Fun Fact Friday: 8/12/2011

Happy Friday everyone. As always, every week I am here to share with you the most interesting and fun facts I have found during the week. Sit back, relax and have fun.

  1. A sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100 mph.
  2. More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines.
  3. The speed of a typical raindrop is 17 miles per hour.
  4. It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.
  5. The creator of the NIKE Swoosh symbol was paid only $35 for the design.
  6. The typical person spends about 600 hours having sex between the ages of 20 and 70.
  7. Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women.
  8. You can actually sharpen the blades on a pencil sharpener by wrapping your pencils in aluminum foil before inserting them.
  9. In Breton, Alabama, there is a law on the town’s books against riding down the street in a motorboat.
  10. The temperature of a fart at time of creation is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Now it is your turn. Which fact did you find fun or most interesting? Let me know in a comment below. Enjoy your Friday!
~ Jason Houck

3 Word Thursday – June 16

First of all, I want to start off by saying, thank you to all who contributed to our first 3 Word Thursday. It was a huge success and would not have been without your responses and blog post. As promised, I have compiled a list of who participated including their twitter name with the response they conveyed.

@Glowtini – Showering, Sleeping and Dreaming :)

@Purse1956 – @JasonPromotesU My Family: Supportive, Loving, Amazing.

@JasonPromotesU – My Twitter Followers: Valuable,Family,Knowledgable.

@Tiffenator – Rushed Stressed Out

@BrensView – Love. Is. all. ….If we can love others unconditionally, everything good is drawn to us like a magnet.

@MichelleSedas3 Word Thursday Blog Post

@AboutRaleigh – My Morning: Pleasant, Multitasking, Coffee

@onemomsworld – My 3 words I am feeling today – excited, nervous, blessed

@TheChattyMomma – Pumped, creative, bubbly

@BrantleeM – OBX memories made

@Kimbra_Lee – Nothing But #Magic

@WritingJoy – Real gritty life

@GetAlongHome – Three words to describe my blog? Hmmm. Intelligent, quirky, neglected. ;0)

@TangelaWCraft – Three words to describe the GoPillow! for babies and new Moms – multipurpose, portable, practical. YouTube Link

@SaveOnCarpet – coconut cream pie! @PieBirdRaleigh

Hope to hear from you again next Thursday as I look forward to showcasing even great creativity. Stay tuned as I have decided to take a more focused approach with a specific topic for you to answer. Also, be sure to comment below on how much you had if you participated.

Thanks again everyone!




3 Word Thursday Launch

Starting tomorrow, Thursday the 16th, I invite everyone to take part in 3 Word Thursday. This will take place on Twitter weekly on Thursday by using #3WordThursday. In addition to Twitter, 3 Word Thursday will also take place in the blogosphere.

The purpose of 3 Word Thursday is to showcase your creativity and developed to be all about you or your brand. The content you use will be 3 words describing how you feel that day, describing a vacation spot or defining a certain topic, etc. I am leaving it up entirely to you. Keep in mind, to include in your tweet what your 3 words are describing.

So get those brain juices flowing as I look forward to the creativity you possess. Be sure to also look for a weekly post showcasing each tweet and blog post you share.

Where Have I Been: The True Success

As many of you know, I have been somewhat missing in action the past couple of weeks from Social Media and many of you are dying to know, “Where have you been?”

Three weeks ago, I set out on a journey to Florida while having a vacation. My intentions were to help a friend in need who is dying from Cancer, fulfill my passion of making my first Tweetup a success and grow my business.

As we all know, we stumble upon many roadblocks and encounter dead end streets along the way. As a result, these roadblocks and dead end streets are how we learn and teach others how life operates.

My first roadblock started when I decided to have a fun night out on the town alone. Little did I know this night out on the town would not only give me a second chance at life but also show how powerful and crucial Twitter, our friends and family are.

