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Hair of the dog

Hangovers don’t stop us from drinking.  Yep, a new study has found that hangovers have a very minimal impact on deciding whether or not to continue drinking.  Another false rumor is that many people drink when they have a hangover to try to get rid of it – the “hair of the dog” theory.  People don’t actually do this either.  So what’s the lesson here?  If you know a problem drinker, pointing out their hangovers isn’t going to make them stop imbibing.  Also, when you have a hangover, drink water.

Texting and walking

Experts say texting and walking leads to more injuries than texting and driving.  Emergency room doctors say distracted walking results in more injuries per mile than distracted driving, though distracted driving results in more serious injuries.  The docs say texting and walking can have consequences like bumping into walls, falling down stairs, tripping over clutter and stepping into traffic.

So, where’s the best place to send a text?  How about sitting at your desk while pretending to work?

Medical Examiner report is in

The New York Medical Examiner’s office says actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a “mixed drug intoxication including heroin and cocaine.”  It’s the same combination that killed River Phoenix, Chris Farley and John Belushi.  Hoffman also had valium and several anti-anxiety medicines in his system.  The Oscar-winning actor was found dead on the bathroom floor of his Manhattan apartment with a syringe stuck in his left arm.  His death was ruled an “accident.”

Rules for hugging at work

If you consider yourself a hugger, it can get you into trouble at work.  Take a look at the 11 rules for hugging at work to make sure you’re doing it right.

1.  You can’t hug someone you supervise unless they’ve lost a loved one or they’re getting married.

2.  If a client initiates a hug, follow through.

3.  Don’t hug someone you’ve had an office affair with.

4.  You can hug your peers, just NOT every day.

5.  Don’t give out fake hugs.

6.  Don’t whisper “you smell good” as you hug them.

7.  Don’t close your eyes while hugging.

8.  It’s OK to announce a hug is coming.

9.  Never hug someone from behind.

10.  Don’t hug in the restroom.

11.  If you’re not sure whether you should hug someone, it’s better not to hug.

Your dog feels no shame

Animal experts say dogs feel no shame despite the looks they give.  Animal behaviorists argue dogs lack shame, and the guilty look of head cowered and ears back is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing.  They say dogs can certainly learn from bad behavior, but rewards or punishment are most effective right after the wrongdoing.

Ignorance is bliss

A new study has revealed that 60% of newlyweds will have slept with two or more people in attendance at their wedding.  30% of those with bed partners in the pews behind them said it’s a good idea to NOT let your spouse-to-be know the truth about your escapades.  Ignorance is bliss after all.

A quarter of all newlyweds said they didn’t end up consumating their relationship on their wedding night because they were too tired or too drunk.

RIP Egon Spengler

Actor, director and writer Harold Ramis died yesterday.  He had been sick since 2010 with autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that causes blood vessels to swell and forced him to re-learn how to walk.  Ramis was probably best known for his role in “Ghostbusters”, which he also co-wrote, but he also directed “Caddyshack” and “Groundhog Day”, and co-wrote “Animal House.”  He was born in Chicago but graduated from Washington University here in St Louis.  Ramis said his inspiration for “Animal House” came from his experience with a Wash U frat house located on Forsyth.  He has a star on the St Louis Walk of Fame on Delmar.  Ramis was 69.

Pink at the Oscars

Even though she hasn’t starred in any movies lately, Pink will appear at the Oscars this coming Sunday.  The show’s producers didn’t say what role Pink would play on the show, other than to say that she would take part in “a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.”

The only special moment that has been announced is a 75th anniversary tribute to “The Wizard of Oz.”  The show’s theme is a tribute to movie heroes.

Clever Girl Scout

A thirteen year-old girl and her mother set up shop to sell Girl Scout Cookies outside of a medical marijuana clinic in San Francisco earlier this week.  The girl sold 117 boxes in two hours!  She is obviously destined for big things in her life.

The 4 most annoying things co-workers do

1.  Blather nonstop about their family, dog, vacation; the topic may vary but the interruptions won’t. 

2.  Engage in fundraising for their kids by hitting you up to buy cookies, candy, wrapping paper, popcorn, etc.

3.  Make an untenable amount of noise with loud phone calls and radios at maximum volume. 

4.  Operate in a constant state of neediness requiring never ending attention, assistance, praise, or all three. 

Of course, stealing your lunch is on an entirely different level!