Here is a quick and easy recipe on how to make that well known and loved McDonalds Big Mac mayonnaise
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons French dressing
4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 Tablespoon finely minced white onion
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well.
2. Place sauce in a covered container and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight, so the flavours blend. Stir the sauce a couple of time as it chills.
Makes about 3/4 cup.
If you want to know how to make the actual tower burger follow this link.
Experts in health and nutrition in the U.S. are treating sugar with the same rigor as tobacco.
At the top of the list is sodas.
This is due not only to high demand, but research shows that an intake of calories in liquid form is more harmful to health than calories in solid foods.
A 350 ml can of soft drink is the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is equivalent to 150 calories. Daily consumption of a can of soda will add on 7 kilos by the end of one year.
Sugar in its various forms is the major promoter of obesity. Aso having high amounts in the blood can cause degenerative ailments, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. Although there is some suspicions that sugar may be the cause of some types of cancer.
In the U.S., there is already a kind of movement led by renowned scientists to combat the consumption of soda, they are even considering the possibility of increasing taxes on soft drinks to reduce consumer purchases while in England and France they are attempting to ban television advertising for these types of soft drinks.
Many great movies have been ruined by annoying characters. Some of them irritate us so much that we just want to punch them.
1. Nicky in Little Nicky (Adam Sandler)
Annoying clothes, annoying hair and annoying voice.
2. Gloria Clemente in White Men Can’t Jump (Rosie Perez)
This film was made unbearable by Woody Allens, bossy, Puerto Rican girlfriend that has a voice that sounds like a pig being slaughtered.
3. Ruby Rod in The Fifth Element (Chris Tucker)
His clothes are awful, his hair is awful and has a scream of a girl. It drives you to wanting to put your fingers in your ears. With all this Bruce Willis saves him from death, why?
4. Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace (Ahmed Best)
He is clumsy, irritating and hardly anyone can understand what he’s saying. Meesa gonna ruin an entire movie. What was George Lucas thinking?
5. Basher Tarr – Ocean’s Eleven (Don Cheadle)
A character with a terrible British accent. “We’re in Barney. Barney Rubble. TROUBLE”. Makes you cringe.
Tell us who you think is the most annoying character.
One of the biggest purchases you will make is your car. Most people will have owned numerous cars in his or hers lifetime.
Now is the best time to buy a car. Many dealers are struggling to make ends meet due to the current crisis and so it is possible to purchase your new car that little bit cheaper.
Buying a car can be exciting but also nerve racking, some people feel intimidated by the salesman and are easily ripped off. To make a successful car purchase all you need to do is come prepared. With a little thought and research, you can walk into the dealership with all the knowledge you need to get what you want.
Here is a list of tips on how to buy a new car, whether its your dream car or something you need to get from A to B these should help.
1. Do some research.
Before you think of visiting any dealers you need to do your homework first. Use the internet to find different makes and models and when you have found a car that you like research some more to find the basic prices of this car you like. So now when you go to the dealers you know what model you want and how much the average price of the car is.
2. Work with the dealer.
Some people get very nervous around salespeople and soon as one approaches they run away. Don’t be, the salesperson are there to help. They will show you the car, take you for a test drive, answer any questions, run your credit for a car loan if so choose and do all the associated paperwork with the car. As long as you have done your homework you will be ok as it is much harder to take advantage of a person who is well-versed and knowledgeable in the field of buying cars. Remember no matter what the salesperson says or does it is your choice whether to buy the car or not and you can always walk away at any time.
3. Take a test drive.
Never buy a car without taking a test drive first. It is important that you feel comfortable driving the car. Choose a few of your favourite models and test drive them all.
4. Prepare to negotiate
Don’t be afraid to haggle. The asking price isn’t always the price they are wanting. Always start by offering a low amount, usually less than you are willing to pay and then wait for them to make a counter offer. Then make another offer more closer to the price you are willing to pay. If for some reason the dealership is unwilling to negotiate, you should thank them for their time, and then inform them that you will be moving on to another dealer. Chances are, they will stop you and offer a lower price that is more suited to your taste and budget.
