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Best or worst alarm clock

A new app will make it easier for your cellphone’s alarm to get you up and going in the morning by making it much harder to ignore.  The alarm will only turn off if you physically get out of bed and scan a barcode while in another part of your house.
The inventor of the “I’m Up Alarm” says, “We all hit the snooze, toss and turn, and fall back asleep.  Then we do the morning dash because we lose those coveted morning minutes.”

The app links your phone’s alarm to a QR code that can be placed anywhere in your home that’s not in arms reach of your bed.  For example, the code can be placed on coffee mugs or magnetic buttons in the kitchen.

Jon Bon Jovi reality TV show

Rock star Jon Bon Jovi is teaming up with a bunch of entertainment bigwigs to produce a new nonfiction TV series titled “If I Wasn’t a Rock Star.”  The show will feature music stars who ditch their celebrity lifestyles to go back to their hometowns and experience the lives they may have led if they hadn’t hit the big time.  Bon Jovi says, “I was drawn to this project simply because it will be a celebration of the working men and women of this country.  They are the real rock stars.”

No network has picked up the series… yet.

Turn off your phone, get a discount

A restaurant in New York City is giving customers a discount for staying off their cellphones.  Lebro’s Restaurant is now discounting bills by 10% when families don’t use their phones during their meals on Sunday.  Customers are happy with the idea, taking to Facebook with positive posts.

Meanwhile, golf fans going to the Masters this week will have to leave their phones at home, in their cars or at the gate before entering.  If anyone is caught with a phone they will be escorted out.  Masters officials want fans to pay attention to the action and interact with each other.  Hmmm, nice idea!

A woman on the $20

Many are speaking out in support of changing the face of the $20 bill to include a woman who played a significant role in U.S. history.  Over 250,000 people have voted in an online poll from CNN to get the list down to these four women: Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt and Wilma Mankiller.

The “Women on the 20s” campaign is looking to oust Andrew Jackson for his role in running Native Americans from their lands.  The involvement of Wilma Mankiller is due to her being the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Handwritten lyrics sell for $1.2 million

Don McLean’s handwritten lyrics for “American Pie” have sold to a mystery buyer at a New York auction for $1.2 million.  McLean says he decided to sell the 18-page manuscript on a whim, and included handwritten notes and deletions from the 1971 hit that was a cultural anthem for a “generation lost in space.”  McLean said the manuscript would shed light on the meaning behind the song’s elusive lyrics.

In a previous interview, McLean was asked what the song means.  He replied something along the lines of “it means I’ll never have to work another day in my life.”

How to make money off your ex’s stuff

The website, Never Liked It Anyway, lets you sell all the stuff around that reminds you of your ex.  The most expensive item that has been sold on the site so far is a diamond ring that went for $18,500.  But you can also pick up a Mr Deeds DVD for $5.  The site also allows you to vent about what caused your breakup in the first place.

Monica on The View?

Retired news legend Barbara Walters is pushing ABC to hire former White House intern Monica Lewinsky to join “The View.”  A network source says Walters has been like a godmother to Lewinsky since their big interview in 1999, and she thinks Monica would be a “runaway success” on the show.

If Lewinsky becomes a regular on the show, it’s unlikely that Bill or Hillary Clinton would ever appear on the show again, isn’t it?

Trapeze Anyone?

I know what day it is, but this is legit.  The Flying Trapeze Center operated by Circus Harmony opens for business tonight at Union Station.  The trapeze rig is under the shed near the Hard Rock Café.  The center will offer in-depth trapeze classes for all ages, one-time trial flights and shows by professional trapeze artists.

Wednesday through Friday class sessions are from 5 to 6:30pm and 7 to 8:30pm.  Four classes are held on Saturdays and three on Sundays.  For a full schedule check out

Prices for one-time swings begin at $20 and 1.5 hour classes start at $60.

Bunny Herring, a circus arts student in her 80s, will be taking part in tonight’s first trapeze class at 5pm.

Fat Pets

It’s common knowledge that America is an overweight nation.  Now comes word that our pets are too.  A new report has found that 58% of cats are overweight and dogs aren’t far behind at 53%.  The issue is that most pet owners with obese pets think their dog or cat is actually at a healthy weight.  It’s important to ask your vet during regular checkups if your pet is obese.  Pets that are kept at a healthy weight can live longer than those that aren’t.  Since Ringo the greyhound has gotten older (10) he doesn’t run as much as he used to.   I’ve cut back a bit on his dog food so that he doesn’t pack on the pounds.

Cheating is good for you

Cheating on your diet could actually be a good thing.  Experts say whey you constantly restrict your eating, your levels of a hormone that both keeps you feeling full and helps rev your metabolism begin to fall.  To help fight this, they say you should cheat on your diet… but only once per week.

My advice is to schedule your splurges for Sunday, or on special occasions.  If you schedule them for Friday or Saturday, they tend to snowball right through the weekend.