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THINGS THAT MAKE YOU LOOK OLDER
Whether you like it or not, you will get older and look older, too. While the aging process can't be stopped, there are things we do that speed it up, such as soaking up too much sun or smoking. But did you know that your bed or headphones can also age you prematurely? U.S. News & World Report assembled a list of surprising things that make us feel and look older:
1. Allergies
Be it from allergies to pets or pollen, chronic inflammation of the delicate membranes around the eyes will make you look older. Not only does allergy-induced swelling and itching darken the skin around the eyes, but also causes wrinkles and blemishes.
2. Your bed
If you spend too much or too little time sleeping, you can shorten your life. The ideal amount of nightly sleep is seven hours. But when you consistently sleep less than six hours or more than nine hours, it can cause health problems.
3. Your headphones
Hearing loss is not inevitable as we age, but if you use your he…
BEST FOODS TO BEAT A HANGOVER
(Modern Man) If you overindulged last night and are paying the price this morning, you may find a hangover cure in your refrigerator. Modern Man magazine reports the first thing to do is to drink water. Lots of it. And stay away from coffee! It can actually intensify your hangover. But certain foods can also ease your pain, and each of these comes with scientific properties that back up their claim as a hangover cure. Find out the five most popular drinking days. New Year's Eve is No. 1. Can you guess the other four? There's just one gotcha: They'll only work if you can eat them and not throw up.
1. Bananas
Packed with potassium and magnesium, which are electrolytes your body needs, bananas will help replace what you lost urinating after drinking too much.
2. Eggs
Eggs not only contain protein, which will boost serotonin levels and help improve your morning-after bad mood, but also they contain the amino acid cysteine, which helps the body rid it…
TOP FIVE REASONS TO EAT COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST

There's nothing more impressive at work than pepperoni breathIf you don't, you'll have to eat it for lunchIt's the breakfast you can hold in one handYou'll use less milkNo energy used to heat it up
TOP FIVE MOST UNHEALTHY SNACKS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Deep-fried saladLardburgersButter shootersBacon grease soupEgg yoke shakes

Students, you may be able to predict your SAT performance

Students, you may be able to predict your SAT performance just by looking at your hands. Teenagers whose ring finger is longer than their index finger are likely to score higher on the math section of the SAT, while those whose index finger is longer will do better on the reading and writing sections, according to researchers from the University of Bath in Great Britain. LiveScience.com reports that scientists have long known that finger length is a reflection of areas of the brain that are more highly developed. This is determined by the amount of the hormones testosterone and estrogen a fetus is exposed to in the womb. Testosterone is thought to promote spatial and mathematical skills and that makes the ring finger longer. Estrogen is the opposite. It promotes verbal ability and tends to lengthen the index finger in relation to the ring finger.

The favorite holiday in the U.S. is Christmas. Well duh

The favorite holiday in the U.S. is Christmas. Well duh. Americans enjoy their holidays. Whether it's surprising a lover with a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day, gathering on a picnic blanket for fireworks on the Fourth of July or stuffing tummies with turkey on Thanksgiving, we take great pleasure in our family holiday rituals and traditions. While holidays occur throughout the year, we don't anticipate or enjoy them all in the quite the same way. When The Harris Poll asked 2,462 U.S. adults to think about all the holidays that occur during the calendar year and say which one is their favorite,Christmas came out on top. The top 10 favorite holidays in the U.S.: ChristmasThanksgivingHalloweenFourth of JulyEasterNew Year'sMemorial DayLabor DayMy birthdayValentine's Day and Hanukkah (tie)

When it comes to holidays, we share the same pleasures. The top two holidays for men and women in every generation from 20-somethings to seniors are Christmas and Thanksgiving. The t…

