Thursday, June 30, 2011

Global 2011: Board Games

Board games like chess and backgammon trace back to ancient history, and are virtually unchanged over centuries. But a more recent best-seller, Clue, got a makeover for modern times.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Global 2011: Guy gets mad at girlfriend

Improper behavior exhibited in public by a guy to her girlfriend due to clothing.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Global 2011: Men Are Quicker to Drop the L-Bomb

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A couple of months ago I was chatting with a friend of mine about her new boyfriend, who she was – and still is – so blatantly madly in love with. The difference between then and now is that back then she refused to even utter those three little words and just tell him, "I love you."

I couldn't understand why she was waiting to tell him something she so obviously felt, but every time I asked, she'd just say, "I'm waiting for him to say it first." And sure enough, a few weeks later, he professed his love. Granted, it was at 1 AM at a dive bar on the upper east side, but that doesn't make it any less special.

To be honest, I was a little surprised that he was the first to break, being that most of the guys I know would never say "I love you" first... or so I thought. A new study in the journal of Personality and Social Psychology is changing everything I ever thought I knew about boys. On average, men considered saying "I love you" 42 days before women did.;_ylt=AmruFPLMNFKMG20ag5IoqiFZbqU5

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Global 2011: 'Harry Potter' - Celebrating the End of a Legendary Movie Franchise

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The legendary "Harry Potter" franchise releases its final movie after almost one decade of capturing the interest and imagination of people around the world. Producing eight successful movies in a span of 10 years is quite an accomplishment. From the iconic performances that catapulted Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and many other British talents into international stardom to the very long list of filmmaking talents who received varying accolades for their works, the "Harry Potter" movie franchise has much to leave for film historians to chronicle.

The "Harry Potter" movies employed over 2,000 filmmaking talents on and off screen. So far, it has already reaped more than $6.3 billion in worldwide earnings. It also continues to rake in more financial rewards through the home movie market, a number of "Harry Potter" merchandise items, its video game offerings, and many other money-making endeavors.

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Global 2011: Daniel Craig Secretly Weds Oscar Winning Actress Rachel Weisz

Actress, Rachel WeiszImage via WikipediaDaniel Craig and Oscar winning actress Rachel Weisz have surprised the world by getting married. Perhaps this tying of another Hollywood star knot is not too surprising as Craig and Weisz will be hitting the big screen as a married couple in the film "Dream House." The surprise may be legitimate in light of the fact that when Weisz broke it off with her former boyfriend, director Darren Aronofsky, in November of 2010, she denied being involved with the latest and greatest James Bond.

Daniel Craig is certainly well known around the world as 007 and for memorable performances in films ranging from "Infamous" to "Defiance." The new Mrs. Craig is also a familiar face to audiences courtesy of parts in blockbusters like "The Mummy" and "Fred Claus." Less familiar to many of those moviegoers, perhaps, is Weisz's Academy Award winning performance in "The Constant Gardener." A great movie that also features a great performance by Ralph Fiennes so see if when you get the chance.

The wedding ceremony was secretive and sparsely attended. Reports indicate that the marriage took place in the presence of just four witnesses that included Craig's teenage daughter and Weisz's four year old son. That son's father is Weisz's ex, Aronofsky.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Global 2011: Shark Decides To Jump The Surfer

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The Orlando Sentinel photographer was taking some video of a surfer off New Smyrna Beach in Florida when he heard another surfer scream, "Dude! Did you see that?"

Langston didn't. But his camera did: a four-foot spinner shark had just hurtled over an unwitting surfer.
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Global 2011: Jennifer Aniston Reveals New Tattoo Honoring Her Late Pooch

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Jennifer Aniston has joined the ranks of the inked by getting her first tattoo.

The tattoo reads, "Norman," in memory of her beloved Welsh corgi/terrier mix who passed away in May at the age of 15, a rep for the actress told People.

As previously reported on, Jennifer appeared emotional while speaking about her departed dog at a taping for "Inside the Actors Studio" in New York City on Thursday.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Global 2011: Heiress leaves $40 million to PH-born nurse

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For the past several decades, Huguette Clark, a wealthy copper heiress, had largely been a mystery to the public. She cloistered herself in hospitals in New York, and saw only a small number of visitors. She had no children and no close relatives.

