There May Soon Be A Way To Detect Your Feelings Wirelessly!

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(PCM) There is even more evidence that technology is overtaking our lives with the news that researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have now developed a way to detect an individuals feelings using wireless signals.

The team feels that they have no found a way that by sending wireless signals that measure heartbeats they can detect a human’s emotional state by the way that the wireless signals bounce off the human body.

The researchers claim that their device is over 87% accurate in using the heart rate and are able to detect emotions such as joy, happiness, anger and sadness within the human body. The device is able to predict the body’s reaction to various emotional states. The device would work much the same as an electrocardiogram, however there would be no need for a sensor in the body, as the heart rate would be monitored wirelessly.

It is the hope that this particular type of device could be used by advertisers to be able to measure and gauge audience reaction to certain products or ideas or as a way to monitor individuals who are dealing with anxiety or certain forms of depression.

 

 

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Have You Been ‘Mooned’? The New Texting Term You Should Probably Know!

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(PCM) Many of us are inundated with tons of text messages each and everyday and unfortunately some of those text may be from those we don’t exactly wish to hear from. “Mooning” was created as a way to silence conversations with those particular individuals that you may not want to deal with at this particular moment.

Much like “ghosting” which is cutting off all communication with a certain individual or multiple individuals, “mooning” is used to temporary silence someone whose conversation may be annoying or you consider that person to be unimportant. “Mooning” is considered like putting someone on mute and ignoring them for a period of time.

Sadly, none of us can truly know if we’ve been “mooned” or not. You can still text an individual who has mooned you, but their phone will not show them any type of notification, make noise, or light up when you send them a message. If someone has blocked your number you will receive a notification, however if you have been “mooned” you may never really know, that is unless the person finally decides to respond and be honest.

Chances of someone actually letting another person know they are being a pest are slim to none, so perhaps after awhile of getting the silent treatment the person will eventually get the clue that they have been “mooned” and try to change their behavior pattern. We live in the day and age where people are not really forced to talk to one another face to face anymore, so hiding behind a phone screen is usually used to avoid confrontation and of course there is an app for that!

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How’s This For Irony? You’re FitBit May Actually Keep You From Losing Weight

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(PCM) One of the more popular diet and weight-loss trends was the invention of the FitBit, a bracelet that keeps track of your activity levels to be sure you are getting the proper amount of exercise each day. The devices monitor a users heart rate levels and are currently all the rage, however a new study has found that FitBit tracker and other similar devices may actually have the opposite effect when it comes to actual weight-loss.

A study looked at two groups of overweight/obese young adults who were attempting to lose weight naturally through diet and exercise. One group wore a fitness tracker such as FitBit, while the other group did not. The two groups exercised exactly the same amount, however at the conclusion of the study those that did not wear the fitness trackers ended up losing more weight.

Definitely sounds a bit odd, however the researchers behind the study found that wearing the fitness tracker actually convinces the user that you got more exercise than you actually did, as the technology is focused on tracking physical activity and getting the heart rate up. User then look at the fitness tracker and think ‘Wow, I did a ton of exercise today, now I can eat more’ and they end up consuming more food than normal.

The researchers go on to say that it is also possible for those that wear a FitBit device to see that they did not reach their daily fitness or exercise goals and then turn around and binge eat out of discouragement. Either way it is definitely and interesting study and provides more “food for thought” when it comes to the use of FitBit’s and other similar fitness tracking devices.

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Teacher’s List Of 101 Ways To Cope With Stress Goes Viral!

(PCM) We all deal with various levels of stress on a day to day basis, so of course we are always open to discovering new ways to both manage and cope with stress as it happens in our lives. One psychology teacher by the name of Mr. Phillips has created a list of 101 Ways to cope with stress that has now gone viral after it was tweeted out by one of his students.

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It is truly a fantastic list that takes the time to remind us to appreciate the small things in life and make slight changes to our routine to reduce the amount of stress we deal with each day and help us become more well-rounded and balanced individuals. Time to go print this list and stick it on our walls right now!  Great job Mr. Phillips!

