6:10 a.m. Boneheads In The News
The Lincolnshire Echo notes "serial shoplifter" David Lang was caught on video lifting the items, and on his second trip to the store, he was physically stopped with more items on his person.
In court last Friday, Lang admitted to the shoplifting -- something he'd been convicted of 26 times in the past, the paper notes -- but the court took mercy on him. His lawyer convincingly argued then-father-to-be was only trying to get gifts for his family after he had been laid off. Lang was sentenced to probation, some community service, and ordered to pay nominal court costs.
You need some sunshine - Vitamin D can help prevent osteoporosis, help your mood and give you more energy, according to research. It isn’t found naturally in many foods but your body makes it when you get UVB radiation from sunshine. But you actually have to get outside; the National Institute of Health (NIH) says that exposure to sunshine indoors through a window does not produce vitamin D. So there.
There’s a guilt-free mug of mocha waiting - Get out of bed and treat yourself to some cocoa because chocolate is full of flavonoids, which are antioxidants that can lower blood pressure. No guilt because it’s good for you. Chocolate! Yay!
You’re just not a follower - According to a Gallup poll, the number of Americans who regularly exercise for 30-minutes a day, at least three days a week, drops by up to 10 points in the winter months. Don’t be part of that group, get up and hit the gym early. Or how about getting on that treadmill you bought because of that 2am infomercial? It’s been a clothes hanger long enough.
You’re missing out on fleeting good times - Try to enjoy the cold weather more by doing all the stuff you can’t do in the sweltering summer heat. Go sledding, ice skating, build snowmen and such. Just get some fresh air!
Success is for the taking - There’s truth to the cliché, “The early bird gets the worm.” A study by the University of North Texas showed that students who considered themselves to be “night owls” had a grade point average that was a full point below that of the students who were “morning people.” And the heads of lots of successful companies, like AOL, GM and Pepsico, are known for getting an early start on the day.
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At the time, government officials closed schools, cancelled major events and told residents of Mexico City to stay home.
As a result, TV viewing exploded by 20 percent during the first week that the stringent new health policy was enacted. And apparently, it kept the flu from spreading.
Michael Springborn, an economist at the University of California, Davis, says the "spread of the virus was reduced by people's behavioral response of distancing themselves from each other.”
In the five weeks before things got back to normal, the flu stabilized and then the number of cases dropped off. It was believed that had Mexico City not asked people to limit their social contact, cases of the flu would have quadrupled over the same amount of time.
Meanwhile, it was also noted that TV viewing returned to normal levels by the second week, which suggests people found other things to do when they were cooped up in their homes.
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YOU SHOULDN'T SLEEP ON IT
The saying "never go to bed angry" is valid advice. Going to sleep may reinforce or "preserve" negative emotions, suggests a study in the Journal of Neuroscience, which found that sleep enhances memories, particularly emotional ones. "We are learning that sleep seems to help us process and consolidate information we acquire while we are awake," says Allen Towfigh, MD, a New York City-based board certified sleep medicine doctor and neurologist. So going to bed after an argument will likely cause that experience to be consolidated more effectively than if you went on to remain awake for that same eight-hour period, says Dr. Towfigh.
YOU SHOULDN'T DRIVE
Operating a motor vehicle when you're enraged can be dangerous. Research shows that angry drivers take more risks and have more accidents. "When you're angry, you're primed for attack, so it's not a good time to jump in a vehicle," says David Narang, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Santa Monica, Calif. "In addition, anger gives a person tunnel vision—you stare straight ahead and may not see a pedestrian or another car coming into your peripheral vision crossing the street." If you must drive when angry, Narang suggests opening your eyes purposefully and looking around you to avoid tunnel vision.
YOU SHOULDN'T VENT
Getting anger off your chest sounds like a good idea, but it may actually make matters worse. In fact, people who simply spent five minutes reading another person's online rants became angrier and less happy in a study published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. An earlier study also showed that venting anger by hitting pillows not only increased anger at that moment but made aggressive behavior more likely in the future. "They feel validated in what they're saying by venting," says Narang, "but they're not less angry."
