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  • "The Bible" mini-series casts Satan as a guy who looks a lot like Obama

    Posted by Otis Day

    The Devil from The Bible looks like Obama

    The History Channel has responded to the claims that the Devil in their new mini-series looks a lot like President Obama (Why did they respond? Don't validate this ridiculousness!)

    History Channel and executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey responded:

    "History channel has the highest respect for President Obama. The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It's unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. History's The Bible is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history."

    "This is utter nonsense. The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics — including Satanic characters — long before Barack Obama was elected as our President."

    Downey added, "Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible."

    I read this on ew.com

  • Guess what's turning 30 this year?

    Posted by Otis Day

    Lots of stuff. This list didn't make me feel old, but it didn't exactly make me feel young either. I got the list from mentalfloss.com

    1. THE MCNUGGET

    McDonald's executive chef Rene Arend created the Chicken McNugget way back in 1979, but it wasn't available in McDonald's restaurants nationwide until 1983 because there simply wasn't enough processed chicken to go around.

    2. D.A.R.E.
    Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) was established to teach school kids to avoid drugs, gangs, and violence.

    3. THE SWATCH WATCH
    The Swatch Watch was introduced in March, putting a decidedly '80s twist on classic Swiss craftsmanship.

    4. TCP/IP ON ARPANET ("THE INTERNET")
    On January 1, 1983, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) switched its networking technology to TCP/IP, arguably marking the moment that the modern "Internet" came into being.

    5. "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC'S FIRST ALBUMS
    The year 1983 saw the first full-length album from "Weird Al" Yankovic. His self-titled debut featured "I Love Rocky Road" (a parody of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n Roll").

    6. THE MOONWALK
    Michael Jackson introduced his signature "moonwalk" dance move during the TV special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever.

    7. PLINKO
    On January 3, 1983, the game show The Price is Right introduced its now-classic game Plinko.

    8. MAMA'S FAMILY
    NBC premiered the show Mama's Family starring Vicki Lawrence. NBC canceled the series in May 1984, but the show continued to produce new episodes through 1990 for syndication.

    9. STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI
    Return of the Jedi was the conclusion to the original trilogy of Star Wars films. It introduced Ewoks, a second Death Star, and gave us a peek of what Darth Vader looked like without his mask. Luke also learned that in The Empire Strikes Back, he'd totally kissed his own sister.

    10. SWEET VALLEY HIGH
    Francine Pascal and her merry band of ghostwriters launched the Sweet Valley High series for preteen girls, which ran for 20 years and 152 books.

    11. THE AMERICAN MINIVAN
    The Dodge Caravan was first produced in November of 1983, featuring a boxy design, seating room for seven, and a family-friendly amount of space.

    12. MARIO BROS. (ARCADE GAME)
    Nintendo released the original Mario Bros. arcade game, unleashing the Italian plumbers Mario and Luigi into the game-playing world.

    13. HOOTERS
    Hooters launched its first restaurant in Clearwater, Florida on October 4, 1983.

    14. SONY CAMCORDER
    In 1983, Sony introduced its first Camcorder for consumer use.

    15. AOL
    AOL was founded in 1983. Their first product was "GameLine," a modem-based game service for the Atari.

    16. THE APPLE IIE
    Apple released its Apple IIe personal computer and they produced it until late 1993. One of its banner features was the ability to display lowercase letters. (PREVIOUS MODELS USED ALL CAPS.)

    17. PET SEMATARY
    Stephen King's 1983 novel Pet Sematary was inspired by a real pet cemetery where the author's daughter Naomi buried her cat Smucky in 1978.

    18. CABBAGE PATCH KIDS
    Though Xavier Roberts's hand-sewn "Little Person" dolls were first available for adoption in 1976, the official launch (and the height of their popularity) came in 1983.

