Today Is May 17
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
National Cherry Cobbler Day
National Mushroom Hunting Day
National Pack Rat Day
National Walnut Day
Pinot Grigio Day
World Hypertension Day
World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
NATIONAL WALNUT DAY
Grown for their seeds, the Persian or English Walnut and the Black Walnut are the two most common major species of walnuts.
– originated in Persia
– commercially produced
– native to eastern North America
– high flavor
– hard shell and poor hulling characteristics prevent its commercial growth for nut production.
The husk of the walnut, which is peeled away from the shell at harvest, and contain juice which will readily stain anything it
comes in contact with. The husk juice has been used as a cloth dye.
The United States is the world’s largest exporter of walnuts.
Ninety-nine percent of the nation’s commercial English walnuts are produced in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys of
According to a recent poll, 64% of us call in sick to work right after vacation
B: According to a survey, this is a woman’s biggest pet peeve when their husband or partner is driving?
A: Plays the music too loud!
Show Me the Ads!!
Gamers want to see creative ads that are seamlessly integrated into the playing experience. Some 41% of US gamers ages 18 to 34 would like rewards for devoting time and attention to in-game ads. Meanwhile, 32% believe ads should never interrupt a hardcore gamer’s flow.
I Want a Person Dang it!!
64% percentage of consumers say access to live people would significantly improve customer experience
Read Read Read!!!!!
According to a recent poll nearly all of the parents surveyed agree that reading to their children is important — yet only 78 percent read to them before bed. In another sign of the times, about one in 10 read from a tablet instead of a physical book.
I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream
A survey headed by Penn State University researcher student Laura Rolon found that most people can’t tell the difference between low-fat ice cream and high-fat ice cream in taste tests.
You are CANNED
Over 50% of men say they were fired from a job by the time they were 21, and only 33% of women say it happened to them.
The first Monterey Folk Festival took place over three days in Monterey, California. The festival featured Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Peter Paul and Mary. The 1967 Monterey Rock festival is remembered for the first major American appearances by Jimi Hendrix and The Who as well as the first major public performances of Janis Joplin. It was also the first major performance by Otis Redding in front of a predominantly white audience.
Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles began recording a new John Lennon song ‘You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)’. The song was not finished until November 1969, and was not released until March 1970 (as the B-side of the ‘Let it Be’ single).
Working at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, Glen Campbell recorded 'Gentle On My Mind,' a song written by John Hartford and arranged by Leon Russell. The song went on to win won four Grammy Awards the following year and became the theme to the television variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour between 1969 and 1972.
Elton John was awarded a Platinum Record for sales of a million copies of the LP 'Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy', the first album ever to be certified Platinum on the day of its release.
Led Zeppelin played the first of five sold-out nights to 17,000 fans at Earls Court Arena, London England. The set list included: Rock And Roll, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Going To California, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, and Black Dog. Tickets cost £1 ($1.70) - £2.50 ($4.25).
A fire destroyed Tom Petty's house in Los Angeles, the cost was estimated at $800,000.
Nirvana played the last date of a North American tour at the Zoo in Boise, Idaho. This was Chad Channing's final gig with the band, drummer Dave Grohl replaced him in Sept of this year after his band Scream had split-up.
Singer with Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland, was arrested on suspicion of drug possession after being stopped during a routine traffic search in Los Angeles, He was released on $10,000 (£6,125) bail.
Paul McCartney and his wife Heather Mills admitted that they had given up the fight to save their marriage, saying that after four years together, they were going their separate ways.
Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty posted a two-minute clip of themselves playing with newborn mice on Youtube. The video showed Doherty and Winehouse in a bare room, making rambling comments, picking up the mice and talking to them.
Donna Summer, the 1970s pop singer known as the Queen of Disco, died of lung cancer, an illness she believed she contracted from inhaling toxic particles released after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York. She won five Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and had three multi-platinum albums, including the hits 'Hot Stuff', 'Love to Love You, and 'Baby' and 'I Feel Love'.
Rapper Chinx was shot and killed in Queens, New York. The 31 year-old, was part of French Montana's Coke Boys group, was riding in a car in the early hours of the morning when another vehicle pulled up and opened fire. He was hit in the torso and chest, and died later at a Queens hospital.
American Texas country and folk singer, songwriter Guy Clark died in Nashville following a lengthy battle with lymphoma. He wrote songs for Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett and many other artists.
