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Vacationers can stop seagulls stealing their food by staring at them, according to researchers.
Q: The average person learned how to do this at the age of 8. What is it?
According to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, both men and women are more interested in watching romantic movies during the fall than at any other time of the year. The researchers chalk it up to the fact "that physical coldness activates a need for psychological warmth, which in turn leads to an increased liking for romance movies."
The notion of packing all your stuff into a van and hitting the road for good has long appealed to restless millennials, and #vanlife is now its own subculture. But what if your life won’t fit in a van? The pandemic is driving an increasing number of people to convert old school buses into homes. Known as “skoolies,” they can make for a pretty cost-effective abode: Used school buses can be had for $3,500, and the conversion into a living space can cost about $10,000.
Social media has a dramatic influence on many young people and poses unique challenges for parents. a new survey reveals that 63 percent of parents in the U.S. say that their teenage children are using social media far more during COVID-19.
It’s Over Dang It!!!
According to a recent poll, parents of children under the age of 18 are particularly likely to name the start of the school year as the end of summer. However, the summer is not quite over for some. Labor Day, September 7 this year, marks the end of summer for a quarter of the public. More than a third choose September 21, when the season officially changes. For one in five, the summer is over when school starts
Move Yo Bum
New research shows people who set aside time to exercise are actually happier than those who don’t.
Not only are they happier (75% vs. 25%), but they also report being more successful (74% vs. 26%), as revealed by the survey of 2,000 Americans who exercise at least once a week.
The average workout session for respondents lasted 45 minutes and most often took place on their own (42%) in the gym (38%) — and respondents were most likely to exercise in the morning (33%).
Of those, 64% prefer exercising early as it prepares them for their day, while 63% said they feel more energized for work after a morning workout and 47% say it puts them in a better headspace.
Veteran British actor Dame Diana Rigg, whose storied career included roles as Olenna Tyrell in the Game of Thrones and James Bond's only wife, died on Thursday. She was 82. Rigg died "peacefully" at home surrounded by family, her agent Simon Beresford told BuzzFeed News. Her daughter, Rachael Stirling, said in a statement that Rigg died of cancer, having been diagnosed in March.
The Grammy Museum announced on Friday that it will be launching a new streaming service, named Collection: Live, on Sept. 17. The service will include exclusive performances, interviews, live streams and content from the museum archive, which were previously only available for viewing at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Collection: Live will present on release day an interview with Billie Eilish, her producer and brother Finneas and composter Hans Zimmer about their work on new James Bond theme, "No Time To Die." Unreleased interviews and performances featuring Selena Gomez, The Avett Brothers, Run the Jewels and more will available on launch day. BTS content will then arrive to the service on Sept. 24. Collection: Live will cost $2.99 a month or $29.99 for a year.
Saturday Night Live will resume filming new, in-studio episodes in October. NBC confirmed Thursday that the cast and crew will return to Studio 8H in New York, beginning with the Season 46 pre
Tom Hanks will resume filming Baz Luhrmann's new film Elvis this month. Luhrmann confirmed Wednesday that production will restart Sept. 23 in Queensland, Australia, six months after Hanks and his wife, producer Rita Wilson, tested positive for COVID-19. The untitled film explores the life and career of late rock and roll legend Elvis Presley. Austin Butler stars as Presley, with Hanks as Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parker.
Orville Redenbacher's And Swiss Miss Are Teaming Up With The Hallmark Channel To Offer Someone A Movie Role
Orville Redenbacher's and Swiss Miss are teaming up with the Hallmark channel to give out prizes—with the grand prize being a walk on role in a Hallmark Channel original movie! The "Snack, Watch, and Win" sweepstakes is returning for its second year. It's become even more relevant given how much time people have been spending at home watching movies, Orville Redenbacher's brand director, Carrie Swanson, said in a press release. In mid to late 2021 the grand prize winner will have a role in an upcoming Hallmark Channel film and will when a year long supply of Orville Redenbacher's popcorn. Along with that grand prize, 50 secondary prizes of a year's worth of popcorn and 50 weekly prizes of Swiss Miss hot chocolate and Hallmark Channel mugs will be given out. To enter, all you have to do is head over to snackwatchandwin.com and fill out an online entry form. No purchase is necessary, and you can enter daily through December 31, 2020.
