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  • This Easter...NO Cooking For Me!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Most of you know, that in my home, i do ALL the cooking. Even though i really enjoy it, sometimes, especially during certain holidays, i want a break! Once in awhile, i'd like someone to wait on me AND DEAL WITH THE MESS! That's why this year, my family will enjoy our annual Easter meal at The Marq.

    • Join the friendly folks at The
           Marq on Sunday, March 31st between 9am and 3pm for their famous Easter
    • Bring the whole family for a
           sumptuous buffet meal including breakfast favorites like Cook-to-Order
           Omelets and Thick Cut Hickory Smoked Bacon, a gourmet salad bar, chef
           carving station featuring Festival’s Baked Sunday Ham and Roast Baron of
    • There’ll also be favorites like
           Shrimp Scampi with Cavittapi Pasta, The Marq’s Famous Broasted Chicken,
           the amazing Chocolate Fountain, as well as a large array of sweet
    • There will be a special Tot Spot
           buffet with kid-friendly foods and also some fun activities.
    • Be sure to also get your photo
           taken with the Easter Bunny and you’ll receive a complimentary keepsake
           photo to remember the occasion.
    • For more information visit
    • Reservations are required for The
           Marq’s Fabulous Easter Buffet, so please call 920-532-4811.

    Tammy and i look forward to seeing you at The Marq! 

  • Should I Buy Into This?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    People at high risk for heart attacks, strokes, and death from heart disease can significantly cut their risk if they eat a Mediterranean diet that’s high in fish, nuts, fruits, vegetables, olive oil, and even red wine, according to a major new study published in New England Journal of Medicine.

    This groundbreaking research is the first large, randomized clinical trial to evaluate the diet’s effects on cardiovascular risk, and the results were so dramatic that they amazed experts. In fact, the study was halted early (after 4.8 years) because the benefits of this eating plan were so obvious that it would be unethical to continue.

    The study included 7,447 participants who were randomly assigned to eat one of three diets: a Mediterranean diet including extra virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet including extra nuts, or a low-fat diet.

    The researchers found that eating a Mediterranean diet reduced overall risk for major cardiovascular events (heart attack, stroke or death from cardiovascular causes) by 28 to 30 percent, compared to a low-fat diet.

    The researchers reported the following results:

    • Eating a Mediterranean diet reduced overall risk for major cardiovascular events (heart attack, stroke or death
    • A Mediterranean diet including extra servings of nuts cut stroke risk by 46 percent.
    • A Mediterranean diet including extra servings of extra virgin olive oil trimmed stroke risk by 33 percent.

    What was particularly impressive was the diet powerfully lowered cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk even though most of those who followed it were already taking statins, ACE inhibitors, diabetes medications, or other drugs to cut their heart disease danger.

    In addition, the study participants were all at very high risk for CVD, due to being diabetic or having at least three major risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, or a family history of developing CVD at an early age. None of the participants had CVD at the start of the study.

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    One of the biggest surprises was that the low-fat diet lowered cholesterol the most, yet proved least effective at preventing heart attacks, strokes, and death from CV causes. “These results will shock many cardiologists, because high cholesterol has traditionally been considered the leading risk factor for arterial disease,” says Bradley Bale, MD, medical director of the Heart Health Program for Grace Clinic in Lubbock, Texas.

    However, new research shows that chronic inflammation—not just high cholesterol—is what drives CVD, adds Dr. Bale. “This explains the puzzle of why many people who have heart attacks or strokes have normal or even optimal cholesterol, while other people with very high cholesterol never suffer these events.”

    Foods in the Mediterranean diet, particularly nuts and olive oil, have been shown in earlier studies to reduce inflammation, offering one explanation of why this diet proved so astonishingly effective even though it didn’t lower cholesterol and the people in the study didn’t lose weight—nor did they receive any instructions about exercise.

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    Another startling finding was that eating a Mediterranean diet including extra servings of nuts trims stroke risk by a whopping 46 percent, compared to eating a low-fat diet. “That’s a huge risk reduction,”says Dr. Bale. “It’s truly astonishing to see such a powerful effect from one food.”

    The group who ate extra nuts also had a 30 percent lower rate of heart attacks, compared to the low-fat group, but the drop wasn’t large enough to be statistically significant. Overall, both groups who ate a Mediterranean diet had about a 30 percent reduction in major cardiovascular events.

