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    What are your New Year Predictions?

    We asked people to predict what will happen this year. Making a New Years’ prediction is fun and exciting. It can be about you or someone else. You can try it right now. For inspiration, here are a few.

    We received several New Year Predictions messages on social media and found more using the hashtag NewYearPrediction on twitter. Here they are, enjoy.

    Let’s hope that happens, Bradley. 🙂

     

     

    I am going to floss my teeth for the first two months then forget and stop.

    -Joanne H. from Iowa City

     

    Flossing your teeth is really good and very underrated. Healthy mouth, healthy body. Keep flossing Joanne. We know you can do it!

     

    I won’t crash my car this year.

    Greg T. from Junction City, GA

     

    It makes me wonder what happened last year… just like Bradley’s credit score, let’s hope Greg’s safe driving record improves.

     

     

    Well, the new year did begin, so I guess that is one prediction that happened.

     

    My prediction is that people will make more New Years’ predictions next year, and more people will have fun making predictions. What happens next year? It doesn’t matter if you’re right or wrong, you’ll still have fun. That’s another one of my predictions. What are your new year predictions? What do you hope for? What are your goals?

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    New Song about a Condom Mermaid

    A cover art for the musical single titled Jade the Condom Mermaid. A song about how to correctly use a condom.

    Plastic has gotten a bad wrap: polluting our oceans, choking sea turtles, crippling baby seals. A new musical single titled Jade the Condom Mermaid shows us not all plastic is bad. Jade sings about how awesome one plastic is, the condom. The sound has been compared to artist such as Lorde and Sia with it’s bubble pop, indie, folky pop sound.

    The song was created by the group Sex Ed Rex as a way to educate people on how to correctly use condoms. The lyrics highlights in importance with the song with

    Half of pregnancies are unplanned
    Use a condom to catch those swimmers
    Follow along so you understand
    98 percent success, you’ll be winners

    In the United States until recently 50% of pregnancies were unplanned. This number is still high in the 40% range. While a lot of factors can decrease this number two of the largest pieces are sexual education and access to contraceptives.

    A cover art for the musical single titled Jade the Condom Mermaid. A song about how to correctly use a condom.
    Cover of the new single Jade the Condom Mermaid

     

    The group used a recently scientific survey that found common misconceptions about condoms to write the song.

    “We chronically underestimate how complicated condom use can be,” University of Kentucky professor Richard Crosby

    The academic article Condom use errors and problems: a global view
    Found that common mistakes were:

    1. Late application. Putting the condom on in the middle of intercourse.
    2. Early removal. Taking it off before finishing.
    3. Unrolling a condom before putting it on. It should be unrolled onto the shaft.
    4. No space at the tip. Squeeze the tip while rolling it down the shaft.
    5. Failing to remove air. No air with the pole is how the song goes.
    6. Inside-out condoms. Make sure you put it on the correct way and if you make a mistake do not flip it the correct way and put it back on, get a new one.
    7. Failing to unroll all the way. The rubber should be all the way down.
    8. Exposure to sharp objects. Don’t use a harpoon. Another one from the song.
    9. Not checking for damage. Make sure there are no visible tears or holes in the condom.
    10. No lubrication. Use a water based lube. It will probably feel better too.
    11. Use water based lubrication. Other lubes can damage the latex.
    12. Incorrect withdrawal. When the condom is filled with semen then take it out. You’re done with this particular bedroom activity. Dispose of the condom.
    13. Condom reuse. Don’t reuse condoms.
    14. Incorrect storage. Heat and UV light can damage condoms. Don’t store in your pocket or in a car. Over time they will melt the plastic.

    All 14 of these items found in the study were incorporated in the condom mermaid song.

     

    You can listen to the song here.

    Spotify
    Youtube

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    What to be thankful for on Thanksgiving

    Here is a list of things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, parts of the list may not apply to you. Don’t worry! There is always something to be thankful for.

    Olympic Gold Metal

    Be thankful you won an Olympic Gold Metal! You’re one of the best athletes in the world. You represented your country well and everyone is proud of you.

    What?! You didn’t get a gold metal? You only got the silver metal? Don’t worry there is a lot of other things to be grateful.

    Your High Rating TV Show

    You have one of the best rated TV show right now. Congrats! Everyone loves your show. It is thoughtful, funny, dramatic, and/or suspenseful. You did it! You’re very creative. Everyone wants the next season of the show.

    What?! You don’t have a TV show. Well, there must be something to be grateful for.

    A warm meal

    You have a warm meal, or will get one soon. When you have it you will notice the amazing flavor of the food. How someone somewhere made it. Maybe someone you know or someone you don’t know. Care went into making the food and now you are enjoying it.

    Family and Friends

    You have friends and family. They may be far away or close. They are somewhere. You might be making new fiends all the time or have old friends. Everyone has friends even if they don’t think they do. No one is alone.

