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These days it seems that more and more people are watching programing on streaming services than regular subscription TV channels, and apparently there’s good reason for that. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index 2018 Telecommunications Report, customers are much happier with what they’re getting from their streaming services.

The report finds that video streaming services earned an ACSI score of 75 out of 100, which is well above subscription TV’s ranking of 62, which is also a decrease of 3.1% over last year. Streaming services earn high marks in areas like ease of understanding the bill (80), website satisfaction (80), and call centers (75), but they still have work to do when it comes to availability of the current season's TV shows (71) and availability of new movie titles (69).

  • As for which services are favored, it Netflix, Sony PlayStation Vue, and Twitch are the highest performing with a score of (78), followed by Apple iTunes and Microsoft Store (77), YouTube Red (76) and Amazon Prime, Google Play and Hulu (74.)
  • When it comes to subscription TV, AT&T's U-verse TV is considered the best, with a score of 70, with Verizon Fios right behind the with a 68, although that’s a 4% drop from last year. As for the worst, Mediacom places last with only a 55, while Frontier and Comcast Xfinity are close to the bottom as well, with a 56 and 57, respectively. 
  • ONE MORE THING! When it comes to Internet service providers, customer satisfaction is down 3.1% to a 62, with Verizon Fios the top provider with a score of 70 and Mediacom the worst, with a 53, a 9% drop from last year.

Source: ACSI

With Memorial Day weekend only days away, a lot of folks will be breaking out the grills for a holiday weekend bash, and one of the likely dishes being served up will be a hot dog. There is no doubt plenty of folks love a good dog, but it turns out, many don’t really want to know what they're actually eating. 

A new survey by natural and organic meat company Applegate, finds that 43% of Americans are scared to find out what is actually in the hot dog they are eating, while 33% avoid them altogether because they think they’re made with low quality meats and chemicals and artificial ingredients.

Of course, as Applegate will tell you, there are some hot dogs (like theirs, wink) which are made with "better ingredients." And while that's what the majority of Americans prefer, you can also get good stuff at your local butcher or farm. Overall, 56% of people say they want a hot dog made from animals that weren’t given antibiotics or hormones, and 48% want a wiener made with 100% grass-fed beef.

  • But regardless of what kind of frankfurter we’re talking about, there’s one thing most people agree on - what to put on it. The survey finds 61% of people pick mustard as their favorite hot dog topping.

Source: Dothan Eagle

There’s no doubt families spend a lot of money over the summer to go on vacation and see all the sites this country, and the world, has to offer. But it turns out, they could probably be saving themselves some dough if they just checked out landmarks in their own area, something a lot of folks are apparently not doing.

A new survey finds that 25% of Americans have never visited iconic landmarks in their own city, while 55% say there is a local landmark they want to check out, but haven’t yet. And while some may travel all over the world to see iconic destinations, 23% of American say they haven’t seen one iconic landmark in the country.

So what iconic destinations are Americans missing out on? Well, the poll finds that only 28% of people have seen the Grand Canyon, and only 33% have been to Niagara Falls. What’s more, 70% have never been to the Empire State Building, while 78% have never seen the National Mall in Washington, DC.

But it’s not that they don’t want to go. Americans' Top Ten bucket list destinations include:

  1. Grand Canyon
  2. Yellowstone National Park
  3. Statue of Liberty
  4. Mount Rushmore
  5. Empire State Building
  6. One World Trade Center
  7. Golden Gate Bridge
  8. New York Aquarium
  9. Space Needle
  10. Gettysburg National Military Park
  • As for why some folks haven’t gotten to all these things yet, it could be because 49% of people say they are a creature of habit and 43% of Americans find comfort in their regular routines. And there are more tangible reasons as well, with 51% blaming lack of money for why they don’t explore their neighborhood more, while 30% say they don’t have the time and are too busy and 18% blame it on lack of reliable transportation or someone to go with.

