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A Couple Who Met on Instagram Finally Met in Person, and Got Married on the Spot

February 2nd, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

instaloveIf you’re one of those people who believes in the incredible power of love . . . even YOU might be skeptical of this story.  And if you’re a person like me who’s dead inside, you DEFINITELY will be.

A woman from Murrieta, California named Erica Harris randomly connected on Instagram with a guy from New York named Arte Vann about a year ago.

Erica is surprisingly attractive for a story like this.  And Arte has a chinstrap beard.  Just throwing it out there.

They started chatting online, they sent each other videos, and then they became a couple . . . even though they’d never met in person.

And they finally took it to the next level on Friday.  Arte bought a one-way ticket to California . . . Erica met him at the airport . . . he proposed . . . and they got married on the spot.

Arte says, quote, “Don’t listen to your thoughts, don’t listen to your head.  Follow your heart, follow your soul.”  Erica says, quote, “For anybody that doesn’t believe in fairy tales anymore, who am I?  It can happen to you too.”

(CBS 2 – Los Angeles

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Nine Signs Someone’s a Psychopath

February 2nd, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

psychoWe tend to use the term “psychopath” for serial killers and crazy people.  But about one in every hundred people qualify as a psychopath, and most of them AREN’T crazy murderers.  Here are nine signs someone’s a psycho . . .

1.  They’re arrogant, and they truly believe they’re better than everyone else.

2.  They’re charming, they talk a lot, and they dominate conversations because they think what they have to say is more important.

3.  They get bored easily.  So they need constant stimulus.  They might also have trouble finishing projects.

4.  They’re extremely manipulative.  They also tend to be very good at lying.

5.  They show a lack of remorse or guilt when they do something wrong.  Or they might not even accept responsibility for it.

6.  They’re impulsive . . . they do things without thinking of the consequences.

7.  They’re irresponsible.  They show up late to work a lot, and might also be financially dependent on someone else for long periods of time.

8.  They have a bad temper, and might get annoyed or impatient really easily.

9.  They struggle with serious relationships.  And when they ARE in one, they tend to sleep around a lot.

(Thrillist)

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There’s a Homeless Guy in Detroit Who Now Takes Credit Cards

February 2nd, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

creditI’m assuming homeless people hear the sentence, “Sorry, don’t have any cash on me,” thousands of times a day.  But there’s a guy in Detroit who’s going to make you get more creative with your excuses.

Abe Hagenston has been homeless in Detroit for about seven years, living under an overpass.  And he recently took his panhandling to the next level . . . by accepting CREDIT CARDS.

Quote, “I take Visa, Mastercard, American Express.  I’m the only homeless guy in America who can take a credit card.  It’s all done safely and securely.”

Abe has a cell phone, and he bought a small credit card swiping attachment from Square.com.  It costs about $10, and they charge a small percentage fee.

Even with his ability to take credit cards, he says his panhandling hasn’t been going that well.  He’s trying to get new glasses, but hasn’t gotten enough money to afford them yet.

(CBS 62 – Detroit

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Your Dog Loves You Five Times More Than Your Cat

February 2nd, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

catdogYou know how your dog goes nuts when you get home and treats you like a hero.  While your cat MIGHT kinda give you a “Hey, what up” nod?

We hate to break it to you, but it’s because your dog really DOES love you more.

A new study analyzed saliva from dogs and cats after they played with their owners for 10 minutes.  The researchers looked for how their levels of oxytocin changed, since that’s the hormone connected to love and bonding.

They found the oxytocin levels in dogs jumped 57.2% after some quality time with their owners . . . the levels in cats only jumped 12%.

So, yeah . . . your dog loves you approximately five times more than your cat.

The researchers say, quote, “These dogs really care about their owners.  It was also a nice surprise to discover that cats produce any [oxytocin] at all.”

(The Independent)

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The Five Reasons Women and Men Spend Time Making Themselves Look Good

February 1st, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

differenceA new survey found the average American spends nearly five-and-a-half hours grooming themselves every week.  That includes showering, getting dressed, doing their hair, and putting on makeup.

