Friday, April 12, 2019

FRIDAY USELESS STUFF

Do you play board games at your house?  Do you consider yourself an expert when it comes to playing Scrabble?  The game has been around since the 1930's and I thought I was good, until I met this guy who kicks my butt every single time. In 7 years, I came close to winning just once.   I think he's pretty much memorized the entire Scrabble Player Dictionary, but he swears he hasn't.  I just wanna know how in the world he knowS words like "aa" and "zuz" for Pete's sake? (lol)

$1425!
Anywho, Saturday April 13 is National Scrabble Day. If you're a hardcore collector and want to have something that friends will talk about for years, grab the leather edition from Aspinal of London for a mere $1,425.00.  I'll just brag and say that my game cost just $2.00 from a yard sale a few years ago. If you really want to impress someone, AND score 1782 points, be sure to use all the right strategies and spell out OXYPHENBUTAZONE. 

No one loves Harry Potter more than my Blogger Bud Lauren over at https://shootingstarsmag.net, and she has all kinds of memorabilia to prove it. You'll also see mentions on her Instagram, and Facebook pages of this beloved character. So I wouldn't be surprised at all if she looked around her house and had 1 of the 500 original copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone from 1997. What makes them so special are the misspellings of  philosopher on the back cover, and Harry's wand is typed in twice on his school supply list.

This first edition recently sold for almost $100,000 in London!  If you're interested in purchasing a set actually signed by the author, check out ebay where the going rate is currently close to $17,600. According to JK Rowling, more than 500 million Harry Potter novels have been sold in various languages around the world.

Did you know that Monaco has a 0% unemployment rate, and there are no poor people living there.  They also have very little crime.  Despite being considered a gambling mecca, residents are not allowed to gamble, nor can they even go into a casino unless they work there.  Tourists are always welcome, however. Never Say Never Again and Golden Eye are two of the movies filmed there.

Humans aren't the only ones who can get DNA tests these days.  If you want to know everything there is to know about your beloved pup, check out www.embarkvet.com for about $200.  You'll get the results within a month or so.  For about $70, you can also grab www.dnamydog.com, and get your details within 2 weeks, but it's not as extensive.

Are you a fan of birds and want to get them out of shelters where they could eventually be put down?  Adoptabirdnetwork.com is a nonprofit agency that specializes in placing chickens and birds in safe, no-kill environments. It's easily set up by age, city and species.  www.adoptabirdnetwork.com

Do you enjoy trying new products?  Are you ready to write about your experience, AND get paid for doing it?  Sign up at www.webfluential.com if you have over 1000 Twitter followers.  If you don't have Twitter, or your other social media accounts are fairly large and busy, send the links to  influencers@webfluential.com. This site is popular and highly rated, and it's easy to earn anywhere from $40 to $200 for posts.  If you have a blog you can earn you up to $750!


During the mid 19th century, Oregon was the go to state for gold,
but once all those mines dried up, people left for greener pastures, making it the state with the most ghost towns in the US with a total of 250.


If you like living in small towns, Okay, OK has a population of about 620 people.

Victor Protasio
BRULEED BANANA SPLITS W/CASHEW CARAMEL CORN(Dawn Perry)

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Cup Sugar
4 Bananas, un-peeled and split lengthwise
Vanilla Ice Cream (or Chocolate if you dare)
1 1/2 Cups Caramel Corn with Cashews, chopped


Spread sugar on a plate. Dip cut sides of bananas into sugar, pressing to help it adhere. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high. Working in 2 batches, add bananas to skillet, sugar side down, and cook, undisturbed, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer, cut side up, to plates.Serve topped with ice cream and caramel corn.
The son of her husband's family showing up to a couple's black tie optional wedding wearing military formal wear including all his medals, caused a bride to lose it.  This Marine was mannerly and friendly, and many people wanted to take pictures with him. 
The bride said that she had nothing against those in the military, but felt that wearing his uniform was a way for him to show off and steal the spotlight on her special day.  In frustration, she asked him to leave the wedding.  This scenario caused close to 1800 comments on Reddit before the moderators finally cut off any new responses. Let's just say that things got heated!

