Friday, July 22, 2016

24 Hunter S. Thompson Quotes

1. America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.

2. I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes.

3. I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.

4. Buy the ticket, take the ride.

5. If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.

6. The trouble with Nixon is that he’s a serious politics junkie. He’s totally hooked and like any other junkie, he’s a bummer to have around, especially as President.

7. When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

8. Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

9. So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?

10. Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.

11. Some may never live, but the crazy never die

12. Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.

13. THE EDGE, there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.

14. There are times, however, and this is one of them, when even being right feels wrong. What do you say, for instance, about a generation that has been taught that rain is poison and sex is death? If making love might be fatal and if a cool spring breeze on any summer afternoon can turn a crystal blue lake into a puddle of black poison right in front of your eyes, there is not much left except TV and relentless masturbation. It’s a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat sh*t and die.

15. I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.

16. I was not proud of what I had learned but I never doubted that it was worth knowing

17. We can’t stop here, this is bat country!

18. A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.

19. Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used

20. And that, I think, was the handle-that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting-on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave… . So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark-that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

21. In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity

22. No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.

23. We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.

24. We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and — in spite of True Romance magazines — we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely — at least, not all the time — but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.”

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2/2011 Early Mock Draft 6-10

6. Cleveland Browns LB Von Miller

Although I was tempted to reach for WR Julio Jones and fulfill the Browns’ biggest need, I felt that the Browns wouldn’t be able to pass up on the talent of Von Miller. Besides, Cleveland needs a linebacker as well especially a blitzing player like Miller. The Browns want a pass rusher that is versatile enough to play as a standup DE. Miller looks like a solid seven technique player already.

7. San Francisco 49ers CB Patrick Peterson

Finally somebody gets the best corner in the draft and one of the best players in the draft. I love Peterson, but the other guys before in the draft don’t have as big of a need at corner than at other positions. Shawntae Spencer and Nate Clements are average at best, and Clemens is getting older. Peterson is a fast, playmaking corner that looks like the real deal. Peterson is the third LSU guy that I have fallen in love with, along with Dwayne Bowe and Matt Flynn.

8. Tennessee Titans CB Prince Amukamara

Who knows? These guys might reach for a QB. I would hope not. There are no other QBs worth a 1st round choice beyond Gabbert. The Titans have a huge need at secondary, so Marcell Dareus is still waiting for his call. Amukamara is extremely versatile, instinctive, and he is great in any type of coverage. I really like this guy, and he can compliment Cortland Finnegan well.

9. Dallas Cowboys DT Marcell Dareus

Although Jay Ratliff is a stud, the Cowboys seriously lack depth on the defensive line. They only have two defensive tackles on the roster. Dareus is a big game prospect that is explosive and is great at the point of attack and getting off right from the start.

10. Washington Redskins OT Anthony Castonzo

I could see the Skins drafting defensive end Cameron Jordan here, but I feel that they will really want to draft an offensive lineman. I really like Jordan and Castonzo. I love his quickness, intelligence, and work ethic. He isn’t a strong player, but his other characteristics more than make up for his lack of strength. He is the best offensive lineman in this year’s draft.

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24 Hours in a Mega City

I was buying one way tickets the whole time. It worked out better that way ‘cuz I could decide a few days in advance how I felt and ramble on if and when(ever) I wanted to. When my lover, Lucia had to go back to work I wanted to hang out in Porto for a few more days so I let her go. I needed the space and time to decide my next step.

The full moon was coming and I was ready to step off the map again. I wanted to visit the place of my most desired location since I left there when I was a few months old. My birthland: Kathmandu. High in the Himalayas Nepal beckoned me return at the time of my 36th year since birth.

So I was given a birthday present from my sweet momma and I booked a ticket from Lisbon to Kathmandu via Istanbul.

I had about 24 hours to enjoy Istanbul, Turkey. I would meet the most beautiful woman I have ever seen within the first few hours.

Fresh off the plane, I went into a Pizzeria with all my bags and I told the manager I was looking for a hotel just one night. He showed me a table where I was taken care of and he called his brother to set me up for a hotel.

Then my waitress came out. She had thick black hair flowing to the middle of her back. Huge brown eyes and a smile that looked like she could warm the winter and the world. Her darker skin reminded me of a coconut. I was taken in. I asked her where she was from and she said Jordan. I said I was from Hawaii and it was love at first sight.

The one that got away…

Remember that scene in the original Star Wars series where Hans Solo, the bounty hunter, walks into the alien bar and there is a lot of funky crazy action going on? He meets Jabba the hut and there are tweaky aliens doing their own thing and nevertheless having an awesome time… Well that’s how I felt walking into the bar I discovered in Istanbul.

I wandered around town eventually finding a back alley music scene. There were several venues large and small. This one had a special vibe. There I sat in the corner and sipped Tuborg beer as I watched beautiful Persian people dancing arm and arm in rotating circles. The men held handkerchiefs high in the air and they all swayed to a happy beat.

And the music!

The band was insane. They had a three piece musician set with one guy on tambourines and a bongo looking drum, another on a mandolin and an acoustic guitar player. There was a lovely princess looking woman wailing in Turkish. She seemed she would sing her heart to heaven.

I had never heard such a wild array of ethnic musical mixtures coming together but keeping its own uniqueness. I stayed up for a while and cruised back late to my hotel to get ready for my last (and only) day in the city.

By the daylight I walked around, crossed the sea from Europe into Asia; you know, the usual.

Then I happened upon a Moslem Mosque near the Hagia Sophia and it was their praying time. I went in with the masses. I was able to sit back at a respectful distance and observe the ceremony. What I first noticed and respected was their devotion. Young men that could have been my brother bowed their heads to the carpet; giving over and letting go of control.

I thought: how beautiful. To simply give over and let go of everything. To honor a higher spirit and faith in knowing that everything will work out well. At this mosque there was dancing, chanting and bowing. It was great to see how other people practiced spirituality.

I must have been grounded and present because right as I was getting up to leave a Turkish man came over to me, introduced himself and pleasantly shook my hand. He was giving off light and peace in his vibe. He spoke a bit of English to me and then suddenly he was so moved by what he was saying that he started to speak in Turkish.

He basically wanted to thank me from the bottom of his heart for coming and seeing his spiritual world. He exclaimed a bunch in Turkish and then smiled, looked me deep in the eyes as he shook my hand saying, “One Allah. One Allah!” To say I was touched would be an understatement.

I was thinking about it all day after that. Why had he chosen me? I was thinking earlier how wonderful the world is and how vast yet connected and then this man comes to me and shares his passion in the moment. Perhaps he was affirming that we are all one. That respect and love are what we need to find ourselves and to find love. It was all so simple in that space.

I walked out of the Mosque & Istanbul a changed man from that single experience. It softened me. I was feeling blessed, by something. I continued my adventure refreshed.

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22" Samsung LCD TV LN22A451C

Ok starting 02-17-09 we will all have to switch to the all-digital signals. All TV stations in the US will stop broadcasting the standard wavelengths. This is federally mandated.

If you have cable or own your own analog TV set, you probably don’t need to worry. Well, that is what I have seen in commercials on Comcast. It you subscribe to a Satellite you are also in the clear. Most of the analog TV’s that were made after 1996 supposedly have the dual analog/digital tuners to work with the hook-ups to the outside dish.

For those of us that still use the rabbit ears and rooftop antennae, come January 17, 2009, they will see will not work without the digital converter box. You can purchase your converter box at place like Best Buy and Circuit City. The federal government is giving everyone a chance to get one or two coupons per house hold. That is $40 off the digital converter box.

I bought a Samsung 22in. LCD TV to prevent any issue that may come on 02-17-09. The price was around $450.

When choosing my Samsung 22in. LCD TV LN22A451C, the decision was not just on the price and size of the screen. I needed a well known brand like Zenith, Samsung, and/or Philips.

The 720p’s basic resolution is wasted with the analog channels. The regular signals are not as impressive as the HD signals higher up in the dial. The clarity and sharpness of DVD movies and the high def. broadcast is great on this TV. You can see it around 20 ft away or more.

This TV also features 3000 dynamic contrast. The dynamic contrast solves some problems that may accrue when watching the scenes that are to light or to dark. With analog TV movies that have the night time contrast or dim-lit, like in basements, they are hard to see.

Whereas with the Samsung 22in. LCD TV LN22A451C 3000 dynamic contrast, the backlight is adjusted automatically. That is around a 300% improvement. The picture is clear.

This TV set has multiple functions. The sound is much better than the analog Samsung set. The closed caption works great, you can see the words. The remote control is designed to work only the TV. It makes setting up the TV much easier. You can also adjust the picture size.

There are a few other features I have not gotten to us yet. Like the connections to my PC, HDMI connector for the new DVD players, the satellite inputs, and USB port. It also has an input for your personal camcorders.

Now I am ready for the digital change coming January 17, 2009.

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21st Century Marketing: Create, Craft, Communicate

The internet has revolutionized the way marketers reach consumers and how consumers speak to each other. Marketing in the 21st century is more important than ever and involves many processes. However, the process can be simplified with three simple steps: Create, Craft, Communicate.

Create your image. Your branding is the foundation of your marketing efforts. The logo, packaging, and website are the face of your business. Before you start any marketing efforts, create the look and feel first. A professional image will carry through to the rest of your plans.

