Dec 29 2010

Top 10 Most Admired Men of 2010

Category: Best List | Best of | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 01:34

What does it take to be the most admired man in the world? Many believe being the President of the United States  is one of the hardest jobs that a person could ever have with over 5 billion critics second guessing your every move.   A recent USA Today Gallop Poll released their list of the Top 10 most admired men and among them are presidents, religious leaders and a CEO.

Here are the Top 10 Most Admired men of 2010:

1.       Barack Obama

2.       George W. Bush

3.       Bill Clinton

4.       Nelson Mandela

5.       Bill Gates

6.       Pope Benedict XVI

7.       Billy Graham

8.       Jimmy Carter

9.       Glenn Beck

10.   The Dalai Lama

Which of these men is the most surprising to make the list of Most Admired Men of 2010?

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Dec 24 2010

Top 10 Colleges that produce NFL players

Category: Best List | Best of | NFL | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 19:34

Which college or university sends the most players to the NFL?  Even though some of the best NFL quarterbacks and top NFL wide receivers came from smaller colleges, these Top 10 colleges significantly increase your chances of playing in the NFL according to team at Pro Football Reference.  Not many surprises other than the SEC being under represented.

1.     Notre Dame                        503

2.     USC – Southern Cal           437

3.     Ohio State               377

4.     Michigan                   331

5.     Penn State               324

6.     Nebraska                  311

7.     Oklahoma                296

8.     Tennessee                290

9.     Pittsburgh               278

10.   UCLA/LSU                 272

Where do think University of Florida will end on this list?

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Dec 18 2010

Top 10 Bodily Function Side Effects from Working Out

Category: Best List | Best of | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 00:01

Have you ever been at the gym working out to get in your daily exercise and have an embarrassing experience?  Here is a Top 10 List of possibly embarrassing bodily functions that occur when working out according to and article at Fitbie.  So as you are doing your exercises for a great butt and working those Abs to lose weight, be aware of what may happen in front of your workout partner.   

 

Here are the Top 10 crazy bodily functions that may occur during your next workout:

 

Passing Gas

Nothing interrupts finding your Zen like hearing a loud rip in yoga class—or trying to hold one in. It’s a bit embarrassing, but passing gas is actually quite common during yoga and other forms of core work, says Burron. Leg lifts, crunches, and other moves that target your belly and abs build pressure around your middle. Each time you contract the muscles around your internal organs, you up your chances of letting one loose.

Fix it: If this happens to you, rest assured that you’re not the first person to pass gas while doing Down Dog. However, to minimize the likelihood of cutting the cheese, stay clear of gassy foods such as dairy, beans, and broccoli.

Yawning

Nobody really knows for sure why we yawn, let alone why some people yawn excessively at the beginning of a workout. Researchers used to speculate that yawning helps increase oxygen flow to your brain. However, a University of Maryland study found that there’s no relation between yawning and breathing, largely discrediting this theory. Instead, yawning may be your body’s way of dealing with transitions, such as when you’re waking up, getting bored, or working out. “If you jump straight into a workout, your body is still adjusting to your change in breathing and blood vessel dilation. Yawning may be an indicator that you’re warming up,” says Alice Burron, MS, exercise physiologist and spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise.

Fix it: A little yawning at the start of exercise is nothing to worry about. However, excessive yawning could be a sign of an underlying heart and blood pressure issue and should be checked out by a doctor.

Runny Nose

While some people notice that their breathing clears up when they exercise, far more complain about having a runny nose. “Exercise stimulates the part of your nervous system that controls the secretion of your body’s glands—including the mucus glands in your nose,” explains William Reisacher, MD, director of the Allergy Center at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Running outside? That extra nasal drip may also be a reaction to pollen, the temperature, or outdoor humidity. In cold temperatures, your nose has to work harder at warming up the air, dilating your blood vessels and stimulating mucus production.

Fix it: To curb your leaky faucet, lighten up your routine or bring your workout indoors, suggests Dr. Reisacher.

Coregasm

Here’s some extra motivation to exercise: A number of women report having an orgasm—or “coregasm”—while working out. But not just any fitness routine can trigger the big-O. As the name suggests, coregasms most commonly happen during an intense core workout, which may explain the wait for the Ab Roller at the gym.

While any moderate physical activity can trigger the release of feel-good endorphins and increase your blood circulation, core workouts, in particular, target the same muscles that contract during orgasm. “When you’re doing Pilates or Kegel exercises, you’re working your PC and pelvic floor muscles,” says Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD, co-author of
The Orgasm Answer Guide. “It’s probable that feel-good feeling you get from contracting your muscles during core exercises can mimic those generated during genital-stimulated orgasms.”

Ear Popping

You’re not alone if your ears pop during your morning run or weightlifting routine. Ear popping occurs because your body tries to maintain equal pressure between the outside air and that inside your middle ear. When there’s a sudden shift in air pressure—say, when you’re ascending on a plane or diving into a pool—your body adjusts by moving air through your Eustachian tube, the part of your ear that connects your middle ear to the back of your nose. “The same thing happens each time your foot strikes the ground or you do a heavy lift,” says Dr. Reisacher. “Your body braces for impact and pressure is generated and transmitted to your ear.”

