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Something You Didn't Realize You Knew About McDonald's
There's a random fact about McDonald's that you haven't really thought about, but totally knew, the Chicken McNuggets only come in four shapes!

Huh?!?  I'll expand further for you, and then you'll agree.
There's the "Bell", this one is shaped like a bell . . . narrow on top, wide on the bottom.
Then the "Bone", this is the name for the one that looks like a slightly lumpy rectangle.
3rd is the "Boot", obviously this is Boot shaped.
Finally the "Ball", which is the circular shaped nugget.  

If you still don't believe me, pay attention next time you're at McDonald's!
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The Most Talked About Moment Of The Oscars
If you didn't see the Oscars last night, here's what you missed.

SETH MACFARLANE was a decent host, but I wouldn't put him above anyone else that's ever done it, but maybe it's because I don't think he's as funny as most people do.

"Argo" won Best Picture, and director BEN AFFLECK fought back tears during his acceptance speech.  If you haven't seen this movie yet, do it, I just did over the weekend and it's great!

Other winners included Daniel Day-Lewis for "Lincoln"Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for "Les Miserables"., QUENTIN TARANTINO won Best Original Screenplay for "Django Unchained" . . . and CHRISTOPH WALTZ won a second Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in that film.  

JENNIFER LAWRENCE was a surprise winner for Best Actress, for "Silver Linings Playbook".  She unfortunately got the most talked about moment of the night when she fell on her way up the stairs to pick up her award.  I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often with how big and heavy some of the dresses that are worn are.
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Missed Connections
Have you ever gone on, or heard of missed connections on Craigslist?

Even if you haven't, you're probably aware how funny the listings are.

New research reveals, almost 90% of Craiglist missed connections posts are made by men... I know you're as shocked as I am by that!

The reason I find this funny, is that if you even look at a guy, he'll take that as flirting, so the idea of this is somewhat hilarious to me... "I know we had a moment by the produce etc..."

The most common place that people have a missed connection... Walmart.  The second most popular is the grocery store.  So keep that in mind when you're out and about this weekend!
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A New App That Will Allow You To Live Forever
At the risk of sounding morbid, there's now a way that you can live forever... at least in the social networking world.

There's a new Twitter app called LivesOn that uses artificial intelligence to analyze your Twitter feed in order to learn things about you such as your likes, tastes, and syntax then uses the information to create "new" tweets after you die.

The company who created the app goes by the tagline, "When your heart stops beating, you'll keep tweeting."

So for those of you that are worried about your social afterlife, the app is expected to be available next month.
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A Big Change Is Happening To Your Email
If you still have a Hotmail account, listen up because you won't have one for much longer!
Microsoft is going to dump the Hotmail.com emails and switch to Outlook.com by this summer.
I guess it's because people don't find Hotmail "cool" anymore, and Outlook.com's email service has picked up 60 million users in just six months.
And NO . . .  this DOESN'T mean you'll lose your old Hotmail account OR your address.  You'll still be able to use the exact same address if you want to.
It just means that when you go to Hotmail.com, you'll automatically be rerouted to Outlook.com.  And it's probably safe to assume that they'll stop giving out NEW Hotmail addresses soon.
So, say goodbye to Hotmail.  I don't know about you, but I just want an email that filters out the spam and my bosses emails!
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The Reality Behind Some Of Your Favorite Reality TV Shows
Are you a fan of reality TV?

On some degree, we all watch reality TV... and on some degree we all know that it's a little fake right?

Well, the site Cracked.com has put out a list 5 Depressing Realities Behind Popular Reality TV Shows . . . and for the most part, they didn't resort to the OBVIOUS ones, like:  None of the couples from "The Bachelor" stay together!
Here's the list...
No One from "The Biggest Loser" Can Keep the Weight Off

Quote, "Almost every 'Biggest Loser' winner has gained back a chunk of the weight he or she lost.  They aren't doing anything except training on the show.
"Once it's over, they go back to their normal 9-to-5 lives, which typically do not include controlled diet and exercise.  They cannot possibly continue a weight loss program as intense as the one on the show."
Almost Every Restaurant on "Kitchen Nightmares" Goes Out of Business

Only about a third of the restaurants GORDON RAMSAY 'rescues' actually manage to stay open once he leaves them . . . and the number drops as time goes on.
For instance, in the first two seasons of the show (2007 to 2009), he rescued 21 restaurants.  Only two are still open.
The People on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Can't Afford to Keep Their New Homes 

Sure, the show's producers may cover all the construction costs, but the lucky homeowners are left on their own to maintain it, and to figure out how they're going to cover the utility bills and property taxes that have skyrocketed as a result of their extreme home makeover.
Oprah Makes People Pay for Their Free Cars

Unfortunately, receiving a luxury item as a prize on a TV show doesn't exempt you from having to pay the accompanying taxes."  (Just like on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition")
Technically, Oprah could've saved the audience from paying taxes by declaring the cars "gifts" and not "prizes" . . . but in order to do that, she probably would've needed to pay for them herself. 