Best Cities to Celebrate New Year's Eve

With New Year's Eve just days away and 70 percent of Americans celebrating the day in some way, including large, organized events and party-hopping, WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2015's Best & Worst Cities to Celebrate New Year's Eve. The data set ranges from the legality of fireworks to the average price of a New Year's Eve party ticket to the forecasted precipitation on New Year's Eve.
Best Cities to Celebrate New Year's Eve
1. Orlando, FL
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Atlanta, GA
4. San Diego, CA
5. Scottsdale, AZ
6. Minneapolis, MN
7. Portland, OR
8. Cincinnati, OH
9. Las Vegas, NV
10. Honolulu, HI
Worst Cities to Celebrate New Year's Eve

91. San Bernardino, CA
92. Arlington, TX
93. Charlotte, NC
94. Garland, TX
95. Laredo, TX
96. Fort Worth, TX
97. Hialeah, FL
98. Jersey City, NJ
99. Newark, NJ
100. North Las Vegas, NV
THE BIGGEST SCANDALS OF 2015
Deflategate, Nannygate, Rachel Dolezal, Jared Fogle and More. With an abundance of pregnancies, several legal run-ins and a summer full of broken love, 2015 has been a year to remember. However, it's safe to say that one major theme was reigned all: scandal. From nanny affairs to Deflategate, Ashley Madison accounts and cancer lies, this year has been one of the most shocking yet. Marriages ended and feuds sparked, relationships were ruined and reputations shattered, and we all sat back and watched with eyes wide open and mouths agape. With that being said, prepare to reignite all your astonishment as we recall the top 13 scandals that ruled 2015:
Nannygate

After Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their separation in June, the rumor mill spun wild with speculation over his involvement with their nanny, Christine Ouzounian. Pictures of the pair at a Super Bowl party surfaced on social media, and Ouzounian oddly appeared to be soaking up her 15 minut…
FAVORITE TREATS REVEAL YOUR PERSONALITY
Your favorite snacks reveal tons about your personality. Discover how the tastes that tickle your palate also spotlight your dominate trait:
You're a dreamer
If you prefer sugary cereal, double chocolate brownies and hard candies. Friends and family often catch you with your head in the clouds. You're also very trusting, creative and artistic, believing that life is to be savored.
You're a diplomat
If you prefer gumdrops, ice cream and dips loaded with sour cream. You yearn for tranquility, and you're the one who steps in to settle squabbles between loved ones. Although you have opinions, you never force them on others.
You're a nonconformist
If you prefer dark chocolate, black coffee and sour candies. You're an unconventional person with a supreme confidence in your abilities. You also speak your mind with a refreshing candor that charms others.
You're a born leader
If you prefer potato chips, popcorn and peanuts. You are…
TEN FOODS TO HELP WITH YOUR HANGOVER
(SkinnyMom.com) Okay, so maybe you indulged just a little bit too much last night. The holidays are coming up, after all, and you may or may not have needed a tiny escape from the crazy relatives (read: in-laws). Well, who would we be to pretend we all haven't been there before? When you're hungover, your body needs to restock on fructose, vitamins, amino acids and minerals that can break down the toxins from alcohol and lessen your body's negative reaction to the chemicals in booze. Sounds easy enough, right? Try these ten foods to help get rid of that splitting headache or nauseous stomach ASAP and kick that hangover to the curb.
1. Water: Water should be your number one priority! It's a diuretic, which means it pushes liquids (and the remaining alcohol) out of your body. Plus, alcohol dehydrates your body, and when your body's water tank is low, it will pull from any available resource -- like your brain, which causes that kill…
I NEVER LIE
So when was the last time you lied -- we're talking little lies here, not whoppers -- to your lover? And don't even think of saying, "What? I never lie!" You do, too! According to Dr. Phil McGraw, by the time they are 60 years old, men have told more than 100,000 lies and women have uttered some 50,000 untruths. "It's interesting because men lie twice as much as women," Dr. Phil said. "On average, men lie six times a day. Women lie three times a day." Women lie to their man for several reasons, but primarily to protect his feelings or save her butt. The top four lies women tell, according to Dr. Phil: I'm fine. There's nothing wrong.Oh, this isn't new! I've had this old thing forever.Oh, this was cheap! I got it on sale.I've got a headache.
The top four lies men tell, according to Dr. Phil:
I'm fine. There's nothing wrong.This is my last drink.No, that doesn't make you look fat.Hey, I'm on the way! (B…
TOP 10 MOST STUPID PHRASES
They are not only overused and lacking in originality, but many popular phrases and cliches indicate at the very least a poor command of basic English grammar and at worst mental laziness. In other words, say any of these and you'll just sound stupid. Writing in the Chicago Tribune, author T.R. Slyder has identified not only the worst offenders, but also created smarter-sounding alternatives. Here are the top 10 most stupid phrases:
1. "It is what it is."
Slyder's Substitute: Since "it is" = "it is," don't make the definition be the exact words of the words that are also being defined. Translation: Just don't say it!
2. "I don't give a rat's ass."
Slyder's Substitute: I don't care or just stare in stony silence.
3. "How do you REALLY feel?"
Slyder's Substitutes: "Say your thang, doggy!" "Easy, big tiger." "Deep breath." (And then demonstrate with a…
TOP 10 COMMONLY BROKEN NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

