Hannah's Headlines - 5/8/2019


How Texting in the Supermarket Can Make You Fat

Try to avoid getting into a text volley with someone while at the supermarket because according to researchers it could make you fill your cart with all kinds of things you hadn’t planned on getting. When researchers looked at what people intended to buy and what they did, they saw that people who used their phones for “shopping-unrelated” tasks—like talking to someone, checking email, switching to a different playlist, or playing a game—bought significantly more unplanned items than people who didn’t use their phones while shopping. And those items tended to be “hedonic” products—those that “tend to be more decadent, excessive, or impractical,” says study co-author Michael R. Sciandra, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

  • Never get into a text volley with your stoner friends when at the supermarket, you’ll end up with a cart of ice cream and potato chips.


“Florida Man” Headlines Are Getting Their Own Show -Thanks to the treasure trove of weird stories about “a Florida man,” it’s becoming a cable series.

The Oxygen network is taking advantage of the recent social media attention and developing a new true-crime series called “Florida Man,” which examines outrageous crimes in the state. The producers of the series say if a crime sounds like it came straight from a Hollywood screenplay, there's a good chance it was committed by a Florida man.

Oxygen has several other true-crime series in development, including new projects byMark WahlbergandIce-T.

Source:Hollywood Reporter

Ohio Woman Breaks Into Home And Gets Comfy- An Ohio woman is under arrest for allegedly breaking into a home. It’s what she did afterwards that makes it odd.

Cheyenne Ewingallegedly snuck unto a Hamden home where she sat on the couch, pet the family dog and washed the dishes before leaving. The homeowner was home and stunned. After she was reported for her strange behavior, officers found Ewing knocking on doors in the neighborhood.

She later claimed to be on narcotics and awake for two days while giving a fake name to a deputy. She is at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a burglary charge, but the twist is she didn’t actually steal anything.


Want to start a successful business? Don't look on the bright side

While you may fantasize about leaving the grind behind and starting your own company, a new study shows thinking positive thoughts won't necessarily help you.

According to a study from the University of Bath and Cardiff University, pessimists tend to make better entrepreneurs.

By analyzing the startup and success rates of new business ventures, the researchers have found that optimistic people tend to over-estimate their business venture's potential, and that leads them to set up companies that have "no realistic prospect of financial success," according to the study.

Dr. Chris Dawson, Associate Professor in Business Economics at the University of Bath’s School of Management, said in astatement: "As a society we celebrate optimism and entrepreneurial thinking but when the two combine, it pays to take a reality check."

He adds, "Pessimism may not generally be seen as a desirable trait but it does protect people from taking on poor entrepreneurial projects."

Seeing as how 80% of people -- at least in the U.K., where the study was based -- see themselves as optimists, it's no surprise the researchers found that 50% of new businesses fail in the first five years. 

The pessimistic findings were published in theEuropean Economic Review.

The Summer Perks Most Employees Want

Summer is fast approaching, which means soon it’s going to be really tough to stay motivated in the office when it’s sunny and beautiful outside. Some workers have it lucky, with companies offering all sorts of summer perks, and a new poll reveals which ones are the most desired for the season.

The perk that most employees want over the summer is the ability to have a flexible schedule, like say being able to work condensed schedules or from home (52%).Among the other perks employees want:

  • Leaving early on Fridays (27%)
  • More relaxed dress code (11%)
  • Activities like picnics or potlucks (10%) 

And lucky for workers, it does sound like some companies are willing to provide some of these summer perks. While 14% of companies say they don’t offer any summer perks, 54% of managers say they would be willing to offer a more flexible schedule during summer, while 53% would be okay with a more relaxed dress code. What’s more, 48% would be down with company activities, but only 32% would be willing to allow workers to leave early on Fridays. 




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