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by Bob posted Sep 17 2014 3:58AM

Football Takes the Top Three Spots . . . Plus Ratings for the "Sons of Anarchy" and "Z Nation" Premieres

"Sunday Night Football" was the most-watched show of the week. The Bears-49ers game attracted 22.2 million viewers. It was closely followed in the ratings by the Ravens-Steelers "Thursday Night Football" game, which had 20.8 million.

Meanwhile, the "Sons of Anarchy" seventh season premiere had 6.2 million viewers . . . the 16th season of "The Biggest Loser" began with 5.4 million . . . the 11th season premiere of "American Dad" had 2.6 million . . . the Syfy channel's new zombie series "Z Nation" started with 1.6 million . . . and the fifth season of "Haven" premiered with 1 million.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending September 14, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
1 NBC Sunday Night Football-09/14 NBC 22155
4 60 Minutes-09/14 R CBS 12290
7 Big Brother-SUN-09/14 CBS 7414
9 BIG BROTHER-WED-09/10 CBS 6992
11 BIG BROTHER-TUE 9/9 SP-09/09 S CBS 6762
12 UNDER THE DOME-09/08 CBS 6625
13 Unforgettable-09/14 CBS 6450
14 Blue Bloods-09/12 R CBS 6150
15 Dateline FRI-09/12 NBC 6092
16 Unforgettable SPECIAL-09/14 S CBS 5782
17 Big Bang Theory, THE-SPC-09/08 SR CBS 5723
18 MASTERCHEF-SP 9/8 9P-09/08 S FOX 5517
19 Biggest Loser 16-09/11 P NBC 5401
21 MASTERCHEF-09/08 FOX 5393
24 TAXI BROOKLYN-09/10 NBC 5125
25 MOM-09/08 R CBS 5105

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.

Monday Night Football topped cable viewership for the week ending September 14, 2014 with 13.728 million viewers. The season premiere of Sons Of Anarchy was the most-watched scripted program with 6.199 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L ESPN Mon 06:55P-10:13P 13728
2 NFL REGULAR SEASON L ESPN Mon 10:13P-01:29A 11515
3 Sons Of Anarchy FX Tue 10:00P-11:50P 6199
4 KELLY FILE, THE FOXN Wed 09:00P-10:00P 4554
5 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4162
6 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3984
7 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:14P 3814
8 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 3 VH1 Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3722
9 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 02:00P-05:30P 3711
10 NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL NFLN Thu 08:28P-11:09P 3431
11 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 09:30P-10:00P 3323
12 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 09:00P-09:30P 3283
13 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 10:00P-10:30P 3204
14 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Thu 09:30P-10:00P 3160
15 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Tue 09:00P-09:30P 3142
16 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Thu 10:00P-10:30P 3050
17 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Thu 09:00P-09:30P 3048
18 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3036
19 MOUNTAIN MEN HIST Sun 09:00P-10:03P 3023
20 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN Mon 01:29A-03:00A 3017
21 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Tue 09:30P-10:00P 3017
22 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Wed 08:30P-09:00P 3016
23 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS DSNY Sat 07:30P-09:10P 2942
24 NFLN THU NT FBALL-SUS NFLN Thu 11:09P-11:24P 2928
25 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Wed 10:30P-11:00P 2849

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

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by Bob posted Sep 16 2014 3:49AM
We do a LOT for our pets. But do FISH count?

Last week, a couple in Melbourne, Australia noticed their pet goldfish George was having trouble breathing. And their other fish were picking on him.

Now, George is ten years old. So you'd THINK their first instinct would be to make sure the TOILET was working properly . . . because that's probably where most people would send him.

Instead, they took him to the VET. He saw that George had a massive TUMOR on one of his gills. And by "massive", I mean it was about the size of a grape. For a three-ounce goldfish, that's pretty big.

And he told George's owners that it would be risky . . . but for $200, he could try to perform a potentially life-saving operation and REMOVE the tumor. And they went for it.

The vet laid George out on a table, fed him water through a tube that was spiked with an anesthetic to knock him out, and started cutting. And we're happy to report that the 45-minute surgery was a complete success.

George is now back home in his tank recovering.

