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by Bob posted Jul 31 2014 4:57AM

It's the bad-movie franchise that Twitter built. When Sharknado – the saga of a man, his chainsaw and a bunch of poorly CGI'd sharks flying through the air in L.A. – aired on Syfy last year, it became a surprise social-network sensation, racking up enough mentions to compete with the likes of Game of Thrones. Suddenly the Asylum, the production house known for direct-to-video knockoffs like Transmorphers and Syfy schlock like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, had a hit on its hands. The sequel, which debuted tonight, had an expensive NYC setting, a galaxy of celebrity cameos, and seemingly the full weight of NBC/Universal's promotional muscle behind it. And like the original, it was…a learning experience. Here are the 10 lessons we're taking away:


1. You don't need to have seen Sharknado to follow the story of Sharknado 2.
I know — it was my biggest concern, too! It had been a while since I'd watched the original film, in which Ian Ziering and Tara Reid played an estranged couple – he's a surfer, she's, I dunno, a doctor or something  who reunited in a Los Angeles inundated with tornadoes carrying sharks, which they defeated by bombing the tornadoes, as one does. Would I remember enough of its complex narrative to understandSharknado 2's expansion of the Sharknado mythos? Fortunately, the opening scenes catch you up: They're trying to get back together, they're reeling from the effects of post-sharknado fame, they're hawking a book called How to Survive a Sharknado, they're visiting family in New York played by b-movie starlet Kari Wuhrer and Sugar Ray doofus Mark McGrath, they're very good at detecting and combating freak storms with sharks in them. Got it!

2. When touching down in New York City, sharknadoes and Midwestern tourists have the same itinerary.
From the excitement of a Mets game at Citi Field to the living history of the Statue of Liberty. From the hustle and bustle of Times Square to the comfort and luxury of a hotel with convenient access to Times Square. From the studio of The Today Show to the studio of Live with Regis and Kelly. Yes, Sharknado 2 really made the most of that on-location New York City shoot, showing off all the local character you can find within convenient walking distance of the 7 train.

3. Climate change is real, and sharknadoes are the proof.
Along with rich character work and intricate worldbuilding, scathing political commentary on the perils of anthropogenic climate change is a constant in both of the Sharknado films. In this installment, we see New York City at the center of wild weather patterns – tropical storms moving in from one direction, unseasonal summer blizzards from the other. In addition to creating optimal conditions for a sharknado, these unstable climatic conditions recall the snowstorm that followed Hurricane Sandy in 2012, further devastating the New York metropolitan area. Or maybe it's just a crass and thoughtless way for the movie to explain why half the time there's an outdoor scene, there's snow on the sidewalks and you can see the actors' breath even though it takes place in July. Either way!

4. Watching sharks attack annoying celebrities isn't as much fun as you'd think.
When the first shark soars through the aisle of an airplane and bites off Kelly Osbourne's head, it's funny. When another one chows down on nerd-media icon Wil Wheaton, it's amusing. By the time Perez Hilton shows up on a subway platform, you're just counting down the seconds till an unconvincing splash of CGI bloodspray signals his departure from your TV screen. Hell, several of the most irritating d-listers who show up – Andy Dick, Billy Ray Cyrus, Subway's Jared – don't even give us the satisfaction of dying.

5. Watching sharks attack actually pretty cool celebrities isn't that much fun either.
Shot on a shoestring and intended to be just another widget cranked out by the Syfy Originals schlock factory, the first Sharknado had a cast to match its ambition. When the dust settled and the sharks landed, it's not like the careers of Ian Ziering and Tara Reid were gonna take a huge hit  only Sopranos and Home Alone veteran John Heard was gonna have to answer to his god for appearing in that thing. This time around? Comedians-slash-character-actors Richard Kind, Judd Hirsch, and Robert Klein all get fake shark blood on their hands, as do bona fide hip-hop legends Sandra "Pepa" Denton and Biz Markie. (Stick with Yo Gabba Gabba!, Biz.) If you've ever wanted to watch Robert Klein make stage chatter with WWE Superstar Kurt Angle while they play the Mayor of New York and the Chief of the FDNY respectively, or see Pepa get squashed by a whale shark while riding a Citibike, this is your big day, you weirdo. 

6. The Today Show is awkward even when it's being attacked by sharks.
Ukraine, Gaza, ebola, sharknado. In these troubled times, we turn to trusted news anchors like Matt Lauer, who has almost as much Sharknado 2 screentime as Tara Reid. At one point, he and genial weather guru Al Roker have a weirdly passive-aggressive back and forth about whether to call them "shark storms" or "sharknados," arguably the most uncomfortable morning-TV moment since Lauer asked Anne Hathaway about her wardrobe malfunction. Later, the pair stab a shark to death live on camera, handling its exit just slightly better than Ann Curry's.

7. Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan are way too good at this.
Of all the celebrities who subject themselves to Sharknado 2, the hosts of Live with Kelly and Michael are the only ones who don't come out smelling like last week's seafood. Whether it's their eerily convincing banter when discussing the plane crash that kept Tara Reid's character from her scheduled interview on the show ("Our prayers are with the families of Flight 209," Strahan deadpans) or their instinctive reactions when the studio is assaulted by flying sharks (Strahan decks one; Ripa stabs one in the brain with a stiletto heel), they make it look charming. If it weren't for a shark eating longtime Live producer Michael Gelman, it'd almost seem like just another episode.

8. It's terrifyingly easy to gain access to makeshift weapons in Mayor Robert Klein's New York.
Midtown delis sell road flares and cans of lighter fluid. Pizzerias run by Biz Markie have a supply of propane tanks. The trunks of random motorists are full of machetes, pitchforks, and machine guns. (Okay, those weapons aren't so makeshift.) "This is the Big Apple," the comedy legend turned mayor of America's largest metropolis tells Fin before his people run wild through the streets, slaughtering anything with gills. "When something bites us, we bite back." Eat it, DeBlasio!

