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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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by Lou Bartelli posted May 24 2016 9:11AM

Once your kid learns what an iPhone is, they start asking for one. So how long can you hold them off?

According to a new study, the average American kid now gets their first smart phone when they're only TEN. It's actually 10 years and four months, to be specific.

And they get their first social media account when they're 11.

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by Lou Bartelli posted May 20 2016 9:02AM

HIGHLIGHTS: According to a new survey, the most annoying things people do in your car are backseat driving . . . being a bad navigator . . . and hogging the RADIO.

FULL STORY: Expedia released a survey this week about the most annoying things other drivers do. And texting took the top spot for the third year in a row.

Now here are the five most annoying things PASSENGERS do . . .

1. Backseat driving. 61% of people in the survey said it's the most annoying thing you can do when you're a passenger.

2. Being a bad navigator, 11%. But don't we all just use GPS now?

3. Hogging the radio, 9%. Especially if you're listening to OUR show, and they try to change the station.

4. Falling asleep, 6%. Especially if you're on a long road trip, because you've got no one to talk to.

5. Taking your shoes off, 5%. And it's even worse if you put your feet up on the dashboard . . . and then fall ASLEEP

by Lou Bartelli posted May 20 2016 7:59AM
David Hasselhoff says he's struggling to stay relevant and as a result, he is dead broke.

The former television star and singer who made hundreds of millions of dollars from starring in Baywatch and Knight Rider, now claims to have less than $4000 cash to his name. His financial struggles came up in his spousal support fight with his ex-wife Pamela Bach. "Hoff" says he can no longer afford to pay her $252,000 a year because he's not making enough money. He admits to earning $112,000 a month but says he spends $66,000 and after his payments to Pamela and other living expenses, he's left with nothing.

Pamela of course says Hasselhoff is loaded and believes he's worth more than $120 million and owns property all over the world.
by Lou Bartelli posted May 19 2016 5:56AM

HIGHLIGHTS: According to a new survey, people who text are the most annoying drivers . . . followed by people who tailgate, and people who try to cut to the front of the line at an exit.

FULL STORY: What's the most annoying thing other drivers do? Well, Expedia asked over 1,000 people, and people who TEXT and drive took the top spot for the third year in a row.

14% of people admitted they sometimes do it . . . which means 86% of people are liars. Here are the ten most annoying drivers on the road.

1. People who text and drive. 22% said they're the most annoying type of driver.

2. People who tailgate, 14%.

3. People who skip the line at an exit, go to the front, and THEN merge, 13%.

4. People who drive slow in the left lane, 11%.

5. People who drive below the speed limit, 8%.

6. People who multitask while they're driving, 8%. But 37% admitted they've done it.

7. People who don't use turn signals, 8%.

8. People who speed, only 5%.

9. People who drift between lanes, 5%.

10. People who honk when they don't really need to, 3%. Also, 48% of people said they've been flipped off . . . 35% have been yelled or cursed at . . . and 9% have gotten into a physical FIGHT with another driver

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by Lou Bartelli posted May 18 2016 9:45AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A new study found the key to a good relationship is putting down your phone, and doing two things instead . . . spending quality time face-to-face, and being affectionate.

FULL STORY: I know that telling you to put down your phone is like telling you to chop off your left arm . . . but you REALLY should do it once in a while.

A new study found that the key to a successful relationship is putting down your phone and doing two things instead: Spending quality time face-to-face . . . and being affectionate.

The researchers say, quote, "No amount of texting can compensate for a lack of either of those factors."

But here's the problem. Most of us are tighter with our phones than our partners.

Another survey just found that 53% of people admit that they spend more time on their phone than with their significant other . . . and two-thirds of us get distracted by our phones in the middle of conversations.

by Lou Bartelli posted May 17 2016 9:14AM

HIGHLIGHTS: According to a new survey, 80% of people think they're GREAT at taking photos. And the top three things we take pictures of are parties, our pets, and ourselves.

FULL STORY: According to a new survey, 80% of people think they're GREAT at taking photos. But you know, just because your last Instagram photo got 23 likes doesn't mean you understand composition or aperture.

Here are five more results from the survey on our obsession with constantly taking photos of everything these days.

1. 55% of people say they take pictures of their food, and 27% share those pictures to make other people jealous.

2. The most popular food to take photos of is ice cream. Pizza came in second.

3. One out of four people take around 300 pictures a month.

4. The top three things we take photos of are parties and family events . . . our pets . . . and ourselves.

5. And finally, only 16% of people take pictures at the gym

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Topics : Human Interest
by Lou Bartelli posted May 12 2016 9:06AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A new study found parents can only predict if their kid is lying to them about half the time. They're much more likely to assume their kid is telling them the truth, even when that's wrong.

FULL STORY: Remember when you were a kid and you'd constantly LIE to your parents . . . and they'd almost never figure out the truth? What makes you think your dynamic with YOUR kid is any different?

A new study found that parents pretty much no idea when their kids are lying and when they're telling the truth.

The researchers had parents watch videos of their kid either telling a lie or telling the truth . . . and they found that the parents could only predict if their kid was lying or not slightly over half the time.

In other words, you might as well just flip a coin to decide whether your kid is being honest with you.

And that's the problem . . . we REALLY want them to be honest. The parents were far more likely to guess that their kids were telling the truth even though half the videos showed kids lying.

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Topics : Education
by Lou Bartelli posted May 11 2016 8:48AM

HIGHLIGHTS: Here's a trick to help you calm down when you're angry or nervous. Take a few deep breaths, but breathe OUT for twice as long as you breathe in. So if you breathe in for four seconds, breathe out slowly for eight.

FULL STORY: If you ever feel angry or nervous, a few deep breaths can help. But apparently this makes it work even better . . .

Jane McGonigal is a senior researcher at a place outside San Francisco called the Institute for the Future. And she calls it the "power breath" technique.

She says that when you're taking those deep breaths, you should breathe out for twice as long as you breathe in.

So if you breathe in for four seconds, breathe out slowly for eight seconds. Or if you're worked up, you might be breathing faster than that. But the same rule applies. If you breathe in for two seconds, breathe out for four. Then try to breathe slower and slower.

Apparently it works better than just deep breathing, because it's how we normally breathe when we're relaxed.

So it tricks your body into thinking you ARE relaxed. And it can help with things like panic attacks, and even muscle spasms

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Topics : Human Interest
Location : San Francisco
People : Jane McGonigal