Content for Tuesday, June 15
Americans Don’t Know Where Their National Landmarks Are Located (Sounds Like a Game to Play Today)
From believing the Grand Canyon is in Colorado to thinking Niagara Falls is in Iceland, some Americans are confused about their national geography. Although 64 percent think they feel knowledgeable about the locations of these natural landmarks, only half the poll (51%) correctly identified that the Redwood Forest is located in California. Another 35 percent correctly said that Shawnee National Forest is in Illinois, but 18 percent incorrectly selected Ireland. Fewer than four in 10 (38%) know that the Grand Canyon is in Arizona, with Colorado being the most common incorrect answer (19%). Another 22 percent believe Niagara Falls is in Iceland, not on the New York/Canadian border — which only 32 percent answered correctly.
19 Ways People Completely Ruin Weddings Without Knowing They've Ruined Them
Here are some things you should never do at a wedding, according to responses on Reddit... 1. Don't be underdressed. "People show up in boots, camo, T-shirts, etc. It's not the end of the world, but if you can't get dressed up for a wedding, what do you dress up for? It's one of the most formal events a normal person will attend." —u/AllJackedUpOnMtDew 2. Or wear white. "I went to a wedding a month ago, and a girl wore a white satin cocktail dress and a TIARA. She was much talked about." —u/altiif 3. Don't take your own photos during the ceremony. "If there is a professional photographer there, get the hell out of the way. Put up your cellphone with its awful flash. Good money was paid so that they could capture quality images of the event, and people constantly jump in front of the photographer and screw up the lighting." —u/ExistentialThreat 4. Don't be late. "DON'T turn up late. If the invite says, 'Ceremony at 1 p.m.,' you should be getting there no later than 12:40 p.m. If you ARE late, just wait outside for 10 minutes, then try and sneak in. It's your own fault if you miss anything; don't ruin their day too." —u/AlmostAndrew 5. Don't give a speech unless you've specifically been asked. "If you are not one of the normal people chosen to give a speech, then don't try and give one." —u/TheSameButBetter 6. Don't make a major announcement — it's not your day. "My grandfather announced he was divorcing my grandmother at my parents' wedding...I'd say that should be a NO-NO." —u/Scottdg93 7. Especially don't propose or get engaged. "At my wedding, my new brother-in-law proposed to his girlfriend of three months, then went around and started asking the guests who they were happier for." —u/HerDirtyPaws 8. Don't complain about the food, no matter how crap it is. "I mentioned an issue with the food one time to the groom when he asked how the buffet was. I apologized immediately, but that conversation still haunts me. I can't believe I said that." — u/Erick_Swan 9. In fact, don't hassle the bride or groom with any of your complaints or concerns. "Got married yesterday, and EVERYONE was asking for advice, telling me what went wrong, telling me about what upset them at MY wedding." —u/Ln16_taco 10. Don't openly compare it to other weddings or your own wedding plans. "I got married last weekend. One of my bridesmaids got engaged a month ago. Her wedding is over a year away, and literally the whole day she was comparing basically everything at my wedding to her future wedding. I can't tell you how annoyed I got." —u/shadowmaker94 11. Don't bring people who weren't invited. "'If you bring guests that I did not invite, you will be joining them on the curb while myself and those that respected my wishes will be inside enjoying the wedding.’ —u/luciolucioluciolucio 12. Including children. "I've been to a wedding where they specifically asked not to bring children. Of course, one couple defied them and said, 'You won't even know he's here!' when confronted. I'm certain everyone noticed the screaming child running about." —u/mossybunny 13. Don't RSVP saying you'll go and then… not show up. "We had about 15 people (out of just over 100) who RSVPed yes, and didn't show up. And half the people at the reception decided to rearrange the seating arrangement." —u/JedNoonan 14. Don't risk your phone making noise — make sure it's on silent, or turn it off. "At my brother's wedding, I was best man, on the altar, when I realized that I hadn't silenced my phone. What do I do? Everyone is facing my direction and if I take out my phone to silence it, it looks like I'm checking my texts. So I just prayed nobody would text or call. Complete terror for 20–30 minutes. Luckily not a peep from the phone." —u/chworktap 15. Don't be rude to the staff (a given in any situation). 