Hate cleaning? iVillage.com's Momtourage offers chance to win help with household cleaning.
(PRWEB) July 22, 2008 -- With household cleaning considered a major time-consuming chore by nearly half (48%) of all Americans, iVillage's new Momtourage site (www.momtourage.com) commissioned a poll* to discover just how distasteful dusting, dishwashing, scrubbing and sweeping is to the general public.
According to the survey, there are some unsavory things that people would prefer to undertake.
· For example, 27% of respondents said they would rather have a tooth drilled at the dentist than clean their homes.
· More than 1 out 10 (13%) would choose to be chewed out by their boss than take a bite out of household cleaning.
· When it comes cooking -- another domestic task -- the majority (71%) said that they much prefer preparing food to cleaning up after the meal is done.
In response, iVillage's Momtourage is letting users vie for additional household help in the form of either a personal chef, babysitter -- or professional cleaner -- in its new "Momtourage Showcase" contest. The three Grand Prize Winners will also receive a special dinner, prepared by a contestant from Bravo's Top Chef program, to share with the people who help them get it all done - their Momtourage members.
Users can enter for a chance to win by visiting www.momtourage.com now!
*Methodology: The results contained in this report are based on telephone interviews conducted from July 11 to 13, 2008. A total 1,004 interviews were completed with 527 female adults and 477 male adults. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points and is higher for subgroups.
iVillage Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of NBC Universal, Inc., is the first and largest media company dedicated exclusively to connecting women at every stage of their lives. Ranked the #1 online destination for women with 29 million unique visitors (comScore MediaMetrix, May 2008), iVillage.com offers an authentic community infused with compelling content from experts on health, parenting, pregnancy, beauty, style, fitness, relationships, food and entertainment. The site's interactive features include thousands of message boards and a wide variety of social networking tools, allowing women around the world to connect, share ideas, and seek advice and support about everything from fertility to fashion.
Established in 1995, iVillage's brand extensions include iVillage UK, iVillage Total Health and owned sites Astrology.com, GardenWeb and gURL.com, in addition to the Newborn Channel. The company, acquired by NBC Universal, Inc. in May 2006, is based in New York.
A fast food restaurant with a terrorist theme has become a popular eating place in war-ravaged Beirut.
The brilliantly titled Buns and Guns offers a range of dishes to the sound of recorded gunfire.
The restaurant is decked with military camoflauge netting and fake guns and ammunition.
Items on the menu include 'rocket propelled grenade', otherwise known as chicken on a skewer, and 'terrorist bread'. Other meals include the Kalashnikov and the B52.
Owner Yousef Ibrahim told Hezbollah's al-Manar television station: 'They accuse us of terrorism, so let's serve terrorist bread, why not?
'My goal was to make people laugh before they ask me why weapons. The important thing is that they laugh.
'It attracts customers in an unconventional way. You noticed the moment I opened the restaurant, there was a lot of business.'
The restaurant, which has the motto 'A sandwich can kill you', is situated in an area where the Hezbollah militia is popular.
A monument to the enema, a procedure many people would rather not think about, has been unveiled at a spa in the southern Russian city of Zheleznovodsk.
The bronze syringe bulb, which weighs 800 pounds and is held by three angels, was unveiled at the Mashuk-Akva Term spa, the spa's director said Thursday.
"There is no kitsch or obscenity, it is a successful work of art," Alexander Kharchenko "An enema is almost a symbol of our region."
The Caucasus Mountains region is known for dozens of spas where enemas with water from mineral springs are routinely administered to treat digestive and other complaints.
Kharchenko, 50, said the monument cost $42,000 and was installed in a square in front of his spa on Wednesday. A banner declaring: "Let's beat constipation and sloppiness with enemas" — an allusion to a line from "The Twelve Chairs," a famous Soviet film comedy — was posted on one of the spa's walls.
Sculptor Svetlana Avakina said she designed the 5-foot-high monument with "irony and humor" and modeled the angels on those in works by Italian Renaissance painter Alessandro Botticelli.
"This device is eternal, it will never change," she told the AP. "We could promote this brand, turn it into a franchise with souvenirs and awards for medical doctors."
Dozens of monuments dedicated to characters from tall tales and popular jokes have been erected in post-Soviet Russia.
Larry Roach of Seminole said "I do" to a woman.
Now he wants to say "I don't" to the same woman. Because she's a man.
After 18 years of marriage and a divorce, Larry's wife, Julia, is now Julio, reports Tampa Bay's Channel 10.
"Once upon a time, I was sleeping with that person. You know, kissing, making love with that person. Yeah, it grosses me out!" Larry told the station.
During their marriage, Julia's voice got lower and she started
growing a beard. She'd started taking treatments for a sex change,
though Larry was unaware.
"I know she was shaving while I was at work because she started getting the stubble. I saw a 5 o'clock shadow and thought, damn, she needs to shave."
After the divorce, Larry found out Julia was now Julio.
But he's paying $1,250 monthly alimony for something he calls disgusting and unnatural.
He doesn't bear Julio ill-will, he told the reporter, but does fear he might bump into her in the men's room someday.
THE remains of a woman have been found sitting in front of her TV - 42 years after she was reported missing.
Hedviga Golik, who was born in 1924, had apparently made herself a cup of tea before sitting in her favourite armchair in front of her black and white television.
Croatian police said she was last seen by neighbours in 1966, when she would have been 42 years old.
Her neighbours thought she had moved out of her flat in the capital, Zagreb.
But she was found by police and bailiffs who had broken in to help the authorities establish who owned the flat.
A police spokesman said: "So far, we have no idea how it is possible that someone officially reported missing so long ago was not found before in the same apartment she used to live in.
"When officers went there, they said it was like stepping into a place frozen in time.
"The cup she had been drinking tea from was still on a table next to the chair she had been sitting in and the house was full of things no one had seen for decades. Nothing had been disturbed for decades, even though there were more than a few cobwebs in there."
Neighbours were shocked by the discovery.
Jadranka Markic was nine when Hedviga "vanished".
She said: "I still remember her. She was a quiet woman who kept herself to herself but was polite. We all thought that she had just moved out and gone to live with relatives."
But obviously other folks have different shopping needs.
Now it turns out that a bunch of guys arrested in a bathroom sex-sting at a Sears in Volusia County might be off the hook.
All because a judge looked at an appeals court ruling that says folks expect privacy when they're behind a closed bathroom door.
So evidence in a sting that got nine men arrested last fall for lewd conduct might get tossed.
Two of the nine guys: a former city councilman and a high school teacher.
Daytona's police chief, Mike Chitwood, is not a happy camper.
"We can hang a sign up on I-95 that says welcome to every degenerate, every scumbag, every pervert because our bathrooms are open for you to come in and do what you want to do," he said.
Guess you now know how he feels about this....