Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pet Poisons

While visiting with my dad today he informed me that his Jack Russel Terrier Rocky ate all of the good Lindt, Ferrero Rocher and Ghirardelli chocolates I had given him for Christmas. OH MY Dad, don't you know dogs are allergic to chocolate? He knew it. Told me the dog stole them off the table in the middle of the night and he actually thought his diabetic girlfriend had snuck them all until he started finding torn wrappers over the floor during the course of the day. His girlfriend then told me about the dog liking onions as well. Grrr. I've had friends who had dogs that have died or became very sick from eating these things. So, now I'm posting this for everyone who reads this blog to see, as well as printing this and taking it to my dad!

ASPCA's Top 10 Pet Poisons of 2009
Sometimes it seems like our trouble-making pets will eat anything. Their hoovering ability comes in handy when you spill chicken soup on the floor (tongues being just as good as mops). But unfortunately, it's all too easy for our pets to get into substances that can harm them.

The ASPCA Poison Control Center recently released a list of the top 10 poisons that affected cats and dogs in 2009. So take note, and be sure keep these toxic substances far away from your pets in 2010!

Human Medicines
Human drugs were the top cause of pet poisoning in 2009, the ASPCA reported. Last year, the Poison Control Center managed more than 45,000 calls from people whose pets had swallowed pills such as pain relievers, cold meds and antidepressants.

One of the most common insecticide problems was misuse of flea and tick products. Make sure to talk to your vet about how to properly use these products.

Human Food
Most people know chocolate is dangerous to dogs. But did you know that grapes, raisins, avocados and products containing xylitol (like sugar-free gum and candy) can also be harmful to your pets?

Dozens of common houseplants, including azaleas, rhododendrons, sago palm and kalanchoe are dangerous for pets. Lilies are particularly toxic for cats, and can cause deadly kidney failure.

Vet Medicines
Almost 8,000 cases of pet poisonings in 2009 involved pets that were given medicines incorrectly. Make sure you follow instructions and talk to your vet about how to safely apply over-the-counter and prescription medicines for your cat or dog.

Rodent Killer
Poisons that are attractive to mice and rats can also smell tempting to dogs and cats. Be sure to keep your pets away from potentially deadly rodent poisons.

Household Cleaners
Bleaches, detergents and disinfectants can cause serious gastrointestinal and respiratory problems. Keep cabinets locked to prevent your pets from swallowing or sniffing the harmful substances.

Heavy Metals
You know lead poisoning is bad for babies, but it's just as dangerous for your furry friends. Keep your pets away from paint chips, linoleum, and the dust produced when you sand the walls in older homes.

Garden Products
Fertilizers and other garden chemicals can cause severe stomach upset in dogs and cats. So let your dog stop to sniff the roses, but not the fertilizer, please.

Household Chemicals
Our homes often contain a lot of chemical substances, from antifreeze to paint thinner to drain cleaner. Such substances can cause stomach upset, respiratory problems and chemical burns in dogs and cats.

Another Printable List
Dangerous if not fatal to your dog

These lists do not include everything any certain pet may be allergic to, like how spinach can be toxic to iguanas and aloe can kill your rabbit. If you are wondering about anything compromising your pet's health please, please do some research before giving it to them.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I'm ambidextrous, have ADHD and oh hi, I like contests too!

I grew up taking Ritalin. I also use both hands to write, showing no favoritism to either hand. Now I have something to blame the taking Ritalin part on.

Ambidextrous kids are more likely to suffer from language and learning problems, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), than their right- or left- handed peers.

A new study, in the journal Pediatrics, looked at nearly 8,000 children, 87 of whom were mixed-handed. Researchers found that ambidextrous children were twice as likely to have difficulties with language, and by ages 15 to 16, they were twice as likely to exhibit symptoms of ADHD.

While the study doesn't suggest that all mixed-handed kids will develop learning difficulties, researchers concluded that, when combined with learning difficulties, ambidexterity could help identify children at risk for developing more significant problems as they mature.
Wiki says: Ambidexterity is the state of being equally adept in the use of both right and left appendages (such as the hands). It is one of the most famous varieties of cross-dominance. People that are born ambidextrous are extremely rare. Some people may be able to teach themselves to be ambidextrous, by practicing equally with both hands. People that are made ambidextrous are called Penwald ambidextrous; they can also stop being both-handed.

Although ambidexterity is rare, ambidextrous people may still gravitate towards performing certain types of tasks with a specific hand. The degree of versatility with each hand is generally the qualitative factor in determining a person's ambidexterity.

In modern times, it is more common to find people considered ambidextrous who were originally left handed, and who learned to be ambidextrous either deliberately or during childhood institutions such as schools where right-handed habits are often emphasized. Also, since many everyday devices (such as can openers, scissors, guitar, etc.) are asymmetrical and designed for right-handed people by default, many left-handed people learn to use them right-handedly due to rarity or lack of left-handed models. Thus, left-handed people are much more likely to develop motor skills in their non-dominant hand than right-handed people (who are not subjected to left-favoring devices). Ambidexterity is often encouraged in activities requiring a great deal of skill in both hands, such as juggling, swimming, percussion, keyboard music, typing, baseball, lacrosse, surgery, body boxing, basket ball and combat.

In other um, well not news but stuff that I came across that was neat enough:p is having a "Best Hair" Contest. I scrolled through the first 20 or so and got some neat ideas however my ADHD prevented me from staying on the site doing one thing for too long. If you think your hair is interesting or just awesome you still have until April 2nd to enter the contest.

I would also like to remind everyone to sign up for the 2010 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway! Yes, remind others to enter lessens my chances of winning but I would be thrilled if anyone I know won! The 2010 HGTV Dream Home is a contemporary Southwest-style home situated in the shadow of the breathtaking Sandia Mountains in Sandia Park, N.M. The grand prize package — worth more than $2 million — also includes $500,000 and an all-new 2010 GMC® Terrain.

If you like to fish enter Take Me Fishing's Catch A Boat Sweepstakes for your chance to win a boat worth $20,000 or lots of fishing gear instant prizes.

If you love to travel enter Travel and Leisure's Cunard's New Golden Age of Ocean Travel Sweepstakes for your chance to win a $9,150 transatlantic cruise including gourmet meals and spa treatments.

Need a new vehicle? Enter the Camping World contest for a new 2010 Toyota 4Runner!

If you like Herbal Essences' enter the Style It, Wear It, Try to Win It Sweepstakes gives you the chance to win cash or instant prizes of gift cards worth between $10 and $100 or Herbal Essences products.

Told you I have ADHD;p

Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What movies do you want to see this year?

This list is compiled of personal preferences and is pretty much all over the place. Be warned.

Also if you haven't read this list I posted (The best movie bets this year) about some big name movies coming out this year be sure to do so.

One of the big name movies I'm personally interested in seeing this year is 'Alice in Wonderland'. I think Johnny Depp is a good actor and I like Tim Burton's dark comedic style of work. My only disappointment in him was with 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' but I think that's mostly because I'm so partial to the original with Gene Wilder with multiple people playing Ooompa Loompas.

Another 'Alice in Wonderland' Trailer

So yes, I'm excited to see 'Alice in Wonderland'. Also the "I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid" in me is excited for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollow's and The Twilight Saga movie Eclipse. If you've read my blogs you would know I'm a more recent Twilight follower, but I've always enjoyed Harry Potter and have read the books since they first came out. Speaking of books to movies more for kids that I've read,  The Chronicles of Narnia, Voyage of the Dawn Treader should be cute. I enjoyed the first movie, thought it was more like the book than the second installment but that one was still a great family movie as well.

Russell Crowe in a new Robin Hood movie should be interesting. I was thinking it would be made to star Viggo Mortensen or Gerard Butler but Russell Crowe is a fine actor as well. I'm hoping this one is pretty epic. Whats up with all the remakes lately though? Another Nightmare on Elm Street is being released this year as well. I don't really know why but all these horror movies that are being made don't really enthuse me like they used to. 95% of the time I perfer the original to a remake and with horror movies the remakes seem to be getting worse and worse. I think the saving grace for this movie will be that its starring Kellan Lutz who plays Emmett Cullen in the Twilight Movies.

Some more remakes coming out this year include: 'The Karate Kid' starring Will Smiths son Jaden to 'Clash of the Titans' starring a bunch of decent B listers, 'The Crazies' directed by famed George A. Romero starring a bunch of people I've never heard of, 'The Wolfman' starring Benicio del Toro. 'The Green Hornet' starring Seth Rogan, 'Childs Play' with only "rumored" actors so far, Friday the 13th, Part 2 will be coming out this summer as well. For the love of anything breathing please STOP xeroxing this movie! Please. I heard 'Evil Dead' mentioned a few days ago and thought a remake was coming out of that but sadly or thankfully depending on how you look at it, is not true. Selected theaters plan to re-release the film for limited engagements. And I also wanted to mention Poltergeist was supposed to be coming out this November also but I just found out the release date was pushed back until next year. Thank goodness. 2010 will have enough remakes already. It was announced a few weeks ago that 'Dune' and '1984' are being made but no release date yet. Oh the suspense.

