The closer we get to Thanksgiving, the more likely it is that we’ll start salivating (in a good way) in anticipation of our favorite meal of the year. Just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t automatically mean the meal will be perfect. Full disclosure: The first Thanksgiving turkey I prepared still had the plastic bag of giblets inside. Needless to say, it did not make for an appetizing bird. The lesson was learned and never repeated again. That’s the thing about having a bad meal- you rarely go back for seconds.
There are some foods that, even when cooked properly, are still not appealing for many. Put liver and onions down for me in that category. Then there are the meals that were ruined by things far beyond the imagination. Recently, the iPoll quizmasters asked a simple question: “What was the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?” Over 3,000 iPollers responded. In honor of the perfect meal you’ll have on Thanksgiving, we present some of the highlights of the worst meals ever. “WARNING: Do NOT continue reading if you’re eating or have a sensitive stomach!”
This week can be summed up in three words: Thankfulness, food, and shopping. At some point on Thursday, nearly everyone who gathers around a turkey dinner will pause to give thanks for the blessings in their lives. That’s how it should be and hopefully they’ll continue those moments of appreciation every day. Of course, we all look forward to those turkey dinners. So many variations of preparing the bird. So many side dishes. So many leftovers. It’s a wonder we make it through to Friday.
Speaking of Friday, it is the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Will your wallet be ready? It could if it is bolstered by iPoll rewards. This is where your Mobile Missions come into play. There’s nothing wrong with showing gratitude for an opportunity to put cash in your pocket!
Time to get real. Show of hands, how many iPollers consider themselves to be a hoarder? Come on now… you know you’re out there. I must admit that if you were to open my garage door, you would decry, “Hoarder!” for sure. The difference is that I intend to get rid of most of that stuff. I just need the time. If you also have the willingness to declutter, but just don’t have the time, then it could be life organizational issue. Translation: you need to get organized. A day off from work is a perfect time to launch some new organization strategies. Thankfully, they don’t have to be complicated. In fact, I’ve organized it into five easy-to-follow tips. See what I did there? I organized! You can thank me later.
A day off from work can be a very welcome break in the week. Even though you’re supposed to take it easy on your day off, it is usually quickly filled with chores, errands and tasks that must be completed. Some may call this the “honey do” list as in “Honey, can you do this?” or “Honey, can you do that?” As a proud practitioner of the “honey do” list, I can attest that it is much better to surrender to the list than to challenge it. Besides, the quicker you knock off those tasks, the quicker you can get back to your TV series binge-watching. In an effort to help you on your next day off, iPoll presents a handy checklist of all the things you should do to get ready for winter.
Thanks to video on demand, taking a day off of work is a lot more fun. A long time ago when every house had a VCR (a what?), you actually had to leave your home, drive to a Blockbuster (a what?), and rent a video (a what?). That is so two decades ago, my friends. Today, nearly every cable and satellite provider offers some form of video on demand. With this service, you can order up a movie or watch an episode of a recent TV show you might have missed. But wait, there’s more! Steaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon let you bring up entire seasons of past shows to view on your TV, tablet, or computer. Most modern Blu-Ray players have portals for Internet connection, or you can plug in a Roku or Google Chrome to access those streams. Now that you know all this, you’re ready to binge-watch TV on your day off.
Binge-watching covers two basic categories: Things you’ve already seen or things you’ve been eager to see. The best approach to binge-watching is to clear the deck of everything else. Return important phone calls. Pay your bills. Make sure the pets are fed. When all of that is done, then you can settle into some serious binge-watching without the guilt. By the way, make sure you’ve got plenty of snack supplies and take-out restaurants on speed dial. This is going to be a long day.
You might not be able to complete a full season of 24 on your day off because you would need 24 hours. However, there are plenty of series with 13-episode seasons that would be perfect for binge-watching. Here are some recommendations, in no particular order, but you must watch them!
Back in the day, if you lived near a working factory you might have heard the work whistle. This was an extremely loud blast of sound the signified the start of every work shift. Perhaps more importantly, it also heralded the end of the work shift. Do you think those factory workers really needed a work whistle tell them it was time to go home? If there is one thing workers know, it’s how to spend a day off. It’s probably a safe bet that a large portion of the actual workweek is dedicated to planning that day off. The ever-curious quizmasters at iPoll wanted to know how you spend your day off. It’s a simple question, and we received over 4,600 responses. There probably would have been more, but those iPollers were already enjoying the time off.
Are you counting down the days until your next holiday? Technically, you could ask that question on any day of the year. No matter how much you love your job, you probably love having a day off even more. After all, aren’t we all working for the day when we don’t have to work anymore? Clearly, it is important to make as much money as possible to help with your eventual retirement. Here’s the truth about iPoll: You’re not going to be able to retire on the money you make with our online surveys. Sorry. However (and it’s a big “however”), you can certainly make enough to supplement some weekly spending or gift buying. Every bit of extra cash helps, right? That’s why you need to approach iPoll Mobile Missions like a side job and this is one job for which you don’t want to take time off.
Want to try something new to snack on? First, you may have to answer a survey. Next to television networks, food companies use the most market research resources. Nothing hits the grocery store shelf unless it has been thoroughly vetted through market research. For every new snack item there will be surveys about packaging and names, focus group taste testing, and availability in limited markets. If the snack passes through these tests, you might see it showing up at your local grocery store. By now, you’ve probably taken a few of these food surveys from iPoll. I have taken the opportunity to share my opinions on new chips, yogurt, energy drinks, salty snacks, and pizza. Best of all, I earned some serious rewards for all those surveys. That is why it is so important to participate in surveys when it comes knocking. We can thank market research for the following new snacks headed our way.
As you glance through your TV Guide to decide what needs to be watched, recorded or ignored, you can thank the Nielsen ratings company for your choices. Forget what the networks put on the air; they are only following what the Nielsen ratings tell them. Low numbers and the show is cancelled. Big numbers and it might stick around. Think of this as the ultimate in market research. All you have to do is just watch TV and the meter box will do the rest. Of course, you have to be in the “Nielsen family” to count. When it comes to taking surveys that would be the ultimate power!
Full disclosure, I once worked as a spy. My mission: visit banks and evaluate how well the tellers were doing their job. I went about this task by submitting deposits slips that were filled out improperly. If the teller spotted the mistake, they were on the ball. If not, well, I can only imagine that my feedback probably led to some sort of employee re-training or disciplinary action.
Okay, so maybe this wasn’t 007 level spy work – and yes, I did hum the James Bond theme every time I went into a bank for a mission. But what I was doing was essential market research for that establishment. Like all forms of market research, my spy missions were aimed at improving the services and finding out what customers really desired in their banking experience.