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Topics : Human Interest
Location : Melbourne
by Bob posted Sep 15 2014 4:37AM

Even if you eat kale and exercise and somehow resist the office cupcakes, it won't matter much if you don't get a decent amount of sleep. Your body and mind desperately needs rest to function properly.

If only it were as easy as shutting your eyes. Take a look at your sleep habits to find out whether you're making these major mistakes, and learn how to fix them:

1. You swear by your sleep tracker. "You don't need a health tracker to find out if you've had a good night sleep," says Matt Leve, physical therapist at Shift PT in New York City. You know that feeling you get when you wake up on vacation? It's called refreshed, and it's how you should feel every. Single. Day. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends adults get about seven to nine hours of quality nightly sleep for optimal health, productivity, and daytime alertness. Even if your tracker says you've slept enough, if you generally wake up groggy, absolutely require caffeine to function, or doze off throughout the day, you're not getting adequate sleep.

2. You only use your pillows for your head. If you sleep on your back, wedge one under your knees to take pressure off your lower back. Or if you sleep on your side, wedge a pillow underneath your top armpit to support your arm and one between your legs to keep your spine aligned:

3. You sleep on your stomach. Sleeping facedown can cause some obvious issues — like not being able to breathe, for example. Because you need to turn your head to one side to get air in and out, you inherently twist your spine. Over time, this can cause neck and back pain (not to mention issues falling and staying asleep), says Ilene Rosen, M.D., an associate professor of clinical medicine for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia and member of the board of directors for the AASM. To straighten your spine, bend the elbow and knee on the side you typically turn your head toward, and wedge a pillow underneath that armpit and hip. If you tend to kick the pillows and wake up flat on your stomach, tape a tennis ball to the front of your pajama shirt to teach your sleeping self not to roll. And if you really can't sleep in a modified position? Wedge a thin pillow under your abdomen to take pressure off your back:

4. You booze it up before bedtime. While drinking at night can help you doze off at first, it can also cause you to wake up throughout the night, which will ultimately interfere with the quality of your sleep, according to a comprehensive review of existing research that was published last year. The more you drink, the worse you're going to sleep. If you plan to throw back more than a few stiff ones, start early and slow down toward the end of the night.

5. You don't have a bedtime. When you crash hard at 9 p.m. on Monday night and stay up all night Tuesday to binge-watch your Netflix queue, your body won't know when to shut down on Wednesday night. A consistent sleep schedule helps your body know when it's time to fall asleep and wake up, Leve says. Read: It makes mornings less painful.

6. You sleep in on weekends. Think you can run on no sleep all week and catch up Saturday morning? Leve says it doesn't work like that. Recent research suggests skimping on sleep can actually lead to permanent brain damage that can compromise your alertness and brain power — and binge-sleeping can't mend that.

7. You go to sleep on a full stomach. Whenever you eat dinner less than three hours before bedtime, you put yourself at risk for heartburn and indigestion, which can make it tough to doze off, according to research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Keep late-night snacks light, and always avoid fatty, fried, or spicy foods before bed.

8. You sleep on a super-fluffy pillow. Amazing for pillow fights:

But awful for back sleepers. Ideally, your pillow should elevate your head and neck just enough to keep your spine straight while you sleep. Pillows that raise your head more than a few inches cause you to round your head and shoulders forward. You can get away with a slightly higher pillow when you sleep on your side, because there's more room to fill between the side of your head and the mattress when you lie in that position:

At the end of the day, the best pillow will be the one with the best return policy. It's almost impossible to tell whether a pillow will be comfortable before you take it home — even if you test it on a bed in the store, the softness of your own mattress will affect how your body relates to the pillow. When you do take it home, ask your partner or roommate to look at you and touch along your spine. If it's not straight when you lie on the pillow in your typical position? Next! Any spinal curves will ultimately compress the discs in your spine or pinch the nerves, and result in pain.

9. You sleep in fetal position. This side-sleeper tendency can restrict your breath and compromise the quality of your sleep, Leve says. Wedge a body pillow under your top arm and leg to unwind your limbs and lengthen your spine. Even if you kick it away at some point during the night, you'll at least get some good quality sleep. (Or rest assured that you tried.)

