Archive: Apr 2015

  1. Colorado mom Leeza Pearson is upset her daughter, Natalee, wasn’t allowed to finish part of her lunch… a four-pack of Oreos.


    Was the girl’s lunch a junk food fest? Hardly. Pearson also packed her 5-year-old daughter a ham and cheese sandwich, string cheese and a 4-pack of Oreos. The child came back home from school with a note from her teacher, which read:

    “Dear Parents, it is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit, a vegetable and a heavy snack from home, along with a milk. If they have potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it. Lunchables, chips, fruit snacks, and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy snack. This is a very important part of our program and we need everyone’s participation.”

    You might imagine Pearson’s reaction – especially because at her daughter’s after school care program, the kids have been given jelly beans as a snack and around Easter, parents were asked to bring in candy.

    “They say I can’t decide what to feed her but then they sometimes feed her junk food,” Pearson said. “Why am I being punished for Oreos when at other times I am asked to bring candy?” And while school officials don’t have a real comment on this situation, they have said that their desire is “to inform parents, but never want it to be anything punitive.”

    As for Pearson, she seems unbowed. “She is not overweight by any means and I usually try to feed her healthy,” Pearson said, noting her daughter’s lunch also included a sandwich and some string cheese.

    “It’s not like I was offering cookies to the entire class and it’s not like that was the only thing in her lunch.”

  2. Recent studies have opened our eyes about how men and women sense things differently. Here are the five main senses, and how they’re different for men and women…



    Women see more colors.  A study in 2012 found that women see more shades of red, green, yellow, and blue. Men are also more likely to have some form of color blindness.


    Most women have a finer sense of touch. A study in 2009 found that smaller fingertips tend to be more sensitive and men usually have bigger fingers than women.


    Women are better at hearing noises that are high-pitched, but as they get older, they can’t hear LOW pitches as well as men. Men are five times more likely to suffer hearing loss at some point in their life.


    Women have a better sense of smell.  A study last year found women have almost 50% more neurons in the part of the brain that helps distinguish between different odors.  Which might be an evolutionary thing that has to do with picking a mate.


    Women have stronger palates.  A study at Yale found that women have more taste buds on their tongue.  So they’re usually better at distinguishing between things that are bitter, sour, and sweet.

  3. So… you’re about to leave the house and you realize your phone only has a 10% charge left.

    What do you do?


    Plug it in, of course! But, is there anything you can do to maximize the amount of charge you’ll get in such a short time? Here are the top 3 ways to charge your phone faster:


    1. Don’t use the phone while you’re charging it.

    The screen takes up the most power, so keeping the screen off will help speed things along.


    2. Put your phone in “Airplane Mode”.

    Doing this will turn off the Wi-Fi and phone signals. The less your phone is working, the faster it will charge.


    3. Use a wall plug instead of a computer USB port.

    Most computers don’t put out enough power to charge your phone at its fastest rate.

  4. In 1930 Hollywood adopted the Motion Picture Production Code to try and clean up the “filth” that was flooding theater screens. It included a lot of restrictions that seem a little ridiculous by today’s standards. Here’s our Top 5:


    1. Kisses couldn’t be “lustful” and they couldn’t last more than 3 seconds.

    2. All curse words were banned.

    3. You couldn’t show divorce or adultery as a positive thing.

    4. Even actors playing married couples had to be shown sleeping in separate beds.

    5. All nudity was banned… even in silhouette.


    The code was abandoned in 1968 for the ratings system still used today.

  5. MTV Movie Awards


    Amy Schumer hosted!  Big winners were:

    • Movie of the Year: The Fault in Our Stars
    • Best Female Performance: Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars
    • Best Male Performance: Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
    • Best Scared-As-S**t Performance: Jennifer Lopez, The Boy Next Door
    • Breakthrough Performance: Dylan O’Brien,The Maze Runner
    • Best Shirtless Performance: Zac Efron, Neighbors
    • Best Duo: Zac Efron & Dave Franco, Neighbors
    • Best Fight: Dylan O’Brien vs. Will Poulter, The Maze Runner
    • Best Kiss: Ansel Elgort & Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars
    • Best WTF Moment: Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne, Neighbors
    • Best Villain: Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
    • Best Hero: Dylan O’Brien,The Maze Runner
    • Best Musical Moment: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
    • Best Comedic Performance: Channing Tatum, 22 Jump Street
    • Best On-Screen Transformation: Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
    • MTV Trailblazer Award: Shailene Woodley
    • MTV Generation Award: Robert Downey Jr.
    • Comedic Genius Award: Kevin Hart



    A new survey by Career Builder had more than 2,000 hiring managers look at a list of questions, and decide whether or not they’re legal to ask in an interview.  And a THIRD of them didn’t know.



    Here are the top ten questions they didn’t realize they’re not allowed to ask . . .


    1.  “What’s your religion?”

    2.  “Are you pregnant?”

    3.  “Are you a Democrat or a Republican?”

    4.  “What’s your ethnicity?”

    5.  “How old are you?”

    6.  “Are you disabled?”

    7.  “Are you married?”

    8.  “Do you have kids, or plan to?”

    9.  “Are you in debt?”

    10.  “Do you drink or smoke?”



    The survey also asked for the WEIRDEST questions interviewers ask.  And all five of these ARE legal . . .


    1.  “How would you wrangle a herd of cats?”  They ask it to see how organized you are.


    2.  “Do you believe in life on other planets?”  Your answer can reveal how open-minded you are.


    3.  “What superpower would you like to have?”  They ask it to see if your answer reveals anything about how you view your own strengths and weaknesses.


    4.  “If you were stranded on a desert island, which two items would you like to have?”  Which is one that’s kind of a cliché at this point.  But what you choose can show how good you are at dealing with situations where you have limited resources.


    5.  “If you were trapped in a blender, how would you get out?”  How you answer apparently shows how creative your problem-solving skills are.  (Or maybe they just want to see if you have the guts to ask what the HELL they’re talking about.)


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