It launched just a month ago in the United States and Canada. UglySchmucks.com is the brainchild of a 2010 graduate of George Brown College in Toronto. Joe DeLuca says he now has more than 2000 members and he's moving toward opening the site to the gay community. CNN's Don Lemon spoke with DeLuca about why he started a website for ugly people. One of his new members is Keeli Wheeler, a 48 year-old grandmother of two and mother of two from the Houston area.
Two university researchers have discovered certain poses can increase a person's testosterone and decrease cortisol – an effective combination to make one feel more powerful. Their research will be in the upcoming journal Psychological Science. The researchers started their work after noticing some of their female students seemed to participate less in class. They tested these poses on subjects who did not know the intent of the research. CNN's Don Lemon spoke with Professor Amy Cuddy of Harvard Business School and Professor Dana Carney of Columbia Graduate School of Business, the authors of "Power Posing: Brief Nonverbal Displays Affect Neuroendocrine Levels and Risk Tolerance."
From CNN Writer/Producer Richard Spiropoulos: Many people in the United States grew up with "Sesame Street." The beloved children's show may be responsible for shaping parts of our vocabularies and numerical skills. But it may interest you that many countries are adopting the concept as an educational or training tool. Among them, some on the African continent.
Look for Nadia Bilchik's Morning Passport segments on CNN Saturday and Sunday Mornings with T.J. Holmes.
From finance expert Clyde Anderson:
Well fall is here, and as the seasons change, there is always an opportunity to change your spending habits. In the current economy people are looking for ways to stretch their dollars and save a few as well. Here are 4 fall money tips to help you save.
Buying Lunch vs. Packing
Buy Lunch Daily- $10.00/day= $50.00/ week
Brown Bag Lunch- $13.00/week
Brown Bag Lunch Savings- $37.00/week = $1,700/year
Of course it takes a little more thought, but in the end it’s worth it.
Buying Coffee vs. Packing Your Own
1 Bag of Coffee= $10.00= 30 cups of coffee
1 cup of Store Bought Coffee= $2.00/cup x 7 days = $14.00
Buying A Bag of Coffee Savings-$36.00/month or $432/year
Also consider this: winter-proofing your house can save you a lot of money. The government provides a resource with a plethora of information and ways to save money when it comes to energy use. One easy-to-follow tip is reduce "phantom energy" by turning off the surge protectors that our computers and other electronics are plugged in to.
Many of the electronic devices in your home stay on, even when they're "off." Chargers for cell phones, digital cameras, power tools and other gadgets draw energy even when they're not in use. Televisions, computer monitors and DVD players can also draw power whenever they're plugged into an outlet. All together, "phantom energy" use accounts for about 5% of a home's electricity use.
It’s even possible to be entertained without your wallet being drained. Take movies and restaurants for example:
Family Of Four: 1 trip to the Movies = $50.00 (without refreshments)
Family Of Four: 1 home movie= $6.00 to $9.00 (without refreshments)
Entertainment Savings= up to $500/year
Restaurant.com offers 80% off gift cards
-Get $25.00 gift cards for $2.00
-Get (10) $25.00 gift cards for $20.00 vs. (10) $25.00 gift cards for $250.00
Ultimately, if there is a will there is a way to save. We just have to be more concious of our spending and be willing to explore alternatives. The tips listed above alone can save you about $2,700 annually. Do you think you could use an extra $2,700?
Change your mind, change your life!
Look for Clyde Anderson's Home School segments in the 7 o'clock hour of CNN Saturday Morning with T.J. Holmes.