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NC Inventor Helps Fidgety Kids Focus In School

Fidget spinners might help kids focus on some tasks at school, but what if they need their hands to write or turn pages? Scott Ertl, an inventor and former school counselor from Winston-Salem, appears to have solved that problem with Bouncy Bands. When a student has Bouncy Bands attached to the front legs of their…

Top 10 Classic Halloween Costumes

Every Halloween comes with its fair share of trendy costumes. They might be inspired by current movie or TV characters, pop culture references, and even people in the news. This year, we're sure to see plenty of Pennywise clowns from It, zombies from The Walking Dead, vomit face emojis, and maybe a few Kim Jong…

World War II History Takes Flight In Statesville

In honor of America's Greatest Generation, the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour is bringing extremely rare bomber and fighter aircraft to Statesville Regional Airport (238 Airport Road), October 25-27. This unique display of military aviation history is part of a 110-city nationwide tour and will include a vintage World War II-era Boeing B-17 Flying…

What!?! Steve Martin Didn't Always Have Grey Hair?

As long as I can remember, Steve Martin has had grey hair. Now his hair is more white than grey, but the point is that he always seemed to have hair that betrayed his true age. When he starred in his first major motion picture, 1979's The Jerk, he was only 34, and his hair…

Man Takes Mom On Real-Life 'Guilt Trip'

Yesterday, Mel and I were talking about the 2012 movie The Guilt Trip, in which Seth Rogen plays a young man who invites his widowed, overbearing, but well-meaning mother, played by Barbra Streisand, to drive across the country with him because he's worried that she's lonely. All the while, the dutiful, guilt-ridden son is trying…

What You Should Delete From Facebook ASAP

Are you making yourself vulnerable to hackers or other predators by posting too much personal information on Facebook? The chances are pretty good that you do have some things on your profile that you would be better off deleting immediately. Most of us are in that boat. Here's a checklist, followed by a video that…

Top 10 College Football Names Of 2017

Unusual names in sports are not limited to racehorses. There have been plenty of doozies over the decades across the entire spectrum of athletics. You may recall Wonderful Terrific Monds, Scientific Mapp, Coco Crisp, I.M. Hipp, Guy Whimper, Fair Hooker, World B. Free, Picabo Street, Yourhighness Morgan, Will Barrow, and Creedence Clearwater Couto, just to…

Do You Smile Enough?

Count your blessings. How many times have you heard that? Probably as many times as I have. Nevertheless, that's something which I need to remind myself from time to time. Whenever I catch myself wallowing in some minor, or even imagined, tribulation, I need to remember how good I really have it. I don't smile…

How To Tell If You've Been Hacked

My father, bless his heart, leads the league in computer problems. I've lost count of how many times he has had to change email addresses because of suspicious activity or his account simply no longer working. He will routinely call me with questions about a malfunctioning laptop, tablet, or printer. I try to help, but…

What Is Your Ideal Workspace?

Walls or no walls? That is the question, at least when it comes to offices. The current trend in home design is fewer walls and more of an open floor plan. But in a workspace, opinions vary. Open office plans have become almost ubiquitous, largely due to the explosive growth of the tech sector since…