Hannah's Headlines- 5/11/2018


High School Threatens to Fine Families $1K if They Cheer During Graduation

An administrator at a South Carolina high school allegedly said those who cheer at an upcoming graduation ceremony could be fined more than $1,000.

The administrator allegedly told Greenville High School students and parents that cheering during the school’s upcoming graduation ceremony could result in a $1,030 fine.

“Since graduation is a dignified and solemn occasion, graduating seniors and their guests should behave appropriately. Please ask your guests not to call out, cheer, whistle, or applaud during the reading of names and presentation of diplomas,” a slide at a recent assembly also read, according to the Greenville News.

“The Citation for Family Members yelling out is $1,030,” it continued.

It is not currently clear how that amount came about, the Greenville News reported.

A spokesperson for Greenville County Schools told the newspaper that the graduation ceremony is “under the jurisdiction of the Greenville Police Department” because the event will be held at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

“If someone starts yelling obscenities, that’s a different story. That would get into the ‘disorderly’ realm,” he said.

Link: https://nypost.com/2018/05/09/high-school-threatens

Woman Legally Banned from Singing in Her Home After Neighbors Complain That She Sounds Like a Drowning Cat

A woman in Norwich, UK, was recently banned from singing and playing loud music in her apartment, after neighbors complained that her screeching sounded like “a drowning cat”.

48-year-old Heather Webb has reportedly terrorized neighbors in her apartment building with her singing for at least four years. In 2014, her neighbors filled anti-social behavior forms and sent them to the local council, but she only received a community protection warning from the police. Then, in 2016, neighbors again complained to the council about her loud, disturbing singing, but no action was taken against the woman. Finally, in December of last year, a judge issued Webb a Criminal Behavior Order which legally banned her from singing in her apartment. But she didn’t let that stop her.

The 2-year-order forbade Heather Webb from “engaging in conduct which causes alarm or distress” and also banned her from “playing music, singing, shouting or creating noise at a volume which can be heard outside of her property”.

Magistrates were told that Webb broke the terms of the order at least three times, in January and February of this year, and some neighbors presented audio proof of that. For example, Paul Burford, who lives 40 meters from the amateur opera singer’s ground floor apartment, used a smartphone app to record her singing and sent it to the local council as evidence.

The judge found Heather Webb guilty of breaching the order on three separate occasions – January 8 and 9, and February 7 – and a “no bail” warrant was issued for her arrest.

Link: http://www.odditycentral.com/news/woman

Can Potatoes help You Lose Weight? - Eating lots of potatoes will help you lose weight.

That’s right. After years of being told to avoid starchy foods, it’s time for a re-check! Researchers at Leeds University in the U.K. studied about 80 overweight women who went on a 14-week diet. Half of them counted calories while the other half ate foods with a low energy density, like potatoes, rice and pasta.

The calorie counters lost about seven pounds on average, while the potato eaters lost nearly 13 pounds. The women who ate the low energy density foods said they felt less hungry and had fewer cravings. The researchers say it's because it filled them up quicker so they have fewer cravings for snacks.

The study adds that fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meat, fish, eggs and beans have a similar effect because they have fewer calories than processed foods. The end game seems to be making you feel full, not the calories. Source: Sun

UberWINE Exists So You Won’t Need A DD For A Wine Tour

Wine tours are a fun way to vacation with friends, but the downside is one of your crew needs to abstain from alcohol so they can be the designated driver. Of course no one wants to miss all the fun, so you could call a ride-share service, but when you’re out in a vineyard and not in the city, that could take a while. That’s why Uber launched the ideal solution: UberWINE.

The service is available in three North American wine regions for now: Santa Barbara, Napa Valley/Sonoma, and Guadalupe, Mexico. You can get a driver to stay with you all day - from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and escort you from one vineyard to the next and stay as long as you like at each.

If you’re in an area with UberWINE, it’ll show up as an option on the app, like UberPOOL or UberX. And depending on the size of your group you can get either an UberWINE or UberWINEXL car, so you’ll be nice and cozy on your wasted ride. They’re hoping to expand to more regions in the future, too. But for now, you can ride safely in wine country, California and no one has to be stuck as the DD.

Source: Delish

There's A Simple Skin Test You Can Do To Tell If You're Drinking Enough Water

You're supposed to drink six to eight glasses of water every day. If you've lost count, there is an easy skin test you can do to determine if you're hydrated. Pinch the skin on the back of your hand for a few seconds. If the skin immediately returns to normal, you're fine. If it doesn't, you need to drink some water.

  • Are you a person who doesn’t like drinking water?
  • Sugary drinks are no good for hydration, what flavored drinks do you like to hydrate?

Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/skin-test-drinking-enough-water-2018-5

Craziest Returns Customers Have Made At Target

We love shopping at Target and just one of the many reasons is that their return policy covers most unopened items for 90 days. Of course, that lenient policy leads some customers to take advantage and Target employees have seen all kinds of ridiculous returns shoppers have tried to make. Business Insider asked 22 Target team members what some of the strangest items people attempted to bring back were and here are some of the most bizarre.

  • An entire lawn set - “Someone ordered an entire lawn set online and brought it in on a U-Haul to return it.”
  • A bag of unopened chips - They said they were supposed to be served at a party but didn’t get opened.
  • A single banana - Why even bother bringing this back?
  • Items purchased from other stores - An employee says someone tried to bring back “multiple clothing items from Walmart” and another worker says a shopper successfully returned a shirt that had been worn, washed and reeked of cigarettes, and it was a brand Target doesn’t even carry, but they took it back anyway and just threw it away.
  • Suspicious bed sheets - Someone returned three sets of the same sheets he said his wife bought too many of and the sheets were $150 apiece, so he exchanged them for a $450 camera. “He didn’t have the receipt,” the five-year employee says. “He bought those sheets from a second-hand store.”
  • A useless Xbox - A shopper returned an Xbox without a console.
  • An opened box of condoms
  • Action figures that had been put back in the wrong cases
  • A suit with an ornament in the pocket
  • And perhaps the biggest abuse of the 90 day return policy - Someone returned $400 in Christmas decorations … in late February.

Source: Business Insider



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