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Liz’s rant: A bit of Halloween fun

Liz’s rant: A bit of Halloween fun

With less than two weeks l;eft before Halloween, I thought it might be fun to explore a few facts about this ghoulishly groovy holiday: Halloween Express recently caught a shoplifter. The punishment? The thief had to stand outside the store in a Bert (from Sesame Street) costume, holding a sign that read: I got caught shoplifting… Now. Does anyone else see the ineffectiveness of this? Or is it just me? Nothing rhymes with orange. Really. I’m not … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Pardon me! And other turkey tidbits

Yep, this is it – the day of days for the gobblers out there. The day when one lucky bird gets the ultimate gift: a pardon. Meanwhile an estimated 45 million will be landing on our dining room tables. For that, I am thankful. Anywho, the presidential pardon will be given today. This whole pardoning thing began in 1989 with the elder George Bush, and has continued since. And two turkeys are pardoned, not one. (Think of it like the Miss America contest or something – if the winner can’t fulfill her duties, the alternate takes over…). Until 2005, the pardoned turkeys were sent to live in the Turkey Barn at Kidwell Farm, a petting zoo located ironically enough at Frying Pan Park in Herndon, VA. But not before enduring a … Read entire article »

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Paraskavedekatriaphobia, friggatriskaidekaphobia, or triskaidekaphobia? Yikes, it’s Friday the 13th!

Today is Friday the 13th! Not a big deal to me, and just to tempt the fates I’ve been walking under ladders, opening my umbrella indoors and putting out bowls of milk for all the little black kitties out there. Just for kicks here’s some Friday the 13th entertainment for you brought to you by MSNBC… Here are five of our favorite Friday-the-13th facts: 1. Fear of Friday the 13th — one of the most popular myths in science — is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13. 2. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13. 3. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The fallacy of five Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Perhaps you’ve seen the little ditty on Facebook, Twitter, email or other blogs, proclaiming that this October has five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays  – and the fact that this oddity occurs only every 823 years. Personally, I’d  heard nothing about it until my daughter mentioned it. She saw it on Facebook and proceeded to tell me that if it’s on Facebook, it must be true. Really? Actually, really NOT! In fact, it wouldn’t take much doing to realize that the only thing you need for this to happen is for the Friday to fall on the first of any month with 31 days. And let’s face it – that’s not such an oddity. In fact, check the month of January in the year … 2010! Moreover, looking forward to next … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Another attack on what you eat

Liz’s rant: Another attack on what you eat

Remember a while back, when I told you about the candy tax fiasco? I warned you then and on other occasions that things were out of control – that the government thinks it knows better than you do – that some idiot politician in Washington (or a big bulk of them) hopes to tax, regulate and/or ban anything they deem “harmful.” And if you thought I was over-reacting, check this out. Boston is now considering banning … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 9/19-9/25

Last week, I mentioned that this was gonna be a fun week where all things holiday are concerned, so I hope you’ve been getting ready because today, Sept. 19, is Talk Like a Pirate Day. It should go without saying that simply talking like a pirate just won’t do this day justice. Here’s what you’ll need: eye patch parrot (preferably one that talks) peg leg treasure box  (filled, of course) hook hand (optional) Your greeting for the day? “Arrrgh, Matey!” Say it everywhere you go, using it in place of hello and goodbye. You could have a pirate’s feast dinner, play “Pin the Patch on the Pirate,” offering treasure from the treasure box to the winner, and watch movies like Hook and Pirates of the Caribbean. If you really want to … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Bouncin’ around

Liz’s rant: Bouncin’ around

Who knew there were a bazillion and three uses for Bounce dryer sheets? Not me. Now I did know of a few – like sticking one in a drawer or closet to keep it smelling fresh. But I mean beyond the obvious. So I thought I’d rant about the other uses for Bounce – as in the uses I didn’t know about. So without further ado… Take the odor out of books and photo albums that … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Look out for the Ogres!

