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(Can YOU Relate?)... Families Get Tired of Each Other During Road Trips After 3 Hours and 46 Minutes

A new study from SWNS Digital has found that families get tired of each other during road trips after 3 hours and 46 minutes. If you're taking a road trip with your friends, the good times last a little longer, and you start getting tired of each other after 4 hours and 23 minutes. The study also revealed that people think the "perfect" road trip lasts four-and-a-half days, takes them through four different states, and hits five major landmarks. California was voted the best state for road trips overall, followed by Arizona, and Alabama.

When Does Summer Really Start?

According to most Americans, summer no longer starts on June 20th. A new survey finds that 59 percent of respondents said their summer will be in full swing well before the “official” start of summer. 51 percent believing the season starts as soon as the temperature hits 75 degrees. The top three activities most likely to signify the start of summer: 34 percent “declare it summer” after buying ice cream from an ice cream truck. Hosting or attending a barbeque (34%) and floating on a river (33%). 55 percent are planning to pack in TWICE the number of activities as they would in a typical summer. The poll finds summer 2021 will cost the average respondent at least $1,394 for dining, travel, and entertainment. In order to make more of the season, 45 percent said they’re starting their summer activities earlier and continuing them later than they would in a typical year.

People Are Sharing The Biggest Mistakes Their Parents Made While Raising Them

Reddit user u/FernK21 recently asked other users, "What was your parent's biggest mistake in raising you?” Here are some of the best ones: 1. "My dad used fear as his main parenting strategy. It did not turn out well because none of us have a good relationship with him anymore." —u/KareenBonds 2. "I was wayyyyy too sheltered. I was only allowed to play with religious children and wasn't allowed to watch basically any movies besides Disney movies until I was in high school. This led to a pretty rebellious phase when I was around 15 that I think could have been avoided if my parents weren't so strict." —u/CrispyCrunchyPoptart 3. "They shared their financial struggles with me when I was too young. I was so stressed as a child over my mom’s money situation. Because of it, I’d never really ask for anything and felt guilty doing extracurricular activities or even just getting new clothes as I grew." —u/theambears 4. "What I really hated as a kid was that my mom didn't want me to grow up. She didn't teach me how to do laundry, pack my clothes, swim, or anything. She was also overly protective, and I still cope with a bunch of irrational fears as an adult." —u/kralicek16 5. "They gave me no privacy. My parents snooped through my stuff too much. They searched my clothing drawers for hidden things, checked my phone, eavesdropped on my conversations, talked about my private life to their friends, and spied on me when I was out. They asked their friends to report in if they ever saw me out and around, checked my mail, checked the computer history every time I used it, listened to my CDs to check if they were appropriate, arranged additional meetings with my teachers to ask about me, and asked me personal questions all the time. Basically didn't give me any space to just be me." —u/whymyheadhurt 6. "It was the way they used to communicate through me because they wouldn't speak to each other after they separated. When I had to deliver a message from one parent that the other one didn't like, I was the one who was yelled at, and both of them asked me to side with them instead of the other." —u/thingstooverthink 7. "They took away sports every time I got a C in school. I will NEVER take away my future kid's passions. It does not matter if it's sports, art, music, or anything else. I don't know if the frustration of that will ever dissipate for me. That was my outlet that was severely needed." —u/jomo1322 8. "They didn't teach me anything about financial responsibility."—u/wee_man 9. "They left me to my own devices so long as my grades were good. They didn't teach me much of anything outside of knowing right from wrong. Outside of being kept alive, I pretty much raised myself."—u/Wyzeman3283 10. "My mom and dad turned me into the third parent when my twin sisters were born. I can easily say I’ve changed more diapers, stayed up more nights, and given more feedings. My childhood was pretty much taken from me so I could be the primary caretaker."—u/cleaning-meaning 11. "My parents were big on me getting good grades, getting into a good university, and getting a good job. But it ended up manifesting itself as 'Anything less than 100% is bad.' I'd get punished for bad marks but got nothing for good marks because good marks were expected. It actually had the opposite effect. Once my marks in a specific class started slipping, I just kind of gave up. I'm going to get yelled at for a 70 just as bad as a 50, and a 50 is easier to get."—u/thingpaint

State is Offering $1 Million Lottery Jackpots to Vaccinated Adults

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday the state is running five $1 million lottery draws exclusively for vaccinated residents. From May 26 to June 23, one adult each week who has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or the singular Johnson & Johnson vaccine, will receive a special, million-dollar jackpot in the state's lottery draw. State residents aged 12 to 18 — who, as of today, are now all eligible for a vaccine — will not be eligible for the monetary lottery. Instead, they will be entered into a draw for a four-year full scholarship, tuition and accommodation included, to any state college or university. The move is the latest effort by authorities to encourage people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus and get closer to herd immunity.