To make a long story short, I encountered a monster who not only used me but almost ended my life with the sip of a couple drinks that they had been contaminated with a deadly drug mixture. Upon collapsing, I arrived at the hospital where nurses and doctors had to fight to bring me back to life.

While this was going on, my Sister who hadn’t seen or heard from me in days began to rally on Twitter for help to locate me. Thousands of people began to instantly send out tweets, call law enforcement in the area that I was last seen or heard in. Finally after 24 hours of waking up in the hospital, I was thrilled and happy to let everyone know where I was.

After being in the ICU unit for four days, I began to reflect on what had just happened. I was amazed to learn how powerful Twitter was with all the support and prayers complete strangers were sending my way. I also learned to never take life for granted. It is very precious, amazing and something we are not promised. I am very proud to say how lucky I am to be able to experience just how precious, beautiful and amazing life is.

I continue to ask for your prayers as I recover. I did suffer lasting effects such as nerve damage in one hand, severe weight loss and illness. With the continued support and prayers, I will conquer the lasting effects as I am well on my way to a healthier and better me.

A few other roadblocks I encountered while in Florida was trusting people. The home I was staying in was a complete disaster. Little did I know that the Cancer patient’s home had two other occupants staying there that were so called helping take care of my friend. They were homeless and had no where to go and was taking advantage of. I supplied everyone with food, etc everyday.

After returning home from the hospital, I had also learned that nearly all of my belongings had disappeared. I immediately called a great friend who lived over an hour North of the area. He then came and got me until the time for my Tweetup. In hopes of putting what all happened behind me and focus on the future, I began to develop a deeper sickness in which I couldn’t seen to get rid of.

After a couple of nights staying there, around 3am, an intruder decides to enter the residence while I am sleeping and slip right by me and steal my laptop. After calling the police, they were able to retrieve my laptop in the neighbors yard with no damage.

Again blessed and thankful.

The day had come to travel 3 hours away and do my Tweetup. Upon arriving in the area that my Tweetup was to take place in, I began to realize I had been lied to in regards to having transportation to my Hotel. Not once but twice by so called friends. I waited around for hours and hours and began to realize, it is time for the journey to come to an end. So first thing the next morning, I boarded a plane to come back to NC.

Yes, I was sad that my journey was an unsuccessful experience that I hope no one has to ever encounter. A week later now that I have had time to reflect back and think about all of the overwhelming experiences I encountered, I think, “There really is true success in this journey that I can share with everyone.”

Below, I will share with you the true success of what I learned.


Always remember there is someone worse than you. Be thankful of current situation.

Embrace life. It’s fragile. Handle with care. We are never promised tomorrow.

Set boundaries. Be strong. Show the other person how powerful you are.

Always be aware of your surroundings.

Enter everyday with a goal and backup plan.

Tell your online and offline friends daily how thankful you are for them.

How powerful prayer and social media is.

Life experiences can be bad and good. Unfortunately, what I encountered were bad ones. I was blindsided, had a vacation ruined, stole from, almost killed and left stranded. At first I looked back and thought, “Wow”, I have been crushed. As the past week has progressed, I now think, “I may have had these bad things happen to me but I am proud to say that I am still me, have my integrity, great friends and can teach others”.

I want to thank 3 fantastic ladies for inspiring me to write this post and being there for me during the life changing events I encountered.

@Onemomsworld – Thank you Sis for the hard work you did in helping get the word out to help locate me. Not only did you rock Twitter in getting support but you made me realize just how wonderful, powerful and successful social media is.

@CynthiaKSeymour – Huge props and thank you to Cynthia for traveling over an hour away to spend time with me in the hospital when we had never even met in real life. She took the time to go and purchase me a cell charger to keep me active on Twitter and let others know that I was going to be okay. Not to mention, the tasty goodies she brought me.

@MichelleSedas – Thank you Michelle for the phone call you graced me with in helping me determine how to write this post. As soon as we spoke I was instantly soothed by your pleasant voice and power driven to share with others what I had encountered. Thank you for the direction you gave me.