5. Car insurance
Make sure you are covered before you leave. Some dealers has insurance that covers you for the journey home, its best to ask and make sure. Or take out a policy before picking up your new car.
Most people take out insurance out on their car, house and health. Some celebrities and sports people take out insurance on their bodies as it is their livelihood.
There are many people who wish to take out insurance on ridiculous things and what`s more ridiculous is the fact that some insurance companies allow it.
Here`s a list of some of the strangest things people take out insurance on.
1. Twins insurance
If you are expecting an addition to your family you may be interested in twin insurance. It insures you against additional costs with having more than one child but most insurers demand the insurance be in place before you reach 12 weeks or have a scan.
2. Alien abduction insurance
If you ever worry about being abducted by aliens then this policy is for you. Insurance companies will pay out if you can prove you have been abducted and returned to earth. Some companies even cover for impregnation by aliens.
3. Spooksafe insurance
This insurance covers people for receiving trauma by the hands of ghosts. The policy also covers you for up to £1 million if you can prove you had been transformed into a vampire or werewolf.
4. Ransom insurance
Some people take out ransom insurance. This protects their family from the effects of kidnapping. It covers the ransom being demanded and also the delivery cost.
5. Conceiving immaculately insurance
Several years ago, three religious sisters from Scotland insured themselves against “conceiving immaculately”. A British Insurance company provided them with £1 million worth of cover, should one of them turned out to be carrying the second coming. There was harsh criticism of a policy that was designed to cover the cost of bringing up a second Jesus. The Catholic Church was less than impressed and the insurance policy was withdrawn.
Do you want your lipstick to last longer? Well here’s some tips that might help.
1. Exfoliate your lips.
Gently swab your lips with a soft brush or sponge. This will remove dead skin cells and result in a smoother finish which will make your lipstick last longer.
2. Use powder.
Dab a little powder onto a cotton swab or sponge and apply to your lips. This will prevent smudging and keep your lipstick in place.
3. Use a lip liner.
Lip liner helps to precisely outline your lips, this is also a good way to make your lipstick last longer. The lip liner is drier than lipstick an helps prevent smudging. It is important to use the right lip liner for your lipstick, make sure it will blend well and if possible use the same lip liner brand as your lipstick. Or you can choose a skin coloured lip liner that can be used with any colour lipstick.
4. Use tissue to remove excess lipstick.
Remove excess lipstick by placing a tissue between your lips and then apply a second layer. This extra layer will result in longer lasting lipstick.
5. Choose a good brand.
There are many brands to choose from and you need to find one that provides a good quality of gloss.
Even though a good brand costs more you actually ending up saving because you don’t need to reapply so often.
6. Store your lipstick properly.
You have to keep your lipstick away from sunlight, extreme temperatures and humidity as this reduces the quality if the lipstick.
Here is another one of the strange hotels I have come across. The hotel Costa Verde ( Plane hotel ) is set in a beautiful part of Costa Rica. The hotel was constructed out of a vintage 1965 Boeing 727.
The plane is perched on a 50 foot pedestal giving amazing views of the jungle and ocean.
The furnishings have been hand carved from Java, Indonesian teak.
The 727 comprises of two air conditioned bedrooms,
each with its own private bathroom.
A TV room.
A kitchenette and dining area foyer.
And an ocean view terrace
This definitely gets my vote as one of the strangest hotels in the world.
As a father myself I know how hard it can be bringing up a child so here are 12 tips on how to be a great dad.
1. Always put their interests first.
Do you drink a lot or smoke? Well its no good as you are setting a bad example to your child. You will probably find as they watch you smoke or drink they to will want try it and of course this is not a good thing. Our children are mirror images of ourselves and what bad habits we have our kids are sure to pick up.
2. Protect them.
One of our many roles as father is protector. We must always make sure our children are safe. Child proof your home, teach them good safety habits, if you have a car seat make sure they use it.
3. Spend your spare time with them
When you get home from work all you want to do is relax, put your feet up and watch telly. I know its hard but you should spend at least 30 minutes or even an hour with your kids. Find out about their day, tell them about yours because as they grow up they will spend less time with, so you need to cherish these early years.
