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January 17, 2007

whats in your wallet?

What’s In Your Wallet?

You reach for your wallet or purse and find nothing. Gone! Your mind races to that last time you remember having it. You’re frantic as you think of what might be in it: credit cards, debit card, ATM card, cash, Social Security card, driver’s license. Your first response is to feel slightly nauseous, followed by shrieking, “What will I do?”

Sound too far-fetched? Not at all. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission estimates that about 10 million Americans will have their identities stolen in 2007. Identity thieves live to get their hands on what’s in your wallet. They use that information to assume your identity to commit fraud and other crimes.

Do this NOW: And I mean the moment you finish reading this column. Take everything out of your wallet and lay all of the cards and documents on the screen of a photocopy machine. Snap a copy. Now turn every item over and snap another copy of the back sides. Date these copies and keep them in a safe place. Now you have a current inventory, plus all the account numbers and phone numbers for the contents of your wallet.

Hopefully you will never lose your wallet, but if you do, here are the steps to follow immediately:

Step 1. Using the information on your inventory, cancel your debit card immediately. It is at the most risk, as anyone can go online and use your debit card if it has a MasterCard or Visa logo—without your PIN. If you do not report this within two days you can be liable for up to $500. Next, cancel your ATM card and finally your credit cards. Make sure you watch your statements carefully to identify and report unauthorized charges.

Step 2. Contact one of the three credit reporting agencies: Equifax 800 525 6285; Experian 888 397 3742; TransUnion 800 372-8391. Each agency is bound by law to report your loss to the other two. A fraud alert will be placed on all three reports and tells creditors to follow certain procedures before opening any new accounts.

Step 3. File a police report. This is very important if your identity is indeed stolen. A copy of the report will make it easier to prove that future credit-card charges are not your own so you cannot be held liable. Contact your local police department and they can advise you on how to proceed. You may also need to contact your homeowners’ insurance company to see if your policy covers you for the costs involved with identity fraud.

Step 4. Provide details to the Federal Trade Commission. Go to to fill out the ID Theft Affidavit. You can make copies of it and send it to creditors in the event that unauthorized credit lines are opened.

Something else you can do now to reduce the burden should you lose your wallet or purse—pare down. Minimize. Carry just what you need from day to day and put the rest in a safe place. Re-inventory and re-photocopy. You want to make sure you always have a true account in a safe place of exactly what’s in your wallet.

©Copyright 2007 Mary Hunt
Everyday Cheapskate is a Registered Trademark

February 1, 2007

Helpful Hints

Thanks Julie!

Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove,
set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy.
No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it
really works.
Mona, Orlando, FL

Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all
broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up
mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into
egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
Janet, Killeen , TX

Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it
with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You
get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat
less sugar/calories p er serving.
Kathy, Mesick , MI

Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place
them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will
keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
Dave, Camden , DE

Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants,work the nutrients in your soil. Wet
newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover
with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some
gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
Linda, Monmouth Jct., NJ

Broken Glass
Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little

slivers of glass - the fibers catch ones you can't see!
Olive, Santee , CA

No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes
Diane, Moran, SC

Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with
cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the
squirrels won't come near it.
Kathy, Maumelle , AR

If you purchase a new bike for your child, place their picture
inside the handle bar before placing the grips on. if the bike is
stolen and later recovered, remove the grip and there is your proof
who owns the bike.
Janet, Carthage , IL

Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an
empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It
can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
Donna, Anderson , SC

Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not
have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that
cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and -
voila - static is gone.
Pam, Maple Rapids, NH

Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with
hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry the cup. Next, add
your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it
comes right out.
Kim, Goldsboro , NC

Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the
glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser!
Works better than a cloth!
Alicia, Tampa , FL

Reopening envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include
something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for
an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.
Mary, Lockhart , TX

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper
than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a
great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when
you tried it in your hair. ..
Kerry, Canada,

Good-bye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2"
with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix
well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
Barbra, Birch Run, MI

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it
"home," & can't digest it so it kills them.. It may take a week or
so, esp. if it rains, but it works & you don't have the worry about
pets or small children being harmed!
Teresa, Mitchell , SD

Take Baby Powder to the Beach
Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. When your
ready to leave the beach sprinkle yourself and kids with the powder
and the sand will slide right off your skin.

February 2, 2007

Interesting email....

Thats what i'll call this one....Interesting email.
It was from a while ago, but what the heck....

Letter from ex subscriber

HiYou guys just say free stuff... Do you have any idea where i am located.. well, if you do not know...hereis the information... i live in INDIA....n i can't see a single offer for a person who lives in INDIA... competitions.. no bon-bons...
no activities... if you guys are truely working to keepthe whole world happy let me tell you...YOU ARE NOT...I am sure there are many people across different countries who feel the same way about such e-mails....SO Please do something to treat everyone alike..."Either be a man of your words or don't say a
Thank you,Laura---

Well, alrighty then. And here was my response. (yeah, I can be a little rude at times)

hahahaha, then unsubscribe.
Out of the bazillions of subscribers to this list, you are probably the only one from India. sorry. No company is going to pay $50 to send a sample to you =(

And her response back

You guys are the most sarcastic... rude... and pathetic set of people who exist.

Being polite is not something that would do any harm to you... and neither will it make your list any less... May be you should just consider writing polite notes to human beings...

And by the way..... i dont need any money from your disorganized organization...

Thanks for the no help or answer to my question...

Treating a human being like one... does not hold good for any country in specific... You do it because you are one...

Any idea how much you can demotivate a human being with your sarcasm... If you know then please do something about it...

You will never hear from me ever again...


so, was I really that bad? Lets discuss...

Im going through my "hate" mail folder. Here is another

This is a comment I got for listing the post below in one of my newsletters.

"I like your newsletter but in reference to your beethhoven comment, I find it completely offensive that you would put anything anti-abortion related in your newsletter."

Two Tough Questions (I dont know how true it is, but its very interesting)

Question 1:
If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three
who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had
syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Question 2:
It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts.
Here are the facts about the three leading candidates.

Candidate A -Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with
astrologists. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks
8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B -He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used
opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.!

Candidate C -He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't
smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Which of these candidates would be your choice?

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

And, by the way, the answer to the abortion question:
If you said yes, you just killed Beethoven.


I guess someone just wanted to vent on me.
I really have no control over this.... I guess he/she cant get samples for serving overseas?


And finally...

This post is in reference to my Vegas pics that I posted last week.
( )


My response: so you dont care if I go to church in my private time?

and, her follow up....


February 4, 2007

how hollywood gives away freebies

This is a nice article.
But my question is why cant we get in on this. This would be SWEET!

February 8, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith Dead At The Age Of 39

I JUST saw this...

What a shame.

February 9, 2007

Prayer Request

I came here and asked for help for my brother diabetic, and received tons of help.. I need a prayer from your readers.. my brother had a heart attack last nite.. his brain went too long without oxygen, he is unable to breath alone, they say there is some brain damage, and the next 24 to 48hrs of waiting is all we can do, he is a good man, he's a wonderful single father.. he dont ask for much out of life.. and all i'm asking for is please keep him and his kids in your prayers.. its funny he is soo close with his kids that they all still live together. and i live about 5min from them, he is in hobart indiana hospital, and i dont know if our prayer alone will be enough..
so please ask your readers to say a prayer for him.
thanks a zillion,
cindy (indiana)

February 13, 2007

Just in time for valentines day!

Any guys out there? Pay Attention!

Just in time for Valentine's day.

For centuries, gardeners, poets, and lovers have assigned meaning to flowers. Following are some of the most popular blooms and their romantic meanings.

Ambrosia = reciprocal love
Pink carnation = I will never forget you
Red chrysanthemum = I love you
Daffodil = Unrequited love
Daisy = innocence and loyalty
Forget-me-not = true love
Gardenia = secret love
Calla lily = beauty
Lily-of-the-valley = sweetness
White lily = purity
Narcissus = stay as sweet as you are
Orange blossom = eternal love
Orchid = love and beauty
Primrose = I can't live without you
Red tulip = declaration of love
Stephanotis = happiness in marriage
Yellow tulip = sunshine in your smile
Blue violet = I'll be true
Viscaria = let's dance
Magenta zinnia = lasting affection

Roses Are for Lovers
Roses are in a category by themselves. Giving them is the quintessential romantic gesture, although you may be surprised to learn that not all roses mean love. Some represent other emotions: dark crimson roses are for times of mourning and yellow roses speak of jealousy and waning love!

Most roses signify love.

Single full-bloom rose = I love you
Hibiscus rose = delicate beauty
Pink roses = perfect happiness
Red rosebud = pure and lovely
Tea rose = I will remember you always
White roses = innocence and purity
Red roses = love
Thorn less rose = love at first sight

any chocolate lovers?

TOKYO (Feb. 13) - A Japanese spa is offering the perfect aphrodisiac for Valentine's Day -- chocolate baths. Those who just can't get enough of the sweet stuff can immerse themselves in water mixed with cacao and fragrant bath powders. Twice a day, staff pour creamy chocolate over the bathers, who smear it over their bodies or lick it off.

February 18, 2007

Oh britney......


I know, its not a celeb blog, but I think she looks cute. Not that she has any impact on me or vice versa.

So what do you think?


February 23, 2007


This is from about a year ago, but so what, I still wanted to share it.
This is my buddy Patti....sorry Patti! =)
She won a mini van from the Simple Green contest!


February 26, 2007


Why, Why, Why
do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?

Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough money?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, "It's all right?" Well, it isn't all right, so why don't we say, "That hurt, you stupid idiot?"

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

March 8, 2007


Raise your hand if you remember AllAdvantage.
Well, it looks like the owners are about to start up something HUGE.
Its called Agloco (it stands for "A Global Community")

I touched on this a little bit yesterday, but after spending quite
a few hours reading the pro's and con's all over the internet, I
like what I see.

You see, Alladvantage gave out hundreds of millions of dollars to its
members before they reached a membership cap and began losing money.
But after looking at their business model, this one cant fail, honestly.
And trust me, I know about advertising and business and all of that
other fun stuff. Remember my Vegas trip? It was for this sort of thing.

The way it works is this:
You sign up, install their "viewbar" (you can see samples of it on their
website), then just do as you normally do. (Its set to go live by the end
of the month).
The cool thing is you only need to keep the viewbar active for 5 hours
a month.

And oh yeah, refer people. Lots and lots of them.
Each referral you have will equal to roughly one part stock in their
company and you will be paid accordingly on a monthly basis.

Here is the signup link again:

Want to see how it works?

Or, you can just search on Youtube
and watch a bunch of different videos.

Can you tell im excited about this?
I actually think it'll work.
If not, what do we have to lose? Nothing. Only 5 minutes of signing up and referring our friends.

Oh yeah, speaking of referring, here are some sample emails you can use.
Just remember to insert your own referral link.

Sometimes Free Is Too Expensive

Subject: Sometimes free is too expensive

Ever notice on the Internet that some people are making all the money (YouTube, Google, MySpace, eBay, Skype, etc.).