Rare white diamond mined in Canada up for auction
A flawless 102-carat oval diamond will head to auction on October 5 in Hong Kong at Sotheby's. The auction house has not given an official price estimate for the egg-shaped stone of exactly 102.39 carats, which has the highest color grade, D, for a white diamond and is rated Type IIA for its chemical purity and exceptional transparency. Quig Bruning, Sotheby's New York head of jewelry, said the house is "letting the market decide what the value of this diamond is." Collectors will be able to start bidding on September 15, with a starting price of only one Hong Kong dollar, or 13 US cents. The diamond will be offered in a stand-alone, single lot live auction in Hong Kong, which collectors will be able to attend in person. The gem was cut from a 271-carat rough stone discovered in Ontario's Victor Mine, where production ceased last year.
Virginia man gets permission to be buried in Juicy Fruit-themed casket
A 94-year-old Virginia man with a lifelong love of Juicy Fruit has received permission from the Mars Wrigley Company to have his casket painted to resemble a pack of the chewing gum. Sammy Oakey, president of Oakey's Funeral Service, was asked by friend Suttie Economy, 94, to be buried in a casket painted to resemble a pack of Juicy Fruit. Economy, who was hospitalized due to a heart condition three weeks ago, is currently being treated at the Virginia Veterans Care Clinic, where his condition was reported to be improving. The nonagenarian developed a love for Wrigley's chewing gum while serving in World War II, when the company took Juicy Fruit and other varieties of gum off the market so there would be enough to distribute to U.S. service members. He brought his love of Juicy Fruit home with him, friends and family said. Oakey, who has been friends with the Economy family for about 45 years, said he determined that he would need permission from the Mars Wrigley Company to use the Juicy Fruit imagery on a casket. The company initially refused the request, leading the funeral home to post about the efforts on Facebook. The post went viral and a member of the public was able to get Oakey contact information for the company's president. Oakey said he received a call from the vice president of Mars Wrigley a few days later giving permission to use the logo on the casket. The president reached out the next week to tell Oakey he was being sent some products for the Economy family.
Woman eats 10 jelly doughnuts in 3 minutes for Guinness record
A British speed-eater achieved a Guinness World Record when she ate 10 jelly doughnuts in 3 minutes. Leah Shutkever, whose world record titles include fastest time to eat a cucumber, most lasagna eaten in 30 seconds and fastest time to drink 1 liter of gravy, took on the jelly doughnut record in Birmingham. Shutkever was required to eat sugar-frosted doughnuts and was not allowed to lick her lips during the attempt. She was also required to open her mouth after finishing each doughnut to prove she had swallowed. The speed-eater finished 10 doughnuts in the 3 minute time limit, enough to capture the record.Shutkever said she is aiming to set 10 Guinness records by the end of the year.
McDonald’s said it would start testing a reusable cup in some U.K. restaurants next year as part of a global partnership with the recycling company TerraCycle’s Loop service. The service will enable customers to choose a durable Loop-created cup for a small deposit. The deposit can be redeemed by returning the cup to participating restaurants to be washed through the Loop cleaning system and be reused again. The partnership is part of McDonald’s effort to increase its use of reusable cups around the globe, and follows a similar program in Germany called the “Recup” system. In the U.S., McDonald’s is part of the NextGen Cup Challenge along with the Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks. That effort is designed to find a fiber takeout cup that is recoverable and to test reusable cup systems.
New Limited Edition 'Rick and Morty' Pringles Arrive At Walmart
Earlier this year, Pringles partnered up with Adult Swim's Rick and Morty to unveil a special edition Pickle Rick flavor. Not only is Pickle Rick returning to the chips aisle but it's bringing along two new Rick and Morty Pringles flavors. Honey Mustard Morty and Look At Me! I'm Cheddar & Sour Cream have now joined the Rick and Morty Pringles line-up. The tangy Honey Mustard features an exclusive Morty design while the Cheddar & Sour Cream is based upon the popular blue character Mr. Meeseeks. These two new flavors will be joining last year's Pickle Rick in the new Adult Swim line-up. You can find the special edition Rick and Morty Pringles chips this September exclusively at Walmart snack aisles and Walmart.com.
Peeps not producing Halloween, Christmas Peeps due to pandemic
Halloween and Christmas may not be canceled, but they won’t be as Peeps-ful as usual. Due to complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic, holiday versions of Peeps will not be released for either Halloween or Christmas. The decision came after the company temporarily halted production earlier this year. Just Born, the company that produces Peeps, confirmed that the holiday marshmallow treats will not be produced this year, along with holiday varieties of Mike And Ikes and Hot Tamales. The company usually produces the marshmallow candies in a variety of shapes to coincide with the end-of-year holidays.
