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Deepest Black Friday Deals

What type of stuff should you be looking to buy on Black Friday?  Well, hopefully stuff you actually NEED.  But here’s a little guidance.   An annual study looks at advertised Black Friday prices at a bunch of stores, and compares them to how much you’d normally pay if you bought the same product on Amazon. …

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5 Thanksgiving Foods You Can Bring Through TSA, and Five 5 Can’t

If you’re flying for Thanksgiving and bringing the entire meal WITH you, this might help.  The TSA posted its annual list of Thanksgiving foods you can and can’t bring through security.  Here are five foods you can carry onto an airplane . . .     1.  Meats like turkey and ham.  Frozen, raw, or…

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High, Medium, and Low-Risk Thanksgiving Activities

The CDC put out a list of various things we normally do on Thanksgiving, and how risky they are during a pandemic.   Let’s start with a few that AREN’T very high risk . . .   1.  Low-risk activities include:  Having a small dinner with people in your own household.  Bringing people food, as long as…

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Tips from the TSA If You’re Flying for Thanksgiving

If you’re braving the airports and flying for Thanksgiving, here are five tips from the TSA . . .    1.  Get to the airport early.  Don’t assume no one’s flying and it’ll be slow.  It could take just as long, or longer.    2.  Wear a mask.  They might ask you to briefly take…

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Rudest Bathroom Habits

Would you say you have good bathroom etiquette?  And how about the people you live with?  A recent poll asked 2,000 people to rank the RUDEST bathroom habits.  And at the top of the list is . . . not replacing an old roll with a new one.  Here are the top ten . .…

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How to Talk About Politics with People You Disagree with, Including Family and Friends

Americans seem to be more politically divided than ever, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner after a contentious election, there’s again the concern about how to talk to family members you disagree with about politics. Even if your Thanksgiving will be virtual this year because of the pandemic, you can still have political arguments over Zoom…

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Holiday Shopping

According to a new survey by Ware2Go – 62% of people have already begun their holiday shopping – 19% of people finished their holiday shopping in October. – 54% of people plan to do more holiday shopping this year than last year – 76% of people feel compelled to support small businesses during the holidays.…

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5 Things You Can Clean in Your Dishwasher

 Someone posted a list of things people don’t realize they can clean in the dishwasher.  You might not want to put them in WITH your dishes.  But here are five things you can wash separately . . .    1.  Keys.  Don’t put your car’s key fob in there.  But normal keys are made of…

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Six Household Items You Might Need to Replace

When’s the last time you replaced your pillows?  If it was before 2018, you’re probably sleeping on a nice, soft mound of FILTH.  At least according to this . . .   Someone asked a bunch of experts how often you need to replace different household items.  And ideally, you should replace your pillows every year…

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Neiman Marcus’s Annual “Fantasy Gifts”

Congrats to you if you weathered the financial storm so well that you’ve got six figures lying around to spend on hats. Neiman Marcus just released its 94th annual Christmas catalog, and it includes their annual list of ridiculous “fantasy gifts.”     While they’re a little less crazy than usual this year . . .…

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What Your Steering Wheel Grip Says About Your Personality

If someone drives like an idiot, I assume they’re an idiot in general.  But I don’t know how fair or accurate THIS might be . . .    A “personality expert” online claims you can tell how a person acts just by how they grip their steering wheel.  Here are seven driving styles, and what…

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Five Ways to Unwind If You Had a Stressful Week

Between the election and the worsening pandemic, a lot of people had a VERY stressful week.  So here are five ways to unwind now that it’s the weekend . . .    1.  Unplug.  Even just signing off social media or turning off your phone for a few hours can help.  And definitely don’t check…

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The Germiest Surfaces at the Grocery Store

What do you think is the highest-risk thing you touch at the grocery store when it comes to the virus and other germs?    Researchers went to 24 different stores and swabbed stuff to see how dirty everything was.  And the big surprise was that shopping cart handles AREN’T that bad.  But this other spot…

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Questions You Should Never Ask

Here’s a list for anyone who’s socially awkward, or just plain rude.  Someone posted a bunch of risky questions you should probably never ask people.    The one we all know to avoid is, “Are you pregnant?”  But another one on the list is, “Who did you VOTE for?”  Not everyone wants to talk about it, and…

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Safety Tips for In-Person Voting

 If you’re voting in person today, here are seven quick tips to stay as safe as possible . . .   1.  Try to spend most of your wait outdoors.    2.  Vote at a less busy time of day.  Most people vote before and after work, or on their lunch break.  So midmorning and midafternoon might…

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Things to Look Forward to in November

Only two more months of 2020 left to go!  Here are five things to look forward to in November . . .  1.  The election will finally be over.  We may not know who wins on Election Night, but we’ll at least be done listening to all the campaigning.   2.  In sports:  Football.  And a…

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What Would Happen if You Left a Glass of Soda Out for 105 Days?

If you leave a glass of Pepsi out for a few hours, it goes flat.  But what if you left it out for a LOT longer than that? Someone did a time-lapse video and left a glass of soda out for 105 days.  You can see it slowly evaporate.  After about a week, mold starts…

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Tips From AAA To Stay Safe This Halloween

The AAA has some tips for staying safe and avoiding tricksters on Halloween. The organization says your vehicle is twice as likely to get vandalized on Halloween compared to other days of the year, and suggest parking it in a garage or well-lit area, and being sure to have it closed up and locked. The…

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Six Things Parents Will Do Instead of Trick-or-Treating

If you’re still not sure what to do with your kids for Halloween, here are six other activities that are trending this year . . .   1.  Halloween scavenger hunts.  Some parents are doing them in small groups, which can still be risky.  So if you really want to stay safe, keep it in the…