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America will be celebrating its independence tomorrow, but especially with the current political climate, are folks in the U.S. still proud of their country? Well, it depends on who you ask.

A new "USA Today" poll finds that 90% of Republicans and 61% of Democrats are proud to be Americans, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are proud of America at the moment. In fact, while 71% of Republicans are currently proud of America, only 22% of Democrats say the same. 

Not surprisingly, politics is affecting folks' opinion of the country. When asked what symbolizes the worst of America, “politicians” was the overwhelming top choice, and that crosses party lines. As for which politician specifically represents the worst, not surprisingly, Democrats say President Donald Trump is the single worst thing about America, while Republicans choose Nancy Pelosi.

  • The poll also found that nurses and school teachers are the most highly regarded professions in America, while the most highly regarded value is kindness to strangers, followed by speaking English and believing in God. On the flipside, political correctness was dubbed the value that symbolizes the worst of America. 
  • And there is one thing that everyone seems to agree on – the news is exhausting. The poll finds that 70% of folks agree with the statement, “I feel fatigued watching the news.”

Source: USA Today

With kids off from school for the summer, a lot of parents will need to find ways to entertain them, and there’s nothing kids love more than an amusement park. But, as you can imagine, with all kinds of amusement parks across the country, there are some that are better than others, and a new report reveals which ones are the best out there.

“Money” has partnered with Yelp to reveal the Ten Best Amusement Parks in the U.S., as well as the best rides at each attraction, and Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California tops the list. As for the most popular ride at the park, that would be the Hyperspace Mountain roller coaster, which features "Star Wars"-themed clips and simulators. Coming in a close second is Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando Florida, with the best ride being Space Mountain.

Top Ten Amusement Parks in the U.S.(best ride)

  1. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, CA (Hyperspace Mountain)
  2. Magic Kingdom, Disney World, Orlando, CA (Space Mountain)
  3. Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH (Millennium Force)
  4. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA (Griffon)
  5. Hersheypark, Hershey, PA (Storm Runner)
  6. Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN (Mystery Mine)
  7. Carowinds, Charlotte, NC (Fury 325)
  8. Silver Dollar City, Brandon, MO (Outlaw Run)
  9. Canobie Lake Park, Salem, NH (Untamed)
  10. Castles N’ Coasters, Phoenix, AZ (Desert Storm)

Source: Money

Whether it’s watching bad TV, or wolfing down your favorite snack while still in your pajamas, most people have a few guilty pleasures they don’t let people know about, and a new survey reveals the most popular guilty pleasures in the country.

Overall, the study by finds that 84% of the country has at least one guilty pleasure, with the average American giving into one of their guilty pleasures five times per week. And it seems some people have had their guilty pleasures for a while, with 18% of saying their guilty pleasure came from their childhood.

So, what is America’s top guilty pleasure? Well, it turns out it’s ordering take out because you can’t be bothered to cook, a guilty pleasure of 42% of people, although personally I don’t see why anyone would feel guilty about it.

America’s Top Guilty Pleasures(Click here to see the entire Top 30)


  • Ordering takeout because you can’t be bothered to cook — 42%
  • Falling asleep watching TV — 41%
  • Sneaking an extra scoop of ice cream — 38%
  • Putting off a task — 35%
  • Buying yourself a treat — 35%
  • Singing out loud in the car — 34%
  • Staying in your pajamas all day — 32%
  • McDonald’s — 32%
  • Binging a whole TV show in one day — 28%
  • Watching TV all day — 28%

Source: New York Post

It’s no secret that a lot of people are addicted to their phones, and our attachment to them is so great, folks are willing to give up a lot of things rather than be without them. Well, in case you missed it, the app-based phone service Visible asked 1,180 Millennials a series of "Would you rather?" questions about what they’d be willing to give up for their phones and the answers are somewhat shocking.

As much as folks love their coffee, 77% of Millennials would gladly go without caffeine for a week rather than go without their phone, while 54% would prefer to go without TV and movies for a month than go without their phone for one week.

But there are some things even the most phone addicted person won’t give up, namely their four-legged friends. The survey finds that 72% of people would rather give up their phone for a week then be without their pet for the same time frame, although men (34%) are more likely to give up their pet than women (24%). Hygiene is also something folks won’t necessarily forgo in favor of their phones. Overall, 83% of those surveyed say they’d rather give up their phone for a week than stop brushing their teeth.

  • ONE MORE THING! The survey also asked users what are the most important things for them to waste their phone battery on, and the most popular is chatting with a loved one (77%). Other things they’re willing to waste battery life on include:
  • Traffic apps like Waze or Google Maps (44%)
  • Documenting experienes (42%)
  • Rideshare services (35%)
  • Streaming (21%)
  • Social sharing (11%)

Source: Visible

When we hear the word “detox,” we roll our eyes and imagine sipping detox drinks and skipping meals. But there are ways to live cleaner and healthier without a drastic diet change. Here are a few tips for detoxing your home and beauty routine that are relatively painless.

Switch to a non-toxic deodorant - Don’t be scared, there are all kinds of all-natural deodorants on the market these days that keep you from being smelly and are safer than the old-school antiperspirants. These are some of the best options.

Opt for a natural mascara - You’re looking for one made with non-toxic and organic ingredients, without having to sacrifice volume, length, or curl. These are some of the most popular brands to check out.

Detox your skin with dry brushing - It exfoliates and lightly massages to buff off dead skin cells, improves lymphatic drainage and blood circulation. Plus, dry brushing feels really nice and it gives your skin some all-natural TLC.

Embrace clean eating - Adding more organic produce to your diet is one way to clean it up and some folks stick to non-GMO foods as well. While the FDA says genetically modified foods are totally safe, critics say they could affect nutritional value and have yucky side effects like allergens and toxins, so if you want to learn more, here’s your crash course in GMOs.

Air out your home - Reduce your exposure to toxins inside your home by getting some fresh air inside, adding the right house plants, cutting your use of plastics, and these other ideas for detoxing your home.

Source: PureWow

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