Not remakes but some mostly likely horrible sequels coming out this year include Paranormal Activity 2, the too much dragged out Saw I lost count what number, 'Predators' which is a sequel to the 1987 classic action film Predator. 'Tron Legacy' starring Jeff Bridges, 'Austin Powers 4',  High School Musical 4: East Meets West', 'Meet the Fockers Sequel', 'Scream 4' etc etc I gave up even researching this anymore;p (If you want to see more please see Movies Coming Out in the Near Future on or

And also some movies based off video games are supposed to hit theaters this year including Everquest (Yeah, I'll probably check this out cause I play EQ2, I'm a dork and proud) 'Devil May Cry', 'Gears of War', 'Tekken', 'Splinter Cell' 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time', 'Resident Evil: Afterlife', 'Mortal Kombat: Devastation' Possibly a 'Grand Theft Auto' movie, a much, much anticipated 'Bioshock' rumored to be starring hottie Wentworth Miller is another one I'm anticipating because it was a pretty awesome looking game though I didn't get to play it much because I don't own an XBox :(

One movie that's out right now that I'm planning on seeing is 'The Book of Eli' starring Denzel Washington. I'm waiting to see some reviews because lately I've just been disappointed in the hyped up movies especially those involving post-apocalyptic plots. However I do have to say the storyline seems interestng and Denzel Washington is a B.A actor.
The Book of Eli

Trailer 2 (I like this one better)

One movie I will not be going to see is 'The Lovely Bones. I've just heard so many bad things about this movie even though I absolutely love Peter Jackson and had been expecting to be hearing better things. Personally I think I'll wait for this one.

Maybe not this one either but I bet it will be a big hit, it has a lot of big names in it, but romantic comedies make me gag:p
Valentines Day

Actually most romantic movies make me gag.
Unless it has Robert Pattinson in it. Yumm.
Remember Me

But anyways, speaking of Peter Jackson a minute ago made me want to mention that I can't wait until the Hobbit comes out. Its supposed to be crazy elaborate and is being released in 2 parts. In February of 2008 the films were announced as scheduled for release in Decembers 2011 and 2012. Still seems so far away from now. Apparently the movies are still in production and the estimated budget was 300million dollars. Wonder if that budget has been smashed by now. Speaking of crazy high budget movies...

Avatar is actually only the 26th biggest movie ever
Moviegoers shelling out upwards of $10 for a ticket to see Avatar in 3D have pushed the flick about the far off land of Pandora past Titanic as the highest grossing film of all time. The key word is “grossing” because, in terms of actual tickets sold, Avatar only comes in at number twenty-six on the list.

The media rarely reports on ticket sales because, let’s face it, talking billions of dollars just sounds more exciting.

Here’s the Top 10 movies of all time, by number of tickets sold:

1. "Gone With the Wind" (1939) 202,044,600
2. "Star Wars" (1977) 178,119,600
3. "The Sound of Music" (1965) 142,415,400
4. "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) 141,854,300
5. "The Ten Commandments" (1956) 131,000,000
6. "Titanic" (1997) 128,345,900
7. "Jaws" (1975) 128,078,800
8. "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) 124,135,500
9. "The Exorcist" (1973) 110,568,700
10. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) 109,000,000

Check out the full Top 20 that, with ten million more tickets sold, Avatar can break in to.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

But Apparently China Liked Avatar enough!
China renames 'Avatar' mountain in honour of film

And this is worth linking:
20 Greatest Extended Takes In Movie History
"The extended take is a cinematic hire-wire act that pushes the director, actors, cinematographer, art department, sound design, and every other department to their limits.  They take a very long time to set-up, and are very easy to mess up.  The longer the take, the more pressure is added to get it right."

Monday, January 25, 2010


I made a new Blog!

It's called "Lackanookie". I made it over @ Wordpress because I was growing impatient of not getting Google's message through my phone to confirm my identity:p

Check it out!

Don't worry, this blog (Pondering224) will always be my main blog!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Chinese Year of the Tiger Horoscopes

Do you ever get curious and read these things?
I do from time to time and with my Birthday exactly a month from today I decided to do some research with my spare time and report my findings.
Chinese Year of the Tiger Horoscopes

This Chinese Year of the Metal Tiger promises to bring dramatic changes all over the world. Tiger years can be turbulent and full of additional demands in work and love, yet you can make the most of this year by looking look at the shifts ahead as opportunities rather than burdens. Tiger years often involve big gambles, and this year is wonderful for those seeking a radical life change.

Find Your Chinese Horoscope Animal
You were born in...

Rat 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996

Ox 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997

Tiger 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998

Rabbit 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999

Dragon 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000

Snake 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001

Horse 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002

Sheep 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003

Monkey 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

Rooster 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005

Dog 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

Pig 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

Rat Year of the Tiger Horoscope

Rats typically prefer security, but the Year of the Tiger insists on taking big risks; you may find yourself seeking a new job, relationship or way of life this year. Becoming more aware of people's feelings is a necessity in 2010, as spending more quality time with loved ones becomes essential. Travel opportunities abound for you, and the Year of the Tiger especially rewards those who are willing to step out of their comfort zone

Ox Year of the Tiger Horoscope
The Year of the Tiger promises some big shake-ups for the Ox. Adapting to new rules at work will be necessary -- this year requires that you go with the flow. When it comes to family, you'll need to be more forthcoming with your feelings and requests for help, lest resentment set into your home. Your social life will fairly sparkle this year, and you'll find more time for stress-releasing hobbies and hands-on activities.

Tiger Year of the Tiger Horoscope
Opportunities abound for you in 2010, Tiger, yet be sure to choose the ones that afford the greatest emotional fulfillment, as they will stay with you over the next decade; this is not the time to take the safe route. Going on an extended vacation is highly favored for you this year, as is sprucing up your household -- but watch your cash flow to ensure you have some set aside for tougher times ahead.

Rabbit Year of the Tiger Horoscope
The Year of the Tiger promises to be filled with positive transformation for you. Your social circle will widen, putting you in contact with interesting people, yet an old friendship could become a source of concern. Home life will be especially demanding, but this year provides opportunities to lighten your load. A nostalgic trip could be in the cards, just avoid making too many commitments this year -- knowing your limits is critical to your success.

Dragon Year of the Tiger Horoscope
The Year of the Tiger marks a time to leave your comfort zone and explore unfamiliar territory, Dragon. It's a time to shake up the status quo and learn to ask for help. Beware of jumping to conclusions this year; you're going to be exposed to a lot of strange situations, so give others the benefit of the doubt. Schedules are busier than usual, making it critical to make time for family this year.

Snake Year of the Tiger Horoscope
Tiger years are turbulent for the placid Snake, as you'll be forced to make decisions you'd rather not make throughout 2010. But by rising to the challenges before you, you'll find a pleasant surprise. When the going gets tough, turn to your family for help -- opening your heart helps develop closer ties. And be sure to take a series of short breaks throughout this year -- Tiger years can be especially exhausting for Snakes.

Horse Year of the Tiger Horoscope
The Year of the Tiger is largely favorable for the Horse. Old friends may depart, but new people will move into your social circle, helping you capitalize on professional networking. Your family is set to undergo shifts this year, yet breaking away from the usual family dynamic will prove liberating. Acknowledge and appreciate all the blessings you receive in this Tiger year -- helping out friends in especially difficult situations invites good karma your way.

Goat (Sheep) Year of the Tiger Horoscope
The Year of the Tiger promises to be turbulent for the placid Goat. Things are going to change, whether you like it or not, so you might as well seek out good opportunities. Taking up a creative hobby or enrolling in professional classes to update your skills is highly favored this year. Just beware of opportunities that seem too good to be true -- it's time to end your obligations to others.

Monkey Year of the Tiger Horoscope
The Year of the Tiger will result in tremendous strokes of luck for you, Monkey. Golden opportunities will appear out of the blue, and you need to be ready to seize them. The one problem you will face is lack of time. Your family could undergo some radical changes this year, and your work life will also experience seismic shifts. It's critical to avoid office politics and maintain good relationships with your colleagues throughout 2010.

Rooster Year of the Tiger Horoscope
Unexpected demands will keep Roosters on the move this year -- relinquishing any responsibilities you can will result in a happier, healthier you. Work could be a source of strain, but it's best to keep your head down and your mouth shut now. Getting away from your daily routine helps put things into perspective, while choosing to stay or move on from a romantic partner can determine the outcome of your year as a whole.

Dog Year of the Tiger Horoscope
The Year of the Tiger promises to be an auspicious one for Dogs, with plenty of financial, practical, emotional and spiritual support from relatives. This year brings more time for fulfilling hobbies, and devoting yourself to pleasurable activities lifts your spirits and boosts your energy. There will be several personal and professional opportunities for advancement this year, so don't forget to take time once in a while to reflect on the direction of your life.

Pig Year of the Tiger Horoscope
This Year of the Tiger will bring pleasant surprises for you, Pig. Tiger years symbolize new beginnings for Pigs, and you could change jobs, homes or both. While these are beneficial transitions, be wary of entering into binding contracts with such a trusting nature. Lots of new people will also enter your life this year, and most will be good and trustworthy -- yet be on the lookout for opportunists who have ulterior motives.

For more information:
Free Chinese Astrology Readings -

One Translation

General Overview


* 31 January 1900 - 18 February 1901: Metal Rat
* 18 February 1912 - 5 February 1913: Water Rat
* 5 February 1924 - 24 January 1925: Wood Rat
* 24 January 1936 - 10 February 1937: Fire Rat
* 10 February 1948 - 28 January 1949: Earth Rat
* 28 January 1960 - 14 February 1961: Metal Rat
* 15 February 1972 - 2 February 1973: Water Rat
* 2 February 1984 - 19 February 1985: Wood Rat
* 19 February 1996 - 7 February 1997: Fire Rat
* 2008 - 2009: Earth Rat
* 2020 - 2021: Metal Rat

According to Chinese folklore, this sign can be quite complex and people who are born under this Chinese sign possess strong leadership skills and are intelligent, charismatic, artistic, charming, persuasive, attractive, generous to loved ones, and ambitious. On the negative side, rats can be exploitive, dangerous, dreamy, deviant, selfish, cunning, psychotic (rats tend towards mental instability), lustful, stubborn, manipulative, frail, and vain. Rats are said to get along well with "monkeys" and "dragons," and to get along poorly with "horses".

