Seeking to avoid the financial "holiday hangover" that often comes in January, many consumers are planning to spend less than they did on holiday gifts in 2005. In fact, although overall holiday spending is expected to increase this year, a survey by Prinicpal Financial Group found that just 9 percent of workers and 5 percent of retirees planned to spend more money than last year. Looking for a thoughtful gift idea? A pretty package of your homemade Christmas cookies is sure to please (and you get to enjoy the moments you share with your family while making them). Further, fed up with the increasingly prevalent materialistic aspects of the holidays, many Americans are seeking ways to bring back the real meaning of the holiday season. Finally, some people are just plain old very last-minute shoppers, and are therefore, well, pushed to consider alternatives to typical purchased gifts. One such way is giving gifts from the heart, which cost no money but impart a lot of meaning.
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Wondering what the top toys are this year? These will be some of the hardest toys to find in stores pre-Christmas 2014:
Giving gifts is an art, and unfortunately many people are still at the finger-painting stage. Here's ten-plus common gift ideas that should be avoided - and why - along with seven sure-bets when it comes to giving gifts.
Selecting the perfect wine gift can be troublesome and the choicesoverwhelming. Read a list of helpful considerations when selecting premiumwine for your loved ones, close friends, or colleagues this holiday season.
The holidays can be a stressful time, especially when it comes to shopping and gift giving. Here are some helpful tips to make it less challenging.
Need a great gift idea for the the man in your life, a best friend, your dad, brother, or Uncle, or just for some random dude somewhere? Try one of these guy-approved gift ideas:
Here's a short compilation of Marion Barry quotes. Barry was former Mayor of D.C who was busted on drug charges, convicted and then re-elected..
You've heard about the best holiday items for teens and tweeners. But you always want to find a bargain. You can buy everything on the list for less than $25!
This is a list of human infectious disease case fatality rates (CFRs). A CFR is the proportion (percentage) of people diagnosed with a disease who die during the course of the disease. (Cf. mortality rate.) Values refer to optimally treated cases.
Here are the ten deadliest diseases of all-time by total number of human deaths:
Peeling lucky? These are the rare McDonald's Monopoly game pieces that will be hard to find this year. How hard? While the odds of winning "something" are 1 in 4, a majority of those winning pieces are instant wins for medium fries. The board pieces are much more rare. For example, Baltic Avenue shows up 1 in 10 times, but Mediterranean Avenue shows up 1 in 100,000 times. Basically, every other game piece is worthless outside of these rare pieces:
Wondering what your odds of winning a McDonald's Monopoly prize are? Not good. While the odds you win any prize is approximately 1 in 4, there's 1 in 4.45 chance you just win a food prize. In fact, 4 out of every 11 prizes awarded are medium fries. Here's the complete breakdown:
No doubt you've had or at least heard of Starbucks' famous pumpkin spice latte coffee drink. But what other pumpkin flavored foods & drinks are worth tasting this Fall?
Which pumpkin spice flavored coffee is your favorite warm Autumn drink?
What's your favorite David Fincher film of all-time?
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Here are the largest margins of victory in a Ryder Cup match:
Here are the United States golfers with the most appearances in Ryder Cup matches:
Here are the United States golfers with the most Ryder Cup points won of all-time:
Anyone can dress up as a superhero, vampire, or zombie for Halloween. These are some of the most creative costumes that everyone else won't be wearing at your trick-or-treat party this October:
Do you have any good ideas for an easy, funny, homemade, do-it-yourself Halloween costume for this year? Add it to the list:
Here are some of the best couples costumes for Halloween this year. Can you think of any others?
Here are some the best Halloween costumes for men this year:
Here are some of the hottest Halloween costumes of the year for women:
Which Halloween candies do you miss from your childhood trick-or-treating days?
What is the worst Halloween candy you ever got while trick-or-treating?
What is your favorite Halloween candy for trick-or-treat?
What is your favorite scary movie of all-time?
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Here are the television series that have won the most Emmy awards of all-time:
Here are the actresses and actors with the most Emmy Award wins ever:
Here are the music artists and bands who have won the most MTV Video Music Awards ever:
Here are the music artists and bands with the most MTV Video Music Awards in a single night:
What's your favorite Fall beer (or hard cider)?
Here are the ten new TV shows premiering this Fall 2014 that I am most looking forward to watching. How about you? What am I forgetting about?
Are you a marketer? Then you've probably advertised on a few different pay-per-click (PPC), search engine marketing (SEM), or social media advertising (SMA) platforms over the years. What's your favorite so far?
Are you a marketer? Then you've probably used a couple different marketing automation platforms over the past few years. What's your favorite so far?