10. You sleep on a mattress that's older than you. Most inner spring mattresses only last for five or 10 years, max, depending on the quality of your mattress, your weight, and how much time you spend in bed. If yours has a large indentation in the middle, or your body sags into the mattress when you lie on it, you'll likely wake up with lower back, hip, or shoulder pain. A foam cover or a new mattress can help.

11. You sleep in synthetic materials. That goes for both lingerie and bedding: Foam mattresses, sateen sheets, and satin PJs may feel good. But they retain body heat more than natural materials, which can amount to a temperature change that wakes you up, Leve says. Always sleep in sheets and pajamas made of cotton, bamboo, or natural fiber. If you have a foam mattress, use a wool mattress topper that's at least a half an inch thick. It will wick away body moisture so you don't wake up with the sweats.

12. You sleep on a mattress that's too soft. Sorry, Goldilocks, there's no perfect mattress — it all depends on your frame and weight and personal preference. That said, yours is probably too soft if you feel like you sinking into it. If your pelvis drops more than a few inches, you could suffer from lower back pain, Leve says.

13. You sleep on a mattress that's too hard. If your body doesn't sink at all, you could develop a curve in the spine that causes a stiff back and shoulders or hip pain in the morning, Leve says. Buy a foam mattress cover to make it a little more forgiving.

14. You sleep with your phone, or use your computer or TV before bed. These screens emit blue light that activates your brain and interferes with your body's natural sleep cycle, Leve says. The phone thing is one of the worst: If you get a text or email in the middle of the night — even after you close your eyes — the light can go right through your eyelids and stimulate your nervous system and brain. So you can kiss your deep, restorative sleep good-bye. Ideally, leave your phone outside your room while you sleep. If that's not an option, put it in silent mode with the screen facing down on a surface that's far from your bed. As for TV? Tune out an hour or two before bed to give your brain a chance to rest, and when you say your prayers? Remember to thank DVR.

15. You sleep in a room with no blinds. Light is a product of modern civilization, and humans aren't designed to bask in glaring streetlights while they sleep. "Try black out shades — they're the best thing you can do for your brain," Leve says. A sleep mask can help too.

16. You sleep in a room that's too hot or cold. Temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit and below 54 degrees will disrupt sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Recent research suggests that sleeping in a room that's about 66 degrees can increase your metabolism. (Just sayin'.)

17. You get in bed with dirty feet. This stinks up your sheets, and if you wear sandals or walk barefoot around the house, it can redeposit the dirt and dust you picked up throughout the day onto the bottom of your bed. (Gross.) A warm bath or shower will fix that. Plus, it will raise your body temperature, so by the time you tuck in, your temperature naturally will be dipping back down, which gets your body into sleep mode so you fall asleep faster.

18. You sleep with your pet. Sixty-three percent of pet owners who sleep beside their pets sleep poorly more often than not, according to research presented at a recent Annual Associated Professional Sleep Societies meeting. Hope Fido likes the floor.

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Location : New York City
by Bob posted Sep 10 2014 4:27AM

The first game of the NFL season, between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers, was the most-watched show of the week with 26.9 million viewers. It was followed by the "Sunday Night Football" Colts-Broncos match-up, with 23.7 million.

Meanwhile, Friday's "Stand Up to Cancer" special had nine million across ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. But since it was a commercial-free broadcast and also aired on cable, they won't be releasing the final ratings. The telethon raised $109 million this year. Here are last week's Top 10 primetime shows:

1. "NFL Season Opener: Green Bay in Seattle", NBC, 26.9 million viewers.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers, 36-16.

2. "Sunday Night Football", NBC, 23.7 million viewers.

The Denver Broncos beat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-24.

3. "Football Night in America", NBC, 14 million viewers.

4. "The OT", Fox, 12.5 million viewers.

5. Thursday's "NFL Opening Kickoff Show", NBC, 11.8 million viewers.

6. "NCIS", CBS, 10.4 million viewers.

7. Last Wednesday's "America's Got Talent", NBC, 10.5 million viewers.

8. "NCIS", CBS, 10.6 million viewers.

9. Last Tuesday's "America's Got Talent", NBC, 9 million viewers.

10. "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 8.2 million viewers.

