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Top 10 Videos that will Make You Laugh
by On July 7, 2009

Last month we ran a contest on our blog and asked “what makes you laugh?” We got so many great submissions that we thought we would share the top 10 funny videos to brighten your day.

Remember, laughter is a great attitude management tool. The benefits of a good laugh are endless: it improves your attitude; decreases stress and depression; it is a workout for your abdominal muscles; it increases oxygen to the brain and your muscles; it strengths your immune system; and laughter makes you more attractive.

Here is an interesting fact for you: On average, adults laugh 15 times a day. Children on the other hand, laugh over 400 times a day!!

So let’s up that average with our top 10 videos that will make you laugh:

1. Babies Laughing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3_SZjiLEaE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG5rQ3D_Zrw&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL-W8WpVCpo

2. Funny Animals
Dogs
Monkeys
Cats

3. SNL Skits
Cowbells
Christmas Trees 

4. Funny Commercials
E*TRADE
Mountain Dew

5. Dancing
History of Dance
Jim Carrey

6. Clips from TV Shows
Ellen
Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson with Jack Benny and Mel Blanc

7. Spoofs
Total Eclipse of the Heart

8. Classics
Who’s on First

9. Unlucky People
Basketball
Kids

10. Outtakes
News

Please post any other funny videos you want to share in the comments section.

Be Free!

Happy 4th of July – Celebrate Freedom
by On July 3, 2009

Freedom:  The capacity to exercise choice.

Be Free!

Happy Earth Day – Strange But True Facts About the Earth
by On April 22, 2009

Today is Earth Day!  Started on April 22, 1970, Earth Day marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement. 

Today, millions of people worldwide come together to observe the need to protect the earth.

In celebration of Earth Day, we found some interesting facts about the planet we call home. 

Crazy, Wacky and Strange But True Facts about Planet Earth

  • The U.S. Geological Survey says at least 1,000 million grams of space dust, or roughly 1,000 tons of material, enters the atmosphere every year and makes its way to Earths surface.
  • In 1783 an Icelandic eruption threw up enough dust to temporarily block out the sun over Europe.
  • The world’s deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1557 in central China. It struck a region where most people lived in caves carved from soft rock. The dwellings collapsed, killing an estimated 830,000 people.
  • About 20 to 30 volcanoes erupt each year, mostly under the sea.
  • The distance from the surface of Earth to the center is about 3,963 miles (6,378 kilometers).
  • A huge underground river runs underneath the Nile, with six times more water than the river above.
  • Beaver Lake, in Yellowstone Park, USA, was artificially created by beaver damming.
  • Off the coast of Florida there is an underwater hotel. Guests have to dive to the entrance.
  • Venice in Italy is built on 118 sea islets joined by 400 bridges. It is gradually sinking into the water.
  • The Ancient Egyptians worshipped a sky goddess called Nut.
  • In 1934, a gust of wind reached 371 km/h on Mount Washington in New Hampshire, USA.
  • Every second lighting strikes the earth about 100 times.
  • American Roy Sullivan has been struck by lighting a record seven times.
  • The oldest living tree is 4600 years old.
  • The fastest growing tree is the eucalyptus. It can grow 10 meters a year.
  • The USA uses 29% of the world’s petrol and 33% of the world’s electricity.
  • Tibet is the highest country in the world. Its average height above sea level is 4500 meters.
  • The oldest mountains in the world are the Highlands in Scotland. They are estimated to be about 400 million years old.
  • Fresh water from the River Amazon can be found up to 180 km out to sea.
  • There is no land at all at the North Pole, only ice on top of sea.
  • A mud flow can reach speeds excess of 100 mph (160 kph).

Be Free and Be Green!

These strange and wacky facts about the earth were found on ThatsWeird.net and StrangeVehicles.com

Top Ten Weird Tax Deductions
by On April 15, 2009

Well it is that time again – tax day.  Hopefully you have already filed and not frantically looking for business related receipts.  We found this report by Peter Blank from Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. on the top ten oddball tax deductions.  Enjoy a few laughs.
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Sometimes, despite objections from IRS, taxpayers get to write off some oddball items. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Pet Food

A couple who owned a junkyard were allowed to write off the cost of cat food they set out to attract wild cats. The feral felines did more than just eat. They also took care of snakes and rats on the property, making the place safer for customers. When the case reached the Tax Court, IRS lawyers conceded that the cost was deductible.

2. Moving the Family Pet

If you are changing jobs and meet a couple of tests, you can deduct your moving expenses — including the cost of moving your dog, cat or other pet from your old residence to your new home. Your pet — be it a Pekingese or a python — is treated the same as your other personal effects.

