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Two Patriots, One Family

For the first time in over 35 years, a mother and son have enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the same time.  Michelle Medina and her son, Ezekiel Chavez, will head to basic training at the Great Lakes in Chicago.  The mom will ship out this Thursday.  Her 18 year-old son will follow in February.  Medina explains, “It allows me ... Read More »

Macaulay Culkin is not dead… only his acting career

A story broke over the weekend that former child star Macaulay Culkin was found dead at the age of 34.  But it was just a hoax.  On Sunday he posted a picture with a “Weekend at Bernie’s” caption.  Culkin is best known for his role as Kevin McCallister in “Home Alone” and sequel “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.” ... Read More »

Ladies, is this true?

Women now have more free time than ever because men are helping out more with the housework.  Researchers have found that women have cut the amount of time spent on domestic tasks by 90 minutes a day over the last 50 years.  Men now spend an average of 2 hours and 18 minutes a day doing unpaid work… up from ... Read More »

Crash-test dummies are gaining weight

How fat are we?  We’re so fat, the weight of crash-test dummies is on the rise.  Studies show obese people are 78% more likely to die in a crash.  So now dummy manufacturers are increasing the weight of crash-test dummies to see how obese people would do in an accident.  One new dummy weighs 270 pounds! Read More »

13 Scary People Names

1.  Michael Myers (Halloween): 4,282 people; 333 in OH. 2.  Stephen King (Author): 2,068; 168 in TX. 3.  Norman Bates (Psycho): 96; 9 in TX. 4.  Jason Vorhees (Friday the 13th): 30; 4 each in CA, PA & NY. 5.  Annie Wilkes (Misery): 25; 10 in GA. 6.  Jack Torrance (The Shining): 10; 2 in CA. 7.  Wes Craven (Director): ... Read More »

1989

Taylor Swift’s new album “1989” sold more than 600,000 copies in 24 hours.  It will easily sell one-million units in its first week of release – a feat no other album has accomplished so far this year!  The album is named for the year of Taylor’s birth, so, I have blue jeans older than her.  I wish they still fit. Read More »

Prince on SNL

When Prince performs on Saturday Night Live this week, he’ll play one extra-long segment in the middle of the show.  So, instead of two performances, he’ll do just one eight-minute jam session with his new all-female band 3rdEyeGirl. Host Chris Rock requested Prince to be the only musical guest.  It’ll mark the first time in 18 years that Rock has ... Read More »

Halloween Pet Safety Tip

According to the animal shelter where I adopted Ringo the greyhound, it’s a bad idea to take dogs trick or treating.  They can become hard to handle during all of the excitement.  Plus, you don’t want your doggie to eat candy he finds on the ground, or, in your neighbor’s hand!  It’s best to keep the family dog(s) safely inside ... Read More »

Arguing with your spouse can make you FAT

A study has found that arguments with your significant other leads to feelings of depression.  These feelings actually change the way our bodies burn calories.  Specifically, it slows the daily use of calories.  This can translate to an extra 12 pounds to carry around per year.  These findings show how important it is to value your relationship so you can ... Read More »

Hey McFly, how about a hoverboard?

Remember the hoverboard in “Back to the Future”?  There is one coming out next year and it “only” costs $10,000.  A California company is looking for $250,000 in funding on Kickstarter to help in the release of the Hendo next October.  But before you get too excited, the current prototype of the Hendo will hover about 3cm off the ground ... Read More »