9. Vivica A. Fox cuts some sharks apart with a sword.
I mean, there's not much more to say about that. Is it too late for Quentin Tarantino to make all those Kill Bill prequels and sequels he was talking about?

10. During "an EF5 sharknado," sharks can come down at a rate of up to "two inches an hour."
Even in a movie with the premise that sharks can be sucked into waterspouts by the thousands and dropped, alive and biting, into a major American city, this is damn gibberish.

by Bob posted Jul 30 2014 4:29AM

Some foods can actually make you feel HUNGRIER when you eat them.  Which is a good way to get big in a hurry, if you're not paying attention.  Watch out for these 11 foods, and don't let them fool you. 



1.  White bread.  It makes your insulin levels go up, which can make your body think it needs more sugar.



2.  Fruit juice.  It's so sugary that it causes a sugar spike in your blood, and then a hard crash afterwards.



3.  Salty snacks.  A lot of times your body will compensate by craving something sweet.



4.  Fast food.  It's so salty you can get dehydrated, and sometimes that can cause stomach pain that feels like a hunger pang.



5.  Alcohol.  It tends to reduce levels of leptin . . . a hormone that makes you feel full.  And it can deplete your body's energy reserves, so you crave carbs.



6.  White pasta.  It's so full of carbs that it can cause insulin spikes, and those can make you feel hungry, just like with white bread.



7.  MSG.  It messes with your hypothalamus and causes big increases in your appetite.  Now you know why they serve Chinese food by buffet.



8.  Sushi.  It's mainly white rice, so it has the same effect as bread or pasta.



9.  Artificial sweeteners.  They make your body think it's about to get something it can use for energy.  But they have no calories, so then you just crave sweets.



10.  Kids cereals.  They're so high in sugar that they can cause spikes and drops in insulin and blood sugar levels throughout the day.



11.  Pizza.  It messes with your hormones, your blood sugar levels . . . everything.  It's because everything in a pizza is processed.  So if you made a pizza from scratch with fresh toppings and whole wheat dough, you'd be all right.



(ABC News)

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by Bob posted Jul 30 2014 4:25AM

"America's Got Talent" Took the Top Two Spots in the Ratings


"America's Got Talent" took the top two spots in the ratings last week.  It averaged a little over 10 million viewers on both days.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending July 27, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
1 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-TUE-07/22/2014   NBC 10426
2 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-WED-07/23/2014 P NBC 10318
3 NCIS-07/22/2014 R CBS 8703
4 60 Minutes-07/27/2014 R CBS 7656
5 Big Bang Theory, THE-07/24/2014 R CBS 7132
6 BACHELORETTE, THE-07/21/2014   ABC 7091
7 UNDER THE DOME-07/21/2014   CBS 6743
8 Big Brother-WED-07/23/2014   CBS 6633
9 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-07/22/2014 R CBS 6561
10 EXTANT-07/23/2014   CBS 6483
11 Big Brother-THU-07/24/2014   CBS 6482
12 Unforgettable-07/27/2014   CBS 6453
13 BIG BROTHER-SUN-07/27/2014   CBS 6434
14 Blue Bloods-07/25/2014 R CBS 6301
15 Dateline FRI-07/25/2014   NBC 6117
16 MASTERCHEF-07/21/2014   FOX 6017
17 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR-07/21/2014   NBC 5817
18 20/20-FRI-07/25/2014   ABC 5580
19 MILLERS, THE-07/24/2014 R CBS 5351
20 TAXI BROOKLYN-07/23/2014   NBC 5298
21 Hawaii Five-0-07/25/2014 R CBS 5249
22 HELL'S KITCHEN-07/24/2014   FOX 5167
23 NY MED-07/24/2014   ABC 5166
24 Person Of Interest-07/22/2014 R CBS 4935
25 Criminal Minds-07/23/2014 R CBS 4922

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

(TNT's "Major Crimes" was the top show on cable with 5.6 million viewers.  You'll find the Top 25 shows on cable  TV are at
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by Bob posted Jul 29 2014 4:12AM

A study has been completed which ranks countries around the world by its feeling toward the United States of America. The study was done by Pew research and the results were released this month. According to the survey, America is loved by some parts of the world and hated by others, according to CNS.

The study clearly reveals that the United States is viewed most negatively or unfavorably in portions of the Muslim world. In particular, Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian territories all view the United States with a favorability rating of 16 percent or less. Yet, contrarily, America’s ratings are positive in Senegal in West Africa and Malaysia in Southeast Asia which are predominantly Muslim countries.

The United States is most popular in European countries, particularly since President Barack Obama has been office in 2009. Obama is popular in Europe and the anti-Americanism that swept Europe when President George W. Bush was president has relaxed. At this time, more than 60 percent of people in the countries of Italy, Poland, France and Spain have a favorable view of the United States, according to Yahoo! News.

In other parts of the world, in the Asian and Pacific regions of the globe, the United States is viewed quite favorably as well. The Philippines, South Korea all have a favorable opinion of the United States. The three countries, according to the survey, believe it is important for their nations to have strong ties to America. Beyond ties to the U.S., there are other reasons nations express positivity toward the country.

For example, America is believed to have scientific and technological achievements which parts of the world find to be very positive. The U.S. is also well liked for its ways of doing business and for its popular culture. In recent years, there are parts of the world who find the United States to have a soft power which is found to be appealing as well.

