Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Global 2010: Blunder Down Under! 'Australia's Next Top Model' Host Announces Wrong Winner on Live Finale!

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Monday night's finale of "Australia's Next Top Model" included one of the most cringe-worthy moments of the year, when host Sarah Murdoch announced the wrong name of the winner!

During the live TV finale, Murdoch announced 19-year-old Kelsey Martinovich was the new catwalk queen, defeating runner-up Amanda Ware — and proceeded to let Kelsey celebrate and even give a brief victory speech.

"I just want to thank the runners-up, they've been amazing and all the girls for keeping me on my toes," Kelsey beamed. "Ah, this is crazy!"

However, moments later, Murdoch — who married News Corp. media mogul Rupert Murdoch's son, Lachlan, in 1999 — became quiet and a shocked look came over her face as she listened to producers in her ear tell her she said the wrong name.

"This is what happens when you have live TV folks, I'm so sorry," Murdoch added. "This is insane."

An equally stunned Amanda was caught off guard by the mix up and when given the stage to accept her title, she could only say "Really, thanks guys!" with a big smile on her face.


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Global 2010: Months after winning $1M in lottery, man wins $2M

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ST. LOUIS – The odds against winning $1 million in the Lottery: Astronomical. How about doing it twice?

It happened to a man from Bonne Terre, Mo., Missouri Lottery officials said Tuesday. Ernest Pullen, 57, won $1 million with a "100 Million Dollar Blockbuster" Scratchers ticket in June. And this month, he won $2 million with a "Mega MONOPOLY" Scratchers ticket.

Pullen, a retired military man who was working at the help desk for a telecommunications company before retiring after the first lottery win, said he considers himself to be a "lucky guy."

You think?

John Wells of the Missouri Lottery said the chances of winning $1 million in the "$100 Million Dollar Blockbuster" game are 1 in 2.28 million. The odds of winning $2 million in "Mega MONOPOLY" are about the same.

The chances of winning both?

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Manila 2010: US: Inverted Philippine flag was `honest mistake'

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MANILA, Philippines – The U.S. government said Sunday it made an "honest mistake" when it displayed an inverted Philippine flag — which wrongfully signified that the Southeast Asian nation was in a state of war — in a meeting hosted by President Barack Obama.

The Philippine flag was displayed upside down behind President Benigno Aquino III when leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met Obama in New York on Friday.

"This was an honest mistake," U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Rebecca Thompson said in a statement, adding, "the U.S. treasures its close relationship and close partnership with the Philippines."

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Global 2010: 8 myths about being single

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Myth #1: Singles are less happy than married people
First, most single people are not miserable — not even close. On the average, single people are always on the happy end of the scale; that’s true in every study I know of. Second, getting married hardly changes someone’s happiness at all. S

Myth #2: Single people favor solitude
Often, they have a whole network of friends and relatives, and they stay connected with them for decades. After all, they have the time to forge many diverse relationships, which married sorts often don’t. 

Myth #3: Elderly women live in isolation
Older women, in particular, are often painted as isolated spinsters, but in one study of 50 women who had always been single, 49 of them had close friends and usually they were in touch with those friends every single day. 

Myth #4: Single people don’t live as long as married folks
The people who lived the longest were those who stayed single and those who married and stayed married. People who divorced, or who divorced and remarried, had shorter lives. It was consistency, not marriage, that mattered, and the results were the same for men and women. 

Myth #5: Single people are self-centered
Singles are also more likely to encourage, help, and socialize with their neighbors and friends. 

Myth #6: The children of single parents are destined to live haplessly
In my research, though, I was struck by just how overstated those claims actually are. One example comes from the results of a National Drug Abuse Survey, a study of substance abuse among 12- to 17-year-olds. The children of single mothers had low rates of abuse — under 6 percent. And those rates were just 1.2 percent higher than the rates of the children living with married biological parents. 

Myth #7: Single people are not as healthy as people who get married
Typically, people who have always been single are very similar in their health to people who are currently married. There is, though, one exception where single people are actually healthier than attached types: married people are more overweight!

Myth #8: Single people waste money on frivolous things for themselves
In fact, one study showed that men were much more financially generous to their friends when they were single than they were after they married. When married men divorced, they reverted to their more giving selves. If they remarried, then they went back to being less generous to their friends. 

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Global 2010: Texting Taking a Deadly Toll on Roads

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Distracted driving fatalities caused by cell phone use and texting soared in the space of three years, according to new U.S. government research released Thursday.