    In earlier studies, nuts have been shown to have several protective powers, adds Dr. Bale. “We known that nuts are particularly effective at reducing high blood pressure, which is the number one risk factor for stroke, and can also improve the health of the endothelium (blood vessel lining),” making arteries more resistant to plaque buildup.

    In addition, nuts have powerful antioxidant properties, adds Dr. Bale.“This study gives a very strong signal that people can significantly reduce stroke risk by eating nuts. The study design is impressive because the researchers controlled for all sorts of cardiovascular risks and also used lab tests to make sure people were eating the assigned diet.”

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    Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    The group who ate a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra servings of extra virgin olive oil had a 34 percent drop in stroke risk, compared to the low-fat group. Heart attack risk fell by about 30 percent in the two groups who ate a Mediterranean diet, but the reduction wasn’t large enough to be statistically significant.

    “Extra virgin olive oil contains a compound called oleocanthal that is both a powerful antioxidant and also has an anti-inflammatory effect similar to NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like aspirin or ibuprofen,” says Dr. Bale. Based on scientific research, the European Food Safety Authority has approved the claim that olive oil protects LDL (bad) cholesterol molecules from oxidative damage.

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    In the study, the two groups who ate a Mediterranean diet were given these guidelines, all of which are believed to have contributed to the astonishing reduction in cardiovascular danger observed in this very high risk group:

    • Eat white meat instead of red.
    • Eat fish and legumes (such as beans, lentils and peas) at least 3 times a week.
    • Avoid sweets (such as sugary beverages and baked goods) and limit consumption of dairy products and processed meats.
    • Those who drank alcohol were advised to have at least 7 glasses of red wine with meals per week. Dr. Bale recommends discussing the risks and benefits of wine consumption with your healthcare provider.
    • Eat at least 3 servings of fruit and 2 servings of vegetables daily.
    • The group whose diet was supplemented with extra virgin olive oil was told to use at least 4 tablespoons per day.
    • The group whose diet was supplemented with nuts ate one ounce of mixed nuts (walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts) daily
  • The Best "Man Gifts" For Your Dude On Valentines Day

    Posted by Mike DuBord


    9 Things You Can Do For Him On Valentine’s Day

    Take him to see "A Good Day To Die Hard"

    Bacon roses

    A romantic dinner at his favorite wing joint

    Admit you're wrong!

    Buy him a Silver Package to Wrestlemania 29

    Get him Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2

    Pretend it's just February 14th

    Buy him a case of his favorite beer

    Take him to bed and be a little kinky. Wait, make that REALLY kinky.



  • Waitress Fired For Posting "God" Receipt

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    An Applebee's waitress who posted a
    receipt with a note from a pastor complaining about the automatic gratuity added
    to the bill
    on the Internet was fired on Wednesday after the pastor
    complained to her manager.

    Chelsea Welch, the waitress, wrote in an
    email to Yahoo News that the pastor (who has since been identified as Alois
    Bell) told Welch's manager at the St. Louis-area Applebee's that the ensuing
    firestorm had "ruined" her reputation.

    "I give God 10%," Bell wrote on the receipt,
    scratching out the automatic tip and scribbling in an emphatic "0" where the
    additional tip would be. "Why do you get 18?" (There were more than eight people
    in Bell's party, triggering the auto-tip.)

    Welch, who snapped a photo of the bill from
    a fellow server and uploaded to Reddit, defended her right to post the receipt. "I
    thought the note was insulting, but also comical," she told Consumerist.com. "And I thought other users would
    find it entertaining.”

    Bell, a pastor at Truth in the World
    Deliverance Ministries Church, was not amused, and she called Welch's manager to

    “[It was] a lapse in my character and
    judgment,” Bell told the Smoking Gun, adding she did not expect her easily
    recognizable signature would be, as her friend informed her, “all over Yahoo.
    You went viral!”

    “My heart is really broken,” Bell added.
    “I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.”

    A spokesman for Applebee’s said it
    apologized to Bell for violating her "right to privacy" and confirmed that Welch
    “is no longer employed by the franchise."

    Welch was surprised that Applebee's fired
    her, "especially because there was nothing specific in the employee handbook
    admonishing this behavior."

    "I had no intention of starting a witch hunt
    or hurting anyone. I just wanted to share a picture I found interesting," she
    said. “I come home exhausted, sore, burnt, dirty and blistered on a good day.
    And after all that, I can be fired for ‘embarrassing’ someone who directly
    insults their server on religious grounds.”

