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Bored on a Monday?  Going to the web and checking all the usual stuff, Email, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter but wondering what else might be out there?  More, I need more, give me more.  This was my plight and I found this side that helped me out a little, maybe not a complete earth shaker but took up some time and I found some great places to go to have some fun and be entertained (isn’t that one of the biggest reasons for the web?)  This is the link, hope you enjoy.

http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/weirdwebculture/tp/The-Most-Addictive-Websites-of-2012.htm

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The following article is taken from Forbes.com and also now on Yahoo.com

I read it and it didn’t give me much insight about why the sexes choose the cars that they do except that the men choose pick up trucks for the storage and ruggedness. I noticed the cars men choose are Porsche’s and Hummers, pretty cool cars and the women choose Saturn’s and Hyundai’s….boring. What about the other cars…Mercede’s, BMV, Audi’s, Toyota? Didn’t list any of these popular cars. I wonder if a survey was done or they just spoke with a few dealers regarding which cars are more bought. If I were rich I would go out and buy a sports car today just to show not only men are the ones who like them. I would rather see an article listing the 10 most bought cars, which sex bought them and why? (Interviews with each sex and what appeals to them about that car). I am certainly not running out to my Hyundai dealer because this article suggests that more women buy them. There also was no mention of Hybrid cars, SUV’s. I think this article is lacking in information. Let me know what you think?

Most Popular Cars For Men And Women
Want a ”manly” car? Opt for a pickup. Feeling like a more feminine set of wheels? Go visit your local Saturn, Honda or Volkswagen dealer.
By Peter Hoy
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To buy the Chevy Silverado heavy-duty pickup, some might argue that in addition to the $22,225 sticker price, you also need a Y chromosome. That’s because 93% of the truck’s buyers are men. In fact, males own about nine out of 10 heavy-duty pickup trucks on the road, according to findings by AutoPacific, a market research firm focused on the auto industry.

Womens’ tastes run a little more refined. AutoPacific found that female buyers most often choose models by Saturn, Honda and Volkswagen.

What gives? Though car companies typically avoid making gender-specific vehicles, says Jim Hossick, vice president and senior consultant at AutoPacific, “some cars are more masculine or feminine by nature.”

The market’s male-friendly cars include the Ford F-350 and the Dodge Ram, of which men own 93% and 89%, respectively. Chrysler spokesperson Dan Bodene says it is a combination of marketing and design that has created such disproportionate numbers.

The “Built Ford Tough” tag line, for example, can be heard during commercial breaks in NFL games, and other ads for the beefy F-Series feature burly men in cowboy hats.

“It depends on the model, but the Ram tends to be used by guys who need the capability, either as heads of households hauling a lot of stuff, or on job sites in male-dominated professions,” says Bodene. Consequently, door handles need to be large enough for a man’s gloved hand, and seats need to be able to move far enough away from the steering wheel to accommodate larger bodies–the average American man is five and half inches taller and 27 pounds heavier than the average woman.

But it’s an equal-opportunity marketplace, and carmakers try to design vehicles–even heavy-duty pickups–that won’t discourage any potential buyers. Tailgates must be light enough for all types of people to lift, and seatbelts must be comfortable for male and female body types.
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While AutoPacific’s data shows brands such as Hummer, Dodge, Porsche and GMC are most popular among men, models produced by Saturn, Honda, Volkswagen and Hyundai are the biggest hits with female drivers.

An estimated 65% of Volkswagen Beetle Convertible buyers are female. The New Beetle, with a 5-cylinder engine, is nearing a decade of production; the soft-top model came on the market in 2003.

VW spokesperson Keith Price acknowledges the New Beetle is purchased and driven more by females, but says it was not a result of designers trying to make a women’s car.

“It happened more organically,” says Price, explaining that the car was initially launched to have dual appeal. After the New Beetle had been out for a few years, and sales data started piling up, VW marketers then found ways to benefit from its popularity among women–stylish designs cues and more feminine colors such as “gecko green” and “sunflower yellow.”

