1.) Here’s another reason for you to keep your dog on a short lease – dog bites accounted for more than 1/3rd of homeowner’s insurance liability claims paid in 2011. According to the Insurance Information Institute, that added up to a cost of nearly $479 million. Property casualty insurers pay out far more in claims for property damage to homes, but when it comes to liability, the cost of dog bite claims has risen 48% since 2003, even though the number of dog bites has remained roughly flat. High payouts are happening because more people own dogs, they live closer to one another, and parents are more likely to get advanced medical care for their children after a bite.
2.) Last week, Mary Jane Hart of Doniphan, Missouri started a new job as a part-time cashier at a gas station. Saturday, playing her favorite NASCAR drivers numbers, she sold herself a Powerball ticket. She matched all five numbers, missing only the Powerball, as no NASCAR driver uses the number 52, and scored a quick one million dollars. Amazingly, it was her second win of the week, having won $500 dollars on the Wednesday Powerball drawing. And, she says she’s keeping her job at the gas station.
3.) The Rolling Stones are celebrating their 50th anniversary with their current concert tour. Along with starting the band 50 years ago, guitarist Keith Richards was also spending time at the library a half century ago. And the Rolling Stones member is admitting he still owes fines on books that he borrowed from his local public library in Dartford, Kent. 50 years later, those fines could add up to more than $30,000. But, for a Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame member with an estimated personal fortune of more than $250 million, he shouldn’t have much trouble settling his account.
1.) Thanks to a lot of Mountain Dew, and meals from restaurants like Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse, Clinton Shepherd is a Guinness World Record holder. He’s a manager at Chicago’s Navy Pier, who rode the tourist spot’s Ferris wheel, for 48 hours, 8 minutes and 25 seconds. And, he was awake the entire time. Shepherd was allowed a five minute break every hour, and stayed awake by playing video games and watching movies on the gondola’s big screen TV. He brings the world record to the birthplace of the Ferris Wheel, the first having been built in 1893 for the World's Columbian Exposition.
2.) What’s the price of the most expensive house that’s ever gone on sale in U.S. history? A single family home in Greenwich, Connecticut is being listed at $190 million dollars. The 13,519-square-foot house is spread across 50 acres on two islands on the Long Island Sound. It has 12 bedrooms, nine bathrooms, six garages, a 75-foot pool with spa, a tennis court, an elevator and a lot of bragging rights. This property hasn't been on sale since 1904 and has had only two owners in its history. The firm that's selling the house says appraisals came out around $200 million, so you’re actually getting a bargain
3.) A few drops of Mahatma Gandhi's blood are on sale at an auction of historical goods in London today. Reuters reports the blood samples, taken when the Indian nationalist leader was recovering from an appendectomy in 1924, are expected to fetch around $20,000. Gandhi fans will also have the chance to buy his sandals, shawl, and rice bowl. The auction also includes some Hitler-related items, including a marble block from his bunker and a signed 1936 Christmas card from Berlin.
1.) In Croatia, there is believed to be more than 450 square miles of land filled with unexploded mines from the Balkan wars, and an estimated 2,500 people have died since in explosions. Now, a team of Croatian researchers is training something to sniff-out these mines. But unlike dogs, these won’t step on a mine and set it off. This helper has an excellent sense of smell, which is used to find food. So researchers are reprogrammed honeybees by adding the smell of TNT to their food supply. Once the bees are trained, they’ll be released in mine areas and tracked by heat-seeking cameras to complete the clearing of mines from these fields.
2.) Apparently not everyone on Facebook has an actual face. Quartz is reporting a new analysis of Facebook user data has found that of the site's much-boasted-about 1 billion users, only 889.3 million of them are actual people. The other 100 million are most likely brands, pets, parodies and kitchen appliances. Facebook still includes these accounts in its "active monthly user" figures, which they now claim to have hit 1.1 billion.
3.) Makeup isn't just for ladies anymore. A new trend in stealth makeup, or "grooming," has men's cosmetics sales climbing—to the tune of more than $5 billion that American guys dropped last year on skin care and cosmetics. That compares to the $2.4 billion spent just 15 years ago. Part of the trend can be attributed to more men's cosmetics lines, androgynous packaging, grooming blogs, as well as a certain image-conscious class of man.
1.) You work hard all your life hoping that you’ll be able to enjoy your retirement. The problem is retirement is harmful to your health. At least that’s the conclusion of a study from the Institute of Economic Affairs, a British think tank. Their study found that retirement results in a "drastic decline in health" in the medium and long term, and suggests people should work for longer for health as well as economic reasons. Retirement is found to increase the chances of suffering from clinical depression by 40%, while you are 60% more likely to suffer from a physical condition. And, the effect is the same for both men and women.
2.) Before you repaint your bedroom, you may want to consider how the color you choose affects your sleep. People with blue walls get the most sleep according to a new study, averaging almost 8 hours a night. Blue isn't just calming . . . the color blue triggers special receptors in our eyes that aid our body's natural sleep rhythms. Purple walls are the worst for sleep, at five hours and 56 minutes. Purple is a stimulating color that makes it tougher for your brain to shut down. Here are all 10 bedroom colors, ranked from most sleep to least sleep: Blue, yellow, green, silver, orange, red, gold, gray, brown, and purple.
3.) Before you dive into a public swimming pool to cool off this summer, consider this. The CDC sampled 161 public swimming pools in the Atlanta area and discovered 58% of them had fecal contamination. Plus, 59% contained a type of bacteria that causes rashes and ear infections. Researchers chalked it up to swimmers' hygiene, either because they were unclean when they got in the water or they had an accident. And, while the pools were all in Atlanta, a CDC official says the findings would almost certainly apply to any city.
1.) Everyone knows you shouldn’t drink and drive, but just how much can you legally drink and still get behind the wheel of a vehicle? Currently, the legal blood alcohol content limit is .08 percent, meaning a 180 pound man could have up to 4 drinks in an hour, and still legally operate a vehicle. ABC News is reporting that the National Transportation Safety Board has voted to lower its recommended legal blood alcohol content limit to 0.05%. Most industrialized nations already adhere to the 0.05% standard. The change would mean that 180 pound man could consumer only 2 or 3 drinks in an hour. The NTSB says the change will save 500 to 800 lives a year.
2.) We’ve all heard we need to go easy on the salt, but surprising findings of a new study from the prestigious Institute of Medicine say not too easy. The report concluded that people who follow the advice of groups such as the American Heart Association and limit intake to 1,500 milligrams a day, or about half a teaspoon, may actually be doing more harm than good. Current US dietary guidelines say most people should cut it off at 2,300mg a day. However, the IoM researchers found no benefits in going below that threshold.
3.) Remember Yankee Candles' line of masculine candles, meant to liberate your man cave from the oppression of your significant other's preferred floral scents? Well, they're back, and, supposedly, better than ever. Yankee Man Candles II keeps the grassy Riding Mower, the leathery First Down, and the musky Man Town from the original series. However, they’ve replaced the 2x4 scent with the far more mouthwatering Mmm, Bacon! and the buttered popcorn-inspired Movie Night.