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Navigation 2 App Finds Most Popular Pit Stops in the US

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Mobile navigation company skobbler reveals what travelers are searching for on the road

Mobile navigation app-maker skobbler has revealed that the top pit stops along the road this summer have been big-brand companies like McDonald's and Starbucks.

The company analyzed usage data from its Navigation 2 app from May to July to find the most-visited pit stops, locations where drivers can pick up supplies, food, fuel, coffee, or find accommodation.

Fast-food chain McDonald's was the most popular place to stop for food, followed by IHOP. When it came to grabbing a cup of joe on the go, travelers sought out Starbucks most often, followed by Dunkin' Donuts.

Some 70 percent of the top 500 GPS searches via skobbler’s app were brands, according to Marcus Thielking, co-founder of skobbler.

"When on the road, simplicity is key. People want to find what they’re looking for as quickly as possible," said Thielking. "Travelers seek out big brands because they’re familiar and easy to identify while on the highway. That familiarity goes a long way when lost or on the hunt for a good pit stop."

For hotels, Holiday Inn was most popular, followed by Hilton Hotels, while Walmart was the winner for supplies, with Target coming in as the runner-up.

Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.

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  • Open Google Maps.
  • Find the location you want to save.
  • Drop a pin – This is accomplished by doing what’s known as a “long press” on the map. That just means pressing a specific spot on the map long enough for a red pin to appear.
  • Swipe up – Once you have “pinned” a location, a menu will appear at the bottom of the screen. Swipe up on that menu.
  • Select Save.
  • Select the list that you want to save this location to or create a new one.

You can manage saved locations from the Your Places option found under the main menu located in the upper-left corner of the app.

2. Search for restaurants nearby

If you are out driving and don’t know where the nearest place to eat is, Google Maps can help. Follow these steps:

  • Open Google Maps.
  • Tap on the “Explore food & drinks in this area” search bar at the bottom.
  • Tap the breakfast, lunch, coffee, dinner or drinks tab at the top to select what meal you’re in the mood for.
  • Tap a category from the list and then swipe left to scroll through your nearby options.
  • Tap Read more and then the car icon to get directions.

3. Store your home and work addresses

It’s a good idea to save your work and home addresses in Google Maps. This makes it easier to navigate to either location by saying, for example, “OK Google, navigate to work.” You will also see relevant traffic information in your Google feed.

Steps to save your home and work addresses:

  • Open Google Maps.
  • Tap the Menu icon located in the upper left.
  • Select Your Places.
  • You will see Home and Work under the Labeled section.
  • Enter the address for each location and they will be saved.

4. Select your route

Google Maps by default will show you the fastest route available. If you want to select a different route for any reason, like you are in an area that collects tolls, that’s an option. You can avoid ferries, highways and tolls completely.

  • Open Google Maps.
  • Select your starting location and destination.
  • Tap the 3 vertical dots – This is found in the upper-right corner, it opens a menu.
  • Tap Route Options – Slide the toggle to the right next to the option you want to avoid. You can select a route that avoids one or all of the following: highways, tolls and ferries.

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  • Tap the blue button – You will see this in the lower-right corner.
  • Tap Your Location – Enter your current location. This can be done automatically if you have location services turned on in the app.
  • Tap Destination – Enter the address of your destination.
  • Select transportation mode – Typically, you will select driving or walking. This will show you the distance from point A to point B along with an estimated travel time.

6. Share lists of saved locations

There is now a feature on Google Maps that will help you keep track of any location or route that you’d like. You can also create a list of places and share it with friends and family.

Not only can you share your list of places, but you can also subscribe to lists created by other people so you know their favorite locations too. Here is how to get started:

  • Open Google Maps.
  • Find a location on Google Maps that you want on your list.
  • Tap the name of that location.
  • Tap the Save icon under the location’s name – Doing this saves the location to one of your pre-set lists. You can name the lists anything you want, such as favorite restaurants or places I want to try.

Once you have a few locations saved, they can be found under Your Places in the menu on the upper-left side of the screen. Just tap the icon of the location and it will show up on Google Maps.

Sharing your lists is easy as well. Simply tap the share button to get a link and you can send the list via text, email, social media or any popular messaging app. The recipient only needs to tap “Follow” on the link you sent to pull up the list whenever they need it.

Lists that you follow are with you wherever you take Google Maps and can be viewed on mobile, desktop computer and even offline. Download offline maps of the area you are traveling to in advance and you will be able to see all the places on the list.

Here is a quick video that shows you how to use the new feature:

7. Pre-select pit-stops for longer trips

If you are heading out on a long road trip, you are probably going to make a few pit-stops. Google Maps now has the option of adding these to your trip ahead of time. Follow these steps:

  • Open Google Maps.
  • Tap the blue navigation button.
  • Select your starting point and one of your destinations.
  • Tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner.
  • Select Add Stop – You can add up to nine stops along the route.

If you like to plan everything ahead of time, this is a great feature to use.

8. Go hands-free

People texting and using apps on their phones while driving is extremely dangerous and is one of the leading causes of car crashes in the U.S. That’s why it’s important to go hands-free while driving.

If you use an Android phone, you can use Google Maps hands-free. The app has a full array of helpful voice commands that you can take advantage of while trying to navigate your way through town.

Here are some of the app’s saved commands. Just begin by saying, “Okay, Google.”

  • What’s my ETA?
  • Find gas stations
  • Find restaurants
  • What’s the closest hotel?
  • Navigate to work
  • Exit navigation

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9. Traffic Alerts

Arriving late to an important meeting is never a good thing. That’s why you should leave early and take the best route. However, what you think is the best route might turn out to be a traffic nightmare.

Google has just added Traffic Alerts to the Google Maps app that give you the best real-time option. Simply put in your location and destination like normal and Google will give you several routes you can take.

In addition to the usual distance and time, Google will tell you which one is the best route based on current traffic conditions. It also takes into account anticipated traffic conditions.

If you’re on the go and something along your planned route changes, Google will alert you. It tells you what obstacles or traffic jams are in your way and how long it will take to get through it. If there’s a faster route available, Google will give you the option to switch to that.

10. Share your location

When you need to share a meeting location with a client or employee, exact directions are really important. Maybe they wrote down the wrong location or your directions weren’t quite correct.

Sidestep the confusion by sharing the location directly from the Google Maps app. Simply tap the location you want to meet and hold until a red pin appears. Then tap the pin and tap the Share option.

You can send the location to the person through text, social media, email, cloud services and much more. It will open for them in their Google Maps app, and they can easily get directions from wherever they are.

11. Offline Maps

Not everywhere you’re going to travel is going to have cellular or Wi-Fi, especially if you do business in remote locations. Before you head out, download the Google Maps data to your phone so you can use it even with no Wi-Fi or cell service.

Open Google Maps and search for a city or region, like “Phoenix, AZ.” Once it loads, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to get the area’s infocard. Then tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner and tap “Save offline map.”

Now you can pan and zoom to capture the area you want. Then tap “Save” to download it to your phone. Note that depending on the area it could take up a lot of space on your gadget. Also, you’ll want to do this over Wi-Fi so you don’t burn up your data plan.

