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Posts from June 2014
by Bob posted Jun 30 2014 5:02AM

Way back when Hippocrates was telling his compatriots to "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food," he wasn't just talking about laying off the ancient Greek equivalent of Twinkies. Pretty much every day-to-day health ailment can be cured with a healthy diet. He knew it then, and we know it now--we just prefer to take the easy way out and reach for a pill bottle or make an appointment with an M.D. That gets expensive, not to mention inconvenient, especially when the answer for what ails you--whether it's PMS or a mild case of the blues--is no further than your refrigerator.

1. Prevent PMS with pork 'n' beans.
Both are rich in thiamine and riboflavin, two B vitamins that could prevent you from developing PMS, according to research from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The study found that women who consumed 1.9 milligrams per day if thiamine and 2.5 milligrams of riboflavin per day had a 25 to 35 percent lower risk of developing PMS than women who consumed less, but they didn't see those same benefits when they took supplements. And pork and beans are your best sources of both vitamins. Eating a 3-ounce serving of the meat and a cup of cooked beans on a regular basis will provide you with the amount you need to keep those cramps away.

2. Eat asparagus, prevent a hangover.
The leaves and shoots of this super-veggie contain enzymes that break down alcohol after heavy drinking, preventing a hangover, and even eating it the day after can tame one that is already making you miserable, according to Korean scientists. The best way to prevent a hangover, of course, is to avoid overindulging. Munch on some stalks before you head out or during your bar visit, though, and not only will you get the beneficial enzymes but your stomach will be full of food, which slows down your body's absorption of alcohol in the first place. And if you wake up the day after a binge to find you're out of asparagus, reach for one of these 10 Best Hangover Foods instead.

 

3. Cure kidney stones with lemonade.
Kidney stones have become a more common health complaint than heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, according to figures released this year from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of people suffering from them has doubled in the past 13 years. If you fall into that crowd, start downing lemonade. Lemon juice has the highest levels of citrate of any citrus juice, and that citrate helps dissolve any calcium deposits that will eventually turn into kidney stones. Squeeze your own fresh lemons to make lemonade, or buy a commercial mix. Doctors say that you can get as much citrate as you need from regular old lemonade, without having to make your teeth curl by sucking on a raw lemon.

 

4. Drink coffee, defeat depression.
Here's a disturbing stat: More than 10 percent of the U.S. population is now on expensive antidepressant medications. But researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health are wondering if a few cups of coffee couldn't render those drugs unnecessary. In a study published last year, they found that women who drank an average of four cups of coffee per day were 20 percent less likely to develop depression than people who didn't drink coffee, or any other caffeinated drinks, for that matter. Caffeine may protect the brain against certain neurotoxins that can cause depression, the authors wrote, or it could be nothing more than the energy lift you get from chronic, low-level exposures to the stimulant. Either way, drink up! And make sure your morning joe is certified organic. Instead, try these 11 Foods That Instantly Boost Your Mood.

 

5. Ward off colds with yogurt.
Start bolstering your immune system for fall and winter by downing a cup of probiotic-rich yogurt every day. Those good bacteria strengthen your immunity and have been associated with a 42 percent lower risk of getting upper respiratory infections, such as colds. The strains of probiotics are found in fermented dairy products such as yogurt and kefir. And while you're downing those, lay off the excess sugar, antibiotics, and stress, all of which can kill good bacteria in your gut and make you more susceptible to cold-weather ailments.

6. Prevent weight gain with red wine.
As if you needed another reason to enjoy a good glass of red wine! Researchers from Purdue University have found that a compound called piceatannol found in red wine prevents or delays immature fat cells from developing into mature fat cells. Not a drinker? The same compound exists in the seeds and skin of red grapes and blueberries. (For ultimate weight loss results, quit these 10 Sleep Habits That Cause Weight Gain, ASAP.)

 

7. Eat pomegranates to ward off sunburn.
Pomegranates are a rich source of ellagic acid, which can help protect your skin from UVA- and UVB-induced cell damage, according to research from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Texas A&M University. Aim to get the health benefits of pomegranates from whole fruits, which are a more potent form of the skin-protecting acids than juices or supplements.