The Top 10 Countries that Love the United States

(country, percent of favorability)

1. Philippines – 92 percent

2. Israel – 84 percent

3. South Korea – 82 percent

4. Kenya – 80 percent (tie)

4. El Salvador – 80 percent (tie)

6. Italy – 78 percent

7. Ghana – 77 percent

8. Vietnam – 76 percent (tie)

8. Bangladesh – 76 percent (tie)

10. Tanzania – 75 percent (tie)

10. France – 75 percent (tie)


The Top 10 Countries that Hate the United States

(country, percent of favorability)

1. Egypt – 10 percent

2. Jordan – 12 percent

3. Turkey – 19 percent

4. Russia – 23 percent

5. Palestinian territory – 30 percent

6. Greece – 34 percent

7. Pakistan – 41percent (tie)

7. Lebanon – 41 percent (tie)

9. Tunisia – 42 percent

10. Germany – 51 percent

The survey was conducted by Pew Research Center last year. There were 39 countries involving 36,653 interviews. The report compares countries’ impressions of the United States and China in an effort to display which country is favored and disfavored by nations throughout the globe.

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by Bob posted Jul 28 2014 3:44AM
Earlier this month, a couple named Lanie and Walter Brown went to a flea market in Hemphill, Texas, about 170 miles northeast of Houston.  And someone was selling an American flag with a bunch of writing all over it.



Then when they looked closer, they realized it was a "tribute flag", covered in two dozen messages for a 20-year-old Marine named Lance Corporal Fred Maciel, who served two tours in Iraq.  Sadly, he died in a helicopter crash in 2005.



The person selling it initially wanted 15 bucks, but then saw it was covered in writing, and dropped it to $5.  According to Lanie, they would have paid a HUNDRED if they needed to.  They just knew they had to buy it.



Lanie and Walter have two sons in the Marines, and Walter was a Marine too.  So they made it their mission to track down Fred's family.  And eventually they found his mom on Facebook, and got in touch



It's still not clear how the flag ended up at the flea market.  But the messages were from the rest of Fred's unit, and his mom said she'd never seen it before, and didn't even know it existed.  So Lanie brought it to her this weekend for a special memorial service.



She said she and her husband went so far out of their way, because when you're the parent of a Marine, it's like ALL Marines are your kids. 



by Bob posted Jul 24 2014 11:05AM

I was standing on the wall when they took this picture. Congrats to Katrina & Jason!
by Bob posted Jul 24 2014 4:29AM
COLLINSVILLE, Ill., July 22 (UPI) --If you can squeeze about $200,000 out of your bank account, then one of the most iconic towers in America could be yours. It might not exactly be the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but the 170-foot-tall "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup" in Illinois is for sale. The 65-year-old landmark once served the city of Collinsville as a water tower and the warehouse next to it is also for sale for $300,000. Brooks Old Original Rich and Tangy Catsup was produced in the buildings near the landmark, but it was never stored in the 100,000-gallon tower. The tower is usually celebrated during the annual Catsup Bottle Festival, but it's unclear what will happen next year if the property is sold. "Hopefully new owners will come in who are preservation-minded," Mike "Big Tomato" Gassmann of the World's Largest Catsup Bottle Fan Club told the Belleville News-Democrat. "We really hope someone with its best interest at heart comes along. ... We've been brainstorming ideas for redevelopment of that block for years: a welcome center, a museum, a cafe, a park. There are all kinds of great ideas on what that property could turn into." The bottle is on the National Register of Historic Places and the new owner of the property would likely be required to preserve it. It's possible that the Catsup Bottle Fan Club will turn to Kickstarter in order to raise money to purchase the tower.

COLLINSVILLE, Ill., July 22 (UPI) --If you can squeeze about $200,000 out of your bank account, then one of the most iconic towers in America could be yours.

It might not exactly be the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but the 170-foot-tall "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup" in Illinois is for sale.

The 65-year-old landmark once served the city of Collinsville as a water tower and the warehouse next to it is also for sale for $300,000.

Brooks Old Original Rich and Tangy Catsup was produced in the buildings near the landmark, but it was never stored in the 100,000-gallon tower.

The tower is usually celebrated during the annual Catsup Bottle Festival, but it's unclear what will happen next year if the property is sold.

"Hopefully new owners will come in who are preservation-minded," Mike "Big Tomato" Gassmann of the World's Largest Catsup Bottle Fan Club told the Belleville News-Democrat. "We really hope someone with its best interest at heart comes along. ... We've been brainstorming ideas for redevelopment of that block for years: a welcome center, a museum, a cafe, a park. There are all kinds of great ideas on what that property could turn into."

The bottle is on the National Register of Historic Places and the new owner of the property would likely be required to preserve it.

It's possible that the Catsup Bottle Fan Club will turn to Kickstarter in order to raise money to purchase the tower.


by Bob posted Jul 23 2014 3:48AM
Baseball's "All-Star Game" was the most-watched show in primetime last week, averaging 11.3 million viewers.  That was the game's biggest audience since 2010, when it attracted 12.1 million viewers.



The American League beat the National League this year, by a score of 5-to-3.



The annual "Home Run Derby", which went down on ESPN the day before the game, was the most-watched show on cable with 5.4 million viewers.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending July 20, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
3 EXTANT-07/16   CBS 7963
4 NCIS-07/15 R CBS 7933
5 60 Minutes-07/20 R CBS 7898
6 UNDER THE DOME-07/14   CBS 7641
7 Big Bang Theory, THE-07/17 R CBS 7103
8 BACHELORETTE, THE-07/14   ABC 6907
9 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY-07/14   FOX 6470
10 Unforgettable-07/20   CBS 6390
11 Big Brother-SUN-07/20   CBS 6266
12 BIG BROTHER-WED-07/16   CBS 6217
13 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-07/15 R CBS 6205
14 Blue Bloods-07/18 R CBS 6185
15 BIG BROTHER-THU-07/17   CBS 6106
16 Dateline FRI-07/18   NBC 6065
17 NIGHT SHIFT-07/15   NBC 6049
18 20/20-FRI-07/18   ABC 5966
20 Big Bang Theory, THE:SP-07/14 SR CBS 5807
21 MASTERCHEF-07/14   FOX 5615
23 Rookie Blue-07/17   ABC 5425
24 Criminal Minds-07/16 R CBS 5386
25 NY MED-07/17   ABC 5291

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.  All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.  (The Top 25 shows on cable  TV are at

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by Bob posted Jul 22 2014 4:21AM

Moving into an apartment with a dishwasher was a game changer for me. I didn't have to be as picky with what I used in the kitchen because I knew it wouldn't take me a long time after cooking to clean everything up. That said, I learned quickly what should and shouldn't be cleaned with the help of this kitchen luxury. While there are definitely things that clearly say the item should be hand-washed, it's not always so easy.