Rats are a symbol of good luck and wealth. They are clever and intelligent. This sign is very ambitious and strong-willed, and they are keen and unapologetic promoters of their own agendas, which often include money and power. Rats are naturally charming, seductive, and persuasive. They are energetic and versatile and can usually find their way around obstacles, and adapt to various environments easily. A rat's natural charm and sharp demeanor make it an appealing friend for almost anyone. The Rat likes to know who is on its side and will treat its most loyal friends with an extra measure of protection and generosity. However, they also have long memories and will rarely forgive or forget an enemy. Rats are strongly family oriented. Although they are often hoarders and can be miserly, they also are very generous to their family and friends. Rats have a great capability for accumulating and holding on to items of value.

A valuable lesson for Rats is to learn to consider others below themselves, at least sometimes, and to avoid forcing their ideas onto others. Rats are fair in their dealings and do not expect the same from others in return, and can be deeply affronted if they feel they have been deceived or that their trust has been abused. Sometimes they set their targets too low, whether in relationship to their friends or in their career, but as the years pass they will become more idealistic and tolerant. If they can develop their sense of self and realize it leaves room for others in their life as well, Rats can find true happiness.

In middle age, if everything goes smoothly, Rats will be able to achieve their life goals. Traditionally, Rats should avoid Horses, but they can usually find their best friends and love interests in Monkeys, Oxen, and Dragons.

Ideal jobs for rats include detective, spy, artist, musician, writer, lawyer, broker, politician, psychiatrist, pathologist, and crime laboratory scientist.


* 19 February 1901 - 7 February 1902: Metal Ox
* 6 February 1913 - 25 January 1914: Water Ox
* 25 January 1925 - 12 February 1926: Wood Ox
* 11 February 1937 - 30 January 1938: Fire Ox
* 29 January 1949 - 16 February 1950: Earth Ox
* 15 February 1961 - 4 February 1962: Metal Ox
* 3 February 1973 - 22 January 1974: Water Ox
* 20 February 1985 - 8 February 1986: Wood Ox
* 7 February 1997 - 28 January 1998: Fire Ox
* 26 January 2009 - 14 February 2010: Earth Ox
* 2021 - 2022: Metal Ox
* 2033 - 2034: Water Ox

The Ox is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. This powerful sign is a born leader, being quite dependable and possessing an innate ability to achieve great things. As one might guess, such people are dependable, calm, and modest. Like their animal namesake, the Ox is unswervingly patient, tireless in their work, and capable of enduring any amount of hardship without complaint.

The Ox person needs peace and quiet to work through his/her ideas, and when he/she has set his/her mind on something it is hard for him/her to be convinced otherwise. The Ox person has a very logical mind and is extremely systematic in whatever he/she does, even without imagination. These people speak little but are extremely intelligent. When necessary, they are articulate and eloquent.

The Ox is not extravagant, and the thought of living off credit cards or being in debt makes him/her nervous. The possibility of taking a serious risk could cause the Ox sleepless nights.

Ox people are truthful and sincere, and the idea of wheeling and dealing in a competitive world is distasteful to them. They are rarely driven by the prospect of financial gain. These people are always welcome because of their honesty and patience. They have many friends, who appreciate the fact that the Ox people are wary of new trends, although every now and then they can be encouraged to try something new.

It is important to remember that the Ox people are sociable and relaxed when they feel secure, but occasionally a dark cloud looms over such people and they engage all the trials of the whole world and seek solutions for them.


* 8 February 1902 - 28 January 1903: Water Tiger
* 26 January 1914 - 13 February 1915: Wood Tiger
* 13 February 1926 - 1 February 1927: Fire Tiger
* 31 January 1938 - 18 February 1939: Earth Tiger
* 17 February 1950 - 5 February 1951: Metal Tiger
* 5 February 1962 - 24 January 1963: Water Tiger
* 23 January 1974 - 10 February 1975: Wood Tiger
* 9 February 1986 - 28 January 1987: Fire Tiger
* 28 January 1998 - 15 February 1999: Earth Tiger
* 2010 - 2011: Metal Tiger
* 2022 - 2023: Water Tiger

Tiger people are difficult to resist, for they are magnetic characters and their natural air of authority confers a certain prestige on them. They are tempestuous yet calm, warm-hearted yet fearsome, courageous in the face of danger yet yielding and soft in mysterious, unexpected places. They enjoy life full of challenges and unexpected events, like visiting unusual places and meeting interesting outstanding people. Other people in their area are easily attracted by the tiger's enthusiasm and course of life. Tigers find pleasure in the unpredictable, and while other people would rather make a backward step, they are not afraid to explore the new and unusual. But it is not that simple to interest the Tiger. What they really need is first-hand experience. Usually open and frank, these people are likely to withdraw and can be aggressive when trapped. As soon as the Tiger has regained their sense of security their confidence also returns, enabling them to set out once more. These people usually tend to trust their instincts, though there is another side of their personality, which assesses situations thoughtfully before they launch any actions. Their friends usually secretly admire their determination and optimism, though sometimes may find it complicated to share the Tiger's enthusiasm and can be pushed away and left behind. In spite of the fact that Tigers can be courageous and generous friends, if they are not able to achieve what they want, they can be inflexible and self-centered. So if your friend was born in the year of the Tiger, there will be highs and lows in your friendship, but the friendship itself will remain firm.

Ideal jobs for tigers include entrepreneur, military officer, politician, musician, writer, poet, artist, theater director, stockbroker, athlete, film star, trade union leader, company director, stunt person, explorer, and teacher.


* 29 January 1903 - 15 February 1904: Water Rabbit
* 14 February 1915 - 2 February 1916: Wood Rabbit
* 2 February 1927 - 22 January 1928: Fire Rabbit
* 19 February 1939 - 7 February 1940: Earth Rabbit
* 6 February 1951 - 26 January 1952: Metal Rabbit
* 25 January 1963 - 12 February 1964: Water Rabbit
* 11 February 1975 - 30 January 1976: Wood Rabbit
* 29 January 1987 - 16 February 1988: Fire Rabbit
* 16 February 1999 - 4 February 2000: Earth Rabbit
* 3 February 2011 - 22 January 2012: Metal Rabbit
* 2023 - 2024: Water Rabbit
* 2035 - 2036: Wood Rabbit

People born in the Year of the Rabbit often make ideal diplomats or politicians. A Rabbit person has grace, culture and beautiful manners. Although Rabbit people get on well with everyone, at heart they are basically reserved creatures, and are only really happy when they are engrossed in some sort of scholarly or intellectual activity. They are just too sensitive for the world around them. They are not able to thrive in a competitive or aggressive environment, and it makes them anxious if someone forces them to take risks. Their inner world is simply too delicate for unsettled or unpredictable situations, and they tend to create a peaceful and comfortable atmosphere on a hunch. This character trait makes them very hospitable and attentive people, who take care of those around.

The average Rabbit person emphasizes the importance of small details. They pay attention to everything from colour, design and furniture to food and conversation. And only when they are sure that everything has been arranged as they wish can these people relax and have fun.

Person born in the year of Rabbit often lead a conservative lifestyle where one of the most important things is their security. This quality has a negative side also: opting for safety over risk, they may miss good opportunities. This does not imply that these people are frivolous or irresponsible, for when they truly believe in something, they are serious, perseverant and capable.

Calm as they are, it is not easy to provoke Rabbit people. They are sentimental and compassionate. They can be moved by the personal problems you share with them.


* 16 February 1904 - 3 February 1905: Wood Dragon
* 3 February 1916 - 22 January 1917: Fire Dragon
* 23 January 1928 - 9 February 1929: Earth Dragon
* 8 February 1940 - 26 January 1941: Metal Dragon
* 27 January 1952 - 13 February 1953: Water Dragon
* 13 February 1964 - 1 February 1965: Wood Dragon
* 31 January 1976 - 17 February 1977: Fire Dragon
* 6 February 1988 - 5 February 1989: Earth Dragon
* 5 February 2000 - 23 January 2001: Metal Dragon
* 2012 - 2013: Water Dragon
* 2024 - 2025: Wood Dragon

The Dragon is omnipotent. He is flamboyant, attractive and full of vitality and strength. In China, the Dragon is the sign of the Emperor of China or the male element Yang. The Dragon is the symbol of power and wealth.

It would be right to say that people born in the year of the dragon have a natural charisma and are certainly gifted with power and luck. It is unlikely for them to escape unnoticed from a party or to take a second place in a competition. The dragon person has an active mind and shows an unfeigned interest in the world around him/her. This person is also self-confident enough to know how to create a necessary impression. Because they are larger than life themselves, dragon people like to do everything on a grand scale. They are egotistical and ambitious, almost to the point of megalomania, and will stop at nothing to get what they want. A person born in this year wears the crown of destiny, and is capable of great achievements if he or she knows how to harness his or her tremendous energy, intelligence and talent. While these people enjoy being the centre of attention, they also have a brave and charitable side to their personality. If a dragon's friend faces a problem or dilemma, he or she will be there to offer help, and when others leave the field of battle the dragon takes a step forward to solve the problem with authority and dignity. Dragons set a high standard of actions for themselves as well as for other people and are surprised when others cannot cope with a task; they are so carried away by the process that they fail to see other people's weaknesses.

