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*LIST* The Best Places To Celebrate New Year’s Eve

  • WalletHub has just come out with their list of the Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve, looking at 100 of the biggest cities based on things like Entertainment and Food, Costs and Safety and Accessibility
  • New York City tops the list, ranking number one in food and entertainment, and six in safety and accessibility, although it is also 99 for costs
  • North Las Vegas, Nevada is the worst place to celebrate NYE, which lands at 94 for food and entertainment and 96 for costs

Celebrating the New Year is different for everyone. There are those who just like to stay in and do nothing, others who just go out with friends, and then there are those who like to do it up right, with a fancy party or celebration. Well, if you’re in the ladder, it seems there are some cities where you’re bound to have a better time than others.

WalletHub has just come out with their list of the Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve, looking at 100 of the biggest cities based on 25 key indicators in categories like Entertainment and Food, Costs and Safety and Accessibility.

Not surprising, New York City, where folks gather in Times Square to watch the ball drop, tops the list, ranking number one in food and entertainment, and six in safety and accessibility. Of course that good time isn’t going to come cheap, with NYC coming in at 99 for costs. On the flipside, North Las Vegas, Nevada is the worst place to celebrate NYE, landing at 94 for food and entertainment and 96 for costs.

Top Ten Best Places For New Year’s Eve (Click here for the entire list)

  1. New York, NY
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Atlanta, GA
  4. Los Angeles, CA
  5. San Francisco, CA
  6. San Diego, CA
  7. Chicago, IL
  8. Miami, FL
  9. Washington, DC
  10. Las Vegas, NV

Among the other survey results:

  • Durham, North Carolina has the cheapest average price ticket for a NYE party, while New Orleans has the most expensive.
  • New York City has the most nightlife options per capita, thirty times more options than Garland, Texas, which has the least.
  • New York City also has the most dining options, with North Las Vegas having the least.

Source: WalletHub

Some Of The Funniest Drunk Texts Ever Sent

  • Bored Panda has shared screen shots of some of the best drunk texting exchanges out
  • One person thought they drove themselves home when they actually used a plate as a steering wheel, while another called a taxi for a ride home when the party was at his house.
  • One person claims their drunk self made lunch for the next day, which turned out to be an empty lunchbox, while another just had to tell someone they were batman at 3:38 in the morning

We all know about the dangers of texting and driving, but it turns out folks should be equally worried about the consequences of texting and drinking. Far too many people have sent hilarious and embarrassing texts after having a few too many, and thanks to Bored Panda, we all are getting to laugh at some of the best of them.

The site has shared screen shots of some of the best drunk texting exchanges out there and there’s no doubt you’ll be shaking head, and having a few giggles as well. 

Among the funniest drunk texts (to check out all of them, or to see the text exchanges click here):

  • “’I wasn’t that drunk I drove myself home.’ ‘Dude, don’t even try denying it. I drove you home while you drove with a paper plate.’ ‘I thought that was a dream.’”
  • “’Dude you were so drunk at the party…you called a taxi to take u home.’ ‘So I don’t want to get a ticket being drunk and driving.’ ‘The party was at ur house.’”
  • “’hey can u pick me up I’m drnuk…oh u dnt have to anymore I’m home now.’ ‘yes I was aware of that after dropping u off at home.’”
  • “I love drunk Jess. She gets it done. I have made lunch for tomorrow. No idea what’s in it that’s tomorrow Jess’ problem. The important thing is I made it.’ ‘What did drunk Jess make for lunch.’ ‘It was an empty lunchbox.’ ‘drunk Jess is an moron.’”
  • “’Dude there’s no way in hell I was that drunk.’ ‘You asked your dad if he was a virgin.’”
  • “’hey babe’ ‘yeah?’ ‘I gotta tell you something.’ ‘It’s 3:38 am.’ ‘Take it seriously.’ ‘What?’ ‘I am the batman.’ ‘You’re drunk aren’t you?’ ‘Yeah.’”