    You’re alive

    You can experience life. While it can be difficult at times and might even be a struggle. You are alive. You can experience all that life has to offer. You can explore your interests, learn, and grow. Life is the experience. Good or bad it is all experiences. Pain is only a reminder that there are better experiences out there and pushes you to go after them. As long as you are alive anything is possible.

     

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    What to do if you’re Alone on Christmas

    Photo of a candle with Christmas decorations. Article about actives to do if you are alone on Christmas

    Christmas can be a wonderful time if you celebrate it and you’re with family and friends. But sometimes because of distance, that weird thing your uncle said last year, or just wanting to be by yourself you can’t celebrate it with your family and friends. Here are some things you can do if you find yourself alone on Christmas.

    Nature

    Walking in and experiencing nature can reduce stress and anxiety. Go to a park or local natural area to be one with nature. Local parks are generally opened from sunrise to sunset, meaning you can go anytime during the day on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

    Movies

    Movie theaters are open on Christmas day. New movies come out for Christmas, and this is an excellent day of the year to see them. Grab a bucket of popcorn, your favorite soda, and get comfy to watch a movie.

    Write letters to loved ones

    If loved ones aren’t nearby, you can still think about and communicate with them. One great way of communication is by writing an old fashion letter. You know the one you sent of the mail. When you get mail that you want, how does it make you feel? Happy? Excited? Imagine giving those feelings to someone you care about.

    You might ask yourself: what would you write about? Write about what you did this week. What you’re planning to do in the new year. Right about your hopes, your dreams, your fears. Ask them questions. Ask them about their Christmas about their new year. Are they going to have a New Year’s resolution?

    Finish that project

    Most people are horrible at finishing projects. If you’re like me starting them is really fun and exciting, however finishing them can be boring. This will be an excellent time to finish that project that has been half done. On Christmas, you’re free from distractions; it’s your time. You might be asking yourself, why would you want to do this? Why would you want to do something boring on a holiday. You’ll thank me after you finish the project.

    Finishing a project gives us confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Plus, you’ll have a new project done. Whatever you decide to finish, there was a reason why you started it. If you ever get bored while working on the project, take a short break. Make sure you time your break with an alarm and when the alarm goes off to go back to the project. Think about how wonderful it will be once your project is finished.

    Alone on Christmas

    Christmas can be a lonely time If you’re by yourself. But, it doesn’t have to be. It can be a time to enjoy nature, to watch that new movie, to catch up with loved ones, or to finish the project you’ve been wanting to complete.

     

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    Photo of a candle with Christmas decorations. Article about actives to do if you are alone on Christmas

     

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    How to have Money for Next Year’s Black Friday

    A suitcase full of 100 dollar bills. Currency from the United States. Article about how to save or finance for the holidays and black Friday shopping.

    Black Friday is over. Did you get everything you want? Many people had to say no to killer deals because they didn’t have enough money to buy them. Others bought them, however at checkout, they wondered how they would pay for them. Here are some tips you can do now to make sure next year‘s Black Friday is fantastic.

     

    Auto Money Saving

    Many employers offer to automatically take out a set amount of money every month from your paycheck. The money is yours and goes into a savings account. You can then use that money later on. This is a perfect way to save up money for the holidays or as an emergency fund. Even if your employer does not offer this, you can set it up by asking them to deposit most your paycheck in your checking account and some money into your savings account. Or you can have your bank automatically switch over money from your checking to your savings every month after you get paid. Talk with your bank or employer defined the best way to put aside money.

     

    Store Credit Card

    Many stores, including some online swords such as Amazon, offer a credit card. Typically they give you a discount on the day you sign up to sweeten the deal. The store cards are an excellent way for someone who has little or subpar credit. You have to be careful though, because these store cards will charge a higher percentage interest rate than standard credit cards. For some stores, they make a better margin from the credit card then the products they sell.

     

    Layaway

    Many stores offer layaway, a loan. You get what you want right away, then you pay back every month with interest. This is the way most people do their holiday shopping. However, you have to be careful with the length of the payments. Adding more months to pay back your purchases or decrease the monthly amount, but if the amount is over 12 months, you’ll be paying for this year’s holiday gifts next year instead of buying that year’s holiday gifts. That you pay back every month with interest. Make sure you can also afford the monthly payments. 

     

    Have Money for Black Friday and Holiday Shopping

    • Set up a way to automatically save money through your employer or your bank.
    • Sign up for a store card to get an instant discount and to cover the cost of the purchase.
    • Ask the store if they offer Layaway.

     

     A suitcase full of 100 dollar bills. Currency from the United States. Article about how to save or finance for the holidays and black Friday shopping.