Her fortune was clearly huge—including a 42-room apartment on Fifth Avenue, an oceanfront estate in Santa Barbara, California, and a country manor in New Canaan, Connecticut—but her net worth was not clear.

So when Clark died last month at age 104, it naturally raised questions: How much was there to be inherited, and who would get it?

Some clarity was provided on Wednesday when a John D. Dadakis, a lawyer at the firm Holland & Knight, filed a will in Surrogate’s Court in Manhattan that Clark executed in 2005.

According to the will, Clark’s estate is worth about $400 million and is made up of an art collection with works by Monet, Renoir, John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase; her real estate and financial investments; and a vast doll collection, from porcelains to Barbies.

Clark’s nurse and close friend, Philippine-born Hadassah Peri, is the individual who will benefit most, according to the will.

Peri will get Clark’s hundreds of dolls, potentially worth millions of dollars. She will also receive 60 percent of the various assets, worth about $40 million, including investments and much of her real estate holdings, not specifically bequeathed in the will.

The 60-year-old Peri, an immigrant from the Philippines, had been randomly assigned in 1991 by an agency to take care of Clark. Since then, she saw the heiress every day for 20 years.

“I was her private duty nurse, but also her close friend,” Peri, a married mother of three, was quoted as saying through a spokesperson.

“I knew her as a kind and generous person with whom I shared many wonderful moments and whom I love very much,” Peri added. “I am profoundly sad at her passing, awed at the generosity she has shown me and my family.”

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Global 2011: Uninspired at Work? 5 Ways to Stay Positive

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Downsizing rumors at the office, slashes in health and retirement benefits, and fewer projects (or way too many!) landing on your desk can all lead to feeling uninspired on the job. Here, Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh, cofounders of Silpada Designs, a $190 million home jewelry sales business, offer five tips for how to keep your chin up when work starts to feel like a downer.

1. Take on new projects
2. Say no to negativity
3. Create your own mini-goals
4. Invest in yourself
5. Find fun outside of work

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Global 2011: The Top 5 Killers of Men

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It was a sunny September day in the Pacific Northwest, and Jeff Hale had just closed a $1.5 million deal. To celebrate, he was taking the afternoon off, relaxing on his patio lounge, and playing ball with his dog. That's when he began feeling compression high in his chest, some pain in his left shoulder, and an unsettling sense of dread. At 44, he was in relatively good shape, although 15 pounds overweight and under a lot of stress from work. At first, he thought it was an asthma attack and took a hit off his inhaler. But when that didn't help, he remembered an article he’d read in Men's Health.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Global 2011: IPOs Boost Demand for Silicon Valley Mansions

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A surge in wealth from technology stock sales and initial public offerings is spilling into the Silicon Valley real estate market as newly rich workers bid up home values in suburban cities south of San Francisco.

The median price of single-family houses sold in Palo Alto, home of Facebook Inc., climbed 20 percent in May from a year earlier to $1.63 million, the biggest jump since 2008, according to preliminary figures from research company DataQuick. In Mountain View, the base of LinkedIn Corp., prices rose 3.1 percent to $957,500, the ninth year-over-year gain in 12 months.

The advances are defying a U.S. housing slump that has sent national values to an eight-year low. Share sales such as the IPO of LinkedIn — which doubled on its first day of trading — and an expected offering from Facebook will fuel a boom in some Silicon Valley cities into 2013, said Kenneth Rosen, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley.

"It's just the beginning of the story and I suspect we'll see an explosion in the next couple years," Rosen, chairman of the school's Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, said in a telephone interview. "You've got young people with real money, and it's not surprising they want to have a house."

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Global 2011: Beauty queen caddies on PGA Tour

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Admittedly, Kip Henley is bringing down the overall quality of the field at this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis. “Hey, it’s almost a miracle I’m in,” said the longtime caddie for Brian Gay. “Don’t laugh at my scores.”

But by accepting the automatic berth that goes to the Tennessee PGA Section champion, Henley is personally raising the quality of the caddie pool by miles. He’s signed up daughter Stormi Henley to be his caddie.

