You’re a new parent.
You want to give your child an advantage in life by ensuring that they have a unique name. You want them to stand out from the masses a bit, no “Tom”, “Dick”, or “Harry” here for you.
But with every other enterprising parent also figuring out that they want the same thing for THEIR child, what are you to do?
Continue reading BE UNIQUE: GIVE YOUR CHILD AN ELVISH NAME
If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Old Country (Germany, Italy, France, etc), you’ll be amazed at how history surrounds you at every turn when you do finally make it over there.
Everywhere you look will be some ancient building or piece of art, forever preserved for the never-ending crowds of ooh-ing and aahh-ing tourists. Even just stepping out of the high-speed, modern train station in Venice is like stepping immediately into the 14th century (get to Venice while you can, before it sinks away into the sea forever – it’s worth the trip).
Continue reading THE 1800′S WERE A VULGAR, OBSCENE TIME IN HISTORY
The CDC claims that 1.7 million people become infected while at a hospital, but according to RID: The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, the actual number of infections at hospitals each year is much, much higher.
On average, a patient DIES AT A HOSPITAL due to a hospital-related infection every six minutes. RID says it’s at least 103,000 (preventable?) deaths a year, causing up to $30 billion in hospital costs.
It’s the fourth leading cause of death, with heart disease, cancer, and strokes taking the top three spots.
Continue reading HOSPITAL INFECTIONS KILL SOMEONE EVERY SIX MINUTES
Do you remember the FRACTURED FAIRY TALES segment on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show?
That’s where the show would tell slighty edited, oddball versions of classic stories – occasionally with a modern twist.
Continue reading FAIRY TALES FOR THE REST OF US
Web Watch knows that not everybody is religious.
There are those people who only go to church on Christmas and Easter (“C&E’ers”). Some who only attend on High Holy Days.
There are people who attend Mass every Saturday night, if only because they have other things to do on Sundays.
Each person has their own religious beliefs, and everyone can practice their religion in the best manner for their personal spiritual well-being. And we’re okay with that.
Continue reading HOW OFTEN DO YOU READ THE BIBLE? APPARENTLY, NOT AS OFTEN AS YOU THINK
Ask pretty much anyone about their birthday, and we can be fairly certain that the person you’re asking will be able to tell you about any number of famous people who share birthdays on the same day.
“King Henry VIII!”
A lot of this will be printed in the paper, and the information doesn’t really change from year to year. Astrologers really have it easy, don’t they?
Continue reading WHICH FICTIONAL CHARACTER DO YOU SHARE YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH?
One of the better job interview questions you can ask to get to know the candidate a little better is “what was the last book you’ve read?”
Chances are, especially if the job candidate is a bit younger than average, they’ll be hard-pressed to come up with an answer as they’ve typically spent most of their waking hours online or texting their friends.
It tends to catch people off-guard as they struggle to remember any book that wasn’t required for class that they happened to read just for fun.
Continue reading THAT BOOK YOU’RE READING SAYS YOU’RE A TOTAL DOUCHE
Web Watch wouldn’t be able to cover as many websites as we do without being able to read quickly and comprehend what we’re poking our heads into.
Reading fast is one thing; knowing what we just read about is something else entirely.
But the question can come up as you outpace your friends and family in reading the BIG BANG THEORY VANITY CARDS before they’re off the screen as to exactly HOW FAST CAN YOU READ?
Continue reading HOW FAST CAN YOU READ?
Just file this under the category of “Why didn’t we think of this?”. There has to be a target market for this type of thing…
Continue reading VIDEO FUN: NSFW AUDIOBOOKS
With all of today’s technologic gadgets and whizbang toys, parents everywhere often find themselves struggling to get their kids to expand their minds instead of simply sitting in front of a computer, mindlessly chatting with their friends on Club Penguin or Facebook.
And there’s nothing wrong with encouraging kids to read a little bit more once in a while.
It won’t hurt you. Heck, today’s kids really liked those Harry Potter books, and even some parents did too — even though Harry Potter really was a childrens book. Even JK Rowling admitted that.
So when the magazine SCHOLASTIC PARENT & CHILD decided to put together their own list of the 100 GREATEST BOOKS FOR KIDS, you knew that there would be some high-quality classics on here.
So parents – we have two questions for you:
- How many of the following books have you read yourself?
- How many of the following books do you know your kids have read?
Continue reading THE TOP 100 GREATEST CHILDRENS BOOKS OF ALL TIME
Web Watch is pleased to bring you yet another in our ongoing series of WEBSITES THAT HAVE BEEN TURNED INTO BOOKS, following in the footsteps of CAKE WRECKS and F*** MY LIFE that we’ve talked about in the past.
We know, we know.
Why didn’t we think of it?
All it takes is a really awesomely great idea, and you start a blog. Eventually, you start making so much traffic that mainstream press (and Web Watch) start writing about you. Soon, the book publishers begin calling — and that’s when you cash in and retire to the Bahamas.
Today’s entry on this list is entitled IT WAS OVER WHEN… (tales of romantic dead ends). Continue reading FINISH THIS SENTENCE: IT WAS OVER WHEN….
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader
Show of hands: how many of you read while sitting on the toilet?
Yeah, we thought so — reading (or using your smartphone or iPad) while dropping the kids off at the pool has become a habit by almost everyone. Web Watch cringes at those who take their office paperwork with them to the bathroom stall before a meeting, knowing that the next stapled handout we receive may be covered in fecal matter.
Yeah, not a pretty image to think about, is it? But you’re going to think about it next time you see your boss head to the bathroom before your next staff meeting, aren’t you? Yeah, we thought so. Continue reading IS READING WHILE IN THE BATHROOM GOOD FOR YOU?
We’re all guilty of it, scanning the magazine stand while in line at the grocery checkout lane, when those alluring photos and attention-grabbing headlines do exactly what they’re intended to do.
We reach out and grab the latest issue of Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Maxim, or other gender-oriented magazine to start to find out what we’re doing wrong with our love life.
Continue reading DEAR COSMO: YOUR SEX ADVICE SUCKS
Spoiler Alert: Bruce Willis Is Dead and
399 More Endings from Movies, TV, Books, and Life
Rosebud is a sled.
It was Earth all along.
Soylent Green is people.
Snape kills Dumbledore.
No longer is it safe to save a favorite movie, book, or TV show for later enjoyment if you want to avoid having the ending spoiled. Web Watch has mentioned before that we were successfully able to avoid hearing about the ending of THE SIXTH SENSE until we finally saw the film ourselves on DVD. Yes, we knew there was some general plot twist, but we always were able to avoid any in-depth conversation about it until many months after the film had been released.
And that was before Twitter and the #spoiler or #spoileralert hashtags came into play. We’ve gotten into online battles with friends who are active on various social media sites who have become angry about conversations on shows that they haven’t seen yet, but were pissed that they just happened to come across someone else’s comment.
Dude, if you don’t want to know what happened, then stay the hell off of Twitter. How the hell are WE supposed to know what you have or haven’t seen yet? Continue reading SPOILER ALERT! SPOILERS ARE GOOD FOR YOU! (PSST: VADER IS LUKE’S FATHER)