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Text Neck for Real

People who hunch over their phones to text, tweet, and send emails could suffer from back and neck pain.  Bending the head at a 60 degree angle to look at a phone can put an extra 60 pounds of pressure on the cervical spine.  Doctors say the extra wear and tear could lead to a person needing surgery.  A 45 degree tilt adds 49 pounds of pressure.  A 30 degree tilt equals 40 pounds and 15 degrees adds 27 pounds.

A trick to promote good posture is to put a sign at eye level in front of your desk reminding yourself to gently squeeze your shoulders together and not to slump when you are sitting.

Triple Play Possibility?

If you tuned in one morning and heard “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen and Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” back to back to back, what would you do?  Shake that boom-boom??  Let me know because I just might do it!

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 to show my kids that you’re capable.  There are still goals that you set and accomplish no matter how old you are.”

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.”

Recently Culkin has been fronting a comedy rock band named The Pizza Underground.  During a summer tour of England, he was pelted with beer bottles while in the middle of a kazoo solo at the Rock City nightclub in Nottingham, England.

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 1 hour and 20 minutes in the 1960s.

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!

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): 7; 2 in NC.

8.  Alfred Hitchcock (Director): 7; 2 each in CA & MD.

9.  Max Cady (Cape Fear): 6; 3 in FLA.

10.  Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street): 5; 2 in WA.

11.  Donnie Darko (Donnie Darko): 4; 3 in PA.

12.  Samara Morgan (The Ring): 2; 1 each in TX & ND.

13.  Damien Thorn (The Omen): 1 in CA.

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.

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 appeared on the show.

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 to ensure they don’t become frightened or feel threatened at the sight of noisy, costumed children.