Red meat even worse for you when you cook it on the grill, study says
For most meat eaters, there’s nothing better than a perfectly cooked steak. Unfortunately, a new report says grilling red meat is also cooking up trouble for your heart. A University of South Australia study finds certain cooking methods produce a compound that may increase the risks for heart disease, stroke, and diabetic complications. “When red meat is seared at high temperatures, such as grilling, roasting or frying, it creates compounds called advanced glycation end products – or AGEs – which when consumed, can accumulate in your body and interfere with normal cell functions,” researcher Dr. Permal Deo says in a university release. Researchers reveal red and processed meats which undergo high-heat caramelization see a significant rise in AGEs. Eating these meats can increase a person’s daily AGE intake by 25 percent. The study warns this increase can contribute to “vascular and myocardial stiffening, inflammation and oxidative stress – all signs of degenerative disease.”
Autumn is the perfect time to learn how to whip up some wooly pieces and help your mental wellbeing in the process. According to a 2014 survey by the Craft Yarn Council, almost 90 percent of knitters and crocheters say that the craft improves their mood, and nine in 10 report that the hobby helps them relax. Eighty-one percent of respondents say knitting decreases stress, and 57 percent say it decreases anxiety.
Common Painkiller May Make You a Daredevil
Take at your own risk. A new Ohio State University study suggests that acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol or Tylenol, causes users to feel more positive about risky activities like skydiving, bungee jumping or changing careers. Further studies show acetaminophen — the most common painkiller worldwide, with 1 in 4 Americans using it in any given week — can also reduce empathy and decrease hurt feelings. Researchers now worry that the drug, which is recommended to treat mild symptoms of the coronavirus, may encourage people to risk leaving the house and infecting others.
Was it the worst summer ever? Despite coronavirus, most Americans say no
It may not have been the best summer on record — between COVID-19, natural disasters, hardly any sports, social distancing, and a presidential election — but for most Americans, it actually wasn’t the “worst summer ever.” Just 16 percent of Americans describe their summer as a good one, while nearly three time that many call it a bad summer (or the worst ever). Nearly two-thirds of respondents in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll haven’t taken a summer vacation — including more than four in 10 of those who usually take one. Those who usually take a summer vacation, but haven’t had one this year, are especially grumpy. Two-thirds of them either call 2020 a bad summer (41%) or the worst ever (26%).
Parents spend $2,738 a year on ‘making memories’ for their children
Parents spend $2,738 a year on ‘making memories’ for their children – including birthday parties, trips to theme parks and outings to the zoo. A study of parents of six-16-year-olds revealed the true cost of family time – with Easter, Halloween and Christmas adding up to $864 a year alone. Trips to the zoo, theme parks and the cinema come in at $643 annually for the average family, with activities such as bowling, mini golf or pottery painting setting parents back a further $221.
Going on a day trip to somewhere different is a favourite way to make memories for half of mums and dads, while 44 per cent enjoy going to the cinema. And more than a third love to host elaborate birthday parties for their children – spending a total of $691 on hosting their own and attending other people’s get-togethers. However, 78 per cent of those polled worry about being able to afford these precious family moments.
Half of adults are determined to change the way they live as a consequence of Covid-19
Half of adults are determined to change the way they live as a consequence of Covid-19 – by developing closer bonds with neighbours, supporting small businesses and giving to those less fortunate. A study found 56 per cent are re-evaluating everything about their lives, with 47 per cent consciously choosing to value the smaller things in life. A further 52 per cent believe the pandemic has made them appreciate the work of the local community and charities, and a fifth have also connected with a new charitable cause as a result. More than a quarter of adults have volunteered for a particular charity during the pandemic, with one in 10 doing so for the first time. Other ways adults have made positive changes include improving their work-life balance, exercising more and taking better care of their health in general.
Arguing before bed, exercising late and checking work emails really do affect your sleep – but eating cheese and taking daytime naps may make no difference, according to experts
Arguing before bed, exercising late and checking work emails really do affect your sleep – but eating cheese and taking daytime naps may make no difference, according to experts.
TV medical professional Dr Ranj has debunked some of the popular myths about sleep, including claims that everyone needs to get a full eight hours a night.
Eating a light snack before bed is also unlikely to affect your quality of sleep. However, tucking into a full meal shortly before going to sleep, using a phone at night and the temperature of a room will affect your chances of getting a decent kip.