Texting alone caused more than 16,000 deaths in car accidents from 2001 to 2007, the researchers estimated. But auto deaths involving cell phones and texting while driving rose 28 percent in just three years, from 4,572 in 2005 to 5,870 in 2008.

"The increases in distracted driving seem to be largely driven by increased use of cell phones to text," said lead researcher Fernando Wilson, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

"Overall use of cell phones have been pretty steady, but texting volumes have increased dramatically in the last few years," he added.

Distracted driving and its deadly toll was the focus of a government summit this week in Washington, D.C., at which officials called for tougher laws to counter the growing trend. They reported that more than 5,000 people were killed last year in distracted driving crashes.

In January, the government banned truck and bus drivers who travel interstate roadways from using a handheld device to send text messages.

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Manila 2010: PNoy nananghalian ng hotdog sa New York

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Kasama ang kanyang security detail, at napapaligiran ng media nang maglakad si Pangulong Aquino sa Manhattan para kumain ng simpleng tanghalian. Dito sa hotdog stand sa kanto ng West 45th Street at 6th Avenue nag-order ng $2 hotdog sandwich ang Pangulo na parang ordinaryong New Yorker.

Nilibre niya ang ilang reporters, aide at iba pang opisyal. Nagbigay muna siya sa iba, bago kainin ang sariling order. Simpleng hotdog sandwich ang gusto ni Pangulong Noynoy; ketchup lang ang dagdag na pampalasa. Sabi ng Pangulo, huli siyang kumain nito noong 1999 kaya naman hinanap muli ng panlasa nya. Ikinagulat ang mga tao ang dami ng camera sa hotdog cart.

Presyo ng lahat ng hotdog sandwich at mga inumin, $54, o mahigit P2,000.

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Global 2010: 2 new dinosaur species discovered in southern Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY – Scientists said Wednesday they've discovered fossils in the southern Utah desert of two new dinosaur species closely related to the Triceratops, including one with 15 horns on its large head.

The discovery of the new plant-eating species — including Kosmoceratops richardsoni, considered the most ornate-headed dinosaur known to man — was reported Wednesday in the online scientific journal PLoS ONE, produced by the Public Library of Science.

The other dinosaur, which has five horns and is the larger of the two, was dubbed Utahceratops gettyi.

The Utahceratops has a large horn over the nose and short eye horns that project to the side rather than upward, similar to a bison. Its skull is about 7 feet long, it stood about 6 feet high and was 18 to 22 feet long. It is believed to have weighed about 3 to 4 tons.

The Kosmoceratops has similar facial features at the Utahceratops, but has 10 horns across the rear margin of its bony frill that point downward and outward. It weighed about 2.5 tons and was about 15 feet long.

The horns on both animals range in length from about 6 inches to 1 foot.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Global 2010: Titanic sunk by steering mistake

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LONDON (Reuters) – The Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 because of a basic steering error, and only sank as fast as it did because an official persuaded the captain to continue sailing, an author said in an interview published on Wednesday.

"They could easily have avoided the iceberg if it wasn't for the blunder," Patten told the Daily Telegraph.

"Instead of steering Titanic safely round to the left of the iceberg, once it had been spotted dead ahead, the steersman, Robert Hitchins, had panicked and turned it the wrong way."

Patten, who made the revelations to coincide with the publication of her new novel "Good as Gold" into which her account of events are woven, said that the conversion from sail ships to steam meant there were two different steering systems.

Crucially, one system meant turning the wheel one way and the other in completely the opposite direction.

Once the mistake had been made, Patten added, "they only had four minutes to change course and by the time (first officer William) Murdoch spotted Hitchins' mistake and then tried to rectify it, it was too late."

"If Titanic had stood still, she would have survived at least until the rescue ship came and no one need have died," Patten said.

The RMS Titanic was the world's biggest passenger liner when it left Southampton, England, for New York on its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. Four days into the trip, the ship hit an iceberg and sank, taking more than 1,500 passengers with it.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Global 2010: Girl posts public birthday party invite on Facebook, gets 21,000 replies

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Word to the wise, folks: If you’re planning on inviting a small circle of your pals to a party at your place, make sure to uncheck the little box next to the "anyone can view and RSVP" setting before clicking the "Create Event" button.

