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Top 10 Comfort Foods

Apr 04, 2016 -- 3:17pm




The Harris Poll, which surveyed 2,252 U.S. adults to find out their favorite comfort food.

  • When do we turn to comfort foods? Forty-five percent say when they are stressed, 43 percent say after a bad day and 33 percent say when they are depressed.

The top 10 favorite comfort foods:

1.     Pizza

2.     Chocolate

3.     Ice cream

4.     Macaroni and cheese

5.     Chips

6.     Hamburgers

7.     Steak

8.     Popcorn

9.     Pasta

10.  Mexican food


Photo: Man Wins $291 Million, Brother Wins $7

Mar 07, 2016 -- 5:11pm


Remember when your parents used to tell you to be nice to your siblings? Maybe it was because one day you both would grow up and win the lottery, except one of you would win the jackpot and the other would win $7.

As improbable as that sounds, it happened to a Pennsylvania judge who just wrapped up a monthlong fishing vacation in the Florida Keys, the Florida Lottery said.

Check out the story here.


Four Annoying Things You Might Be Doing with Your Phone

Feb 29, 2016 -- 5:18pm



1.  Using your speakerphone in public.  Don't make other people listen to your conversation . . . no one cares.  And the same goes for playing games with the sound up, or listening to music without headphones on.

2.  Leaving your keyboard sound effects on.  So when you send a text message, everyone around you hears it clicking while you type.

3.  Including too many people on a group text.  Because then everyone gets a million alerts, and they have to mute their phone so it doesn't ding or vibrate every five seconds.

4.  Teasing someone with a text bubble, then not sending a text.  Meaning you start typing, so the bubble with three dots pops up, and the other person THINKS you're responding . . . but then you never finish.


Worst Breakfast Foods

Feb 22, 2016 -- 3:28pm



It might seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how many people (grown-ups included) reach for a sugary cereal box every morning. It's convenient, quick, and if you opt for one of the ones that aren't coated in sugar, you probably think they're pretty good for you, right? Wrong. It might seem a controversial choice on this list of worst breakfast foods, but plenty of regular cereals are actually packed with sugar and, thus, warrant a place here for the simple fact that you're getting a dose of something you aren't fully aware of. The sugar will make weight loss very difficult and will drain your energy. By the time you get to your desk at the office, you'll have crashed hard and will be reaching for a snack to push you through. If you do opt for a cereal, check the ingredients list. Most of the time you'll see sugar as the second ingredient. Choose a high-fiber one that is low in sugar.

2. The fry-up
Known in the UK as the "builder's breakfast," this is a greasy, fatty mess. The go-to hangover cure of choice for most of us, it's ridiculously high in calories (and eating pretty much anything when you're hung over will make you feel better). Loaded with fat-packed sausages, nitrite-rich fatty bacon, butter-fried eggs, hash browns or fries, the cooked breakfast was traditionally conceived for the working class who actually worked (i.e. hard, physical labor). They ate a 3,000-calorie breakfast and burned it off by lunchtime. Whether you're sitting at your desk answering phone calls or working retail, your calorie burn will be massively lower than this, which equals one thing: obesity. Approximately 1 in 18 men will get bowel cancer, and starting your day with a fried breakfast raises your chances of getting this type of cancer by 63 percent according to the World Cancer Research Fund. As an alternative, grilled

3. Muffins
Muffins are the on-the-go breakfast of choice. They're something that you grab from the deli, sandwich shop or coffee spot when you've run out the door late for work. You're basically jump-starting your system with a large dose of sugar that will cause energy spikes followed by a crash. Because they're relatively cheap to produce, they are normally much bigger than those you might make at home (or the wife might) and, thus, pack a high-calorie punch. Muffins are also made with high fat quantities, a decent portion of which is saturated. Forget the low-fat versions, too; they still contain a similar quantity of sugar to the regular versions. Don't be fooled by the bran or muesli muffins that contain fruit because they contain too little goodness to negate the sugars and fats. Scrap

4. Bagels and cream cheese
There's no getting away from the fact that a bagel is a glorious thing, but for breakfast foods, you could do a lot better. A bagel alone isn't a terrible choice (not compared to, say, the fry-up), but it does often contain sugar and is a fast-digesting carb that will cause your insulin to spike -- and then crash. Once you load it up with fatty cream cheese, you up the saturated fat levels and the calorie count to get somewhere into the realms of the two-doughnut mark. And you wouldn't start your day off with two doughnuts. Choose wheat bagels -- and double check they are whole wheat. The mixed-grain ones won't cut it. Check the label to make sure they are made with whole grains (and stick with a low-fat topping). Instead of cream cheese, opt a nut butter that is made from nuts only, as this will boost your energy levels.

