Friday, July 31, 2009

Sponge Users Beware!

Watch out for your kitchen sponge! I read this little news blurb on my iPhone today when I was waiting for a meeting to start at work, and it turns out that your kitchen sponge is the number one bacteria holder in your house. Ew! And to think that I put my bare hands on it on a daily basis... Shocking. Clearly, your sponge is something that is totally neglected, especially since it is not as gross as a toilet seat or other areas, but it is full of germs.

What you need to do to get your sponge in better order is number one, buy a new one! But if you don't want to do that, you can clean your sponge simply by soaking it in bleach or lemon juice. However, these are not the best methods, so the very best way to get rid of these germs is to put your sponge in the microwave, and then in the dishwasher. This is pretty interesting because I never thought of this method to clean a sponge, but it will work to kill all the germs at an extremely high heat. Now you can safely clean your kitchen once again! You're welcome.

by Robin

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Today is Pedicure Day!

Getting a pedicure is truly one of the simpler pleasures in life, and today is that day for me! I decided to take my lunch break and reward myself for all of my hard work because you have to do that from time to time. My favorite little pedicure place is, of course, run by Asian men, which makes for an amazing pedicure, if you ask me. The person who did my pedicure last time is named "John", but he doesn't speak any English at all, so I doubt that was his real name...

Regardless, I get to take my sweet time and listen to some new songs on my iPod while I have my feet and legs rubbed and massaged. There is absolutely no better way to spend your afternoon, especially when you come out with some beautifully painted toenails, feeling more relaxed than you usually would sitting at your desk. Pedicures in general give me a little boost of self confidence because I get to look with pride at my flawless toenails for a few weeks until they start to chip. This is the time that I get all to myself where I make a point not to think about anything else, except how much I deserve it!

by Barbara

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Bachelor vs. Bachelorette

I can tell you that I strongly prefer The Bachelor to The Bachlorette, even though they are, in essence, the same show. Does that make any sense at all? The only difference is that in The Bachelor, it is an all-female cast fighting to win the attention of the man in question. For some reason, as a female, this is so much more interesting to me than watching a bunch of guys trying to get a chick. It is probably because an all girl cast makes for much better television, and guys are usually a lot more mellow and less emotional. This may be a strike for women in real life, but when you are looking for some trashy reality television, then it is much more preferable to watch many emotional women fight over one man.

Also, I feel that the men fighting for The Bachelorette are less believable because most men would not want to go on a public reality show to get a date. This makes me suspicious of the entire male cast and their motivation for being on TV, especially when they purposely try to act more emotional to make the show more viewer friendly. I'm just not buying it.

by Andrea

Friday, July 24, 2009

Faulty Traffic Light Discovered

Traffic is never fun, but there was a specific instance in Japan where a traffic light was faulty for almost 30 years without being discovered. The issue that this traffic light was having was that it was green in all directions of the intersection for a full 7 seconds, and this had been going on for several decades undetected. Apparently, it had operated with this glitch without causing any issues to any drivers, until recently.

One driver was exiting on one side of the light, while another driver was going straight, and they both had the right-of-way because the light was green. This led to a collision, which ended up with a lot of questions when police arrived to the scene. What were the police supposed to do when both drivers had a green light and the right-of-way? I guess neither of them had to be ticketed at the time since they were both in the right, but it led authorities to check out this light to finally catch on that it was going green for 7 seconds in all directions every time. It's pretty interesting to think of how long this went undetected, and how many more faulty light situations could currently be going on in traffic today.

by Miranda

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Marc Anthony Buys NFL Team?

I am thinking that maybe Marc Anthony is not busy enough with J. Lo and the twins because he decided to invest his big stash of cash from being a famous musician in becoming a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins NFL team. Since I used to live in Miami, I definitely am a fan of the Dolphins, not to mention that is an area with a bunch of Latin flavor, which is probably why Marc Anthony chose that team to purchase shares in. The other famous owner that is a part owner of the team is Gloria Estefan, so it looks like he is in good company with powerful Latin singers in that category.