Here are a few kitchen items that you might consider hand-washing instead of putting in the dishwasher. I've complied this list based off my own experience and with some help from some dishwasher experts.

There are a litany of strange things that are OK to put in the dishwasher, but here are some things to avoid

  1. Cast Iron: Cast iron requires a little more attention and care than your other pots and pans and shouldn't be put in the dishwasher. See our tutorial for how to properly clean cast iron.
  2. Good Knives: Your good knives dull quicker when put in the dishwasher. Instead, hand-wash your knives and dry with a tea towel. For more information on washing your knives, click here.
  3. Crystal: This is an obvious one. Dishwasher detergent and heat can potentially chip or crack fine crystal. Don't risk ruining your very expensive and precious items, and just hand-wash 'em instead.
  4. Wooden Utensils: Some wooden items can go in the dishwasher, but it's best to check with the manufacturer first (if possible). You risk having the wood warp or lose its finish.
  5. Nonstick Pans: Again, it's best to check with the manufacturer to see if your nonstick can be put in the dishwasher. But in case you don't know the brand or want to be super careful, nonstick is best to hand-wash. You risk the pan losing its non-stick quality.
  6. Copper Pans: You risk changing the color of these gorgeous pans by putting them in the dishwasher.
  7. Soft and Hard Plastic: Some harder plastics can be put in the dishwasher if the manufacturer says it's OK; just make sure to put them on the top rack.
  8. Disposable Aluminum: You risk getting black residue or marks all over the aluminum item and the other things in the dishwasher.
  9. Gold-Plated Dishware: The dishwasher can potentially eat away at the gold. It's better to avoid ruining your plates or silverware and simply wash these items by hand.
  10. Insulated Mugs: I've definitely put an insulated mug in the dishwasher by accident only to have the space between the outer and inner layer filled with water. Not cool.
  11. Anything with Adhesives: Labels with glue can clog and hurt your dishwasher. It's best to either get rid of the labels before putting the item in the dishwasher (like with glass bottles), or simply wash by hand.


A Few More Notes From the Experts

The list above encompasses the basics, but I also went straight to the experts! I talked to Cascade and Samsung; they repeat some of the points above, with some helpful notes.


A representative from Cascade added that you should consider washing the following products and materials by hand. A few of these things surprised me!

  • Aluminum utensils, pots, pans, or baking sheets (these can discolor or corrode in the dishwasher)
  • China (hand painted or antique)
  • Hand-painted ceramics/stoneware
  • Hollow-handled knives
  • Milk glass
  • Enamel
  • Porcelain
  • Pewter
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by Bob posted Jul 22 2014 3:56AM
For the second straight year, ROBERT DOWNEY JR. tops's annual list of The Highest Paid Actors in Hollywood.  He reportedly raked in $75 million over the past 12 months.



Here's the complete Top 10:



1.  Robert Downey, Jr., $75 million


2.  Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock, $52 million


3.  Bradley Cooper, $46 million


4.  Leonardo DiCaprio, $29 million


5.  Chris Hemsworth, $37 million


6.  Liam Neeson, $36 million


7.  A tie between Ben Affleck and Christian Bale, with $35 million apiece


9.  A tie between Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg, with $32 million apiece



( has more info.  And here's the slideshow with the Top 10.)


by Bob posted Jul 18 2014 4:15AM
Ann and Bob Higginbottom of Lincolnshire, England rescued a kitten named Pinky from a shelter back in 1986 . . . that's 28 years ago.



And Pinky is STILL ALIVE.



She just turned 28 . . . which is about 129 in human years.  And that makes her the world's oldest living cat.



Ann says, quote, "She is amazing, really, completely deaf now . . . but her eyesight is still as sharp as ever.  She's turning into an old lady now, she likes to sit by our Koi pond and just watch them as they swim."



According to the "Guinness Book of World Records", the oldest cat ever lived to be 38 . . . so Pinky would need to go another decade to match that.

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by Bob posted Jul 17 2014 6:06AM

OK...This is our public service/marriage saver feature of the week. Read, learn and utilize.

Whether you recently said "I do" or just celebrated a double-digit anniversary, you can probably spout off a lot of info about your husband-his middle name, where he was born, his favorite food. But knowing these 10 other things can bring you closer than ever. Find out why, and try these relationship strategies to ensure your husband is anything but a mystery.


1. When He Needs Space


Sharing office news, the kids' schedules and the latest neighborhood drama as soon as your husband walks in the door each night can backfire. "Most women want to immediately connect at the end of the day. For a lot of guys, they need their space more than ever then," says Les Parrott III, PhD, a psychology professor and co-author (with wife and marriage therapist Leslie Parrott, EdD) of The Good Fight: How Conflict Can Bring You Closer. Give your hubby a few minutes to unwind when he comes home. You're more likely to get his undivided attention if you wait.


2. When He's Really Listening


If it seems like your husband constantly tunes you out, consider this: Men may look at other areas of the room while still paying attention, according to Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, who reviewed videotapes of same-sex best friends talking. Rather than focus on where your husband's gaze lands during conversations, note how he responds to you. If your words are truly falling on deaf ears, Rachel A. Sussman, a relationship specialist and author of The Breakup Bible, suggests gently telling him you feel he isn't listening; then, let him respond. "Don't accuse or blame him," she advises.