As most of you are probably – and, painfully – aware, the Shrek series of drinking glasses, offered by the often-featured-here McDonald’s fast food chain, have been voluntarily recalled. I doubt I’m alone in the reality that my kids made them the go-to drinking glasses a few weeks ago, often bickering over who gets Puss-n-Boots and who gets Donkey. The fact that I’ve stolen the Donkey glass on a few occasions for my own personal use probably doesn’t help matters, but that’s neither here nor there, is it? Anywho, the glasses are said to contain an “unsafe” level of cadmium, (think Miley Cyrus jewelry, also recalled recently) which could lead to God knows what sort of illness, deformation and general catastrophe. Translation: the sky is falling. Run, Forrest, Run. Seems all-too par … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: When candy is its own food group

As I’ve said on numerous occasions in the past, our money-hungry, spend-more-than-you-have government would soon begin taxing things that are likely to take you by surprise. For all you nay-sayers out there, the tax-you-blind craziness is already well under way. But with a caveat I find especially amusing. It seems as if several states, who decided to bridge their budget deficit with candy and soda taxes have run into a sticky situation, if you will (think taffy or melty, gooey caramel). Apparently, there’s some question as to what candy is actually candy and what candy is, well, not. Seems similar to the now-infamous “depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is,” debacle. Here are a few cases in point, beginning with the state of Washington, where a new candy tax has taken effect. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Dirtbag of the year?

Just when I think I’ve heard it all, it never fails. I hear something else. Something that defies all notions of decency, while bordering on unbelievable. Something that leaves you scratching your head, wondering where these people come from and how they’ve survived on planet earth as long as they have. Enter today’s rant, somewhere in Massachusetts, where a man allegedly offered to swap his 3-month-old daughter for beer. Or maybe it was crack cocaine. Police can’t be entirely certain at this point. Apparently, this dad of the year if you live on “Planet All the World’s an Idiot” had left his motel room/home with his girlfriend and daughter to visit the convenience store next door, where he approached the gas station’s maintenance man. The report goes on to say that this “dad” … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Roughing it in a rotel

By now, I’m sure most of you know that I start my day with Gordon Deal and The Wall Street Journal This Morning every weekday, and I’m not above admitting it. I’m sure you’ve also figured out I learned another little tidbit on today’s broadcast. Seems like there’s a German entrepreneur who, years ago, came up with this grand idea for a rotel – a rolling hotel (true story). The idea came about as a way for those vacationers who aren’t fond of roughing it in the great outdoors to get back to nature without really having to, um,  get back to nature. Here’s how it works. Choose a destination, which could include Africa, Asia, Europe – even the good ol’ U.S. of A. – and get ready for fun – assuming … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: May the force be with you

My son has begged me to get a GPS for as long as he’s known what they are. But because of my ultra-keen sense of direction (or perhaps because I’m a cheapskate) I’ve done without. Oh sure, it’s been tempting to get one – especially after borrowing my dad’s for long trips. But it seems like a GPS is pretty far down on my list of priorities. At least it was pretty far down on the list, until I heard about a new product by TomTom. I’m sure we’ve all heard that lady who offers directions to the point that I’ve found myself screaming, “Don’t tell me what to do.” (which is usually followed by her squeaky little voice saying, “recalculating, now.” Maybe I’m the last to know about these things, but did … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: That’s a stupid law

For various reasons, I often find myself asking, “what’s wrong with people?” While I usually ask it from a rhetorical perspective, there are times when I really do expect an answer. At the least, I’d like to deliver some people a big fat bonk on the head with one of those giant cartoon hammers like Bugs Bunny had. Where am I going with this? I recently stumbled across some super strange laws still on the books – right here in America: In Glendale, Arizona it’s illegal to drive a car in reverse. Let that one sink in a minute. In California, it’s a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale. It’s also illegal to set a mousetrap without a hunting license or … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The weather spotter

To say this past weekend’s weather found me a little on edge would be an understatement. For several days, weather forecasters had placed a bull’s eye on Kentucky, where the atmosphere was prime for tornadoes. Strong tornadoes. Words like that always take me back to the deadly twister outbreaks on April 3, 1974. I still remember that day with great clarity. I’d been staying with a friend for a few days – Mom and Dad were somewhere in Georgia, driving back home. We were outside playing T-ball in the warm and windy sunshine, when her mother told us we were under a tornado watch. As the afternoon progressed, my sense of unease grew. My friend totally dismissed me. “Nothing’s gonna happen,” she’d said. Oh, really? I thought. You’re the same girl who was driving … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Do you ChaCha?

Let’s play a little word association game. I say a word, you say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? ChaCha. So what did you come up with? Visions of the 40s and 50s? Cuba? Latin music? Something like this video below? (By the way, the intro commercial for men’s dancing shoes is worth the price of admission ) Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Now back to our word association. If the ChaCha made you think of this dance, you’d be correct… historically speaking, anyway. While ChaCha could bring the dance to mind, this is 2010. Let me introduce you to the new ChaCha – where information is as close as your cellphone. Think of it as a search engine for your computer, without having to be at your computer. Say … Read entire article »

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