Alanis Morissette sued her former manager for fraud saying she was robbed of almost $5m (£3.5m) by her former business manager. In papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the singer claimed Jonathan Schwartz transferred money to his own accounts without permission. Schwartz said the transfers were made to fund an "investment" in a marijuana-growing business for the singer, and to avoid extra trips to the bank because Morissette "spends a lot of cash".
Eric Moore, lead singer of Ohio-based biker rock group The Godz died after a battle with bladder cancer age 67. The Godz had toured with acts including Kiss, Cheap Trick, Judas Priest, Blue Öyster Cult, and Iggy Pop.
Carrie Underwood is going on tour in 2022.
The 39-year-old country music singer will perform across the United States on the Denim & Rhinestones arena tour featuring special guest Jimmie Allen.The Denim & Rhinestones tour begins Oct. 15 in Greenville, S.C., and ends March 17, 2023, in Seattle, Wash. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time.Denim & Rhinestones is in support of Underwood's forthcoming album of the same name. Underwood will release the album June 10.
Fox has renewed comedies Call Me Kat for Season 3 and Welcome to Flatch for Season 2. Mayim Bialik stars as the title character in Call Me Kat, who decides to use her savings to open a cat-themed cafe. The show is based on British series Miranda. Co-stars include Kyla Pratt, Swoosie Kurtz, Leslie Jordan, Cheyenne Jackson and Julian Gant.
Welcome to Flatch, which premiered in March, follows a group of young adults in a small town that has a documentary film crew follow them around. The series is inspired by BBC Studios' This Country. Newcomer Holmes, who goes by that single name, stars as Kelly Mallet, who becomes a subject of the documentary film crew along with her cousin, Lloyd 'Shrub' Mallet, played by Sam Straley.Co-stars include Seann William Scott, Aya Cash, Justin Linville, Taylor Ortega and Krystal Smith.
The network also announced renewals for Crime Scene Kitchen Season 2, The Masked Singer for Season 8 and 9-1-1: Lone Star for Season 4 on Monday.
Skipping Breakfast Regularly Could Lead To Hardening Of Arteries
Many nutrition experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and now a new study finds that skipping it can actually lead to atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of the arteries. The condition involves a buildup of plaque in the arteries, which can be prevented by starting your day off with a healthy meal. The researchers also found that those who skipped breakfast had the greatest waist circumference, the highest Body Mass Index, and other indications of heart problems.
How We Listen
About two-thirds of the US population ages 12 and older listens to digital audio at least once per week, up 5 percentage points from 2021. Over the past decade, that share has grown by 38 percentage points, making the weekly listenership now 192 million strong. Among these listeners, Spotify is the digital audio platform of choice, with 31% using the service in the week prior to being surveyed. YouTube Music follows in second, with 20%, while Pandora trails in third place, with 13%.
Most Americans support requiring high schools to teach financial literacy
A recent YouGov poll asked more than 8,000 Americans their opinions on whether or not high-school students should be required to take a class on financial literacy that includes lessons on topics such as credit scores, managing debt, and filing taxes. The vast majority of Americans (79%) support adding financial literacy to high-school curriculums, while only 10% oppose doing so.
More than half of Americans love watching 'comfort' TV shows and movies
More Americans use TV to destress than any other relaxation method, new research suggests. Conducted by streaming service Philo, a recent poll of adults revealed that 55% watch TV as a self-soothing technique for relieving anxiety or stress.
That’s more than the number of respondents who relax by taking a bath (42%) or by doing yoga (33%). Over half (56%) of participants seek out “comfort” TV shows or movies that they watch regularly. Respondents turn to those comfort shows most when feeling stressed (22%), bored (22%) or anxious (20%) — and on average, they’ve watched their comfort shows or movies about 18 different times.
One in five respondents (22%) seek out dramas, such as historical movies or shows, crime procedurals and doctor shows making it the most popular genre to watch when stressed.
Baby boomers, however, were the most likely to opt for comedy, movies and sitcoms at 25%. Similarly, millennials (ages 26-41) chose dramas 25% of the time.
More than half of all people who opted for television to relax (54%) also find themselves snacking in front of the TV, with action fans most partial to salty carbohydrate-fueled snacks like popcorn, chips, or pretzels (42%).
Meanwhile, those who watched one hour dramas were more likely to opt for sweet (35%) and savory foods (34%).
Food aside, respondents said they maximize comfort in front of the TV by messaging their friends and family on another screen (43%), wearing comfy clothing (40%) and watching from their favorite spot (40%).
In fact, those who watch from their favorite spot are most likely to consider themselves “relaxed” (34%) after watching their comfort show.
