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  • The most visited business in America is...

    Posted by Otis Day

    A study, from the Placed Insights service, determined which businesses Americans visit most. Fast food dominates the list, and McDonald's is tops with 49% visiting in March.

     

    Here's the top 10:
       

    McDonald's (49%)    

    Walmart (38.8%)    

    Subway (37.8%)    

    Burger King (24.3%)    

    Starbucks (23.9%)    

    Wendy's (22.8%)    

    Walgreens (22.7%)    

    CVS (18.9%)    

    Taco Bell (18.2%)    

    Target (14.2%)

    ** The data comes from Placed's mobile users on an opt-in basis (70,000 volunteers).

    I read this story on consumerist.com

  • America's noisiest occupations

    Posted by Otis Day

    I was reading an article about loud jobs at msn.careerbuilder.com

    A loud work environment isn't just annoying and stressful, it can have long-term consequences on you.

    Around 30 million Americans are exposed to hazardous noise on the job, and up to 60 percent of workers in certain fields experience hearing loss by age 50.

     

    Here are some high-risk occupations:

    1. Agriculture: Tractors, forage harvesters, silage blowers, chain saws, skid-steer loaders, grain dryers and squealing pigs can make farm life noisy. Add the risk that farmers have been exposed to these sounds since childhood.

    2. Construction/carpentry: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the average 25-year-old carpenter has the ears of a 50-year-old. Wearing hearing protectors on a more regular basis is key. Fewer than 20 percent of carpenters report using them "most of the time" when working in loud conditions. Other construction employees at risk include laborers, operators, ironworkers and sheet-metal workers. Hammer drills top the list of noise-makers, followed by chain saws, chop saws, miter saws and impact wrenches.

    3. Firefighting: If you think a firefighter siren is loud as it passes your house, imagine the firefighters in the truck. Exposure to air horns, power tools and high-intensity water pumps adds to the potential for hearing problems.

    4. Manufacturing: Manufacturing is one of the largest fields in the U.S. and one of the noisiest. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupational hearing loss is the most common occupational illness in manufacturing, making up for one in nine illnesses. This includes food processing plants to textile industries. High levels are common in metal fabrication plants and other facilities where metal-on-metal impact happens.

    5. Military: The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that almost 10 percent of all disabilities among veterans get disability compensation were problems that included hearing loss and ringing in the ears. Also, a study by the Deafness Research Foundation showed that more than 65 percent of combat troops returning from Afghanistan suffer from noise-induced hearing loss or "sustained acoustic trauma". Sources of noise include weapons like handguns, rifles, artillery pieces and rockets; wheeled and tracked vehicles; aircraft; ships; and communication devices.

    6. Mining: According to the CDC, 76 percent of mine workers are exposed to hazardous noise, the highest for all major industries. Also, one out of every four mine workers has a severe hearing problem. Four out of five have a hearing impairment by the time they reach retirement age.

    7. Plumbing: According to the CDC, 48 percent of plumbers report having hearing loss. Plumbers work with and around loud equipment like power saws, drills, nail guns and hammers.

  • Pet of the Week

    Posted by Otis Day

    dog

    Hi, I'm  Elease. I'm a very silly girl, just look at my silly ears! I came to BAHS  because the shelter I was at in Ohio was full. I came with all my brothers and  sisters, but I'm the only one left! I'm a younger lady who has spent most of her  life so far in the shelter system. That being said, I never had the chance to  properly learn my manners. It's recommended that I go to obedience classes once  I leave the shelter, it's not my fault, no one has taken the opportunity to  teach me the things I need to know! The shelter has this awesome book that needs  to go home with me called "Family Friendly Dog Training", it will help me become  the pup you want me to be! I would do best in a home with no children because I  can be mouthy when I'm really excited. I also prefer to be the only dog in the  home, but you can always bring in a potential sibling for me to meet and we can  see how it goes. Come down and see me, how can you say no to my crazy  ears?!
    Animal ID 18811299 
    Species Dog 
    Breed Dalmatian/Mix 
    Age 6 months 6 days 
    Sex Female 
    Size Large 
    Color White/Black 
    Spayed/Neutered
    Declawed No 
    Housetrained Unknown 
    Site Bay Area Humane Society 
    Location Dog Kennels 
    Intake Date 3/30/2013 
    Adoption Price $200.00 
  • Well he DID get this giant banana...

