Every single person’s parents do SOMETHING weird just to save a few bucks. It’s a scientific fact. My parents still, to this day, keep the house at like 65 degrees in the winter because they’d rather freeze than run the heat.
There’s a discussion right now on Reddit where people are sharing childhood memories of the ridiculous things their parents did to save money. Here are five great ones . . .
1. “My mom tried to convince the ticket guy at the movies my brother was 12. He was 19 and smoking a cigarette.”
2. “When I was in junior high, I wanted weights to bulk up for sports. My dad filled two big Folgers coffee cans with cement and stuck them on a sawed off broom handle.”
3. “When we demolished our brick garage, my dad made us clean every brick with a pickaxe and line them up around the house for future use. [It took] one year of backbreaking effort and they’re still there eight years later.”
4. “They’d collect all the pieces of soap when the bars get too small to use, put them in pantyhose, and hang them from the shower head. You’re supposed to lather up your hands and use that soap until it’s gone.”
5. “My dad would build up speed, then turn the engine off and coast down to five miles-per-hour to save gas. He did that while my friends were in the car.”
Here are 9 reasons that you should impose a “no shoes allowed” rule in your house immediately.
1. They could ruin your floors over time.
Hard shoes are more abrasive than slippers, so they scratch up your hardwoods over time. They also pick up small particles that cause wear and tear on carpet.
2. They carry toxins that pollute the air in your home.
Research has shown that things like the chemicals you use to treat your lawn or the cancer-causing coal tar that’s used on asphalt roads can easily get tracked into your house on your shoes and settle into nooks and crannies. Slipping your shoes off is an easy way to protect your health.
3. They track in dirt that ends up everywhere.
Do you really want the dust from Little League field or the soil from your garden in your home? Invest in a doormat to help trap dirt before it finds its way into your kitchen.
4. They’re a hot spot for icky bacteria.
Shoes hold lots of nasty bacteria from frequent contact with “fecal material,” thanks to your trips to public restrooms.
5. They hold back your feet from being their strongest.
Your feet shouldn’t have arch support all the time. Walking barefoot helps keep feet and arches strong.
6. They might wake up your downstairs neighbor.
If you live in an apartment building and pride yourself on being a nice and considerate neighbor, nix the shoes. They’re super loud — especially if you have wood floors.
7. Shoes are at risk of becoming your dog’s favorite chew toy, when they’re left thrown around the house.
The puncture holes your furry friend’s teeth leave are impossible to fix. Stash them out of sight as soon as you get home.
8. They just add more annoying clutter to your home.
You prevent shoes from getting lost or misplaced when you immediately take them off and put them away as soon as you get home.
9. They stall relaxation time at the end of the day.
When you remove your shoes, you’re subconsciously telling your brain that you’re done for the day and it’s relaxation time. Go ahead, you deserve it.
Malicious arson doesn’t get FUNNIER than this, folks.
A 31-year-old guy named Shemroy Williams from Taunton, Massachusetts was SO angry with his ex-girlfriend back in March that he decided to set her house on fire.
But when the fire wasn’t spreading fast enough, he tried to accelerate it . . . by dumping his bag of CHEETOS into it.
There’s no word if they were Flamin’ Hot Cheetos… Ahem.
Anyway, the Cheetos didn’t work as an accelerant and the fire department put the fire out while it was still pretty small.
Shemroy was in court this week and he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for malicious destruction of property.
Halloween Candy – Snickers
It’s two days after Halloween, and unless you let your kids run wild, that means there’s still a giant pile of halloween candy in your house. Which begs the question: Should you eat it ALL?
Well . . . as much as I hate to stand in the way of that plan, you probably shouldn’t. Or you will die.
According to the American Chemical Society, you can die from a SUGAR OVERDOSE if you eat 13.5 grams of sugar for every pound of your body weight in one sitting.
The average American man weighs 195.5 pounds. So if you eat 251 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, 155 fun size Snickers, or 102 fun size packages of M&Ms, you’ve got a chance of dropping dead.
The average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds. So you could die if you eat 214 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, 132 fun size Snickers, or 86 fun size packages of M&Ms.
(Los Angeles Times)
A tornado damaged a bunch of homes in a suburb near Dallas back in December. And a demolition team was supposed to tear one of them down on Tuesday.
But they probably should have taken a few seconds to double-check the address . . . because they ended up tearing down the WRONG HOUSE.
The one they were supposed to demolish was one block over. Both homes had tornado damage, but the one they tore down by mistake wasn’t as bad, and the owners were planning to fix it up.
And apparently it happened because the demolition guys used Google Maps to find it, and it pointed them to the wrong address.
There’s no word yet on a lawsuit, but we assume one’s coming. Apparently someone from the demolition company already admitted it’s their fault though.
(WFAA / 9News.com)