Look who's in trouble with the law!
Officials in Ohio have indicted a famous groundhog.
The indictment states Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that Spring would come early.
It constitutes the offense of MISREPRESENTATION OF EARLY SPRING, a Unclassified Felony, and against the peace and dignity of the State Of Ohio.
The attorney suggests that the penalty for such a misrepresentation should be the death penalty.
History in the making!
Garth Brooks and George Strait will perform together for the first time at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas on April 7. Brooks and Strait are both recipients of the ACM's Artist of the Decade award for the 1990s and the 2000s, respectively.
Their performance will celebrate the renaming of the award to the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade award in honor of the iconic figure and longtime producer of the ACM Awards.
Ten things you never knew about dreams.
1. No one knows for sure why you dream—Doctors think dreams help people process the different kinds of "sensory input" that come in through the day. Some people have claimed experiencing eureka moments during dreams. Dreams are like an internal diary, sort of like a nightly commentary on your life.
2. You dream throughout the night, not just during REM sleep--Forget what you heard in college about dreams only happening during REM sleep. REM-sleep dreams are more common in the second half of the night and tend to seem more vivid and unrealistic. If you dream you jumped out of a plane and you saw rockets around you, that's almost certainly a REM sleep dream. Dreams during the first three of the four stages of sleep might seem les vivid.
3. You remember a dream if you awake during it--The major factor of whether you'll remember a dream or not is being awakened during the dream. If you don't wake up during the dream, the memory is gone. We're on a self-erasing tape while we're asleep.
4. Spicy foods might make you remember more dreams and nightmares--The meal makes it more likely you're going to wake up during sleep. The heavy meal has nothing to do with dream generation. It has to do with dream recall. In order to recall a dream, you have to be awake, at least for a few minutes. Our brain isn't able to convert from short-term to long-term memory while we're asleep.
5. You may be able to change bad dreams--Many therapists believe it's possible to "re-write" nightmares. People who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder can train themselves to recognize when they're in a dream.
6. The brain is still hard at work while you're sleeping and dreaming--REM sleep isn’t a time of rest for the brain. The brain is being stimulated at an incredibly high level throughout dream sleep. That stimulation is what creates images in dreams.
7. It's hard to separate the function of sleep from the function of dreams--The function of sleep is to downscale things so that the brain is ready and able to learn the next morning. Dreaming is something the brain has to generate in the process.
8. Dreams may help people process and consolidate memories--Harvard researchers asked people to navigate through a 3D maze and then either nap for 90 minutes or stay awake but quiet. Nappers who said they dreamed about the experience got much better at navigating the maze.
9. Dreams do not foretell the future--Everyone wants dreams to be prophetic. But we always forget about the 500 dreams we had about phone calls that didn't come true the next day. All of these dream-related prophecies are just pure statistical phenomenon.
10. No one agrees about the meaning of dreams--Freud called dreams "the guardians of sleep." And he believed their purpose was to censor basic impulses, like aggression and sex. Some people think Freud was right, others think dreams have no meaning. And we should "treat it as a present."
People are now spending thousands of dollars for extravagant marriage proposals-- hiring planners to help them pop the big question.
Some folks are using flash mobs and even naval ships.... also paying to have the proposal captured on video or film.
One man spent $45,000 to ask his girlfriend if she would marry him last year… $3,500 of which went to a proposal planner.
Would you take this on a plane and eat it?
1. What travels well--Bite-sized foods that taste good at room temperature are your best bet. EatBoutique.com recommends fruit, chocolate, and cheese cubes. If you want something a little more gourmet, go for spring rolls or hand pies or even mini-quiches.
Also try snack mixes like chocolate-dipped pretzels, hard candies and crackers. If you want to bring a sandwich, put it on a bagel. They are firmer and can handle the abuse of being shoved in your pocket. Not too much mustard or mayo, so it doesn't get soggy if you decide to nap first.
