December 15, 2011 by Brian Anthony Hernandez
The average British person is under the influence of alcohol in three-quarters of of his or her tagged Facebook photos, according to a new study.
Researchers asked British people to reveal how many Facebook pictures showed themselves drinking alcohol or were taken after consuming alcohol. They estimate 76% of their photographs had some connection with alcohol.
“We’re all guilty of going out and having a good time, but nowadays the photos inevitably catch up with us online, so we wanted to look at how much these photos dominate our presence on social media sites,” says Rebecca Huggler, co-founder of MyMemory, which conducted the study. READ MORE HERE
Embattled New Canaan Football Coaches Resign
NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Three New Canaan Youth Football League coaches have resigned in the wake of charges that they supervised the burning of third-place trophies and practiced in unsafe conditions. The allegations against the Black team coaches came in an anonymous letter from the parent of an eighth-grade player.
The coaches, Rod Fox, David Jahns and Jay Pirrone, resigned from the New Canaan football executive board. They also sent a letter to the players and parents apologizing for the burning of the trophies. The Fairfield County Football Leagueand the new executive committee of New Canaan Youth Football are conducting independent investigations into the behavior of the coaches. The New Canaan police department also investigated without filing charges.
New Canaan Black was one of the most successful teams in the Fairfield County Football League entering this season. It finished 9-0 in 2010, and shared the league championship with New Canaan Red. This season the team went 7-2-1 and lost in the semifinals of the league playoffs. READ MORE HERE
Handful of holiday party missteps prompt thoughts of resignation
This holiday season, don't let karaoke come between you and your paycheque.
A new survey of single Canadians finds one in 10 people would consider quitting their job if they embarrassed themselves singing at the company Christmas party. Eighteen per cent said they'd hit the help-wanted ads if they kissed their boss at the bash, while a similar proportion (19 per cent) said alcohol-induced vomiting would signal the end of their employment.
There was even a handful — four per cent — who said they couldn't face their co-workers again if they indulged in some bad dancing.
"I thought at a Christmas party all bets would be off and everyone would forgive (misdeeds) the next day. But it seems it depends on one's own internalization of things," said Jane Barrett, marketing director for dating site Zoosk.com, which conducted the poll. READ MORE HERE
Eighth Annual Farmers Insurance Study Ranks the Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S.
Pittsburgh rated country's most secure large metropolitan area
The Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, Wash., area is the most secure mid-size U.S. city (population between 150,000 and 500,000), while Ithaca, N.Y., ranks as the most secure small town (population less than 150,000).
The rankings, compiled by database experts at www.bestplaces.net, took into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, terrorist threats, environmental hazards, life expectancy, mortality rates from cancer and motor vehicle accidents, and job loss numbers in 379 U.S. municipalities. The study divided the communities into three groups: large metropolitan areas, mid-size cities and small towns.
"Farmers congratulates all of the communities represented in the Farmers Secure Places to Live Survey," stated Jeff Dailey, President and Chief Operating Officer of Farmers Insurance Group. READ MORE HERE
Woman's breast implant disappears during Pilates
By Melissa Dahl
There's really no other way to put this: During a Pilates stretching exercise, a 59-year-old woman said her body "swallowed" one of her breast implants. Sounds like something we just made up, but the woman's case is the subject of an unbelievable report, just published online in the latest New England Journal of Medicine.
The woman was a breast cancer survivor who'd had a double mastectomy, and afterward had gotten breast implants. During a Pilates routine, she was doing a Valsalva maneuver, a breathing technique in which a person takes a deep breath and holds it while bearing down. (In other words, you're going through the motions of exhaling forcibly, but without letting any air escaping through the mouth or nose.) READ MORE HERE
Hairy limbs keep bed bugs at bay
Hungry bugs placed on shaved arms were more likely to try to feed compared with those on unshaved arms, the journal Biology Letters reported.
Researchers say the hair slows down the bed bugs and warns the victim.
Pest controllers say the UK is currently experiencing a steep rise in the number of bed bug infestations.
Prof Michael Siva-Jothy, from Sheffield University's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, recruited 29 brave volunteers to test the theory further, watching the bedbugs as they found a place to feed and removing them only as they were about to bite.
He found that more layers of both longer visible hairs and finer, "vellus" hairs near the surface appeared to work as a deterrent to the insects, with the finer hairs also acting as an early warning system. READ MORE HERE
Colombian man tries to smuggle in illegals disguised as cheerleading squad
At least one Colombian man has nothing to cheer about today.
Duastin Salazar, 28, pleaded guilty to visa fraud charges after trying to smuggle 16 people into the U.S. posing as a cheerleading squad, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced Thursday.
“By posing as cheerleaders, these defendants believed they could evade law enforcement and unlawfully enter the United States,” said Mike Shea, acting special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Miami. “To protect the homeland, we continually evaluate areas where criminal organizations may attempt to exploit our systems and processes to deny them access.”
The stunt was executed on September 30 as the group tried to enter Miami International Airport from a flight originating in Cali, Colombia. According to ICE, the group had fraudulent documents permitting them to enter U.S. to attend a cheerleading competition in South Florida.
PHOTO of The Day
Earlier this week, police in Santa Cruz, Bolivia seized 450 pounds of cocaine when drug smugglers caught their eye . . . because they'd wrapped the bricks of coke in NAZI FLAGS WITH SWASTIKAS.
There's no word on who the smugglers were, or where the cocaine was going.