How Many of These Weird Habits Do You Have?

How Many of These Weird Habits Do You Have?

Do you ever wonder if other people share the same weird habits as you? Well we found an online survey about it. Here are eight questions we liked . . .

1. When you leave a store without buying anything, do you get worried they’ll think you’re shoplifting? 75% of people said yes.

2. When you write the word “Wednesday,” do you sound it out in your head as “Wed-ness-day”? 85% of us do it.

3. Do you pace around and fidget with stuff while you’re on the phone? 78% said yes.

4. Do you cringe when you hear a recording of your own voice? 82% said yes.

5. Do you ever worry other people are judging you for how fast your windshield wipers are going in light rain? 52% say yes.

6. When you’re reading a book, do you ever space out . . . read a whole page . . . and then not remember any of it? 97% say yes.

7. Do you ever close Facebook or Twitter because you’re bored with it . . . then open it back up one second later without thinking? 93% say yes.

8. Do you ever respond to your pet by saying, “I know” after they bark or meow? 83% of us do it.

(Buzzfeed)

The Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2017 and McAllen made it (barely)

The Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2017 and McAllen made it (barely)

 

“U.S. News & World Report” just released its annual list of the best cities to live in. They look at things like quality of life, and how many jobs there are.

Last year, Denver took the top spot. But this year it’s Austin, Texas. The job market is good, crime is pretty low, and there’s plenty of stuff to do. Here are the top ten . . . plus McAllen

1. Austin.

2. Denver.

3. San Jose, California.

4. Washington, D.C.

5. Fayetteville, Arkansas. (It’s in the northwest corner of the state, near the Missouri and Oklahoma borders.)

6. Seattle.

7. The Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina.

8. Boston.

9. Des Moines, Iowa.

10. Salt Lake City, Utah.

94. McAllen, Texas

(PR Newswire)

(Here’s the full list with all 100 cities.)

Ten Ways to De-Stress Your Life

Ten Ways to De-Stress Your Life

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A psychology teacher in California recently gave students a list of 101 ways to de-stress their lives.  Then one of them posted it online, and it’s going viral.

Some of the stuff on the list are bigger goals, like “do everything in moderation.”  And some are more specific, like “make extra keys.”  Here are ten more we liked . . .

1.  Get up 15 minutes earlier.  But make sure you get enough sleep.

2.  Don’t rely on your memory.  Write stuff down if you need to remember it.

3.  Say “no” more often.  Meaning don’t overcommit to stuff.

4.  Simplify your meals.  You don’t need everything to be gourmet and complicated.

5.  Break up large tasks into smaller tasks.

6.  Stop trying to “fix” other people.

7.  Look up at the stars.  It helps you put things in perspective.

8.  Pay attention to your breathing, and stretch.  Which is kind of what yoga is.

9.  Strive for excellence, but NOT perfection.

10.  Freely praise other people.  It’ll make you feel better about YOURSELF too.

 

(Buzzfeed)

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What TV Show Did Your Parents Ban You from Watching?

What TV Show Did Your Parents Ban You from Watching?

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E! Online staffers discussed shows their parents didn’t let them watch when they were kids.  Their answers included “Sex and the City”, “The Simpsons”, “Ren and Stimpy”, “Singled Out” . . .“Beavis & Butthead”, “The Sopranos”, “Six Feet Under”, “The X-Files”, and “South Park”.

So that brings up the obvious question:  What shows did your parents forbid you from watching . . . and if you have children now, what ones don’t you want them watching?

(I grew up in the late ’80s and ’90s, and wasn’t allowed to watch “The Simpsons”, “Married with Children”, and “The Ren & Stimpy Show”, mainly because I think my mom thought it was too gross or something.)

(Cable shows are big now, so do you let your teenagers watch stuff like “Game of Thrones” or “The Walking Dead”?  And how old are they?)

Are Facebook Posts About the Election Pointless?

Are Facebook Posts About the Election Pointless?

Political discord tends to lead to disharmony in relationships.

Does posting about the election on Facebook actually do anything? Or are you just wasting everyone’s time? Well, a website recently polled 10,000 users, and about 90% said they’ve NEVER changed their opinion because of something a friend posted.

That includes 94% of Republicans, 92% of Democrats, and 85% of Independents. But apparently that means about 10% of people HAVE. So you can keep fighting the good fight I guess?

Here are four more stats from the survey that are kind of interesting . . .

  1.  Republicans are slightly more likely to post about politics than Democrats. 39% compared to 34%. And 26% of Independents said they’ve done it.
  2.  Republicans are also slightly more likely to JUDGE someone for it. 61% said they judge people based on the political stuff they post, compared to 54% of Democrats, and 34% of Independents.
  3.  Democrats are more likely to UNFRIEND you for something you post. 18% said they’ve done it, compared to 12% of Republicans, and 9% of Independents.
  4.  Most of us agree Facebook isn’t the best place to discuss the election. Only 36% of Republicans said it’s “appropriate” to post about politics, compared to 31% of Democrats, and just 21% of Independents.

(Wired)

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