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The Top Five Convenience Store Etiquette Rules
In an effort to make convenience stores MORE convenient, Cracked.com posted some ETIQUITTE rules we should all be following. And they're actually right on. Here are the top five.
#1.) Know How to Use the Credit Card Machine. A lot of stores make you swipe your own card now. And the self-swiper machines have been around a while, so you SHOULD be able to do it without messing it up twice and taking five minutes.
#2.) Don't Scratch Off Your Lottery Tickets Right Next to the Register. The worst is when someone buys a ticket then scratches it off while they're still standing in line . . . because they don't want to go to the END of the line to cash it in if they win something.
--But even if you're just taking up counter space and you're KIND OF in someone's way, it's still rude.
#3.) Don't Trash the Soda Fountain Area. If you spill something at HOME, you clean it up. But for some reason that mentality doesn't always exist at convenience stores, because you figure someone's being PAID to do it.
--Which is true. But at the very least, let an employee know there's a spill. Or better yet, wipe it up with napkins. Then when you're done wiping it up, throw the wet napkins in the trash. Don't just leave them sitting on the counter.
#4.) Don't Take Forever in the Bathroom. If you're using the bathroom at a convenience store . . . it's probably for something SERIOUS. But remember, that's probably the case for MOST people who need to use it.
--So don't just sit in there playing games on your cell phone. Do what you need to do, and be done with it.
#5.) If It's a Gas Station, Don't Park at the Pump. This one's obvious, but a lot of people don't think about it. After you fill up at a gas station when it's busy, move your car to a parking space before you go inside, so someone ELSE can fill up.
62% of Us Waste an Hour of Work Each Day . . . Here Are the Nine Biggest Distractions
According to a survey by CareerBuilder, one in eight people waste HALF their workday. And 62% of us waste at least an hour a day. Here are the 9 biggest distractions at work . . .
#1.) 34% of people said talking to co-workers about non-work-related stuff was the biggest distraction.
#2.) 22% said the Internet.
#3.) 18% said loud co-workers distracted them most.
#4.) 17% blamed personal calls or email.
#5.) 15% said office drama.
#6.) 11% said daydreaming.
#7.) 7% said gossip.
#8.) 2% said watching television in the break room. (???)
#9.) And our favorite: 4% said . . . not understanding HOW to do their work.
Pope Francis is Your New Pope . . . Here Are the Eight Things You Should Know
Catholics have a new Pope . . . POPE FRANCIS.
--The conclave of cardinals picked 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (--pronounced burr-GO-lio). He was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. But from now on he'll be known as POPE FRANCIS.
--No "Francis the First" or anything like that . . . just plain old Pope Francis. Here are the eight things you need to know . . .
#1.) It took the conclave 24 hours and five votes, and the pick was a bit of a surprise: He's the first non-European pope in over 1,000 years, and the first EVER from the Americas.
--The odds at various sportsbooks had him at around 33-to-one. And THAT'S a surprise in and of itself . . . since he was the runner-up in the LAST Papal race, in 2005.
#2.) At 76, he's two years younger than POPE BENEDICT THE SIXTEENTH was when he took the reins in 2005, and 18 years OLDER than POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND when HE became pope in 1978.
#3.) He picked "Francis" after ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI. And a Vatican spokesman says they both, quote, "have a special place in their heart for the poor, the disenfranchised, for those living on the fringes and facing injustice."
#4.) There are approximately 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, and 480 million of them are in Latin America. There have been 265 other popes throughout history.
#5.) When he was 21, Bergoglio started studying to become a Jesuit priest. He made his way up through the church, became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and became a cardinal in 2001. So he's also the first Jesuit to be named pope.
#6.) If you're wondering how anti-gay he is, the answer is . . . VERY. When Argentina legalized gay marriage three years ago, he called it, quote, "a scheme to destroy God's plan."
--And he called gay adoption, quote, "discrimination against children . . . depriving [them] of the human growth that God wanted them given by a father and a mother."
--All 117 cardinals at the conclave were appointed by POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND or POPE BENEDICT THE SIXTEENTH, so there wasn't really a shot at anything BUT a very socially conservative, Biblically strict, old school pope.
#7.) He IS considered to be a strong leader though, and the Church is counting on him to get them past all the scandals they've had in the past few decades.
#8.) He only has one lung. He had the other one removed when he was a teenager, because of an infection. And since he's been fine since then, his health isn't one of the overall concerns.
4 Reasons Why A Woman's Face Looks Its Oldest On Wednesday @ 3:30 PM:
A new study by a self-tanning lotion called St. Tropez has figured out EXACTLY when women look their oldest: It's at 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon. Here's why:
#1.) 46% of women drink over the weekend, and your body needs to break down all the toxins and sugars you take in . . . which puts a strain on your body. Only, the effects of that strain can take up to 72 hours to show up on your face.
#2.) 37% of women say that they don't get a good night's sleep on Monday. And that takes 48 hours to show up on their face.
