Content for Friday, July 16
Americans Will Do Almost Anything to Go on a Two-Week Vacation
Seven in 10 Americans will do absolutely anything to go on a two-week vacation. A new survey found 65% of people get so fed up after a long workday, all they want to do is sit at home and relax for an average of four hours. In order to escape the confines of their home and go on vacation, 45% would endure a bath in ice-cold water. 43% would work on every weekend for a year and 38% would willingly give up celebrating every holiday for a year. A third of Americans feel their absolute happiest when they’re on vacation. When they’re on vacation, people are more likely to eat exotic foods (57%), spend more money (54%) and laugh more (53%) than they would at home. While 45% of people have an alcohol budget, 64% will spend more on alcohol while on vacation than any other time in their lives. WHAT WOULD AMERICANS DO FOR A VACATION?
Take a bath in ice cold water 45%
Work on every weekend for a year 43%
Give up celebrating holidays for a year 38%
Take a 10% cut to my pay 37%
Give up my favorite food 36%
A dream parking spot 34%
Cancel Netflix/streaming service forever 30%
Give up social media for a year 27%
Have your worst selfie published online 17%
One-Quarter of Americans are Interested in Living in a Mars Colony
Billionaire Elon Musk hopes to create a human settlement on Mars that could house one million people in the next 30 years. Data from YouGov indicates that even with a safe trip guaranteed, Americans are not interested in going to Mars for the remainder of their days. Three in five Americans (62%) are not interested in living on Mars long-term, a number that includes most men (57%) and two-thirds of women (67%). Four in five Americans who are 55 years and older (80%) want to stay on Earth, as do most 35-to 54-year-olds (57%). Musk may have a bit more luck recruiting younger Americans for his Mars mission: 45% of 18-to 34-year-olds would want to live on Mars in a colony, while 41% would not. Americans are split on whether the first humans will even land on Mars in their lifetime (45% say it’s very or fairly likely, 42% don’t think it’s likely to happen).
People Are Sharing Unwritten Rules That Might As Well Be Actual Laws
A Redditor asked, ”What is one unwritten rule that you believe everyone should know and follow? Here are some of the responses: ”If I show you a picture on my phone, don't go swiping sideways." "Give up your seat to the pregnant lady on the bus/train...or to anyone else who needs it." "Just because you can't get punched in the face over the internet, it's still not okay to write something that deserves a punch in the face.” "Just because you know someone who does something for a living that doesn't automatically mean you get a discount if you ask for their services." "The last of any food or drink is reserved for whoever bought that food or drink.” "If someone is giving you a ride, be ready at the door before they get there.” "If you borrow something, give it back in the same condition." "Always space out by at least one urinal in the restroom." "Talking to someone on speaker in public but putting the phone to your mouth anyway. Like...just take it off speaker." "Don't irritate or provoke people who handle or serve your food." "The last one to go to bed has to turn the light off."
If You Drink This Kind Of Red Wine, You're More Attractive
Drinking Pinot Noir makes you more attractive. Researchers found that Pinot Noir gives off very similar pheromones to that of men due the earthy spice notes, oak, and musk smell. Pheromones are technically hormones that are picked up by the senses to make people more attracted to one another.
New Emojis May Include 'Pregnant Man' and 'Pregnant Person'
The emoji board is meeting again to add new symbols to the emoji language. Among those up for review this year are a "pregnant man" and "pregnant person."
Board members explained, "It is yet to be confirmed which emojis are in the final version of Emoji 14.0. The final version is likely to resemble this draft list, and no new emojis will be added at this stage." "Pregnant Man and Pregnant Person are new, and recognize that pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people. These are additions to the existing Pregnant Woman emoji." The Biden administration has pushed through the term "birthing person," and this emoji is the symbolic equivalent of that language. The emoji approval board at Unicode accepts proposals from anyone. The 2020 Emoji additions added 117 new emojis, including 6 busts of men with mustaches in wedding veils, and 6 genderless figures feeding babies. Getting a new emoji on the keyboard begins with a submission to Unicode. They say that "Anyone can submit a proposal for an emoji character, but the proposal needs to have all the right information for it to have a chance of being accepted." Unicode Standard has more than 3,000 emojis.
NFL: Father-in-Law Says He Pepper-Sprayed Richard Sherman
A King County, Washington judge ordered San Francisco 49ers star Richard Sherman released from jail without bail yesterday following his arrest on suspicion of trying to break in to his in-laws’ home. The judge found probable cause that Sherman committed criminal trespassing, malicious mischief, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. The felony residential burglary allegation went away, which is what he was initially booked for. The judge called Sherman a “pillar of the community” and noted that it was his first arrest. He ordered that Sherman not have contact with his father-in-law and that he not use alcohol or non-prescription drugs. Sherman was belligerent, had been drinking heavily and had spoken of killing himself when he left his home. His wife, Ashley Sherman, called 911 to try to have police stop him. He was arrested early Wednesday after police said he crashed his car in a construction zone along a busy highway east of Seattle and then tried to break into his in-laws’ home. His father-in-law, Raymond Moss, told officers that he armed himself with a handgun and fired pepper-spray at the NFL cornerback to protect his family as Sherman tried to bust in the door with his shoulder. Ashley Sherman told police her husband had been on anti-depressants and was receiving mental health counseling.
NFL: 2021 Season will Include Black National Anthem, Social Justice Messages
The Black national anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing”, is reportedly set to return before NFL games for good starting this Fall. The NFL allowed social justice phrases like "End Racism" to be painted in the back of teams’ end zones, and players were able to honor victims of systemic racism and police violence last year. The NFL plans on ratcheting up their anti-racism messaging for the 2021 season.
(Ruh Roh!).. Dog Grabbing a Snack Starts a House Fire
A golden retriever started a fire at a Lake Orion, Michigan home while trying to grab a snack. A security camera recorded the dog as he got up on the counter to pull down some food. During his quest, the dog turned on a gas burner which then started a fire in the kitchen. Luckily, the security system alerted an agent who was able to call for help. Firefighters got to the house quickly to put out the fire and rescue the dog.
Woman Says Her Father Named Her After His MISTRESS So He Wouldn't Get Busted For Cheating-- If He Accidentally Said The Moniker In Front Of His Wife
A woman from Kentucky revealed that her father named her after his mistress to make sure he wouldn't get caught cheating if he called her mom by the wrong name. The 31-year-old woman took to TikTok to reveal her dad named her Kristina. She said, “Everything was fine for a few months… until my mom found out that my dad was cheating on her.” The woman continued, “And guess what the woman's name was? Kristina. So if he messed up and called her the wrong name, he could say he was talking about me.” She also revealed that her dad left when she was three and never had any contact with her or her sisters until they were grown.
Ashton Kutcher Bought A Ticket For Next Virgin Galactic Flight But Wife Mila Kunis Made Him Return It... It Was 'Not A Smart Family Decision'
Ashton Kutcher revealed that he bought a ticket for the next Virgin Galactic flight into space but wife, Mila Kunis made him return it. The “That ‘70s Show” actor said, “When I got married and had kids my wife basically encouraged that it was not a smart family decision to be heading into space when we have young children.” He continued, “So I ended up selling my ticket back to Virgin Galactic and I was supposed to be on the next flight but I will not be on the next flight.” Kutcher added, “But at some point I’m going to space!”
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Woman Says Dad Named Her After Mistress So He Wouldn't Get Caught
A woman revealed that her father named her after his mistress to ensure he wouldn't get caught cheating if he called her mom by the wrong name. Kristina Fletcher, 31, from Crestwood, Kentucky, shared the shocking story on TikTok last week.
Ashton Kutcher's Wife Made Him Sell His Virgin Space Ticket
Ashton Kutcher has revealed that he bought a ticket for the next Virgin Galactic flight into space - only to then sell it back. Kucher said his wife Mila Kunis persuaded him not to go because of their children. 'When I got married and had kids my wife basically encouraged that it was not a smart family decision to be heading into space when we have young children', Kuther said,
Amazon's Alexa Can Now Sound Like Shaq Or Melissa McCarthy
You can now have your Amazon Alexa speakwith the voices of Shaquille O’Neal or Melissa McCarthy for $4.99 each. They join the other celebrity voice option: Samuel L. Jackson. Here's the Shaq voice telling a joke.
White House Flagging Pandemic 'Disinformation' On Facebook
The Biden administration has been "flagging" content for Facebook to remove, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.
Backstreet Boy AJ McLean On Future Tour With Britney And NSYNC
Backstreet Boys' member AJ McLean thinks a joint tour with his group and NSYNC would huge, if Justin Timberlake were onboard.
AJ talks about the last time he saw Britney Spears while in a Los Angeles bakery. He says she appeared overmedicated by her conservators.