3. A Trip to Bermuda

This island is more than just a scenic place to visit. It’s a great place to schedule a tax write-off because business conventions held in Bermuda are deductible without having to show that there was a special reason for the meeting to be held there. That’s a sweet perk.

Other countries in the Caribbean region qualify, too, including Barbados, Costa Rica, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Saint Lucia plus Trinidad and Tobago. Meetings held in Canada, Mexico and all U.S. possessions also receive this favorable tax treatment.

Attend a convention in Paris or Rome or Beijing, though, and there’s no deduction unless you can show it made as much sense to travel abroad as to head to Pittsburgh.

4. Body Oil

A pro bodybuilder used body oil to make his muscles glisten in the lights during his competitions. The Tax Court ruled that he could deduct the cost of the oil as a business expense. However, the Court frowned on his deductions for buffalo meat and special vitamin supplements to enhance strength and muscle development.

5. A Private Airplane

Rather than drive five to seven hours to check on their rental condo or be tied to the only daily commercial flight available, a couple bought their own plane. The Tax Court allowed them to deduct their condo-related trips on the aircraft, including the cost of fuel and depreciation for the portion of time used for business-related purposes, even though these costs increased their overall rental loss.

6. Babysitting Fees

Fees paid to a sitter to enable a mother to get out of the house and do volunteer work for a charity are deductible as charitable contributions, according to the Tax Court, even though the money didn’t go directly to the charity.

7. Breast Augmentation

To get more tips, a stripper with the stage name “Chesty Love” decided to get breast implants to make her a size 56-FF. A Tax Court judge allowed Chesty to write off the cost of her operation, equating her new, um, assets to a stage prop.

Alas, the operation proved to be a problem for Chesty. She later tripped and ruptured one of her implants.

8. Landscaping

A sole proprietor who regularly met clients in an office in his home can deduct part of the costs of landscaping the property. The deductible portion is based on the percentage of the home that is used for business, according to the Tax Court. The Court also allowed a deduction for part of the costs of lawn care and driveway repairs.

9. Free Beer

In a novel promotion, a gas station owner gave his customers free beer in lieu of trading stamps. Proving that sometimes beer and gasoline do mix, the Tax Court allowed the write-off as a business expense.

10. Swimming Pool

A taxpayer with emphysema put in a pool after his doctor told him to develop an exercise regime. He swam in it twice a day and improved his breathing capacity. Turns out he swam in the pool more than his family did.

The Tax Court allowed him to deduct the cost of the pool (to the extent the cost exceeded its added value to the property) as a medical expense because its primary purpose was for medical care. Also, the cost of heating the pool, pool chemicals and a proportionate part of insuring the pool area are treated as medical expenses.
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Copyrighted, Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc.

Source:  http://finance.yahoo.com/taxes/article/102649/Top-Ten-Oddball-Tax-Deductions

April Fools Day – Best Fake Headlines
by On April 1, 2009

We searched the last few years of The Onion to find the best fake headlines for April Fools Day.  Enjoy laughing – it is a great attitude management tool!
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Queen Elizabeth II Announces She’s Pregnant Again
Citizens from Northumberland to Hampshire are buzzing with excitement as Queen Elizabeth II, 82, formally announced that she is expecting the arrival of another baby.

Hurricane Katrina Returns To New Orleans To Apologize
Hurricane Katrina returned to New Orleans Tuesday to beg the Crescent City for forgiveness, telling residents, “I’ve had a long time to think about what I’ve done to you all, and I realize now that it was wrong.”

Dollar Bill On Floor Sends Wall Street Into Frenzy
Wall Street investors experienced a sudden surge in optimism Tuesday when, after six tumultuous weeks that saw record drops in the Dow Jones industrial average, a $1 bill was spotted on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Long-Standing Conflict Ends As Israel Returns Lawn Mower To Palestine
Decades of ethnic tension ceased instantaneously Monday when Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas shook hands over a comprehensive agreement to return a faded green lawn mower first borrowed by Israel in 1949.

Hallmark Scientists Identify 3 New Human Emotions
Scientists at Hallmark announced Monday that they had discovered three previously unknown emotions that can be experienced by human beings and captured on a folded piece of card stock.

NASA Announces Plan To Bring Wi-Fi To Its Headquarters By 2017
In a statement to the press today, NASA said, “It may seem like an impossible task, but if we commit all of our focus, technology, and resources, we can get Wi-Fi into NASA’s offices and research labs within our generation.”

