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    I Need An Application...

    ...and I am not even pregnant. ~Rowdy

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    Brotherly Love, My A**

    A hitchhiking robot, which was trying to get from Massachusetts to San Francisco as part of a social experiment, had its trip cut short in Philadelphia over the weekend. HitchBOT, the creation of Canadian engineer David Smith, hit the road two weeks ago in Salem, Massachusetts and was relying on the kindness and generosity of everyday people to offer it rides. It's brief trip included stops at Fenway Park in Boston and New York's Times Square. But it was dropped off in Philadelphia on Saturday and attacked by vandals who stripped it of some parts including its head. HitchBOT's followers rushed to the area to recover its remaining parts. Smith says he's not giving up on the project and will try again. HitchBOT has already successfully completed trips across Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. *Perhaps he should hire "Rocky" for protection, should he make that leg of the journey once more. ~Rowdy

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    Beer Drinkers Rejoice!

    DRINKING BEER CREATES JOBS! Thanks to your dedicated beer drinking, nearly two million people have jobs. So … keep up the good work! A new study from the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association has found that beer companies are responsible for $252 billion in economic output, 1.5% of the gross domestic product, and pay more than $48 billion in taxes. On top of all that goodness, the study also found that the beer industry is also responsible for 1.75 million jobs – from barley growers to bartenders, and from farmers to factory workers. By tipping back a cold one or two, you’re helping people in dozens of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, trucking, warehousing, grocery – along with the bar and restaurant businesses. How’s that for a win-win?

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    Facebook Love-are you SICK of it?

    ANNOYING FACEBOOK COUPLES MORE LIKELY TO LAST Facebook relationship over-sharers may be annoying, but according to a new study, those same people may be more likely to go the distance. New research found that dating couples who constantly post things about their relationship on Facebook are actually more committed to each other and likely to be together after six months of dating than those who don’t over-share. Apparently it’s because of something called the "public commitment theory," according to study author Catalina Toma, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It’s the idea that the claims people make about themselves in public are likely to become internalized about what they think about themselves,” Toma sad. “People bridge that gap, and we become who we claim to be.” I plan on publicly claiming I am a retired multibillionaire later today. Wish me luck. ~Rowdy

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    One Cool Boss

    You probably never heard the name Nevzat Aydin before, but you won’t forget him once you read this. Aydin, the CEO of an online food delivery service in Turkey, recently sold his company to a German company called Delivery Hero … for $589 million. But Aydin didn’t just take the money and run. He handed out bonuses totaling $27 million to his 115 employees. “We did this because if there is a success, we have accomplished it altogether,” said Aydin. Those bonuses amounted to $200,000 per person – that’s a lot of money, especially when you consider that their monthly salaries ranged between $1,000 and $1,800. "There were emotions, because you affect the lives of the people. People can buy homes, cars," Aydın said. Well done, sir. Me? I'd be happy if the boss got my name right. He's been calling me "Rusty" for 4 years now. :) (not really.)

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    None For Me Today, Thanks...

    We all scream for ice cream, but some folks near Buffalo screamed a little louder for their ice-cream man -- when he drove through their neighborhood drunk, wearing only his underpants. A concerned parent called cops to complain about the driver after he began yelling and cursing at kids who'd flagged down his truck, then stripped off everything but his tighty whities. Officers arrived on the scene and found Ryan Duff glassy-eyed behind the wheel of the sweet ride, belligerent and refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer test. Police requested backup from a drug recognition expert, who determined that Duff was under the influence and hauled him off to the cooler, where he was booked on DWI charges and released to a sober driver.

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    Read This: Feel GREAT!

    All waiters and waitresses have to occasionally work the slow nights when they know they're not going to be earning much money in tips, but there's one 19-year-old waiter in Illinois who might start requesting to work those nights after his last one. Brendan Motill was working at a barbecue restaurant and wasn't expecting a very good night. Little did he know that the customer he had chatted with for a while because it was slow night was going to leave the largest tip he could ever imagine. Motill says he was shocked when he returned to his table to collect the bill and saw a $1,000 tip. The entire meal only cost $20. Along with the tip was a note which read, "You're doing a great job as a server. I'm not sure what your hopes and dreams are in this life, but I hope this tip helps. My hope is that people are more peaceful to each other. The world can be so negative and violent. I commit random acts of kindness so that others know there can be another way. Peace be with you, brother!" -and you too, this weekend. ~Rowdy

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    "Possum" Lives On (in some of us.)