Rebecca Javeleau, 14, of Herdfordshire, England, learned that lesson the hard way after the birthday party invitation she posted on Facebook got a few more replies than she’d been expecting.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Javeleau got a jaw-dropping 21,000 RSVPs from Facebook users around the globe — including from such (fake) celebs as Justin Bieber and Stephen Hawking — all because the (now-freaked-out) teenager had forgotten to mark the Facebook event for her 15th birthday as a private affair.

Facebook promptly took down the public page for Javeleau’s event, but that hasn’t stopped Facebook users from creating their own fan pages for the party, like this one. "HER PARTY WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY," promises the info section on the page, which has raked in more than 1,200 "likes" and wall posts from random users asking for directions. 

Anyway, the moral of the story? Check the privacy settings on your next Facebook event invite before you post it — and remember, if your list of Facebook friends includes hundreds of random folks you’ve hardly even met, don’t be surprised if you see a few extra faces at the next meeting of your Facebook-advertised book club.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Manila 2010: 'Flashing' toothbrush for better oral hygiene?

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MANILA, Philippines - A local company has brought in an American brand of toothbrush that lights up and flashes to encourage Filipino kids to clean their teeth.

Aptly called Firefly toothbrush, the product lights up and flashes for about 60 seconds, the dentist-recommended time for kids to thoroughly brush each row of teeth.

Christopher Chung, President of Health Innovation Division Inc., said they are marketing the colorful toothbrushes to allow children to maintain good oral hygiene at an early age.

"It's (sales) moving very fast, more than what we expected. Our suppliers are very happy. Dentists that we've showed our products to, they're all excited. We've been joining a lot of expos, and the kids, they go crazy," Chung said in an interview at ANC's ShopTalk.

He continued, "We want to stick to innovative which will be easily marketable to people and kids."

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Global 2010: What Not to Say When Pulled Over by a Cop

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Police officers are not out to make your life miserable, but to make sure you're following the rules of the road and not endangering yourself or those around you.

With a few exceptions, and an egregious traffic violation is top among them, cops aren't mandated to write tickets. Most would rather send you on your way with a friendly warning -- that can save you time and money.

But handle the situation with an aggressive or arrogant attitude and you can expect to squeeze an expensive court date into your busy schedule.

1. Play Nice

First rule: don't argue.

"I get this all the time," said Karen Rittorno, a nine-year veteran with the Chicago Police Department. "'What are you stopping me for? I didn't do nothing.' If they try to take charge of the traffic stop, they're not going to get out of it without a ticket," she said. "We ask the questions, not them."

2. Keep It Honest

Don't lie, either. Cops are trained to note the human characteristics of lying, including twitching and looking to the left, and they know the right questions to ask to suss out the truth.

Fanning estimates that nine out of 10 people lie to him. "It's an attack on our intelligence," he said.

3. Stay Calm

When those headlights go on, it's best to pull the car to the right, stay in the car, turn the interior lights on if it's dark and put your hands on the steering wheel.

Don't make any quick movements, and don't turn to grab your purse or put your hands in your pocket or under your seat to retrieve your license -- until the officer instructs you to. Then, do it slowly.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Global 2010: Chris Barnes with Thumb Slug

Chris Barnes having some difficulties with his bowling ball's thumb slug on Weber Cup 2009.

Global 2010: 2008 Weber Cup: Pete Weber vs. Paul Moor

Paul Moor vs. Pete Weber at 2008 Weber Cup in Barnsley, United Kingdom.

Global 2010: 2008 Weber Cup: Osku Palermaa vs. Pete Weber

Osku Palermaa vs. Pete Weber at 2008 Weber Cup in Barnsley, United Kingdom.

Global 2010: World Tenpin Masters Finals: Guy Caminsky (South Africa) vs. Chris Barnes (United States)

This is a 2-game finals match on World Tenpin Masters between Guy Caminsky (South Africa) vs. Chris Barnes (United States). It is played in Barnsley, United Kingdom, on a 1 lane set-up in a sports hall.

First game - Part 1

First game - Part 2

Second game - Part 1

Second game - Part 2

Global 2010: 2009 World Tenpin Masters: Dominic Barrett (England) vs. Paeng Nepomuceno (Philippines)

This is the second game of a 2-game match on World Tenpin Masters between Paeng Nepomuceno (Philippines) vs. Dominic Barrett (England). It is played in Barnsley, United Kingdom, on a 1 lane set-up in a sports hall.

Dominic Barrett had 255 and Paeng had 165 on the first game.