Craft your message. Once you’ve designed and created the look of your business, it’s time to build strategies to market the business. In this phase a solid marketing strategy is essential. Identify the target markets and how you will reach them. Developing a road map for success will guide you along the way and prevent you from straying off course.

Communicate your message. Carefully crafted and executed public relations strategies, social media messages, and advertising campaigns will attract the attention of consumers and ultimately generate sales.

Marketing is an investment in your businesses long term success. A well planned and executed strategy will give your business an advantage over your competitors whose plan is “shoot from the hip.” This strategy leads to wasted time and money. Protect your investment by carefully planning and executing a thoughtfully designed strategy.

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25 Great Deer Hunting Tips

Deer hunting has become a favorite pastime of many people. It is a non gender sport and for the most part anyone at any age can do it. There are numerous books on the market today on deer hunting and hunting success. So what we will do is take a look at 25 deer hunting tips that should give you a great start on your deer hunting adventure.

When hunting in an area unfamiliar to you it is a good idea to change stands everyday so you can quickly learn the patterns of the deer because some areas may hold no deer at all.

When you shoot a deer whether it is with a bow, rifle, or muzzleloader be sure to allow some time for the deer to die before you begin to go look for it.

Always try for a kill shot. If the deer is wounded you need to track it down so you can put it down.

Most states require safety orange when you’re out in the woods. You should wear this bright orange so that other hunters will be aware of your presence in the woods.

If you plan to use a tree stand while bow hunting you should simulate this while you practice so you can be sure of your shot.

A single pin on your bow sight is all you will really need. A single pin can be easier to work with than remembering which pin out of five is the proper one for the distance.

Keep in mind how long you will be holding the bow in the ready position when setting your poundage. You generally hold back for about thirty seconds plus when waiting on a deer to present you with a shot.

Maintain your composure while in your tree stand and don’t leave it too soon. Your best opportunity for a great deer usually presents itself within the last thirty minutes of shooting light.

Always check your gear before you head out in the woods. You don’t want anything to malfunction while out in the woods because it is unsafe and you may miss the deer of a lifetime.

While you are set up on a food plot or in a large field with little or no brush you will find the evening hours brings in the most deer.

A deer will generally take the most open path to get somewhere. So when you set up you should try and set up near a clear, open path to bring the deer in close.

If you aren’t sure about using a call wait until you spot a deer that you will let pass. Use it on this one and see its reaction and then you will know if the deer will respond to it or not.

When there it’s snowing and you’re tracking a deer pay close attention to the tracks because a deer will always circle around and see if they are being followed.

If you’re out searching for that monster buck high ground is the best place to find scrapes.

Contamination of a spot is always an issue. This is why you would want to move around to different spots every so often so your scent will not stay around.

Many times you can determine a deer’s sex by what route they take when they travel.

A large buck will go around just about every large obstacle. So pay close attention to the tracks and if you see some that are off the straight path you may have found your buck.

Doe’s are more erratic in their travel. They usually crawl under trees that have fallen and weave through a thicket.

The rut is the most difficult time to hunt scrapes because of the highly unpredictable patterns the bucks have at this time.

Always remember that deer are more likely to travel in a north to south pattern rather than in an east to west pattern.

The easiest shot you will have on a deer is when you are downwind of their food source.

A great way to turn the excitement up for a buck is by taking soil from one scrape and placing it around a scrape near where you’re hunting.

By putting some baking soda under your hat it will help keep your scent from alerting the deer to your presence.

If the area your hunting has a larger ratio of bucks to does, you should think about trying some rattling.

Rattling can help bring out the big bucks because they become very curious to the sound and are looking to find out what is going on.

These tips will help you to hunt deer successfully and bring home a kill every time.

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24 Production Halted as Star Kiefer Sutherland Has Surgery

Kiefer Sutherland, star of the hit television show 24, is suffering from a ruptured cyst and 24 production halted to wait for Sutherland to have surgery.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Kiefer Sutherland became ill last Friday and that 24 production halted temporarily for what Twentieth Century Fox called a “medical procedure.”

The LA Times said that the cyst ruptured near Sutherland’s kidney.

Kiefer Sutherland’s publicist Evelyn Karamanos released a statement about the illness.

“While Kiefer Sutherland is frustrated to miss even one day of work, he and Fox decided together that it would be best to complete this minor elective procedure now as a precaution as opposed to six weeks from now when production wraps. He looks forward to returning to work next week,” Karamanos said.

A Twentieth Century Fox spokesman said that the hit show 24 should be back on track after Sutherland recovers.

“We are temporarily suspending production of 24 while our friend and colleague Kiefer Sutherland undergoes a medical procedure. We hope to resume production shortly and do not anticipate any disruption in the broadcast of this season’s episodes,” said Fox in a press release.

There are about six more weeks of production time scheduled for 24 this season. Fox insisted that at this time they do not expect a disruption in airing 24 episodes.

Kiefer Sutherland is an Emmy Award winning actor best known for portraying counter-terrorist hero Jack Bauer on 24. The hit series is currently in its eight season on Fox.

Sutherland, son of actor Donald Sutherland, is 43 years old.

Kiefer Sutherland has appeared in many hit movies including Stand by Me, the Lost Boys, Young Guns, A Few Good Men, Flatliners, A Time to Kill, The Sentinel and Mirrors. He has starred in 24 for eight seasons and is the highest paid actor on television.

Sutherland is also known for his sometimes rowdy behavior, which has included two drunken driving arrests and once head-butting a fashion designer. Sutherland was once engaged to actress Julia Roberts and is divorced from Kelly Winn.

Keifer Sutherland received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year.

With 24 production halted fans of the show are hoping for a speedy recovery for star Kiefer Sutherland.

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$233,000 Payoff for 2012 Arizona State Poker Champion

With over $1 million in prize money up for grabs at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale the poker action inside the 54-table room was hotter than the 112 degree summer heat outside. Over 1200 players ponied-up the $1000 entry fee to play in the five day Arizona State Poker Championship, and poker manager Kent Odekirk’s staff did a wonderful job hosting the 8th annual event.

The deep-stack no-limit Texas Hold’em tournament is a favorite of tournament professionals, with $25,000 in starting chips, a minor $25-$50 blind start, and 45-minute rounds, but no big names made it to the final table this year. 120 players cashed and the final three took home huge paydays and beautiful trophies. The eventual winner also received a silver and turquoise Championship bracelet.

Final Table

Players at the final table were guaranteed five-figure payoffs, and Dylan Hortin, Mohammad Arani, Adam Singer, Richard Saine, William Yantis, Nathan Pfluger and Savatore Musto bowed out one by one after becoming one of the final ten.

When play resumed, Adam White and Eltorna Gant were heavily out-chipped by Matt Elsby as the three players vied for nearly half-a-million dollars . More than 30-million in chips were strewn about the table as Gant dropped under a million, but it was White who was eventually forced out in third-place. He graciously accepted his $87,000 check and smiled to the crowd.

Heads-up play began with Elsby holding a 27-1 chip lead, but Gant aggressively stole blinds when Elsby went card-dead and refused to press the action. In the final hour Gant drove his stack to over 5 million before taking an all-in pot with pocket jacks when Elsby’s AK did not improve.

Nursing a small chip lead, Elsby lead with pocket tens and Gant moved all-in. Elsby hesitated, then called. Gant turned over pocket kings. There was no help for Elsby as the board came all small cards and left him less than two-million in chips to work with. They lasted only ten minutes. He walked away dejected, but smiled later on camera and was consoled by his $147,000 payday.

Eltorna Gant, 29, wiped his face repeatedly and smiled for the cameras as the new Arizona State Poker Champion. When asked what his plans were, Gant replied, “I just want to spend time with my wife and children. That’s nearly a quarter of a million dollars. Before today, I didn’t know how much that was. Today, I do. “

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25 Cat Facts, Myths and Truths You May Not Know

If you are you an expert on felines, you probably already know how high cats can jump, how many toes they have, and how many whiskers. But you may not know what common misconceptions about cats are nothing but myths, and which facts about cats are absolutely true. Read on to find out the difference between cat myths and cat facts.

1. Cat Myth: Cats only purr when they are happy.
Cats may also purr when they’re experiencing anything intense, even pain.

2. Cat Truth: Cats know what mood you’re in.
Cats are sensitive to your moods, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they care.

3. Cat Myth: Cats are concerned when you’re sick and feverish.
Actually, they snuggle up against you when you have a fever because you are one hot mama. Or papa.

4. Cat Myth: Cat’s whiskers have no real purpose, but they are cute.
The 24 whiskers a cat has are used to measure distances. So if your cat is overweight and wider than her whiskers, she might get stuck in the cat door.

5. Cat Truth: You can tell when a cat is ready to attack.
When the cat’s hair stands up in one long streak along its tail and spine, Halloween cat is here and ready to attack. But when the cat hair stands on end all over, you’re dealing with scaredy cat, not Halloween cat.

6. Cat Myth: All cats have 4 toes on their back paws, and five on their front paws.
There are some rare cats called “polydacti” with six or seven front and back toes.

