iPoll Asks: Where Did Soccer Come From?

The question on the minds of every soccer fan on the planet is, “Who will take home the World Cup?” It’s a pertinent question since this is the year of the World Cup. Since 1930, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has organized this global tournament every four years. There was a two-tournament break during WWII, but otherwise, the World Cup has been growing strong. What started as a competition between 13 international teams has blossomed into a wide ride with 32 teams angling to score the coveted cup. As we get ready to crown a new champion, it is worth exploring just where soccer came from? Buckle up for another iPoll history ride. The Wayback machine is set for a little BC action and it’s anybody’s game!

Soccer

Is there a next generation World Cup player here? Image Source: Flickr user: terren in Virginia

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Written by Rick B.

July 8th, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Mobile Army Monday: There Is No Penalty to Scoring Cash with iPoll

As we head into the finals for the World Cup Soccer, excitement has reached a fevered pitch. Even if your favorite team has been drummed out of the competition, you’ll pick a new favorite to cheer on until the final goal has sailed into the net. In a way, this is similar to participating in iPoll Mobile Missions. Too much of a stretch? Follow along my train of thought, if you will. Since starting with iPoll, I’ve had a favorite Mobile Mission: the hunt for cereal. As it happens, I had the chance to repeat that mission and score again, thus advancing my iPoll rewards account. Then the cereal mission dropped out. Was I sad? For a little while, until a new Mobile Mission came along to provide me with even more money in the bank. World Cup Soccer… iPoll Mobile Missions: same theme, different arenas.

The Quick Movie Survey

I live in an industry town. Everywhere I go, I come across evidence of this industry. If I’m not driving by the actual movie studios, I occasionally spot a movie or television show being filmed on location. Just this past weekend, I spotted a mini-crew down the block. They were filming a guy and girl walking down the street engaged in a heated discussion. Obviously, this was for one of the thousands of reality shows. Sadly, I didn’t recognize either one of the “actors.” However, last year NCIS: Los Angeles filmed just outside my house. It was pretty cool.

Hollywood History

One of the many dream factories. Image Source: Flickr user veroyama

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Written by Rick B.

July 7th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

iPoll Celebrates Independence Day: What You May Not Know about the 4th of July

For most of us, the 4th of July means fireworks, hot dog eating contests, and an extended weekend. It also happens to be the official birthday of America. This is when we declared our independence from British rule in 1776. Clearly, it’s a day worthy of celebration. In fact, one of the original signers and the man who pushed it through Congress, John Adams had this to say: “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

 

Washington 4th of July

It's not the 4th until you see the "rocket's red glare." Image Source: Flickr user Matther Straubmuller

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Written by Rick B.

July 4th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

iPoll Helps You Throw the Ultimate Summer Party

At some point during your summer staycation, you should throw a party. Why not? Part of the fun of having a staycation is being close to home. This makes it easy to have friends and family come around to share in some good times. The popular time to toss a party is the 4th of July weekend. However, just like a Christmas open house, you might find that your friends are all booked up and you’ll be stuck with pounds of guacamole wilting under the noonday sun. Instead, throw your summer staycation party on any weekend, just because. iPoll will help you throw the ultimate summer bash with these time-tested tips:

 

Fun Time In The Summer

Nothing says summer fun like a bathing suit clad jazz quartet. Image Source: Flickr user Information of New Orleans

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Written by Rick B.

July 3rd, 2014 at 12:41 pm

iPoll Brings the Sizzle: Grilling Tips from the Pros

As part of your summer staycation, you’ll be dining in a lot, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with the same meal plan every night. It’s time to fire up the grill. Before that happens, you need to decide which grilling camp you belong in: gas or charcoal. I have to admit there is something nostalgic about cooking with charcoal. I have fond memories of starting several new blazes side by side with the old man. I was in charge of squirting the lighter fluid and I left no briquette uncoated. On the other hand, gas is fast to light and easy to control. Sorry dad, but today I’m a gas griller. Now it’s time to let iPoll show you how to grill like the pros!

Tip #1: Clean Grill = Happy Food

You wouldn’t cook with dirt pots and pans in your kitchen, right? You shouldn’t with your grill, either. All that caked on crust is going to prevent an even distribution of the precious heat. Also, if grease drippings have accumulated, they could ignite, setting off an unintended blaze. It’s always better to start with a clean canvas. The best time to clean the char is right after you’ve cooked. While your meat is resting and your grill is still hot, give it the once over with a wire brush. Then before the next session, wipe out the droppings before your fire up. Your steaks (and diners) will thank you.

