Monthly Archives: July 2012

Pictures of Funny Looking Olympians


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Those Olympic athletes are the epitome of grace, talent, and pure athleticism.

But man, can they be funny looking.

And we’re not talking about the typical, run-of-the-mill person-in-the-next-cubicle funny-looking person.

No, we’re talking OMG, get a load of THAT!

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Advice for the Incoming College Freshman


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Surprise:  college is NOT like the movie Animal House.

Well, not entirely, anyway.

But there are some things that remain true for every college experience – looking back, it will always be remembered as having been much more fun than it actually was.

And that’s because it’s the fun times that are always remembered the most.  You won’t recall the drudgery of studying in the library all night long for some midterm exam.  But you will remember that drunken evening trading stories with some hottie while sitting on the roof of a random fraternity house… without any knowledge of how you actually ended up in that situation.

As a parent, you’re obligated to remind your offspring all the practical things to keep in mind about as your prized possession heads off to college and out of the house for the first time.

But maybe, if Web Watch can offer the advice that you wouldn’t ever hear from the parental units, you may have a much better College Experience overall.

After all, has Web Watch ever steered you wrong in the past?  (If we have, don’t answer that — just let us believe…!)

Continue reading ADVICE FOR THE INCOMING COLLEGE FRESHMAN

Why today’s politicians are dumber than previous ones


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Have you ever considered going into politics?

Sure, there’s some fame and fortune involved, plus the added bonus of actually feeling like you’re giving something back to the community that you represent.  This may work best in smaller cities and neighborhoods — being the president of your local Homeowners Association requires a completely different skillset than being the Mayor of your town.

Just like being Mayor requires different skills in some podunk town in the middle of nowhere than it does being Mayor of a major metropolitan city.

Face it – if too many cows on your byways is the biggest problem you have to deal with, then you’re not quite ready to attack the Major Politics of Today.

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
You Are Not So Smart:
Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook,
Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction,
and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself

All that’s not to say that representing a small political arena is for dumb people, and only smart people can manuever around Big City or National politics.

But maybe there are some trends that can identify whether the person representing your best interests is as smart as they can be when compared to their compatriots.

For instance, according to SUNLIGHT LABS analysis of the members of congress and how they use language, they can identify who present themselves at a higher-intelligent level vs those in congress is try to talk to the lowest-common denominator.

Using some analysis of speeches that all Congressional members have made, they’ve been able to determine the grade level that each Congressman typically speak at.

From a trending perspective, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that as more and more years pass, Congressional speech patterns are getting worse and worse.  Web Watch calls it the MTV Effect (or, to update for the 21st century – the YouTube Effect).  Shorter attention spans and the rise of quick edit TV newscasts has resulted in what is – in effect – representatives that have lost the ability to sound like they’re talking intelligently.

They all may be extremely smart individuals.  But they’re certainly not all presenting themselves that way.

Let’s look at the LOWEST RANKING CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS and their level of grade school talk:

  • Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC) – 7th grade
  • Rep Rob Woodall (GA) – 8th grade
  • Rep Rand Paul (KY) – 8th grade
  • Rep Sean Duffy (WI) – 8th grade
  • Rep Tim Griffin (AR) – 8th grade

vs

  • Rep Dan Lungren (CA) – 16th grade
  • Rep Liculle Roybal-Allard (CA) – 14th grade
  • Rep Jim Gerlach (PA) – 14th grade
  • Rep Tom Petri (WI) – 14th grade
  • Sen Daniel Akaka (HI) – 14th grade

(Just go with the grades higher than 12 to be collegiate level. Web Watch is just reporting what’s in the data, not making judgements on how its interpreted.)

Some of what the analysis shows is:

  • Simple speech tends to come from those who speak more.
  • Moderate members of Congress tend to speak at higher grade levels than do those members of Congress who would be considered more extreme.
  • Newer members of Congress tend to speak to a lower grade level than those who’ve been in Congress longer

 

 

 

 

Video Fun: You’ve got some stanky breath


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Web Watch loves good music video parodies – especially ones that have a message.

Here’s one song that an online commenter had this to say:

FINALLY! A SONG ABOUT BEING GAY and…desiring love…WITHOUT IT SOUNDING LIKE crap.

 

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How to explode a watermelon


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Have you ever wanted to go completely Gallagher on somebody, and just slam a watermelon with a sledgehammer to see how it feels?

Maybe you just don’t have a sledgehammer handy, and maybe you want to make it more interesting and interactive for all involved parties.

Here’s how Web Watch will help you EXPLODE A WATERMELON, using common office supplies — and hopefully, have you win a bar bet or two.

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How to tell if you’re raising a spoiled brat? It’s all about where you live


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How much do you spend on your child at Christmas or for their birthday?

Are you one of those parents that believe that their child is extra-special and deserves to be given everything they ever could possibly ask for?

Or are you a parent whose philosophy is more along the lines of being sure to offer your children a choice, such as “would you like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich… or a spanking?”  You know, because letting children make their own decisions is so important in encouraging a child’s self-worth and well-being.