She didn't, they were donated by the manufacturer in exchange for the publicity.
Storage Wars" Capitalizes on People's Misfortune . . . and Is Probably Staged

The reason these abandoned treasures are abandoned is that the original owners of the units failed to make their rent payments.
This is because they could no longer afford them due to unemployment, homelessness (hence putting all their belongings in a storage locker), divorce, or illness, or because they had DIED and were therefore no longer able to pay."
There have also been accusations that the show is FAKE . . . particularly by former star DAVE HESTER . . . who claimed that the producers would PLANT valuable items in otherwise worthless lockers, and that the auctions themselves were scripted.
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Huge Meteor Hits Earth!
Did you hear about the huge meteor that landed in Russia earlier this morning?

It happened in the Ural Mountains region of Western Russia, and the videos show giant trails of smoke, and a huge fireball streaking down through the sky.  Then you hear a massive boom when it lands.
The shockwaves of the impact blew out windows and damaged buildings, and early reports said somewhere between 100 and 400 people were injured, from broken glass and concussions.  Witnesses said it felt like an earthquake.
Supposedly about twenty thousand rescue workers have been sent to deal with the structural damage. 
Some unconfirmed reports say the meteorite was blown apart by a missile defense system before landing . . . and of course the internet is already stirring up rumors about a UFO.  But in the videos, the drivers don't seem all that affected by what they see.

Check out one of the videos!

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The #1 Thing People Want To Do On Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day... blah blah blah!

I've decided that today is like tipping 15% for those of us in a relationship, meaning you have to follow the norm or you're a big jerk!

So what are your plans tonight?  Here's what everybody else is doing.

You may be surprised to know that the number one thing single people want to do on Valentine's Day is . . . hang out with their pets. 

Number two?  Eat dinner alone. (Wow, that's kinda sad)
Ladies, if you're dying to watch a chick flick that you haven't had time for, tonight's the night!  73% of guys say that if they watch a romantic comedy tonight, but just know they're doing it because it will lead to sex.
No surprise that people are approximately TWICE as likely to get engaged on Valentine's Day as any other day of the year.
This takes the "giving you my heart" aspect of Valentine's Day WAY too literally.  Today is also NATIONAL DONOR DAY.  So if you don't have a date, feel free to go give away a kidney!
Finally, if you haven't made your dinner plans yet, you should check out OpenTable.

Just know that If you're trying to make a reservation on OpenTable and the restaurant you want is all booked, then you should try calling. 

Reason being, OpenTable charges restaurants $1 for each reservation, so sometimes they don't put all of their available slots on the site.
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Would You Do It To Get FREE Food For A Year?
Would you propose at a fast food restaurant on Valentine's Day? 

No...  What if you would get free fast food for a year?

The fast food chain Fazoli's has announced that if you get engaged at any Fazoli's on Valentine's Day, you'll get FREE SPAGHETTI for a year.  Your future wife will too . . . assuming she doesn't break things off because you proposed at a Fazoli's.
You'll also be eligible for a drawing to win $500 in Fazoli's catering for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, or shower.
To be eligible, you have to tell the restaurant manager you're planning to propose before you do it, not after.  And with all that spaghetti on the line, they'll probably want proof you really DID just get engaged, so it isn't a scam just to get free pasta. 

Too bad I'm already married, I know one thing though, I'm cravin' some spaghetti after all this talk of it!
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My Only Issue With The Grammy's Last Night

Did you watch the Grammy's last night?  If not here's a little of what you missed....

The BLACK KEYS won a lot, but they didn't come away with the Album of the Year award.  That went to MUMFORD & SONS

Record of the Year went to GOTYE'S"Somebody That I Used to Know".  

FUN won Best New Artist, and their single "We Are Young" was named Song of the Year.
I thought it was pretty funny that FRANK OCEAN beat CHRIS BROWN in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category, since rumor has it that Chris Brown beat Frank up a few weeks ago... that's karma!

As always CARRIE UNDERWOOD looked amazing, and her album "Blown Away" won Best Country Solo Performance, and Best Country Song.  FYI the necklace she wore last night only costs $31 million geez!

My only issue with the Grammy's last night was that I was really looking forward to JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S performance, and was left feeling disappointed!

