Although Bill is a Yankee, born and raised in Syracuse, NY - amazingly they didn't hold that against him at Star 92.1 - they hired him anyway! "I really don't feel like a northerner...I’ve been living in the South for well over half my life. The warm beach weather IS where I belong."
Black Friday was ridiculous this year, including at Walmart.
Walmart advertised low prices on TVs, laptops and kitchenware, but the store's best-selling item was ... towels.
According to a statement Walmart released Friday, the company sold 2.8 million towels, 2 million TVs, 1.4 million tablets, and 1.9 million dolls.
Not only were people buying towels at Walmart, the Wall Street Journal's Tom Gara found that customers were turning violent to buy inexpensive ones. He gathered the following tweets about a specific incident in West Memphis, Ark.:
Local Arkansas news sites reported that Walmart customers were, indeed, fighting each other over towels. "I saw one woman fighting over towels. Everybody just started going toward them," Walmart customer Droniqua Fisher told WMC-TV.
Even though there were fights and worker protests, Walmart had a successful day monetarily. The store reported that it processed more than 10 million register transactions in United States stores on Black Friday.
HHHMMM......PERHAPS THESE SHOPPERS WERE JUST READY TO "THROW IN THE TOWEL"!?!?!?
Netflix wants you to watch more Netflix. And to try to make that happen, the company is giving a long-overdue makeover to its TV app on some game consoles, smart TVs and streaming boxes.
On Wednesday, the streaming service will begin to look different for the millions of people around the world who stream it to their TVs using a PlayStation 3, the forthcoming PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and some Blu-ray players, smart TVs and Roku streaming boxes.
"This is about the interface of Netflix getting out of the way and allowing the user to connect with the movie or TV show," said Chris Jaffe, vice president of product innovation at Netflix.
The biggest changes will come to the main Netflix page. If you stream using a Roku 3, for example, the gray background will be replaced by a black one, and when you make a selection, three large images from the movie or TV show will rotate. You'll also see a shorter description of the show, along with additional information, such as why Netflix recommended the movie or TV show or whether it's won any awards. If you've connected your Netflix account to Facebook, it will show you what shows your friends have watched.
Before (Roku 3):
Netflix says it has also shortened loading time for titles, and it will no longer display a red Netflix screen during the loading process.
The changes won't go into effect for everyone, though. People who watch Netflix on a computer, phone or tablet, or stream it onto their TV using Apple TV, Nintendo Wii or Wii U, won't have the updated experience.
Netflix says that the majority of its members watch Netflix on a TV, but does not provide any specific figures. According to the NPD group, a market research firm, about 58 percent of Netflix titles are watched on a television. And of those who stream Netflix on a TV, 39 percent use a video game console, 19 percent use a streaming media box like an Apple TV or Roku, and 15 percent stream using a Blu-ray disk player, the firm found.
The point of the changes, of course, is to get you to watch more Netflix, and the company says the redesign works. As a test, it rolled out the redesign in April to hundreds of thousands of people who use PlayStation 3 to stream Netflix to their TV, and found that those people watched more Netflix titles. (The notoriously tight-lipped company wouldn't provide any details about the number of titles.)
The more Netflix you watch -- and the better the company is at recommending movies and TV shows you like -- the more valuable the service becomes, and the more likely you are to keep paying $7.99 a month for it.
Netflix is the market leader in streaming, but the company, like Hulu and Amazon, also is investing heavily in original content and exclusive streaming deals -- both to lure customers and retain the ones it already has.
Buzzfeed's Peter Lauria reported last month that Netflix continues to add subscribers, but it spends so much on content and international expansion that it doesn't actually make that much profit -- only $31.8 million last quarter on $1.1 billion in revenue. Its stock has soared this year, but some analysts are bearish and warn that it could tumble.
The streaming service is easy to quit, so Netflix must keep customers happy and attract new ones. And improving the user experience -- making it more visually appealing, faster, easier to navigate and adding features -- is certainly one way to do that.
"What we really want you to do," Jaffe said, "is turn on your TV and say, 'I get all of this for $7.99?' We want you to be wowed by that."
HEY - YOU'LL NEVER WANT TO LEAVE THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME!
