Hannah's Headlines- 1/17/2018

Cat People Are Creative But Dog Owners Tend to Earn More

Do you consider yourself creative, enjoy a bit of classical music and still love an episode of “Seinfeld?” Chances are you’re a cat person, according to new findings.

A survey looking into the similarities and differences between dog and cat owners revealed cats and dogs may have more in common than their keepers.

From dieting and exercise trends to relationship and career choices, the survey of 1,000 dog owners and 1,000 cat owners by Mars Petcare shows dogs typically have a greater influence on their owners’ decisions than cats do.

The survey found that cat people fancy themselves more creative than dog people overall. Dog owners, however, tend to earn more money on average ($47,000 vs. $40,000), which could be linked to additional trends, with dog owners twice as likely to work in the financial field and cat owners being nearly four times as likely to work in creative fields.

The extra income may also help dog owners, as they tend to spend 33 percent more on clothing and accessories and 26 percent more on entertainment than cat owners.

Speaking of entertainment, cat people are more likely to take in a documentary and show a higher preference for musicals and indie films. Dog lovers are bigger fans of horror and action, but also indulge their romantic side a little more, scoring higher for both romcoms and romance movies.

Link: https://nypost.com/2018/01/16/cat-people-are-creative-but-dog-owners-tend-to-earn-more/

New App Offers Up Contracts Before Sex

With the topic of sexual harassment and assault dominating the conversation these days, it certainly makes dating, and certainly hooking up, a whole lot tougher. Well, a new app is about to change all of that. 

In case you missed it, the site LegalFling is determined to guarantee that both parties in a hookup are in agreement about what's going to happen by creating a contract that both have to agree to. All parties who are about to get busy have to do is open up the app and send a request, and if the other party accepts, the app claims they have now entered into a legally binding agreement that notes they are down for the hookup.

And it’s not just a yes or no type of contract. It does ask things like whether the parties require condoms to be used, allows pictures and videos to be taken, and even what they may be into. And just because someone initially agrees, doesn’t mean they can’t change their mind, with consent allowed to be withdrawn at any point. What’s more, should either party breach the so-called contract, like say, lying about STDs, they could wind up in court.

If this app sounds like a good idea to you, you’re going to have to wait a little bit before you can use it. Right now it’s waiting approval by both Apple and Google.

Source: Metro


Scam Robo Call Warning: The IRS Is After You

PSA: The IRS tax scam phone calls have now started. They claim there is an arrest warrant out for you, and you need to call some phone number to pay them money. I have already received 2 calls today alone.

THIS IS A SCAM. The IRS does not make calls like this. Ignore these calls and do not call them back.

How Much Would You Be Willing To Pay To Save Your Pet? $50,000?

A Pennsylvania Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is healing nicely after being flown to France for life-saving surgery that came with a hefty price tag, $50,000 dollars to be exact. The dog, Sophie, of Levittown in Bucks County, needed a repair to her mitral valve. The dog was diagnosed six years ago with a heart murmur that eventually became mitral valve endocardiosis — a genetic type of heart disease responsible for about 75% of all canine cardiac issues. Mitral valve repair surgery is common in the U.S. for humans, but the procedure is not available for pups. A U.S. vet's sign-off, $50,000 and many pet-friendly travel accommodations later, Sophie's surgery was underway. During the procedure, Sophie needed two blood transfusions and also suffered a urinary-tract infection and three blood clots while recuperating.

  • What’s the most you’ve spent on saving your pet?

Link: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/pennsylvania-dog-50g-life-saving-heart-surgery

Fitness Studios Get Creative To Attract Clients

While a lot of folks will just head to a regular old gym and hit the treadmill when they want to get in shape, these days more and more people are looking for unique ways to get themselves moving, and in some cases unique can actually be just plain odd.

Fancy fitness studios are becoming all the rage, and no doubt they have to stand out if they want to get folks to shell over their hard earned dollars to do something that probably isn’t all that fun. Because of that, a lot of studios are offering new approaches to working out. For example:

  • Shape House is described as a type of “urban sweat lodge,” where members pay to get wrapped up in a sleeping-bag-style infrared sauna wrap, which boosts circulation and increases heart rate, and all this while lying around and watching TV.
  • EMS studio Shock Therapy has clients hooked up to machines that send electricity to their muscles, which promotes muscle contractions, which could help tone the body faster.
  • Spiderbands members engage in body-weight exercises with stretchy bands that hang from the ceiling for resistance and support, which will allow folks to exercise without muscles becoming overly fatigued or joints getting too stressed. 
  • Beast Fitness Evolved provides members with a party atmosphere as they workout. While the classes are always changing, the gym sets a nightclub-like tone, with low lighting, a DJ who spins during classes and cool artwork on the walls.

Source: New York Post

The Biggest Wedding Trends for 2018

There's no doubt brides planning their wedding want everything to be perfect, and a lot of them want to make sure they are on trend. Well, the wedding website The Knot has now come out with their list of the top trends for 2018 which will help make planning for the big day that much easier.

Among this year’s hottest trends: 

  • Vibe Over Palette – Instead of focusing on the color scheme for the occasion, a lot of couples are starting their planning with a theme, or words that describe what they are looking for.
  • Statement Escort Card Displays – Forget simple cards with table numbers, in 2018 couples will be making statements with their escort cards, especially if they want to see them wind up on Instagram.
  • Asking for Cash – Instead of registering for things like stemware and china, more couples will be looking to get money in the form of experiences, asking guests to donate to a fund for something important to them, like say a house payment, or more.
  • Balloons and Arches – Why spend all that money on flowers, when balloons are totally in for centerpieces? Some folks are even using them to create arches around the alter.
  • Unexpected Entertainment –Instead of just a band or DJ, the hot trend will have couples looking to keep the fun going all night with a variety of entertainment, with things like sketch artists, tarot card readers and more.
  • Reimagined First Looks – Instead of the traditional first look being between just the bride and groom, couples will instead be inviting important people in their lives to share it, like their parents, or maybe their bridal party.
  • Signature Eats & Experiential Dining – Instead of just signature cocktails, couples will be personalizing their food experience, with things like “his” and “hers” dishes, and they’ll also be making food more of an “experience,” with things like open-fire cooking, or special chef plating in real time.
  • Passed Cake Bites, Hand-Painted Cakes & Inventive Flavors – Over the top cakes are out, while small passed cake bites, brought to guests so the party doesn’t have to stop, are in. For those who stick with a cake, more will opt for personalized and hand-painted cakes, while new flavors and exotic pairings for fillings and frostings are all the rage.
  • Non-Traditional Venues – More couples will be skipping the catering hall and opting for unique locations, like historic libraries, large homes and even boxing gyms.
  • Single Stem Bouquets & Baby's-Breath Revival – Big bouquets are out, single stem statement flowers are in, as are baby’s breath, which are great for things like flower crowns and other small hairpieces. 
  • It's All About the Sleeve – Strapless wedding gowns aren’t as hot as the used to be. More and more brides are opting for some kind of sleeve, with others wearing things like sheer capes or lace capelets.

Source: Yahoo Finance



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