4. Give them hugs and kisses.
Some fathers are afraid to show their affection for their kids but children need physical contact and not just from the mother. Cuddle them, hug them, kiss them, show your affection and show your love for them.
5. Play with them.
When you get the time play with your children. Take them to a park, play sports, play a board game. There is an enormous amount of activities that you and your children can enjoy playing. My children love playing hide and seek with me, its simple and fun.
6. Do the mum stuff too
Many fathers leave a lot of the work to mothers thinking its not their duty as a father but guess what its just as much your responsibility as it is mums. Help change the nappies, help with the feeding, bathing, dressing. When you do these things you will find the bond between you and your child grow even more. You should jump at the opportunity to do these things because once they have grown up you will never get another chance.
7. Read to them.
This is a very important thing you can do for your child as not only is it fun for them but you are also educating them too and of course you are getting to spend quality time with them. I started reading to my daughter when she was 1 and now I am the only person she will let read to her.
8. Stand by mum.
Never contradict their mother in front of them, don’t fight with her in front of them, and most definitely don’t ever abuse her. How you treat their mother affects their self-esteem, and the way they will treat themselves and women when they grow up. Be kind and respectful and loving of their mother. And always work as a team never contradicting statements of the other.
9. Teach them self-esteem.
This is one of the most important points. Spend as much time as possible with them, talk to them, listen to them, teach them and most importantly praise them when they achieve something and encourage them when they fail.
10. Teach them the value of money.
This is not something that should be taught at a very early age but it is important. You should teach your child how to save, how to spend and how to manage money so when they are older and in the world alone they know the value of money.
11. Be good to yourself.
You should also treat yourself well. Take time out to do the things you want to do, maybe its socialising with your mates or playing a game of tennis or just taking a nap in the afternoon. Also look after your health because if you are not well who’s going to look out for your child.
12. Look after the mum.
Mums get very stressed with children so you need to be strong for her too. Help her when she needs, take her out for meal, show affection. Because when mum is happy, the children are happy and then dad is happy too.
Researches at the university of Manchester have discovered that fingernails are more healthier when there is a certain amount of moisture in the air.
Scientists Dr Stephen Eichhorn and Dr Roland Ennos performed tests on fingernail clippings at different levels of humidity and there results showed that fingernails have less to chance to break with 55% humidity in the air.
They also found that higher levels of humidity makes nails more flexible but are more susceptible to shearing and this explains why its easier to cut nails after a bath or shower.
Dr Stephen Eichhorn stated: “We have found that fingernails cope remarkably well over a range of humidity’s, but it is best to not get them completely dry or wet.
At an average of 55% humidity, which is what you would experience normally, it appears that nails have optimum mechanical properties, and resist bending.”
Everybody always complains about their weight but dont want the hard work of dieting, so here are 10 tips on how to loose a little weight with little effort.
1. Breaking the habit
Quite often we binge on snacks because we are bored. To try to avoid this, find something else do. Read a book, go for a walk, find an activity and then you will forget about eating.
2. Cook your own food
Many people eat ready made meals as a convenience but these meals often contain high amounts of salt and sugar which make it difficult to loose weight. By making your own meals you can make them more healthier and control more what you are eating.
3. Drink more water
Drinking more water is a good way to make you feel fuller.
4. Get smaller plates
Serving your food on smaller plates means smaller portions. It’s a good way to try and cut down on those big meals as its more difficult to put too much on a smaller plate.
5. Watch what you buy
You do the shopping so you are in control of what you buy. So a good way to cut down on snacking is to simply buy fewer snacks. If its not in your cupboards you cant eat it!!
6. Eat more protein
Protein is very good for you and helps you feel more full so try adding eggs or beans to your main meals.
7. A little exercise
Not everybody likes spending an hour down the gym getting all sweaty but we all need a certain amount of exercise. Try walking to the local shops instead of driving or take a walk around the block for 10mins, if you have more than one floor in your home try walking up and down the stairs a few times, it all helps.