    Posted by Otis Day

    guy with a banana

    A New Hampshire man lost his life savings playing a carnival game.

    He was trying to toss a ball into a tub to win and XBOX Kinect and quickly found himself down $300. He was going double or nothing trying to win back his money.

    So he went home and came back with all his money… $2,300. He lost all that too.

    He went back the next day and they gave him $600 back and threw in a giant stuffed banana with dreadlocks.

    He thinks the game is rigged.

    He ended up filing a police report and is thinking about a lawsuit.

    I read this article and got the picture from boston.cbslocal.com

  • "Meet a Muslim" street stunt goes great, until the jack@$# shows up

    Posted by Otis Day

     Three muslims with a sign

    I saw this story on dailymail.co.uk where three Muslim teens in New York City wanted to put a friendlier face on Islam after the Boston Marathon bombings, so... they introduced themselves to locals.

    Most people smiled and took pictures of the boys holding their sign that read "Meet a Muslim"...  but one man walked by and said, "I've killed them when I was in the army, I don't need to meet them."

    The cameraman filming the teens then follows, and asks the man to repeat what he just said.

    The former soldier first says "f*** off" but then looks directly at the camera and repeats the claim.

    The cameraman then calls him a "racist pr**k."

     

     

  • Zuckerberg's salary at Facebook

    Posted by Otis Day

    Mark Zuckerbeg, the CEO behind social media powerhouse Facebook, has decided to forgo his salary and bonus options and has changed his yearly earnings as head of the company to $1.

    Of course, with stock options his current worth is estimated to be $2.3 billion. Last year he brought in a $500,000 salary with an almost $300,00 bonus.

    Facebook shares have still not closed above the $38 IPO price - but still much higher than the .6 cent amount Zuckerberg paid for them ten years ago.

    I originally read this on newser.com

  • Pet of the week: Duey the Dog

    Posted by Otis Day

    Duey the Dog

    Duey is a great little lap lover who enjoys snuggling under the blankets. He's laid back, easy going, and loves to follow you around the house. He doesn't mind the company of other dogs and will occasionally play with them. He is also good about going in his kennel when his foster family is away. Duey is currently living in a foster home so if you'd like to meet him, please call the shelter to arrange a meeting.

     

    Animal ID 19339203 
    Species Dog 
    Breed Chihuahua, Short Coat/Mix 
    Age 9 years 1 month 18 days 
    Sex Male 
    Size Small 
    Color Black/Tan 
    Spayed/Neutered
    Declawed No 
    Housetrained Partially 
    Site Bay Area Humane Society 
    Location Foster Home 
    Intake Date 3/4/2013 
    Adoption Price $112.50 

     

  • The USA is number.....56? Really? That's it?

    Posted by Otis Day

    Do you think the US made the list of the top 25 countries that consume the most alcohol per capita? Nope...not according to the article I read in the orlandosentinal.com

    1. Moldova

    2. Czech Republic

    3. Hungary

    4. Russia

    5. Ukraine

    6. Estonia

    7. Andorra

    8. Romania

    9. Slovenia

    10. Belarus

    11. Croatia

    12. Lithuania

    13. South Korea

    14. Portugal

    15. Ireland

    16. France

    17. United Kingdom

    18. Denmark

    19. Slovakia

    20. Netherlands

    21. Austria

    22. Luxembourg

    23. Germany

    24. Finland

    25. Latvia

    The US was number 56 - not even close to the top 25.

    So have another one.

  • Bonus Otis Help for Wednesday 4/24/13

    Posted by Otis Day

    Nissan's 2014 Versa sedan went on sale recently-- starting at $12,780 including shipping. It's the lowest-price new car in the U.S.

    But it is the most unloved car on the market, according to a Consumer Reports survey of owners.

    Only 49% say they'd definitely buy another Versa. That's worst of any small car.

     

    MOST LOVED?

    The most-loved models (those with 80% or more of owners saying they'd definitely buy another) are Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid (tops at 92%), followed by the Porsche 911 and Chevy Corvette (at 91%).

    I read this first at usatoday.com

  • Chicago has a heart

    Posted by Otis Day

    The folks at the Chicago Tribune sent a whole bunch of pizzas over to everyone working at The Boston Globe along with this letter.

    Pretty classy Chicago!

    letter from Chicago Tribune to the Boston Globe