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AP: ‘Which (blank) are you?’ Online quizzes go viral

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Probably nothing new to you Facebookers , but here’s an Associated Press report about all those quizzes that so many people are taking. Including me, sadly.

For a compulsive online quiz-taker like Chrissy Noh, the temptation was too great to resist: “Which sandwich are you?” Grilled cheese sandwich

After answering a series of unscientific, seemingly unrelated questions, which included selecting her favorite doughnut from a lineup of frosted pastries, she had her answer (grilled cheese, for the record). And she’s not the only one who’s comparing herself to sandwiches lately. Go on, admit it: Chances are, you’ve been doing it, too.

A recent explosion of silly online personality quizzes, most of them created by the young social media mavens at, has everybody talking about which state they really ought to be living in and which Harry Potter character they really are. Buzzfeed says the quizzes are smashing traffic records and generating more Facebook comment threads than any viral posts in the site’s history.

Experts say the phenomenon isn’t surprising given the age-old fascination with that central question — “Who AM I?” — and a desire to compare ourselves with others in a social media-obsessed society. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

February 24, 2014 at 11:23 am

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Forklift versus vending machine… and the employee loses

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Yeah, we’ve all had problems with stuff getting stuck in a vending machine. We’ve rocked and pushed them and it’s worked to get them out sometimes. Well, itdidn’t go well for one Iowa employee. Read on, courtesy of the Associated Press: Vending machine problems

An Iowa man has lost his job and unemployment benefits for using a forklift to get a candy bar from a malfunctioning vending machine, state records say.

According to state unemployment records released last month, Robert McKevitt, 27, of Spirit Lake, was working at Polaris Industries’ warehouse in Milford when the incident occurred last fall.

McKevitt wanted some candy, so he deposited $1 in a vending machine for a 90-cent Twix candy bar, The Des Moines Register reported. But the candy bar got snagged on a hook and wouldn’t fall.

He banged it and rocked it, but that didn’t work.

The state records said McKevitt then commandeered a forklift, picked up the machine at least six times and dropped it about 2 feet onto the concrete floor. Three candy bars fell.

McKevitt was fired five days later. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

February 20, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Survey shows shopping habits of conservatives and liberals

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From RetailMeNot comes this recent survey about the consumer spending habits of conservatives and liberals (or “progressives” if you prefer. shopping

The findings:

  • Consumers who identify as conservative are more inclined to describe themselves as savers – 66 percent vs 53 percent.
  • Those who identify as liberal are more inclined to describe themselves as spenders – 47 percent to 34 percent.
  • Conservatives (30 percent) and moderates  (29 percent) are more likely to save for retirement than liberals  (22 percent).
  • More consumers who identify themselves as Republicans (31 percent) than those who identify as Democrats (19 percent) used financial investments as a way to save money.
  • More liberals (29 percent) than conservatives (18 percent) plan to shop more online this year than last year.
  • Liberals (25 percent) also are more likely than conservatives (13 percent) to use their smartphones to shop

Written by Dennis Seid

February 20, 2014 at 10:43 am

Toga! Toga! Toga! ‘Pompeii’ showing at Corinth Malco, party planned

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And there’s this, from MalcoMalco_Theater logo

Step back in time with the Corinth Cinema as we celebrate the release of Sony Pictures’ ” Pompeii”!

Join us for an interactive event Saturday, Feb, 22  from Noon-5:00 pm in the theatre lobby for a best-dressed Toga contest, Play-Doh volcano building activities and Pompeii trivia with prizes!

The theatre, located at 2505 South Harper, will also host a fundraising drive benefitting The American Red Cross.

Advance tickets go on Wednesday at the theatre box office and www.malco.comPompeii_Vesuvius

For additional information about this exciting event, please contact Jessica Wilbanks, theatre manager, at (662) 284-0934.

Memphis, TN-based Malco Theatres is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business that will reach its 100th anniversary in 2015.

Malco Theatres operates more than  330 screens at 31 locations across the Mid-South, as well as bowling and family entertainment centers in Louisiana.

Here’s the entry on IMDB about the movie, directed by W.S. Anderson: “A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.”

Written by Dennis Seid

February 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Corvettes discover new underground cavern in Kentucky

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OK, had to go with something a little different for the headline since “Sinkhole swallows eight Corvettes” has been used all day.

If you’re not aware of what happened today, here’s a little background: Among famous sites in Kentucky (besides Churchill Downs, various bourbon producers, Mammoth Cave National Park) is the National Corvette MuseumVettes sinkhole

Which last night added an underground cavern – well, actually a sinkhole – that also managed to swallow some priceless Corvettes.

More from AP:

A gaping sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging eight prized cars that plunged in a heap while the attraction geared to the classic American sports car was closed to visitors.

“They’re all just kind of nose down in the bottom of the hole,” said Western Kentucky University engineering professor Matt Dettman, part of a team brought in to assess the damage and the stability of the surrounding area. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

February 12, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Barbie – yes, that Barbie – is featured in SI swimsuit issue

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I thought this was a story in the Onion  at first, but turns out, it’s not. CORRECTION Barbie-Sports Illustrated

Barbie – yes, as in the Mattel Barbie – is in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Yeah, I don’t quite understand it either. Read on, from from the Associated Press:

After 50 years of debate over her unattainably perfect figure, Barbie now is unapologetic about her tiny waist and endless legs.

To prove it? The doll, which is made by Mattel, is flaunting her frame in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s 50th anniversary issue that’s hitting stands on Tuesday. She’ll be featured alongside supermodels like Christie Brinkley and Brooklyn Decker as part of a campaign called “unapologetic.”

“As a legend herself, and under constant criticism about her body and how she looks, posing … gives Barbie … and her fellow legends an opportunity to own who they are,” said Lisa McKnight, Mattel’s senior vice president of marketing.

The campaign is a departure for the 55-year old doll, which has been both beloved as a plaything and criticized as an unrealistic standard of beauty for decades. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm

We’re a bacon nation – with sales sizzling at $4 billion

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Got your milk and bread for a snow day? Nah – how about eggs and bacon? Lots of bacon. bacon

And if y9u did fry up some delicious piggy, it’s no surprise; according to this MarketWatch story, bacon sales in the U.S. continue to soar. Last year, they reached nearly $4 billion.

Now that’s a lot of bacon.

Excerpts from the story:

Indeed, for food marketers and foodies alike, bacon is the gift that keeps on giving, a culinary trend that unlike, say, cupcakes never seems to get old. Bacon sales in the U.S. have increased in each of the last four years, according to market researcher Information Resources, Inc. (IRI). In 2013 alone, sales climbed 9.5% to an all-time high of nearly $4 billion. A survey by pork supplier Smithfield even found that 65% of Americans would support the idea of making bacon our “national food.”

The bottom line: “It’s a bacon nation, and we just live in it,” declares The National Provisioner, a trade publication that tracks the meat business.

Written by Dennis Seid

February 11, 2014 at 8:45 am