9 Things I Hate About You: What Your Co-Workers Hate to Hear You Say


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Whether you like them or not, you are stuck with your coworkers for multiple hours everyday. Someone’s laugh probably drives you crazy or mannerisms bug the heck out of you. Caught up in your own displeasure you probably didn’t realize you could be equally annoying to someone else. It’s true – if you’re not careful, you could be the one making everyone feel awkward. Here are nine things no one at the office wants to hear you say:

That’s Not My Job

Telling someone that something isn’t your job is just like saying you aren’t willing to help unless you absolutely have to. If someone assumes something is your responsibility and it isn’t, politely guide them to the person responsible. Don’t be a jerk. If someone asks you for help, of course the project he or she mentioned isn’t your job – that’s why they asked for your help.

How Did They Get Promoted?

Umm, rude. Even if it’s truly unbelievable that the Michael Scott of the office got promoted, don’t go spreading your opinion around. It makes you seem unprofessional, judgmental and especially bitter. Instead, bring up concerns (backed by specific examples) when specifically asked by senior management during a performance review.

Don’t Tell Anyone, But…

Steer clear of being an office gossip – the attention and association isn’t genuine. Avoid sharing negative opinions about another employee, specific company information only you are privy to or even that fact that you are considering applying for jobs elsewhere. Over sharing can bite you in the butt sooner than later. [Read more...]

Elf on the Shelf for Adults

Santa’s watching you…

Elf on the Shelf

You have to admit that the marketing for Elf on a Shelf is really quite ingenious. Just in case there are a few stragglers out there who don’t know what the Elf on the Shelf is, here goes.

Basically, it is a contrived (yet incredibly successful) product conceived as an instantaneous Christmas tradition-in-a-box. Elf on a Shelf is a book about a magical elf who watches little children before Christmas to see if they have been ‘Naughty or Nice’. It comes packaged with a toy elf that needs to find a different perch for 24 days leading up to Christmas. The story and the elf are intended for children, but the fun is how completely immersed adults and children become in the daily activities of the elf.

Elf on a shelf Poses

There’s something a little bit creepy about a stuffed toy that sits around the house like Big Brother reporting back to Santa. But it’s amazing what these little fellas will get up to when nobody’s looking…From snowball fights, to joy rides, binge eating and premature present opening, the Elf is just as naughty as some of the kids it watches over.


Elf on a shelf menage a trois

The creators of this phenomenon must be aware of the outlandish situations their elves get into because Elf on a Shelf’s official website has a page called ‘Manage your Elf’. It seems quite clear that the elves out there are living dangerously and getting up to mischief the minute your back is turned.
Elf on the shelf mischief
Elf on a shelf drinking beef

Let’s be honest here. After the first few nights, Elf on a Shelf starts behaving like a house guest who has overstayed his or her welcome. The elf begins to invade your personal space, not to mention taking liberties with your belongings.
It’s no wonder that many elf owners out there have started rising up in protest and taking revenge on the goody-two-shoes little critters as pay back for tattling to Santa.

Nobody puts baby Elf on a shelf in the cornerElf on a shelf all tied up

The huge popularity bestowed on the elves has obviously gone to their heads. You can’t really blame them, what with elf coloring books, elf craft activities and to top it all off, being invited to the Macy’s parade! Some creative elf owners have thought up unique ways to take these little creatures down a peg.

Hmm…after all is said and done, adding Elf in a Shelf to your Holiday traditions could be rather fun after all. Merry Christmas.

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First World Problems, Hurricane Sandy Edition

Beach Front FloodingHurricane Sandy has brought devastation and destruction to the east coast shoreline, cities, and suburbs.  While much of the East Coast is without electricity, those with social media access still manage to remind us that the US abounds with First World Problems.  Here are a few from Twitter, Facebook, and my crazy South Jersey family (love you!)

Add any additional #firstworldproblems you’ve heard about in our comments.

10 Animal Videos That Will Make You Cry

Christian The Lion

1. The true story (we checked on Snopes!) from Christian the Lion. The story (video quality shows it was clearly from the 1970′s and early 1980′s) of the domesticated Lion released to the wild and his last meeting with his owners.

Bella the Elephant and Tarra

2. The story of Tarra and Bella and how friendship can overcome any differences. Unfortunately, Tarra has died. Insert crying here.

Dog Welcomes Home Soldier from Afghanistan

3. I’m assuming the wife greeted her husband earlier, othewise, this one is both touching and . . .divorce worthy.

Cop Surprised by Dog

4. Dog surprises cop when he is rescued from being trapped in a fence.

Baby is adopted by Dog.

5. Dog takes abandoned baby as one of her pups. Awww.

Dog Traffic Rescue Video

6. Dog rescues dog from highway traffic. Roadkill averted.

Mama Gorilla saves toddler Brookfield Zoo

7. Mama Gorilla saves human toddler at Brookfield Zoo. And this isn’t the only time. Wonder if we can toss the parents in too next time.


Dolphin saves drowning Dog

8. Another cross species animal story!

Cat disapproves of babysitter

9. Cats aren’t always the smartest, but in this case. . .

Dog Won’t Leave Dead Owner

10. Seems that dogs really are more loyal than people. This one lays in front of the casket while others won’t leave the gravesite.

Outting Cheaters on Facebook

Cheaters Take to Facebook

In a number of recent studies, both in the US and in the UK, astounding numbers of divorces are now being attributed (atleast partially) to Facebook.  More than a third of divorces mention Facebook in the divorce documents while over 80% of attorneys say that they have seen a rise in the number of cases using social media.

Social media is also serving as a new way to “out” a cheating spouse with Youtube videos dedicated to cheating spouses, Twitter and Facebook status updates mentioning cheating, and even Craigslist getting in on the “reveal” action.

Social media and cheating news

Creative “Outting” of a Cheating Spouse

Not only is this embarrassing, but let’s be honest, it’s viral.  Not only is this all over YouTube (and the news), it will likely make the round of many a blog. . . saved for all eternity on the interweb (ha).

 Craigslist Cheater Outted

Craigslist cheater outted


Caught Cheating on Facebook

Facebook is also a great place to catch a cheater.  Note to cheaters, you may want to log out of Facebook when you aren’t using it (and don’t tell your s/o your password).  Just sayin’.

Facebook Cheating



Poor Marshall. Log out, Buddy, LOG OUT.

Facebook Caught Cheating

Ok, so this one is just for fun.  I mean, really.  Who does that?

Once a Cheater on Facebook

Once a Cheater on Facebook

So cheaters beware, social media is not your friend.