12. See where you’ve been

Knowing where you’re going is important, but it also helps sometimes to see where you’ve been. Maybe you need to expense your miles driven, or you just want a record of the stops you’ve made.

By default, Google tracks your location and stores the data for 30 days. You can bring it up in the Google Location History page. Click here to find that page, and learn how to turn off tracking when you don’t want it on.


Salad Fingers was first conceived as an in-joke when Firth was playing the guitar one day and his friend and frequent collaborator Christian Webb commented that he had "salad fingers," referring to the way Firth was playing the C chord. [5]

Firth has cited the works of David Lynch, South Park, Tim Burton, The League of Gentlemen and Chris Morris as sources of inspiration. [1] There are similarities to the novel Tideland by Mitch Cullin and the film Tideland by Terry Gilliam. [6]

The eerie music featured in the background is the tune "Beware the Friendly Stranger" from the Boards of Canada album Geogaddi. The dark music that appears when Salad Fingers is scared is actually Firth playing the guitar, but slowed down and reversed.

Other music included in Salad Fingers episodes includes work credited to Brian Eno, Sigur Rós, Aphex Twin (in particular, the track 'Rhubarb' from Selected Ambient Works Volume II) and Lustmord. [1] David Firth frequently inserts references to Aphex Twin in his flash cartoons for example, the Aphex Twin logo can be found on the telephone in Salad Fingers episode five, and mentions the song Audax Powder in episode 11, which was released under the alias Polygon Window.

Salad Fingers Edit

The main character is a bald hunchbacked humanoid figure with light green skin and no visible nose or ears, who speaks with a distorted Northern English accent. His long, strangely-shaped fingers are his most notable feature and source of his name. His fingers were the focus of the first episode of the series, where Salad Fingers is shown getting pleasure from rubbing various objects, particularly rusty metallic items such as spoons, a doorbell panel and a kettle (which he famously claims to be almost orgasmic). Salad Fingers is unable or unwilling to distinguish between living beings and inanimate objects, and is frequently found talking to various inert articles (notably his finger puppets and in two cases a human corpse). Furthermore, he often assigns such objects proper names and appears to believe that they can communicate with him directly, sometimes voicing their perceived thoughts himself.:He lives alone in a small shack containing an oven, bedroom, a crawl space he calls the "safety cupboard", radio, phone, and table. Salad Fingers appears to be masochistic, as he can be seen taking pleasure from impaling his finger on a nail, rubbing stinging nettles on himself or receiving pleasure after inadvertently stepping into a bear trap. His talents include playing the flute (although he holds it incorrectly, implying that he can't actually play) and speaking French. He also seems able to use Morse code, as shown in episode nine, where he must inform others of a strange illness he has (which he refers to as scarlet fever). He is quite articulate, however he often spouts peculiar English sayings and phrases in situations where they do not fit or even seem relevant. It is assumed that Salad Fingers lives in the United Kingdom, due to his English accent and mentioning of real places in the UK such as Croxley Green and Cowdenbeath.

Salad Fingers has various habits, including a regular measurement of the distance between his house and a tree, tasting of the dirt ("floor-sugar"), and listening to his radio. Sometimes he also displays raspy asthmatic breathing when he becomes mesmerized by something or experiences extreme pleasure. The name "Salad Fingers" was invented by Firth's co-writer, Christian "Crust" Webb, who described Firth as having salad fingers while playing the guitar. [1] Despite living in a desolate place and having many eccentric features, Salad Fingers regularly come across as polite and good-natured. [1] Firth says Salad Fingers' distinct voice was inspired by that of his grandmother and Michael Jackson's speaking voice.

Finger puppets Edit

These characters are finger puppets who, after their introduction in episode 2, have only been missing in episode four of the series. They often appear in Salad Fingers' fantasies as life-sized beings.

Hubert Jason Cumberdale (Barbara Logan-Price) Edit

According to Salad Fingers, Hubert Cumberdale tastes like “soot and poo.” In episode five, Hubert Cumberdale is temporarily renamed Barbara Logan-Price (and given a "friend hat" which is actually a Navy cap). In episode eight, Salad Fingers refers to Cumberdale as a "dirty immigrant" after dropping him in a chamber pot. In episode eleven, Salad Fingers makes Hubert Cumberdale "grow up" by sewing pieces of human flesh to him, after which he can walk and speak on his own. Salad Fingers calls him his “flesh boy.”

Marjory Stewart-Baxter Edit

Marjory Stewart-Baxter tastes like “sunshine dust.” In episode nine, Salad Fingers talks to Stewart-Baxter as if she is his partner and the mother of their child.

Jeremy Fisher Edit

Jeremy Fisher is thought to be named after the Beatrix Potter book The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher. [7] Salad Fingers has also referred to Jeremy Fisher as having been out fighting “The Great War.” In episode six, Salad Fingers kills off Jeremy Fisher in a moment of forgetfulness after accusing him of “tailgating his daughter.”

Harry/Milford Cubicle Edit

Appearing in episode three, Cubicle is an aggressive, armless human mutant who wears an apron identifying him as being employed at a "BBQ". Though his name tag reads "Harry" and indicates that he is "Happy to help", Salad Fingers calls him Milford Cubicle. He bleeds to death after repeatedly banging his head on Salad Fingers' door. Salad Fingers then finds him, drags him inside his house and hangs him on a meat hook, believing him to be alive and conscious. He is seen to have the flesh torn from his body (or possibly rotted away due to the length of time his corpse has been hanging) in Episode 10 and finally ends that episode as a skeleton, his flesh turned into a hat which was given as a gift to Salad Fingers.

Bordois Edit

Appearing in episode four, Bordois is a woodlouse which Salad Fingers accidentally kills by attempting to pet her. Although he refers to her as "little sister", Salad Fingers makes sexual remarks to Bordois, saying "Your body is so much fun." Once he squishes her, he says "You've gone flat, little sister. And you're all gooey. I shan't play with you again until you've had a wash."

Aunty Bainbridge Edit

Appearing in episode one and episode nine, it is a yellow bug-eyed person with a green shirt who owns many rusty objects (which Salad Fingers strokes) and a small house. While Salad Fingers calls it Aunty Bainbridge in the ninth episode, he also calls it a "young child" in the first, indicating that he does not, in fact, know it at all. This is further evidenced when it backs away from Salad Fingers when he tries to hug it in the ninth episode. The only sound it makes is a sharp scream, so it is difficult to tell whether this is a person and what its gender is.

Mable Edit

Appearing in episode five, Mable is a scuffed, grubby, scarred young girl who goes to a picnic with Salad Fingers. She is the first character other than Salad Fingers who can communicate in English, and she is the first person other than Salad Fingers to actually speak— something that seems to shock and dismay Salad Fingers. When she sees Salad Fingers looking at her in shock, she asks "What's wrong?", and subsequently Salad Fingers is shown hallucinating her with her eyes gouged out asking him, "What's wrong, Mr. Fingers? Do you not like my mouth-words?"