This was a headline that I saw on my iPhone on the way to work, which totally floored me because Marc Anthony never took me for a person that was a huge football fan. Not to be biased, but he seems to be the skinny metrosexual type and not necessarily the man's man football fan who wants to spend his money investing in an NFL team. That is not too shabby for the Dolphins because, of course, it will garner them support from a whole new demographic - Marc Anthony fans!

by Adam

Monday, July 20, 2009

World's Oldest Man Dies

Wow. That is pretty much all that I have to say about the world's oldest man dying, but he did die at the age of 113, which is entirely impressive. He was a World War I veteran, so obviously, he had seen it all in his lifetime. I can't imagine living that long, though it is a wonderful aspiration, but it boggles my mind to think of how the world has changed in his lifetime.

Was he able to get used to the age of cell phones, iPods, and even the iPhone? It would be overwhelming and amazing to see the ups and downs of the world over 113 years, and I'm sure that he was happy to see the 21st century before he died. He did spend a lot of his life speaking about his time in World War I, which is fantastic because it makes him a living history book that gives a unique insight that can't be found anywhere else from a real live person who experienced World War I. Honestly, he didn't look too bad in his pictures, which is totally impressive for making it into the Guinness Book of World Records after turning 113. Good for him!

by Sharice

Friday, July 17, 2009

Is Facebook an Addiction?

Do I have a serious problem if I am constantly checking Facebook on my iPhone throughout the day at work? Meaning, that I go into the bathroom and take little breaks to say what's up to all of my friends and see what they are up to for the day? Facebook is both a blessing and a curse because at first, I was thinking how silly it is to always update your friends that you are going to the grocery store or watching a movie, etc. Really, do people care? The answer, of course, is yes, because now I am obsessively checking Facebook to see exactly what people are doing at different times throughout the day.

The other issue is the convenience of the iPhone, which makes me able to cyber stalk people, in all technicality. No, this does not mean that I want to kill my friends or steal their identities, but I do constantly check what they are doing to see why they haven't responded to me in a timely fashion. This is definitely far from the olden days when you had one phone in your home, with or without an answering machine, but now there is no excuse because we have Facebook!

by Elaina

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What's Not To Love About Yoga?

I finally decided to expand my workout repertoire and check out some yoga at my local gym. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was not the only man in the class, though many of them looked to be very old men hoping to keep in shape. But that's their prerogative! I myself was skeptical, but those old men really knew what they were doing because they lasted way longer in the class than I did. I had read in my Men's Health that men have much less flexibility than women, and I can attest to the fact that is true, simply because I could hardly lift my leg out to my side.

I enjoyed the fact that it was so relaxing and stimulating in different ways, especially since I mostly rely on weightlifting for my own personal fitness, but by the end of the class, I definitely was dripping in sweat. This doesn't mean that I'm going to give up because there is a yoga class at my gym like three days a week, so I still have the opportunity to get back on the horse, so to speak, and try to class again. Maybe this time I'll actually be able to do the downward dog!

by Allen

Monday, July 13, 2009

Yellow Watermelon?

I am a true watermelon lover, and the story goes like this. I had bought myself a large and beautiful seedless watermelon because I truly am getting tired of accidentally eating seeds when I'm chowing down on a watermelon. I cut it open, only to find that it was... yellow. The funny part was that the sticker on the watermelon itself said "Yellow Seedless Watermelon", so I was warned. I had totally disregarded this label because I had no idea that a watermelon could actually be yellow, so I thought maybe it was just a brand name, or something? I freaked out when I saw that the inside was yellow because I thought I had chosen a rotten watermelon!

I looked up yellow watermelons on my iPhone right then and there, and I found out that a yellow watermelon was a totally viable option from Mexico that is pretty popular. Not with me! I had a really hard time eating a yellow watermelon because of the color itself. To me, it tasted different, even though when I ate it with my eyes closed, it tasted the same. I guess yellow watermelons are supposed to be more popular because of their deeper honey flavors, but I don't know if I have been converted yet.

by Elaine

Friday, July 10, 2009

Don't Drug Your Family

This may seem like a no-brainer to some, but apparently there was a man that gave his family chocolates that accidentally contain the drug Ecstasy. I have no idea how he overlooked this fact that the sweet treats that he was giving his family were full of drugs, but he managed to do so. I think his one fatal mishap was the fact that he got the package of chocolate in the mail, and it was actually addressed to someone else. The second moral of the story is not to open up other people's mail because it is a federal offense, and I guess it pays not to do so!