7. Cat Fact: If you love cats, you’re an “ailurophile.”
Ailuros is cat in Greek.

8. Cat Fact. A group of a kittens is a kindle.
Long before Amazon used this term, a kitty klatch was called a kindle.

9. Cat Truth: Cats can jump 5 times as high as they are tall.
They have to jump that high, because they love the view from high places. Remember, leopards and jaguars even sleep high up in trees. Even if cats fall or are pushed (you wouldn’t!) they land on their feet, because of a nifty inner ear canal which regulates balance.

10. Cat Myth: Cats have brains that are completely different from ours. .
Cats’ brains are more like ours than they are like dogs’. The regions in cat and human brains responsible for emotion are identical.

11. Cat Fact: A group of adult cats is a clowder.
If you have never heard of a big group of cats being called a clowder, maybe it’s because adult cats don’t hang out in big groups.

12. Cat Truth: Cats have unique nose prints; we have unique fingerprints.
The ridges on kitty’s nose make a one of a kind pattern, although it’s difficult to get her to ink-stamp it for criminal investigations.

13. Cat Myth: Cats don’t need as much protein as dogs do.
Surprise, cats need 5 times more protein than dogs do. That’s in ratio to total food consumption. Does not mean she gets 5 hamburgers for every one the dog eats.

14. Cat Myth: If you can feel your cat’s ribs, shame on you, she is too skinny.
It’s the other way around. If you cannot feel her ribs, she’s too fat.

15. Cat Fact: Domestic cats are able to sprint up to 31 miles per hour.
Incredible, isn’t it? To test this theory, have a race.

16. Cat Truth: Cats can be in danger at Christmas.
It’s very dangerous to have potted poinsettias where cats can get into them. Poinsettia leaves are poisonous to cats.

17. Cat Myth: A cat who bites you is angry.
Actually, if kitty bites you when you rub her tummy, she is probably expressing pleasure. Since she has 30 teeth, you have to decide if it’s worth it.

18. Cat Truth: Cats are only awake 2 out of every 7 years.
OK, if cats spend about 16 hours a day sleeping, then a 7 year old cat has slept for five years. Do the math and don’t tell me if I’m wrong.

19. Cat Truth: Cats talk with their tails.
Tail quivering? Your cat loves you. Thrashing? She’s mad. Wagging? She’s conflicted (e.g. wants to go out, but sees it’s raining.) Normal? She’s using her tail for balance. Straight up? Because she can. Domestics are the only cat species who can carry their tails vertically. All other felines have tails that go straight out or between their legs.

20. Cat Myth: Pharaoh had no use for cats and tried to banish them.
To the contrary, Pharaoh declared that cats were “demigods” so people would revere and protect them. Why? In ancient Egypt, they needed rat control. Pharaoh wanted lots of cats around to protect his granaries. Killing a cat became punishable by death! Even if the cat died naturally you had to get the priest to swear it on his sarcophagus. (Or whatever.)

21. Cat Myth: The cat population is diminishing because of increased traffic and other dangers.
Hardly! There are about 500 million domestic cats in the world, but we don’t know who counted them. In America, the population grew to 68 million by 1986. Supposedly there are 33 different breeds.

22. Cat Myth: Most cats are right-pawed.
Some cats are right-pawed, some are left-pawed, one side or the other being dominant. Contrary to popular opinion, only 40 per cent of cats are ambidextrous.

23. Cat Possibility: Scientists who test cats for ambidexterity use pendulums.
Think about it. How do they test cats for ambidexterity? If they use pendulums, they may end up with cages full of hypnotized cats. Maybe that’s where we get the word “catatonic.” (Not.) But do be careful if you swing a little pendulum in front of your cat to see which paw she bats it with. She could regress and go back to a past life in which she was a hippopotamus.

24. Cat Myth: Cats like to wrap around your legs because you’re so wonderful.
No, they rub against people and other cats because they are “marking” them with their scent glands! Generally, they like to pick the one person in the room who has the worst cat allergies to mark. Cats have scent glands between eye and ear, but also near the base of their tails.

25. Cat Fact: Cats walk by moving both left feet at once, then both right feet at once.
Cats do it; giraffes and camels do that too. It gives them the advantage of being fast, agile and quiet. Come to think about it, who ever heard of a noisy camel? Smelly maybe, not noisy.

Bonus Cat Fact: Cats spend 30 per cent of their time grooming.
And not only that, they lose lots of fluid through their saliva because of their personal hygiene habits. Almost as much fluid is lost grooming as it is in the kitty litter box.


Even more cat facts.



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25+ Healthy Commercial Packaged Snacks for Kids

Summer is here and picnic season is upon us. Time to stock up on packaged snacks for the beach, parades, BBQs and more! Since most commercial packaged snack foods contain more nutrients in the packaging than in the product, I’ve compiled a list of healthy packaged snack alternatives. I’m a mom who scrutinizes food labels, so this list is based on information, not on hype. I have over 20 years experience in the mommy business and 25 years in the ‘finding healthy snacks kids will eat’ business.

Mott’s Healthy Harvest Applesauce packages. Other brands available, but be sure to look for varieties with no added sugar or coloring.

Spaghettios: no MSG, low in fat, high in protein. No added colors or flavors.

Asian Sensations Frozen Egg Rolls (in refrigerated and freezer section) most do not have MSG. Vegetable egg rolls have a full serving of veggies, one gram of fat and 7 grams of protein.

Foil-packed tuna in water: Easy to eat with fork. 1 gram of fat, 19 grams of protein, 30% niacin and vitamin B12

Rice cakes and popcorn cakes: made by several companies, notably Quaker. Look for unflavored kinds. Spread with peanut butter.

Kashi and Organic Farms breakfast cereals. All high in protein, low in fat and contain no artificial ingredients. My favorite is Kashi Go-Lean Crunch. Rich in ancient grains, whole grains and nutrients. Great for snacking, too.

Silk soy beverage: available in drink box size servings. No trans-fat, low in fat, very high in protein. Healthy, delicious milk substitute for lactose intolerance.

Yoplait Thick and Creamy 2.5 fat grams 28 grams of sugar, 7 grams of protein, Vitamin A, D, Calcium and Phosphorus, colored with beet juice and other natural colorings.

Welch’s Fruit Snacks – (they do have one artificial color and added sugar)25% vitamins A & E, 100% vitamin C, fruit and fruit juice, low sugar

Apple and Eve Fruitables- 100% fruit juice boxes made from fruit and vegetable juice, 10% vitamin A & E, 100% C, no artificial color or flavor. Less expensive than other 100% juice boxes. $2.69 for 8 boxes (6.75 oz) at Wal-mart.

Kraft String Cheese with No Added Growth Hormones: Look for the picture of a green plant on packages of Kraft cheese. Contains no RBST or RBGH. High in protein, vitamin, calcium and iron.

Lifeway Kefir and Pro-Bugs drinkable beverages. Low in fat, no trans-fat, high in protein, natural coloring and flavoring. Perfect source of L. Acidopholus and L. Bifidus; essential for immune system health and resistance to infection.

Cheerios breakfast cereal: Make trail mix with raisins, dried fruit and almonds

Baked tortilla chips with salsa

Stretch Island Fruit Leather: all natural fruit with no additives.

Sunshine Cheezits Baked Snack Crackers: 4 grams of protein. No artificial colorings. Some preservatives.

Lays Baked potato chips: Baked chips are much lower in fats and contain no trans-fats.

Apple slices (in refrigerated section0

Earthbound Organic baby carrots and dip packages (in refrigerated section): 300% RDA vitamin A

Hormel Natural Choice Meats: made without sodium nitrite or nitrates. Full assortment of deli style meats. To my knowledge, the only commercial meats made without nitrates.

Aunt Millie’s Whole Grain Spreadables Mini-Bagels or Lender’s Whole Wheat Bagels: .5- 2 grams of fat to 4-7 grams of protein. Serving of whole grains. Serve with reduced fat cream cheese or blended cottage cheese (less fat and more protein than cream cheeses).

Luna Bars by Clif. High is soy protein. No artificial ingredients. Sweetened with cane juice. No trans-fats or hydrogenated fats. Contains many vitamins and amino acids. Many delicious flavors.

South Beach Diet bars: High in soy protein, no trans-fat. Whole grains, soy isolate, many vitamins and minerals.

May you have a happy, nutritious healthy summer!

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24 Hour Online Reputation Repair

There are many internet reputation companies and entities who claim that they can clear any bad review or online complaint from search engines in as fast as overnight. However, bad reputation online is not easy to fix, and Internet Reputation Management cannot be done within 24 hours. There are hundreds of very talented people in Yahoo and Google who focus in making sure that the results from search queries cannot and will not be manipulated. Otherwise, you could get a web page about pornography when you do a search on college education. Now, nobody wants this, right?

It takes reasonable time, persistence and patience to achieve effective Online Reputation Management. If you were to work with an expert on this, you will find out that one of his jobs would be to create continuous positive content regarding your name, brand, or company. If this is not done properly, all the content and articles created could be thrown to a duplicate filter, or worse, spam.

Also, content has to be produced regularly every month, so that it will come out natural to different search engines and would prevent the content from being flagged. These articles, reviews and any other content have to be regularly and creatively promoted so that the negative publicities would be outranked. If necessary, websites have to be created and optimized to further increase your online visibility.