    A Pennsylvania man was mowed down by cops last week after a witness reported he was carrying a box of beer while driving erratically down a road -- on his lawn mower. Tyler Anspach, who lost his license to drive a real car after three DUI convictions, was pulled over on his way home from a friend's house and unsteady on his feet when officers coaxed him off the riding mower. According to the police report, Anspach became combative when approached and refused to surrender the box of beer he was carrying. When he also declined to get into a patrol car, deputies hogtied him and carried him to the cruiser. His alcohol level was recorded at 0.212 percent, nearly three times the legal limit.

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    An At-Work Observation Becomes Reality

    EMPLOYEES ARE LESS ENGAGED A new survey of human resource professionals found that one of their biggest challenges with the employees working at their companies is that those employees are just not engaged. Their heads aren’t in it. They’re sort of beat down by downsizing and firings – and constantly on the lookout for a new gig. I; for one th :)

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    A "Burger/King" Wedding?

    Congratulations go out to Joel Burger and Ashley King who got married over the weekend in a super-sized wedding catered and paid for by Burger King. The Illinois couple made international headlines several months ago after they announced their upcoming Burger-King wedding. The fast-food giant caught wind of it and decided to do something special for the couple. They offered to give them "a whopper of a wedding" with BK picking up the entire tab – and they made good on their promise Friday afternoon. Guests wore paper crowns and chowed down on their favorite menu items. The wedding also signaled the end of Burger-King as Ashley said she is taking Joel's name and they will from now on be the Burgers.

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    Why Are There Not More FAT Criminals?

    This may explain it. ~Rowdy A would-be carjacker's attempt to take an Omaha, Nebraska woman's vehicle was foiled by the owner's short legs. Police say Suzanna Menjivar was on her way to work when she parked her car and got out. Just then, a man ran up to her with a gun and demanded her car. She handed over her keys and stood by waiting to see the thug drive off, but he didn't go anywhere. The woman is very short and had the driver's seat pushed all the way toward the steering wheel. The carjacker wasn't able to fit in the seat and couldn't figure out how to adjust. He even asked the woman to do it, but she told him she didn't know how. So the crook got frustrated and gave up. He jumped out of the car and ran away. Police haven't been able to identify him.

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    No One Can Eat One TON!

    Through the years, Lay’s potato chips has done a great job of rolling out new flavors here and there. Some hit. Some miss. But, give them credit for trying. Well, one of the ways they’ve continued to be innovative is by inviting people to offer up their own ideas in the “Do Us a Flavor” competition. Out of millions of submissions, the contest is down to four finalists, which include: 1.“Southern Biscuits and Gravy” 2.“Kettle Cooked Greektown Gyro” 3.“New York Reuben” 4.“Wavy West Coast Truffle Fries” Not sure if any of those would be tastier than good ol’ “Sour Cream and Onion,” but give them credit for creativity. Voting officially begins on July 27 and runs through October 18 on the Do Us a Flavor website. Fans can also vote on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #VoteTruffleFries, #VoteBiscuits, #VoteReuben, or #VoteGyro. Dig in! ~Rowdy

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    Rednecks Rejoice!

    Now, there is a reason other than BAIT to go eat SUSHI! This is great news … especially for pigs. Scientists have developed a superfood seaweed that apparently tastes just like bacon. Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a red marine algae called "dulse" that they say has “a pretty strong bacon flavor” when fried in a pan. And this algae has twice the nutritional value of kale. A superfood that tastes like bacon? Science is awesome. *I wish I had paid attention now. ~Rowdy

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    Car Guys: Peep This

    MIAMI VICE FERRARI TESTAROSSA IS FOR SALE Men of a certain age remember watching Sonny Crocket and Rico Tubbs chase bad guys around Miami, while driving a white Ferrari Testarossa, in the 1980s show Miami Vice. At the time, that Ferrari was arguably the most famous car on the planet. Well, it’s currently for sale. It will be auctioned off on August 15th in Monterey, California, which means you have a chance to own a very fast, very powerful piece of nostalgia – that only has 16,000 miles on it. Of course, if you haven’t saved up enough money since that show was on the air, you can always relive those glory days by putting a more reasonably priced vintage poster up on your wall. -nah. ~Rowdy

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    15 Million Dollar WHAT?

