For more than 30 years Lisa Rollins has been a part of upstate radio. Called the most calming, caring, conservative voice in radio, Lisa can see all sides of the issue, yet is never afraid to share her own personal opinion!
A woman in North Dakota says she isn't giving out candy this year to Halloween trick-or-treaters that she thinks are too fat. Instead, she's giving them letters to take home to their parents with this message: "Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season." So, she thinks it is "irresponsible" to allow chubby children to go trick-or-treating. Do you agree? Do you think her action is thoughtful or cruel to chubby kids? Have you considered giving healthier treats to trick-or-treaters? And if you got her note, would you:
a) laugh it off;
or c) help your kids TP her shrubbery?
I mean after you kick her skinny little ___!
Joey Chestnut ate 121 Twinkies in under 6 minutes. The competition was held at Bally’s casino in Tunica, Missouri. Chestnut beat Yakeru Kobayasji’s Guinness World Record for the most Twinkies eaten in under a minute. The previous record was 14 Twinkies. Chestnut ate 20 Twinkies in under a minute.
That’s just gross!
What turns you on? New British research reveals that women are most turned on by losing weight, while men are more turned on after a night out with the boys. The study covered two-thousand people and found that for women the things that round out their top 5 turn ons are fresh bed sheets, winning a sum of money, a night out with the girls and a hot bath.
For men, all of the top 5 turn ons were the same, except instead of "losing weight" they said "Sports team win." Also, "cleaning the house" made it into the top 10 turn ons for men and an expert explains that men don't see cleaning as their "job" so they feel that when they clean their partner is likely to "reward" them for their efforts.
What about YOU?
Students at a university have been told not to wear "offensive" halloween costumes including cowboys, indians and anything involving a sombrero. Students at the University of Colorado Boulder have also been told to avoid "white trash" costumes and anything that portrays a particular culture as "over-sexualised"- which the university says includes dressing up as a geisha or a "squaw" (indigenous woman). They are also asked not to host parties with offensive themes including those with “ghetto” or "hillbilly" themes or those associated with "crime or sex work." In the letter sent by a university official students are asked to consider the impact that their costumes could have. Christina Gonzales, the dean of students, wrote: "Making the choice to dress up as someone from another culture, either with the intention of being humorous or without the intention of being disrespectful, can lead to inaccurate and hurtful portrayals of other people's cultures.”
GREAT, now what are we gonna be?
A house with a past as a site of violent death is a horror movie staple, perhaps most famously in The Amityville Horror, but even if you're not afraid of ghosts and evil spirits, you still might be creeped out if someone died in your house or a house you're considering buying, and may want to know about it. Enter DiedinHouse, a website that, at a cost of $11.99, will search 118 million public records to see if your current or prospective address shows up in connection with any deaths, violent or otherwise. You'll get a report documenting who died in the house, if anyone, and if known, how they died. If you don't do the research on your own, real estate agents and sellers in most cases aren't required to disclose that there was a death on the premises unless it was the direct result of the house's condition or a newsworthy event.
So, would you want to know if someone died in your home or in one you're considering buying? I mean if you knew someone died in a home you were considering buying, would it make you less likely to go through with it? Would it only influence you in certain situations, such as if a murder had taken place there instead of someone dying of natural causes? Do you think real estate agents and sellers should be required to disclose there was a death on the premises in all situations?
A cemetery's decision to withdraw its approval for a pair of SpongeBob SquarePants headstones has sparked a controversy in Cincinnati. Sgt. Kimberly Walker was murdered by her boyfriend last Valentine's Day. Walker was an avid fan of SpongeBob SquarePants. The family decided to have two 6-foot-tall SpongeBob SquarePants headstones erected. The first, dressed in an Army uniform, would be for Kimberly. The 2nd, dressed in Navy attire, would be for her twin sister, Kara, who currently serves. Each gravestone costs $13,000 and weighs 7,000-pounds. The gravestones were installed on October 10, but the family was asked to remove the headstones because they didn't fit cemetery guidelines. A spokesperson for the cemetery said they feel horrible about the misunderstanding and would be willing to pay for another monument that would fit the cemetery's guidelines. (Yahoo News)
Some women have dyed their hair so many times that they don't remember their natural hair color. A new British survey reveals that as many as 17% of women don't remember their natural hair color. The survey results indicated that women go to get their hair colored an average of once every 8.2 weeks, and spend the equivalent of about 69 dollars a visit. 28% admitted that they get their hair colored more often than they get it cut, and 33-percent said they usually had it cut and colored at the same time. Just 12% of the 1,342 women surveyed said they've never had their hair colored, and 62% surveyed said they do in fact know their natural hair color. (Daily Mail)
I do, mouse brown! What about you?
