After the Connecticut shooting, a woman named Liza Long wrote a raw, honest, emotional, and very thought provoking essay on her blog about her own troubled child.
--He's 13 and she discusses the INCREDIBLY SCARY warning signs he's demonstrated . . . and how the U.S. hospital, legal, and mental health system really has no idea how to handle him.
--The post went viral over the weekend and is definitely a worthwhile read. (--You can read it here.)
Have you ever freaked out and wondered whether "The Matrix" is true, and we're all just living in a computer simulation? Or that all of this is just some future civilization's reality show?
--Well, good news. We're about to have a scientific answer to your existential crisis.
--Quantum physicists at the University of Washington say they've figured out a test that will determine whether or not we're living in the Matrix. It gets incredibly scientific when they explain it, but we think we've got the basic gist.
--They're going to run their own simulation of a "universe" on a much smaller scale, to see if it's scientifically possible for fake atomic particles to come together and create unique physical beings that weren't specifically programmed into a computer.
--If they find that it's possible, then there IS a chance we're all living inside of some future civilization's computer. If it's not possible, we're outside the matrix.
According to one recent survey, 90% of companies are planning to throw a holiday party this year, which is up from 74% last year. But a separate survey showed that only about 5% of employees actually CARE . . . even if there's an open bar.
--Here are three more random facts about your holiday work party.
#1.) There's an 80% Chance They'll Serve Alcohol. But you probably won't be able to drink much, because there's a 43% chance your party is being held over LUNCH. Only one-third of holiday parties take place at night.
#2.) There's a 29% Chance It's Being Held at Your Office. But that's not actually the most popular place to have them. About 40% of office holiday parties happen at restaurants.
#3.) There's a Good Chance the Party Will Lead to One of Your Co-Workers Having an Affair. At least according to a survey by AshleyMadison.com . . . the dating site for people who are actively TRYING to cheat.
--72% of women and 60% of men who admitted to cheating with a co-worker said it started at the office Christmas party.
Since we're all about to put on some extra holiday pounds, it's time to think about how to take them OFF. If you're like us, you THINK about exercise . . . then think up excuses to avoid it. Here are five of the top exercise excuses, and ways to beat them.
#1.) I don't have time. If you have a DVR . . . and you watch at least one hour of TV a day . . . you have time to exercise. Use the DVR to skip all the commercials, and a 60-minute show becomes 40 minutes. Then you can exercise for 20.
--Or you can work out WHILE you're watching, by jumping rope or lifting weights. The point is, you can ALWAYS find enough time if you care enough about your health.
#2.) I'm too tired. Here's the thing: Working out gives you MORE energy. Do it first thing after you wake up, and you'll feel better throughout the day.
#3.) I have kids. In case you hadn't noticed . . . your kids LOVE to exercise. So just take them with you. Go bike riding, or go to the park. If they play sports, you can even walk around the field while you watch the game. Anything's better than nothing.
#4.) Exercise is boring. Yeah, it can be, but you don't have to run on a treadmill. Do something interesting, like taking dance classes or even starting a garden. Or exercise with other people. If you HAVE to use a treadmill . . . put on headphones or watch TV.
#5.) I'll just end up quitting anyway. Start small, with goals you know you can reach. Exercise with a buddy who can keep you accountable. And keep a log on Facebook, so your friends can encourage you when you make progress.
--Exercise makes you healthy. And being healthy makes you LIVE LONGER. Plus, you LOOK BETTER. If you can think of it in those terms . . . no excuse will stand up, this time of year, or whenever. (WebMD)
Chicago's WGN news team made a pretty glaring mistake Friday morning, when they reported that a small plane had CRASHED in the middle of the city.
--They showed footage of the wreckage and speculated about what happened for a few minutes . . . until someone in the control room finally told them a plane HADN'T really crashed. It was just a set for the NBC series "Chicago Fire".
Great tips from Today.com on how to keep your head above water through the holidays.
According to a new article on DR. OZ'S website, eating at a restaurant is more dangerous for your health than you might think . . . and not just because of the huge portions. Here are five weird things that can make you sick at a restaurant.
#1.) Ordering a Steak Well Done. There's also a chance of getting sick if you order it RARE. But the more they cook the meat, the more it hides the natural flavor.
--And if you order a steak well done, some chefs use an older cut of meat, because they need to get rid of it and know you probably won't notice.
#2.) Ordering the Buffet. Despite the 'sneeze guards' they usually have, they're a breeding ground for bacteria, partly because the food doesn't always stay hot enough.
--So if you're going to a buffet, you should try to get there right after the new food goes out. For lunch, that usually means noon. And for dinner, 5 p.m. or earlier.
#3.) Using a Tray at a Fast Food Restaurant. Apparently they're FILTHY, because they don't get washed enough. And when they ARE washed, it's usually with a dirty rag. So if you want to be safe, always get your food to-go.
#4.) Getting a Refill of Water. At a lot of restaurants, they only wash the pitchers once a day, and it's usually at the end of the night. So throughout the day, they can accumulate a lot of germs.
--That doesn't mean you should have a PANIC ATTACK every time a waiter refills your water. But watch to see if the pitcher touches the edge of your glass.
#5.) Asking the Waiter to Pack Your Leftovers. They don't always wash their hands before they do it. And since they're handling money and dirty dishes all day, it's safer to just ask for a box and do it yourself. (DoctorOz.com)