Meanwhile, here are a few other ratings you may or may not care about:

ABC's "Frozen" special "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic" attracted 4.9 million viewers . . .

"So You Think You Can Dance" ended its 11th season with 4.1 million viewers . . . the second season finale of "Mistresses" had 3.7 million . . . and Khloe Kardashian's appearance on the sixth season finale of "Royal Pains" had 1.8 million viewers.

Adrien Brody's two-part "Houdini" movie pulled in 3.7 million viewers for the History Channel on the first night and another 2.7 for its conclusion . . . and Lifetime's TV movie "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story" tanked with 1.6 million viewers.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending September 7, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
1 NBC NFL TH SPECIAL-09/04/2014 S NBC 26913
2 NBC Sunday Night Football-09/07/2014 P NBC 23686
3 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3-09/07/2014 P NBC 14028
4 OT, THE-09/07/2014 P FOX 12459
5 NFL OPENING KICK-OFF SHOW-09/04/2014 S NBC 11792
6 NCIS 9PM-SPECIAL-09/02/2014 SR CBS 10596
7 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-WED-09/03/2014 NBC 10465
8 NCIS-09/02/2014 R CBS 10359
9 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-TUE-09/02/2014 NBC 8986
10 Big Bang Theory, THE-09/04/2014 R CBS 8223
11 60 Minutes-09/07/2014 R CBS 8093
12 NCIS: LOS ANGELES 10P-SP-09/02/2014 SR CBS 7306
13 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 2-09/07/2014 P NBC 7071
14 Big Brother-SUN-09/07/2014 CBS 7067
15 Unforgettable-09/07/2014 CBS 6969
16 Big Brother-WED-09/03/2014 CBS 6547
17 BIG BROTHER-THU-09/04/2014 CBS 6451
18 AMERICA GOT TALENT-WED 8P-09/03/2014 R NBC 6423
19 UNDER THE DOME-SPECIAL-09/01/2014 S CBS 6292
20 Big Bang Theory, THE-SP-09/01/2014 SR CBS 5875
21 Blue Bloods-09/05/2014 R CBS 5851
23 MILLERS, THE-09/04/2014 R CBS 5818
24 EXTANT-09/03/2014 CBS 5783
25 20/20-FRI-09/05/2014 ABC 5767

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.

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September 9th, 2014
Rizzoli & Isles was the topped cable viewership for the week ending September 7, 2014 with 5.037 million viewers.
Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Tue 09:00P-10:01P 5037
3 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 3 VH1 Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4063
4 BRAVE DSNY Fri 08:00P-09:40P 4039
5 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4009
6 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 3925
7 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:07P 3827
8 HOUDINI HIST Mon 09:00P-11:00P 3709
10 TANGLED DSNY Sun 08:00P-09:45P 3352
11 19 Kids and Counting TLC Tue 09:00P-10:02P 3293
12 American Pickers HIST Wed 09:00P-10:03P 3205
13 BRAVE DSNY Sat 11:00A-12:40P 3196
14 MOUNTAIN MEN HIST Sun 09:00P-10:03P 2968
15 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 2962
16 FAST N LOUD DISC Mon 09:01P-10:02P 2803
17 PRINCESS AND THE FROG DSNY Sun 09:00A-10:45A 2771
18 WWE FRI NIGHT Smackdown SYFY Fri 08:00P-10:00P 2758
19 Pawn Stars HIST Mon 08:30P-09:00P 2752
20 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Fri 08:00P-09:00P 2729
21 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Tue 09:30P-10:00P 2713
22 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Tue 09:00P-09:30P 2708
23 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Thu 08:00P-09:00P 2702
24 HOUDINI HIST Tue 09:00P-10:31P 2660
25 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 2655
Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)
by Bob posted Sep 10 2014 4:08AM
If you're ever RUDE to your waiters and waitresses, maybe this will change your mind . . . there's about a one in 16 chance they'll SPIT in your food.

A new survey of 430 food servers, hosts, and bartenders asked them how they handle bad customers. Here are the top 12 answers . . .

