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by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 27 2017 11:53AM

FULL STORY: Fat has gotten a pretty bad reputation, but the more research that comes in, the more it becomes clear that eating a bunch of fat REALLY might not be all that bad. Here's the latest . . .

A new study out of the University of California, San Francisco found even if you eat butter, cheese, and all the other delicious saturated fats in the world, you can avoid increasing your risk of developing heart disease with a TINY bit of daily exercise.

Seriously. They found that you can offset your risk if you just walk 22 minutes a day.

Now, obviously, it's BETTER to eat healthy and not eat six sticks of butter just because one study said it's fine . . . but consider this another piece of evidence that fat really may not be as bad as we were all led to believe

by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 26 2017 9:55AM

Disney has pushed "Indiana Jones 5" to July 10th, 2020 . . . and HARRISON FORD will turn 78 just three days later, on July 13th. Let's put that into perspective:

SEAN CONNERY played Indy's FATHER in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". That one came out in May of 1989 . . . when Connery was 58. So . . . 20 years YOUNGER.

But that's the way it goes. STEVEN SPEILBERG has said, quote, "There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones and that's Harrison Ford.

by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 25 2017 10:24AM

A new survey asked people who are looking to rent an apartment what's more important: Good Internet . . . or a washer and dryer in the unit. And I guess it's not a surprise that the Internet DOMINATED.

59% of people say good wifi or high-speed Internet is the most important feature in an apartment . . . versus 13% who went with a washer and dryer. That means four-and-a-half times more people picked the Internet over clean clothes

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by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 24 2017 11:12AM

FULL STORY: Now THIS is a role reversal. It's not just parents who are annoyed at their kids for using their phones all the time . . . kids are ALSO annoyed with their parents for doing it.

According to a new survey, more than a third of kids say they've asked their parents to stop looking at their phones and checking social media during family time.

And about one out of seven kids say their parents text, make calls, or use social media during dinner.

Now . . . even with all that being true, it's not like it's ONLY parents staring at their phones. The survey also found some kids spend TEN HOURS a day on their electronic devices during weekends.

by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 20 2017 10:52AM

FULL STORY: Someone recently put together a list of the healthiest things you can order at a bunch of fast food restaurants that still TASTE good. So none of them are a salad with no dressing. Here are two things to order at six different places . . .

1. McDonald's. The Egg McMuffin, which is 300 calories. Or the McDouble, which is 380. You can cut about 50 calories on each one by asking for no cheese.

2. Taco Bell. The Chicken Soft Tacos, or the Power Menu Veggie Bowl. You can make pretty much anything at Taco Bell healthier by asking for it "fresco" style. That's where they replace the cheese and sour cream with pico de gallo.

3. Burger King. The MorningStar Veggie Burger. Or the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, which is 480 calories. But you can get it down under 400 calories if you hold the mayo.

4. Chick-fil-A. The Grilled Chicken Nuggets with a side salad or fruit cup. Or the Spicy Southwest Salad, which also has grilled chicken instead of fried.

5. Dunkin Donuts. The Egg-and-Cheese sandwich on an English muffin. Or the Egg White Flatbread sandwich. Obviously there's a lot more nutrition in both of them than you'll get from donuts.

6. Subway. The Oven-Roasted Chicken Sandwich on multigrain flatbread. Or a six-inch tuna sandwich on wheat. Just don't ask for extra mayonnaise.

by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 19 2017 11:25AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A new survey found that the flexible work option people want the most is the ability to change around their start and end times for the day. Being able to work from home and having a four-day work week tied for second.

FULL STORY: Americans don't take vacation days . . . it's just not how we roll. But we WOULD like to be able to go to our kids' soccer games or nurse a Tuesday morning hangover once in a while. Don't you think we're owed THAT?

A new survey asked people which of these work options they'd want the most: Being able to work from home . . . having flexible start and end times for their day . . . or having a four-day work week with longer days.

And the one we want the most is . . . flexible start and end times, with 37% of the vote. I wouldn't have guessed that.

Working from home and a four-day work week tied with 26% of the vote.

The survey also found that people who do have the option of working from home do it an average of three days a week.

by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 18 2017 10:09AM

FULL STORY: Apparently we've all forgotten the harsh lessons from Crystal Pepsi. And those who forget Crystal Pepsi are doomed to repeat it.