IF YOU THINK YOUR SON IS THE ONLY MESSIAH OR KING, THINK AGAIN. NEW DATA FROM SOCIAL SECURITY DATA REVEALS THAT THE NAME MESSIAH ROSE 246 SPOTS ON 2012 LIST OF THE ONE-THOUSAND MOST POPULAR NAMES IN THE U.S. DR. JEAN TWENGE SAYS THIS SPIKE IN POPULARITY REPRESENTS THE NARCISSISTIC NAME TREND THAT'S HAPPENING. TWENGE SAYS, "THE WAY PEOPLE PARENT THEIR KIDS HAS SHIFTED. AT ONE TIME THERE WAS THE IDEA THAT YOU RAISE THE CHILD WITH THE LESSON THAT THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND THEM AND NOW WE RAISE THEM THAT IT DOES." THE SOCIAL SECURITY REPORT ALSO NOTED THAT THE NAME KING ROSE IN POPULARITY BY 133 SPOTS ON THE LIST, WHICH MEANS IT BEAT OUT THE NAME JOHNATHAN. IT DOES ACTUALLY GET WORSE, IT TURNS OUT IN 2012 THERE WERE 51 KIDS NAMED BEAUTIFUL, 14 NAMED GORGEOUS, 12 NAMED BOSS, 11 NAMED AMAZING, AND SIX NAMED AWESOME. (ABC)
BEING IN LOVE APPARENTLY FEELS AND TASTES SWEET. TO FIND THIS, RESEARCHERS FROM SINGAPORE PRIMED A GROUP OF PEOPLE TO FEEL LOVE OR JEALOUSY BEFORE THEY WERE GIVEN SWEET AND SOUR CANDY AND BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE SAMPLES. SOME PARTICIPANTS WERE THEN TOLD TO WRITE ABOUT A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH ROMANTIC LOVE, WHILE OTHERS WERE TOLD TO WRITE ABOUT EXPERIENCING ROMANTIC JEALOUSY, AND A CONTROL GROUP WROTE A BORING ESSAY ABOUT LANDMARKS. PARTICIPANTS THEN RATED THE TASTES OF THEIR TREATS, AND THOSE WHO WROTE ABOUT LOVE RATED THEIR SAMPLES AS SWEETER THAN THE JEALOUSY OR LANDMARK GROUPS. ANOTHER GROUP DID A SIMILAR EXPERIMENT, ONLY THIS TIME THEY DRANK DISTILLED WATER INSTEAD OF EATING CANDY. RESEARCHERS SAY THINKING OF LOVE MADE THE DISTILLED WATER SEEMS SWEETER TO THOSE WHO THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE, COMPARED TO THOSE WHO THOUGHT ABOUT JEALOUSY OR HAPPINESS. RESEARCHERS SAY THIS MAY HAPPENED BECAUSE THE AREA OF THE BRAIN THAT REWARDS FEELINGS OF LOVE IS THE SAME AREA THAT REWARDS THE TASTE OF SWEETNESS. (POP SCI)
A STUDY ON RATS MAY CONFIRM WHAT MANY PEOPLE ALREADY KNOW: OREOS ARE ADDICTIVE. TO FIND THIS, RESEARCHERS AT CONNECTICUT COLLEGE PUT HUNGRY RATS IN A MAZE THAT HAD RICE CAKES AT ONE END AND OREOS ON THE OTHER, THE RATS THEN WERE ALLOWED TO GO WHERE THEY WANTED. RESEARCHERS SAY, "JUST LIKE HUMANS, RATS DON'T SEEM TO GET MUCH PLEASURE OUT OF EATING RICE CAKES." RESEARCHERS THEN COMPARED THOSE TEST RESULTS TO A SECOND TEST, WHICH RATS HAD THE CHOICES OF A SALINE SOLUTION INJECTION OR A DRUG INJECTION OF COCAINE OR MORPHINE. RESEARCHERS SAY THE CRITTERS CHOSE THE DRUG INJECTIONS ABOUT AS OFTEN AS THEY CHOSE OEROS IN THE OTHER TEST. ALSO, AS MOST PEOPLE DO, THE RATS ARE THE CREAMY CENTER OF THE COOKIE FIRST. RESEARCHERS SAY THIS ADDS TO THE GROWING BODY OF RESEARCH THAT FINDS THAT HIGH FAT AND HIGH SUGAR FOODS STIMULATE A SIMILAR BRAIN RESPONSE ONE WOULD HAVE TO TAKING DRUGS.