Over the course of a year, that’s almost 12 full days.  So, why do we devote that much time to making ourselves look good?  Or, you know, at least presentable?

The top five reasons for men and women are PRETTY similar . . . except only men admit it’s because they’re trying to GET-IT-ON.

The top five reasons women spend time looking good are:  To feel good about themselves . . . to make a good first impression . . . to set an example for their kids . . . to express their individuality . . . and to feel in control.

The top five reasons men spend time looking good are:  To feel good about themselves . . . to make a good first impression . . . to set an example for their kids . . . to please their wife or girlfriend . . . and to impress hot girls.

(PR Newswire)

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Five Health Foods That Could Be Bad for You

February 1st, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

kaleIf you’ve been sticking to your resolution to lose weight and sucking down health food all month, here’s some bad news.  Those healthy foods might not be as good for you as you think.  Here are five health foods that have big downsides.

1.  Kale.  Kale has a compound in it called thiocyanate, and in high amounts it can cause hypothyroidism.  So eating too much kale while you’re trying to lose weight can actually LOWER your metabolism.

2.  Avocados.  A whole avocado has 250 calories, which is more than a hamburger at McDonald’s.  A standard serving size is actually 50 calories . . . but that’s only one-fifth of an avocado.

3.  Salmon.  Salmon is rich in omega-3s, selenium, B12, and protein.  But it also contains mercury, which is a neurotoxin.  And too much of it can cause mercury poisoning and neurological damage.  Doctors say you can safely eat 12 ounces of it per week, or about two servings.

4.  Quinoa.  There’s a naturally occurring chemical in it called saponins, and some research suggests it causes stomach discomfort and damage to your stomach lining.

5.  Goji berries.  Gram-per-gram, they have the same number of calories and grams of sugar as a STARBURST.  Of course goji berries have more vitamins, but if you’re watching your carbs or you’re diabetic, they’re basically candy.

(Cosmopolitan)

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Are These the Eight Best Pickup Lines in the World?

February 1st, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

cutecumberEvery article about pickup lines always says the best pickup line is to just say ‘Hi.’  And to that I say . . . SHUT UP and let us have fun.

People on Reddit are sharing their best pickup lines, and voting on the best ones.  So if you believe in crowd sourcing, these MIGHT be the eight best pickup lines in the world.  Or not.  Check ’em out . . .

1.  “Are you a 0% APR loan?  Because I’m having trouble understanding your terms and you aren’t showing any interest.”

2.  “Do you have a raisin?  No?  How about a date?”

3.  “Are you my appendix?  Because I don’t know anything about you but this feeling in my gut is telling me I should take you out.”

4.  “Girl, I put the STD in ‘stud,’ all I need is ‘u.'”

5.  “Are you a beaver?  Because DAM.”

6.  “I think you dropped something.”  “What?”  “Your standards.”

7.  Carry a bunch of limes, walk up to a woman, and drop them.  As you start getting them off the floor, say, “Can you help me?  I’m really bad at pick up limes.”

8.  “I’m no weatherman, but you can expect a few inches tonight.”

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Barbie Is Getting Three New Body Types: Tall, Petite, and Curvy

February 1st, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

barbieMattel just announced they’re making BIG changes to Barbie dolls.  They want to make them more in sync with modern times.  And no, pervert, it doesn’t mean they’re finally going to add some detail to her lady areas.

Barbies are now on sale with three new body styles . . . tall, petite, and curvy.  The new curvy style seems to be getting the most attention . . . they gave Barbie some juicy thighs, a little bit of a belly, and a larger butt.

And these aren’t, like, Barbie’s friends . . . the dolls are all NAMED Barbie.  The original “thin, giant boobs, tiny waist” Barbie is still available too.

Mattel says they added the new body types to keep up with society and be more realistically in line with the different girls who buy the dolls.  But really, they kinda HAD to do something big for the sake of the business.

Barbie sales are down at least 20% in the past three years, and they’re losing a lot of market share to Disney and Lego . . . so they need this to spark a big sales boost.

(Time

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