Are you a marketer? Then you've probably used a few different email marketing platforms over the years. What's your favorite so far? (sans marketing automation platforms)
Looking for a mud run? Want to compete in a 5k obstacle course race? Just looking to get dirty while getting fit? Try one of these obstacle courses:
Here were the preseason college football rankings prior to the 2014 NCAA regular season according to the AP Poll:
What is your favorite film featuring Robin Williams? Add it to the list below or move yours up the rankings:
Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 appears to have been shot down by Russian activists. There have been 7 more civilian flights that experts believe that were downed by the military, including an Iran Air plane in 1988 by the United States Navy. It was carrying 300 passengers, all of whom were killed.
What is your favorite thing about the July 4th holiday?
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The classic seven wonders were:
This is a complete list of islands and other locations in the Pirates of the Caribbean films series. Some locations in the series of films are real, others are fictional. Port Royal and Tortuga are the only locations to appear in more than one of the films in the series.
These are the professional basketball teams who have made four consecutive NBA Finals appearances.
Looking for a great movie to watch on Memorial Day? Need a few films to get you through the holiday weekend. Watch these films and remember that Memorial Day isn't National BBQ and Swimming Pool Day -- it's actually a federal holiday to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Here are the top 10 largest grossing box office weekends for films that opened on a Memorial Day weekend.
Here are ten things you absolutely have to do if you're ever traveling to Aruba:
J.J. Abrams and Disney have finally announced the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. While many of the original trilogy's characters and cast like Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) will all be returning -- there are also a handful of unknown actors with starring roles. Here they are:
Looking for a better way to watch the Star Wars films? Hate what George Lucas did in the original trilogy? Need to introduce someone the Star Wars universe? Try watching the films in this order -- completely skipping that horrible film that is Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Here is a list of the last 50 horses to win the Kentucky Derby at Churchhill Downs:
Only eleven horses have won the elusive Triple Crown of horse racing. Here they are:
The Kentucky Derby /ˈdɜrbi/ is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs. Here are some records from the famous race:
Much of the right wing news media embraced Cliven Bundy, especially prior to his alleged "racist comments" . After that many started scattering like dust in the wind.. However, the folks at The Wire have developed a pretty good list of those that did.... check out excerpts below
Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash in Alaska with bush pilot Wiley Post, was one of the greatest political country/cowboy sages this country has ever known. Here's a few of his quotes you may enjoy and learn from:
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Back when records meant something, and statistics could be trusted and honored. Here are your top 10 home run hitters for several generations of baseball fans.
Who is your favorite character from X-Men?
What did you sacrifice for Lent?
Can you name all eleven different shapes of Peeps marshmallow candies?
What is your favorite Easter candy?
No new MLB baseball players have worn Jackie Robinson's number 42 since it was retired in 1997. But who was the last player to wear No. 42 for each team?
Here is a list of golfers who have won The Masters Championship at Augusta more than once:
After a great day at the beach, where can I have a great meal in Corolla, North Carolina
How to choose an OBX Pool Cleaning company on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
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List of the most popular marketing automation companies for businesses. There are over 100 vendors in the space, but only a handful have the technology, customer base, and mind-share to be among the short list of candidates for most businesses. Here is that list.
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These are the highest combined seed totals of any NCAA basketball national championship game:
The only 6 times that two #1 seeds made it to the NCAA Division 1 basketball championship game:
No team as a #16 seed has ever defeated a #1 seed since the field was expanded to 64 or more teams, though on five occasions, a #16 seed has come within 4 or fewer points of winning:
I bought my kid Monopoly for Christmas, and although he is only 5, I am trying to teach him the best strategies to use when playing the game. I scoped out a lot of sites and this is the list I came up with...
What are some unique things you either have in your home (or wish you had in your home) that someone building a new house might not have ever thought about wanting?
Which is the best media streaming device to watch movies, Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, etc. on your home TV?
Here are the ten highest grossing animated films of all-time:
Here are the longest team losing streaks in NBA basketball history:
In this post, I list the books that drive readers to change their lives, improve their lot, and build better careers.
The top ten scientists of all time based on both their impact to civilization and the amount of activity about them on the web.
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Here are the locations of where some of your favorite films and movie scenes were shot:
These are the best places in the world to go whitewater river rafting:
Here are just a few of the celebrities, musicians, actors, politicians, and other famous people from Ireland (or of Irish decent):
The beer is not green, but the label is:
What is your favorite beer from Ireland?
Beers made by breweries that care about the environment -- therefor "green" beers:
Need some help on turning this St. Patty's Day into a romantic holiday? Try these:
Here are twenty-five great films for March 17th:
Here are the ten best cities to spend St. Pattys Day:
These are the longest HRs in the history of Major League Baseball:
Here is a list of all the dwarves in the film "The Hobbit":
Here are ten cool and different ideas for a summer vacation this year:
Which MLB playoff HR do you think was the biggest ever?
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A list of famous persons who call La Jolla, California their home:
What customers expect from mobile marketing. Melinda Krueger does a great job at keeping it short and sweet when it comes to Mobile Marketing. (http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/opinion/columns/17282.html)