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  • Valentine's Day tips

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    A new survey by CreditDonkey.com reveals that men plan to spend $84.39 on Valentine's Day while women will spend $48.13. 


    What people plan to give for Valentine’s Day, and what they hope to receive:


    - 65% plan to give dinner, only 49% want to receive dinner

    - 38% plan to give chocolates, only 30% want to receive chocolates

    - 37% plan to give flowers, only 20% want to receive flowers

    - 8% plan to give gift cards, 15% want to receive gift cards

    - 7% plan to give electronics, 20% want to receive electronics

    - 5% plan to give travel, 9% want to receive travel

     

  • Concert pet peeves

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    Top 10 Most Annoying Behaviors At Rock Concerts from Rolling Stone

    1) Taking pictures the entire show

    2) Checking e-mail, Facebook and Twitter every couple of minutes

    3) Incessantly talking to your friends

    4) Yelling out requests

    5) Yelling out "Freebird!"

    6) Pushing your way to the front

    7) Getting so drunk you puke

    8) Loudly complaining after the show because the band didn't play your favorite song

    9) Filming the entire show on your iPhone

    10) Yelling "Sit down!" at people who are standing up

  • Germs

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    Where Are The Most Germs In Restaurants from xfinity.comcast.net

    3. Lemon Wedges One of the most frequently occurring contaminants in the test results was fecal matter. Half of the lemon wedges tested were tainted with human waste. How does fecal matter get on lemons in the first place? Cameras caught restaurant workers grabbing lemons with their bare hands, reaching in again and again without gloves or tongs. If they haven’t washed their hands well after using the bathroom, germs spread.

    2. Menus The bacteria that cause staph infections runs rampant on them. The germs that cause strep throat, beware!

    1. Seats Seventy percent of the chair seats tested have bad bacteria on them — 17 different kinds, including strains of E. coli. Why? All customers sit on them, and most restaurants don’t think to sanitize them.

  • First date no no's

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    10 Things To Not Say On A First Date from yourtango.com

    1. It was all his/her fault – Bashing and bad mouthing your ex.

    2. It’s all my mother/father’s fault – I had a bad childhood and didn’t know any better.

    3.“They” prevented me from.... I couldn’t finish school because “they” didn’t pay for it. I couldn’t get married because “they” rejected me....

    4. I live with my mother/parents because I can’t afford to live on my own.

    5. I have no money so you have to pay the bill.

    6. I am desperate to get married because I don’t want to be alone.

    7. I’m a sex addict or I don’t like sex.

    8. I always cause men/women to abuse me, take advantage, reject me.

    9. I still love my ex and I call and text him/her every day.

    10. You’re not smart enough, attractive enough, successful enough, interesting enough or good enough for me.

  • NEW weird laws!

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    10 Weird Laws That Took Effect On New Year’s Day from The Washington Post

    In California, peace officers can no longer sleep with prison inmates.

    In Kentucky, feral hogs can’t return to the wild.

    In Illinois, culinary students can legally drink alcohol — but only if they agree to spit it out.

    In California, it’s illegal to let a dog chase a bear or bobcat.

    In California, film producers must consult a board-certified pediatrician before filming a newborn.

    In Illinois, sex offenders can’t give out candy on Halloween, play Santa or dress up as the Easter Bunny.

    In Florida, drivers can legally flash their lights at other cars to warn them of police speed traps.

    In California, drivers can’t hang anything that obstructs their windshields. 

    In Illinois, the term “pedestrian” now includes in-line skaters.

    In Florida, the term “motor vehicle” no longer includes swamp buggies.

  • The most AND least stressful jobs!

