1.) Could there be one good thing about the cold across the low country this morning? If you believe the promoters of “thermal dieting,” the answer is yes. Their theory is your body wants to maintain a balance of 98.6 degrees, so if you make it cold, the body will do everything it can to get back to 98.6. To do that, your body has to burn calories, as heat equals calories. There are claims that people can burn up to 50 percent more calories by exposing themselves to below-freezing temperatures, which causes the body to work overtime.
2.) If your holidays would be better if you had a girlfriend to show the rest of the family, there’s a service that can help. Invisible Girlfriend provides convincing proof of a fake relationship for guys who want to fool friends, coworkers or family into thinking that they are seeing somebody. There are three plans you can buy to create a believable girlfriend. The "Just Talking" $9.99 plan includes interactive text messages and automated phone calls. The $29.99 "Getting Serious" plan includes a Facebook relationship, real voicemails and random gifts and notes. Finally, there's the $49.99 "Almost Engaged" plan which includes live phone calls, customized girlfriend characterization and the chance to create your own story.
3.) Is your company having a Christmas party is this year? If not, you work for one of the few that aren’t. According to the global executive search firm Battalia Winston, 96% of companies say they’ll be break out the hors d’oeuvres and cocktails this holiday season. That’s up from 91% last year and 74% in 2011, which was the all time low in the past 25 years.
1.) You can now burn a candle that smells like KFC chicken. The website Kentucky for Kentucky has teamed with candle maker Kathy Werking to create a collection of Kentucky-scented candles. The 3 limited edition collection candles representing the Bluegrass state are KFC scented, Ale 8, which is the official soft drink of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Derby. The candles go on sale today at Kentucky For Kentucky’s online store.
2.) If you want to lower the risk of obesity in your child, and food waste, consider serving your son or daughter with a smaller bowl. A study conducted in New York State showed that when using a bigger bowl, kids requested 87 percent more cereal -- regardless of their age, gender or body mass index. In addition to taking and eating more, kids with large bowls also wasted about 14 percent more food than those with small bowls. More than 3-of-10 children reported using the same large-size bowl as their parents did at home. The study findings are now scheduled to be published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
3.) If you tip your barista at Starbucks, he or she isn’t getting all that money. A federal appeals court has ruled that Starbucks baristas must share their tips with shift supervisors. Citing the findings by the New York Court of Appeals, the three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit said it was undisputed that Starbucks' shift supervisors spend a majority of time performing the same duties as baristas: serving food and beverages to customers. And though they also supervise the baristas, they aren't responsible for hiring or firing. So part-time baristas and shift supervisors will split tips, but those full-time assistant managers are still out of luck
1.) The Thanksgiving holiday is generally one of the biggest travel weekends of the entire year. If you are traveling experts are suggesting that your baggage and travel accessories be bold in color. A study done by T.J. Maxx and Marshalls revealed a majority of Americans have black luggage, making it easy to confuse your bags with someone else’s. To avoid mix-ups, you may want to consider gray, pink, purple, brown, navy, orange, and multicolored bags, which are the least popular among travelers.
2.) It’ll be a first later today at the Marine Corps’ combat infantry training school graduation at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Women will be among the honorees for the first time ever. Fifteen women began the training back on September 24th, and 4 were able to complete the 59 day course that prepares Marines for war. Three of the women will graduate today with a 4th doing so after she heals from an injury and passes a combat fitness test.
3.) One of the most notorious killers of the 20th century is in love and may be getting married. Rolling Stone has broken the news that Charles Manson is engaged to a 25 year old woman named Star. She started following Manson’s writing at 19, moved to be near his prison in 2007 and has recently carved an X into her forehead. Star is quoted as saying “straight up, Charlie and I are going to get married. The 79 year old Manson, on the other hand, says they’re just playing that for public consumption. Rolling Stone will have an in-depth feature with Manson in their next issue.
1.) If you’ve ever been in a long distance relationship, you know how difficult that can be. Sure there’s the phone, e-mail, texting and Skype, but if that’s not enough consider TapTap. TapTap is a wristband that is sold in pairs. When one person touches their wristband, the other person’s will vibrate. TapTap operates through an app that uses Bluetooth to send and receive the taps. It’s currently in a Kickstarter funding mode, with the wristbands costing $130.
2.) You might be one of those people who hits the wall right after lunch. But if you’re not a coffee drinker, or don’t want an afternoon cup of coffee, and the energy drinkers aren’t to your liking consider CaffeinAll. It’s a product that allows you to sprinkle caffeine on your food to get an energy boost. Like a salt shaker, you can sprinkle a little on your food. CaffeinAll is tasteless, and unlike the caffeine rush from coffee, which takes about 30 minutes to kick in, your energy boost comes in about 30 seconds with CaffeinAll.
3.) If you love waterslides, start making plans for your vacation in Kansas City this summer. The Schiletterbahn Kansas City Waterpark is opening The Verrückt Meg-a-Blaster waterslide. The Meg-a-Blaster speed-slide will plunge you 17 stories and will be the world’s largest waterslide. Its part of an expansion project doubling the size of the park. When the construction is completed, park visitors will be able to traverse a mile-long interconnected river and reach every part of the park without leaving the water.
1.) The Oxford English Dictionary has revealed its annual word of the year. And the selection for 2013 is – selfie. Their official definition is “"noun. A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website." The Oxford editors say that the word "selfie" is showing up in written content 17,000% more than it was at this time last year. Among this year’s word of the year runner-ups were:
binge-watch - watching multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, usually on DVDs or streaming.
Showrooming - Visiting a store to see a product before buying it online at a lower price.
Twerk – the dirty dance of 2013.
2.) If you tweet, Twitter owes you money. In documents the company filed last month to go public, Twitter stated they deliver more than 200 billion tweets per day. The value of the company at $24.9 billion, divided by 200 billion tweets equals 12.45 cents per person seeing a tweet. That means Justin Bieber would be owed almost $21 million dollars thanks to his nonstop tweeting and followers. It you’d like to find out how valuable your Twitter feed is, you can thanks to Time Magazine by entering your username on their website at this link:
3.) With cooler temperatures in the forecast again tonight, its time to switch the direction of your ceiling fan. According to Porch.com, an online home improvement network, running the fan in reverse in winter can actually help you save on heating costs. By changing directions, the blades force warmer air near the ceiling down into the room. To know if your fan is spinning in reverse, watch the blades. If they are moving clockwise, they are rotating in the proper position for winter. Most ceiling fan models have a small switch to change the blades direction.