Today is National Nut Day
Feeling Lucky? There’s A Combined $2-Billion Up For Grabs
This is the week to bring out your lucky horseshoes and four-leaf clovers. America's two largest lotteries are expecting a combined jackpot of more than two-billion dollars.
While the Mega Millions pot will be up to a staggering $1-point-6-billion for tomorrow’s pull, the Powerball drawing on Wednesday is expected to reach at least 620-million dollars. Powerball had the previous world record at just under one-point-six billion for a 2016 drawing.
To put this in perspective, if you won $1-million and spent $1,000 per day, you’d run out of money in about three years. You spent at the same rate after winning $1-billion? It would take more than 2,700 years to spend it all. Good luck!
Source: USA Today
This Is The Worst Number of Kids to Have
A survey by “Today” found that moms who have three children are more stressed than those who have fewer kids. It also found that moms who have more than four children actually report lower levels of stress.
“There’s just not enough space in your head for perfectionism when you get to four or more kids,” Dr. Janet Taylor told “Today.” “The more children you have, the more confident you become in your parenting abilities. You have to let go … and then you’re just thankful when they all get to school on time.”
More than 7,000 mothers were surveyed, and moms on average reported their stress level at 8.5 on a scale of one to 10. Meanwhile, 46 percent say their partners were more stressful than their kids. Even worse, 75 percent of moms say their stress comes from the pressure they put on themselves to save face in front of other parents.
“You always hear about the mommy wars, but I feel like we’re judging ourselves more harshly than anyone else,” said Jill Smokler, owner of blog “Scary Mommy.” She has three kids and says it’s the most stressful number.
“Going from one to two was an easy, breezy transition,” said Maryland-based Smokler. “Two to three, everything was turned upside down. I did not feel like I had it together…just crossing the street and not being able to physically hold all their hands I found tremendously stressful.”
Don't want to wake the baby? Now you and Alexa can whisper to each other
The tech site Engadget is reporting that if you find Amazon Echo devices helpful, but their on-board assistant Alexa a little loud sometimes, you and Alexa can now whisper to each other. The so-called "whisper mode" allows you to use the same commands you'd normally tell Alexa -- such as "dim the lights" or "play some lullabys" -- but she'll be able to hear you whisper them. And Alexa will confirm those commands as she always does -- but will do so in hushed tones. While a handy bit of bedtime tech, the upgrade is actually teaching the assistants to listen and reply in kind to conversational cues, and reply in a similar tone of voice. For example, you wouldn't respond to a friend telling you something quietly by boldly proclaiming a response.
Study: Women Would Rather Hang Out With Their BFF Than Hubby
As much as we love our partners, there’s nothing like female friendships. We could probably get by without ever having another date, but we’d never survive without the support and encouragement we get from our besties. And now there’s a survey confirming just how precious our BFFs are to us, revealing more than half of women say they prefer the company of their best friend to their husband.
The survey, conducted by Champney Health Spa in the U.K., asked 1,517 married women about their friendships and relationships and it turns out, many women consider their female friends closer than family. Of those surveyed, 44% admit they confide in their bestie more than their hubby and many say their BFF is “less irritating” than their spouse. Another area female friends ranked higher than life partners? Giving advice.
The spa also says it’s “pretty telling” that women are more likely to bring their best friends to a day of indulging treatments at the spa, but that may have more to do with the husbands not being as interested in a clay mask or foot massage as their lady loves. Sure, some guys like to get pampered as much as their partners, but there are times when nothing beats spending time with your best friend.
Not a hugger? Science may know why
A recent study proved getting a hug from someone can boost your mood for as much as 24 hours, and blunt the effects of a bad day. But science be damned, there are some people who just don't like being hugged.
Now scientists thing they have a hold on why.
Suzanne Degges-White, a professor of counselling at Northern Illinois University, says how a person was raised has a lot to do with whether they like being hugged or not.
Long story short, if you got lots of hugs from your parents, you're probably a hugger, and if not, you're probably not. "Our tendency to engage in physical touch -- whether hugging, a pat on the back, or linking arms with a friend -- is often a product of our early childhood experiences," Degges-White tells TIME. She cites a 2012 study that notes that, concluding, "hugging is an important element in a child’s emotional upbringing."
However, Degges-White also expressed that some people who weren't hugged a lot as kids can actually go the other way: hug starved, they, as adults, seek out doing so even in social situations.
Long story short, unless you know a person is comfortable with it, maybe stick to a handshake.