The Best Thing You Can Do on a First Date Is Drink Bloody Marys and Eat Fried Chicken

The Best Thing You Can Do on a First Date Is Drink Bloody Marys and Eat Fried Chicken

Here’s some advice that’s going to make your love life WAY better . . . and it’s so much easier than the old standards like “maybe take a pottery class, I’m sure you’ll meet other single people there.”

A new survey figured out what first date activity is the most likely to lead to a relationship or at least a second date.

And the answer is . . . going out for BLOODY MARYS and FRIED CHICKEN.

That sounds like a much more entertaining first date than the survey’s results for the second- and third-most effective options: Having coffee or eating vegan food.

The survey also found the WORST thing to drink on a first date is tequila shots . . . and the worst food to eat is pancakes.

(View the full report here: Mashable)

Five Signs You’ll Never Be a Millionaire (or will you?)

Five Signs You’ll Never Be a Millionaire (or will you?)

What are the odds of you making a million dollars someday? How you answer that question can actually have an effect on whether it happens or not.

Self-made millionaires usually get there because they truly believe making that much money IS possible if they make good choices and work hard. Here are five more signs you WON’T end up being a millionaire . . .

1. You’re too focused on saving. You should save and be smart about spending. You just probably won’t get RICH that way. You have to focus on earning more, not saving.

2. You don’t have goals for your money. You need specific plans for how you’re going to use your money to make MORE money. You also need to set high expectations for yourself, and then meet those expectations.

3. You haven’t started investing yet. Millionaires usually get there by investing a significant amount. Like 20% of their income. And that’s different than just saving it.

4. You only have one source of income. A recent study looked at self-made millionaires and found 65% of them got there by having at least THREE sources of income. That includes things like side-gigs and real-estate investments.

5. You don’t like taking risks. Most people prefer stability, and that’s totally fine. But most self-made millionaires HAVE to take risks. They don’t get there by only making safe choices.

(CNBC)

 

At Least 19 People Were Killed in a Terrorist Attack at an Ariana Grande Concert in the U.K.

At Least 19 People Were Killed in a Terrorist Attack at an Ariana Grande Concert in the U.K.

At least 19 people were killed and close to 60 were injured after an explosion last night at the Manchester Arena in England, right after an ARIANA GRANDE show.

It happened OUTSIDE the arena at around 10:30 P.M. local time, as people were filing out of the building.  Police are investigating it as an ACT OF TERRORISM, and it appears to have been the work of a suicide bomber.  No one has claimed responsibility yet.

British Prime Minister THERESA MAY called it, quote, “an appalling terrorist attack.”  As of last night, there was no word from PRESIDENT TRUMP.  But the Department of Homeland Security is closely monitoring the situation, and they say they have no information about a similar threat to a music venue in the U.S.

(There’s an eerie dashcam video shot from the other side of the arena, where you can hear the explosion, and see the light from the blast.  You hear the guy who’s in the car say “No!”, because he was waiting for his GIRLFRIEND to get out of the concert.  And here’s video from inside the arena, where you can hear the explosion.)

(You can read some witness accounts here.)

An 18-year-old man who was at the show told CNN, quote, “Ariana was off the stage, she’d finished her set.  I looked around because I heard this big bang, people screaming and crying and flooded towards the stage.”

Another witness said, quote, “It was a really big explosion.  Everybody started screaming and running.  There were people on the floor . . . There was a lot of confusion.”

There’s no word on the identities of the victims yet, but obviously, there were a lot of young kids at the show.

Ariana wasn’t injured, but she Tweeted, quote, “Broken.  From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry.  I don’t have words.”  And TMZ says she has suspended the rest of her tour for now.  Her next show was supposed to be in London on Thursday.

On the plus side, there have been reports of locals opening their homes to people who need everything from a place to stay to just a cup of tea.  They’ve also been helping reunite parents with their kids, and there may very well be plenty of people still looking for their children.

 

 

And taxis have been offering free rides to those in need.

 

 

(You can read celebrity reactions to the attack here, here, and here.)

A Sea Lion Yanks a Young Girl Into the Water

People were feeding a sea lion from a pier when it suddenly lunged and pulled a young girl into the water.  A man quickly jumped in to rescue her, and no one was injured.

A marine mammal expert said the sea lion might have thought the girl’s dress was food.

 

Five Mistakes People Make When They Come Into Money

Five Mistakes People Make When They Come Into Money

Let’s take a second to dream. Say your long lost aunt kicks the bucket next week and leaves you a million bucks. Will you be SMART about it, or one of those people who blows through it in a year and ends up broke again?

Here are the top five mistakes people make when they come into money . . .

  1.  Mindless spending. It feels like you suddenly have an infinite amount of cash. So you spend like crazy until you realize it’s NOT infinite.
  2.  Not getting help from a financial planner. If it’s a lot of money, you might need a TEAM to help you. People who come into money and try to invest it all themselves usually regret it.
  3.  Making big decisions too quickly. Things like selling your house right away to buy a bigger one, or quitting your job too soon. Don’t make any rash decisions.
  4.  Taking too LONG to make decisions. Some people just sit on their money because they’re scared they’ll lose it. That’s another reason to get help as soon as possible.
  5.  Trying to be the hero and paying for EVERYONE. That includes relatives, friends, charities, and even your own kids. Make sure you’re in good shape first, THEN help if you can. And don’t set yourself up so you’re paying for a whole entourage.
Beauty Sleep Is Real . . . If You Don’t Sleep Enough, You’re Ugly

Beauty Sleep Is Real . . . If You Don’t Sleep Enough, You’re Ugly

Beauty sleep sounds like something “Good Housekeeping” magazine made up back in 1956 and put in a list of tips for women like “Always make sure your husband has a hot meal, even if you go hungry” and “Jobs give you wrinkles.”