It comes after a study of adults, by Furniture Village, found being too hot or cold, needing to go to the toilet and stress levels are among the top reasons for having a bad night’s sleep.
According to Dr Ranj, there is little evidence to support the idea that eating cheese before bed gives you vivid dreams or nightmares, and that in fact, cheese is a source of B vitamins which can help you sleep. But 11 per cent of those polled believe tucking into cheese last thing at night will result in poor sleep.
Baby name 'Karen' falling in US popularity, Social Security Administration says
In baby name news that may come as no surprise to pop culture enthusiasts, the name “Karen” is plunging in popularity across the U.S., the Social Security Administration (SSA) has confirmed. The agency recently released its annual list of the most popular baby names in America, plus new statistics on how hundreds of other names have trended through the last year.While fan-favorites like Olivia, Emma, Ava, Sophia and Isabella continued to reign supreme on the girl’s list, Karen continued to tumble, falling from the 637th most popular name for girls in 2018 to 660th place in 2019; down even further from 557th place in 2017. According to the SSA data on the name’s popularity through the last 113 years, Karen’s 2019 rank marked its lowest standing since 1930. The now-pejorative term "Karen," which is often used to describe a white, usually middle-aged woman thought to be acting entitled or exercising privilege, began trending in recent months after it had previously emerged as a disparaging term for such women following the infamous “Central Park Karen” incident, among other headlines.
Just one in five workers use their lunch break to actually eat lunch every day – with others using the time to catch up on personal errands and browse social media instead. A study of 2,000 UK professionals found 79 per cent will tuck into their food as they work, so they can use their ‘lunch break’ to do other things.
Watching YouTube videos, walking the dog and playing on apps on their phones are also among some of the ways people spend their lunch break.
Almost four in 10 would even like to make more time to pursue their hobbies and interests during their lunch break as they feel work has taken over, while nearly half wish the midday break was more fun.
But 67 per cent will frequently skip their midday meal altogether, with the average person only managing to take a proper break from their work three days a week.
Top 20 ways professionals typically spend their lunch breaks:
1. Go for a walk
2. Go on social media
3. Do personal admin
4. Read a book
5. Read the news/newspaper
6. Listen to music
7. Play on apps on their phone
8. Cook lunch/make lunch
9. Catch up with family/friends
10. Go shopping
11. Watch YouTube videos
12. Watch an episode of something
13. Listen to a podcast
14. Do a crossword
15. Play computer games
16. Walk the dog
17. Go for a run
18. Prep food for my evening meal
19. Go for a cycle
20. Paint/draw on a device
TikTok Sees Major Growth in the UK
TikTok’s future may be uncertain in the US, but its UK operations continue to grow robustly despite security concerns. According to an e marketer UK social network forecast, the Chinese-owned video platform will have several milestone moments this year and next. TikTok will grow its UK user base by 75.2% this year, reaching 8.5 million users, after triple-digit growth last year. Both 2020 and 2021 will be years of notable firsts: Usage will exceed 10% (12.7%) of the UK population this year, and total users will surpass 10 million next year.
Millennials have racked up the most streaming hours of any generation in quarantine
The average person has watched 20 movies in the past two months, according to new research.
The study examined the part streamers have played this summer amidst the pandemic.
Over half of respondents (52%) agree that they streamed more than they would in a normal summer due to stay-at-home restrictions with COVID-19.
The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Tubi revealed Americans ages 25-34 increased their streaming the most this summer with the average respondent watching an additional four hours of content a day on top of what they were watching at the start of quarantine in March or April.
The average person has binged four shows in the past two months with Americans 18-24 and 25-34 binging five shows in that same time frame.
Two in five parents (47% of respondents) estimated their child is streaming more now than when the pandemic started. With typical activities off the table because of COVID-19, a third of parents were dependent on streamers to keep their child busy this summer.
As the months inside continue, parents and kids alike are on the hunt for new content.
Thirty-seven percent of respondents would try a new streaming service with ads to watch something they haven’t seen.
Many Americans are also turning to ad-supported streaming services as a way to save money, as others look for additional ways to cut their subscription streaming costs.
Nearly one in four (24%) respondents ages 18-34 have canceled a streaming service they pay for in favor of using a free service in the past few months.
Three in ten respondents are facing financial difficulties that are causing them to reevaluate which streaming services they subscribe to.
One in four have gotten extra crafty to save some cash and have started a free trial and canceled it before having to pay the subscription fee. The average person to subscribe and cancel before paying has done it three times.
