MONDAY 7-23-18

1. Francesco Molineri won The Open at eight under this weekend but no one could stop following Tiger Woods, who finished tied-for-sixth at minus 5 (three back) and remained in the hunt the entire tournament. Will the PGA ever be able to replace Tiger as a draw and is there ever a time when Tiger is not relevant?

2. Coffee ranks high on both the best and worst foods for headaches. A Norwegian study found those who have the highest caffeine intake where 10% more likely to get headaches so experts advise four cuts a day. However, if you go cold turkey after drinking it daily will lead to headaches as well. Other foods and beverages to avoid if you want to avoid migraines: alcohol, chocolate, artificial sweeteners, citrus, aged cheese, and processed meat. The best food to avoid headaches: water, low-sodium good, leafy greens, almonds, milk...and SMALL AMOUNTS OF COFFEE. So coffee is on the list as best and worst for avoiding headaches. Can you believe any of these studies?

3. A New Zealand company reduced  employee work hours from 40 to 32, working four day week. The company found employees were not only happier but more productive as well with better work/life balance increasing motivation to increase productivity. Do you think we'll ever go to the four day workweek?

4. Americans have 204 days they rank as "good" but only about 15 of them can be considered "perfect." The average person's perfect day starts by waking up at 8:15, going to bed at 10:50, with clear skies and 74 degree weather conditions. Other criteria: finding money in their pocket and going to get without setting the alarm. What's your perfect day?

5. Of American workers, 57% say they're overweight and 45% blame with jobs. They say they gain weight by sitting at a desk, being too tired or not having enough time to exercise, eating because of stress, eating out, snacking on the job, workplace celebrations and Happy Hours, pressure to eat co-workers food, and skipping meals because of time constraints. Is this the problem with American workers -- blaming everything else for poor exercise and workout habits?

6. Now that women in the Navy can wear ponytails, men want beards. The Navy said last week that servicewomen could sport ponytails, lock hairstyles, or ropelike strands, and wider hair buns, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down. Servicemen immediately chimed in on social media, asking the Navy if they could grow beards. A sailor’s Facebook post with a #WeWantBeards hashtag was shared thousands of times. Why can't sailors have beards and should they?

7. Manny Pacquiao announced he wants fight Floyd Mayweather again after defeating Lucas Matthysse to notch his 60th win. Pacquiao is a senator in the Philippines and Mayweather is retired. Why do these fighters keep going well past their prime?

8. For the second month in a row, Time magazine has put a provocative photo illustration of President Donald Trump on its cover -- this time, morphing him into Russian President Vladimir Putin. In it, Trump's distinctive blonde hair, wispy eyebrows and pursed lips merge with Putin's nose and blue eyes. The photo illustration, by visual artist Nancy Burson, "is meant to represent this particular moment in US foreign policy, following the pair's recent meeting in Helsinki, Finland," Time said in a statement. Is Trump an unfair punching bag for traditional media?

9. Millennials seem to be the butt of many jokes but this one appears real: they have bad credit. Forty-six percent of this demographic believe their credit scores are holding them back but few are taking steps to fix bad credit like using auto-par or doing to free credit counselling. Is this surprising?

10. Rooster Money's new "Kids Allowance Report" finds kids will make about $110 in allowance this summer, or about $8.43 a week. Mowing the lawn, washing the car, and gardening are the top three money makes. What was your allowance and how does it compare to today?

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