So he ended up opening this other person's mail that had Ecstasy filled chocolates, and he gave them to his family. After the whole family started feeling weird, they went to the doctor to figure out what was going on, only to find out that they had been roofied with Ecstasy. Thanks, Dad! This is putting my childhood in a whole new light in much better circumstances.

This was an interesting headline that was passed on to me in an e-mail via my iPhone, and I knew it would be a great word of caution to share with you... don't drug your family!

by Brandon

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I Am Not a Cat Person

But my boyfriend is, so what is a girl to do? I'm not technically allergic to cats, but I'm totally tempted to lie about that if it will get me out of spending time with my boyfriend's cat. Obviously, I do spend a lot of time at his house, and he really loves his cat. This means that she will sit between us when we are watching TV together, and she even has the audacity to jump on the table when we are eating. He is the type of person that loves his animal way too much, which is probably how I would act if it was my dog, but definitely not with a cat.

The only thing that I can do is when I am laying on the couch reading a book, I put in my iPod so that I can listen to music while I read, just so that I don't have to listen to this cat lick itself and cough up hair balls. This is one small thing that saves me from going over the edge because I do want to be supportive and try to love or even like his cat a fraction of how much he does. I'm hanging by a thread!

by Anya

Monday, July 6, 2009

Mac Apps Help Kids Study

I have no recollection of doing my schoolwork a decade ago, other than getting yelled at by my mom to finish it. Nowadays, kids who are Mac users have numerous application options to help them learn to study, learn to test better, and finish their homework faster. Honestly, I can remember the days of using index cards and flash cards to learn vocabulary words, so I guess I was missing out.

The Genius application for Mac users is great because it has a little "+" button which will let you add a series of questions so that you can study easier in one condensed program. After you have added all of your pertinent questions for your subject, you can hit the "Study" button, and it will pop up random questions for you to quiz you and help you study. This would have been so much better than me begging my mom to quiz me with my biology flashcards, so I wish that this application had been around back when I was in school. I guess the next step is to get this as an app for the iPhone so that all of the kids can use it during school. Ah, the luxury...

by Andrew

Friday, July 3, 2009

Real World Cancún - Ow!

I, of course, am a sucker for a terrible reality television, so you must expect that I am on the edge of my seat for every episode of Real World Cancun. Side note, I can't believe that they have had so many seasons, and I have enjoyed every single one of them. Anyway, I am loving this cast already because they are totally dramatic, especially since they got in a huge feud about someone spitting on someone else's taco. I love the fact that that was a complete threat to the entire household, and then they feared that this "spitter" may spit on all of them because he didn't respect them. Horrifying!

Even though I can poke fun at them, I am still watching every moment of it and loving it. The great news that I found out on the commercial break was that I can download episodes to my iPod touch, so that is pretty much all that I need in life. Before you make fun of me too much, just check out an episode for yourself. It is definitely the kind of thing that you don't want to say that you are watching, but you also don't want to turn it off. I told you so.

by Brittany

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Catching Up On Grey's Anatomy

I am pretty sure that I am totally behind on the times, but for some odd reason I haven't been watching Grey's Anatomy for the past several years. The weird part is that I was totally obsessed with the first few seasons, and then I dropped off in my loyalty, probably because my life got too busy. Then, out of the blue, I have been catching the reruns of the last season on Lifetime, and I am so addicted. It is as if my obsession never stopped!

Don't get me wrong, I am pretty confused because I missed like two seasons of the story lines since I have started watching the very last season again, but the plot lines are still as good with the awesome music that makes me cry and has my boyfriend looking at me like I'm crazy. He is actually a total sweetheart and downloaded the third season for me so that I can watch it on my iPod touch. This is fun because I can catch up on this season that I downloaded while on my lunch break at work, making it a fun little treat to look forward to in my day. That's kind of lame to admit, but it is the truth. Thank God for Grey's Anatomy!

by Sharon