Hannah's headlines- 2/9/2017

Fake Key Limes Used To Smuggle Pot

They may have looked like limes, but they weren’t. Officials say smugglers tried to get some four-thousand pounds of pot through the border using fake limes before Customs and Border Protection agents busted the operation at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.

Customs officials say the smuggled drugs were found inside a tractor-trailer January 30th. When peeled back, the fake limes are green balls made of weed mixed in with real Key limes.

A drug sniffing dog along with imaging equipment found the fake pot disguised as limes. The feds say the drugs have a street value of nearly one-million dollars. Homeland Security is also investigating the find.

Source: CNN

Do You Have A Job That Sounds Like A Dream But is Really A Nightmare?

Mondelez International, the food and drinks giant, which owns brands like Cadbury, Milka and Oreo, is looking for a professional chocolate taster to join its team in the UK. The job description, which was posted on LinkedIn, highlights that a "passion for confectionary and taste buds for detection" are the main requirements for the role. The successful applicant will help the company launch new products around the world, which means they must be able to provide honest feedback and have a "communicative personality" to build relationships with the tasting team. An enthusiasm to try "inventive products" and a "firm grasp of the English language" are also highlighted on the advertisement.

Today is National Pizza Pie Day

February 9th is National Pizza Pie Day! Need a reason to order (or just eat) pizza today? No need – February 9th is National Pizza Day! Now, we’re not sure who started it, but any number of websites recognize it.

So celebrate it! And if you’re really feeling funky, try it in a way that other countries enjoy it – or just have it the “good old fashioned American way.” Here’s a look at the most popular pizza toppings around the world:

  • United States: pepperoni
  • Australia: A well-liked combination consists of barbecue sauce, emu, crocodile and kangaroo. Definitely a different kind of meat lovers' pie! Another popular combo is barbecue sauce, shrimp and pineapple—fruity, savory and spicy all at the same time.
  • Brazil: Brazilians go for green peas
  • France: A fried egg as a pizza topping is already common in France. In a version available at pizzerias throughout the country, the egg, which is usually cooked sunny-side up, is either baked right on top of the pie or fried in a pan, then placed on top
  • Germany: Canned tuna.
  • India: They prefer pickled ginger, minced mutton, and paneer cheese
  • Japan: Look for mayo jaga (a combination of mayonnaise, potato and bacon), corn, pimiento and onion. They’ll often include eel and squid as well. And get this, it’s available at Domino’s Japan
  • Russia: Sardines, tuna, mackerel, onions and salmon known as “mockba” in common Russia. No wonder Putin is such a grump…
  • Sweden: The Swedish eat their thin-crust pies with a fork and knife. And while they enjoy all sorts of toppings, the “pizza Africana” combination is by far the most interesting. What’s on it? It includes peanuts, bananas, chicken, pineapple and curry powder—lots of curry powder.

Today is National Bagels & Lox Day

February 9th is National Bagels & Lox Day! Head over to your nearest kosher-style deli or synagogue Kiddush because today is National Bagels & Lox Day! Stick a few slices of smoked salmon on a bagel, shmear some shmear on it, and you’re good to go. So today, let’s have a toast to bagels, the traditional Jewish delicacy that has managed to transcend religious conflict – because honestly, everybody already knows they’re the food of the gods.

9 Little Ways To Seem Smarter Than You Actually Are

Text With Proper Grammar

Do you ever get intimidated by people who text using proper grammar? It's because they are slyly showing you how smart they really are. When you say, "sup" it's not a bad thing, but you're more likely to be taken less seriously than if you were to say "What's up?" Proper grammar can really go a long way, and if you get used to it now, you will be using it your whole life, which will come in handy in college and the real world.

Try To Learn A New Word Every Day

You can even aim for learning just one a week. Before you know it, those words add up, and you've successfully added some new brand new words to your vocabulary without trying that hard! In case you didn't know, there are a LOT of words in the English language, and learning some obscure ones can make you seem well-educated and mature.

Write Your Name With Your Middle Initial

This is random, but actually does make you seem super important! Why do you think all of the famous people write their names with their middle initial? It used to be a sign of power and upper class, which gives the illusion that you're a well-known and well-respected person. There have been studies that prove that people will trust and listen to others when they write their name with a middle initial. It sounds strange, but just think of all of the famous people who wrote their name like that? Susan B. Anthony, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael J. Fox....just to name a few.

Walk Fast

I was actually surprised by this, but it does make a little sense. A Boston University study proved that people who walk slower actually seem stupider than people who are keeping up with the pace of the crowd. I suppose it can give off the impression that you are on an important mission somewhere...even if you're just running super late for class.