Meanwhile, 17% have shared passwords with others in order to gain access to streamers they don’t subscribe to with 38% of respondents 18-24 and 31% of 25-34 participating in password swaps.
With Americans continuing to follow stay-at-home orders, one thing is clear—the demand for new content remains high.
Over half of parents (55%) think TV has become an educational tool to keep their child learning when school is not open.
Two in five respondents (39%) are struggling to find new content on streamers after exhausting their options earlier in quarantine, which has led 35% to try a new streaming service to find different content options.
Two in five (44%) are also taking advantage of the extra screen time to catch-up on shows they’ve missed.
According to MSN Poll:Fall????
Are you excited for cooler fall weather?
Do you live in a place where the leaves change color?
What's your favorite fall activity?
42%Viewing the changing leaves
6%Going to a pumpkin patch
14%Cozying up with a good book
Time to get serious. Do you like pumpkin spice lattes?
12%What's a pumpkin spice latte?
What's your favorite fall-themed treat?
Here's the Very Best Time to Buy a New Car—and the Very Worst Time
Shopping for a new car can be a challenge. In addition to figuring out what make and model suits your lifestyle best, features and accessories can make the decision even more confusing. All of it affects the sale price, and even if the seller is willing to negotiate, it can be hard to know if you’re getting the best deal possible. As it turns out, the time of year can have an enormous influence on the cost of the vehicle. If you want the greatest amount of leverage, try to buy in December. Here’s why.
According to MarketWatch, dealers are offered incentives by automobile manufacturers based on their sales volume. The dealer might receive a cash rebate, or they might get an opportunity to continue selling popular models. Depending on the manufacturer, they might even get a bonus for every car sold, making it worthwhile to sell a car at or below cost if it means getting hundreds of dollars more for every other car moved off the lot. Whatever the incentive, it benefits the dealer to move inventory.
The worst time to buy? Avoid going early in the month. Dealers aren’t as concerned with meeting quotas. And avoid Saturdays. Because people tend to go car shopping on weekends, the rush of customers means dealers have less time to negotiate and more opportunities to sell.
Did You Know?
The Smart Bird
The fall has some odd effects on animals. For the adorably tiny black-capped chickadee, this season causes its hippocampus—the part of the brain that handles spatial organization and memory—to swell about 30 percent. According to Colin Saldanha, assistant professor of biological sciences at Lehigh University, all these new nerve cells help it to collect and hide massive amounts of seeds, that it will rely on during the barren winter months. "Our hypothesis is that this exaggerated growth occurs when the birds need it the most," he told Science Daily at the time his findings were announced.
It has a name??
The sound of leaves and trees rustling in the wind is one of the most satisfying noises of the season. And the next time you hear it, you'll know it has a name: psithurism, which comes from the Greek word psithuros, meaning whispering (the s is silent).
Why Do Milk Jugs Have Those Inverted Circles?
Whether you buy whole milk, 2 percent, or skim, the plastic containers it comes in all share something in common: There's an inverted circle built into one side of the jug where a smooth, flat plane would normally be.
According to Distractify, the concave circle on the side of a milk jug provides structural integrity. A full gallon of milk with flat, rigid sides may be fine sitting in your fridge, but if you were to drop it on the floor, it would likely rupture. The dimple can prevent that from happening. When a jug hits the ground, the circle warps outward and gives the milk a place to go when it expands on impact. Incorporating some literal wiggle room into the design makes the container more flexible, and therefore more durable.
The same feature comes in handy as the milk approaches its expiration date. Milk contains non-harmful microbes that expel gases over time. As these gases accumulate, pressure in the jug builds, and the flexible dimple stops the jug from exploding.
Things of Interest
Autumn brings tons of seasonal treats (we're looking at you, apple cider donuts!). But in Japan, you can essentially taste the season itself by nibbling on crispy tempura-fried maple leaves. The delicacy is called momiji and it's typically served in Minoh City, Osaka.
Global Wildlife Populations Show Steep Decline
The World Wildlife Fund’s new report on the planet’s animals says overall populations have declined 68 percent in just 50 years — and it blames humans alone for the devastation. The report warns that expansion into wildlife habitats isn’t just bad for animals, but also exacerbates climate change and encourages the development of pandemics like COVID-19, which often jump from animals to humans. Still, another new study suggests the 15 known extinctions since 1993 could have been a lot worse: An estimated 48 extinctions were prevented during that period by focused conservation efforts.
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