    19. THE DISNEY CHANNEL
    On April 18, 1983 at 7am, the Disney Channel launched with Good Morning, Mickey!, a 30-minute compilation program featuring classic Disney shorts and a brief fitness segment called Mousercize.

    20. READING RAINBOW
    Original episodes of Reading Rainbow ran from 1983 through 2006.

    21. THE A-TEAM
    The first episode of The A-Team aired on NBC on January 23, 1983. The series would end on December 30, 1986.

  • The saddest state in America is...

    Posted by Otis Day

    Map of the US

    A new study shows that West Virginia is the saddest state in America, and its neighbors aren't much happier.

    A new well-being ranking shows that the United States has an alarming 'sadness belt' in the South and Midwest where many residents are depressed, obese and unhappy at work.

    The states of Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee scored almost as low as West Virginia.

    The annual Gallup poll looks at six categories including life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and basic access.

    In stark contrast, Americans living in Hawaii, Colorado and Minnesota rate themselves as being the most healthy and happy with their lives.

    Other states in the top well-being chart included Utah, Vermont, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Iowa and Massachusetts.

    I read this and got the US Map from dailymail.co.uk

  • Pet of the week: Ralphie the cat

    Posted by Otis Day

    Ralphie the cat

    Hi! My Name is Ralphie and I came in to the shelter because my owner's landlord would not allow me to live there. I am a sweet old man with plenty of energy left for you! I love to be pet and will rub up against you if you show me a little attention. I am always purring! I do not get along with other cats, so please make sure, when I go home with you, that I am the only cat. Will you take me home with you?

    Animal ID

    19162409

    Species

    Cat 

    Breed

    Domestic Shorthair/Mix 

    Age

    12 years 25 days 

    Sex

    Female 

    Size

    XL 

    Color

    Grey/Orange 

    Spayed/Neutered

     Yes

    Declawed

    No 

    Housetrained

    Yes 

    Site

    Bay Area Humane Society

    Location

    Kitty Junction 

    Intake Date

    2/15/2013 

  • Mattel knows why Hot Wheels sales are down

    Posted by Otis Day

    Mattel is pretty upset that their Hot Wheels cars have fallen so low in sales - and they blame MOMS.

    That's right, Mattel says it's the fault of mothers across the country for not buying Hot Wheels cars for their children.

    Apparently, executives think the female parent just doesn't "get" how to play cars with their sons.

     

    ** Moms have responded - and they think the Mattel executive is way off mark, out of line, and sexist.

    I read this on dailymail.co.uk

    So....I just want to make sure I have this right....Dad's can't buy toys for their kids?

  • Daylight Saving costs the US a LOT of $$$

    Posted by Otis Day

    According to the folks at Sleepbetter.org, Daylight Saving Time can cost the American economy around $434 million.

    SleepBetter.org investigated, and created the Lost-Hour Economic Index.

    Using the table below, you can find out how much it costs in some of the 360 metropolitan areas in the United States.

     

    MSATotal Cost of
    Lost Hour
    Population
    in 2010
    Index RankPer Capita
    Cost
    % Difference
    From Nat'l Avg.
    MSA Rank
    National $433,982,548.00 260,392,304   $1.65449    
    Morgantown, WV $445,685.00 129,709 1 $3.37947 104.26% 293
    Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH $930,759.00 287,702 2 $3.18188 92.32% 162
    Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH $519,472.00 162,056 3 $3.15273 90.56% 245
    Charleston, WV $973,594.00 304,284 4 $3.14694 90.21% 156
    Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA $925,487.00 309,544 5 $2.94061 77.74% 151
    Lakeland, FL $1,582,213.00 602,095 6 $2.58458 56.22% 87
    Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL $7,283,123.00 2,783,243 7 $2.57369 55.56% 18
    Ocala, FL $863,182.00 331,298 8 $2.56256 54.89% 147
    North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL $1,822,027.00 702,281 9 $2.55172 54.23% 73
    Punta Gorda, FL $404,984.00 159,978 10 $2.48982 50.49% 247
  • It's official....Facebook is the internets most popular site

    Posted by Otis Day

    Well, I read it on USAtoday.com so it must be true: Facebook is the most popular website on the Internet.

