Indiana Is the Most Average State in the Country . . . Hawaii Is the Least

October 8th, 2015    Posted in Offbeat News

indyIf I told you Indiana is the most generic state in the country you’d probably say . . . “Well, uh, yeah.  I could see that.”  Breaking news:  Indiana is the most generic state in the country. just ran a study where they ranked all 50 states from the most to least AVERAGE based on 40 factors . . . things like size, racial breakdown, marriage rates, education, health, income, housing, and technology.

The 10 most average states in America are:  Indiana . . . Missouri . . . Oregon . . . North Carolina . . . Michigan . . . Wisconsin . . . Kansas . . . Virginia . . . Pennsylvania . . . and Ohio.  There’s a LOT of Midwest in that list, huh?

On the other end, Hawaii is the least average state . . . mainly because its racial breakdown is SO different than anywhere else.  Only 23% of people in Hawaii are white, which is much lower than any other state.

The 10 least average states are:  Hawaii . . . Alaska . . . California . . . New York . . . Utah . . . West Virginia . . . New Jersey . . . Mississippi . . . North Dakota . . . and Massachusetts.

(Business Insider

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18 TV Themes That Made the Billboard Charts

October 8th, 2015    Posted in Offbeat News

friendsBillboard did a list of TV theme songs that actually climbed up the charts.  Here are 18 of them, along with their peak position on the Hot 100:

1.  “I’ll Be There for You” from “Friends” . . . #1 for eight weeks

2.  “How Do You Talk To An Angel” from “The Heights” . . .  #1 for two weeks.

3.  The theme from “S.W.A.T.” . . . #1 for one week.

4.  “Welcome Back, Kotter”  . . . #1 for one week.

5.  “Miami Vice”, #1 for one week.

6.  “Greatest American Hero”, #2

7.  The original “Hawaii Five-O”, #4

8.  “Happy Days”, #5

9.  “Cops”, #8

10.  “Peter Gunn”, #8

11.  “Hill Street Blues”, #10

12.  “Party of Five”, #16

13.  “Batman”, #17

14.  “Bonanza”, #19

15.  “Magnum P.I.”, #25

16.  “Mission:  Impossible”, #41

17.  “The Wonder Years”, #68 . . . The theme song was Joe Cocker’s version of “With a Little Help from My Friends”, and was on the charts back in 1968, not when the show ran from 1988 to 1993.

18.  “iCarly”, #100 actually has profiles on 50 of them.  But some made charts OTHER than the Hot 100.  For instance, the themes from “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “The Dukes of Hazzard” made the COUNTRY charts.

“Those Were the Days” from “All in the Family” and theme from “Cheers” made the Adult Contemporary chart.

The “Twin Peaks” theme made the Alternative chart . . . and the “X-Files” theme made the Dance Club chart.

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Four Ways You’re Washing Your Face Wrong

October 8th, 2015    Posted in Offbeat News

faceSome things in life are hard, and some are easy.  Like washing your face . . . you couldn’t POSSIBLY be messing that up, right?  Wrong.  Here are the four most common mistakes people make when they’re washing their face.

1.  Not washing your hands first.  If your hands are dirty when you wash your face, you end up rubbing MORE oil and bacteria into your skin.

2.  Exfoliating too much.  Doing it every day dries out your skin, so you should really only be doing it once or twice a week.

3.  Scrubbing too hard.  You’re supposed to use a gentle circular motion.  If you’re too aggressive, it can actually cause more wrinkles.

4.  Using cold water.  Warm water helps open your pores, and cold water closes them up again.  So you should wash your face with warm water, and then rinse with cold.


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You’re Happiest in Your 20s and 70s . . . and Most Miserable in Your 40s

October 7th, 2015    Posted in Offbeat News

oldDo you reminisce about your 20s, and wonder how you POSSIBLY had any worries back then?  Because life was so wonderful and easy?  Don’t worry, you’ll find that happiness again . . . once you’re really, really old.

A new study out of Australia analyzed people’s happiness over their lives.  Here are the three things they found . . .