YOU SHOULDN'T EAT
Soothing your anger by reaching for food can backfire in a couple of ways, says Kathy Gruver, PhD, author of Conquer Your Stress With Mind/Body Techniques. "When we are angry, we often make unhealthy food choices," she says. "No one ever reaches for broccoli. We go for the high-sugar, high-fat, carbohydrate-loaded comfort foods." In addition, a heightened state of emotions sparks the fight or flight response, where the body thinks it's in danger. In such a state, digestion takes a backseat to the "emergency" at hand and does not function optimally, says Gruver. This may result in diarrhea or constipation.
YOU SHOULDN'T KEEP ARGUING
Staying in the conversation when you have difficulty modulating your anger makes it likely you'll say things you'll regret, says Christine M. Allen, PhD, psychologist and coach from Syracuse, NY. "If it's possible you will say hurtful things that you'll regret and can't take back, ask for a 'time out' with intention to come back to the conversation," she suggests. You may need 10 minutes or 10 days. "It's the willingness to come back to the conversation and initiate that is key," Allen says. Use the time out to actively calm the mind and the body so that you express yourself in a more mindful, intentional manner.
YOU SHOULDN'T POST ON FACEBOOK
When you're angry, broadcasting your feelings to your friends and family on Facebook and other social networks will more than likely come back to haunt you, says Narang. "Posting something publicly can't be taken back," he says.
YOU SHOULDN'T WRITE EMAILS
The same applies to sending an angry email—you can't take back a heated rant after you hit the send button. If you can't resist writing down your angry thoughts, jot down your feelings in a Word document, says Allen. "This way you can't send it hastily and can still safely clear out your feelings."
YOU SHOULDN'T DRINK ALCOHOL
Reaching for a glass of wine to calm yourself down after an angry encounter often does the opposite, says Narang. "Alcohol makes it more likely you'll act out your anger because it removes impulse control." Alcohol lowers inhibitions by acting on the frontal lobes of the brain, which are responsible for controlling the impulses that prevent us from giving in to urges to harm others or ourselves. "This may lead to more permanent destruction by doing things you'll regret, all from a temporary emotion," says Narang.
YOU SHOULDN'T IGNORE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
The risk of a heart attack and stroke increases in the two hours following angry outbursts, especially among former heart attack patients, according to a study from the European Heart Journal. Heart attack risk increased nearly five times and stroke risk rose by three times. "If you're prone to high blood pressure, one of the smartest things to do when angry is to check it," says Bradley Bale, MD author of Beat the Heart Attack Gene: The Revolutionary Plan to Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes. "Individuals who become angry should know how their blood pressure responds. If it's going up, they need to work diligently to manage their anger with exercise, better sleep, and bio-feedback techniques."
YOU SHOULDN'T RUMINATE
Obsessively thinking about ways the other person harmed you or was unfair to you—known as rumination—does not resolve anything, says Allen. If you find yourself on the receiving end of someone else's anger, you may be able to calm them down by first keeping your own cool, says Narang. Start out talking to the angry person in a manner that matches his or her level of emotion and then gradually become calmer and steadier as you speak to them. "This leads them to a calmer place," says Narang.
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Not only does Wallace the rabbit know when it's time to deliver said suds, he does so using a specially made cardboard cart.
While his feat was only uploaded to YouTube Sunday, it was apparently long in development. "I have been collaborating for the past year with my girlfriend's pet rabbit to create performance art and 'happenings' that capture this rabbit's capabilities and worldly passions," the mystery poster noted. "In a million years, neither Wallace nor I would have guessed that our creative endeavors would take this route but after such a long journey we arrive at this significant moment."
Suffice it to say, the clip is quickly going viral.
Stores across the snow-covered Northeast are sold out of bread, milk, wine and beer.
CNN claims many stores have run out of toilet paper
Duraflame log sales have jumped by 250% while battery sales are up 500%
6,200 flights have been canceled because of the current Nor'easter
40 million people could lose power
Northeast postmen are enjoying the current Nor'easter because the snow is keeping aggressive dogs inside
Soup sales are skyrocketing because of the Nor'easter. Coffee sales are also on the rise as people try to stay warm.
