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by Bob posted Oct 2 2014 3:59AM
Wanna know if you'll be DEAD in five years? According to a new study, the best way to predict whether you'll die soon has to do with your sense of SMELL.

Researchers looked at more than 3,000 men and women between the ages of 57 and 85, and asked them to identify five different scents . . . peppermint, fish, oranges, roses, and leather.

Then after five years, they counted up how many of those people had died. And the ones who failed the test were MUCH more likely to no longer be with us.

39% of the ones who failed the test were dead, and 19% who BARELY passed were dead . . . compared to just 10% of people who passed with flying colors.

The authors of the study say they're not sure why that's the case. But they think losing your sense of smell is an early warning sign of other age-related issues.

So whether or not you can smell those five things . . . peppermint, fish, oranges, roses, and leather . . . is a better way of predicting death than ANYTHING else we've come up with so far.

(NY Times / PLOS One / The Guardian)

by Bob posted Oct 1 2014 4:33AM
Preparations For Halloween Continue As Weekend Festivities Approach

Need a reason to celebrate this month? Look no further than the list below.

October 1st: National Homemade Cookies Day

Take a knee, Little Debbie, today we only want our tasty circular treats fresh from the oven. If you aren't a master of the chocolate chip, take the day to make a little mess in the kitchen and give yourself a lesson in "from scratch." Or for the less motivated set, make sure to butter up that special baker in your life to make some holiday treats for the both of you.

October 2nd: National Name Your Car Day

Or as KITT from Knight Rider calls it: National Me Day. In case you have not bestowed your wheels with a pet name yet, on this holiday you have no excuses. Don't let the tiny detail of not owning an automobile stop you from celebrating. Since there's no real origin story to Name Your Car Day, there are no rules: name your friend's car, or your neighbor's, or even a taxi!

October 4th: National Taco Day

The crisp autumn air of early October might not exactly scream "tacos," but then again, why not? Skip the local fast food taqueria (unless, of course, they're giving the tasty treats away), and go on a scavenger hunt for the best taco in your town. Or host a taco night for a couple of close friends. Tacos are nothing if not about bringing people closer together.

October 6th: Mad Hatter Day

In John Tenniel's illustrations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, he drew a white slip from the cap of the Mad Hatter that read, "In this style 10/6." What better reason do you need to set aside the sixth of October to hold a merry tea party, be a little foolish, and wear an oversized hat? Of course, if you're European you may argue that these celebrations are more suitably held on the tenth of June. Cultural confusion—classic Mad Hatter.

October 8th: Canadian Thanksgiving

Our neighbors to the north have their own day of giving thanks for the harvest, and they beat us to the punch by nearly a month and a half. In the late 1950s, the Canadian government declared the second Monday in every October Thanksgiving day. Though it does not mark a specific gathering of two groups like the U.S. version, Canadian Thanksgiving offers a great excuse to gobble down a turkey dinner in the name of neighborly solidarity.

October 12th: International Moment of Frustration Scream Day

Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, just stop and really let it out. We're told you can hear the collective scream from space.

October 14th: national lowercase day

proper nouns be damned! today capital is purely an economic asset. your middle school grammar teacher might balk at such a holiday, but the shift button on your keyboard will thank you for the day off.

October 15th: Global Handwashing Day

We certainly scratched our heads a few times about this one, because shouldn't every day be global handwashing day? But an organization by the apropos name of The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap felt it necessary to create an entire day of awareness to spread the gospel of clean hands. Anyone can celebrate, and public health benefits. It's a win-win.

October 16th: National Dictionary Day

Word nerds rejoice! Today you may proudly pore over the pages of your Merriam-Webster and Oxford's alike. Celebrate the holiday by learning 20 new words, and impress your peers and colleagues for life. Or at least for 20 minutes.

October 18th: National No Beard Day

We suspect that fellows unlucky in the facial hair-growing department might have something to do with this holiday. Regardless, if you are an offbeat holiday observer with facial hair, that chin strap has got to go. Those are the rules. A fresh start for your face could translate to a fresh start for your life. Which brings us to…

October 19th: Evaluate Your Life Day

This may seem better suited for post-New Years Eve, but get your existential ducks in a row early this year. Who are you? What do you want? Where do you want to go? These are just a few questions to get you started down the actualization rabbit hole. By January 1, you'll have it all worked out!

October 20th: Information Overload Day

Knowledge economy research and advisory firm Basex estimates that "a minimum of 28 billion hours is lost each year to Information Overload in the United States." For example, trudging through 100 email messages can suck up half of your workday. Reduce the noise, starting today. The Information Overload Challenge suggests you send 10% fewer email messages beginning on—but not ending on—the 20th of October. For example, if you were going to email this post to 100 of your closest friends, instead email it to 90. (We won't tell if you break the rule just this once.)

October 24th: National Bologna Day

This distant cousin of the Charcuterie family is far less pretentious in taste than its name might imply. Bologna has roots in Bologna, Italy, derived from a sausage made there called mortadella. These days, it's more humble, and commonly associated with cheeses of the Kraft Singles variety. It also can be a colloquial expression meaning "full of it," which you just might be after a holiday of eating lots of bologna.

October 26th (2012): Nevada Day

A legal holiday in Nevada, this day commemorates its entry into statehood and frontier roots. It became the official 36th state on October 31st, 1864. But, due to that pesky other holiday falling on the same date known as "Halloween," state voters decided in 1999 to observe the holiday on the last Friday of every October with parades, concerts, balls, and a day off of work. For those Nevadan purists, 10/31 is still technically Nevada Day.

