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The Best Jobs In The U.S.

March 20, 2018

There’s no doubt there are plenty of people out there dying to change careers, but if you’re going to switch, it’s probably smart to pick a new career with some potential. Well, there are certainly some jobs that have better prospects than others, and in case you missed it, Indeed has just revealed which ones those are.

The job site just released their annual 2018 Best Jobs in the United States list, judging careers based on salary and opportunity, and if you want the best of the best, you may want to consider a gig in construction, with ten of the top 25 spots on the list in that industry.

As for the top job overall, that would be commercial project manager, which has had a 277% increase in job postings on the site between 2014 and 2017. What’s more the gig pays an average salary of $81,023. 

Top Ten Best Jobs in the United States for 2018(average base salary)

  1. Commercial Project Manager ($81,023)
  2. Full Stack Developer ($111,640)
  3. Computer Vision Engineer ($131,297)
  4. Machine Learning Engineer ($136,241)
  5. Preconstruction Manager ($95,337)
  6. Construction Superintendent ($85,170)
  7. Optometrist ($131,692)
  8. Data Scientist ($132,915)
  9. Chief Estimator ($116,848)
  10. Development Operations Engineer ($125,714)

Source: Money


Things You Shouldn’t Pack On Your Next Vacation

March 20, 2018

With airlines charging extra money for checked luggage, more and more people are trying to cram in everything they need for a vacation into a carry-on. But there are still plenty of people out there who wind up paying that fee because, no matter how hard they try, they always pack too much for a trip. 

Well, if you’re one of "those people," you may want to listen up. Some experts are suggesting the things that you really don't need to bring on vacation, so if you follow these rules, you may just be able to downgrade the size of your luggage next time you travel. 

Things you should never pack for a vacation include:

  • Your best jewelry – They’ll likely get lost or damaged in your suitcase. Stick to costume jewelry.
  • Backup toiletries – One of everything is plenty.
  • A heavy jacket – Unless you’re vacationing in frigid temps, a light jacket and layers will suffice.
  • Multiple pairs of jeans – Just pack your favorite pair, multiple pairs will be heavy and take up too much space.
  • An extra pair of heels – You really should bring only one neutral pair that matches everything.
  • Your hairdryer – Most hotels and Air BNBs have them.
  • Full bottles of medication – Leave the bottles at home, and just bring what you need in a plastic bag.
  • Your tablet – Just use your phone, and save some space.
  • Shampoo & Conditioner – Hotels always have free shampoo and conditioner, and if you don’t like it you can always buy something at the local pharmacy or store.
  • Your laptop – If you’re traveling for fun and not work, why drag it along.
  • Multiple purses – Find one bag that’s good for day and night and leave the rest at home.
  • A statement piece – If something isn’t going to match everything else in your bag, it’s taking up too much space. 

Source: Bustle


Here’s Why You Don’t Want To Sit Next To A Sick Person On A Flight

March 20, 2018

As great as going on vacation may be, coming home is always a bummer, and it’s even worse if you come home with a cold thanks to being on a plane filled with recycled air spreading germs throughout the cabin. But it turns out, just because someone else is ill on a flight, doesn’t mean you’ll get sick, unless they are sitting right next to you.

A new study published in “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” finds that respiratory infections aren’t likely to be transmitted farther than a meter beyond a person’s assigned seat. The study reveals that if someone is sitting within two seats, or one row, of an infected person their chances of getting an infection is 80%, while everyone else in the cabin has only a 3% risk.

Of course, your chances of getting sick could depend on how much people move around a flight, and the study was based on flights that lasted about 238 minutes. The researchers point out that during longer flights people may move around and on shorter flights they move around less, so the results may not carry over.  

  • But if you’re still worried about getting sick on a plane, you may want to re-think taking that aisle seat. Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona, tells Wired your chances of getting sick increase because of people touching surfaces, and aisles are often touched by people trying to steady themselves as they walk, usually after they’ve just visited the germ-infested bathroom.

Source: CNN


Moms Speak: We Did Stuff As Kids That Would Be Unacceptable Now

March 20, 2018

When adults look back at their childhood, many will fondly remember things like getting to play on the block without their parents watching or riding their bikes without helmets. These days, parents would NEVER allow their kids to do that. Well, a new tread on the Internet forum Mumsnet has parents revealing the things they were allowed to do as kids, which would likely be frowned upon in this day and age, and we bet a lot of folks over 40 can relate.

Some mothers recalled climbing trees, while others remembered being sent down the block to buy cigarettes for their parents. Others fondly remembered spending all day playing hide & seek all over town or being allowed to walk to locations miles from their home on their own.

Other things that would be deemed unacceptable now include:

  • “My bro and I used to crouch on the top or near top stair and launch ourselves frog style to the hallway floor below. We believed we could fly…”
  • “Going out on bikes all day with other kids. Being out all day with no parent actually having any idea where any of us were.”
  • “We used to sleep out in my cousins shed at the end of a really long garden that backed onto a park.”
  • “At 9/10 I would take the public bus across the city to school, make my own way to after school activities and often have my own supper until my mother got home.”
  • “Swimming in the river as young children, miles away from responsible adults.”
  • “When I was little, I remember my older sister and brother use to dial (using the old dial phones) a random phone number & when the person answered they got me to say something silly like 'poo poo' & hang up!”
  • “I also remember picking up discarded chewing gum, washing it in the sink and then chewing it.”
  • “Knocking on random doors and asking to walk a dog.”

Source: The Daily Mail

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