Ideal jobs for dragons include managing director, salesperson, advertising executive, barrister, film producer, architect, astronaut, artist, film star, and war correspondent.


* 4 February 1905 - 24 January 1906: Wood Snake
* 23 January 1917 - 10 February 1918: Fire Snake
* 10 February 1929 - 29 January 1930: Earth Snake
* 27 January 1941 - 14 February 1942: Metal Snake
* 14 February 1953 - 2 February 1954: Water Snake
* 2 February 1965 - 20 January 1966: Wood Snake
* 18 February 1977 - 6 February 1978: Fire Snake
* 6 February 1989 - 26 January 1990: Earth Snake
* 24 January 2001 - 11 February 2002: Metal Snake
* 10 February 2013 - 30 January 2014: Water Snake
* 2025 - 2026: Wood Snake
* 2037 - 2038: Fire Snake

The person born in the year of snake is perhaps the wisest and most enigmatic of all. He/she can become a philosopher, a theologian, a political lizard or a wily financier. Such a person is a thinker who also likes to live well. The snake-person loves books, music, clothes, and fine food; but with all their fondness for the good things in life, their innate elegance gives them a dislike for frivolities and foolish talk.

Snake-persons like communicating and like interesting conversations; if the conversation becomes repetitive their attention may soon wander. It is almost impossible to fix their attention for long talking about every day habits. They prefer to focus on new, interesting and evolutionary ideas in general.

These people have a special talent that enables them to judge situations correctly. They are alert to new possibilities: when they have an idea of what to do and how to do it, they will pursue it persistently and energetically. In Chinese astrology it is believed that they are self-confident and willing to listen to someone else's opinion, but don't necessarily take it 'on board'. Refusing to listen to constructive advice, they may be prone to getting into needless trouble.

Although it is difficult for such people to take advice, they are patient with others when it comes to giving a helping hand, and their ability to look at a problem from a variety of angles is extremely useful. When faced with a dilemma, snake people, as a rule, act with speed and conviction, since they believe intensely in what they are doing and rarely waste time or energy on projects lacking in good potential.


* 25 January 1906 - 12 February 1907: Fire Horse
* 11 February 1918 - 31 January 1919: Earth Horse
* 30 January 1930 - 16 February 1931: Metal Horse
* 15 February 1942 - 4 February 1943: Water Horse
* 3 February 1954 - 16 February 1955: Wood Horse
* 21 January 1966 - 8 February 1967: Fire Horse
* 7 February 1978 - 27 January 1979: Earth Horse
* 27 January 1990 - 14 February 1991: Metal Horse
* 12 February 2002 - 31 January 2003: Water Horse
* 2014 - 2015: Wood Horse
* 2026 - 2027: Fire Horse

The horse personality is often willing to give as well as expecting a lot of liberty. These people are extremely independent and confident. The horse person is very quick-witted, inquisitive and determined, it is right in there with you before you have had a chance to finish what you are saying: he's on to the thought in your mind even before you've expressed it. In general, these people are gifted. But in truth they are often more cunning than intelligent - and they surely know that. They adore being the centre of everyone's attention, but they prefer to be recognized for their skills and are easily flattered. On the other hand these people have an honesty and genuine warmth which attracts lots of people and helps them make new friends. People as a rule confide in a horse person because he/she is sincerely interested in their thoughts and feelings and is able to help with both wise words and an action, but there is a small problem about it - the horse person is so excited by new discoveries that it is difficult for them to keep a secret. This is not something that arises out of malice or revenge - sometimes they just cannot help themselves.

It is easy to inspire such a person by new ideas and he/she tends to act on them without delay, carried away by the excitement of the moment. But it is also important to remember that there is a danger for a horse person to be too impulsive and it may cause some problems in the future. And if they do not see the result of their efforts, it is rather natural for them to turn their attention to a new project and head off once again, brimming with new ideas. The horse person is always ready to offer good advice and can be very persuasive, but his/her confident and carefree approach hides inner doubts. Those who know such a person will recognize this, and offer the support and reassurance he/she needs.

Horses should beware of the Rat, as any relationship with this sign is said to be extremely trying for the horse. Of all relationships between Chinese zodiac signs, a relationship between a rat and a horse is said to be the worst (this relationship from a historical point of view, climaxed or was at it's worst at the height of World War II, when Germany governed primarily by the sign of the rat threatened the destruction of the Jews (Israel, which is governed primarily by the horse). The rat is way too calculating, dictatorial and possessive for the free-spirited and independent horse. A relationship with a rat can potentially break down the horse's free-spirit and cause rage in the rat - as neither will be willing to yield to the other. However, horses get along great with Tigers and Dogs.

Possible professions for people that are born on the year of the horse are that of an intelligence agent, a writer or novelist, an actor or a model.


* 13 February 1907 - 1 February 1908: Fire Sheep
* 1 February 1919 - 19 February 1920: Earth Sheep
* 17 February 1931 - 5 February 1932: Metal Sheep
* 5 February 1943 - 24 January 1944: Water Sheep
* 24 January 1955 - 11 February 1956: Wood Sheep
* 9 February 1967 - 29 January 1968: Fire Sheep
* 28 January 1979 - 15 February 1980: Earth Sheep
* 15 February 1991 - 3 February 1992: Metal Sheep
* 1 February 2003 - 21 January 2004: Water Sheep
* 2015 - 2016: Wood Sheep
* 2027 - 2028: Fire Sheep

The Sheep, or Goat, oddly enough, is thought to be the most feminine sign of the zodiac, perhaps because this is a very creative sign. The Sheep is artistically talented and has a great sense of fashion. Chances are that this type will prefer to be a designer or painter, or go into the kind of profession where he/she can make the most of his/her gift for creating beautiful things.

These people are considerate creatures - they think before acting, and try not to hurt anyone's feelings. If it ever happens that the Sheep person causes unforeseen problems, it is very likely that he/she will step forward to rectify the situation. This side of their character helps them maintain a healthy social life as well as enabling them to deal with life's ups and downs.

Sympathy is very important to these people as is the approval of people they respect. However, they sometimes require too much attention and impose too much on those who are close to them.

Sometimes they are too sensitive for the real world; they often misinterpret situations. People born in this year are insecure. They need to feel loved and protected. They are easily drawn into complex predicaments. This being, so, they usually shy away from confrontation, pull back when faced with heavy decision-making situations, and blatantly refuse to take an unpopular stand in a conflict


* 2 February 1908 - 21 January 1909: Earth Monkey
* 20 February 1920 - 7 February 1921: Metal Monkey
* 6 February 1932 - 25 January 1933: Water Monkey
* 25 January 1944 - 12 February 1945: Wood Monkey
* 12 February 1956 - 30 January 1957: Fire Monkey
* 30 January 1968 - 16 February 1969: Earth Monkey
* 16 February 1980 - 4 February 1981: Metal Monkey
* 4 February 1992 - 22 January 1993: Water Monkey
* 22 January 2004 - 8 February 2005: Wood Monkey
* 2016 - 2017: Fire Monkey
* 2028 - 2029: Earth Monkey

The Monkey is the most versatile sign of the Chinese zodiac. Such people are often inventors, plotters, entertainers and the creative geniuses behind anything ingenious, including mischief. They have natural quick-wittedness which enables them to understand what is happening and then make a right decision. Even during a conversation a person born in this year is aware of what is going on around him/her, and then makes a mental note of who said what and stores it away for future reference. In general, with their agile minds and multiple talents, monkey type of people can master any subject. They are reliable and honest people so that any secret is safe in their hands. These people are also honest in their dealings. Monkey people are very good at problem-solving. Wherever you are, whoever you may be, if you've got a problem pick up the phone and dial-a-Monkey. Monkeys know how to listen closely and work out solutions at the same time.

Although these people are trustworthy and unlikely to hurt someone out of spite, they would never let people escape if they have behaved badly or damaged monkey's reputation. Their stamina and determination to achieve their main goals can make these people appear vain or manipulative. It means that monkey type of people should be careful so not to damage their friendships. It is important to remember for this type of people that it would be wiser sometimes not to pursue their goals and simply let things pass.

Monkeys have flexible principles and serene self-confidence so they are completely content; but they usually manage to complicate the lives of others. After yet another plan or project has gone wrong, they are seldom there to help clean up the disorder and confusion that they leave in their wake. Monkeys can handle that too; with their charm and persuasiveness they can make people believe that just knowing them is a privilege!

When it comes to the opposite sex, it is a privelege for the monkey zodiac; this is because of their great socializing abilities and attractiveness. Although not all monkeys have the attraction potential, when there's a handsome and beautiful monkey, its something that is the fairest and rare.


* 22 January 1909 - 9 February 1910: Earth Rooster
* 8 February 1921 - 27 January 1922: Metal Rooster
* 26 January 1933 - 13 February 1934: Water Rooster
* 13 February 1945 - 1 February 1946: Wood Rooster
* 31 January 1957 - 17 February 1958: Fire Rooster
* 17 February 1969 - 5 February 1970: Earth Rooster
* 5 February 1981 - 24 January 1982: Metal Rooster
* 23 January 1993 - 9 February 1994: Water Rooster
* 9 February 2005 - 28 January 2006: Wood Rooster
* 2017 - 2018: Fire Rooster
* 2029 - 2030: Earth Rooster

People born in the year of the Rooster are usually very observant. They are brave, resilient, sexy, and tenacious but can also be quite self-absorbed, pretentious, and overly romantic. Most of the time, they are very accurate and precise with their observation.