Source: Bored Panda


College Uses Care Bears To Comfort Students

  • A dorm at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is offering advice to “grumpy or stressed” students with the help of Care Bears
  • The display offers advice on how students should take care of themselves, and surround themselves with supportive people
  • It’s on display in Birch Hall, which houses students in the Honors College

It’s no secret that some parents just can't accept that their kids are growing up and are still treating their college-aged kids like children. Well, it turns out, at least one college is treating their students as children as well.

It seems a dorm at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is offering advice to “grumpy or stressed” students with the help of Care Bears. That’s right, those loveable childhood characters are featured on a display in Birch Hall, which houses students in the Honors College.

“Feeling grumpy or stressed? Let the Care Bears help!,” it reads, along with advice like, “It’s important to take care of ourselves! Self-care is an active choice and you should treat it as such,” and suggestions to “surround yourselves with supportive people” and “reminders of what you love.”

“Frankly, I just think it’s ridiculous,” sophomore Bradley Polumbo tells “Campus Reform. “But the school thinks we need Care Bears to remind us that we’re supposed to eat healthy and sleep and night…if you don’t know that by age 20 you have bigger problems and probably shouldn’t be pursuing a degree until you get those sorted out.”

Source: Campus Reform


Most Parents Believe Kids Are Addicted To Their Devices

  • A new survey finds that 67% of parents of kids ages five to 18 believe their kids are addicted to their devices
  • Half of parents believe their kids spend too much time on their devices, with more than half saying they use them during family time
  • Two-thirds of parents admit they are addicted to their devices, with only 12% doing anything to limit their screen time 

These days it isn’t uncommon to see kids and teens glued to their phones, and it seems parents are worried. A new survey finds that 67% of parents with kids ages five to 18 believe their kids are addicted to their devices.

Overall, half of parents believe their kids spend too much time on their devices, with more than half saying they use them during family time, and 75% wishing that devices would never or rarely be used during family time.

And while some parents may be concerned about young kids in front of screens, the survey finds that parents’ worries actually increase as their kids get older.  Nearly 80% of parents with kids 15 to 18 say their kids are addicted to their devices, with social media being the biggest draw for teens (18%), followed by texting and TV (17%) each.

  • According to parents, their kids spend an average of 4-point-9 hours a day on some sort of device, with 13% saying their kids exposure to tech is more like 10 or more hours a day. Meanwhile 47% of parents think too much of that screen time is being used for non-academic purposes, with those parents saying their kids are on screens 5-point-9 hours for non-schoolwork activities.
  • And parents admit they aren’t immune to this addiction. In fact, two thirds of them believe they are addicted to their devices, too - with only 12% doing anything to limit their screen time.

Source: Yahoo Finance


Household Credit Card Debt A Huge Problem For Americans

  • According to to NerdWallet's 2017 American Household Credit Card Debt Study, U.S. consumers have racked up $12.96 trillion in total debt
  • Total U.S. credit card debt is about $905 billion, with the average households with credit card debt having a balance of about $15,654
  • U.S. households with credit card debt will pay $904 a year in interest alone, with that number expected to go up to $919 per year

While most folks are out shopping for their holiday gifts, many of them will be taking out their credit cards to pay for them, which means they are likely adding to their already huge credit card debt, which will cost them big time.

According to to NerdWallet's 2017 American Household Credit Card Debt Study, U.S. consumers have racked up $12.96 trillion in total debt, with the average household with debt owing about $131,431, which includes mortgages.

Of that debt, credit card debt can be the most costly to pay off. The study finds that total U.S. credit card debt is about $905 billion, with the average households with credit card debt having a balance of about $15,654. And what’s worse, U.S. households with credit card debt will pay $904 a year in interest alone, with that number expected to go up to $919 per year.

  • And these days credit cards aren’t being used solely to buy that cute shirt at the mall, or to eat out at that fancy restaurant you probably can’t afford. The report finds that almost 27-million Americans are paying for medical expenses with credit cards, which costs more than $12-billion. For those people, they’ll likely pay $471 a year in interest on their medical bills, and it will take them about 70 months to pay it off. 

Source: NerdWallet


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