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Survey Says: What’s the Worst Thing You’ve Ever Eaten?

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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!”

Ready to Cook Octopus

Octopus: it's what for dinner. NOT! Image Source: Flickr user David Pursehouse

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Written by Rick B.

November 25th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Dealing with Clutter? Five Helpful Tips for Organizing Your Life

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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.

Unique To Do List

A "to do" list is good. "To do" list tattoo? Overkill. Image Source: Flickr user Rob and Stephanie Levy

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Written by Rick B.

November 21st, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Using Your Day Off to Get the Home Ready for Winter

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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.

Roaring Fire

This is the place to be on a cold winter's night. Image Source: Flickr user Robbie Sproule

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Written by Rick B.

November 20th, 2014 at 10:56 pm

The Best Shows to Binge-Watch On Your Day Off

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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!

Video Streaming

Let the binge watching commence! Image Source: Flickr user moneyblognewz

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Written by Rick B.

November 19th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Mobile Mission Monday: Technically, Every Day Is a Good Day for iPoll Rewards

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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.

Potato Chips

Any potato chip is a good chip - even a sweet chip. Image Source: Flickr user Kristen Taylor

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November 17th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Get Your Crunch On: New Snacks Coming Your Way

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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.

Oreo Limited Edition

When you see "limited edition Oreo" grab it before it's gone! Image Source: Flickr user Mike Mozart

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November 13th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

TV by the Numbers: How They Measure What We Watch

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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!

Cat Watching TV

Yes, cats like TV. No, cats can't be counted for TV ratings. Image Source: Flickr user rochelle hartman

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Written by Rick B.

November 12th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Mobile Mission Monday: Sharing Opinions Equal Cash in the Pocket

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“Your profile is now up-to-date! Our Personalized Profiling System will have a survey for you as soon as possible.” That is the message that just popped up after I completed a fresh round of profile questions. I was asked about my current car, how many babies I have in the house and if I plan to buy a jet ski (Hyundai, 1 and no… for the record). The minute I hit send, I could practically hear the algorithms working to find me a new Mobile Mission. That can only mean one thing: Cha-ching! There will be more cash coming my way. I just need to keep calm and keep checking the iPoll app. Oh, and listen for those pings!

Anime Convention

All the fast food icons getting along. Image Source: flickr user: The Conmunity

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November 10th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Secret Wars and Convergences: Major Upcoming Comic Book Storylines

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With all this talk of Marvel and DC movies, we can’t forget the source material. It’s easy to pretend that comic books are just for a select few, as that’s what stereotypes have taught us, but that is far from the truth. According to Facebook, over 24 million users identified themselves as comic book fans. Of that group, 46% are women. Clearly, comic books appeal to everyone.

The top 300 comic books bring in over $248 million each month with an average sale price of around $3 per book. So, it’s big business, too! That’s why the creators are always looking at ways to shake things up. Many years ago, they actually killed Superman. The horror! However, he came back in about four different versions until they settled on the return of the real Superman. They got a lot of mileage out of that one. In the interest of keeping you up to date on all things you need to be up to date on, iPoll presents a peek at some intriguing comic book story lines coming your way.

Fresh Comics

Best place to be when the new comics come out. Image Source: Flickr user Sam Howzit

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November 7th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Examining the DC Movie Slate: Justice League Comes Out Punching

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In the ongoing battle of the box office, Marvel and DC have been slugging it out for years. Recently, it looked like the heroes from the Marvel Universe were going to leave the DC heroes in the dust. That all changed with The Man of Steel. It figures that it would take Superman to save the day. The success of that super reboot, plus the exceptional Batman Begins trilogy was enough to get the powers that be at Warner Brothers (who own DC comics) to put together a broad slate of films based on their top-selling and beloved comic book characters. Although the Disney/Marvel movies will only take us through 2018, DC is going to carry us all the way to 2020, with room for even more in between.

Holiday Heroes

A Justice League Christmas tree. Image Source: Flickr user JD Hancock

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Written by Rick B.

November 6th, 2014 at 2:42 pm