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by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 17 2017 11:12AM

FULL STORY: There's an 84-year-old woman near Edmonton named Mary Grams who lost her engagement ring while she was pulling weeds in her garden in 2004.

She searched for a few weeks, but couldn't find it. So she bought a replacement ring without telling her husband. She says she was too embarrassed to tell him about it.

But now all's right with the world again. Because Mary's daughter-in-law was picking vegetables from the same garden recently . . . and FOUND the ring embedded in a CARROT.

It looks like the carrot started growing through the ring, and got too big for it. So the middle is a lot skinnier, and the ring is wrapped around it.

The only person Mary told about it back then was her son. So he remembered the story, and knew it was hers as soon as his wife showed it to him.

Mary's husband passed away about five years ago, so she's pretty excited to have the ring back. Apparently he never found out she lost it. But she says if he was still around, he'd think the whole thing was hilarious.

By the way, this isn't the first time something like this has happened. Just last year, a guy in Germany found his wedding band three years after he lost it gardening. And that ring was ALSO lodged in a carrot.

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Topics : Human Interest
Location : Edmonton
People : Mary Grams
by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 16 2017 11:21AM

A bunch of people were asked to name the most annoying things other drivers do. And not using your TURN SIGNAL took the top spot. Here's the top five . . .

1. Not using turn signals. 62% of people said it's irritating.

2. Driving slow in the fast lane, 59%.

3. Tailgating, 56%.

4. Using your phone while you're driving, 55%.

5. Throwing trash out your window, 43%.

Changing lanes too much just missed the top five at 42%. And not merging correctly when you're getting on the highway was next at 40%.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 14 2017 10:46AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A 98-year-old woman in New York just married a 94-year-old man . . . who she met at the GYM. They dated for eight years before they finally decided to have the wedding.

FULL STORY: Here's a story that proves it's NEVER too late to find love. Or, apparently, to try to get super ripped.

A 98-year-old woman named Gertrude Mokotoff and a 94-year-old man named Alvin Mann from Middletown, New York just got married.

And how did they meet? At the GYM.

Back when Gertrude was only 90 and Alvin was 86, they were both working out at the same gym and a mutual friend introduced them. They're both widowed from previous marriages, and they started dating.

But clearly, even at their ages, they were willing to take their time . . . because it took EIGHT YEARS before they decided to get married. And Gertrude was the one who finally proposed to Alvin.

They say they're happy to spend the rest of their lives together, and they're not worried about how much time they have left.

Alvin says, quote, "Age doesn't mean a damn thing to me or Gert. We don't see it as a barrier. We still do what we want to do in

by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 9 2017 10:45AM

HIGHLIGHTS: The guy who came up with the rules for passwords like "must have one capital letter and one symbol" now says he's SORRY . . . because those passwords are so annoying and they aren't even all that secure.

FULL STORY: If you're wondering WHY every place makes you pick a password with at least one capital letter, one number, and one symbol, it's because of one guy.

Bill Burr worked for the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2003, and he was put in charge of coming up with the rules for good passwords . . . even though he wasn't a security expert and didn't even know that much about the subject.

And now, he says he's SORRY. There's two reasons: One, because those passwords are super annoying . . . and two, because more research has proven they're not even that effective.

It turns out that passwords that are LONGER are much more secure.

If your password is four random common words . . . like, say, "purple-trombone-dancing-bucket" . . . that would take hackers HUNDREDS of years longer to hack than our current shorter, randomized passwords.

Plus it's easier to remember.

by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 8 2017 11:00AM

FULL STORY: If you're dragging today, it might be the aftereffects of all that beer you drank last weekend. Or one of these six reasons that are all backed by science . . .

1. You're surrounded by negativity. Like friends who just complain about their lives all the time. Negativity is draining. Trying to stay positive boosts your energy levels.

2. Your sex life is non-existent. If you're too exhausted at night, try the morning instead. The boost of energy you get can kick-start your day.

3. There's not enough magnesium in your diet. When you don't get enough, it can be harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.

A few foods you might want to double up on are nuts, seeds, beans, avocados, and leafy greens. And in general, too much processed food can also zap your energy.

4. You never work out. One recent study found that getting two-and-a-half hours of exercise a week can make you 65% less tired during the day.

5. You're a ball of stress. Anxiety is the #1 cause of insomnia. And it's a vicious cycle, because it's even harder to deal with stress when you're underslept.