It was 71 in Denver yesterday
Sick of your regular, boring snow plow? Head over to Sweden. Businessman Hakan Andersson, who runs Haga Limo Company, is offering to plow customers' snow with a hummer limousine.
According to UPI, Andersson suggests the service if you have "a mansion, castle or another unusual property" or really, if you just want your snow removal with "a little style."
So why did Andersson decide to turn him company into a a fleet of plows? "Why not, if it works? Our customers have really enjoyed it," he said. It's "just a bit of fun."
MINERAL WELLS, Texas (AP) — There are somethings you might not want to boast about on Facebook. Authorities in North Texas report busting 22-year-old Eddie Smith, after he posted on Facebook that he had more than a dozen warrants out for his arrest. Detective Nick Wells tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram a concerned citizen saw the post and notified authorities. Wells says Smith was wanted on 14 city warrants. They ranged from traffic tickets to petty theft and totaled more than $1,200 in fines. A judge has ordered Smith to serve 51 days in jail.
A London high schooler has been expelled for insulting his teacher's new hairstyle on Facebook. Jordan Ford posted a pic of Keziah Featherstone's new do' with the caption: "This is not an example to set to other students". The school expelled Ford because they claim he posted a number of derogatory comments about Featherstone's looks and weight.
The Towson, Maryland police recently arrested Elbert Crump for holding up a Toys R Us. Customers called 911 after he pulled a gun and demanded money. Crump fled into the back of the store when cops arrived. A tactical team found him shaking and hiding in a large toy box.
MONROE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Don't you just hate it when you leave your wallet at a gas station? Police in Monroe Township, Michigan, charge a young bandit left his wallet behind during a stickup. Authorities say 19-year-old Cody Wilson forgot his wallet on a counter, after initially asking to buy cigarettes. According to police, another suspect pulled a gun and the two demanded money. They took the loot, but left the wallet. The Monroe News reports Wilson and 20-year-old Derek Beach were arraigned yesterday on armed robbery charges.
The city of Streaky Bay, Australia wants to rename a street called Love Shack Route because it’s too rude. The street was named after an old after-hours pub. The Streaky Bay city council wants to rename the street Love Shack Court. Local merchants don't want the name changed because it could hurt souvenir sales.
Hunt Valley Auto Body, in Cockeysville, Maryland, is capitalizing on Deflate-gate by offering free air pressure checks to Patriots fans.
- Jasmine Tridevil, who in 2014, claimed she had undergone plastic surgery to obtain a third breast, was charged with a DUI over the weekend in Tampa. TMZ claims her blood alcohol content was .180 and .178
EA Sports has released its annual Super Bowl Madden simulation. The Patriots beat the Seahawks 28-24. The official Madden Simulation has an all-time record of 8-3
The Cebu City Zoo in the Philippines is offering a deep muscle massage package that features four pythons. For a large donation, you can have the deadly snakes placed on your body while soft music plays in the background. Each snake is 16 feet long and weighs a combined 551 pounds.
Zoo manager Giovanni Romarate tells the Mirror: "At first, visitors feel fear but most of the guests who try the snake massage say that they like it."
A would-be thief was busted Sunday morning after a Dollar Store version of Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible ceiling vault heist. KHOU-TV reports the unidentified suspect was attempting to sneak into a Houston Dollar General store from its roof.
Just as a police officer responding to reports of a possible break-in arrived on the scene, the suspect fell through the ceiling and landed onto the floor of the store in a heap of dust and ceiling tile -- right in front of the cop.
The officer ordered the suspect to remain on the floor, where he was collected and charged with burglary.
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That’s what researchers from Temple University and two other institutions discovered when they examined how different smells affected shoppers’ so-called “spatial perceptions.”
In particular, they tested the effect of scents like cinnamon that create warm sensations and lavender, which is interpreted as cool.
Essentially, when the warm scent of cinnamon is released in an area that’s crowded it makes people feel more powerless. As a result, they compensate for this feeling by purchasing more “prestigious items.”
The researchers believe that buying stuff induces pleasure by boosting dopamine levels in the brain. Interestingly, the temperature and a number of people in the room didn’t bring on feelings of powerlessness until the scent of cinnamon was added to the mix.
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