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Winning football leads to flu

As strange as it seems, researchers say having teams in the Super Bowl leads to a spike in flu deaths in those two cities.  Scientists analyzed the cities which had teams in the big game from 1974 – 2009 and found that having a team in the Super Bowl caused an 18% increase in flu deaths.  They say the reason ... Read More »

Is it True Love?

Scientists think they’ve found the two questions that give “clear empirical evidence” of true love.  The two questions you have to ask: “How happy are you in your marriage relative to how happy you would be if you weren’t in the marriage?” and “How do you think your spouse answered that question?” The researchers say people who think they would be ... Read More »

Sunday second only to Thanksgiving

Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Thanksgiving in caloric intake and advertisers are well aware.  The commercials are considered the best part by many people, including my wife, but they might not be good for your health.  A doc from US Healthworks says the ads we see encourage us to eat more and drink more during the game… and ... Read More »

Almost Stealing

The Arch Online Auction ends tonight and it’s loaded with deals so good you’ll be tempted to look over your shoulder when placing a bid.  But there is one item that has really caught my attention.  It’s a home entertainment package from The Sound Room with a retail value of almost $6,000, and you could get it for just $1,750!  ... Read More »

Need a Fake Date for Valentine’s Day?

There’s an app for that.  Yes, it seems as if there’s an app for everything.  Now, there’s an app that helps you fake a relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend.  The Invisible Boyfriend or Girlfriend app lets users pay for “believable social proof” that they’re in a relationship.  The app generates everything from photos, to text messages and even actual ... Read More »

Time Really IS a Healer

It takes just 11 weeks to get over a break-up.  Researchers studied 155 people and found 71% of those who split in the last six months felt better after 11 weeks.  But a break-up involving married folks is a different story.  Researchers found that it takes 18 months for people to get over a divorce. Read More »

Once Popular Baby Girl Names

Megan, Jenna, Danielle, Leslie and Erin are among the ten baby names which have dramatically dropped in popularity since their heyday in the 80s.  Marissa has been the hardest hit.  After being very popular in the late 80s and early 90s, Marissa had a comeback in 2003 when “The O.C.” debuted with a character named Marissa Cooper.  But since then it ... Read More »

Care to visit Cuba?

Last month the United States and Cuba announced the revival of diplomatic relations.  As a result, travel restrictions are now less severe.  However, tourist travel is still not allowed.  The types of trips Americans can take to Cuba include family visits, journalistic activity, educational activity, professional research or professional meetings, religious activity, and public performances. Starting tomorrow, Americans can bring ... Read More »

Furniture Company Loses Big Bet

A furniture store in Ohio offered free furniture if the Ohio State Buckeyes beat Alabama and Oregon to win the national championship in college football.  The promotion ran for two weeks in December and it promised to refund the $1,999 or more that customers paid for their furniture.  Plus, the deal was only valid if Ohio State beat Oregon by ... Read More »

Would You Rather

During a game of Would You Rather on “Access Hollywood,” Billy Bob Thornton revealed he would “rather” with Jennifer Aniston, above anyone else.  This means Angelina Jolie’s ex wants to sleep with Brad Pitt’s ex. Billy Bob was asked, “Would you rather… Jennifer Aniston or Reese Witherspoon?” Without hesitation, Thornton replied, “Jennifer Aniston.”  When pressed about why, the actor jokingly ... Read More »