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Office temperature tiff


Men and women who work in the same office often don’t agree on the ideal temperature of their surroundings.  Men tend to like a cold office while women prefer a little heat.  Cue the research study. Researchers had their hands on the controls at an insurance office for a month.  When they warmed the place from 68 to 77 degrees, ... Read More »

12 American names popular for the first time


There are 12 names that are popular for the first time in the U.S. and they include Annabelle, Piper, Easton and Hudson. Researchers reviewed the thousand most popular names for each gender in each year between 1900 and 2014 from the Social Security Administration. These names have never cracked the top 100 names for that gender before 2012.  The names ... Read More »

Def Leppard & The Donald


Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell hopes the reports of Donald Trump introducing the band next month at the Iowa State Fair are untrue.  Campbell posted on his Facebook page, “I really, really, really hope that there’s no truth to this rumour.  Def Leppard have never been a political band, and if it were, I for one wouldn’t be associated with ... Read More »

Friends bombshell


Jennifer Aniston is denying that she had an affair with Matt LeBlanc while they were shooting “Friends.”  LeBlanc’s dad said that his son told him he had a relationship with Aniston when she was married to Brad Pitt, and that the two would make out in a dressing room.  The actress’ rep denied the claim saying Jen never had a ... Read More »

Dan Aykroyd will appear in “Ghostbusters” reboot


Dan Aykroyd, one of the original four Ghostbuster, will be in the all-female reboot.  He tweeted, “On GB set shooting my scene with funny beautiful Kristen Wiig Lady GB’s are adorable, hilarious and bad—” The tweet has been removed but Dan’s reps confirmed the news. Read More »

Liquid Courage?


Psychologists studied 364 people to see how, and how much attitudes changed after a few drinks.  They identified four drunk personalities: The Hemingway, the Nutty Professor, the Mary Poppins and the Mr. Hyde. The Hemingways are the lucky ones who change only slightly even after large quantities of alcohol.  About 4 in 10 people of both sexes fitted in this ... Read More »

Gimme some candy!


I heard that a lot on Saturday at the 4th of July Parade in Webster Groves.  But I also heard a lot of “thanks”, “I love the Arch” and “I like your hat.”  Cardinals’ fans recognize my hat as a Brockabrella, an invention of left field legend Lou Brock.  For those in the crowd Saturday who called it by name,  ... Read More »

How fat are we?

The average American woman now weighs as much as the average American man weighed in 1960!  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the average woman now weighs 166.2 pounds.  That’s up from 140 pounds in 1960.  The average U.S. male now weighs 195.5 pounds which is up from 166.3 in 1960. Anyone for some Ted Drewes? Read More »

The real reason you’re not productive at work

Lack of sleep is the reason.  Experts say it isn’t what you’re drinking, eating or smoking that lowers your productivity.  It’s how much sleep you’re getting.  If you get less than 7 hours of shuteye at night you can expect low productivity the next day. I’m happy to say that thanks to our Sleep Number bed, I get a solid 8 ... Read More »

It’s not just for babies anymore

Pedialyte is aimed at small children, but the target market may be changing.  Pedialyte use by adults has exploded by 60%.  Today, grown-ups make up a third of Pedialyte drinkers because some people believe it’s a great hangover cure. The company is pitching a “See the Lyte” marketing campaign that includes free samples at sports games and music festivals. I ... Read More »