Hot New Wedding Trend Has Couples Faking The Cake

(PCM) Everyone knows that weddings can be tremendously expensive endeavors and one of the more costly items can be a fancy and elaborately decorated wedding cake. Some couples have reported spending upwards of $1,000 to $1,500 on their wedding cakes, however a hot new wedding trend involving cakes has quickly been gaining some steam.

Many couples are opting to “fake the cake” and ordering a “cake” that appears to be beautifully decorated with both icing and fondant, however the inside is nothing more than tiered and layers styrofoam. These styrofoam creations can be decorated using the very same materials such as icing and fondant and can be as elaborately decorated as the couple chooses, the only major difference is these cakes are certainly not edible and can literally save the couple thousands of dollars, as they only retail for about half the cost of a regular wedding cake.

Many may be wondering how these “fake cakes” work when dealing with the whole cake cutting ceremony and the solution is quite simple. Many of the “fake cakes” come with a pre-cut knife slit that allows the couple to pretend to cut the cake and for the cake in the face smashing picture another piece of pre-cut cake is brought out from the kitchen. Another way that it can be faked is to have only the top tier of the creation be made of real cake which can be cut and enjoyed by the couple.

We all know that after the cake cutting ceremony the cake is rushed off into the kitchen and cut down for the guests to enjoy. They will never know the difference if a less expensive sheet cake is cut down in the back and served as the popular wedding dessert. “Fake cakes” work for events other than weddings as well. They are often ordered for bat mitzvahs, sweet sixteen party’s and corporate events. It is a wonderful cost saver and no one can ever tell the difference. No you can have the cake of your dreams, but not necessarily eat it too!

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Researchers Claim That More Sex Can Improve A Woman’s Memory


(PCM) A group of researchers have discovered a new link between the amount of sex a woman is having and the strength of her memory. A group of researchers at McGill University conducted a memory study that looked at defining a link between sex and the growth of nerve tissue in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the are of the brain that is in control of memory, emotional responses, and the overall nervous system.

To complete the study the McGill University researchers asked 78 heterosexual women under the age of 30 to partake in a memory test that involved looking at individual faces and memorizing abstract words. They were also questioned about their overall GPA and use of birth control. The results interestingly enough revealed that women who had sex more frequently were able to recall more abstract words. Hilariously, the amount of sex did not have an affect on the women’s ability to recall faces.

The findings do cement the fact that sex is often linked to certain memory abilities and functions. The researchers published their findings in the “Archives of Sexual Behavior”. Some of the researchers feel that because sex is a form of exercise it works in much the same way to improve memory function as well as release stress and battle depression. Further research will now be conducted to determine whether or not reaching the point of orgasm has any effect on memory function as well. Definitely a study that we are sure women will be lining up to participate. Wondering if they plan to do a similar study with men?



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Santa Is Now Leaving Apology Notes For Kids Who Didn’t Get What They Wanted For Christmas


(PCM) It is no secret that both Hatchimals and Nintendo NES Classic Editions are at the very top of every child’s wish list this Christmas. Of course, it is also no secret that neither of these highly sought after toys can be found at any retail locations both brick and mortar or online, in fact both are selling for hundreds and even thousands of dollars on websites such as Ebay and Amazon which many parents certainly can’t afford.

Rather than watch their children endure the sadness of not discovering a Hatchimal or NES Classic Edition under the tree, many parents are turning to apology letters from Santa (yes, they are a real thing) to help ease pain and help explain just why these treasured presents did not end up under the tree. One letter in particular claims that the reason the child is not receiving a Hatchimal for Christmas is due to the fact that both Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting for the eggs to be laid. It goes on to say that once the egg has been laid, sometime in January, an elf will deliver the Hatchimal to the child’s home.

Another option is a letter that explains why the child will not be receiving a Hatchimal at all saying that they will be no longer given out as presents and they are forming a colony of Hatchimals at the North Pole to help combat extinction and protect species. Hey, if the kids buy it … go for it! However, could Santa apology letters be taking things a bit too far. Many parents feel that children should not receive every item that is marked on their Christmas lists, as it could certainly lead to the children developing unrealistic expectations later in life.