Follow News Accounts On Twitter

These days, it’s hard to go anywhere without getting involved in a political conversation about what’s going on in the world. It can seem overwhelming and even boring, but it’s actually really important to keep up with this stuff. I get it if you don't want to read a newspaper every day, or listen to the news, but scrolling through your Twitter feed will give you an idea of headlines and what's going on in the world, so that you can talk about it with people IRL.

Avoid Face Jewelry

Even though you might love your lip piercing, it might be making you look unintelligent. According to a 2012 study, wearing facial piercings (not including your ears) make people think less highly of you, and even assume that you aren't smart. So, even if you want to keep your nose ring in, just be aware that it might negatively affect how people see you. This seems crazy because it is, if you like your face piercing, keep it in! You do you.

Make Eye Contact

I know eye contact can be scary, but it really shows you are listening to someone, so they will think you are processing information. In a Loyola University study, researchers found that people who made eye contact with the participants were perceived as smarter and gave off an impression of intelligence. This is probably the easiest way to seem smart!

Dress Well

I know we all want to wear sweatpants every day, but when you look more put together, people will know that you care about your appearance, and therefore take better care of yourself. When you look like you take care of your body, it gives off the impression that you also take care of your mind and education, which will make you seem super smart!

Get More Sleep

The number one rule of basically anything is to get more sleep. When you are constantly yawning and struggling to keep your eyes open, you won't seem very smart or invested in learning. You need to be sure you are awake and aware of your surroundings, or you will seem like you're super ~out of it~.

Link: http://www.gurl.com/2017/02/07/easy-little-ways-to-seem-smart-and-mature/ - ixzz4Y3ImuJS9

Study Finds Cheese Has Same Effect On The Brain As Heroin

New research from the University of Michigan has discovered something none of us really want to face: cheese really is like heroin. Researchers did two separate studies involving about 500 people and the results show that overall, pizza topped the list of addictive foods – beating out chocolate, chips, and cookies.

So what is it about pizza that makes it so appealing? For one thing it’s processed, and we love us some processed foods. But it’s also the delicious, fattening cheese. The study’s authors believe the higher the fat content in the food, the more addictive it is. That sounds about right, doesn’t it?

And as much as we love cheese, Dr. Neil Barnard, who runs the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, has some harsh things to say about it (which makes sense, as the PCRM are big fans of vegetarianism and veganism). He says the reason cheese is so addictive is because it contains the protein casein, which creates casomorphins when the body breaks the dairy down.

"Casomorphins attach to the brain's opiate receptors to cause a calming effect in much the same way heroin and morphine do," Dr. Barnard explains. "In fact, since cheese is processed to express out all the liquid, it's an incredibly concentrated source of casomorphins, you might call it dairy crack."

That may be true and all, but cheese does offer some nutrients. And if we don’t eat it, we don’t go through withdrawal or anything. So it’s better for us than actual heroin. And we’re not going to let a little thing like being addictive stop our love affair with “dairy crack.”

Source: Cosmopolitan

Domino’s Pizza Launches Wedding Registry

A lot of couples will be getting engaged this month thanks to Valentine’s Day, which means future brides and grooms will soon be heading to stores to set up their registries so friends and family know what to buy them. But while most people will likely go to Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond or maybe Crate & Barrel to set up their registry, there’s now a new option that may peak their interest, especially if they’re pizza lovers.

Believe it or not, Domino’s Pizza has just rolled out their very own registry website, where couples can choose from a variety of gifts, which, as you probably can imagine, are all pizza-related. All of the options are wedding themed, including a “Cater the Bachelorette Party,” “An Excuse Not To Cook” and “The Wedding Night” package.

Just like any other registry, couples simply sign up for the ones they want, and once a guest purchases an option for them they’ll get a Domino's eGift card so they can cash it in whenever they want.

“We hear often from customers that Domino's was a part of their big day, from proposals to after-hours meals at their wedding," Jenny Fouracre, Domino's spokesperson, says. "We wanted to make it easier for people to ask for and receive something that they'll really use."

Source: The Street

You Will Be Judged For Your Phone

Could your ancient phone prevent you from actually a second date? Match.com’s latest Singles in America study says yes. How much does your iPhone 4 lessen your chances of nabbing a date? A lot.

Those with an outdated phone were 56% less likely to get a date. Women are especially picky about what kind of phone you have. They are 92% more likely to judge you for having an old, scratched, or ‘alternative’ device (like an Android).

iPhone users were especially ruthless. They were 21 times more likely to judge someone for using an Android.

Still, no matter what kind of device you have, you shouldn't be using it while on a date. A whopping 55% of people think it's totally unacceptable to break out your phone on a Valentine's Day date. Another 78% said that using your phone too much was a turnoff.

So, most simply put, have a great phone, but don't use it too much and you might find yourself lucky in love!

Source: Mashable.com


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