These people certainly love to find themselves in the spotlight, they love entertaining friends and adore meeting new people, and even unexpected and uncertain circumstances are not a barrier for them.

It is almost impossible to find someone born in this year looking dowdy or untidy. The fact is that these people are usually the best dressed and groomed of all other people. They are actively interested in clothes, colours, and accessories, and are usually very critical of their own appearance as well as of the appearance of those around them. People born in the year of the Rooster like to be noticed and flattered. Such a person might dress a little flashily with this in mind, but in his heart, he/she is completely conservative. Roosters always appear attractive and beautifully turned out. They are sociable and love to receive attention. Others may criticize them for being exhibitionists but the fact that they are compassionate, wise, and have a brave nature which comes to the fore when others need their help, makes up that deficiency.

It is difficult for these people to accept advice because of their strong independent spirit. These people are often confident in their own judgements and choices. There are times when these people may be too straight-forward which can cause some problems in relationships with others. So it would be wise sometimes not to express their opinions in order to keep the peace.


* 10 February 1910 - 29 January 1911: Metal Dog
* 28 January 1922 - 15 February 1923: Water Dog
* 14 February 1934 - 3 February 1935: Wood Dog
* 2 February 1946 - 21 January 1947: Fire Dog
* 18 February 1958 - 7 February 1959: Earth Dog
* 6 February 1970 - 26 January 1971: Metal Dog
* 25 January 1982 - 12 February 1983: Water Dog
* 10 February 1994 - 30 January 1995: Wood Dog
* 29 January 2006 - 17 February 2007: Fire Dog
* 2018 - 2019: Earth Dog
* 2030 - 2031: Metal Dog

The Dog is the most likeable sign of the Chinese zodiac. Like his animal namesake, he is loyal with a capital "L". He is the one who people are most likely to turn to when they need help. The dog person will come through every time. That is because he/she is sensitive to others and empathizes with them, particularly if someone has suffered an injustice; he/she reacts quickly with the same feeling as though he/she had been personally offended. Friends know that they can rely upon their Dog friend to keep a promise or remain cool in a crisis.

Dog types are honest, intelligent and straightforward. They will take on any responsibility that is given to them and you can be sure that they will do their job well.

People born in this year tend to be easily upset and shocked more often than the other signs.

The dog is loyal, unselfish, and idealistic. They can sometimes be worriers and overly critical. Dogs go best with tigers and horses. Their secret friends are other dogs, tigers, horses and rabbits. Dogs get along worst with Dragons, whom they perceive as arrogant and all flash with no substance.


* 30 January 1911 - 17 February 1912: Metal Pig
* 16 February 1923 - 4 February 1924: Water Pig
* 4 February 1935 - 23 January 1936: Wood Pig
* 22 January 1947 - 9 February 1948: Fire Pig
* 8 February 1959 - 27 January 1960: Earth Pig
* 27 January 1971 - 14 February 1972: Metal Pig
* 13 February 1983 - 1 February 1984: Water Pig
* 31 January 1995 - 18 February 1996: Wood Pig
* 18 February 2007 - 6 February 2008: Fire Pig
* 5 February 2019 - 24 January 2020: Earth Pig
* 2031 - 2032: Metal Pig
* 2043 - 2044: Water Pig

The Pig type is usually an honest, straightforward and patient person. He/she is a modest, shy character who prefers to work quietly behind the scenes. When others dispare, he/she is often there to offer support. This type of person is reserved with those they do not know too well, but as time passes and they gain confidence, those around them may discover a lively and warm-hearted person behind that mask of aloofness. Despite those born in the year of pig having a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, they have few close friends who understand them and share their inner thoughts and feelings. It is easy to put trust in pig type; he/she won't let you down and will never even attempt to do so. Such people simply want to do everything right according to social norms.

It is important to remember that these people are not vengeful creatures. If someone tries to take advantage of him/her, the pig type tend to withdraw to reflect on the problem and protect themselves. All they need in such situations is a little time to find a constructive way to respond. The people of the pig type are conservative creatures of habit. They dislike being made to travel too far from familiar surroundings, unless it is a trip to the country. They love nature and are never happier than when they are out somewhere, far from the city.

There is a tolerant and peaceful side to their character. Such people are never afraid to allow others their freedom of expression; they do not want to cause arguments and if there is any way to avoid arguing, they will probably take this option. They are not weak, however, and if the situation forces them to fight these people will rise to the occasion, whether it is to defend themselves or those close to them. People of the Pig type are the most admired by others.

Another version

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Animal friendships! < 3

Be sure to also check out my other post titled Adorable Aminal Adoptions!

Who ever said that different animals can’t get along? 

Here's a touching slideshow of unusual animal friendships.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Twitter Dictionary

While I was posting my daily Twitter update today (Ok, maybe not daily, but when I remember to;p) I was wondering the meaning of certain terms often used on the site, and especially what the past tense of a tweet is. Could it be a twit or a twat? So, I decided to do some investigating. Turns out I'm a few years late on putting the whole Twitter Dictionary together- See Twittonary | A Twitter Dictionary. But I can still throw up a few interesting words and meanings on my blog.

Here's some that have been around awhile.

adventuritter: an adventurous twitterer

beetweet: a buzzing tweet; a “hot” tweet

co-twitterer: a partner that tweets on your Twitter account.

dweet: tweet sent while intoxicated

drive-by-tweet: a quick post inbetween tasks

friendapalooza: a quick burst of friend-adding

mistweet: a tweet in which one later regrets

neweeter: a new tweeter

occasionitter: an occasional tweeter

politweeter: a political tweeter

politweet: a political tweet

qwitter: a tool used to catch twitter quitters-

reportwitters: reporter style twitterers

sweeple: sweet twitter people

twadd: to add/follow someone to your Twitter account as a friend.

twaffic: Twitter traffic.

twaiting: twittering while waiting.

twalking: walking while twittering via text.

twapplications: Twitter applications.

twead: to read a tweet from a fellow twitterer.

tweepish: feeling sheepish or regretful about something you tweeted.

tweeple: Twitter people, Twitter members, Twitter users.

tweeps: Twitter people that follow each other from one social media/network to another.

tweetaholism: the continued use of Twitter as an addiction that is difficult to control.

tweetaholic: someone addicted to Twitter, so much so that it may be an actual problem.

tweet-back: bringing a previous tweet conversation or reference back into the current conversation.

tweet-dropping: eavesdropping on someone else’s home page in friends mode.

tweeter: a user of Twitter.

tweeterboxes: twitterers who tweet too much.

tweetheart: that special tweeter who makes your heart skip a beat.

tweetin: when a group of twitterers agree to get together at a set time to twitter.

tweet(ing): the act of posting to Twitter.

tweets: posts on Twitter by twitterers.

tweetsulted, tweetsult: what do you think it means, you dumb twitterer?

tweetup: when twitterers meet in person – a Twitter meet up.

twideo-cronicity: when you’re watching someone’s videos and they are simultaneously leaving a comment or tweet for/at/about you.

twiking: biking while twittering via text.

twinkedIn: inviting friends made on Twitter to connect with you on LinkedIn (LinkedIn).

twis: to dis a fellow twitterer. very bad form.

Twitophant / Twitophantic:
One who repeatedly tweets the Top 100 in an attempt to gain more followers.

twitosphere: community of twitterers.

twittastic: fantastic, wonderful, superb.

twittcrastination: avoiding action while twittering, procrastination enabled by Twitter use.

twittduit: If you need to tweet a friend that does not follow you, post a twittduit asking your followers to pass a message.

twittectomy: an unfollowing of friends.

twitter-light zone: where you are when you return to Twitter after any time away and feel disoriented and lost.

twitter stream: a collection of tweets often times in alphabetical order

twitosphere: the community of twepple.

twitterati: The A-list twitterers.

twittercal mass: a community that has achieved a critical mass of twitterers.

twitterer: a user of Twitter (compare: tweeter).

twittering: to send a Twitter message.

twitterish: erractic behavior with short outbursts.

twitteritas: women who play with their twitters.

twitterness: a person’s contribution to the twitosphere.

twitterfly: being a social butterfly on Twitter evidenced by extreme usage of @ signs.

twitterject: interject your tweet into an existing tweet stream of conversation.

twitter-ku: those who either post on both Twitter and Jaiku (Jaiku) or load their Twitter feed into Jaiku.

twitterlinkr: a service collecting the best links posted through Twitter.

twitterlooing: twittering from a bathroom.

twitterloop: to be caught up with friend tweets and up on the conversation.

twittermob: an unruly and ragtag horde of people who descend on an ill-prepared location after a provocative Twitter message.

twittermaps: a mashup technology that lets Twitter users find each other using google maps.

twitterpated: to be overwhelmed with Twitter messages.

twitterphoria: the elation you feel when the person you’ve added as a friend adds you back.

twitterage: rage at a twitter post.

twitterrhea: the act of sending too many Twitter messages.---

A master list for noobs: Twitter abbreviations
These have been used for years on other social networking sites and messenger applications, but still, noobs gotta learn sometime.
AFK = Away from Keyboard

b/c OR B.C = Because
BBL = Be back later
BG = Background (when someone refers to their Twitter background page)
BFN = Bye for now
BR = Best regards
BRB = Be right back
BTW = By the way
DM = Direct message
EM = Email
FB = Facebook
FTF = Face to face
FWIW = For what it’s worth
Gr8 = Great
IMO = In my opinion
IMHO = In my honest opinion or in my humble opinion
IRL = In real life
J/K = Just kidding
LI = LinkedIn
LMK = Let me know
LMBO = Laughing my butt off
LMAO = Laughing my ass off
LOL = Laughing out loud
NP = No problem
OMG = Oh my God
OMFG = Oh my f—- God
PLZ = Please
Ppl = People
ROFL = Rolling on the floor laughing
RT = Retweet
RTHX = Thanks for the retweet
TMB = Tweet me back
TMI = Too much information
TTFN = Ta-ta for now
TTYS = Talk to you soon
TTYL = Talk to you later
TY = Thank you
WTH = What the heck
WTF = What the f—
YW = You’re welcome
<3 = This is the text version of a heart

If you are still confused or come across something not mentioned above try:

Internet Slang

A few cool Twitter Tools
Autopostr - This service lets your friends in Twitter know when you post a new picture on Flickr.
EmailTwitter – With this service, you can send tweets to Twitter from your cellphone without incurring SMS charges

Hashtags – You can add tags to your Twitter posts with this service.

