If you want to eat less you should buy plates on the smaller side in the color red. To find this, researchers gave participants snacks of popcorn and chocolate chips served on either red, white or blue plates. They found that those who munched off of red plates ate less overall than those who snacked off of blue or white plates. Researchers say this probably happened due the color contrast between the food and the dishes, as it makes people more mindful of each bite. Additionally, scientists say it may also happen because people associate the color red with stopping and caution which would subconsciously encourage us to eat less served on dishes of that color. (Women's Health)
(NEWSER) – Family members of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters who were killed in Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire in July are struggling with the added heartbreak that their loved ones didn't have to die. A state safety commission ruled yesterday that state forestry officials made numerous errors; among them: They failed to give the crew sufficient safety equipment, didn't follow wildfire-planning rules, didn't withdraw the firefighters when they should have, and ultimately, put a "losing battle" over the safety of the firefighters, all in an effort to save "non-defensible structures and pastureland." The commission issued $559,000 in fines and penalties, including $25,000 to each of the families, the Arizona Republic reports.
This gentleman is remaining anonymous - but tipping very generously at restaurants across America....seemingly only in the name of Jesus. Always great to see this, especially during the holiday season..
First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled this year's White House Christmas decorations yesterday (December 4th), giving a first look to military members and their families. The theme this year is "Gather Around," celebrating "the stories and traditions that bring us together this special time of year." The displays include two dozen Christmas trees, including the official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room, which is over 18 feet tall and is dedicated to military families, decorated with photos of their joy-filled homecomings. There's also the traditional 300-pound gingerbread rendering of the White House, complete with dark chocolate miniatures of first pets Bo and Sunny. The Obamas' two Portuguese water dogs are also included in the decorations with two life-sized replicas made of satin ribbons.
The White House gingerbread house: http://bit.ly/1hzznfz
The Blue Room Christmas tree: http://bit.ly/1aBYFkQ
It was announced on Wednesday (December 4th) that Universal Pictures has decided to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 indefinitely in light of Paul Walker's death on Saturday (November 30th.) The studio previously announced they would be on a temporary hiatus but now it seems they are taking more time to figure out the direction of the franchise.
Universal released a statement saying, "Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul's immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker."
It was also announced on Wednesday that the coroner determined Paul's cause of death to be from "traumatic and thermal injuries."
If you're wondering what people were pushing, punching, trampling, and shooting each other for at Walmart on Black Friday, we now have your answer.
Walmart says their top selling item for Black Friday was . . . TOWELS.
Yes, towels. They were offering one bath towel or a pack of six washcloths for $1.74, and sold 2.8 million across the country. They also sold two million TVs, 1.9 million dolls, 1.4 million tablets, and 300,000 bicycles.
Industry experts say it's an interesting sign that towels were Walmart's biggest Black Friday success . . . and it shows that more and more people are using Black Friday to shop for THEMSELVES, not just get presents for other people.
And in case you're wondering, Walmart's top selling item on days that AREN'T Black Friday is . . . bananas.