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Video: Pigeons Wearing Cowboy Hats

posted Dec 11, 2019, 4:32 AM by Ryan Quinn   [ updated Dec 11, 2019, 4:33 AM ]

No one really knows why, but there have been pigeons spotted roaming around Las Vegas while wearing cowboy hats.
Experts say it's not good to put cowboy hats on birds, so if you have any ideas perhaps put them on hold.

Beer Wants You Back

posted Oct 17, 2019, 5:53 AM by Ryan Quinn

Facing increasing competition from the spirits industry and spiked seltzers like White Claw, beer is feeling a little lonely, evidently.

In an effort to win you back, three trade groups representing distributors, big brewers and craft brewers have united for an ad campaign called Beers to That. According to the industry magazine Ad Age, the spots are meant to sort of re-introduce the suds to consumers, who increasingly have turned to spirits, wines and "spiked" beverages over the tried-and-true brew.

"Maybe 20 or 15 years ago we were content to own the pro sports and the Nascar," but "that is not where all the consumers are today," says Craig Purser, president and CEO of the National Beer Wholesalers Association to the trade.

Indeed, a Gallup poll noted that in 1993, 47% of drinkers named beer as their top alcoholic beverage choice; a 2019 survey saw that fall to 38%. Instead, liquor was cited as 29% of drinkers' top choice in 2019, up from 21% 10 years ago.

According to a Gallup poll released in August, 29 percent of U.S. drinkers named liquor as their preferred drink, up from 21 percent 10 years ago. In that time, beer’s share has fallen from 40 percent to 38 percent. In 1993, 47 percent of drinkers named beer as their top choice, according to Gallup.

Incidentally, one of beer's biggest producers, MillerCoors, isn't participating, because of what it sees as  Anheuser-Busch's unfairly maligning them for using corn syrup in its brewing processes.

Work place grudge? Here's how to get around that.

posted Oct 17, 2019, 4:41 AM by Ryan Quinn

Do you find yourself holding grudges at work? It's something we all are guilty of at some point in our careers, even though we all know letting things go is often the best policy for minor infractions. 

So how do you avoid it? Or how do you handle it when the situation comes up?

This article in The Guardian gives three steps you can take that basically boil down to self reflection, acceptance, and moving onward.

They say first to ask questions of yourself, such as what emotions are you feeling? The next step is to consider how the situation reflects upon you and your character. The final step they say you should take is self correction. Consider what happened, and how you can avoid that in the future.

They also remind us that most people aren't setting out to destroy our world intentionally, so it's important to consider the other's perspectives. 

Study says single cup of coffee can help the body burn calories

posted Oct 16, 2019, 5:10 AM by Ryan Quinn   [ updated Oct 16, 2019, 5:13 AM ]

Java junkies, drink up!  Yet another reason to drink coffee comes via a study conducted by University of Nottingham researchers: coffee helps burn calories in a specific way.

At issue is a substance called "brown fat" -- which, unlike white fat, is actually beneficial. Brown fat burns calories by generating body warmth that melts sugar and fat. And coffee kicks brown fat into gear, according to the university study.

This was a revolutionary find, noted university professor and study co-author Michael Symonds. "[U]ntil now, no one has found an acceptable way to stimulate its activity in humans."

He explained, "This is the first study in humans to show that something like a cup of coffee can have a direct effect on our brown fat functions," adding, "The potential implications of our results are pretty big, as obesity is a major health concern for society and we also have a growing diabetes epidemic and brown fat could potentially be part of the solution in tackling them."

Brown fat is centered in the neck, primarily.  The university study actually showed, through the use of thermal imagery, the substance heating up after test subjects drank coffee. Symonds noted, "[W]e now need to ascertain that caffeine as one of the ingredients in the coffee is acting as the stimulus or if there's another component helping with the activation of brown fat." 

Once that component is isolated, it could be used as part of a healthcare regimen says the study, which was published in the science journal Nature.

TikTok user shows how Panera REALLY makes their mac and cheese -- promptly fired

posted Oct 15, 2019, 5:26 AM by Ryan Quinn   [ updated Oct 15, 2019, 5:28 AM ]

If you love that cheesy ooey gooey delicious Panera mac and cheese -- have you ever considered how it's made?  According to one now-fired employee, boiling water is technically part of the cooking process, but the rest of it -- boiling the noodles, making the cheese sauce, and mixing it all together -- isn't even part of the process.

In fact, the alleged recipe for making Panera mac and cheese has critics calling the meal "glorified hospital food."

Basically, the former-employee posted a video on TikTok of her picking up a frozen plastic bag filled with pre-made mac and cheese and dropping it into a vat of boiling water. The bag floats around before getting scooped out, cut open, and its steaming contents poured into a bowl.  As expected, the video blew up along with people's Panera-loving minds.

The employee, @briannaraelenee, later posted a video saying she was fired.  Apparently the reason for her dismissal was because of her long nails and for having her phone out while on the job -- not because she brought international shame to the popular food chain.

Panera has yet to publicly defend their mac and cheese, but it's worth a visit to the comments section on their respective social media accounts in the meantime.

Survey shows teens using YouTube more than Netflix for the first time ever

posted Oct 14, 2019, 5:19 AM by Ryan Quinn

Parents of teens are used to seeing their kids staring at their phones, but what are they watching? A new survey shows they're watching YouTube more than Netflix, for the first time ever.

The company Piper Jaffray surveyed 9,500 teens about what they were watching and where, and YouTube edged out Netflix for teens'attention.