Tony Edit

A big-eyed, grotesque, small mutant creature who falls in love with Salad Fingers in episode four. It has a large stitch across its forehead, and as such, many refer to it as "Stitch-head". This character was originally created by Jimi Hollis, who refers to it as the "bug-eyed kid". [ citation needed ] It uses a bear trap and a grubby tap to capture Salad Fingers, then cages him and proposes with a ring topped with a human molar.

Kenneth Edit

Kenneth is a bisected rotting human corpse which Salad Fingers addresses as his younger brother. Salad Fingers finds him in a ditch.

Roger Edit

Appearing in episode eight, Roger is a broken radio that speaks in a robotic, aggressive manner and scares Salad Fingers into the cupboard twice. Roger, according to Salad Fingers, must be given 'sustenance' (in the form of small brown pellets which appear to be pebbles, beans, BBs, or marbles). This distress caused by his radio has him eating his hair collection.

Horace Horsecollar Edit

A toy horse with which Salad Fingers indulges his senses. Possibly the inspiration of the horse that gets savaged in Episode 10.

Penny Pigtails Edit

A character Salad Fingers' imagination created while hiding from Roger in the safety cupboard. She is nothing but Salad Fingers' hand "walking" across the ledge. Salad Fingers imagines that she is denied raspberry jam by a market trader, who bases his actions on the grounds that her legs are "too long" and "made of cotton", which upsets him greatly.

Mr. Branches Edit

A tree 21 yards from the house. Salad Fingers measures this distance, and then comments to the tree that it's "barely shuffled an inch all week" — implying that it moves (or, at least, he perceives it to) and that he regularly keeps track of this measurement. In episode nine, Salad Fingers bites one of its branches, causing it to cry in pain (with Salad Fingers imagining it with a face). It begs Salad Fingers to be let inside in the voice of a young child, but is told that it has to "grow out of [its] branches" first. Mr. Branches then proceeds to tightly wrap its branch around Salad Fingers' stomach — although, it is implied that this entire scene was a fantasy, and not reality.

Yvonne Edit

A black slimy object that Salad Fingers "gives birth to" out of the front of his stomach in episode nine. The object may be a tumour that has caused Salad Fingers' sickness as he feels better after 'giving birth' to her. She is implied that she is his long-awaited child, saying that he "yearned for [the] day" she would arrive. He cradles her and reads her a poem, during which he names it "Baby Yvonne" and tells it that it has its mother's eyes, when in fact it has no human features at all. Unhappy with it, Salad Fingers decides to give it to Aunty Bainbridge, but ends up forgetting that it's his daughter. He then proceeds to clean Aunty Bainbridge's window with it, believing it to be a sponge. After "washing" the window (when in fact he actually leaves it dirtier than before by covering it with black residue), Salad Fingers takes a "lunch break" and is seen eating a large submarine sandwich with a coffee cup nearby.

Dr. Papanak Edit

A puppet Salad Fingers finds in some rubbish in Episode 10, over which he has considerably less control than any other puppet. He is seen (if only in Salad Fingers' mind) to sprout knives and slaughter a horse.

Glass Mother Edit

A haggard old woman who lives in Salad Fingers' mirror. She is shown to be abusive towards Salad Fingers, frequently verbally assaulting him, as well as forcing him to eat some sort of concoction that makes him sick. It is unclear as to whether she exists in reality or is simply another of Salad Fingers' hallucinations.

Glass Brother Edit

A reflection of Salad Fingers that lives with Glass Mother. He has drill-teeth as shown when Salad Fingers enters the reflection world in the night of Episode 11. He steals Salad's "Real boy" (Hubert Cumberdale) through a hand-mirror that Salad owns. Because he is a reflection of Salad Fingers, he appears in both of Salad's mirrors and a puddle outside of Salad's house.

Unnamed characters Edit

  • A young, relatively normal-looking child, wearing a varsity-type jacket whom Salad Fingers appears to have cooked in an oven in episode two.
  • Salad Fingers has a crow "visit" for his picnic. Salad Fingers also ramblingly mentions he has an "old pal" named "Charlie" as well as a daughter, though neither of them are seen. It could be that neither of these characters are real or may have died in the supposed "Great War".
  • Many humanoids resembling Salad Fingers, but with a unique face deformity. They all appear in episode ten where they attend Hubert Cumberdale's Birthday.

Episodes range from 2–14 minutes in length. The narratives themselves are quite oneiric, have almost all spoken dialogue transcribed with on-screen squiggly text, and disjointed plot structures.

Episode 1 – Spoons Edit

This episode introduces Salad Fingers and his love of touching rusty spoons and other various rusty objects. He explains how touching any form of rust—including spoons, a doorbell panel, and a kettle—stimulates him ("The feeling of rust against my salad fingers is almost orgasmic"), and that he holds a particular love of spoons. Salad Fingers walks to the house of a strange young boy to see if he has any rusty spoons the child screeches two times, at which point Salad Fingers leaves, after asking to caress a rusty kettle that is on a table beside him.

Episode 2 – Friends Edit

Salad Fingers has a get-together with his "friends"—finger puppets—whom Salad Fingers introduces as Hubert Cumberdale, Marjory Stewart-Baxter and Jeremy Fisher. He appears to believe that his "friends" are real, living beings. Wondering what his friends taste like, he briefly inserts them into his mouth, exclaiming that Marjory Stewart-Baxter tastes like "sunshine dust", while Hubert Cumberdale tastes like "soot and poo". Salad Fingers then tells them that he has a fish cooking in the oven and speaks a nonsensical phrase in French: "Allô Nabilah, Comment t'appelles-tu? Qu'est-ce qu'il y a?" This roughly translates to: "Hello Nabilah, What's your name? What's up (or What's the matter)?" (Nabilah is a popular first name in Algeria).In the next scene, a frightened child responds to Salad Fingers's call for help. Salad Fingers cannot reach the fish cooking in his oven and asks the child to get it for him. As the child reaches into the oven, Salad Fingers sees a rusty nail jutting out of the wall and reaches to caress it, causing the oven door to close with the child still inside. Salad Fingers then impales his finger on the spike and begins bleeding, blissfully saying "I like it when the red water comes out." Salad Fingers turns pale and passes out. Apparently dreaming, Salad Fingers walks through a large meat locker singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to himself. While inside, he meets a full-size Hubert Cumberdale, who screams a distorted electronic noise at him. When Salad Fingers awakens he sits in a pool of his own blood. The oven smokes as Salad Fingers states, "That fish smells about done," presumably forgetting the fact that it was the smoke from the child trapped in the oven that he'd forgotten about when 'dozing off'.

Episode 3 – Nettles Edit

Salad Fingers is playing with nettles and has irritated blisters all over his hands. He then comes across an empty perambulator, which he refers to as a "nettle carrier" and then leaves with it. A deformed armless man wearing an apron labelled "BBQ" appears and chases after Salad Fingers, screaming and babbling unintelligibly. Salad Fingers is sitting on the floor at his home and brushing the nettle over his nipple, which makes him lactate, and says "It seems. Nettles. have made the milk. drop out. from inside my teat!", when the armless man runs to Salad Fingers' house and begins to bang his head on the door. Salad Fingers daydreams of "happy times" (in which he and a life-sized version of the Hubert Cumberdale puppet are getting hair-dried). Eventually, Salad Fingers comes outside and finds the man dead on the floor, his head bloodied. He names the man "Milford Cubicle", despite the man's name tag reading "Harry". Believing that the man is alive, Salad Fingers drags "Milford" inside and hangs him on a meat hook on the wall. Salad Fingers then plays a merry tune on the flute, showing odd dexterity for having his hand covered in nettle sores. He then offers "Milford" a "warm glass of milk", which presumably is the milk that came out of his teat when he milked himself using the nettles.