5. Pancakes
There is no healthy option when it comes to pancakes -- even the buckwheat galettes from Brittany, France are fried in butter. A pancake is typically a mixture of flour, eggs, milk, and butter. It'll be almost always a whole (full fat) milk too. The flour is a simple carb, broken down quickly (as with bagels), causing insulin spikes and crashes. And that's not even mentioning the toppings (take your pick -- they're virtually all killer, unless you go for fresh fruit and fresh fruit alone). Once you get into the realms of maple syrups, (powdered) sugar and bacon, the calories skyrocket. If you have to get your pancake fix, though, avoid the boxed stuff and try making them with whey powder, along with cottage cheese, and sweeten them up with some vanilla. But, in general, this is a breakfast choice food best left off the menu.


Tips To Manage An Annoying Co-Worker

Feb 17, 2016 -- 5:07pm



(Donna Fuscaldo, Glassdoor) Small offices are notorious for close quarters, which often times, can create an environment where co-workers become annoying. From the loud talker to the food stealer, here are five of the most annoying office habits and how to deal with them.

The Loud Talker
Etiquette experts agree by far that the most common annoying habit is the co-worker that lacks volume control. "It's worse in a small office since people are sitting on top of each other," says Peter Post, author of Essential Manners For Men. Read the original story on Glassdoor Dealing with the loud talker can be easy, especially since they probably don't realize their voice goes up ten decibels as soon as they pick up the phone. Post says to wait until the offender is off the phone and then tell them privately that it's hard for you to concentrate when their voice gets louder. If the perpetrator gets defensive or can't seem to lower their volume, then it may be time to either ask to move or take the problem to a supervisor.

Social Time In The Office
Rightly or wrongly within a small business office setting, cliques tend to form. Having office friendships is fine, but what can be annoying is if you aren't part of that clique and the group is gathering near your work area. "When people tend to gather in certain areas of the office it can be completely disruptive for the co-workers," says Richie Frieman, an etiquette expert and the Modern Manners Guy blogger. Just like with the loud talker, Frieman says to basically tell your co-workers, though in a very nice way, to "shut up." One effective tactic is to tell your co-workers you are on deadline and need a few minutes of quiet to get the work done. Don't come off gruff because that may just make the situation worse.

The Cubicle Invader
Your cubicle or desk is basically your home away from home. And just like you would find it annoying if someone just walked through your front door, same goes for the cubicle invader. This is the co-worker that will mosey up to your work space, plop down on your extra chair or lean against your desk and drone on about this or that. "The person who won't leave your cube or doorway is the most annoying thing in the world if you can't get back to work," says Frieman. A way to combat the cubicle invader is to create an uninviting environment in your workspace. Put your bag on the extra chair or make sure papers are covering any surface your co-worker may sit on. If the cubicle invader still doesn't get the hint, a sure fire way to get them out of your area is to say you are expecting a call. You can even pick up the phone to send the message.

The Food Stealer
Most small offices have a shared kitchen and often times, people will bring their lunch to work. Nothing can be more annoying than going to get your lunch out of the refrigerator only to find it's gone. While you may not know who the thief is, there is a way to get the message out that you know your food is being heisted. According to Post, the best way to handle this problem is to leave a note on the refrigerator and on your food. "Another thing you can do is bring your lunch in a thermos or lunch box and give up on the refrigerator," says Post.

Smelly Food Eater
If you are in an office setting where most people eat their lunch or snacks at their desk, then it's likely you've encountered the co-worker that insists on making popcorn at 9:00 a.m. or heats up last night's fish dinner at lunchtime. Handling the co-worker that insists on bringing in smelly food takes tact. If the person is doing it in a cafeteria, then you'll just have to suck it up and eat at a different time or someplace else. But according to Donna Flagg, author of Surviving Dreaded Conversations, if it's in the office,then you have every right to complain to the offender. "You can go up to the person and say can you do me a favor and eat that someplace else because its make me nauseous," says Flagg. The last thing you want to do is offend the person by saying your food stinks, she says.


13 Honest Valentine’s Cards For People Who Are Single

Feb 10, 2016 -- 5:00pm


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