It isn’t uncommon to hear kids say they want to be firefighters, or even doctors or teachers, but we bet none of them have ever said they want to be a dog surf instructor. In fact, most adults didn’t even know that’s a thing, but apparently, it is! And it’s also one of several weird jobs that people in this country have.
The site 24/7 Wall Street reviewed job listing sites, online databases, and occupation data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find the weirdest job or job opening in every state, and while some aren’t that crazy, there are others that will probably leave you shaking your head.
For example, the dog surf instructor is actually someone’s job in California, while in Florida, it’s someone’s job to be a scuba diving pizza deliveryman.
Other weird jobs by state include:
- Hawaii – Golf ball diver
- Indiana – Airplane repo man
- Kansas – Dog food taster
- Michigan – Furniture tester
- Minnesota – Professional sleeper
- Missouri – Dice quality inspector
- New Jersey - gum buster
- New York – Fortune cookie writer
- North Carolina – Face Feeler
- Ohio – Odor judge
- Oregon – Professional snuggler
- Texas – Marketing Unicorn
- Arkansas -- log grader
- Oklahoma -- rock splitter
Click here to see the weirdest job in your home state.
Source: 24/7 Wall Street
There are some classic catchphrases that we’ve all heard over and over again, and we’ve become so used to some of them that we don’t realize that they are often actually said incorrectly.
Linguist Geoffrey Pullum coined the phrase “eggcorn” to describe such words or phrases that are misheard and reform into a new word or phrase, and he’s now revealing some of the most common eggocorns out there and they just may shock you.
Some of the more shocking eggcorns include:
- Nip it in the butt vs. Nip it in the bud – Used as a way for someone to say they are going to do something and get it over with quickly and efficiently, somewhere along the lines people started using “butt,” but the correct phrase is “nip it in the bud.”
- Hunger pains vs. Hunger pangs – While hunger pains does seem to make sense, the correct phrase is hunger pangs.
- You've got another thing coming vs. You've got another think coming - Used to mean “to be greatly mistaken,” the correct phrase is actually “you’ve got another think coming,” meaning the person is wrong, and they need to think again.
- Scapegoat vs. Escape goat – If you’re blaming someone else they are a scapegoat, not an escape goat.
- Butt naked vs. Buck naked – Again, while they both technically mean the same thing, the actual correct phrase is “buck naked.”
- One in the same vs. One and the same – They imply the exact same thing but “one in the same” is grammatically incorrect.
Other examples include:
- Beck and call becomes beck on call (Beck and call is correct)
- By accident becomes on accident (by accident is correct)
- Regardless becomes irregardless (irregardless isn't even an actual word)
- Peace of mind becomes piece of mind (peace of mind is correct...unless you want to give someone a piece of your mind)
- Pique your interest becomes peak your interest (pique please)
- I couldn't care less becomes I could care less (couldn't is correct)
Source: The Mail
As we previously told you, several companies, including Starbucks, Marriott and Disney, are banning straws because of the environmental impact they have, but it turns out, straws are far from the worst type of litter out there.
Straws are getting a lot of news, but on a volume basis, straws are literally … a drop in a bucket," Noah Ullman,CMO of Keep America Beautiful, tells “USA Today.”
The nonprofit, which works with more than 600 community-based affiliates and organizations to end litter, recently released a national study, and straws didn’t even make the Top Five, when it comes to the most common types of litter. The Top Five actually include:
- Cigarette butts
- Food wrappers
The organization notes that people are mostly to blame for these types of litter getting into the environment. “The products themselves generally aren’t bad in and of themselves," Mark Dancy, president of Waste Zero, says. "They become bad if you don’t recycle them. The worst is if they become litter."
Other common litter offenders include:
- Gum wrappers
- Plastic bottles
- Beverage cans
Source: USA Today
Vacations are amazing, but sometimes the lack of food options on long travel days make it feel impossible to stick to a healthy eating plan. Of course, you’ll want to indulge a little, it is vacation, after all, but these tips can help you end your travels at the same weight as when you left and have plenty of fun on the trip.
- Limit fried foods - No matter how healthy it was to start with, covering it with batter and dunking it in oil adds tons of calories. So stick to grilled, baked, braised, or roasted options instead.
- One dessert daily -- and split it - Have your sweets but share them to cut the calories in half. Choose something special for your one treat for the day, like a regional favorite, shaved ice in Hawaii or cheesecake in New York.
- Step away from the vending machine - Stock up on snacks at a local grocery so you’re prepared with fruits, nuts, and cheese when hunger strikes. That way you have more nutritious options and save more than if you’re eating from a vending machine.
- Make half of your plate vegetables -- as always - Apparently, we should be eating like this all the time.
- Broaden your palate - Step outside your comfort zone and try something new on your adventure. Be open-minded and order the special at a local restaurant.
- Opt for water - Skip the soda and juice which can add hundreds of calories to your day and remember that those frosty margaritas could have as many as 600 calories per serving. Instead, drink water and lots of it.
- Walk the city - Enjoy the experience of being in a new place and take off on your feet. See the sights while walking off your daily dessert and you’ll get a different perspective than you do from inside a car or train.
Source: Daily Herald
While plenty of relationships have been wrecked because one partner is constantly glued to their phone, new research suggests that having the same texting habits as your partner can make you happier in your relationship. And some romantic partners who sext in moderation actually report more satisfaction in bed.
For the study, researchers quizzed 205 adults in romantic relationships about their emotional security, texting habits and relationship satisfaction. They found couples who have a similar texting style to their S.O. reported being happier in their relationship - even if they were complaining about each other. It seems it’s all about sending messages that are similar in tone and length, no matter how often the partners text.
Dr. Leora Trub recently presented the findings of the study and she explains that how couples texted mattered more than how often they text in terms of satisfaction with the relationship. So quality counts over quantity here.