The full list can be found below:

1. Get up 15 minutes earlier
2. Prepare for the morning the night before
3. Avoid tight fitting clothes
4. Avoid relying on chemical aids
5. Set appointments ahead
6. Don’t rely on your memory … write it down
7. Practice preventive maintenance
8. Make duplicate keys
9. Say “no” more often
10. Set priorities in your life
11. Avoid negative people
12. Use time wisely
13. Simplify meal times
14. Always make copies of important papers
15. Anticipate your needs
16. Repair anything that doesn’t work properly
17. Ask for help with the jobs you dislike
18. Break large tasks into bite size portions
19. Look at problems as challenges
20. Look at challenges differently
21. Unclutter your life
22. Smile
23. Be prepared for rain
24. Tickle a baby
25. Pet a friendly dog/cat
26. Don’t know all the answers
27. Look for a silver lining
28. Say something nice to someone
29. Teach a kid to fly a kite
30. Walk in the rain
31. Schedule play time into every day
32. Take a bubble bath
33. Be aware of the decisions you make
34. Believe in yourself
35. Stop saying negative things to yourself
36. Visualize yourself winning
37. Develop your sense of humor
38. Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better today
39. Have goals for yourself
40. Dance a jig
41. Say “hello” to a stranger
42. Ask a friend for a hug
43. Look up at the stars
44. Practice breathing slowly
45. Learn to whistle a tune
46. Read a poem
47. Listen to a symphony
48. Watch a ballet
49. Read a story curled up in bed
50. Do a brand new thing
51. Stop a bad habit
52. Buy yourself a flower
53. Take time to smell the flowers
54. Find support from others
55. Ask someone to be your “vent-partner”
56. Do it today
57. Work at being cheerful and optimistic
58. Put safety first
59. Do everything in moderation
60. Pay attention to your appearance
61. Strive for Excellence NOT perfection
62. Stretch your limits a little each day
63. Look at a work of art
64. Hum a jingle
65. Maintain your weight
66. Plant a tree
67. Feed the birds
68. Practice grace under pressure
69. Stand up and stretch
70. Always have a plan “B”
71. Learn a new doodle
72. Memorize a joke
73. Be responsible for your feelings
74. Learn to meet your own needs
75. Become a better listener
76. Know your limitations and let others know them, too
77. Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin
78. Throw a paper airplane
79. Exercise every day
80. Learn the words to a new song
81. Get to work early
82. Clean out one closet
83. Play patty cake with a toddler
84. Go on a picnic
85. Take a different route to work
86. Leave work early (with permission)
87. Put air freshener in your car
88. Watch a movie and eat popcorn
89. Write a note to a far away friend
90. Go to a ball game and scream
91. Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight
92. Recognize the importance of unconditional love
93. Remember that stress is an attitude
94. Keep a journal
95. Practice a monster smile
96. Remember you always have options
97. Have a support network of people, places and things
98. Quit trying to fix other people
99. Get enough sleep
100. Talk less and listen more
101. Freely praise other people

BONUS: Relax, take each day at a time…you have the rest of your life to live

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PCM Joins Chubby Checker and MFAC For The #TwistChallenge

chubbylifestyle(PCM) Pop Culture Madness is happy to join in the “Twist Away Childhood Cancer Challenge with Chubby Checker and Jurdy” – benefiting the non­profit organization, Mascots for a Cure. #TwistChallenge is a viral, online campaign challenging kids and adults to do The Twist with a friend, classmates, family members, co­workers or a mascot!

Especially a Mascot! Get your school or organization involved!

Participants are asked to twist for 36 seconds or less, as sadly, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer everyday in the U.S. This exciting campaign launches September 21st, on “National Twist Day” and will continue through 2016 and beyond. September also happens to be “National Childhood Cancer Awareness” month. Chubby is launching the campaign in videos with Jurdy the “Hero of Happy-­ness”.

Participating is as easy as 1-2­-3 (+4*)!

  1. Do The Twist and film it by yourself or with a group and post to your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube)
  2. Go to our website, MascotsForACure.org to pledge a donation
  3. Call out others to take the #TwistChallenge too! Challenge a rival mascot or team, another school or store location, a coach or player from your team, a CEO or managers of your organization, a rival company or organization or anyone else that you might have a great connection with and think would accept your Twist Challenge. That includes your friends, family and co­workers!
  4. *TELL THE WORLD!* on Facebook and other social sites, and include our hashtags: #TwistChallenge, #TwistAwayChildhoodCancer, #MFAC, #ChubbyChecker, #Jurdy, #NationalTwistDay

You can Twist alone, or with friends. If your friends don’t show up, challenge them!

We’ll help – we’ll be looking for the #TwistChallenge and our other hashtags, and we will be sharing them too!

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Chubby’s  Facebook page

jurdyMascots helping us with the Twist Challenge include Jurdy, The Philly Phanatic, Chuck E Cheese, A&W Root Beer mascot Rootie, Wally from the Boston Red Sox, Clark from the Chicago Cubs, the Oriole Bird, Screech from the Nationals, Bernie Brewer, Pittsburgh’s Jolly Rodger, Poe from the Baltimore Ravens, Thunderbug from Tampa Bay, Hugo the Hornet, YoUDee, Rocky Bluewinkle, Reggy the Party Dude, 76ers Franklin and MFAC’s own Sir Roland BraveHeart.

