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The New Jersey Shore resort town of Wildwood passed legislation yesterday (June 12th) that bans wearing overly saggy pants on the boardwalk, with violations punishable by a $25 fine. Further violations could lead to fines as high as $200 and 40 hours of community service. Bathing suits are already banned on the town's boardwalk unless covered up by other clothing. The town moved to pass the law after getting a lot of complaints from longtime visitors about people wearing pants so baggy that their underwear-clad backsides hang out. There have been other places, including in the suburbs of New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Miami and Jacksonville, Florida, that have passed similar legislation against droopy pants. Mayor Ernest Troiano Jr. said of the new law, "This is just adding a little bit of decency to our town." Civil libertarians say the law is unconstitutional and contend it will be overturned if it's challenged in court.
While most everyone knows the dangers of cell phone use or texting while driving, a new study is claiming that daydreaming while driving is even more dangerous than texting behind the wheel -- by a lot. The research from the Erie Insurance Group says it's five times dangerous to daydream while driving than texting or talking on a cell phone. Erie's research showed that some 62 percent of all distracted driving accidents in the U.S. each year that caused deaths were blamed on being, quote, "lost in thought." By comparison, only 12 percent of distracted driving deaths were caused by driving while using smartphones.
Spanish scientists have found that night owls who have trouble getting up in the morning are generally brighter and wealthier than early risers. To find this, scientists from the University of Madrid tested about one-thousand teenagers' body clocks and found that those who preferred to stay up later demonstrated the kind of intelligence associated with prestigious jobs and higher incomes. On researcher says, "Evening types tend to be the more extrovert creative types like poets or artists...while the morning types are the deducers, as often seen with civil servants and accountants."
How many Americans claim to have Irish heritage?
A: Nearly 35 million Americans report having Irish heritage, according to the census. That's seven times the population of Ireland, which is an estimated 4.58
How much corned beef and cabbage is produced in the U.S. yearly?
A: In 2009, roughly 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in the United States.
Where does Irish Soda bread get its name and distinctive taste?
A: Irish soda bread gets its name and distinctive character from the use of baking soda rather than yeast as a leavening agent.
How many St. Patrick's Day parades are held across the U.S.?
A: More than 100 St. Patrick's Day parades are held across the United States. New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations.
How many cities or towns in the U.S. are named Dublin?
A: Sixteen U.S. places share the name of Ireland's capital, Dublin. With 44,541 residents, Dublin, CA, is the largest of the nice, followed by Dublin,
OH, with 39,310.
Grey Poupon is reviving its classic "Pardon Me" TV commercial and expanding on it in a spot that will air just once, during the Oscars award show this Sunday (February 24th). In the original Grey Poupon ad, which debuted in 1981 with variations on it run through 1997, a Rolls Royce pulls up at a stop alongside an English gentleman in another chauffeured Rolls Royce. The back window rolls down and another English man asks stuffily, "Pardon me, would you
have any Grey Poupon?" The first man answers, "But of course," and hands him the jar out the window. The new version, however, continues the scene with the second car speeding off without returning the mustard, leading to a wild car chase. Kraft Foods, which owns Grey Poupon, came up with the campaign idea amid
sagging sales of the mustard. After it airs during the Oscars -- at a cost of $1.7 million -- the ad will be available online.
Could the Super Bowl Not Have a Half-Time Show Next
Beyonce put on a widely-acclaimed, stunning half-time show during the
Super Bowl on Sunday (February 3rd), but the New York Post reported
yesterday that there might not be any show at all between the halves of the NFL
championship game next year because of the weather. The 2014 Super Bowl is being
held at MetLife Stadium, home of the the New York Giants and Jets, which is an
open-air arena, in New Jersey, in early February -- which means it's going to be
cold, at the least. The Post cited sources as saying there's currently no plan
for there to be a half-time show because NFL officials can't figure out how to
stage one at what will be the first-ever outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl. One
source told the newspaper, "It's not only the acts and the singers, but the
crews that have to put the stage together. You know, the assembly has to be done
a certain way. It's choreographed and rehearsed so it can be assembled and
disassembled as fast as possible. And you just can't assemble the stage and
break it down fast enough in the cold." The planning official said, "There's no
plan right now of what to do in [a halftime show's] place." Another source said
the half-time show isn't the only worry, stating, "There are a thousand things
we didn't think about" in regards to the cold. NFL chiefs, lawyers and TV
executives are reportedly debating the protocols for what to do in the case of a
weather emergency, like a heavy snowstorm.
It’s time to think seed catalogs and planting as we start the new year and thanks to our listener Linda from Kountze I have some seed companies for you.
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Poinsettias in the traditional red and a host of new colors can be found in most holiday decor, adding much to brighten the seasonal displays.
But the popular plant can suffer during the holidays if not properly cared for, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist.
“There are ways to care for poinsettias to keep them looking good and to avoid some of the common diseases that affect them,” said Dr. Kevin Ong, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist and director of the agency’s Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station.
One of the most common diseases of poinsettias is pythium root rot, he said. When the roots are attacked by this disease, they turn brown and mushy instead of the usual healthy white color.
“Poinsettias are shipped in protective sleeves to prevent damage to them,” Ong explained. “These sleeves may not have drainage holes, so if water is allowed to stand in them, the roots can begin to rot if the pathogen attacks.”
With rotted roots, he said, the healthy green leaves turn yellow and drop off of the plant.
Improper watering can also cause other problems for poinsettias, he noted.
“A plant that is stressed and has not been watered correctly may get spots or blotches on its lower leaves,” Ong said. “If this happens, remove those leaves and begin watering the plant correctly.”
He said preventing a disease is better than trying to cure a sick poinsettia. Ong offered these seasonal poinsettia tips: