What judge wouldn’t sympathize with this guy’s plight? Jose Martinez was just exiting the tunnel in Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” when the ride shut down. Staff evacuated all the riders except for Martinez, who is paraplegic and needed a wheelchair. Martinez was trapped in the ride for half an hour. “The music was still blaring,” said his attorney. “They couldn’t get it to go off.” A California court awarded Martinez $8,000 in damages.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 3/27/13
Today (3/20) is the first day of Spring, which means spring cleaning, so we thought we’d share these quotes about housework with you: “My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.” —Erma Bombeck “Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?” —Phyllis Diller “I hate housework. You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.” —Joan Rivers “I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on.” —Roseanne Barr Source: Psychology Today, 3/19/13
Besides our spouse and family, whom do we trust most? Our best friend tops the list, followed by our doctor, our religious leader, our neighbor, our banker, the president, and much, much, much farther down the list, our member of Congress.
Source: AARP Bulletin survey of ages 18-49, 3/13
Parents that haven’t yet made spring break plans should consider taking off work to travel as a family. Some of life’s most cherished memories are formed on family vacations, according to a new poll. Most adults surveyed (62 percent) say their earliest memories are of family vacations taken when they were between ages five and 10, and they remember childhood trips more clearly than school events or birthday celebrations. The kids surveyed strongly agree that they get to see and do things on vacation that they’ll remember for a long time and that vacations bring their family closer together.
Source: TravelEffect.com, 3/19/13
You’d think all the attention paid to the March Madness office pool would take away from getting things done. Not really. According to more than 1,000 managers asked about the effect of March Madness on office productivity, just 8 percent said it disrupted how much work got done. Twice as many said the effect on productivity was a positive one, while the vast majority of managers surveyed — 75 percent — said the games had no effect on productivity or morale.
Source: OfficeTeam, 3/18/13
Trying to clean up the junk in your house? According to professional organizers, if it’s broken, outdated, lost its mate, ugly, useless, dead or moldy, then it’s junk and you should toss or recycle it.
Source: Clutter’s Last Stand, by Don Aslett
You’ve no doubt heard that blondes have more fun. Well, it turns out they also have more in their paychecks. A study from the Queensland University of Technology studied 13,000 Caucasian women and found blondes earn more than 7 percent more than female employees with any other hair color. The study said the pay bump is equivalent to the boost an employee would generally see from one entire year of additional education. As a bonus, the study also found blonde women marry men who earn an average of 6 percent more than husbands of women with other hair colors.
Source: Salary.com, 3/14/13
Here’s another reason to drink in moderation: Studies show that for every beer or mixed drink you chug, your body converts approximately half an ounce of that booze directly to fat.
Source: Men’s Fitness, 3/5/13
Did you know there’s such a thing as doggie discrimination? Among those in animal rescue circles, the phenomenon is known as “black dog syndrome.” According to animal shelter workers, animals with black coats can be somewhat harder to adopt out — or to even get noticed. It’s mostly an unconscious thing, say the experts, which may explain why black cats have the same problems finding a home. People who are aware of superstitions about black cats may also be unconsciously harboring superstitions about black dogs.
Source: MSNBC Health, 3/5/13