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by Lou Bartelli posted Jul 25 2016 11:31AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A new study found that taking a HOT BATH for half an hour burns as many calories as a half hour walk . . . it gets your metabolism going and reduces blood pressure.

FULL STORY: If you HATE exercising, but like the idea of, you know, burning a few calories once in a while . . . consider this an early Christmas present.

A new study out of Loughborough University in England found that taking a HOT BATH can give you pretty much all of the same effects as exercising.

The researchers found that a hot bath reduces your blood pressure, gets your metabolism going, AND burns calories.

A half hour in a hot tub burned 140 calories, which is the same as a half hour walk.

Now, a bath doesn't burn as many calories as more intense exercise, and there are plenty of other health benefits you can only get from exercising . . . but getting into a hot tub is definitely better than nothing.

According to the researchers, your body releases proteins when it's exposed to exercise OR heat . . . which is why exercise and baths have similar effects.

by Lou Bartelli posted Jul 22 2016 9:10AM

HIGHLIGHTS: Here are a few lies you might be telling yourself about money. The debt you have is okay because it's "good debt" . . . you don't have enough money to invest . . . and you hate your job, but your pay is decent, so it's worth it.

FULL STORY: Here are five lies you're probably telling yourself about money.

1. You have "good debt." We've all been told there's a difference between "good debt" like student loans or your mortgage . . . and "bad debt" like from credit cards. And while it's true that some kinds of debt are worse than others, it's best to avoid it altogether.

2. You don't have enough to invest. If you have enough money for a Netflix subscription or a cup of coffee at Starbucks, then you have money you can invest.

3. You'll be earning more in the future. We all want to assume we'll earn more as we get older and more experienced, but there are no guarantees.

4. You saved money buying something on sale. If you rationalize a purchase by saying it was on sale, or that you used a coupon, you're ignoring the fact that money still left your wallet. You only truly "save" money if you were planning to buy it anyway.

5. You get paid well, so your crappy job is worth it. Financial security is important, so it's not necessarily smart to quit your stressful job, follow your passion, and become a professional "Pokemon Go" player.

But if you live reasonably and spend wisely, you should be able to find a middle ground where bills get paid AND you're happy at work.

by Lou Bartelli posted Jul 20 2016 10:56AM

You're not the only guy who has ZERO CONFIDENCE when it comes to picking what to wear on a date. In fact, it'd be strange if you DID have that confidence.

A new study asked men if they would want a woman's help picking out what to wear on a date . . . and 100% of them said yes.

60% said they'd want help from a female stylist . . . 40% would want help from a female friend . . . and nobody would try to choose on their own

by Lou Bartelli posted Jul 19 2016 10:00AM

HIGHLIGHTS: 33% of people would rather lose their CAR than all the photos on their phone, according to a new survey. But about one in five people say they never back UP their photos.

FULL STORY: Do you back up the photos from your phone? You probably should . . . since apparently they're the most valuable thing you own.

A new survey asked people if they'd rather lose the pictures on their phone, or other valuable things.

Half of people said they'd be fine losing their phone as long as they didn't lose their pictures . . . 40% would rather lose their credit card, wallet, or laptop . . . and 33% would rather lose their CAR.

But . . . about one in five people say they never back UP their photos.

The survey also found the events where we take the most photos are birthdays . . . vacations . . . weddings . . . our kids' sporting events . . . and our kids' plays.

And the average person takes 35 pictures and 13 videos a month

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by Lou Bartelli posted Jul 18 2016 9:11AM

FULL STORY: A new study found there's an easy way to make yourself happier on a daily basis. The bad news is it involves eating more fruits and vegetables. Why can't these studies ever involve bags upon bags of Doritos?

Researchers at the University of Warwick in England had more than 12,000 people keep food diaries while they also kept track of their mental health.

And they found that how happy you are increases with EVERY SERVING of fruit and vegetables you have each day. And it doesn't level off until your eighth serving.

So in other words, one serving a day will make you happier than none at all, and eight servings should put you at peak happiness. But more than that is overkill as far as mental health goes.

And here's the coolest part. We've known for a while that fruit and vegetables help prevent things like cancer. But your cancer risk drops slowly over the course of a decade or two.

But with mental health, you see the effects much faster. And within two years, someone who goes from eating no servings a day to eight servings would have an increase in happiness on par with getting a JOB when you're unemployed

by Lou Bartelli posted Jul 15 2016 6:07AM

HIGHLIGHTS: According to a new computer-mapping technique, AMBER HEARD is the most beautiful celebrity in the world. She's followed by Kim Kardashian, Kate Moss, Emily Ratajkowski, and Kendall Jenner.

FULL STORY: Johnny Depp, you messed up, son. You let one of the most beautiful women in the world get away when you broke up with AMBER HEARD. And that's not just my opinion . . . it's straight-up SCIENCE.

There's a thing called "The Golden Ratio", and it goes all the way back to ancient Greece. It's a standard of beauty based on the ratio of Phi, which is 1.618.

