1.) What is the most visited business in the United States? The one that is under the golden arches. McDonald is the most visited by Americans 14 years of age and older. A new study done by Placed shows that 49% of people say they have visited a McDonalds. Walmart was second, receiving 38.8% of those surveyed with Subway a close 3rd at 37.8%. Burger King and Starbucks rounded out the top 5, being visited by 24% of those surveyed.
2.) Technology continues to influence, change and assist so much of what we do, including the way we drive. GM has announced the creation of their haptic seat technology that lets you know when you start unintentionally changing lanes. The system uses a windshield mounted camera to monitor the lines on the road when the vehicle is traveling faster than 35 miles per hour. And when it detects a lane change without the turn signal being used, it will cause the driver's seat to vibrate on either side so they know which direction they've started to drift and can immediately correct it.
3.) The most popular school principal today is Bob Samson who is in charge at Bellingham Christian School in Bellingham, about 90 minutes north of Seattle, Washington. The principal cancelled classes today at the school. Earlier in the week, he saw the forecast for Bellingham for today was supposed to be sunny and 70, so he sent a note home with students that the school would be closed today due to “fabulous weather.” The principal says he's trying to promote a positive school culture, and he hopes the kids will go outside and enjoy the sun. It's also because Bellingham Christian School didn't use any snow days this winter, so they had a few days off to spare.
1.) One of the worries you may have about global warming or climate change is how to keep your beer cold. If the planet is getting warmer it will be more difficult to keep your beverages cool. A University of Washington climate scientist has discovered that a dew-covered bottle or glass of beer/wine cooler/chilled white wine/etc. will warm up faster because of the condensation on the bottle. So to keep that bottle cold longer -- keep it dry. Professor Dale Durran says, "Probably the most important thing a beer koozie does is not simply insulate the can, but keep condensation from forming on the outside of it."
2.) When you think of superficial, you probably think of Hollywood and Los Angeles. That’s makes it more surprising that the city ranked the most superficial in the United States is Salt Lake City, Utah. The website WhatsYourPrice.com created the rankings based on how much time their members take to study a person's online dating profile before they reject it. People in Salt Lake City rejected dates at a faster average time than any other city. The cities in the remainder of the top five are Portland, Oregon . . . Houston . . . Chicago . . . Washington D.C. LA finished 6th, while New York City ranked 9th.
3.) Christopher Cross is not dead. There is some confusion this morning after we learned of the passing of Chris Kelly, one-half of the 90s rap duo Kris Kross died yesterday in Atlanta at age 34. A drug overdose is suspected as the cause of death. Kelly and his partner Chris Smith were Kris Kross, best known for their 1992 hit “Jump.” If you see someone wearing their clothes backwards today, it might not be a mistake, but a tribute to Kelly.
1.) What would you do to receive a 15% raise where you work? Not everyone is given this option, but the employees at Rapid Realty in New York City are getting the pay bump for getting a tattoo of the company’s logo. The owner says he got the idea from an employee who got the tattoo on his own. There's no rule on how big the tattoo has to be, or where you have to put it on your body. As long as you get one, you get the raise. So far, 40 employees have taken the deal, and gotten Rapid Realty tattoos. And, the owner covers the cost of getting the tattoo.
2.) While grab a Bud with friends at a bar is a good way to socialize, it’s not social network enough, at least not in Brazil. So Budweiser has developed the “Buddy Cup.” When you tap that cup with another of its kind, it allows the two cup holders to become Facebook friends – there’s no need to put down the beer, take out the phone, search for a name and then send a friend request – the ‘Buddy Cup” takes care of it for you. Don’t look for the “Buddy Cup” at any Lowcountry bars anytime in soon - the company said this is a Brazil-only program for now.
3.) If you’ve always wanted to add “Polar Bear Watcher” to your resume, here’s your opportunity. A remote region in Norway needs an official polar bear spotter this summer. The idea is to keep your eyes peeled for bears, then yell like crazy if one shows up to warn nearby scientists to take cover. You’ll need experience with guns, but officials say you probably won't need to use one, as long as you have a loud voice to scare the bears. If you’re wondering why they need a spoter, Polar bears outnumber humans 3,000 to 2,400 in the region.
1.) For the seventh year in a row, breast augmentation was the most popular form of plastic surgery, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. More than 280,000 operations were performed in 2012. But one of the largest growing procedures may be thanks to Michelle Obama – the upper arm lift. Almost 16,000 people, 98 percent of them women, spent a total of $61 million dollars to have liposuction on their arms. The number of procedures performed is up over 4,000 percent since 2000, when only about 300 women opted for it.
2.) It’s the ultimate small talk subject – the weather. But how often do we talk about it? According to a new survey, the average person talks about the weather 4 times a day, for an average of 8 minutes and 21 seconds. That would mean we talk about the weather 127 hours a year, or a little more than 5 full days. The average person in the U.S. lives to age 78. So assuming you have 60 adult years, you spend more than 10 full months of your life talking about the weather.
3.) Which gender takes more vacations? According to Springhill Suites Hotels, its women. Women take a vacation every 10 months, while men take a break every 12 months. Even though it takes us that long to go on vacation, 20% of us feel we can’t go a month without feeling like we need a break, and 90% of us wish we had more vacation days. One thing about vacations that both sexes share - last minute packing. Fifty percent of Americans wait until the day before vacation to pack.
1.) With budgets tightening all across the country, people are trying all types of things to raise money. Parents at 14 different elementary schools in Denver, Colorado have been successful with a fundraiser that may not necessarily be considered appropriate. For the last three years, instead of a bake sale, they've held a pub crawl to raise money to support some of the programs that the school budget doesn't cover, such as music and improvements to school buildings.
The crawl took place this past Saturday night. The 25 dollar ticket included drinks at 3 dozen places and music from 80s cover bands and was to assist the parents in reaching their $40,000 goal.
2.) Who you’re physically attracted to might seem like a frivolous, random preference. In recent years, though, science has told us that our seemingly arbitrary tastes often reflect unconscious choices. This goes for voices as well. Researchers from University College London found that high-pitched female voiced females were found to be attractive because they indicated the speaker had a small body. Deep male voices, on the other hand, were judged as more attractive because they conveyed that the speaker had a large frame.
3.) Mark Zuckerberg has joined another exclusive club: that of tech CEOs so fabulously wealthy they can afford to take a $1 salary. A Facebook filing yesterday said Zuckerberg will make that amount this year and forgo any bonuses, Last year his base salary was about $500,000 and he got another $266,000 in bonuses. Before you feel bad for Zuckerberg, realize his real pay comes in the form of stock options. Yesterday's filing quantified for the first time how much Zuckerberg made by exercising some of his before last year's IPO: $2.3 billion, according to the Associated Press.