16. Don't ask why someone isn't drinking (another given for any situation). "If you notice a girl not drinking at a wedding, DON'T ASK WHY! I've had a few friends that hadn't announced pregnancies yet that were trying so hard to avoid not being a dick at people's weddings, and had extended family/friends trying to figure it out." —u/nkdeck07 17. If you're giving a speech, don't embarrass the bride or groom — even if you think it's hilarious. "I went to a wedding where the best man told in great detail what happened during their bachelor party and ended it with a stripper tugging the groom's junk, 'but it was only for a few seconds.' You would have heard a pin drop in that room." —u/ButterscotchFog 18. Really don't drink too much. "A very good friend of mine got incredibly drunk at my wedding. While my wife and I were cutting the cake, he yelled out, 'I had sex with that cake!' That was a complete NO-NO." —u/hardcore_UFOs 19. And finally...don't have sex with the bride or groom if you're not the one getting married to them? "True story: Years ago, I was at a wedding reception at a big hotel that had two receptions going at once. I went to the men's room, and a guy in a tux was crying his eyes out while another guy comforted him. I took my time and learned that crying guy was the groom (from the other wedding), comforting guy was one of his groomsmen, and the cause of the drama was that groom walked in on his new bride having sex with his best man." —u/Nicetryatausername
PARENTING: 1 in 5 Want their Child to be Born Under a Certain Zodiac Sign
A new survey finds one in five Americans would consider planning a pregnancy around what astrological sign they’d like their child to be. Millennials are particularly picky about their future baby’s star sign (31%), with Gen Zers (25%) following closely behind. Researchers find over half the poll (53%) believe astrology is “real,” with Tauruses the most likely to trust the power of the stars (63%). Geminis (59%) and Aquariuses (58%) round out the top three. Meanwhile, Leos, Capricorns, and Scorpios admit to being the most skeptical about astrology and their horoscopes. The average American checks their horoscope two times a week, with Tauruses leading the pack again. The number one thing Americans consult their horoscopes about is their love life (49%). If people could choose their astrological sign, the most popular picks are Scorpio, Aquarius, or Taurus. As for the most attractive signs, people can’t seem to resist Geminis, Leos, and Aries. WHICH SIGNS ARE THE MOST LIKELY TO BELIEVE ASTROLOGY IS REAL?
Aries 56% (tied)
Pieces 56% (tied)
Virgo 56% (tied)
ODD Eating Habits: "I Always Eat Dessert Before Dinner at a Restaurant"
Reddit user u/You_Chew writes: "I always eat dessert before dinner at a restaurant." When at a restaurant, waiting staff always find it weird when I order the dessert before the appetizer and the main course. They ask “oh, is that all that you’re having?”. I’m like “no… I just want my cheesecake first, please”. I have to convince them that I’m just a dessert first kinda guy. I feel like the main course is much more enjoyable when your dopamine levels are boosted. Replies include: "Life is short, dessert first - my dad..." "Dessert goes straight to the heart, not the stomach." "Piggybacking this comment to say that footballer Robert Lewandowski (probably top 3 in the world right now) also has dessert before dinner. I think there's a sports nutrition rationale: sweet things metabolise faster and so it prepares your digestion for the main meal." "I do this with my partner as well and it's not that bizarre with the right logical approach. We do this in order to keep our calorie intake in check. "... we found many years ago that eating the dessert first led to us not finishing our entire meal. Win-win situation for us since we consume less calories during the meal, and we now have tomorrow's lunch already taken care of. "Edit: I don't know if this is actually true or not, but I FEEL like it helped a bit with my oral hygiene as well. Eating the dessert last leaves sugar-laden debris in your mouth. Eating the dessert first helps clear most, if not all, of that debris via the mechanical action of chewing through your actual meal. My gingivitis and my cavity rate went way down after I started doing this. Eating dessert first likely isn't the only contributing factor but I feel like it helped a little at least." "A friend growing up used to carry MSG in little drug baggies and sprinkle it on his food. Another person in that same circle really loved IHOP but hated their syrup so he always brought his own maple syrup. It was great. -- "My ex also brought her own maple syrup to ihop once when I talked about how much I loved authentic Vermont maple syrup it was really cute." "Dessert as the appetizer, several appetizers as the entree, entree as the desert you pack in up for lunch."
(What Pandemic?) — Lamborghinis are Nearly Sold Out for 2021
Rich people are apparently treating themselves to some post-pandemic horsepower. Lamborghini, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, has announced it's pretty much sold out for 2021. That means that about 3,100 cars set to be built through the beginning of November already have buyers ready for delivery. The president of Lamborghini said, ”Despite a two-month shutdown due to the pandemic, Lamborghini ended 2020 as its second-best year ever.” Bloomberg calls this Lamborghini binge "revenge spending" after the pandemic's long lockdowns, noting that Lamborghini deliveries spiked nearly 25% during Q1 2021. The brand's Urus SUV has been the top seller of the year so far, followed by the Huracan and Aventador.