    Welch also isn't buying Bell's
    embarrassment. “If this person wrote the note, obviously they wanted it seen by
    someone," she said. “I’ve been stiffed on tips before, but this is the first
    time I’ve seen the Big Man used as reasoning."

  • 5 of the most OUTRAGIOUS donuts. Can i have 2 please?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    5 Of The Most Outrageous Donuts In America from foxnews.com

    Dead Elvis, Psycho Donuts If the King were alive   today, he would almost certainly eat at Psycho Donuts. The shop, which has two   California locations in Campbell and San Jose, features a doughnut called the   Dead Elvis on their wildly inventive menu. Modeled after Presley's sandwich   of choice, the Dead Elvis is a custard-filled doughnut with peanut butter, bananas,   bacon and a swirl of jelly. They also serve "cocktail donuts" like the Strawberry   Margarita, which boasts tequila cream filling, strawberry icing, a lime drizzle,   freeze-dried strawberries and coarse margarita salt.

    Maple Bacon Donut, Nickel Diner Nickel Diner only   serves five varieties of doughnut, but each is more unique than the last. Their   most popular, and a must-have for anyone who walks through the door, is their   Bacon Maple Donut. It's exactly what it sounds like — a doughnut dipped in maple   glaze and chopped bacon — but the whole is so much greater than the sum of its   parts. Customers at this Los Angeles eatery can also choose to try one of their   other creations, such as the Nutella Donut (made with Nutella and chopped nuts)   or the Irish Car Bomb Donut (made with Guinness, Baileys Irish Cream and Jameson   whiskey).

    Molasses Guinness Pear, Dynamo Donut & Coffee Beer   drinkers won't want to pass up the Molasses Guinness Pear at Dynamo Donut &   Coffee in San Francisco. This molasses doughnut is made with golden raisins,   bits of crystallized ginger and Guinness-poached pears — and then it's topped   with sticky Guinness glaze. Not a beer drinker? Try their Lemon Sichuan doughnut   with lemon curd and fiery Sichuan spice, or their Monte Cristo doughnut with   ham, Gruyere, powdered sugar and homemade plum jelly.

    The Devil's Death Dance, Hypnotic Donuts You know   what's missing from most doughnuts? An extreme burning sensation. At least that's   what they believe at Hypnotic Donuts in Dallas, where they bake up the Devil's   Death Dance for customers with an affinity for sweets with heat. Billed as the   world's spiciest doughnut, the Devil's Death Dance features fresh jalapeño,   serrano and habanero slices along with icing made from ghost peppers (the hottest   in the world) and a sprinkle of cayenne. Some of their less intense doughnuts   include their Poppin Berry, with strawberry frosting and crushed Pop-Tarts,   and their S'more doughnut, featuring chocolate, marshmallows and crushed graham   crackers.

    The Voodoo Doughnut, Voodoo Doughnut Voodoo Doughnut   in Portland, Oregon, is perhaps the most unique doughnut shop in America. In   addition to wacky doughnuts such as the Mango Tango (a frosted doughnut filled   with mango jelly and topped with orange Tang) and the Marshall Mathers (a vanilla-frosted   doughnut dipped in M&Ms), they proudly serve their signature item, the Voodoo   Doughnut. It's shaped like a voodoo doll, filled with raspberry jelly and frosted   with chocolate icing. It also comes with a pretzel stick "stake" if you should   feel the need to release your aggressions on the edible effigy

  • Having To Ask For Ketchup is One thing, but...Toilet Paper?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Paper Trail: Male students at Pennsylvania's Mahanoy Area High School   must request toilet paper. Principal Thomas Smith says, "We've had serious   destruction to our bathrooms for the past two years. We have a case pending   with the police where a bathroom down by our gymnasium was absolutely destroyed.   I'm sure Mr. (Robert) Pastucha (district facilities director) could tell you   the times that our toilets have been jammed with toilet paper and other papers.   And after we took the toilet tissue out of there, people were throwing books.   It was our way to try to curb the destruction in the bathrooms. Our policy is   that if you need toilet paper, you would come to the office. We're not refusing   anyone toilet paper. You would sign out and then sign back in. I randomly go   in to check if anything is going on. Since we've done that, we've cut down on   the destruction." Some parents disapprove of the policy saying it's embarrassing

  • Yes, That Legal Notice From Facebook Is Real

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    If you’re a Facebook (FB) user, there’s a good chance you got an email over the last
    48 hours with the subject: “Re: LEGAL NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION.”
    It’s not of the Nigerian riches variety. For one, it’s only offering you up to
    $10. For another, it’s legit.

