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5 Pointless & Awesome Things Men Need To Know Today [11.01.16]

We’ve well and truly kicked off 2016 and once the Christmas tree has been packed away for another year, the hangover has worn off and the dust has settled you’ve probably found yourself back at the office and in serious need of a pick-me-up.

Whether you’re on the hunt for some slick red carpet fashion inspiration, savvy ways to cut down on your spending, new binge-worthy Netflix material or just a little sentimental advice to push you into a successful and productive 2016, here are this week’s most pointless and awesome facts you need to know. Use them wisely.

#1 Interesting Golden Globes Facts



With Hollywood’s most elite stars descending upon the 73rd Golden Globe Awards today in Beverly Hills, what better way to celebrate the annual ceremony than with some fun facts via International Business Times.

  1. The Golden Globe statuettes are estimated to cost $800 each and are plated in 24-karat gold.
  2. 40 chefs, 110 culinary staff members, 250 servers and 50 bartenders make up the behind-the-scenes team working the night of the Golden Globe Awards.
  3. Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Golden Globe nominations, with 29. She’s also broken records by taking home the award 8 times.

#2 Secrets To Saving Money Each Month


Between the gift-giving of Christmas and boozing of New Years, we’re gonna take a punt and say your bank account isn’t looking so crash hot right now. Here are 5 savvy ways to save money each month and make it rain in 2016, via Forbes.

  1. Check your bank statements – watch out for unknown bank fees and unnecessary payments.
  2. Hit the ATM – become your own financial advisor. Work out what you need for the week (with a small cushion for emergencies) and when the cash runs out, so does your spending.
  3. Make sure your WiFi is on – sounds silly, but it’s the perfect way to avoid the monthly cringe when your phone bill is stacking up with added data charges.
  4. Make your first cup of coffee at home – by switching to having your morning coffee at home, you’ll save over $100 every month.
  5. Wait one day – if you see something online that you must have, make yourself wait at least one day before making the purchase.

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#3 Career Advice From Successful People To Try In 2016


If you’re of the ‘New Year, New Me’ school of thought, please re-evaluate your life choices and come back when you’ve got a real New Years resolution. Here are 3 pieces of thought provoking career advice from some of the world’s most successful to bring you back down to earth in the new year via Business Insider.

  1. Richard Branson: Don’t waste energy on your so-called failures. “The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures, rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me.”
  2. Jerry Seinfeld: Focus on doing good work not on self-promotion. “..You have to do more to promote yourself. That’s the worst advice. The best advice is to do your work, and you won’t have to worry about anything else.”
  3. Steve Jobs: Ask for help. “I’ve never found anybody that didn’t want to help me if I asked for help.”

#4 TV Shows To Watch In January 2016


We’re all about the New Years Resolutiosn, but there’s always Netflix and Chill, right? Here are some of the best TV shows you’ll be binge-watching in 2016 via Rotten Tomatoes.

  1. Making A Murderer: After spending 18 years in prison for a crime that he didn’t commit, Steven Avery is exonerated by DNA evidence. Filmed over a ten-year period, this highly bingeable series provides a detailed account of the unfathomable events in Avery’s life.
  2. The X-Files | Season 1: FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigate unexplained paranormal phenomena. Mulder wants to believe, but Scully is a skeptic.
  3. Bored To Death | Season 3: After his girlfriend dumps him, struggling writer Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) puts an ad on Craigslist, advertising himself as an unlicensed private detective. As his moonlight investigation job takes off, his best friend Ray (Zach Galifianakis) and his boss George (Ted Danson) join him on his adventures.
  4. Suits | Season 4: In USA Network’s legal drama about a brilliant but unlicensed lawyer (Patrick J. Adams) and his polished mentor (Gabriel Macht), “suits” can refer to the millions of dollars in play for each case — or the well-dressed, fast-talking, claptrap-thinking litigators who wear them.
  5. Parks and Recreation | Season 7: An idealistic small-town government supervisor with an obsessive work ethic and a penchant for waffles helps keep her local Parks and Recreation department running smoothly, despite an eccentric team of easily distracted employees and a boss who deliberately attempts to undermine the bureaucratic process.

#5 Social Media Facts & Stats To Know In 2016


Whether your New Years resolution is about taking a social media hiatus, or amping up your reach, now is a great time to step back and survey the social media landscape. Here are some interesting facts and stats that show where we are today or where we might eventually end up via Make Use Of.

  1. Over 75% of all Internet users use social media.
  2. For younger users, Instagram is more important than Facebook and Twitter.
  3. LinkedIn is the most important social network for professionals.
  4. Most social networks are evenly split between males and females (except Pinterest)
  5. For the 18-49 age group, YouTube has greater reach than any cable network.
  6. YouTube is the second most-visited website in the world (after Google), but is still outranked by Facebook.
  7. The largest online dating site is Badoo.
  8. Reddit is the best social network for large-scale communities.


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