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  • The New $100 Bill

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Remember when our money used to just be green?  These days our $5 bills are covered in purple, our 10s are covered in red, our 20s are in blue, and no one really has 50s anymore so I don't remember what color they use.

    And now, our $100 bills are about to be covered in GOLD.

    The Federal Reserve just released the first images of the brand new $100 bills, which will go into circulation this October.

    They've still got BEN FRANKLIN on the front.  But now there's a light gold quill and a shiny gold inkwell next to him.  The bottom-right "100" on the front is also embossed in gold.

    And on the back, the bill looks TOTALLY different.  A gold-colored "100" runs along the entire right side.  The bill also has a blue, 3-D security strip across the front.

    The changes aren't JUST to make the bills look more ostentatious . . . they're also supposed to help cut down on counterfeiting.  The $100 bill is one of the most counterfeited bills in the world.

    This is only the fourth design for the $100 bill . . . but three of those redesigns have happened in the past 20 years as counterfeiters have gotten more technologically advanced.


    We're not used to carrying these in our wallets anymore, but what do you think of the new $100 bill?

  • 6 Everyday Things You Might Be Doing Wrong

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    If you think you've got this whole life thing figured out, here's a list that might change your mind.  Check out six everyday things you might be doing wrong.


    1.  Putting Leftovers Directly in the Fridge.  You especially shouldn't do it if it's something big, like leftover ham that hasn't been cut up.

    When you put hot food directly into a refrigerator, the outside gets cold before the middle does, which can lead to food poisoning.  So it's better to let it cool on the counter for up to an hour, THEN put it in the fridge.


    2.  Picking Up Your Prescriptions at a Pharmacy Drive-Thru.  According to an Ohio State University survey of more than 400 pharmacists, a mistake with your prescription is more likely to happen, because working the drive-thru is more distracting than dealing with customers inside the store.

    So if you really like the convenience of using the drive-thru, just make sure you double-check the prescriptions they give you.


    3.  Leaving Your Wallet or Handbag on the Kitchen Counter.  One study found that the bottom of purses had up to 10,000 bacteria per square inch . . . which can then end up on the food you cook.  So you're better off leaving your handbag or wallet pretty much anywhere else.


    4.  Snagging the Front Row at an Exercise Class, Where You Can See Yourself in the Mirror.  It's not PHYSICALLY unhealthy, but it can be MENTALLY unhealthy.

    A 2003 study of 58 women found that the ones who could clearly see themselves in a mirror while they exercised felt more anxious AFTER the workout.

    With that said, all of the women in the study were at least slightly overweight.  So if you're ripped, front and center might be fine.


    5.  Cranking Your Headphones When You're in a Loud Environment.  Like a bus, a subway, or a plane.

    Harvard researchers found that in reasonably quiet surroundings, people tend to keep the volume of their music at a safe level.  But once there's a little bit of background noise, 80% listen at an unsafe level.

    If you have noise-cancelling headphones though, you might be alright.  In the study, only 20% of the people who used them listened at a level that could potentially damage their hearing.


    6.  Storing Your Coffee Beans in the Freezer.  Which most people do.  But storing them in the freezer doesn't actually keep them fresh, because every time you take them out to make coffee, their temperature fluctuates, creating condensation.

    And condensation leeches out the flavor.  So you're actually better off keeping them in an airtight container right on your kitchen counter.

  • 5 Useless Products in Your Bathroom Right Now

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Do you ever wonder if the beauty and health products you are using are actually doing anything? I know I do and it turns out that half the stuff you keep in your bathrrom does the OPPOSITE of what it's sold for.  And has five good examples . . .

    1.  Acne cleansers.  The soaps and scrub pads marketed for acne problems will probably do more harm than good.  They're too aggressive and they dry out your skin, which doesn't necessarily help.  Your skin is irritated enough as it is.

    A serious acne problem might need antibiotics.  But for normal acne, you just need to wash two or three times a day with warm water, or mild soap.


    2.  Mouthwash that contains alcohol.  The alcohol in mouthwash isn't for killing bacteria.  It's for keeping the menthol and eucalyptus oils mixed.  Otherwise, your mouth would smell best when you're DRUNK.  And we all know THAT'S not true.

    Alcohol leaves you with a dry mouth.  And you need saliva to fight bacteria.  So a better strategy is to floss and brush regularly . . . including your tongue . . . and drink lots of water.  And use alcohol-free mouthwash if you have to.


    3.  Exfoliating creams.  They make you AGE FASTER.  When you peel off the top layer of skin, you might look better at first, because what's underneath is fresh and shiny.  But it's also more vulnerable.  Later on you'll have MORE sun damage, and more wrinkles.


    4.  Cuticle trimmers.  Your cuticles protect your fingernail beds from infection.  So if you cut them regularly to make your fingers look better, they might end up looking worse in the long run.  As in, nail fungus or other nasty conditions.


    5.  Shampoo.  First off, you can't do anything to ACTUALLY 'revitalize' your hair.  It's made up of DEAD CELLS.  And shampooing removes your hair's natural protection, making it dry and brittle.  Then you need the conditioner to replace the stuff you just stripped off.

    You're better off washing with water, and using shampoo as little as possible . . . or not at all.


    Turns  out that I am wasting a lot of money on this about you?

  • 7-Year-Old Jack Hoffman with a 69-Yard Touchdown

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    College football teams are holding their spring practice this month, and most of them end the two weeks of practice with a scrimmage game . . . offense against defense.

    The Nebraska Cornhuskers had theirs on Saturday in front of 60,000 fans . . . and the highlight was when a seven-year-old kid named Jack Hoffman got to come onto the field.  

