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  • Gas Prices Will Continue To Fall!

    Posted by Bear
    The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.38, according to the Lundberg Survey
     
    I am happy to see gas prices falling. I hope they continue to fall. A 25 % drop in the past few months. Why? CNN put out this info:

     Gas prices have plummeted 46 cents a gallon over the past two months, according to a survey released Sunday.

    "This has been a true price crash," said Trilby Lundberg, publisher of the Lundberg Survey.

    The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.38, down nearly a dime over the past three weeks, Lundberg said.

    "This crash began back when refining problems around the country were being fixed, one after the other, at the same time that our seasonal gasoline demand was shrinking," she said.

    Crude oil prices have also dropped after having risen steadily.

    Prices at the pump should drop even more in the coming days, as refiners cut how much they're charging distributors and retailers, Lundberg said.

    The national average is about 8 cents higher than the average a year ago.

    The survey tallies prices at thousands of gas stations nationwide.

    Long Island, New York, had the highest average in the latest survey, at $3.85. The lowest average was in Memphis, Tennessee, at $3.04.

    Here are average prices in some other cities:

    • Boston - $3.59

    • Baltimore - $3.34

    • Atlanta - $3.27

    • Baton Rouge, Louisiana• - $3.11

    • St. Louis - $3.05

    • Salt Lake City - $3.40

    • Los Angeles - $3.68

  • Texas man sets record with 14-foot-long driver

    Posted by Bear

    Texas man sets record with 14-foot-long driver

    If the USGA has a problem with long putters, what would they say about this?

    Michael Furrh, who according to the information provided on YouTube is a "Caddie Master of Caddie Club Golf and Assistant Golf Professional of Rolling Hills Country Club" in Arlington, Texas, set a new record for a long-drive with a long club. He used a 14-foot-2.5-inch club to drive a ball 146 yards. According to Eric Nicholson of the Dallas Observer, that broke the previous record of 134.5 yards with a 13-foot-5-inch club.  For photos of the shot, you can check out Furrh's Facebook page. Here's a video of history being made.



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  • Radio personalities apologize for prank call to duchess's hospital

    Posted by Bear

    The two Australian radio personalities who made the prank phone call to a British hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was admitted expressed deep remorse Monday for making the call, which led to the apparent suicide of a nurse who spoke to the pair.

    Mel Greig and Michael Christian, both crying at times, told two Australian television shows Monday that their thoughts are with the family of Jacintha Saldanha, the 46-year-old nurse who put the prank call through to the ward where the duchess was.

    Saldanha apparently committed suicide Friday.

    "I'm very sorry and saddened for the family, and I can't imagine what they've been going through," Greig said on the program "Today Tonight."

     

    Here is the video http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/10/world/asia/australia-radio-personalities/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

  • Want To Get Rid Of Fat?

    Posted by Bear

    I work out a lot. I fell it's best to loose fat by working out. I found this article and agreed with just about all of it.

    To compute your max heart rate. Take 220 and subtract your age. that is your mix heart rate. I am 58 so....220 minus 58 is 162 heart beats per minute. You can figure out yours. Good luck and have fun.

    People often ask...you have lost weight..how did you do it. I did it by using the second item in this article....Go Hard and Make It Quick. I have been to my gym 144 times in 2012. I work out on an eliptical trainer set at 50% for 40-45 minutes.  

    6 Fastest Fat Burners Ever from health.com

    Catch the running bug You'll continue to burn fat after your jog: People who run for at least four hours a week melt more calories than non-runners, even when they're not running, a Yale University School of Medicine study reports

    Go Hard and Make It Quick Staying at 80 percent of your max heart rate for 40 minutes can amp your metabolism for 19 hours afterward, research published in “Obesity” notes. And doing a shorter workout at 75 percent of your max aerobic capacity will give you a greater metabolic boost than sweating longer at 50 percent, a Colorado State University reveals.

    Lift Dumbbells… Slowly More muscle equals mega metabolism boost. Strength training can help you trim major fat, research reveals—and doing super-slow (versus normal speed) reps increases strength by 50 percent. Plus, using dumbbells activates more muscle fibers than using machines

    Speed Up, Slow Down Alternating bouts of high-intensity and low-intensity cardio has been shown to torch pounds. Put On Weight (Literally) Wearing a weighted vest (about 10 percent of your body weight) while walking can boost your calorie burn by 8 percent. Download Rihanna, Not Brahms Listening to up-tempo songs actually makes you run faster and harder than listening to slower-paced music, British scientists say.

    Let Kettlebells Ring Not only does working out with kettlebells build muscle, but doing it for 20 minutes burns as many calories as running at a 6-minute-mile pace for the same amount of time. Keep It Up As few as 80 minutes a week of aerobic or weight training helps keep you from regaining belly fat after losing weight, according to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    Add Pounds Lift heavier weights for fewer reps to make your workout more intense—and burn more fat. Try Aromatherapy Exercisers who inhaled strawberry and buttered-popcorn scents torched more calories than those who sniffed neutral odors, according to research from the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago

  • What Your Christmas Card Says About You

    Posted by Bear

     

    With so many holiday card options, it makes sense that the style you choose to send out says a lot about your personality.

    • Classic Cards: Think Norman Rockwell or Currier and Ives. You love the tradition of the holiday season, and are even sending similar cards to the ones your parents sent out when you were a kid.
       
