Today Is September 10
Blame It on the Large Hadron Collider Day
International Creepy Boston Dynamics Robotic Horse Day
International Make-Up Day
National Hot Dog Day
National Swap Ideas Day
R U OK Day (Australia)
Sew Be It Day
TV Dinner Day
World Suicide Prevention Day
The term TV dinner, or more accurately "TV Brand Frozen Dinner," has been a registered trademark to C.A. Swanson & Sons since 1954. According to a 2012 report by AMG Strategic Advisors, TV dinners have entered 99% of American households over the seven decades.
1. Three parties claim to be the inventors.
Although Swanson has been credited with inventing TV dinners by the American Frozen Food Institute, the first frozen meal was manufactured in 1945 by Maxson Food Systems, Inc. Known as "Strato-Plates," the meals were reheated on airplanes for military and civilian passengers. However, they were never sold on the retail market.
Four years later, Albert and Meyer Bernstein created Frozen Dinners, Inc., which packaged frozen dinners on aluminum trays with three compartments and sold them under the One-Eyed Eskimo label. In 1952, after selling more than 400,000 dinners, the Bernstein brothers formed the Quaker State Food Corporation. Then in 1954, Swanson, a nationally-recognized brand name, developed its own frozen dinners, strategically advertising them as "TV dinners."
2. Swanson's first TV dinner was a Thanksgiving feast.
Consumers were treated to turkey, sweet potatoes, peas, and cornbread dressing all for 98 cents. The original tray was made of aluminum with items nestled in separate compartments. Meals had to be heated in the oven for about 25 minutes until microwave oven-safe trays were marketed in 1986.
3. The original tray was inducted into the Museum of American History.
In the same year as the debut of the microwave tray, Swanson's aluminum tray was inducted into the Smithsonian Institution. Yup, right next to Benjamin Franklin's cane, Indiana Jones' hat, and Dorothy's ruby slippers, lies a tray that once held mushy Salisbury steak.
4. "Mean" Joe Greene was Hungry-Man's first spokesman.
You might remember the legendary defensive lineman's Coca-Cola commercial where he tells his biggest fan, "Hey kid, catch!" What you might not remember is the former Pittsburgh Steeler's commercial in the 1980s promoting Swanson's new Hungry-Man platter: an extra large frozen platter with an emphasis on the extra meat.
5. Technically, they haven't been called "TV dinners" in more than 50 years!
Swanson removed the catchy phrase from packaging in 1962, but Americans refuse to acknowledge the revolutionary meal as anything but the comforting, pull out a folding tray, Jeopardy! is on in three minutes, TV dinner.
In a study published in the 2008 issue of Perception, researchers discovered that men found women more attractive during cooler months than warmer ones, likely due to the "contrast effect." This theory holds that since men see more of women's bodies during the warmer months of the year, it takes less stimuli to catch their attention once the weather causes them to start layering up.
Q: 21% of us will lose this at least once this year. What is it?
A: A credit/debit card!
Food For Thought
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. – W. P. Kinsella
John Lennon was so annoyed by people who "read in" to Beatles' songs, searching for hidden meanings, he purposely began writing nonsense lyrics to confuse them. Like "the walrus was Paul."
Fall is the perfect time to sit down with a hot bowl of soup. So many people enjoy broths, bisques, and hearty stews, that by the year 2025, it's forecasted that the soup industry in the United States will be valued at $7.7 billion dollars.
According to a 2020 study published in The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, homes with greater curb appeal typically sell for 7 percent more than their less-manicured counterparts—and for up to 14 percent more in areas with more housing inventory. According to home design and styling expert Adele Beiny, there's one easy way to boost your curb appeal in no time: upgrade your mailbox.
Sure Ya Can!!! In 2022
Who needs the shore when you’ve got a pool? Homeowners spent the summer shelling out for pools and hot tubs. Problem is, given the crush of demand, they may not get to enjoy them anytime soon. One pool saleswoman in Illinois recently told a client she’d have to wait until spring … 2022.