“The female appeal of the car is one of the things that has sustained it over the years without a great deal of aesthetic change,” says Price, “but VW does absolutely not consider it ‘a woman’s car.'”
All Show and No Go
In fact, the notion of a “female” automobile has become long outdated.

“People who have tried to make a vehicle that is female-centric have failed,” says Hossick. “Women might buy a ‘man’s’ vehicle, but men won’t buy a ‘women’s’ car.”

The most famous attempt was the Dodge LaFemme, dreamt up by marketers trying to capitalize on the growing interest in automobile ownership among women in the early 1950s. The car sported pink upholstery patterned with rosebuds and came with a matching purse, raincoat and umbrella. It was outfitted with lipstick holders and painted a new shade, dubbed Heather Rose.

Hyundai Tucson

Dodge gave it a 218-Hp V8 engine–a lot more muscle than today’s top sellers among women, like the 140-Hp Hyundai Tucson–but the LaFemme only made it through two years of production, with sales estimated around 2,500.

“Women were generally offended by it, and men wouldn’t touch it with a stick,” says Hossick. “If you can’t sell a car to boys and you can’t sell it to girls, then the market is going to be pretty small.”

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This story cracks me up. A potheads dream. I can’t help but wonder who threw this out and why? Were they fleeing a crime scene and didn’t want to get pulled over? Was it like in a comedy, some high school kids going to a party with there bags of weed, they hear a police siren and are scared, they pull over, and throw the bags in the brush, and start to drive off, only to realize the police are on the other side of the highway. Or did the bags just fly out of a pick up truck and some stoned person out there is saying dude, I don’t know what happened, one minute they were there and now they are gone, like what happened? All kidding aside, someone lost some serious money if they were going to sell this or someone’s party needed much less munchies.

Here is the story from Yahoonews.com

Dude,didn’t we have 60 lbs of Pot?

TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol says anyone missing two big bags of pot can call their Tampa area office. A crew picking up litter from along Interstate 4 near Tuesday morning made an unusual find: two big plastic garbage bags stuffed with freshly harvested marijuana.

FHP Trooper Larry Coggins says the 60 pounds of pot might be worth around $54,000 on the street. It probably fell off or was thrown from a car on the interstate.

The plants appeared freshly picked and some had intact roots.

Coggins says it’s not the largest amount of pot ever dumped along a roadside, but it’s certainly not a common find.

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Each year Christmas commercials start earlier and earlier. This year they started in the beginning of October. I couldn’t believe it. It was August and the department stores already had Christmas ornaments and such for sale. I am not anti-Christmas but I have begun to wonder what are we really celebrating and why? Christianity tells us it is about the birth of Christ. When I was a child I was told that the reason we bought gifts for others is because God gave us his greatest gift, his son and we give gifts to others to symbolize this. Then as I got older and started to learn more, I was told Christ wasn’t even born in December, he was born in the summertime and the whole reason we have it at Christmas time is because it goes well with winter solistice and the whole winter theme. Either way, (whether Christ was or wasn’t born in December), I find myself wondering what is all this gift buying all about. I like celebrating, it is fun, I like getting together with those I care about and laughing and being with them but does this have to be the only day we get gifts for those we love. Why not have a random day in the year where we just buy someone something and give it to them to tell them hey I appreciate you and love who you are.
Adbusters started a campaign in 1992, The Buy Nothing Christmas Day. This has got me thinking even more now, after seeing this commercial (see below). I personal love getting what I call home made or memory made gifts. An example of this is in 2001 my parents put together a picture collage of me from birth to that time, with little captions underneath of my life from there viewpoint. This was incredible touching to me and when I look at it, I think they put there heart and soul into this instead of just going out and buying any old thing. This I will have for the rest of my life. My father passed away in 2003 so it means even more to me now. Do we have to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars to express our love and gratitude or is it enough to do something from the heart or like my friend Charlene and her husband Dave do every year, take the money they would put into gifts and they buy gifts for Toys for Tots and then they bake yummy goodies for families and friends. I am not sure if I will be able to buy Christmas gifts this year because I haven’t been working for 2 months but I’d like to think that the people who love me, love me whether I give them a gift or not.