October 30th: Mischief Night

AKA the Devil's Night or "Hell Night." Halloween might yield some frightening costumes and even more frightening levels of high fructose corn syrup, but the night before is when the real (dark) magic happens. In the United States, teenage hooligans prowl their suburban streets with toilet paper, eggs, and, well, mischief in their hearts. Unless you enjoy a good prank, we suggest you stay inside and don't answer the doorbell.

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by Bob posted Oct 1 2014 4:05AM
It's the first day of October, and if you're planning to make a big purchase this month, check THIS out first. Here are the five BEST and WORST things you can buy this month. First, the five best.

1. A new car. Most of the dealerships started selling their 2015 models last month, so the prices on their 2014 models should go down now.

2. Tickets for a cruise. Cruises in the Caribbean are always SUPER cheap in October. But that's partly because the weather's kind of unpredictable.

3. iPads. Apple is expected to announce their new iPad models later this month. And in the past, older models have always dropped in price about 20% when that happens.

4. Camping gear. It goes on sale because camping season is pretty much over. The only things that DON'T go on sale are cold-weather things, like down sleeping bags.

5. Pizza. It's not clear why, but pizza places LOVE offering deals this time of year. Maybe because of football? In 2013, Dominos, Pizza Hut, and Papa John's all offered their best coupons in October.

As far as the WORST things to buy this month, stay away from appliances . . . cold-weather clothing . . . electronics . . . big-screen TVs . . . and laptops. All of those things go on sale NEXT month for Black Friday.

(DealNews / Business Insider)

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by Bob posted Oct 1 2014 4:00AM

Premiere Ratings: "NCIS" Was Last Week's Top Returning Show, and "NCIS: New Orleans" Was the Top New Show

Over two dozen shows had their season premieres last week. "NCIS" and "The Big Bang Theory" tied for the top returning show with 18.2 million . . . and "NCIS: New Orleans", was the top new series with 17.2 million viewers.

As for the other new shows, "How to Get Away with Murder" cracked the Top 10 with 14.3 million viewers . . . and the Katharine McPhee show "Scorpion" was right below that with 13.8 million viewers.

The new Anthony Anderson sitcom "Black-ish" fell just outside the Top 10 with 11 million . . . the ABC show "Forever", which stars Ioan Gruffudd as an immortal medical examiner, had 8.6 million . . . and "Gotham" attracted 8.2 million viewers.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending September 28, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
1 NBC Sunday Night Football-09/28 NBC NBC
2 Big Bang Theory, THE:SP-09/22 S CBS CBS
3 NCIS-09/23 P CBS CBS
4 Big Bang Theory, THE-09/22 P CBS CBS
5 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS-09/23 P NBC CBS
6 CBS+NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL-09/25 FOX CBS
7 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER-09/25 P NBC ABC
8 SCORPION-09/22 P ABC CBS
9 VOICE-TUE-09/23 P NBC NBC
10 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3-09/28 ABC NBC
11 VOICE-09/22 P ABC NBC
12 Dancing with the Stars-09/22 FOX ABC
13 MADAM SECRETARY-09/28 ABC CBS
14 BLACKLIST-09/22 P NBC NBC
15 SCANDAL-09/25 P ABC ABC
16 Modern Family-09/24 P CBS ABC
17 Good Wife, THE-09/28 FOX CBS
18 BLACK-ISH-09/24 P ABC ABC
19 Blue Bloods-09/26 P CBS CBS
20 Person Of Interest-09/23 P CBS CBS
21 Once Upon A Time-09/28 P NBC ABC
22 GREY'S ANATOMY-09/25 P CBS ABC
23 Law And Order:SVU-09/24 P FOX NBC
24 MYSTERIES OF LAURA-09/24 CBS NBC
25 DANCING W/STARS:RESULTS-09/23 ABC ABC


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


CABLE: Monday Night Football topped cable viewership for the week ending September 28, 2014 with 13.265 million viewers. Sons Of Anarchy was the most-watched scripted program with 4.128 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L ESPN Mon 08:15P-11:45P 13265
2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT L ESPN Sat 12:01P-03:39P 4721
3 Sons Of Anarchy FX Tue 10:00P-11:17P 4128
4 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4000
5 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:09P 3847
6 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 3790
7 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 02:00P-05:50P 3786
8 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN Mon 11:45P-01:00A 3416
9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L ESPN Sat 06:54P-10:50P 3384
10 HOP DSNY Sun 09:00A-10:40A 2976
11 NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL NFLN Thu 08:26P-11:23P 2933
12 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 2813
13 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 10:00P-10:30P 2728
14 NCIS USA Thu 08:00P-09:00P 2697
15 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L ESPN Sat 10:50P-02:11A 2694
16 NCIS USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 2656
17 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Thu 08:00P-09:00P 2635
18 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 09:30P-10:00P 2621
19 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Fri 08:00P-09:00P 2582
20 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 10:30P-11:00P 2578
21 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Thu 09:30P-10:00P 2561
22 19 Kids and Counting TLC Tue 09:00P-10:01P 2503
23 GIRL MEETS WORLD DSNY Fri 08:30P-08:55P 2500
24 Family Guy ADSM Wed 11:30P-12:00A 2496
25 Pawn Stars HIST Thu 09:31P-10:03P 2493

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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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