Pat Sajak explains poorly timed ‘Fast and Furious’ puzzle

“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak took to Twitter Monday night to explain the timing behind the show’s “The Fast and the Furious” puzzle, which closely followed the Saturday death of star Paul Walker. Plenty of viewers were struck by the poorly timed coincidence.

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White House fence jumper had 800 rounds of ammo in car, no gun

The fence-jumper who managed to make it inside the front doors of the White House Friday night armed with a knife had 800 rounds of ammo in his car, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors say WH fence jumper suspect had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in car, along with two hatchets and a machete

— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prosecutor: more than 800 rounds of ammunition found in car of alleged White House intruder.

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutor: more than 800 rounds of ammunition found in car of alleged White House intruder

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) September 22, 2014

Yesterday, fence-jumper's former stepson told @AP the man has heavy artillery. "He's got all kinds of weapons & he was trained to use them"

— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) September 22, 2014

Initial word from Secret Service was that Gonzalez was unarmed. Day later, it came out he had a knife. Today, 800 rounds of ammo in his car

— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) September 22, 2014

This was not Omar Gonzales’ first run-in with the law and White House security.

In an unrelated July 19 incident in VA Gonzalez was arrested carrying a sawed-off shotgun & map of Washington with the White House circled

— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) September 22, 2014

Accused WH fence jumper Omar Gonzales stopped by WH August 25. Had a hatchet with him. Was not arrested.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 22, 2014

In addition to White House, prosecutors say Gonzalez also had Masonic temple in Alexandria circled on DC area map found in car in August.

— Kara Rowland (@kararowland) September 22, 2014

News that Gonzalez had 800 rounds of ammo didn’t help boost Americans’ sense of security.

@AP @HGGolightly Whoa!

— 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) September 22, 2014

Wooooow, no. Wow. @AsiaChloeBrown

— Tọ́pẹ́ (@graceishuman) September 22, 2014

@graceishuman @AsiaChloeBrown What. The. Fuck.

— New Black Woman (@NewBlackWoman) September 22, 2014

@AP huh..!!! OMG..!!

— Pallavi Baruah (@25rby) September 22, 2014

Good Lord. RT "@AP: BREAKING: Prosecutor: More than 800 rounds of ammunition found in car of alleged White House intruder."

— Brian Fleurantin (@BrFleurantin) September 22, 2014

@AP The one who was armed with only a pocket knife?

— Razor (@hale_razor) September 22, 2014

@NewBlackWoman @AsiaChloeBrown I can't even…wow. Got over the fucking gate. HOW

— Tọ́pẹ́ (@graceishuman) September 22, 2014

@BreakingNews this is serious

— Uttamkumar Isurdeen (@UttamkumarI) September 22, 2014

@BreakingNews "Jumpers" are out of control. There needs to be a shoot to kill mentality now!! Breaching a secured area is not a joke!

— R&C Lara (@RichardLara562) September 22, 2014

The president told the press today he’s grateful for the Secret Service.

"The Secret Service does a great job" Obama tells pool. "I'm grateful for all the sacrifices they make on my behalf & on my family's behalf"

— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) September 22, 2014

POTUS: "The Secret Service does a great job. I'm grateful for all the sacrifices they make on my behalf and on my family's behalf."

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 22, 2014

What’s Gonzalez’ current status?

Omar Gonzalez charged with unlawfully entering restricted bldg while carrying a dangerous weapon. Punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 22, 2014

 

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Microsoft Mobile: From Pocket PC to Windows Phone 8

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I’m sick of Harry Potter marathons on ABC Fam- Shut your whore mouth!

I'm sick of Harry Potter marathons on ABC Fam- Shut your whore mouth!

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What The Voice Actresses Of Disney Princesses Look Like In Real Life

What The Voice Actresses Of Disney Princesses Look Like In Real Life

Children around the world are familiar with the many Disney princesses. There’s Ariel, Pocahontas, Belle, Aurora, Nala, and many more. But few people know the actual voice actresses who give the princesses their life and soul. Thankfully, BuzzFeed has stepped forward to connect each Disney princess with her voice actress in this trending list video

 

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Make Your Sales Meetings Something to Remember

A Primer on Sales Meetings

Well-desig ned sales meetings are a valuable source of ideas, updates, customer information, and strategy development. From product launches to closing strategies, sales meetings should be an engaging and interesting part of the sales day for attendees.

When you consider the amount of time sales people spend hearing objections and dealing with customer’s negative responses, sales meetings are the one place where managers can control the atmosphere in a positive way. Using sales meeting themes can create the right amount of positive energy for meeting items such as sales training, prospect updates, sales contests, and sharing individual and team information.

