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The Oscars were on ABC last night. I work for an ABC affiliate, but did I get invited? Well, maybe I did. Move over Jennifer Lawrence. I’m getting in that selfie! Ellen DeGeneres grabbed a bunch of celebs at the Academy Awards show for a record-breaking selfie. At last count, the picture (with Jude Law instead of me in it) was re-tweeted three million times. The previous record was held by President Obama’s… Read More

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Over the weekend I found myself doing something that could end up ruining my marriage. The guilt is overwhelming, so I have to confess. I was …………. unloading the dishwasher. My wife hates doing it, so I often do the chore to make her happy. Turns out it may be sending us down the road to Splitsville, if a new study is correct. Divorce more likely if couples share housework, says study…. Read More

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Can one word define the culture where you live? Probably not, but it may give a pretty good snapshot of it, when it comes to the words “church” and “beer”, according to a recent study. The study by Floatingsheep.org found that Americans tweet more about church than beer, and there’s a distinct regional difference between the tweets. Researchers combed through about 10 million tweets from one week last month to come up… Read More

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A new study found that families with pets in the house could end up with healthier kids. The Finnish study followed nearly 400 newborns during their first year and found that babies who grew up with dogs or cats had fewer ear infections and respiratory problems. Researchers say animal interaction helps a baby’s immune system to mature more quickly. They also found that kids with pets needed less medication, even when they… Read More

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I just got back from filling up the car. Maybe I shouldn’t have, after reading one of our news stories tonight. A new study found gas pump handles are some of the dirtiest surfaces we touch. I know, it’s one of those studies that aren’t that shocking, but still get us thinking. The study was by Kimberly-Clark (which, by the way, makes hand wipes and cleansers). Trained hygienists tested surfaces in half… Read More

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There’s a good chance some of you are reading this while you’re at work. Feel guilty that you’re surfing the web, when you should be slaving away? I didn’t think so. But in case you do feel a tinge of guilt, the results of  a new study may erase it. It found that visiting your favorite websites at work, when the boss isn’t looking, actually makes most of us more productive. The… Read More

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Note to employee when it comes to salary negotiations and workplace politics: Be a jerk. You’ll make a lot more money. Okay, maybe “jerk” is a little strong. Just don’t be agreeable, according to a new study. The gap is wider for men The study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology find that agreeable workers earn significantly less than their less agreeable colleagues. The gap is especially wide for men…. Read More

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Here’s one of those studies that caught our attention in the newsroom. Are dogs as smart as kids? (Insert joke here.) I have three of each, so I’m interested in how this one turns out. A new study finds that dogs have the developmental abilities of a two-year-old. So I guess that means my three boys (ages 16, 18 and 21) shouldn’t feel threatened in an IQ test with our two Labs… Read More

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My motto in the news biz for the past 30 years has always been, “Don’t kill the messenger.” I just report the news, not make it. Keep that in mind as you read the findings from a study on gender, weight and pay in a recent CNN story. (If you’re a woman worried about carrying that extra weight, this won’t make you feel any better.) Here’s the story:

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Did you hear? If you’re a married couple you’re a rare breed. Closer to becoming extinct. A dinosaur. For the first time, married couples have dropped below half of all American households, according to the Census Bureau. Married couples are now the minority. From The New York Times:  Married couples represented just 48 percent of American households in 2010… This was slightly less than in 2000, but far below the 78 percent… Read More

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A new study caught my eye today.  It basically found that college students are learning next to nothing.  Say what?  The study of more than 2.300 undergrads found 45% show no significant improvement in the key measures of critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore years. That hits home for me.  I have a sophomore in college, so I shot him a text right away, with a… Read More

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Most of the surveys and studies we report on the news are “no-brainers”.  Meaning “they spend all that time and money to come up with something we already know?” Most, but not all.

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