Episode 4 – Cage Edit

Salad Fingers wears a beret and declares that he is going to try to find France. However, he is oddly frightened by a mutated boy with disproportionately large eyeballs that has been "watching him for a while". Salad Fingers becomes uncomfortable with the child's proximity and begins to leave. The boy, who speaks only in growls and grunts, approaches Salad Fingers, having apparently fallen in love with him. Salad Fingers holds out his hand to stop the boy from coming closer, but the boy licks his hand, much to Salad Fingers' disgust and fear.Inside his house, Salad Fingers sees a grey woodlouse coming out from a hole in the wall. He addresses the bug as "Bordois" and his "little sister". After asking what "she" has been collecting, he acts as though the bug gives him a response. Salad Fingers announces his enjoyment in the bug's body and goes to touch it, accidentally crushing it and looking at it in curiosity which turns to disgust. He then says to Bordois that she's "gone flat" and become "all gooey", and that he "shalln't play with [her] again, until [she's] had a wash." Salad Fingers then hears a knock on the door, which he opens to find a "grubby tap" attached to a string on the ground. Salad Fingers becomes excited about this "gift" and begins to fantasize about taps. He attempts to fetch it, but it is drawn away on the string as bait. He is caught in a bear trap which causes him to lose blood and consciousness while savouring the desanguination blissfully. He wakes up in a cage, and enjoys rubbing the rusted bars. The grotesque boy approaches the cage and holds out a ring (on which is mounted a human tooth) as if proposing marriage. Salad Fingers becomes distraught, states "I don't like this game" and announces that he is "going home now". This angers the boy, who makes an unintelligible noise that sounds like "You're my wife now." A rope appears, hanging down from the ceiling, which Salad Fingers pulls to draw down a curtain. When the curtain lifts, the boy, seeing that Salad Fingers has disappeared, begins to cry. The episode closes with Salad Fingers, wearing his beret, flying away gleefully on a giant tap, presumably to France.

Episode 5 – Picnic Edit

  • Release date: 25 November 2004
  • Credits: Designed, animated, voiced and written by David Firth. Additional writing and the voice of Mable by Christian "Crust" Pickup (who also plays MC Devvo). Music by Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin and David Firth.

Salad Fingers talks to an apparently broken and disconnected phone, asking the operator to connect him to his "old pal Charlie" so he can invite him to a picnic, but only garbled noises are heard. Whilst describing the picnic fare, Salad Fingers rubs his stomach in hunger, then claims to have been rudely disconnected. Hubert Cumberdale is on one of the fingers on Salad Fingers' other hand, but he seems dismayed to see him. Instead of referring to him as Hubert, he calls him "Barbara Logan-Price", and gives him a "friend-hat", which is a miniature captain's hat.

In the next scene, Salad Fingers wears a bridal train and talks to himself in a mirror, declaring "You look so beautiful" with Rhubarb by Aphex Twin playing in the background. He then goes outside for his picnic, which is attended by a strange crow (which appears in other David Firth cartoons) that makes garbled noises and a little girl with scars on her face, a filthy, stained pink dress and orange hair. Salad Fingers asks the orange-haired girl a question and answers it for her (as he seems to think that only he can speak), ending with "replied Mable". Salad Fingers calls her his new playmate and compliments her on her dress, and as he does this, Marjory Stewart-Baxter is seen in the window, jealous. Salad Fingers offers "Mable" some "Pease Pudding", which he feeds to her with a dirty, rusty spoon. The crow then swoops down and steals Salad Fingers's spoon.

Salad Fingers and the little girl giggle and she says that the crow must like spoons too. The shock of the girl speaking to him, thus meaning the girl is indeed real, not a figment of his imagination, drives Salad Fingers to temporary insanity, hallucinating, hearing screeching, distorted noises, and seeing the girl (complete with empty eye sockets in front of a vortex) saying, "What's wrong, Mr. Fingers? Do you not like my mouth-words? Naughty mouth".

Episode 6 – Present Edit

  • Release date: 24 July 2005
  • Credits: Drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth. Written by David Firth and Christian "Crust" Pickup. Music by Boards of Canada, Chris Gladwin and David Firth.

The episode begins with Salad Fingers walking about his house. He sees Hubert Cumberdale on top of a cupboard, and instructs the finger puppet to come down at once. Hubert turns into a black, viscous, and apparently caustic fluid and oozes down the cupboard. A silhouette is then seen walking through the house and Salad Fingers asks if somebody is there it is, in fact, the Jeremy Fisher puppet on his finger. Salad Fingers remarks that he thought Jeremy was out "fighting the Great War". Jeremy Fisher/Salad Fingers responds in garbled gibberish which Fingers can't understand, musing that Fisher seems "to have adopted a strange dialect."

Another perspective shot shows Jeremy Fisher (now with arms) handing Salad Fingers a toy horse. Salad Fingers is pleased with the present, and remarks on the pleasing texture. He then eats Jeremy Fisher and immediately forgets, wondering "Where have you gotten to?" He begins to play with the toy horse while making "neigh" sounds, walks outside with it, and goes to an abandoned toilet with which he initiates a conversation. Suddenly, the mood changes and the music becomes sinister he grows concerned and he begins defending himself, saying "You've got the wrong bloke, squire." He then flushes the toilet to "wash those bad thoughts away".

Upon arriving home, Salad Fingers gasps and sees himself sitting inside. The Salad Fingers inside appears to be hallucinating, seeing the "outside" Salad Fingers as a life-size Jeremy Fisher. The "inside" Salad Fingers speaks in a slightly different voice and also has rougher text showing what he is saying. The conversation starts off just like the earlier one with Jeremy Fisher, but goes on to include accusations that Jeremy Fisher has been "tailgating [his] daughter with aspirations of deflowering her rose". This appears to be the other "side" of the conversation Salad Fingers had into the toilet.

The inside Salad Fingers is now seen with the Jeremy Fisher finger puppet. Fisher never responds verbally, but at one point unfastens a clasp over his mouth from which green ooze bubbles and drips to the floor. Salad Fingers caresses Fisher's hair and remarks that he never did "sample the delights of your flavor", a reference to when he tasted his other two "friends" Hubert Cumberdale and Marjory Stewart-Baxter in episode two. He begins putting the finger puppet in his mouth, but the scene quickly changes to a bloody scene of the "inside" Salad Fingers eating the "outside" Salad Fingers' head/brains, suggesting that Salad Fingers is actually experiencing the personalities he invents. The episode ends with an external shot of the house panning back to reveal the toilet, possibly implying a sinister connection, or past trauma involving the fixture.