But the key here is to have the knowledge on how search engines react, think and work. So it is best to have an expert do this for you, someone who can manage your online reputation proactively and continuously. Keep in mind that if your name, company or brand is a victim of negative online publicity, it can cost you your business, personal and social life.

Take the first step to the ongoing progress of your Internet Reputation Management by researching on the different options available for you, and make an intelligent decision on how to go about it. You should be able to see solid results in a few month’s time.

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"24" Returns: Jack Bauer is Back Because America Needs Him

Jack is back.

Agent Jack Bauer, that is.

Here’s the plot: A special agent, trained in the black ops world of elite special forces and counter-espionage, finds himself in a life-or-death, millions of lives are at stake, nearly insurmountable odds situation. He only has a few hours to save the day. Sound familiar? It’s every plot to every James Bond and Jason Bourne movie ever made.

It is the basic storyline of Fox Television’s popular drama “24,” which has entered Season 7. Counter-terrorist special agent Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is back again in a headlong dash to save the lives of millions by putting his own on the line. He has 24 hours. Of course, Bauer does not know this, but the audience does. Clocked in “real time,” the audience watches convoluted plot twists unfold, sometimes in quadruple fractured panes of split-screen action, the numbers of a clock ticking down the seconds throughout the show, in between scene shifts, and just before a commercial break. The effect adds to the shows edginess.

As does the subject matter. Fox Television debuted Agent Jack Bauer and “24” in September 2002. A hyper-vigilant agent, Bauer has been shot, beaten, tortured, and had innumerable injuries done to his body in the previous six seasons of the show, as has many of the characters in the show. And there is a lot of killing. Point blank, in your face, desensitized killing. But you’re warned going in: Parental discretion is advised. It’s splashed across the screen.

Who can resist a tease like that?

Through the seasons, Jack Bauer has brought down terrorists of all kinds: the atomic bomb-carrying kind, the bioweapon-weilding psychopath kind, and the electronic kind. Audiences of “24” have seen presidents assassinated or nearly so, plotted against, and plotting (one season places a plotting president on permanent house arrest for his complicity in a plot). Audiences have seen the cold, calculated, and ruthless manipulations of political posturing and leverage.

And audiences love it. Ratings for Sunday night’s two-hour season premiere (part of a larger, two-night, four-hour premiere) put the show in second place for the night with over 12 million viewing households, just two million behind the “66th Annual Golden Globe Awards.”

Season 7 of “24” begins in a courtroom, where decommissioned agent Jack Bauer is tasked with answering the questions of a Senate hearing on the inappropriate actions and methods of the now disbanded CTU (Counter Terrrism Unit), of which Jack Bauer was an integral part. Bauer had been out of country, wandering the world, when he was caught up in a situation in an African nation undergoing a civil war (shades of the conflict in many nations in Africa, but particularly Darfur and Congo). A two-hour prequel, “Redemption,” chronicled Jack Bauer’s attempts to save a bunch of school children. To save their lives, he sacrificed his freedom and turned himself over to U.S. government officials to be returned to the United States to answer criminal charges (for activities he had orchestrated or participated in while at CTU or of his own volition). Bauer hasn’t spent five minutes sparring with a Senator when the FBI shows up needing his help.

At first reluctant to cooperate, the FBI secures his help when they show Bauer a photograph of Tony Almeida, a former CTU agent and close friend of Bauer’s that Bauer had believed to be dead. Almeida, it would seem, had joined forces with a domestic terrorist unit. The terrorists had just kidnapped a computer expert and forced him to produce a device that would breach the defensive firewall of the nation’s infrastructural security grid, making vulnerable air traffic, public works, and government operated facilities throughout the U. S.

Jack Bauer does not believe that his undead colleague is a terrorist and allies himself with the FBI to prove it. And when he does catch up to the terrorist cell, events begin to unfold that involve members of his old CTU squad and points to a conspiracy that reaches into the White House and across the ocean to the war-torn African nation that Jack Bauer had just recently left.

“24” is pure escapist entertainment. It draws you into its fanciful schemes, Machiavellian plots, and hard core action. The audience stays with Jack Bauer because they want to see him survive, succeed, put down the threat. “24” was born in the aftermath of September 11, when the people of the United States needed a hero to combat the fears of a basically unknown international network of terrorists. Although fictitious, the show was grounded in the need for reassertion of confidence in the men and women who work in various shadowy capacities to ensure the security of the United States. That confidence had been shaken by the September 11 attacks and exacerbated by the internecine infighting and finger-pointing that became standard procedure for a government unwilling to take full responsibility for allowing the worst act of terrorism ever committed on American soil.

But “24” filled the need that the Bush administration could not or would not. People need their heroes, even if they’re completely drawn from the imaginations of Hollywood writers. Since president George W. Bush was all too willing but all too inept at providing the hero American needed at the time, Fox Television provided the hero. Jack Bauer became the everyman patriot willing to do what it took to secure his country against outside threats, the embodiment of American sacrifice, and the definition of persevering ingenuity.

Jack Bauer exemplifies the mythologized American spirit with a “Don’t tread on me” attitude. Bauer is what many Americans aspire to be: independent, intelligent, self-reliant, dedicated, dependable, loyal, and able. With determination and some acquired specialized skills, Bauer reassures us that anything is possible, even in the face of certain death and overwhelming odds.

Just as James Bond provided the fictional super-agent hero for the anxiety-laden Cold War and Jason Bourne provided the dispossessed hero for the uncertain post-Cold War, Jack Bauer provided Americans with the superman needed to combat the unknown of the terrorist threat, the so-called “War on Terror.” For seven years, Bauer has done a relatively decent job.

He hasn’t been perfect. Audiences expect their heroes to be human. But that only lends to his appeal.

Jack Bauer gets the job done.

Many critics wonder how much longer audiences will stay tuned to the multiple plot, always shifting, edgy action melodrama. The answer to that may also lie within what we know about the world’s greatest agents, James Bond and Jason Bourne. Daniel Craig starred in the 22nd James Bond film, “Quantum of Solace,” which was released in October 2008. To date, the latest James Bond incarnation has made $116.8 million, according to The Movie Times, and was still in the Top Twenty grossing films (as of January 4). The Bourne trilogy starring Matt Damon has grossed $525.4 million in the United States and nearly $1 billion worldwide.

Although television series tend to wane in popularity over the years and eventually get cancelled, they are more often as not resurrected for theatrical releases. So, how long will audiences thrill to the renegade counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer, the tortured uber everyman who just wants a safer world and to be left alone?

Jack, in one form or another, will be back whenever we need him…



“24.” Fox Television

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25 Best Television Shows in the History of the Fox Network

When Fox announced that Joss Whedon’s new television show, Dollhouse, would premiere on Friday nights fans of the Whedonverse went bonkers. The last time one of Joss Whedon’s shows landed on Friday nights it never got the proper chance to flourish but later did gangbusters in DVD sales. Fox gets a lot of flack for canceling shows too early and rightfully so, but Fox has also had some really good programming over the years. The following shows are the 25 best shows in the history of the Fox Network.

25th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Parker Lewis Can’t Lose

Parker Lewis Can’t Lose was one of those small gems back in the early days of the Fox Network.

24th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Eek! The Cat

On most nights the Fox Network’s lineup leaves a little bit to be desired but if there was one place they succeeded it was on Saturday Mornings back in the early 90’s. Eek! The Cat was one of the weaker shows of the lineup but was still a great show.

23rd Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Wonderfalls

Wonderfalls was an interesting show because I really didn’t like the cast other than Lee Pace, William Sadler and the few episodes that Jewel Staite were in. But the show itself was just different enough that I liked it.

22nd Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Tru Calling

Tru Calling had a good concept but for most of the first season it was just the same thing over and over again. Tru Calling finally ramped up when Jason Priestly showed up to combat Eliza Dushku’s character but it was too late and Tru Calling was canceled

21st Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles

I’m still not sold on John Connor but I love Lena Headey and Summer Glau.

20th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Bones

I’m probably biased towards Bones because of my loyalty to David Boreanaz after being Angel, but I don’t care, I like the show.

19th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: That 70’s Show

I was never a huge fan of That 70’s Show but the show most have been popular to last so long and there were a few good actors in that cast, and Ashton Kutcher.

18th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: The O. C.

With the O. C. and Gossip Girl Josh Schwartz has proven that he can make good teen dramas. I never liked the two main actors very much but the rest of the cast was superb.

17th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Futurama

Futurama is a very solid program and it’s hard to believe that the Fox Network has actually had 16 television shows that are better.

16th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: X-Men

A lot of people knock the animation in the X-Men cartoon but I don’t care. Fox brought all my favorite X-Men to life and did a good job of it.

15th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Animaniacs

Most people remember Animaniacs as a WB show but Animaniacs actually debuted on Fox before the WB channel debuted.

14th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Married…With Children

I actually hated Married…With Children and don’t understand why it was popular at all. But it deserves it’s props for being popular. Some could even contend it should be higher since it was one of Fox’s first big hits.

13th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Party of Five

Party of Five to this day is one of the most underrated television programs from the Fox Network. Not many television shows these days can come up with a cast as good as Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Neve Campbell, Lacey Chabert and…that other kid they were siblings with.