8. Avoid midnight feasting
A lot of people like to snack at midnight, I have to confess I have often done this. If the urge to eat before sleep overwhelms you try the healthier option like fruit or try to avoid eating altogether eventually the feeling of hunger at midnight will pass.
9. Watch what you drink
Many drinks like alcohol, juices and soft drinks contain high amounts of sugar. One can or bottled soft drink contains more sugar than the recommended daily intake. So try to drink water instead or slightly flavoured water and just treat yourself to a soft drink now and again.
10. Eat breakfast
Have you ever heard of the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” well its true.
Missing breakfast can have a bad effect as it’ll make you feel more hungry throughout the day which will probably have you eating more. Try eating a piece of toast or go that little bit better and have a bowl of cereal for breakfast and it should help you feel less hungry during the day.
Can you play the piano, I cannot well meet a cat that can. Its name is Nora and its just 5 years old and been playing since 1.
A Lithuanian conductor, composer and artist Mindaugas Piečaitis has put together an orchestral concert with Nora playing the piano. The world premiere was performed by Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra in the Klaipėda Concert Hall in Klaipėda (Lithuania) on 5th June, 2009.
The media has gone crazy with this and broadcasted it on numerous Tv networks including the BBC, Lithuanian TV, Baltic TV and the First Baltic Chanel.
Mindaugas Piečaitis composed and directed the Catcerto for Nora but had to bring her contribution in via video. I think the cat had stage fright.
Yesterday a motorist collided with a stray horse strolling on a motorway. The driver survived but unfortunately the horse did not. People often leave animals feeding on the grass verges and occasionally the animals wander onto the roads and cause accidents, fortunately the driver survived but in some cases they don’t.
Red steel 2 is set in the wild west but with a ninja style game play. The new wii motion plus add on makes this game even more exiting to play than the predecessor. Red steel 2, like the first has a gun and sword game play.
The wii controller can also be used for other things in the game not just for fighting, like opening safes.
Through out the game you’ll have the chance to upgrade your weapons bringing more variety to the gaming experience.
Did you ever watch Jasper Carrott on TV in the 80`s and 90`s ? He is an English comedian who used to talk about actual statements taken from car insurance claims. They always used to have me in stitches laughing and I would like to share some of them with you along with some new ones.
“I was driving along the motorway when the police pulled me over onto the hard shoulder. Unfortunately I was in the middle lane and there was another car in the way..”
“Going to work at 7am this morning I drove out of my drive straight into a bus. The bus was 5 minutes early..”
“The accident happened because I had one eye on the lorry in front, one eye on the pedestrian and the other on the car behind.”
“I started to slow down but the traffic was more stationary than I thought.”
Question; Could either driver have done anything to avoid the accident?
Answer: Travelled by bus?
The claimant had collided with a cow. The questions and answers on the claim form were –
Question: What warning was given by you?
Question: What warning was given by the other party?
“I was going at about 70 or 80 mph when my girlfriend on the pillion reached over and grabbed my testicles so I lost control.”
“I didn’t think the speed limit applied after midnight”
“I knew the dog was possessive about the car but I would not have asked her to drive it if I had thought there was any risk.”
“Windscreen broken. Cause unknown. Probably Voodoo.”
“The car in front hit the pedestrian but he got up so I hit him again”
“The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intention.”
“I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way”
“A truck backed through my windshield into my wife’s face”
“A pedestrian hit me and went under my car”
“I had been shopping for plants all day and was on my way home. As I reached an intersection a hedge sprang up obscuring my vision and I did not see the other car.”
“An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.”
“Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have.”
“I thought my window was down, but I found it was up when I put my head through it.”
“The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.”
“I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.”
“As I approached an intersection a sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before.”
“To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front I struck a pedestrian.”
“My car was legally parked as it backed into another vehicle.”
“I told the police that I was not injured, but on removing my hat found that I had a fractured skull.”
“I was sure the old fellow would never make it to the other side of the road when I struck him.”
“The pedestrian had no idea which way to run as I ran over him.”
“I saw a slow moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the roof of my car.”
“The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.”
“The telephone pole was approaching. I was attempting to swerve out of the way when I struck the front end.”