    An Internet research company looked at the websites looked Americans visited in December and Facebook topped the list with Americans spending 10.8% of their online time on the site.

    Google came in second including Google search and YouTube with 10% of online time being spent on then sites.


    Top 10 Sites

    1. Facebook.com - 10.8% of time online

    2. Google - 10% of time online

    3. Yahoo! - 7% of time online

    4. Microsoft - 4.9% of time online

    5. AOL - 2.5% of time online

    6. Amazon - 1% of time online

    7. eBay - 0.9% of time online

    8. Tumblr - 0.7% of time online

    9. Craigslist - 0.7% of time online

    10. ESPN - 0.6% of time spent online

  • The fattest state is....

    Posted by Otis Day

    I was reading this article on Yahoo.com and for the third year in a row, Colorado is the least obese American state and West Virginia is still the fattest.

    According to the 2012 Gallup-Healthways poll, Colorado has 18.7 percent of adults who are obese.  It is the only state with an adult obesity rate under 20 percent.

    On the other (chubby) side, 33.5 percent of West Virginian adults are obese.

    The national obesity rate was at 26.2 percent in 2012, hardly changed from the 2011 rate of 26.1 percent. In fact, all but four states in 2012 had obesity rates that weren't different from 2011

    Waistlines got wider in New Jersey, Georgia and North Carolina, while Delaware got skinnier.


    The 10 states with lowest obesity rates:

    1. Colorado: 18.7 percent

    2. Massachusetts: 21.5 percent

    3. Montana: 22.0 percent

    4. Connecticut: 22.7 percent

    5. California: 23.1 percent

    6. Utah: 23.9 percent

    7. Arizona: 24.1 percent

    8. Rhode Island: 24.3 percent

    9. Idaho: 24.4 percent

    10. New Jersey: 24.4 percent


    Ten states with highest obesity rates:

    1. West Virginia: 33.5 percent

    2. Mississippi: 32.2 percent

    3. Arkansas: 31.4 percent

    4. Louisiana: 30.9 percent

    5. Alabama: 30.4 percent

    6. Kentucky: 29.9 percent

    7. Tennessee: 29.6 percent

    8. Ohio: 29.5 percent

    9. Oklahoma: 29.2 percent

    10. Iowa: 29.0 percent

  • You thought they were big last year, wait'll you see the mosquitos popping up in Florida

    Posted by Otis Day

    Over the last few years, mosquitos have gotten bigger and bigger. In fact, last year a group of them drove up, grabbed one of the neighbor kids, tossed him in a mini-van, and drove off.

    They apparently just slappped him around a little bit and brought him back to warn the rest of us.

    Good news! This year...they're bigger. A new super-group of them lil' buggers are showing up in Florida already. And they make the ones in the mini-van look like that strange teeny tiny bug Nick got so scared of in his house. These are literally as big as quarters. I got the story from dailymail.co.uk

    huge mosquitos

  • A group has petitioned the White House to change the National Anthem to....what? Seriously?

    Posted by Otis Day

    I read this on dailycaller.com and couldn't believe it.

    A group has petitioned the White House asking that the national anthem be changed to the R. Kelly tune, "Remix to Ignition."

    The petition says, "We, the undersigned, would like the Obama administration to recognize the need for a new national anthem, one that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen."

    It continues, "America has changed since Francis Scott Key penned our current anthem in 1814. Since then, we have realized that after the show, it's the afterparty, and that after the party, it's the hotel lobby, and–perhaps most importantly–that 'round about four, you've got to clear the lobby, at which point it's strongly recommended that you take it to the room and freak somebody."

    Unfortunately, the petition only has just over 1,000 signatures — that's 99,000 short of the required signatures needed by April 2nd for it to actually be considered.