LOS ANGELES -- LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two of Marvin Gaye's children sued Robin Thicke and his collaborators on the hit song "Blurred Lines" on Wednesday, accusing them of copyright infringement and alleging music company EMI failed to protect their father's legacy.
Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye's suit is the latest salvo in a dispute over Thicke's hit and whether it copies elements of Gaye's song "Got to Give It Up."
Their lawsuit seeks to block Thicke and collaborators Pharrell and T.I. from using elements of their father's music in "Blurred Lines" or other songs.
Thicke has denied copying Gaye's song for "Blurred Lines," which has the longest streak this year atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has sold more than 6 million tracks so far.
Much of the lawsuit focuses on claims that EMI should have pursued a copyright infringement claim. It accuses the company's executives of using intimidation to try to stop the Gaye family from pursuing a lawsuit.
The suit claims EMI, which is owned by Sony Music Entertainment, has allowed a conflict of interest between the family's rights and the profits it is earning from "Blurred Lines" sales.
"This conflict has resulted in EMI's intentional decision to align themselves with the ('Blurred Lines') writers, without regard to the harm inflicted upon the rights and interests of the Gaye Family, and the legacy of Marvin Gaye," the lawsuit states.
A phone message seeking comment from Sony Music was not immediately returned.
Thicke and his collaborators filed a case in August asking a federal judge to rule that the singers did not copy "Got to Give It Up" for their hit.
Howard King, who represents the singers, said the Gayes' countersuit was not unexpected, but he said their decision to sue EMI demonstrates the family lacks the appropriate authority to pursue the case against his clients.
He rejected the notion that EMI turned a blind eye to improper copying of Gaye's music. "EMI is in the business of collecting money for infringements," King said.
The company likely consulted a musicologist who found nothing improper, the attorney said. King said his firm consulted three music experts who determined the notes in the two songs were different.
Gaye's son Marvin Gaye III also might pursue legal action over the song, but he is not included in the federal court suit filed Wednesday.
boy...some people are so THCIKe!
Unreal Eats is Healthy Living's original video series, where we go behind calorie counts and health claims to examine what's really in the processed foods that scream loudest in our food environment.
Nobody walks into (or drives through) a fast food restaurant expecting to order a health food. But you might, at the very least, expect that what you order is, well, what you order. Chicken is chicken and beef is beef, right? Think again: What many fast food meals feature is real-life mystery meat.
Take, for instance, the chicken nugget. A paper published online last month by The American Journal of Medicine looked at two nuggets from two different, unidentified national fast food chains: Each was comprised of just 50 percent or less muscle tissue, which is what we typically define as chicken, Reuters reported. The rest of the pair of nuggets was made up of a hodgepodge of pure fat, blood vessels, pieces of bone, nerves and cartilage.
"What has happened is that some companies have chosen to use an artificial mixture of chicken parts rather than low-fat chicken white meat, batter it up and fry it and still call it chicken," lead author Dr. Richard D. deShazo, of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, told Reuters Health. "It is really a chicken by-product high in calories, salt, sugar and fat that is a very unhealthy choice."
Beyond the obvious gross-out factor, these chicken bits probably aren't particularly harmful, explains David Katz, M.D., founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center and author of the new book Disease Proof. But they're definitely not doing the body any good, and typically have a poorer overall nutrition profile compared to plain white-meat chicken.
"It stands to reason that the enormous, high volume mass production of model-shaped chicken bits -- that are then concealed inside breading -- would not be made from the best parts of chicken because the best parts of chicken are more expensive," he tells HuffPost. "All of this is, of course, substantially less nutritious than what we typically think of as chicken."
But while a concoction of blood vessels, nerves and chipped bones might be stomach-turning for many consumers, everything else that's packed into a chicken nugget could be even more concerning.
"Things like blood vessels are usually not the problem," Richard Prayson, M.D., section head of Cleveland Clinic's Department of Anatomic Pathology, tells The Huffington Post. "Chemical additives and preservatives are potentially the issue."
And there are plenty of them. In the four fast food companies we surveyed in the video above (which were not necessarily the same companies examined for deShazo's paper), each nugget packed upwards of 20- to 30-plus ingredients, on top of the obvious one: chicken.
