Four Tips for Taking Better Selfies

July 29th, 2015    Posted in Offbeat News

selfieWe keep hearing about selfies-gone-horribly-wrong, and we’re sort of okay with that.  Because while they’re a fixture of modern life . . . they’re obnoxious.  But if you DO want the best results, try these four tips.

1.  Keep your phone at arm’s length, but don’t strain.  Obviously you should stretch out your arm far enough to get the phone away from your face, so that it doesn’t distort your features.  But not SO far that you have to strain to hold it while you’re getting the shot.

2.  Ask someone to help.  We’ve never heard this one before, but it’s okay to ask the OTHER person to help steady the camera.  Like if there are only two or three of you.

It sounds like it goes against the idea of a selfie, but if you can pull it off without looking like two people are involved, the photo ends up looking better . . . less straining, more steady.

3.  Choose your background wisely.  Don’t pose in front of something like a branch, that’ll look like it’s coming out of your head . . . watch out for photobombers . . . and in famous settings, move to the side so you get the scenery too.

4.  Actually look at the camera.  You don’t want a shot of the inside of your nose, or your forehead looking huge.

Also, we found a list of all the places where SELFIE STICKS are banned.  Just go to CanIBringMySelfieStick.com.  For example, you CAN at Alcatraz, but you CAN’T at Disneyland.

(CNN)

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A Judge Banned a Woman from Every Walmart for the Rest of Her Life

July 29th, 2015    Posted in Offbeat News

walmartDoes this fit the definition of cruel and unusual punishment?

Back in December, 63-year-old Johanna Cassimore got caught shoplifting $258 worth of stuff from a Walmart in Mount Olive, New Jersey.  (About 45 miles outside New York.)

Her trial was earlier this month, and the judge fined her $250, plus court costs.  She also got ten days of community service.

But in addition to that, he said she’s not allowed to set foot in ANY Walmart for the rest of her LIFE.

Johanna thinks that’s excessive, so she’s appealing.  She says WALMART can ban her for life if they want to, but a judge shouldn’t have that authority.  The thing is . . . Walmart ALREADY banned her.

She signed a form at another Walmart a few years ago that said she’d never go to one of their stores again.  It’s not clear if she was caught shoplifting that time too.

Also, she’s not planning to obey the order even if she loses her appeal.  She hasn’t gone back to the Walmart she got caught at . . . but says she’s already gone to several OTHER Walmarts nearby.

(NY Daily News / Mount Olive Chronicle)

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Six Ways to Make Food Last Longer

July 29th, 2015    Posted in Offbeat News

onionsAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average family of four throws away $1,500 worth of food every year.  Here are six types of food, and how you can make them last longer . . .

1.  Onions.  Keep them in the refrigerator in a paper bag, and they’ll last more than two weeks.

2.  Hard cheese.  Take it out of the plastic it came in, and wrap it in parchment paper and tin foil.  Parchment paper is the stuff you use for baking.  It can last for months.  And if it gets moldy, just cut away an inch of cheese around the moldy spot.

3.  Apples.  They’ll last ten times longer if you keep them in the coldest, most humid part of your fridge.  That’s usually the bottom drawer.

4.  Potatoes.  Don’t throw them away just because they grow sprouts.  Just break the sprouts off.  Potatoes actually tend to be sweeter after sprouts have grown on them.

5.  Lettuce.  Put it in a plastic bag . . . poke about ten holes in it . . . and it should last about four times longer.

6.  Milk and dairy.  Bring a cooler or an insulated bag with you when you go shopping.  Or just make it the last thing you put in your shopping cart.  The shelf life for dairy products goes way down if they’re exposed to heat, even if it’s just for an hour.

