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Craving Sleep

It’s not news that Americans are sleep-deprived — the recommended eight hours of shut-eye is, for many, a dream.

In fact, a new survey of 2,000 Americans say they want a “perfect” night of sleep so badly that they’d take a 10% pay cut for just one.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the bedding company Slumber Cloud, revealed that most averaged five hours and 43 minutes of shut-eye — so it’s no surprise, then, that those polled say they spend nearly 20 hours a week “daydreaming about being in their bed.”

According to the survey, 53% say they wish they could hibernate for six months, just to get their sle

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Garfield Phones Ahoy!

Good news! The years-long mystery of the seaside Garfield phones as finally been solved.

For the past 35 years, according to the BBC, hundreds of the orange plastic phones in the likeness of the famous lasagna-loving cartoon cat have been regularly washing ashore on the coast of Brittany, in northwest France. The phones were sold in the 1980s and have since become a collectors’ item, selling online for $50 or more. Working versions not wrapped in seaweed, that is.

The big question: where were they all coming from? A lost shipping container was always suspected, but it wasn’t until renewed media attention by a local anti-litter group caught the attention of a local farmer that the mystery was solved.

The farmer reportedly remembered seeing the first Garfield phone wash ashore after a storm in the 1980s. He also knew the location of the shipping container — apparently lost a sea during the storm, as suspected, only to wind up in a nearby cave that was submerged during high tide.

The anti-litter group checked out the cave and, sure enough, found the rusted remains of the busted shipping container — as well as lots of the bright-orange Garfield phones.

Rather than clean up the cave, for now the anti-litter group says they’ll continue to keep their eyes open for Garfield on the beaches.

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Want to Try Living in a Tiny Home?

Tiny houses of just a few hundred square feet seem like a great way to save a ton of money while still maintaining the satisfaction of home ownership. But if you’re not sure a tiny house is right for you, you could try staying for a few days or weeks in a tiny house hotel. Portland, Oregon, is home to the nation’s first “tiny house hotel,” where lucky travelers can rent a 120-square-foot home on wheels for $175 a night. Called Caravan, the trailer-park getaway includes six homes.

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SLC names Brandt Danals director of athletics

Brandt Danals.jpgSilver Lake College of the Holy Family has named Brandt Danals director of athletics and head men’s basketball coach.

Danals, a Loudonville, Ohio native, will begin his duties on Monday, July 30.

“We are thrilled to have Brandt lead our growing athletics program and join our College,” said Dr. Robert B. Callahan, president of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. “Brandt has a clear vision for success for the men’s basketball program, as well as developing our student-athletes for achievement in the classroom, in competition and in their communities.”

Danals has served as assistant coach for men’s basketball and head coach for men’s and women’s tennis teams at Indiana Institute of Technology (commonly known as Indiana Tech) in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the last five seasons.

He has proven success in academics and recruitment, as well as winning records with the Indiana Tech university men’s basketball program qualifying for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament twice in the last five years. Additionally, Danals has served as high school boys’ basketball coach and teacher.

Danals is excited to join the College and develop student-athletes.

“My No. 1 priority is to prepare athletes for life after college,” he said. “I firmly believe that sports can be used as an instrument to develop the skills your players will need when they move on from college into the workforce or wherever they go.”

Danals is confident that the right mix of teamwork, hard work and talent will breed success for the Lakers basketball program.

He plans to hit the ground running by meeting with student-athletes, parents and coaches in the local communities, not just to recruit student-athletes, but also to give back to the community.

“Student-athletes can be powerful role models and mentors for young people in the community,” said Danals when describing how he plans to involve his players in partnering with elementary schools in the area.

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family’s athletics program includes men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s softball. The College is a member of NAIA and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

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Kyle Busch Crew Chief Suspended

For the second time this month, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch has lost his crew chief due to a NASCAR suspension.  Adam Stevens still has one race left to serve on his four-race ban.  And now, interim crew chief Ben Beshore gets a weekend off after improperly installed lug nuts were found on Busch’s Number-18 Toyota during post-race inspection last weekend at Sonoma Raceway.  Beshore also was fined twenty thousand dollars.  Busch finished fifth in the Toyota/Save Mart 350.