Friday, September 7, 2007


The next time you roll into work at 9:30 A.M. and your boss gives you grief for being late, show him this. A recent study says waking up early is actually BAD for your health.

The study, conducted by researchers in Kyoto, Japan, revealed a link between wake-up times and a person's cardiovascular health.

Researchers studied 3,017 healthy adults ages 23 through 90, and found that people who regularly get up before 5:00 AM had a greater risk of heart conditions including hypertension and having strokes.

The findings apply to waking up early for ANY reason.. for work, to run errands, even to EXERCISE.

There is yet ANOTHER picture on of Britney coming out of an L.A. gas station restroom. What is it with her and the public restroom thing? You'd think she'd never gone before! How badly does she always have to go that she's constantly using a bathroom at a gas station? Most people only use those bathrooms out of desperation and try not to touch a thing while inside. Britney, on the other hand, would stroll in barefoot (as we all know too well) and relish her time in there. She seems to love using them! What does she do in there? Or does she just have weak bladder? In any case, one thing is FOR SURE -- Britney is no germ-a-phobe.

Figuring out how much to tip people at random times in your day-to-day activities can be tough, because usually you just don't know how much to give them. Here are different tipping situations and how much to put down...

1) A SERVER. Generally speaking, it's 15% for adequate service, 20% for very good service, and no less than 10% for poor service. And there's a really good formula to figure this out... If you're going to tip 20%, take the first number of your bill and multiply it by two. So, for example, if your bill was $20... you'd tip the server $4.

2) A VALET. Valets should be tipped at least $2 to bring the car to you.

3) A TAXI DRIVER. This can vary depending on location, but usually, 15% of the total will be enough... plus an extra $1 or $2 for help with bags.

4) A HAIRDRESSER. A hairdresser should be tipped 15% to 20%.

5) FOOD DELIVERY PERSON. If a tip isn't already included in the bill, they should get at least 10%... or give 15% to 20% if it's a difficult delivery.

6) A BARTENDER. Bartenders should get 15% to 20% of the tab, with a minimum of 50 cents per soft drink and $1 per alcoholic drink.

7) GROCERY LOADERS. If they're allowed to accept tips, they should get $1 for bringing bags to the car, and $1.50 to $3 if you have more than three bags.