Lose Weight and Get FitQuit SmokingLearn Something NewEat Healthier and DietGet Out of Debt and Save MoneySpend More Time with FamilyTravel to New PlacesBe Less StressedVolunteerDrink Less
NEWS YEARS RESOLUTION STATISTICS

Percent of Americans who usually make New Year's Resolutions, 45%Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year's Resolutions, 17%Percent of Americans who absolutely never make New Year's Resolutions, 38%Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution, 8%Percent who have infrequent success, 49%Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year, 24%People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions,
TOP 10 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR 2016

Lose WeightGetting OrganizedSpend Less, Save MoreEnjoy Life to the FullestStaying Fit and HealthyLearn Something ExcitingQuit SmokingHelp Others in Their DreamsFall in LoveSpend More Time with Family
HOW TO LIVE ONE HUNDRED YEARS
More than 84,000 people living in the U.S. today are 100 years or older. By the 2040, that number is expected to grow to 580,000 -- an increase of 590 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Being one of the lucky ones who gets 100 candles on a birthday cake someday takes more than good genes, although that definitely helps. Many scientists estimate that longevity is based 20 percent on genetics, with 80 percent determined by your lifestyle choices and environment. And while some centenarians claim a single habit as the key to their long life -- doing crossword puzzles, drinking a glass of wine every day or taking cold showers -- the reality is that it's the right combination of healthy habits, social connections, brain-boosting activities, good genes and even a bit of luck that goes into living a century or more. United Healthcare surveyed 100 Americans who turned 100 in 2010 to provide a snapshot of the healthy habits that keep them going stron…
TOP FIVE SIGNS IT'S TIME FOR A CAREER CHANGE

Your co-workers all signed a "It's time for you to change careers" petitionYour boss has your desk for sale on eBayThe office tribal council has voted you offThey've put up a latte stand in your parking placeSeriously, when was the last time your company sold a buggy whip?
TOP FIVE ADVANTAGES OF MAKING MARIJUANA LEGAL I forgotCheech and Chong albums would be funny againEveryone can now enjoy the Grateful DeadA big boom for the baggie industryWouldn't need late night comedy shows. The news would be funny.

Americans waste 18 weeks a year goofing off at work,

Americans waste 18 weeks a year goofing off at work, according to a survey conducted by a national executive-recruiting firm. Here are the top ways workers waste time.
Lounging at the water fountain, coffee pot or smoking areaHiding in the restroomGossiping about co-workersComplaining about the bossMaking personal calls on company timeDaydreamingFlirtingSurfing the web

Ten interview questions that are illegal to ask:

