Content for Thursday, June 17
Americans Say the 1970s and 1980s were the Best Music Decades
YouGov polled more than 17,000 Americans about which time period they believe had the best music. Among US adults overall, the 1970s and 1980s prove to be the best decades for music, with 21% and 22% of the vote, respectively. 14% picked the 1960s, and 14% said the 1990s. Only 6% choose the 2000s. Just 3% of Americans believe that the 2010s had the best music of any decade. Generation Z — born in 2000 or later — put the 2010s (17%) and the 2000s (16%) at the top of the list, followed by the 1980s (14%), the 1990s (12%), and then the current decade (6%). Among Millennials (born 1982 – 1999), about one-quarter (23%) believe that the 1990s were the best decade for music, followed by the 1980s (19%). Two in five (38%) members of Generation X (born 1965 – 1981) think that the 1980s had the best music, far more than the percentage who believe either the 1990s (18%) or 1970s (17%) were the superior decades for music. Among Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964), 38% believe that the 1970s were the best decade for music. This data suggests a general trend around people tending to most prefer the music that was popular when they were young. Rap and hip-hop fans say the ‘90s had the best music, while rock fans say the ‘70s and ‘80s were best. Three in 10 Americans (31%) say they’re fans of country music. Among this group, 23% think the best music was made in the 1980s, while 21% think the best music decade was the 1970s.
Tell Your Boss: The Perfect Number of Hours to Work Every Day Is... Five
Research shows that five work hours a day can improve productivity and bolster wellbeing. "...five hours is about the maximum that most of us can concentrate hard on something." “There are periods when you can push past that, but the reality is that most of us have about that good work time in us every day.” Californian ecommerce business Tower Paddle Boards and German digital consultancy Rheingans, say they experienced a similar phenomenon when they moved to compressed-hour models. Tower CEO Stephan Aarstol says he was startled by the results when the business adopted a five-hour working day in 2015. Staff worked from 8am to 1pm with no breaks and, because employees became so focused on maximizing output in order to have the afternoons to themselves, turnover increased by 50 percent.
Parents Stunned to Discover Washing Machine Filter Needs to Be Cleaned Monthly… (It Does?)
A TikToker has gone viral for her shocking washing machine discovery, and parents everywhere are running to their laundry room to check theirs. When the woman posted her video online it quickly racked up over 10M views. She said, “So I saw on TikTok people cleaning their filter pumps, or whatever? Their filters for their washers? I just Googled, and apparently you’re supposed to do this monthly? I think my boyfriend has owned this house for eight years, and he’s never done it. I’ve lived here for three, and I’ve never done it. I can safely tell you this washer has never been cleaned.” She begins removing the filter, with a bowl and towel at the ready beneath the opening. She said, “Water started coming out, and it literally smells so bad. I can’t even describe it.” According to FamilyHandyman.com, your washing machine filter should be cleaned as regularly as the lint trap on your dryer. Thousands of parents and homeowners have flooded the woman’s comments with shock, confusion, and praise. One viewer replied: “I’m scared to open mine.”
What Your Birth Order Says About Your Love Life
William Cane, author of "The Birth Order Book of Love," mentions that, "Your personality is directly related to how you interact with other people." This makes sense as the first people you connect with in life on an emotional level are your siblings and parents. So, what does your birth order say about your love life and relationships? To see how you fare, take a look below. If you are the first-born child... As a first-born child, you are a natural leader and can take control of any situation. First-borns are stereotypically seen as being more reliable, ambitious, intelligent, and diligent than their younger siblings, and rightfully so. This means that you're very confident in your relationship and are a pro when it comes to planning dates. If you are the middle child... Being the middle child, you're not afraid of going with the flow. But sometimes, you have a stubborn streak (especially when it comes to keeping secrets). Middle children make the perfect partners because they're so easy-going, which can be attributed to dealing with their older and younger siblings. In a relationship, your go-with-the-flow attitude is a breath of fresh air in your relationships, but you need to be careful that you don't become too blasé. If you are the last-born child... You are a last-born child, meaning you love being the center of attention and are a bit of a rebel at times. As the baby in your family, you're used to getting your way, which means you can be a little stubborn when you're in a relationship. Though last-borns are more spontaneous, they are less likely to be in control. If you are an only child... Not only are you responsible as an only child, you're also super-reliable. You're very mature and take dating seriously. While your success in relationships is definitely influenced by your birth order, it should also be noted that in order to have a successful and happy relationship, you also need to be willing to put in the work. Communicate, be vulnerable, and remember that a partnership requires two people.
