TSA Expects People To Fly With Thanksgiving Food For The Holidays
The U.S. Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) expects more than 25 million travelers to pass through airport screening checkpoints during the Thanksgiving holiday travel season. And because Thanksgiving is about food, lots of travelers will be packing family favorites to take along to the festivities.
And, in case you didn’t know, turkeys can fly, even in your carry-on luggage. Of course, the bird would need to meet airline carry-on size regulations and the TSA officer at the gate is the final arbiter about what gets on the plane.
What about stuffing and all the fixings? That depends. The revered family cornbread stuffing may be packed in a carry-on bag. For that matter, any kind of stuffing is okay. So are pumpkin pies and side dishes like yams and green beans.
Where you might run into a problem is with food items that could be categorized as liquids. Wine is an obvious item that needs to be put in a checked bag and not carried on. The TSA allows you to bring as many alcoholic beverages as you want as long as the alcohol content is less than 24% (48 proof). For beverages with alcohol content between 24% and 70% (140 proof), the maximum allowed is five liters and bottles should be in unopened, original packaging.
The TSA considers some food items as liquids that you may not think of as such. For example, cranberry sauce. In a carry-on bag, cranberry sauce is limited to a container of no more 3.4 ounces that must be placed in a one-quart plastic bag along with your mouthwash and toothpaste. That’s barely enough sauce for a single person. If you plan to take more than just enough for your own enjoyment, put it in checked luggage.
Remember that the TSA gate officer has the final word about what items fly in carry-on luggage. You will make no friends among your fellow travelers if you get into an argument over cranberry sauce.
Millennial Women Think You Should Spend This Much On The Ring
With winter coming in full swing, we’re about to see a bunch of snowy engagement photos flooding our timelines. According to WeddingWire, 40% of engagements are happening right about now – between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. But how are you supposed to be able to afford the rock on top of all of the other holiday shopping you have to do?
“Refinery29” journalist Anabel Pasarow asked a series of women how much their rings cost. The answers ranged anywhere between $70 rings from Etsy to $30,000 rings from fine jewelers. It really depends on the woman and your man’s salary. So what’s the soft spot? Most millennial women expect a ring to be under $2,000 (we think that’s reasonable).
And at the end of the day, do you really want to add engagement ring debt to your list of monthly bills? We’re guessing the answer is no. It’s about the marriage and the relationship, NOT the ring!
Cow Cuddling Is The New Wellness Trend Now And It Costs $300 For A 90-Minute Session
Ever thought of snuggling up with a 1,000 lb farm animal to help with your mental health? No? Neither have I. But, if the sound of that intrigues you, you’re in luck. Because as it turns out, ‘cow cuddling’ might be the hottest new wellness trend. It’ll set you back a few bills, but could it be worth it?
According to PubMed, there is proof that humans can decrease their stress levels by interacting with animals. How one may choose to go about that is their own preference. While this concept, in particular, might sound a little strange, the new therapy trend falls in line with other programs we’ve seen in the past. Remember goat yoga? Or cat yoga? What about bunny yoga? While yoga with a cow might be a little tricky, cuddling with them might be the next best thing.
Mountain Horse Farm in upstate New York has a program offering the ‘Horse & Cow Experience’ where individuals can spend time connecting with the large barnyard animals. You can interact with them however you want to by petting, brushing or playing. If you’re not in the mood to play with the animals, you can simply cuddle with them. “Cows have a body temperature that is slightly higher than humans and their heart rate is lower than ours. Cuddling up with a cow, feeling that lower heart rate and higher body temperature, is very relaxing,” Mountain Horse Farm wrote on their website.
Edible Glitter Turkeys Are A Thing
There are all kinds of wacky takes on the traditional Thanksgiving turkey from turkeys covered in Cheeto dust, to turkeys rolled in crushed Doritos. If you thought that was the craziest it could get, think again. The second Instagram gets a hold of your turkey, you KNOW it’ll be covered in glitter. And EDIBLE!
Edible glitter turkeys are taking over Thanksgiving dinner tables this year, and the results are weirdly beautiful. All you have to do is get your hands on some edible glitter (usually found with the baking goods in your grocery store), and you’re pretty much halfway there. The next step is to simply cook the turkey as you normally would, except your last step will be to paint on the glitter!
Sound weird? It sure is! Does it taste good? We’re not sure. But it looks good on Instagram, so it all depends what your priorities are.
Sucking On Your Kid’s Pacifier May Actually Be Good For Them
Have you ever sucked on your kid’s pacifier to clean it off after it fell on the floor? Maybe not with the first kid, but probably with the second or third, right? It’s okay, just admit it … most of us are guilty. But it turns out our shared shame-filled secret could actually be beneficial for the little one, according to science.
A recent study finds that sucking on a kid’s pacifier helps prevent allergies. Researchers found that babies who sucked on a pacifier with traces of their mom’s saliva actually had lower levels of IgE antibody, a common allergy-causing protein in the body, all thanks to the microbes in their mama’s spit.
“The idea is that the microbes you’re exposed to in infancy can affect your immune system’s development later in life,” study authors explains.
The study was small, so scientists aren’t advising parents to start sucking on their baby’s pacifiers to prevent allergies just yet. But the findings do support previous theories about the benefits of babies being exposed to microbes. And it’s a little reassurance that parents don’t need to feel guilty about the occasional less-than-sterile move. We can’t raise them in a bubble, and apparently that’s a good thing.
Source: The Stir