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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Interesting Facts About Coke

The next time you open a can or bottle of Coke to drink, you may want to read the below facts before actually drinking it. With the exception of #7, the following facts are alittle disturbing, don't you think? I am not a soda drinker at all, but for those who make soda their everyday choice of drink, what is it doing to your body? Very interesting...

#1 In many states the highway patrol carries
two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from
the highway after a car accident.

#2. You can put a T-bone steak in a b owl of Coke
and it will be gone in two days.

#3 To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the
toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour,
then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes
stains from vitreous china.

#4 To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:
Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds
Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5 To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour
a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

#6 To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola
to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7 To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into
the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake.
Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil,
allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous
brown gravy.

#8 To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke
into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run
through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen
grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your


#1 The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric
acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major
contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2 To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the
commercial trucks must use a hazardous material place
card reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3 The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean
engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Be Water Smart

To many, water seems to be plentiful and cheap. We turn on our fauets and leave the water running and running. But in reality, water is becoming limited.

Only 2.5 percent of the water on earth is considered fresh water. A small percent is available to us through lakes, rivers and streams. And, this unfornuately is in danger of drying up or becoming polluted.

If we become water smart and develop habits to save water, we can help this potential problem.

Tips to save water:

> Turn off water while brushing your teeth

> Buy a low flow toliet

> Take shorter showers, avoid taking baths

> Plant drought tolerant plants

> If you must water plants and your lawn, do so in the early morning and avoid misting sprinklers

> Use soaker hoses

> Sweep and don't hose down driveways, paths and patios.

> Refill reusable bottles with filtered water instead of buying bottled water

> Eat less meat. Did you know that to produce a quarter pound beef patty, it requires as much as 2,900 gallons of water according to Cornell University researchers.

Source: Live Right Magazine

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Think a Gallon of Gas is Expensive?

Have you ever thought what it would cost if you had to purchase a gallon of some every day products you may use?

This makes one think, and also puts things into perspective.

Diet Snapple, 16 oz , $1.29 ... $10.32 per gallon!

Lipton Ice Tea, 16 oz , $1.19 ... $9.52 per gallon!

Gatorade, 20 oz , $1.59 ..... $10.17 per gallon!

Ocean Spray, 16 oz , $1.25 .. $10.00 per gallon!

Brake Fluid, 12 oz , $3.15 .... $33.60 per gallon!

Vick's Nyquil, 6 oz , $8.35 ... $178.13 per gallon!

Pepto Bismol, 4 oz, $3.85 . $123.20 per gallon!

Whiteout, 7 oz , $1.39 ......... $25.42 per gallon!

Scope, 1.5 oz , $0.99 .....$84.48 per gallon!

And this is the REAL KICKER

Evian water, 9 oz , $1.49 ...$21.19 per gallon!
$21.19 for a gallon of WATER!!

and the buyers don't even know the source. By the way, did you ever notice that Evian spelled backwards is Naive? hmmmm...

Ever wonder why computer printers are so cheap? So they can hook you for the ink. Someone calculated the cost of the ink at, you won't believe it but it's true;
$5,200 a gal.
$5200 A GALLON!!!

So, the next time you're at the pump, be glad your car doesn't run on water, Scope, Whiteout, Pepto Bismol, Nyquil or, God forbid, Printer Ink!!!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Citizen vs Illegal Alien

I received this in my email in box. It is an actual letter sent from a resident of Iowa. Even with the sarcastic tone, he hits on several key points. What are your thoughts after reading this?

The Honorable Tom Harkin
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Phone (202) 224 3254
Washington DC, 20510

Dear Senator Harkin,

As a native Iowan and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you.

My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S Citizen to illegal alien stems from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted. If my understanding of this bill's provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen
is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years. I know a
good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out.

Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes
every year so I'm excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way
that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result
for me and my family because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.

Additionally, as an illegal alien I could begin using the local emergency room as my primary health care provider. Once I have stopped paying premiums for medical insurance, my accountant figures I could save almost $10,000 a year.

Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications, as well as 'in-state' tuition rates for many colleges throughout the United States for my son.

Lastly, I understand that illegal status would relieve me of the burden of renewing my driver's license and making those burdensome car insurance premiums. This is very important to me given that I still have college age children driving my car.

If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal
(retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would
be most appreciative. Thank you for your assistance.

Your Loyal Constituent,
Donald Ruppert
Burlington , IA

Thursday, July 17, 2008


The truth is what it is.
It's neither good nor bad.
It's simple reality.

Tailor your concepts to fit reality,
instead of trying to stuff reality into your concepts.
No matter what you believe,
it won't change the facts.

If we all worked on the assumption
that what is accepted as true is really true,
there would be little hope of advancement in the world.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
If fifty-million people say a foolish thing, it's still a foolish thing.
Successful people are realistic
and aren't trapped by false appearances.

Stay realistic on the road to success.

Copyright 2008
Reproduce freely but maintain Copyright notice

Friday, July 11, 2008

Real Or Not? Zenni Optical

I have in the past presented a post on This is an online optical site where you can purchase from a wide range of fashion frames and have your prescription filled that you received from your eye doctor. The cost for a complete set of eyeglasses start at $8.00. This company has no middlemen. They manufacture their own lenses and sell direct to the customer.

Recently Fox News ran a story on Zenni Optical called 'Deal or Dud?'. Their own reporter gives a presentation from start to finish when buying a pair of glasses on their site.

View video for Zenni on Fox and see the results

Using Affirmations As A Tool

Do you find that you repeat the same mistakes over and over? Do you find the way you act in and react to situations aren't working? Do you have regrets?
There are ways you can move forward and break your negative routine.