Child On White House Tour Momentarily Seizes Control Of Nation
In an event unprecedented in American history, Brandon Myers, a relatively obscure Iowa 10-year-old with no previous experience in domestic politics,  seized control of the United States Tuesday after he slipped away from his White House tour group and locked himself in the Oval Office.

Man In Inner Tube Completes First Lazy Transatlantic Journey
Gary Morgan, 42, completed the first nonstop leisurely solo float across the Atlantic Ocean in an inflated rubber tube Tuesday.

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Source:  http://www.theonion.com/archive/

St Patrick's Day Quiz
by On March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  It’s the one day of the year when everyone has a wee bit ‘o the Green.  

We thought we’d test your knowledge of all things Irish with our St. Patty’s Day Quiz.  Answers are below.

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1.  St. Patrick was born in which country?

a)  Ireland
b)  England
c)  France
d)  Norway

2.  How many leaves does a shamrock have?

a)  2
b)  3
c)  4
d)  6

3.  The phrase, “Erin Go Bragh,” often said on St. Patrick’s Day, means:

a)  I Love Ireland
b)  Ireland Forever
c)  Brave and Free
d)  Ireland, My Home

4.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, how many U.S. residents who claim Irish ancestry?

a)  17.7 million
b)  26.8 million 
c)  34.7 million
d)  42.2 million

5. On March 17, we remember St. Patrick’s:

a)  Birth
b)  Death
c)  The day St. Patrick was named a Saint
d)  The day St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland

6.  According to legend, kissing the Blarney Stone endows the kisser with what gift?

a)  Gab
b)  Dance
c)  Red hair
d)  A pot of gold

7.  How many colors make up a rainbow?

a)   5
b)  6
c)  7
d)  8

8.  According to Irish legend, what do you find at the end of a rainbow?

a)  Lucky Charms Cereal
b)  Four Leaf Clover
c)  Crystal Statue
d)  Pot of Gold 

9.  Two hands clasping a heart is the traditional design of an Irish…

a)  Ring
b)  Bracelet
c)  Necklace
d)  Earring

10.  What is the currency of Ireland?

a)  The Pound
b)  The Euro
c)  The Dollar
d)  Tanáiste

Answers:

1.  B – St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity.

2.  B – Shamrocks have 3 leaves.  The world record for the most leaves on a clover stem is 18 and was discovered by Shigeo Obara of Hanamaki City, Iwate, Japan on May 25, 2002.

3.  D – Ireland, My Home

4.  C – There are 34.7 million U.S. residents who claim Irish ancestry. This number is almost nine times the population of Ireland itself (4.2 million). Irish is the US’s second most frequently reported ancestry, trailing only those of German ancestry.

5.  B – The date is when St. Patrick died. St. Patrick died on 17 March 461 AD. and has been celebrated ever since.

6.  A – According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The word blarney has come to mean clever, flattering, or coaxing talk.

7.  C – There are 7 colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. “Roy G. Biv” and “Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain” are popular mnemonics.

8.  D – Pot of Gold – Leprechauns are fabled to be keepers of the mythical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  If you capture a leprechaun, it is said he has to give you his gold.

9.  A – Two hands clasping a heart is the traditional design of the Claddagh, a ring given in friendship or as a wedding ring.

10.  B – The Euro

Funny Video – How to Remember Names from the TV Show The Office
by On February 20, 2009

 

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Top 8 Voting Myths Debunked
by On November 4, 2008

It’s election day so do not forget to exercise your right to VOTE!  Before you head to the polls, I recently came accross this article on http://www.wiretapmag.org/ and thought I would pass it along to our readers.  Enjoy!

Myth No. 1: I will be turned away from the polls if I wear an Obama or McCain shirt.

NOT TRUE. You can’t be turned away from the polls, but you may be asked to cover the parts of your clothing that are advertising your candidate. Certain states — such as California, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and New York — restrict anything that can be considered campaign material within 50 to 150 feet of voting sites. If you’ve got questions, contact your state election official to find out the exact rules in your state, or, just be sure to bring an extra shirt or sweater for when you place your vote.

Myth No. 2: If something goes wrong – I’m not on the voter rolls, forgot my ID, recently moved – I can’t vote.

NOT TRUE. You may need to take an oath affirming you’re a citizen, and that you live where you say you do. But keep in mind that the burden of proof is on the person making the challenge, not you. If your right to vote is being challenged for any reason, call the Election Protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) to get immediate legal advice. You can also request a provisional ballot from poll officials.