12th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: The Tick (Animated Series)

The Tick is another one of those programs that gets all kinds of bonus points for creativity and uniqueness. X-Men never had a villain that had a chair as a face attempting to carve his name into the moon with a laser.

11th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

Honestly Brisco County is my favorite Fox show of all-time but when making this list I had to take into consideration quality, popularity and success and Brisco County falls short on those last two.

10th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Firefly

Firefly is in the same boat as Brisco County. Firefly is the only television show that I can think of that had a great episode every time out. Of course that’s easier to do when your show doesn’t even last a full season.

9th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Family Guy

Family Guy’s story is a unique one. After failing to be a hit Family Guy was banished to Cartoon Network but was so popular it was brought back to Fox.

8th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Arrested Development

Arrested Development is another Fox television show that was canceled too early but they at least got 2 plus seasons and there is always talks of a movie someday.

7th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: 24

I can’t get on board with the 24 fans of today. Jack Bauer has not only jumped the shark but he’s also back flipped, triple jumped it and somersaulted it. However the first couple of seasons were great and Season One is possibly the best single season of any television show ever.

6th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: House

No offense to the rest of the cast on House but no one man carries an excellent television program like Hugh Laurie on House. Give him an Emmy already!

5th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Batman: The Animated Series

I’m a child of the 80’s so I love G. I. Joe and Transformers but in the 90’s Batman: The Animated Series passed up every animated series ever made as far as quality.

4th Best Television Show From the Fox Network: American Idol

I know a lot of people are going to complain about American Idol being ahead of some really great programs but how can you possibly deny it’s popularity and success? American Idol is the only reality show that has actually produced legitimate talent and superstars.

3rd Best Television Show From the Fox Network: Beverly Hills 90210

I was a little young when the original 90210 hit television screens so I wasn’t really a viewer but it was as popular as any show I can remember.

2nd Best Television Show From the Fox Network: X-Files

The X-Files was such a great program for the Fox Network that they’ve tried to replace X-Files with at least 437 different programs since it was moved out of the Friday Night timeslot.

1st Best Television Show From the Fox Network: The Simpsons

Once again I’m not a huge fan, but I don’t think you’ll get many people arguing against that The Simpsons being the number one program that the Fox Network has produced.

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25 Great Gambling Songs

The excitement is building for the 2009 Kentucky Derby, and if you need some good tunes to listen to while heading out to the track, try a few of the great gambling songs on this list. I’ve also thrown in a few songs about poker and other forms of gambling for those headed out to casinos for a little summer fun or for those playing in poker tournaments in hopes of earning a coveted spot at the World Series of Poker final table:

Cripple Creek by The Band – In this song, a man takes his little lady out to bet on a few horse races, and of course he’s the one that wins big. So he gives her half of the winnings, and guess what she does with it? This is one of my favorite songs; it’s upbeat and will get you in a good, relaxed mood before dealing with the stress of picking a winner.

Lonesome Loser by Little River Band – For those who always get beat by the Queen of Hearts, let this catchy song inspire you to keep trying, even if you’ve gambled your heart away.

Poker by ELO – I love the way the band ELO uses their voices like instruments, and they blend together perfectly in this song about one of America’s favorite games.

House of the Rising Sun by The Animals – This is another of my favorite songs, but this song about gambling isn’t so upbeat. If you learn anything from this song, it’s this: gambling can be fun, but if you get addicted to it, it really becomes a “ball and chain.”

Still the Same by Bob Seger – I love Bob Seger songs; they always say a lot about life in a very short amount of time. I wish the first line of this one were true for me: “You always won, every time you placed a bet.”

Desperado by The Eagles – This song only briefly touches upon gambling, but it’s The Eagles, so you’ve definitely got to have it on your playlist.

Do It Again by Steely Dan – ‘Do It Again’ is a favorite of many classic rock stations, and definitely a great one for those heading out to casinos to pay black jack, especially for these lyrics, “Now you swear and kick and beg us that you’re not a gamblin’ man, then you find you’re back in Vegas with a handle in your hand.”

The Ace of Spades by Motorhead – For those who like their gambling songs with a side of metal, bang your heads to this one.

The Race is On by Sawyer Brown – This is one the best songs about horse racing I’ve ever heard, even though I know it’s using horse racing for a metaphor. This country song will definitely get stuck in your head with its catchy take on horse names: “Now the race is on and here comes Pride in the backstretch; Heartache going through the inside; my tears are holding back there, trying not to fall; My Hearts out of the runnin’; True Love’s scratched for another’s sake; the race is one and it looks like Heartache; the winner loses all.” This will definitely be the song of choice for many Kentucky Derby bettors.

Poker Face by Lady Gaga – This addicting club tune by Lady Gaga is definitely the most modern on this list, and while it really isn’t about poker, Lady Gaga will inspire you to practice your poker face.

The Gambler by Kenny Rogers – This is the best country song you’ll ever hear about gambling (and life).

Blackjack by Ray Charles – This bluesy song about blackjack captures the spirit of the game perfectly, and it makes you feel like Ray might not have gotten dealt the best hand.

Luck Be a Lady by Frank Sinatra – Frank Sinatra’s song has become THE Vegas song, so you must have it on your playlist if that’s where you’re headed to throw your money away.

Money (That’s What I Want) by Barrett Strong – Forget about gambling; this song celebrates what it can bring you if you’re lucky.

Winner Takes it All by ABBA – Well, this song is obviously about love, but it’s ABBA! And we all hope we’ll be the winner that takes it all, no matter what game we play.

Tumbling Dice by Rolling Stones – Finally, a song about dice for those who prefer counting dots to counting cards.

Three Card Trick by The Clash – This song is definitely all about politics, and even though it’s hard to understand the lyrics, there are a few good gambling references there.

The Card Cheat by The Clash – The Clash definitely like comparing things to card games in their songs. I like this one a little more than the last on this list, but make sure it doesn’t describe you before you head to the casino!

Loser by The Grateful Dead – This mellow song definitely captures the essence of a gambler; even when he’s a loser, he still can convince himself that he’ll start winning again.

Gambler by Madonna – Madonna has taken many gambles with her music, and it’s definitely paid off. She’s one of the few female artists to take on gambling, and she makes it sound oh-so-sexy.

The Jack by AC/DC – AC/DC can turn anything into a double entendre, including a playing card.

The Angel and The Gambler by Iron Maiden – This is actually a pretty beautiful song with plenty of gambling references.

Viva Las Vegas by Elvis – If you’re not a fan of Sinatra, then maybe this is your ultimate Vegas song. It’s Elvis at his over-the-top best.

Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts by Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan really knows how to tell a story, and he manages to tell a great one about the lives of three people in this one.

Easy Money by Billy Joel – Of course you hope getting your money will be easy when you gamble; but it just seems like it’s a lot easier to lose it.

So whether you’re headed to Vegas, a poker tournament, or the Kentucky Derby, there’s sure to be some great gambling songs on this list that apply to your vice of choice.

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25 Best Celebrity Names: List of Alliterative Female Names

Which female celebrities have the best alliterative names, and which celebrity alliterative names are the real deal? Well, alliterative names are simply names that start with the same letter or sound, and they seem to be extremely popular with female celebrities that are looking for memorable stage names to help jumpstart their careers. So what female celebrity alliterative names are faked and which ones are the real deal? You might be surprised at some of the celebrity alliterative names on this list that weren’t made up for a film or music career:

Marilyn Monroe (real name: Norma Jeane Mortenson) – Of course I’ve got to start out with one of the most famous female celebrity alliterative names of them all! While Norma Jeane is an okay name, it’s pretty obvious why Marilyn dumped the cute moniker for something sexier. Her choice definitely worked, because out of all the alliterative names on this list, hers is the one that helped earned the platinum blonde platinum status as one of the most recognizable female celebrity names in the world.

Joan Jett (real name: Joan Marie Larkin) – Rockers should all be fans of alliterative names, because they have such a musical ring to them. Blackheart/Runaway Joan fittingly gave herself a loud last name with a bit of an edge by adding an extra T, making her moniker one of the best alliterative names of female celebrities that rock.

Janis Joplin (full name: Janis Lyn Joplin) – This is one of the few female celebrities with alliterative names on this list that’s got the real deal. She, too, has a musical name ringing with J’s, but the best female rocker of all time didn’t have to try to win us over by changing her name to something that sounded better.

Cyd Charisse (real name: Tula Ellice Finklea) – This is one of my favorite celebrity alterative names, one that’s much sexier than her unique but slightly comical-sounding real name. It’s just a shame that the show-stealer from ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ didn’t get the lead there (but she did dance away with our hearts in one of the best musical sequences ever made).

Anouk Aimee (real name: Françoise Sorya Dreyfus) – This is one of my favorite foreign celebrity alliterative names, a sweet-sounding moniker that’s just a tad mysterious. Add the fact that Anouk Aimee has starred in amazing movies like ‘La Dolce Vita’, ‘8 1/2’, and ‘Lola’, and she doesn’t just have one of the best female celebrity names on this list; she simply is one of the best female celebrities, period.

Sharon Stone (full name: Sharon Yvonne Stone) – She’s got one of the alliterative names here that’s a little bit different, since the S sounds are quite the same, but you’ve got to love this stone-cold beauty’s sexy name. I guess being drawn to a name that screams star quality like hers just a basic instinct.

