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by Brian Stephenson posted Feb 8 2016 9:00AM
This year's Oscar gifts bag are worth $200,000. And, as usual, they only go to the nominees in the major acting and directing categories. Here's a list of what's inside:

Haze Dual V3 Vaporizer ($249.99)
My M&M's ($300)
Halo, Purely for Pets ($6,300)
Explore Israel ($55,000)
SilverCar ($45,000)
Lizora ($31,200)

Tribute ($125)
Caolion ($134)
Healing Saint by Dr. Jane 360 ($193)
Walk Japan ($54,000)
Alexi Seletzky, Celebrity Trainer ($900)
Belldini ($300 +)
Chocolatines ($35)
Dandi Patch ($21)
Delovery ($2,000)
Farm Wife Style ($25)
Fit Club TV "Ultimate Fitness Package" ($6,250)
Gleener on the Go ($11.99)
Golden Door ($4,800)
Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria ($5,000)
Grand Hotel Tremezzo ($5,000)
Greenhill Winery & Vineyards ($39)
Hydroxycut Gummies ($19.88)
Jay Cardiello ($1,400)
Joseph's Toiletries ($275)
Lat & Lo ($150)
Memobottle ($47)
Mezcal El Silencio ($75)
Mission1 Clean Protein Bar ($5.64/box)
Nuelle Fiera Arouser For Her ($250)
Phantom Glass ($49.95-$59.95)
Purely Inspired Organic Protein ($19.97)
Rougle Maple ($99)
Sedona Lace ($109.95)
Signature Vodka ($70)
Slimware ($29.95)
Steamist ($5,060)
Sundial Power Coating ($500)
Tools by Gina ($250)
Vampire Breast Lift ($1,900)
Zekkle Edge ($125)
740 Park MD ($5,530)

by Brian Stephenson posted Feb 5 2016 9:22AM

The Internet is the greatest collection of knowledge and information in human history. So why do we all feel DUMBER after spending time online?

Scientists have finally figured out WHY the Internet is making you so much stupider. Fortunately, the explanation is pretty easy to understand, even for our soft, mushy brains.

It's because of . . . links. That's it. Here's why.

When you read something online, you're constantly bombarded by links to other articles, videos, and pictures. Plus there are the ads. So many ads. That makes your brain WORK while it reads, because it has to make decisions.

When you read a book, you don't have ANY choices like that. And because your brain isn't making decisions, it does a better job processing what it's reading and committing to memory.


by Lou Bartelli posted Feb 4 2016 9:27AM

In case you don't know, the Super Bowl is on Sunday. Or as every ad says because of the NFL's rabid army of lawyers, THE BIG GAME is on Sunday.

Approximately 189 million Americans will watch the game . . . that's more than half the country. Here's what they'll be eating and drinking.

1. 53% of people over 21 will drink beer, and 27% will drink wine. There's definitely some overlap between those groups.

2. 48 million people will order food for delivery, or pick something up to go.

3. Domino's will sell 12 million slices of pizza.

4. People will eat 1.3 BILLION chicken wings.

5. We'll eat almost 140 million pounds of guacamole.

6. People will spend $140.2 million on chips, and $5.1 million on vegetable trays. That means your party is 27 times more likely to have chips than vegetables.

(ABC News)

by Lou Bartelli posted Feb 3 2016 9:54AM

Double Dipping at Super Bowl Parties Is Literally Killing People

HIGHLIGHTS: A new study found that when a city's team is in the Super Bowl, the DEATH RATE jumps. It's because people are more likely to go to Super Bowl parties, where the flu is spread through shouting, coughing, and double dipping chips.

FULL STORY: You might think double dipping a chip at a Super Bowl party this weekend is a victimless crime. Really, what's the worst thing that can happen?

HERE'S the worst thing that can happen. DEATH. Lots and lots of death.

A study at Tulane University in New Orleans analyzed flu data from the past 35 years, and found an interesting connection to the Super Bowl.

If a city's team is in the Super Bowl, their DEATH RATE from the flu jumps. People over 65 in that city are 18% more likely to die . . . and that's not a coincidence.

The researchers say it's because people are more likely to attend big Super Bowl parties with people they don't know . . . and whose germs they aren't used to.

And as they all get really into the game, they start double dipping chips, shouting, and coughing . . . and that spreads germs. And since older people are the most susceptible to dying from the flu, that's really bad news for them.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Feb 2 2016 9:46AM

Nine Stats on What to Eat, Drink, and Say to Get a Second Date

HIGHLIGHTS: According to a new survey, the ideal first date should last two-and-a-half hours. Men expect it to cost $68 . . . women expect it to be $56 . . . no one expects to feel chemistry . . . and most people are okay with discussing politics and religion.

FULL STORY: Match.com just released nine great stats on dating. Check 'em out.

1. 33% of single people met their last date online, and 26% met through a friend. And you're 78% more likely to get a second date if you met online.

2. The ideal first date should last right around two-and-a-half hours. Any longer and your chances of landing a second date start going down.

3. Men expect a first date to cost $68 . . . women expect it to cost $56 . . . and both say a second date should cost about $10 more than the first date.

