Tuesday, November 3, 2009



Halloween was Saturday night, and no matter what you did, I hope you all had a great time. But mostly, I hope you didn't do anything as stupid as 18-year-old James Miller of Oxford, Ohio.

For Halloween, James dressed up as a BREATHALYZER. --He was heading home from a party at about 1:30 A.M., when he was pulled over for driving the wrong way down a one-way street, with the remains of a case of Bud Light in the car.

James blew a .158 on his breathalyzer test, which is nearly twice the legal limit, and was arrested for driving under the influence. Of course, being underage, James shouldn't have even been drinking, or driving around with beer at all. But you get the picture. (Take a look at James in his Halloween costume . . .)(WXIX News 19 - Cincinnati)

The next time you need a quick caffeine fix, you COULD grab a cup of coffee or a Red Bull. But if you're also HUNGRY, why not pick up some Perky Jerky? It's the world's first CAFFEINATED BEEF JERKY.

That's right . . . caffeinated beef jerky. --According to the product website, quote, "Perky Jerky is the world's first all-natural performance-enhancing meat snack. -"We've combined the most tender and flavorful beef jerky, with an extra dose of energy . . . to provide a jerky experience you won't find anywhere else."

Each package of Perky Jerky contains about 150 milligrams of caffeine. That's the equivalent of an 8-ounce cup of coffee, or about three 12-ounce cans of soda.

(--You can contact Perky Jerky and learn more by calling Lauren Keiser, at 435-640-3953. And you can buy some Perky Jerky here . . .)http://perkyjerky.myshopify.com/collections/all/(Daily Finance)


How many times has this happened? You're out on a date with someone you like, and you want to pay them a compliment. But you don't want to use the same tired line every other jerk uses.
Well, the people over at Match.com feel your pain, and they've come up with a list of ten ways to compliment your date, without coming across as an unoriginal tool. Check it out:

#1.) Focus on what they haven't heard before: If your date has nice hair, she probably knows it. So either come up with a new way to compliment her hair, or bypass the "obvious" qualities in favor of something less appreciated . . . like her posture.

#2.) Look for cues: The question isn't "What do YOU notice about your date?" It's "What do you think your date WANTS YOU to notice?" In other words, identify what seems to be important to your date, and focus on complimenting those things.

#3.) Get specific: Vague, general compliments mean absolutely nothing. So instead of telling a girl she's "pretty," identify a specific, more subtle trait . . . like, say, her sultry voice. The rule of thumb is the more specific the compliment, the more likely it is to strike a chord.

#4.) "That color looks great on you": Apparently, women love this one. I'm not quite sure why. But it seems to signify your attraction, as well as demonstrate your eye for good style.

#5.) Compliment their home: If it's clear your date has spent a lot of time and energy setting up her place, then chances are she wants you to notice and appreciate her efforts.

#6.) Acknowledge their friends: If you get the chance to meet your date's friends, you have to show them some love . . . even if they're annoying. Why? Because would you date someone if all your friends hated them?

#7.) "You must spend hours at the gym": The only way this compliment can misfire is if your date clearly DOESN'T go to the gym. Otherwise, you can't miss. Why?

Because if they DO go to the gym, they'll appreciate that you noticed their efforts. And if they DON'T, you're still complimenting their superior genes. There's nothing wrong with that.

#8.) Beware the lewd and suggestive: At the end of the date, or sometime soon, you're hoping for sex. That goes without saying. But there's no better way to make sure that never happens than to use lewd or suggestive euphemisms. It's just creepy.

#9.) Never say "I like you": Why? Because some people will feel you're coming on too strong. Plus, there are much smoother ways to convey the same message.

#10.) End on a good note: If you get a kiss, compliment it immediately. And even if you don't, you should end with a broad compliment. Something like, "You're amazing." Basically, you want to end the date on a high, and indicate that you want more. (Match.com)


Have you ever wondered why so many successful people seem so MISERABLE? Well, it might be that fame and fortune made them that way. Or, it might be that the reason they're so successful in the first place is because they were ALREADY miserable.

At least that's according to a new study from the University of New South Wales in Australia, which found that being in a BAD mood can actually be GOOD for you. -According to the study, when people are in bad moods, they are:

-- Less likely to believe rumors and urban myths . . .
-- Less likely to make snap decisions based on racial or religious prejudices, and . . .
-- Less likely to make mistakes when recalling an event from memory.

In other words, being in a bad mood can make you mentally sharper. A guy named Joseph Forgas led the study. He says, quote, "People in negative moods are less prone to judgmental errors, are more resistant to eyewitness distortions and are better at producing high-quality, effective persuasive messages . . .

"Our research suggests that sadness . . . promotes information processing strategies best suited to dealing with more demanding situations." (Yahoo News)


Let's face it . . . we all want recognition and praise when we do good work. And if we never get it, we feel underappreciated and taken for granted. --If you're feeling that way, here are five tips from Yahoo Shine that can help you deal:

#1.) Do it for yourself: If you're sitting around waiting for others to heap praise on you, you're bound to be let down. But if you do something for yourself, you won't care if you're praised or not. Because it's not about THEM . . . it's about YOU.

#2.) Find ways to reward yourself: Maybe someone's not giving you the credit you deserve, but you can always give yourself credit. All you have to do is find a few little indulgences that you can use to reward yourself.

#3.) Tell people how you're feeling: People are wrapped up in their own lives, so they might not even know how you're feeling. There's nothing wrong with the occasional reminder to the people around you that you're working your butt off and you deserve to be recognized.

#4.) Express your appreciation for others: It doesn't take a genius to realize that other people are much more likely to dish out praise and appreciation for YOU . . . if you do the same for THEM.

#5.) Remember that being taken for granted is a form of praise: The sad truth is that the more reliable you are, the more likely you are to be taken for granted. --And while it may not seem like it, the fact that others don't have to worry about your dependability is actually a pretty high compliment. (Yahoo Shine)


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