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Today Is September 9
Care Bears Share Your Care Day
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day
International Buy a Priest a Beer Day
International Sudoku Day
National Steak au Poivre Day
National Teddy Bear Day
National Wiener Schnitzel Day
Wonderful Weirdos Day
HISTORY OF NATIONAL CARE BEARS
Care Bears #ShareYourCare Day was submitted by American Greetings Entertainment in April 2015.
The Registrar of National Day Calendar originally declared September 9th as Care Bears Share Your Care Day in May 2015.
Eminem, Lady Gaga, Megan Fox, Liam Payne, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato were all bullied when they were kids.
Q: Surprisingly, a new study found that 60% of kids have never experienced this. What is it?
A: Cooked marshmallows over a fire!
Food For Thought
You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow. - Janis Joplin
The Aztecs thought avocados were so sexually powerful; virgins were banned from eating them.
People who walk at a quicker pace are generally seen as more confident and happier than those who walk at a slower pace.
Hide and Seek
The average American spends about 2.5 days a year looking for lost items.
The Woofs Have It
Women get a better night's rest when they're sleeping next to do dogs as opposed to men, according to researchers from Canisius College.
Playing video games can help train your brain to make faster real-life decisions with equal accuracy.
Adult Swim has canceled animated action-comedy series The Venture Bros. after seven seasons. Series creator Christopher McCulloch, who uses the pseudonym Jackson Publick on social media and on the show, confirmed the program's cancellation on Twitter Monday.
Florida chapel houseboat selling for $400G: 'Chapel on the Bay'
If you find God on the open water, a dream home called the “Chapel on the Bay” can be yours for a cool $400,000.The former floating chapel has hit the market in Florida, where it is currently docked on the Manatee River in Palmetto. The one-of-a-kind watercraft was once a wedding chapel and has since been converted into an open concept, two-bedroom houseboat. The luxury nautical digs measure 1,050 square feet, on a 1,800 square foot barge. Over $1.3 million was spent on the trendy transformation including the preservation of original features like a 30-foot steeple and seven stained-glass windows. The floating home has two bathrooms and can sleep four; dreamy amenitites include gorgeous outdoor decks with seating and a gas grill. Interested buyers need not ask the heavens for a sign that the houseboat might be right, as the Chapel on the Bay is currently available to rent on Airbnb for $250 a night.
One in 10 university students are already running their own business – alongside their studies
One in 10 university students are already running their own business – alongside their studies. Researchers found 162,000 undergraduates have a side hustle on the go, up from 108,000 in 2018 – a 50 per cent increase. And on average, each venture turns over $483 a month – around $5,900 a year or almost $17,701 in total over the course of a three-year degree.
18 per cent of students have plans to begin their own business venture in the near future.
This means 27 per cent of current undergraduates either have a business up and running or intend to start one in the coming years. But just 16 per cent of those who have set up their own business were motivated due to a lack of money, with a third influenced by their family and one in five by their friends.
A third simply built up a hobby or personal interest while 10 per cent wanted to be their own boss.
It comes after the study also found more than four in 10 university students are rethinking their careers in the wake of the pandemic, as 78 per cent fear Covid-19 will impact their job opportunities once they graduate.
As a result, of those considering an entire career shift, six in 10 are now looking to work in a role which has a clear sense of purpose and makes a difference.
While 55 per cent admit they have a ‘plan B’ in case their top career choice doesn’t work out.
More than a third turned to their parents for help and almost one in five went to a careers advisor, with one in 20 going to the bank.
And of those looking to start a business in the future, 28 per cent would seek advice from their university or college and 22 per cent would get support from a bank or financial advisor.
The average home is five years and five months away from being ‘finished’
The average home is five years and five months away from being ‘finished’ – with painting, a garden revamp and redecorating the living room topping the nation’s ‘to do’ lists. Researchers who polled 2,000 adults found 43 per cent are a perfectionist when it comes to their dwellings – desperate to get their décor and furnishings just right. And 14 per cent even have a ‘vision’ for their homes - including everything from the wallpaper to the windows. But despite their best efforts, 39 per cent admitted they don’t think their homes will ever be truly complete.
The Proud Owner
A study found that three quarters of homeowners described themselves as house proud, with 71 per cent adding that their homes are more important to them now than ever before.
54 per cent are more motivated ‘than ever before’ to improve their homes.