Job seekers may think they're the only ones sweating the job interview -- afraid they'll say the wrong thing or answer inappropriately -- but hiring managers are under just as much pressure. There are a number of questions interviewers are legally not allowed to ask, but sometimes the parameters are not clear. For example, in an attempt to make a candidate feel at ease, the interviewer might innocently ask him, "What does your wife do?" Wrong. It's illegal to ask if someone is married, even using a backdoor approach like this. According to CareerBuilder.com, 20 percent of hiring managers admitted in a nationwide survey by Harris Poll that they asked a question in a job interview they found out later was illegal to ask. Ten interview questions that are illegal to ask: What is your religious affiliation?Are you pregnant?What is your political affiliation?What is your race, color or ethnicity?How old are you?Are you disabled?Are you married?Do you have children or pla…
DID YOU KNOW?
The average person signs an average of 26 Christmas cards 26 times during the holiday season?27% of shoppers say jammed parking lots was their biggest holiday shopping pet peeve.According to Men's Health, 23% of men polled said they hope to learn to play the piano in the New Year.Over 100,000 people have applied for a one-way trip to colonize Mars in 2022.There are about a half-million tweets about the the weather every day.There was only a six-year age difference between the actors who played Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate."70% of 5-year-olds can operate a computer mouse but only 10% can tie there shoe.Meanwhile, the number one rule in most people's houses is no shoes on the furniture.

ON THIS DAY
It was on this date in 1792 that the leaders of the French revolution voted to send King Louis the 16th to the guillotine. In no time at all, he became King Louis the 15 & 7/8ths.
On this date in 1848, gas lights were installed in the White House. It took less than a wick to do it.


Angelina's dad, John Voight, turns 77 today. She gets most of the credit for his aging.
Music Calendar...    In 1943 Bing Crosby records "San Fernando Valley."    In 1945 Sheb Wooley records the first commercial record made in Nashville            on the Bullet label.    In 1945 "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby hits #1 again on the charts.    In 1951 "Cry" by Johnnie Ray is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.    In 1955 13-year-old Barbra Striesand records "You'll Never Know."    In 1957 Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme are married in Las Vegas, Nevada.    In 1962 "Hey Paula" by Paul & Paula enters the U.S. top 40 chart.    In 1963 Folk group the Weavers ("Goodnight Irene," "On Top of Old Smokey")            give their farewell concert at Orchestra Hall in Chicago.    In 1963 WMCA/New York, and its famed "Good Guys," become the first radio            station to play the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in the U.S.    In 1965 The Supremes' single "My World Is Empty Without You"…
Today In History...    In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket is murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in            England.    In 1813 The British burn Buffalo, New York, during the War of 1812.    In 1837 Canadian militiamen destroy the Caroline, a U.S. steamboat docked at            Buffalo, New York.    In 1845 Texas becomes the 28th U.S. state.    In 1848 Gas lights are installed at the White House for the first time.    In 1851 The first Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opens in            Boston, MA.    In 1890 The Wounded Knee massacre takes place in South Dakota. 300 Sioux            Indians are killed by U.S. troops sent to disarm them.    In 1913 The first movie serial, "The Adventures of Kathlyn," premieres in            Chicago, Illinois.    In 1934 Japan renounces the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London            Naval Treaty of 1930.    In 1940 During World War II, Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on            London, England.    In 1949 The first…
Born On This Day...    In 1776 Inventor, Charles Macintosh (patented waterproof fabric)    In 1800 Inventor, Charles Goodyear (vulcanization process for rubber)    In 1808 Andrew Johnson, 17th U.S. president (1865-69)    In 1809 English statesman, William Ewart Gladstone    In 1859 Venustiano Carranza, president of Mexico (1915-20)    In 1876 Spanish cellist/composer, Pablo Casals    In 1879 World War I aviation hero, Billy Mitchell    In 1881 Heaveyweight boxing champ, Jess Willard (1915-19)    In 1891 Businesswoman, Joyce Clyde Hall (founded Hallmark Cards)    In 1894 Actor, Emory Parnell (The Life of Riley)    In 1900 Jazz musician/singer, Willie Humphrey [d: 6-7-94]    In 1903 Jazz trumpeter, Clyde McCoy (wah wah sound) [d: 6-11-90]    In 1907 Dr. Robert Clifton Weaver, first black to serve in U.S. Cabinet (108)    In 1909 Actor, Thomas Beck (Charlie Chan movies, Priest-Heidi) [d: 9-23-95]    In 1917 Los Angeles mayor, Tom Bradley (1973-93) [d: 9-29-98]    In 1919 Journalist, Jim Murray (founded …

GSA Auctions Trailers, Tractors and Manufactured Housing Update

MORGAN CAVALIER 36 FOOT 12/28/2015 06:12 PM EST
CURRENT BID: $5    STATE: MD    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-04-2016 05:12 PM CT.