8. Beat back a headache with beef liver.
Plagued by migraines? You may be suffering from a liver deficiency. Beef liver is one of the best dietary sources of the B vitamin riboflavin, which has shown some promise in reducing the frequency of migraine headaches. Of course, the effective dose is 400 milligrams of riboflavin per day, far more than you'd get from a serving of liver (about 3 milligrams). So eat your riboflavin-rich beef with other foods high in the vitamin, including dairy products and vegetables, and consider taking a supplement if you're plagued by bad headaches.

by Bob posted Jun 27 2014 4:34AM

It's that time of year when families start planning vacations, and since we don’t live in Syria, chances are that the vast majority of these vacations won’t end in death.Well, depending on how liberal you are with the lighter fluid during grilling time anyway. But there are a few vacation spots within the United States that are a little riskier than you might think. Sure, no one’s going to take you out with an RPG, Call of Duty style, but nature can be even deadlier than man. A lightning strike here, a fall off a cliff there, and that vacation suddenly doesn’t seem so relaxing. And that’s why you should be extra careful should you choose to visit any of the following destinations for Memorial Day. They are nine of the most dangerous vacation spots in America.

9. Red Triangle, California

Extending from Bodega Bay, just north of San Francisco, down to Big Sur and out to around the Farallon Islands, California’s Red Triangle is one of the most scenic spots in the entire country. It’s loaded with seals, sea lions, sea otters and everything else you’d normally have to go to Sea World to, uh, see. All that sweet, sweet sea meat also means that it’s home to lots and lots of great white sharks. In fact, 11% of the total great white shark attacks on humans worldwide have taken place within the Red Triangle. Is that bad? Because that kinda sounds bad. Of course, you’ll probably be fine, but nobody needs to wonder whether their vacation will turn into a sequel to Jaws. Sure, it will spice up the slide shows, but “Hey, remember that time grandma got eaten by a shark?” isn’t a conversation you want to be having next Thanksgiving.

8. Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Rocky Mountains, but never forget one thing: it’s a freakin’ mountain. That means that it pretty much exists to kill people. But the most popular method of killing puny humans probably isn’t what you think. It isn’t avalanches or even falls, it’s lightning. I mean, think about it, you’re literally miles above ground, surrounded by peaks that serve as virtual lightning rods. There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and storms move in fast. You get stuck out there on the wrong day and there’s a very real chance they’ll be able to use your corpse as an alternative power source. But even if you don’t get hit by lightning, let’s not forget that the Rocky Mountains have historically not been kind to stranded travelers. One unexpected snowfall and pretty soon you’re eating each other, and not in the good way. The Donner Party knows what I’m talking about.

7. Kauai, Hawaii

 

Kauai is gorgeous. But one of the reasons it’s so gorgeous is because it’s pretty much an untamed tropical paradise. That’s great and all, but it also means that it’s a darn jungle filled with things that will kill you. Most dangerous is probably the Kalalau Trail, where falling rocks, flash floods and the crumbling ground itself can do you in. It’s a 300 foot drop from the trail straight into the surf, and if you’re lucky, you might get stopped by a rock or a tree and just end up with a mangled face and permanent brain damage. Plus, if I’ve learned anything from TV, it’s that Hawaii is loaded with cursed Tiki dolls, and you don’t need the ghost of some ancient warrior chasing you through the jungle during your vacation. I don’t care how much CrossFit you’ve done, you’re not ready for that stuff.

6. Appalachia

Look, this one is simple. You’ve all seen Deliverance, or are at least familiar with its banjo twangin’ ways, right?  I’m just looking out for you.

5. White Mountains

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are beautiful. They’re loaded with lots of kick-ass bike trails and scenery to warm even the iciest of hearts. Unfortunately, they’re also dangerous as hell. Those kick-ass trails are great until a freak snowfall comes along and turns them into death ditches, or a rock-slide ends up chasing you down one of them like Indiana Jones running from the boulder at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark. But hey, don’t worry, because if nature decides to try to kill you, you can always escape by finding your way to Mt. Washington, where you’ll eventually be rescued by a helicopter, but not before being buffeted by the most hellacious winds in the country and losing all your fingers and toes to frostbite, even in the middle of summer.

4. Devil’s Hole, New York

 

Well, it’s called Devil’s Hole, so right away you know things probably won’t turn out well. Still, Devil’s Hole lures in plenty of avid fishermen, who relish the challenge of fishing the rapids. It’s also got beautiful scenery and blah, blah, blah… it’s called Devil’s Hole! Come on! And it’s called that because people try to fish there in their crappy little boats and end up getting hauled off by the ridiculously strong currents and then sucked under the rapids where they then drown and are eventually fished out by the cops, which is what the ancients liked to call irony. And also, dumb as hell.

3. Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite’s famous Half Dome is a bare peak that juts out of the earth like the hand of God himself. It’s awe-inspiring and it lures hikers and mountain climbers from all over the world. Of course, since it’s a bare peak, surrounded by nothing but air, it also means that it’s a gigantic lightning rod and if a storm rolls in, you’re pretty much done. And the scariest part is that storms often roll in without warning. It can be a picture perfect day when you start your climb, and a couple of hours later, you’re hugging a cliff face with your boys, telling them you love them all and wondering if you should build an ark to save mankind from this hell-storm that’s never, ever going to end, all while lightning flashes around you. And then… bang! You’re dead. If I were you, I’d just stick to camping and praying that a giant redwood doesn’t fall in the middle of the night and crush you like an ant.

2. Grand Canyon

Look, just use some common sense here. The Grand Canyon is popular because it’s literally a giant  chasm in the middle of the desert. This is not a place to just get loaded and stumble around. But even if you manage to keep your footing on one of the trails, you still have to deal with the fact that on one side, there’s a giant cliff and on the other, there’s a raging river. If things start to go south, there’s nowhere to go. And it’s not like you can just hang out for a while and wait for everything to chill out, because it’s pretty much the exact opposite of chill, with temperatures of over 110 degrees just waiting to fry your brain and make you stroke out. It’s so bad that on the Bright Angel Trail, they actually have something called a “Death Zone.” Good Lord.

1. The Maze, Utah

 

Located in the desert of Utah, the Maze is one of those places spoken of almost in hushed whispers in hiking circles. That’s because it’s a “trail” with no real actual trails, just identical canyons and a complex of dead-ends that make it, well, a maze. Hey, mazes can be fun, but probably not in the desert, where one wrong turn could lead to your bleached bones being found chilling with a vulture someday. There’s no water to be found anywhere, and landmarks are scarce since it’s all dead-end canyons and desert rock. Still, thousands of expert hikers tackle the Maze every year, both for the challenge and the stunning red rock scenery. The key word in there, though, is “expert.” Anything short of that and you might as well just sell all your possessions and leave a suicide note.

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by Bob posted Jun 26 2014 4:22AM
The "Hollywood Reporter" recently surveyed over 2,000 Hollywood industry types . . . agents, directors, producers, and studio executives . . . to assemble a list of "Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films" of All Time.

 

 

In other words, these are the best movies ever . . . according to the people who make them, not critics, movie buffs, or some random person on Buzzfeed.com.

 

 

When all the ballots were counted, here's how the Top 25 shook out:

 

 

1.  "The Godfather", 1972

 

2.  "The Wizard of Oz", 1939

 

3.  "Citizen Kane", 1941

 

4.  "The Shawshank Redemption", 1994

 

5.  "Pulp Fiction", 1994

 

6.  "Casablanca", 1942

 

7.  "The Godfather: Part 2", 1974

 

8.  "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial", 1982

 

9.  "2001: A Space Odyssey", 1958

 

10.  "Schindler's List", 1993

 

11.  "Star Wars", 1977

 

12.  "Back to the Future", 1985

 

13.  "Raiders of the Lost Ark", 1981

 

14.  "Forrest Gump", 1994

 

15.  "Gone with the Wind", 1939

 

16.  "To Kill a Mockingbird", 1962

 

17.  "Apocalypse Now", 1979

 

18.  "Annie Hall", 1977

 

19.  "Goodfellas", 1990

 

20.  "It's a Wonderful Life", 1946

 

21.  "Chinatown", 1974

 

22.  "The Silence of the Lambs", 1991

 

23.  "Lawrence of Arabia", 1962

 

24.  "Jaws", 1975

 

25.  "The Sound of Music", 1965

 

 

Nine movies from the past decade made the list, including "The Dark Knight" at #57, "Avatar" at #67, "Brokeback Mountain" at #76, "Inception" at #84, "Slumdog Millionaire" at #88, and "Pan's Labyrinth" at #96.

 

 

(You can browse the complete Top 100, here.)

 

 

(One of the cool things about this list is that it isn't littered with obscure movies that snobby critics have determined "classics," and instead includes ones that you've actually SEEN, for the most part.)