Greta Garbot (real name: Greta Lovisa Gustafsson) – Greta Garbo is a rare case when it comes to female celebrities with alliterative names, having one to begin with but changing it anyways. But you’ve got to love the shorter, snappier version that one of Hollywood’s greatest glamour girls chose, a regal-sounding moniker befitting this silver screen queen with mesmerizing eyes.

Simone Simon (full name: Simone Thérèse Fernande Simon) – This is another of the female celebrity alliterative names I’m really in love with, the masculine and feminine forms of a moniker thrown together to make one sexy-sounding celebrity name that is befitting of this beautiful actress. Just be sure to catch this feline femme fatale in her claim to fame, horror flick ‘Cat People’.

Susan Sarandon (birth name: Susan Abigail Tomalin) This is one of the female celebrities here with an alliterative name that she married into; I guess Susan Sarandon just liked the way her ex-husband’s last name sounded with her first so much that she decided to keep it as her stage name. It’s a little bit elegant and a little bit sexy, and I couldn’t imagine this talented actress with any other moniker.

Loretta Lynn (birth name: Loretta Webb) – This country crooner and coal miner’s daughter was named after actress Loretta Young and also got her famous last name from a man she married…at the tender age of 13! When it comes to celebrity names that just suit their wearers, hers sounds a little bit country and a little bit lyrical, making it perfect for this honky tonk angel.

Sissy Spacek – (real name: Mary Elizabeth Spacek) – You’ve got to love this celebrity’s unique alliterative name, and one of the names on this list that came about in a more unique way: Sissy was the nickname given to this incredible actress by her brothers. And another item of interest: the star of the horror flick ‘Carrie’ (whose last name kind of captures the essence of her somewhat alien look in the film) won an Oscar for playing Loretta Lynn in ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’.

Priscilla Presley (birth name: Priscilla Ann Wagner) – Marry a man with one of the most famous last names in the world, making your new name alliterative, and you’ve got one of the prettiest female celebrity names you’ll ever hear, perfect for this princess that married the king of pop. She may not have had the illustrious career of her husband, but she has one of the most recognizable alliterative female celebrity names as well as two of the most recognizable celebrity faces.

Brigitte Bardot (full name: Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot) – When it comes to celebrities with looks and names to be envied, this actress with a beautiful alliterative name might leave you feeling a bit of ‘Contempt’ toward her. But I know guys are glad that her name became big and are thanking God for creating woman.

Claudia Cardinale (real name: Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale) – Go up one letter in the alphabet, and you’ve got Brigette Bardot’s biggest competition, another of the talented celebrities with alliterative names that guys idolize. I love her curvaceous character in ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’, but you can also see her alongside one of the other female celebrities with an alliterative name on this list in Fellini’s ‘8 1/2’.

Farrah Fawcett (full name: Farrah Leni Fawcett) – It’s so sad that we recently lost one of our favorite female celebrities with a unique alliterative name, but this beautiful blonde and her bouncy mane are forever immortalized in the best bedroom poster of all time.

Lucy Liu (full name: Lucy Alexis Liu) – This is one of the female celebrity alliterative names on this list that’s short and sweet, but, like the angel listed above her, another of Charlie’s girls has a moniker that’s easy to remember. And don’t let the cutesy-sounding name fool you; Lucy Liu could cut you in two with the sword she swings around in ‘Kill Bill’.

Zhang Ziyi – It’s a shame that more alliterative celebrity names aren’t loaded with one of the alphabet’s most neglected letters, but I guess it helps make this cherubic Chinese actress stand out even more. The adorable actress looks so innocent, but she really kicks butt in movies like ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and ‘House of Flying Daggers’. Since she’s so handy with a sword, I think a Zorro-style ‘Z” would make a great calling card for this actress that wears the zany letter so well.

Lucy Lawless (birth name: Lucille Frances Ryan) – Marriage really worked out well for this stunning actress (at least name-wise). Lucy Lawless’ reckless moniker was a perfect fit for her feminine fighter character ‘Xena’, and it’s hard to imagine any other actress in her iconic role. When it comes to alliterative female celebrity names that are won through a wedding ring, it’s really hard to beat this one worn by a woman famous for throwing around some very deadly rings.

Rene Russo (full name: Rene Marie Russo) – This ‘Major League’ star has one of the alliterative celebrity names out there that’s a real home run, sounding both elegant and sexy. Her career may not be quite as illustrious as that of some of the other celebrities on this list, but I don’t think she’ll need to be holding out a ‘Tin Cup’ anytime soon.

Parker Posey (full name: Parker Christian Posey) – Parker may seem like an odd name for a girl, but it definitely captures the indie spirit of this super actress named after supermodel Suzy Parker. Her name also suits the quirky roles the Queen of the Indies has taken on, most notably in the ‘The House of Yes’. So does a unique name mean you take on unique movie roles? I don’t know if that’s a Hollywood rule, but Parker definitely seems to play by her own.

Piper Perabo (full name: Piper Lisa Perabo) – And here’s another of the female celebrities out there with a playful name populated with P’s. This actress was bound to have a unique name, being born on Halloween, and she’s another of the actresses on this list named after another celebrity, Piper Laurie. She also shares an alliterative connection: she starred alongside Rene Russo in the terrible movie, “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle’. But we all love her best for not being ugly in “Coyote Ugly’.

Simone Signoret (real name: Simone Henriette Charlotte Kaminker) – It’s crazy that this greatly-admired French actress with such a sensual name was often delegated to playing prostitutes in movies, but these roles didn’t stop her from garnering critical acclaim for her roles in films like ‘La Ronde’ and ‘Casque d’or’. She’s also connected to one of the other female celebrities with alliterative names on this list in an unhappy way: her husband Yves Montand, had a rather infamous affair with Marilyn Monroe (good thing this love triangle didn’t turn out like another of Signoret’s best movies, ‘Les Diaboliques’).

Shilpa Shetty – This beautiful Bollywood actress is better known here in the states for her win on the British show ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ (well, more for the racism controversy surrounding it), and for a controversial kiss from Richard Gere. However, this lovely lady with an alluring alliterative name should be more well-known for her charity work and activism, like trying to tackle the HIV-AIDS problem in India or posing as a tiger for PETA ads.

Rosalind Russell – You’ve got to love how this star of ‘His Girl Friday’ handles quick wit (and how good she looks in those snappy dress suits!). She’s also one of the female celebrities with alliterative names on this list whose parents gave her a meaningful name; however, she’s named after a ship her parents travelled on, not a person.

January Jones (full name: January Kristen Jones) – Starting in January, this ‘Mad Men’ star will drive men mad all year long. She’s got Grace Kelly good looks and an onscreen grace that makes her stand out from other TV celebrities, even though she’s got to share the small screen with another woman that it’s hard to take our eyes off of.

So whether you’re looking for alliterative baby names or female celebrity names to inspire you to come up with a stage name of your own, let these sexy-sounding pseudonyms that start with similar sounds give you some good suggestions.


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25 Random Things About Me on Facebook Share

This is one of those facebook “chain letters” but it’s really a lot of fun and allows you to learn a lot about your friends.

25 Random Things About Me

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 11:22pm

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

1 – I met my wife by mistaken identity

2- I love the beach but can’t swim, I almost drowned in Puerto Rico and that was with a life jacket!

3- I have always been a schemer, an “idea man” like Michael Keaton in Night Shift, if anyone remembers that or “The Brain” from Pinky and The Brain.

4 – I quit smoking about 3 years ago, one of the best things I ever did !

5- I love all Horror and Sci-Fi Movies, even the really bad ones / especially the bad ones!

6- I can’t believe I’m only at # 6

7- I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up

8- I was in the talented and gifted program all through elementary but became a slacker in high school.

9- I have often dreamed of living in the woods alone like Grizzly Adams, but I probably really wouldn’t like it.

10- This list is sanitized for my protection

11- I have traveled to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Aruba but would love to visit Europe, Australia, and Africa

12- I never wanted children but I’m missing my 1 year old as I write this …

13- A one legged parrot really freaked me out once… I think everyone at the S.O. knows this story!

14- I always wanted to have my own business.

15 – I make a nice side income with my eBay store.

16 – I once went skydiving and forgot to pull my ripcord see below .

17- I love to paint and write but seldom have time.

18- I love animals of all kinds and don’t even like to harm an insect but yet I don’t think I could make it a day with out eating something that had parents.

19- I think the world would be a better place if everyone took responsibility for their own actions and stopped trying to blame someone else. see my article

20- I want to start hiking and camping and go fishing more often.

21- I love my Tivo and HDTV

21- I am a tightwad when it comes to money, I get this from my parents.

22- I have a great respect for my parents and all they have done for me and taught me and I hope my daughter will respect me as much.

23- I wish I had more time to get all the things I want to do done

24 – I have always loved plain McDonalds Hamburgers, they are my comfort food.

25- I almost forgot 25 good thing I previewed this first !!

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25 Phrases a Gamer Never Wants to Hear

If you’re a gamer, there are certain things you instinctively hate hearing. You simply don’t want these words anywhere near your ears. From technical problems to stupid gameplay choices, there can be any number of annoying topics surrounding video games. Whether it’s the game itself, the box, or a casual observer telling you- these phrases fill gamers with frustration, rage, and misery. Oftentimes the best you can do is grin and bear it. That or hit reset. Maybe you’ll recognize a few of these…

1. Disc Read Error.

2. “Oh, so close.”

