Monthly Archives: June 2011

Should You Change Your Password? Yes, yes you should.


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My Top Secret Passwords notepad
My Top Secret Passwords notepad

With all the recent news about hackers breaking into major sites and stealing usernames/passwords, it was only a matter of time before some enterprising person would compile all those released databases and provide a practical service. Continue reading SHOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD? YES, YES YOU SHOULD.

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about bird poop


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Bird Poop Magnets
Bird Poo Magnets

Here at Web Watch, we’re always making sure that our readers are up to date with all the most important things on the Internet.

Today, we wanted to point out one site that should be at the top of your bookmark list, if only because they recently celebrated POOP WEEK. Continue reading EVERYTHING YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BIRD POOP

Why do people love to buy clothes?


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Collapsable Rolling Garment Rack
Collapsable, Rolling Garment Rack

Go to the mall on any given weekend, and you’ll see tons of people. But are they strolling and browsing, or actively shopping?

Well, if you believe what the polls are saying these days, WHERE YOU LIVE DICTATES HOW MUCH YOU LOVE (or hate) TO SHOP. Continue reading WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE TO BUY CLOTHES?

Should parents allow teens to have sex at home?


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What About Sex?: Teens Speak Out About Parents, Peers & Personal Responsibility
What About Sex?: Teens Speak Out About Parents, Peers & Personal Responsibility

It’s a growing trend these days – parents, in their bid to be “cool and hip”, are allowing their teens to have more and more benefits that the parents may have been denied themselves while growing up.

Whether it be their own cellphone when they’re 10 years old, regular access to the kegerator in the basement when they’re 15, or being given their own new car just because they lived to be 16-years-old – more parents are deciding that the old rule of “as long as it’s at home, it’s okay” is a perfectly adequate way to raise their children.

Even when it comes to teens having sex in the house.

Continue reading SHOULD PARENTS ALLOW TEENS TO HAVE SEX AT HOME?

How Extreme Couponing Works, and how to save money at the grocery store with it


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Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey: Save Big Money & Make the Grocery Aisle your Catwalk!
Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey: Save Big Money & Make the Grocery Aisle your Catwalk!

If you’re like Web Watch, you watch a lot of television.  And one of the more recent interesting series we’ve caught is TLC’s EXTREME COUPONING.

You know the show – it features shopping trips by couponing fanatics who are able to save 90% or more on their supermarket bill by careful planning and using coupons.

TLC’s cameras follow these proud hoarders around the store as they fill their shopping carts with hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise that they’ll pay just cents on the dollar for – and then show us their “mini-marts” of storage at home, where they have enough cereal, bathroom supplies, and diapers to last for months or years without returning to the store ever again.

While Web Watch admires some of these coupon folks for using their shopping knowledge to supply charities or care packages for overseas troops, it’s those featured on the show that end up buying products that they’ll never use that really concerns us.  One show featured a woman who had almost a year’s worth of diapers in her storage area – she’s not married, pregnant, or has any children of her own. She did this so she’ll be ready when that time comes.

Just what every baby needs to wear – disposable diapers that are five years older than they are. Continue reading HOW EXTREME COUPONING WORKS, AND HOW TO SAVE MONEY AT THE GROCERY STORE WITH IT

Video Fun: What if laugh tracks never existed? What if they were everywhere?


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Bag of Laughs
Bag of Laughs

Have you ever wondered what TV’s popular sitcoms would be like if they didn’t have a laugh track?

That’s right – they’d be just like real life.  In other words, not nearly as funny without the laugh track accompaniment telling us when it’s appropriate to laugh at others.

Let’s take a look at some TV scenes that have the laugh track removed and you’ll see what we mean:

Continue reading VIDEO FUN: WHAT IF LAUGH TRACKS NEVER EXISTED? WHAT IF THEY WERE EVERYWHERE?

A compilation of Bad Designs


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The Design of Everyday Things
The Design of Everyday Things

We’ve all seen braille buttons and signs posted on the drive-up ATM, and many people (unfortunately) then have to mutter to their travelling companions, “hey, look at the braille on the drive-up ATM? How many blind people drive?”

Let’s be honest – the real trick is not that their are braille-labelled buttons on the drive-through ATM, but that the buttons are associated with a display screen.

There’s no braille on the screen, so how would a blind person know which button to select?  Oh, we know there’s an easy answer to this, but Web Watch likes to point it out anyway.  It may be practical to the blind, but to a sighted person, it just looks like bad design. Continue reading A COMPILATION OF BAD DESIGNS

Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals spread germs everywhere they go


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 Doctor Walking Through Hospital Closet with Blue Sheets and Scrubs
Doctor walking around in scrubs

You’ve seen them around town:  walking through the park on their way to and from lunch, driving through the bank teller line, shopping at the grocery store, eating at restaurants after a shift, riding your elevator — doctors, dental hygenists, nurses, and other medical professionals all wearing their scrubs out in public.