OutTwit – A tool for Outlook that will send the latest tweets from your friends as incoming email messages.

TweetChannel – You can add TweetChannel as your friend in Twitter to help you channel your various posts.

TweetLater – An useful service to schedule your Twitter posts for the future.

Twitpic – Share pictures on Twitter using Twitpic.

Twitsay – You can tweet an audio recording to Twitter using this new and popular service.

Twitterlinkr – Shows you the popular links that people are posting in Twitter.

Tweetburner – Tweetburner gives you click stats for the links you posted in Twitter.

Twittermeter – You can use Twittermeter to see how frequently a word has been used on Twitter. You can also compare two or more words.

Twitter for iPhone Twitter client for your iPhone.
Quitter – Quitter will help you how to use Twitter to quit smoking. Bonus points for cool name.

StrawPoll – Sends out polls on Twitter that you can participate on. As they say, you can never have too many polls.
Twitterfeed – Posts your blog posts automatically to Twitter.

TwitterMeThis – When you follow TwitterMeThis, it will send you a question randomly. If you are the first to answer that question, then you get $5
Who Should I follow – Find interesting people to follow on Twitter using this tool.

Make Shorter URLS for reposting on sites such as Twitter
(Lets you ad tags to URLS)

Long URL Please Replaces Shortened Links with the Real Thing- Firefox Plugin.

Neat people/Twits/Twitters to follow

A list of the Top 250 People that are the Coolest, Most Influential or Neatest on Twitter.
They also are very-very likely to Follow you back! 

Also, when you log into Twitter click on 'Find People' on the top right side of the page, then click 'Browse Suggestions' This is a neat way to find users by certain interests to follow.

Related Stories:

Ten Reasons Why Using Twitter Will Boost Your Happiness.
The Happiness Project.

Sixteen Great Twitter Moments
Older but still a cool read if you are interested in Twitter at all.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

As Seen on TV Products Reviewed

Have you ever bought anything that's "As seen on TV"?

I sure have. I've tried quite a few actually I think the best products I have purchased are the ShamWow! and the Vidalia Chop Wizard, its amazing! Just slice an onion, green pepper or whatever in 1/2, place it on the slicer, shut the lid and it dices perfectly.

And the worse was the Egg-Stractor, four of us tried it and no one could get it to work! At least the free egg slicer worked but rusted after only a few washes.

As Seen on TV Products Reviewed

First up, Readers Digest Reviews

★ Don’t waste your money
★★ Works, sort of
★★★ Good enough to buy
★★★★ Overnight delivery!

$19.99 + $7.99 S&H ★★
What the company says: “The fast, easy, gentle” way to trim your pet’s nails. PediPaws is a battery-operated, motorized emery board that sands down puppy’s nails “without the pain caused by traditional nail clippers.”

What Readers Digest say: It’s great if you’re trying to scare the hell out of your pet—the noisy motor frightened every dog we used it on. “My older dog wouldn’t let me near him with it,” said one pet owner. Another wasn’t too embarrassed to admit that her dog’s a screamer, and “she yelped when I tried it on her.” Those dogs are all a bunch of wusses, charged a third pet owner, who swears by PediPaws. “My dog put up a fuss at first,” she conceded, “but then gave up when I said, ‘Be a good girl if you want a treat.’ Food motivates her.”

Greenwash Ball
$29.95 + $9.95 S&H ★★★
What the company says: Toss out the laundry detergent! The GreenWash Ball cleans clothes “by bouncing around natural ceramics inside the ball that raise the pH level of the water.” The texturing on the ball helps loosen dirt and at the same time softens clothes without the use of chemical fabric softeners.

What Readers Digest say: “I’m not sure it cleaned my clothes,” said one confused launderer. “I mean, it might have, but I’m not sure.” That’s because the GreenWash Ball doesn’t use sudsy detergent to clean clothes, just friction, and that means no fresh scent. Suds or no suds, another tester is hooked. “It’s easy to use, and my clothes were clean. Best of all, it will save me the trouble of getting to the laundry room and discovering, Oh, #%^$! I’m out of detergent!

Bumpits Volumizing Hair Inserts
$9.99 + $7.95 S&H for a set of four ★
What the company says: The website’s URL speaks volumes: big Place a Bumpits insert behind your part line, drape your locks over it, and watch your hairdo go from “flat to fabulous! Women Love Love Love It!!!”

What Readers Digest say: The women they know may love, love, love it, but not the women we know. “Not sure when this hairstyle came back in style,” wondered one member of the flat-hair society. Plus, “when you put in two at a time, they look like devil horns.” Another tester pointed out that “despite all the teasing and hair spraying, I couldn’t get my hair to camouflage the comb.” But if you insist on sporting the Sarah Palin do, stick with the shorter Bumpits. “The large ones give you a strangely elongated head, similar to the aliens’ in Mars Attacks!” said a researcher. Added another, “I’m tall enough. I don’t need an extra five inches of hair.”

Slap Chop
$19.95 + $7.95 S&H ★
What the company says: “Dice, chop, and mince” your veggies, nuts, and fruits in seconds with this compact kitchen tool. Just place your victims on a cutting board and cover them with the Slap Chop, and after a few whacks of the plunger, the deed is done. It even “separates outer skin from onions.” And it’s so simple, “you can do it with a finger.” Best of all, it’s “easy to clean.”

What Readers Digest say: It is easy to clean, and that’s good, since “everything I tried to chop jammed up the blades on the first pass,” said one disgruntled tester. And it’s not much of a timesaving device, since vegetables need to be prechopped before you use the chopper. As for separating onions from their skin, “it got stuck,” carped another. But what about the “you can chop with a finger” claim? King Kong’s finger, maybe. Lamented one tester, “After a few hard slaps, my entire hand was sore.”

Debbie Meyer Green Bags
$9.95 + $6.95 S+H for 20 bags ★★★★
What the company says: Fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers stay fresh longer inside these reusable bags. How? They’re “made with a natural mineral that absorbs and removes the ethylene gas”—released by apples, peppers, and the like—“that causes normal deterioration.”

What Readers Digest say: Vegetarians, rejoice! “I put yellow, ripe bananas in the green bags, and a week later, they still hadn’t turned brown,” said one daiquiri lover. Now, it’s hard to believe that a green bag can do all of this, but even a skeptic was convinced: “Cut veggies were still fresh five days later.” Thanks to the savings on food, another added, the bags are a “good value.”

Dust Mop Slippers
$4.95 + $6.99 S&H ★★★
What the company says: Dust while you walk in these plaid, open-toe slippers with a dust mop sole. They’re one-size-fits-all and machine washable, and they “pick up dirt, dust, and pet hair as you slide across the floor.”

What Readers Digest says: The prince wouldn’t have scoured his kingdom for Cinderella if she’d worn these “dorky-looking” slippers to the ball, insisted one fashionista. But if he were doing the cleaning up afterward, he might don a pair himself. While they’re useless against “grit or big pieces of dirt, they’re fine for quick general floor dusting,” said one potential rug shopper. In fact, a happy feline owner chimed in, “they actually collected cat hair and stray pieces of litter.” Dorkiness quotient aside, our first tester liked that they were “comfortable.”

Wearable Towel
$19.95 + $7.95 S&H ★
What the company says: The scene is a public swimming pool. You’ve just emerged from the water and want to cover up. A robe is too heavy, and your towel keeps falling off. The solution: a towel with arm openings! For you voguers, it can be worn tunic- or toga-style. And it’s so attractive, it’s “perfect to wear with family and friends.”

What Readers Digest says: It’s a bold fashion statement, all right—one that screams, I’m a doofus! Said one modest tester, “If you were self-conscious at the beach, this product is not going to boost your self-esteem.” Another suggested this improvement: “They would be onto something if they would just get rid of those armholes.” Of course, in that case, it would have a different name: towel. And “a pretty flimsy” one at that, added a third reviewer.

$19.95 + $5.95 S&H ★★★★
What the company says: “ProCaulk is the only hassle-free way to caulk bathrooms and kitchens with no mess and a perfect finish every time.” The kit comes with a tube of caulk, an edger to cut out old grout, and tools with different shapes and sizes to smooth out the new seal on “any edge, any corner, any joint.”