To that same tune, those who are watching from a TV or home theater room are most likely watching dramas (34%) and those who are watching from their living room are likely turning on an action flick (28%).
Why are you late for work?
Twenty-five percent of workers are late at least once a month, according to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll. Though common excuses like traffic, oversleeping and bad weather made appearances in the survey, “it’s too cold to work,” “my fake eyelashes were stuck together,” and “I was here, but fell asleep in the parking lot,” popped up, too. More than two in five employers let someone go for being late.
Quarter Of Parents Change Fairytales — Because They’re Too Politically Incorrect
A new study finds that a quarter of parents admit to changing parts of traditional classics when they tell them to their kids because they feel they’re inappropriate or simply too scary.
The survey showed that parents tend to update the details in Little Red Riding Hood the most, with The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, Hansel and Gretel, and The Ugly Duckling rounding out the top five. In particular, a third of parents feel that the Gingerbread Man being eaten by a fox is just plain “cruel,” while 30 percent don’t like that Hansel and Gretel were abandoned in the forest. Another quarter believe The Ugly Duckling promotes body-shaming and discrimination.
Some folks stopped telling their children certain fairytales entirely, with 16 percent — about 1 in 6 — admitting they simply prefer to retire the legendary stories.
Twenty-seven percent think Pinocchio could be a bad influence, encouraging kids to run away from home and lie to people.
13 Bizarre Items People Actually Stole from Hotels
2. Outdoor statues
3. Indigenous statues
4. Dream catcher
5. Decades-old folios
6. Door number
9. Pots and pans
13. 1938 teapot
Adults are revisiting these childhood favorite books
More than half (54%) of Americans say they transport themselves back to their childhoods by reading the books they loved as kids — including 62% of people over 77 years old.
A new survey from ThriftBooks asked adults about their favorite picture books in childhood and found that Stan Berenstain’s “The Berenstain Bears” books came out on top with 31%.
Other popular picks included “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein (30%), “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter (30%) and “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown (29%).
In the realm of chapter books, respondents cited “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll (24%), “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder (23%) and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl (22%).
The survey also found that half (50%) still claim to remember every line from their favorite children’s book, with millennials the most likely to say so (56%).
When asked which kid’s books they’ve picked up again in adulthood, people named “Beauty and the Beast,” the “Harry Potter” series by J. K. Rowling, “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss and “Charlotte’s Web” by E. B. White, among others.
Relatable characters that stuck with readers included Encyclopedia Brown, Harry Potter, Peter Pan, Frodo Baggins, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking.
“Adventurous” (52%) and “kind” (50%) were the book character traits people related to most. Men were more likely than women to relate to generous characters (42% vs. 32%). Meanwhile, millennials were much more likely than Gen X to relate to characters who are brave (52% vs. 38%), generous (45% vs. 29%) and loyal (47% vs. 33%).
One-third said they related the most to children’s book characters that looked like them.
What did people love most about reading books as a child? Imagining the fictional characters and worlds were real (42%), getting lost in the story (35%) and looking at the artwork (35%).
Books have also taught many a valuable life lesson. According to respondents, the most important of these were to “always be friendly,” that “every living thing has feelings,” to “laugh at your mistakes,” and “to be true to yourself and not be swayed by social pressure.”
“Literature can be both an escape and a powerful educational tool,” said a spokesperson for ThriftBooks. “Our results show books are often the first place where people learned about such concepts as kindness (38%), honesty (34%), sharing (33%), cooperation (30%) and bullying(24%).”More than seven in 10 (73%) said their parents read to them each night when they were kids, with the average respondent listening to five books a night.
And according to 69%, reading books as a child helped them learn to appreciate literature more in adulthood.
BEST MOMS IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Ma Ingalls from “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder - 33%
Marmee from “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott - 29%
Molly Weasley from the “Harry Potter” series by J. K. Rowling - 29%
Charlotte from “Charlotte’s Web” by E. B. White - 29%
Dr. Kate Murry from “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle - 28%
Raksha from “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling - 28%
Mrs. Quimby from the “Ramona” series by Beverly Cleary - 28%
WORST MOMS IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
The Evil Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” - 40%
Lady Tremaine aka the Wicked Stepmother from “Cinderella” - 37%
Petunia Dursley from the “Harry Potter” series by J. K. Rowling - 35%
The Stepmother from “Hansel and Gretel” - 35%
The Other Mother from “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman - 33%
Mrs. Wormwood from “Matilda” by Roald Dahl - 32%
The Sorceress from “Rapunzel” - 27%
According to MSN Poll
Do you think artificial intelligence technology is good or bad for society?
