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A new survey by The Cashlorette finds that 48% of folks in a committed relationship argue over finances.  60% of people say they argue over someone spending either too much or too little.  Men and women have distinctly different opinions on who should pick up the tab for a first date, with 85% of them saying they pick up the bill themselves as compared to only 8% of women.

Source: The Cashelorette

A new survey finds that 47% of Americans believe aliens do actually exist.  39% of people believe aliens have visited Earth at some point, although only 18% believe alien abduction is real. Only 16.74% of people claim they’ve seen a UFO.

Source: 24/7 Wall Street

91% of adults insist they always wear their seat belt when they are in the front seat of a car, but only 72% always wear them while riding in the back.  Only 57% of people put on their seat belt in the back of a taxi.  Statistics show that passengers riding in the back are three times more likely to die in a crash if they don’t wear their seat belt

Source: CBS News

We’ve all seen those late-night infomercials hocking “life changing products” and been sucked in, even for just a minute. But not long after that “How have I lived without this?” feeling, our healthy skepticism takes over and we come to our senses before buying.

The thing is, some of those “as seen on TV” products do live up to the hype. Some will be worth the cabinet space because they’ll help you do kitchen jobs faster and more efficiently. Here are a few worth splurging on.

  • Magic Bullet Nutribullet - Sure, you could drag out the blender, but this tool works fast and you can whip up a smoothie in the cup and head out the door with it for just $80.
  • Ove Glove - This glove is a next-level pot holder that’s made of materials that keep hot stuff from burning your skin and the outer layer is flame-resistant, so it won’t melt. Totally worth the $14.95 to not grab a hot surface again.
  • Vegetti - Want to make your own veggie noodles at home without buying an expensive spiralizer? All you need to DIY zucchini, squash, and sweet potato “voodles” is this little $10 device.
  • Vidalia Chop Wizard - This is an Amazon Best Seller and when you use it, you’ll know why. With it you can dice onions without shedding tears and it chops other fruits, veggies, and cheese, too. And you can clean it in the dishwasher, making it a bargain at $19.50.
  • Ronco Electric Food Dehydrator - It comes with five trays so you can do a lot at once, plus it’s really quiet when it’s working. You’ll be so healthy snacking on your kale, beet, and squash chips and smart, too, because this dehydrator only costs $30.

Source: Women’s Health Magazine

Maybe you like a glass of wine once in a while and have basic knowledge of reds, whites, and the summer fave rosé. But there’s a whole other kind we never knew existed until now: orange wine.

It doesn’t have any actual oranges in it, the name comes from the color and it can range from a barely there apricot to a dark amber. Like other wines, it’s made from grapes and it isn’t new, it’s been around for centuries but it’s only recently become more popular in the U.S.

"I usually tell people that orange wine is a white wine made like a red wine," explains Tom Kearney, co-owner of Brooklyn's June Wine Bar. "Normally, in the process of making a red wine, the skins are left to macerate with the juice for a duration of time. In white wine production the skins are normally removed after pressing."

And letting the grapes ferment with the skins on gives the wine that orange color, along with more tannins, so it has a “heftier” taste than white wines. They say orange wine isn’t for beginners because of its complex flavor. You know how rosé is easy to drink? Well, this one takes a little getting used to.

Orange wine might not be for everyone, but when summer comes to an end, you may want to give it a chance. Trade in your rosé and try sipping on a glass of orange this fall.

Source: Bustle

Cauliflower is one of those foods people keep trying to make happen. Health nuts swear cauliflower pizza crust is as good as the real thing and people say that mashed cauliflower is a tasty low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes. Both of these may be fair substitutions, but one food we won’t be fooled into believing is as good as the real thing is cauliflower ice cream.

Yes, this is a real thing that people are trying to get us to eat. It may be healthier than our favorite frozen dairy treat, but we’re just not convinced that it tastes good. This culinary concoction is made by blending riced cauliflower, frozen berries, sweetened condensed coconut milk, cinnamon, and vanilla bean paste. But ice cream it’s not.

For all you out there who legitimately can’t have gluten and dairy - we get it - you want tasty options too. But there are so many delicious non-dairy ice creams out there now, you don’t need to try to turn a vegetable into one.

If you really want to be healthy, just freeze a banana and then puree it and you get a yummy, frozen treat. But cauliflower tastes like cauliflower, even with the cinnamon, so please, don’t try to turn it into ice cream.

Source: Scary Mommy

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