Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A CEO Pays His Employees $2,000 to Go on Vacation

Mark Douglas is the CEO of a marketing company called SteelHouse in Culver City, California.  They’ve got about 250 employees, but it’s tough to get a job there, because basically not very many people quit. Back in 2011, Mark started giving his employees a bonus if they took a vacation. Whenever someone uses their vacation days to go on a trip, Mark reimburses them up to $2,000 for the cost of their flights, hotels, and activities (that’s $500,000 a year total across the entire company).

He won’t give them the money if they don’t take time off.  Quote, “I actually want you to go somewhere and enjoy yourself.” He says the policy has transformed his company.  His employees are way more productive and happy because their paid vacations recharge them and motivate them. And in the five years since he started the policy, only five out of the 250 employees have left the company. (Business Insider)


Cops Respond to a Guy Yelling at Hillary Clinton During the Debate

The cops in Waukesha, Wisconsin got a call last Monday night about a possible domestic situation. Some neighbors heard a guy screaming angry, horrible things in his apartment, and they got worried.  But when the police got there, they found out what was really happening.  The guy had DVR’d the presidential debate, and he was screaming things at Hillary Clinton. So the cops just told him to keep it down, and left. (Smoking Gun)


Un-happily ever after?

In most marriages, levels of satisfaction drop dramatically within the first few years together. But among couples who not only endure, but live happily together for years and years, the spirit of kindness and generosity guides them forward. Research has shown that kindness (along with emotional stability) is the most important predictor of satisfaction and stability in a marriage. Kindness makes each partner feel cared for, understood, and validated—feel loved. That’s how kindness works too: there’s a great deal of evidence showing the more someone receives or witnesses kindness, the more they will be kind themselves, which leads to upward spirals of love and generosity in a relationship. You can think about it as a fixed trait: either you have it or you don’t. Or you could think of kindness as a muscle. In some people, that muscle is naturally stronger than in others, but it can grow stronger in everyone with exercise. In other words, a good relationship requires sustained hard work. (Business Insider)


Good Hygiene Is A Good Thing!

When it comes to your daily hygiene routine — from your flossing habits to your nightly shower — you might think you’ve got everything down pat. But we’re here to shake things up. Heeding advice from medical associations and professionals, we compiled the optimal ways to keep yourself clean, healthy. and looking sharp.

  1. Nobody needs to wash their hair everyday. Beyond that, it depends on your skin type: if you have normal or dry skin, once or twice a week should do the trick.
  2. The American Dental Association recommends you brush twice a day for two minutes. Although they don’t specify what time of day these brushing should happen. So long as you do a good brushing before bed, you should be set. While you sleep, your mouth salivates less, which can lead to cavities.
  3. The best time to put on antiperspirant or deodorant is right before you go to sleep. That way, if you’re using an antiperspirant, it has time to close your armpit’s sweat ducts before they have a chance to get sweating in the morning. Most last at least 24 hours, so no worries about not making it to the end of the workday.
  4. Most of us shower too much. Dermatologists say that we only need to really shower once every two-to-three days, though that depends on where you live and how often you exercise. As for the morning vs. night debate? That depends on a lot of factors, but if you’re prone to oily skin, it might be ideal to shower at night.
  5. The American Dental Association recommends flossing once a day. However, an August 2016 AP report questions that recommendation, showing that the effectiveness of flossing has never been researched. Without that evidence, it’s possible that flossing might not be necessary.
  6. Using a mouthwash containing fluoride can help prevent tooth decay. That is According to the UK’s National Health Service, but you shouldn’t do it right after brushing your teeth. It’s a lot more optional than brushing your teeth, and not everyone needs it.
  7. Clipping your nails depends on how long you want your nails. Once every week or two should do the trick, or whenever they start to get unwieldy. Just be sure when you do it to not leave any jagged edges that can catch and possibly tear the nail.
  8. Cleaning your glasses “regularly,” should keep you in good shape. Ideally, regularly means before they get so smudgy that you can’t see. And when that happens, whatever you do, don’t use your shirt. You don’t necessarily need a fancy spray — just dish washing soap and some water — but be sure to rub it off with a clean cotton cloth.
  9. Perfect time to change your razor will depend on the razor. If it feels like it’s pulling on your skin, it’s likely getting dull, and it’s time to switch. To keep it sharper for longer, be sure to rinse the blades with hot water after using, and let it air dry so it doesn’t rust.

(Business Insider)



The hotly anticipated return of Ford’s bush-whacking throwback Bronco off-roader is on, according to the chairman of the union local that will build it at Ford’s Wayne, Michigan assembly plant. The Bronco started life in 1966 as a Jeep-like compact 4×4, but bloated in 1978 into the fat, soft boulevard cruiser made infamous in O.J. Simpson’s televised highway pursuit by police. Now, Ford looks poised to return Bronco to its roots with a machine more aligned with the truck’s roots. By the way, O.J. Simpson will be eligible for parole. Coincidence? (Maxim)


Florida couple discover that the bride was the groom’s biological granddaughter

A couple came to the startling discovery while looking through the 68-year-old groom’s photo albums, which included pictures of his first wife and their children. His 24-year-old wife instantly recognized one of the children as her estranged father, who she says kicked her out of the house when she was a teenager after she’d accidentally gotten pregnant. The groom and his first wife had gone through a terrible split, and when she left him, she took their kids with her and moved to an undisclosed location. Despite his many efforts to find them, he was never able to, and eventually, he got remarried and started a new family with his second wife. However, that marriage also ended messily – but in a stroke of luck two years later, the 68-year-old ended up winning “several million dollars” in the lottery.

He soon decided he was ready for love again, and after signing up for a dating website, he came across his future wife’s profile. “I just felt strange when I saw her photos,” the man said. “It was like a sense of déjà vu, but at the time I couldn’t figure out why she seemed so familiar.“ Despite finally figuring it out, however, the couple have decided to stay together, and have no plans of getting divorced. “If we’d never found out, we would’ve lived out lives happily together, and us being related shouldn’t change that,” the 68-year-old said. “Every couple is different and special in their own ways,” his wife added. (Florida Sunpost)


Today Is Special Because It’s:

*Blessing of The Animals Day (aka Blessing of the Pets Day, World Pet Day) Link
*Improve Your Office Day 
*Kanelbullens Dag (Cinnamon Roll Day)  Link
*National Taco Day Link
*National Ship in A Bottle Day

*Ten-Four Day
*Vodka Day Link
*World Animal Day Link

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