Restaurant Tests Out Pizza Topped with… Cicadas
A Dayton, Ohio restaurant called The Pizza Bandit, tested out a Spicy Thai Cicada Pie. Yes, that’s a pizza with cicadas on it. The restaurant is not selling cicada-topped pizzas. In a Facebook post showing off the new creation, the business noted, “We’re not even sure if we legally can sell you locally foraged Cicadas.” The restaurant did livestream a tasting panel trying out the pizza, which also featured miso hoisin sriracha sauce, mozzarella, provolone, mushrooms, cabbage, green onion, mango, cilantro and a spicy Thai sauce. Opinions of the pizza range from absolutely delicious to nasty. While cicadas are not toxic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned people not to eat the insects if they are allergic to seafood.
DC Comic To Harley Quinn: Remove Scene In Which Batman Performs Oral Sex On Catwoman
DC Comic asked the team behind “Harley Quinn” to remove a scene from Season 3 in which Batman performs oral sex on Catwoman. Co-creator Justin Halpern said DC told them, “You can’t do that. You absolutely cannot do that” because “Heroes don’t do that.” So he asked “Are you saying heroes are just selfish lovers?” And DC responded, “No, it’s that we sell consumer toys for heroes. It’s hard to sell a toy if Batman is also going down on someone.”
BLOGGER: This Weekend I Learned My Mom’s Friends Are Horny And I Have Receipts
A man found out over the weekend that his mom’s friends are horny. The man showed up at the end of his fiancée’s bridal shower as usually required. And scattered upon each table lay pieces of paper with date night ideas written on them from each of the shower guests including four of his mother’s closest friends. One woman wrote “Sit home, have dinner, + smoke weed. Lite a fire and toast marshmallows. Put a tarp on the bed and have fun with oil!” While another wrote “Picnic on the beach then skinny dip and make love in the water! Go swimming on Saco River then make love.”
The Most Common COVID Symptoms have Changed
According to new research, the two main symptoms of COVID have changed. For over a year, people have been alert to a new cough, loss of smell and taste and a high temperature. Now… if you are under 40, the signs to look for now are a headache, sore throat and runny nose. If you are over 40, the key signs are a headache, runny nose and sneezing. A leading professor says the Delta variant seems to “working slightly differently”. The lead on the study said, “Number one is headache followed by sore throat, runny nose and fever. All those are not the old classic symptoms, number five is cough, so it’s rarer and we don’t even see loss of smell coming into the top 10 anymore.”
Girl Scouts Have 15M Boxes of Unsold Cookies
The Girl Scouts have an unusual problem this year: 15 million boxes of cookies went unsold, thanks to the pandemic. Many troops nixed their traditional cookie booths for safety reasons. The impact will be felt by local councils and troops, who depend on the cookie sales to fund programming, travel, camps, and other activities. The Girl Scouts normally sell around 200 million boxes of cookies per year, or around $800 million worth. Right now, around 12 million boxes are with the two main bakers of the cookies. Another 3 million are in the hands of Girl Scout councils, which are scrambling to sell or donate them. The cookies have a 12-month shelf life.
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Restaurant Tests The Cicada Pizza
The Pizza Bandit in Dayton, Ohio has gotten national attention after announcing they have made a cicada pizza. Some of the employees and a few friends were the first to try it, and the restaurant filmed their reactions.
Joe Jonas Crashes a Spin Class
Joe posts a video of himself calling about the spin class. The class is sold out, but he is going anyway.
TikTok Video Goes Viral For Women Safety Tips
A teenage TikTok star named Spencer Barbosa went viral for her videos sharing personal safety tips for women.
Houston Reporter Says On Live T.V. That Fox Corp Has Been “Muzzling” Her
Fox 26 reporter Ivory Hecker told viewers that she has given secret recordings to the activist group Project Veritas, which will drop the story on Tuesday night.
President Biden's Awkward Press Conference At NATO Headquarters
Biden eventually showed, and this is what those reporters experienced. Some say Biden had someone speaking in his ear during the pauses.
President Biden on meeting with Vladimir Putin, "his is a worthy adversary."
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