Conor McGregor is the World’s Highest-Paid Athlete

The world's highest-paid athlete spent less than eight minutes competing in his sport in the last 12 months, but still took home $180 million. UFC star Conor McGregor, who lost his January fight against Dustin Poirier at 2:32 in the second round, tops this year's Forbes list. The 32-year-old made $22 million from the Poirier fight, but he made a lot more from his whisky business. He sold his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve for $150 million. The pandemic apparently had little effect on earnings at the highest level of sports. This is the first time the top four highest-paid athletes all made more than $100 million:

  1. UFC: Connor McGregor, $180 million

  2. Soccer: Lionel Messi, Barcelona, $130 million

  3. Soccer: Christiano Ronaldo, Juventus, $120 million

  4. Football: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, $107.5 million

  5. Basketball: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, $96.5 million

  6. Soccer: Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain, $95 million

  7. Tennis: Roger Federer, $90 million

  8. F1: Lewis Hamilton, $82 million

  9. Football: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $76 million

  10. Basketball: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, $75 million

The 'Cost of Dying' in America Nears $20K

The average cost of dying in the U.S. is about $19,566. Using 2020 figures from the National Funeral Directors Association and the CDC, a group found the average 'cost of dying' across the U.S. based on the price of end-of-life care, funerals and cremations. Hawaii was the priciest state, with end-of-life medical costs topping $23,073, the average funeral adding up to $14,478 and the average cost of cremation coming in at $12,095. All that comes to a whopping average cost of dying of $36,124. Mississippi is the cheapest place to die, with an average cost of about $15,516.

Woman Holds Fake Funeral for Her Ex, So His Mistress Thinks He's Dead

A woman says she discovered that her boyfriend was cheating on her, and is telling the story about how she got revenge. TikTok user Thea Loveridge said after she and her partner gave birth to their son, she discovered that he had been cheating on her the whole time she was pregnant, with his ex, who she claims "caused drama" in their relationship. Shortly after she found out, "he ended up going to jail". During this time, Thea said: “His ex was messaging him trying to figure out where he was, all confused why he wasn't talking to her." Instead of telling her the truth about what really happened, "I messaged her and told her that he was dead.” She enlisted the help of the cheater's sister and held a fake funeral for the unfaithful boyfriend and sent out photos of the fake service. Her story has racked up more than 1.1 million likes, and tens of thousands of comments. One person said: "This is pure evil. I absolutely LOVE it.”

'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' is Done. Dakota Johnson To Blame? Tiffany Haddish on Tap?

Ellen Degeneres has decided that the upcoming 19th season of her daytime talk show will be the last. She said the decision has been several years in the making. She informed her staff May 11 and will sit down with Oprah Winfrey to discuss the news on Ellen‘s show today. Ellen said, “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged — and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”

Dakota Johnson?

Some are blaming Dakota Johnson for the show coming to an end. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” actress notably called out Ellen for lying about a birthday-party invite on the talk show on November 27, 2019. Johnson was being celebrated on Twitter yesterday (Wednesday) as a heroine for her supposed role in the talk show ending. One user wrote “dakota johnson has done more for society by ending ellen degeneres than most of your faves have in their careers and it shows.”

Tiffany Haddish is ‘Top of the List to get a Daytime Show’

According to insiders, Tiffany Haddish is poised to take over Ellen’s TV crown. The 40-year-old actress and comedian has frequently filled in for Ellen DeGeneres. A senior NBCUniversal source said: Tiffany is a favorite, she has humor and empathy in spades. She’s top of the list to get a daytime show – she’s a fresh voice.” Apart from her guest hosting duties, Haddish has been flexing her hosting muscles on CBS’s “Kids Say The Darndest Things.” She’s also currently appearing opposite Billy Crystal in new movie, “Here Today.” Kelly Clarkson, whose show airs in most markets after DeGeneres, is a favorite to grab her 3pm time slot. “The Kelly Clarkson Show” launched in September 2019 and became the most-watched new daytime talk show in seven years, winning three Daytime Emmys last year, including one for Clarkson as best entertainment talk show host. In January, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” hit a season high — and matched DeGeneres’ numbers for the first time.

