How Gross Is It To Wear Your Shoes In The House?
In 2016, a study by researchers at the University of Arizona set the germophobic world on fire with a report that said the average shoe sole is covered with 421,000 bacteria and that 90 percent of those bacteria transfer directly to a clean tile floor on first contact. A 2017 study on shoe bacteria by the University of Houston showed that more than 26 percent of shoes examined test positive for C. diff, a bacteria that causes a potentially deadly super diarrhea. That’s more than triple the amount typically found in kitchens and bathrooms.
While these study statistics make it sound like all shoes are harbingers of death, they don’t tell the whole story. Everyone needs to calm down and put their shoes back on, according to Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at the John Hopkins Center for Health Security and an expert on infectious diseases.
“Just taking off your shoes isn’t really going to substantially diminish that microbial load you have in your house—nor would you want it to—because a lot of times, 99 percent of the microorganisms on the planet don’t do any harm,” Adalja says. “I find that the general public is often hung up on this concern of keeping everything as sterile as possible, not realizing that the floors in your house are [already] teeming with microorganisms [such as] bacteria and viruses.”
- Do you always take off your shoes before entering the house and have guests do so as well? Is it for health reasons or just that you don’t like dirt on your carpet? Does it annoy you as a guest if someone has you remove your shoes?
In Defense Of The Lunch Break
A lot of workers look forward to their lunch break in order to get a little freedom from the office, but the truth is, folks rarely take the full hour they are allotted, and that’s not really a good thing for employees or employers.
A new survey finds 90% of employees say getting to take a lunch break is important to them when taking a job, but in reality, more than half take less than 30 minutes to grab their food and eat it. And it seems employers are pretty clueless about it, with 88% saying they encourage their employees to take a full lunch break, while only 62% of employees say they actually feel encouraged to do so.
And it’s pretty apparent that employers should do more to make their workers take their full break, since the survey finds that employees have more satisfaction with their job when they do, and are more likely to stay with a company or recommend their employer to others.
- So why aren’t people taking their lunch breaks? Well, mostly it’s because they worry about being judged by their bosses and other workers, and they may have good reason for concern. It seems 34% of bosses look at how often someone takes a lunch break when evaluating job performance. What’s more, 22% of bosses judge employees who take lunch breaks as less hardworking and 13% of workers believe their co-workers look at them negatively if they take a regular lunch break.
The drunkest American cities, ranked
It's no secret that drinking to excess isn't healthy, but the residents of some American cities really like to tie one on. On the other hand, some cities are practically teetotal.
The website 24/7 Wall Street crunched the numbers to find out which cities top the list in either case. Green Bay, Wisconsin takes the cake for the state with the highest percentage of people who drink to excess. A staggering 50.5% of driving deaths there are related to booze.
For the record, Provo-Orem, Utah has been named the driest city in the U.S., not surprisingly, given its large population of alcohol-eschewing Mormons. Just 8.5% of those in Provo-Orem reported drinking to excess; the city had an alcohol-related crash rate of 14.3%.
Here are your 10 drunkest cities, according to the website:
1. Green Bay, Wis.Percent of adults drinking to excess: 26.5%Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 50.5%
2. Eau Claire, Wis.Pct. adults drinking to excess: 26.2%Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 38.9%
3. Appleton, Wis.Pct. adults drinking to excess: 26.2%Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 25.7%
4. Madison, Wis.Pct. adults drinking to excess: 25.9%Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 38.0%
5. Fargo, N.D., Minn.Pct. adults drinking to excess: 25.2%Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 38.0%
6. Oshkosh-Neenah, Wis.Pct. adults drinking to excess: 24.5%Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 47.9%
7. Missoula, Mont.Pct. adults drinking to excess: 24.3%Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 44.4%
8. Grand Forks, N.D.-Minn.Pct. adults drinking to excess: 24.2%Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 34.0%
9. Wausau, Wis.Pct. adults drinking to excess: 24.2%Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 28.9%
10. La Crosse-Onalaska, Wis.-Minn.Percent of adults drinking to excess: 23.8%Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 26.4%
The Mindfulness App You Need
We’re living complicated lives – it’s just the name of the game. That’s why we should be using all of that screen time we get for good. There’s an app you need – Happy Not Perfect. The goal of the app is to take you away from your hectic lives and give you exercises that are actually therapeutic.
It can be hard to meditate, and other means of relaxing don’t always work. The app does things like let you burn up a piece of paper with your fears on it. And really, how cool is that? All we really want to do when we’re worked up is set things on fire. There are mini games, breathing exercises, and mindfulness techniques. There are a ton of things that help you get back on track.
You really need to give your brain the care that you give your body. As often as you work out, you should also be doing something good for your brain. We could all use a little self love from time to time!
Teen Earns College Degree Before High School Graduation
While some high school students struggle to get their diploma, a 17-year-old from New Jersey is earning his college degree before he even graduates from high school. Kwinton Adams will earn his associates degree from Warren Community College this weekend and he doesn’t get his high school diploma until June 13.
Adams worked hard to skip the usual academic order, pulling six-hour study sessions every day to complete assignments from both high school and college classes. He earned six Advanced Placement credits toward his college degree and did online courses to finish his fast track and now all efforts are paying off.
Luckily, Adams says he likes studying, but he also credits his mom for motivating him to tackle both at once. “You have to try twice as hard and you should not be afraid to take the next step,” he says. And he has this advice for other teens, “Don’t doubt yourself.”