IOC Awards 2024 Summer Games To Paris, 2028 To L.A.
Paris and Los Angeles will be the host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games, respectively. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach made the unprecedented simultaneous announcement this morning in Lima, Peru.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and members of the city's bid committee were there for the IOC's announcement. He said he can't wait for his city to welcome the international event back. Los Angeles hosted the games in 1932 and 1984.
Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, called it an incredibly special day for Paris and L.A. Former U.S. Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix said nothing brings humanity together more than the Olympic Games. It's the third time each city will host the Olympics.
- In 2015, Boston was initially awarded the bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but dropped out. The City of Angels was then given the opportunity.
- Rome, Budapest and Hamburg also dropped out, leaving Paris and L.A. The IOC announced its intention of awarding the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously, and both cities agreed, with L.A. willing to wait until 2028.
Source: Bleacher Report
Plenty Of Adults Still Sleep With A Teddy Bear
Cuddle up with a teddy bear at night? You're not alone. A study commissioned by Built a Bear finds four in 10 adult Americans still sleep with teddy bears at night. Probably not surprisingly, 56% report it's the same bear they had when they were kids at least two decades ago.
72% of those polled said they want to keep their bears for life. Here are some of the feelings and emotions associated with people's stuffed animal:
- Comfort - 30%
- The person who gave the toy to them - 22%
- The appearance of the stuffed animal - 19%
Source: Study Finds
Today is National Cream Filled Donut Day and National Eat a Hoagie Day
Some Parents Are Giving Their Little Kids Credit Cards
How old were you when you got your first credit card? It seems parents today are giving their kids more credit than ours did, as in they’re handing out credit cards to kids as young as eight, according to new research from financial firm T. Rowe Price.
The data shows that close to one in five (18%) parents of kids between ages eight and 14 say their child has a credit card. And it’s not just the young teens getting the plastic - 13% of eight to nine year olds have one. We’re talking third graders, people! Plus, the number of parents doing it is on the rise, too. In 2012, only 4% said their kids had a card.
But before you decide to put the power of plastic in your kid’s hand, here’s what you should consider:
- How old and mature is your child? Think about how responsible they are with money.
- Did you set spending limits? Talk about how much it’s okay to spend and teach your kid about debt, budgeting, and being responsible BEFORE you give them a credit card.
- Have you talked about the pros and cons? Help your kids understand the risks and benefits of using a credit card before you let them try it out.
- Did you consider other options? You can start them off with something like a prepaid card or a secure credit card, which lets you put money down and that’s all you can charge.
You Shouldn’t Date A Man More Attractive Than You
While most probably dream of finding love with a guy who looks like Ryan Reynolds or Matthew McConaughey, it turns out such good looking fellas aren’t necessarily the key to happiness. In fact, science suggests that if gals want to be happy they should go after the frog, not the prince.
A new study out of Florida State University finds that there’s a better chance that a relationship will work out if an attractive woman is paired with a less attractive fella, than vice versa
The study focused on 113 20-something newlyweds living in the Dallas area, rating them on their looks, and then questioning them about their desire to stay attractive and in shape. What they found was that in couples where the woman was more attractive than the man, the fella tended to compensate with presents, acts of kindness, and even sex. Such acts helped the relationship because it made the women feel more appreciated.
On the flipside, in cases where the man was more attractive, women felt more pressure because of their good looking fella, causing them to obsess about their diet and exercise, making them less happy.
Coffee Coca-Cola is a thing
It's 2017, and many companies still haven't grasped the concept that even if you can make something, it doesn't mean you should make it. Take Coca-Cola Coffee Plus, for example, which Shin-Shouhinreports was exclusively released in vending machines in Japan. Do we really need coke and coffee mixed together? This sounds like the grown-up version of kids pouring random stuff together at the lunch table and making another kid drink it. But alas, it’s a thing in Japan, and yes, it comes in a can. Each can is relatively small at 190ml, but it packs a solid punch with 34mg of caffeine.
Another attribute that makes the odd beverage more like coffee than caffeine: it only has 42 calories. Reportedly, the beverage is made with coffee extract powder, increasing the caffeine content by half while decreasing the calorie count by half using sweetener.
But more importantly, how does this concoction smell and taste? Shin-Shouhin reports that "to be frank, it's not a very delicious aroma," adding that it doesn't smell like coke or coffee. The taste, meanwhile, is somewhat like cola, but with a coffee aftertaste. "I didn't think it tasted good, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be," reads Shin-Shouhin's review.
Perhaps this is a drink for when you need to get pumped before work and just don’t care how it tastes. Maybe it’s a good way to grab some energy from the vending machine during a 3 p.m. slump. Hell, people use Coca-Cola for anything nowadays. But either way, we’re ok with this staying in Japan. After all, Coca-Cola Blak didn’t do too well back in the ‘00s--even Anderson Cooper didn’t like it. And if Anderson Cooper doesn’t like something, I’m not on board.
What Age Would You Like To Be Married By?
Research by the University of Utah has revealed that you should actually get married at some point between the ages of 28 and 32 to boost the chances of a lasting marriage. The study came up with the four-year age range after analyzing data from the 2006-10 and 2011-13 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). Led by researcher Nick Wolfinger, the study goes against the idea that the older you get married, the less likely it is that you’ll end up divorced. Instead, researchers found that the divorce risk is higher when you’re younger, before reducing steadily towards your late 20s and early 30s. As soon as you’re past the just-right “Goldilocks zone” of 28-32, the divorce risk then starts to increase again, with a higher chance the older you get.
- Do you think this study is absolute bull?