And there is no sign this drive to finish off their homes will slow anytime soon with 85 per cent wanting to get more jobs done this year.
Among them are painting walls and ceilings, giving the garden a revamp and getting the living room done.
Despite this, 70 per cent of those polled are happy with their homes, with a fifth claiming to be most proud of their bathroom.
However, the living room is the area of the home they are most proud of, followed by the kitchen and the garden.
Four in 10 admitted they are so proud of their homes they ‘can’t wait’ to invite people over as restrictions are reduced – so they can give them a grand tour of all the improvements they’d made.
A very different Labor Day weekend
It’s usually the last party of the summer, but the pandemic is turning Labor Day into a much different holiday in 2020. Last year, a report by Airlines for America predicted a record 17.5 million passengers traveling on U.S. airlines for Labor Day.
This year, WalletHub’s survey reveals 75 percent of respondents were not traveling during the holiday weekend. Over half the poll (52%) say they are spending less money this summer than last. One in four people say they are actually spending more cash this year. Despite being a big weekend for sales traditionally, six in 10 people add they are not going shopping on Labor Day either.
Shoppers Have Become Less Concerned About Single-Use Plastics
A team of researchers conducted two surveys of roughly 1,000 people each time, one in 2019 and one during the 2020 pandemic, on Canadian shoppers' attitudes toward single-use plastics.
The team found that the number of Canadians actively shopping for non-plastic-packaged goods remained essentially the same – 58% in 2019 and 60% in 2020. There was, however, a "small but measurable" decline in the level of environmental concern about these plastics, dropping from 91% to 87%, and in shoppers' motivation to avoid plastics (from 89% to 85%). The decline was much sharper in men than in women.
COVID-19 made people feel less guilty about buying items wrapped in plastic. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they were buying more plastic packaging now than in pre-pandemic times, with the biggest consumers being women (possibly because they do more household shopping) and young people between the ages of 18 and 25
In 2019 there was 90% agreement for stronger plastic regulation, and 70% supported a ban on single-use plastics. In 2020, support for stronger regulation had declined to 79% and support for a ban was down to 58%.
Working parents weigh in
When it comes to job security, personal finances and career outlook, the pandemic has left women in Canada feeling less optimistic than their male counterparts, according to new LinkedIn data. The latest edition of the Workforce Confidence Index, based on a survey conducted between July 27 and August 23, found women averaged overall scores of +27, compared with +42 for men. Women also reported higher levels of social isolation and anxiety as a result of the virus than men, although working parents reported similar levels of childcare responsibilities over the pandemic.
Among other findings in the latest report:
⦁ Overall workforce confidence in Canada rebounded slightly after a dip in recent weeks, hitting +35 from +31 in the previous wave.
⦁ Members of Gen Z saw the biggest jump in confidence of any generation as universities and businesses reopened.
⦁ Nearly half of men and women reported being unable to focus on work while their kids are home, and over half struggled with providing education for their children.
⦁ Those who worked in engineering roles were the most confident of all.
20 Things in Your Home You Didn't Realize You Should Be Cleaning According to Best Life
1. Your windowsills
2. Under your shower door
3. Your shower head
4. Your bathroom décor
5. Your toothbrush holder
6. Your hairbrush
7. Your pet's food and water dishes
8. Your pet's toys
9. Under your sofa
10. Behind your stove
11. Your kitchen sponge
12. Inside and behind your fridge
13. Your coffee maker
14. Your ice maker
15. Your dish rack
16. Your reusable grocery bags
17. Your trash cans
18. Your washing machine
19. Your yoga mat
20. Your keys
Princess Beatrice’s wedding dress to be displayed in Windsor Castle
Princess Beatrice’s wedding dress already made history — and now it’ll be on full display.
The young royal, 32, married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on their wedding day on July 17 wearing an original gown her grandmother Queen Elizabeth originally wore in 1961. Now, as is tradition in the royal family, the Sir Norman Hartnell design will be put on display at Windsor Castle for visitors to see up-close.
The ivory taffeta gown features a satin trim on the skirt and geometric hand-embroidery and crystals on the bodice. The original design was altered for Princess Beatrice to include the addition of shoulder straps, sheer sleeves and additional embroidery at the waist — as well as a slimmer, more contemporary silhouette — under the direction of Angela Kelly, the queen’s personal dresser and wardrobe curator, and designer Stewart Parvin.