What Readers Digest says: You don’t have to be a plumber to love it. Although it can get a bit messy—after all, it hasn’t eliminated the human element that can dribble sealant all over the tub—“it does what it’s supposed to,” said one happy grouter. Another tester was spotted walking off with a couple of kits. It’s high praise when things get stolen from our offices.

Bottle Tops
$10 + $6.99 S&H for six ★★
What the company says: “Turn your favorite canned drink into a bottle” with these plastic bottle tops that snap onto most cans. Doing so “prevents bugs from crawling into your drink, keeps your beverage carbonated, and prevents spills.”

What Readers Digest says: The Bottle Top is a hassle to snap on and off. “I spent five minutes fighting with it,” complained one testy tester. Other reviewers refrigerated their bottle-topped cans and returned a day or two later to a fizzless soda. “I wasted half a can of Coke—and there’s nothing worse than a flat Coke!” one whined. But another tester did spot some upsides through her rose-colored glasses: “No spills, and they come in cute colors!” And that, after all, is what’s really important.

$19.95 + $7.95 S&H for two large ShamWows and two mini ShamWows
What the company says: “You’ll be saying wow every time you use this towel.” That’s because the ShamWow “holds 12 times its weight in liquid and easily removes cola, wine, and pet stains, and washes, dries, and polishes any surface. It’s machine washable and lasts ten years,” says the product’s rapid-fire pitchman, Vince Shlomi.

What Readers Digest says: Vince knows his rags! “I loved it,” raved a reviewer. “It really works—soaks up spills superfast. I want ShamWow! I need it, my friends need it, my family needs it!” Less stimulated reviewers also noted that it did a good job sopping up spills on carpets.

As Seen On TV Product Reviews - Popular Mechanics

Dryer Balls
The Claim:
"Soften your clothes, sheets and more every time you dry with the National TV Products' Dryer Balls! These incredible small round fabric softeners take the stiffness out of clothes, sheets and towels naturally, with no chemicals or toxins. Durable construction lasts and lasts for hundreds of uses and actually helps your clothes dry faster. These handy dryer companions will keep all your fabrics feeling soft and fresh use after use."

The Test:
Drying with and without the Dryer Balls.

The Verdict:
Difficult to detect a noticeable difference—other than increased noise—when drying with the Balls.

Topsy Turvy Tomato Garden
The Claim
"Everyone loves the taste of a delicious, home-grown garden tomato, but planting a garden and trying to take care of it is backbreaking work. And after all that, your tomatoes can still end up on the ground, spoiled!" The Topsy Turvy horticulture apparatus "grows your tomato plants upside-down, so there's no digging, weeding or bending over." A suspended plastic sleeve holds soil and water as the live plant dangles out from the bottom. "The sun warms the planter like a greenhouse, so the root system explodes inside." The inversion causes nutrients and water to flow "from the roots to the fruit." Expect "up to 30 pounds" of said fruit to ripen "up to four weeks earlier" than in-ground plantings.

The Test
Comparison plantings between Topsy Turvy tomatoes, tomatoes grown in a second novelty product called an Earthbox, and a third batch grown in the traditional dirt method popularized over several thousand years of agriculture.

The Verdict
A stormy season toppled the Topsy Turvy, stifling a promising start. Tomatoes planted in the earth survived and thrived.

Save A Blade
The Claim:
"Tired of getting nicks and cuts from blades that go dull after a few shaves?" With the Save A Blade razor sharpener, "there's an easy way to save your money and save your skin." The device extends blade life fortyfold, enabling up to 200 "perfect shaves" on a single blade. "Just slide the razor inside, press the button, and in seconds, your razor is like new again." According to the product literature, a "precision Silicone [sic] Carbide sharpening member" rotates 60 times per second to hone the blade. "For Best Results, use Save A Blade to maintain the sharpness of NEW BLADES. Trying to re-sharpen blades that are quite dull is not recommended."

The Test:
Imagine a face and a bald head partitioned into quarters. We shaved one quarter using a new razor, another quarter with a dull one, the third with a new razor that had been saved, and finished with the dull blade, freshly honed.

The Verdict:
Not exactly the razor-blade fountain of youth, but useful enough—as a placebo—to encourage you to squeeze a few more shaves out of a dull blade.

Titan Peeler
The Claim: "Do you want to peel and slice vegetables in an instant? Then you need the Titan Peeler," a kitchen peeler with a swiveling pair of serrated blades. Cutting on the push and pull strokes, the "micro-blade technology" shaves prep time when peeling cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, butternut squash and even pineapples. A pitch man with a British accent deftly demonstrates the tool to a rapt audience as he peels, slices and repeats the word, "fantastic."

The Test: Slicing the skins off tomatoes, onions, a cucumber, pineapple and a butternut squash.

The Verdict: Gets the job done—for $33.56. Superior peelers can be bought for less.

Windshield Wonder
The Claim:
"If you think a clean windshield is just too much of a stretch," you need the Windshield Wonder—a wiping wand with a "microfiber cleaning bonnet" at the end of a curved plastic shaft. It lets you reach into that tight corner where the windshield meets the dash, which on a car like a Mustang can be a pretty steep angle. With the Windshield Wonder, it's "a cinch to reach every inch."

The Test:
Hailing a cab, turning a corner, and pulling over for the driver to take some test wipes on his windshield.

The Verdict:
Great idea—make your own with a rag and a stick.

Stick N Click
The Claim:
Stick N Click is the "cordless, battery-operated LED light that you just stick and click." It goes anywhere, instantly illuminating cabinets, pantries and drawers with a multidirectional ambient light. Lights can be mounted or carried as flashlights. There's no wiring to worry about—"just stick, click, and you've got light. When nature calls in the middle of the night, don't fumble for a light switch and wake everyone up." In the basement, shed, garage, trunk or back patio, "let Stick N Click be your quick, safe, easy guide when you need to see in the dark."

The Test:
Using three lit Stick N Clicks to navigate the windowless room where PM digital imaging expert Anthony Verducci toils in darkness.

The Verdict:
Brightened our day.

Twin Draft Guard
The Claim:
"Are nasty drafts forcing you to crank up the heat?" With Twin Draft Guard's "double sided insulated design," you can "save BIG on Your Energy Bills." The fabric sleeve holds foam cylinders on opposite sides of a door, creating an "airtight, draft-proof" seal. Works on any floor, even carpets, to insulate living areas, garages and basements.

The Test:
Using the Twin Draft Guard to "seal" beneath doors on tile and carpet. We sprayed compressed air against the thresholds with and without the tool in place.

The Verdict:
Better than a rolled-up towel, but no substitute for airtight gaskets or weatherstripping. Also, these types of things are often much more attractive.

Grill Daddy Pro
The Claim
"Tired of getting last week's burned mess on this week's dinner?" The Grill Daddy Pro "uses the power of steam to break up caked-on food residue." Fill the hollow handle with water, heat the grill and open a valve, and holes between the stainless steel bristles release "a stream of water that steam-cleans that cooked-on, charred-on mess away in seconds." Additionally, by rinsing away the grease, "bacteria is eliminate [sic] and the grill is sterilized." On steel, iron and porcelain grills, the Daddy "cleans like a mother!"

The Test
Scraping stalactites of grease left on a grill grate by dozens of burgers and some fairly plump chicken wings.

The Verdict
Gets rid of grease using less elbow grease.

Perfect Pushup
The Claim:
"Get big arms, a ripped chest, and cut abs—with the Perfect Pushup." Two devices, which are essentially spinning handles atop a stationary coaster-shaped disc on the floor, work with the natural rotation of your arms and shoulders to "maximize results and minimize stress on your body." As you descend through the pushup motion, your hands and arms rotate a full 90 degrees, "just like a punch." All the energy of the pushup is "captured and transmitted" to "right where you want it: The muscles."

The Test:
Pushup competitions between several editors at the PM office.

The Verdict:
Success. The Perfect Pushup enhances the benefits of regular pushups, and dropping $20 on it may motivate you to get up and go.

Point 'N Paint
The Claim
"Hate paint prepping? Dragging out ladders and nasty splatters?" With Point 'N Paint, you can "paint an entire room in less than an hour" and "get perfect results every time." Simply pour the paint into the "no spill tray," and load it onto the pad painting tools, which "hold five times the paint as a roller, with eight times the painting surface of a brush." With the "best edger ever," you can glide along moldings, zip along corners and paint circles around fixtures and fittings. All this with no runs and no brush strokes.

The Test
Pointing and painting a primed piece of drywall with the Point 'N Paint. We repeated the test with a Purdy 2-1/2-in. black nylon angled sash brush and a 3/8-in. nap roller cover. We tacked a few scraps of lumber to the drywall to approximate working around the edges of door and window casings.

The Verdict
It's no substitute for a good brush and roller.

Mighty Putty
The Claim
Mighty Putty is supposedly "the easy way to fix, fill and seal virtually anything fast, and make it last." It's a two-part epoxy similar to many other products found on the plumbing aisle of the hardware store. This packaging combines the adhesive and a catalyst in a clever pig-in-a-blanket pairing. When mixed, the putty hardens into resin and "bonds to any surface" to repair leaks in pipes, broken ceramic, gouged wood and more.

The Test
Filling a stripped screw hole, sealing leaking pipes, repairing a hole in a solid door, mounting a hook to a bathroom door, casting a new link in a chain and fabricating a new handle on the side of a glass bottle.

The Verdict
It's not quick to prepare, but it works for plumbing repairs and coffee mug salvage, and fills in for wood putty in a pinch. Use real chains, though.

