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JeffGirod111

The Final Word

Who’s ready for some football? Turns out, everybody. An estimated 110 million people and 72 percent of U.S. adults are expected to watch this weekend’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. Forecasts f...


JeffGirod11

The Final Word

Hold that thought.  Amazon may already be thinking it for you. Amazon has filed for a patent that cuts delivery time by predicting what buyers are going to buy before they even buy it. And if that’s the case, where’s…


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The Final Word

Target customers probably feel like they’re the ones wearing a bull’s eye. Last week, the retailer announced that hackers had stolen sensitive data from a total of 110 million Target customers. The take included names, mail...



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Smell that? It’s science!

Dogs prefer to align along a north-south magnetic axis whenever they relieve themselves, according to a study in the journal Frontiers in Zoology. Called magnetoreception, the study reviewed 70 dogs, 1,893 poops and 5,582 pees....


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The Final Word

We’re gathered here today to bury the electric car. Grab a shovel. After years and years (and years) of drilling it into our heads that gas is the devil’s fire water and electricity is the only pathway to a clean,…


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The Final Word

Savor the whales! That’s SeaWorld’s new national ad campaign which brands its staff as “true animal advocates” and tries to counteract claims of animal abuse in the critically acclaimed documentary Blackfish, which debu...



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The Final Word

Like a Barbie Dreamvette under the tree, Megyn Kelly is the kind of gift that keeps on giving. “For you kids watching at home,” Kelly said last week, during her prime-time TV show, The Kelly File, on Fox News Channel.…


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The Final Word

You’re not tipping enough. That’s what McDonald’s thinks. Most fast food workers earn an average of $9 an hour, but that hasn’t stopped McDonald’s from posting a guide to tipping on its employees-only “McResource Li...


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The Final Word

It’s official. We hate everybody. And what better time to celebrate our utter contempt for fellow humanity than now, during the holidays—which have officially been renamed Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Gray Thursday and Dirty...



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The Final Word

Strike a pose. “Selfie” has been chosen Word of the Year. Personally I was hoping for words like “twerk” or “jorts,” or even “mandaliers”—as in my “mandaliers” hang out of my “jorts” whenever I “twer...


JeffGirod

The Final Word

Bull’s eye! Or bear’s eye or lion’s eye or zebra’s eye . . . In fact, a bull is probably the only thing TV host and self-described “hardcore huntress” Melissa Bachman hasn’t tried to shoot, gut and wear as a…


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The Final Word

Screw cancer research! At this very moment, the world’s top scientists are working on a urine-powered robot. “We speculate that in the future, urine-powered EcoBots could perform environmental monitoring tasks such as measu...



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The Final Word

The first rule about global warming is you don’t talk about global warming. Or at the very least, you don’t question its existence to the Los Angeles Times. If you do, you’ll end up like a polar bear set adrift…


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Why did the chicken cross the road? You have the right to remain silent. That’s pretty much the response more than 30 drivers received last week as part of a traffic sting in Lake Elsinore. It also included—what the cluck?...


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The Final

Somebody at Nabisco deserves a raise. Oreo cookies are as addictive as cocaine, according to a recent study by Connecticut College. Researchers studied the pleasure centers in rat’s brains and discovered that Oreos activated ...



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Final Word

Nuts. That’s what this is. I got an email, then a typed letter, reminding me that my son’s school is a “nut-free establishment.” Not only is he supposed to refrain from smuggling in any PB&J’s, they want us to scr...


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Final Word

President Obama is no fan of the Washington Redsk-, er, that NFL team from D.C. “If I were the owner of the team and I knew that the name of my team, even if they’ve had a storied history, that…


JeffGirod

The Final Word

What’s “dolphin” for dumbass? Turns out the brainiacs of the sea may not be so smart after all. That’s according to Paul Manger, a neuroethologist at a university in South Africa. Long touted for their ability to commun...



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The Final Word

Tired? Listless? Wish you could lay in bed all day and make mattress angels? Well grab your moon boots, Commander Lazy Pants. Because you may be perfect for a job at NASA! Our government space agency is looking for research&hel...


JeffGirod

The Final Word

It’s coming. And there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Not content to control our movies, TV, music, books, magazines, radio, billboards, fashion, toys, home furnishings, snack packs, Halloween costumes, giftwrap and party...


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Final Word

It’s official: All your technology is wack (to use a technical term). Practically everywhere from your local Radio Shack to Silicon Valley has just announced new, more expensive versions of products you already own—and they...



JeffGirod

The Final Word

Four bucks! That’s the going rate for a house call from the Tooth Fairy. On average, kids get $3.70 per lost tooth, according to a new survey released last week by Visa Inc. That’s a 23 percent increase over last…


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The Final Word

As a society, we just decided it’s OK to like Ben Affleck again. And now comes THIS. Ben Affleck will star as Batman in the new Batman/Superman movie, premiering July 2015, according to Variety. I can name 10 actors I…


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The Final Word

Cheer up! Stop looking at Facebook. That’s according to—well, everybody. A new study by the University of Michigan found that the more time people spent on Facebook, the worse they felt about themselves. German researchers ...



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Final Word

Forget everything you know about breakfast! Actually, no, don’t forget everything. Because this column isn’t long enough to explain where sausage comes from. The real news is Taco Bell is debuting a new item on their breakf...


JeffGirod

The Final Word

Super size it! That’s what thousands of fast food workers are demanding as a debate over minimum wage rages nationally. Fast food employees staged protests last week in seven cities including Chicago, New York and Detroit, de...


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Final Word

The royal baby is here! The royal baby is here! Polish the tea set and lower the drawbridge. Most of us don’t know our Big Ben from a beefeater. But the birth of England’s most recent royal baby has made…



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Final Word

Driving somewhere? Say “cheese.” That’s because you’re probably on camera. Local and state police departments have been photographing millions of cars, tracking the movement and location of every vehicle with a license ...