Jan 272015

Sally Starr Dies At Age 90Philadelphia TV legend Sally Starr died today at age 90.

If you are between the ages of 35 and 60 and you grew up in the Philadelphia area, chances are you spent your afternoons watching Sally Starr. Her show came on right after school so you got to see Popeye and the Three Stooges every day.

R.I.P. Sally Starr

Sally Starr, the gun-totin’ cowgirl who rode a palomino with a silver saddle and introduced millions of children in the Philadelphia area to Popeye, Clutch Cargo, and the Three Stooges, died Sunday.

One of the most beloved celebrities in Philadelphia TV history, Miss Starr was an icon of the black-and-white era.

She died two days after her 90th birthday at the Berlin, Camden County, convalescent home where she lived, her former station, 6ABC, said in an online obituary.

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Jan 272015

John Green looks at the name origins of 26 alcoholic drinks including the Martini, Alabama Slammer, and the Sidecar.

You don’t need to be a professional bartender to know the difference between a sidecar and a Tom Collins, but if they’re not drinks you order regularly, you may not know how they’re made or what the history behind them is. This video from the folks at Mental Floss will teach you.P

The video tells the tale, but odds are that if you’re not an avid cocktail drinker you’ve heard of some of these drinks before but didn’t know how they were made, or what was in them. John Green’s approach to the topic is hilarious, but it’s also educational—by the end of the video you’ll be familiar with all sorts of different drinks, from mimosas to sidecars to the ever-classic martini. Plus, the next time you’re at a bar and want to order one, you’ll know what should go in it (and you’ll be able to tell if the bartender has no idea).



Jan 272015

The body can’t store alcohol so it metabolizes it right away. Since the alcohol becomes priority in the metabolic process, your body won’t metabolize other fats and sugars as efficiently which ultimately slows your metabolism down over time and as such, can contribute to weight gain.

Here is an infographic from Lucas James Celebrity Trainer that looks at alcohol and weight gain.

Alcohol & Weight Gain


Jan 272015
Rubber Chicken A large company, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. This new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers. On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning on a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business!

The new CEO walked up to the guy leaning against the wall and asked, “How much money do you make a week?”

A little surprised, the young fellow looked at him and replied, “I make $300.00 a week. Why?”

The CEO then handed the guy $1,200 in cash and screamed, “Here’s four weeks’ pay, now GET OUT and don’t come back.”

Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-off did here?”

From across the room came a voice, “Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”



Jan 262015

The Triple-Filter TestIn ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“Well, no,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and…”

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now, let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

“Umm, no, on the contrary…”

“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about my friend, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left—the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really.”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?


Jan 262015

Melissa from the Clean My Space demonstrates several useful lint roller tips. Lint rollers can be used for a lot of things other than rolling lint, like cleaning the front of speakers, and removing dust from blinds and curtains. Plus, you can usually find them for cheap at your closest dollar store.


Lint rollers offer more than what meets the eye.

What have you missed?  Don’t they just clean lint off clothes?  They’re just sticky papers that are used to remove lint and pet hair from clothing, right?  Wrong!  There are so many cool ways to use a lint roller, that I just had to share it with you.  And if you haven’t already, check out the video where we have some with it!

So here you go my friends, 19 MORE ways to use a lint roller!

Purse, briefcase, suitcase, gym bag, carry on, luggage, or backpack

Yes, essentially any sort of bag can be cleaned with a lint roller!  Just empty the contents and use a clean sheet of lint roller sticky paper to zip the sides and bottom of just about any bag clean!

Removing Sparkles

Pesky sparkles from holiday decor, costumes or crafts are usually a pain in the rear to deal with. Next time you are faced with this issue, grab the lint roller and zip those shiny bits right up off carpets, tables and even skin!

Cleaning up broken glass or light bulbs

Be it a lightbulb, an ornament or a broken glass, a lint roller makes picking up even the smallest shards of glass easier and safer.

Inside the car

Whether it’s cracker crumbs from the kids, dust on the dashboard, a scary-looking cup holder or debris mucking up the carpets, cars collect a lot of little particles and crumbs.  Clean car debris easily with a handy lint roller (you may want to use a smaller one to get into tighter crevices).

Clean lamp shades

Delicate fabrics on lampshaeds are a cuirous cleaning conundrum.  Use a lint roller to remove any debris or dust from your lampshade, just be sure to be extra gentle if it is a paper lampshade (or avoid this altogether)!  This works particularly well for removing dust from velvet (i.e. the back of a picture frame) or other upholstered or delicate accessories.