 

 

(There are also some great COMEDIES, which are often overlooked when it comes to the critics.  For example, "When Harry Met Sally" is #38, "The Big Lebowski" is #51, "Ghostbusters" is #77, and "Airplane!" cracked the Top 100 at #97.)



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by Bob posted Jun 25 2014 4:10AM

The World Cup Won the Ratings Week . . . Plus the Ratings of 11 Season Premieres

 

"World Cup Soccer" was the most-watched show of the week.  Sunday's game where Portugal scored in the final moments of the game to block a U.S. win was watched by just under 14 million people on ESPN.

 

 

And the game where the U.S. beat Ghana drew another 9.7 million viewers.  Our next match-up is tomorrow, where we'll go up against Germany.  They're our biggest competition in our World Cup Group and we're both undefeated going into tomorrow's match.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending June 22, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
1 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-TUE-06/17 S   11424
2 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6/22-06/22 S S 8120
3 NCIS-06/17   R 7818
4 Big Bang Theory, THE-06/19 R R 7672
5 60 Minutes-06/22 R R 6719
6 BACHELORETTE, THE-06/16 R   6503
7 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-06/17 R R 6415
8 NIGHT SHIFT-06/17 S   6250
9 Blue Bloods-06/20   R 6193
10 Dateline FRI-06/20     6021
11 CSI-06/18 R R 5956
12 Rookie Blue-06/19 S P 5916
13 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY-06/16     5628
14 MOM - THURSDAY-06/19 S R 5581
15 MIKE & MOLLY-06/16   R 5500
16 Criminal Minds-06/18 R R 5348
17 SO YOU THINK CN DANCE-06/18 R   5322
18 MIKE & MOLLY 6/16-SPECIAL-06/16 R SR 5279
19 MASTERCHEF-06/16     5235
20 48 HOURS-06/21 R R 5223
21 RISING STAR-06/22 S P 5200
22 Hawaii Five-0-06/20 S R 5169
23 Two and a Half Men-06/19 SR R 5138
24 HELL'S KITCHEN-06/19 S   5135
25 Person Of Interest-06/17   R 5074

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

Here are season premiere ratings for 11 other shows you may care about:

 

• The fifth season premiere of "Rookie Blue" pulled in 5.9 million viewers for ABC.

 

• The fifth season premiere of "Rizzoli & Isles" attracted 5.8 million viewers to TNT.

 

Eric Dane's new show "The Last Ship" premiered with 5.3 million viewers on TNT.

 

• ABC's new singing competition "Rising Star" premiered with 5.2 million viewers.

 

• The seventh season of HBO's "True Blood" returned with 4 million viewers.

 

• The fourth season premiere of TNT's "Falling Skies" had nearly 3.7 million viewers.

 

• The seventh season premiere of ABC's "Wipeout" had 3.6 million viewers.

 

• The third season premiere of TNT's "Perception" had 3.1 million viewers.

 

• The second season premiere of Syfy's "Defiance" pulled in 2 million viewers.

 

• The series premiere of Syfy's "Dominion" tanked with just 965,000 viewers.

 

• The fourth season premiere of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" had 1.1 million.

 

 

(The Top 25 shows on cable TV are at Zap2It.com.)

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by Bob posted Jun 25 2014 4:00AM
Every time you eat fast food, you're being TRICKED into buying more than you should.  They really put a lot of thought into it.  Here's a list of some of the biggest ways they get you to spend extra money.

 

 

1.  They use red on everything.  Scientists think the color red stimulates your appetite when you see it.  Orange, yellow, and pink work too.  McDonald's, In-N-Out, Fatburger, Chick-Fil-A, Carl's Jr., Hardee's, Burger King, Wendy's . . . just about everyone does it.

 

 

2.  They always smell good.  What you smell has a huge impact on your appetite.  That's why you start smelling Cinnabon in the mall about a hundred yards before you get to the food court.

 

 

3.  Food porn.  They get you with those big close-ups of that perfectly-cooked, perfectly-built burger that doesn't exist in any actual fast food joint.  By the time you get the nasty burger from the drive-thru, you're too hungry to notice the difference.

 

 

4.  Blasting top 40 music.  Relaxing music like classical and jazz tends to keep people in a restaurant longer, according to one study.  So fast food chains use loud, fast pop music to make you eat FASTER and leave earlier.  They need the turnover.