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) states that voters who believe themselves to be eligible, despite being identified as ineligible at the polls, can cast a provisional ballot. In 2000, many voters in Florida were taken off the rolls if their names were similar to a list of convicted felons. That meant that, because “S. Burris” was a felon, Sarah Burris, Sue Burris and Sam Burris were denied their voting privileges. HAVA was passed in response to this flagrant violation of voting rights and now requires that all voters, regardless of name, are given a provisional ballot upon request.

Myth No. 3: If I registered to vote through ACORN, my registration is not valid.

NOT TRUE. While some ACORN voter registrations are being investigated, if you provided accurate information, your registration is valid. In case you encounter problems, call the Election Protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or be sure to request a provisional ballot.

Myth No. 4: Absentee ballots don’t count and are only used as tie-breakers.

NOT TRUE. Like provisional ballots, absentee ballots count as a regular vote in every state.

Myth No. 5: If you register to vote under your school address, you will be dropped from your parents’ health insurance or lose financial aid.

NOT TRUE. In a recent Time Magazine report, officials in Montgomery, Virginia, Greenville, South Carolina, and El Paso, Colorado told students that their health care and financial aid would be in jeopardy if they were to cast a vote. There was just one problem with these warnings: They were entirely untrue. Time reports, “[A]ccording to youth-voter advocates and the IRS… these dire warnings were incorrect.”

Myth No. 6: I can’t vote because I recently moved, or the address on my driver’s license is different from my current address.

NOT TRUE. The driver’s license is strictly used to verify a voter’s identity, not place of residence. State law requires that you vote in the precinct in which you live. If you’re not sure where your polling location is, visit visit Vote411.org or Google Maps. If you end up at the wrong location, poll workers can direct you to the correct precinct.

Myth No. 7: If I have any unpaid parking or traffic tickets, warrants, unpaid child support or receive food stamps or welfare, I can’t vote.

NOT TRUE. Fliers claiming absurd things like this pop up almost every election year. They weren’t true then, and they aren’t true now.

Myth No. 8: If I have been convicted of a felony, I can’t vote.

MISLEADING. Each state has its own process, but only two states — Kentucky and Virginia — deny the right to vote to all ex-offenders. To find the specific laws in each state, check out this short and simple guide (PDF) put together by the Sentencing Project.

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Source:

http://www.wiretapmag.org/elections2008/43820/

This content is produced by Rock the Trail — a partnership between Rock the Vote and WireTap. Sarah Burris and De Nishia Yearby are reporters of Rock the Trail

Carve Your Own Digital Pumpkin
by On October 31, 2008

Check out this cool site where you can carve a Halloween jack-o-lantern pumpkin on your screen! 

Click “done” and a candle will be lit inside it

http://www.toilette-humor.com/slash/carve_pumpkin.swf

Happy Halloween 🙂

Offices Going Green – Funny Email Taglines
by On September 26, 2008

At the Freedom Personal Development staff meeting last week, we brainstormed ideas to make our office green, or more environmentally friendly.

One of the suggestions (along with planting trees and turning off computer monitors at the end of the day) was adding a cute tagline to the bottom of our emails that basically reminds the recipient to think before they print.

The tag line we decide to use states “Please consider the environment before printing this email.” Straight to the point, polite and well, a little bland. Don’t get me wrong, I think this is a great tagline and reminder to save paper and I am happy to add it to my emails.

If you are looking for a little more spice to add to your green email tagline, check out some of the HILARIOUS ideas we found at http://ekhudson.wordpress.com/2008/02/05/hello-world/

  • Printing emails is the new clubbing seals.
  • Rome lasted over a thousand years without printing emails. Are you really going let Nero and Elagabalus have a better impact on the environment than you?
  • Why print this email? You wouldn’t copy a DVD to BetaMAX.
  • This email was produced with the highest quality bytes and Grade-A electrons; why degrade it by printing it on an obsolete medium like paper?
  • Printing this email makes Al Gore cry.
  • Unless this is a twenty dollar bill, it isn’t worth printing. 
  • Here’s a useful shortcut to remember – Ctrl-P = Rampant Climate Change.
  • 10 square miles of Rain Forest were used to print your list of Top Ten Things Cats are Thinking.
  • The Rare Spotted Mewling Toad agrees that printing your memo is more important than his habitat.
  • If man was not meant to print his emails, he would not have been given the gift of toner.
  • Mother Nature says: Forward All > Print
  • Welcome to the Digital Age! Printing emails went out with the fanny pack.
  • F.Y.I., your boss hates the sight of paper. It’s a ‘Nam thing. Maybe try forwarding instead of printing.

Please share any funny Ecofriendly email taglines you come accross!

PS – Please don’t print this blog post – Show climate change who wears the pants in this biosphere.