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    Gorilla Meme Offers Solution to EU Meme Crisis

    A meme against the new EU law article 13 that could cause tech companies to block memes from the internet. Gorilla Meme is one website offering a solution

    Article 13 is a new EU law that would require technology platforms like Facebook, Youtube, Facebook to filter out copyright material if the companies don’t have licenses for that material.

    Recently EU added Memes as an exception to the rule, however it is unclear how tech companies will define a meme or if they can filter out other copyright material while allowing memes.

    Imagine you are a tech company. You would probably put a program in place. First you would make a library of all copyright material you want to block then create a program that would check if someone is uploading that material then block that content or take it down. Memes are generated from copyright material: movies, TV shows, video games, comics, or photos. These new programs would likely filter out memes after seeing it is part copyright material.

    One site, Gorilla Meme has created a Meme generator that has photos of C0. This means that you can create a meme and not worry about it being filtered out.

    The future of memes is in the hands of technology. We need more solutions that will follow the new EU article 13 law and allow people to express themselves. Let’s hope more solutions are developed to solve this meme crisis.

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    Fun White House Facts

    Photo of the White House in Washington D.C

    Here are some interesting facts about the White House.

    First President to live in the White House

    John Adams was our second president, but the first president to live in the White House. Before the capital was in New York City and then Philadelphia. George Washington lived in both New York and Philadelphia.

    Construction

    The original White House took eight years to construct and cost in today’s money $3.3 Million.

    Name it White

    People initially called it ‘President’s Palace’ or ‘President’s House.’ Where did the name White House come from? There are two different stories of where the name comes from. The first is after the war of 1812 and after British troops burned many government buildings in Washington D.C that the President’s house was painted white to hide the fact that it was burnt.

    The second story comes from Martha Washington, the nation’s first First Lady. Mrs. Washington’s home in Virginia was named White House Plantation.

    The name White House was not the official name until Theodore Roosevelt used “White House–Washington” on stationary.

    Open House

    English and Irish head government buildings were open to the public. The White House based accessibility on this and also allowed the public into the house during special events often for the inauguration. For President Andrew Jackson’s inauguration, a crowd of 20,000 people showed up. President Jackson stayed at a hotel instead of at the White House, and staff had to lure the crowd outside using bathtubs of alcoholic mixed drinks. When newly elected Grover Cleveland and sworn in in 1885, he stopped the practice by putting troops in front of the White House preventing people from coming in. I guess he didn’t want a party.

    Protection

    The White House is protected by the United States Secret Service and the United States Park Police. It is a national park after all.

     

    Photo of the White House in Washington D.C

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    Awesome Items for your Cat Under $20

    Cat dancing toy

    Your cat is awesome. We chose items to make your cat more awesome, or to deal with the not so awesome things a cat (defiantly not yours) may or may not do. The links to Amazon are affiliate links we get a small commission for a sale at no cost to you. This allows us to keep the website up without ads.

    Suction-cup Window Cat Bed

    sun cat bed suction cup window

    Who doesn’t like looking out at window. I know cats do. This cat bed can hold up to 50 pounds, or one big cat.

    See your cat enjoying life, take naps next to the window for less than $20.

     

    Pet Shark Bed

    Pet Shark Bed

    A bed that’s a shark? Yes!

    Get it for less than $11.

     

    Fur-removing Broom that works on Multi-Floors

    A broom to remove dog hair fur from carpets, hardwood floors, and clothes. Great for the car.

    Over 3,000 reviews and a Amazon’s Choice product. This timesaver has an adjustable pole for hard to each places. A broom for all the hair on carpets and a squeegee for any umm.. accidents.

    Get it and have clean floors for $20 or less.

     

    Cat Dance Toy

    Cat dancing toy

    This cat charmer that makes them dance. It is a Amazon’s Choice product with over 90% 5 star reviews. One thing to note is to make sure you don’t leave it with your cat, as some cats try to eat it and end up puking rainbows and not in a good way.

    You can get it for less than $8. Worth the cast to dance with your cat.

     

    Friends Forever Cat Toys Variety Pack, 20 pieces

    Friends Forever Cat Toys Variety Pack, 20 pieces

     

    Over 300 reviews with average review of 4.7 stars out of 5.

    Get it and shipped to you for less than $12. And play with your forever friend.

     

    PetSafe Bolt Interactive Laser Cat Toy

    PetSafe Bolt Interactive Laser Cat Toy

    A robot laser toy for your cat to play with. This toy has over 3,000 reviews on Amazon.

    Get it and shipped to you for $20 or less. And watch your cat play.

     

    I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats

    I Could Pee on This And Other Poems by Cats

    Ever wonder what your cat would tell you if they wrote poetry? Now you can.
    Over 1,700 reviews with average review of 4.6 stars out of 5.

    Available in eBook and Hardcover for $13 or less.

     

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    Some links in this post are affiliate links. We receive a small portion of sales made at no extra cost to the person making purchases. We do this to keep the content free and continue to produce valuable content. 

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