    The email stems from a lawsuit we’ve been
    covering exhaustively here at the Not-So Private Parts. “Fraley vs. Facebook”
    stems from Facebook’s decision in 2011 to put users in “Sponsored Story” ads
    based on things that they had “Liked.” The ads didn’t always reflect the context
    in which someone “Liked” something, as the dude who famously wound up promoting
    a 55-gallon drum of sexual lubricant last Valentine’s Day can attest, and there
    was no way of opting out (beyond not Liking anything).

    Within three months of the
    announcement, an enterprising group of plaintiffs led by seamstress Angel Fraley
    sued Facebook in California saying the company had violated
    the law by using their names and likenesses in ads without their permission and
    without paying them. (Lead plaintiff Fraley later dropped out of the suit citing
    Facebook lawyers’ aggressive tactics, which basically consisted of digging up
    embarrassing material about her from her Facebook account.)

    Facebook and
    the plaintiffs settled the suit in December to the tune of $20 million. That $20
    million is covering the class action lawyers’ fees; the rest is potentially
    going to be divvied up among Facebook users who appeared in Sponsored Stories
    ads — which is why you got that legal notice inviting you to claim your
    up-to-$10 share
    — or, if the demand is too great, the money will instead go
    to a bunch of non-profits that work on privacy issues. If the amount of money
    divided by the number of claimants comes out to less than $4.99 each, the money
    goes to the non-profits.

    According to Social
    , Facebook has nearly 165 million American users; court filings
    suggest about 125 million of them got this notice. If they all wanted a piece of
    the full $20 million pie, they’d get 16 cent slices. If more than 4 million
    people claim their share, that would mean less than $5 each. And we can assume
    that the actual amount of money to be divvied up is going to be significantly
    reduced by the plaintiff’s class action lawyers taking a cut. In the website
    about the settlement, the lawyers suggest the amount left over after their fees
    is going
    to be $12 million
    . If 3 million people — or 2.4% of those that received the
    notice — apply for a piece of that amount, it’ll take the per-person payment
    below the $4.99 each threshold. Given that, it seems fairly likely this money is
    going to be split among non-profits — including the Center for Democracy and
    Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Berkman Center for
    Internet and Society (full list here) — rather than by users, meaning those 14
    non-profits will get almost a $1 million each. That’s assuming that 99% of
    people who receive the email don’t just delete it as spam.

    But even if you don’t get paid, there is an upside from the
    settlement. Facebook has to give all users “additional information about and
    control over the use of their names and profile pictures in Sponsored Stories.”
    Maybe that means Facebook will give you a better way to control this than
    currently exists.

  • This Cop...Just Made My Day

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    I have a 23 yr. old Autistic son. This Cop...Just Made My Day.

    A Louisiana police officer has gone above and beyond the call of duty by making a mentally disabled and autistic boy's dream come true.

    Blaize Richard's life dream has been to be a police officer, said his mother, Angie Richard, so for his 18 th birthday on July 28, 2012, she coordinated a visit from one of the Jennings, La., Police Department's officers, who presented Blaize with his own police uniform. Several weeks later, Blaize also was able to visit to the department.

    After word of Blaize's dream spread within the department, Officer Mike Hill took the boy under his wing - visiting him often and even coming by the family home when Hill received a new squad car.

    "He calls Blaize his back-up," said Richard. "He just comes and checks on him. It really makes Blaize's day. I think Mike enjoys it just as much as Blaize does."

    Hill has shied away from media attention.

    "He's kind of overwhelmed," said his boss, Jennings Police Chief Todd D'Albor, who spoke with pride about Hill making Blaize feel like a part of the police department.

    "Police officers sometimes get a bad rap for the things that go wrong, but people don't generally see that they [police officers] do have compassionate hearts and they do care about making a difference, and Mike Hill exemplifies that."

    D'Albor said Hill was one of many outstanding officers in his force.

    "He's one of the highly respected officers in my department because of the things that he does, and he goes above and beyond," D'Albor said.

    That commitment earned Hill an "Officer of the Year" award last year.