He knows you’ll go rushing to Google images, or perhaps You Tube for Stormi’s “American Idol” and “Miss Teen USA” performances, which is fine with him. The message is clear, especially to Henley’s fellow caddies: “I’ve told ’em all, you can look, but you cannot touch.”

Years before he jumped into the caddie business, Kip Henley was a club pro in his native Tennessee, then he tried to make it as a player.

He has maintained his Class A standing with the PGA of America for years, but figures he won’t put in the required hours to keep it, so why not go out with a vintage memory? Last fall, for reasons he still doesn’t understand, Kip Henley played in the Tennessee PGA Section championship, “even though I hadn’t broken par all year.”

Talk about the blind squirrel finding a nut. “I shot 10 under for 54 holes,” Henley said. “Like I said, a miracle. I stood on the 16th hole in the final round and made birdie on 16, 17 and 18, with my hands shaking.”

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Global 2011: Miss USA Rima Fakih Under Fire For Behavior

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According to Fox News, current titleholder Rima Fakih broke rules of conduct when she was suspected of sneaking out to party all night last week -- and then lied about it. The Miss Universe Organization, which rules over its winners with an iron fist, requested security tapes to judge whether a cover-up was in play.

"There was one night last week where she had some interviews the next day," says Paula Shugart, the organization's president. "First we thought she wasn't at the apartment (which she shares in Manhattan with Miss Universe), and someone (from the PR team) was trying to get her to the interview. She was sound asleep, and looked like she'd been out all night. She made the interviews, but we did ask about the security tapes, as it is a serious business especially after Tara Conner."

The striking 25-year-old will surrender her crown during the Miss USA Pageant on June 20. Given the personal restrictions that come with the gig -- you have to be on your best Kate Middleton behavior, at all times -- it might be a bit of a release for the fun-loving Fakih.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Global 2011: 'Oprah' finale raked in more than 16M viewers

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"The Oprah Winfrey Show" finale attracted 16.4 million viewers, the long-running daytime talk program's production company announced Wednesday.

This figure makes the TV icon's May 25 sign-off the show's most-watched episode in more than 18 years -- since February 15, 1993, to be exact, when Oprah entertained the cougar-centric topic "Why I Love Older Women" and scored 17.3 million viewers.

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Global 2011: Things Your Neighbors Won't Tell You

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The people living next door aren't who you think they are.

1. "Complaining will cost you dearly."
2. "I will use your Wi-Fi -- and get you arrested."
3. "Good luck blocking out our din."
4. "I'm a registered sex offender."
5. "We're ripping up the flower beds and planting corn."
6. "My apartment has bed bugs."

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Global 2011: What happens to your body after you drink a soda every day, for a long time

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Sugar rushes and caffeine highs followed by a depressing energy crash are what happens to your body if you drink a soda right now, but plenty of Blisstree readers actually seem to be okay with that. Some of you think it’s alarmist to compare a caffeine and sugar rush to doing drugs, and some just don’t really care about the slump they’ll find themselves in after drinking 39 grams of sugar, but what makes us really worried about a soda-slurping habit is what happens over the long term.

Here’s a quick snapshot of you, in a few years, after drinking soda on a regular basis:

  1. You’ll Be Fatter
  2. You’ll Probably Have Diabetes
  3. You’re Much More Likely to Develop Heart Disease
  4. You’re Probably Also Less Healthy In Other Ways

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Global 2011: 10 Ways You Waste Money on Your Car

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With gas bills putting a crimp in your budget, you don't want to be wasting money on other car expenses. But many car owners do just that — either spending more than needed on maintenance or putting off work that will cost more later.

But while neglect doesn't work, neither does overspending. From Sadowski and Michael Calkins, manager of the AAA program that recommends repair shops, here are 10 ways you may be wasting money on your car.

1. Changing oil every 3,000 miles.
2. Using premium fuel unnecessarily.
3. Failing to change your air filter.
4. Failing to check the brake pads.
5. Buying mileage-boosting additives and devices.
6. Tune-ups for your engine or air conditioning.
7. Changing coolant.
8. Ignoring your check-engine light.
9. Buying expensive performance tires.
10. Paying for built-in navigation.

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