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A new website called Politwoops from the Sunlight Foundation, which works for transparency and accountability in government, archives politicians' deleted tweets. The comprehensive, searchable collection includes everything from minor typos and accidental "pocket tweets" to major gaffes, and tweets that were up for just minutes to those that were posted for months before being erased. The politicians followed are President Obama, the members of Congress and the presidential candidates, including presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and the growing collection includes more than 3,000 tweets in the past six months.
LINK to Politwoops: http://politwoops.sunlightfoundation.com/
49% OF BRIDES IMMEDIATELY CHANGE FACEBOOK STATUS: A new study has found that nearly half of newly-married women are so impatient, they are changing their status to married before the wedding reception has even begun. The research, commissioned by David's Bridal, revealed that 49 percent of brides-to-be and newlyweds would, or did, update their Facebook relationship status immediately after the ceremony. Melissa Barrad, a wedding planner in San Diego, told Today that she has even seen the status update incorporated into the ceremony itself, explaining, "It's the 21st-century wedding announcement. Instead of sending out wedding announcements, people change their Facebook statuses." Ms. Barrad, who is Facebook friends with most of her clients, said about one-third change their marital status on the wedding night, and another third have done it by the next morning. (Daily Mail)
The 23rd annual Weber GrillWatch Survey indicated 71 percent of adults own an outdoor grill and/or smoker, and almost three-quarters of U.S grill owners use their grill at least once a week during their grilling season. 71 percent of American grill owners said they would fire up their backyard grill on Memorial Day -- a 10 percent jump from last year's survey. The three foods grilled most often were hamburgers at 73 percent, chicken at 41 percent and steak at 40 percent. Thirty-five percent said they considered dessert the most challenging food to grill followed by fish at 30 percent and pizza at 28 percent. (Weber GrillWatch)
Just about everyone can relate to the feeling of being so angry that you want to break something, and now people who live in Dallas have a place where they can do just that. The Anger Room, located in a city strip mall, has rooms full of things like TVs, office furniture and glassware for people to smash. Customers choose how much time they want to spend in a room and pay accordingly. So the five-minute "I Need a Break" session costs $25, the 15-minute "Lash Out" one is $45, and the 25-minute "Total Demolition" goes for $75. Customers, who are outfitted in hard hats and protective goggles, also get to pick the music for their smash session, and can get a videotape of the experience to take with them. They are allowed to take in objects like a baseball bat or golf club to do the smashing, but more dangerous things like chainsaws or machetes are banned. And if you think this is just a testosterone-driven guy thing, think again. The founder of the business is a 30-year-old woman named Donna Alexander, and at least half of the clientele are female.
About 66 percent of people suffer from nomophobia -- or 'no mobile phone phobia' -- proving that being with your phone at all times is an obsession that occupies every waking minute. The number of people afflicted with nomophobia was revealed in a study by SecurEnvoy, and shows a rise from a similar study four years ago, where 53 percent of people admitted the fear of losing their phone. (Daily Mail)
If you think you may suffer from nomophobia then the warning signs are:
The obesity epidemic is slowing down, but it's still getting worse, with a forecast out from Duke University saying 42 percent of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030, up from just over one-third today. As bad as that is, many experts had at one time predicted it would be much worse, but rapid increases in obesity have leveled off. Yesterday's forecast also said that severe obesity is also on the rise, with the numbers set to double by 2030 so that 11 percent of adults will be nearly 100 pounds overweight or more. Despite the leveling off of the skyrocketing obesity rates of the 1980s and '90s, the Duke researchers said there are still continued small increases, and that information was used, along with other factors that influence obesity rates, including food prices, prevalence of fast-food restaurants and unemployment, to come up with the estimate. Part of the reason for the continuing rise is also that the population is growing and aging.
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
In nature, hummingbirds eat flower nectar for energy and bugs for protein. Flower nectar is 21% to 23% sucrose—regular table sugar—so it is very easy and inexpensive to make. Here’s the recipe we talked about recently on My Home Answer Man:
1 part sugar/4 parts water
Boil the water first, then measure and add sugar, at the rate of 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water.
Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use.
Do not add red food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which has no nutritional value. If your feeder isn't red, tie a red ribbon on it.
You will need to clean your feeder periodically, with hot water and a mild (10%) bleach solution to inhibit mold. Rinse thoroughly before refilling with water syrup.
It’s important to select a feeder that is easy to clean and easy to fill. You must change the nectar frequently to avoid mold and contaminants. When temperatures are in the 80’s you should change the nectar every 3 to 4 days. For temperatures in the 90’s change the nectar at least every 2 days.