    • Cute cards: Somewhere in between classic and funny lies the cute card. You not only find joy in the season, but you want to please everyone on your Christmas card list by sending a greeting that will bring a smile to all.
       
    • Funny card: You are much more casual about the holidays, and aren't concerned with offending anyone on your list.
       
    • DIY cards: You are an original and like to put a personal spin on the season.
       
    • Photo card: You are excited to share your love of family and the season with your loved ones


  • A Very Funny Dog!

    Posted by Bear

    We seldom see dogs and fish socializing, but to almost everything...there are exceptions as is the case here!

  • The Biggest Complaint About Cell Phones

    Posted by Bear

     

    According to a new survey, the biggest  complaint people have about their cell phones today is that their friends and  family get mad at them for not checking their phones enough. 39% of cell phone owners say someone's complained because they  don't respond fast enough to calls or texts.

    The second-biggest complaint, ironically, is  that a cell phone makes you too available to other people at all times.  That got 24% of the vote. The rest of the list  included:

    15% say the cost is the  worst part. 

    12% complained about bad  reception or dropped calls.

    8% say battery life is the  biggest issue. 

  • Idaho scientist seeks to launch aerial Bigfoot search with blimp

    Posted by Bear

    This picture is a fake....Costume from Planate Of The Apes! 

     

     

    I am very skeptical when it comes to stuff like ghosts, hauntings, Lock Ness Monster, Wild Dogs of Borneo AND Bigfoot. Well now...an Idaho scientist shrugging off skeptical fellow scholars in his quest for evidence of Bigfoothas turned his sights skyward, with plans to float a blimp over the U.S. mountain West in search of the mythic, ape-like creature.

    Idaho State University has approved the unusual proposal of faculty member Jeffrey Meldrum, an anatomy and anthropology professor ridiculed by some peers for past research of a being whose existence is widely disputed by mainstream science.

                  Now Meldrum is seeking to raise $300,000-plus in private donations to build the remote-controlled dirigible, equip it with a thermal-imaging camera and send it aloft in hopes of catching an aerial glimpse of Bigfoot, also known as sasquatch.

                  Meldrum, author of "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science," said the undertaking represents a giant leap in the quest for an animal he believes may have descended from a giant ape that once inhabited Asia and crossed the Bering land bridge to North America.

                  "The challenge with any animal that is rare, solitary, nocturnal and far-ranging in habitat is to find them and observe them in the wild; this technology provides for that," he said.

                  Decades of alleged sightings, elaborate hoaxes and the discovery of huge footprints in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere have led to beliefs that Bigfoot is a man-like ape, an ape-like man or a figment of the popular imagination.

                  Most scholars discount Bigfoot as a phenomenon borne of myth and perpetuated by a mix of fakery and misidentification of real animals. They contend that science demands a high standard of evidence that has not been achieved in the case of sasquatch.

                  No fossils or other physical evidence has been unearthed to suggest that the largest primate ever known migrated from Asia to the Americas, and no Bigfoot has been captured or killed, skeptics argue.

                  "There is no Bigfoot," said University of Iowa anthropologist Russell Ciochon.

                  Believers describe an enormous, fur-bearing figure that walks upright in the remote high country of mostly Western states.

                  'WELL-MANICURED' BIGFOOT?

                  The blimp-based search - dubbed the Falcon Project - was the brainchild of William Barnes, a Utah man who said he encountered Bigfoot in 1997 in northern California.

                  Barnes said he watched an immense, hairy creature that was otherwise "well-manicured" approach his tent before striding up a rocky ledge. Years later, he approached Meldrum, well known in Bigfoot circles, about his idea for an airship expedition.

                  Barnes and Meldrum hope the Falcon Project will take flight next spring. They envision a months-long expedition that will survey swaths of remote forest across parts of the Pacific Northwest as well as northern tiers of California and Utah.

                  The aerial evidence is to be dispatched to teams on the ground that would seek to trace evidence or "try to make contact," Meldrum said.

                  Financial support for the venture has been slow in coming, with Meldrum failing so far to raise a single dollar for the effort. But he told Reuters he was in talks with two cable channels vying for rights to produce a new weekly TV series following the Falcon Project from its inception.

                  Indigenous peoples from Asia to North America possess lore about colossal creatures akin to apes that live in extreme alpine environments, shun contact with humans and are variously identified as the yeti, Bigfoot, the wild man or mountain man, said William Willard, professor emeritus of cultural anthropology at Washington State University.

                  While powerful, those myths have no scientific validity, he said.

  • Send A Christmas Card To A Wounded Warrior

    Posted by Bear

    Put a little kindness in your heart and help us out! We are trying to make sure that all the wounded warriors at Walter Reed get some holiday cheer sent their way this year in the form of Christmas cards. Some of these heroes do not have family and could use something to brighten their day. All you have to do is take a couple of minutes and send as many cards as you can get to the address below. Please pass the word around and lets make sure that no one is left out this year!!

    When sending out Christmas cards this year please send one addressed to:

    Holiday Mail for Heroes

    P.O. Box 5456

    Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

    The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Friday, December 7th.

    Card Guidelines: Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

    Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

    1.) Ensure that all cards are signed.

    2.) Use generic salutations such as "Dear Service Member." Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.

    3.) Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.

    4.) Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.

    5.) Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.

    6.) Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.

    7.) If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.