When we were young and we didn’t get the toys we asked for (I’m looking at you Cabbage Patch Dolls, Easy Bake Ovens, and Tickle Me Elmos) we just moved on, played with the gifts we did receive and all was good in the world. Parents, it’s definitely time to rip off the band-aid and teach these children about the way the real world works. We can’t get what we want all time!


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Clear The Roadways! These States Have The Worst Drivers


(PCM) Tis’ the season for holiday travel and it has now been revealed which states harbor some of the worst drivers in the country. One would think that states such as New York or New Jersey would be located somewhere near the top of the list, however it has actually been revealed that both Texas and Louisiana have tied for first place on the list of state with the worst drivers.

The worst drivers study used data that was collected from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analyzed statistics regarding crash fatalities in a multitude of categories, including those that involved drunk driving, careless driving, speeding, and failure to obey basic traffic laws. Once the data was complied they were able to create a list of states with the worst drivers.

While Texas and Louisiana placed first, South Carolina came in third, North Dakota was fourth and Delaware rounded out the top five coming in fifth place. Also included in the top ten were New Mexico, Nevada,Alabama, Arizona and Montana.

States such as Minnesota, Vermont, Virginia, Iowa and Rhode Island were listed as some of the safest driving states and surprisingly New Jersey came in at number nine on the safest driving state list.

According to more than 43 million drivers will travel the roadways during the holiday season, so please remember to always use caution and pay attention when behind the wheel not just during the holidays, but whenever you need to travel away from home.

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The List Of The Worst Toys Of 2016 Has Been Revealed

(PCM) The holiday shopping season is already full steam ahead and of course, children’s toys are at the top of everyone’s shopping list. Each year at the start of the holiday season WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc) releases their annual list of the top ten worst or most dangerous toys that are currently available for purchase.

Toys can be blacklisted by WATCH for a plethora of reasons including choking hazards, improper age restrictions, and the ability to cause a child physical harm. You can view the WATCH top ten list of the worst toys of 2016 below.

Although parents have a right to expect that toys they give to their children are safe, unsafe toys remain an ongoing problem. Due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious injury and even death. W.A.T.C.H. urges parents and caregivers to take precautions when buying toys— especially during the upcoming 2016 Holiday Season, which accounts for more than 65% of all toy sales.


    Price: $11.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Jazwares, LLC
    Retailer(s): Target,
    Age Recommendation: “2+ or 3+” (depending on which packaging purchased)
    Warnings: “WARNING! CHOKING HAZARD-small parts. Not for children
    under 3 years” (on some packages for sale, not on others)
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This set of four “Peppa Pig” figurines includes an entire “muddy puddles family”.
    Incredibly, despite the “choking hazard” warning and “3+” age recommendation on the packaging of
    some toys, other packages of what appear to be the same toys are sold for oral-age children as young
    as “2+” with no warnings about toy-related hazards.


    Price: $19.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Kids Time US; Appease Toys
    Age Recommendation: “Age range: >3 years old, Grown-ups” (retailer website only)
    Warnings: None. Product description on retailer website states in part:
    “When this elephant pillow [is] for use with infant, it should be
    under adult supervision”
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This large, plush pillow in the form of a cuddly stuffed elephant is marketed with
    an image on the retailer’s website depicting an infant snuggling alone with the plush animal. There
    are no warnings or age recommendations on the product itself. The hazards associated with pillows
    sold for infants are well documented. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has
    warned that a pillow can block a baby’s mouth and can cause a baby to suffocate. “Infant pillow[s]”
    and “any other similar article[s]” which are “intended or promoted for use by children under one
    year of age” have been banned by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (16 CFR 1500.18).


    Price: $24.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Diggin Active, Inc
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us,
    Age Recommendation: “6+”
    Warnings: “WARNING! Never shoot at any person or animal…” and other
    warnings, cautions and instructions on package
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The “slimeball launcher” is similar to a slingshot, and is sold with bright green
    “slimeballs” as ammunition, which can be fired “over 30 feet!” Projectiles launched with such force
    have the potential to cause serious eye injuries.


    Price: $14.88
    Manufacturer or Distributor: ToyQuest
    Retailer(s): Walmart,,,
    Age Recommendation: “4-12”
    Warnings: “WARNING! To avoid risk of serious injury or death: …This
    product does not provide protection. Impact hazard may present;
    protective equipment (for head, elbows, knees, hands, etc) should
    be worn (not included),” and other warnings/cautious on package
    insert, packaging and product
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! Children as young as 4-years-old are encouraged to “[s]lip into your bumper suit
    for a “bumpin’ bump ‘em’ fun time!” Children on the packaging are shown running into each other
    without any “protection” (not included), as recommended by the manufacturer.


