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Good use for bad beer

If you’re a gardener and your plants are being attacked by slugs, here’s a solution.  Bury a wide-mouth container up to its neck so that it’s flush with the ground.  Fill the container halfway with beer, and the slugs will slide in for a swim and never get back out. Read More »

Feel a fight coming on? Grab a Snickers!

It’s true.  Eating a quick snack may help you avoid an argument with your spouse.  Researchers followed 107 married couples for three weeks.  Each night, they measured their blood glucose levels.  They also asked each participant to stick pins in a voodoo doll representing his or her spouse.  This act was to symbolize their aggressive feelings.  The results showed that ... Read More »

Journey Singer to do an Album

The lead singer of Journey, Arnel Pineda, is working on a solo project.  He says the album will feature is own compositions, and he plans to release it before the year ends.  The album has led to talk that Pineda is planning to leave Journey.  But he says he plans to stay as long as the band needs him.  Sorry ... Read More »

Mom Reads Son’s Facebook, Saves Him from Shooting

A mother in Salt Lake City was able to save her son from a shooting by monitoring his Facebook page.  The mom called a police officer who was assigned to her son’s school after she read comments from two male teenagers on Facebook threatening to come to the school and shoot her son.  Officers searched the school and surrounding area ... Read More »

Streaming Gaga

New York City’s legendary Roseland Ballroom will be shutting down after Lady Gaga performs there on April 7th, but fans who can’t be there will be able to see the concert.  Gaga will be live streaming the event at GetMoreGaga.com.  She has already performed at the venue six times during her residency.  Gaga made the streaming announcement in a video ... Read More »

Pizza man gets his own shocking delivery

A Papa Johns Pizza delivery guy in Portland, Oregon got stiffed the other night.  A couple ordered some pizzas and left him only a few cents tip on the bill.  The next day he went to work and his boss asked about the delivery he made to the couple’s address the night before.  The couple had been in the Papa ... Read More »

Look but don’t touch

Touching items in stores can lead to overspending.  Researchers found that touching an item boosts a person’s perception of ownership and increases the amount they will pay for it.  A finance expert says the way around this is to only touch the item with one finger because it satisfies the desire to touch without implying ownership. But it would be pretty ... Read More »

Frozen is hot

With a global box office revenue of $1.072 billion, “Frozen” is now the highest grossing animated film ever made, even passing up “Toy Story 3″.  The Disney hit also nabbed the number 10 spot on the list of the biggest global blockbusters of all time as it edges up toward “The Dark Knight Rises”. Read More »

Pharrell teams up with Adidas

Pharrell Williams has teamed up with Adidas to create a collection made with Bionic Yarn fabric – cloth made from plastic debris found in the ocean.  The line will feature the brand’s classic sporty apparel made with the Eco-friendly material.  The products will make their debut this summer. Read More »

Because we’re not fat enough

Since Chicago is a popular business or pleasure destination for St Louisans, you may be interested to know about a new addition to the Chicago White Sox concessions menu – especially if you have a gigantic sweet tooth.  The Sox are selling a three pound sundae served in a full-size batting helmet this season.  The sundae has four scoops each ... Read More »