Continue reading HOW TO TELL IF YOU’RE RAISING A SPOILED BRAT? IT’S ALL ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE

Study shows the “5-Second Rule” is healthy for kids


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Maybe our parents weren’t that dumb after all.

When Web Watch was younger, we recall that our parents did something a bit unusual with all their friends:  when one of the children got sick, the parents would insist that all the kids would then have to get together and play until all the kids were sick at the same time.

This is, if our memory is correct about the situation, how all of the kids we knew ended up with the chicken pox at the exact same time.

From a parenting viewpoint, it was probably good planning; they got all their own kids through the fun of being all itchy and scratchy at the same time as all of the classmates did.  It must have been like a chicken pox epidemic at that school.

Yes, Web Watch grew up in the age of “chickenpox parties”.  We really don’t hear of those happening today, do we?

Continue reading STUDY SHOWS THE “5-SECOND RULE” IS HEALTHY FOR KIDS

Are you a roadkill killer? Chances are – yes, yes you are.


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Web Watch sees it every day.

Animal carcasses by the side of the road.  Usually it’s a skunk or an opposum.

Sometimes a raccoon.  Occasionally a rabbit.  Wild animals that just don’t know how to cross a road safely (which may explain why we never see a chicken at the side of the road — apparently, chickens know how to cross the road).

Once in a while we see a deer.

We even saw a dead moose once.  No idea how the car that hit that monstrosity survived.

Continue reading ARE YOU A ROADKILL KILLER? CHANCES ARE — YES, YES YOU ARE.

60% of web surfing is done via a mobile device


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Do you have an iPad, Android tablet, or netbook?  Are you glued to your iPhone, Android device, or Blackberry?

Web Watch is going to take a wild guess that you’re not just using those devices for making phone calls or using them exclusively for business.

Continue reading 60% OF WEB SURFING IS DONE VIA A MOBILE DEVICE

When it comes to your privacy, Facebook stinks


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By now, you’ve probably gotten used to all the privacy warnings about Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and other social media and online sites.

You’ve certainly heard all the news, even if you haven’t taken the time to actually do anything about it in your own life.

And maybe that’s okay.  Maybe it all depends on your personal philosophy about what people can do with your personal information.  They say that kids today don’t care as much about keeping things to themselves as their parents did at that same age.

Of course, all that openess could come back to bite those youngsters when they go out to find their first job — but that’s at least 10 years from now, right?

Continue reading WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR PRIVACY, FACEBOOK STINKS

Everything your date knows about you, he learned from your dog


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They say that the best way to meet someone is to take your dog for a walk at the park.

Or borrow a friend’s dog, and take the dog for a walk at the park.

Or hang out at the Humane Society, taking the puppies out for a walk at the park.

(See the trend here, folks?)

The secret – obviously – is to get a dog, and let that be your way to introduce yourself to the ladies or the guys.  Who can resist puppies?

Continue reading EVERYTHING YOUR DATE KNOWS ABOUT YOU, HE LEARNED FROM YOUR DOG

TIL that you are who you hang out with


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Web Watch has two questions for you today:

  • How many close, personal friends do you have in your Real Life?
  • How many close, personal friends do you have online?

The qualifier portion of these questions are really that “close” and “personal” portion.  Everybody has dozens of acquaintances, people you know peripherally.

Friends of friends.

Spouses of friends.

Folks you see at the bar / soccer field / diner on a regular basis, enough to wave or say “hi” to, but not necessarily people you’d invite over for a bottle of wine.

Would they qualify as “close, personal” friends?

Continue reading TIL THAT YOU ARE WHO YOU HANG OUT WITH

How to take over Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World


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You’ve been there.

The yelling, the screaming kids.  The crowds.  The pushing and shoving.

Going to Walt Disney World can seem, to some, to be a form of modern-day warfare, with every tourist working hard to achieve the ultimate prize of a Relaxing Family Vacation (five days of fun crammed into three)!

You’ve felt like you were going to snap, didn’t you?

Continue reading HOW TO TAKE OVER CINDERELLA CASTLE AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Are you still using Internet Explorer 6? Please stop, right now.


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Hi.   Welcome to Web Watch.

What browser are you using?

If you answer with anything other than INTERNET EXPLORER version 6, then welcome.  You can skip this post entirely and go on to find other, more interesting things that we’ve posted on Web Watch over the years.

In other words, this post is not for you.

Continue reading ARE YOU STILL USING INTERNET EXPLORER 6? PLEASE STOP, RIGHT NOW.

More Disney Princess Cosplay at Comic-Con


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For the past few years, Web Watch has pointed out the sheer joy that SOME DISNEY PRINCESS FANS get by dressing up as their FAVORITE DISNEY PRINCESS character at the annual ComicCon convention in San Diego.

Oh yeah, and did we mention that they were dressed as their favorite SEXY DISNEY PRINCESS?

Thought we’d point that out.

Princess Arial costume for AdultsPrincess Arial costume for Adults

Continue reading MORE DISNEY PRINCESS COSPLAY AT COMIC-CON