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Asleep At The Wheel

Tuesday, Aug, 20 2013

Do you multitask behind the wheel, such as reading and sending text messages, making phone calls or even eating a meal? Well, there's just one problem. That kind of behavior can kill you. 80% of all car crashes and 65% of near-crashes involve some form of driver inattention during the three seconds before the event, according to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia. U.S. News & World Report has identified the top five riskiest driving distractions:

Of all the distractions occupying a driver's attention, this is the most dangerous. When you read or type a text message, you are 23.2 times more likely to crash than a non-distracted driver. If you can't stop yourself, the government will try. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have already banned text messaging while driving, and a bill pending in Congress would make it illegal nationwide. Dialing a Cell Phone Taking your eyes off the road for just those few seconds it takes to dial your cell phone is enough to up your risk of a crash by 2.8 times. And if you dial a phone while driving a heavy vehicle or truck, that risk increases to 5.9 times.

Dealing With Your Kids
Passengers of any age are always a distraction, but the risk increases when those passengers are rowdy or rambunctious children, who don't understand how their behavior--from loud talking to arguing--can affect a driver. When kids misbehave in the car, parents naturally take their eyes off the road, and the result could be tragic.

Playing With the Controls
If you want to play that new CD or turn on the navigation system, set the controls before you pull out of your parking space, especially if you have a touchscreen that can only be operated if you look at it.

You wouldn't think munching a burger or sipping a soft drink would be deadly distractions, but they are. Dashboard dining doubles your risk of a crash. Some foods are more dangerous than others, especially hot liquids and greasy or gooey foods since they are more likely to spill.

posted by: Kathy Keene 21 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Favorite Ice Cream Flavors

Monday, Aug, 19 2013

Chocolate ice cream is the number one favorite flavor of ice cream, according to a Harris Poll in which 27 percent said chocolate is their favorite. Coming in right behind chocolate are vanilla and cookie dough/cookies and cream.
The top 10 favorite flavors of ice cream:
1. Chocolate: 27 percent
2. Vanilla: 23 percent
3. Cookie dough/cookies and cream: 22 percent
4. Butter pecan/Swiss almond and mint chocolate chip (tie): 19 percent
5. Strawberry: 14 percent
6. Rocky road: 12 percent
7. Peanut butter: 10 percent
8. Coffee: 9 percent
9. Cherry vanilla: 8 percent

Multiple responses were accepted so the total adds up to more than 100 percent. Here's more:
• 45 percent like to eat their ice cream in a cup, compared with 31 percent who prefer a cone, 16 percent who like it in a sundae and 4 percent who choose an ice cream sandwich.

• When it comes to favorite toppings, 53 percent of those who eat ice cream choose hot fudge, while 41 percent want nuts, 39 percent prefer whipped cream and 38 percent choose caramel.
• Other favorite toppings include fruit, such as strawberries or bananas (31 percent), sprinkles (20 percent), candy bits (17 percent) and marshmallow (11 percent).
• 16 percent are purists and prefer to eat their ice cream plain.
• 2 percent say they don't eat ice cream.

posted by: Kathy Keene 21 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Embarrassing Things That America Is The Best At

Friday, Aug, 16 2013

Is the USA still #1?

1. America has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a good margin.
2. There are more car thefts in the United States than anywhere else in the world by far.
3. Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese. Mexico is #2.
4. The average American drinks more than 600 sodas a year-the most in the world.
5. U.S. corporations sell more fast food and more soda than anyone else in the world by a wide margin.
6. Nobody watches more television per week (28 hours) than Americans do. Although to be honest, people living in the UK are tied with us.
7. The United States leads the world in credit card fraud.
8. The United States has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.
9. The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world by a good margin.
10. The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world by far.
11. There are more school shootings in America than anywhere else in the world.
12. The United States has the highest child abuse death rate in the world.
13. There are more "deaths by reptile" in America than anywhere else in the world.
14. The United States has the most lawyers per capita in the entire world.
15. The United States produces more pornography than any other nation in the world.
16. Americans take more prescription drugs than anyone else in the world.
17. More is spent on prescription drug advertising in America than anywhere else in the world.
18. The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.
19. More people have been diagnosed with mental disorders in America than anywhere else on earth.
20. The United States has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire globe.
21. There is more credit card debt in America than anywhere else in the world.
22. There is more mortgage debt in America than anywhere else in the world.
23. There is more student loan debt in America than anywhere else in the world.
24. The United States spends more money on government schools than any other nation on earth does.
25. U.S. citizens spend more time in school than anyone else in the world. So why are so many of us dumb as a rock?
26. Nobody in the world gets more plastic surgery done than Americans do.
27. The United States leads the world in eating disorder deaths.
28. According to, the United States has the most total reported crimes in the world by far.
29. Nobody has more airport security thugs groping women and children than America does.
30. The United States spends much more on health care as a percentage of GDP than any other nation on the face of the earth.
31. The United States has the most complicated tax system on the entire planet.
32. The United States has the most laws on the entire planet.
33. The United States spends more on the military than the next 12 nations combined, and yet the Obama administration is considering plans to unilaterally slash the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal by up to 80 percent.
34. The United States has the most foreign military bases in the world by far.
35. The United States exports more arms to other countries than anyone else in the world.
36. Americans spend more time sitting in traffic than anyone else in the world.
37. Americans spend more money on elections than anyone else does in the world by a very wide margin.
38. Every single year, the United States has the largest trade deficit in the world by far.
39. The U.S. government wastes more money than any other government on earth does.
40. The United States has accumulated the biggest mountain of government debt in the history of the world.
So is the USA #1? Unfortunately, the answer way too often is yes. The goal of this list of embarrassing things is not to trash America. Rather, the goal is to wake Americans up and to get them to realize what has happened to us.

