8 Must Have Apps To Plan Valentine’s Day Last Minute!

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(PCM) Whether you met that special someone on February 13th forgetting that the next day is Valentine’s Day or cupid’s big day simply slipped your mind, we’ve got you covered with the 8 must-have apps to plan a successful Valentine’s Day last minute.

1. Open Table: No dinner reservations? No problem! Find available tables near you or wherever the night may take you, make reservations instantly and discover restaurants with the OpenTable app. With over 20,000 bookable restaurants in the US, Canada and Mexico, OpenTable helps you spend less time waiting and more time enjoying your meal.

Available on: iOS and Android

2. Red Stamp Cards: Need a thoughtful Valentine’s Day card in a hurry? Snap a photo + quickly create a thoughtful card for your Valentine with the free Red Stamp Cards app! Cards can be tweeted, texted, emailed or posted to Instagram and Facebook for all to see.

Available on: iOS and Android

3. BloomThat: Have flowers delivered to you in under 90 minutes. BloomThat provides a fresh take on flowers where you can forget the 8-hour delivery window. Individually crafted bouquets, handwritten notes and bike messenger deliveries create a unique experience that makes it fun to both send and receive flowers.

Available on: iOS

4. Ibotta: From chocolates, candies and wine to champagne, movie tickets and restaurant dinner deals, Ibotta is here to help you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day! Enjoy your romantic day while putting real cash in your pockets. Unlock and redeem rebates on all your favorite Valentine’s Day items at over 200 of the biggest retailers in over 100,000+ locations across the country. With Ibotta your ideal Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to break the bank.

Available on: iOS and Android

5. Slots of Love – Romance Ideas & Tips: Let’s face it, everyone can use a helping hand this Valentine’s Day! With Slots of Love you will always have romance ideas at your fingertips. You can either use the slot machine to randomly suggest an idea or you can brown ideas for him and her. Comes in handy if you’re searching for that quick romance action or idea!

Available on: iOS

6. Couple: Score some major bonus points with your Valentine with the Couple app that organizes an syncs you and your sweeties memories. Share photos, create personalized calendars, write lists and more with your partner instead of clogging up your single love sick friends’ feeds on social media.

Available on: iOS and Android

7. Valentine’s Day Recipes: Cook a romantic meal for two that your Valentine will think took you ages to plan. Making delicious food can be easier than ever with nearly 140 easy Valentine’s Day recipes. With all this, plus easy-to-follow-instructions and beautiful full-color photos of every recipe, dinner for two will be served shortly!

Available on: iOS

8. DateEscape: If all else fails this Valentine’s Day and you need to plan a quick exit from a disaster date, DateEscape can make it happen. Exit boring (and creepy) dates with ease. Spark jealousy in the opposite sex as DateEscape places fake emergency calls and texts to bail you out of a sticky situation.

Available on: iOS

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Coachella Did NOT Cause Instagram To Crash

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(PCM) Instagram users were in a frenzy this afternoon when the popular social media photo app was down for a few hours with many blaming the influx of Coachella selfies being shared for the issue. Instagram has issued a statement and claims that it was not the Coachella music festival that caused the outage.

The problem according to Instagram was a “feed delivery issue” which appears to be fixed at this time.

From the many tweets that were posted from those attending Coachella, the popular music festival in Indio, Ca, this weekend, you would have thought that the entire world was coming to an end and that Instagram was just another part of the festival.

The very best one came from comedian/actor David Spade which read “Instagram is down.  Does that mean they cancel Coachella? I mean what’s the point of going now. To hear music??”

We can’t believe that some even believed that the festival would be cancelled over a lack of Instagram use!  We love social media as much as the next person, but seriously…..pay attention to the incredible festival happening around you and put down the phone or tablet for just a little while!

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Teen Discovers A Way To Save The Government $400 Million

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(PCM) A Pittsburgh area middle school student, Suvir Mirchandani, was working on a school project when he discovered that a simple change to the font or typeface on paperwork produced by government officials and authorities could save as much as $400 million dollars every year.

The basis for the school project was a look at the ways in which computer science could improve evironomental stability. Mirchandani analyzed the typeface on teacher handouts and the amount of ink used for letters that appear repetitively. He was then able to make the conclusion that if the school were to go with the thin and light weight Garamond typeface rather than a thicker font, his school would be able to reduce their overall ink consumption by 24% and save about $21,000 per year.

Mirchandani’s findings were incredibly impressive to school officials and the real-world application was quite apparent. The school challenged Mirchandani to apply his findings to the government printing budget which equals out to about $1.8 billion per year. The students results were exactly the same, so therefore if the U.S. government were to change its’ typeface/font, they would be able to save as much as $400 million dollars annually.

The school was the US Printing Office aware of Mirchandani’s findings, however, while there were incredibly impressed by the work, they would not comment on whether or not they have any plans to change the typeface. Currently they are in the process of switching over most of the paperwork to an online format going forward in the future.

While there many not be any big changes coming from the government printers, we can use Mirchandani’s research in our homes and offices as well to reduce our own printing costs over times.

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Do You Fear Friday the 13th?

Friggatriskaidekaphobia: the fear of Friday the 13th is the most widespread superstition in the United States today.

Paraskevidekatriaphobics are people afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th. It is estimated that this affects between 17 and 21 million Americans. Some people won’t get out of bed; others won’t fly, buy a house or act on a hot stock tip. Still others won’t work, eat in restaurants or get married on a Friday the 13th. This superstition seemingly began in the 19th century.

Many cities have no 13th Avenue or 13th Street, and many buildings don’t have a 13th floor. 13 letters in a name are referred to as “devil’s luck”…just think of Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer and Theodore Bundy. 13 witches comprise a coven. A Norse myth tells of mischievous Loki joining the party as the 13th guest, and Judas was the 13th at the table at the Last Supper. Christians also held Friday as unlucky due to the crucifixion of Jesus.

Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky for the horror film franchise that debuted in 1980, and the date is forever associated in pop culture with a machete-wielding psychopath in a hockey mask. The most recent installment was released in 2009.

Experts say data is impossible to collect since many people avoid certain activities, though no one would dispute that receiving a baker’s dozen at the local donut shop would be a lucky thing indeed.

Phobics beware: we have one more Friday the 13th in 2013 – Friday, December 13!

 

 

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Only Known Anne Frank Video Resurfaces

(PCM) On July 22 1941,The young woman living at Merwedeplein 39, in Amsterdam got married. Anne Frank (June 12, 1929-1945) can be seen leaning out of the window of her apartment to get a look at the bride and groom.

At the time of her wedding, the bride lived on the second floor at Merwedeplein 39. The Anne Frank and her family lived at number 37, also on the second floor.

It is the only time Anne Frank has ever been captured on film. Anne Frank died in March 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Nazi Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945. The subject of a film based on her diary, The Diary of Anne Frasnk, helped make her the very human face of the holocaust. Her father, Otto, was the only immediate family member who survived the war. He died in 1980.

The Film is courtesy of The Anne Frank House, who were given the video in the 1990s by the now long-married couple.

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