3. The Most Productive Way to Fight…


Arguments happen in any good marriage. But there's a wrong and right way to fight. Through a study conducted to predict how long couples would stay married, researchers discovered, not surprisingly, that yelling during fights often led to divorce-but so did approaching arguments differently from one's spouse (say, one spoke calmly and the other avoided the conversation). "Ask yourself, 'When would I want to have this conversation?'" suggests Sussman. "Then, think about what might work best for your husband." Assessing both your moods can help you pinpoint the best time for a constructive argument.

4. …And When an Argument is Going Nowhere


For some disagreements, there's just no productive way to fight it out. To find out if you're gearing up for a purposeful fight, rate the importance of the topic. If it's a core value-like how to raise your children or which city to live in-rank it highly. If it's not-like the color of a new bedspread or what to have for dinner-it may not be worth an argument. Next, determine if you and your husband are ready for the discussion. If either of you are "tired, hungry or distracted, don't get into a conversation about something important," Dr. Leslie Parrott advises.



5. Which Topics Set Him Off

Maybe it's talking about his mom's flavorless cooking-or his late nights at work. Dr. Les Parrott says it's important to "know where the emotional landmines are. If you step on one, you can expect an explosion," he says. But you can't avoid all "hot topics." "Find the right space and time to talk about these issues," he suggests. Plus, try to understand your husband's side, and then approach him in a non-threatening way. You might say, "I'm not looking to upset you; I'm just looking for a solution to an issue that's causing me a lot of pain," Sussman offers.



6. How (and When) to Be His Support System

Couples who say they have strong spousal support and face daily stress have 50% higher rates of marriage satisfaction, according to a 2012 study. While wives equate affection and warmth with support, husbands feel supported when they're appreciated, needed and receiving offers to help with errands. Not sure if your hubby needs you? Ask him. "Mindreading is outlawed," says Jackie Black, PhD, a board-certified couples' coach and author of Meeting Your Match: Cracking the Code to Successful Relationships. Volunteer to tackle some tasks on his list so he can recharge. And tell him how much you appreciate him as a partner to give him a boost.


7. When He's Not Loving Your Love Life

If your man isn't showing signs he wants to have sex-perhaps he usually kisses your neck or gives you a telltale look-then it's time to rekindle the fire. Dr. Leslie Parrott says couples reconnect when they try out-of-the-box activities together. "Women experience intimacy through communication, so we often underplay sharing something novel," she says. Plan a date that'll get you both in the mood. Some ideas: Sign up for a race, head to the museum or take a cooking class to, ahem, turn up the heat.


8. How He Views His Role as Husband and Father

Whether it's just you two or you plus kids, you and your husband have equally important family roles. And it's vital that you recognize how he views his part and respect it. "Of course that's a two-way street, but it's even more important for men," says Dr. Les Parrott, who adds that respecting his role helps him feel close to you. Fight the urge to cast your husband into specific parts without his input. And keep in mind that you don't always have to be in sync with parenting. "Differences in temperament and style are key to parents' success and the enjoyment of parenting," Dr. Black says.



9. What His Dream Job (or Vacation or Car) Is

It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, but happy couples discuss "each other's hopes and dreams to build and sustain intimacy," says Dr. Black. Make it a point to regularly talk to your husband about, well, him. Find out his career goals for the next few years-or just hear about his favorite book, TV show or food of the moment. Then, reciprocate by telling him more about you. Communication helps you grow with each other instead of apart.

10. That You Don't Know Everything About Him


No matter how much you communicate with your husband, you can never completely know him, and that's OK. "It's never good to believe you know anything about your partner for sure and therefore not ask," says Dr. Black. "It's vital that you and your husband continually get to know each other," adds Sussman. "If you're growing, you have to continue to catch up with each other." That means there's at least one enjoyable thing you can do each week: get to know-and fall in love with-your husband all over again.

by Bob posted Jul 17 2014 4:06AM
Without getting TOO personal, I'm sure one of your small joys at work is heading to the bathroom after lunch for 20 quiet minutes of alone time.  But what if your boss was standing outside with a stopwatch?



A company called WaterSaver Faucet in Chicago felt like employees were spending too much time in the bathroom . . . so they instituted a new policy last month. 



Everyone got 60 minutes of bathroom time over 10 days . . . which means six minutes a day.  You have to swipe your employee card going into the bathroom and swipe it again when you come out.



There were 19 people who went over their 60 minutes, and all of them got warnings.  The next time they go over, they could be looking at a suspension. 



The Teamsters union just filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board over the policy.  They say it's an invasion of privacy and sets unreasonable expectations.



The CEO of WaterSaver is Steve Kersten, and he says the bathroom policy will save hundreds of hours of productivity a month . . . although he did admit HE doesn't have to swipe his card when he uses HIS bathroom. 



(CNN Money)

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by Bob posted Jul 16 2014 4:30AM

Halle Berry's New Sci-Fi Show Premiered at #1 with 9.6 Million Viewers


Sunday afternoon's "World Cup" match between Germany and Argentina was the third most-watched soccer game in history with 17.3 million viewers on ABC, 9.2 million on Univision, and another 5.5 million ESPN.