3. Memory corrupted.

4. “That wasn’t the final boss.”

5. Please insert coin.

6. “I think a piece of it fell over there.”

7. “The button’s stuck.”

8. “That’s in the expansion pack.”

9. Controller not responding.

10. Our princess is in another castle.

11. “It’s only on the Xbox.”

12. “Oooh…. You have to pay for that.”

13. Single player only.

14. “You missed the checkpoint.”

15. “It’s the ‘Red Ring of Death’.”

16. “The battery’s dead.”

17. “Time to buy a new one.”

18. “You forgot to save.”

19. Please input password.

20. “It was canceled.”

21. “The game froze.”

22. “It’s stuck.”

23. “It’s an escort mission.”

24. “Did you preorder it?”

25. Game Over.

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25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family

ABC Family has released their 25 Days of Christmas lineup supposedly featuring “Christmas” themed movies that will air beginning December 1 all the way until Christmas Day. Viewers are questioning what movies such as Harry Potter, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Pixar’s Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and WALL-E have to do with the Christmas season. How can Harry Potter fall into both the 13 Nights of Halloween and the 25 Days of Christmas schedule? It seems to me like wizards and witchcraft belongs in the Halloween category, not Christmas.

Cartoon movies are good for keeping the little ones occupied while mom and dad are Christmas shopping. But while Dr. Seuss and Winnie the Pooh are great favorites of the young crowd, there are animated movies with a Christmas theme that will keep them entertained and stay with the holiday movie theme.

When I look for Christmas movies to watch during the holiday season, I expect to find movies with a Christmas theme to them, not movies that were originally released during the Christmas season, nor movies that are related to winter weather. Sure, Christmas comes during the chilly part of the year (for most of the U.S.), but just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean it’s Christmas.

Viewers are wondering why ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas schedule doesn’t include Christmas classics such as Snowglobe, Eloise at Christmas Time, A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Christmas List. There have been enough Christmas movies made that ABC Family should not have to show the same movie more than once in 25 days. The consensus is that either ABC Family needs to broaden their Christmas movies library or pick movies that are specifically related to the holiday season they are featuring on their channel.

Click here to visit ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas schedule for 2010. Do you agree with their Christmas movie list?

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25 Hot Toys & Gifts for Kids

For babies to teens, we tested hundreds of new toys, games and gadgets and listed our favorites here for you, along with the best deals available from the most popular retailers for your shopping convenience.

Baby Zoo Sleep Trainer Alarm Clock is an adorable monkey alarm clock made for your early morning visitor who cannot yet tell time. To keep him in bed until it is time to rise and shine, the Sleep Trainer Alarm Clock features a monkey named MOMO whose eyes stay closed during sleepy time and open when it is time to be up. Just set the alarm clock function, and MOMO’s eyes close. When it is time to wake up, his eyes open, soft jungle sounds play, and the clock lights up. The sound can be turned down or off for anytime you do not need an alarm. Your child will still be able to see if MOMO is asleep or awake. Available in pink and blue or green and blue, this cute clock has both digital and analog faces for helping your child learn to tell time. The Sleep Trainer requires three AAA batteries and has a back plate to deter little fingers from changing your settings. $41 at Amazon

Baby Zoo Gus Nightlight is a glowing turtle, ready to calm your little ones’ nighttime fears. Push his shell for a glow that lasts a preset time so that your child can fall back to sleep peacefully. The lights are LED, so they do not get hot, and they can be set to high or low based on your preference. A timer keeps the light on as long as you prefer, too, from 10, 20 or 30 minutes. Gus the Nightlight not only puts your child in control of his situation but also helps to break other nighttime habits. Our daughter always wanted us to leave a light on at night, but we did not always remember to get back up to turn it off later. The automatic off function on Gus is perfect. Our son has a habit of waking in the night and turning on the TV for comfort. Tapping Gus’s cute shell instead of the remote keeps him safely in bed, less stimulated and more comforted while using less energy. Baby Zoo has created this nightlight to be small, lightweight and portable for home or travel. Gus is recommended for ages10 months and up, and he requires two AA batteries, not included. $21 at Amazon

Laugh & Learn Dance & Wiggle Puppy stands about 14″ high and provides plenty of fun for your nine to 36 month old child. He dances and sings. He claps and wiggles his ears. He says silly phrases. And most of all, he teaches your child to do the same! Okay, maybe not to wiggle their ears, but definitely to have fun while learning. Six AA batteries (included) get you a variety of baby games. Push the Dance & Wiggle Puppy’s hands, feet, ears and belly for familiar songs, phrases, blowing kisses, ABC’s, numbers, greetings, manners, body parts, and more. With two modes, one for learning and one for play, the Dance & Wiggle Puppy gets your child moving along with the fun. The best part for parents is a volume control, of course, so our children sharpen their minds without us losing ours. $33 at Walmart, Kmart, Amazon

Learn Through Music Touch Pad from Fisher Price teaches two to six year olds many important skills using music and rhythm. This interactive tablet-style learning system has a microphone for singing along and features a touch screen, lights, and a headphone jack for quieter play. Familiar characters teach letters, phonics, numbers, counting, logic, memory, grouping, and more. A cartridge featuring Leo and Friends is included. Sold separately, other available cartridges with even more games and musical fun feature Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Little People, and Thomas & Friends. Four AA batteries are required and are included. The Learn Through Music TouchPad is easy to carry, and being an all-in-one unit makes it quite portable. $44 at Amazon

Bizu Beads Style Studio allows kids six and up to make charms, bracelets and characters. The Studio comes with 40 beads to make four characters. Select what you need from the Studio. Refill kits are available and usually have a few leftover beads, as children personalize their creations. Any extra supplies are easily stored in the Studio. Bizu Beads are targeted toward girls, but we found that boys have fun creating the little characters, too. Stringing beads and following directions are the skills learned, but to the kids it is all about wearing and showing off their creations. $15 at Target, Amazon

Monster High Plush Toys are the soft version of the scary but popular fashion doll series. These squeezable dolls are decorated with button-like eyes, yarn hair, and fancy stitching to create a lovingly handmade and yet Frankenstein-like look. Paired with their pets, you can find Monster High favorites such as Lagoona Blue and her fish Neptune, even Cleo de Nile and her snake Hissette. Still creepy but cool, just like the hard version, these softies are great for bedtime buddies and offer fewer small pieces for safety. $15 to $17 at Walmart, Target

Anamalz wooden animal figures come in a variety of series, including prehistoric dinosaurs, farm animals, zoo characters, and wild animals. These sustainable and handmade figures are poseable, long lasting and hand painted with water-based paint for safety. Play mats are also available and sold separately. Great for small hands, these toys not only provide hours of imaginative play, but a percentage of each purchase supports wildlife and children’s organizations. The simple and yet beautiful design of these wooden Anamalz brings us back to a more traditional time, when batteries and LED screens did not exist, and yet Anamalz are as popular with children as any item we have tested. $5 to $20 Amazon

Smokey the Fire Truck talks and jokes with your child. He even exercizes. Smoky comes with blue balls to insert into his cannon so you r child can shoot “water.” He even lets you know when he is empty. Raise him up on his legs for a character, and lower him to his wheels for a truck. Well built for rough play, Smokey is quite detailed. He requires four C batteries to dance and sing and interact with your child. He also comes with a remote. If your kiddo loved Stinky the Garbage Truck, they will probably love Smokey, too. $50 at Target, Kmart, Amazon, Walmart

AirHogs HyperActive vehicles are remote controlled and ready for action. They reach incredible speeds and can be raced in groups of up to ten, due to the multi-band frequencies they use. For ages 12 and up, these vehicles have awesome traction and control. AirHogs HyperActives can be used indoors and out with the switchable foam and rubber tire sets that are included. They even right themselves if they flip. These are perfect for R/C hobbyists but great for just about anyone. $40 at Target, Amazon, Kmart

John Deere Monster Treads Shake and Sound Tractor for ages three and up has bouncy tires and a vibrating body. With its oscillating suspension, it has the look of a real tractor, climbing and rumbling along the roadway or an open field. Push a button for realistic sound effects and for forward and reverse motion. This John Deere created by the model car and tractor specialist, ERTL, is great for encouraging outdoor imaginative play. Three AAA batteries are included. $20 from Walmart, Amazon

Trio Hot Wheels Super Stunt Builder for ages three to eight includes 93 pieces for building ramps and Hot Wheels cars for use on a 21″ high track! The Super Stunt Builder even includes orange barrels, just like the ones on roads and racetracks, for knocking down while racing and ramping. Trio’s blocks click easily together for smaller hands and stay together quite well. The building stirs the creativity of older children who want to perform mad stunts like jumping ramps and crashing into barriers. $35 at Kmart is a website with educational games for younger children and specifically designed for internet safety. A subscription-based system provides no advertising and no outside links to create a safe online environment for children from preschool to Kindergarten levels. Basics such as math, reading, art, music, science and social studies are taught through “step-by-step,” “guided,” or “independent” learning choices. Puzzles, color-by-number, stories, and other interactive fun keep children involved and learning. We have no problems with our preschooler using this site alone, as it has a simple layout with easy to follow instructions. The progress he has made with reading and math skills has been tremendous, and he asks to play the game often, showing that he truly enjoys the program. $7.95 for 1 month, $79 for 1 year, $99 for 2 years