Complete Meal On A Grill

Simply mouth watering. Image Source: Flickr user woodley wonderworks

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Written by Rick B.

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:00 am

iPoll Helps You Make the Most of Your Staycation

As readers of this blog will note, we’re a big fan of  traveling. We’ve explored how you can make the most of your traveling budget and highlighted a bunch of towns to put on your travel bucket list. However, not everyone has the opportunity to take a vacation that involves a plane. Fear not, fellow iPollers! The staycation is all the rage and we’ve got the perfect suggestions to make yours every bit as fun as a trip to Hawaii. Unless, of course, you’re already living in Hawaii. In that case, why would you ever take a vacation that wasn’t a staycation? Here are some ideas for making the most of your summer staycation.

Enjoying Dim Sum

What dim summing should look like. Image Source: Flickr user Amy

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Written by Rick B.

July 1st, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Mobile Army Monday: You Don’t Need to Go Far to Earn iPoll Cash

“Hello, my name is Rick and I’m a Mobile Missions maniac.” Perhaps maniac is too strong a word. I think I’m more of a compulsive Mobile Mission survey taker that borders on the manic. I’m absolutely crazy about taking Mobile Missions. I no longer wait to get into a specific store or bank to see if there is a mission. Instead, I plan my trips around the Mobile Mission sites I know are active.

True Story

Recently, I had a Convenience Store Mobile Mission to complete. I also had a little mini shopping to do. To complete this task, I ventured out on foot. As I reached the main street, I could have gone left for one block to a corner grocery store. Or I could have gone right for two blocks to a gas station. The same products that I needed to pick up (the four o’clock sugar rush fix of M&Ms and Diet Dew, along with a lottery ticket… don’t judge!) were available at both locations. The difference was that the gas station was pinged by iPoll as a Mobile Mission site. The corner grocery store? Not on the list. I ventured right to get my goodies and completed the mission. A few extra steps were completely worth it to me to gain some extra rewards.

Corner Gas And Go

The place for many Mobile Missions. Image Source: Flickr user Clotee Allochuku

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Written by Rick B.

June 30th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Betterment through Giving: iPoll Rewards Charities Making a Difference

Becoming proactive about self-improvement is going to change the way you look at yourself and how you look at the world. If you feel positive on a more consistent basis, you can’t help but want to share that feeling with others. Volunteering is a beneficial action you can take to share your new improved self. There is no end to where you can spend your time, from after-school reading programs to hospital visitation to building homes.

Naturally, volunteering takes time, and that might be a commodity that is at a premium in your busy household. Thankfully, iPoll has a way you can make a difference with just a few clicks of your mouse. Along with the rewards you can pick up for yourself or your loved ones, iPoll lets you designate your reward cash to certain charities. Which one should you choose? Here’s a hint: They’re all great. No matter what your passion, iPoll has a charity waiting for you.

 

Putting Up Homes

Volunteer a day and build a home. Image Source: Flickr user First Baptist Nashville

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Written by Rick B.

June 27th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

iPoll Encourages You to Pamper Yourself: Ideas for a Home Spa Experience

Between all the self-improvement work you’re doing to boost your brain power potential and ramp up your leadership skills, you deserve a break. Rejuvenation means giving your mind and body a chance to reboot. This is why it’s important for us to have eight hours of good sleep every night. However, there is no reason why you can’t take your rejuvenation to the next level by creating your own personal spa experience right at home. Here are some steps you can take to pamper yourself in order to help get those self-improvement juices flowing!

A good soak

Nothing beats a warm bubble bath. Image Source: Flickr user Heather Kaweck

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Written by Rick B.

June 26th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Becoming a Strong Influence: iPoll Explores Qualities of Great Leadership

Taking a walk down the self-improvement path can yield some amazing results. We know that unlocking your brain power potential will help your memory, focus, and might just turn you into a superhero. When you’ve made improvements in your attitude and well-being, you will, in effect, become a role model for those around you. This places you in the desirable position of leader. An individual can assume a leadership role in many situations, from the workplace to the classroom to the living room. Yes, you can apply leadership skills to help your family achieve all of its potential. iPoll presents some helpful tips on how you can improve your leadership skills.

Leadership exercise

A leader will rise to get them down! Image Source: Flickr user U.S. Army

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Written by Rick B.

June 25th, 2014 at 11:53 pm