Your guide to the fall 2020 TV premiere dates
AMC announced on Wednesday that its flagship series The Walking Dead, will be coming to an end following an expanded, two-year 11th season. The final season will span 24 episodes. Season 10 is receiving six extra episodes in early 2021, which means that 30 episodes are left of the zombie drama. The Walking Dead, based on the comic book series of the same name from creator Robert Kirkman, was first launched in 2010. AMC has also ordered a spinoff series that will focus on star Norman Reedus' Daryl and Melissa McBride's Carol that will premiere in 2023
Hilaria Baldwin is a mom of five. Baldwin, 36, welcomed her fifth child, a son, with her husband, actor Alec Baldwin, 62, on Tuesday. Baldwin shared the news Wednesday on Instagram alongside a photo of herself with Alec Baldwin and their baby boy.
"We had a baby last night. He is perfect and we couldn't be happier. Stay tuned for a name," she captioned the post.
Alec Baldwin's brother Billy Baldwin, actor Mario Lopez, journalist Katie Couric and actress Jaimie Alexander were among those to congratulate the couple in the comments.
Family sent to quarantine in luxury hotel: 'We hit the jackpot'
One mom lucked out when she and her toddler were sent to quarantine in a Ritz-Carlton hotel upon arriving in Singapore, in accordance with the country’s 14-day isolation orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. Joy Van Dee recently arrived on the island from Amsterdam, and was shocked to be shuttled to the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore for the government-mandated quarantine, The woman and her baby son stuck out the two weeks in a cushy 549-square-foot room with river views. They were sent at random to the five-star hotel for Singapore’s “quarantine lottery.” Most travelers have to cough up about $1,600 per person per hotel room and COVID-19 test for the 14-day quarantine. The swanky stay that Van Dee and her son enjoyed, however, is reportedly valued at an even prettier penny; the cheapest room offered at the hotel for two weeks in early October is priced at almost $5,850 with taxes and fees.
Dentists Are Seeing an Epidemic of Cracked Teeth.
When Tammy Chen reopened her dental practice in early June, the tooth fractures started coming in: at least one a day, every single day since she’s been in the office. She has seen more tooth fractures in the last six weeks than in the previous six years
What’s going on? Her Answer:
One obvious answer is stress. From Covid-induced nightmares to “doomsurfing” to “coronaphobia,” it’s no secret that pandemic-related anxiety is affecting our collective mental health. That stress, in turn, leads to clenching and grinding, which can damage the teeth.
Americans are suddenly working from home, often wherever they can cobble together a makeshift workstation: on the sofa, perched on a barstool, tucked into a corner of the kitchen counter. The awkward body positions that ensue can cause us to hunch our shoulders forward, curving the spine into something resembling a C-shape.
If you’re wondering why a dentist cares about ergonomics, the simple truth is that nerves in your neck and shoulder muscles lead into the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, which connects the jawbone to the skull. Poor posture during the day can translate into a grinding problem at night.
Second, most of us aren’t getting the restorative sleep we need. Since the onset of the pandemic, I’ve listened to patient after patient describe sudden restlessness and insomnia. These are hallmarks of an overactive or dominant sympathetic nervous system, which drives the body’s “fight or flight” response.
Tammy Chen/NY Times
Tammy Chen is a prosthodontist and the owner of Central Park Dental Aesthetics in Midtown Manhattan.
The Toxic Male
Sociologists in a recent study analyzed whether hegemonic ideals of masculinity, or toxic masculinity, can cause social isolation in older men. The research shows this mentality can lead to problems with health, well-being, and general happiness.
Toxic masculinity comes in many forms, but most social scientists identify it as attitudes and beliefs that create unrealistic and non-inclusive ideals of what being a “real man” is. They add the belief that men have to be strong, tough, and independent is detrimental to men’s social lives later in life.
The Study says “When we age, there are certain ways that we can ensure we maintain our health and well-being. Having people with whom we can talk about personal matters is a form of social support. If people only have one person that they can share information with, or sometimes even no people, they don’t really have an opportunity to reflect and share. When serious problems arise, such as health or financial issues, people who don’t have anyone to help them or simply to share their problems with are more susceptible to mental health problems.”