#3.) Monday is ALSO the day women are most likely to forget to use their skin-care products.
#4.) Finally, one in eight women say Wednesday is the most stressful day of the week. So one in five work through lunch, and get an unhealthy snack early in the afternoon
---And EVERYTHING catches up to you at about 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon! Sorry ladies....
TOP 10 Things Women Want Most...
According to a survey by a British supermarket chain called Sainsbury's these are the 10 things women want most:
#1.) Cuddling with their partner.
#2.) Comfortable underwear.
#3.) Someone telling them they've lost weight.
#4.) Making someone ELSE happy by giving them a present.
#5.) Sexy underwear: Which finished three spots BELOW comfortable underwear.
#6.) Finding a bargain.
#7.) Getting flowers.
#8.) Getting a present: Which finished four spots BELOW giving a present.
#9.) Being told she looks younger than she really is.
#10.) Getting a compliment from a stranger about how she looks.
--But that's not ALL women want. The survey actually compiled a list of the top 50 things women want most. Here are five OTHER things from the list that might surprise you . . .
#1.) They would rather win an ARGUMENT . . . which was in 28th place . . . than have a day at a spa, which was 31st.
#2.) They'd rather eat cheese . . . which was 39th . . . than go on a first date, which was 41st.
#3.) They'd rather have someone ask them where they bought their clothes . . . which was in 12th place . . . than have someone cook them a meal, which was 17th.
#4.) They'd rather have clean teeth . . . which was 15th . . . than have someone compliment them on their children, which was 23rd.
#5.) And bad news for guys: Women would rather get a new purse . . . which was 33rd . . . than a new push-up bra, which was 50th.
Four Weird Things That Make People Like YOU!
A lot of things determine how likable you are. Obviously your looks and your personality are two BIG ones. But here are four WEIRD things that make people like you more.
#1.) Asking for a Favor. But only if you say "thank you" afterward. Studies have found that asking for a favor and saying "thank you" actually make you more likeable than DOING a favor for someone.
--It's partly because we subconsciously like it when someone OWES us a favor. It's also because when YOU do someone a favor, they forget about it pretty quickly. But when they do YOU a favor and you THANK them, it sticks in their mind.
(--It's actually called the "Ben Franklin effect," because Franklin realized that if you can get someone to do a favor for you, it tricks them into suddenly thinking they like you . . . even if they HATED you before.)
#2.) How Good Looking Your Friends Are. Researchers tested this one by setting up two fake Facebook accounts that were exactly the same. The only difference was, one of them had HOT friends, and the other didn't.
--Then they showed both profiles to people, and asked if they'd like to meet the person. In the end, people were 20% more likely to want to meet the one with good-looking Facebook friends.
#3.) Wearing Clothes with Brand Names on Them. They don't even have to be NICE brand names. Just having ANY brand name on your shirt makes you more likeable, because it makes people more likely to TRUST you.
--In one study, two groups of researchers collected money for charity: Some of them were in plain clothes, and some were in clothing with brand names. And the ones with brand names got twice as many donations.
#4.) Embarrassing Yourself in Public. A bunch of studies have shown that when people see you embarrassed, it makes them think you're nicer and more trustworthy.
--It makes sense when you think about it, because if you're the kind of person who gets embarrassed easily, then you're also more likely to be nice to people so you AVOID embarrassing situations.
--But obviously it's ironic, since we try so hard NOT to embarrass ourselves in public.
People Named Brian and Helen Have the Highest Average Credit Scores . . . People Named Daniel and Lisa Have the Lowest
Can your NAME predict your CREDIT SCORE? We've got the results of a study that found which NAMES are tied to the highest and lowest average credit scores.
--Now, of course, your NAME didn't make you skip those 15 credit card payments. But this is still interesting stuff.
--For men, the five names tied to the HIGHEST credit scores are Brian, Alan, Ian, Peter, and Robert. For women, the five names tied to the highest credit scores are Helen, Susan, Julie, Elizabeth, and Joanne.
--One thing that jumps out right away: Most of those are NOT young people's names. And, generally, older people have better credit than younger people.
--The five male names tied to the LOWEST credit scores are Daniel, Lee, Matthew, Steven, and Christopher.
--The five female names tied to the worst credit are Lisa, Victoria, Emma, Nicola, and Claire.
The Five Most Popular Pet Halloween Costumes For 2012
Your dog hates when you put him in a costume. That's why his tail goes between his legs and he looks so defeated. But you're going to do it anyway, so might as well have a little info about what's hot.--Americans will spend a record $370 MILLION on Halloween costumes for their pets this year, mostly on dogs. And according to a shopping website called Wayfair.com, these are the five that have been selling the best . . .
#4.) Taco. (--Here's a second taco option as well.)
(CBS 11 - Houston)
(--Here are photos of dogs in all five of those costumes. So adorable yet so miserable. It's like they're all doing an impression of KRISTEN STEWART.)
