Two Brothers Celebrated Winning the Lottery By Buying Drugs . . . and Accidentally Blew Up Their House:
Two brothers in Wichita, Kansas won $75,000 on a scratch-off lottery ticket on Friday . . . and it was time to CELEBRATE.
So they went out and spent some of their winnings on marijuana and meth, and went home to party.
The guys were using butane torches to light their bongs . . . and the 27-year-old brother tried to refill the torch. He emptied, quote, "two big cans of butane" . . . and when the gas reached the pilot light of the furnace, it EXPLODED.
He was hospitalized with second degree burns to his hands, arms, and chest. And he was wearing a Kansas Lottery t-shirt when he was admitted to the hospital. He's in stable but serious condition. The other brother was arrested.
A Guy Found 16 Cats Abandoned in a Foreclosed House, Took Them to the Vet . . . and Paid the $1,000 Bill:
Damon Sleicher of Cape Coral, Florida lived near a foreclosed house that was filled with abandoned cats.
On Wednesday, he went into the house and saw just how bad the situation was. There were 16 cats living there . . . the house was filled with cat urine and feces . . . there was no food or water . . . and the cats had been fighting and hurting each other.
Damon collected all the cats and took them to the Southwest Florida Veterinary Care Center, so a vet could look at each of them. Then he paid the ENTIRE $1,000 vet bill himself.
Some of the cats had ear infections, and two had club feet. But overall, the cats are going to be okay. Most of them are at Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary, waiting for someone to adopt them.
Here's something to help you start the work week. "Forbes" magazine put together a list of five phrases you should avoid at the office, because they either make you seem unprofessional, or like you don't care.
And if you say them A LOT, they can prevent you from being promoted.
#1.) "No Problem." It implies that what you did wasn't really a big deal, and that the person you're talking to didn't even NEED to thank you.
So when someone says thanks, just say "you're welcome" instead. It implies that you DID go out of your way, but you're still glad you could help.
#2.) "It's Not Fair." For example, if someone gets a promotion and you think YOU deserve one, it's better to skip the complaining part, and just explain to your boss why the next raise or promotion should go to YOU.
That way you're being proactive about it, not just whining.
#3.) "That's Not My Job." If it's something like picking up your boss's dry cleaning, then maybe you DO have a case. But if it's less extreme than that, you should at least ACT like you're trying to be a team player.
That doesn't necessarily mean you have to say yes. But instead of saying no, try something like, "Sure, I can do that. But right now I have A, B, and C on my plate. I'd have to put one of those on hold."
#4.) "I Think." Some people claim you should just drop it from your vocabulary . . . or anything like it . . . because it makes you seem unsure of yourself. But the "Forbes" article doesn't quite go that far.
Apparently the phrases "I believe" and "I am confident" are both fine to use in its place. But they do agree that the phrase "I think" is no good.
And you also shouldn't start a sentence with things like, "I could be wrong" or "maybe this is dumb."
#5.) "You Guys." This one depends on how laid back your co-workers are. But some people think it's sexist, or too casual to use in an office setting . . . or BOTH.
It's better to use the word "everyone." As in, "What does everyone think we should do?" Either that, or just drop the word "guys" so it's, "What do you think we should do?" Not, "What do you GUYS think we should do?"