Do you think he was showing off?  Did she overreact?  Did he make a mistake?  Was she the star of her wedding?





Thursday, March 21, 2019

MORE USELESS STUFF

If you've been reading this blog you may have wondered where in the heck I've been, and basically in a nutshell, I've either been sick or working on other projects.  But I'm back with more useless stuff.(lol)






Anywho.  Has anyone ever seen Evan Antin from Evan Goes Wild on the Animal Planet Channel?  Forget the fact that Evan is uber handsome; so good looking in fact, that he's been voted the Sexiest Veterinarian Alive twice  & the Sexiest Beast Charmer by People Magazine.  He also has over 1 million followers on Instagram. 



What made me fall head over heels in love and ready to move to California. was watching a rhinoceros, several dogs and an elephant actually kissing this amazing doctor.  Can you believe that?! You can just tell how much he cares about animals and their well being.


But before you pack your bags, he's very much committed and engaged to Videographer and Multimedia Journalist Nathalie Basha.  If you want to explore different countries and see exotic animals, check out Dr. Evan every Friday on the Animal Planet.


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Time Magazine
Did you know that Elvis Presley had a foot fetish?  As a kid, he enjoyed massaging his mom's feet, and supposedly he would only hang out with women who had perfect feet. 


F. Scott Fitzgerald also judged women by the beauty of their footsies.  Britney Spears loves having her feet kissed, and readily admits to her fetish.


Be sure to tell your boss that Friday, March 22 is National Goof Off Day and not to expect too much before you head home for the day.(lol)

According to the Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, writing your notes or to do lists in green or using a green font on our computer increases creativity by a whopping 30%, because we associate that color with "go".

True, the IRS may be somewhat understaffed, but their computerized 1099 matching system works just fine.  So if you receive a 1099 income statement, and either forget or don't feel like reporting it, they sure won't mind sending you a notice with a huge penalty.

If you're on the hunt for a bargain or a hidden gem in a thrift store, yard sale or consignment shop, be sure to carry a magnifying glass to check out the markings on jewelry and clothing tags.  Experts also say to empty your vehicle so you'll have lots of room, and bring along a blanket to protect your treasures.  Don't forget to check the back of the store for markdowns and more importantly, take your time to look around on top and lower shelves.


McDonald's was the #2 franchise in 2017, and it jumped to #1 as of October 2018, and all together there are almost 38,000 of them in the US and abroad.  Did you know that the start up costs involved to own just one building/business range from $1 million to $2.2 million?  Those numbers don't even include the actual franchise fees!


Despite the brand's popularity, there are a few places you won't find a Mickey D's any time soon such as North Korea, Bermuda, Iceland and Montenegro to name a few.
Are you a fan of popcorn and want to try something new?  This recipe is super simple to make.


Honey-Dijon Popcorn
Melt 3 Tbsp Butter in a small pot over medium heat until golden brown, 5-6 minutes.  Remove from heat, then whisk in 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard and 1 1/4 tsp honey.  Pour over 1 popped bag of natural or plain popcorn from the microwave, then toss to coat. Yummy!



Everyone probably knows that cheeseburgers call out to me all the time.  But there is someone who has actually held the  Guinness world record since 2014 for the most hamburger related items.   Hamburger Harry(Harry Sperl) has a little over 6000 items, and has no intention of stopping any time soon.


If you've ever watched TLC, you may have noticed that they're not afraid the push the envelope, and lately it's with Sister Wives and Seeking Sister Wife


I don't get the polyamorous/polygamous/polygynous life, or agree with it, but the people I've seen on tv seem pretty nice, and it would be cool to meet them in real life.  Still, I sure am curious why there aren't any programs called Seeking Brother Husband or Brother Husbands.  I'm just saying.(lol)






Friday, January 25, 2019

TRIVIA & TREATS

Do you remember getting that one gift as a kid that either defined who you were later in life, or played with until every piece of it was hanging on by a thread or all taped up to prolong its life?(lol)  

Mine was a microscope.  Nothing was safe from being analyzed. Leaves, blood, pencils, hair, pebbles, an eyelash and, a piece of cotton, fingernails are just a few of the things I checked out every single day, and it drove my parents bonkers!(lol)


What about you?  Was there a toy or item that you were obsessed with as a child?

