1. If you drop a whole egg on the floor, pour salt all over the egg, let it sit for awhile, then use dustpan, the egg will come right up, without all that mess.

2. Soak stained hankies in salt water before washing.

3. Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.

4. Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.

5. Put a few grains of rice in your saltshaker for easier pouring.

6. Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.

7. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink;bad ones float.

8. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.

9. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.

10. Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.

11. Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won't stick.

12. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.

13. Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.

14. Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.


Does this J.C. Penney tea kettle look like Hitler?

Commenters online noticed a resemblance between Hitler and this J.C. Penney tea kettle.
Commenters online noticed a resemblance between Hitler and this J.C. Penney tea kettle.

A tea kettle that bears a potential resemblance to Adolf Hitler has landed J.C. Penney in hot water.

A California billboard advertising a Michael Graves-designed kettle for sale at the store has some wondering whether they are being saluted by the Nazi dictator instead of waiting for tea to heat up.

The billboard, first noticed by Reddit users near the 405 freeway in Culver City, had readers questioning whether the similarity was just a coincidence.

The controversial kettle.
                                                                             The controversial kettle.

On Tuesday the company made it clear that any resemblance is completely "unintentional," repeatedly tweeting the clarification at those curious about a Hitler connection.

"If we had designed it to look like something, we would have gone with a snowman or something fun," the store tweeted at numerous followers.

But any resemblance to Hitler certainly hasn't hurt business, according to J.C. Penney.

The $40 teakettle, noted for its "cool-touch handle, space-saving design and a delightful whistle," has sold out online, the company tweeted in response to a tweet by comedian Patton Oswalt.

The teakettle is still available in stores, according to the store. :)

What JC Penny has to say?
Certainly unintended. If we designed it to look like something, we would have gone with a snowman or something fun :)
@jcpenney - Tweet


Photos capture woman giving birth in front of hospital

When Boca Raton, Fla. mom Amy Beth Cavaretta went into labor with her second child Thursday night, she called her midwife and rushed to the hospital.

Cavaretta was just about to make it through the front doors when baby Sienna Grace revealed she had other plans: "The baby's coming!" Cavaretta exclaimed as Miami-based birth photographer Emily Robinson captured her leaning against a column.

She was correct, and right there in a wheelchair as Cavaretta's midwife Laurie Ross-Berke assisted, healthy little Sienna Grace made her debut. The Cavarettas, along with Ross-Berke, came on TODAY Monday; watch the video above for more of Robinson's photos of the incredible birth.

Amy's husband Joe gives a relieved cheer as baby Sienna Grace is born safely on the sidewalk.
Amy's husband Joe gives a relieved cheer as baby Sienna Grace is born safely on the sidewalk.

Amy and her husband, Joe, are photojournalists for the Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I've been covering the Miami Heat for the paper," Joe told Natalie Morales, "and when we drove up I saw the LeBron James of midwives waiting for us...I knew we were all right."

Amy Beth Cavaretta and Emily Robinson, the birth photographer who captured the amazing images outside the hospital.
Amy Beth Cavaretta and Emily Robinson, the birth photographer who captured the amazing images outside the hospital.

"I was in good hands," Amy said. "I had the right people there to help."

See the video :


Integrated reporting must complement a company’s strategic goals

There is a growing momentum for change in corporate reporting, with each initiative seemingly calling for greater alignment between the information reported to users of corporate reports and that used internally by directors and managers for effective decision-making.

This broadening of the domain of the management accountant is something we at CIMA are already engaged with. I had the honour of being asked to sit on a Financial Reporting Council (FRC) advisory panel to examine ways of simplifying corporate reports, and am also a member of the International Integrated Reporting Committee, which looks at how organisations can produce reports that better integrate strategic, financial, environmental and social information. In addition, CIMA is participating in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ (BIS) review of narrative reporting.