 

 

5.  Meal deals.  The restaurant gets less for a combo than it would for each item bought separately.  But the deal you get makes you buy more food than you would buy otherwise. 

 

 

6.  Bright lighting.  It keeps you from relaxing, so you'll spend less time there.

 

 

7.  Keeping menu options limited.  The game is to give a good selection without overwhelming customers with too many options.  They aim for about six items per menu category.

 

 

8.  Appealing names and descriptions.  There are certain adjectives they always go back to.  Coffee is always "aromatic" . . . beef is always "sizzling" . . . you get it.

 

 

9.  Different sizes for the same item.  Restaurants make more profit on smaller sizes.  So they actually make the large sizes absurdly large on purpose, to make people order more of the small sizes. 

 

 

Of course it usually backfires, because they just used all their OTHER tricks to give you a huge appetite.

 

 

10.  Special menu designs.  They put the expensive items in the upper right corner, where your eye tends to land first.  Or they highlight certain items by making them bigger than the rest, or putting a box around them.

 

 

(Business Insider)


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by Bob posted Jun 24 2014 3:59AM

If you've been with your current company for a long time, they've probably rewarded your loyalty with some 3% raises here and there . . . maybe even 5% or 8%.

 

 

And that's cool.  But it's going to leave you way POORER than the coworkers who moved on.

 

 

A new study by "Forbes" found that people who stay at the same job make 50% LESS in their lifetimes than people who switch jobs every two years or so.

 

 

The main reason is that if you stay at the same job, you get raises that barely help you keep up with inflation.  The average raise in 2014 is 3% . . . and inflation is 2.1%.  That means your "real" raise is less than 1%.

 

 

But if you jump to another job, it's probably because they're offering to pay you over 3% more than what you make now.  So if you keep jumping from job to job, you're actually getting bigger jumps in your salary than staying loyal. 

 

 

(Forbes)


by Bob posted Jun 23 2014 5:18AM

We all know college is when you hit your partying peak. But why does it hurt so much to recover as you get older? Science finally has some explanations and they aren’t pretty. Like your receding hairline.

1. YOUR LIVER

As alcohol breaks down in the body it creates a toxin called acetaldehyde. That jerk toxin is the main cause of hangovers and can only be eliminated through the liver. However, as we get older our livers produce less antioxidants so more acetaldehydes pass through causing head aches, vomiting and brunch cancellations.

2. MEDICATIONS

Remember how doctors says you should stop drinking while on antibiotics? That’s because many medications affect the ability for your body to process alcohol correctly. So, if you are getting up there and need medications for any number of “getting old” maladies, those medications are going to affect your ability to bounce back in the morning.

3. WEIGHT GAIN

Not only does your fat gut not fit in your high school b-ball jersey anymore, it also means you going to have worse hangovers. Being heavier means A) You need more alcohol to get drunk and B) Your body has more fat and less water, causing alcohol toxins in your cells longer. Didn’t know that hitting the gym helped hangovers did ya?

4. SLEEP

Teenagers can sleep through all of Monday’s classes and not skip a beat. But as we grow older, it’s tougher to get a good night’s rest. This sleep deprivation, mixed with alcohol, means the older person is not getting the proper rest needed to fight off a hangover. Plus, you know. You’ve got to drink your kids to school.

5. TOLERANCE DROPS

Unless you are Frank The Tank, most adults drink less as they get older. That means your tolerance drops significantly. One baby shower or bachelor party, where you like you’re 21 years old again, will hit you like a ton of bricks

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by Bob posted Jun 23 2014 4:17AM
You might think your grandparents are clueless because they can't program the DVR or video chat.  But they know how to do a lot of stuff that YOU don't.  Here's a list of seven skills most people don't have anymore.

 

 

1.  Cooking from scratch.  Not following a recipe, but actually improvising with food.  Before microwaves and TV dinners, people just had to know how to work with what they had, and make it taste good.

 

 

2.  Sewing.  Also crocheting, quilting, darning, needlepoint, and all that related stuff.  If we have holes in our socks, we throw them away.  Your grandparents actually sat down and fixed them.  Men too . . . they had to do it by themselves in the Army.

 

 

3.  Canning.  A couple people do it now if they're really into home gardening.  But fifty years ago, just about everybody did it.

