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A poll finds that 22% of Americans say their biggest financial fear is “never being able to retire,” the most of any other worry.  Other big worries include living paycheck to paycheck, being in debt forever, and losing their job.  Financial fears differ based on age and gender, with men more worried about retirement than women.

Source: GoBankingRates.com


According to a report by the National Safety Council, 76% of Americans say they feel tired at work, with 53% feeling less productive and 44% feeling less focused.  43% of Americans admit their lack of sleep is an issue on the job and could jeopardize safety at work or on the roads.  81% of the survey respondents have jobs that require sustained attention or that are physically and cognitively demanding, like driving a vehicle or working at a construction site.  Among the other survey findings:

  • 41% work high-risk hours, at least occasionally.
  • 39% have trouble remembering things at work because of fatigue.
  • 31% commute 30 minutes or more, which exacerbates the chances of falling asleep behind the wheel.
  • 27% have trouble making decisions because of fatigue.
  • 10% do not get regular rest breaks.

Source: National Safety Council


TripAdvisor just came out with their annual Seasonal Attractions Trend Index, revealing the top 25 attractions that have sparked the greatest increase in traveler interest this season.  Grand Canyon South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park has seen the most traffic, up 53%, followed by Seven Falls in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is up 49%. The list also includes spots like Fenway Park in Boston, the High Roller Ferris wheel in Las Vegas and more.

Source: TripAdvisor


According to a new report, Americans will eat 18,000 chicken wings in their lifetime, with the average person eating about 24 per month, or 290 a year.  In general, more people tend to favor bone-in wings (39%), over boneless wings (27%), although 56% of people believe it’s perfectly appropriate to call a boneless wing a wing.  The Super Bowl and dinner are considered the best times to eat wings, although 28% of people said any time or place is appropriate.

Source: New York Post


A new study suggests that money may be able to buy you happiness. If you can use your money to buy yourself free time, like say hiring someone to clean or cook for you, you’ll be more satisfied with life.  The same effect can be felt across a variety of income levels, although the study only looked at working adults, and the same may not be true for those in poorer circumstances.

Source: CBS News


The most difficult snack to stop overeating: When it comes to snacking, there are those people who love salty and crunchy and others who go for sweets, and while both can be hard to stop eating, a new survey finds that one is way more difficult than the other. A recent poll of just under 3,000 people finds that 34.9% say salty snacks like chips and pretzels is the type of snack they are likely to overeat, while only 17.8% have issues with sugary snacks. As for other snacks, 11.6% say they have trouble with chocolate, 10.4% can’t stop eating cheese and 11.2% overeat bread and flour products. 

Source: The Street

 

BabyCenter just came out with a list of baby names that were once popular but are apparently on the verge of becoming extinct.  There are 14 names that made the list because not one of the 200,000 American babies currently registered on their site have been given them

Girls

  1. Bette/Bettie
  2. Blanche
  3. Erma/Irma
  4. Krista
  5. Myrtle
  6. Olga
  7. Rhonda

Boys

  1. Carroll
  2. Dick
  3. Homer
  4. Lowell
  5. Roosevelt
  6. Rudolph
  7. Willard

Source: Today

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