Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  1.3 million downloads.


4.  "Mistletoe", Justin Bieber.  1.1 million downloads.


5.  "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", Brenda Lee.  1 million downloads.


6.  "Christmas Canon", Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  918,000 downloads.


7.  "Where Are You Christmas?", Faith Hill.  897,000 downloads.


8.  "Feliz Navidad", Jose Feliciano.  808,000 downloads.


9.  "Jingle Bell Rock", Bobby Helms.  780,000 downloads.


10.  "Last Christmas", Wham!  751,000 downloads.

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"


"Finding Dory"

"Suicide Squad"




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"


"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"




Favorite Family Movie:


"Alice Through the Looking Glass"

"Finding Dory"

"The Jungle Book"

"The Secret Life of Pets"




Favorite TV Show:


"The Big Bang Theory"

"Grey's Anatomy"


"Stranger Things"

"The Walking Dead"



Favorite Competition TV Show:


"America's Got Talent"

"American Ninja Warrior"

"Dancing with the Stars"


"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 11 2016 12:29PM

HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are a few tips on how to avoid buying junk food at the grocery store:  Have a shopping list . . . stick to the outer aisles where the meat and produce is located . . . never shop on an empty stomach . . . and leave the kids at home.



FULL STORY:  If you always go to the grocery store with good intentions, but end up walking out with a cart full of junk food, listen up.  Here are five tips on how to avoid buying junk food at the grocery store.



1.  Have a list.  Going in with a game plan helps keep you focused.  You're less likely to be tempted than if you're just aimlessly browsing the aisles.



2.  Stay in the outer aisles.  The meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and health foods are usually located on the perimeter of the supermarket.  While the chips, soda, candy, and other processed junk are in the middle aisles.



3.  Don't go when you're hungry.  You're more likely to buy unhealthy food when you shop on an empty stomach.



4.  Shop at your local farmers' market.  There will be MUCH less temptation for junk food there.



5.  Leave the kids at home.  It's not always possible to go grocery shopping alone, but it's harder to say no to bad foods when you've got your kids with you.

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 Nov 8 2016 10:30AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  A website just calculated how early Christmas decorations are going to go up in stores in the future, based on the current trends.  They project that Christmas decorations will be up before Halloween within the next five years . . . and they'll be up before the end of July by 2120.



FULL STORY:  Stores are putting up their Christmas decorations earlier and earlier every year.  It's a fact.  Back in 2000, most stores' decorations went up just before Thanksgiving.  Now?  It's November 8th and they're already up.



The website Quartz.com calculated just how early Christmas decorations are going to go up in the future based on the current trend.  Here's what they found . . .



1.  Christmas decorations will be up before Halloween within the next five years.



2.  They'll be up by September 30th by 2050.



3.  They'll be up by Labor Day in 2085.



4.  And they'll be up by July 31st by 2120.

by Lou Bartelli posted Nov 3 2016 10:42AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  A recent study found flu shots might be more effective if you get them in the morning.  Researchers tested people's blood for antibodies from flu shots a month after they got them.  And the ones who got their shots in the morning had way more, meaning they were less likely to get sick.



FULL STORY:  The science is still out on this, but getting a flu shot NOW might be better than getting one back in July or August.



Some experts think they can start to wear off by the time flu season hits, especially if you're over 65.  And another recent study found the time of DAY might matter too.



Researchers in England looked at 276 people who either got their shot in the morning, or the afternoon.  And they found the shots worked a lot better for the ones who got them in the morning.



They tested each person's blood for the type of antibodies you get from having a flu shot . . . the more you have, the less likely you are to get sick.  And the ones who got their shots in the morning had WAY more antibodies a month later.



It's not clear why, but they think it might have something to do with how your white blood cells circulate through your body during the day.



Don't stress out if you can't go in the morning, or already got one in the afternoon though.  Getting a flu shot ANY time of day is still better than no shot at all.

by Lou Bartelli posted Nov 2 2016 11:45AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are seven things you should never share on Facebook.  Your driver's license . . . travel plans . . . anything that shows an account number . . . a winning lottery ticket . . . complaints about your job . . . drunk photos of your friends . . . and other people's news, like that your friend just found out she's pregnant.



FULL STORY:  Have you ever shared something on Facebook and then regretted it? Here are seven things you should never share on social media.  And they SHOULD be obvious, but some people still do it . . .



1.  Your driver's license or passport.  A lot of teenagers do it when they get their license, and it obviously opens you up to identity theft.



2.  Travel plans.  Someone could rob your place if they know you're not home.



3.  Anything that shows an account number, or your bank account info.  Some people actually brag by posting photos of their paycheck.  Which is dumb, and also lame.



4.  A winning lottery ticket.  A woman in Australia posted a photo after she won $825 at a horse race last year.  Then someone else used the barcode to claim her money.



5.  Complaints about your job or your boss.  Even if you have your preferences set so they can't see it, they might find out about it from someone else.



6.  Drunk photos of your friends.  Post photos where YOU'RE drunk if you want, but don't post embarrassing stuff about your friends unless you're sure they're cool with it.



7.  Other people's big news.  Like if your friend tells you she's pregnant, don't go on Facebook and announce it FOR her. 

by Lou Bartelli posted Oct 31 2016 1:51PM

HIGHLIGHTS:  The website Vox.com just came up with a list of the best and worst candy to get on Halloween.  They say the best ones are Kit Kat and Starburst . . . and the worst are Tootsie Rolls and Mike and Ike.



FULL STORY:  Well, certainly no one is going to have any disagreements with this.



Vox.com just released a list of the best and worst Halloween candies.  It's not based on a survey or anything, it's just their writers' opinions.  So you're almost guaranteed to disagree with them . . . and it would almost be weirder if you think they got it perfect.



The top 10 candies to get on Halloween are:  Kit Kat . . . Starburst . . . Twix . . . Milky Way . . . Skittles . . . Cow Tales (???) . . . Jolly Ranchers . . . Haribo Gummy Bears . . . Snickers . . . and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.



And the 10 worst candies to get are:  Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Pops . . . Mike and Ike . . . Twizzlers . . . Almond Joy . . . Raisinets . . . Mounds . . . Smarties . . . Nestle Crunch . . . Laffy Taffy . . . and Hershey's Miniatures