posted by: Kathy Keene 21 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Things You Should Clean.....but Don't!

Tuesday, Aug, 6 2013


You touch it. Other people touch it. But do you ever clean it? We're talking about everyday items that most people never think to swab down, such as credit cards, ceiling fans and toilet paper holders. The Huffington Post's StyleList assembled a list of the top 10 most dirty, dusty and germy places in your home and how to clean them.

1. Credit/Debit Cards
You're not the only one handling your credit and debit cards. Other people touch them, too - -and who knows when they last washed their hands or what they touched five minutes ago. Even if you only swipe your card and never hand it over, what is lurking inside that card-swipe machine or ATM? Grab some disinfectant wipes and take a minute or two to clean your credit cards. Do let them dry completely before returning them to your wallet.

2. Electronics
Your electronics -- from your cell phone to your e-reader--are coated in germs and the level of contamination is horrible. Some studies show cell phones contain 18 times more germs than toilet handles. Swab them down with disinfectant wipes.

3. Toothbrush Holders
Want to see something gross? Take your toothbrush out of the holder and peer inside. Do you see mold? Discoloration? Grime? That could end up in your mouth! Pour a solution of one part bleach and three parts water into the toothbrush holder and let it soak for an hour. Rinse and dry upside down on a dish rack.

4. The Bottom of Throw Rugs
This is easy and fast to do and will help keep your wood floors cleaner for a longer time. When vacuuming, turn over the throw rugs and vacuum the underside.

5. The Top of Large Appliances
They're too tall for you to see it with a step stool, but the top of your refrigerator, stove vents and other big appliances are dusty and grimy on top. Wipe down the surfaces with white vinegar and rinse with a water-lemon mixture. Dry it with a clean cloth. If you can move them, do the same thing with the bottom of the appliances.

6. Ceiling Fans
Pull out a ladder and look at the top of your ceiling fans. Chances are, there is a thick layer of dust on them, which could contain residue particles that resemble mold on ripe fruit. Turn on the fan, and those particles are dispersed throughout the room. To clean the top of the ceiling fan, put two tablespoons of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spritz the solution into an old pillowcase. Insert the pillowcase around the fan blade and drag the bag along the bag's surface. This will collect and clean the dust. Use a clean cloth to clean up anything that remains on the blades.

7. Toilet Roll Holders
When you flush the commode, water inside the toilet bowl is sprayed around the area -- including the toilet roll holder. Disinfect it once a month with a sanitizing wipe or clean it with a bleach and water solution.

8. Box Springs
Ever look underneath your bed? Chances are the box spring is covered in dust. It's easy to clean with a vacuum hose.

9. Light Switches
Bacteria is easily and quickly transferred from person to person in your home just by touching the light switches. Spray rubbing alcohol or an all-purpose cleaner into a clean cloth and wipe the switch and plate until they are clean and grease-free.

10. Salt and Pepper Shakers
When the salt and pepper shakers are empty, clean them in the dishwasher before refilling them. These common household items are known to contain the highest concentrations of germs that cause cold and flu viruses. Between washings, use disinfectant wipes to sanitize the outside surface.

posted by: Kathy Keene 21 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Do Men and Women See Colors The Same Way?

Thursday, Jul, 18 2013

It's now a scientific and women do not see colors the same way because the male and female brains process information about color differenty.  Men are more attuned to seeing fine detail and objects that move rapidly, women are better at differentiating between colors.

Researchers at Brooklyn College and Hunter College in New York City studied participants, all of whom were over the age of 16, had normal color vision and perfect 20/20 vision (either natural or corrected), were asked to view and identify colors across the spectrum from red to violet.  The results:

*  In order for men to see the same color hue as women, they had to view a sightly longer wavelength.
*  Men had more trouble than women discerning specific colors in the center of the spectrum.
*  Men were better able than women to see images that changed rapidly.

posted by: Kathy Keene 22 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

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