    Price: $34.48
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Hasbro
    Age Recommendation: “AGES 14+”
    Warnings: NONE
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The manufacturer of this “blaster” with an “easy-load magazine” encourages
    “precision battling” during “intense head-to-head competition.” The ammunition provided can shoot
    with enough force to potentially cause eye injuries. Images on the box depict children wearing masks
    covering their face and eyes, however the face mask is “not included” and must be purchased


    Price: $26.00
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Tomy
    Age Recommendation: “3+”
    Warnings: “WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD –Small parts… Not for
    children under 3 years” (packaging)
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This “rugged Tyrannosaurus Rex” is a popular children’s movie character
    marketed as a “Rustler’s worst nightmare.” Operation of the dinosaur by children as young as 3-
    years-old in order to evoke “galloping action and sounds” requires the push of a button on the toy’s
    rigid, pointed tail, which may be held close to a child’s torso or face. There exists a potential for
    significant puncture wound injuries during encouraged playtime activity.


    Price: $19.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: TPF Toys, Ltd.
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us
    Age Recommendation: “2+”
    Warnings: None (instructions on packaging: “Adult supervision Required”)
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! Despite the industry’s standard requiring strings on playpen and crib toys to be
    less than 12 inches in length, manufacturers are permitted to market pull toys like the “Peppy Pup,”
    with a cord measuring approximately 31 inches.


    Price: $16.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: I-Star Entertainment, LLC; The Bridge Direct, Inc.
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us,,,,,
    Age Recommendation: “4+”
    Warnings: “Warning! Never aim at eyes or face” (packaging), and other
    “safety instructions” and warnings on packaging and insert
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This flying, winged superhero figurine is sold with a launcher for children as
    young as 4 years old, who are encouraged to “[g]rip it!” and “[r]ip it!” The instructions caution that
    the Superman character should only be launched “at arm’s length and pointing up and away from
    your face….”


    Price: $19.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: New Adventures LLC LTD
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us,,
    Age Recommendation: “2+”
    Warnings: None
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The “Baby Magic” doll, which plays “peek a boo,” comes with a baby bottle, high
    chair, blanket, food dish, and “interactive spoon.” The slender, rigid plastic spoon is approximately 2
    ¾” long, with the potential to be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway.


    Price: $9.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Jakks Pacific, Inc.
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us,
    Age Recommendation: “6+”
    Warnings: “Warning. Not suitable for children under 36 months. Small
    parts. Choking hazard” (packaging)
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! 6-year-old children are encouraged to “[f]eel the power of the horde!” with the
    “legendary Doomhammer,” based on weaponry in the “Warcraft” movie. The manufacturer offers
    no warnings regarding potential impact injuries associated with foreseeable use of the heavy, rigid
    plastic battle hammer.

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What Happens When You Consume Too Many Energy Drinks?


(PCM) An eye-opening article was recently featured on about just what can happen to your body if you consume too many energy drinks on regular basis. A 50-year old male construction worker openly admitted to consuming around four to five energy drinks every day for a period of three weeks as a way to boost his energy level on the job. The rest of the man’s diet remained the same. He eventually ended up at the emergency room with dark colored urine, abdominal pains and jaundiced skin.

The culprit? Consuming too many energy drinks in a short time period gave his man a life-threatening case of hepatitis. He initially believed he had come down with a case of the flu, however when a biopsy was done on his liver it tested positive for hepatitis C. The doctors believe that the hepatitis C was brought on by all of the Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, that the man was consuming on daily basis. It seems that each energy drink contains about 40mg of niacin per serving.

Doctor’s hope that this man’s case will heed warning to other energy drink enthusiasts, as they said in their report “As the energy drink market continues to rapidly expand, consumers should be aware of the potential risks of their various ingredients. Vitamins and nutrients, such as niacin are present in quantities that greatly exceed the recommended daily intake, lending to their high risk for harmful accumulation and toxicity.”

It is not hard to believe that consuming too many energy drinks can lead to some pretty significant health issues. In this particular case the man is fully recovered, however in the future others many not end up some lucky!

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