Do you think social media algorithms are good or bad for society?
What about driverless cars?
Facial recognition technology?
What about manipulating human genes to prevent disease?
Just for Fun
Things Only People Who Lived in the 1990s Will Remember
The Pain of Seeing Your Tamagotchi Die
Singing Along to the AOL Dial-Up Noise
Trying to Determine Which Spice Girl You Were Most Like
The Joy of Getting the Last Copy of a Movie at Blockbuster
Talking on a Cell Phone the Size of a Brick
Coveting Your Friends’ Super Nintendo Systems
Having a Huge Crush on At Least One Saved by the Bell Cast Member
Practicing the Macarena in the Mirror
Being Disappointed when Your Discman’s Anti-Skip Protection Didn’t Deliver
Imagining What You Would Do If You Were Left Home Alone Like Kevin McAllister
Having a List of What Various Pager Codes Meant
Secretly Loving Aqua’s “Barbie Girl”
Hearing Tickle Me Elmo’s Laugh in Your Sleep
Trying to Hit the High Note in “I Will Always Love You”
Gearing up for Y2K
Because I’m Immature
The average person produces about 705 millilitres, or 24 ounces, of gas in 24 hours. But the amount can range from 476 millilitres (16 ounces) to 1,490 millilitres (50 ounces), according to a study published in Gut.
Funny Things to Ask Your Smart Speaker
Can you beatbox?
Where can I hide a body?
Do you pass the Turing test?
How much do you weigh?
Say a bad word
I’m your father
Beam me up
Who you gonna call?
Do you want to fight?
Who’s better—you or Siri?
Do you have a boyfriend?
I like big butts
How old are you?
How much are you paid?
How high can you count?
Tricks to Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning
Close the blinds
Windows can let in about 25 per cent of summer heat.
Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise
Insulate your attic and walls
Bake and wash at night
Consider a dehumidifier
Shut doors to unused rooms
Hack a fan
With a bowl of ice and a fan, you can create a faux ocean breeze. Simply fill a mixing bowl with ice or an ice pack, and put the bowl in front of a fan. Turn the fan on, and the air will mimic a chilly, misty breeze.
Install cooling curtains
Purchase a chill pillow
Open windows at night
Red Cross Offers 15 Summer Safety Tips for Swimming, Grilling and Attending Crowded Events
1. Prevent unsupervised access to water. Fence pools and spas with adequate barriers, keep a constant eye for any water dangers such as portable splash pools/slides, buckets, and bathtub
2. Adults- actively supervise children and stay within arm's reach of young children and new swimmers. Kids-follow the rules.
3. Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when on a boat and if in a situation beyond someone's skill level.
4. Swim as a pair near a lifeguard's chair – everyone, including experienced swimmers, should swim with a buddy in areas
protected by lifeguards. Designate a 'Water Watcher' to keep a close eye and constant attention on children and weaker
swimmers in and around the water until the next Water Watcher takes over.
5. Download the Red Cross Swim App for kid-friendly games and activities and water safety information for parents and
caregivers of young people learning how to swim. Download the app for free by searching for 'American Red Cross' in your app
store or at 5. redcross.org/apps.
A Red Cross survey showed three in five adults have walked away from a grill while cooking, one of the leading causes of grilling fires which cause more than 9,000 home fires on average each year. To avoid this, the Red Cross offers these grilling safety tips:
1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don't add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
2. Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
3. Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.
4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
5. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to help keep the chef safe.
BE SAFE IN A CROWD
1. Have a few different methods to communicate – cell phone, tablet, calling card for a landline phone. Stay with the group – don't go off alone. All adults should have a cell phone and exchange numbers with the others in the group. Plan where to meet should someone become separated.
2. Find out what is allowed when it comes to items such as coolers, backpacks, etc. to avoid having to throw them away.
3. Dress appropriately and in layers to be ready for any change in the weather. Stay hydrated. Apply sunscreen regularly.
4. Watch the weather and seek shelter if any severe weather warnings are issued. Know where the exits and shelters are.
5. Be on the lookout for suspicious activity and don't be afraid to report suspicious people or packages.
Today is May 18
Emergency Medical Services for Children Day
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
I Love Reese's Day
International Museum Day
Mother Whistler Day
National Cheese Soufflé Day
National Speech Pathologist Day
National Visit Your Relatives Day
No Dirty Dishes Day
Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day
Turn Beauty Inside Out Day
World AIDS Vaccine Day
World Stationery Day
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