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  • The Secret to a Successful Marriage?

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control came out this week with a report that included some interesting findings on marriage, including:

    --The odds of a first marriage lasting 10 years or longer are better for couples of the same race.

    -- Almost 80 percent of couples in their first marriage who have their first child at least eight months after getting married are likely to see their marriage last at least 10 years.  Those who don't have children are more than TWICE as likely not to last 10 years.

    -- About 75 percent of marriages between men and women 26 years old or older last at least 10 years, compared with only about half of teen marriages.

    Just some food for thought.

     

  • Will NHL Receive More Interest?

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    I saw a debate of sorts on ESPN yesterday about whether the interest in the U.S. Olympic mens hockey team would spark more interest in the National Hockey League.  I can only speak for myself, but I just don't see it happening. (No offense to those of you who are hockey fans already)

    I must admit, I was glued to the TV on Sunday -  like many across the country were - watching what turned out to be a great game, even though the U.S. ultimately lost to Canada in overtime.  But as I watched it, it occurred to me that I hadn't really sat and watched a hockey game since the 1980 "Miracle On Ice" game.  And as exciting and thrilling as the 1980 Olympic hockey games were, it didn't result in me becoming an NHL fan then.  So there's no reason to believe it will happen this time either.

    And on another topic, it turns out that a story I blogged about briefly on Friday turned out to be a prank.  The New York Post revealed that the story of a 140-year old hot dog being found encased in ice on Coney Island recently was all a big prank  organized by the "History Project" to get publicity for an exhibition of real artifacts from the site of "Feltman's Kitchen," which is a restaurant that used to be owned by the inventor of the "Coney Island Hot Dog."  I know - I just ruined your day, right?

     

  • Fun Friday News

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    It's Friday!  Here some interesting stories of the day:

    The third annual "Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival" begins tomorrow in Des Moines, Iowa.  It includes a so-called "Bacon Invocation," bacon showcase, a seminar on "Why Everything Is So Much Better With Bacon," bacon pizza, candied bacon ice cream and a bacon eating contest.  More than a thousand pounds of bacon have been brought in for the event.  I wonder if PETA will be there.

    They found a 140-year old hot dog encased in ice underneath a restaurant once owned by the man who invented the Coney Island hot dog on New York's Coney Island.  The hot dog reportedly still had its receipt attached to it.  It'll be on display on Coney Island beginning March 28th.

    Crestview, Florida, police were called to a store earlier this month after receiving a report that a woman was shoplifting cosmetics.  When authorities arrived, they arrested the woman and began seating her in the back seat of the squad car when a bottle of chocolate milk poured out of her pants!  She then admitted that she had a SECOND bottle.  I don't want to know where that one was hidden.

    And here's the headline of the week:  "Fifteen Years With No Global Warming Doesn't Mean There's No Global Warming, Says EPA Chief." 

     

  • Don't Give Your Opinion, Or Else

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    The mayor of Beverly Hills - Nancy Krasne - said this week she's outraged over a Miss California USA contestant who spoke out against same-sex marriage in recent media interviews.

    Twenty-three year old Lauren Ashley recently said that same-sex marriage goes against God and the Bible. 

    Ashley's comments came less than a year after Carrie Prejean, the former Miss California USA 2009, made similar remarks about her opposition to gay marriage.  Here statements also stirred up controversy with pageant organizers.

    I have a question.  Aren't people allowed to have an opinion when it comes to certain issues anymore?  These women - whether you agree with them or not - were simply voicing their opinions.   Perhaps pageant organizers in the future should just pass out talking points to all the contestants and instruct them to march in lock-step and never offer an opinion of their own on any issue.  That seems to be what they want.

    Remember the old saying, "I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it?"  It's apparently been replaced by a new one - "I don't agree with what you say, so shut up."

     

  • Warning Labels For Choking?

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    From the "Are You Kidding Me?" file comes this doozy.  A policy statement this week from the American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for the redesign of "high-risk" foods, such as the ever-dangerous hot dog, because they are choking hazards for young children.

    The group also is now calling for warning labels on such foods, noting that such labels are federally mandated for toys that might lead to choking.