 

 

4.  Ironing.  It used to be that you would iron everything off the clothesline.  Now we just iron dress clothes, and most of the time we don't even do it right.

 

 

5.  Meeting people in person . . . by TALKING.  A lot of us meet new people online nowadays.  When we're out in public, face to face with real people, we IGNORE them . . . so we can stay online instead.

 

 

6.  Haggling.  Before everything was sold in chain superstores, people used to haggle a lot.  Now you never even get to try, except on Craigslist and at the car dealership.

 

 

7.  Writing letters.  Your grandparents used to write beautiful letters all the time, with pen and paper, and mail them in envelopes.  The writing you do on Facebook and Twitter . . . your grandparents would have called that being ILLITERATE.

 

 

(And they'd be right.  A recent study found that 67.3% of Facebook posts are written at a fifth grade reading level or lower.)

 

 

(Huffington Post)   

by Bob posted Jun 23 2014 4:09AM
The annual World's Ugliest Dog contest went down on Friday.  It was at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.  And even though the winner IS ugly, he's also strangely beautiful . . . like a sunset over a garbage dump, perhaps?

 

 

This year the World's Ugliest Dog is a two-year-old mutt named Peanut.

 

 

Peanut was injured in a fire, so he doesn't have lips or eyelids.  That means his eyes are always bugging out and watering . . . and it always looks like he's smiling.  His hair is all over the place too.

 

 

His owner is a woman named Holly Chandler from Greenville, North Carolina.  She won $1,500 from the contest and she's going to use it to pay other pets' vet bills.

 

 

Quote, "He's my baby.  I guess I don't see him every day as being that ugly, but I guess the judges thought so." 

 (Here are some photos of Peanut, and here's the website for the contest with all the dogs he beat.)


 

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by Bob posted Jun 11 2014 5:44AM

There’s a perfect day to book your ticket and a perfect time (more or less) to get to the airport. Where's the perfect place to sit?

A recent study from budget airline easyJet claims to pinpoint the perfect airplane seat: 7F. Their reasoning? It sells the best.

But these results conflict with an earlier survey from Skyscanner, which claimed 6A was the best after polling travelers and considering "lucky numbers."

Ticket sales and lucky numbers are great, but neither of these methods seems entirely sound to us.

 

So which seat on the plane is the BEST? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for:

 

1. For SAFETY, pick an aisle seat in the rear, behind the "trailing edge of the wing."

An extensive study from Popular Mechanics found that passengers near the tail of a plane are about 40 percent more likely to survive a crash than those in the first few rows. Seats behind the trailing edge of the wings -- not over them -- had the highest survival rates. And choosing an aisle means you'll likely deplane more quickly in an emergency that requires evacuation.

 

2. For SLEEPING, pick a window seat on the left side of the plane, near the middle of the aircraft.

Frequent fliers say windows are off-center on the left side, providing a better spot to lay your head. The middle of an aircraft ensures you won't be bothered by bathroom lines or noisy galleys.

 

3. For STORAGE, pick a seat in the rear.

Almost all airlines (United Airlines and US Airways are noticeable exceptions) follow aback-to-front loading procedure, so if you're in a rear seat you'll get first dibs on overhead bin space.

 

4. For A QUICK EXIT, pick a seat on the left side of the plane, in the front.

We're talking about deplaning here, and it's obvious that on most planes, those in the front get to leave first. The main exit door is almost always on the left, so passengers tend to funnel out faster from that side of the plane.

 

5. For LEGROOM, pick an aisle seat in the exit row.

Exit row seats typically offer more space: a whopping 37-41 inches of pitch inJetBlue's Even More Space seats (though you'll have to pay extra for it), compared to 33 inches in JetBlue's regular rows. Picking an exit seat on the edge means you can stretch your legs into the aisle. Bulkhead seats may seem tempting, but consider thatsome will stuff your legs into cut-outs less than a foot high.

 

6. For KIDS, pick a seat in the bulkhead.

This one's a no-brainer: Most bulkhead seats leave more room for kids to move and sit on the floor, if allowed (just make sure your bulkhead row doesn't double as an exit row -- in that case, kids can't sit there).

The bathroom is nearby since you're in the front of the plane, and some bulkheads have bassinets for babies. Plus, no seats in front of you means there's a 50 percent decrease in the amount of bystanders you'll annoy.

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