1. Making fun of customers behind their backs, 79%.

2. Lying, 78%.

3. Purposely making them wait longer for their order, 65%.

4. Ignoring them, 61%.

5. Being rude right back to them, 52%.

6. Arguing, 43%.

7. Refusing a perfectly reasonable request, 25%.

8. Confronting them about tips, 19%.

9. Insulting them, 14%.

10. Increasing their tip without permission, 11%.

11. Doing something gross to their food, 6%.

12. Threatening them, 5%.

(Science Daily)

by Bob posted Sep 9 2014 10:41AM
Bob will interview Mare-Anne Jarvela, senior editor, this Wednesday Sept. 10th at a copy!
by Bob posted Sep 5 2014 4:36AM

Who likes getting a runny nose or itchy eyes when allergies flare up? Talk to any allergy sufferer and they will agree it's never fun. Your goal is to minimize your reactions as much as possible, but you may not realize that seemingly harmless daily habits or things in your environment could make your symptoms even worse. To keep them in check this season, learn what common culprits are not your friends when it comes to allergies.

1. Produce with pollen-like proteins

If you're sneezing and sniffling, you could also have a problem eating some fruits and veggies. It's called oral-allergy syndrome (OAS), and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates up to a third of pollen allergy patients may be affected. You can blame a protein found on the surface of some raw produce, including apples, tomatoes, and cantaloupe, though each pollen allergy has its own set of trigger foods.

"Pollen and food proteins are like first cousins," said Dr. Cliff Bassett, founder of Allergy and Asthma Care in New York City. "So your body thinks you're swallowing pollen."

This usually leads to bothersome symptoms, like an itchy throat and mouth as well as cough. Peeling produce may help to reduce your reaction, Dr. Bassett said. Even cooking the produce may help. Just be careful—research shows about 2 percent of people with OAS have symptoms than can progress to potentially life-threatening anaphylactic shock, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

2. Contact lenses

When the pollen counts get bad, you may want to stick to wearing your glasses.

"If you trap pollen in your eyes and it stays there, you may experience more problems," said Dr. David Rosenstreich, director of Allergy and Immunology at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.

Soft contact lenses especially are prone to absorbing airborne irritants, like pollen or smoke, because they're permeable. A soft lens lets more oxygen through but can absorb anything in the tears, said Dr. Steven Shanbom, a board-certified ophthalmologist out of metro Detroit. If you're set on wearing contacts and don't like hard lenses, you may want to look into disposable ones you can throw out daily to prevent pollen buildup.

3. Stress

Stress leaves you on edge—and more prone to sniffles. A recent study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology tracked the stress levels of 179 people with hay fever. Over two 14-day periods, Ohio State University researchers found that 64 percent who reported higher stress levels also experienced more than four flare-ups. The good news is there's an easy solution to this allergy trigger: chill out. Whether it's meditation or getting some shut-eye, find things to help you relax so your symptoms are more bearable.

"When you don't feel well and you're anxious, that's when your symptoms tend to be worse," Rosenstreich said.

4. Alcohol
Ever felt stuffed-up after drinking a glass of red wine? You're not alone. Alcohol, and red wine in particular, can make allergies go haywire.

"Some people are very sensitive to the sulfites, and it makes their allergies a lot worse," Rosenstreich said.

These compounds occur naturally in both beer and wine. A Danish study in Clinical & Experimental Allergy found that women who had more than 14 drinks a week were 78 percent more likely to develop a perpetually stuffy nose compared to women who drank less.

5. Taking the wrong medication

Walking down the allergy meds aisle at the pharmacy can prove overwhelming—there are dozens of drugs to choose from and they all promise to cure your sniffles and sneezing. But most of them can be lumped into one of two categories: antihistamines and decongestants. The trick is knowing which over-the-counter medications will best treat your symptoms. An antihistamine typically relieves sneezing, itchiness, and runny nose, while decongestants combat congestion from swollen nasal passages. Some drugstore options may come packaged with both, but you would only need to use a decongestant if your nose is stuffed up in addition to your other symptoms. If bothersome symptoms persist, that's when you should really see an allergist, Basset said.

6. Perfume and candles

Anything with fragrance added can irritate the lining of the eyelids and nasal passages, said Bassett. That includes perfume, scented candles, incense, and holiday decorations. Whether you're in a department store or walking down the street, it's nearly impossible to avoid every smell out there, so your best defense is to eliminate these irritants from your home and to medicate yourself to ease symptoms when you encounter them in public.