    Jack had a golf-ball-sized tumor removed in 2011 . . . and he's still undergoing treatment for cancer.  He became friends with some of the Nebraska players while undergoing 60 weeks of chemotherapy.    

    So the team invited Jack to run a play in their spring game.  They called a play . . . the quarterback handed him the ball . . . and Jack ran 69 yards for a touchdown.

    This will definitely give you some goose bumps....

  • A Woman Finds a Cross On the Side of a Goldfish Cracker, and Believes It's a Sign From God

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    The FISH has become a very well-known symbol of Jesus and Christianity.  But we're pretty sure the fish is an actual fish . . . not a tiny, orange snack cracker.

    On Easter, a woman named Patti Burke in Melbourne, Florida was eating GOLDFISH crackers and noticed one that was different.  This goldfish had a CROSS branded on its side.

    Patti says she eats TWO TO THREE POUNDS of Goldfish a week and she's never seen this before.  Quote, "When I picked this one up, I knew he was special."

    Not to be a buzz kill . . . but we couldn't help but notice the cross looks EXACTLY like the imprint from the head of a Phillips screw.  So my guess is that somehow this Goldfish pressed against a screw during manufacturing.

    But Patti has way more faith.  Quote, "I believe it's a sign from God that he is still in our life every day and wants to show that to his people."  She's not sure what she's going to do with the cracker yet.

    What do you think? Does the fish have an imprint of the cross or does it look EXACTLY like it was pressed into a screw?


  • Easter Bunny Arrested on Easter?!

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Adam Griffiths is a member of the California Highway Patrol and works out of San Diego.

    On Saturday, he was patrolling a highway in La Mesa, California when he saw something bizarre:  A guy in a full Easter Bunny costume driving an old-timey motorcycle with a SIDECAR attached.

    The guy DID have the rabbit head on . . . but he DIDN'T have a helmet on.

    So Griffiths radioed in, quote, "I'm stopping the Easter Bunny."  Then he pulled the guy over and gave him a lecture on safety.  During the lecture, Griffiths' partner took a photo . . . which is pretty much GUARANTEED to be a viral sensation.

    Griffiths was nice enough NOT to give the Easter Bunny a ticket . . . just a warning.

  • Random Facts About Beer You Probably Didn't Know

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Craig and I like talking about beer because well, we like beer and it's delicious.  Just because we occasionally like to drink a new micro brew doesn't make us beer experts but I am thinking about becoming a zythologist.  I also think I suffer from cenosillicaphobia.

    Here are some random facts that you probably didn't know about beer.....


    #1.)  There's a term for the study of beer and beer making.  It's called zythology. 


    #2.)  The first drunk driver was . . . a guy riding a chariot in ancient Egypt around 2,000 B.C.  He ran over a woman, and was CRUCIFIED on the door of the tavern where he was drinking.


    #3.)  The hops in beer come from the same family of flowers as marijuana.


    #4.)  When the British tried to ship beer to India . . . by sailing all the way around Africa . . . it would go bad.  So they added extra hops, which made the beer more powerful and bitter.  Those beers were known as India Pale Ales . . . or IPAs.


    #5.)  Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an EMPTY BEER GLASS.


    Yep, I definitely suffer from cenosillicaphobia.

  • The Reason You Wear the Wedding Band on the Fourth Finger

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    There are many different theories as to why when you get married you wear the wedding band on your left ring finger.  For instance, the Roman belief is that the wedding band is worn on the left ring finger because of a vein in that finger that is called the vein amoris which is believed to be the vein that runs to the heart.

    The Chinese explanation goes like this. Look at your hand. The thumb represents your parents. Now your index finger, or your first finger, represents your siblings. The third finger, loving called the middle finger by some, represents yourself. Where the fourth finger represents your life partner. And your pinkie is to represent the children you will some day have.

    Now place your hands together and bend your middle finger down like this....

    Now pull apart your thumbs, this represents your parents which will one day eventually not be apart of your life.  You are not destined to be with your parents forever. Repeat the same notion with the index or pointer finger which represent your siblings because like your parents, you are not meant to be with your siblings forever.  You will go on to lead separate lives.  And then pull apart your pinkies representing your future children.  Your children will one day go on to get married and lead separate lives as well. 

    Now try and separate your ring finger that represents the person you married or life partner. Can't do it can you? All because you are meant to be with that person the rest of your life.

    How cool is that!

  • Casey LaBow from Breaking Dawn

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Recognize this face......

    Well if you are a Twilight fan you should.  This is Casey LaBow who played Kate, one of the Denali sisters in Breaking Dawn Part 1 & Part 2.  Craig and I got the opportunity to chat with her today on the Early Morning Show. 

    Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 comes out on Blu-ray and DVD tonight at midnight.


    Casey LaBow from Breaking Dawn


    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    I had no idea Bed, Bath & Beyond was really just a HOUSE OF LIES.  A photo has surfaced online that's EXPOSED a scam they've been pulling on us forever.

    You know how their shelves seem to have stacks of towels that extend all the way up to the ceiling?  Turns out each stack is just one or two towels that are carefully placed on Styrofoam humps to make them look like individually folded towels.  LIES.


  • What's Your Fav Lay's?

    Posted by Rachel Reinke

    Awhile back, Lay's Potato Chips decided to do a contest to come up with a new flavor.  They have now narrowed it down to 3 final flavors that can be voted on by you.

    The 3 final flavors are Cheesy Garlic Bread, Sriracha and Chicken & Waffles.


    What flavor do you want to stay?

    You can also vote here ---->