    The attention the story has drawn to this small town that sits 40 miles west of Lafayette, La., has taken Angie Richard by surprise. It began when Richard recently uploaded photos of Blaize and Officer Hill to her Facebook wall. From that point on, the story went viral, drawing attention from all over the world, Richard said.

    "Since I posted the story, it's been kind of crazy," she said. "So many good things are happening."

    With the all attention Blaize is receiving, it will be hard to keep secret D'Albor's plan to commission the 18-year-old as an honorary Jennings police officer on Feb. 2.

    "My police officers embrace what it's about, which is to serve the community, not just protect it," D'Albor said. "When you touch a life, that's what it's all about."

    Richard is looking forward to the day.

    "My little boy doesn't know they are going to do that, but ever since he was a little boy he's wanted to go to the police academy," she said. "It's going to be awesome

  • Cooking With Yogurt? Don't Knock It Till Ya Try This!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    This is a GREAT recipe from Leah Anderson, a Registered Dietitian with Festival Foods

    Eat Well Wednesday Blog Cooking with Yogurt?

    When you think of yogurt, do you think of a creamy, sweet, fruit-flavored treat like I used to?  Well, over the course of the last couple years, yogurt has taken on a whole new identity for me.  I now think of yogurt as an incredibly versatile, healthy ingredient that I can use in so many different ways!  Plain yogurt (go for the non-fat variety) is tart and tangy with a little bit of a bite, making it a perfect alternative to sour cream!  And it works like a charm in today’s recipe for Spicy Salmon Cornmeal Cakes from Chobani®.  Yogurt holds together the cooked salmon, chopped veggies, cornmeal, and seasonings in these simple, yet scrumptious dinnertime delights!  For an extra burst of flavor, try topping your salmon cakes with this simple, 4-ingredient Cilantro Sauce.

    Spicy Salmon Cornmeal Cakes


    1/3 cup Chobani non-fat plain Greek Yogurt

    1lb fresh atlantic salmon

    3 tbsp canola oil

    1/2 small red onion, minced

    1/2 small green onion, minced

    2 garlic cloves, minced

    1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

    2 tsp Sriracha chili sauce

    1/3 cup Quaker yellow cornmeal


    1. Preheat broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with foil, spray lightly with cooking spray and set salmon on top. Broil until both sides are browned, 8-10 minutes total. Peel off skin and set filets aside.

    2. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add peppers and onions and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Set aside.

    3. Flake salmon into small pieces. Stir in onion-pepper mixture and add Old Bay, Sriracha, ground pepper, cornmeal and Chobani.

    4. Use a ¼ cup measure to shape mixture into patties. Heat remaining oil in skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Cook salmon cakes on both sides until browned, 6-10 minutes total. Serve with Chobani Cilantro Sauce.


    Leah Anderson is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with Festival Foods and is certified by the state of WI.

  • Mother Is Shocked After Daughter's Trip To The Dentist

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Most of us have a fear of the dentist. For
    the rest of her life, young Savannah White is likely to be terrified.

    Savannah's mom, Alecia White, took her
    daughter to have some routine dental work. The dentist informed White that her
    daughter had four cavities. White consented to have them filled. The dentist
    sedated 4-year-old Savannah, while White sat in the waiting room. When the
    procedure was done, the Whites went home, Savannah still feeling groggy.

    A short time later, White looked into her
    daughter's mouth. She was, to put it mildly, shocked. Her daughter's teeth
    (every single one of them) were capped with silver crowns. Savannah looked a bit
    like the infamous James Bond villain "Jaws."

    White contacted 3
    On Your Side
    , a consumer rights segment from KTVK-TV in Phoenix. "I didn't
    expect for her entire mouth to be covered in silver," White explained. "We went
    in to have a couple of cavities done. ... On a daily basis [Savannah] says,
    'Mommy, I don't like my teeth. I don't like my teeth.' And it's really kind of
    hard to hear every single day."

    Investigative reporter Gary Harper
    contacted Dr. Richard Chaet, president of the Arizona Academy of Pediatric
    Dentistry. Chaet explained that while Savannah's dental work is shocking to look
    at, it was probably necessary. "This is a child who is obviously very high risk
    for decay," he said, noting that crowns will save other teeth from

    The story does have a happy ending, of
    sorts. Another dentist saw Savannah and volunteered to put white veneers on
    Savannah's crowns free of charge. Here's hoping her future trips to the dentist
    are a lot less traumatic.

  • The Future of The Ford F-Series...NICE!