It's a little too mathemaniacal for me to understand, being a radio guy and all. But basically, it comes down to all the stuff on your face . . . your nose, mouth, eyes, eyebrows, etc . . . and the various distances between them.

Or something like that. Anyway, a British cosmetic surgeon came up with a face-mapping program that calculates just how close a person is to that Golden Ratio. They tested a bunch of celebrities, and Amber came out on top.

She's followed, in this order, by Kim Kardashian, Kate Moss, Emily Ratajkowski, Kendall Jenner, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Selena Gomez, Marilyn Monroe, and Jennifer Lawrence.

But the competition was fierce. The difference between Amber at #1 and Jennifer at #10 is only about two and a half percent.

They also determined who had the most attractive individual facial components. And they found that Amber has the best NOSE and CHIN.

Kate Moss has the best FOREHEAD . . . while Kim Kardashian has the best EYEBROWS. But Scarlett Johannson has the best EYES.

Emily Ratajkowski has the best LIPS, and RIHANNA has the best FACE SHAPE, even though she didn't make the overall Top 10.

by Lou Bartelli posted Jul 14 2016 9:51AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A new survey found men are 33% less likely to go to the doctor than women. The top two reasons men avoid the doctor are that they're too busy . . . or they're afraid of what might be wrong.

FULL STORY: Men don't like going to the doctor. And that's fine, because pulsating, oozing growths usually go away on their own.

A new survey found men are about 33% less likely than women to go to the doctor on a regular basis.

Here are the seven reasons why men say they avoid the doctor . . .

1. I'm too busy, 24%.

2. I'm afraid of what might be wrong, 22%.

3. I don't like uncomfortable body exams, 19%. (Oh come on. The sound of that rubber glove snapping behind me brings a smile to my face.)

4. I don't like being weighed, 12%.

5. I don't like being naked under the gown, 8%.

6. I don't want to answer personal questions from the doctor, 7%.

7. It's too cold in the doctor's office, 4%.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Jul 13 2016 10:26AM

Spotify has (loosely) identified the 50 most popular songs for a couple's first dance at weddings. To do it, they just analyzed thousands of playlists from around the world titled "first dance" . . . so we're a click or two south of pure science.

But who cares? Romance is in the air.

Here's the Top 10 . . .

1. "Thinking Out Loud", Ed Sheeran

2. "At Last", Etta James

3. "You Are the Best Thing", Ray LaMontagne

4. "All of Me", John Legend

5. "A Thousand Years", Christina Perri

6. "Make You Feel My Love", Adele

7. "I Won't Give Up", Jason Mraz

8. "Everything", Michael Buble

9. "Better Together", Jack Johnson

10. "Amazed", Lonestar

by Lou Bartelli posted Jul 12 2016 5:59AM

HIGHLIGHTS: Here are five dangerous chemicals you come in contact with every day. Pesticides that were used as chemical weapons in World War Two . . . phthalates in plastics . . . PBDE's in flame retardants . . . mercury in fish . . . and lead in old paint.

FULL STORY: Here are five chemicals you come in contact with every day, and are PROVEN to be bad for your health. So the key is to limit your exposure as much as possible.

1. Organo-phosphate pesticides. They account for half of the pesticides we use, but they were originally CHEMICAL WEAPONS in World War Two. They're the main reason people will pay extra for organic produce.

2. Phthalates. (Pronounced "thalates") They're found in soft plastics, and they're also used to bind chemicals with different scents. So you can avoid them by using glass containers in the microwave, and buying unscented lotions and soaps.

3. PBDE's. It stands for poly-brominated di-phenyl ethers. They're used as flame-retardants in TVs, computers, insulation, and older products with foam, including old baby pillows. And they've been linked to thyroid issues.

4. Mercury. It's in fish because of pollution. Small fish have it, and bigger fish like tuna have even more, because they eat the small fish. But you can also get mercury poisoning from broken light bulbs, and older washing machines and dryers.

5. Lead. It's linked with ADHD and lower IQs. So you should have the paint tested on your house if it was built before 1978. And if the water crisis in Flint, Michigan has you worried, you can buy a kit and test your tap water for about 10 bucks

by Admin posted Jul 11 2016 4:41PM
Four suspects have been arrested by police in O'Fallon, Missouri, for allegedly using the newly-released "Pokémon GO" game to lure unsuspecting victims and rob them at gunpoint. The "augmented reality" app combines cartoons with local landmarks, sending players wandering around outside looking for imaginary creatures in the real world. As part of the game, players can meet up using a geolocation feature. Authorities say that the four suspects, all aged 16 to 18, used that feature to commit a string of armed robberies in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Apparently, the suspects were setting up a "beacon" in the game, which would lure more players to a specific location. They would then rob their victims at gunpoint. Police located the suspects at around 2 a.m. Sunday when an officer responded to a robbery call and found the four teens in a vehicle. A handgun was recovered from them. Police arrested Shane Michael Baker and Jamine James D. Warner, both 18, William Miller, 17, and an unidentified 16-year-old. The three named suspects were charged with first degree robbery and armed criminal action. The juvenile suspect was transferred to a juvenile justice center.