The FRC project has the working title “Cut the Clutter”. As the name implies, its aim is to identify information presented in corporate reports that obscures the key messages and to propose more engaging and effective ways to present the material. Producing effective “de-cluttered” reports requires a thorough understanding of both the business and the market in which it operates. It also demands an efficient management accounting information system to provide the source data and narrative content. The FRC’s report on how financial reporting could be improved is available from its website (

The International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) has also been established to promote what it calls an “Integrated Report”. This will require organisations to provide a concise, clear, comprehensive and comparable integrated reporting framework. This should be structured around the organisation’s strategic objectives, its governance and business model, as well as integrating material financial and non-financial information.

The IIRC project has been driven by developments in South Africa under the auspices of Professor Mervyn King and the Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability initiative.

And as a committee member, I am helping to shape an initial consultation document that will be published this summer. It is important to me that the IIRC recognise the key imperative of a board of directors, which is to ensure the long-term success of their business. The integrated report should only contain financial and non-financial information relevant and material to that aim.

A third reporting initiative that is also under way, in which CIMA is playing an active role is the BIS narrative reporting review. One of the commitments of the coalition government was the reintroduction of the Operating and Financial Review. This developed into a wider review of the state of narrative reporting and is now being pursued within the Vince Cable-led review “A Long-Term Focus for Corporate Britain”.

CIMA’s response to the review said: “It’s important to understand and communicate the major drivers of long-term success, such as quality information and reporting, as well as clear articulation of the business model. The key question to ask is: ‘What are the performance factors that create world-class, successful businesses?’”

In my view, the answer to this question is that companies should focus on the aspects of their business models that will ensure their short-term actions support a long-term future. These elements are: cost leadership, durability of the supply chain, a motivated and skilled workforce, attracting and retaining customers and innovation.

One of CIMA’s main objectives is to produce “financially qualified business leaders”. As part of this commitment, I believe it is important that we continue to be involved in all aspects of business life, including external communications through effective corporate reporting.

The Financial Reporting Council’s report on improving financial reporting can be found via

The Science Behind - Color Match

How flexible is your brain? Give it a 5 second test: quickly identify the color of each of the above words (don’t read them). Say the colors out loud.

How accurate were you? How long did it take? The above task, called the Stroop Test, is much more challenging than it first appears. It’s significantly harder to correctly identify a color when it’s different from the word than it is to identify when the two match. The challenges in this test highlight some very important brain processes—processes that you can improve.

Brief history of the Stroop Test

In 1935, John Ridley Stroop became the first to publish in English on the current version of this cognitive task. Developed as part of his dissertation at George Peabody College (later part of Vanderbilt University), the interesting effects of this task later became the basis for the Stroop Test, a widely used neuropsychological assessment.

What happens in your brain during the Stroop Test

The Stroop Test challenges selective attention, or one’s ability to carefully choose which environmental stimuli to focus on—and which ones to ignore. The kind of mental flexibility needed to switch between multiple stimuli is absolutely essential: without good selective attention, it’s easy to make errors—for example, reading a word instead of saying its color.

The task also involves recognizing and inhibiting incorrect responses while responding quickly, capacities associated with the brain’s executive function. And indeed, brain imaging studies show that performing the Stroop Test correlates with parts of the brain involved in executive function, such as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.

In fact, individuals with ADHD and depression—who struggle to attend to select stimuli and control their reactions— often have increased difficulty performing the Stroop Test.

Improving at the Stroop Test

Fortunately, no matter how maddening the Stoop test may feel, you can work to improve your mental flexibility. There is evidence that training with response inhibition tasks like Stroop can transfer to other cognitive skills.

A cognitive training program developed by researchers at the Open University of Israel, which included a significant component of Stroop-like training, was found to significantly improve reading comprehension in children compared to a control group, as well as parent-reported measures of inattentiveness.

Lumosity has its own version of the Stroop task: Color Match. If you haven’t trained with it in a while, give it another try: this decades-old task may just give your selective attention and executive function a boost. Just unlock full access to play Color  Match and our whole suite of attention and impulse control games! Master these abilities and you may notice a difference in your reaction speeds, impulse control, and ability to switch between ideas at a moment’s notice.

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