Episode 7 – Shore Leave Edit

  • Release date: 28 January 2006
  • Credits: Drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth. Written by David Firth, Christian Pickup and Jimi Mwng. Music by Boards of Canada, Chris Gladwin and Brian Eno.

As Salad Fingers is digging holes outside with his finger puppets, occasionally tasting the sand (which he calls "floor sugar"), he finds the decomposing torso of an old corpse. Salad Fingers immediately "recognizes" the cadaver as "Kenneth," his "younger brother" who is back from the previously mentioned "Great War" on shore leave. Salad Fingers pulls the gruesome, dismembered corpse out of the hole, saying it was rude of him to leave for "the Great War" without him, but promises to draw him a hot bath.

The next scene shows Salad Fingers turning a cog which pulls a clothesline, drawing Kenneth out of a wardrobe, now dressed in a white dinner jacket. He starts to talk about life with the women of the great war. Salad Fingers has prepared a dinner of sand for his guest, saying "I—hope you like. SAND". At one point Kenneth slumps forward, prompting Salad Fingers to suppose that he's sleepy and props Kenneth up by inserting a "wooden dent-rail" into his empty socket. He also spills some tea, which resembles the black caustic goo from the previous episode, on Kenneth's hand. Salad Fingers tells Kenneth of his life, keeping busy with "every shift I can. [and] sing[ing] at all the functions". There is a flashback in which Salad Fingers measures the distance from his door to a tree named "Mr. Branches" with a clickwheel and subsequently teases it for its slow movement.

It is now evening, and Salad Fingers is with Kenneth outside near the same hole he found him in. He cries over the fact that Kenneth has to go "back to the ghastly trenches". He salutes Kenneth and sings "We'll Meet Again" for him, after exclaiming, somewhat futilely, "I only ask that our creator return you unspoilt from the cruel hand of war". He then kicks Kenneth back into the hole. A dreamlike sequence follows in which Salad Fingers sings the same song, in a white dress, on a stage in front of an audience of a theatre. After singing a few strains, he complains to the pianist – who is shown as the silhouette of a marionette, with strings attached – that the key is wrong, walks off the stage, and the screen fades to black.

In this episode Salad Fingers mentions the Scottish town of Cowdenbeath, indicating he is aware of real-life places.

Episode 8 – Cupboard Edit

  • Release date: 22 September 2007
  • Credits: Drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth. Written by David Firth and Christian "Crust" Pickup. Music by Boards of Canada, Lustmord and dyzv0r

Salad Fingers is sitting in his armchair, trying to tune his radio which he calls "Roger." If he is lucky, Salad Fingers says he may chance upon a broadcast from "Croxley", which so happens to be a small town in Hertfordshire. "Croxleyheath" also occurs in Shore Leave. After feeding Roger his "sustenance" (which seems to be marbles, peas, rocks or beans), it begins to emit a strange, piercing frequency. A gurgling sound comes from Salad Fingers' own stomach, insinuating upset in reaction to the "unpleasant frequencies" coming from the radio. He decides to wait out the tormenting event in his "safety cupboard."

When in the cupboard, Salad Fingers begins to converse with his hands. One hand enacts "Penny Pigtails," the other a market vendor. The "market vendor" refuses to sell raspberry jam to "Penny Pigtails" on the grounds that her legs are "made of cotton" and "far too long" (an event that Salad Fingers finds most upsetting). After Salad Fingers cries for a bit, "Penny Pigtails" discovers a long strand of hair, which Salad Fingers rubs over his eyeball, apparently causing him great pleasure although it makes his eye red and inflamed. After emerging from the cupboard, he tapes the hair to a wall with four other hairs of assorted colours that he has collected. Salad Fingers speaks to the hairs, calling them "beautiple" and "a gay little quintette". Next, he goes to bed with the Hubert Cumberdale puppet. Before going to sleep, Salad Fingers sings "Three in the Bed," and instructs Hubert Cumberdale to "roll over" as a result, the finger puppet is sent off the bed into a bowl of a filthy, brown substance (likely a chamberpot). Salad Fingers orders Hubert Cumberdale to "scrub that muck off at once!" as he doesn't want any "dirty immigrants" in his house.

Later that night, the radio begins to emit strange sounds again and wakes up Salad Fingers. Salad Fingers approaches it warily and threatens Roger with expulsion from the house. The radio replies it was rude of Salad to take his hair. The radio speaks in a static voice, instructing Salad Fingers to return its hair, as well as to tidy the house. Salad Fingers declares that he "shan't, can't and won't", on the grounds that it isn't "his turn" and that it is an extremely unpleasant job. The radio continues to torment him, causing him to eat all of the hairs from his quintet, tape and all, and return to his cupboard in tears.

Episode 9 – Letter Edit

  • Release date: 26 May 2011 [8]
  • Credits: Directed, drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth. Written by David Firth and Christian "Crust" Pickup. Music by Markus Fjellström.

Salad Fingers is holding a piece of torn newspaper, imagining it is a letter from the Great War (presumably from his "brother") and reading it aloud to himself. As he reads, a tentacular branch snakes in through the door to Salad Fingers' bedroom. Salad Fingers picks up the branch and bites off the tip, resulting in something sobbing "Daddy, that really hurt!" off-screen. Salad Fingers goes to the window and sees the branch-tentacle being retracted into the tree outside. He walks out to the tree, calling it "Mr. Branches" and has a conversation with it about its injury, apparently forgetting it was he himself that bit it. The tree cries, calling Salad Fingers "Daddy" and asking to be let inside, but Salad Fingers refuses until it "grows out of those branches". The tree wraps a branch around Salad Fingers' waist.

Salad Fingers wakes up in his room, very pale and his stomach growling. Salad Fingers worries that he may be dying and taps out an S.O.S. on the metal fire grate beside him. Suddenly a strange gooey black mass bursts out of his stomach, causing him to pass out. This mass, and the goo that surrounds Salad Fingers on a puddle on his bed, bears a strong resemblance to the 'tea' in 'Shore Leave', and the goo that Hubert Cumberdale turns into in 'Present'.

When he wakes up, he is overjoyed, and believes he has given birth to a daughter whom he names Yvonne. Sitting in a wheelchair and appearing to feel better despite his wound, he pulls back the skin of one finger revealing a strange solid tip and dips it in ink to write a "letter," or at least what he thinks is one, since he reads it aloud, consisting only of scribbles. It says he cannot attend the Great War as he is still feeling "under the weather". He keeps Yvonne (which appears to be wrapped in a bundle of newspapers) down in a pit and tells her off for not doing her exercises. When Yvonne refuses to respond to Salad Fingers' coaching, he addresses Marjory Stewart-Baxter, expressing his disappointment in 'their' child.

The scene then switches back to Salad Fingers lying on the floor, pale, with his stomach still wounded, and seems to be pumping air into his chest, suggesting that he's relapsed into illness. He tells Yvonne he may be too ill to care for her and speaks for her as he usually does for his other inanimate characters, saying "That's a shame you were doing a first-rate job". He then taps another message on the fire grate, requesting a home for "a meddlesome child".