Think about it.

Why do medical professionals wear scrubs?  They’re easy to clean, and they don’t want to get their “real” clothes dirty.

So why do you see so many of these same medical staff wandering around in public in their scrub outfits?  They certainly aren’t going to wear these non-sterilized clothes anywhere that would possible infect you in their day-to-day care of your illness or dental exams.

Or are they?

Continue reading DOCTORS, NURSES, AND OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS SPREAD GERMS EVERYWHERE THEY GO

Photographer Ryan Astamendi takes Real-life Disney Princesses photos


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Disney's Aladdin Jasmine Deluxe Adult Costume
Disney’s Aladdin – Jasmine Adult Costume

Ryan Astamendi is a professional photographer with an extensive portfolio of work.

One thing that he is becoming known for is his ability to recreate classic Disney Princess animated characters and turn them into real-life models.

Take, for example, the above stock advertising photo for a Jasmine costume from Disney’s Aladdin.  There’s nothing wrong with the photo or the model – it’s doing exactly what the marketing department requested.  If you’re looking for a costume, it’s perfectly adequate… but if you’re looking for the “essence” of the character, you have to look elsewhere.

That’s why what Ryan does is much, much more than just take a photo or two. Continue reading PHOTOGRAPHER RYAN ASTAMENDI TAKES REAL-LIFE DISNEY PRINCESSES PHOTOS

Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Baseball Stadiums


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Remembering Fenway Park: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Boston Red Sox
Remembering Fenway Park: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Boston Red Sox

Every once in a while, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) posts something on their website that really does appeal to people from all sectors — their list of the TOP TEN VEGAN-FRIENDLY BASEBALL STADIUMS – because even if you’re a carnivore yourself, you may have friends that are vegan or vegetarian that you like to hang out with. Continue reading TOP 10 VEGAN-FRIENDLY BASEBALL STADIUMS

The Top 20 Honeymoon Destinations


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Just Married doorknob sign
Just Married doorknob sign

How can anyone get married and not go on a decent honeymoon to some exotic locale?

Web Watch knows someone who’s idea of an exotic honeymoon destination was Branson, Missouri.  And before you comment to mock the happy couple – they’ve been together 15 years and have been back to Branson a number of times.

Different strokes for different folks. It’s what makes their relationship special.

Continue reading THE TOP 20 HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS

Research shows connection between loss of virginity and divorce rates


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Divorce Cake Topper
Divorce Cake Topper

Researchers have uncovered a link between when a woman lost her virginity and the likelihood of her getting a divorce later in life.

The study was published in the April edition of the JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY in a piece entitled ADOLESCENT SEXUALITY AND THE RISK OF MARITAL DISSOLUTION. Continue reading RESEARCH SHOWS CONNECTION BETWEEN LOSS OF VIRGINITY AND DIVORCE RATES

New money-saving tip: get drunk, not broke


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Arthur / Arthur 2
Arthur / Arthur 2

Want to save money?

Well, you have to ask yourself about what is one of your biggest expenses that you can’t live without.

That’s right – it’s your liquor and beer.  What’s life if you can’t have a decent drink once in a while? Continue reading NEW MONEY-SAVING TIP: GET DRUNK, NOT BROKE

New diet tip: get drunk, not fat


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Drink This, Not That
Drink This, Not That

David Zinczenko, Matt Goulding, and the rest of the gang at Men’s Health have a great concept that Web Watch wholeheartedly agrees with — if you want to lose weight the easy way, just change what you eat through simple meal replacements.

Like the photo above, you can still have your giant-sized coffee beverage, but the Starbucks version will save you 200 calories and 30 grams of fat.

But let’s face it – their book is full of practical advice when what we really want are the details surrounding the unpublished information on the drinks we really enjoy: beer and liquor. Continue reading NEW DIET TIP: GET DRUNK, NOT FAT

Want your own personal Hangover? Zach Galifianakis costs $75,000; Ken Jeong $30k


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Zach Galifianakis - Hangover poster
Zach Galifianakis, Hangover poster

A lot of people have visited Web Watch looking for information on HOW TO HIRE THE DAN BAND, as seen in the first HANGOVER film.

But that was so two years ago.

Continue reading WANT YOUR OWN PERSONAL HANGOVER? ZACH GALIFIANAKIS COSTS $75,000; KEN JEONG $30K