A new study by Bright.com, which matches job-seekers with recruiters, found that Monday is the best day to look for a new job. The website analyzed more than a half-million job applications and more than 15 million views of postings on its site and found that 30% of people who apply for a job on Mondays advance to the next stage of the hiring process, better than for any other day. Saturdays were the least successful day, with just 14 percent of applicants advancing. They also found that most job-seekers apply on Tuesdays, but only 20% of them succeed. Bright.com said its finding don't explain why Monday is the best day for job applicants, but senior analyst Jacob Bollinger suggested it might be that applications that come in on a Monday might be less likely to be overlooked then ones that come in later in the week as resumes pile up for the position.
Food is the way to both men and women's hearts, according to a new survey. Relationship advice website YourTango polled more than 1 thousand of its readers and found that nearly 80% said preparing a meal for someone is a significant act of love. It also found just 21% surveyed said that food was a source of tension or conflict in their relationship. And though 1% who said food was a source of conflict cited their partner's cooking skills as the reason for the conflict, 90% overall said a lack of kitchen skills would not be a deal-breaker in a relationship. Addtionally, 50% of those surveyed admitted to using food, especially junk food, to compensate for negative emotions, and 48% said they prefer going to dinner for their first date with someone.
Have you seen the Pumpkin M&M's, The Pumpkin Pop Tarts, and Pumpkin Ice Cream? Those are rather tame but have you seen or heard of the newest Pumpkin Flavored Drink…PUMPKIN FLAVORED VODKA.
USA Reports that while the orange gourd is seasonal it’s increasingly becoming a year-round obsession, with sales topping $290 million last year. Starbucks has been selling its popular Pumpkin Spice Latte since late summer in some parts of the country. Dunkin' Donuts rolled out its lineup of pumpkin products in early September. Bruegger's Bagels rolled out its pumpkin bagel in early September.
Gotta admit I DO love the Pumpkin Room deodorizer from Glade
How about you; got a favorite?
A state appeals court yesterday tossed out child abuse findings against a frustrated Northern California mother who spanked her 12-year-old daughter hard enough with a wooden spoon to cause bruising. The 6th District Court of Appeal in San Jose reversed the child abuse determination made by the Santa Clara County Department of Social Services. Social workers reported Vernica Gonzalez to the state Department of Justice's child abuse database with a "substantiated" abuse determination. That determination was upheld by a trial court judge. The appeals court said the spanking came close to abuse, but that social workers and the lower court judge failed to consider the family's entire circumstances. Gonzalez and her husband testified that other forms of punishment such as groundings and taking away her phone had failed to persuade their 12-year-old daughter to do her schoolwork and avoid gang culture. The parents said that other family members had testified that spankings in the household were a rarity.
All I know is that it’s a good thing my parents weren’t reported; they weren’t abusive, but I DO remember my dad poking my brother’s hand with a fork during dinner, not enough to poke thru the skin or anything, but it got his attention. Anyway…what d YOU think?
An AskReddit threat asked non-American Redditors what American foods they find gross or weird, and some of the top responses, as gathered by Business Insider, were: Velveeta cheese, Hershey's chocolate, Red Vines, Supermarket bread, Casseroles, Root Beer Floats, Twizzlers, Pop Tarts, Snow cones, Beef Jerky, Corn Dogs, Biscuits and Gravy, American Bacon and Meatloaf . Quite frankly, some of them are my FAVORITES…what about you?
New research from Emory University finds that dogs have emotions just like people do. To find this, researchers trained a dog to sit completely still in an MRI brain scanning machine so that researchers could learn about the dog's emotions. They found that dogs have a similar brain structure in a key area of the brain-- the caudate nucleus. The caudate nucleus in humans plays a role in the anticipation of things we enjoy, and researchers found that dogs had increased activity in that part of their brain in response to hand signals indicating food. Additionally, the caudate part of the dog's brain was activated in response to the smell of familiar humans, and in preliminary tests it was activated after an owner returned to the room after stepping out momentarily. Researchers say this may be a sign of canine emotions, which could mean that dogs have a level of sentience comparable to that of a human child. (Daily Mail)