    Correct me if I'm wrong.  Aren't the warning labels on toys basically there to alert parents that the toy contains small pieces that a small child could choke on?  I would consider that reasonable since, at first glance, it might be tough for a parent to know if a packaged toy has small pieces. 

    But when it comes to food, couldn't a child (or an adult for that matter) choke on virtually any type of food if the food isn't properly chewed? 

    Beyond that, I'm pretty fed up with these "groups" and the government  assuming that all people are stupid and need to be told what to do every waking hour.  I don't know about you, but I would say most parents are smart enough to know that certain food needs to be cut up into smaller pieces so that their child doesn't choke.  And those that actually aren't smart enough to know that probably aren't smart enough to be able to read a warning label either.

  • How Could This Happen?

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    I don't know about you, but if I received a check from an insurance company in the amount of $17,500, it's highly unlikely that I would forget about it.  But, that's exactly what happened to a Florida woman, according to a story in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. 

    Eighty-five year old Barbara Cosgrove was looking for a photo of her ex-husband in a drawer of her nightstand when she came across the insurance claim check, dated January 23, 1978, in an unopened envelope!  She said she doesn't know why she hadn't found the check sooner and had looked inside the drawer a thousand times before the discovery.  Never mind that - how in the world do you ever forget about a check that big??  We're not talking about a ten-dollar check that was stuck inside a birthday card - it's in the amount of $17,500!

    Cosgrove even remembers what it was from.  She said it stems from an accident that occurred under the Brooklyn Bridge in 1976 when a tarp filled wiwth rainwater fell 200 feet onto her car, damaging the vehicle. 

    Okay, so your vehicle was totalled, you get a check to replace the car, and instead of using it to buy a car, you decide to stick it in a drawer and forget about it?  When you decided to purchase your next car, and it came time to pay for it, it never crossed your mind that your insurance company had given you the money?  And wouldn't you think that at some point, the insurance company would give her a call to inquire why the check was never cashed?

    By the way, it's not clear if Cosgrove can now claim the money from the check, since it was issued by an insurance company that has been declared insolvent and liquidated. 

     

     

     

  • Get Ready For New Faces in Congress

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    It looks like the "throw the bums out" sentiment is running very high.  A new CNN poll shows a whopping 63 percent are in favor of voting out current members of the House and Senate this November.  Only 34 percent think they should be re-elected - a record LOW number.  That's the worst performance for Congress in the history of CNN's polling.

    The numbers show neither major party getting a strong advantage, with 47 percent saying they will back a Republican in their congressional district, and 45 percent saying they will back a Democrat.  CNN polling director Keating Holland, however, says the Democrats will be hurt more because there are more Democratic incumbents. 

    This is also very interesting and provides some historical context.  On the question of whether current members of the House ought to be re-elected, the numbers are lower than in 1994, when Republicans took control of Congress in a 54-seat swing.

    The poll also shows President Obama isn't helping his party, as his approval rating stands at just 49 percent.  Just 44 percent think he deserves to be re-elected, while 52 percent says he doesn't deserve to be re-elected in 2012.

  • Alabama Shooting - How Could This Happen?

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    Anybody following the story of Amy Bishop?  She's the Alabama professor accused of killing three colleagues and wounding three others in a shooting rampage during a faculty meeting last Friday. 

    We continue to learn more about her and it's not good.  According to the Associated Press, relatives of victims in last week's shooting are questioning whether much of the violence could've been prevented if an earlier case involving Bishop had been handled properly.  What they're referring to is the fact that she shot and killed her teenage brother in 1986.  The shooting at the time was ruled an accident and Bishop was never charged.  However, it has come to light that when police tracked down Bishop on the day she shot her brother, she was crouching behind a parked car, carrying a shotgun at waist level with one round in the chamber and a second in her pocket.  The details come from police reports released this week, as law enforcement officials said there was probable cause to file weapons charges and assault charges against her at the time of the shooting at the family's home in Braintree, Massachusetts.