7. Chlorine

Swimming in a chlorinated pool—and even just sitting near one—can be just as bad for your allergies as candles and perfume.

"Chlorine is an irritating gas and will do the same thing that fumes will," Rosenstreich said. "If you can smell it, that means it's getting in your body."

Indoor pools are worse than outdoor ones because the chlorine is contained to a smaller space.

8. Your clothes

That delicate wool sweater you wear three times before washing? It's terrible for your allergies. Clothes—especially those made from rough or sticky fabrics like wool—cling to dust and pollen. Washing after every wear is essential during allergy season, said Rosenstreich, so you'd be better off stocking up on duds made from cotton or other easily cleaned materials. You may also consider washing your wardrobe in hot water—people who washed their clothes in 140-degree water had fewer allergens on their clothes than those who cleaned items in colder water. (No report on how much their clothes shrunk, so proceed at your own risk.)

9. Bathing in the morning

Pollen doesn't just cling to your clothes. It also sticks to skin and hair.

"The tiny particles land on you like dust,"Rosenstreich said. "The problem with pollen is that you can't see it in the air."

If you're waking up stuffed every morning, taking a shower before bed will help wash away the allergens attaching to your body. Can't live without your morning shower? Be sure to at least shake out your hair and wash your face before you hit the hay.

10. Weather

Your allergies are likely to be worse on dry, sunny, and windy days. Why? Because those are ideal conditions for trees to release pollen, meaning more of it will be in the air, Rosenstreich said. Combined with the wind blowing pollen all around, that makes for a bad day for allergies. Drizzly and overcast days can also be an allergy foe: light precipitation stirs up the pollen in the air, causing it to rupture and disperse the tiny particles. Stormy days are the most friendly to allergy sufferers: the heavy rain washes the pollen out of the air, providing temporary relief.

11. Secondhand smoke

Add allergy problems to the long list of health issues associated with smoking. A study in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology looked at the effect that tobacco smoke had on individuals with ragweed allergy. Researchers found that levels of an allergen antibody IgE were 16.6 times higher in people exposed to both secondhand smoke and ragweed than those exposed to ragweed and clean air. Just like candles and perfume, smoke is an irritant that can mess with your respiratory tract, so it's best to keep your exposure to a minimum.

by Bob posted Sep 5 2014 4:12AM
I thought McDonald's was slowly trying to kill us with unhealthy food . . . not LITERALLY trying to kill us.

The giant golden arches sign outside a McDonald's in Weatherford, Oklahoma FELL on Wednesday . . . and landed on two cars in the drive-thru.

The photo is crazy, and it's amazing no one was killed, because both cars were partially CRUSHED. Firefighters say if there had been passengers in the cars, things might've been a lot worse.

The drivers in both cars were trapped for about 15 minutes until the fire department could rescue them, and were both taken to the hospital. Luckily neither had any major injuries.

And no one's sure yet what made the sign fall.

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by Bob posted Sep 4 2014 5:02AM
Sexy "Modern Family" star Sofía Vergara topped Forbes' list of highest-earning TV actresses, reeling in a whopping $37 million in the past year, the magazine reported Wednesday. The 42-year-old bombshell retained her top spot for a third consecutive year, beating out her previous year's earnings by $7 million.

Vergara, who earns $325,000 per episode on her hit ABC sitcom, also reels in big dollars by endorsing well-known brands like Diet Pepsi, CoverGirl, Head & Shoulders and AT&T.

