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A Brief History of Dia de los Muertos

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A holiday known as the Day of the Dead seems fitting to come around Halloween. However, the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos is actually nothing to be scared of. In fact, in Mexico it is the biggest holiday of the year, and goes on for two days: November 1st and November 2nd. What exactly is Dia de los Muertos? It is a time to honor the dearly departed. It is also a holiday deeply ingrained in Mexican culture that goes back hundreds of years.

 

Dia de los Muertos

Sugar Skulls: They look creepy but they taste sugary sweet! Image Source: flickr user: katiebordner

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Written by Rick B.

October 30th, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Best Movie Monsters Ever

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Let’s talk monsters. No, not your crazy boss or the urban legends, but good old movie monsters. For the record, we need to stipulate that the granddaddies of monsters are the scary trinity of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman. For decades, Universal Pictures cranked out movies starring one or more of these famous monsters. They even managed to all show up together in the classic comedy Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. Every true movie monsters aficionado will have a copy of that in their film library!

Movie monsters have certainly evolved over the years. They’ve grown to amazing heights (see Godzilla or King Kong) and also been shrunk down (see Gremlins). Regardless of size, one thing is for sure: we’ll never get our fill of these creatures. Here then are some of the best movie monsters ever—in no particular order and completely subjective:

 

Zombie Walk

Yes, this is a zombie parade with some silly humans in the mix. Image Source: flickr user: Nivaldo Arruda

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Written by Rick B.

October 21st, 2015 at 6:37 pm

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Special Treats For Your Halloween Party

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There was a time when all you needed to throw a decent Halloween party was a big tub to bob for apples in and a bowl of candy corn. The costumes were the real show, right? Nowadays, folks are treating Halloween like the Super Bowl. That means all the stops are pulled out to put on an exceptional fright fest. Along with the ghoulish decorations and the hope that a real ghost might show up, you can also treat your guests to some “horrific” themed snacks.

As with all things foodie related, it is best to start with Pinterest. Those folks don’t disappoint when it comes to amazing snacks for a Halloween party. Of course, iPoll also has scoured the interwebs in search of the kind of Halloween party treats that will make for a memorable evening. Here are some of our favorites.

 

Halloween Party

The house is decorated, now what's on the menu? Image source: flickr user: Sam Howzit

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Written by Rick B.

October 14th, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Top 10 Top-Selling Vocal Recording Artists of All Time

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What’s on your playlist? The songs we pick to listen to in our “music moments” can say a lot about our personalities. At the very least, they can say a lot about what we’re thinking in that moment. On those rare occasions when I make it to the gym (it happens…really!), I can say with confidence that that isn’t another person in the gym (or on the planet?) that is listening to the same song I’m listening to at that exact moment. Yes, I avoid the current Top Ten Playlists for the more obscure/classic/rat pack kind of tune. Not to say there’s anything wrong with the Top Ten–if there was, why would I be writing this today?

So if you need to look for inspiration to build out some of your own playlists, then iPoll has the ultimate list. Here are the top ten selling vocal recording artists of all time. Did your faves make the cut?

 

Vinyl Records

The ancients would shop for music in a store and buy records. Image Source: flickr user: Spencer Hickman

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Written by Rick B.

October 7th, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Most Epic Rock Concerts In History

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What do One Direction, Justin Timberlake, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, and Katy Perry all have in common? Yes, they are all musicians with a long track record of hits, but they were also the top five highest-grossing concert tours of last year. That One Direction tour brought in $290 million alone! Probably a safe bet that the Directioners who attended those shows are the same audience who came out for The Rolling Stones. Right? Either way, they can still claim the bragging rights of having gone to one of the “most epic concerts in history.” Of course, I’m sure there are other opinions on the matter. Here, then, are some other epic rock concerts (in no particular order) that people are still talking about and listening to:

 

Rock Concert

Fans waiting for One Direction. Will this be a part of music history? Image Source: flickr user: Sacha de Zeeuw

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Written by Rick B.

October 6th, 2015 at 10:16 pm

iPoll Quiz Results: Football Fandom

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It used to be that football was just for Sundays. Then Monday Night Football became a thing. It still is a thing, but not in primetime. Instead, there is Thursday Night Football. Plus, the college games are usually played on Saturdays. Bottom line: If you’re a football fan, you won’t have to wait too long in between games. Apparently, a lot of iPollers are big football fans. Naturally, you all have your favorite teams–but that doesn’t automatically mean a hometown team. iPoll asked, “Who are you rooting for?” The favorite entries got a $10 prize in their iPoll rewards account. Talk about starting out the season in the plus column. Here are some of those winning responses:

Football

Somewhere in this crowd of football fans could be an iPoll winner! Image Source: flickr user: Jim Larrison

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Written by Rick B.

