Memorial Day BBQ Facts
Grill owners fire up their grills twice a week in the summer.
11% of grill owners received their grill as a gift
According to the Weber Grill Company, over 5,000,000 hot dogs will be eaten between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Close to 4,700,000 hamburgers will be eaten during this same time period with mustard being the number one condiment on both. The top BBQ sauces are hickory, tomato-based, honey and mesquite.
Light Up Engagement Ring
San Francisco inventor Ben Kokes recently designed an engagement ring that lights up. Nine prototypes failed before he designed a titanium ring with LED lights and copper coils. When the copper coil gets near Ben’s special magnetic bracelet the ring lights up because of the induced alternating magnetic field.
He blogged: “Once upon a time, a boy met a girl. Then a short amount of time later, the boy decided to design and build a ring for the girl, because doing things in the most complicated way possible is just what he does to show the love. This is that story. So the original plan was to present this ring to the girl, then take her to a professional jeweller the next day to pick out something more permanent. Well, she insists that I change the design on this ring to make it more permanent and forgo a professionally made ring.”
Twitter Beefing Up Security
Twitter is now officially using its two-step log-in process for added security. The social networking site started working on the new security measures after it was hacked a number of times. The new system is called Log-in Verification and will require a user to enter a code sent to their cell phone each time they log in. Twitter users can find the new option in their account settings page, though Twitter says the service may not work with all cellphone providers. (Newser)
Legislation Would Bar Employers From Asking for Facebook Password
Two House lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday (May 22nd) that would make it illegal for employers to require current or prospective employees to provide the password to their Facebook or other social media accounts. Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, who introduced the Password Protection Act with Democratic Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont, said in a statement, “People have an expectation of privacy when using social media like Facebook and Twitter. They have an expectation that their right to free speech and religion will be respected when they use social media outlets. Without this protection, employers essentially can act as imposters and assume the identity of an employee and continually access, monitor and even manipulate an employee’s personal social activities and opinions.” Several states have passed or introduced similar legislation since media reports surfaced that some employers were doing this.
Some Men Up in Arms Over Samsung’s Evolutionary Husband Ad
Charges of sexism usually come from women, but this time some men are brandishing it, complaining about a new Samsung ad that’s gone viral for the company’s new Evolution Kit, which transforms any Samsung TV into a smart TV. The commercial that debuted on YouTube last week shows a woman walking into the living room to find her slovenly husband sprawled on the couch watching TV, burping, grunting and chewing with his mouth open as he watches a cartoon. The wife plugs the Evolution Kit into the back of the TV, and fantasizes about having a similar kit for her husband, imagining him transformed into a Stepford Husband sort-of guy who’s baking, taking care of the baby, painting the kitchen, serving her champagne and more, before she’s brought back to the reality of her real husband farting on the couch. A lot of men have taken to social media to complain, including in the comments section of the ad’s YouTube posting, with one writing that he was, quote, “tired of the double standard and depicting men as idiots in advertising.” But in a column Wednesday (May 22nd), Adweek‘s David Gianatasio said Samsung would only be helped by the controversy over what he called “questionable material,” writing, “The clip is nearing 10 million YouTube views in just a week, and generating gobs of attention for the product, so I’d hardly call it a total stinker.”