This year's top six were rounded out by:

2. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Mariska Hargitay ($13 million)
3. "The Big Bang Theory" stunner Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting ($11 million
4. "The Good Wife" lead Julianna Margulies ($10 million)
5. "Grey's Anatomy" veteran Ellen Pompeo ($10 million)
6. "How I Met Your Mother" actress Cobie Smulders ($10 million)

The remaining top earners include:

7. Alyson Hannigan ($9.5 million) of "How I Met Your Mother"
8. Amy Poehler ($7 million) of "Parks and Recreation"
9. Mindy Kaling ($6.5 million) of "The Mindy Project"
10. Kerry Washington ($6 million) of "Scandal"
11. Zooey Deschanel ($6 million) of "New Girl"
12. Courteney Cox ($6 million) of "Cougar Town"
13. Claire Danes ($5 million) of "Homeland"
14. Lena Dunham ($3.5 million) of "Girls"
by Bob posted Sep 4 2014 4:10AM

The Emmys Were the #1 Show of the Week . . . Plus Season Finale Ratings for "Falling Skies", "Defiance", and "Motive"

The "Emmy Awards" were the most-watched show of the week with 15.6 million viewers. Meanwhile, the second season of ABC's "Motive" came to a close with 3.9 million viewers . . . TNT's "Falling Skies" ended its fourth season with 2.4 million . . .

Syfy's "Defiance" finished season two with 1.5 million . . . the FX series "Tyrant" finished its first season with 1.5 million . . . and the series finale of "Chelsea Lately" was only watched by 1 million people, despite its huge roster of celebrity guests.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending August 31, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
1 EMMY AWARDS-08/25 S NBC 15594
4 NCIS-08/26 R CBS 8985
5 60 Minutes-08/31 R CBS 7155
6 Big Brother-WED-08/27 CBS 6880
7 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-08/26 R CBS 6711
8 UNDER THE DOME-08/25 CBS 6597
9 Saturday Night Football-08/30 P ABC 6028
10 Unforgettable-08/31 CBS 6016
11 Big Brother-SUN-08/31 CBS 5857
12 BIG BROTHER-THU-08/28 CBS 5702
13 Blue Bloods-08/29 R CBS 5679
14 EXTANT-08/27 CBS 5666
16 MASTERCHEF-08/25 FOX 5469
17 Hawaii Five-0-08/29 R CBS 5222
18 BACHELOR IN PARADISE-8/26-08/26 S ABC 5074
19 MIKE & MOLLY-08/25 R CBS 4849
21 CSI-08/29 R CBS 4757
22 FOOD FIGHTERS-08/26 NBC 4696
23 Modern Family-08/27 R ABC 4638
24 Person Of Interest-08/26 R CBS 4622
25 Modern Family-WED 9:31PM-08/27 R ABC 4571

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.

NASCAR Sprint Cup topped cable viewership this week earning 5.210 million viewers. Rizzoli & Isles was the top rated scripted program with 5.163 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000)
1 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 07:30P-12:00A 5210
2 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Tue 09:00P-10:01P 5163
4 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4057
5 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:07P 4005
6 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 3 VH1 Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3982
8 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3859
9 American Pickers HIST Wed 09:00P-10:03P 3196
10 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 3015
11 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 2966
12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT L ESPN Sat 12:00P-03:24P 2918
13 KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS EN Sun 09:00P-10:31P 2845
14 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Tue 09:30P-10:00P 2787
15 WWE FRI NIGHT Smackdown SYFY Fri 08:00P-10:00P 2730
16 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Thu 10:00P-10:30P 2727
17 FAST N LOUD DISC Mon 09:00P-10:00P 2692
18 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Thu 10:30P-11:00P 2677
19 NASCAR SPRINT CUP CNTDN L ESPN Sun 07:00P-07:30P 2669
20 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 2659
21 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Tue 09:00P-09:30P 2646
22 SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN Sat 12:44A-01:00A 2599
23 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Thu 09:30P-10:00P 2476
24 KELLY FILE, THE FOXN Mon 09:00P-10:00P 2471
25 T.I. AND TINY 4 VH1 Mon 09:00P-09:30P 2469

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

by Bob posted Sep 3 2014 4:54AM
I'm all for saving money but when the daughter and son-in-law came up with this unique pre-planning burial site, I had my concerns but still "dug in."
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by Bob posted Sep 2 2014 12:23PM
How are you parents doing today? Tears? Of Joy? It's always an emotional time...that first day of school. Kylie will be attending school all day for the first time (all day kindergarden) and Landon hits Grade Two ....they'll both be attending thesame school so they can keep an eye on each other..........

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September brings back-to-school season and summer's end, but there are plenty of unusual things to celebrate this month.