Below is the Adbusters commercials for Buy Nothing Day and also comments from adbusters.com

Buy Nothing Christmas is not really about refusing to spend a dime over the holiday season. It’s about taking a deep breath and deciding to opt out of the hype‚ the overcrowded malls‚ and the stressful to–do lists. It’s about reminding ourselves to really think about what we are buying‚ why we are buying it‚ and whether we really need it at all.

Thoughts

Every christmas makes less and less sense to me. you spend money you don’t have, to buy gifts a person does not want. i have a closet full of stuff i do not want that people have bought me. yet, when i am in need of money for something, no one is to be found. it is asked, what do i buy the person who has everything, and yet, there are so many people without, and no one dares ask, what should we buy them. it’s amazing we are so willing to spend on each other, but forget those who are in need.
joshua, philly

I asked for less. I will never forget the day that I read this in adbusters asking for less. Christmas is hard for a young person to stay sane and stay reminded of the real meaning of holidays. I have felt polluted for far to long. My words of wisdom for the holidays are to be conscious of everything you do in each step you take everyday.
Cheryl Mann, Syracuse, NY

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Once upon a time I had major cable television and when I did I used to watch Inside the Actors Studio. Recently James Lipton wrote a book called Inside, Inside. I saw him in an interview and it was pretty interesting and he was aske the 10 Questions he always asks his guest on Inside the Actors Studio at the end of the show. Hmm, I thought, what are my answers to this and I wonder what other people’s answers are? So here are the 10 questions (compiled by Bernard Pivot and revised by James Lipton) with my answers.

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1. What is your favorite word?

“Versatile or Versatility”

2. What is your least favorite word?

“Should”

3. What turns you on?

Creativity

4. What turns you off?

Judgemental, you have to live your life this way type people

5. What is your favorite curse word?

“Mother Fucker”

6. What sound or noise do you love?

Walking on gravel

7. What sound or noise do you hate?

Scratching nails on a chalk board ( Iknow typical but I hate that noise, ick).

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Well I am unemployed at the moment but when I am working I am an Executive Asssistant. So Professional Painter/writer.

9. What profession would you not like to attempt?

Waitressing (I’d probably drop food all over the customers…yikes)

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Welcome, your dad has been waiting a long time to see you, come on in.

Okay, now it is your turn, I would love to hear your 10 answers…Come on have some fun.

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Halloween is approaching, one of the most fun days of the year. In honor of it, I thought I would compile 10 Halloween facts/information for amusement. I had a good time digging these up and hope you enjoy reading them.

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1. The carving of jack-o’-lanterns originated from the tradition of carving the faces of lost souls into hollowed out pumpkins and turnips. A candle was placed inside the carvings making the faces glow. The Halloween lanterns were placed on doorsteps to ward off evil spirits.

2. Trick-or-treating is thought to have its origins in a European custom called souling where people would beg for “soul cakes.”

3. Legendary magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit from a ruptured appendix on Halloween in 1926.

4. A pumpkin is really a squash, and comes from the same family as the cucumber.

5. More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces – enough to circle the moon nearly 4 times if laid end-to-end.

6. In Ireland, kids enjoy fireworks and bonfires.  They also have salt sprinkled in their hair to scare off Halloween spirits.

7. Instead of saying “Trick or Treat!” kids in Scotland say, “The sky is blue, the grass is green, may we have our Halloween?”

8. On Halloween, Irish peasants would beg the rich for food. For those that refused, they would play a practical joke. So, in an effort to avoid being tricked, the rich would hand out cookies, candy, and fruit – a practice that morphed into trick-or-treating today.

9. It is a Halloween Superstition if a candle suddenly goes out by itself on Halloween, as though by breath or wind, it is believed that a ghost has come to call.

10. A majority of us, 48 percent, believe in ghosts.

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