Stats:Fix er Up
How homeowners are using extra time inside to improve their houses
Millennials are getting handier around the home since lockdown measures began, according to new research.
In fact, a poll homeowners found that compared to other generations, millennials have been the busiest, with 81% having tackled a home improvement project since March.
65 percent of those polled, a project was done to save money while 49 percent simply needed something to keep themselves busy while being in lockdown.
Overall, the average homeowner has already attempted four different home improvement projects since March — guesstimating a savings of over $160 just by trying a project themselves.
All this, without the help of an outside contractor (47% opted not to), taking these homeowners from DIY-ers to “figure it out yourself-ers.”
From painting in the house (32%) and working on landscaping projects outside (29%) to re-caulking (27%) and re-tiling kitchens and bathrooms (24%), homeowners have kept themselves busy these past six months.
Seventy-three percent of those who tackled a home improvement project on their own revealed that afterward they felt resilient enough to keep taking on more projects and 67 percent of homeowners look forward to tackling more projects in the future.
71% of homeowners still say their home is a ‘work in progress’.
It’s no wonder that half of the homeowners surveyed (50 percent) plan on doing a DIY home improvement project before the end of this year.
Twenty-nine percent plan to work on landscaping projects outside, while 57% plan on taking on projects ahead of the holiday season.
HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AMERICANS TACKLED DURING COVID-19
1. Painting in the house 32%
2. Working on landscaping project outside 29%
3. Re-caulking 27%
4. Re-tiling kitchen or bathroom 24%
5. Plumbing 23%
10 HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AMERICANS LOOK FORWARD TO CREATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS
1. New lighting system
2. Bathroom renovation
3. Kitchen renovation
4. Fill a driveway crack
5. Create handmade gifts
6. Improving patio landscape
7. Complete woodworking projects
8. Replacing flooring
9. Replace the windows
10. Replacing countertops
According to MSN Poll: Up and At'em
What's your ideal time to wake up?
61%Before 7 AM
30%Before 9 AM
Do you set an alarm to wake up?
How often do you eat breakfast?
Do you exercise in the morning?
Do you like to sleep in on the weekends?
Do you consider yourself a morning person?
52%Yes, I'm up and ready to go
27%No way…5 more minutes
Just for Fun
TOP 20 SIGNS OF A PET FANATIC
- Creating a social media account for a pet
- Throwing a pet a birthday party
- Buying a pet clothes or fancy accessories
- Spending more money on a meal for a pet than a meal for themselves
- Allowing a pet to regularly sleep on the bed with them
- Matching their outfit to a pet’s outfit
- Turning down plans because their pet couldn’t come along
- Having more photos of a pet on their phone than any person
- Taking a pet to a pet-friendly spa
- Calling their pet their “child” or “baby”
- Making a pet their own little room in the house
- Calling a pet their best friend
- Saying hello to a pet before a significant other/roommate when getting home
- Owning animal-themed clothes or accessories
- At a party, being more likely to be found with the animal(s) than the people
- Setting up DOGTV for a pet to watch
- Using technology to watch a pet when they’re not home
- Purchasing essential oils for a pet
- Bringing a pet to the store and letting them pick their own toy
- Taking time off work to care for a pet
French tourist fined nearly $1,200 for taking bottle of sand home from Italian beach
Authorities reportedly caught a French tourist stealing sand from an Italian beach. Due to the unique nature of the sand at that particular beach, there are strict laws preventing its removal and the traveler is reportedly facing a steep fine.
The unnamed individual was recently caught with a plastic bottle full of sand from one of the island of Sardinia’s beaches. The Italian island, located in the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its pristine beaches covered in fine sand.
The tourist reportedly had about four-and-a-half pounds of the sand in their luggage when they were caught by authorities at Elmas airport on the island. For that amount of sand, the tourist has reportedly been fined nearly $1,200.
The sand from Sardinia’s beaches has been federally protected since 2017, Travel and Leisure reports. Punishments for stealing sand from the beaches can range from fines all the way up to several years’ worth of jail time.
Sugar Coating It
Putting sugar on a wound or cut will greatly reduce pain and speed up the healing process.
Things of Interest
Board games are making a comeback
Pandemic-related stay-at-home orders have fueled a significant surge in board game and jigsaw sales as families look for ways to entertain themselves indoors. Hasbro Inc. — creators of Jenga, Connect 4 and Monopoly — saw a 25% surge in the first quarter, and jigsaw puzzle sales from the leading maker Ravensburger climbed 370% year-over-year. To meet demand, game makers have also been forced to pivot, harnessing their creativity and recreating board game experiences in a virtual setting.