6. Your bedroom is a wreck. Studies have found that the quality of your sleep can suffer when your bedroom's a mess. So you might want to spend an hour or two on a deep clean. Or at least pick up your dirty clothes.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 4 2017 12:08PM

FULL STORY: FiveThirtyEight.com recently talked to a bunch of wedding DJs, and came up with the top ten songs people HATE to hear at weddings. Here are the ten songs that couples specifically tell wedding DJs not to play . . .

1. "The Chicken Dance".

2. "The Cha-Cha Slide" by DJ Casper.

3. "The Macarena" by Los Del Rio.

4. "The Cupid Shuffle" by Cupid.

5. "YMCA" by The Village People.

6. "The Electric Slide" by Marcia Griffiths.

7. "The Hokey Pokey".

8. "Wobble" by V.I.C.

9. "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. Maybe because we've all heard it 7 BILLION times in the last four years.

10. "Shout" by the Isley Brothers.

Here are a few more honorable mentions: "Love Shack" at #11 . . . "Blurred Lines", "Single Ladies", and "Sweet Caroline", which all tied at #13 . . . "Hot in Herre" by Nelly at #22 . . . and "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees at #24.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 3 2017 10:40AM

According to a new report, 41% of us would rather get more vacation days than a raise. 59% of us would take the money, which seems low. Apparently we value our free time more than I thought.

39% of people said they don't think they currently get enough vacation days compared to other people they know. But 30% of us still feel guilty when we take time off.

42% have thought about skipping a vacation because it would mess with the company's workflow. And just under a quarter of BOSSES admit they expect people to do at least some work while they're on vacation.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 29 2017 10:17AM

FULL STORY:  If you need to chill a bunch of warm beer for your Fourth of July party, here's the fastest way to do it.  And you can also turn this into a summer science lesson for your KID if you want.  That way you'll look like a good parent AND get to drink . . .

 

 

The best way to chill a beer super-fast involves SALT WATER.  If you're a "Mythbusters" fan, you might know about this.  They tested it back in 2005.  But "Popular Science" just did a big article about it too.  Here's why it works . . .

 

 

Even without salt, ice water cools down a beer faster than just ice because the water completely surrounds the can.  But SALT water works even better because it freezes at a lower temperature.  Especially if you use a TON of salt.

 

 

Normal water freezes at 32 degrees.  But really salty water won't freeze until it's about five BELOW zero.  Basically, it's because the sodium molecules get in there and prevent the water molecules from forming into crystals.

 

 

Now, ice actually melts FASTER in salt water.  But don't let that fool you.  It's not because the salt is raising the temperature of the ice.  It's just converting the ice into salt water that's still the SAME temperature.  Right around 32 degrees.

 

 

Then if you add even more ice to the mix, the temperature of the water will keep dropping but won't freeze.  So you can get it down to something like 25 degrees instead of 35.  And that extra ten degrees is huge.

 

 

In normal ice water, it takes about 15 minutes to get your beer down to a perfect 38 degrees.  But in really salty ice water, it should only take about fiv

by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 28 2017 10:53AM

FULL STORY:  At least three out of five people say they're going to a barbecue for the Fourth of July next week . . . it's the most popular cookout day of the year.

 

 

And good news if you're hosting one:  Apparently it's not going to come anywhere CLOSE to breaking the bank.

 

 

The American Farm Bureau just released its annual study on how much a summer cookout should cost . . . and it's $55.70 for 10 people, or about $5.60 per person.  That seems so cheap.

 

 

They say that for those prices, you can buy:  Eight hot dogs and buns . . . eight cheeseburgers and buns . . . pork ribs . . . potato salad . . . baked beans . . . chips . . . condiments . . . lemonade and chocolate milk . . . and watermelon for dessert.

 

 

The price is down 1% from last year thanks to slightly lower meat prices. 

by Lou Bartelli posted Jun 23 2017 12:10PM
 

 

FULL STORY:  RON HOWARD has been named as the new director of the young Han Solo movie.

 

 

He Tweeted, quote, "I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.  I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film."

 

 

It's an interesting full-circle kind of thing, because Ron worked with GEORGE LUCAS years before the original "Star Wars" even happened . . . in George's 1973 classic "American Graffiti".

 

 

AND that movie also featured the original Han Solo himself, HARRISON FORD