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10 Most Re-Gifted Presents

Dec 17, 2014 -- 4:11pm



A new survey by the Secret Santa 'gift generator' reveals that 60% of people feel re-gifting is acceptable. Other findings:

- 22% of people have received an 'inappropriate' item that someone re-gifted to them

- 10 most regifted items

1. Candles

2. Books

3. Clothing

4. Houseware

5. Soap

6. Movies

7. Picture frames

8. Jewelry

9. Perfume/cologne

10. Gift baskets


28 Texts From 2014 That Will Make You Laugh Every Time

Dec 04, 2014 -- 3:17pm



Check out the list here.



25 Thanksgiving Jokes That Will Get You Through Dinner

Nov 25, 2014 -- 12:10pm


If returning to your hometown, having dinner with your extended family and eating yourself into a food coma aren't your bag, Thanksgiving can be a little uncomfortable. Luckily, these comedians know exactly how you feel.

Check them all out here


Top Ten Things Only A Bad Boss Would Say

Nov 12, 2014 -- 11:24am


Bad bosses use words to emotionally injure and humiliate their employees in an attempt to make themselves seem more important and powerful. It rarely works that way. Instead, demoralized employees lose their enthusiastic spirit for working hard and working smart. Good bosses encourage their employees, recognize their work and have honest conversations to solve problems and jump hurdles together. Bad bosses taunt and intimidate. How?Bloomberg News assembled a list of the top 10 things only a bad boss would say:

1. "If you don't want this job, I'll find someone who does."
Good managers give employees latitude and let them know their contributions have value. Bad managers constantly remind employees, "You work for me and don't forget it."

2. "I don't pay you to think."
Engaged employees offer creative "what if?" ideas, which are usually embraced by good managers. Bad managers view others' ideas as threatening. Another way of saying this, which is even more rude is: "Do what I tell you and nothing else."

3. "I won't have you on eBay/ESPN/Facebook/etc. while you're on the clock."
Good managers know there is no "clock," at least for white-collar workers, since engaged employees work as long as it takes to get the job done. So if they're reading and responding to e-mail, finalizing spreadsheets and polishing that report at 11 p.m., shouldn't they be allowed to check their Facebook page at noon? It's called a mental break, and good managers know this.

4. "I'll take it under advisement."
It's the ultimate brush-off that translates, "Go away and leave me alone. I'm not going to do what you suggest, and I value your opinions less than I could ever describe in words."

5. "Who gave you permission to do that?"
Managers who guard their power by obsessing over hierarchy, permission and employee grade levels can make your life miserable.

6. "Drop everything and DO THIS NOW!"
Of course, there will be emergencies in every business at one time or another that require an "all hands on deck" mentality. But good managers do this only occasionally and in real emergencies. Bad managers do it frequently.

7. "Don't bring me problems. Bring me solutions."
Business is complicated, and it's typical for an employee who spots a problem to not have the information or skills to solve it. Good managers appreciate the heads up. Bad managers who say this really mean: "Stop telling me what I don't want to hear."

8. "Sounds like a personal problem to me."
Personal problems are work problems when they involve employees who aren't getting along. Is one a bully? Good managers are capable of stepping in to mediate the situation. Bad managers tell the employees to figure it out themselves.

9. "I have some feedback for you, and everyone here feels the same way."
When good managers give feedback, they try to emphasize and reinforce the good things, as well as being honest and forthright about the bad. Lousy managers don't praise and instead ladle out the criticism. The really bad bosses get mean about it, insisting everyone in the office feels the same way.

10. "In these times, you're lucky to have a job at all."
Translation: Your bad manager is really saying he can't believe you aren't among the unemployed, considering what a lousy employee you are. It's a huge insult. People who live in fear for their job, don't see potential in themselves.


VIDEO: Black Lab Slides In The Snow

Nov 10, 2014 -- 11:28am

Real Life Ghosts...?

Oct 29, 2014 -- 9:10am


1. Marilyn Monroe
Stay the night at Hollywood's "Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel" for a truly famous ghost encounter. People Magazine's "Sexiest Woman of the Century (1999), Marilyn Monroe, used to admire herself frequently in the mirror that now hangs in the halls of this prestigious hotel. Hundreds of tourists pass the full length mirror each day without knowing its strange history, while others claim they've seen the famous sex icon's image reflected in the glass. Marilyn's ghost has also been spotted hovering near her tomb at Westwood Memorial Cemetery in Westwood, California.