Global 2010: 2009 World Tenpin Masters: Osku Palermaa (Finland) vs. Paeng Nepomuceno (Philippines)

This is the first game of a 2-game match on World Tenpin Masters between Paeng Nepomuceno (Philippines) vs. Osku Palermaa (Finland). It is played in Barnsley, United Kingdom, on a 1 lane set-up in a sports hall.

Game 1

Game 2

Global 2010: 2009 World Tenpin Masters: Dominic Barrett (England) vs. Guy Caminsky (South Africa)

This is the first game of a 2-game match on the first match of World Tenpin Masters between England's Barrett and South Africa's Caminsky. It is played in Barnsley, United Kingdom, on a 1 lane set-up in a sports hall.

Game 1

Game 2

Global 2010: 2009 World Tenpin Masters Finals: Dominic Barrett (England) vs. Jason Belmonte (Australia)

First game of 2009 World Tenpin Masters Finals between Dominic Barrett (England) vs. Jason Belmonte (Australia).  It is played in Barnsley in the UK, on a 1 lane set-up in a sports hall

This is the second game of 2009 World Tenpin Masters Finals between Barrett and Belmonte. Dominic has scored 279 against Jason's 195 on the first game.

Global 2010: 2009 Weber Cup: Dominic Barrett vs. Chris Barnes

Dominic Barrett vs. Chris Barnes at 2009 Weber Cup in Barnsley, United Kingdom.

Global 2010: 2008 World Tenpin Masters: Dominic Barrett (England) vs. Biboy Rivera (Philippines)

2008 World Tenpin Masters: Dominic Barrett (England) vs. Biboy Rivera (Philippines)

In the first game, Philippines' Biboy Rivera posted a 254 against England's Dominic Barrett's 216.  This 2008 World Tenpin Masters is played on one lane, especially set up in a sports center in Barnsley, England.

Part 1

Part 2

Global 2010: PBA Bowling - Don Johnson's Infamous 299 Game

This is from 1970 at the Firestone tournament of champions, featuring the final 3 shots from Don Johnson.

Global 2010: To Repeat Bowling Shots

Global 2010: Bowling's Low Ball Game

A way to fine-tune sparing is to play Low Ball.  Bowl a full game and get the lowest possible score.  Gutter corresponds to a strike.

Global 2010: Sparing Bowing Pin 7

In converting bowling pin #7, shoot from the left side of the lane instead of right to increase the margin of error.

Global 2010: Basic Bowling Techniques

Basic Bowling Techniques #1 (Introduction)

Basic Bowling Techniques #2 (Four Step Approach)

Basic Bowling Techniques #3 (Set-up and Pendulum Arm Swing)

Basic Bowling Techniques #4 (Release and Follow Through)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Global 2010: 5 Mistakes Everyone Should Make

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1. Totally embarrass yourself.

I tend to think that we are all always one static-cling mishap away from looking like a total idiot—and believing that helps me keep gaffes in perspective. And, of course, these grand embarrassments eventually loosen their grip anyway, leaving you with an ace-in-the-hole story to crack up your friends with for years to come.

2. Ruffle people’s feathers.

I started voicing my opinion, even on controversial subjects, regardless of how my comments would be received. Occasionally colleagues would roll their eyes, but I found that even those who disagreed with me came to respect me for not backing down. 

3. Follow trends blindly.

4. Be willing to fail—doing something you love.

Some might consider me flighty for changing careers so often, but I contend that the key to professional happiness is asking yourself two simple questions every single day: Are you passionate about what you do? And if not, what are you going to do instead?

5. Carelessly put yourself at risk.

Most of the time, a high-risk situation won’t kill you, because you are stronger than you think. And it’s never a bad thing to be reminded of that.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Global 2010: 6 steps for writing a charming email

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“Can I call you?” I asked.

Why don’t you email instead, was her reply.

Had I come on too strong? Was she one of those damaged, disfigured souls more comfortable in cyberspace than with face-to-face interaction? She was blonde and had a fetching smile, so I considered these questions for about 1/8th of a second. 

“Sure,” I said. “No problem. Email is fine.” 

Step 1: Wow ‘em with something cool in your subject line. Since it’s the only thing the recipient will be able to see in your email before opening it, your subject line had better be a lot more eye-catching than “Hello.” Try something more unique that relates to your last interaction with them. You both loved North by Northwest? Then your subject line could be “Eva Marie Saint...” That’ll get her attention. In the text of the message, begin with “She has nothing on you when it comes to charm and intrigue...” 

