Hannah's Headlines- 2/15/2018

What’s Your Cure For A Bad Day?

Having a bad day? Brace yourself — the average American experiences sixty bad days per year, a new study has revealed. The survey of 2,000 working Americans examined how we deal with stress, what exactly a “bad day” consists of and what effect it has on our subsequent health. Work was inevitably a big contributor, as the results found the average respondent blames work for four out of the five bad days they experience in a typical month.

  • What usually causes your bad day and how do you like to remedy it?

Link: https://nypost.com/2018/02/13/americans-have-two-months-of-bad-days-every-year/

The Truth About Weddings In America

There’s no doubt a lot of couples got engaged yesterday on Valentine’s Day, and they better start putting their money away immediately because if they want a full-blown wedding it’s going to cost them. The Knot’s annual Real Wedding Study surveyed close to 13,000 couples who got hitched in 2017 to uncover the truth about the big day, and it seems the average wedding cost is pretty ridiculous. 

Couples in 2107 spent an average of $33,391, and that doesn’t include the honeymoon, but big spenders, defined as couples spending $60K or more, averaged a whopping $105,130. Weddings are getting a bit smaller though, with the average number of guests decreasing from 149 in 2009 to 136 in 2017, at an average cost of $268 per guest. 

As for who pays for the wedding, as tradition dictates, the bride’s family still shells out  the most, contributing 45% of the overall budget, with the bride and groom themselves paying 41% and the groom’s parents contributing about 13%. 

Other wedding statistics include:

  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,509
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride 29.3; Groom, 30.9
  • State with the Oldest Brides: New York (boroughs outside Manhattan) 33.2
  • State with the Oldest Grooms: New York (boroughs outside Manhattan) 35.4
  • State with the Youngest Brides: Utah and Central Illinois 26.4
  • State with the Youngest Groom: Oklahoma and Iowa 27.8
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: September (16%), June (15%) and October (14%)
  • Average Cost of an Engagement Ring: $5,764 ($13,933 for big spenders)

To check out the full breakdown, click here.

Source: Market Watch


Dead Skin Cells Could Be Slowing Your Computer

This may be the grossest news you hear all day, but according to a Best Buy Geek Squad guy, the reason your computer is running so slowly could be your dead skin cells. It turns out, when it flakes off, it could be gunking up your computer. So in addition to temporary Internet files and unused apps, the skin you shed could be making it crawl along.

"A lot of dust, food, and other junk builds up in your computer and especially your fans inside your computer," Geek Squad’s Adam Silkeyexplains. "Those are what keeps your computer cool and keeps it speedy."

And that “dust” and “other junk” he’s talking about? It’s mainly dead skin. While it’s normal to shed skin cells, not using cans of compressed air regularly to spray off the buildup on your computer could eventually cause it to clog up the fan, Silkey says. And now that we know, let’s all give our keyboards a good wipe down with some Lysol wipes and spray our computers clean with compressed air. Sounds like they could all use it.

Source: Allure

Fast Food Wrappers May Contribute To Weight Gain

As if fast food wasn’t already contributing to obesity, now it appears exposure to a chemical in their wrappers can slow metabolism. Fast food wrappers contain the chemicals perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs. Research form Harvard’s School of Public Health has linked exposure to these substances to a decrease in metabolism, which can lead to weight gain.

PFASs are used in the wrappers to prevent grease from leaking out. According to the "Daily Mail," “The chemicals can permeate into the food… and are then ingested and absorbed into the bloodstream.” Qi Sun, the lead researcher on the project founds a “clear link” between exposure to the chemicals and a slower metabolism and warns that “every single person in the U.S. likely has a detectable level of PFASs in their blood.” 

Source: Daily Mail



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