1.  You’re happiest from ages 15 to 24.  Then you start getting more miserable.

2.  Things keep getting worse until your 40s, when it bottoms out and stays low.

3.  Once you hit your 60s, you start getting happier again.  And by 75, you’re as happy as you were when you were 20.

The researchers had one main conclusion:  Responsibilities are the WORST.  When you’re working, raising kids, and under stress, you’re the most unhappy . . . so in the ages before and after all that stress, life is great.

(Daily Mail)

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The Healthiest and Unhealthiest Things on McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Menu

October 7th, 2015    Posted in Offbeat News

fastMcDonald’s is FINALLY launching all-day breakfast today.  Most locations are only offering 12 things, not the full breakfast menu.  (You can check out the menu here.)

So now that you can stuff your face with sausage 24/7, we thought we’d toss a little knowledge your way.  Here are the three LEAST healthy McDonald’s breakfasts you can get all day now . . .

1.  Hotcakes and Sausage.  520 calories, 24 grams of fat, and 61 grams of carbs.

2.  Sausage Biscuit with Egg.  It has 510 calories and 33 grams of fat.  Which is more fat than the Hotcakes and Sausage, but about half as many carbs.  You can also get a Sausage Biscuit WITHOUT egg, which is 440 calories.

3.  The Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit.  460 calories and 26 grams of fat.

Overall, the Steak, Egg, and Cheese Bagel is the least healthy McDonald’s breakfast with 670 calories . . . but it’s not on the all-day menu.

And as far as the HEALTHIEST all-day options go, the Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait has the fewest calories, with 150.  But if you want a sandwich, it’s the classic Egg McMuffin . . .  300 calories and 12 grams of fat.

( / McDonald’s)

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The 10 Weirdest Things Kids Have Gotten Trick-Or-Treating

October 7th, 2015    Posted in Offbeat News

trickSuddenly, the old lady down the street who used to give you pennies on Halloween seems downright normal.

Buzzfeed just asked people to share the weirdest things they ever got trick-or-treating.  Here are 10 favorites . . .

1.  “Potato salad in a plastic bag.”

2.  “One year I got an actual cat.  I still have him 17 years later.”

3.  “A gingerbread cookie in the shape of a penis.”

4.  “Pamphlets about why Halloween was a celebration of Satan.”

5.  “A Christmas crossword puzzle.”

6.  “I got a small plank of wood.”

7.  “A pack of cigarettes for my dad, who was with me.”

8.  “Live goldfish, not even in plastic bags . . . they just dumped fish into our bags.”

9.  “Hotel toiletries and Mary Kay samples.”

10.  (CAREFUL!)  “My neighbor gave out period starter kits to the girls and condoms to the older kids.”


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A Man Named Santa Claus Is Running For City Council . . . in North Pole, Alaska

October 6th, 2015    Posted in On Demand

santaI don’t like this guy just because he’s making me talk about Christmas on October 5th.  Can’t I enjoy Halloween first?

There’s a city in Alaska called North Pole.  And there’s a guy who lives there named SANTA CLAUS.  We don’t know if that was his name at birth, or if he changed it, but legally he’s Santa Claus.  And Santa Claus just decided to run for city council . . . in the North Pole.

The election is tomorrow and he didn’t have time to get on the ballot, so he’s running as a write-in candidate.  But it looks like he’ll win . . . there’s an open seat and no registered candidates, so as long as a few people write him in, it’s his.

(Fairbanks Daily News Miner)


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The Ten Things You Need to Fall in Love

October 6th, 2015    Posted in Offbeat News

loveAn expert on robots wrote a book where he says he’s figured out the ten things that make people fall in love.  So . . . take this with a grain of salt.

1.  Similarities.  Because then it’s easier to imagine them liking you back.

2.  “Reciprocal liking,” which is just a stupid way of saying they DO like you back.

3.  Desirable characteristics.  Meaning their personality and appearance.

4.  Relationship readiness.  Meaning you WANT to be in a relationship.

5.  Alone time together.

6.  An air of mystery.

7.  Social acceptability.  Meaning your friends and family approve.

8.  They fulfill you in some way.

9.  Excitement.  You’re more likely to fall for someone when things are exciting, stressful, or even dangerous.  That’s why it’s easy to fall in love during an AFFAIR.

10.  An X-factor.  Something REALLY specific you like about them.  It could be anything from their hair to their sense of humor.

(Business Insider)

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