Step 2: Make your email all about the other person. Enough about you and your life; the fastest way to impress someone is to focus on her interests. Your date’s a NASCAR fan? Then Jeff Gordon rules! And don’t worry, brushing up on these subjects with some quick research online is allowed, as long as you don’t overdo it (see point 3). 

Step 3: Make yourself look good, but don’t make yourself into something you won’t be able to live with. She’s a red-state Republican and you stumped for Obama? Then “I respect the efficiency of the administration’s current operation” is okay. “All liberals should move to France” is probably going a little too far. 

Step 4: Email is no time to bare your soul. Honest and self-aware is one thing; psychotic and confessional is something else. Here’s an example: “Watching the news, sometimes I struggle to make sense of a world gone mad and long for nothing more than the opportunity to love and be loved,” might be okay, even A-plus…if you’re emailing a grad student, that is.  

Step 5: Keep it short. Sure, novel-length dispatches sent every hour, on the hour, show that you’re brimming with things you want to share, but they also say you have way too much time on your hands, or are just plain obsessive and creepy. Not a good message for someone you’re trying to woo. The wisdom of showbiz applies here: Leave ’em wanting more. 

Step 6: Exit gracefully. When you’re signing off, err on the side of restraint. Better to leave someone wondering about your intentions than set off alarm bells with something too amorous. 

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Global 2010: 7 Sleep-Stealing Foods to Stay Away From

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If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, your dinner could be to blame.

"Though caffeine does provide us with that feeling of alertness, it's just a stimulant," says Michelle Dudash, registered dietician, chef, and freelancer writer. 

Aged Cheese
If a nap is in your future, steer clear of Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, and other hard cheeses (basically, all the yummy smelly ones!). The high levels of the amino acid tyramine are known to keep you up.

Spicy Foods
Hot tamale! Those hot wings may taste damn good during the football game, but they aren't going to feel so great come bedtime — especially if you're prone to heartburn, since lying down only amps up its side. 

Processed or Smoked Meats
Leave this one on the deli counter. 

Even though it's a depressant, alcohol will, oddly enough, keep you up at night. "Many people use alcohol to help them relax, but it actually prevents your body from entering the deep stages of sleep," says Pasquella. Although you may fall asleep, you won't feel very well-rested in the morning.

Milk Chocolate
The average milk chocolate bar contains tyrosine, which is converted into dopamine — a stimulant, says Pasquella. This causes alertness and restlessness, which can keep you up at night. 

Ginseng Tea
Herbal teas are great for sleeping, but steer clear of ginseng. It's been shown to act as a stimulant, and though some tea drinkers don't feel any effects from the tea, others experience insomnia and hypertension. 

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Global 2010: 6 Things You Should Never Reveal on Facebook

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You can certainly enjoy networking and sharing photos, but you should know that sharing some information puts you at risk. What should you never say on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site?

Your Birth Date and Place

Sure, you can say what day you were born, but if you provide the year and where you were born too, you've just given identity thieves a key to stealing your financial life, said Givens. 

Vacation Plans

Post the photos on Facebook when you return, if you like. But don't invite criminals in by telling them specifically when you'll be gone.

Home Address

Some 40% listed their home address on the sites; 65% didn't even attempt to block out strangers with privacy settings. And 60% said they weren't confident that their "friends" were really just people they know.


You may hate your job; lie on your taxes; or be a recreational user of illicit drugs, but this is no place to confess. Employers commonly peruse social networking sites to determine who to hire — and, sometimes, who to fire. Need proof? In just the past few weeks, an emergency dispatcher was fired in Wisconsin for revealing drug use; a waitress got canned for complaining about customers and the Pittsburgh Pirate's mascot was dumped for bashing the team on Facebook. One study done last year estimated that 8% of companies fired someone for "misuse" of social media.

Password Clues

If you've got online accounts, you've probably answered a dozen different security questions, telling your bank or brokerage firm your Mom's maiden name; the church you were married in; or the name of your favorite song. You're giving crooks an easy way to guess your passwords.

Risky Behaviors

Insurers are increasingly turning to the web to figure out whether their applicants and customers are putting their lives or property at risk, according to Insure.com. So far, there's no efficient way to collect the data, so cancellations and rate hikes are rare. 

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Manila 2010: 5 reasons he didn’t call you

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When it comes to off-putting dating behavior, men commit plenty of dumb moves. He wears sneakers at a nice restaurant. He goes on and on about his boring job.

