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The Best and Worst Cities For Valentine’s Day

February 11th, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

loveIt’s a little too late to make travel plans for Valentine’s Day.  But if you’re feeling impulsive AND you love overspending on plane tickets, let this be your guide.

WalletHub.com looked at the 100 biggest cities in America, and ranked the best and worst places to spend Valentine’s Day.

It’s based on stuff like the average cost of a nice meal at a restaurant . . . the number of jewelry stores, florists, and chocolate shops . . . the number of nightlife options . . . and the weather.

And the best city for Valentine’s Day is . . . San Francisco.  I guess all those other factors outweighed the whole “average cost of a nice meal”, huh?

The rest of the top 10 goes Scottsdale, Arizona . . . Honolulu . . . Orlando . . . Seattle . . . Vegas . . . Portland, Oregon . . . Irvine, California . . . Chandler, Arizona . . . and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The worst city for Valentine’s Day is . . . Hialeah, Florida.  The rest of the 10 worst are:

Detroit . . . Cleveland . . . San Bernardino, California . . . Newark, New Jersey . . . Philadelphia . . . Toledo, Ohio . . . North Las Vegas . . . Milwaukee . . . and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

(WalletHub

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Ten Types of Gum and How Fast They Lose Their Flavor

February 11th, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

gumThe website Thrillist recently looked at different brands of chewing gum to see which one lost its flavor the fastest, and which one lasted the longest.  And Eclipse lasted longer than any other brand.  Here are the top ten . . .

1.  Eclipse.  It lasted 6 minutes and 33 seconds before it lost its taste.

2.  React 2, which is made by the brand 5 Gum.  It lasted 6 minutes and 5 seconds.

3.  Dentyne Ice, 5 minutes and 35 seconds.

4.  Doublemint, 3 minutes and 33 seconds.  So that’s about a two-minute drop-off between third and fourth place.

5.  Orbit, 3 minutes and 20 seconds.

6.  Bubble Yum, 3 minutes and 10 seconds.

7.  Stride, 2 minutes and 52 seconds.

8.  Trident, 2 minutes and 32 seconds.

9.  Big Red, 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

10.  Extra, 2 minutes and 22 seconds.

And the worst were Chiclets, which lost their flavor after just 1 minute and 20 seconds.

(Thrillist)

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A Quarter of Us Won’t Let a BMW in When We’re Stuck in Traffic

February 10th, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

bmwIf you’re sitting in traffic and some guy in an expensive car rolls up next to you, and wants to cut in, do you wave him in?

For a LOT of people, the answer is . . . NO.

A new survey found more than a quarter of people won’t wave in a BMW driver in traffic.  They also don’t like being polite to people driving other expensive brands, like Land Rover and Mercedes.

But we don’t just discriminate against cars.  Three out of four people say they wouldn’t wave someone in if the person was using their cell phone . . . half wouldn’t if they were eating . . . and 6% wouldn’t if their car was dirty.

And 18% of people won’t let busses merge in front of them.

(Northamptonshire Telegraph)

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Why Do Cats Go Crazy, and Three Ways You’re Playing with Them Wrong

February 10th, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

catsDo your cats ever go into ‘crazy cat mode,’ and run around like they just drank a thousand cups of coffee?  The reason they do it is pretty simple:  They’re still programmed to be wild animals, but don’t GET to be.

Feral cats go hunting up to 40 times a day, while domesticated cats sleep a lot more.  And when they ARE awake, they spend most of their time ripping up your sofa and puking under your bed.  Not running around catching stuff.   So they end up with a lot of pent-up energy.  And when they switch into crazy cat mode, it’s because they need to burn some of it off.

But it also might mean you need to play with them more.  And there’s actually a technique to it.

Here are three ways you might be playing with your cat wrong . . .

1.  Stop making it too easy.  Cats want to chase something before they catch it.  And it also gets their heart going, so they burn more energy.