Jurdy is the hero of “happy-ness” at work, play and in schools & communities. Spreading happy-ness is just part of what Jurdy does, Jurdy is there to be a friend for anyone, especially children, having a hard time in life situations, feeling alone or offer some hope and positivity. Jurdy promotes smart choices, helping others, anti bullying, anti-drugs, anti-violence and making this world a better, safer kinder place.

Chubby Checker, the man who brought us The Twist, took some time to tell us about why he was so eager to join the #TwistChallenge…

chubbycheckertwistjpg“Years ago, back in 1965, Danny Thomas had St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. I did a charity tour for him and I was concerned and said, ‘Danny, why are you doing this?’ and he said, ‘Chubby, we have to leave something when we die and children being sick, especially with cancer, it disturbs me.’ He said ‘when I go on stage or go on TV and do whatever I do, all I can think about is these children, these young children that have cancer. So, I’ve lent my life to that, so when I leave here, it will be for them’.”

“After all those years it comes back up again. Here I am, many years later, and the #TwistChallenge comes up, and what is it? Childhood cancer. Who would not be sympathetic to such a cause, because children are the future? In 20 years, those 5 year olds and 7 year olds will be between 25 and 30, and I don’t know if we are going to find the cure for cancer, but we can fight it as much as we can, and if we can lend our time, and especially my fame, to such a thing, it’s the least that I can do. We are lending all of this to childhood cancer and on the 21st of September it’s going to be #TwistChallenge Day and it’s so easy for people to get on the dance floor as it represents good health!”

“We would like everyone to give some money on #TwistChallenge Day and don’t stop giving it, give it all the time, and help cancer leave this planet and children, the young children that suffer with cancer. My mother died from cancer, and my uncle died from cancer, and it’s a terrible thing that happens and there’s nothing you can do.”

Read our interview with The Legend

Read about The Twist

Schools we expect to hear from include: St. Joseph’s University, Duke, North Carolina, University of Delaware, Tulane, St. John’s, UMass, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Western Kentucky, Syracuse, James Madison, Tennessee, Auburn, Xavier, Wake Forest, Wilmington University, Georgian Court University, Drexel University, Rosemont, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State.

If you school isn’t on this list, JOIN IN!

Other groups and people who have signed on include: Alex’s Lemonade, St. Lucie Mets, Chattanooga Lookouts, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Carolina Mudcats, Charleston RiverDogs, Greenville Drive, Tampa Yankees, Columbia Fireflies, Portland Trailblazer Damien Lillard, Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton and Bronze Medalist Brianne Theisen-Eaton

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About Mascots For A Cure
MFAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and their families battling cancer. Through its passion, relentless pursuit of its goals, and the power of mascots, it fosters hope, laughter, joy, positive memories and love to support children and their families affected worldwide. Sir Roland Braveheart is MFAC’s official mascot. For more information, visit www.mascotsforacure.org.

About Chubby Checker
Born in rural Spring Gully, S.C., and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., Chubby Checker rose to national prominence in 1959 with his debut record, “The Class,” which hit No. 34 on the Billboard pop chart when Checker was just 17. By the time he was 18 years old, his second hit single, “The Twist,” had skyrocketed to # 1. Nearly five decades later, in 2008, Billboard magazine would name “The Twist” the No. 1 song of the Billboard Hot 100’s first 50 years.
Chubby Checker’s  Facebook page.

About Jurdy®
Jurdy®, the “Hero of Happy-ness,” is an animated and mascot character created by Jenifer Jurden, CEO of SHOUT b cause, LLC (SBC). SBC helps companies and organizations raise awareness and effectively drive home positive messaging to their target audiences. Leading the charge through rallies and marketing communications is Jurdy®, a powerful tool in teaching children from all backgrounds how to make good choices in life. For more information, visit www.jurdy.com.

About Pop Culture Madness
The Pop Culture Madness network of websites have been gathering and sharing news and trivial information about Popular Culture and Pop Music since 1999.

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Our New Obsession! A Shirt-less Man Building Primitive Structures In The Woods

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(PCM) We always found ourselves to be suckers for the strong and silent types. Suppose that is why we have developed such a fascination with the YouTube video series “Primitive Technology” which features a delightfully shirt-less man working on do-it-yourself projects in the woods using only primitive technology.

The man crafts everything from building and housing structures to axes and other weaponry and forges from scratch. It is truly impressive to watch. The videos are filmed using very little dialogue and features only the noise of nature and the of course the gorgeous scenery.

We could seriously watch these videos all day!  This video series is the complete package, eye candy plus learning new thing!  Score!

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