Among the ingredient lists we scoured were dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent also used in Silly Putty and propylene glycol, a chemical found in antifreeze. While Katz explains that both additives (as well as others) are classified as "generally recognized as safe" by the FDA, he says this doesn't mean they're "safe," just that they haven't been proven "unsafe."
"If something is clearly not the way it ought to be, assume potential harm until it's proven to be safe," he says. "I would invoke the precautionary principle and say that something that sounds dubious should be considered harmful... If it's not a native part of the food supply, I wouldn't eat it."
Same goes for the vague, catch-all term "artificial ingredients," which popped up on one of the lists. "'Artificial ingredients' are not really food at all, so they are inevitably a bad idea," Katz says, adding that this doesn't mean "natural ingredients" are healthy, either. "Natural doesn't mean good for us; pure lard is natural." (And sometimes "natural ingredients" aren't what most anyone would consider edible.)
One of the brands also included the additive monosodium glutamate, a.k.a. MSG, which has been linked to headaches, flushing and sweating, among other symptoms, in certain people. And they all contained sugar, or the sugar alias dextrose. If that seems confusing, since nuggets are a savory treat, you're not alone, according to Katz. "We call this stealth sugar," he says. "Everybody wrestles with a sweet tooth and thinks about dessert. What they don't realize is that sugar is added to almost everything ... You've been bathing your taste buds in sugar all day long and when it's time for dessert you need even more sugar."
And where there's sugar, sodium usually isn't far behind. A 470-calorie order of 10 McDonald's Chicken McNuggets, for instance, clocks in at 900 mg of sodium, well over one third of the daily recommended intake for an adult (that's before the fries).
A chicken nugget isn't, of course, the only dubious meat offender at fast food chains: according to Prayson, who was a co-author on 2008 research published in the Annals of Diagnostic Pathology investigating what's really in fast food hamburgers, hot dogs and burgers often contain less than 20 percent meat.
boy....this one's for the birds!
If you know a child with ADHD, you know hyperactivity can make it difficult for parents trying to raise happy, healthy children. And you know that the day after Halloween is one of the most disruptive days of the year!
But did you know that many food and candy companies use unnecessary ingredients that can trigger hyperactivity, adding additional stress to families already coping with ADHD?
Petroleum-based artificial food dyes are found in everything from cereal, yogurt, and granola bars to candy, chips, and even children's medicines! Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that dyes can cause hyperactivity in sensitive children. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledges that. But the FDA has refused to ban dyes or even require a warning notice on labels, as the European Union does for most dyes.
Ahead of October 31 this year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is working with the Shutters family from Jamestown, N.Y. to publicize renewed attention to the link between artificial dyes and hyperactivity in kids, get the word out to families affected by ADHD, and encourage companies to stop coloring foods with these harmful dyes.
Renee Shutters is a member of the Feingold Association, a group that promotes the use of an elimination diet to treat hyperactivity and other symptoms in children, focusing especially on the removal of artificial food dyes from the diet. Her son Trenton, age 9, used to exhibit hyperactive behavior and had difficulty focusing at school and cooperating at hockey practice. After two days on the Feingold diet Trenton's behavior improved dramatically, according to Ms. Shutters.
"Before he started the Feingold diet, Trenton was easily distracted at school and hockey practice. He was angry and disruptive and had trouble sitting through dinner or falling asleep at night," said Shutters. "We decided to remove artificial dyes from his diet, and after two days of eating that way, his attitude and behavior improved greatly. Now, he brings light into the classroom and makes everybody laugh. Trenton excels in academics and sports, and he couldn't have done it without this diet."
Thousands of families have discovered that getting dyes out of their kids' diets improves the way the kids feel and behave. Their experiences are backed up by scientific research. A 2004 meta-analysis affirmed that artificial dyes increase hyperactivity. The United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency has urged food companies remove dyes from their products based on two studies that it commissioned (on top of all the earlier evidence) that found that mixtures of dyes adversely affect the behavior of ordinary kids (not only kids thought to be sensitive). The European Union then required foods that contain any of the dyes used in those two British studies to bear a warning label. Those dyes include Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 -- the three most widely-used dyes in the United States and Canada. Partly as a result of that action, very few foods in Europe contain the dyes and bear the warning notice.
