Oh Japan.  New App will tell your Boss how much time you spend in the Bathroom

Oh Japan. New App will tell your Boss how much time you spend in the Bathroom

Bathroom breaks are the best part of the work day: You’re still on the clock and getting paid, but you get to be all alone with your thoughts and your phone. And now some company wants to ruin all that.

A Japanese company called KDDI just created an app that could let your boss know when you’re spending an extra long time in the bathroom.

The app is set up to monitor the stalls in all of the bathrooms in an office building.

People can check to see if stalls are available before they head to the bathroom, which can save them the hassle of getting to the bathroom and finding it’s totally occupied. So that’s good.

But the app can also send an alert to management if one stall has been occupied for too long. And it’s not hard to see how companies could quickly use the data from that alert to figure out which employees are burning the most time on the toilet.

The app is going on sale in Japan starting in March. There’s no word on when it might be available over here.

(UPI)

Six Things You Shouldn’t Store in the Fridge

Six Things You Shouldn’t Store in the Fridge

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Here are a bunch of foods you might THINK you should keep in the fridge. But you’re better off storing them at room temperature . . .

  1.  Tomatoes, bananas, and avocados. The refrigerator DOES keep them from going bad. But it also prevents them from ripening, which kills the flavor. So just keep them at room temperature, and don’t buy them in bulk.
  2.  Potatoes. The starch starts turning into sugar when they’re in the fridge. Which messes with the texture, and makes them taste sweeter than they should.
  3.  Bread. It actually gets moldy FASTER in the fridge. And the starch crystallizes from the cold, so it gets stale faster too.
  4.  Olive oil and vegetable oil. They stay good for a long time, so there’s no reason to refrigerate them. And keeping it in the fridge makes them thicken up, so they’re harder to cook with. Which is also why you shouldn’t keep honey in the fridge.
  5.  Coffee. It loses some of its flavor in the fridge. And it slowly absorbs the smells of OTHER stuff in there, so it doesn’t taste right.
  6.  Cantaloupe and melons, until they’re cut up. Keeping whole melons at room temperature actually preserves the antioxidants better.

(The Independent)

Selena Gomez Is Taking Time Off to “Focus on Her Health and Happiness”

Selena Gomez Is Taking Time Off to “Focus on Her Health and Happiness”

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SELENA GOMEZ is putting herself on hiatus, so she can take some time to “focus on her health and happiness.”

She says, quote, “As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways. I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks, and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.”

Now, I know what you’re thinking . . . could this be a COVER for something else that’s going on behind the scenes? Well, “People” magazine doesn’t think so.

A source says, quote, “[It’s] absolutely not related to alcohol or substance abuse, [she just] hadn’t felt like herself over the last couple of months.”

Selena didn’t say how long her break will be . . . but supposedly, she’s cleared her calendar for the rest of the year. She also took a break back in 2013, and secretly underwent chemotherapy as part of her lupus treatment.

A Fisherman Found a Pearl Worth $100 Million Has Kept It Under His Bed For a Decade

A Fisherman Found a Pearl Worth $100 Million Has Kept It Under His Bed For a Decade

This giant pearl could be the biggest ever found in the world - after being handed in by a FISHERMAN. See SWNS story SWPEARL; The man, who has not been identified, found the priceless 34kg gem ten years ago in sea off the coast of Palawan Island, Philippines. He didn't know the potential eye-watering value and kept it as a 'good luck charm' in his rundown wooden home. But a fire at the property earlier this year forced him to have a clear out and move house.

This giant pearl could be the biggest ever found in the world – after being handed in by a FISHERMAN. See SWNS story SWPEARL; The man, who has not been identified, found the priceless 34kg gem ten years ago in sea off the coast of Palawan Island, Philippines. He didn’t know the potential eye-watering value and kept it as a ‘good luck charm’ in his rundown wooden home. But a fire at the property earlier this year forced him to have a clear out and move house.

A fisherman from a city called Puerto Princesa in the Philippines was working 10 years ago when he spotted a huge pearl inside of a giant clam.  He took it home to his little wooden shack and put it under his bed for good luck.

And he’s kept it there for the past 10 years.  But there was a FIRE at his place earlier this year, and when he had to move, he decided maybe he should see if it was worth anything.  And . . . um . . . yeah, it was.

The pearl is 77 pounds.  It’s 26 inches long and 12 inches wide.  Both of those measurements make it the biggest pearl in the HISTORY OF THE WORLD by a massive margin.

And it’s worth approximately $100 MILLION.  (How many of his neighbors are going, “Man, we really should’ve robbed THAT guy” right now?)

The current world record for the biggest pearl is the Pearl of Allah, which was also found off the coast of the Philippines.  It’s “only” 14 pounds and it’s less than 10 inches long.

The new pearl is being authenticated now.

(Metro

Now People Are Naming Their Babies After Pokemon Characters

Now People Are Naming Their Babies After Pokemon Characters

Saboten-Con Saturday Portraits - Pikachus from Pokemon. Photo Credit | Kevin Dooley

Saboten-Con Saturday Portraits – Pikachus from Pokemon. Photo Credit | Kevin Dooley

I don’t know how long the “Pokemon Go” craze is going to last, but some kids are going to grow up with a PERMANENT reminder.

According to BabyCenter.com, there’s been a huge jump this month of people naming their babies after Pokemon characters.

Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like they’re going for the crazier ones like Pikachu and Jigglypuff, they’re picking characters that actually kind of sound like reasonable human names.

The girls’ names that are skyrocketing are Roselia, Onyx, and Eevee. For boys, it’s Star, Ivy, and Shea . . . and BabyCenter thinks those come from the Pokemon characters Starmie, Ivysaur, and Shaymin.

A spokeswoman from BabyCenter says they’re not surprised at the trend, since they just ran a survey and found HALF of moms say they play “Pokemon Go”.

(Huffington Post)