(SILLY) A Petition to Keep Jeff Bezos in Space Is Gaining Popularity
A Change.org petition is seeking to keep Jeff Bezos in space. In the petition, launched six days ago, 7,000 people have signed on to urge Amazon founder to remain in space and not reenter the Earth’s atmosphere when he makes history as the first Blue Origin passenger flight scheduled for July 20. Organizer of the petition says, “Jeff Bezos is actually Lex Luthor disguised as the supposed owner of a super successful online retail store. However, he’s actually an evil overlord hell-bent on global domination. We’ve known this for years.” “Sign the petition. Share with your friends and family. The fate of humanity is in your hands. The petition’s goal is to attain 15,000 signatures.
$6 Million for a Super Bowl Commercial
NBC is talking to potential advertisers about a price tag of $6 million for a 30-second spot during the next Super Bowl broadcast. That would set a new record in pricing for Super Bowl commercials. Super Bowl LVI is slated to be broadcast on Feb. 13, 2022, from Inglewood. NBC is pressing for higher prices from advertisers even though the most recent Super Bowl broadcast drew an average of 96.4 million viewers — the smallest audience for the game since 2007.
Boy Vows to Mow 50 Lawns For 50 Veterans in Honor of His Grandfather
A 14-year-old started his own lawn mowing business and is known to his community as "the lawn kid". After losing his beloved grandfather, a military veteran and volunteer firefighter, the teen wanted to use his skills for a good cause. He gave himself a goal of doing 50 lawns for 50 veterans. The first cut is always free. After that, the boy gives veterans a discount each time he comes back. His parents have been posting his progress on Facebook. Each post is accompanied by an image of the freshly cut lawn, an American flag and "the lawn kid" holding up his hand to show the number of lawns he has accomplished.
A Group Of Parents Sent Their Kids' Face Masks to A Lab for Analysis. Here's What They Found: Icky Stuff
A group of Florida parents sent a batch of six masks worn by their children to a lab for analysis. The resulting report found that five masks were contaminated with bacteria, parasites, and fungi, including three with dangerous pathogenic and pneumonia-causing bacteria. No viruses were detected on the masks, although the test is capable of detecting viruses. The analysis detected the following 11 dangerous pathogens on the masks: • Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumonia) • Mycobacterium tuberculosis (tuberculosis) • Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis, sepsis) • Acanthamoeba polyphaga (keratitis and granulomatous amebic encephalitis) • Acinetobacter baumanni (pneumonia, blood stream infections, meningitis, UTIs— resistant to antibiotics) • Escherichia coli (food poisoning) • Borrelia burgdorferi (causes Lyme disease) • Corynebacterium diphtheriae (diphtheria) • Legionella pneumophila (Legionnaires' disease) • Staphylococcus pyogenes serotype M3 (severe infections—high morbidity rates) • Staphylococcus aureus (meningitis, sepsis) Half of the masks were contaminated with one or more strains of pneumonia-causing bacteria. One-third were contaminated with one or more strains of meningitis-causing bacteria. One-third were contaminated with dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens. In addition, less dangerous pathogens were identified, including pathogens that can cause fever, ulcers, acne, yeast infections, strep throat, periodontal disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and more. ** The face masks studied were new or freshly-laundered before wearing and had been worn for 5 to 8 hours, most during in-person schooling by children aged 6 through 11. One was worn by an adult. A t-shirt worn by one of the children at school and unworn masks were tested as controls. No pathogens were found on the controls. Proteins found on the t-shirt, for example, are not pathogenic to humans and are commonly found in hair, skin, and soil. ** A parent who participated in the study, Ms. Amanda Donoho, commented that this small sample points to a need for more research: “We need to know what we are putting on the faces of our children each day. Masks provide a warm, moist environment for bacteria to grow.”
Woman Shares 'Weird' Note She Found Hidden in Thrift Shop Purchase
A woman who bought a pair of secondhand bedside tables was in for a shock when she found a note inside written by her younger sister. She said, “The weirdest thing just happened, and I’m not making this up.” In her video, she went on to say that she bought the tables at Goodwill, and when she was emptying out the drawers, she found a crumpled up piece of paper with some names and phone numbers — which she recognized immediately. “It legit says: ‘Carly’s home number and mom’s cellphone number.’ It has my mom’s cellphone number and our home phone number from, like, 15 years ago.” Her youngest sister is named Carly. She said, “What are the chances of that?” After further investigating the other notes in the drawer, she figured out that a childhood friend had been involved in the letter-writing too.
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Stephen King Used $400,000 Advance To Help Dying Mother
Stephen King talked for the first time about getting a $400,000 advance for 'Carrie' in the late 70s, and being able to tell his cancer-stricken mother that she could quit her job.
President Biden Apologizes For Snapping At Reporter
The Rock Talks About Being A Good Dad
Chris Rock Turned Down Rolls On 'The Sopranos'
Chris says turned down offers to be on 'The Sopranos' when he was filming 'The Chris Rock Show' for HBO years ago.