Meanwhile, HALLE BERRY'S new sci-fi show "Extant" came in at #1 in the primetime ratings with 9.6 million viewers.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending July 13, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
1 EXTANT-07/09/2014 P CBS 9578
2 60 Minutes-07/13/2014 R CBS 8194
3 NCIS-07/08/2014 R CBS 8031
4 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-TUE-07/08/2014 R NBC 7952
5 Big Bang Theory, THE-07/10/2014 R CBS 7812
6 UNDER THE DOME-07/07/2014   CBS 7697
7 BACHELORETTE, THE-07/07/2014   ABC 6986
8 Big Brother-SUN-07/13/2014   CBS 6630
9 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-07/08/2014 R CBS 6611
10 Blue Bloods-07/11/2014 R CBS 6528
11 Criminal Minds-07/09/2014 RP CBS 6365
12 NIGHT SHIFT-07/08/2014   NBC 6358
13 20/20-FRI-07/11/2014   ABC 6347
14 AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOS-07/13/2014   ABC 6272
15 BIG BROTHER-THU-07/10/2014   CBS 6204
16 BIG BROTHER-WED-07/09/2014   CBS 6027
17 AMERICA GOT TALENT-WED 8P-07/09/2014 R NBC 6021
18 Unforgettable-07/13/2014 P CBS 6020
19 Dateline FRI-07/11/2014   NBC 6003
20 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY-07/07/2014   FOX 5958
21 MASTERCHEF-07/07/2014   FOX 5858
22 MILLERS, THE-07/10/2014 R CBS 5620
23 NY MED-07/10/2014   ABC 5343
24 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR-07/07/2014   NBC 5289
25 Person Of Interest-07/08/2014 R CBS 5234

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"The Strain" debuted with 3 million on FX.



The FX show "The Bridge" came back for a second season with 1.5 million . . . Showtime's "Ray Donovan" started its second season with 1.2 million . . . and "Masters of Sex" returned for its second season with a disappointing 825,000.

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by Bob posted Jul 16 2014 4:21AM
ou've been eating bananas wrong your entire life . . . we found TWO separate stories today on what you SHOULD be doing when you eat bananas.  And they're both disgusting.



The first is:  You should eat bananas when they're GREEN . . . BEFORE they're ripe.



Rodney Bilton is a biochemist in England.  He says green bananas are much higher in resistant starch . . . which is the best kind of fiber you can eat.  It's a carb, but it doesn't make your blood sugar rise, and it can actually raise your metabolism.



By the time bananas get ripe, a lot of that resistant starch is gone . . . so the greener it is, the better it is for you. 



The second piece of advice on eating bananas is:  You should be eating the PEEL.



Kimberly Snyder is a nutritionist and author.  Quote, "The concentration of fiber in the peel [is] up to three to four times higher [than] the fruit inside.  It also contains a bevy of anti-aging antioxidants and vitamins."



So, if you eat the peel, it's good for your overall health, your skin, and lowering your cholesterol. 



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by Bob posted Jul 15 2014 4:11AM
When we think of "comfort food" it's usually things like fried chicken or gallon jugs of ice cream . . . but we shouldn't.  In fact, foods like that spike your blood sugar and usually just make you feel WORSE.



Doctors at Harvard have figured out the 10 best foods to instantly improve your mood.  It's because they trigger the right chemicals in your brain.  Check 'em out . . . 



1.  Pumpkin seeds.


2.  Dark, leafy greens.


3.  Eggs.


4.  Carrots and celery.


5.  Salmon.


6.  Flaxseed.


7.  Whole grains, like oatmeal or brown rice.


8.  Red peppers, kiwi fruit, and other foods with high vitamin C.


9.  Tea.


10.  Dark chocolate. 


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by Bob posted Jul 14 2014 4:17AM

The snack-food industry is a major economic force in the U.S. and it’s hiding secrets from customers that could change the way they eat.

Here are 10 things snack food companies won’t tell you, according to The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch:

1. We spend big bucks to reach your kids

  • Snack food makers spend some $1.8 billion every year on advertising targeted to children 11 years old and younger. Research suggests that for every hour of TV a child watches, they are 18 percent more likely to eat candy and 114 percent more likely to eat fast food.

2.   Our ingredients have a big ick factor…

  • Scientific-sounding ingredients often mask a less-than appetizing reality. For example, “carminic acid” and “cochineal extract” refer to a dye made from beetles.

3. …And some are banned in other countries

  • Azodicarbonamide, or ADA, is found in roughly 500 packaged foods made by more than 130 brands in the U.S. But it’s not allowed in the European Union because it’s been connected to respiratory problems and allergies.

4. Expiration date? Who cares?

  • “Best by” dates encourage retailers to restock and reorder the product more often, but often times, non-perishable foods that are well-sealed, kept away from light and have low fat and dairy content can last longer beyond their so-called expiration dates.

5. Our factories could be filthy

  • The FDA does not inspect every food manufacturing facility every year, even those producing “healthy” snacks.

6. ‘Caution: Contains arsenic’

  • Arsenic – a toxin linked to cancer – occurs naturally and is absorbed by plants from soil and water. There are trace amounts of arsenic found in many grains, fruits and vegetables and particularly high levels are found in race.

7. That energy bar may exhaust you

  • There’s often enough sugar in an energy bar as there is in a chocolate bar, and all that sugar can leave consumers with a nasty crash once the sudden jolt wears off.

8. ‘Natural’ is meaningless.

  • It sells, but slapping “natural” onto food labels doesn’t necessarily mean that snack is from the earth. Natural products are defined as those that don’t have artificial colors or ingredients, according to the Agriculture Department, which regulates meat and poultry. But the FDA, which regulates other types of food, doesn’t watch snack food makers’ use of the word as closely.

9. ‘Enriched’ means processed

  • “Enriched” means vitamins and minerals have been added to the food, but usually only after they were first removed.

10. You may be overpaying for our chocolate.

  • Grocers and retailers have accused chocolate manufacturers of illegally scheming to keep the sweet’s prices high.
by Bob posted Jul 14 2014 3:57AM
Pollstar just released its list of the top worldwide tours so far this year.  And ONE DIRECTION is beating everyone, with over $131 million in ticket sales.  The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake are next.  Then there's a pretty steep drop off.  Here are the Top Ten:



1.  One Direction, $131.5 million.


2.  The Rolling Stones, $115.1 million.  They also have the highest ticket prices of any act in the top 100, averaging $177 a pop.