Two brothers in England just started selling a CLEAR COFFEE.

It comes in a bottle and you're supposed to drink it cold. They say it's made from high-quality coffee beans and pure water, and it took them three months to figure out the secret formula to make it clear without any chemicals or artificial ingredients.

They say they mainly wanted to create it because, quote, "We are heavy coffee drinkers. Like many other people we struggled with teeth stains. There was nothing on the market that would suit our needs."

A British newspaper reviewed it and said, quote, "The taste is strong, like a potent cold brew," so that's good. Another review wasn't quite as kind, quote, "odd but not unpleasant . . . [like] water but with an aftertaste of coffee."

If you want to try it, you're going to have to spend some money and be patient. You can get a five-pack from their website . . . for $19, or about $4 per 6.7-ounce bottle.

Then throw in another $19 for shipping, and be ready to wait three to four weeks quote, "due to a huge amount of orders."

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by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 12 2017 9:53AM

FULL STORY: "Friends" is being turned into an off-Broadway musical by the same people who wrote such "classics" as "90210! The Musical!", "Katdashians! The Musical!", and "Bayside! The Musical!", which is a "Saved by the Bell" parody.

It'll open this fall at the Triad Theatre in New York, and judging by the song titles, there's some potential here. They include:

"The Only Coffee Shop in New York City"

"45 Grove Street – How Can We Afford This Place?"

"How You Doing, Ladies?"

"We Were on a Break!"

"Oh. My. God. It's Janice!"

"The Ballad of Fat Monica"

"Could I BE Anymore . . . in Love with Monica"

"The One Where We Make a Million Dollars An Episode"

"We'll Always Be There For You

by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 11 2017 10:21AM

HIGHLIGHTS: Here are some common mistakes people make when they're rushing to get their taxes done. Basic math errors . . . typing in the wrong Social Security number . . . forgetting to fill out all the forms you need . . . and forgetting about major life events.

FULL STORY: It's crunch time if you haven't started your taxes yet. The deadline is a week away. But don't rush through them TOO fast and make a mistake that might cost you money. Here are six last-minute tax mistakes people make every year . . .

1. Basic math errors. Use a calculator, don't add anything in your head. And be careful about decimal places.

2. Filing under the wrong name. Like using your new MARRIED name even though you haven't legally changed it yet. It sounds dumb, but a lot of people do it.

3. Mixing up your federal and state returns, and mailing them to the wrong places. Most people file online now. So that one only applies if you snail-mail your returns.

4. Typing in the wrong Social Security number. Your whole return depends on that number, so be extra careful about typos.

5. Completely forgetting to fill out a form. The IRS will probably catch it and let you know. But you might have to pay a fee, and wait longer to get your refund check.

6. Forgetting to list certain deductions or major life events. Like if you got married or bought a house. People forget stuff like that when they're rushing, and it costs you

by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 10 2017 10:36AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A 66-year-old guy recently hit a $100,000 jackpot on a slot machine at a casino in Fort Lauderdale. But he let a 35-year-old woman push the button for good luck, so the casino gave HER the money, and he got nothing.

FULL STORY: A 66-year-old guy named Jan Flato was gambling on a high-stakes slot machine at a casino in Fort Lauderdale about a month ago. Each spin was $50, and he hit the jackpot for a HUNDRED GRAND. (His name is pronounced Jan, not Yan.)

But then things went south for him REALLY fast.

He was hanging out with a 35-year-old woman named Marina Navarro. It's not clear why she was hanging with a dude in his mid-60s . . . but she claims they were "friends." Anyway, on his winning spin, he asked HER to push the button for good luck. And that turned out to be a very bad idea.

Apparently casinos have a rule where the person who pulls the lever or pushes the button on a slot machine is technically the one who's gambling. So SHE ended up winning the money, and he got nothing.

Jan flipped out in the middle of the casino when they told him. But security footage clearly showed Marina hitting the button. So they gave her a check for 50 grand . . . another $50,000 in cash . . . and she left without him.

She claims she offered to give him some of the money, but he started sending angry text messages. So she's not giving him anything, and their "friendship" is over.

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Location : Fort Lauderdale