Maybe it's because I'm such a big fan, and I've come to expect JT to be cutting edge, but now I feel like Justin's taken JANELLE MONAE'S look, BRUNO MARS sound, and is making music that pleases other artists, rather than his usual hits that are played round the clock on the radio.  

What do you think???  Did you like JT's performance last night?  Are you a fan of his new stuff?  Will you buy his album next month?  

I will, but it's taking awhile for me to warm up to his new sound.

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And The New Potato Chip Flavor Is...
Are you a potato chip lover?  Dumb question, since I feel like we all are, so what's your favorite kind?  Well you can choose a new favorite for all of us.

A few months back, Frito-Lay asked people to suggest new Lay's potato chip flavors.
And even though they haven't made an official announcement, and the flavors weren't supposed to be out until Tuesday, it looks like they've picked their three finalists.
Cheesy Garlic Bread, Chicken & Waffles, and Sriracha, which if you didn't know is the awesome red hot sauce with the rooster on the bottle.
If those are REALLY the three finalists, and you want to try them, you should get on it quickly. 

Lay's is getting ready to announce which one of those three will actually become a permanent flavor!
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A Change To One Of Your Favorite Games
Are you a fan of playing board games... maybe you've had a game night recently?

Well, If you didn't hear the makers of the board game Monopoly held an online poll to see which game piece should be eliminated, and what should replace it. 
So the IRON got the fewest votes, and will be replaced by . . . a CAT.

Thoughts?  I personally, thought that was somewhat lame.  This was presented like an old game was going to evolve so I thought something like an iPhone or something techy would be the new addition.

Guess I was wrong, here are the results.
1.)  The Scottie dog was most popular current piece.  It got 29% of the votes.  
2.)  They're keeping the car . . . which got 14%
3.)  The ship got 13% and will stay. 
4.)  The hat stays after getting 12% of the votes.
5.)  The thimble got 10% and will stay. 
6.)  The shoe . . . wheelbarrow . . . and iron all got 8%, but the iron had the fewest votes and will be ELIMINATED. 
The cat got 31% of votes as the piece that should be added easily beating the robot, diamond ring, helicopter , and guitar.
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More Ryan Braun Drama
Well, here we again... the P.E.D. (performance enhancing drugs) witch hunt is back on, again involving our beloved Brewer Ryan Braun.

Yahoo! Sports had reported earlier yesterday that Braun's name appeared three times in the records of Biogenesis of America, but that no specific performance-enhancing drugs were listed next to his name.

The Miami New Times recently released Biogenesis documents that purportedly linked other players to doping buys from the clinic, including New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

Braun tested positive during the 2011 postseason for elevated testosterone levels. However, he maintained his innocence and his 50-game suspension was overturned during spring training last year when an arbitrator ruled in his favor over chain of custody issues with the sample. Braun said he used Bosch as a consultant during that successful appeal.

Ryan has now said in a statement, that his only involvement with a Florida clinic being investigated by Major League Baseball was to use Anthony Bosch, the man who ran it, as a consultant on his drug suspension appeal last year. 

My feeling is a few things... I'm sad that this happening again, because we're too easily affected by headlines!  Most of the time people make their mind up off just one accusation, so this taints the name of a great player and guy!

What do you think?
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Locations: Florida
People: Alex RodriguezRyan Braun

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Today You Get Them For FREE!
Today is National Pancake Day, so IHOP is hooking you up for FREE!

Which is awesome if you love pancakes as much as I do, here's the deal.

If you go to IHOP today, from 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M., you get one free short stack of pancakes. (Nice!)
Even better, it's for a good cause.  To raise awareness and money for the Children's Miracle Network hospitals.  So if you go, you're encouraged to make a voluntary donation while you're there.
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A Possible Change To McDonald's Dollar Menu?

Are you a McDonald's $1 menu fan?  

Well I am, so when I saw that there was an item that McDonald's was considering pulling off the dollar menu I was interested!  

It's the McDouble.  Yeah, somehow they can't turn a profit selling two patties, a bun, and a piece of cheese for 99 cents.

And wholesale food prices keep going up, making them even less profitable.

So, word is that McDonald's is strongly considering pulling it from the Dollar Menu, and raising the price by 20 cents.

So, Eat 'em for under a dollar while you can!

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Some Sneak Peek Super Bowl Commercials
I don't know about you, but since the Packers got knocked out of the Playoffs, I'm shifting my Super Bowl focus to the food and the over priced commercials.

Here's a couple of my favs that have already leaked!

Samsung pokes fun at all the NFL trademarks

Mercedes has a pretty clever one

And this wouldn't be complete if we didn't have a GoDaddy spot, this will make you real jealous of a nerd!

There's a few to get you ready for Super Bowl Sunday, I wonder what'll be your favorite commercial when it's all said and done...
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