THIS MONTH IS
National Frozen Food Month-- How long will frozen food keep?
THINGS MEN SHOULD NEVER WEAR
MOST MISERABLE U.S. CITIES
Violent crime -- murder, rape and sexual assault -- is the highest in the country. Housing prices have dropped 35 percent in three years. Jobs are next to impossible to find. Welcome to Detroit, Michigan, the most miserable city in the U.S., according to Forbes magazine. If misery loves company, Detroit has plenty. Nearby Flint, MI, came in second because of violent crime and residents who are fleeing as fast as they can. Coming in third is Rockford, IL. Its misery is best measured by a three-decade decline in the manufacturing base that has hurt the city's economy and kept unemployment sky high at 11.2 percent, one of the highest rates in the country. To measure the misery of the 200 largest metropolitan areas with a population of at least 259,000, Forbesused the following metrics:
The top 10 most miserable U.S. cities:
Although violent crime in the Detroit metro area was down 5 percent in 2011, it still remains the highest in the country with 1,052 violent crimes per 100,000 people, according to the FBI.
HOT DIGGITY DOG
The most popular pooch in the U.S.A. is the Labrador Retriever -- for the 22nd consecutive year. That's the word from the American Kennel Club in its annual ranking, which is based on the year's registration of some 175 different breeds. And while the German Shepherd Dog is still in the number two spot, the Golden Retriever moved up a spot and shoved aside the Beagle for the number three rung. Larger breeds, it would appear, dominate over the pint-sized pooch. But the beloved Lab remains the champ, thanks to its well-earned reputation for playfulness and loyalty and its use as a police and search-and-rescue dog.
The top 10 dog breeds in America:
Most notable dog trends of the year:
Mastiff-type breeds have risen in rank, with the Mastiff going from 34 to 26 and the Bullmastiff from 47 to 39 over the past decade. In addition, the Cane Corso (67 to 60), Neapolitan Mastiff (116 to 112) and Dogue de Bordeaux (69 to 67) all made gains since the year they became recognized.
"Bully" breeds have pawed their way into people's hearts over the past decade with the Bull Terrier (79 to 51), Staffordshire Bull Terrier (91 to 76) and Miniature Bull Terrier (132 to 126) all making strong gains.
Dog owners are showing their love for sporting breeds over this past year as the Spinone Italiano (123 to 114), Boykin Spaniel (138 to 116) and Welsh Springer Spaniel (130 to 125) have all made their way up the list.
Small dogs that are on the rise this year are the Havanese (31 to 28) and Affenpinscher (139 to 138), while the Chihuahua (14 to 18), Pomeranian (17 to 19) and Pug (26 to 30) seem to have fallen out of favor.
IT COULD HAVE BEEN ME!
(Inside TV) Here's a list of the ten biggest stars who missed out on the role-of-a-lifetime on television, only to end up finding fame and fortune in other star-making roles.
YOU KNOW IT'S TIME TO DIET WHEN...
CALORIE BURNING GUIDE
America is the most obese nation on earth. We all need to exercise and cardio exercise, i.e.: running, jogging, bicycling, is what we need most. But, what if we can't always exercise. Here's a guide to calorie burning activites and the number of calories per hour they consume.
DO YOU KNOW THE RULES?
Men's Healthsays dating etiquette is like NBA regulations -- constant tweaking and lots of gray areas. Hand checking, for instance: Is it allowed now? Or will she squawk? The magazine asked men and women -- what it's like on the dating scene now?
It's the eternal debate among sports fans: football or baseball? Most die-hard fans will always say both. But if they are forced to choose, football wins. 34% of those who follow at least one sport say professional football is their favorite spectator sport. Coming in a distant second is baseball, which is favored by 16%. Baseball may be as American as mom and apple pie, but it's football we love the most, according to this annual Harris Poll. Our favorite sports and the%age who like them the best:
WAYS YOU'RE RUINING YOUR TEETH
(Netscape) From snacking to swimming, you do things every day that can ruin your teeth by eroding and staining the tooth enamel--something that cannot be replaced. TotalBeauty.com identified the six worst things we do, often not even realizing it, that ruin our teeth.
Swimming may be good for your heart and lungs, but excessive chlorine in the water can lower the pool's pH level, making it dangerously acidic. And that can be devastating to your pearly whites. The solution: If you are a frequent swimmer, bring a toothbrush to the pool so you can brush immediately after. Also consider using a fluoride rinse.
When you eat a large meal in one sitting, your mouth produces a lot of saliva, which helps wash away the food particles that can cause tooth decay. But when you snack, you don't produce as much saliva so your teeth aren't being cleaned naturally. The worst snacks for your teeth are carb-rich, including chips, crackers and even bananas. These foods actually work with bacteria to begin the decay process that will eventually destroy teeth. The solution: Brush your teeth after eating a snack. It's even more important than brushing after meals.
3. Diet soda
If soda is sugar-free, it must be OK for your teeth, right? Wrong. The acids in diet drinks, including citric and phosphoric, damage the tooth enamel. If you consume a lot of diet soda, it means your teeth are continually under acid attack. That can lead to tooth erosion. The solution: Drink water immediately after you drink diet soda to neutralize the acid attack. Don't brush your teeth, though, for at least one hour.
4. Birth control
Birth control pills work by tricking your body into thinking it's pregnant, which isn't good for your teeth. These hormones can lead to periodontal disease, an infection that occurs when your immune response can't compensate for the amount of bacteria in your mouth. The solution: If you're taking birth control pills, see your dentist every three months for a cleaning, as opposed to the normal six-month interval.
5. Your toothbrush
Many people think the harder the bristles on a toothbrush, the better they must be, but it's just the opposite. Hard brushes can actually cause gums to recede, exposing the root of the tooth. The solution: Use a soft bush, which more effectively removes plaque and bacteria without hurting your teeth.
Tooth whitening is safe. What is not safe is doing it too often, since excessive whitening can damage not only your teeth, but also your gums. In addition, beware of the tooth whitening pop-up shops at your local mall. The staff is not necessarily trained or licensed in tooth whitening, and consumers have walked out with burned lips and gums. The solution: Be smart about whitening. If you have questions or concerns, ask your dentist for advice.