The Queen Is Turning Her Sandringham Residence Into A Drive-In Movie Theater
While movie theaters have mostly been shut down since COVID-19, drive-ins have regained popularity, becoming the go-to socially distant activity amid the pandemic. Now, the Queen herself is turning one of her royal estates into a drive-in movie theater this month.
Located in Norfolk, England, the Sandringham House is Queen Elizabeth II's country estate.
The drive-in experience is set to take place from Friday, September 25 through Sunday September 27. Tickets cost £32.50 (abut $38) per car. Guests also have the option to purchase an upgrade that includes a deck chair, table, popcorn, and separate area to the side of your vehicle. There will also be street food vendors at each screening.
The screenings will include a wide variety of popular films, from Grease to Bohemian Rhapsody.
What Your Sleeping Position Says About Your Relationship
Couples who are connected yet independent lie back to back without any physical contact, this position is known as liberty.
2. Lover’s Knot
You can tell by reading the name that this position is for the couples who love the independence, intimacy and sexually active. This position requires the couple to lie face to face with their legs intertwined for 10 minutes or till they fall asleep. It is the ultimate sleeping position for those lovey dovey couples.
The best position to sleep in for those who are new to sleeping together. In this position the man lies on the back and the woman lays her head on the man’s chest, this position is a signal that the couple is in a new relationship.
4. Pillow Talk
This requires both the partners to lie face to face without touching. It means that the relationship requires one on one contact and conversation. Have that conversation before it’s too late.
Shingles is known as a position where both male and female lie on their back where the woman rests her head on the crevice of the man’s shoulder, this shows that the woman is dependent on the man. Let’s not take it in the wrong way, there’s nothing wrong with depending on your partner for a bit.
6. The Crab
In this position the couple does not touch one another no matter which position they sleep in, this signals that there are issues in the relationship and that one partners need space while the other needs more intimacy. The only way to fix this position would be to talk with each other openly about what you want from them, take the step and your sleeping position will change sooner than you think.
7. The Cliff Hanger
This position requires both the partners to face outwards, meaning on opposite sides of the bed. The position means there’s distance in the relationship or that it’s a seldom one, this also means that the couple needs a good night sleep.
There Are 5 Types of Cat Owners, Researchers Say
University of Exeter researchers surveyed 56 cat owners in the U.K. in both rural and urban areas. They presented them with 62 statements on cat owner perspectives such as "Cats hunting doesn't bother me" and "Keeping cats indoors keeps them safe." The cat owners ranked each statement.
Researchers analyzed the survey answers and found five distinct types of cat owners. The study results were published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
5 Types of Cat Owners
Here are the five types and some of their key beliefs.
⦁ Worries about roaming cats being lost, stolen, or killed
⦁ Believes keeping cats indoors keeps them safe
⦁ Doesn't have strong feelings about hunting, but wouldn't keep a cat inside just to keep it from hunting
⦁ Believes cats should be able to roam wherever they want, like a wild animal
⦁ Thinks hunting is a normal part of cat behavior and helps control rodent population
⦁ Opposes any restrictions that would limit cat access to the outdoors
⦁ Believes the benefits of roaming outweigh any risks
⦁ Loves wildlife and believes hunting is unattractive, but thinks that is what cats do
⦁ Doesn't know how owners can reduce hunting behavior
⦁ Believes cats should have outdoor access but doesn't oppose some containment
⦁ Hunting really bothers them and they are particularly concerned about birds
⦁ Believes owners have some responsibility to manage cats' hunting behavior
⦁ Believes it's natural for cats to go out and natural if trouble happens because of it
⦁ Has never really thought about the effects of cats on the wildlife population
⦁ Would be more inclined to manage cat's behavior if it were killing things all the time
Cats Outside the U.K.
Because the study was done only in the U.K., the responses might shift in locations where people have different attitudes toward outdoor cats and letting them roam.
This Day In Music
Today Is September 10
Blame It on the Large Hadron Collider Day
International Creepy Boston Dynamics Robotic Horse Day
International Make-Up Day
National Hot Dog Day
National Swap Ideas Day
R U OK Day (Australia)
Sew Be It Day
TV Dinner Day
World Suicide Prevention Day
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