Thirty seven percent of teens said they spent most of their time on YouTube, while 35% said their preferred platform was Netflix. That's a switch, the company noticed: Netflix used to dominate, 37% to YouTube's 32%. 
Cable TV was the premium content provider for only 12% of the teens polled; 7% said Hulu, and 3% preferred Amazon Prime.

"[W]e believe YouTube's more varied content library is a significant driver..." the company explained, noting that users can watch everything from music videos to video game play-throughs to how-to videos.

However, Netflix is still strong, say the researchers, even as other services like HBO Now and Disney+ in the mix. "[W]e believe the market will support multiple large players, with Netflix leading the way," Piper Jaffray says.

From dings to diapers, survey says 88% of Americans reach for duct tape when things break

posted Oct 7, 2019, 8:34 AM by Generic User

MacGyver could build just about anything with his Swiss Army Knife and some duct tape, so it's not a surprise to find out that the sticky stuff is the first line of defense for most Americans when things break.

In fact, 88% of the 2,000 Americans who took part in a recent poll say they reach for duct tape before anything else. 

Nearly 80% say the stuff is "magical." Maybe that explains the popularity of that t-shirt that reads: "Duct tape is like the Force: It has a Light side, a Dark side, and it binds the universe together."

The survey was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Duck brand, makers of the tape, which has been used to fix everything from diapers to plumbing.

In fact, 48% say it's their go-to for pipe fixes. 35% admitted they've used it for car repair -- just slightly more than the 34% who've used duct tape on their toilet.

One in three have used duct tape to patch a bleeding wound, while 19% say the sticky stuff is holding their cellphone together right now.

Here's how people in this country use duct tape, according to the poll:

  1. Plumbing pipes - 48%
  2. Hose - 47%
  3. Vehicle - 35%
  4. Toilet - 34%
  5. Cut/wound - 32%
  6. Book - 26%
  7. Garden tools - 22%
  8. Laptop/computer - 21%
  9. Shower - 20%
10. Bike - 19%
10. Cellphone - 19%

Study shows that failure actually breeds success

posted Oct 2, 2019, 5:07 AM by Ryan Quinn   [ updated Oct 2, 2019, 5:13 AM ]

Sayings like "Failure breeds success" or "what does not kill me makes me stronger" may not make you feel better when you don't succeed -- but scientists at Northwestern University have just proved its best to keep your chin up.The researchers looked into the science of failure -- specifically, the relationship between early failures and the subsequent success of young scientists.

Dashun Wang, a corresponding author on the study, noted in a release from Northwestern: "It turns out that, historically, while we have been relatively successful in pinpointing the benefits of success, we have failed to understand the impact of failure."Analyzing the rates of failure, success, and attrition -- that is, quitting -- in young scientists, the researchers discovered that those who didn't succeed at first, but "tried, tried again," ended up becoming successful.
Just don't get frustrated and quit at the first sign of failure.

"The attrition rate does increase for those who fail early in their careers," said lead author Yang Wang. "But those who stick it out, on average, perform much better in the long term, suggesting that if it doesn’t kill you, it really does make you stronger."
"There is value in failure," Professor Wang added, "We have just begu
n expanding this research into a broader domain and are seeing promising signals of similar effects in other fields."

Man trying to steal car hit with instant karma -- hosed down in gasoline

posted Oct 1, 2019, 6:13 AM by Ryan Quinn

This would-be thief is probably going to think twice before attempting to steal another car. 

WSB reports a Georgia woman gave her alleged thief the scare of his life on Thursday.

Gabrielle Halford -- describing the alleged thief as a black male -- says he entered her vehicle at a Texaco in South Fulton and tried to start her car via the push-to-start button. Thankfully, the car was turned off and the key fob was in her hand -- rendering it unable to move.

Knowing she had to react fast to get the creep out of her car, she resorted to the only effective weapon she had in her arsenal.  "I took the gas nozzle, and I just started spraying him with the gas," Halford recalled.  "He eventually got out of my car and left."

Halford explained that the would-be thief was so startled, he left his shoe behind when he went running for his life.  Police confiscated the shoe as evidence and are now searching for their gas-soaked Cinderella.

Halford says she is shocked by the ordeal and hopes police can identify the suspect via surveillance footage.

Suspect hides in corn maze and sends police on frantic two-hour hunt

posted Oct 1, 2019, 6:12 AM by Ryan Quinn

A California man nearly outsmarted police by hiding in a corn maze, forcing officers to roam the maze for two hours.

The Press Democrat reports that the Petaluma Police Department was searching for Ryan Kenneth Watt, 29, after fielding a reports that Watt had violated a restraining order by approaching his former girlfriend on Friday.

Officers later located him at a homeless encampment, which was the easy part.  The hard part, however, was catching the slippery criminal, who fled and successfully shook pursuing officers. 

Police returned the following morning and spotted Watt, who then proceeded to run off in another direction -- across a highway and into the local Petaluma corn maze.  The four-acre maze featured 10 foot high corn stalks.

Officers set up a perimeter around the maze and, with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol officer, conducted a systematic search in two 3-person groups. A CHP helicopter was also called in but failed to locate Watt.

After an exhausting two-hour manhunt, an intuitive officer noticed a chicken coop upon exiting the maze and decided to investigate.  He found the suspect hiding inside and took him into custody.

Watt's bond was set at $250,000 and faces several charges -- including resisting arrest, suspicion of violating the restraining order, and attempting to dissuade a victim of a crime.  There was also a warrant out for his arrest for an unrelated prowling case. 

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