    Posted by Mike DuBord
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    This was supposed to be the Detroit auto show where General Motors put a
    spotlight on the forthcoming refresh of the Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra pickups,
    and Ram touted its win as North American Truck of the Year. Instead, their
    thunder has been hauled away by the show's surprise, the Ford Atlas concept —
    highlighting where Ford will likely take the next F-Series pickups, and what it
    will take to meet future fuel economy standards.With a
    new F-Series pickup, Ford's most profitable and best-selling vehicle, not due
    for a redesign until the 2015 model year, the Atlas was short of key details,
    like specific engine designs or output. But the trend lines show where Ford has
    to go: producing more power while burning less fuel, and to that end the Atlas
    prepares F-Series buyers for a world where every piece of the truck plays some
    role in higher mileage.

    Take the wheels. If they seem a bit busy, it's because they contain shutters
    that close at higher speeds, improving aerodynamics. There's also air dams that
    deploy in front of the wheels and behind the massive chrome grille for the same
    reason. Ford chief engineer Raj Nair said the new truck will need to lose up to
    700 lbs. in order to meet the U.S. fuel economy standards rising between now and
    2025, including some "funky" things like aluminum frames.

    "It's always getting harder. The rate of fuel economy improvement that needed
    is ever increasing, both from customer demand and regulatory requirement," Nair

    Ford has successfully shown truck buyers will choose something other than a
    V-8 engine if given a practical alternative; some 43 percent of F-150 buyers
    pick a twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6, and some version of that engine powers the
    Atlas. The concept had a start-stop engine system; Nair said Ford was still
    exploring a potential deal with Toyota to jointly design and build a hybrid
    system for pickups and larger vehicles.

    As for the Atlas' style, the ideas seem less far out than close to
    production. The massive chrome grille will look familiar to anyone who's seen a
    Super Duty. High-end versions of the F-Series trucks are already luxury
    vehicles, so lux-world touches like LED headlamps and on-board WiFi don't seem
    surprising. Other technology aimed at helping drivers -- a 360-degree roof
    camera, a cargo cradle built into the tailgate for additional storage -- also
    seem well within reach.

    While Chevy played conservative with the new Silverado, the Atlas suggests
    Ford will be willing to take more risks when its turn comes — and stealing the
    spotlight back will be more difficult.

  • $12K Painting Found At Goodwill. I GOTTA Start Shopping There More Often.

    Posted by Mike DuBord



    painting that was dropped off at a Goodwill store
    in Virginia may soon sell
    for nearly $20,000—with the proceeds going to a good cause.

    The painting, an original work by
    19th-century artist Giovanni
    Batista Torriglia
    , is currently up for auction
    on Goodwill’s website
    , with the sale expected to be completed on

    Goodwill employee Maria Rivera found the
    painting in a donation bin in November, but she set the item aside on a hunch
    that it might be of value. “I didn’t know how much at the time, but I knew we
    had some money here,” Rivera told a local NBC
    last week.

    In fact, Rivera said she based her opinion
    of the painting on a memory of having recently seen a similar work at a

    The painting, which depicts an elderly
    woman drinking a cup of tea, was then taken to an appraiser, who said it's worth
    between $12,000 and $18,000.

    Of course, Goodwill officials say they
    won’t be surprised if someone, or even multiple people, come forward claiming to
    be the accidental donor of the Torriglia painting. However, because there was no
    proof of ownership left with the painting at the time, Goodwill officials say
    it’s unlikely an individual could take ownership.

    Goodwill adds that it will use the proceeds
    for its job-training program.

    The unusual discovery is actually part of a
    larger trend of people making accidental art donations to Goodwill in recent

    In November, a Salvador
    Dali sketch was found at a Seattle Goodwill
    donation center. As with the
    Torriglia, the Dali work was put up for auction on the store’s website. And a
    few months before that, a piece of pottery found at a New York Goodwill store
    turned out to be a 1,000-year-old
    from a Native American burial site in Oklahoma.

    The strange donations extend beyond the
    world of art.

    Also in November, a Texas
    man accidentally gave away he and his wife’s life savings
    , which were
    stuffed inside a pair of donated shoes. However, the store found the cash and
    set it aside, allowing the family to retrieve the money a few days later.

    Other donations have proven to be more
    mysterious. For example, in May a St. Louis Goodwill donation center discovered
    about $14,000 in cash in a box of Christmas tree decorations.