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    Most and Least Stressful Jobs from CareerCast.com 

    THE MOST STRESSFUL JOBS

    1. Enlisted Military Personnel
    Median salary: $45,528 (W-1, 8 years experience)

    2. Military General
    Median salary: $196,300

    3. Firefighter
    Median salary: $42,250

    4. Commercial Airline Pilot
    Median salary: $92,060

    5. Public Relations Executive
    Median salary: $57,550

    6. Senior Corporate Executive
    Median salary: $101,250

    7. Photojournalist
    Median salary: $29,130

    8. Newspaper Reporter
    Median salary: $36,000

    9. Taxi Driver
    Median salary: $22,440

    10. Police Officer
    Median salary: $55,010

    THE LEAST STRESSFUL JOBS

    1. University Professor
    Median salary: $62,050

    2. Seamstress/Tailor
    Median salary: $25,850

    3. Medical Records Technician
    Median salary: $32,350

    4. Jeweler
    Median salary: $35,170

    5. Medical Laboratory Technician
    Median salary: $46,680

    6. Audiologist
    Median salary: $66,660

    7. Dietitian
    Median salary: $53,250

    8. Hair Stylist
    Median salary: $22,500

    9. Librarian
    Median salary: $54,500

    10. Drill Press Operator
    Median salary: $31,910

  • Holiday foods to avoid

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    Holiday Foods You Shouldn't Eat from xfinity.comcast.net

    Cheese Straws--These party staples look so innocent but just one straw packs a third of your daily limit for saturated fat!

    Swedish Meatballs--This tempting classic may seem harmless but lurking within each ball can be at least 400 calories of white bread, butter, heavy cream and sodium-laden beef broth.

    Eggnog--Step away from the eggnog. With ingredients like sugar, eggs, whipping cream and bourbon this is a nutritional bullet smart revelers will dodge. One cup has 343 calories, 150 milligrams of cholesterol, half of the USDA's suggested daily limit and 21 grams of sugar.

    Stuffed Potatoes--Baked potatoes are rich in vitamin C and fiber but add in cheese, sour cream and butter and you've negated most of the health benefits. One medium stuffed potato has 316 calories and 8.25 grams of saturated fat. That's almost half of your suggested daily upper limit of saturated fat.

    Creamed Spinach--What happens when you combine healthy veggies like corn and spinach with cream, butter and cheese? A side dish with more than 75% of your saturated fat for the day. Boston Market's creamed spinach side has 280 calories almost entirely from fat and 15 grams of saturated fat.

    Pot Roast--Even the trimmed, lean version of this popular holiday meat contains 7 grams of saturated fat. One 3-ounce serving of traditional beef pot roast has 280 calories and 20 grams of total fat.

    Fruitcake--Don't let the name deceive you. Though this sweet treat contains fruit it can also have plenty of butter, sugar and corn syrup. One slice we tried clocks in at 410 calories and 13 grams of fat.

    Pecan Pie--On their own pecans are a high-cal nut but combine them with sugar, butter and corn syrup and you've got a potentially deadly dessert. A single slice will cost you more than 500 calories, 37 grams of fat and 26 grams of sugar.

    Cheesecake--Beware of this delectable dessert, a crowd favorite on any occasion. One slice of Cheesecake Factory's original cheesecake has 707 calories and 29 grams of fat.

    Candied Yams--Packed with vitamins and fiber, sweet potatoes are a superfood however candied yams are a different story. Though the savory starch is the main component of this side dish, common recipes tell you to add up to six cups of sugar before you start baking, racking up a total of 38 grams per serving.

    Cranberry Sauce--Cranberries are a great source of vitamin E, K, and C, and dietary fiber. Typical canned cranberry sauce has 105 grams of sugar per serving, over four times the amount the AHA recommends per day for women. It also adds over 400 calories to your plate.

    Yorkshire Pudding--Any pudding that requires flour, salt and melted beef fat can't be good for your health. One serving has about 625 calories and 37 grams of total fat, over half of your upper limit for the entire day.

    Spinach and Artichoke Dip--Spinach and artichokes alone are nutritious, however generous amounts of mayonnaise, sour cream and cream cheese overpower the vitamin-packed veggies. One popular restaurant's spinach and artichoke dip with tostada chips has 905 calories and 3,100 milligrams of sodium, over 1,000 more milligrams than the USDA recommends.