“I had been learning to drive with power steering. I turned the wheel to what I thought was enough and found myself in a different direction going the opposite way.”
“I was backing my car out of the driveway in the usual manner, when it was struck by the other car in the same place it had been struck several times before.”
“When I saw I could not avoid a collision I stepped on the gas and crashed into the other car.”
“The accident happened when the right front door of a car came round the corner without giving a signal.”
“No one was to blame for the accident but it would never have happened if the other driver had been alert.”
“The pedestrian ran for the pavement, but I got him.”
“I saw her look at me twice. She appeared to be making slow progress when we met on impact.”
“I bumped into a lamp-post which was obscured by human beings.”
“The accident was caused by me waving to the man I hit last week.”
“I knocked over a man; he admitted it was his fault for he had been knocked down before.”
Most of us like to stay in comfortable hotels when we go away but some people like to do things a little different.
Over the next few months I will be showing you some of strangest hotels fom around the world.
I am going to start with the icehotel in Sweden www.icehotel.com
This winter will be the twentieth anniversary for the Icehotel. It started its journey as an igloo measuring 60meters squared and is now the largest ice hotel in the world measuring an impressive 5500 meters squared.
As part of the hotel there is an ice church where people can book weddings, baptisms and receive blessings.
In the bar the drinks come served in ice carved glasses and its the same in restaurant many of the meals come served on ice carved plates.
So if you fancy something cold and amazing for your holidays the Icehotel is the place to go and it gets my vote as one of the most strangest hotels in the world.
Is chocolate good for you? Well it depends on how much you consume. To much of anything is no good for you.
Studies have shown that the main ingredient cocoa has some benefits for your health. Cocoa can help to lower blood pressure, help muscles recover from exercise, improve skin, provide antioxidants and also gives a certain amount of pleasure when eaten.
German researches have also found that women who drank half a cup of cocoa every day for three months developed skin that was smoother and had more moisture.
Researches in Britain discovered eating chocolate stimulates the brain more than a passionate kiss.
But this is no excuse to go out and eat lots of chocolate as it has its downside too, chocolate contains a large amount of calories so over eating can lead to weight gain, so try to eat just a little a day and then you’ll be able to enjoy its benefits.
The child is a mirror image of the parents, so giving a good example is very important. Spoiling the child is one of the things that most parents do, but unfortunately that may be harmful and the child often ends up being obstinate.
Affection is different than doing everything for the child, treat him with affection and love, that also receives these values, do not hit him or her on the head when they do something wrong, teach them to understand the situation, not to perform it again, and respect it.
Show authority, but do not use physical force, as it will not do, the child will suffer and will not learn the lesson. Simple behaviors can help. Do not give your child all he or she wants, just because it is beautiful, or something, provide a limit.
When the child wants something, for example a sweet, and you do not want to give it to him or her, the child will usually begin to cry and tantrum, so if you change your mind and give what he or she is wanting, he or she will probably do the same next time you refuse to give him or her something. So think about it, and educate your child the best possible way.
Here is a list of 10 amazing places to visit that you probably didn’t know about.
1. Belize Barrier Reef, Australia
2. Blue Grotto, Italy
3. Crystal Cave of the Giants, Mexico
4. Goreme National Park, Turkey
5. Grand Prismatic Spring, U.S.
6. Great Canyon of Yarlung Tsangpo, Tibet
7. Iguaçu falls, Brazil and Argentina Border
8. Namib Dessert, Namibia
9. Richat Structure, Mauritania
10. The Slot Canyons of Arizona, U.S.
A cat or a dog is not for everyone, some people like to own something rather different or exotic for their pets. I have seen people with crocodiles, tigers, pigs, sheep, hermit crabs, cockroaches, stick insects and snakes all living under the same roof.
This is another beautifully designed modern car by Chevrolet and will be available in 2011 but this is no ordinary car it actually runs by an electric motor.
It does come with a gasoline engine as well but this does not drive the wheels instead this is used as a generator to recharge the battery making this car very green. The battery can last for up to 40 miles, depending on how you drive it of course, before the gasoline engine cuts in. The car also comes with an option to plug it into an electric socket at night to recharge the battery and if you only use the car for short runs under 40 miles you may never have to put fuel in it but this option may prove awkward for those with out garages or driveways.
