Six Things You Think Are Filthy That Aren’t

April 17th, 2014    Posted in Offbeat News

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toiletHere’s some good news.  There’s a bunch of stuff you’ve always considered to be cesspools of FILTH that actually don’t have very many germs at all.  Here are six things that made the list . . .

1.  Coins.  Coins are made of metal.  But copper, nickel, and silver don’t support germ life . . .  they POISON it.  Germs actually DIE if they try to live on coins.

2.  Toilets.  Get this:  Scientists say there’s 200 times more fecal matter on CUTTING BOARDS than on toilets.  Apparently that’s because people are more likely to clean their toilet.  (???)

3.  Your dog’s slobber.  Humans are way dirtier than dogs.  And dog slobber has antibacterial stuff in it.

4.  Doorknobs.  People are so freaked out about picking up germs from doorknobs in public restrooms, they don’t touch them that much.  The knobs on the way IN are way worse than the ones on the way out.

5.  Trashcans.  Basically, if you line your trashcan with plastic and keep it dry, it’s not all that dirty.  Germs need moisture to survive.

6.  Actual DIRT.  Unless there’s a bunch of POOP in it, the dirt in your backyard is perfectly safe.

(Yahoo Shine)

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The 10 Best and Worst Jobs For 2014

April 17th, 2014    Posted in Offbeat News

mathIf only you’d paid extra attention in math class and become a mathlete . . . you’d FINALLY be hot right now.

A website called CareerCast just came out with a list of the best and worst jobs for 2014 . . . and MATHEMATICIAN is number one.  Overall, three of the top four jobs on the list are in math . . . and the other one is “professor,” which could also be in math.

Jobs are ranked on different criteria in four categories:  Environment, income, outlook, and stress.  Mathematician came out on top because it pulls in big money, it’s low stress, and our world is getting more math-driven so the field is growing.

The rest of the top 10 best jobs are:  Tenured university professor, statistician, actuary, audiologist, dental hygienist, software engineer, computer systems analyst, occupational therapist, and speech pathologist.

On the other end, LUMBERJACK was named the worst job . . . it’s incredibly dangerous, the pay is bad, and the industry is declining.

The rest of the bottom 10 worst jobs are:  Newspaper reporter, enlisted military personnel, taxi driver, broadcaster, head cook, flight attendant, garbage collector, firefighter, and corrections officer.

(CNBC)

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The Worst People You Find in Every Elevator

April 17th, 2014    Posted in Offbeat News

elevatorThe simplest things in life can sometimes be the most annoying.

For example, riding on an elevator shouldn’t be a problem – but often is – because you’re sharing the ride with other human beings … who can be totally annoying.

Here’s a rundown of some of the worst people you find in every elevator:

The guy who gets to your empty elevator just as the door is closing, and jams himself in – only to be followed by 30 other people.

The loud group of co-workers who become totally silent when you walk in.

The guy whose headphones are playing music you hate way too loudly.

The woman who’s getting on while talking on the phone and says, “I’m getting on the elevator, but I can still talk.”

(Thrillist)

 

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Proof That Porn Is Going Down the Tubes

April 17th, 2014    Posted in Offbeat News

Tommy Gunn and Elizabeth Starr walk the red carpet as they arrive at the Adult Video News Awards held at The Hard Rock Hotel and CasinoBecause of all the free online porn available 24/7, global porn revenues have dropped a staggering 50 percent since 2007.

And, it’s estimated that 80 to 90 percent of users now only access the free stuff.

Here’s some other proof that porn is going down the tubes:

Most studios making porn movies are either going out of business or being sold off. For example, one company switched from making hardcore porn to making children’s movies about cartoon rabbits.

Male actors are now being paid as little as $150 per scene.

Female performers are doing a bit better, raking in $600 per scene – but this is down from $3,000 just a few years ago.

Playboy no longer makes any of its porn movies, having sold off their Spice Channels. Playboy is actually trying to change their image, moving towards being a “success” brand, as opposed to a smut brand. (IrishExaminer)

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The Ten Most Average States in the U.S.

April 16th, 2014    Posted in Offbeat News

USADo you want to be a completely AVERAGE American, living in an average place, having an average life, with other average people?  Apparently, you belong in Illinois.

A new study figured out the most AVERAGE states, based on how close they are statistically to the national averages for things like marriage, children, income, commutes, racial breakdowns, and jobs.

Illinois was easily the most NORMAL state in the country.

The rest of the top 10 are:  Washington, Oregon, North Carolina, Indiana, Arizona, Delaware, Missouri, Ohio, and Georgia.

They didn’t figure out the LEAST average states in the country.

(Business Insider

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Five Biometric Replacements for Your Password

April 16th, 2014    Posted in Offbeat News

heartGood news . . . soon you won’t have to remember your passwords anymore.  Companies have been looking at biometrics to verify your identity instead . . . like the iPhone fingerprint feature.

Here’s a list of five things that could replace your passwords someday . . .

1.  Your heartbeat.  Everyone’s is unique.  And a company is developing a wristband that can recognize yours to verify your identity on any WiFi device.  So your computer would only turn on for you, and your front door would unlock as you walked up.

2.  The shape of your ear.  A smartphone touchscreen could scan your ear and recognize you, just like a fingerprint sensor.  But unlike fingerprints that can fade over time or change because of injuries, your ears don’t change too much as you get old.

3.  Your gait.  The way you walk is unique too.  A computer can analyze your speed, balance, and rhythm to figure out who you are.  And a mobile device is always on you, so you don’t have to stop and verify your identity before you use it.

4.  Your typing style.  There are ways to identify people by analyzing their typing style.  So a computer could require you to type a certain phrase before it unlocks.  That’s a lot like a password, but at least you don’t have to remember anything.

5.  Your face.  Samsung’s new Galaxy already has facial recognition software.  It’s not very good yet, but someday you might be able to unlock your phone just by holding it up in front of you.

(CNN.com)

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The Ten Things Women Stop Wearing Once They Become Mothers

April 16th, 2014    Posted in Offbeat News

heelsOnce you have a child, is it time to retire your dress that’s SO short it almost gives the world a look at where that child came from?

A new survey found 78% of women say they made BIG changes to the way they dressed once they became mothers.  Here are the top 10 things they stop wearing . . .

1.  Short skirts.

2.  High heels.  Mothers wear heels an average of two inches shorter than the heels they wore before.

3.  Skinny jeans.

4.  Crop tops.

5.  Low-cut shirts.

6.  Tight dresses.

7.  Bikinis.

8.  Shorts.

9.  Leather.

10.  Animal prints.

(FemaleFirst)

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Things Men Will Never Understand About Women

April 16th, 2014    Posted in Offbeat News

womenMostly out of self-preservation, guys do their best to understand their wife or girlfriend.

But it becomes clear very quickly that there are some things about women that just don’t make sense.

Here are some things about women that guys will just never understand:

It takes women six months to choose a haircut. Bridges are built in less time.

Trying on everything, every size, every style, every time … C’mon ladies, life is too short for this.

How is going to the bathroom a social activity?

Throw pillows. They’re piles of pillows that aren’t even used.

Romantic comedies are cheesy and predictable – yet they’re still beloved by women everywhere.

Shoe hoarding, which leads to skirt hoarding, which leads to blouse hoarding.

(WomensHealthMag)

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