    John "Papa John" Schnatter, the red-shirted pizza CEO, just took out a huge insurance policy for his hands. He had his custom-made policy written up by Lloyd’s of London for a whopping $15.4 million. That comes out to about $1.5 million per finger. While it was obviously pretty much just a publicity stunt, the company said John's "pizza maker's touch" is the key ingredient in the pizza chain's success. So … if something would happen to John’s hands, he’d lose this “touch.” And … the pizza chain would fall apart? That would be a bummer, especially considering Papa John's is worth about $240 million. *I wonder if this will jack up the price of my Friday night pie? ~Rowdy

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    It's DUFF Time!

    THE SIMPSONS’ REAL-LIFE DUFF BEER WILL SOON GO ON SALE Homer Simpson’s favorite beer will soon make the leap from the small screen to bars across the world. 21st Century Fox, the studio behind the long-running animated franchise The Simpsons, will be officially rolling out a real-life version of Duff Beer in Chile this month – and possibly other countries in South America and Europe by early next year. Fox is getting into the beer business because they’ve seen unauthorized versions of Duff beer all around, especially in Chile. That’s right. Bootleg beer. So, Fox figures … If you can't be 'em, join 'em. *I am sure that "Duff Man" is thrusting with approval. ~Rowdy

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    Coming Soon: The "Chizza"

    It wasn’t that long ago that KFC introduced its Double Down sandwich, which was a cheese and bacon sandwich made with two pieces of fried chicken breasts as buns. Now they’re attempting to give pizza the fried chicken treatment with a menu item called the Chizza. That’s right. They’re making pizza with a fried chicken crust. They’re testing it in the Philippines, and offering classic pizza toppings, such as red sauce, cheese, pepperoni, green peppers, and pineapple. -and you thought them bringing back Col. Sanders was cheesy...~Rowdy

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    BOSSES: If YOU would do THIS, that would be grrreeeaaat....

    Ryan Carson and his wife started a successful company in Portland, Oregon, called Treehouse, which is an online school for adults. One weekend they were talking about how they wish they had more time to spend doing fun stuff with their kids, and a light bulb went off. When you're the CEO of the company you can change the work week hours for employees. Ryan promptly put an end to the standard 40-hour work week and dropped the hours down to 32. That's a four-day work week. Turns out it wasn't just a great decision for his personal life, it was a great decision from a business perspective as well. He discovered his employees were significantly more productive working a 32-hour week than they were working a 40-hour week. Turns out when employees aren't disgruntled and overworked they are more likely to utilize the time they are in the office more effectively and efficiently. Ryan says it's all about living a balanced life, though. "It's not about more family, or more play time, or less work time – it's about living a more balanced total life." -now, I'm back to working on my TPS reports.~Rowdy

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    Now, I'm In-

    Beer pong is such a popular game, enjoyed by so many people, that it should be an Olympic sport. One problem with beer pong, though, is that nasty ball. Fingers are touching it. It bounces on the floor. And then, it splashes in your beer – which you have to drink. It’s a deal breaker for germ freaks. But now, it doesn’t have to be – thanks to a new invention called the Slip Cup. The Slip Cup is pretty much just a smaller cup that fits above a bigger beer pong cup. You fill your regular cup with beer and place the Slip Cup on top – and play your game. The ball never hits the beer, which means you can drink without fear of guzzling cooties. There’s currently a Kickstarter campaign to bring the Slip Cup to market, and it’s raised over $60,000 so far. 'merica. ~Rowdy

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    Meet "Chester"

    24-year-old Nicole Elliot of Columbus, Georgia, was looking through the Animal Ark Rescue's Facebook page when she came across Chester, a senior dog who desperately needed a home. Chester had a tumor on his head and was suffering from terminal cancer, but that didn’t stop Nicole from adopting him. And after bringing him home, she decided to make his last days the best days possible. The two have been going on adventures ever since, with Nicole documenting the experience on a Facebook page she started called Chester's Final Journey. Chester’s been doing everything from swimming and eating hot dogs, to going on a shopping spree. And Nicole has plans to take him to the beach and on a boat ride. She hopes what she is doing with Chester will motivate others to look into adopting senior pets. "That was my main goal – to inspire and encourage people to adopt shelter animals that people are less likely to adopt, like older ones and the terminally ill." -as my Daddy would say: "son, she's the marrying kind." I agree. ~Rowdy

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