-40% of American adults have hesitated to shake hands with someone because they were afraid of germs. What’s more, 55% of Americans would rather touch a public toilet seat than shake someone’s hand after they’ve coughed or sneezed into it. That lead to some awkward handshake moments. We heard stories of people who prefer the "elbow bump", "fist bump" or a pat on the back instead of shaking a hand. It can be taken too far, though. We heard from one listener who said she visited a church where no one wanted to shake her hand during the meet and greet time. You can join the conversation on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.
-The Augusta Futurity kicks off tonight with bull riding at the James Brown Arena. There are some fun family activities you can enjoy throughout the Futurity. Check the schedule at http://www.augustafuturity.com/.
-Our movie guy, Bob, from Focus on the Family didn't have any new releases to recommend this weekend at the theater. However, you might enjoy Secretariat and Like Dandelion Dust coming out on DVD this Tuesday.
-Cleve lost 2.4 pounds at the first Team Lean weigh in yesterday. He credits the bowling game he plays with his grandson on the Wii with helping him get some exercise. One listener told us about a Jenny McCarthy workout program for Wii that monitors your activities through a webcam to make sure you're keeping pace. It has helped her lose 10 pounds!
-This Sunday, watch Augusta's Earnie Graham get a new home on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition at 8 PM on Channel 6.
-Coming up Monday: We're giving away something old and something new from Brandon Heath. You could win an autographed copy of his previous CD What If We along with the new one Leaving Eden featuring the song "Your Love." Listen to win at 6:10 with the Mindbender and at 7:40 with the Cheapie of the Week.
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-Stephany White joined us to talk about the second season of Girls On the Run, a positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. The new season starts February 8th and you can learn more at http://www.girlsontherunofaikencounty.org/.
-Wanna live to be 100? Move to Edgefield! They have a history of people living long lives there. One of them, Mamie Rearden, is 112! Read more
-John talked about a newfound place of peace at his house. He recently got satellite TV and there's a channel that broadcasts a continuous live shot of Earth from 22,000 feet above. John has found that watching it and listening to the background music is relaxing and a great way to have some peaceful moments. What's the thing you do to find some quiet in your life? Join the conversation on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.
-Your smartphone just got smarter! Turbo Tax has released "Snap Tax" for iPhone and Android. Use your phone to take a picture of your W2, fill out some electronic forms and your return is on its way. This is mainly for those who file a 1040-EZ. Also, Starbucks has introduced the "Starbucks Card Mobile App" that provides a barcode on your phone that can be scanned to pay for your purchases. The app is linked to either your PayPal account or a credit/debit card.
-Coming up Friday: 2 in 5 American adults (nearly 92 million people) have hesitated to shake hands with someone because they were afraid of germs. What’s more, 55% of Americans would rather touch a public toilet seat than shake someone’s hand after they’ve coughed or sneezed into it. Ever had one of those awkward handshake moments? How did you handle it?
Also, our movie guy, Bob, from Focus on the Family joins us at 7:10 to help you find clean movies this weekend.
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Betty Crocker's "Healthified" Fresh Apple Cake
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Gold Medal® whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups finely chopped unpeeled apples (3 medium)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1.Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
2.In large bowl, beat sugars, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 20 to 30 seconds or until blended. Add all remaining ingredients except apples and walnuts; beat on low speed about 1 minute or until blended. Stir in apples and walnuts. Spread batter in pan.
3.Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on cooling rack 1 hour.
Makes 20 servings
To make this even more "healthified", you can substitute white Splenda for the sugar and brown Splenda for the brown sugar. Also, you could use 1/2 cup of applesauce in place of the canola oil.
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-First there was the Snuggie, now we have "Forever Lazy." It is an adult onesie with a hoodie. Some say it makes you look like the Easter Bunny. The funny thing is that the makers of it want you to wear it in public. Read more and see the commercial
-Speaking of "As Seen on TV" products, Cleve admitted that he bought the Fushigi Ball for his grandson (although we really think he bought it for himself). He said the tricks you can do with this ball look so easy and effortless on TV and that the ball looks so lightweight. Once you open the box you see how heavy the ball is and that you have to watch an instructional video to learn to use it. Cleve hasn't gotten around to it. You know how men are with directions!
-Duncan Phillips, drummer for the Newsboys, joined us this morning. He and his band will be at Winter Jam on Thursday, February 10th at the James Brown Arena. We asked him the origin of his nickname "Squizz" and what it's like to play drums on a set that spins, plus he talked about the historic floods that have hit his native Australia. Listen: Part 1 Part 2
-Not only is Teresa Scanlan one of the youngest Miss Americas ever at age 17, but she's also a very strong Christian. Read more
-For history buffs, there's a free event this Saturday at the Augusta Museum of History. You can watch the reenactment of the surrender of the Augusta Arsenal. Read more
-Coming up Thursday: Stephany White from Girls on the Run joins us at 6:10 AM to talk about the second season of a program that educates and prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. We'll also hear from one of the young ladies who participated in the first season of the program last fall.
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-The extensive power outage in Downtown Augusta yesterday led to a woman being trapped in the elevator on the 10th floor of the Wells Fargo building. She was okay but panicked out of fear that the elevator would fall. Cleve said he's always been afraid of that happening to him, but his greatest fear is...being trapped in a port-o-potty. Yes, he's serious. Can it really happen? Yes, Julie told us how. Listen (mp3 file)
-Robin Tapani of Martinez is the latest member of Cleve's Coffee Club. Why does she deserve to be in the club? Listen to her explain (mp3 file)
-A study finds that online messages are misinterpreted 50% of the time. The problem? Egocentrism. E-mail writers have trouble letting go of their own mindsets; they don't consider the receiver's perspective before they hit "send." How do you avoid it? Join the conversation on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.
-This Sunday night at 8:00 on ABC, don't miss Earnie Graham getting a new home, with the help of fellow Augustans, on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
-Coming up Wednesday: We kick off "Winter Jam Wednesdays" when Duncan Phillips, drummer for the Newsboys, joins us at 7:10. You'll have a chance to win Winter Jam passes and the Newsboys Born Again CD. Also, we'll have another quick and easy recipe on Simple Cooking with John and Cleve at 8:10.
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-Monday Morning Mindbender
Q: In a tradition dating back to the early 1900's, gasoline was once sold in small bottles as a cure for what?
-The Cheapie of the Week is Pillsbury Grands Biscuits. The 8 pack can is on sale for $1 at Kroger. Use the printable $1 off 2 coupon to get two cans for $1 plus tax.
-Weight loss is always the #1 new year's resolution. We're a couple of weeks into the new year and wanted to know who is having success or has had success in the past with losing weight? What steps have you taken to get there? Join the conversation on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.
-Georgia congressman Dr. Paul Broun joined us this morning to talk about a piece of legislation he has introduced called "The Sanctity of Human Life Act." Listen: Part 1 Part 2
-Coming up Tuesday: We induct a new member into Cleve's Coffee Club at 6:50 AM. Also, a study finds that online messages are misinterpreted 50% of the time. So what's causing the communication breakdown? We'll talk about it at 7:10 AM.
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