We’ve seen a few lists like this before, and #1 is always the same. Researchers recently gave people a list of 50 different things we take for granted every day. And they had to rank them according to how important they are.
Here are the top 10 luxuries we can’t live without . . .
- The Internet. Almost everyone put it at the top.
- Your phone.
- Your pets.
- A washer and dryer.
- A nice, big mattress.
- At least one vacation a year
- Beauty and skincare products.
- A dishwasher.
- A microwave.
- Eating out at restaurants.
A few luxuries people said they COULD live without are really nice towels . . . flying first class . . . tickets to sporting events . . . having food delivered . . . and paying for someone to clean your place.
You know what makes Valentine’s Day better? Distilling it down to a list of raw, cold facts. Hah!
We’ve got the results of a bunch of new Valentine’s Day surveys and studies here, and we pulled out the most interesting results from all of them. Here’s the state of love in 2017 by the numbers . . .
1. More than four out of five people are doing SOMETHING to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.
2. 55% of people plan on having sex tonight. And 34% of women say they want sex more than ANYTHING ELSE tonight.
3. 46% think today should be a national holiday and a paid day off work.
4. Valentine’s Day is more likely to be an END than a beginning. 13% of people have dumped someone on Valentine’s Day . . . while 12% have gotten engaged.
5. 71% of couples will go out for dinner either tonight or another night this week to celebrate.
6. 87% of people will cheat on their diet during Valentine’s Day dinner. And 44% will order more expensive things than they normally do when they go out to eat.
7. The worst thing you can do to kill the mood at dinner tonight is use your phone too much. The other bad things you can do are: Being rude to your server . . . talking about your ex or politics . . . and having bad table manners.
8. 8% of people will spend more than $500 on Valentine’s Day this year. 3% of people will spend less than $10.
9. Men think they’re more romantic than women. The average man gives himself an eight out of 10 for romance . . . the average woman gives herself a six out of 10.
10. And finally, one out of five people think it’s okay to go on a first date tonight.
(PR Newswire / Daily Mail / ABC 6 – Providence / Bustle)
Tomorrow is the first day of December, but there’s a good chance you’ve already started watching Christmas movies, especially if you have kids. And no matter how many times you’ve seen them, you may not know everything.
“People” magazine has a list of “30 Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Christmas Movies,” and while some of them aren’t exactly shocking . . . there are some interesting ones. Here are 10 highlights:
1. Natalie Wood was eight when she filmed “Miracle on 34th Street”, and she thought her co-star Edmund Gwenn really WAS Santa Claus.
2. The supervising animator for “The Nightmare Before Christmas” says the movie was shot at 24 frames per second, meaning that technically the characters had to be posed 24 different times for each SECOND. And it took It took a whole weekto finish shooting each minute of the movie.
3. An episode of “MythBusters” proved that a person’s tongue CAN instantly get stuck to a freezing pole like in “A Christmas Story”.
4. Will Ferrell ate so much sugar while filming “Elf” that he had trouble sleeping. He said, quote, “I constantly stayed up. But anything for the movie, I’m there.”
5. Jim Carrey was originally supposed to star in “Elf”.
6. “The Santa Clause” joke involving ‘1-800-SPANK-ME’ caused massive problems for parents when kids discovered that it connected them to an actual phone sex hotline. Some people who dialed the number reportedly racked up hundreds of dollars in phone bills.
7. The Grinch was black-and-white in the original Dr. Seuss book . . . and it was the director of the 1966 animated movie who had the idea to make him green.
8. After the release of “Home Alone 2”, the Plaza Hotel in New York City was swamped with families wanting to recreate Kevin’s adventure in Suite 411, a.k.a. ‘Kevin’s Suite,’ for $1,100 a night. Donald Trump owned the Plaza back then, and as you probably know by now, he has a cameo in the movie.
9. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” creator Robert May considered the names ‘Reginald’ and ‘Rollo’ before settling on ‘Rudolph.’ He ultimately thought Reginald sounded too British and Rollo sounded too carefree.
10. Some of the Jean Shepherd stories that made up “A Christmas Story” were first published in “Playboy”. Of course, they weren’t R-rated. As you probably know, aside from the pictorials, “Playboy” has a long history of featuring short stories. In fact, that’s why most people say they read it. (???)
The director of “A Christmas Story”, Bob Clark, also directed the sex comedy “Porky’s” and the not-so-family-friendly movie “Black Christmas”, which is a classic horror movie from 1974. (Hit up People.com for the whole list.)
Apparently the hot new social media trend is taking a selfie where you’re high fiving yourself. And since that means you can’t use your hands, it takes some skill to pull it off.
It seems like the best strategy is to set your photo timer . . . toss your phone in the air . . . high five yourself, so you’re clapping your hands together like you’re praying . . . and hope you get a photo of the high five as it falls.
There was a survey last week that found a longer battery life is the number one feature people want in their phone. So here are three ways to help your battery stay charged longer. And they’re all backed by science . . .
1. Don’t let it get too hot. Heat speeds up the chemical reaction inside the battery and drains it faster. So don’t leave it next to a heater, or let it sit out in the sun.
2. Never let the battery die. Lithium ion batteries degrade over time, so eventually they can’t hold as much juice on a single charge. And they degrade faster if you always let the battery die before you charge it. So if your phone’s about to die, you should just turn it off.
3. If you won’t be using it for a while, store it half-charged. Right around 50% is good, and keep it in a cool, dry place.
It’s only worth doing if you’re turning it off for at least a few days though. Like if you’ll be out of cell range all weekend, or flying overseas where you can’t use it. If it’s only for a few hours, don’t worry about it.