1. September 3rd: National Skyscraper Day
After Labor Day, you can honor the construction workers and engineers who built the world's modern architectural wonders. One European real estate data company defines a skyscraper as at least 330 feet, while in the United States a building starts to qualify around 500 feet. But, really, any building that towers above its skyline can count if you're looking to do some gazing in your hometown.

2. September 4th: Eat an Extra Dessert Day
You may have observed this holiday a little early on Labor Day, but go ahead and indulge those residual gluttonous impulses because this holiday gives you the green light. That leftover pie isn't going to eat itself, so really, it's the least you can do.

3. September 6th: National Fight Procrastination Day
One of these years we're going to get around to celebrating.

4. September 8th: National Grandparents Day
Founder Marian McQuade wanted to set aside a special day not only for the lonely elderly, but also to encourage grandchildren to "tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents provide." President Jimmy Carter was so on board with this initiative, he made the first Sunday after Labor Day an official national holiday to honor grandmas and grandpas across the country. To this day, the President continues to get in on the action - here's Barack Obama'sofficial proclamation from 2011.

5. September 10th: TV Dinner Day
The TV Dinner was first introduced to consumers in the United States by C.A. Swanson & Sons in the early 1950s. This pre-packaged, frozen meal would not only provide you a whole dinner with the slight flick of an oven -- it was also designed for ease of consumption while parked in front of a television screen. Take a stroll down your local supermarket's frozen food aisle to truly appreciate all the TV Dinner has done for our food options.

6. September 15th: National Felt Hat Day
You may think Robin Hood, you may think 10-gallon cowboy, or you may think fedora -- but whatever you think, today you have carte blanche to sport your felt-hat-of-choice with pride. Disclaimer: you may still have to remind people the holiday technically prevents them from mocking your accessory.

7. September 16th: National Stay Away from Seattle Day
You may be surprised to learn that this is actually a very pro-Seattle holiday. Continually deemed one of the best cities to live in America, today was designated to give the city a little breather from all the people rushing to stay there. If only the rain observed holidays, right? If you're considering Seattle as a destination, temporary or permanent, be a little more considerate than the weather and try to plan around the 16th.

8. September 18th: Rice Krispies Treats Day
A whole day!

9. September 19th: Talk Like a Pirate Day
The establishment of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th was based on someone's ex-wife's birthday. While the date selection might have been arbitrary, the possibilities of TLAPD are endless. If you want to expand your pirate repertoirrrrrr, the official website provides lingo in English, German, Dutch, and even a little Mandarin to provide a truly international annoyance to coworkers and family members.

10. September 21st: World Gratitude Day
In 1977, those hippies at the United Nations Meditation Group established World Gratitude Day to appreciate existence. Even the least existential among us can recognize a thing or two in our lives for which we feel grateful. For example, we feel grateful that you are still reading this article.

11. September 21st: Oktoberfest
Don't let the "Oktober" part of the name fool you -- the 16-day festival of beer, oompa music, and wurst always starts in late September - and this year, it kicks off on the 21st. Though historically a Bavarian celebration held annually in Munich, Oktoberfests have popped up in cities all over the world. Though the holiday started as a royal wedding celebration, it has since been eclipsed by the beer which must adhere to strict German Beer Purity laws (Reinheitsgebot) to be considered official Oktoberfest Beer. Luckily for us non-Germans, globalization has granted us access to such tasty brews in our local corner stores and supermarkets.

12. September 24th: National Punctuation Day
"A celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis." National Punctuation Day gives you the opportunity to dress up your sentences with all kinds of context and accentuation! Or, take the day to remind yourself what a semicolon actually does.

13. September 27th: Hug a Vegetarian Day
Vegetarians need hugs too! In previous years, PETA has set up hugging hotspots throughout the United States and Canada. Folks nice enough to do that certainly deserve a hug, right?

14. September 28th: Drink Beer Day
Finally, an excuse.

15. September 28th: Museum Day
Anyone who has visited the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C. knows they are especially awesome because admission is totally free. If you have visited a museum almost anywhere else in the United States, you know they typically cost a pretty penny. On this special Saturday, however, Smithsonian is partnering with museums all over the country to offer free admission on what they have deemed "Museum Day."

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