Posted Online: Feb. 01, 2013, 9:41 am

Cool Stuff: Lockable hair clip, mini jokes, celebrity quotes and why dogs turn around before laying down

Comment on this story

Photo: McClatchy Newspapers
A PoniLox hair clip.
Photo: McClatchy Newspapers
PoniLox hair clip.
Photo: Associated Press
Beyonce, left, is joined by husband Jay-Z, as she arrives at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo: (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/MCT)
Nicki Minaj attends the 2010 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Try this 'lockable' ponytail comb
Teens with long hair — curly or straight — can pile it up in this new comb-clip combo.
PoniLox has a "unique pivoting comb design" that can "create casual or formal updos in seconds while securely holding hair in place."
Made of plastic, and available in a number of tones, it should work on thin or thick hair.
You twist your hair, push the comb in, and snap the barrette-style locking device to hold it in place.
To see PoniLox in action, or to buy a set of clips ($10 for 4 + bonus clip + shipping & handling), go to ponilox.com.

Mini ha-has
Q: When is the best time to buy a thermometer?
A: In the winter, because then it is lower.

Q: What is yellow and wears a mask?
A: The Lone Lemon.

Source: "The Biggest Riddle Book in the World"

Notable quotables

"If you know a country girl in cowboy boots who says 'y'all' and can lasso a bull, you can hook me up. I'm down!" --English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, on his dream girl, in People magazine.

"A girl will definitely win this year." --Nicki Minaj, on her predictions for the upcoming season of "American Idol," to People magazine.

"I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I'm more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand." --Beyoncé, on her public influence, to GQ magazine.

Why do dogs turn around before lying down?
Around, and around, and around again! Dogs will often circle the bed or carpet two or three times before curling up and going to sleep.
Are they checking for bed bugs or snakes? Not necessarily.
Many times dogs are just flattening out their beds to get comfortable. Actually, this behavior is a genetic trait left over from when the dog's ancestors used to dig their own shelters. After digging, the dogs would feel comfortable in their "dens" and plop down for some much needed shut-eye.
Source: "TIME for Kids: Big Book of Why."