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The UK’s top dating website for married people studied the traits of their 10-thousand users to determine the common characteristics of most of the cheaters on their site.  Women who describe themselves as “lonely” and “virile” are the most common cheaters, along with “homemakers,” the most common occupation amongst female cheaters.  For guys, the most common cheaters are tall, smart and rich, with 40% of all men on the site six feet tall or more.

Source: New York Post


A recent poll finds that 67% of travelers are still planning to take a trip by plane this summer, regardless of the uptick in passenger confrontations.  Less than 1% of people are actually canceling their plans because of passenger bad behavior, while 16% are still unsure.  Only 7% of travelers say incidents of airline bad behavior will motivate them to switch their preferred airline, although some people admit negative stories about airlines will make them reconsider ever flying that airline again.

Source: Yahoo


A new survey finds that 87% of parents will be shopping for pencils and pens for the new school year, while 86% will be spending their money on clothes, 84% on shoes, 82% on notebooks and 80% on backpacks.  91% of parents say back-to-school shopping stresses them out, with 85% saying money is their biggest stressor. Other things stressing parents about back-to-school shopping include:

  • Crowds (48%)
  • Not finding what they need (43%)
  • Finding supplies that make their kids happy (36%)
  • Finding the best supplies (33%)
  • Finding time to finish it all (30%)

Of course once the kids are back in school parents will take advantage of their free time for themselves. In fact, 44% say they’ll go shopping for themselves, while 43% will go to lunch with friends, 35% will exercise, 35% will entertain themselves with shows or concerts and 32% will improve their home.

Source: The Business Journal


When you blow out the candles on your next birthday cake, you might want to wish for not getting sick. Because according to a new study, all the huffing and puffing we do to get the candles out can increase the bacteria on a cake by 1,400%!

For the study, researchers at Clemson University had people chow down on pizza and then blow out candles on an iced hunk of Styrofoam. When they measured bacterial contamination, it varied a lot from person to person. “Some people blow on the cake and they don’t transfer any bacteria,” explains Professor Paul Dawson. “Whereas you have one or two people who for whatever reason … transfer a lot of bacteria.”

It turns out the blowing raises the amount of bacteria on the frosting an average of 15 times - but Dawson says one person’s saliva increased it by 120 times! And as nasty as that sounds, he doesn’t think most birthday cake eaters will actually get sick from all those germs.

“It’s not a big health concern in my perspective,” Dawson says. “In reality, if you did this 100,000 times, then the chance of getting sick would probably be very minimal.”

So all that candle blowing bacteria isn’t really something to worry about. But just try not to think about this the next time you watch some kid blowing out their birthday candles.

Source: New York Post

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