But, according to a new study, beauty sleep is VERY real.

Researchers out of Sweden took photos of people after two good nights of sleep and two nights of only four hours of sleep . . . and then they had strangers rank how attractive they were in the different photos.

And the pictures where people were well-rested got WAY better scores. They were rated as more attractive, healthier, and friendlier than they were in the photos when they hadn’t gotten much sleep.

(BBC)

What Was Your First Car? Here Are the Most Popular Brands

What Was Your First Car? Here Are the Most Popular Brands

If your first car wasn’t your DREAM car, you’re in the majority. According to a new survey, most of us had something that basically just got us from Point A to Point B . . .

Only 17% of us had a first car that was brand new. 83% had a used car. And 23% of teenagers today get a hand-me-down from a relative.

56% of drivers got their first set of wheels before they turned 18 . . . 23% were between 19 and 21 . . . everyone else was older than that.

If you were born after 1980, your first car was most likely a Chevy. The rest of the top five first cars for millennials are Honda, Toyota, Ford, and Nissan.

If you were born between 1960 and 1980, you most likely had a Ford, followed by Chevy, Toyota, Dodge, and Pontiac.

And for Baby Boomers, the top five were Ford, Chevy, Volkswagen, Plymouth, and Toyota.

Also, 76% of kids between 15 and 17 think they’re ready to have their own car, and understand the costs that come with it. But 86% also said they expect their PARENTS to help pay for things like gas and insurance.

(CarGurus.com / PR Newswire)

Half of People Don’t Tell Their Significant Other About All the Junk Food They Eat at Work

Half of People Don’t Tell Their Significant Other About All the Junk Food They Eat at Work

It’s hard to work in an office and not eat junk food. Someone brings in donuts in the morning . . . someone else has candy on their desk . . . and then there’s the occasional birthday cake.

But do you go home and tell your significant other about all that junk you ate? According to a new survey, 47% of people say NO, they keep it a secret.

And 21% take it even further and LIE about what they ate during the work day.

(FemaleFirst)

Kylo is a Popular Baby Name This Year . . . Caitlyn, Not So Much

Kylo is a Popular Baby Name This Year . . . Caitlyn, Not So Much

If I had based my children’s names on my pop culture fascinations at the time they were born, I’d have spent the last 20-some years saying, “And these are my kids, Lemmy and Xena.” And chances are they’d have stopped speaking to me around middle school.

But people just keep on scarring their children with names that they THINK are cool, but will probably mean little or nothing to people who will have to live with them for the rest of their lives. Case in point:

The Social Security Administration released its annual list of the top baby names . . . and the fastest-growing name for a boy is KYLO . . . as in Kylo Ren, the villain in the new “Star Wars” trilogy. It jumped almost 2,400 spots . . . from #3269 to #901.

The second-biggest jumper was CREED . . . which was obviously helped by the recent movie of the same name, where Rocky Balboa trains the son of Apollo Creed.

For girls, KEHLANI was the biggest mover, from #3,359 to #872. That’s almost 2,500 spaces. And it might have something to do with singer KEHLANI PARRISH.

On the flip side, the name that DROPPED the most was CAITLYN. Actually, the FOUR names that dropped the most were four different variations of Caitlyn: C-a-i-t-l-y-n, C-a-i-t-l-i-n, K-a-t-e-l-y-n-n, and K-a-i-t-l-y-n-n.

All four fell out of the Top 1,000 last year. But it’s not necessarily because we’re a bunch of bigots and homophobes. It’s just because it’s CONTROVERSIAL.

It’s sad, but a “Caitlyn” would probably be subjected to more playground abuse than even a “Kylo” . . . and parents just don’t want to saddle their kids with that.

Here are the most popular names:

For boys, NOAH took the top spot, followed by Liam, William, Mason, James, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Elijah, and Ethan.

For girls, it’s EMMA, followed by Olivia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Charlotte, Abigail, Emily, and Harper.

How Many Classic “Mom Things” Does Your Mom Do?

How Many Classic “Mom Things” Does Your Mom Do?

There’s some magical force that immediately makes women ALL start doing the same “mom things” once they have kids. And sure, some moms skip a few of them . . . but no one is totally immune.

A new survey asked people how many of these classic “mom things” their mothers did when they were growing up . . . or still do now. Check ’em out . . .

  1.  Leaves you in the grocery store line while she goes to grab one more thing . . . 90% of people’s moms have done that.
  2.  Texts with just one finger . . . 83%.
  3.  Won’t get you a snack when you’re out because you “have food in the house” . . . 82%.
  4.  Gets into never-ending conversations with people she runs into at the store . . . 73%.
  5.  Still holds grudges against kids who wronged you years or decades ago . . . 69%.
  6.  Tells you that you look beautiful or handsome even when you look terrible . . . 68%.
  7.  Holds her arm out in front of you when she slams on the brakes . . . 58%.
  8.  Calls celebrities by the wrong name . . . 55%.
  9.  Literally always has tissues on her in case you need one . . . 51%.
  10.  Hands you mail that was addressed to you that she’d already opened . . . 49%.

(Buzzfeed)

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