Great sales meetings usually involve some level of planning, objectives that are well-defined, a way to measure the success of the meeting, and a sales manager who excels in generating enthusiasm and confidence in the attendees. Having a variety of unique and creative themes for your sales meetings can be a real bonus for a sales manager. Properly developed themed meetings naturally create a level of enthusiasm that ordinary meetings cannot.

Sports-Related Themes

 

Developing sales meeting with designated themes throughout the year can be an enjoyable way for managers and sales people to interact in a positive atmosphere. It also makes sense to ask salespeople for their thoughts on the types of themes they think will work. Depending on the experience levels of the sales people, they may have been exposed to themed meetings in other organizations they felt really worked well.

Themes can be created in a wide variety of ways. Some of the most common themes are sporting events. Depending on the time of the year, events such as the Super Bowl in football, March Madness in college basketball, or the World Series in baseball, all lend themselves to be used in some way as themes for sales meetings and contests. Other major events such as the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 in auto racing, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont in horse racing, the Masters, US Open or PGA in golf, or Wimbledon and the US Open in tennis, also all lend themselves to being used.

March Madness – In the month of March, hold a March Madness contest where the winner receives a bonus commission. Let’s say you have eight sales people. Divide them into four pairs and set up the contest rules where the salesperson with the most sales at the end of each week in each pair moves on to the next round. So, at the end of week one, four sales people are eliminated, and four move on. At the end of week two, two more sales people are eliminated, and the final two compete for the bonus in week three. You could time the final week to match with the end of your month or quarter to help drive some additional business. In this case, you used the sporting theme for three sales meetings in a row to wrap-up the month or quarter.

PGA Theme – You can use the same type of thinking for the other sporting events listed. Some could be one-day events for a sales meeting, and some could be longer and carried into several sales meetings as I showed in the March Madness example. A PGA theme in golf could be something as simple as a hole-in-one meeting, meaning the salesperson who gained the highest profit for the day gets the hole-in-one and receives a specified amount of extra dollars, gift certificate, or prize.

Baseball - Baseball themes could include–win the diamond, also meaning highest commission wins something extra. They’re fun, reasonably simple to do and should create some enthusiasm.

Depending on where the meeting is held, even smaller regional events are fun to use such as marathons, beach volleyball, drag racing, fishing tournaments, major local high school tournaments, or a state fair. Each of these events will have words, phrases, slogans and visual images that can be easily integrated into a sales meeting.

Holidays and Seasons

 Holidays themes that are color-coordinated add some fun to any type of sales meeting. Christmas, Easter, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving, all can be easily integrated into slogans, office colors and emails. Maybe try something like a 4th of July theme where the meeting focuses on four for four–meaning the first team member to sell four items receives an additional $400 on top of their commission. A Valentine’s day sales meeting theme could be built around who loves their customers the most. The salesperson with the most referrals or testimonials by Valentine’s day could get a cash prize or restaurant gift certificate with a bottle or wine presented during the sales meeting.

The change of seasons and the use of some of the keywords from each season also work well. Using the blizzards of winter, the heat of summer, the blooming of spring, or the transitional color of fall as themes are a natural fit for most people. Create a summer sizzle contest in the heat of July and August awarding the top sales person in each month with a weekend trip to a local resort. Use the blizzard theme to reward activity and the sales of a specific product or service, during the cold, snowy months of winter. You could link additional bonuses during these months when the weather makes getting around a little more difficult.

Creative Uses

Meetings that incorporate product launches, incentives or contests can easily expand on the themed approach. Events could incorporate themes from NASA, air shows such as the Blue Angels, Mardi Gras in New Orleans or casinos in Las Vegas. Product launches or updates are more enjoyable in a festive atmosphere. Using NASA as a theme and the idea of exploring the unknown (new product), develop an incentive to drive the new product to targeted sales goals over a specified timeframe.

You could develop a casino meeting where the amount of business a salesperson brings in over a specified timeframe equates to receiving some chips that can be used during the sales meeting. The chips can be converted into things like gift certificates, cash, or electronics. These types of meetings add a flair and interest that can be fun to create and keep the interest of sales people.

Charitable Causes

 Charitable causes are also great themes and have gained much traction in the public eye over the years. From raising money for cancer awareness, to health issues that are faced by children, organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, LiveStrong, or St. Jude’s Hospital for Children all would make great themes for sales meetings. All local areas should have some worthwhile charities that could be incorporated into a theme that are interesting and beneficial to the sales team and the charity it is promoting.