Salad Fingers is then outside in his wheelchair with Yvonne in a bucket, looking healthier once again, telling her that "good old Aunty Bainbridge" has agreed to look after her. He arrives at the house from episode 1, where the small, yellow-skinned humanlike creature with big eyes lives. Salad Fingers refers to the creature as "Aunty Bainbridge" and asks for a hug, but the creature takes a step back and makes an odd wailing noise, as it did in 'spoons'. Salad Fingers recalls some memories of Aunty Bainbridge "all in faded days".

Salad Fingers then appears to forget his reason for visiting, and, noticing the bucket of black ooze on his lap, claims he has come to clean the windows, apparently forgetting who/what Yvonne is. Using the bundle/Yvonne, he smears the windows with black ooze as the yellow creature looks on. Job done, Salad Fingers begins to eat a sandwich, while Aunty Bainbridge returns to the house.

Episode 10 – Birthday Edit

  • Release date: 24 November 2013
  • Credits: Written, drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth with additional attribution to Christian Webb and Jimlad Hollis

Salad Fingers is making preparations for Hubert Cumberdale's birthday. He addresses "Milford Cubicle", still hanging from the meat hook he was placed upon in Episode 3, trying to persuade the now-heavily decayed corpse to take a bath for Hubert Cumberdale's birthday. A knock on the door leads Salad Fingers outside, only to encounter a long, thick metal pole stretching upwards further than the eye can see. Perplexed and irritated by the pole, which he attempts to question, he goes back indoors and causes Milford to fall from his hook while berating him. He reveals the ability to widen his irises and cause his teeth to move, making a music boxlike tune, by moving his hand at the side of his head as though turning a handle. When this fails to rouse his lifeless friend, he decides to leave the house, leaving "Horace Horsecollar", the toy horse that appeared in Episode 6, "in charge".

The scene cuts to Salad Fingers walking through a misty forest full of leafless trees, revealing the search for a doctor as his motive to Hubert Cumberdale. He finds a vessel, perhaps a skip or broken pram, full of rubbish and starts rummaging around inside it. He finds a grotesque doctor puppet, which is self-animated and growling with gnashing teeth, that has bent hooks and springs for hands. He refers to the puppet as "Dr. Papanak", and lies down on a large slab resembling a tombstone for an examination (seemingly forgetting that the doctor was meant to examine "Milford Cubicle"). Salad Fingers initially seems to relish the examination, until Dr. Papanak bites into the side of his head. He throws the puppet away in fear, only for it to sprout knives and latch onto a nearby horse closely resembling "Horace Horsecollar". Dr. Papanak tears away savagely at the horse's side. Salad Fingers's fear fades away on seeing this he tries to comfort the horse, acknowledging that the doctor is hurting it, but tells it to try and be still whilst the doctor eats its blood. The horse is shown weeping a tear down its face but makes no movement or resistance.

The scene fades out, and returns to Salad Fingers, awake and still lying on the tombstone. The forest is now leafy, and an entire new tree has sprouted up through a crack in the slab between Salad Finger's legs. Salad Fingers looks older, is unshaven, and his clothes are partially torn and muddied. He speculates that he has been asleep "for six Mondays". There is no sign of the horse or of Dr. Papanak, although Hubert Cumberdale is seen lying on the ground, also peculiarly aged, and surrounded by twigs. Salad Fingers returns home (the great pole is missing) to find multiple horses in his house, including one that resembles the horse attacked by Dr. Papanak and which has had its wound patched shut. Accusing his toy horse Horace of inviting too many guests, he searches through his cupboards and drawers to find many horses improbably crammed in, and is distressed to discover Milford Cubicle as a skeleton. He drives the horses out, imagining them to have eaten him, only to encounter the mysterious pole he had seen earlier outside his house has returned.

While accusing the pole of being involved in the previous events, Salad Fingers loses focus when he spots, a little way away from him, a group of people gathered around a table. Referring to them as "the whole platoon" (another ambiguous war reference), he approaches to reveal that each of the five guests is a deformed version of himself (not looking aged and unshaven as he does), each eating brains and bodily organs while groaning or performing repetitive and deranged actions. At this point, he appears to forget that the party was for Hubert, and nervously assumes the birthday seat for himself. Suddenly, the pole lowers itself into the ground to reveal a wrapped up present on the top of it, which he excitedly unwraps only one of the clone-guests looks at him while he does this. He opens the present and finds a hat made from what is clearly Milford Cubicle. His BBQ apron, face, and skin can be clearly seen on it. He says "I shall wear it from here to the grave. What a truly special day." He puts it on while atmospheric music plays. The camera then begins to zoom back, until the screen slowly fades to black.

Notes: On 28 June 2013 Firth posted on his site Fat-Pie that a "brand new episode of Salad Fingers" would become available upon listening to the latest episode of his audio sketch Waller FM. The name of the episode was revealed by Firth himself in a YouTube interview. [9]

Episode 11 – Glass Brother Edit

  • Release date: 30 January 2019
  • Credits: Written, directed, drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth.

Salad Fingers appears to be sitting on the ground, talking to his brother, though a mirror. Salad Fingers reveals to the brother his collection of little finger puppets, and finds out that Marjory Stewart-Baxter didn't get a haircut. As punishment, Salad Fingers started biting the puppet's hair off, until Salad Fingers started to choke, dropping everything to the ground. Salad Fingers also asks Hubert Cumberdale if he finds the situation amusing, and congratulates Jeremy Fisher as the best behaved, and that Jeremy Fisher will become first in the bathtub tonight. Underneath Hubert Cumberdale, tears start to appear, as Salad Fingers says that he never will become a real boy.

Salad Fingers then goes to his home, taking Hubert Cumbertale to his desk. Salad Fingers starts nettling human flesh onto Hubert Cumberdale's body. Once finished, Salad Fingers announced that he created a new and improved Hubert Cumberdale. Hubert ended up becoming alive, standing on its feet saying it is ready for life. Salad Fingers falls in love with the improved Hubert and holds it in its hands, as the improved Hubert says he's a big boy now. Salad Fingers then puts the improved Hubert into bed. Salad Fingers goes to a mirror to speak with his brother again, as their mother appears sitting in the chair behind them. Salad Fingers then gets ordered to bring the mother a bowl of food, as Salad Fingers is unable to give her the food though the mirror, while the brother claims that Salad Fingers wants the mother to starve.

Salad Fingers goes outside with Improved Hubert, where he spoke with his brother again though water on the ground. Later on, Salad Fingers is seen cooking, while his mother is ordering him how to cook though a mirror. Once finished, Salad Fingers was forced by the mother to eat the disgusting food he created. After eating the food, Salad Fingers ends up throwing up all the food he ate, laying on the ground barely awake. Improved Hubert also comes around, implementing that he will clean the barf up. While Salad Fingers has his mirror speaking to his brother, the brother finds out about the Improved Hubert, which Salad Fingers describe as his own "Flesh Boy, the most beautiful boy in the world". The brother ended up pushing his hand though the mirror, grabbing the Flesh Boy and stealing it from Salad Fingers, which shocks and saddens Salad Fingers.