@Kimbra_Lee – Thank you Kim for the constant prayers and support you gave me during the duration of while I was in Florida. You reached out daily several times to let me know that you were there. It’s people like you that make me thankful, stronger and give me hope to push forward for a brighter tomorrow.

@Nickelnm – Thank you to Nicole for constantly tweeting me and checking on me while in the hospital and after. Nicole it will soon be a year since we met in real life and I am so proud and honored to be able to call you a friend.

I also want to thank everyone in my online life who showed support during these trying times. This is a perfect example of how important it is to build relationships and stick with them. Next time when you set out on a journey or start a new project and it is not a success, remember when we fail we can turn that fail into a true success.







The Launch of Network Expander on Twitter

Have you or are you wondering how you can expand your network on Twitter? The answer is simple and more importantly it’s free.

All you have to do is visit #networkexpander on Twitter and start networking by introducing yourself and what you do. The purpose of Network Expander is to make expanding your network a reality, top priority and as easy as possible.

Each week, I will develop a subject in which you will weigh in with your responses. In return, everyone that is in the stream will see the value of who you are and what you do. So make sure you are being authentic, original, unique and valuable. This is what will make others want to join your network.

Along with being authentic, original, unique and valuable, make sure you have a variety in offering which will ensure success for your network expanding. Basically, why others would want to invest in your content and time.

If you have any ideas on subjects you would like to see weekly, don’t hesitate to contact me on Twitter @JasonPromotesU as I welcome all networkers, brands and bloggers. I do ask that you do not spam the stream with ads as this helps keep the stream refreshing and clean.


Jason Houck



Taking #IpromoteU To The Road

If you follow me on twitter @blogluvr29 most of you know I am a promoting fool. I developed a passion for promoting around 6 months ago when I began searching for my niche in social media and blogging. I developed this passion because I enjoy seeing success. Times change and we must embrace that change to see success in our future.

As result of change, a new day has dawn and I have progressed by using my creative side. I introduce you to #IpromoteU where I promote your brand, products, service or blog. Along with using my creative side, I have decided to take #IpromoteU to the road where I want to visit cities across the United States and promote those areas of our country that travel bloggers fail to discover and share with their audience.

In addition to taking #IpromoteU to the road, my goal is to take you as my audience with me. You may ask, “How do you plan to do that?” The answer is simple. When I visit a city, I plan to find and schedule a tweetup. At that point during the tweetup, I will be sharing with those in attendance the purpose of my audience and twitter followers in the blogging and social media world by promoting who you are, what you offer and why they should connect with you.

Unfortunately, my goal comes at a price and this is where I ask for you help. I have setup a chip in site to aide in helping me get #IpromoteU on the road. If you want to see me succeed in helping me build my brand and promoting you across the United States then I ask that you spread the word across the social media universe and even donate if you can.

Thanks for all your support and I look forward to reaching my goal in taking #IpromoteU to the road along with you. Also, I encourage you to take a look at what #IpromoteU does by liking the Facebook fan page I have setup. Also, if you are  interested in me promoting a certain area of your state do not hesitate to contact and we will see what we can work out.

Thanks and don’t forget to keep networking, connecting and building relationships. It could be the beginning of a brighter tomorrow.

Operation Protect

Do you care about your future? Did you realize our kids are and mold your future? The future is currently in limbo by school districts cutting vital programs such as art, language, sports and after school activities. These vital programs give our children the chance to be creative, grow, learn and mold our future.

My dream is to get every twitter user by state to donate $1.00. The money collected by each state will be distributed evenly amongst each individual district. For example, if we raise $12.00 that is enough to pay a teacher for 1 hour of lecture or referee for a basketball game.

If you find this idea a great one and care to support, then let me know in a comment. I also, urge you to convey and share your ideas on this matter. So lets join together as one and protect our future ( Our Kids).