Source: New York Post

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, which means, if it’s warm enough, a lot of kids will be hitting the water in pools, lakes and the ocean. And while being in the water can be a total blast, it can also be very dangerous and parents need to be extra cautious during this time of year.

A new report by Safe Kids Worldwide and Nationwide's Make Safe Happen is highlighting the dangers of childhood drowning, and it’s bound to make most moms and dads a little afraid.

The report finds that about 1,000 children fatally drown each year, with 70% of those drownings coming between May and August. What’s more, another 7,000 children will end up in the emergency room due to a drowning scare, which comes out to about 150 families a week.

While parents need to stay alert at pools, the real hazard is open water. Overall, about 43% of children and teens drown in open water, as compared to 38% in pools. The report also notes that a 10-year-old is three times more likely to drown in open water than a pool, and older teens are more than eight-times more likely to die in an open water drowning than in a pool.

So, what do parents need to look out for? Well, there are several hidden hazards in open waters that parents should be aware of. They include:

  • Dangerous currents
  • Sudden drop-offs
  • Limited visibility
  • Depth of water
  • Rocks and vegetation
  • Cold temperatures
  • Difficult to judge distances 

Source: Yahoo Finance

With all the weight loss advice we see in magazines and online, it’s hard to keep it all straight. And just because someone’s social media post swears one method works for them doesn’t mean you’ll have the same success. So when you’re trying to find the most effective and most healthy ways to shed some pounds, these tips from dietitians and trainers will help.

  • Don't Diet - Extreme calorie restriction and overexercising don’t work because you can’t maintain that pace for long. Research shows that 95% of people who lose weight on diets will gain it back within one to five years, so you’re much better off finding a healthy, sustainable way of eating that you can stick to long-term.
  • Veggie Up - Eat more vegetables, like in every single meal and snack. They’re low-cal, high in fiber, and you can eat tons without gaining weight, so load up on veggies.
  • Go With Whole Foods - Cut way back on processed carbs, excess sugar and salt, and pre-packaged foods made with artificial ingredients. What’s left to eat? Real foods made of one ingredient, like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and lean proteins.
  • Do the Right Kinds of Exercise - Sure, running straight for an hour will burn calories, but it’s not the most effective workout for losing weight. Fitness instructor JohnKersbergen says, "The most efficient way to get results is to do some form of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for a total-body workout and to focus on strength training certain body parts (upper body, lower body, core) on different days of the week."
  • Keep Water Close - Drinking water keeps you hydrated and fills you up, so try to get between 60 and 80 ounces a day.
  • Try Intermittent Fasting - It’s when you don’t eat for a period of time, called your fasting window, then you don’t have to follow strict rules about what to eat during your eating window. There are different forms of intermittent fasting, so do your research to find the way this sustainable lifestyle could work for you.

Source: PopSugar

For a lot of us, our beds are our happy places, the spot we happily retreat to every night to burrow down in our comforters and pillows and get cozy for as long as possible. But according to new research, our beds are a lot grosser than we think. Just how nasty are we talking? Well, it turns out, your bed is probably dirtier than a chimpanzee’s bed.

That’s right, the place where we lay down to sleep each and every night is actually filthier than where chimps sleep. Researchers in a new study from North Carolina State University swabbed 41 chimpanzee beds and tested them for “microbial diversity.” And they found that human beds are more likely to be crawling with fecal, oral, and skin bacteria than chimp beds. Ew, right?

And all that filth in our beds is actually coming from us. Because people spend so much time inside, all of our bacteria (like feces and skin flakes) collects in our homes and in our beds because it doesn’t have anywhere else to go. Chimps live outside and sleep in their natural environments, so they’re not exposed to as much bacteria. They also change their beds more often, so bacteria doesn’t have a chance to build up, but people tend to find a bed and stay in it for years and years, so bacteria has time to do it’s thing.

So what can we do? Unless you want to wash your sheets every single day, not much. The upside is we’ve been living in this filth for our entire lives, so we don’t really have to worry about it. But try not thinking about it tonight when you snuggle up to all that bacteria.

Source: Shape

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