In the middle of the night, Salad Fingers goes outside and enters another dimension, through a substance. Salad Fingers is greeted in an upside down dark world. Salad Fingers ends up getting inside the upside down house. Finding his brother asleep, and his Flesh Boy inside of a jar. Salad Fingers was about to grab the jar, but the brother wakes up. Salad Fingers grabs the jar, looking at his brother, which opened his mouth, revealing his teeth to be made out of rusty nails. As the mother appears, breaking the mirror and laughing. Salad Fingers sees a black substance on the ground, to which he throws the jar inside, as Salad Fingers followed the jar, getting inside too.

The brother pushed his hand inside too, but Salad Fingers blocked it with his hand. As the mother starts shouting at Salad Fingers though the little mirror. Salad Fingers starts breaking it into pieces, which did not stop the mother from shouting and calling Salad Fingers names. Salad Fingers started punching the glass until it was silent. Flesh Boy appears next to Salad Fingers, and Salad Fingers takes the Flesh Boy and rubs its head against the broken glass. Salad Fingers grabs the Flesh Boy, and licks the glass off from Flesh Boy's head.

In the end, Salad Fingers takes a little piece of the glass, in which the mother is still speaking. Salad Fingers rubs his blood against the glass, and places the glass with the blood into a little box.

Several YouTubers developed extensive theories in an attempt to decipher the potential hidden meanings and symbolics in the series, including The Film Theorists in a three-part series, [10] [11] CP Games, [12] and ReignBot [13] among others. David Firth has been critical of the Film Theorists' interpretation of his work, claiming it was not what he was aiming for. He did, however, concede that he enjoyed having his work analysed regardless of the conclusions reached. [ citation needed ]

What Are Your Productivity Goals?

How many people who are obsessed with productivity take the time to think about what they want to get out of it? In the traditional sense of the word, productivity is a measure of input over output. When you increase productivity, the result is more money, more goods, or greater efficiency (that is, producing the same amount in a shorter time). Is that what you want?

Or is there a deeper goal? Being "more productive" has taken on a much more personal meaning. What do you want to get out of being more productive? Ultimately, it should be about achieving goals and using your time in valuable ways.

Your goal could be maximizing profits, getting a promotion, or hustling a passion project. Some people want to be more productive so they can leave the office earlier and spend more time with their family. That's a great ultimate goal. In a broader sense, productive people get to determine how they want to live, and they take steps to make it possible.

Being productive sometimes means becoming more focused and less distracted. It also means not wasting your time on rote tasks. It's having valuable data and insight into other people's work when it affects yours. It's having efficient conversations that are archived and searchable rather than mindless meetings.

Study: More women feel relief, not regret, after an abortion

WASHINGTON — One of the largest studies about women’s emotions after an abortion finds most feel relieved and don’t regret their choice, even if they struggled beforehand or worried about stigma.

The study, one of the largest to date on the topic, was published Sunday in the journal Social Science & Medicine.

Researchers found that at five years after having an abortion, only 6% expressed primarily negative emotions. The overwhelming majority of women surveyed — 84% — had positive emotions or no emotions whatsoever about their abortion decision, even if they hadn’t felt that way when they were making the decision to have an abortion.

Just over half the women in this survey said the decision to terminate the pregnancy was very difficult and 27% characterized it as “somewhat difficult.” About 46% said it wasn’t a difficult decision at all. Nearly 70% said they felt they would be stigmatized if people knew they had an abortion.

The women who said they struggled with the decision or felt stigmatized by it were more likely to report feeling guilt, anger or sadness immediately after the abortion, but over time, these feelings declined dramatically, sometimes even one year after the abortion.

The top emotion all the groups of women in the study said they felt at the end of the survey was relief. Relief was an emotion used to describe how they felt each time they were asked about it.

Researchers came to this conclusion after surveying nearly 1,000 women, and following up with them 11 times over a period of five years. They surveyed women who lived in 21 states a week after they had an abortion and then again every six months thereafter.

Over the past couple decades, researchers say, there has been an assumption that women will regret having an abortion.

An increasing number of states require counseling and waiting periods before a woman can have an abortion. Literature that some states require counselors to give a woman before having an abortion mention “regret” and lasting emotional harm. The idea has even shaped federal law. In 2007, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the US Supreme Court case Gonzales v. Carhart , that upheld the restriction on women’s right to certain abortion procedures, “it seems unexceptionable to conclude some women come to regret their choice to abort the infant life they once created and sustained.”

Researchers say the results of this study proves this notion is a myth.

“All the claims that negative emotions will emerge over time, a myth that has persisted for decades without any evidence to substantiate these claims, it’s clear, it’s just not true,” said study author Corinne Rocca, an epidemiologist and assistant professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Southern California , San Francisco.

This study builds on previous research that suggests that abortion does not contribute to feelings of regret in most women. Earlier research that looked at women’s feelings over three years after an abortion has shown that women experience decreasing emotional intensity over time, and that the overwhelming majority feel the decision was the right one.

The one thing Rocca said she found surprising about the results of her study was that regardless of how the woman felt before the abortion, what remained after five years, even after many of the other feelings subsided, the women felt relief.

“One might think that relief was a short-term feeling that would go away after weeks, but it does not fade like the other feelings,” Rocca said. “Relief was constant.”


Many people battling with their tinnitus, also struggle getting a good night&rsquos sleep, which can result in a lack of focus, energy and degrading overall quality of life. Although it is challenging to untangle if sleep disruptions exacerbate tinnitus perception, or vice versa, it is clear that sleep disturbances can negatively impact one&rsquos overall quality of life, in addition to the tinnitus. Currently, identifying sleep disturbances and recommending sleep evaluations is not commonly practiced in the hearing healthcare industry. Hopefully that will change as we collect more data to better understand the relationship between tinnitus and sleep. In the meantime, there are many helpful tips and exercises available, such as ReSound Relief, for your tinnitus patients who are struggling to get a good night&rsquos sleep.

26 Ways to Become Irresistible to Your Husband

Having a difficult time getting your husband's attention? Sometimes he simply needs a boost. A boost to his ego so he will believe you want him, physically as well as emotionally. Sometimes he needs some extra effort on your part to be enticed and drawn toward you.

Just as there are a myriad of reasons he might seem to have lost interest in you, there are also a myriad of ways (or at least 26…one for every letter of the alphabet) to recapture his interest and make him want to pursue you again. Here is what I call “The ABCs of Being Irresistible in Your Husband’s Eyes:”

A – Affirm him. One of the things your man finds most attractive about you is that you were at one time (and hopefully still are) attracted to him. A man wants to be around a woman who makes him feel like he’s winning. Let him know he’s a great provider, he is great at what he does, he can still get your heart racing– whatever it is that you can compliment him on. And mean it. A woman who sings her man’s praises is a woman he’ll come after… so he can hear more!

B – Be a mystery. Men still love a challenge just don’t make it too complicated. Does your husband know everything there is to know about you? If so, develop a new skill or idea or come up with a secret he’s dying to discover. When you become a mystery to your husband there are things about you that he still wants to know, things you’re thinking that he’d like for you to divulge, secrets in your soul that he’ll be challenged to draw out. You don’t give him a chance if you tell him everything. Write him an anonymous note from a “secret admirer” and put it somewhere you couldn’t have and don’t reveal it was from you. Offer to meet him somewhere and show up in a new dress and hairstyle. Be mysterious, in some ways. Be to him a treasure chest full of secrets he’s dying to unlock!

