New Study Explains Why Some People Turn into A’Holes When They Drink

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We’ve all got that one friend or as I like to call them, party asses. You invite them out for a few beers. Things are going well maybe you even decide to order a few appetizers and start texting more friends to see if they want to meet up with you.

You think you are having a great debate over whether or not Heather Locklear still has fake tits. All of the sudden, shit gets personal and you find yourself defending anything in your buddy’s path from why you wear patterned socks to whether or not you should punch your boss in the face.

The night ends abruptly because if it doesn’t it will end badly. You’re scratching your head trying to figure out why he gets this way and what the hell did you say to set him off again. Turns out, there is a reason behind it and it’s more than just those beers he threw back.

A new study released by the University of New South Wales in Australia suggests that just a couple of drinks can interfere with your prefrontal cortex—also known as the part of the brain that keeps you from doing something stupid or turning into a dickhead for no reason.

Using an MRI, researchers looked at the brain activity of 50 healthy, young guys after they had two vodka drinks. They were looking for blood flow to the prefrontal cortex. For those that did not have the cocktails the blood flow was greater to that area. And just to be sure they had them engage with a computer game that was competitive.

So yeah, the next time you are out and you see this coming on show them this blog in a non-threatening way, of course.

President’s Day: 12 Badass and Manly Facts About our Past Presidents 

12 Badass and Manly Facts About our Past Presidents

This coming Monday marks President’s Day and I thought it was a good idea to remind everyone that the holiday is not about furniture sales. Instead, I have dug up the most badass facts of our country’s past POTUS’.

John F. “Jack” Kennedy.  The Kennedys have a long political dynasty and a long history of hooking up with the hottest women in the world. In fact, FBI tapes later revealed that he didn’t just hook up with Marilyn Monroe. He was known to have bedded Angie Dickinson, Marlene Dietrich, Jayne Mansfield, lots of strippers and pretty much tapped every ass working in The White House.

Lyndon Baines Johnson.  LBJ was not nearly as good looking as JFK but he certainly had his share of hookups as well. He was reportedly smarter and more discreet about it and had an alert system set up in the Oval Office so he wouldn’t be literally caught with his pants down.

Thomas Jefferson.   Jefferson was notorious for having affairs with his female slaves. He reportedly carried on a thirty-eight-year affair with Sally Hemings. Interestingly enough, Sally was not just his slave but was the half-sister of his deceased wife.

Martin Van Buren.   Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States and served from 1837-1841. Like most Presidents he decided to document his legacy while in office by writing an autobiography. Some have speculated that he did not like his wife of 12 years after failing to mention her zero times in his autobiography.

John Tyler.    If you thought JFK had stamina, he had nothing on our 10th POTUS. Tyler won the title for fathering the most kids. After having eight kids with his first wife, he went to have seven with his second wife and he was in his 70s by the time his last kid was born. Busy guy.

Ronald Reagan.   When you think of the eighties it’s impossible not to remember President Ronald Reagan. Pre politics while he was still an actor, he won an award for the Most Nearly Perfect Male Figure. Not sure if that honor still exists today, but way to show those guns!

John Quincy Adams.   Adams enjoyed the many pleasures and luxuries in The White House. His favorite was quite simple, he loved to skinny dip in the Potomac every morning around 5 to relieve the stress associated with the job.

Andrew Jackson.    Jackson had quite the reputation while in office. In spite of his popularity he was the first President that an assassination attempt was made on and after the gun misfired, he chased the perp with a walking stick. He also participated in over 100 duels. One duel left a man dead and several others happened all in the name of defending his wife’s good name after she reportedly married him without divorcing from her first husband. He spent most of his life with two bullets still lodged in his body—one on his chest and one in his arm. That’s pretty badass.

Gerald Ford.   Believe it or not, President Ford put himself through college working as a model and later as a Forest Ranger at Yellowstone. Basically, a real-life Ranger Rick.

Calvin Coolidge.   Coolidge was a bit of a prankster. His favorite stunt was to set off all the buttons as his desk and then either hide or run like hell. After everyone lost their minds looking for him, he would jump out and declare that he wanted to make sure they were working.

Warren Harding.   This 29th President of the United States liked to take risks which usually involved gambling. During one of the many heated games of poker, he bet The White House china and lost.

John Adams.  Our second President was no stranger to playing dirty politics. When running against Jefferson his red meat and propaganda included rape, murder and incest if they voted for Jefferson instead of Adams. In the end, the became best bros and both died on the same day and just hours apart on July 4th.

One last fun fact about ALL OUR Presidents: not one of them was a single child. 