Mars is one of many companies that use natural colorings in products they market in Europe but artificial dyes to color the same products in the United States. M&M's candies contain mostly natural dyes in Europe, but feature Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6, and Blue 1 and 2 in the United States version.
We have launched a petition on Change.org to ask Mars to color M&M's, the best-selling candy in the country, with only natural colorings in all markets. Don't North American consumers don't deserve the same health protection? Please join our effort if you agree Mars should get these neurotoxic chemicals out of M&M's.
And parents, please think twice before sending the neighborhood kids home with candy colored with artificial food dyes this Halloween. While most candies are junk, treats colored with artificial dyes can impact children in a much more serious way than naturally-colored treats. Passing out M&M's (and other foods with dyes) may result in temper tantrums in your neighbors' homes and meltdowns the next day at school.
When your own little witch or superhero comes home on Halloween with a bag full of sugar and artificial food dyes, here are some great tips from the Feingold Association to limit the damage.
so much for a "kid" being a "kid" on halloween!
Yep, that's $18 billion a year spent on deodorant and antiperspirants. But even though you use it every day, we doubt you know all of these surprising facts about your swipe sticks.
Being anti-body odor is NOT a modern phenomenon.
According to the New York Times, ancient Egyptians "invented the art of scented bathing" and took to applying perfume to their pits.
The first trademarked deodorant -- in 1888! -- was called Mum, and the first antiperspirant, Everdry, followed 15 years later, the Times reported.
Deodorant kills bacteria.
Sweat isn't inherently stinky. In fact, it's nearly odorless. The stench comes from bacteria that break down one of two types of sweat on your skin. Deodorant contains some antibacterial power to stop the stink before it starts, while antiperspirants deal with sweat directly.
But the FDA only requires that a brand cut back on sweat by 20 percent to boast "all day protection" on its label, the Wall Street Journal reported. An antiperspirant claiming "extra strength" only has to cut down on wetness by 30 percent.
You really can become "immune" to your antiperspirant.
It seems that our bodies do adapt to the sweat-thwarting ways of antiperspirants, but no one really knows why, HuffPost Style reported. The body may adapt and find a way to unplug the glands, or simply produce more sweat in the body's other glands.
"It's a good idea to switch up your deodorant brand every six months to prevent resistance," Dr. Han Lee, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California, told Men's Health.
Your deodorant doesn't care if you're male or female.
Fun fact: While women have more sweat glands than men, men's sweat glands produce more sweat.
But deodorant for men or for women is most likely little more than a marketing ploy. In at least one brand, the same active ingredient is present in the same amounts in the sticks for men and women, Discovery Health reported. It's only packaging and fragrance that differs.
We're still falling for it, though: As of 2006, unisex deodorants make up just 10 percent of the sweat-fighting market, USA Today reported.
Not everyone needs deoderant -- and it's possible to tell if you do by your earwax.
Deodorant advertisers have done a pretty good job of convincing us that we're disgustingly smelly animals who need to be refined by their products.
Short of forgoing all deodorant long enough to discover your true scent -- which this brave soul did for 10 days -- you can get an idea about your own personal smell factor by examining your earwax. (Hey, no one said this wouldn't be gross!) White, flaky ear gunk most likely means you could toss the deodorant stick. Dark and sticky wax... not so fast! Dry earwax producers are missing a chemical in their pits that the odor-causing bacteria feed on, according to LiveScience.
No one -- not even deodorant makers -- truly understands where those yellow stains come from.
The dominant theory is that the aluminum-based ingredients in antiperspirants somehow react with sweat or skin or shirts or laundry detergent or all of the above to make that foul stain. Hanes is even "researching the 'yellowing phenomenon,'" according to the Wall Street Journal. The only way to truly prevent them is to say no to aluminum-based antiperspirants.
You can make your own.
A number of plant oils and extracts contain their very own antibacterial powers, so in theory you can make your own stench-fighting deodorant relatively easily. However, people seem to find all-natural, store-bought products to have varying degrees of efficacy
personally, i say: don't sweat it!