Fix it: Swallowing, yawning, and staying hydrated can help unplug your ears.

Hives

For some people, being “allergic to exercise” isn’t merely an excuse to stay on the couch. In very rare instances (less than 0.5 percent), working out can cause exercise-induced anaphylaxis, an allergic reaction that can lead to hives, flushing, and wheezing. Just a moderate bout of exercise can cause an episode, but most reactions need a food trigger as well.

“Exercise increases the permeability of your GI tract and lets more partially digested foods get into your circulation,” says Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD, chair of the division of rheumatology, asthma, and immunology at Virginia Commonwealth University. That’s why you might have a reaction that you might not otherwise have had from eating the food alone. The most common culprits: wheat and shrimp.

Fix it: If you know of a latent food allergy, be sure to avoid those foods at least 6 hours before you hit the gym, and carry an epinephrine pen with you. Taking a non-drowsy antihistamine like Claratin or Zyrtec also may help prevent an attack.

Heartburn

Mid-run you’re overcome by a burning pain in your chest. But don’t worry—it’s likely just an effect of your morning breakfast burrito.

Certain kinds of exercise, such as running or sit-ups, can push your stomach contents up into your esophagus, resulting in acid reflux and heartburn, says Edgar Achkar, MD, vice-chairman of the Digestive Disease Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. It makes sense, then, that the more jarring the exercise, the more likely you’ll feel the burn.

Fix it: Luckily, workout heartburn can be easily avoided. Stay away from dairy before you head to the gym and wait about 2 hours after every meal before hitting the pavement. If that doesn’t work, popping an antacid beforehand may help neutralize your stomach acid. But remember: If chest pain is ever intense or crushing, play it safe, stop exercising, and get help.

Cramps

Exercise cramps can occur for any number of reasons: electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, ill-fitting shoes. Typically you sweat out far more water than you ingest during exercise, which can alter your body’s mineral concentration. Potassium channels control muscle contraction, so any imbalance could cause your muscles to cramp up.

Fix it: To avoid an inopportune charley horse, try snacking on a banana (a good source of potassium) and remember to hydrate before exercising, says Burron, and to drink 8 ounces of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes during your workout.

Headache

Exercise can cause your heart and head to pound. As with yawning, no one knows for certain why exercise headaches happen, but researchers hypothesize that rigorous workouts cause the blood vessels inside your skull to dilate.

While anyone can experience an exercise-induced headache—some can last up to 2 days—this side effect is particularly common among men in their twenties. Part of this
may be due to the fact that men are more likely to lift weights and perform moves that can store tension in the upper back, which can lead to a pounding head.

Fix it: Still, a headache shouldn’t derail your workout routine. You most likely won’t get one from your daily jog, and warming up and staying hydrated go a pretty long way to prevent them, says Burron. Move your workout indoors during hot days, and pay particular attention to your breathing and form. If your headaches are persistent, talk to your doctor about using anti-inflammatory drugs such as indomethacin.

Incontinence

Find that your endorphin high gets dampened by, well, your wet shorts? About one in three American women has stress urinary incontinence, and running and other forms of more intense exercise can cause a leak at the most inopportune moment. While women can experience an episode at any point in their life, the likelihood of having an “incident” increases with age since pelvic muscles weaken over time and after pregnancy.

Fix it: To avoid this unintended side effect, try performing Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles or opt for a low intensity kind of workout, such as Pilates or yoga. There are also several types of surgery available to treat incontinence, so talk to your doctor about your options

Here is the link for the full story at Fitbie: Fitbie Fitness Tips

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Dec 16 2010

Top 10 Vehicles that Maintain Value for Resale after 5 years

Category: Best List | Best of | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 16:14

Getting new car or SUV soon?  Here is a list of the Top 10 Car, Truck and SUV models that hold their value after 5 years. Why should you care? More value means a better trade-in or resale on your next new ride.  On average, your car will be worth 34% of its initial value after 5 years. Many of the major manufacturers are here like Toyota, BMW and Lexus on this Top 10 list by Kelly Blue Book.

TOP 10 MODELS:

Honda CR-V 46.8%

Jeep Wrangler 45.2%

Toyota Tacoma 44.5%

BMW X5 44.4% (includes gas and diesel models together)

Lexus RX 43.0%

Audi A5 42.7

Toyota FJ Cruiser 42.0%

BMW X6 42.3%

Lexus GX 41.5%

Subaru Outback 41.3%

Where is Mercedes? Do you own one these models?

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Dec 13 2010

Top 10 Downloaded Apple iPad Apps for 2010

Category: The List Ninja @ 03:52

Are you or someone you know getting an Apple iPad for Christmas?  With so many free iPhone apps, how many will be available for the iPad?   The wisdom of crowds will guide you to the Top 10 downloaded apps on the iPad.   Here is the list of the Top 10 downloaded Apple iPad apps:

·         Apple Word Processing

·         GoodReader

·         Apple’s Numbers for Spreadsheets

·         Angry Birds

·         Keynote for Presentations

·         Glee Karaoke

·         Wolfram Alpha

·         Pinball HD

·         Friendly Plus for Facebook

·         Star Walk astronomy guide

Comparing this list of apps to those on the iPhone shows the difference in utility.   Which iPad app is missing from this Top 10 list?  