2. Orson Welles 
While in Hollywood, why not stop by Melrose Avenue's Sweet Lady Jane's Restaurant for a quick bite with the infamous spirit Orson Welles? Famous for its exquisite desserts, customers and employees of the restaurant have testified to seeing the famous artist sitting at his favorite table, often accompanied by the scent of his favorite dessert, brandy, and cigar. The renowned actor, writer, producer, and director received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1975 for such masterpieces as "Citizen Kane" and "Touch of Evil." One thing's for sure, Welles' reputation as an amazing artist has only grown since his death. No wonder Welles decided to stick around for some dessert - he has much to celebrate!

3. The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall 
The Brown Lady is famous mostly for being the most reliably photographed ghost in history. Though no one knows who the Brown Lady is or her connection with Raynham Hall, she has been described as wearing a long brown dress or cape with only dark empty sockets for eyes and often carrying a lantern. The first sighting was reported in 1835 by a house guest, Colonel Loftus, followed by another sighting by Captain Frederick Marryat and another by two little boys. In 1936, photographers Captain Provand and Indre Shira took the famous photograph during a shoot for the magazine Country Life.

4. Lady Howard 
This famous phantasm has been spotted in Devonshire, England for years. Traveling in a phantom coach made from the human bones of her four late husbands, Lady Howard journeys to Oakhampton Castle with a skeleton dog to pick one blade of grass each night. Legend holds that she must do this until every blade of grass is picked, that is, until the end of time. Guess that's what you get for murdering all four of your husbands.

5. Anne Boleyn of the Tower of London 
Anne Boleyn, former Queen of England and second wife of Henry VIII, is the most famous ghost of the Tower of London. When Anne failed to give birth to a boy, the King was furious. Accusing her of treason, Anne was executed at the Tower of London in 1536. Her body was later buried in St. Peter's Chapel, within the Tower's grounds, where Anne is said to regularly roam the grounds carrying her head under her arm and scaring the guards at night.

6. Elvis Presley 
Has Elvis really left the building? In 1954, he began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis and by 1956, he was an international sensation. He died on August 16, 1977 in his Memphis home, Graceland, but his cause of death is still under speculation. Many since have claimed to experience "Elvis sightings," even his widow Priscilla. She claims to have seen the King return from beyond the grave several years ago when she heard noises coming from the stable. When Priscilla went out to check, she saw Elvis's favorite horse upset by a "shimmering form hovering" nearby. Long live the King!

7. The nun of Borley Rectory 
Borley Rectory is often called "the most haunted house in England." The story goes that during the 13th century a nun fell in love with and tried to elope with a monk. According to legend, the nun and monk were caught in their get-away horse and carriage. The monk was hung and the nun was buried alive in the walls of the rectory. Since then, people have reported seeing the horse and carriage in the middle of the night, as well as images of the nun. In the late 1920's, in fact, the owner of the house reported poltergeist-type activity. The woman claimed that the nun's spirit had locked her in her bedroom and even thrown her from her own bed at times. The Borley Rectory burned down in 1939 and human remains, rumored to be those of the nun, were discovered on the grounds. The legend of Borley has not died. People still visit the site today in search of the ghostly nun.

8. Bloody Mary:
Known by several pseudonyms, (Mary Worth, Mary Margaret, and Bloody Mary), this famous phantasm makes her appearance mostly at young girls' sleepovers. According to the chilling legend, Mary was once a stunningly beautiful young girl until one day she suffered some sort of horrible "accident," most likely at the hands of a jealous peer. Her face was repulsively disfigured from the incident and she never again received the same glory she once did for her beauty. Now, it's been said that if a beautiful young girl says Mary Worth's name three times in front of a mirror, the deformed phantom will appear to mutilate and kill the youth.

9. The Vanishing Hitchhiker
It's a dark and stormy night... (Just like in the movies, right?) a driver is waved down by a young woman hitchhiking after her prom date dumped her. Touched by the sad story, the driver takes the young girl home, only to find that she vanishes just as the car pulls to the front door of what she described as her home. When the driver goes to the front door of the house he learns that the girl had passed away several years ago and returns every year on the anniversary of her death for a ride home from a stranger. There are variations of this account, but every driver that testifies to the sight of "the vanishing hitchhiker" describes her as a vulnerable young woman wearing a pale purple prom dress with long brown hair and dark eyes.

10. The Toys R' Us Ghost:
Expect more than a Barbie or MatchBox car from the haunted Toys R' Us in California. This modern ghostly delight was built in 1970 over what was once the ranch of Johnny Johnson. Better known as Crazy Johnny in his day, mentally impaired Johnson bled to death after fatally cutting his leg with an axe in 1884. Now, the crazed spirit has been spotted roller skating through the aisles of Toys R' Us, tapping customers and propelling toys.



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