General motors is claiming that the Chevy volt can do 230 miles per gallon in city traffic and has the potential to do more. General Motors has made a big investment in this car and it will be the companies first mass produced electric car.
The prices will be starting at $40`000 and then due to drop over the next few years.
Personally I think this car is big leap forward in reducing pollution and I think all car companies should be trying to do the same.
This game was released in 2006 and is a single player role playing game ( RPG ). It is one of the most complex and enjoyable games I have had the pleasure of playing and I recommend it to everyone.
The game has achieved high scores and won numerous awards and most critics rate it between 9 and 10.
It is a fantasy game in a world with ogres, elves, trolls and magic. It is a go anywhere game with so much to explore, the graphics are nothing short of outstanding .You can choose to follow the main quest or explore the world of Cyrodil discovering your own quests or both.
The game starts with your character creation, you can decide what species you would like to be and each one has different special abilities. Once you have chosen you can change any detail like hair colour, nose size, chin size, age, eye size, almost everything is changeable.
Patrick Stewart, Sean Bean and Terrance Stamp have been used for some of the characters voices giving it a very British feel.
I am sure you will have many hours of fun playing this game just as I have and if you wish to know more or want any hints feel free to ask.
I have to confess the first thing I do in the morning is turn on my desktop to access the internet and on many occasions actually eat my breakfast while using the computer, I can imagine there are many people who can relate to this.
We all know somebody who can not leave the computer for one moment, maybe a partner or a child or perhaps it is you who cannot take your eyes away from the screen.
In this ever increasing cyber world people are now becoming addicted to accessing the internet. There is even an official name for it “Internet addiction disorder (IAD)”. People are becoming over dependent on the internet and feel they can not live without it.
There was a brief internet blackout in my home town for a day and every thing became chaotic, businesses were the worst affected and lost a great deal of money on the day, even the police were a bit lost as they rely on the internet nowadays.
Could you go one day without the internet or even live without the internet? Let us know your comments.
Have you ever forgotten where you put your keys, or keep forgetting peoples birthdays. It is a natural fact that as we get older our memories fade but there are ways we can improve it.
When we want to increase our muscular strength we exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet to get the most out our bodies. Well are memory works in the same way, we must exercise it regularly to keep it strong, just like muscles if we don’t use it we loose it.
When we stick to the same routine day after day our brains are not being exercised so we need to try different things on a daily basis to stimulate our brains.
Here are 10 good exercises to exercise the brain.
1. Do things with your eyes closed ( get dressed, walk around your home, take a shower. )
2. Learn something new
3. Do a crossword or a suduku
4. Any physical activity
5. Repeat what ever you need to memorize over and over again.
6. Socialize regularly
7. Moving the eyes
8. Pay attention to everything you do
9. Play a memory game
10. Try to visualize everything
Stress can inhibit your memory, so try to control your stress with a simple calming exercise
Here is a list of 5 Food and drinks that can improve memory
1. Purple grape juice ( organic is best )
2. Rosemary and sage
5. Berries ( all berries are good but blueberries are best )
Youtube is an amazing site that is forever growing. It was created in February 2005 and bought by google in November 2006.
The site contains numerous different videos including movie clips, music clips, adverts, trailers, amateur videos. the list is endless. Most of the content is uploaded by registered individuals and can be viewed by anyone accessing the site.
There are a large amount of people who are wanting to share their knowledge through this site and do so by uploading home made video lessons of their chosen subject making Youtube an amazing place to study.
Youtube has an enormous amount of lessons available including Maths, English, geography, history.
Perhaps you have always wanted to learn to play an instrument, well there are lesson for all kinds of musical instruments from guitars to saxophones Youtube has lessons for them all.
You can find almost anything which you are passionate about on this site, they have lessons showing how to fly a plane, how to ski, how to sing, how to cook, how to draw, how to make money. There are even football lessons from the Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho.
All in all Youtube is the perfect place to study as well as entertain, offering an endless list of information just waiting to be accessed.