A financial news website called 247WallSt.com has compiled a list of "The 10 Most Expensive Concert Tickets." The data was pulled from last year. The average price includes the premium paid for purchasing a ticket in the secondary market, not just face value. These days you need a co-signer to go to a concert! ~Dennis
Here's the list:
1. The Rolling Stones, with an average ticket price of $624
2. One Direction, $460
3. Maroon 5, $364
4. The Eagles, $354
5. Justin Timberlake, $339
6. Roger Waters, $314
7. A tie between Beyoncé and Fleetwood Mac, at $282
9. Pink, $270
10. Paul McCartney / The Beatles, $241
It's never a bad idea to go BIG on Valentine's Day. But the rest of the year, it's the little things that count. According to a new survey, here are the ten SMALL things that matter most in a relationship. How many of these do you do for your partner?
A survey by Insurance.com also asked 2,000 people what they consider to be their "guilty pleasure" to listen to while driving. In other words, stuff that they SECRETLY LOVE jamming out to in the car. Any of these on your “Secret” list? ~Dennis
Here's the Top 10:
1. Bruno Mars, 12%
2. Taylor Swift, 12%
3. Lady Gaga, 11%
4. Journey, 9%
5. Katy Perry, 9%
6. Coldplay, 8%
7. Justin Bieber, 7%
8. Madonna, 6%
9. NPR (National Public Radio), 6% (???)
10. Rush Limbaugh, 5%
An overall breakdown for men and women wasn't provided, but the site notes that the most-popular "write-in" choices for WOMEN were "gospel music" and EMINEM, and the most-popular write-ins for MEN were ADELE and TUPAC.
Most jobs come with SOME stress. But here's a list of the six professions that are supposedly the LEAST stressful! ~Dennis
1. University Professor. Obviously it takes a long time to get there, but once you've gotten tenure . . . you're basically guaranteed that position for life. The median salary is $62,000 a year.
2. Medical Lab Technician. They can work at their own pace, they're away from the annoying problems in your typical office environment, and the median salary is $47,000 a year.
3. Audiologist. These are the people who take care of the hearing impaired. Apparently it's one of the most sought-after careers? Most audiologists get to run their own practice, and it pays around $66,000 a year.
4. Dietician. Since there's a huge demand for diets, there's a lot of job security in this one. And your clients are a diverse group. The median salary is $55,000 per year.
5. Librarian. You're in a quiet, peaceful environment all day. And if anybody messes that up . . . you get to "shush" them. All for $55,000 a year. :)
6. Drill Press Operator. If you're going to operate heavy equipment, this is one of the jobs with the least amount of danger. It pays $32,000 a year.
Real Simple put together a list of five easy tips to make your day awesome. And some of them might surprise you. An awesome day sounds, well...awesome. I hope you have one! ~Dennis
1. Eat the same breakfast every morning. The idea is that your morning is less stressful if your first meal is already decided. And you're supposed to make it healthy, like oatmeal or an omelet. Last minute choices tend to be stuff like donuts.
2. Savor your morning coffee. It may sound crazy to slow down when you've got things to do, but experts claim that you should try to ENJOY what you're drinking, instead of mindlessly gulping it down.
3. Write out an "ignore" list. This is pretty much the opposite of a "To Do" list. Make a list of all the non-essential stuff that you can ignore . . . like emails that you don't need to answer, vacuuming, and anything else that you can postpone. (Sometimes I think I'm on my kids "ignore" list!)
4. Take some time to zone out. You're supposed to get to a place where you're not thinking about anything. But don't make it that complicated. Just let yourself listen to music, play a game, or watch TV, guilt-free.
5. When you ask "how are you?", actually listen to the answer. It's a throw-away question, and we don't really pay attention to what people say in response. But try to. It's supposed to lift your spirits, and help you connect.
You always hear how you shouldn't eat anything before bed. But there are some foods that HELP you sleep better, as well as a bunch that make it harder. Yahoo has a list of the five best and worst foods to eat before bed. Sweet Dreams1 ~Dennis
Here are the five best:
1. Cereal and milk. Obviously sugary cereals are bad. But a healthy combination of carbohydrates and protein helps your body produce hormones that will help you relax before bed.
2. Passion fruit. You can eat the raw fruit, or drink passion fruit juice or tea. It contains a chemical called somniferum, which helps bring on sleep.
3. Bananas. They have a lot of magnesium, which is a muscle relaxant. And the potassium can also help regulate sleep patterns.
4. Cherry juice. It has extremely high levels of melatonin, a chemical in the brain that helps you relax. A recent study in a journal of nutrition found that people who drank two glasses of cherry juice a day slept an average of 39 minutes longer than usual.
5. Warm milk. This one might have more to do with the fact that it's warm, as opposed to any chemicals in the milk. So non-caffeinated tea would work just as well, if you don't load it up with sugar.
And here are the five WORST:
1. High-protein foods. Too much protein will just give you a lot of energy, and keep you awake longer. Sleep experts recommend high-carb snacks under 200 calories instead.
2. Alcohol. A lot of people get sleepy when they drink. But it won't last. You'll tend to wake up earlier and sleep less deeply all night.
3. Fatty foods. These can cause heartburn or upset stomach after you lie down.
4. Spicy foods. Sometimes you can have NIGHTMARES after eating spicy foods.
And one study also found that people who ate spicy foods before bed tended to have higher body temperatures in the first part of the night, which caused them to wake up more.
5. Caffeine. Obviously caffeine is bad before you go to sleep. But some people don't know that it keeps working for up to ten hours.
So if you're serious about getting a good night's sleep, you have to avoid caffeine pretty much from lunch until bedtime. :(
An auction of HUNDREDS of items from "Breaking Bad" has ended, and some things went for big money. Wow! ~Dennis
Here are a few highlights:
BRYAN CRANSTON'S character Walter White was shown in his underwear many times, but the pair of tighty-whiteys he wore in the pilot episode brought in $9,900. (The auction does not specify whether or not they've been CLEANED.) (???)
Walt's copy of the book"Leaves of Grass" went for $65,500.
Hector Salamanca's bell went for $26,750 . . . two versions of the pink teddybear went for more than $20,000 each . . . Tuco's grill went for $20,250 . . . Jesse's Hello Kitty phone brought in $4,600 . . . and Jesse's HAZMAT suit went for $3,100.
According to a new poll, 36% of Americans say they live paycheck to paycheck almost every month. Which is actually down from 40% last year, and a high of 46% in 2008.
But even when money is an issue, there are some things we absolutely REFUSE to give up. And the number one thing is . . . the INTERNET. Check out the top seven things Americans say they'd keep paying for, regardless of their financial situation. Does your list look the same? I think mine would be pretty close to this. But I would keep my Ipad over my smartphone! ~Dennis
1. Their Internet connection . . . 55% said they'd never give it up.