Could McDonald’s Fries be the Answer to Baldness

Could McDonald's Fries be the Answer to Baldness

A new study claims that McDonald’s salty, iconic fries could curb or at least help with hair loss and male baldness, according to Japanese researchers.

The study claims that it’s not the salt or potato but the oil that the fries are cooked in are the active ingredient. Apparently, some miracle method contains a chemical called dimethylpolysiloxane which is…you guessed it in the oil of those delicious fries at one of the world’s most-recognizable fast food joints.

A little known fact is that dimethylpolysiloxane is also found in silly putty, breast implants and that caulk you use on the tub.

Before you run out and start chowing down on some fries this study has only been tested on rats and President Donald Trump is on a steady diet of McDonald’s cuisine and still has to fight hair loss and maintain his quiff with the prescription drug Propecia. And making matters worse was an embarrassing video that surfaced this week of President Trump’s extent of hair loss. 

In fact, I have fought the good fight of male pattern baldness and whether I should throw in the towel on my hair. After a month on Rogaine, I found out that I would rather be bald than not be able to sexually perform at my peak. You can read the whole Rogaine story here

Unless you have the metabolism to support it, avoid eating shitty fries on a daily basis or you could be battling baldness and a big gut. For now, watch for the rats staying on or leaving the sinking ship.

Millennials Not Having Sex Because of Microwaves

Millennials Not Having Sex Because of Microwaves

If you are millennial and not having as much sex as Gen Xers, there’s apparently a reason for that. Several, yes…several studies are floating around that point to a plethora of factors. As a Gen X’er, I have a hard time (no pun intended) understanding how the hell this happened. 

One new study from a millennial researcher named, Jean Twenge blames this lack of sexual drive on having copter parents (see helicopter parents) hovering around millennials their whole lives. Other factors include longer life spans and technology, according to new data from Macquarie Research. 

And it’s not just sex, it’s drugs, drinking and maybe even rock’ n’ roll. Condom sales have plummeted but not because this generation is throwing caution to the wind. No, it’s because they couldn’t be bothered to put down their smartphones and put the moves on a girl. Not helping matters is that most millennials are not only living longer but living with their parents longer. Nothing kills the mood like bringing home a girl from a club with a shared wall between the very people that created you in the same manner. 

Another study released last year claims that it’s the fault of video games. However, I remember a time when I would play Atari till I had blisters on my hand and permanent impressions on my thumbs. And I’m pretty sure I developed the early signs of carpal tunnel syndrome as the direct result of playing Nintendo not when I entered the workforce and needed to ask someone for a freaking perch for my wrist. 

Truth is, maybe we are ALL just evolving into a more instant gratification society. I remember getting pissed off and yelling at the microwave when it took longer than 3 minutes to burn up the processed cheese inside my pepperoni Hot Pockets. Before the microwave, the commitment was a minimum of at least 10 minutes on the stove or in the oven.  

Now apply this idea to dating or trying to get a girl to notice you without a text. It was a shitload of work. Imagine walking up to a girl in the late 80s or early 90s and handing her a Poloraid of yourself with stickers all over it. She would have either done the following: a. act creeped out and start backing away from her locker. b. laugh like hell and show the picture to her friends while they all burst out into snorted giggling. c. ignored it and set it on the shelf of her locker with a shrug. 

Getting a date was never an option. Today? You can snap a photo of yourself on your phone and put cartooned rabbit ears and a nose on it and you just might get laid. You know, cause’ it’s really cute. 

In all honesty, we don’t have the answers as to why this happening. For now, I’ll just keep blaming the microwave. 

Forget the Flowers Make Mom a Cocktail this Mother’s Day

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Whether you’re celebrating mom, grandma or your spouse, chances are the women in your life are overdue for a good, stiff drink.