People Are Talking About The Parts Of Daily Life That Might Not Go "Back To Normal" Even After The Pandemic Ends

Redditor u/sinosty asked, "What will never be the same again once the pandemic is over?" Here are some of the responses. 1. "Movie ticket prices. Paying $20 for a movie when even BEFORE the pandemic hit, most movies weren't even worth that money." —u/Randym1982 2. "I think sick days, or WFH if you’re not feeling 100%, will be far more accepted." —u/strippersandcocaine 3. "Grocery shopping IRL." "I haven’t been inside a grocery store in several months. It’s really nice to be able to pull up at a store and have someone load groceries right into your trunk. Now it’s free in my city, but I would happily pay to use this service." —u/Ok-Statistician-1513 4. "Our healthcare workforce. I'm afraid of a mass exodus of nurses in particular....—u/BookishJuka 5. "Sitting in a doctor's office waiting room when you're sick." "I haven't sat in a waiting room since March. All my appointments have been 'call when you get here, wait in your car, we'll call you when its your turn.' The social introvert in me loves it." —u/sunflakie 6. "Virtual doctor's appointments." "I have doctors that make me show up for 15 minutes just to get them to sign a new prescription. Having these visits over video has been such a time saver." —u/SirensToGo 7. "Not that I ever did it much previously, but I highly doubt I’ll ever eat at a buffet again." —u/itsastonka 8. "Snow days." "It won’t be much of a debate anymore. Stay home and Zoom for the day — we will be back in person tomorrow." —u/why_2k 9. "I have plenty of friends I’ve lost all respect for." —u/writerintheory1382 10. "Boundaries between work or school and home." "When many businesses and schools went completely virtual, there was no longer the boundary between work and home or school and home. Breaks and days off are also not as respected." —u/peppapigisthecoolest 11. "The blissful ignorance of sticking my fingers in a random bowling ball, then proceeding to eat food without a care in the world." —u/Corner_beat 12. "I am seriously LOVING contactless delivery and curbside pickup." —u/Rhana

Hawaiian Shirts Are Making A Comeback

Hawaiian shirts are making a comeback. The colorful and uniquely patterned shirts are back in fashion for the summer. Fashion experts say part of the appeal of the shirts is the wide variety of styles they come in, which allow the wearer more freedom to express themselves. The trend was apparently inspired by a shirt recently worn by David Beckham in Miami.

Today's AUDIO:

Topic Starters: Have you ever been unfriended on Facebook?

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Ellen Ending Her Show Next Year

  1. Ellen announces that season 19 will be her last.

  2. Ellen says she has thought a lot about her decision and said, "I need to take a break from talking..."

Machine Gun Kelly Explains Why He Wears Megan Fox's Blood

  1. MGK told Ellen that the decision was because she was set to travel to Bulgaria to film a movie, he joked that the gift of 'her DNA,' was their version of commitment.

Carole Baskin, in Response to the Loose Tiger in Houston, Says People Who Own Tigers Are 'Reckless'

  1. Carole says, "no tiger belongs in a backyard or basement..." and the people who own the tiger are "absolutely reckless".

  2. Carole says the people in the neighborhood were in "extreme danger."

The Kelly Clarkson Show

  1. Kelly talks with Seth Rogan about how it was his idea for Steve Carell yelling out her name while getting waxed in 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin'.

  2. Seth explains why the 'Kelly Clarkson' line was used.

  3. Seth tells Kelly about the moment he came up with the line.

Florida Man Wrestles Alligator To Save Dog

  1. Mike McCoy was walking the 8-month-old chocolate lab Tuesday near a pond right behind a middle school in Holiday, Florida. He says, out of nowhere, a gator sprang out from the water and pulled 'Jake' under. Mike describes the moment he picked up the alligator and got bit.



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