(Time)

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THINGS YOU CAN BUY FOR A BUCK

July 29th, 2015    Posted in Offbeat News

pizzaA dollar doesn’t get you much anymore … but there are still some things that will only cost you a buck. Here are some of them:

A slice of pizza in New York
A song from iTunes
A small coffee at McDonald’s
A beer during Happy Hour
Some phone apps
A Wendy’s small classic frosty
Two postage stamps
The daily newspaper

(Business Insider)

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The Bobby D Show #1156

July 29th, 2015    Posted in On Demand

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This is The Bobby D Show from Tuesday July 28th 2015. Thanks for checking out the show. To listen to the show live check out www.TuneIn.com and search for ‘The Bobby D Show.’

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Eight Foods That Make You Look Younger

July 28th, 2015    Posted in Offbeat News

kaleHere are eight foods that can make you look younger . . .

1.  Watermelon.  It has lycopene, which acts like a natural sunscreen and prevents UV damage.  One serving is like putting on SPF 3.

2.  Pomegranates.  They have a ton of antioxidants that increase collagen production in your skin, to prevent wrinkles.

3.  Blueberries.  The vitamin C and vitamin E help brighten your skin.

4.  Lobster and other shellfish.  The zinc accelerates the renewal of skin cells, and it can help with acne.

5.  Kale.  The vitamin K helps with blood clotting, which can prevent you from getting dark circles under your eyes.  It also has a ton of iron, and if you don’t have enough iron in your diet, you start to look pale.

6.  Cantaloupe.  The vitamin A helps prevent your pores from getting clogged.

7.  Avocados.  The omega-9 fatty acids help your skin retain moisture and look young.

8.  Walnuts.  The omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E help keep your hair looking healthy.  They’re also loaded with copper, and researchers think that having a copper deficiency is one of the things that causes grey hair.

(Health.com)

 

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The Top 10 Bands That Formed in College

July 28th, 2015    Posted in Offbeat News

coldplayBillboard.com has a list of “The Top 10 Bands That Formed in College.”  They’re not ranked, they’re just in alphabetical order:

1.  Coldplay, which formed at the University College of London in 1998.

2.  The Commodores, which came together at Alabama’s Tuskegee University.

3.  Pink Floyd, which originally formed in 1965 at London Polytechnic.  Roger Waters, Rick Wright, and Nick Mason were studying architecture . . . while Syd Barrett was working on an art degree.  He hooked up with the rest of them because he was a childhood friend of Roger’s.

4.  The Pixies, which began when Black Francis met guitarist Joey Santiago at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, hence their song, “U-Mass”.  They then dropped out of school, and added bassist Kim Deal and drummer David Lovering.

5.  Public Enemy, which started coming together when Chuck D and Flavor Flav met while studying at Long Island’s Adelphi University in the early 1980s.

6.  Queen, which started as a group called “Smile” when guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor met during their time at London’s Imperial College.  Freddie Mercury was studying at London’s Ealing Art College.

7.  R.E.M., which formed at the University of Georgia in 1980.

8.  The Strokes, which really came together at New York University.

Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Fabrizio Moretti, and Nikolai Fraiture began playing together in prep school, but didn’t call themselves ‘The Strokes’ until 1999, when they met guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. at NYU.

9.  Talking Heads, which formed after David Byrne, Chris Frantz, and Tina Weymouth met while at the Rhode Island School of Design in the early 1970s.

10.  Vampire Weekend, which came together at Columbia University.

(Billboard.com has brief write-ups on each band.)

 

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RED FLAGS THAT IDENTIFY “CRAZY” GIRLS

July 28th, 2015    Posted in On Demand

crzyIf you make the wrong choice about the woman you’re going to spend time with, it can cost you.
Avoid this by avoiding these red flags:

She’s a victim – If everyone’s against her, eventually, she’ll find a reason that you’re against her too.

Kids – If none of her kids have the same last name, you need to run. Not walk. Run.

She has problems at work – Most of business involves getting along with others. If she doesn’t get along with her co-workers, eventually, she will not get along with you. It’s a “her” problem,” not a “your” problem.

Not nice to service workers – The easiest “tell” in the world. If she’s mean to the waiter, she’s mean. Pay the check. Walk away. Never look back.

(Thought Catalog)

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