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According to CreditCards.com, the best tippers are men, Republicans, northeasterners and credit/debit card users, all of whom tip a median of 20% at restaurants.  Women tip about 16%, while Democrats, southerners and cash users only tip about 15%.  In general, about 50% of those who tip at restaurants tip between 16% and 20%, while 20% of restaurant goers say they occasionally leave no tip at all.

Among the other tip findings:

  • 27% of hotel customers always tip housekeeping, while 31% never do
  • 30% of coffee shop visitors never tip their barista, while 29% do
  • 67% of people always tip their hair stylist or barber
  • Women are more likely to tip hotel housekeepers than men (47% vs. 33%)
  • Women are also more likely to tip baristas (46% vs. 41%)
  • Women are also more likely to tip their hair stylists, than men will tip barbers (79% vs. 74%)

Source: CreditCards.com

Designer Eric Hawkins has created lightweight foldaway solar panels that will attach to beach umbrellas and provide the electricity needed for someone to recharge their devices.  The Solarbrella will generate 25-watts of electricity and will feature two USB cables so folks can plug in, and he’s also creating a larger one which will feature 60-watts of electricity and can run a laptop for 11 hours.  Right now he’s figuring it will cost $489 for the slammer one $770 for the larger one.

Source: The Daily Mail

We know bananas are a tasty, healthy snack, but most of us just toss those weird strings on them along with the peel. But we might need to rethink that action because those strings are actually packed with goodness.

First of all, they’re not called stings, the technical term is “phloem bundles.” Of course, that name doesn’t make them more appealing, but the phloem is a “complex tissue that transports food and water in a plant.” So they’re giving the banana the food, nutrients, minerals, and water it needs to grow.

That means those strings we’ve been throwing away all this time are bringing the good stuff to the banana as it gets ripe. And eating them means you get more of the nutrients in the fruit.

If you somehow never even noticed bananas have strings, good for you. And if you feel like you just can’t bring yourself to eat something called a phloem bundle, no matter how healthy it is, just make a smoothie and toss in the whole, peeled banana so you don’t even have to see them.

Source: PureWow

It’s hot out there. And as much as we love having fun in the summer sun, it’s easy to get dehydrated, which happens when we lose more liquid than we drink. Grown ups can usually tell when we need to drink more fluids because we get thirsty, but when kids are busy playing and having fun, sometimes they’re too distracted to pay attention to their bodies.

So how can you tell if your little one is dehydrated? Here are some warning signs:

  • Lack of sweating
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Less urine - So fewer trips to the potty and dry diapers.
  • Dark-colored urine - Clear to light yellow is what you want to see
  • Fewer tears - A dehydrated child can’t make tears. How sad is that?
  • Dry mouth

If you notice your kid with any of these symptoms, make them drink fluids right away. And follow these tips for keeping your kid hydrated in the future.

  • Have them drink small amounts of fluid more frequently
  • On hot days, serve “watery” snacks like watermelon
  • Make them take breaks from playing to rehydrate
  • Get them a cool water bottle so they’re excited to drink water


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