C – Cultivate your relationship with Christ. What makes you truly attractive, and one worth pursuing? The beauty of Christ in you. When you have an intimate devotional life with Christ, and are controlled by His Spirit, your life will produce the fruits of His Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Galatians 5:22-23). What man doesn’t want to chase after a woman who is truly joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and – they love this one the best – self-controlled!

D – Dress for him. Some women don’t think much about what they wear, with the excuse that they’re just not into the “latest” fashion. Or, they will dress nice when they go to church, or out with girlfriends, but not put much effort into how they look for “just my husband.” But men can recognize “frumpy” even if we can’t. And dress for him at night, too. Your husband might be majorly turned off by a “grandma” night gown that resembles something his mother used to wear! So, it may be time to invest in some lingerie or just something ‘form flattering’ or feminine.

E – Exude confidence. He once found it attractive in you. He still does. So, regardless of how you might feel about your weight, body shape, “big knees,” “small chest,” cellulite, veins or whatever, get over it. He has. Honestly, he doesn’t see all the body flaws you think are so very obvious. Men tend to not analyze or critique our bodies nearly as much as we do. When you are confident in your speech, your walk, your relationship with him, and your role as his wife that, too, is attractive.

F – Flirt with him. If he loved it back then, he’ll still love it today…maybe even more. Flirting is a hidden art among women today. We usually have too many other things on our mind to even think about saying something to get his attention and let him know we’re thinking of him. But flirting can be sending a text message or leaving a voice mail telling him he’s on your mind. Think: what did I do back when we dated? And that will help with your flirt factor.

G- Give him the best of you. We tend to give the best of ourselves to our jobs, or our children, or our homes. And our husbands tend to get the leftovers – of our time, energy and even, our looks. I know many women who enjoy remodeling their homes. But what about remodeling ourselves now and then? The Bible says our bodies are the temple of God. So how long has it been since the temple’s been remodeled? Do what you can to keep your body in shape, healthy, and holy for the Lord and for your husband, too. The Bible tells us that we are not only the temple of God, but we belong to our husbands. So we take care of ourselves for them, too.

H – Have a positive attitude. Can your husband always count on a smile or a kind word? Or does he enter the house walking on eggshells, and unsure of what kind of mood you’ll be in? Positive people are enjoyable to be around. If you’re pleasant, he’ll generally want to be in your company.

I – Initiate. I can’t say enough here. Initiate a hug. Initiate a kind word or compliment. Initiate lovemaking. Chances are your husband dreams of the “wild woman” within you. Let your inner tigress come out now and then and show him he’s still the one. You want to be pursued. So does he, now and then. Surprise him. And show him there’s a side of you he has yet to discover.

J – Join him in something he enjoys. Michelle told me she began to be more interesting – and more of a pursuit – to her husband when she adopted his interest in working out.

“I was complaining to my husband that I was tired, bored, and didn’t have time to exercise. He told me that the kids were always going to take my time, but that I was the only one who could make working out a priority. I started to listen. I made time for my workouts a priority. I made the kids ride their bikes, while I started running. Now, years later, I’m not the nagging, tired, old wife. I am the new wife, with a cute body, and more interesting things to talk about. We talk about workouts, nutrition, and even exercise together. It has really ignited a new passion within our marriage. I can’t keep up with my husband, but the fact that I try makes it more interesting.”

By taking up a particular interest that her husband had, Michelle was able to accomplish nearly every one of the A-B-C’s in that one “J.”

K – Kiss him with passion. Not just a peck on the cheek, like you’d do to your child. But really kiss him. Studies show that couples who kiss each other daily enjoy a higher satisfaction rate in marriage than those who don’t. So take the initiative and kiss him. Yes, you’d like him to kiss you first, but do for him what you’d like him to do for you. Kiss him like you mean it. And see what happens.

L – Leave the lights on. Need I say more? As a man, your husband is visually wired. And it’s believed men see in soft focus anyway, meaning your man is not nearly as critical of your body as you are. Make the most of what you have to offer him and trust he’ll appreciate it.

M – Make his favorite meal or dessert. The best way to your man’s heart may still be through his stomach. So let him know you care and whip up what he loves to eat. Food is still good foreplay when it comes to men.

N – Notice the little things. My husband really does want me to notice his latest haircut even though I really can’t tell the difference. When you notice things about your husband it says to him that you’re aware of him, appreciating him and – convey this one, too – admiring him. Make your observation into a compliment not a complaint. (In other words, don’t notice that his shirt is wrinkled or he’s wearing athletic socks with casual shoes. Notice that he still looks nice when he dresses up – or doesn’t.)

O – Offer to do one thing that will make his day go smoother. You might be surprised at how simple his one request is – pick up his suit at the drycleaners, pack him a lunch, pray for him during a crucial meeting? Just offering to do something for him will show him your heart is tuned toward his needs.

P- Plan a surprise for him. Men are, at times, like little boys. They love surprises and spontaneity if at the appropriate time. Find out what he’s been missing and bring it back whether it’s a hairstyle on your head or a favorite place to eat.

Q – Quit directing, correcting, and controlling. (That one came from my husband and I tried not to take it personally!) Let him lead. It will show him that you do believe in him and his ability to handle a situation.

R – Respect who he is and what he does. He needs that from you more than you realize.

S – Spontaneity. Be unpredictable, but in a good way. Suggest you eat somewhere you never have. Wear a color you never have before. Go outside your comfort zone and take a risk with him. It will make him feel like he has a brand new wife, especially if you’ve been mothering him more than dating him lately.

T – Text him endearing messages like “You’re still the one,” “I’m a lucky woman to have you” and “You still take my breath away.” Chances are, he may begin to text some of those messages back.

U – Use a soft voice with him. Few men are attracted to loud and boisterous. Talking softly conveys femininity.

V – Visibility. See “L- Leave the lights on.” It’s that important to him, which is why I’m mentioning it – twice!

W – Watch his favorite movie or show with him. Even if you can’t stomach sports or another episode of “Man vs. Food,” if he loves it, watch it with him. And try to enjoy it – for his sake.

X – Xercise (ok I cheated on the spelling here…but how many words start with X?) Exercise will improve your mood and overall health, which will, in turn, make you more enjoyable to be around. Even better, exercise along with him, if it’s possible.

Y – “Yes” – say it often. It may be his favorite word from you. “Yes, we can invite your friends over for the game.” “Yes, I’ll try that new type of food with you.” “Yes, I’ll wear that just for you.” Think: “Your will, not mine.” Self sacrifice goes a long way in marriage.

Z – Zealously pursue Christ and your husband. As you look to God first as your Heavenly Husband (Isaiah 54:5), your earthly husband can’t help but notice Christ-like character in you…the essence of true beauty. And when you pursue you pursue your husband, you are affirming to him that he is worth the pursuit.

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