4. Ordering sushi on a first date ups your chances of getting a second date by 170%, which was higher than any other food. Ordering a cocktail ups your chances by 137%.

5. Almost NO one expects sparks to fly on a first date. 59% said they don't expect to feel chemistry until date two. And about a third don't expect it until at least date three.

6. Talking politics on a first date actually INCREASES your chances of getting a second date by 91%. And 25% said if you're not registered to vote, it's a deal-breaker.

7. Over 80% said they're also fine talking about religion, gun control, and immigration.

8. Only 20% of men care if their date knows about sports. And only 10% of women care if a guy is up on pop culture news.

9. 50% said ending a "good" first date with a kiss is okay. But only 6% of men and 1% of women go into a first date expecting sex.

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by Brian Stephenson posted Feb 1 2016 8:20AM

You know how your dog goes nuts when you get home and treats you like a hero. While your cat MIGHT kinda give you a "Hey, what up" nod?

We hate to break it to you, but it's because your dog really DOES love you more.

A new study analyzed saliva from dogs and cats after they played with their owners for 10 minutes. The researchers looked for how their levels of oxytocin changed, since that's the hormone connected to love and bonding.

They found the oxytocin levels in dogs jumped 57.2% after some quality time with their owners . . . the levels in cats only jumped 12%.

So, yeah . . . your dog loves you approximately five times more than your cat.

The researchers say, quote, "These dogs really care about their owners. It was also a nice surprise to discover that cats produce any [oxytocin] at all."

(The Independent)

by Brian Stephenson posted Jan 29 2016 9:41AM


I'm pretty sure the correct drink to pair with Girl Scout Cookies is milk, but what do I know?  A website just put together a guide of what WINES you should pair with the 12 different types of Girl Scout Cookies, now that they're on sale again.



One quick warning:  The pairing list is pretty intense . . . they didn't just pick generic wines you probably have around the house, they got specific and obscure.



Like, they recommend pairing Thin Mints with a good Brunello . . . Samoas with an aged Rioja . . . and Tagalongs with an Amarone.  You can check out the full, intimidating list at Vivino.com




by Brian Stephenson posted Jan 28 2016 9:34AM

We're not in the business of helping you eat LESS pizza.  Our goal is for you to eat as much as possible. 


But if you're one of those people who believes in idiotic notions like "portion control" and "diabetes prevention," you might like this.


Scientists at Cornell just published a study that figured out how to TRICK people into eating less pizza.  There are two steps:


1.  Put the pizza on the BIGGEST table you can find.


2.  Cut it into sixteen slices, not eight or 12.


The study found that when pizza was on a big table and had small slices, it tricked people's brains into thinking the slices weren't THAT small . . . so they took a very reasonable portion.


But the OPPOSITE happened when a pizza was on a SMALL table.  Again, you cut it into small slices.  But on the small table, people perceived that pizza as being smaller and the slices as being tiny, so they ate a lot more than normal.


It comes in handy if you're blowing your New Year's resolution . . . or maybe you just want to save money at your Super Bowl party?  



(Cornell University)

by Brian Stephenson posted Jan 27 2016 9:54AM

JOSEPH FIENNES . . . a white man . . . will play MICHAEL JACKSON in an upcoming 9/11 road trip movie.  Naturally, that DEFINITELY sounds like an Oscar-worthy role.  But seriously, this movie is actually real?


Legend has it that Michael Jackson, ELIZABETH TAYLOR, and MARLON BRANDO were in New York City together in 2001, and after the attacks on September 11th, they rented a car and drove back to L.A. themselves.


It was just the three of them . . . and supposedly, they only made it to Ohio before calling the trip off.  Apparently, it was taking too long because Marlon kept wanting to stop at Burger Kings.


So, someone is turning this legend into a MOVIE.  There's no title yet . . . but Stockard Channing has reportedly signed on to play Liz, and Brian Cox will be Marlon.


Joseph Fiennes confirmed the report yesterday . . . and added, quote, "It's a fun, light-hearted tongue in cheek road trip of what celebrity of that kind is like.  But also it's rather beautiful and poignant about their relationships as well."  



(I'm sure this will sit well with all the people boycotting this year's WHITE Oscars.)

by Brian Stephenson posted Jan 26 2016 7:21AM

You've got to REALLY be bored to study the receipt from a pizza.  You've got to be even MORE bored to file a lawsuit over it.



A guy named Zachary Tucker in Edwardsville, Illinois ordered a pizza from Papa John's recently, and noticed they charged him 16 cents for a delivery tax.



He researched Illinois law and found that a business can only tax a delivery fee if it's included in the selling price.  He says the Papa John's fee is a surcharge that's listed separately from the price on the receipt, so it shouldn't be taxed.



So he filed a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT over it.  For negligence, breach of contract, and fraud. Under Illinois law, businesses can only include delivery and shipping fees in the sales tax calculation if the “charges are included in the selling price.”



He's looking for them to cover damages, attorney fees, and, yes . . . to pay restitution to him and all the other poor victims who were charged 16 cents for their deliveries.



The lawsuit is requesting a jury trial, to decide how much in damages Papa John's delivery fee victims are entitled to. 



(Madison Record)

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