As users, we usually get nothing – well I just joined AGLOCO and its sole purpose is to get its members their share of the value created on the Internet (that’s everything from search and advertising revenue to user-generated content sites).

You can check out the site to see how AGLOCO does it, but from my standpoint I just use the Internet the same as usual, and they work in the background to collect money for me.

One feature I really like is that they reward the early people who help build out the network (which is why I am sending you this email). Click on this link to go directly AGLOCO (with my member id#), and I will get credit if you sign up.

My advice: sign up now – invite all your friends and let's make the most of the Internet.

Join AGLOCO And Make Money From The Internet

Subject: Join AGLOCO and make money from the Internet

I just joined a new company called AGLOCO that is changing the way regular users -- like you and me -- are rewarded for their use of the Internet. Instead of just a couple people making all the money while users get nothing, AGLOCO rewards its members for using the Internet like they always do.

One feature I really like is that the early people who help build the company get greater rewards (which is why I am sending you this email). Click on this link to go directly to AGLOCO (with my member id#) and join my network

It's free and easy to join -- so don't miss out on this new company.

Share In The Money Being Made On The Internet

Subject: Share in the money being made on the Internet

It seems like every company on the Internet makes a couple people absurdly rich, while all the users who help build the company and make it valuable get nothing.

I just joined AGLOCO, the first company that is sharing this value with all its members. It's free and easy to join -- and even easier to use: you just use the Internet like you always do.

Best of all, those who sign up early and help build the company get more. So click here to sign up with my member id and tell your friends about the company.

It's a no lose opportunity that has the chance to transform the Internet -- and let us share in the value creation.

Join The Economic Network Chaning The Web

Subject: Join the economic network changing the web

I just joined AGLOCO -- the first company on the Internet that is building an economic network to share the wealth created online with its members. Like a social network such as myspace or facebook, but instead of just making friends and swapping music, the economic network is about making money for its members.

It's easy and free to join -- and even easier to use: you just use the Internet as you always have. And the members who sign up early and build a big network of friends stand to earn the most. Click on this link and join my network by using my member id.

Let's build a big network and see if we can make something from this.


If you haven’t yet heard about AGLOCO, you need to listen up! This new company, founded by a bunch of Stanford MBA students, is creating quite a buzz. Their slogan is ‘Own the Internet’… and that’s what it’s about: you’re getting back some of the money you generate for e-businesses just by surfing as you usually do. Skeptical? Well, here’s why I chose to join:

1) $$$ - I will earn ownership in the company (in the form of shares) and will then begin earning substantial money if this thing blows up (and I have nothing to lose if it doesn’t.)

2) Simplicity - I use the Internet just as I always have… I just get paid to do it!

3) Getting my share! - I like the idea of getting my share of all the billions of wealth being created on the Internet – even if I am not going to be a millionaire because of this.

The company has a very solid privacy structure in place, so your information won’t be shared and you won’t start receiving loads of spam. AND, you can earn for not only the time you spend on the net, but for the time your FRIENDS spend on the net. Think about it: you’re driving users to the site, so the company earns more, and you, in turn, earn more. Fair and square, right? I used the AGLOCO member calculator – I can get over 5,000 shares a month if I sign up 10 good people who recruit more new members; and, once the site has grown enough, I will start earning actual checks.

SIGN UP NOW – this is the key! Remember that you can maximize your earnings by getting referrals to the site… and YOU want to be the one referring everyone!

Here is a link to sign up – it has my ID code in it.

March 11, 2007

The pea story

This is just a nice feel good story =)

Pea story

Babs Miller was bagging some early potatoes for me. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature,ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas.

I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller and the ragged boy next to me.

"Hello Barry, how are you today?"

"H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. Sure look good."

"They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?"

"Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time."

"Good. Anything I can help you with?"

"No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas."

"Would you like to take some home?"

"No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with."

"Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?"

"All I got's my prize marble here."

"Is that right? Let me see it."

"Here 'tis. She's a dandy."

"I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?"

"Not zackley. but almost."

"Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble."

"Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller."

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, "There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever.
When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, perhaps."

I left the stand smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering.

Several years went by, each more rapid that the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his viewing that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.

Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts ... all very professional

They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and
smiling by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket.

Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and mentioned the story she had told me about the marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.

"Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim "traded" them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size....they came to pay their debt."

"We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world," she confided, "but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho "

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

Moral: We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.

Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles....A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself. An unexpected phone call from an old friend. Green stoplights on your way to work. The fastest line at the grocery store. A good sing-along song on the radio. Your keys right where you left them.

Send this to the people you'll never forget. If you don't send it to anyone, it means you are in too much of a hurry !

March 15, 2007

just a random thing im adding to the website today

I added a new site to my "browsers" section today. I know.....booooooring =)

Flock - The Social Web Browser
Flock is an amazing new web browser that makes it easier to share media and connect to other people online. Share photos, automatically stay up to datewith new content from your favorite sites (my blog site!) , and search the web with the most advanced search toolbar available today.
It also works seemlessly with flickr and photobucket (online image storage sites).

March 16, 2007


Need a new start or home page?
Well, you can now design your own.
You'll have to see it to see what im talking about.

March 23, 2007

Google Calendar

Organize your schedule and share events with friends
Wouldn't it be great to be able to keep track of all the events in your life, coordinate schedules with friends and family, and find new things to do -- all with one online calendar? We thought so, too. Learn More

* Seeing the big picture
With Google Calendar, you can see your friends' and family's schedules right next to your own; quickly add events mentioned in Gmail conversations or saved in other calendar applications; and add other interesting events that you find online.

* Sharing events and calendars
You decide who can see your calendar and which details they can view. Planning an event? You can create invitations, send reminders and keep track of RSVPs right inside Google Calendar. Organizations can promote events, too.

* Staying on schedule
You can set up automatic event reminders, including mobile phone notifications, and instantly bring up anything on your calendar with the built-in search tool.

Etsy - An eBay For Crafts


Here is just a small part of their FAQ.

How does buying on Etsy work?
To buy items, you'll need to create an Etsy account (it's free and easy). You purchase items on Etsy directly from the seller, using whatever payment you specify when checking out (e.g. PayPal, money order, check etc.). Keep in mind that every seller must be paid individually, and all payments must be made within seven days of checkout. We ask if you choose to pay via PayPal that you submit payment immediately to the seller. Each seller will have their own return policy (if they have one at all), shipping options and payment terms. If you have any questions about any of these, it's best to contact the seller directly before making the purchase.

How does the shopping cart work?
As you shop around and find items that suit your fancy, add them to your cart. Note: items in your cart are not removed from the site or reserved for you, until you complete the checkout process. The majority of items on Etsy are one-of-a-kind and thus tend to sell out quickly, so it's a bit risky to leave items in your cart for too long. Once you've got everything you want, click the big green Checkout button and following the onscreen instructions.



BookMooch is a community for exchanging used books.

BookMooch lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want.

# Give & receive: Every time you give someone a book, you earn a point and can get any book you want from anyone else at BookMooch. Once you've read a book, you can keep it forever or put it back into BookMooch for someone else, as you wish.

# No cost: there is no cost to join or use this web site: your only cost is mailing your books to others.

# Points for entering books: you receive a tenth-of-a-point for every book you type into our system, and one point each time you give a book away. In order to keep receiving books, you need to give away at least one book for every five you receive.

# Help charities: you can also give your points to charities we work with, such as children's hospitals (so a sick kid can get a free book delivered to their bed), Library fund, African literacy, or to us to thank us for running this web site .

March 25, 2007

Planet Earth

Is anyone watching that on the Discovery Channel?
Wow! Its amazing!!!
I guess its an 11 part mini series.

But anyway, they keep mentioning a contest. Its for a trip for 2 to one of these places.

Wyoming (Mountains) - Hudson Bay, Canada (Ice Worlds) - Anguilla (Shallow Seas) - Costa Rica (Jungles) - Morocco (Deserts)

Here is the contest.

And here is just a link to , where you can view clips from the show.

March 27, 2007

Someone Was Pretty Bored





Geni - The Online Family Tree Creator

Trust me, this can become very addictive.
So you fill out your info...parents, siblings, kids, grandparents, etc.
Then you invite everyone else in your family to fill it out as well....
Next thing you know, you have 10,000 relatives that you didnt even know about!

Check it out....its soooo easy to use!

March 28, 2007

Some Useless State Facts

ALABAMA: Was the first place to have 9-1-1, started in 1968.

ALASKA: One out of every 64 people has a pilot's license.

ARIZONA: Is the only state in the continental U.S. that doesn't follow Daylight Savings Time.

ARKANSAS: Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S.

CALIFORNIA: Its economy is so large that if it were a country, it would rank seventh in the entire world.

COLORADO: In 1976 it became the only state to turn down the Olympics.

CONNECTICUT: The Frisbee was invented here at Yale University.

DELAWARE: Has more scientists and engineers than any other state.

FLORIDA: At 759 square miles, Jacksonville is the US's largest city.

GEORGIA: It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist John Pemberton made the first vat of Coca-Cola.

HAWAII: Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer than residents in any other state.

IDAHO: TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922.

ILLINOIS: The Chicago River is dyed green every St. Patrick's Day.

INDIANA: Home to Santa Claus, Indiana, which get a half million letter to Santa every year.

IOWA: Winnebagos get their name from Winnebago County. Also, it is the only state that begins with two vowels.

KANSAS: Liberal, Kansas, has an exact replica of the house in The Wizard of Oz.

KENTUCKY: Has more than $6 billion in gold underneath Fort Knox.

LOUISIANA: Has parishes instead of counties because they were originally Spanish church units.

MAINE: It's so big, it covers as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.

MARYLAND: The Oujia board was created in Baltimore in 1892.

MASSACHUSETTS: The Fig Newton is named after Newton, Massachusetts.

MICHIGAN: Fremont, home to Gerber, is the baby food capital of the world.

MINNESOTA: Bloomington's Mall of America is so big, if you spent 10 minutes in each store, you'd be there nearly four days.

MISSISSIPPI: President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear here. That's how the teddy bear got its name.

MISSOURI: Is the birthplace of the ice cream cone.

MONTANA: A sapphire from Montana is the Crown Jewels of England.

NEBRASKA: More triplets are born here than in any other state.

NEVADA: Has more hotel rooms than any other place in the world.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Birthplace of Tupperware, invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.

NEW JERSEY: Has the most shopping malls in one area in the world.

NEW MEXICO: Smokey the Bear was rescued from a 1950 forest fire here.

NEW YORK: Is home to the nation's oldest cattle ranch, started in 1747 in Montauk.

NORTH CAROLINA: Home of the first Pepsi & Krispy Kreme doughnut.

NORTH DAKOTA: Rigby, North Dakota, is the exact geographic center of North America.

OHIO: The hot dog was invented here in 1900.