2. What if you're on a special diet?--Vegetarians find very few choices at airports. ChefSteps.com recommends mujadara, a Middle Eastern pilaf of rice, lentils and caramelized onions. It's great for a plane because it is hearty, filling and compact. If you're following a gluten-free diet, pack cheese sticks, protein bars, and a sandwich made at home.
4. What to leave home--Kimchi, runny French cheeses and other strongly-scented foods are a no-no for air travel. Tuna fish is also a no-no. It's totally rude to bring a tuna fish sandwich on a plane.
5. Worst Foods to Take on a Plane--Clam chowder is not only stinky, it's potentially messy. When you bring messy food on a plane, you can pretty much count on getting bumped so your nice shirt will end up nasty and you'll end up sitting there gross for four hours. Or, worse, you can spill on other travelers. Even fruit can be a problem. When you're sitting next to someone and they're eating something really juicy or messy like an orange and it's dripping and they're slurping and dropping orange peels on your lap. That sucks. Also stay away from cheese puffs. There aren't enough napkins.
It's the same question year after year! Why men resent women.
1. Not fighting fair--Happy couples don't necessarily fight less, they just fight better. They do it by describing their own feelings and needs instead of labeling their partner as "faulty". Research shows women are more likely to bring up problems for discussion, while men are more likely to withdraw at the first sign of an argument. When this keeps happening, women tend to start conversations on a negative note, which only makes things worse. Stick to "I-statements," like "When (this happens), I feel (frustrated, angry). What I needed was..."
2. Treating him like a child--A big issue in couples is a man resenting his partner because he feels she talks down to him. This can leave him feeling "less-than," and nothing brings about resentment faster than that. So avoid threatening his independence. No one wants to feel "managed" by a partner.
3. Involving other people in your relationship--What you might think of as harmless complaining to friends and family can actually break your man's trust. It threatens the safety of the "couple bubble" you've created together. Men find it humiliating and hurtful. If you really need to vent, consider talking to a doctor or therapist to keep things confidential.
4. Not showing appreciation for things he does right--Men will never ask for it, but regular doses of praise are important. They need to hear that their women are proud of them. Men tend to be more action-oriented than women, which means they show affection in different ways. He might empty the dishwasher as a way of saying he cares about you. Pay attention to what he does and let him know you notice.
5. Withholding sex as punishment--While women generally need emotional intimacy to make love, men express emotional intimacy through sex. When a woman turns down sex, in her man's mind, she's turning him down as a person. Using sex as a bargaining chip to get your needs met isn't negotiating-it's emotional blackmail. Withholding sex could make your partner feel less love from you and give you less love in return.
6. Trying to change him--Every person can change, but it's better to focus on our own changes, rather than our partner's behaviors. Studies show that married men tend to eat healthier and have fewer problems with drugs and alcohol than single guys-but avoid creating a relationship in which your man can't be himself. When a man feels his home is not his castle and he can't just be a guy, he'll feel like he's been put in a box where he has to act proper all the time. Sometimes, it's smarter to let the little things slide.
7. Making important decisions without his input--Research shows that money is a top source of disagreements among couples, even those with bigger budgets. In a lot of ways, money equals power and balancing power is important to harmonious relationships. Whether you're considering booking a vacation or buying a dishwasher, your partner deserves a say. The same goes for decisions that affect how you and your man spend your time.
8. Acting jealous when he looks at other women--Men are visual creatures, so it's not surprising that a typical heterosexual man would notice a good-looking woman. Women who understand this and don't take it personally minimize fights about jealousy. When a woman overreacts to a situation, her man will feel defensive and eventually resentful. So chill out.
9. Expecting immediate forgiveness after you apologize--Studies show that seeking and granting forgiveness contributes to relationship satisfaction and longevity. But beware of empty words. Apologizing manages conflict, but a simple "I'm sorry" isn't enough. To truly earn her man's forgiveness, a woman needs to show that she understands why her man is upset. Be specific about what you're apologizing for, accept responsibility for what you did, acknowledge that you what you did was harmful and ask what you can do to make it up to him. If you've gotten to the first three steps cleanly, most men will say "forget about it" to the last question.