But what about those cases where the guy does win you over… and yet never calls again? Have you ever stopped to wonder what went wrong? While you might think winning a man’s heart largely boils down to your looks, you’re wrong. Below are five key things that well-intentioned women do that make men bail. Keep them in mind as you search for your Mr. Right

Reason #1: You talk, but don’t listen
Women are sharers. It’s culturally ingrained. You may talk to your best friend or mom five times a day and think nothing of it. Every detail is relevant, and nothing can be left out in the telling of a story. Problem is, men don’t generally communicate that way. So try to consider the ebb and flow of a normal conversation. And if it’s occurred to you that you haven’t yet learned a thing about your date, try listening for a bit. It’s not that we’re not interested in getting to know you, it’s that we’d be thrilled if you were interested in getting to know us, too.

Reason #2: You use conversation as therapy
Talking about your evil ex-boyfriend. Talking about your hatred of your job. Talking about your strained relationship with your mother. It’s not that the bad stuff is irrelevant, it’s that it’s inappropriate. 

Reason #3: You’re a little too enthusiastic about him 
There’s an unwritten rule in dating that governs the energy flow between a man and a woman: when one party tries too hard, the other party pulls back. If a stranger has ever bought you a costly gift on the first date or called you seven times the day after you had coffee, you know what I mean. We’re not saying you should act cold; just don’t get carried away in front of him. 

Reason #4: Your idea of chit-chat is politics, religion and other heavy topics
Hey, if your date is up for a surprise appearance on Meet the Press, that’s cool. Just know that not everybody likes to swim in the deep end of the pool so early. Sometimes, you’re better off sticking with banter about favorite travel spots or good movies or even funny online dates from the past. It’s not that intellectual topics should be off-limits, but until you know where someone lands on the political spectrum, you may want to tread lightly. 

Reason #5: You’re not relating to him — you’re testing him
Dating should be fun. Getting to know a fascinating stranger, sharing information about yourself to an interested date… these are the things that keep us optimistic about the process. Where it all goes wrong is when you inadvertently turn him into a defendant and yourself into the prosecuting attorney. “How long was your last relationship?” “Where do you see yourself in two years?” “Do you want kids someday?” Try reading between the lines instead of asking him these things point-blank. 

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Global 2010: Storm Premier Virtual Gravity bowling ball

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Making an Impact! The new Virtual Gravity features a solid reactive R2X™ coverstock; creating the highest friction values ever produced by Storm® to cut through the heaviest oil. The low RG, high differential Shape-Lock HD™ asymmetrical core creates a tighter spin radius which in turn leads to enhanced reaction in the oil and increased angular velocity through the pins. More Traction! More Angle! More Strikes!
Storm Virtual Gravity Bowling Ball Reaction Video and Review
Pete Weber's perfect 300 game with Storm Virtual Gravity
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Global 2010: Storm Premier Invasion bowling ball

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Some... THING... attacked Premier City without warning. Our site sustained heavy damage and many were taken, but we gathered what we could and scrambled quickly underground. 

When the invasion occurred, we were in the midst of testing the next generation of advancement in core and coverstock technology.  Our first goal was to develop a strong asymmetrical design different than any other.  The concept was to create contours along the RG planes to ensure a stronger preferred spin axis.  We did this by developing intersecting contoured bands from the X-axis along the Y and Z axes.  These bands are developed at specific arcs to maximize RG and differential values along the planes.  In turn, this translates into a quicker revving core with a more defined moment of inertia or breakpoint unlike any prior design found on the market.

The all new Origin™ core boasts a 2.48 RG value with .057 total differential and a .017 intermediate differential.  Using C.A.T.S., we tested the Origin™ core up against the Shape Lock™-HD core with same coverstock to see the differences, and we were amazed by the results.  The Origin™ core started into the “hook” phase about 3 feet sooner and created a stronger entry angle to the pocket.  Usually when we get the ball started into the “hook” phase sooner we see less entry angle to the pocket, but this core with the contoured bands along the RG planes definitely showed us something different.

The finishing touch was the R3X™ coverstock.  This third generation of Reactor™ series coverstock has the highest Ra values ever produced by Storm products.   Based on the USBC Ball Motion Study we know that higher Ra values produce more ball motion in the oil, and this coverstock is no exception.  We saw a 9% increase in friction values in the oil and an increase of 5% down the lane over its predecessor R2X™ utilizing C.A.T.S. testing.


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