Bahama Mama–     A fitting name for a Mother’s Day cocktail, this sweet drink packs a tropical punch. Ingredients: 1/2 ounce rum, 1/2 ounce coconut rum, 1 ounce fresh pineapple juice, one ounce fresh orange juice, 1/2 ounce grenadine and one cup of ice. Mix ingredients, add crushed ice (half-a-cup) lightly shake in a cocktail shaker for around 10-15 seconds and strain and pour over ice and garnish with an orange slice.
Bellini–       This refreshing take on a mimosa is simple with a nice presentation. You will need 4-5 ounces of Prosecco and 2-3 ounces of fresh peach puree’. Pour Prosecco first into a champagne glass, add the fresh peach puree’ to the top of glass and garnish with a slice of fresh peach. Refreshing, easy and sure to bring a smile to her face.
Mimosa–     You can’t get any easier than this drink. 4-5 ounces of champagne, sparkling white wine or processo. Serve in a champagne glass with a splash of freshly-squeezed orange juice (approximately 2-3 ounces).
The Cosmopolitan or “Cosmo”–     This drink has experienced a surge in popularity because of the hit show, Sex and the City. Thankfully, it’s less complicated than the women on the TV series. You will need 1/2 fresh lime juice, 1 ounce cranberry juice, 1/2 ounce Cointreau and 2 ounces citron vodka. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and all ingredients. Shake for approximately 15-20 seconds and strain over ice into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon peel but you can simply add a lemon slice.
Rosé Wine Spritzer–     A new twist on an 80s classic drink and outside of cracking open a beer, you can’t get any easier that this cocktail. You will need 4-6 ounces of chilled rosé wine. This is not to be confused with white zinfadel. Add a splash or approximately 2 ounces of ice cold seltzer water and garnish with a slice of lime. Simply serve in a chilled wine glass.
Too much work? Can’t track down a glass or booze in the house? Here is a link for an app called Ibotta offering free mimosas on Mother’s Day.
Cheers!  Happy Mother’s Day! 

9 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day always poses some challenge for guys when it comes to finding the right gift. Relax, we’ve compiled a list of unique gift ideas that look like you spent hours picking them out for wife, mom, mother-in-law or even grandma! And best of all, you can do your shopping in your boxer shorts from the sofa while watching a ball game.

Personalized Yankee Candles.  Choose a candle style, scent and personalize your label by uploading an image or your own label. 

Shari’s Berries.   These gourmet chocolate-dipped strawberries start at just $19.99 and include dark chocolate, white chocolate, crushed walnuts, pink sugar and chocolate chips. 

Wine of the Month.  Forget jelly, vino is the gift that keeps on giving. Surprise her every month with new red or white. Choose from three different types of memberships. You can’t go wrong with this gift. 

Spa Day.  Massage Envy offers gift card deals for moms including a 60-minute facial or massage.  Plus, they have locations throughout the U.S so you can have mom covered no matter where she lives. 

Custom Jewelry.   Choose from precious metals, birthstones and necklaces that can be engraved with her name or the names of her children. 

Garden Tool Basket.   Got a gardener in your family? Mom will love the Agrarian Tool Basket from Williams Sonoma. Includes a wicker basket for picking flowers or veggies and lots of places to store and organize gardening tools. 

Flowers.  You can’t go wrong with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Save time calling local florists and order online at Bloomthat.com

Custom Wall Art.   Choose from slate signs and plaques and upload images or your family name onto customizable wall art. 

Monogrammed Plus Bathrobes.  Now mom can enjoy all the comforts of the spa at home with these plus bathrobes that offer luxury and free monogramming. 

How to Order Wine Like a Boss

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You don’t have to be a world-class wine expert to choose an impressive bottle of vino. In fact, a high-end restaurant will have a sommelier on staff to help you navigate the wine list. However, today’s servers are well-versed enough on the topic of wine, beer and spirits so you can ask them for their recommendation as well.

Before you can ask for some guidance you need to know the answers to the following questions:

-Red of White?  This answer will typically depend on your mood or even weather. Typically, in warmer weather a light pinot is in order. Or maybe you just never found a white wine that you like. Either way, this question should be answered before asking for suggestions.

-What are your preferences?  This question is the most telling. Basically, they are asking if you like light, medium or full-bodied wines. Your red wines will typically be heavy or full-bodied such as Cabernet, Zinfandel or Syrah. On the white wine side, your Chardonnays are known to be on the heavier side. If you are looking for a lighter white wine order a Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon blanc or Riesling (fyi, riesling tends to be sweet). On the red side you could go with a Pinot Noir or Tempranillo.

-What do you like to drink at home?  Again, this is just a way for them to get a feel for what you typically enjoy on any given day. Don’t panic, just revert to the second question above and pick your preference.

-What entree will you order?  Wines bring out the flavor in many dishes, so if you are still on the fence let the server or sommelier pick a wine that will compliment what you plan on eating. Fish or chicken are usually complimented by a white wine, while steak or heavy red sauces such as a marinara go well with a red. 

-What’s your price point?  Don’t worry if you look like a cheapskate. There are a plethora of wines that are under the $60 price point that are respected and are the perfect compliment to your meal and evening.

-What wines are you excited about?  Sommeliers and educated servers love sharing their finds. Don’t be afraid to ask what wines they have recently discovered. Not only will they appreciate you relying on their expertise but you will benefit greatly from the elevator pitch that is given to other customers.

Lastly, when in doubt….order Rosé.