Moon Dough Snack Shop features the familiar never-dries-out sculpting dough we have known for a few years, but the all new formula is much improved! For ages three and up, Moon Dough is still wheat-free and hypoallergenic. We had little mess from flaking dough, and cleaning out the molds was easier than in past trials, too. Kids even prefer the feel of the newer Moon Dough. The Snack Shop provides plenty of entertainment as dough is placed in the top to make “popcorn.” Kids get very excited at the popping action as they crank the handle. Dispensing “ice cream” and making “pretzels” was a hit. The included popcorn boxes and cones were just the right size for small hands, too. We are so happy that Moon Dough has taken the time to hear parents’ feedback and improve on their already safer, healthier version of play sculpting dough. The Snack Shop comes with 1three bags of Moon Dough, in yellow, white, and brown. $13 at Target

Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab is as disgusting and gross to parents as it is cool and delicious to kids. Science buffs will enjoy the laboratory theme as they mix up some silly concoctions for use in the various molds on Doctor Dreadful’s skull. Kids delight in watching the foamy brains rise from his head. Zombie skin and jiggly gummy spiders are fun to eat, too. Watch the kids dare each other to drink the zombie barf. Yes, it is thoroughly awful to parents, but rather intriguing to your budding little scientist. Doctor Dreadful is designed for ages seven and up. $20 at Walmart, Kmart, Target

Angry Birds: Knock on Wood the board game is the hands-on version of the popular app for ipods and smartphones. Flipping birds with a slingshot to take out pigs is not an educational concept, but the physical game requires a bit more from your motor skills to launch the bird at your target than the app does. Though this game is recommended for ages 5 and up, we recommend it more for tweens 8 and up. Two to four players can build their structure and take turns taking aim at selecting their mission and destroying the pigs. $15 at Walmart

Pizza Mania is an early math game for preschoolers ages four and up. Children learn addition and subtraction as the chef says to add or remove toppings from the “pizza.” Build a perfect pizza and win! Pizza Mania is an early skills game for two to four children that emphasizes thinking, listening, counting, following directions, and cooperation. Three AA batteries are not included, but do not let that deter you. All this game can teach in a simple, fun way is a great value in itself. $25 at Walmart, Amazon

Double Duel is a sound-alike word game for ages seven and up and accommodates two to four players. The 200 cards have one side for easy questions and the other side for a harder level of play. Four colorful buzzers are included, each making a different sound to help identify the player who buzzes first. Double Duel is a game of homophones that focuses on vocabulary and listening skills. Each requires two AA batteries. $22 at Amazon

Logo board game for ages 12 and up is a great game for teens and parents to share their knowledge. The game is based on popular brand names and items. Four hundred question cards ask you to identify a brand, describe an item, tell what an abbreviation stands for, and more. If you know the answer, you can even “steal” another player’s question. The objective is to answer the most questions to move into the “winning zone.” Logo is made for two to six players. $20 at Walmart, Target, Amazon, Kmart

Growums garden kits are great for the kid who has to see how everything works. In addition, studies have shown that kids who help grow their vegetables are more likely to eat them. For those who do not have access to an outdoor garden or who want to try some off-season growing, Growums are the perfect choice. Place the pellets in a shallow dish, water them, and when they expand, add three seeds each. When they sprout, transfer them to a container and add sun and water. Within weeks, kids have their very own vegetable patch. Garden kits are available in themes such as Herb, Ratatouille, Pizza, Stir Fry and Salad. Kids can register their garden online and get weekly tips on successful growing, though these are relatively foolproof kits and recommended for ages five to 12. $10 from Amazon

Peaceable Kingdom Sticker Kits are wonderful for stocking stuffers and also keep children occupied during long holiday road trips, so you may want to have a few on hand, even before the gifts are exchanged. Quick Sticker kits include a mini project such as a robot or a set of doghouses to put together then decorate with dozens of included stickers. Reusable Sticker Totes have backgrounds to decorate with vinyl clings stickers that can be changed and reused many times for a longer lasting effect. We also prefer the vinyl clings for kids that are not quite sure where it is okay to put a sticker (such as the wall!). Available sticker kits range from purses and puppies to dinosaurs and robots, so there is bound to be a theme to fit the child on your list. Or keep a few on hand to entertain the children of your holiday guests. $3 to $10 at Amazon

Wee Believers Nativity 2-in-1 Floor Puzzle is 2′ by 3′ and is two-sided for double the fun. The 54-piece puzzle has large pieces for small hands and features a nativity scene on one side and snowy Christmas scene with quaint animals and angels on the other to remind us of the reason for the season. This puzzle is perfect for preschool aged children. It is not too tough but provides just enough challenge on each side. The pieces are coated and sturdy, so they last a long time. Wee Believers is a company that creates toys and games for quiet play with faith-based messages. $15 at

Benz Bench is a unique bench and storage chest that is made of recycled materials and is 100% recyclable. This shiny white cardboard bench arrives in two flat components and has a simple two-minute assembly time to create an incredibly sturdy bench that holds up to 300 pounds! Yes, you read that correctly. You and your child can sit on this bench together and have no fear. It is much stronger than you would imagine and yet light enough for a child to drag around by the built-in handle. Benz Bench is created from a softer, safer material that is more suited for children’s use in a bedroom or playroom. We love this bench because we can move it easily and it holds dozens of stray action figures, blocks or whatever our son likes to move from room to room to sit and play while being near Mom and Dad. A slick finish provides for quick wipe-down for clean-up, too. This is one of the most innovative and appreciated kid’s items I have come across in a long time. $50 from Amazon

Hershey’s always has delicious gifts for just about everyone on your list. Some of the highlights of this season include kiss-shaped Santa Hats and candy canes filled with mint Hershey’s Kisses, perfect for stocking stuffers or party favors. Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Cream Santas and Reese’s Peanut Butter Snowmen are wonderful treats that can be hung from the tree, added to a package as a decoration or just given as a gift by themselves. And receiving their very own one-pound solid milk chocolate Hershey bar puts even the biggest little Scrooge in the holiday spirit. Of course, Hershey’s always has an affordable selection for everyone and is available in-store and online just about anywhere candy is sold.

The Christmas Cats by Nancy K. Wallace is a story of eight ornery cats locked upstairs during two sisters’ annual Christmas tea. Wanting everything to go perfectly, the sisters discover that maybe the cats are actually the best treat of all for their party guests. Featuring beautiful illustrations by Cathren Housley, The Christmas Cats is a charming, 32-page holiday hardcover book. $13 at Amazon and Target

Dinosaur’s Night Before Christmas by Jim Harris is a hilarious tale of Dad being awakened by a noisy bunch of dinosaurs pulling a sleigh, an encounter with the real-life Santa, after being swallowed up by a prehistoric imposter, and their plan to get Christmas back on track. Harris’s illustrations are as quirky and fun as his take on the on the classic night before Christmas poem. Dinosaur’s Night Before Christmas is a 39-page hardcover storybook. $15 at Amazon

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25 Reasons Not to Use a Cell Phone While Driving

Here are 25 reasons not to use a cell phone when driving.

1. There are a thousand ways to die in a car crash and they are all permanent

2. No message is important enough to die for

3. Do you want a free nose job when your head hits the windshield

4 .Everyone around you is texting. You need to watch out for them because they are not watching out for you.

5. You may never make that great sale you been chatting about if you don’t hang up and drive.

6. Keep texting while driving and you won’t have to worry where you and your friends are meeting.

7. Do not call to ask what is for dinner. Hang up and worry about getting home safely to even eat dinner.

8. Hit someone while texting and your next cell phone call will be from your jail cell.

9. Drive and dial a cell phone and you are dialing the Grim Reaper

10. There are no cell phones in coffins

11. Would you let a blind person drive? Yet you are blind to the road when texting or dialing.

12. If you saw the driver next to you reading a book and driving, would you think he was crazy? Yet, what are you doing when reading a text message?

13. Do you want to trade in your set of wheels for a wheelchair? Half a million people are injured each year involving a distracted or inattentive driver. Hmm, is a phone call that important????

14. Every day, there are at least 800,000 people trying to kill you. On any given day in 2008, more than 800,000 vehicles were driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.

15. Would you like to be the one who explains to Jennifer Smith that you killed her mother while talking on the phone. She heads FocusDriven and got involved after a driver, talking on a cell phone , killed her mother.

16. Would you like to talk to any parent who lost a kid because you were talking or texting on a cell phone?

17. If texting is worse than driving drunk, only one questions remains. Are you an idiot?

18. When driving, use your cell phone only for an emergency. Like when you get hit by another idiot who is talking on a cell phone.

19. Is a two minute conversation worth two years of recovering from an accident?

20. Would you read this list while you were driving? Think about it.

21. It is hard dialing with a stump of an arm. Accidents cause amputations.

22. Why would you let a two ounce cell phone cause you to crash a 2000 pound car?

23. Cell phones kill.

24. There are no cell phones in heaven.

25. Your friends can share the video of your funeral on their cell phones.

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