    Bishop's past encounters with the law have also included charges in 2002 for a fight at an International House of Pancakes in Peabody, Mass.  Authorities said Bishop became incensed when she found out another woman had received the restaurant's last booster seat.  Bishop hit the woman while shouting, "I am Dr. Amy Bishop," according to the police report.  Bishop admitted to the assault in court, and the case was adjudicated - meaning the charges were eventually dismissed.

    Bishop was also questioned in an attempted pipe bombing in 1993.

    And today we learn that University of Alabama students went to school administrators at least three times, complaining Bishop was ineffective in the classroom and had odd, unsettling ways.  A petition signed by dozens of students was sent to the department head.  But students said the complaints made a year ago didn't result in any changes in the classroom.

     Many - including me - are now wondering how in the world this woman was hired by the university in 2003 after being involved in so many criminal investigations.  But  university president David Williams said a review of her personnal file and her hiring file raised NO RED FLAGS!  And here's the kicker.  Williams said police ran a criminal background check Monday after she was charged with one count of capital murder and three counts of attempted murder.  Williams said, "Even now, nothing came up."  HUH?  Houston, we have a problem!

     

  • Football Withdrawals

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    Did anyone struggle to get through their Sunday now that football is over?  I sure did.  It was just a weird feeling. 

    Every Sunday since September has revolved around gametime.  Each Sunday if you planned on making special food for the game, you made sure you were up and out of bed and had enough time to get to the grocery store and get the food made prior to kickoff.  You made sure (at least I did) that nothing else was planned except for football-watching on Sundays.  And now that it's over, we're forced to try to find something else to occupy our time.  I know, the Olympics are going on.  There was the Daytona 500 and the NBA All-Star game as well.  But none of that quite does it for me.  I've never been a NASCAR fan.  I don't mind checking out local racing from time to time, but I've just never gotten into NASCAR.  I used to be a huge NBA fan back in the '80's.  But basketball is different now and I couldn't care less. 

    I know I go through this every year, but it's harder this year for some reason.  Unfortunately, there is nothing to really replace the adrenaline rush and emotional attachment to football for me.  It gets easier as time goes along during the offseason.  It certainly will help as the weather improves, too.  Of course, if this is like most years, we have about three months yet before that happens.

  • What Do Women Want For Valentine's Day?

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    Okay guys, Sunday is Valentine's Day.  If you're stuck on what to get for your sweetie, I found a new survey which may be able to help you out.

    According to a Caravan Opinion Research Poll, the vast majority of women would like a special dinner with their loved one rather than the traditional flowers or candy.  Coming in second is a spa treatment.   Tied for third in the survey were flowers, designer shoes, a handbag and - interestingly and shockingly enough - "an item that would be used on a regular basis, such as a vacuum cleaner!!!"  No joke - that was in the survey.  Guys, I would be very, very careful with that type of a gift.  Unless your significant other specifically mentions getting something like a vacuum, cookware or similar items, I would stay as far away from that type of gift as possible.  That is, unless you like the silent treatment, sleeping on the couch, coming home to find the locks have been changed, etc.  You'll be treading into very dangerous territory.  You have been warned.

     

  • Junk Food In Movies - Everybody Panic!

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    I just shook my head today when I read a Reuters story with the headline, Junk Food Gets Spotlight In Many Movies:  Study.  Apparently some researchers at the Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire have their undies in a bunch over their new study which found that a majority of the top-grossing films in recent years have featured food and beverage product placements - with junk food and fast food restaurants being the most prominent. 

    These researchers are all in a panic over the fact that much of the product placement was seen in a majority of PG and PG-13 movies and about a third of G-rated movies.  Hey guys, trust me, kids know that junk food exists.  And it's no secret that kids will gravitate towards that type of food because it tastes good -  not because they see it in a movie.  These researchers, though, apparently aren't bright enough to just accept that fact and move on.  Get this - they are now going to conduct future research to try to determine if these product placements affect kids' food preferences.

    But what irritates me the most about these eggheaded researchers is that they don't seem to understand that the parents buy the food - not the kids!!  Ultimately it's Mom or Dad that has the final say in what type of food they buy and choose to feed their children. 

    Maybe it's time to do a study on why many researchers seem to lack common sense.