The Single Biggest Regret People Have in Their 40s, Study Says
You may tell yourself you have no regrets, but it's all too human to wonder if you've really lived your best life. Could things have turned out better with a different set of decisions? What if you had taken that job? Or confessed your love? What if you'd packed up your life and moved abroad? What if, what if, what if? Now, a study published by the American Psychological Association has examined this very question, probing people's most common regrets to identify the ones we're most likely to look back on unfavorably. As it turns out, the majority of people in their 40s regretted one thing: instances of not being true to themselves.
Researchers have discovered the secret ingredient to high achievement: your partner
Choose your partner carefully: The person you live with will deeply impact your future goals and achievements. This is the finding of a study at the University of Basel, where over the course of a year, researchers twice assessed the daily goals of long-term couples for two weeks. The researchers found that over time, partners share both the same avoidance goals and achievement goals. For example, if one partner sought personal growth or meaningful experiences, so too did the other; if one partner avoided conflicts or stress, so too did the other.
13 Things That Always Go on Sale in September
2. Summer plants
3. Halloween costumes and decorations
4. Work from home gear
5. School supplies
9. Patio furniture
12. Maternity clothes
Now you can own a piece of David Beckham’s e-sports business
Former soccer superstar David Beckham’s e-sports business is going public. Guild Esports will float 40% of its shares via a London Stock Exchange listing. Doing so will raise £20 million, which is a little less than $26 million—cash the company will use to invest in the business and to hire 20 pro players by the end of 2021. Guild teams will play in four popular games: Fortnite, CS: Go, Rocket League, and Fifa. E-sports is a rapidly growing form of entertainment, not just for players but for spectators. Close to 500 million people around the world watch it, generating almost $1 billion in revenues in 2019, according to the e-sports analytics and market research company Newzoo. Beckham has been president of the Major League Soccer club Inter Miami CF since 2018.
Stats:Take A BREAK
A study found 46 per cent of those polled find their job is simply too busy to take time out of their day to rejuvenate, whereas 15 per cent get so side-tracked they FORGET to take a break or lunch break.
Another 13 per cent claimed the culture of their workplace makes them feel as though they shouldn’t have a break, with one in 10 even feeling guilty for having some time to themselves.
37 per cent said they don’t know what to do with their time so they just don’t bother to take a lunch break.
And nearly one in 10 don’t have the right tools at their disposal if they were to do more enjoyable activities, such as playing games on a laptop or headphones to listen to music in peace.
People would prefer to spend their downtime with things like watching episodes of their favourite series, playing computer games and even getting creative by painting, drawing or making music on a device.
43 per cent will usually spend their allocated break time at their desk or work area, with just a fifth stepping away to chill in the designated break area.
As a result, seven in 10 confessed to checking work emails or taking calls during their lunch time, rather than enjoying themselves.
But although the average worker is allowed as long as 40 minutes to take a break from work, employees are only taking a third of this time with less than a quarter of an hour a day spent taking a rest.
A third would like to be able to spend more time stretching their legs and going for a walk during this time, while a fifth want to listen to music more often.
And to give them something to do, more than a fifth would also happily attend a virtual event or seminar during their break, all from the comfort of their own home.
According to MSN Poll:Footprints
Have you tried any of these unusual foods?
87%None of these
Have you tried growing your own produce?
13%Yes, I do year-round
45%Yes, but just for fun
12%I tried and failed
30%No, that's what grocery stores are for
Have you considered adding any of these to your home?
3%Convert lawn to native plants
11%All of these
54%None of these
To reduce consumption would you try...
43%None of these
How big is your carbon footprint?
4%I don't leave one
41%I don't know
Stop scratching that itch! Rubbing is best way to achieve itch-relief
If you have an itch you just can’t seem to scratch away, a new study has some helpful advice: rub, don’t scratch! Research just published by the Society for Neuroscience finds that rubbing one’s skin activates an “anti-itch pathway” within the spinal cord. So, not only is rubbing better for your skin, it’s also a more efficient way of attaining elusive itch relief. The natural first reaction to an itch is to immediately start scratching. But, scratching can be quite harmful to the skin, and especially damaging for sensitive bodily areas. All that, combined with these new findings, make a compelling argument to stop scratching altogether.