3.  Justin Timberlake, $110.2 million.


4.  Bruce Springsteen, $64.9 million.


5.  Michael Bublé, $62.2 million.


6.  George Strait, $61.8 million.


7.  The Eagles, $54 million.


8.  Billy Joel, $50.7 million.


9.  Cher, $48.5 million.  (Technically, she's not "touring".  That's all sales from her Vegas show.)


10.  Bruno Mars, $42.6 million.



(A few other notables include Beyoncé at #11 with $40.5 million . . . Miley Cyrus at #14 with $34.5 million . . . and The Backstreet Boys at #21 with $27.6 million.  Check out the top 100 here.)

by Bob posted Jul 10 2014 4:15AM

Belgium knocking the U.S. out of the running for the World Cup was the most-watched event on TV last week.  That match gave ESPN 13.4 million viewers, which isn't bad for a country that's so disinterested in soccer.



Meanwhile, the second season of "Under the Dome" premiered with 9.4 million viewers, the second season of "Witches of East End" returned with 1.1 million, and the annual "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks" was seen by 5.4 million people.



And there was NBC's misguided Miley Cyrus "Bangerz Tour" concert special, which drew in 2 million sheeple who somehow couldn't find anything better to do with their Sunday night.  Here are last week's Top 10 shows:

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

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
2 UNDER THE DOME-06/30 P CBS 9410
3 60 Minutes-07/06 R CBS 8587
4 NCIS-07/01 R CBS 8133
5 Big Bang Theory, THE-SP-06/30 SR CBS 7028
6 NIGHT SHIFT-07/01   NBC 6873
8 BACHELORETTE, THE-06/30   ABC 6476
11 Unforgettable-07/06   CBS 6196
12 Big Brother-SUN-07/06   CBS 6011
13 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-07/01 R CBS 5816
14 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY-06/30   FOX 5718
15 BIG BROTHER-WED-07/02   CBS 5666
16 MASTERCHEF-06/30   FOX 5434
18 Dateline MYSTERY-07/05   NBC 5267
19 TAXI BROOKLYN-07/02   NBC 5241
20 Rookie Blue-07/03   ABC 5235
21 BIG BROTHER-THU-07/03   CBS 4827
22 Person Of Interest-07/01 R CBS 4748
23 NY MED-07/03   ABC 4729
24 2 Broke Girls-06/30 R CBS 4701
25 CSI-07/02 R CBS 4528

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


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by Bob posted Jul 10 2014 4:13AM

BATON ROUGE, La.-- A Louisiana line cook claims he found "GOD" in an eggplant at an Italian restaurant in Baton Rouge.

When Jermarcus Brady was slicing veggies at Gino's Restaurant on Monday, he cut into one particularly divine eggplant and found a slice of heaven.

The blessed vegetable was cut in such a manner that its seeds appeared to say "GOD" on the inside.

"I saw a miraculous image formed by the seeds," Brady told WAFB. "When you sliced into it, the pattern showed from the seeds that were forming in the inside the letters G-O-D as God."

Brady believes that the sanctified seeds are a miracle.

"Through the road, he's showing me that 'hey, I'm real' and that's the only thing I can depend on," Brady said. "I don't know what it means. All I know is it tells me 'hey, he's real' and there's nothing that can change my mind about that."



WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports


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by Bob posted Jul 10 2014 4:09AM
If I asked you whether people have gotten ruder or more polite over the past few years, you'd say "ruder."  EVERYONE would say "ruder."  But exactly HOW are we getting ruder?



Here are nine stats from a new survey on etiquette in America.  Check 'em out . . .



1.  56% of people say the rudest thing people do in 2014 is text during meals.  23% say it's not letting people off elevators before you get on . . . and 9% say it's saving seats using coats and bags for people who are late.



2.  What polite thing that's fading out should we try hardest to keep alive?  41% say it's men holding doors for women . . . 23% say hand-written notes . . . 13% say taking your hat off indoors . . . and 9% say it's wearing black at funerals.



3.  Only 35% of people think that after someone dies, it's appropriate to send a condolence message via email.  The rest say you need to mail a card.



4.  51% of people say the rudest thing you can ask someone you meet in online dating is how much money they make.  26% say it's asking if they have an STD.  8% think it's "Are you married?"



5.  What's the rudest way to break up with someone?  51% say it's with a Facebook post . . . 15% say it's with a Post-it note . . . 14% say it's with a text . . . and 8% of people say it's over the phone.



6.  70% of people say that being on time actually means getting someplace a few minutes early.  3% say you're on time as long as you're less than 30 minutes late.



7.  What's the rudest thing waiters do?  42% say it's asking, "Are you still working on that?" when you're not done . . . 34% say it's asking how the food is when you just got it . . . and 9% say it's being too friendly.



8.  60% of people say when they're eating out with friends, they always agree to split the bill evenly.  35% of people say they always suggest dividing up the check.



9.  Only 64% of people say they've ever given someone the MIDDLE FINGER . . . which seems really low. 



(Vanity Fair)

by Bob posted Jul 10 2014 4:02AM

Summer would be perfect if it wasn't so humid hot all the time.  But you can keep the heat from getting to you, if you know a handful of easy tricks.



1.  Buckle your seatbelt when you leave the car, so it won't burn when you come back.



2.  Put dryer sheets in your shoes when you come home, to keep them from smelling.



3.  Stand freezer pops straight up before they freeze, so they're easier to cut open.



4.  Put a beer coozie over your gear shift when it gets too hot to touch.



5.  Wrap bottles in a wet paper towel and put them in the freezer to get them cold faster.



6.  When you go to the beach, roll your valuables in a clean diaper.  You can leave them alone all day and no one will come near them.



7.  Sprinkle baby powder on your skin to remove sand more easily.



8.  Put a cupcake liner around your popsicle to catch the drips, and avoid sticky hands.



9.  Use creamy baby oil instead of bug spray.  It works just as well and smells better.



10.  Make your own lawn sprinkler out of a two-liter soda bottle.  Punch holes in it, screw a garden hose onto the top, and let 'er rip.