OKLAHOMA: The grounds of the state capital are covered by operating oil wells.

OREGON: Has the most ghost towns in the country.

PENNSYLVANIA: The smiley, :) was first used in 1980 by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.

RHODE ISLAND: The nation's oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, opened here in 1673

SOUTH CAROLINA: Sumter County is home to the world's largest gingko farm.

SOUTH DAKOTA: Is the only state that's never had an earthquake.

TENNESSEE: Nashville's Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live radio show in the world.

TEXAS: Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco back in 1885.

UTAH: The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened here in 1952.

VERMONT: Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald's.

VIRGINIA: Home of the world's largest office building...the Pentagon.

WASHINGTON: Seattle has twice as many college graduates as any other state.

WASHINGTON D.C.: Was the first planned capital in the world.

WEST VIRGINIA: Had the world's first brick paved street, Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870.

WISCONSIN: The ice cream sundae was invented here in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from being sold on Sundays.

WYOMING: Was the first state to allow women to vote.

March 30, 2007

Shrink Pictures

How many of you frequent message boards?
If not, you should! Actually, you should frequent THIS ONE , only because im a moderator and I post some cool stuff! =)
And by the way, once you register, go to the free stuff forums and say hi!

Ok, so back on topic. Shrink Pictures is exactly as its titled.

Here is a little excerpt from their website:

Resize Images Online

Welcome to Shrink Pictures. As an admin of a large Forum, we have a lot of users who have almost no grapics skills or knowledge. This website was created out of frustration of users asking questions like How do I resize images? How do I make images smaller? and How do I shrink this picture for an avatar?. So, we created the Shrink Pictures tools that are no more difficult than posting in a Forum and now anyone can Resize Images and Digital Pictures.

Another common use is to resize photos before sending in an email or posting it to your Blog.

To resize your images it is as simple as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5!

1. Browse your computer and select your image/photo to resize
2. Select the new size for your picture - use a preset or choose a custom size
3. Optionally, add an effect to your image
4. Select output image/picture quality Lower quality means a smaller file
5. Click "Resize" and wait for the processed images to be displayed

If you need to shrink a picture to avatar size then do it with our Shrink Avatars tool.

Original images can be up to 6Meg in size means you can use photos direct from your 8 megapixel Digital Camera. Original image can be jpg, gif or png. All resized images are automatically converted to jpg

March 31, 2007

Have a Yahoo! eMail address?

For Yahoo! Users:

Did you know that you can get updates from this blog instantly AND read newsletters directly from your browser?

Just go to
and you can sign in to your yahoo account. You can also make it your home page by clicking on Tools, then Internet Options.

To add blog updates, just click on this button.

Now to add the newsletters to your yahoo page....
1. Go to and make sure you are logged in.
2. Click on "add content", which is towards the top on the left hand side.
3. Click on add RSS by URL (right next to the "find" button.)
4. Enter this URL (or link) -
5. Then click on "Add To My Yahoo", and you are all set.

Now you should have something like this on the bottom of your screen.

Hope this helps yahoo subscribers who are having problems clicking on the links.


April 1, 2007

Ten Of The Best April Fools Day Hoaxes

Thu Mar 29, 4:19 AM ET

NEW YORK (AFP) - From television revealing that spaghetti grows on trees to advertisements for the left-handed burger, the tradition of April Fool's Day stories in the media has a weird and wonderful history.

Here are 10 of the top April Fool's Day pranks ever pulled off, as judged by the San Diego-based Museum of Hoaxes for their notoriety, absurdity, and number of people duped.

-- In 1957, a BBC television show announced that thanks to a mild winter and the virtual elimination of the spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. Footage of Swiss farmers pulling strands of spaghetti from trees prompted a barrage of calls from people wanting to know how to grow their own spaghetti at home.

-- In 1985, Sports Illustrated magazine published a story that a rookie baseball pitcher who could reportedly throw a ball at 270 kilometers per hour (168 miles per hour) was set to join the New York Mets. Finch was said to have mastered his skill -- pitching significantly faster than anyone else has ever managed -- in a Tibetan monastery. Mets fans' celebrations were short-lived.

-- Sweden in 1962 had only one television channel, which broadcast in black and white. The station's technical expert appeared on the news to announce that thanks to a newly developed technology, viewers could convert their existing sets to receive color pictures by pulling a nylon stocking over the screen. In fact, they had to wait until 1970.

-- In 1996, American fast-food chain Taco Bell announced that it had bought Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, a historic symbol of American independence, from the federal government and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell.

Outraged citizens called to express their anger before Taco Bell revealed the hoax. Then-White House press secretary Mike McCurry was asked about the sale and said the Lincoln Memorial in Washington had also been sold and was to be renamed the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial after the automotive giant.

-- In 1977, British newspaper The Guardian published a seven-page supplement for the 10th anniversary of San Serriffe, a small republic located in the Indian Ocean consisting of several semicolon-shaped islands. A series of articles described the geography and culture of the two main islands, named Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse.

-- In 1992, US National Public Radio announced that
Richard Nixon was running for president again. His new campaign slogan was, "I didn't do anything wrong, and I won't do it again." They even had clips of Nixon announcing his candidacy. Listeners flooded the show with calls expressing their outrage. Nixon's voice actually turned out to be that of impersonator Rich Little.

-- In 1998, a newsletter titled New Mexicans for Science and Reason carried an article that the state of Alabama had voted to change the value of pi from 3.14159 to the "Biblical value" of 3.0.

-- Burger King, another American fast-food chain, published a full-page advertisement in USA Today in 1998 announcing the introduction of the "Left-Handed Whopper," specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new burger included the same ingredients as the original, but the condiments were rotated 180 degrees. The chain said it received thousands of requests for the new burger, as well as orders for the original "right-handed" version.

-- Discover Magazine announced in 1995 that a highly respected biologist, Aprile Pazzo (Italian for April Fool), had discovered a new species in Antarctica: the hotheaded naked ice borer. The creatures were described as having bony plates on their heads that became burning hot, allowing the animals to bore through ice at high speed -- a technique they used to hunt penguins.

-- Noted British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on the radio in 1976 that at 9:47 am, a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event, in which Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, would cause a gravitational alignment that would reduce the Earth's gravity. Moore told listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment of the planetary alignment, they would experience a floating sensation. Hundreds of people called in to report feeling the sensation.

April 7, 2007

What I Did Tonight

So, we took the kids to the Museum of Science and Industry (in Chicago), to see a display called "BodyWorlds 2"

All I can say is WOW. And yes, they are all real.
It was very educational. I never saw my kids read as much as they did while they were there.

If you happen to live near Dallas, Phoenix, or Chicago, here are their current exhibitions.

Since we werent allowed to take photos, heres a couple of pics I found on the web.




April 8, 2007

Top 10 Retail Ripoffs Exposed!

A "no holds barred" expose of the subtle, sometimes deceptive techniques employed by "sneaky snake" salespeople to separate you from your money. Forewarned is forearmed; after reading this, you'll at least have a fighting chance to avoid being "bit"......

Continued here.

An email I got today...

Hello James,

I have a freebie for you if you are interested. I am giving away ($10) gift cards for the first 100 people to come to my web site. The gift cards have to be used on my site but I am sure there will be something everybody will want. I will be giving away 100 gift cards each month. I am also giving away $25 gift cards to anyone that spends over $100. From time to time there will be other offers for free as well so just keep checking back. So if you or anyone else would like one then just go to my site and click on the email address at the bottom. In the subject line just type "gift card" along with your name in the email. To get to my web site just click on the link or

copy and paste:

Thanks for your time,

April 10, 2007

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Lolly Pop?

And the world may never know.....

Remember this?
Now you will prove that darn owl wrong!!!

This is just a cool little gadget. Thanks Mike!

April 11, 2007

10 Things Your Restaurant Wont Tell You

This is an article in Smart Money Magazine.
Thanks MikeP!

April 28, 2007

Yankee Or Dixie?

Me, im 50% Yankee, but I live in Chicago. weird!!

and yes, we say POP! =)

May 3, 2007

Infomercial Scams

Trust me, you'll want to bookmark this site, or at least give it a good read.

May 12, 2007

2000 Uses For WD-40

Thaanks Theresa!

This is an excellent printable list.

Download file

Mother's Day Story

Mother's Day Story

So, we had this great 10 year old cat named Jack who just recently died.
Jack was a great cat and the kids would carry him around and sit on him
and nothing ever bothered him. He used to hang out and nap all day long
on this mat in our bathroom.
Well we have 3 kids and at the time of this story they were 4 years old,
3 years old and 1 year old. The middle one is Eli. Eli really loves
Chapstick. LOVES it. He kept asking to use my Chapstick and then
losing it. So finally one day I showed him where in the bathroom I keep
my Chapstick and how he could use it whenever he wanted to but he needed
to put it right back in the drawer when he was done.
Last year on Mother's Day, we were having the typical rush around and
try to get ready for Church with everyone crying and carrying on. My
two boys are fighting over the toy in the cereal box. I am trying to
nurse my little one at the same time I am putting on my make-up.
Everything is a mess and everyone has long forgotten that this is a
wonderful day to honor me and the amazing job that is motherhood.
We finally have the older one and and the baby loaded in the car and I
am looking for Eli. I have searched everywhere and I finally round the
corner to go into the bathroom. And there was Eli. He was applying my
Chapstick very carefully to Jack's . . . rear end. Eli looked right
into my eyes and said "chapped." Now if you have a cat, you know that
he is right--their little butts do look pretty chapped. And, frankly,
Jack didn't seem to mind.
And the only question to really ask at that point was whether it was
the FIRST time Eli had done that to the cat's behind or the hundredth.
And THAT is my favorite Mother's Day moment ever because it reminds us
that no matter how hard we try to civilize these glorious little
creatures, there will always be that day when you realize they've been
using your Chapstick on the cat's butt.

The most wasted of days is that in which one has not laughed!'

I will never look at Chapstick without thinking of this story !


May 20, 2007

Got A Letter Today WITH A Picture!

Hey James,
today I went to the mailbox. there were no bills, no junk mail. Just these lovely beauties , all rubber banded together and actually sitting on, not in, my mailbox! How Kooool is that!



May 23, 2007

Nothing Free?

Here is an interesting email I got today........

I would like to hear your thoughts.

Please post on you JustFreeStuff newsletter.

I have been getting your newsletter for so long that I can't even remember not getting it.

I just wanted to let you and all the members know that in all that time I have not once received anything. I have not received one sample, won any contest, nada, nyet, nothing and I have signed up for everything.

Just to let all your members know that the possibility of winning anything is close to nil.

I also have many friends that subscribe to your newsletter who have experienced the same results as myself.

Please post this on your newsletter for fair and honest dealings with your members.

Kathy McClanahan

May 24, 2007

See A UFO Lately?

Ummmmm.......I have no clue!

Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End

You can download wallpapers, screensavers, and check out the cool trailer!