2.  Stop waving toys right in their face.  Cats don’t see very well inside about ten inches.  So that’s why they sometimes lose interest if you dangle something too close to them.

3.  Make sure you let them catch it eventually.  It makes them feel like they killed it, and their brain releases endorphins that make them feel happy.

(Laughing Squid)

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Cops in England Are Protesting a Deaf Festival . . . Because It Might Be Too Loud

February 10th, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

deafAn organization for the deaf is holding a major festival in England this summer.  It’s scheduled for July, in a town called Eggington.

But the police there are fighting against it, and trying to get its license revoked . . . because they’re worried it’ll be too LOUD.  A festival . . . for the deaf.

They found the festival includes live music, and goes every night until 4:00 A.M.  And more than 800 deaf people are planning to show up to get HAMMERED.

As for why there’s music, a spokesman said, quote, “The event is for the deaf community, and anyone is welcome to come to learn sign language and make new friends.  It is for people who like freedom and who can stay the weekend and camp too.”

The license WAS going to be debated at a town council meeting last week, but the guy organizing the festival couldn’t participate . . . because the sign language interpreter didn’t show up.

He eventually told reporters that there’s nothing for the town to worry about.  Quote, “We have live music with headphones and it won’t be loud anywhere outside.”

(Leighton Buzzard)

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The Four Most and Least Romantic Things You Can Do as a Couple

February 10th, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

romanticValentine’s Day is coming up . . . and if you were planning an epic night of “Call of Duty” to celebrate, you might want to rethink it.

A new survey had people rank a bunch of different couples’ activities on how romantic they are.

The four most romantic things you can do are . . .

1.  Going on a picnic.

2.  Going for a walk.

3.  Eating at a restaurant.

4.  Making a home-cooked meal together.

The four LEAST romantic things are . . .

1.  Playing video games.

2.  Going to a sporting event.

3.  Going bowling.

4.  Binge watching a TV show.

(Harris Interactive)

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Five Times It’s Okay to Skip the Gym

February 9th, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

gymThere’s a new study that says working out a ton might NOT be that great for losing weight.  Moderate exercise is good, but then your metabolism adjusts, so you don’t end up burning that many extra calories.  And it’s really more about diet.

But here are also five specific times it’s OKAY to skip a workout, and not feel guilty about it . . .

1.  When you’re sick.  If you’re just slightly sick, a light workout can make you feel a little better.  And the same goes for a hangover.  But if you’ve got a bad cold or the flu, you’ll just run yourself down more.

2.  When you’re injured.  Or at least don’t use the part of your body that’s hurt.  Like if you tweaked your shoulder, just do a leg day to give your upper body time to heal.

3.  When you’re exhausted because you haven’t slept.  If you’re on four hours sleep and have to choose between the gym or sleeping an extra hour, it’s okay to sleep in.

4.  When you’re really sore from a previous workout.  A little sore is okay, but if it’s really bad, take a recovery day.  Or just go for a walk or a jog.

5.  When you truly don’t have time.  In other words, getting to the gym shouldn’t ALWAYS be your top priority.  Like if it’s either getting in a workout or making it to your kid’s PTA meeting, skip the workout.

(Time)

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Is Sharing a Netflix Account the New Relationship Barometer?

February 9th, 2016    Posted in Offbeat News
 

netflixRemember the good old days, when the big sign your relationship was serious was when you combined your DVD collections?  It looks like that’s evolved.

A new survey by Netflix found 51% of people now say a great sign their relationship is serious is . . . when they share their Netflix password.

Why is it such a big deal?  It gives the other person a wide open look at everything you’ve ever watched . . . AND it lets their tastes influence what Netflix recommends.

On that note, 17% of people say they wouldn’t share their Netflix password until they were engaged.  “Waiting until marriage” SURE does have a different definition in 2016 than it used to.

The survey also found 25% of people find someone more attractive if they have similar tastes in TV and movies, and 65% of couples have negotiations over what shows to binge watch.

(Refinery29)

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