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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
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
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.

(The Top 25 shows on cable TV are at

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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