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by Bob posted Jul 7 2014 5:32AM

Forget the ice diet or downing 1,000 McNuggets: For real culinary adventure, there's a pet-store owner in Washington state who's pledged to eat nothing but cat and dog food for a whole month, Fox News reports.

Dorothy Hunter says all of her products at Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium in Kennewick, Wash., have enough nutritional value to keep her going. Her favorite dishes so far: Tiki canned chicken cat food and dehydrated green beans, she tells the Tri-City Herald. "In the dry kibble, I really like the Italian brand and the Natural Balance," she says. And yes, she eats straight from the can.

It all started when she got hungry one day while restocking store shelves, Today reports. "I didn’t have time to get a snack, so I grabbed a bag of treats off the counter, and I was like, 'Wow, you know, these read better than normal people treats,'" she says.

But a rep for an upscale dog-food company says he doesn't advise eating the food, and Today's diet and nutrition editor says pet food can give people food-born illnesses.

Still, Hunter hopes that her 30-day feast, which started June 19, will help raise nutritional awareness. It also happens to coincide with a 12,000-foot expansion of her store: "We'll be the largest independent pet store in the state," she says.

by Bob posted Jul 3 2014 4:05AM
There are actually a lot of things that might surprise you about the Fourth of July, including these seven from



1.  When did we declare independence from Great Britain?  July 4th, 1776?  WRONG. It was July 2nd.  In fact, John Adams expected July 2nd to be our national independence day.



2.  When was the Declaration of Independence SIGNED?  July 4th, 1776, right?  WRONG.  It was signed by 56 different people over a six-month period.  And most of them signed on August 2nd, 1776.  It was formally ADOPTED by the Continental Congress on July 4th.



3.  The first public reading of the Declaration was on July 8th, 1776 in Philadelphia.  They rang the Liberty Bell to summon people to Independence Hall for the reading.



4.  John McKean was the last person to sign the Declaration, in January of 1777.



5.  The word "patriotism" comes from the Latin word "patria," meaning "fatherland."  So if you're a patriotic American, you're saying the United States is your FATHERLAND.



6.  Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the 50th anniversary of the first Independence Day . . . July 4th, 1826.



7.  Congress didn't make the Fourth a federal holiday until 1941.


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by Bob posted Jul 2 2014 4:15AM
The World Cup match where the U.S. lost to Germany had 8.2 million viewers and came in third in the ratings.  And Sunday's BET Awards placed sixth with 7.5 million.  We lost to Belgium yesterday, which knocked us out of the quarterfinals.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending June 29, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
1 NCIS-06/24/2014 R CBS 8803
2 60 Minutes-06/29/2014 R CBS 8527
3 Big Bang Theory, THE-06/26/2014 R CBS 8022
4 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-TUE-06/24/2014 R NBC 7934
5 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-06/24/2014 R CBS 6930
6 Big Brother-WED-06/25/2014 P CBS 6708
7 BIG BROTHER-THU-06/26/2014 P CBS 6563
8 20/20-FRI-06/27/2014   ABC 6391
9 Blue Bloods-06/27/2014 R CBS 6339
10 Unforgettable-06/29/2014 P CBS 6218
11 AMERICA GOT TALENT-WED 8P-06/25/2014 RP NBC 6151
12 Criminal Minds-06/25/2014 R CBS 6115
13 BACHELORETTE, THE-06/23/2014   ABC 6048
14 NIGHT SHIFT-06/24/2014   NBC 5921
15 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY-06/23/2014   FOX 5709
16 BIG BROTHER-SUN-06/29/2014 P CBS 5681
17 NY MED-06/26/2014 P ABC 5622
18 CSI-06/25/2014 R CBS 5432
19 MIKE & MOLLY-06/23/2014 R CBS 5410
20 TAXI BROOKLYN-06/25/2014 P NBC 5338
21 MILLERS, THE-06/26/2014 R CBS 5337
22 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR-06/23/2014   NBC 5151
23 Rookie Blue-06/26/2014   ABC 5122
24 Hawaii Five-0-06/27/2014 R CBS 5122
25 MASTERCHEF-06/23/2014   FOX 5073

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

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Meanwhile, "Unforgettable" returned for a third season with 6.2 million viewers . . . "Teen Wolf" came back for a fourth season with 2.2 million viewers . . . and "Covert Affairs" returned for a fifth season with 1.9 million viewers.



As for new shows, the series premiere of "Taxi Brooklyn" had 5.3 million viewers . . . the "Boy Meets World" spin-off "Girl Meets World" had 5.2 million . . . the premiere of the new CBS legal drama "Reckless" had 4 million viewers . . . and the series premiere of HBO's "The Leftovers" had 1.8 million viewers.

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by Bob posted Jul 1 2014 3:50AM
America isn't the biggest beer drinking country in the world, but we DO drink enough that other countries will totally think we're cool.  I think we can accept that.  Here are five new stats on beer drinking around the world . . .



1.  Americans spend an average of $356.20 each on beer a year.  That's the seventh most in the world.  Australia spends the most, at $747.90, followed by Ireland, Finland, New Zealand, Venezuela, and the U.K.



2.  Even though we spend the seventh most, we only drink the 14th most . . . 217 beers per person per year.  The Czech Republic drinks the most, 419 beers per person per year.



3.  The Ukraine spends the least on beer, $72.69 per person.  But that's not because they don't drink beer . . . their beers are just the cheapest in the world, at an average of 59 cents for a bottle.



4.  The best selling beer in the world is a Chinese beer called Snow Beer . . . which you've never heard of.  Of the brands you've heard of, Budweiser is third, Bud Light is fifth, Corona is sixth, Heineken is eighth, and Coors Light is ninth.



5.  The most expensive beers in the world are usually in Muslim countries where drinking alcohol is illegal, except in some hotels.  A beer in Iran costs $7.71, in Kuwait it's $7.09, and in the UAE it's $6.20. 



(Finances Online)

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