VEGGIE LOVE
More and more people are eating vegetarian or vegan meals, and there are lots of cool recipes to try.  Even better, going out is a lot easier for those who don't eat meat, and restaurants around the country are jumping on the bandwagon with mouth watering plant based main courses, and decadent desserts.

Plant - Hazelnut Cream Cake
Radish-Miso Butter Noodles (Laura Hayes)
Fancy Radish - Washington DC
Gracias Madre - San Francisco CA
Ground Control - Chicago IL
Leaf - Boulder Colorado
Plant - Asheville NC
Seva - Ann Arbor Michigan


SAVING MONEY
Thinking about making some changes with your Internet service?  Check out what works best for you and your family by visiting www.broadbandnow.com.  

Find out about every provider in your area as well as their rates and various plans.


ICE SKATING
Who remembers Peggy Fleming?  In 1968, she took home the only gold medal for the United States in the Winter Olympics.  Se was also 1st in the World Championships and the US Championships the same year.  It's so romantic  that she married her high school sweetheart, and have been together since 1970!

YIKES!
Speaking of relationships, in 1960 the divorce rate among men was 1.1%, and with women it was 1.7%.  Fast forward to 2017 where the rate with men was 10.9%, and among women it was 14.6%.    The state with the highest divorce rate as of 2016 was Oklahoma at 4.4%!  Apparently, the high divorce in this date are due to financial reasons.Almanac 2019

DOG FUN
Are you a puppy person?  The Westminster Dog Show will be the place to find plenty of purebreds in New York City from February 11 - 12, 2019.

CENSORSHIP
It's 2019, and there are still requests for books in a school or library to be removed based on content, and include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hate U Give, Thirteen Reasons Why, I am Jazz, and Drama.

BLOOD NEWS
Did you know there is an age limit to give blood? James Harrison of Australia has donated blood 
1,173 times, and at 81, gave for the last time due to his age on in May 2018.

Anyone over 70 and healthy can only continue to donate blood if they have done so within a 2 year period, but for those donating blood for the first time, the age limit is 66.  Don't forget, the American Red Cross is always looking for donors to help those in need.


VIRUS
If you're trying to avoid the flu, University of Arizona researchers suggest wiping off that grocery cart handle with a sanitizing wipe to kill off any lurking bacteria.  Also, mine is always a disaster on the inside, but did you know that 80% of the bottoms of our purses are friends with the flu virus?  Be sure to clean purses regularly, and avoid laying them down on dining room tables or kitchen counters at home or in restaurants to avoid germs.

BLACK FOREST TRUFFLE - MINI (David Venable)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 pkg brownie mix
  • 2 oz cherry brandy
  • 1 container whipped cream topping
  • 1 jar dark cherries
  • 1 (8 oz) dark chocolate bar
  • 4 Amaretto cookies
  • 8 small straight-sided glasses

Preparation:

  • Prepare the pudding & brownies according to the directions on the package. Let brownies cool.


  • Drain the cherries, reserving the liquid and 8 cherries for garnishing. Rough chop the remaining cherries. Crumble about half of the brownies into a bowl, sprinkle on the cherry brandy, and mix gently.


  • With a knife, shave the chocolate bar into thin shavings. Set aside.


  • Lightly crumble the Amaretto cookies. Set aside.


  • With all of the ingredients organized, begin layering them in the glasses. Start with the brownie mixture, followed by the whipped topping and chopped cherries. Drizzle on some cherry syrup. Repeat the same 4 layers again. Finish with chocolate pudding on top. Garnish with crumbled cookies, chocolate shavings, and a cherry.

Speaking of chocolate - January 27 is National Chocolate Cake Day.




Did you know that it's considered offensive to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose in Fairbanks, Alaska?


Also, if you own a flamingo and live in Juneau Alaska, please don't take them to a barbershop.
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