This Is the Absolute Worst Time to Shop at Walmart, Employees Say
if you want to head to the store when you won't run into crowds of fellow customers—to avoid both a headache and coronavirus—then there's a certain time of day you'll want to stay away from the store at all costs. According to employees, the best time to shop at Walmart is anytime before noon on a weekday and the worst is anytime after lunch.
Did You Know?
Catching a falling leaf can bring you good luck.
All those falling leaves don't just look beautiful, they may also bring you good luck. That is, if you're a superstitious person. According to The Encyclopedia of Superstitions, there's a popular belief that "as many falling leaves as can be caught in the hand in autumn, so many happy months will follow." Children's author Alison Uttley writes in her memoir A Year in the Country, "We try to catch a dancing leaf, for every leaf caught is a 'happy day.'" Whatever the actual timeline, we could all use a little bit more luck.
Best of Luck
The fall is when birth rates are at their highest, so you can expect to see an increase in newborn baby pics filling your feed. But according to Facebook's own data, it's also the time of year when a higher number of singles update their status to "in a relationship" or "engaged" compared to the yearly average.
Drawing on a massive study from Bristol University on the health development of more than 14,000 children born during the 1990s, researchers reported in the British Medical Journal that children delivered in the autumn and winter months were nine percent more active than the average. The study's lead author suggested to The Guardian that the timing may relate to when autumn-born children begin school: "If you're born later in the school year, you're likely to be smaller than your peers and that could disadvantage you in sports and other activities, such as playing," Calum Mattocks said.
If you were born in the fall, you have a better chance of celebrating your 100th birthday than those who were born in any other season. In a 2011 study published in the Journal of Aging Research, researchers analyzed the birth months of 1,574 American centenarians and compared them to the birth months of their shorter-lived siblings. The data showed that people born between September and November were more likely to become centenarians.
The good news is a proportionately high number of us have a chance of making it to the big 1-0-0 because September is the most common birth month. Specifically, September 9th is the most common birthday for those born between 1994 and 2014. For people born between 1973 and 1999, the most common birthday is September 16th, according to The New York Times.
Things of Interest
Home-schooling ... at Disney World?
With millions of kids going to school remotely this fall, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort has a proposition for parents: take a “schoolcation.” The luxury resort is offering supervised schoolwork sessions to guests with physical distancing between desks, small “class” sizes and recess trips to Disney World. It’s just one of the ways hotels are getting creative to lure back customers amid the pandemic, in addition to new work-from-home amenities and housing options for college students.
Another dilemma for working parents
As schools begin to reopen across Canada, many parents are facing a difficult choice: they can either return to the office and risk sending their children back to classrooms, or take an unpaid leave of absence to keep their kids at home amid the pandemic. Remote work flexibility is running out as businesses grapple with the turbulent economy. More firms are looking to bring employees back to the workplace, to the dismay of working parents who feel they’re being forced to choose between protecting their children’s safety and maintaining financial stability.
Why Is the Moon Rusting?
Blame the neighbors. A new study in scientific journal Science Advances has found that hematite, a type of iron oxide, has formed on the moon. To create rust, you need both water and oxygen, and while the moon is known to have small quantities of the former, there’s very little of the latter. But the study found that oxygen is likely hopping from Earth’s upper atmosphere to the moon, raising questions about whether this could happen to nearby asteroids. Shuai Li, the lead author on the study, believes this process has been happening on the moon for billions of years.
Yahtzee, Baby Nancy, My Little Pony up for Toy Hall of Fame
Breyer Horses and My Little Pony are neck-and-neck in the race to the U.S. National Toy Hall of Fame, making the list of 12 finalists for the Class of 2020, announced Wednesday. Baby Nancy, an ethnically correct Black doll unlike those produced before her debut in 1968, is also up for the honour. The games Risk, Sorry, Yahtzee, bingo and Jenga also made the list, which is rounded out by Lite-Brite, Masters of the Universe, sidewalk chalk and the 1990s virtual pet, Tamagotchi.
Three of the finalists will be inducted into the hall Nov. 5.
People Are Sharing Examples Of How Men Apologize And It's Hitting Home
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Remember Freedom Day
Stand up to Cancer Day
Women's Baseball Day
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