Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday this year, but that’s not stopping a ton of people from heading out of town this weekend.
We spoke with Leonel Mascorro from Jaguar of San Juan who helped us understand what’s happening this fourth of July weekend and how we can best navigate through it safely.
Here are some stats on Independence Day weekend traffic . . .
Triple-A says 44.2 million Americans have plans to travel 50 or more miles away from home this weekend. That’s 1.25 million more people than last year, and it makes this the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend EVER.
The vast majority of people traveling will be going by car . . . 37.5 million.
The absolute WORST time to be on the road is between 2:00 and 5:00 P.M. TODAY.
So if you thought you were going to beat traffic by heading out of the office early today . . . NOPE.
There’s also triple the normal traffic expected between 10:00 and 11:00 P.M. on the Fourth, which coincides with the conclusion of most firework displays.
The BEST day to be on the road between now and Tuesday is Monday, July 3rd.
And finally, be careful out there. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an average of 118 people die in Fourth of July car crashes every year, mostly due to alcohol.
(AAA / Fox News / Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
There’s kind of an elegant symmetry in this stupidity.
A couple went to a Victoria’s Secret in Fairfield, Connecticut on Monday and bought $780 worth of stuff using counterfeit $50 and $100 bills. (And, I guess, a real $10 and a real $20.)
Then they went back later in the day and tried to return the items for money. Their plan was to get back real bills . . . but it all fell apart when their fake ones were the only large bills in the register.
So when the cashier handed it to them, the woman looked at the bills and said, quote, “These are fake.”
The cashier QUICKLY figured out what happened and when she threatened to call the cops, the couple took off.
The police are investigating.
You don’t have to be a genius to make a lot of money. A study a while back found the average millionaire who went to college only had a GPA of 2.9. That’s a B-student. Some of them had GPA’s that were a lot lower than that. So being rich isn’t always a sign you’re smarter than average. But here are four weird things that HAVE been linked to a high I.Q. . . .
- You’re a cat person. A study in 2014 found cat people tend to score higher on intelligence tests than dog people. But dog people score higher in friendliness.
- You’ve done DRUGS. Obviously they don’t MAKE you smart. But a study in 2012 found kids with high I.Q.’s are more likely to try recreational drugs later in life. And they also drink more.
- You’re tall. A 2008 study found tall kids tend to score higher on tests than shorter kids do. Obviously that doesn’t mean all short people are morons. You just might be slightly more likely to have a really high I.Q. if you’re tall.
- You’re funny. A study in 2011 had people take tests to measure their reasoning skills. Then they had to write captions for “New Yorker” cartoons. Granted, “New Yorker” cartoons require a specific type of humor. But the smartest people in the study also wrote the funniest captions.
The annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest went down on Friday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in northern California. And this year’s champ may not be the ugliest winner ever . . . but she IS the largest.
The winner is a three-year-old Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha. She’s 125 pounds and her signature feature is her ENORMOUS, drooping jowls.
Her owner gets $1,500 and a trophy.
(And here’s a link to check out all of this year’s contestants.)
When it was freezing outside, you begged for the summer to hurry up and come. And now that you’re melting . . . a little snow doesn’t sound so bad, right?
A new survey asked people if different activities are better in the summer or the winter. Here are the results . . .
- Getting drunk . . . 86% say it’s better in the summer, 14% say it’s better in winter.
- Driving . . . 83% say summer, 18% say winter.
- Vacations . . . 73% summer, 27% winter.
- Spending time outdoors . . . 65% summer, 35% winter.
- Showers . . . 59% summer, 41% winter.
- Exercising . . . 45% summer, 55% winter.
- Eating . . . 44% summer, 56% winter.
- Reading . . . 33% summer, 67% winter.
- Coffee . . . 31% summer, 69% winter.
- Sex . . . 24% summer, 76% winter.