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Internet Reviews


If you’re like me, you do your research on anything big you buy, or places you eat or stay at.

Sometimes I really wonder if the reviews I read are real.

What’s to stop an ambitious company from gaming the system with fake, glowing reviews?

Well, thanks to some researchers they have come up with a statistical technique for finding false reviews, noting how fake ratings skew the natural J-shaped curve that real reviews produce.

Does Your Child Know What To Do?


A couple of days ago an amazing 11 year old didn’t let fear keep him from taking control.

An 11-year-old boy hid under his bed and called his father when he heard glass shattering at his Hollywood home.

Authorities say Luis Gutierrez told his son — also named Luis — to call 911 Thursday afternoon. The boy stayed on the line with dispatchers while three teenagers who broke into his Hollywood home.

Hollywood police Lt. Nikki Coffin calls the boy brave.

Soldier Sells Medal


It's kind of sad to hear about an out-of-work veteran who felt he had to sell his Army medal on eBay to raise money to start a new business. The medal went for $5,200 on eBay yesterday.

   "When I saw the amount that was posted on eBay, when I saw that it was $2,000, it was just, it was overwhelming," said BILL SHEPHARD, who returned from Iraq two-and-a-half years ago and couldn't drum up work in Woodbury.

10 Perfect Educational Vacations


See the full story on Yahoo's SHINE!


Wasting Our Time On These "Health" Habits

Health Habits that are a waste of time!

We've always been told certain "medical" myths....feed a cold, starve a fever...floss twice a day...dont eat after a certain hour.

When it comes to staying healthy, much of what we accept as gospel is actually heresy. It's what Mom said. It's what our friends do. And everything sounds so reasonable. But some of it is completely unnecessary.



See Your Dentist Twice A Year

Willing to Forgive...


You probably heard about the 68 year old grandmother who was tormented on a school bus in upstate New York.

More than $380,000 has been raised for the woman after video of her being bullied on the bus by four seventh-graders went viral.

The verbal abuse of Karen Klein on Monday was captured by a student, showing her trying to ignore the taunts, profanity and insults until she finally began crying.

The Child Affection Strike


I was reading an article by Katia Hetter; she's a parenting guide for CNN and she was talking about her daughter who occasionally goes on a hugging and kissing strike.

She's 4. Her parents could get a hug or a kiss, but many people who know her cannot, at least right now. And I won't make her.

"I would like you to hug Grandma, but I won't make you do it," I told her recently.

"I don't have to?" she asked, cuddling up to me at bedtime, confirming the facts to be sure.

The Mistress

This week the woman who some call her as Rielle the man-hunter, Rielle the marriage destroyer or Rielle, the woman who brought down former presidential candidate John Edwards.

Ironically, a couple of weeks after John Edwards was aquitted it seems like perfect timing that Rielle Hunter has penned a revealing memoir with many new revelations about her relationship with Edwards.

“What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me,” to be published June 26, details how she got caught up in one of the biggest political scandals in recent history.

Why is Scary Music Frightening?


Remember a few months ago someone did a study of music and what types of songs can make you cry?

Adelle’s Rolling In The Deep had all the components that make you cry.

Now comes a study on what makes music scary!

Think of the JAWS theme from 1975.

A new study has found a connection between horror movie music and the screeches of young frightened animals makes it scary!

Researchers believe there are biologically-ingrained reasons why sudden, dissonant sounds and minor chords make us apprehensive.

Skinny Ban


You've heard of discrimination against overweight people, but what about discrimination against thin gals? A gym in Canada bans "skinny" women from their gym...

Slim and svelte? Then you may be banned from Canada's new gym Body Exchange, which business model focuses primarily on obese people. In fact, they say that thin people "bring down morale."

Founder and CEO Louise Green said that the gym is a "safe haven" for overweight people who may be intimidated to work out in the presence of those who are fit.

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