Hannah's Headlines- 8/16/2018


After Straws, Will They Come For Balloons Next?

As we previously told you, several companies, including Starbucks, Marriott and Disney are doing away with straws over environmental concerns, and now a new report suggests another favorite may be on the verge of extinction as well – balloons.

As much as people love balloons, they’ve been a big issue for environmentalists for a while. Most folks love to release them into the air, but once their air runs out or they pop, their pieces fall back to earth, which can deadly to animals like seabirds and turtles, who’ll eat them.

While a ban of balloons isn’t getting as much publicity as that of straws, some places are taking steps to get rid of them. For example, starting this year, Clemson University will no longer release 10,000 balloons in the air before football games, and Virginia has tried to urge folks to release something other than balloons at weddings.

  • Earlier this year, Rhode Island took things one-step further, banning the sale balloons in order to protect marine life. And while that sounds like no fun, a rep for Rhode Island notes, “There are all kinds of alternatives to balloons, a lot of ways to express yourself." 
  • Balloons aren’t necessarily the worst culprits when it comes to coastal debris, but they can be particularly hazardous to marine life. Although the Balloon Council (yes one exists) doesn’t necessarily believe balloons are causing the death of marine life, they do try and educate folks on being responsible when it comes to balloons. The urge the public to not release them into the air, and suggest weighted strings on them so they don’t fly away.

Source: CBS News

Ordering The Same Meal As Your Date Can Make Sparks Fly

When you go to dinner on a date, do you try to avoid ordering the same thing? You may want to rethink that strategy, because researchers at the University of Chicago found that people are more likely to feel closer to others who eat the same thing, and they trust them more, too.

In the study, scientists found that when participants ate similar foods, it helped them build trust in new relationships, when they don’t know much about each other and are forming first impressions. So this fits perfectly into dating. Like if you’re on a date with someone you don’t know well yet and you’re about to order the Pad Thai with shrimp and your date orders it first, you feel an instant connection.

This backs up previous research that shows we like people who are like us. A

survey from earlier this year finds that the happiest couples share some of the same interests, like camping or hitting the gym together. And it makes sense, because the more you have in common, the less you have to argue about.

So having similar taste in food doesn’t mean you’ll get along, but it’s a good sign. And if you’re date orders one of your go-to favorite dishes, it could be love at first bite - or at least lead to a second date.

Source: Elite Daily

All The Fall-Flavored Stuff You Can Eat Now

Ready or not, pumpkin spice ridiculousness is right around the corner. It’s still summer, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to for the tastes of fall. You can find plenty of pumpkin spice, caramel, and maple-flavored foods and drinks on store shelves now. These are some of the goodies you can get your hands on today.

  • Pumpkin Spice Cheerios
  • Natural Bliss Maple flavor Almond milk creamer
  • Thomas’s Pumpkin Spice Bagels
  • And Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese to go with them
  • Pumpkin Spice Jello
  • Pumpkin wine
  • Jif Maple Peanut Butter Spread
  • Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds
  • Kraft Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows
  • Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
  • Werther’s Caramel Apple Candies
  • All kinds of pumpkin spice coffees and bottled PSL Frappuccinos
  • Pumpkin Spice Kahlua

So, now you can get out there and pumpkin spice up your life!

Source: Delish

Woman’s Lost Contact Lens Found In Her Eye...28 Years Later

Everyone loses a contact lens now and then, which is why one unnamed woman from the United Kingdom didn’t think anything of it when she lost one during a game of badminton. That is, until she went to the eye doctor almost three decades later complaining about her swollen eyelid. 

Doctors found a “well-defined” cyst right above her eye. When they surgically removed the cyst and broke it open, they made a shocking discovery – a single hard contact lens. It turns out that the contact lens probably moved up into her eyelid when she got hit in the face during the badminton game, staying there for 28 years.

They’re still not sure how the contact lens only started causing problems so many years later, since there were no “elicited triggers” to start the sudden inflammation. The woman’s just glad her eyelid isn’t drooping and puffy anymore.

Source: Live Science

The Highest Paying Jobs In America

While finding a job that you enjoy with great people is important, let's face it, for a lot of people the most important thing about a gig is the paycheck. In fact, a Glassdoor survey reveals that for 67% of people, salary and compensation is one of their main considerations when taking a job.

So, who are the people making the most money these days? Well, Glassdoor analyzed feedback from their users over the past year and have come out with their annual list of the Highest Paying Jobs in America, and let’s just say, you’ll probably have to go back to school if you want one of them.

Topping the list again this year is physician a median base at $$195,842, and 3,038 openings currently available . Coming in at number two this year is pharmacy manager, with a median base salary of $146,412, followed by pharmacist with a median base salary of $127,120.

Top Ten Highest Paying Jobs in America for 2016(click here for all 25) 

  1. Physician - Median Base Salary: $195,842
  2. Pharmacy Manager - $146,412
  3. Pharmacist - $127,120
  4. Enterprise Architect - $115,944
  5. Corporate Counsel - $115,580
  6. Software Development Manager - $108,879
  7. Physician Assistant - $108,761
  8. Software Engineering Manager - $107,479
  9. Nurse Practitioner - $106,962
  10. Software Architect - $105,329

Source: Glassdoor

Customers threaten to fight restaurant employees after owners change crinkle-cut to straight-cut french fries

New owners of a famous Maine eatery are learning an important lesson quickly: don't mess with the fries. 

When Leslie and Jim Parsons took ownership of Bolley's Famous Franks, a famous eatery in Waterville, Maine, they decided to cut costs by changing the crinkle-cut french fries to straight-cut last June.

Bad move.  The couple didn't realize their seemingly simple change would cause massive blowback and even physical threats, Central Maine reports. 

“People come in with a negative attitude that the fries aren’t going to be the same,” Jim said. "They think we're changing tradition."

Leslie said customers have threatened to fight her and her husband over the change. 

“Within the last week, we have encountered some pretty disturbing and hostile customers apparently very unhappy with our straight cut French fry,” she wrote in Facebook. “While I fully understand the crinkle cut has been the long standing traditional fry of Bolleys, I was forced to make an unpopular business decision for reasons as a business owner one must make from time to time.”

According to Leslie, nothing about the fries have changed except for the cut. In fact, many customers even described the fries as good as they were before the Parsons took ownership. But some customers are still "acting out" in the store over the outrage of straight-cut fries -- bad enough that Leslie Parsons says she fears for her three daughters, who often hang around the restaurant. 

"When someone is hostile, you don’t know where the endpoint is going to be,” she said. “If you’re getting into fights over french fries, you’ve got bigger problems.”



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