    Prime Rib--Prime rib happens to come from the fattest part of the cow. One piece of prime rib can house up to 750 calories and 45 grams of fat, without the added sauce or seasoning plus 8 ounces has 450 milligrams of cholesterol, 100 mg more than the USDA recommends for men and women to consume per day.

    Sausage Stuffing--Think twice before stuffing your face with this ominous mixture. Sausage stuffing has 345 calories, 235 from fat, setting you back about 26 grams of fat altogether.

    Dark-Meat Turkey With Skin In general--Turkey has more lean meat compared to other entree selections but be careful when choosing which part of the bird you want to eat. Dark meat with skin has 70 more calories and three times more fat per serving than plain white meat without skin. The skin alone can hold up to 44 grams of total fat.

    Green Bean Casserole With Fried Onions--Green beans are a hearty vegetable, boasting dietary fiber and vitamins A and C still this casserole is far from wholesome. Butter, cheese, salt and fried onions take away from the health perks of the beans. One full batch has 785 calories and 4,128 milligrams of sodium.

    Croissants--They are so light and fluffy we think croissants are low in fat and calories—perfect for a holiday brunch but what makes them so mouth-watering? Sugar, salt and butter between each and every layer of flour dough. A butter croissant from Starbucks has 310 calories and 18 grams of total fat.

    Potato Pancakes--Even though potato pancakes are a well-liked holiday substitute for mashed potatoes, they're battered with egg, flour and breadcrumbs and then fried in oil. This method makes them crisp and golden brown but also rather unhealthy. An average pancake has over 200 calories and 11 grams of fat,

    Hot Buttered Rum--Sipping a warm cocktail by the fire on a cold winter evening sounds enticing however the calorie count may scare you away: One cup of hot buttered rum has over 300 calories and 13 grams of fat—not to mention tons of added melted butter and sugar.

    Lobster Newburg--This classic entree is beyond decadent. Lobster is healthy seafood but the sauce is the dish's downfall. Flour, butter and milk create a thick and creamy puree that should be avoided at all costs. One small cup is worth 605 calories and 49 grams of fat.

    Yule Log or Bûche de Noël--With primary ingredients like chocolate, heavy cream, butter and sponge cake, a slice of Yule log can account for half a day's worth of calories. Some recipes even toss in a cup of toasted pecans and coconut. One serving of Betty Crocker's Bûche de Noël boasts 420 calories and 47 grams of sugar.

    Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha--A Grande (16 oz.) serving of this seductive Starbucks beverage has 540 calories. And that's with only 2% milk! The white-chocolate and peppermint flavored syrups, whipped cream and dark chocolate make up 76 grams of sugar, three times the amount of added sugar the American Heart Association suggests per day.

    Caramel Apples--Making caramel apples can be an entertaining holiday activity and they are enjoyable to eat too. However the caramel sauce is pure sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, melted with a bit of milk. Though apples are high in vitamins and dietary fiber, the treat packs about 320 calories, 16 grams of fat and 28 grams of sugar.

  • Last minute shopper? You're not alone!

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    Last Minute Shopping

    A new survey released by Visa shows that 73% of consumers still haven't finished shopping for Christmas gifts. Other findings:

    - 69% of Southerners still have gifts to buy and will spend $329

    - 69% of Midwesterners still have gifts to buy and will spend $239

    - 78% of Northeasterners still have gifts to buy and will spend $271

    - 79% of Westerners still have gifts to buy and will spend $352

    - 74% of women nationally still have gifts to buy and will spend $218

    - 72% of men nationally still have gifts to buy and will spend $399

    - 71% of people with household income under $20,000 still have gifts to buy and will spend $170

    - 74% of people with household income between $20,000 and $49,999 still have gifts to buy and will spend $208

    - 78% of people with household incomes over $50,000 still have gifts to buy and will spend $401