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Get your party on: 3/7-3/13

Please remain calm on March 9. Trust me, the sky isn’t falling. It is, however, Panic Day. I tend to panic enough as it is. So let’s skip over this little jewel. On March 10, we celebrate Middle Name Pride Day. I’m for nixing this holiday, too – never really liked my middle name (Dawne – don’t forget the ‘e’ on the end, please). Sorry, Mom and Dad. Luckily, I never use my middle name. Next up, we have Worship of Tools Day on March 11. While I’m sure our male readers (and perhaps some females out there) may be dragging out the drill bits in giddy anticipation, worshiping tools sounds like a one-way trip to Hades if you ask me. Needless to say, I wasn’t very impressed with the choices this week  … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Choose your color carefully

In honor of stupid Cupid, I thought we’d have a little fun with flowers, today. Plus which, Kate outdid herself with the personalized fortune cookies, so I’m trying to save face, here. As you probably know, Valentine’s Day is a huge boon for florists, with the male of the species ordering blooming love for their lovers. In fact, 50 million flowers are given worldwide on this date. But there are a few rules of the road when it comes to giving flowers – especially when that flower is a rose. Personally, I’m a tulip girl, but I’m sure there are many of you out there intent on buying the love of your life a dozen roses. That said, let’s make sure you get the right color, okay? Red, of course, is … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Why we need the SarcMark

Ah, sarcasm. One of my favorite ways of communicating. In face-to-face conversations – even phone calls – sarcasm is fairly easy to detect. But for many, it’s much more difficult to spot in emails, texts, and for that matter, any form of written word. No more, I say. Now, we have the SarcMark – a new punctuation, uh, mark., perfect for making certain you’re never misunderstood again. Many of us already have our own ways of making sure the sarcasm in our correspondence is detectable. We may place certain phrases in quotations, or add an over-used LOL at the end of a sentence. But how much easier would things be if, with the stroke of two keys, you simply added the SarcMark? And if you happen to be on the receiving end of sarcasm, … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – even more random and useless facts

Betcha didn’t know… even more random and useless facts. These were sent to us by a Coffee Break reader. While we can’t verify the correctness of all of these facts, we think they are funny, interesting, informative and, above all, useless. Perhaps these tidbits will help you win a game show sometime. If so, please remember us. Enjoy! - Babies are born without kneecaps; they don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age. - Butterflies taste with their feet. - Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds; dogs only have about 10. - “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”. - February 1865 is the only month in recorded history to have not had a full moon. - … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – even more random and useless facts

Betcha didn’t know… even more random and useless facts. These were sent to us by a Coffee Break reader.  While we can’t verify the correctness of all of these facts, we think they are funny, interesting, informative and, above all, useless. Perhaps these tidbits will help you win a game show sometime. If so, please remember us. Enjoy! -  A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. -  A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue. -  A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours. -  A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. -  A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time representing 1/100th of a second. -  A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. -  A snail can sleep for three years. -  … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – more random and useless facts

Betcha didn’t know… more random and useless facts. These were sent to us by a Coffee Break reader.  While we can’t verify the correctness of all of these facts, we think they are funny, interesting, informative and, above all, useless. Perhaps these tidbits will help you win a game show sometime. If so, please remember us. Enjoy! -  Most dust particles in your house are made up of shed dead skin cells. -  The first owner of the Marlboro cigarette company died of lung cancer, along with the first “Marlboro Man.” -  Walt Disney was afraid of mice. - Pearls disintegrate in vinegar. -  The three most valuable brand names on earth are:  Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser—in that order. -  Cows can walk up stairs with no trouble, but they cannot walk … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – these random and useless facts

Betcha didn’t know… these random and useless facts. These were sent to us by a Coffee Break reader.  While we can’t verify the correctness of all of these facts, we think they are funny, interesting, informative and, above all, useless. Perhaps these tidbits will help you win a game show sometime. If so, please remember us. Enjoy! -  The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma. -  No piece of paper can be folded in half more than seven (7) times. -  Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes. -  You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television. -  Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty (50) years of age or older. -  The first product to have a bar code printed on its package … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – What this rare cloth is made of

Betcha didn’t know… what this one of a kind cloth is made of! This rare cloth, on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New Your City,  is made from the silk of more than a million wild spiders. According to Wired Science, “To produce this unique golden cloth, 70 people spent four years collecting golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar, while another dozen workers carefully extracted about 80 feet of silk filament from each of the arachnids. The resulting 11-foot by 4-foot textile is the only large piece of cloth made from natural spider silk existing in the world today.” Want to know more?   Click here. *Leave a comment on this, or any, post and be automatically entered in this week’s giveaway. Related articles by Zemanta 1-million spiders spin a silk … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – how to feel less tired with peppermint

Betcha didn’t know… how peppermint can make you feel less tired.  The scent of mint increases activity in the area of the brain responsible for alertness and arousal, says Brian Raudenbush, Ph.D. In fact, research shows it can even reduce driver fatigue and car accidents.  A study at the University of Cincinnati found that volunteers who did a task requiring mental acuity finished faster in a peppermint-scented room, and other studies have found peppermint can make atheletes perform better and work harder without even noticing! So grab a candy cane and enjoy! … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – this fun way to relieve Holiday stress with Bubble Wrap!

Betcha didn’t know… this fun way to relieve holiday stress.   Received any packages full of fragile items?  Don’t throw the protective bubble wrap away.  Squeezing the bubbles and hearing that “pop” lowers stress hormones by giving you something to focus on other than your to-do list.  No wonder it’s proven to make people feel calmer and more alert. No bubble wrap around? Get the same satisfaction online at Virtual-BubbleWrap.com. Add a comment to this, or any post, and be automatically entered in this week’s giveaway. Enjoy your Coffee Break! … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – these Pumpkin facts

Betcha didn’t know… this cool stuff about pumpkins. During the Halloween season, about 99% of the pumpkins grown for domestic consumption are earmarked for the sole purpose of carving Jack O’Lanterns. Pumpkin flowers are edible. Many people think the pumpkin is a vegetable but in actuality it is a squash fruit related to cucumbers, gherkins, and melons. Pumpkins consist of 90% water. Besides making a yummy snack, pumpkin seeds are full of zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium, and essential fatty acids. Enjoy your Coffee Break. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – These Odd Facts

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo. Weatherman Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald. If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. (Who was the sadist who discovered this??) Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves. That’s the opposite of the norm. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – These Odd Facts

A rat can last longer without water than a camel. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself. The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know…

Betcha didn’t know… -No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple. -The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read from left to right, or from right to left (palindromes). -There are only four words in the English language that end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. -There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.” -”Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rants: The wienie roast

Here’s the thing. If you read my weekly Palooza column (and if you like really strange holidays, you should), you already know how the Cancer Project plans to send hot dogs hiking. But it seems they’ve gone to new heights. They are now suing Kraft (makers of Oscar Mayer dogs), Sara Lee, Nathan’s Famous, Sabrett, and Hebrew National, demanding they place wiener warning (WARNING: Ol’ Frank here causes CANCER) labels on packages sold in New Jersey. Sure, the official warning label will probably be worded a bit differently, but you get the point – and can probably almost hear their staff meeting pep talk: “Today, we ban hot dogs in New Jersey! Tomorrow, we take over the world!!” Oddly enough, turns out the Cancer Project is a vegan advocacy group… wait a … Read entire article »

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