Clean out drawers

Once the larger items are removed from your drawer, instead of whipping out the vacuum, give drawers a quick zip with your lint roller and voila, clean drawers!

Spot clean furniture

If company is coming over and the upholstery looks rather drab, use the lint roller to pic up pet hair, dust and debris and get your furniture looking fancy in minutes.

Clean up paper bits from crafts

If you are an avid crafter, gift wrapper, or quilter, use the lint roller to pick up loose bits of paper, string and ribbon.  Many crafters and quilters swear by lint rollers to keep their spaces sane!

Cleaning stuffed animals

Plush toys definitely need to be washed from time to time, but if a quick clean up is all they require, use a lint roller to remove dust and debris without taking your child’s precious friend away for too too long.

Clean baby areas (stroller, car seat, high chair)

Moms, here’s a tip you’ll be glad you came by: keep a lint roller in your diaper bag to quickly clean up strollers, car seats and any other area your baby hangs out (and makes a mess of)!  You can even keep one in the car to clean up car seats and floors after a messy afternoon snack.

Clean pockets

Pockets are awkward places to clean, and whenever they are cleaned, there’s always a strange collection of particles discovered.  Let your lint roller do the work; simply stick it into a coat pocket and jostle it around a bit, remove it to reveal those strange particles, but more importantly, your clean pockets!

Blind cleaner / curtains

Cleaning the blinds and curtains can be a bothersome task for some, but using a lint roller makes it a much easier job.  Gently work section by section and zip up dust from any window treatment without breaking out the vacuum.

Clean up hair

Whether you are shaving, plucking, trimming or performing any other form of hair removal, a lint roller will save you from leaving your hairy trail behind.  Use it to pick up any fallen hair from your clothing, the floor and even yourself!  Hairdressers also love using these after they cut a client’s hair, because there’s always a few rogue clippings that snuck under that sexy cape.

Clean bathroom rugs

This has to be one of the most forgotten places in a home to clean!  The easiest way to tackle this on a regular basis is to use a lint roller (again, if you don’t have a vacuum handy), and this is a perfect way to maintain the rug between washes.

Clean speaker grills

Especially fabric covered speaker grills; they are always perplexing to clean…until now!  Use a lint roller to dust the grills gently without damaging any of the components of the speaker.

Dispose of bugs

If you are squeamish around dead bugs (ones that you find around the window sills, or perhaps dead ants), use a lint roller to pick up their bodies and provide them with a somewhat proper burial.

Clean phone / tablet screen before applying protector

If you have ever attempted applying a screen protector, you’ll know the entire preparation procedure required to get it 100% clean prior to, because heaven forbid there is but ONE speck of dust.   To get every single, possible speck of dust up, wipe the screen with a clean microfiber cloth and give it a final once over with your lint roller before applying the film.

On the cat / dog

May as well cut the middle man out directly and lint roller your pet!  Some may like it, others may hate it.  One of my cats really enjoys the experience and the other runs for cover when she sees the lint roller coming toward her.  Either way, you can lift loose hair from your pet with this handy tool.

Felt pads on chairs

Especially for pet owners, those felt pads under furniture become crud magnets.  Flip the furniture over (where possible) and use a lint roller to clean off those felt pads easily and quickly!



19 Great Uses For A Lint Roller



Jan 252015

The world's largest tomato

Now that’s a tomato!

A new tomato, called Gigantomo, can grow up to 10 inches wide and as heavy as 3lbs – about 12 times the size of an average salad tomato.

The revolutionary tomatoes have now gone on sale in Britain just in time for gardeners to buy them before spring arrives.

The tomatoes are so large that one tomato alone can serve up to four people, and just one slice fills an entire burger bun or sandwich.

Each plant can grow to 6ft tall and yield as many as 11 tomatoes but must be supported to prevent it buckling under the weight of the fruit.

The new variety is the result of almost two decades of research and development by breeders in the UK and the US.

Simon Crawford, one of the UK’s leading plant breeders, was called in five years ago to finish the work of late American grower Paul Thomas, who spent 15 years trying to breed the huge tomato.

Mr Thomas passed away before he saw his tomatoes hit the market, but Mr Crawford was able to complete the breeding programme to ensure there would be enough seed to sell commercially.

They were launched in the US last year by seed company Burpee and sold under the name SteakHouse.

The huge tomatoes were such a hit that they have now been brought across the Atlantic but EU chiefs ruled the name unacceptable so it was changed to Gigantomo.

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