May 28, 2007

From Kathleen

These are free Bible Software applications, that are feature rich and user friendly. E-Sword comes with many free to download add ins, such as commentaries, maps and Bible Dictionaries, along with E-books written by Christians over a hundred years ago. These websites also include free downloads for add-ins, just as E Sword does. I have all these on my computer and between them all I have several hundred e-books, and some step books, and a wealth of information at my fingertips. I hope you will share these with your subscribers. These do not have a catch, nor is registration required, except with Bible Explorer, and that is only to unlock the free books that are downloaded by an integrated manager quickly. Some of these also include foreign language Bible translations. The last link is for the Open Office Software, which is much better than Microsoft Word (and free). These are all reputable software apps I have used and are spyware free, adware free, and easy to use.

The next download is a free English-Greek Interlinear Bible Software.

And the next day, I recieved another letter from her:

Hi, I meant to mention when I emailed you about the Bible Software freebies, that I'm already to subscribed to your newsletter and I love it, and I wondered if you post freebies on your site for free mp3 downloads. If you do, you can find thousands between these two websites:, . They all are free and no registration is required. They both, you might have guessed have audio sermons for free download, and they are all free.

Another great freebie I like for pc cleanup and maintenance, is Clean up. It's great if you have more than one user account on your pc, it cleans out all the temp files and stuff at the same time, without changing users. The first time I used it, it cleaned out over 4 GB, (yes, GB) of temp files I thought I'd deleted with the windows utility that says its cleaning your temp internet files and browser cache, etc. It's great and does not mess with operating system files.

These freebies I've sent you are not limited time only things. They are always available. I pray God bless you James.

Thank you very very much!!!
I'd like to add one more about cleaning your computer. It would be PCpitstop.


June 7, 2007

Operation: Call Home

Thanks Vicki!

For every person that takes the O'Quiz, we will send an AT&T pre paid phone card to the troops in Iraq through Operation Shoebox.

Congrats Dawn!


What a wonderful day! In yesterday's newsletter you posted the Huggies/Pull-ups Discover the Magic contest. I haven't entered any contests for a while and decided to give that contest a shot. Well, imagine my surprise when I played with the UPC code you posted and a message popped up telling me Congratulations - your a Grand Prize Winner!! Today UPS delivered a winner validation that I have to return to claim my prize which consists of a trip for four to the Walt Disney World Resort with round trip airfare, airport/hotel transfers, One quad standard room at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel for 5 days/4 nights, four 5 day Magic your way base tickets and one Disney gift card for $200 (approx retail value $3,200). My family can't believe our good fortune and we are all very excited. I have been a member of your newsletter for a couple years now and have never won anything this big. So tell everyone that if you keep trying, you'll have your winning day too! Thanks a million for everything you do!!

Dawn P.

And here is the contest I ran....

Huggies And Pull-Ups Discover the Magic Game

Need a UPC? Use: 36000 54321

Also, you must have a child 5 years old or younger in
order to enter.

Grand Prize (40): A trip for 4 to the Walt Disney World Resort.
Prize consists of: round-trip coach air transportation for 4;
airport/hotel transfers between Orlando International Airport
and Walt Disney World Resort; one quad-standard room at a Walt
Disney World Resort hotel for 5 days/4nights, four 5-Day Magic
Your Way Base Tickets and one Disney Gift Card with a value of
$200. ARV: $3,200

Daily Entry. Expires June 09, 2007. U.S. And Canada Only.

June 12, 2007


Am in Orlando, Florida right now in case some of you did not know.
My internet access will be limited, but I will post on here when I get a chance.

Anne, thank you for covering for me while I am gone! =)

June 27, 2007

Geek? Software

Hi James,

For those who might want an inventory of what is on their system (or just the geeks like me in the group), there is a free utility (Belarc Advisor) that gives you a detailed list of hardware, software, installed fixes, blah, blah, blah... pretty much anything you want to know about your computer within the confines of a readable report. It is FREE (they'll accept donations for those bound & determined to pay for software, of course) and it can be found at . There may be other free stuff of interest there too, but I was in a hurry while visiting the site today.

Another one I like is Cpu-Z which can be found at (the author's site is available as one of the d/l sites). It gives fairly geeky info about memory and what's in the various slots. For tech-types (or people who just can't afford to hire others to work on their systems), it provides good info and it is FREE too.

If I've already sent these to you, pretend like I'm not senile, ok? ;)


And my own personal note......MajorGeeks is an excellent site for "geek" related software.


July 12, 2007

Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill

From a nurse:

I'll never forget the look in my patients eyes when
I had to tell them they had to go home with the
drains, new exercises and no breast. I remember
begging the Doctors to keep these women in the
hospital longer, only to hear that they would, but
their hands were tied by the insurance companies.
So there I sat with my patient giving them the
instructions. They needed to take care of
themselves, knowing full well they didn't grasp half
of what I was saying, because the glazed, hopeless,
frightened look spoke louder than the quiet 'Thank
you' they muttered.

A mastectomy is when a woman's breast is removed in
order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. If
you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may
know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain
afterwards. Insurance companies are trying to make
mastectomies an outpatient procedure. Let's give
women the chance to recover properly in the hospital
for 2 days after surgery.

Mastectomy Bill in Congress

It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important
.. Please take the time and do it really quick!

Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill - Important
legislation for all women.

Please send this to everyone in your address book.
If there was ever a time when our voices and choices
should be heard, this is one of those times. If
you're receiving this, it's because I think you will
take the 30 seconds to go to vote on this issue and
send it on to others you know who will do the same.

There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient
Protection Act which will require insurance
companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay
for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about
eliminating the 'drive-through mastectomy' where
women are forced to go home just a few hours after
surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still
groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage
tubes still attached. Lifetime Television has put
this bill on their web page with a petition drive to
show your support. Last year over half the House
signed on.

PLEASE!! Sign the petition by clicking on the web
site below. You need not give more than your name
and zip code number.

July 13, 2007

The Simpsons

So, if you were a Simpsons character, what would you look like?
This would be me.....


Create your own avatar on their site:

Leave a comment and share your own picture with everyone.

You can upload pics at

July 15, 2007

So, What Is The Meaning Of Your Name?

Mine would be...

Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Biblical
Pronounced: JAYMZ
English form of the Late Latin Jacomus which was derived from (Iakobos),
the New Testament Greek form of (Ya'aqov) (see JACOB). This is the name
of two apostles in the New Testament. The first was Saint James the
Greater, the apostle John's brother, who was beheaded by Herod Agrippa
in the Book of Acts. The second was James the Lesser, son of Alphaeus.
Another James (known as James the Just) is also mentioned in the Bible
as being the brother of Jesus.

Kings of England and Scotland have borne this name. Other famous bearers
include the inventor of the steam engine James Watt, the explorer Captain
James Cook, and the novelist and poet James Joyce.

July 18, 2007

Typing Test

Its about a 6 minute test.
My score is 273, 600.

July 19, 2007

Prayer Request!

Hi James,

My son just came home from the Marines boot Camp 2 weeks ago. He just went back last week. They are not kidding when they tell you that your son is leaving as a boy but he will return as a man..... I couldn't believe how different he looked from when he left. He's going for more training and then he's going to be shipped out. That's when the worrying starts... but I know he has a good head on his shoulders and he will be alright, God willing... Could you please ask your subscribers for prayers for him.. that he'll be alright, it would be greatly appreciated.


July 25, 2007

Purple Hats

Thanks Vicki.

Purple Hats
In honor of women's history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer. Here is an "angel" sent to watch over you. Pass this on to five women that you want watched over. If you don't know five women to pass this on to, one will do just fine.


(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's" More "I'm sorry's."

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it .. . live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us. Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with , a nd what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally.
I hope you have a blessed day.


If you don't mind, send this on to all the women you are grateful to have as friends. Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier. Please send this to five phenomenal women today in celebration of Beautiful Women's Month. If you do, something good will happen--you will boost another woman's self esteem .

July 29, 2007

How to Photograph a Child’s Birthday Party

I find photographing children ’s birthday parties to be being like a kid in a candy store - not only because of all the candy…. but because of the wonderful photographic moments that they present me with. More…

August 1, 2007

I need a new pair of shoes

Just trust me and follow the link.....

August 5, 2007

9 Reasons why An Apple a Day Really Keeps the Doctor away

As posted on here.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”…but why? Do you really know what makes an apple so special? Why is it that we never hear an orange or a banana a day keeps the doctor away?
Apples have properties that no other fruit have and its benefits have been proven overtime. You will be able to get the benefits of these properties individually with other fruits, but an apple combines everything and makes it simpler. It has been shown over and over that if it’s not simple, easy and fast, people won’t take care of their health.

1-Apple contains Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps greatly your immune system. A lot people who lack Vitamin C in their diet have poor healing, bruise easily and have bleeding gums.

2-Prevent Heart Diseases. The reason it can prevent both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease is because apples are rich in flavonoid. Flavonoids are also known for their antioxidant effects.

3-Low in calories. A regular size apple has between 70-100 calories. Eating an apple when craving for candy or chocolate can make the desire disappear since apple in itself contains sugar, but gives you only ¼ of the calories.

4-Prevent Cancers. Notice the plural. We all know that cancer comes in several forms and in different places. Apples target multiple cancers such as colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer in women.

5-Apples contain phenols, which have a double effect on cholesterol. It reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. They prevent LDL cholesterol from turning into oxidized LDL, a very dangerous form of bad cholesterol which can be deadly.

6-Prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay is an infection that seriously damages the structure of your teeth, which are caused primarily because of bacteria. The juice of the apples has properties that can kill up to 80% of bacteria. So there you have it, an apple a day also keeps the dentist away!

7-Protects your brain from brain disease. This is something many people don’t know, and when you consider that your brain makes the person you are, it gives a whole new perspective. Apple has substances called phytonutrients, and these phytonutrients prevents neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonism.

8-Healthier Lungs. A research at the University of Nottingham Research shows that people who eat 5 apples or more per week has lower respiratory problems, including asthma.

9-They taste great! And not only that, they also come in many flavors and colors. Not in a mood for a green apple? Why not get a red one, or a macintosh! Their taste can vary greatly, but still give you all the apple benefits. Variety is an important element to maintaining your health.

On average, Americans consume around 20 pounds of apples a day, which comes to around 1 apple a week. Unfortunately, while an apple a week is better than nothing, it is nowhere close to being able to extract all the advantages apples have to offer. Eating apples is part of balanced and healthy diet than will increase your longevity, so why limit yourself to only 1 per week?

August 8, 2007

Dont Run With Forks!

Thanks Vicki for these!

Im glad he's ok!!



August 11, 2007

How Do We Treat People?

Thanks Mary!

Five lessons to make you think about the way we treat people.

1. First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz.
I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions,
until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who
cleans the school?" Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the
cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s,
but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last
question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last
question would count toward our quiz grade. "Absolutely," said the
professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are
significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do
is smile an d say "hello". I've never forgotten that lesson. I also
learned her name was Dorothy.

2. Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing
on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm.
Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet,
she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to
help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man
took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a
taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address
and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door.
To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A
special note was attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me
on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes,
but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to
make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God
bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others,"
Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3. Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year-old boy
entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table.. A waitress put a glass
of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked...
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out
of his pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain
dish of ice cream?" he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a
table and the waitress was growing impatient. "Thirty-five cents," she
brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have
the plain ice cream," he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put
the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream,
paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to
cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty
dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn't have the
sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4. Fourth Important Lesson - The Obstacles in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he
hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.
Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and
simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping
the roads clear, but none did anythi ng about getting the stone out of
the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon
approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to
move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and
straining, he finally succeeded After the peasant picked up his load of
vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had
been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King
indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from
the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5. Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts.

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to
know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious
disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion
from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same
disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.
The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the
little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw
him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying,
"Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he
lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the
color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile
faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, Will
start to die right away?". Being young, the little boy had
misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his
sister all of his blood in order to save her.

August 13, 2007

The Sept 11 Trucker

Thanks Vikki!

These pictures are awsome, and I am sure they took a long time to complete. Every name of the person who passed is remembered. I hope you post this one.

Vikki Johnson from University Park, IL








August 14, 2007

Awareness And A Just In Case!

You know how you always say its a small world when you meet someone and realize you shared someething in common with that person?

Well, this may be the case...

I don't know if you can/will post this or not and if you can't for what ever reason I understand. I just thought I would give it a shot as I know you reach hundreds of people daily.
This is so important or I would not even ask. Anyway have a good day, and thanks either way. Mary.

My dear friend Christina who is number one on my list and will be till her children are found and home safely with her once again. Below is a describtion on what happen and pictures of her children. Please repost this and have all your friends repost it. This is kidnapping and he should be brought to justice so the kids can live a normal life. I BEG YOU TO REPOST THIS IF YOU HAVE ANY HEART AT ALL.

Just click reply and then copy the info so the pictures will show up when you post it in a bulletin--I will be praying for her everyday and night and ask the same from you. The more that see this the sooner they will be found--PLEASE REPOST AND ASK ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME

On Thursday of this past week my ex came into town. He left with them around 8:30 pm from my apartment. His dad says he saw them around 9 am the following morning. His mother told us he rented a truck/SUV and they left, and I wouldn’t see them for a long time.

I’ve called the police, I’ve called his parents and everyone I could come up with phone numbers for, I’ve even gone to their houses. That’s all the info I was able to get. I do know he still lives in Florida, and are supposedly driving there. If anyone sees them, please call one of these numbers:

Frances: 1-660-343-5447 or Cell:1-660-221-6884
Desaree: 1-660-827-1908
My Cell: 1-660-473-3158 you can also text Frances (my mom) or my cells with info.

When they left the house, the oldest (Shelby Cantrell) was wearing black capris, a black t-shirt that read “I like you, you’re different”, and black flip flops. Bethany was wearing blue jeans, a white and peach striped shirt, and black “Vans” tennis shoes. Ariel (the youngest) was wearing a tie dyed t-shirt that said “Branson” on the front, black soccer shorts, and light blue tennis shoes with no laces.

Please forward this on so maybe someone can help me find my girls. For those who don’t know how.. hit “reply”, copy and paste to a new bulletin.

These are the most recent pictures I have:




August 20, 2007

What Is Your Walk Score?

Type in your address to see how far everything is from your house.

August 22, 2007

Disney & WalMart High School Musical 2 Wake Up Call

Your kids can get a wake up call from one of these 2 characters:

Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale)
Chad (Corbin Bleu)

August 23, 2007

Hard to find 800 numbers

Add this list to your favorites!
We keep them is business,Yet we can't find them
half the time!

August 30, 2007

This is an email I got this morning about recycling....

Dear Fundraising Planner:

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* Cell Phones
* Ink Jet Printer Cartridges
* DVD Movies & Videogames
* Portable DVD Players
* Laptop Computers
* MP3 Players
* X-Boxes, Sony Playstations, Wii
* Digital Cameras & Digital Video Cameras (DVRs)
* Digital Picture Frames
* Portable Navigation & GPS Devices (Garmin, Magellan, Tom-Tom)

Earn cash for every item guaranteed! We even pay for damaged, non-working and non-listed models.

According to the Consumer Electronics Association the average U.S. household owns 25 consumer electronics devices. With more than 2 billion DVDs, 30 million digital cameras and 41 million MP3 players sold each year in the U.S. plus the more than 150 million used cell phones stockpiled in U.S. households the EcoPhones Recycling Fundraiser is much easier and more profitable than you may think. In addition, EcoPhones provides FREE customizable marketing materials and free shipping from anywhere in the U.S. including Alaska. Join the more than 22,000 schools, clubs, and churches just like yours that have raised much-needed funds for their organizations.

For more information, you may register online at or call (888) Eco-Phones / (888) 326-7466. We'll send you a free Welcome Kit packet with color posters, a guide to running a successful recycling fundraiser, price lists, pre-paid shipping labels, and everything else you'll need to get started.


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September 7, 2007


Ok, here is your chance to ask ME a question. It can be anything within reason of course =)

Ask in the comments section and I will reply right under that.

September 16, 2007

Wish You Won The Lottery?

Think can be VERY lonely.

September 17, 2007

Hard To Find 800 Numbers

Definitely a site worth bookmarking.

Coke Rewards...

From a subscriber....

Just wanted you to know that I have a lot of COKE rewards if anybody is interested in these let me know here and I will pass them on to you should be about 100 in total.

Kathy Stoneking

so whoever leaves comments, she will contact one of you.


Thanks Kathy!

September 18, 2007

$50 For 1 Hour Telephone Study - Men 40-64

Thank you Patti!

Please pass this email along to MEN 40-64 year of age.

We are currently considering men 40-64 years of age for a 1-hour telephone study who have taken pain medication (both over-the-counter and prescription Rx) within the past year. If you would like to be considered for this survey and currently live in one of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming please fill out the survey and we will be back in touch with you within the next day or two and try to place you on the study. Thank you for your cooperation. We hope you are able join us on the study.

September 21, 2007

Mindset List For The Class Of 2010

Depressing is what I have to say.

September 30, 2007

Made The News!

This is a letter I got for a subscriber (and the link)

I think its pretty freaking awesome! hehe

Hi James,
just wanted to let you know that our local tv station ran a segment
on free stuff, they even showed the front page of your website.
you can go to : and look for the "Save With Dave"
then go to Great Free Samples.
it will show the video ect. i was excited to be on tv too.
i just thought you would be interested.

i really love your site and all the stuff i get too.

kathy johancen
sacramento, ca

Wow, that is awesome! Congrats to you!
And thank you for getting them to list my site! =)

Check it out.... (make sure you watch the video too)

October 1, 2007

Prescription Help...

Im running this in the newsletter tonight, but decided to put it here as well, only because its an excellent reference.

These are numbers that people can call to get help with their meds if they have no insurance:

Connection To Care: 1.800.707.8990

Bridge To Access: 1.866.728.4368

Partnership For Prescription Assistance:1.888.477.2669

I know they work because I have used them. Wanda

October 5, 2007

5,000+ Resources To Do Just About Anything Online

October 7, 2007

I've posted this one a while ago, but its so good, I have to post
it again.
Its basically a free phone number. You know, when filling out those
forms, use this number instead of your home number.
Whoever calls it will leave a voice mail message and it will
forward to your email address, where you can play the .wav file
and decide to call them back or simply delete it.

October 8, 2007

Behind The Name

So, what is the meaning of your name?
For James, it would be:

"English form of the Late Latin Jacomus which was derived from Ιακωβος
(Iakobos), the New Testament Greek form of יַעֲקֹב (Ya'aqov) (see JACOB).
This is the name of two apostles in the New Testament. The first was
Saint James the Greater, the apostle John's brother, who was beheaded
by Herod Agrippa in the Book of Acts. The second was James the Lesser,
son of Alphaeus. Another James (known as James the Just) is also
mentioned in the Bible as being the brother of Jesus.

Kings of England and Scotland have borne this name. Other famous
bearers include the inventor of the steam engine James Watt, the
explorer Captain James Cook, and the novelist and poet James Joyce."

October 12, 2007

Pinecone Research

A letter I got today....

Dear Panelist,

PineCone Research is ready to expand and we need your help.

We have immediate openings for MALE CONSUMERS 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.

Do you know of households that meet this description that would like to join the PineCone Research Panel? If so, please FORWARD A COPY of this e-mail to each household you would like to refer so that they may click on the registration link shown below. That household should complete the registration form themselves and submit it. REMEMBER THAT ONLY ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD MAY REGISTER. Multiple registrations of the same household or individual will void all registrations.

Here is the link to the registration:

If your referral has any questions, they can email us at or click on the attached links to learn more about PineCone Research.

As a member in good standing, you've already seen the benefits of being part of PineCone Research. So please, share the benefits of membership with a friend.

While this is not a paid referral program, we genuinely appreciate your help in spreading the word that PINECONE IS GROWING!


Web site:

October 15, 2007

55 Must See Movies of 2008

Some interesting reading here. Many have trailers as well.

October 16, 2007

The Ultimate Bible Quiz

Nearly everyone has read or heard some part of the Bible, but few have become true Biblical students. The Bible is a rich and wonderful compilation of 66 different writings, written in many different genres by several different authors.

Where do you fall on the Bible continuum? Are you a casual hearer, or a real scholar? Do you know the Old Testament from the New? Do you know the Biblical characters and events? Take this quiz to see!

Me....I scored a 54%

October 24, 2007

How Much Are You Worth?

This is an easy one.

October 25, 2007

155 Useless Facts For Your Enjoyment

Thanks Ashley!

I am sure that you have already posted some of these, but I tried to remember all the things that I learned in my Western Civ. Class. During lectures my instructor would just give us uselss facts to throw us off. Then when we would take exams, the useless facts that he gave us would be on there as a bonus!! So I started writting them down... I hope you can use them!!

1. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
2. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks, otherwise it will digest itself.
3. The Declaration of Independence (the very official copy in the Rotunda of the National Archives) is written on parchment, not paper.
4. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
5. A raisin dropped in a fresh glass of soda will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.
6. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
7. A 2x4 is actually 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" .
8. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
9. Every person has a unique tongue print. (Say "aaah")
10. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino.
11. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
12. During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in the distance.
13. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
14. John Wilkes Booth's brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son. Irony.
15. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
16. Chocolate kills dogs! Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog. (Debated)
17. Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps.
18. Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If they were captured, the cards could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.
19. Most lipstick contains fish scales. Yum.
20. Dr. Seuss actually pronounced Seuss such that it sounded like Sue-ice.
21. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
22. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
23. During the California Gold Rush of 1849 miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the high costs in California during these years it was deemed more feasible to send the shirts to Hawaii for servicing.
24. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.
25. The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.
26. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower', because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters. The proper term for upper case letters is "majuscule" and for lower case it's "minuscule".
27. The printing industry gives us other popular phrases, such as "mind your 'p's and 'q's." The moveable block type had the letters in reverse so they would read correctly when imprinted on paper. Apprentices had to remove the type from the pages and return the blocks to their upper and lower cases. Each drawer in the case held a different size of letters, and each drawer was divided into compartments (called sorts) for each letter. The letters 'p' and 'q' could easily be mistaken, so the master printer would advise their apprentices to mind their 'p's and 'q's. (This is debated. Link.)
28. When the master printer was building a page and discovered that a particular sort was empty, he would get angry. Thus the term "out of sorts".
29. The question mark came from a monk habit of writing the Latin word for question, quo, at the end of sentences. Over time, the letters were written vertically to save space and morphed into the ? we write today. Similarly, the exclamation point came from the Latin word "Lo", meaning something important that should be heeded. (Lo and behold...)
30. Wellfleet, Massachusetts has the only town clock in the world that strikes ship's time. (Rings every half hour, to a maximum of 8 rings at the end of each four hour period.)
31. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with the words orange, purple, or silver, or month. (Debated, as I don't think that sliver is a rhyme for silver, or pimple a good rhyme with purple, etc.)
32. The numbers '172' can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial. (New or old? Not sure. Probably the old one.)
33. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
34. There are four cars and eleven lightposts on the back of a $10 dollar bill.
35. Scissors as we know them today (well, pretty much) were invented in Rome in about 100 AD (or CE, if you want to be politically correct).
36. If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and look like it is stinging itself to death. It spasms a lot. :)
37. Most scorpions will glow under black (ultraviolet) light. (?!)
38. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.
39. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
40. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springstein's 'Born in the USA.'
41. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original Halloween was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
42. The first product Motorola developed was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
43. Roses MAY be red, but violets ARE, indeed, violet.
44. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand. One should carry a stout pole while travelling in quicksand country...when placed under one's back, it helps one to float out of the quicksand.
45. Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo.
46. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to digest a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. (Mmm, diet food.)
47. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest.
48. In Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, giving their exact size and speeds of rotation. He did this more than one hundred years before either moon was discovered.
49. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
50. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson." For that matter, Sherlock Holmes never existed in the first place. But the address where he supposedly lived, 221B Baker Street, still gets a lot of fan mail. I am told that there is a desk there that has the sign "Secretary to Mr. Holmes".
51. An old law in Bellingham, Wash., made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing. (?!)
52. Birds have the right of way on all Utah highways.
53. Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokesmodel.
54. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
55. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.
56. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit will damage it.
57. The number one selling CD in history is the third Beatles anthology. It recently beat out the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits."
58. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
59. If you drop a penny off of the Empire State Building, it will be going 106 miles per hour (terminal velocity) when it reaches the ground. Something moving this fast may actually cause head injuries if it lands on you. (OUCH)
60. The original Winnie the Pooh was a real live bear found outside of Winnipeg, Canada, hence the name Winnie.
61. Francis Bacon died in his attempt to find a better way to serve food. He caught a case of pneumonia while attempting to stuff a chicken with snow. Ironically, the chicken survived the ordeal.
62. Dachshunds were originally bred in 1600 to hunt dachs, which is German for badgers. (Historically speaking, 1600 was a slow year.)
63. Houdini's real name was Ehrich Weiss.
64. The first zoo in America was in Philadelphia.
65. Laser is actually an acronym for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emissions of Radiation."
66. The world's first passenger train made its debut in England in 1825.
67. If you hate our "QWERTY" keyboard layout, blame Christopher Sholes. He changed it from the original in 1873 to lessen the chances of the keys jamming.
68. Napoleon III suffered from ailurophobia, which is a fear of cats.
69. Escalator is one of many words that were originally trademarks but have become ordinary words found in dictionaries. Some other words which were originally trademarks and have now passed into common use are aspirin, autoharp, band-aids, breathalyzer, cellophane, Coke (in some areas, at least), corn flakes, cube steak, ditto, dry ice, dumpster, formica, Frisbee, granola, gunk, jeep, kerosene, Kleenex, mace, nylon, ping-pong (also an onomatopoeia), popsicle, Q-tip, rollerblade, rolodex, Scotch tape, sheetrock, spandex, styrofoam, tabloid, thermos, trampoline, yo-yo, xerox, and zipper.
70. The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles. The red dot came from the inventors eyes, he was an albino with red eye!!
71. Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there. Also, the powder on the bark of a quaking aspen tree works as a mosquito repellent.
72. Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
73. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.
74. No piece of paper can be folded in half consecutively more than 7 times (doubling factor... you end up folding 27 == 128 sheets of paper).
75. 1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television. (I have!)
76. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
77. Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
78. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
79. The king of hearts on playing cards is the only king without a moustache.
80. A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.
81. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
82. Apples are more efficient than caffeine in waking you up in the morning. (Go figure.)
83. The little plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets. (Why do you name them?)
84. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
85. The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer. (Hmm, wonder why.)
86. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
87. Betsy Ross, Jackie Onassis, JFK, and Daniel Boone have all appeared on Pez dispensers.
88. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
89. Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.
90. Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
91. The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing their hands in jelly.
92. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
93. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
94. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar. (I'm not sure if that counts 50 cent pieces or not.)
95. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
96. There are more chickens than people in the world.
97. Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
98. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
99. All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
100. "Dreamt" and "undreamt" are the only English words that end in the letters "mt."
101. 47.2% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
102. 26 (easily visible, there may be more) states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the old US $5 bill.
103. The almond is a member of the peach family.
104. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
105. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
106. Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula."
107. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
108. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
109. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
110. In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
111. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
112. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."
113. A mayfly has a life span of 24 hours.
114. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (As noted by a reader: "The reason a goldfish swims back and forth and back and forth across the fish bowl all day long everyday is because by the time it gets to one side of the bowl it forgets what's on the other side of the bowl. Every trip is a new adventure! (Hey, I wonder what's over there!.... Hey! I wonder what's over THERE!)" :))
115. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
116. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. (Updated: I've had one person say they can do it. But still.)
117. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
118. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. (Wonder what it did to his liver?) That researcher also invented microwave popcorn.
119. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
120. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
121. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
122. "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
123. The data track on a CD is a very long spiral. If it were unwound and laid out in a straight line, it would be over 3.5 miles long.
124. It is impossible to lick your elbow or stick your elbow in your ear. (Updated: many people have told me that they can actually lick their elbow. Most people can't do it, and I have yet to get an elbow-ear report.)
125. A crocodile can't stick its tongue out.
126. A shrimp's heart is in its head.
127. In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand (or attempted to do so).
128. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
129. A pregnant goldfish is called a twerp.
130. More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
131. Rats and horses can't vomit.
132. "The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
133. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
134. A lot of photocopier faults world-wide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their buttocks.
135. Cat's urine glows under a black light.
136. The oldest standing building in Australia is Captain James Cook's house, brought over from England brick by brick. Why? :)
137. Paul McCartney's real first name is James - Paul is his middle name. Thus, all the Beatles (including Ringo, whose first name is Richard) were named after kings.
138. The hole inside a CD is exactly the same size as an old Dutch 10 cent coin, called the "dubbeltje". (?!) Of course, all the European countries (save a few) have gone Euro now.
139. Killer whales are not, technically, whales. They are orcas, a relative of the porpoise and the dolphin.
140. If you stroke a shark from nose to tail, it is smooth. If you stroke it the other way, it is rough, and on some species, can even give you hand lacerations.
141. Elephants are the only land mammals that can't jump.
142. More about elephants: If you add up the circumference of two feet, you get exactly the elephant's height. (?!)
143. Your foot is nearly the same length as your forearm as measured from the inside of the elbow to the wrist. (On me, it's nearly exact. :) )
144. In 10 minutes, a hurricane expends more energy than all of the nuclear weapons in the world combined.
145. On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
146. 90% of all New York cabbies are recently arrived immigrants. (This reminds me of a Douglas Adams quote. If you can tell me which book, I'll give you... umm... nothing. Oh, wait *rummages* I have some undying respect I can throw in.)
147. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
148. A snail can sleep for three months.
149. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
150. All polar bears, despite being near the North Pole, are southpaws. (ooh, bad pun)
151. "Go" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
152. Americans eat on average 18 acres worth of pizza every day.
153. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.
154. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages it.

155. Almost everyone who reads this will try to lick their elbow

October 29, 2007


This is a customizable start up page for your internet browser.
Looks really cool.

From their site:

Pageflakes is revolutionizing how we use the Internet. With Pageflakes,
you can easily customize the Internet and make it yours using "flakes"
- small, movable versions of all of your Web favorites that you can
arrange on your personal homepage. Flakes are available for thousands
of uses and interests, including news, sports, e-mail, local events,
search, photos, music, videos - even interactive tools like a calendar
and a to-do list - and just about anything else you do on the Web at
school, work and at home. The Pageflakes community of users create
and help each other discover more new flakes and share more new
Pageflakes pages every day.

October 31, 2007

The Jing Project

Share videos, pictures, etc.
Watch the demo video. Its very cool.

November 5, 2007

Need A Phone Number?

When I put this on the blog yesterday, there was NOT a message stating that it was being cancelled. Now there is. UGH!
At least its good until then I guess.


Was reading your newsletter and seen the k7 thingy (for phone) you
mentioned. There is another site that gives you a phone # (area based)
that has voicemail. They send you email alerts to let you know when
you have a message on your number. You set it up just like any other
voicemail. When someone calls your # it rings 4 times for them, like
a real phone, then your voicemail comes on. Here is the site:

It is ran by netzero.


Thank you Amy! (and Kathy, who sent me a similar letter)

Actually, I think i'm liking this one better than K7, which I ran
last week.

Well, you be the judge.

If you would like to test it, here is my K7 number:

And my Netzero private number: (yes, it is automated)

So check this out....
When filling out forms:
First Name: Current
Last Name: Resident
Address: Your real address
City: Your real city
Zip: Your real zip
Phone #: Voila! Pick a service above and use that.

Now how much info are you truly giving out when signing up
for freebies?

November 9, 2007

More Useless Facts For Ya

Thanks Kim!

42 Weird Things You Would Never Know!!

1.) A shrimp's heart is in its head.

2.) The 'sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick' is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

3.) Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

4.) Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

5.) If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 19 69 make it illegal for U. S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

6.) In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

7.) A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

8.) 23% of all photocopier faults world-wide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts.

9.) Most lipstick contains fish scales

10.) Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

11.) If you sneeze too hard you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force they can pop out.

12.) In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.

13.) It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

14.) A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

15.) More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

16.) Horses can't vomit.

17.) Butterflies taste with their feet.

18.) In 10 minutes, a category three hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.

19.) On average 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

20.) On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

21.) Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

22.) Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

23.) Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

24.) Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

25.) It's possible to lead a cow upstairs... but not downstairs.

