ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1862, Mr. Gatling walked in and received a patent for his invention, the "Gatling Gun."
In 1880, the first cash register was patented.
On this date in 1922, the entrance to King Tut's tomb was discovered.
"Survivor" host Jeff Probst celebrates his 47th birthday, Sean "Puffy" Combs and Matthew McConaughey both hit the big 4-0. and Former first lady Laura Bush celebrates her 63rd birthday today.
Candy Day -- A recent survey found that 86% of American teenagers reported eating candy each week, and 21% said they eat candy every day. And get this, Americans eat 11.7 pounds of chocolate each year as well as 12.3 pounds of other candy! How about a quick candy quiz?
Do Americans eat more chocolate or non-chocolate candy? (More non-chocolate. Americans eat about 11.7 pounds of chocolate per person each year as compared to 12.3 pounds of non-chocolate candy.)
How much sugar is there in a quarter-cup of candy corn?
- 8 teaspoons ***
- 10 teaspoons
- 4 tablespoons
Which has more fat - taffy or toffee? (Toffee, it has 10 times more fat than taffy)
Which type of chocolate bar has the fewest calories?
- Milk Chocolate
- Dark Chocolate
- Carob Chocolate
They all have the same number of calories!
Two peanut butter cups have the same number of calories, fat and saturated fat as?
- A 5-ounce t-bone steak ***
- 4 strips of bacon
- 2 hard boiled eggs
How many milk chocolate bars would you have to eat to get the same amount of calcium found in 1 cup of milk?
- 1 bar
- 3 bars ***
- 5 bars
THIS MONTH IS
National Stress Free Family Holiday Month -- The no. 1 cause of holiday stress is spending too much money! That's the word from a recent FranklinCovey survey asking over 15,000 customers what causes them stress during the most wonderful time of the year. 87% admitted that holiday activities do cause stress, while 49% confessed to being relieved when it was all over. Here are the top 10 most stressful holiday activities in ranked order of most stressful to least stressful:
- Spending too much money
- Creating a specific holiday budget
- Deciding what gift to buy for whom
- Managing workload to take time off
- Not enough time to shop
- Not enough time for events
- Sending gifts and cards on time
- Taking care of physical well-being
- Relationships with family, friends and co-workers
- Decorating for or hosting a holiday party
"The key to avoiding stress during the holiday season is to create a manageable, written plan for the holidays that includes events, budgeting, shopping, traditions and quality time with friends and family. Make sure your plan allows you and your loved ones to enjoy the holiday season -- your way," said professional organizer Julie Morgenstern, author of "Organizing From the Inside Out." "Without a plan, you can easily go over budget, waste time searching for the perfect gift, and abandon your own well-being. Be prepared before you take on the season."
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- ABC News got the first interview with Rihanna who talks openly about that whole Chris Brown incident. Thursday and Friday on "Good Morning, America" and Friday night on "20/20."
- That Ryan Seacrest stalker that was arrested last Friday at the E! offices last Friday -- asking to see Ryan and with a knife -- was a member of the Army Reserve. Ryan has received an apology from the U.S. army for the incident.
- CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz must pay $916,000 annually in alimony and child support to his ex-wife and give up their Connecticut home under terms of a newly issued divorce decree.
- The harmonica player for the Steve Miller Band since 1975, Norton Buffalo, has died from cancer at age 58.
- Why is Jim Carrey packing on the pounds these days? So he can play Curly in the upcoming Three Stooges movie.
- Whitney Houston's New Jersey estate, where she married Bobby Brown back in 1992, is up for sale. Yours for a cool $2.5 million.
- Edward Norton finished the New York Marathon last weekend in 3 hours, 48 minutes and 1 second. Alanis Morissette pulled in just under 4-1/2 hours.
- Jon Gosselin and Hailey Glassman are "taking time off from each other."
- Adam Lambert and his boyfriend have split.
- The reason for Elton John canceling concerts lately: "a serious case of e-coli bacterial infection and influenza."
- A new study suggests that the nicotine patch combined with the nicotine lozenge is the most effective way to quit smoking.
- For whatever reason, hot tub injuries are up over 200% since 1990.
- "30 Rock" debuted on German TV this past week and scored a 0.0 rating, the lowest ever recorded.
- In Saudi Arabia, a court has upheld the sentence of a child molester and murderer to have him beheaded and then publicly displaying his body with a crucifixion.
Are you too polite to tell a colleague he smells? Would you tell your boss her sexy blouse is inappropriate for the office? CareerBuilder.com asked 4,400 workers just how bold they would be in the office when it comes to telling embarrassing things to their colleagues. It turns out that most of us are weenies. We would rather see someone with spinach in her teeth all afternoon than tell her about it. Would you tell a co-worker this?
Your hair is messy:
- Same level co-worker, 33%
- Lower level co-worker, 30%
- Higher level co-worker, 13%
You need a breath mint:
- Same level co-worker, 33%
- Lower level co-worker, 29%
- Higher level co-worker, 14%
You need a shower:
- Same level co-worker, 28%
- Lower level co-worker, 29%
- Higher level co-worker, 11%
So how many would tell a higher level co-worker his or her dress was not appropriate for the office? Only 10% thought they could do that.
No wonder "Grumpy" is the name of one of the seven dwarfs a new study found that taller people are happier with their lives, while shorties are more miserable about the way things turned out for them. Researchers questioned more than 450,000 grown-ups about their lives and discovered that those above average height 5 feet 9.2 inches for men and 5 feet 3.8 inches for women in the United States, are happier about their lot in life. Meanwhile, men who thought their lives were the "worst possible" were eight-tenths or nearly an inch shorter than the average male. And women who were unhappy with their lives were a half inch short than the average gal, according to the scientists at New Jersey's Princeton University. Taller men were also better educated, the study found, while height made no significant difference in this category for women. Men who failed to get a high school diploma were half an inch shorter than those who did and a full inch shorter than males who completed college. (National Examiner)
When it comes to recessions, don't worry, be healthy, says a new study. Surprised researchers at the University of Michigan recently determined that whenever the U.S. economy goes bust, the death rate for Americans goes down, and whenever the U.S. economy booms, the death rate for Americans goes up. "The finding is strong and counterintuitive," says researcher Jose Tapia Granados, of the university's Institute for Social Research. "Most people assume that periods of high unemployment are harmful to health." The researchers analyzed economic and health statistics from 1920 to 1940 and found that deaths from disease and accidents as well as infant mortality significantly decreased during the Great Depression from 1929 to 1932, as well as during recessions in 1921 and 1938. Furthermore, deaths from all three causes increased during economic booms in 1923, 1926, 1929, 1936 and 1937. Economic booms mean more workplace accidents, more traffic accidents and more pollution, says Granados. And so called "good times" put more stress on employees who work harder, sleep less and often relax by smoking or boozing, he says. For example, the life expectancy of Americans increased 6 percent during the Great Depression, regardless of sex or race. (National Examiner)