  Travel trailer, manufacturer: Morgan, model: Cavalier 36 foot, yr unknown, SN unknown **Repairs required but not limited to: electrical problems,keys missing, scratches, dead battery, mechanical problems, trailer gutted and was changed to a computer room, needs heat-light-and wiring, has not been used for a minimum of two years** **Must be hauled from site** 12639552950002

GSA Auctions Miscellaneous Update

DIESEL ENGINES 12/28/2015 06:43 PM EST
CURRENT BID: $5    STATE: VA    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-04-2016 05:43 PM CT.
  ONE LOT OF VARIOUS DIESEL ENGINES. CUMMINS 855 (2), CUMMINS 903 (3) AND LINCOLNWELDER IDEALARC 250 AND IDEAL ARC 250 DIESEL -USED- **SALVAGE CONDITION** **REPAIRS MAY BE REQUIRED AND PARTS MAY BE MISSING** **NO WEEKENDS/HOLIDAYS** **INSPECTION AND REMOVAL BY APPOINTMENT ONLY** ***Please note: The successful bidder is required to submit the attached Hazardous Material Certification form prior to payment. All payment options will be blocked until this Certification form is received. Along with this information bidders must provide their mailing address, on-line bidder name and daytime telephone number. A copy of the Certification form can be obtained by clicking on the link located under Additional Documents. The form must be faxed to (215) 829-2795, Attn: George Elefante. **ALT. POC: WAYNE HANCOCK, 757-887--3233 EST. 16, WAYNE.HANCOCK@DOT.GOV** 69374652330039 D…

GSA Auctions Trucks, Tractors and Ground Vehicles Update

1999 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SE 12/28/2015 06:11 PM EST
CURRENT BID: $5    STATE: VA    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-04-2016 05:11 PM CT.
  1999 Dodge Grand Caravan, Gas, automatic transmission, VIN 2B4GP44G3XR218312, EST MI 92,057, airbags, anti-lock brakes, AC, AM/FM, radio with cassette, cruise control, power mirrors and steering, rear defrost. **Repairs required but not limited to: no battery, starter, body damage-rust, scratches and visual blemishes, no back seats, interior is in bad condition.** **Must be hauled from site** 14331153140001 2005 CHEVROLET BLAZER 12/28/2015 06:01 PM EST
CURRENT BID: $5    STATE: MD    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-04-2016 05:01 PM CT.
  2005 CHEVROLET BLAZER, 4X4, 6-CYLINDER, AIR BAGS, A/C, VIN 1GNDT13X85K118727, EST. MI 92,940, GAS, POWER WINDOWS/LOCKS/MIRRORS, CRUISE CONTROL, POWER STEERING AM/FM, TILT STEERING, TOW PACKAGE. **REPAIRS REQUIRED BUT NOT LIMITED TO: BATTERY DEAD, CHECK ENGINE LIGHT HAS BEEN ON FOR APPROX. 3 YEARS, SEWN TEAR IN D…
Today In History...    In  336 The first recorded celebration of Christmas takes place in Rome.    In 1066 William the Conqueror is crowned king of England.    In 1223 St. Francis of Assisi assembles one of the first Nativity scenes, in            Greccio, Italy.    In 1758 Halley's comet first sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch.    In 1776 General George Washington and his troops crosses the Delaware for a            surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey.    In 1868 Despite bitter opposition, President Andrew Johnson grants            unconditional pardons to all persons involved in the Civil War.    In 1926 Hirohito becomes emperor of Japan.    In 1941 During World War II, Japan announces the surrender of the            British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong.    In 1946 Comedian W.C. Fields dies in Pasadena, CA, at age 66.    In 1963 Walt Disney's animated film "The Sword In The Stone" is released.    In 1968 Apollo VIII astronaut Frank Borman reads from Ge…