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Dec 12 2010

Top 10 Paid Apple iPhone Apps for 2010

Category: Best List | Best of | facts | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 00:41

Have you ever wondered which Apple iPhone apps did people actually pay for?  With so many free iPhone apps, why would you even need to pay for an app?  The big surprise is that none of the Top 10 paid apps are for productivity.  All of the Top 10 apps are games.

Top 10 paid Apple iPhone apps:

·         Angry Birds

·         Doodle Jump

·         Skee-Ball

·         Bejeweled 2

·         Fruit Ninja

·         Cut the Rope

·         Gamebox 1

·         The Moron Test

·         Plants vs. Zombies

·         Pocket God

Which of these have you paid for?

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Dec 3 2010

Top 10 Most Popular Baby Names of 2010 for Boys

Category: Best List | Best of | facts | new list | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 17:18

What is in a name? Everything according to many studies and even discussed in popular books like Freakonomics .  If you are expecting a new baby or know someone that is, check out this list of the Top 10 Boys names for 2010. 

1.     Aiden

2.     Jacob

3.     Jackson

4.     Ethan

5.     Jayden

6.     Noah

7.     Logan

8.     Caden

9.     Lucas

10.    Liam

Be careful when choosing a name, it may affect their success. 

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Nov 29 2010

Top 10 Old School Christmas Gifts for Kids

Category: Best List | Best of | new list | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 20:03

Do you want to give a few toy gifts that bring back memories?  Long before the days of 100’s of TV channels and an iPod in every pocket, you had to use a little imagination to go with limited technology.  As you look for the top gifts for Christmas, keep this Top 10 list of old school toys in consideration:

·        Rock 'Em Sock 'Em ROBOTS Game

·        Hungry Hungry Hippos

·        Toss Across

·        Twister

·        Cabbage Patch Kids

·        GI Joe Action Figures

·        Teddy Ruxpin

·        Battleship Board Game

·        Connect Four

·        TinkerToy

Which old school toy brings back the best memories for you?  Share it below…

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Nov 28 2010

Top 10 List of Tips for having a Great Holiday Party

Category: Best List | Best of | facts | new list | top 10 listsThe List Ninja @ 18:30

Are you going to host a most excellent holiday party?  A little planning can go a long way.  While others are out shopping for the top tech gifts, you can save a little time and aggravation with this list of Top 10 tips for throwing a great party that will always be remembered:

·        Start the party with an empty dishwasher

·        Separate couples at a seated dinner

·        Have a music playlist ready to start when the first guest arrives

·        Keep appetizers to one bite, it helps conversation

·        Set up a self serve bar with recipes for top drinks available

·        Don’t wait for late guests, focus on those that have arrived

·        Never run out of ice

·        Don’t be in a rush to clean up the table completely, it signals the end of the party

·        Allow guests to help with touches, it makes for great icebreakers

·        Serve a great desert – It will leave a lasting impression

All of these may or may not apply to your party but most of all remember to have fun at your own party.  Do you have your own go to tip?  Share it in the comments below:

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Nov 26 2010

Top 5 Must See Holiday Movies for Christmas 2010

Category: Best List | Best of | facts | new list | top 10 lists | Top 5The List Ninja @ 00:30

Have you eaten too much and maybe even shopped a little more than necessary?  As you scour the malls for the best deals on luxury items, take break and check out this list of the Top 5 movies this Christmas for when you need to escape from reality.  Here are 5 of the top movies this Christmas season:

·        Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

The first installment of the two-film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows follows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they search for the pieces of Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) soul that he extracted from his being and hid in obscure locations both far and wide.

·        Tron Legacy

The Master Control Program is booted back up in this revamped Tron continuation that sees the return of original star Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, the brilliant computer programmer whose disappearance leads his son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), to search for him in and out of the computer world.

·        The Tourist

American tourist Frank (Johnny Depp) meets a mysterious beauty who drags him into a dangerous world of intrigue and espionage while traveling through Europe in director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's paranoid thriller. When Frank met Elise (Angelina Jolie) on the train, he thought it was a chance encounter.

·        The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Upon returning to Narnia to join Prince Caspian for a voyage on the majestic royal vessel known as The Dawn Treader, Lucy, Edmund, and their cousin Eustace encounter merfolk, dragons, dwarves, and a wandering band of lost warriors.

·        Yogi Bear

Hanna-Barbera's beloved picnic-basket-stealing bear makes his big-screen debut in this live-action/animation mix children's flick from Journey to the Center of the Earth director Eric Brevig. The tourists just aren't flocking to Jellystone Park like they used to, and when the budget starts to get tight, Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly) brings down the axe.

So whether you are looking for a sequel, family movie or action and adventure, there will be many movies to choose from this holiday season.

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