Are you open minded enough to use affirmations as a tool to embrace the new? Using affirmations can release yourself from negative patterns. Affirmations are a way to feel better about ourselves. Repeating affirmations train our minds to bring positive and useful thoughts instead of repeating the same old unhelpful images and thoughts that make us feel negative.

If you are holding onto the past by dwelling on past mistakes, past hurts and so on, you will not move forward with an open mind or heart. Every experience we encounter is a learning one. Try to embrace the lesson and move forward.

An affirmation that may help....fill in the blank to suit your situation

It (has been) or (used to be) hard, but I am learning to do ________.

You can change any negative thought by replacing it with a positive one. It might even help to write down your negative thoughts and change it on paper to a positive one. Then repeat it.

Writing down your negative thoughts may help bring awareness to the many negative thoughts you actually 'hear'.

If you can't write down your thoughts,as soon as you hear a negative thought, say cancel...and replace it with a positive. After awhile, this will become routine for you and you will do this automatically. You will be surprised at how easily positive thinking will become.

Remember: Positive thinking creates positive results

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Free Business Resource Center

Let's face it, there is so much on the Internet about 'making money', 'affiliate programs' and freebies, which usually turn out not to be so free, that many have become leery of any advertisements or opportunities that cross their path.

I have written many posts on opportunities; which include services, programs, products etc..that might be useful or helpful to someone.

I check out each company before I write about them or include their advertisement on this blog. It does truly make me feel good when someone emails me or leaves a comment thanking me for making them aware of something they had found helpful or useful.

Some companies I have even partnered with because I believe in what they were offering. One such company is included in my list of freebies and it is exactly that...FREE. Here's your chance to obtain a product that you may find useful or even become interested in learning something new.

This opportunity is actually two fold:

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Who Is To Blame For the High Cost of Gas?

Thanks to the enivironmentalist lobby and its influence on Democratic legislators in Congress, the U.S. has, for decades, been prohibited from drilling for oil in places that we know contain billions of barrells of proven reserves.

All of the 'NO' zones are places where the U.S. , thanks to the Democratic Party, is prohibited from drilling for oil.

But wait . it gets better.

China , Cuba , Canada and others continue to drill off our shores where US companies are not allowed to drill because of Democratic policies!

Yes, that's right . China and Cuba are actively exploring oil fields 50 miles from Key West, Florida while U.S. companies are barred from working in this area because of U.S. policy . So, instead of allowing the most environmentally responsible companies to operate there and increase our domestic supply, China , who has a dismal environmental record, is preparing to suck our close, lucrative oil reserves dry. Unbelievable.

Investor's Business Daily recently explained how irresponsible the Democrats have been on the energy crisis. They lay into what they consider to be the worst Congress ever for ...

~ Failing to allow drilling in ANWR. We have, as President Bush noted, estimated capacity of a million barrels of oil a day from this source alone -- enough for 27 million gallons of gas and diesel. But Congress won't touch it, fearful of the clout of the environmental lobby. As a result, you pay through the nose at the pump so your representative can raise campaign cash.

~ Refusing to build new refineries. The U.S. hasn't built one since 1976, yet the EPA requires at least 15 unique 'boutique' fuel blends that can be sold in different areas around the nation. This means that U.S. refinery capacity is stretched so tight that even the slightest problem at a refinery causes enormous supply problems and price spikes. Congress has done nothing about this.

~ Turning its back on nuclear power. It's safe and, with advances in nuclear reprocessing technology, waste problems have been minimized. Still, we have just 104 nuclear plants -- the same as a decade ago -- producing just 19% of our total energy. (Many European nations produce 40% or more of their power with nuclear.) Granted, nuclear power plants are expensive -- about $3 billion each. But they produce energy at $1.72/kilowatt-hour vs. $2.37 for coal and $6.35 for natural gas.

~ Raising taxes on energy producers. This is where a basic understanding of economics would help: Higher taxes and needless regulation lead to less production of a commodity. So by proposing 'windfall' and other taxes on energy companies plus tough new rules, Congress only makes our energy situation worse.

These are just a few of Congress' sins of omission -- all while India , China , Eastern Europe and the Middle East are adding more than a million barrels of new demand each and every year. New Energy Department forecasts see world oil demand growing 40% by 2030, including a 28% increase in the U.S.

Americans who are worried about the direction of their country, including runaway energy and food prices, should keep in mind the upcoming election isn't just about choosing a new president. We'll also pick a new Congress.

If we elect a liberal Democrat as president in the Fall and keep the same Democrat-controlled Congress, nothing will change .. except the high cost of gas, which will keep going up.

What are your thoughts?

Saturday, July 5, 2008

DIY Legal Software

I have teamed up with Standard Legal to bring you affordable DIY legal software for some common legal issues.

I am a firm believer in doing things yourself. Not only do you feel pride after accomplishing something you did yourself, but you also save ALOT of money. Why pay someone else a huge sum of money for something that can be done yourself?

At Standard Legal they provide you with superior document quality. The documents are up to date, accurate and professional. They have only qualified attorneys working for them and the prices for their software is significantly less than other companies.

Standard Legal's do it yourself software consists of you filling in the blanks. You simply answer the questions into the fields based on the instructions provided. When completed, you simply print out the forms and follow the instructions contained in the kit.

Some of the do it yourself software titles are seen below:

DIVORCE (without Children)
WILL (Last Will & Testament)

Friday, July 4, 2008

Beware of The Jury Duty Scam

This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below).

It is spreading fast, so be prepared should you get this call. Most of us take
those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on
their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced.

The caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protest that you never
received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social
Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information
and cancel the arrest warrant. Give out any of this information and bingo;
your identity was just stolen.

The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma ,
Illinois , and Colorado . This (swindle) is particularly insidious because
they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving
information by pretending they are with the court system. The FBI and the
federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites,
warning consumers about the fraud.

Check it out here:

And here:

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