Here Are 10 Facts About the Average American Family . . . Including When They Go to Bed and How Often They Argue
#1.) They drive two cars . . . and one of them is a blue Ford.
#2.) There are three cell phones in the house . . . and three laptops.
#3.) The kids go to bed at 8:10 P.M. and the grown-ups go to bed at 11:23 P.M.
#4.) They wake up at 6:45 A.M. during the week . . . and 7:44 A.M. on weekends.
#5.) They argue FIVE times a day . . . twice over what to watch on television.
#6.) They watch five hours and 15 minutes of television a day . . . mostly kid's shows.
#7.) They spend $130.96 a week on food shopping.
#8.) They spend two hours and 55 minutes of quality time together each day.
#9.) The family eats out twice a week.
#10.) Each month, they have one day trip . . . two walks . . . two trips to visit family or friends . . . and one family bike ride.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Celebrity "To-Do" List:
He's been busy promoting his book following a disastrous interview on "60 Minutes". See what today holds for the former California governor with the Celebrity "To-Do" List of Arnold Schwarzenegger:
--8:00 A.M.: Wake up from horrible dream I needed to know how to act and speak English to become an American movie star.
--8:30 A.M.: Favorite cereal for breakfast: Grope Nuts.
--9:00 A.M.: Tell my maid to make me a protein shake and have sex with me.
--10:00 A.M.: Get dressed. Shake Tom Arnold from coattails.
--10:25 A.M.: Leave house. Remind everyone that I'll be back. Grin to self proudly
--11:00 A.M.: Ruin an entire state's economy.
--12:00 P.M.: Lunch at Denny's. Impregnate waitress.
--12:15 P.M.: Drive around Hollywood in a vehicle that makes up for my tiny penis.
--12:50 P.M.: Give Mitt Romney advice on how to win elections even though people think you're a robot.
--2:00 P.M.: Search for new nanny on Adultfriendfinder.com.
--2:30 P.M.: Haircut . . . tell stylist to make my hair the same color as my Halloween pumpkin.
--3:00 P.M.: Apologize again to Maria for cheating. Then realize I'm talking to a Halloween skeleton.
--3:50 P.M.: Get mad when my therapist dares to suggest that constantly driving around in a gigantic SUV while chomping on a huge cigar could mean I'm compensating for something.
--4:00 P.M.: Grocery shop. Ignore condom aisle.
--6:00 P.M.: Shudder at the thought that I share the same taste in women as Flavor Flav.
--10:00 P.M.: Fondle a pair of big, beautiful breasts. Then put my shirt back on and go to sleep.
Weather Channel Names Winter Blizzards
Starting this winter, The Weather Channel is going to start naming blizzards . . . the same way that the National Weather Service names hurricanes.
--They say that it should help raise awareness of winter storms . . . make it easier for people to track storms . . . and give each blizzard its own personality. (???)
--Just like with hurricanes, the blizzard names go in alphabetical order, one for each letter. UNLIKE hurricanes, they aren't alternating male and female names. Here's The Weather Channel's list of winter storm names for THIS winter:
#1.) Athena. (--The Greek goddess of wisdom and courage, if you must know.)
#2.) Brutus. (--The guy who killed Caesar.)
#4.) Draco. (--The first legislator in Athens . . . and the kid who bullied Harry Potter.)
#5.) Euclid. (--The mathematician who invented geometry.)
#6.) Freyr. (--A Norse god of weather.)
#7.) Gandolf. (--Yeah, they spelled it wrong. The wizard in "The Lord of the Rings" was Gandalf.)
#8.) Helen. (--The daughter of Zeus in Greek mythology.)
#9.) Iago. (--Othello's enemy in the Shakespeare play.)
#10.) Jove. (--The Roman god of the sky.)
#11.) Khan. (--A Mongolian emperor . . . and the villain in "Star Trek II".)
#12.) Luna. (--The Roman goddess of the moon.)
#14.) Nemo. (--The name of the captain in "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" . . . or the fish in the Disney movie.)
#15.) Orko. (--The Basque god of thunder.)
#16.) Plato. (--The famous Greek philosopher.)
#17.) Q. (--Just Q. It's possible they named it after James Bond's gadget guy, or the villain in some of the later "Star Trek" TV shows . . . but we don't know for sure.)
#18.) Rocky. (--Yeah, they definitely seemed to struggle to keep up with the mythology theme as they went deeper into the alphabet.)
#19.) Saturn. (--The Roman god of time.)
#20.) Triton. (--The son of Poseidon in Greek mythology.)
#21.) Ukko. (--The Finnish god of weather.)
#22.) Virgil. (--The famous Roman poet.)
#23.) Walda. (--Another "Lord of the Rings" character.)
#24.) Xerxes. (--The king of Persia.)
#25.) Yogi. (--The former catcher for the Yankees who said, quote, "It's not over 'til it's over." . . . or a cartoon bear that steals picnic baskets.)
#26.) Zeus. (--The most powerful of the Greek gods.)