September 18th, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Tap The Power Of iPoll For Extra Money

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If you’re like me, then the occasional “breakfast for dinner” is a welcomed event. Sure, having an omelet or frittata for dinner is a nice idea, but if you’re really going to embrace the concept, then you’ll want to bust out the waffle iron. You could even seamlessly flow from waffles for dinner to waffles for dessert without skipping a beat. Obviously, if you’re running late from work and will need to grab dinner to-go, choices for breakfast for dinner would be limited… until now. Word has come down the pike that McDonald’s is going to start serving breakfast all day. That means McMuffins for dinner anytime! Great news to be sure.

Want to know how this happened? You can thank yourselves. According to Buzzfeed, a survey from Instantly showed that McDonald’s and other fast-food chains serving breakfast all day would be a hit with 72% of consumers. Well, Instantly are the same folks behind iPoll. That means many of you probably took a survey that will allow me to have those golden hash browns at 8:00 p.m. For that, I thank you.

 

Eggs

Breakfast. It's what's for dinner. Image Source: flickr user: Clemens v. Vogelsang

This only proves that there is no telling how your survey answers will matter. They could impact the next brand of soup (as I found out last week). Or they could compel a fast food restaurant to radically change their operations. One thing is for sure, you always stand to earn some extra money when you respond to iPoll. What’s on deck in the Mobile Missions arena this week? Plenty!

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Written by Rick B.

September 14th, 2015 at 9:43 pm

iPoll Quiz Results: Food Moods

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What’s on your mind right now? Depending on the time of day, it could be food. Maybe you just finished breakfast and the tastes of your oatmeal, bagel, or omelet is still lingering. Maybe you’re staring at the clock wishing it would hurry up and get to twelve so you can take a break for lunch (guilty). Or maybe it’s late in the day and you’re thinking about what you’ll have for dinner. Then there are the weekend plans, which often revolve around what restaurant to go to or what to put on the pizza you’re going to order. Bottom line? Food is on our minds a lot through the course of any given day. Naturally, this is a subject ripe for an iPoll Quiz.

The quizmasters asked the following: “Do you feed your feelings? Do you sometimes get unhealthy cravings? What tastes do you seek out when you are out with friends celebrating?” As with all our iPoll quizzes, we got a flurry of responses. A handful of those responders were rewarded with extra cash in their iPoll accounts. I wonder if they spent any of that dough on dough? Here are the results of the Food Moods Quick Quiz:

 

Junk Food

Are you craving this? I'm going to go ahead and say, "Yes." Image Source: flickr user: John Liu

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Written by Rick B.

September 4th, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Grocery Shopping Hacks To Save You Big Bucks

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iPoll and grocery shopping go hand in hand. After all, the bulk of Mobile Missions take place in a grocery store. Whether you’re looking for new products for the scavenger hunt or following a specific mission based on a survey, your trip to the store can be rewarding. We know that using coupons and meal planning are great ways to save on your grocery bills. But guess what? You don’t have to stop there. We’ve discovered a bunch of amazing grocery shopping hacks that can stretch your food-shopping money even further. Are you ready to start saving? Then get hacking!

 

Food shopping

You could buy more and save more with grocery shopping hacks. Image Source: flickr user: Robin DeGrassi James

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Written by Rick B.

September 3rd, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Cooking With Kids: A Fun Guide

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There will come a time when the barriers fall down and you allow your kids to have free rein in the kitchen. Before then, however, the kitchen is a “hot zone.” Cabinets should be baby-proofed, sharp objects should be hidden away, and if the toddler wanders anywhere need the kitchen border; you need to scream, “Hot! Hot! Boo-Boo!” (At least that’s what works in my house.) But if you do a lot of cooking, then it is only natural for you to want your kid to learn to cook along with you.

Aside from playing with all the cool kitchen gadgets, they can also get a greater appreciation of where food comes from. This is the beginning of those important lessons of teaching your kid the value of things. Of course, cooking with kids is just plain fun. As you get ready to invite your little master chef into the kitchen, here are some things you need to keep in mind:

 

Kids In The Kitchen

When cooking with kids, there is no such thing as, "too many chefs!" Image Source: Flickr user: Jon Nicholls

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Written by Rick B.

September 2nd, 2015 at 10:35 pm