26.) Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

27.) It is physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.

28.) The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

29.) A snail can sleep for three years.

30.) No word in the English language rhymes with 'MONTH.'

31.) Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

32.) The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

33.) All polar bears are left handed.

34.) In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

35.) An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

36.) TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.

37.) 'Go,' is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

38.) If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand 7 feet, 2 inches tall.

39.) A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

40.) The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

41.) Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

42.) Almost everyone who reads this email will try to lick their elbow.

November 14, 2007

Scam Alert

You can read all about this scam at this site, which is just one of many that cover it.

And another:

Please let me know if this letter is valid or a fake.

The letterhead says IGC -Interactive Gamng Commission
It is dated Nov. 5, 2007
It is titled Award Claim Final Notification

Dear Gwen
This is to inform you of the official release of the 2007 Sweepstakes Lottery held on June 19th, 2007 in the 2nd category. A ticket with serial numbers NY 007544052 attached to your name drew the lucky winning numbers.
We have made many unsuccessful attempts to contact you regarding this winning. Your are entitled to the sum of $60,000.00 US dollaors. This is from total prize money of 300.00.00 dollars that was shared and presented among 5 declared winners. Please note that all the participants were selected through a random coputer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 names.
Your ref. number is GC/375/1007 and in accordance with our disbursement policy your prize money has been forwarded to our clearing/disbursement institution to release your funds to you either by certified check, money order or wire transfer to your designated local bank.
To expedite the processing, enclosed is a check for $3,426.67 US Dollars which has been deducted from your winning. You will be using some money on this first check to pay for the clearance and applicable taxes on your winning ($60.000.00).
The applicable taxes are to be paid by wire transfer.
The enclosed check needs to be deposited into your bank account but please contact your claim agent for further instructions to finalize your claim.
We take your privacy very seriously. Our policy is to never share your information with others. At no time is any of our information made available to other parties. We advise you to keep your reference code and winnings confidential until your claim have been properly processed and funds remitted to you as this is part of our security protocol to avoid any double claims. Please contact your claim agent Mrs. Jennifer Brown at 905 462 0207 for furthers clarifications and instructions on claiming your winnings.
Note: If we do not get contact from you within a specific period of time we shall assume the enclosed check amount as lost and winning unclaimed. The check will cancelled and declared null and void.
Diane Hartford
(Promotion Manager)

This seems too good to be true, James. The check even looks authenic ...It is wrote to me from Cigna Life Insurance Company of Canada, P O Box 15050, Wilmington, De 19850 USA

It is made out for $3,426.67

If it is a scam, do they plan on getting that much money honored by my bank? Then if it bounces, I would be responsible?

Thanks, Gwen

November 28, 2007

ZIP Skinny

Type in your zip code and see a whole bunch of demographic data. This is COOL!
60131 is where I live....

November 30, 2007

Prayer Request...


I've seen other requests for prayers that you have listed in your newsletter and I'm going to ask for one too. The son of some friends of ours is missing and has been missing since late October. His name is David Brown, 49 years old, lives in Utah and drives a silver 2007 ford ranger with Utah license number 067PFR. I ask for your subscribers prayers for the family and that David be found safe. If any of your subscribers have any information, call 520-548-9377 (KMTV in Utah). Below are two links with news stories on David Brown.

Thanks James!

Yvonne from Arizona

December 4, 2007

Coupon Codes

Thanks Beth! (hey, thats my wifes name!)

You can also go to my buddy Anne's site, which is if you need/want more coupons.

Hi James,
Someone just sent these coupon codes to me and I wanted to share them with you.

Happy Holidays, Beth


Online Discounts:

Alloy Coupon Code: ALYGIFT (20% off entire order til Dec. 3, 2007)
American Eagle Outfitters Coupon Code: 64152219 (15% off from Nov. 27 - Dec. 11, 2007)
Armani Exchange Coupon Code: STYLE20 ($20 off $100 from ? - ? )
Banana Republic Coupon Code: BRHOLIDAY (20% off from Nov 27 – Dec 24, 2007)
Bare Escentuals Coupon Code: BEFAMILY (20% off from Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Barnes & Noble Coupon Code: T4N3B6W (25% off Single Item on Nov 27 – Dec 10, 2007)
Bath and Bodyworks Coupon Code: VELVET10 ($10 off $30 from Nov. 27 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Bed Bath Store Coupon Code: holiday07 ($15 off $75 from Nov. 28 - Dec. 10, 2007)
BeBe Sport Coupon Code: FAMILY25 (25% off from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
CCO - Closeout Catalog Outlet Coupon Code: CC10040 (extra 30% off your most expensive item - ends midnight Thursday, 11/29/07)
CCO - Closeout Catalog Outlet Coupon Code: CC10042 (extra 30% off your most expensive item - ends midnight Tuesday, 12/04/07)
Children's Place Coupon Code: FFTAHPVAC7 (30% off from Dec. 2 & Dec. 3, 2007)
Cloud Veil Coupon Code: 7LJ400 (45% off from ? - ? )
Crazy8 Coupon Code: C8ONLINE (20% off from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Designer Linens Outlet Coupon Code: FRIENDS77 (50% off from Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2007)
Disney Store Coupon Code: HOLIDAY25 (25% off from Nov 27 – Dec 2, 2007)
***Eastbay Coupon Code: EMEB72GC (20% off Giftcards from Nov 17 – Dec 20, 2007)
GameStop Coupon Code: AFF25 (25% off Used Games from ? – ? )
Golf Smith Coupon Code: FFD07 (UP TO 30% off from Nov. 28 - Dec. 4, 2007) Exclusions, here's the original post
Guess Factory Stores Coupon Code: FNF30F (30% off from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Hasbro Toy Shop Coupon Code: FRIENDS20 (20% off from Dec 2 - Dec. 9, 2007)
Illuminations Coupon Code: 999201329 (20% off from Nov. 27 - Nov. 30, 2007)
J. Jill Coupon Code: FFNV25 (25% off on Nov 27 – Dec 2, 2007)
JC Penny Coupon Code: CHAMPION (20% off from Dec. 9, 2007) Coupon Code: NOVA740 (40% off 1 Regularly-Priced Item from Nov. 28 - Nov. 30, 2007)
Levis Store Coupon Code: LOJVWYJ9 (20% off $75 from Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2007)
Limited Too Just click link for savings (25% off from Nov 27 – Dec 9, 2007)
Linen & Things Coupon Code: 223823997733 (20% off from Nov 30 – Dec 31, 2007)
Liz Claiborne Coupon Code: FRIEND40 (40% off from Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 2007)
Macy's Coupon Code: MACYSFRIEND or MACYSFF or CFF117 (20% off from Nov 28 – Dec 03, 2007)
MetroStyle Coupon Code: MSTYLE50 (50% off Single Item from Nov. 28 - Dec. 31, 2007)
New York & Company Coupon Code: 9897 ($30 off $75 from Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2007)
Nike Coupon Code: 2PCTH7A (20% off $125 from Nov 27 – Dec 24, 2007)
***Overstock Coupon Code: 73989 (10% off $45 from ? - ? )
***Ralph Lauren Coupon Code: HOL2007 (30% off 11/10 - 12/10)
Red Envelope Coupon Code: AMX25WISH ($50 off $200 from ? – ? ) Coupon Code: THANKS (60% off from Nov. 28 - Nov. 30, 2007)
Sephora Coupon Code: FF2007 (20% off from Nov. 28 - Dec 31, 2007)
***Sharper Image Just cick link for savings ($10 off $100 from Nov 27 – Jan 31, 2008)
Snap Fish Coupon Code: FRIENDS07 (25% off on Nov 27 – Dec 25, 2007)
Speedo Coupon Code: FRIENDS4 (25% off on Nov 27 – Nov 30, 2007)
Sports Authority Coupon Code: TSASAVE25 (25% off on 11/29-12/2)
Timberland Coupon Code: 3421273 (40% off from Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2007)
Toys 'r' us Coupon Code: TRUFRIENDFAMILY (15% off $150 from Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2007)
Ulta Coupon Code: 84447 (20% off Single Item from Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2007)
Victoria's Secret Coupon Code: FA78113 or FA78449 ($15 off $100, $30 off $150, $75 off $250, & $150 off $500 from Nov. 28 - Dec. 20, 2007)
Victoria's Secret Coupon Code: WARM25 (25% off Single Sweater from Nov. 28 - Dec. 1, 2007)
Warner Bros Coupon Code: HGFFWB (20% off from Nov 27 – Nov 30, 2007 )
WinkFlash Coupon Code: G3F8E7W4 (40% off from Nov 28 – Dec 15, 2007 )
Yankee Candle Just cick link for savings ($10 off $25 from Nov 27 - Dec. 22, 2007)
Zales Coupon Code: SAVE50FRIEND ($50 off $200 [works on 199.99] from Nov 28 & Nov 29, 2007 )

Barnes & Noble (10% off on Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2007)
Bath and Bodyworks ($10 off $30 from Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2007)
BeBe Sport (25% off from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
BestBuy ($20 off $175 from Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2007)
Borders or Waldenbooks (20% off from Nov 27 – Dec 6, 2007)
Crazy8/Gymboree (20% off from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Foot Locker (30% up to $100 or 30% + 10% over $100 from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Champs (30% up to $100 or 30% + 10% over $100 from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
FootAction (30% up to $100 or 30% + 10% over $100 from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Gordmans (20% off Single Item from Nov 27 – Dec 9, 2007)
Guess Factory Stores (30% off from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
H&M (25% off from Dec. 7 - Dec. 9, 2007)
J. Jill (25% off from Nov 27 – Dec 2, 2007)
JC Penny (20% off on Dec. 9, 2007)
Kirklands (25% off Single Item from Nov 27 – Dec 31, 2007)
The Limited ($30 off $100 from Nov 26 – Dec 2, 2007)
Limited Too (25% off from Nov 27 – Dec 9, 2007)
Linen & Things (20% off from Nov. 27 - Dec. 31, 2007)
Loehmanns (15% off Reduced Item & 20% off Clearance Item from Nov 27 – Dec 31, 2007)
Lord & Taylor (15% off from Nov. 9 - Dec. 24, 2007)
Macy's (pdf)(20% off from Nov 28 – Dec 03, 2007)
New York & Company ($30 off $75 from Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2007)
Niketown, Nike Women, Nike Outlet - Front / Back 30% off 11/29 - 12/2 YMMV
oshKosh ($10 off $50 from Nov 26 – Dec 11, 2007)
Radio Shack (Various Deals Dec 1, 2007 from 7am - 9am)
Sharper Image ($10 off $100 from Nov 27 – Jan 31, 2008)
Staples (12% off from Dec. 2 - Dec. 8, 2007)
Ulta (20% off Single Item from Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2007)
Yankee Candle ($10 off $25 from Nov 27 - Dec. 22, 2007)

December 9, 2007

The Human Body

The human body is a machine that is full of wonder. Thiscollection of human body facts will leave you wondering why in the heck we were designed the way we were.