The Claim:
The Get-A-Grip is "the remarkable handle that attaches in seconds and keeps you safe," a telephone-shaped, suction-cup-powered plastic handle that locks onto a smooth surface to give you a grip. Flip the switches to make two spring-powered, flexible plastic cups retract into concavity to grab a wall, and it's "instantly locked and secure."

"Getting in and out of the tub has never been more comfortable, and hopping in and out of the shower couldn't be safer!"

The Test:
Yanking the GAG from common bathroom surfaces, including an acrylic tub surround and ceramic tile both glazed and unglazed.

The Verdict:
Major design limitations make installing a real handrail the safer option.

Hercules Hooks
The Claim:
The Hercules Hook overpowers the pipsqueak hollow-wall fasteners found elsewhere. It "has the muscle" to install in drywall with no tools and will hold up to 150 pounds—"just push, set and hang." The "reinforced steel design" penetrates drywall and braces itself to the reverse side of the wall using a J-shaped leg. Downward pressure on the hook side increases the J-leg's grip behind the wall. "Heavy or light, big or small, it hooks, hangs and secures them all."

The Test:
Hanging a heavy painting, a sack of books and a lawnmower in a stud-free section of wall.

The Verdict:
If you have an urge to decorate but own no tools whatsoever, the Hercules Hook works just fine.

Aqua Globe
The Claim:
The Aqua Globe, a "handblown glass ornament that waters your plants for you," contains a colored glass bulb attached to an elongated stem. You fill the bulb with water, jam the stem into a houseplant's soil, and the globe releases water as needed by the dripful. "You can't over-water, you can't under-water...plants stay perfectly watered for up to two weeks, and you don't have to lift a finger!" Small or large houseplants, hanging plants, patio plants, and "even finicky exotic plants" get the Goldilocks hydration.

The Test:
We tried to use an Aqua Globe to rescue a desiccated, neglected indoor ivy.

The Verdict:
Works well if you're going on vacation—just don't forget to refill the Globe once you get back.

Aol Reviews

Mighty Mendit
Stars: 3 out of 5
Cost: Three tubes for $19.99 plus $8.95 for shipping and handling, bringing the total to $28.94.
Claim: Repairs almost any fabric,fast way to fix rips, make hems, leaves no stains.
Pros: Works well with textures like leather and thinner fabrics.
Cons: Won't hold thicker fabrics like jeans. Has a very strong smell, like nail polish remover and is highly flammable.

The Clapper
Stars: 3 out of 5
Cost: $24.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling for a total of $31.98.
Claim: It turns up to two plug-in lights or equipment on and off with claps.
Pros: Simple to use.
Cons: Loud noises can confuse The Clapper into thinking it's time to turn off.

RoboMaid aka RoboMop

Stars: 2 out of 5
Cost: $7.49, plus $9.40 for shipping and handling, so the price really is $16.89
Claim: Dusts your floors for you so you don't have to
Pros: RoboMaid really excels at amusement for animals and young children.
Cons: Its pad does collect dust and pet hair, but just moves around anything else in its path.

Stars: 1 out of 5
Cost: $19.95 + $7.95 P/H on Web site, but our tester found one for $15 at Walgreens
Claim: The blanket with sleeves keeps you totally warm and gives you the freedom to use your hands.
Pros: It was warm and it was a good conversation starter.
Cons: You overheat after about 5 minutes, and it's so long it's impractical. Your hands and arms get lost in giant wizard sleeves, so movement is actually rather restricted. It's just a backwards robe, so your entire back is exposed -- and not so snug. 

EZ Foldz Folding Step Stool
Stars: 5 out of 5
Cost: $14.95
Claim: Unique patented design makes stool extremely stable and sturdy enough to hold up to 300 pounds. Folds less than 2" wide, only weighs about 3 pounds and is easy to carry.
Pros: Works exactly as advertised: Very handy, tucks away in small spaces, easy to carry and raises you up by 9 inches.
Cons: Step on the stool across the bend or it may give way on you.

Stars: 4 out of 5
Cost: $9.95
Claim: Gently remove calluses and dead skin with the ultimate foot file.
Pros: One reviewer found it uncovered soft skin that had been buried under hard calluses for years. The canister was filled with white shavings as shown on the commercial.
Cons: For another reviewer, whose feet only had dry skin (no calluses), the PedEgg did not work at all. Not a single shaving in the "egg."

One Sweep Broom
Stars: 3 out of 5
Cost: $4.99 at CVS
Claim: Nothing sweeps better! Picks it all (dirt and dust) up in just one sweep.
Pros: It did sweep various surfaces fine. The long handle comes apart so it is very easy to store.
Cons: When it comes to liquids and pet hair, our reviewer still prefers towels and a vacuum, since the OneSweep did not "pick it all up." The claim of "nothing sweeps better" is overrated.

Handy Switch
Stars: 4 out of 5
Cost: $14.95
Claim: Control any lamp, from anywhere, in any room!
Pros: You don't need to point it at lamp, it comes with a cradle that you can stick anywhere. It was simple to hook up and perfect for bedside.
Cons: The nightlight attached to the plug cannot be turned off and a replacement battery for the HandySwitch may be hard to find.

Pasta Express
Stars: 3 out of 5
Cost: $9.99
Claim: Cook, strain & drain -- all in one!
Pros: Less bulky and less mess than using a large pot & colander. Cooks more than just pasta.
Cons: Takes time to get the process down. Handling the boiling water was scary -- our reviewer was never sure the top was on securely.  It did not fit in dishwasher easily.

Push Up Pro
Stars: 4 out of 5
Cost: $19.95
Claim: Push Up Pro works more muscles, reduces strain on joints!
Pros: Very easy to use. Flexible for different positions.  Our reviewer felt more in control with them than doing regular push ups.
Cons: Reviewer felt it worked for chest, but didn't feel it strengthened and toned other body parts, which it claims it does.

Kinoki Detox Foot Pads
Stars: 1 out of 5
Cost: $19.99 at CVS
Claim: All-natural way to collect harmful toxins from your body while you sleep.
Pros: Pads did turn a dark color as advertised on the box.
Cons: Claims are very general. Vague about what kind of "toxins" it will remove. Didn't feel any "energy boost" or any other difference. Since you put them on your arches, it was very hard to tell if the pads were touching.

One Touch Can Opener
Stars: 4 out of 5
Cost: $19.95
Claim: Opens a can in seconds, no sharp edges.
Pros: Works exactly as advertised: Very easy to use and no sharp edges.
Cons: After use, it needs to be reset by holding down a button while the motor works its way back to the starting position.

Magic Bullet Blender
Stars: 5 out of 5
Cost: $99.99
Claim: Does any job in 10 seconds or less.
Pros: Chops, mixes, purees, stirs, blends in seconds; easy to use, easy to clean; includes multiple attachments that can be used for small or large jobs.
Cons: Pricey

Onion Slicer aka Vidalia Chop Wizard
The product I <;3! See picture at top of page.
Stars: 5 out of 5
Cost: $14.99
Claim: Dice onions in one swift motion, encloses onion to minimize odors and reduce tearing
Pros: It dices onions quickly; you do not get the odor or the tears; it dices green/red peppers and hard-boiled eggs as well; It cleans well and is dishwasher safe;  It has measuring lines from 1/2 cup to 2 cups on the side.
Cons: None

Invisible Tummy Trimmer
Stars: 4 out of 5
Cost: $19.95 (2 sets)
Claim: Flattens your stomach, while it trims your waist.
Pros: Works well for hiding small bulges, surprisingly comfortable.
Cons: Not as effective as advertised "before and after" shots.

Doggy Steps
Stars: 5 out of 5
Cost: $19.99 (2 sets)
Claim: Doggy Steps are perfect for small dogs or older pets that struggle to jump into bed, on the couch, into the car ...
Pros: Once your pet is trained it allows them freedom to climb anywhere you have these steps set up.
Cons: There is no major negative. You just need patience to train your pet to use these steps.

Stars: 4 out of 5
Cost: $24.95
Claim: Promises to quickly, easily and painlessly brush loose hair from pets' coats,  reducing shedding.
Pros: Solidly constructed with a comfortable heavy-duty rubber grip, brushes out more hair, more easily than a standard pin or wire brush.
Cons: No different than a well-constructed "slicker" brush that dog groomers use, and which may be found more cheaply.

S'mores Wizard
Stars: 3 out of 5
Cost: $19.95
Claim: Make your own S'mores indoors.
Pros: It does make S'mores.
Cons: Slots on board for chocolate are cut too close to heating element and melt together; lengthy heating time; burns marshmallows instead of browning.

Topsy Tail
Stars: 4 out of 5
Cost: $14.95
Claim: Hairstyles you do yourself in minutes.
Pros: Quality elastic bands and hair brush included ... Accurate directions ... Pictures close to actual look ... (First use may take longer.)
Cons: Some styles require long hair instead of medium length.

Deni Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker
Stars: 2 out of 5
Cost: $59.95
Claim: Ice cream in 10 to 20 minutes!
Pros: Easy to clean; easy to serve; delicious recipes included; fun for whole family.
Cons: Hard to assemble; messy; long preparation time.

Pro Stick Blender

Stars: 2 out of 5
Cost: $19.95
Claim: Handy kitchen aid for all your blending and grinding needs.
Pros: Blends or grinds for light jobs; easy to clean.
Cons: Stick blender has one speed and one blade. To operate one must continually press down on a button. To blend a drink, container must be very tall or liquid will spray. Won't blend frozen fruit.

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