When you use charities as themes, be sure that whatever is given to sales people in the form of commissions or prizes is matched and also given to the themed charity. Charities can be an effective theme when also combined with some other theme. You could attach a charity to any of the examples in this article very effectively. The March Madness example, golf hole-in-one, July 4th, or casino meeting could be easily and successfully linked to virtually any charity.

Key Tips

Using sales meeting themes is a great way to invigorate meetings, sales contests, or product promotions. However, what’s most important is to take meeting themes seriously enough so the sales manager ensures there is the proper amount of planning, sound strategies are developed, and a way to measure success is determined. Poor planning and a half-hearted attempt at using a theme will likely damage any future attempts and produce poor results.

Keep the theme and its goal simple and easy to understand. Logically link it to the sales meeting and be consistent in how the theme is being used. Make sure the words or phrases that are being used around a particular theme correlate well to the theme and are being used accurately. Misused words or phrases will hurt the credibility of the theme and generate unnecessary negative feedback from sales people.

Done well, using a theme can be a rewarding and an interesting way to enliven a sales meeting and turn ordinary meetings into great meetings.

Sources

Sales Meeting Blogs retrieved at http://www.salesmeetingblog.com/sales-meeting-theme-ideas/sales-meeting-theme-ideas

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This Smart Pedometer Is a Foolproof Gift for Fitness Fanatics

Striiv-smart-pedometerMashable’s Gift of the Day series highlights cool, interesting and fun products for that special someone on your holiday list.

Gift of the Day

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for a friend or family member who wants to shed some pounds in the new year? The Striiv Play Smart Pedometer is just the tool to help her commit to healthy goals, especially as chilly winter months confine even the most avid outdoorsmen to their living room couches.

When you’re wearing the gadget, Striiv Play tracks your steps, stairs, distances, activity minutes, calories burned and milestones to make sure you stay active — even on busy days you can’t make it to the gym. The sleek pocket device integrates games and challenges to motivate users to keep walking until they hit their daily pace counts and ensures being active stays fun.


Striiv is wireless, using Bluetooth to connect to the free corresponding iPhone app. Over time, the iPhone app will create graphs showing the user’s activity progress.

Unlike most chunky pedometers, Striiv Play is sleek, small and easily attaches to your belt loop or pocket. It’s touchscreen polycarbonate face is less than two-inches tall and just over an inch wide. Striiv’s built-in Lithium ION battery recharges, and you can go a full week on a single charge.

Price: $69.00

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The 15 Greatest Animal Photobombs of All Time

It’s a bold statement but these are the 15 greatest animal photobombs the Sifter could find around the web. Various list posts and Google image searches led us here. Further investigation on Tineye and Reddit allowed us to actually find the original source and authenticate over half of the images (there are a ton of Photoshopped animal photobombs online). We’d love your help identifying the original source of the other half :)

If you feel strongly about any glaring omissions let us know in the comments below! Now have a chuckle over these incredible animal photobombs!

15. Cat Photobombs Self-Portrait

14. Cat Photobombs Dog

13. Llama Bombing in Machu Picchu, Peru

Photograph by Natalie Rabinowitz for National Geographic

12. ‘Falcor’ Dog Photobomb

Photograph by Ozale on Reddit

11. ‘Kiss This’ Fish Photobomb

10. Troll Pigeon in New York City

Photograph by nomdeweb on Reddit

9. Photobombing Bull in Pamplona, Spain

8. Wedding Bombing Llama

7. Happy Hippo Photobomb

Photograph via Andrew Larson @ theberry.com

6. The Infamous Seal Photobomb

Surely many of our readers have come across the picture above. It’s a widely circulated Internet classic. What you may not know (and apologies for possibly spoiling the photo) is that it’s a well-cropped version of the image below. While still an excellent photobomb, it loses some luster when you see the full frame. But fear not! There’s a better seal bomb to come :)

5. The Great White Shark Bomb

Photograph via Potatomonster on Reddit

4. Pigeon Bomb at the Duomo in Milan, Italy

Photograph by wilko2205 on Reddit

3. Fish Head in Koh Tao, Thailand

Photograph by Nick Kelly for National Geographic

2. Suddenly. Seal.

Photograph by Michel Watson

1. The Greatest Squirrel Portrait of All Time!

Photograph by Melissa Brandts for National Geographic

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Do a roll!

Do a roll!

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Father just got a Leonberger puppy. 9 weeks, 19 pounds already. Like a little bear cub.

Father just got a Leonberger puppy. 9 weeks, 19 pounds already. Like a little bear cub.

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