-Scientists say the higher your I.Q. The more you dream.

-The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm.

-You use 200 muscles to take one step.

-The average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average man.

-Your big toes have two bones each while the rest have three.

-A pair of human feet contains 250,000 sweat glands.

-A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball.

-The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.

-The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

-It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

-The average human dream lasts 2-3 seconds.

-Men without hair on their chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men with hair.

-At the moment of conception, you spent about half an hour as a single cell.

-There is about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

-Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.

-The enamel in your teeth is the hardest substance in your body.

-Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born.

-When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, and they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.

-Your thumb is the same length as your nose.

At this very moment I know full well you are putting this last fact to the remove your thumb from your nose and pass this on to the friends you think might be interested in comparing their thumbs to their noses as well .

December 21, 2007

The Year You Were Born

Thanks Randy!

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January 2, 2008

The History Of Times Square

Thanks Karen!

Today, I wanted to bring you a little history on New Year's Eve! I chose to look at a very famous American tradition: the history of the celebration in Times Square. I remember trying to stay up to watch the ball drop as a little kid. Every year, I'd set up my pillows and blankets in front of the TV, eat my share of the party snacks and then end up crashing before the ball dropped!

If you ask me, the celebration at Times Square is an amazing phenomenon that has packed the square full of celebrants since its start in 1904. Even during the depression, the New Year was rung in at Times Square, although they did forgo the lights.

You will find the history of the Times Square celebration here on this Web site. I was really surprised by how much I didn't know about the celebration and its tradition. It is amazing to me that people travel from all over the world to be in Times Square on New Year's Eve.

You can also check out the Times Square timeline at the bottom of the page. It is pretty nifty! It is an interactive timeline and it dates all the way back to the 1890s. Also, if you're looking for even more information, you can check out the side menu, where you will find information on the ball itself. The section you want for that is About the New Year's Eve Ball. I found that section particularly interesting, because you get to discover what the ball has been made out of over the years and the history behind it.

January 5, 2008

23 Surprising Things You Can Get for Free

Thank you Theresa

23 Surprising Things You Can Get for Free

Sometimes you get what you don’t pay for. Here are nearly two dozen of the best freebies and — most important — how to score them

Free Education
· Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Get your geek on: MIT offers a far more comprehensive selection of free online courses than other universities — nearly its entire undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Downloading materials takes minutes. A newsletter highlights new offerings, from Quantum Physics to American Women Authors.
What’s the Catch? Users can’t enroll, take classes on campus, or earn degrees.
Find Out More:
· BBC, FrenchPodClass. The BBC offers top-notch online and MP3 lessons in languages familiar and obscure, including French, German, Portuguese, Mandarin, Greek, and Urdu. FrenchPodClass has easy-to-use, enjoyable podcasts that allow you to learn French while you do errands or go for a run.
What’s the Catch? Classes are one size fits all, which fast learners may find sluggish (and slow learners may find difficult).
Find Out More:,
Free Classes
· U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn how to write a business plan, register your company, and deal with the tax details of running a home business at your local Women’s Business Center evening classes (men are welcome, too).
What’s the Catch? Novices and more advanced learners share the same classroom.
Find Out More: (click on “Local Resources” for a nearby center and for financial and marketing information).
· Apple Stores. Apple gives excellent classes on business and entertainment software, music programs, and computer basics, all remarkably free of sales pitches. There are also classes on how to use Apple hardware, like iPods. Most of the company’s stores — there are more than 170 — offer several classes a day.
What’s the Catch? All classes relate to (often pricey) Apple products.
Find Out More: (click on “Visit an Apple store”).
Free Culture
· Museum visits. While some museums don’t charge an admission fee, others can cost $20 and up (more than a movie!). Take advantage of free days, half days, and nights that take place weekly or monthly at various institutions throughout the United States.
What’s the Catch? The free-admission times tend to attract large crowds; expect long lines and less of an opportunity to get up close and personal with a Cézanne.
Find Out More: Check out the websites of your local museums.
· Music Together, Music for Aardvarks, Gymboree. These three companies all offer a complimentary peek at exactly what baby music classes entail (hint: plenty of drumbeating, rattle shaking, and scarf throwing). It’s a great way to introduce your little one to the experience before shelling out $135 to $255 for a full term (generally 10 to 12 weeks).
What’s the Catch? Many parents have been taking classes together for a while, so they can be quite chummy. As an observer, you might feel left out and too shy to participate fully.
Find Out More:,,
· Kids’ Night on Broadway. Once a year (this year it was in late January), children ages 6 to 18 can experience the Great White Way for free with a full-paying adult. There are also Kids’ Nights for nationally touring shows throughout the year.
What’s the Catch? Tickets go very fast, especially for the most popular shows.
Find Out More:

Tip: To find out about free movies and concerts in your area, go to Yahoo or Google and type in the kind of entertainment, “free,” and the name of your city.
Free Gyms
· Health-club trials. LA Fitness, Bally Total Fitness, the Sports Club/LA, and Gold’s Gym have a range of free-trial offers, from one day to two weeks, for prospective members, as do many other gyms throughout the country. Rules vary.
What’s the Catch? You often have to tour the health club with a sales representative, which sometimes takes as long as an hour. Some gym companies may require you to prove nearby residence with a driver’s license.
Find Out More: Go to the gyms for details.
Free Photos
· Adorama, Dotphoto, Kodak, Snapfish. In addition to photo sharing and online albums, these popular services provide 15 to 50 free prints when you sign up.
What’s the Catch? You have to pay for shipping, which usually isn’t more than a few dollars.
Find Out More:,,,
Free Pets
· Craigslist Community Pet Listings, Unlike shelters, most of which charge a small adoption fee, these sites feature numerous free-pet notices posted by owners, usually as a result of an impending move or an allergic family member.
What’s the Catch? Not all the owners who post notices are as honest as you’d wish. Out-of-control animals can be listed as “friendly and calm.”
Find Out More: (click on your city, then on “Pets”), (click on “Classified Ads”).
Free Phone Services
· The Popularity Dialer. Want to flee that meeting? Get out of lunch after an hour? The Web-based Popularity Dialer can place one of five fake calls: the boss call, the cousin-in-need call, the male-friend call, the female-friend call, or the affirmation call (reminding you that you’re wonderful). Each recording includes convenient pauses for your side of the conversation.
What’s the Catch? You need to know beforehand that you’ll want rescuing — and you have to be willing to break social graces by taking a phone call in the middle of a meeting or lunch.
Find Out More:
· 800-FREE-411. Instead of dialing 411 and being charged 50 cents to $1.50, call this service, from a cell or a landline, for free nationwide directory assistance.
What’s the Catch? You have to listen to a 20- second ad before receiving your number.
Find Out More: 800-373-3411 (800-FREE-411).
· Skype. Download and install free Skype software and call other Skype users, computer to computer, at no charge, anywhere in the world. If you have a webcam, you can see whom you’re chatting with, too.
What’s the Catch? If you don’t have DSL or a cable modem, it may be more cost-effective (money- and sanity-wise) to dial up the old-fashioned way.
Find Out More:
Free E-Mail Reminders
· Memo to Me. Avoid visits to the “belated birthday” or “so sorry I missed our anniversary” section of your local card store. Memo to Me reminds you before the event. Just plug in your e-mail, choose a password, and program the events you need to be reminded of and when you need the reminders. Whether it’s Grandma’s 80th or your own anniversary, no one wants to be the one who forgets.
What’s the Catch? There’s some innocuous advertising on the website.
Find Out More:

Tip: E-cards have gotten less corny. You can find witty and well-designed cards at, vintage ones at, and photographic ones at
Free Ice Cream
· Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day. On one day every year (this year, April 17), all of the more than 600 Ben & Jerry’s stores worldwide offer free cones, with no limit — eat all the Cherry Garcia you’d like.
What’s the Catch? There are often long lines, and popular flavors, like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, run out early.
Find Out More: for stores.
Free Used Books
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· Sephora stores ( for locations) offer generous samples from the more than 150 cosmetics lines they carry. Just ask and a salesperson will hand you a packaged sample or fill jars with requested products for free.
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January 6, 2008

The Dollar Bill

Thanks Laurie!


Take out a one dollar bill, and look at it. The one dollar bill you're looking at first came off the presses in 1957 in its present design.

This so-called paper money is in fact a cotton and linen blend, with red and blue minute silk fibers running through it. It is actually material. We've all washed it without it falling apart. A special blend of ink is used, the contents we will never know. It is overprinted with symbols and then it is starched to make it water resistant and pressed to give it that nice crisp look.

If you look on the front of the bill, you will see the! United States Treasury Seal.

On the top you will see the scales for a balanced budget.

In the center you have a carpenter's square, a tool used for an even cut.

Underneath is the Key to the United States Treasury.

That's all pretty easy to figure out, but what is on the back of that dollar bill is something we should all know.

If you turn the bill over, you will see two circles. Both circles, together, comprise the Great Seal of the United States .

The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.

If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a Pyramid.

Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is dark. This country was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the West or decided what we could do for Western Civilization.

The Pyramid is uncapped, again signifying that we were not even close to being finished. Inside the capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklin 's belief that one man couldn't do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything.

"IN ! GOD WE TRUST" is on this currency.

The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means, "God has favored our undertaking."

The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means, "a new order has begun."

At the base of the pyramid is the Roman Numeral for 1776. (MDCCLXXVI)

If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully,

You will learn that it is on every National Cemetery! In the United States .

It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery, and is the centerpiece of most hero's monuments.

Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United States, and it is always visible whenever he speaks, yet very few people know what the symbols mean.

The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons: First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had just broken from the King of England.

Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country can now stand on its own.< /B>

At the top of that shield you have a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation.

In the Eagle's beak you will read, " E PLURIBUS UNUM", meaning, "one nation from many people".

Above the Eagle, you have thirteen stars, representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were coming together as one.

Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.

They say that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about this:

13 original colonies,

13 signers of the Declaration of Independence,

13 stripes on our flag,

13 steps on the Pyramid,

13 letters in the Latin above,

13 letters in "E Pluribus Unum",

13 stars above the Eagle,

13 bars on that shield,

13 leaves on the olive branch,

13 fruits,

And if you look closely, 13 arrows.

And, for minorities: the 13th Amendment.

I always ask people, "Why don't you know this?" Your children don't know

This, and their history teachers don't know this.

Too many veterans have given up too much to ever let the meaning fade.

Many veterans remember coming home to an America that didn't care.

Too many veterans never came home at all.

Share this page with everyone, so they can learn what is on the back of the

UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands for... Otherwise, they

will probably never know...

January 8, 2008


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I've been on there for about a week now and actually like it. It seems more people are leaving comments, sending emails, and just spending more time on there in general. Plus im sure it helps that every action that you do counts as a view, and for x amount of views, you earn x amount of money.

If you want to mention your site, just leave it in the comments section.


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