While a lot of people love their cars, driving in them is another thing, especially if you live in an area that’s known for traffic. And it’s not just traffic that can ruin a perfectly good trip in the car, road hazards, gas prices and more can put a damper on your driving fun. Well, there’s no doubt drivers in some areas of the country experience these problems way more than others, and a new report reveals which folks have it the best, and the worst.
WalletHub just came out with their list of the best and worst states to drive in, judging the 50 states across 30 key indicators of a positive commute, including things like average gas prices, share of rush-hour traffic congestion, road quality and more.
With all that in mind, the overall best state for driving is Oregon, which scores a 61.56 out of 100, earning a high marks for traffic and infrastructure and safety, although neither are actually in the Top Ten. When it comes to traffic and infrastructure, Montanna tops the list, while Rhode Island ranks highest for safety, Iowa is tops for cost of ownership & maintenance and California is tops for access to vehicles and maintenance.
Top Ten Best Driving States
- North Carolina
As for the worst driving state, that would be Hawaii, which scores just 38.45, coming in dead last when it comes to cost of ownership and maintenance, and in the bottom five for traffic and infrastructure.
Ten Worst Driving States
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
- ONE MORE THING! When it comes to rush hour, no surprise but California is the state with the worst traffic congestion, while Mississippi has the least. In fact, California’s rush hour is five times worse than that of Mississippi.
Click here to find out where your home state ranks
While some people just can’t deal with spicy food, for some there’s no such thing as too spicy, and a new survey finds that those who love their food hot, may also be living a spicier life.
A poll by sauce brand El Yucateco attempted to find a correlation between taste buds and lifestyles, and it seems those who like their food hot tend to be more adventurous, and that goes for the bedroom too. In fact, spicy food lovers have almost twice as much sex as those with milder palates, 5.3 times per month, as opposed to 3.2 times.
And that adventure doesn’t limit itself to the bedroom. Those who like things spicy are 45% more likely to have traveled out of the country than those with milder palates, plus they're six times more likely to have tried bungee jumping, and are also more likely to have gone skydiving, scuba diving or enjoyed a rafting trip.
- The survey also finds that those who like spicy food are happier, more sociable and extroverted. They are also more likely to have hobbies like working out and camping, and tend to like jazz and rock music, as well as horror, thriller and action movies.
- On the flipside, those who like their food mild tend to be shy, humble and anxious, they enjoy reading and watching TV, listen to country music and prefer their movies to be dramas, rom-coms and romance.
Source: SWNS Digital
While some people really care about the game on Super Bowl Sunday, there are plenty of people who are more interested in the food, and a new survey reveals exactly what folks will be snacking on during the big game.
A survey by Frito-Lay finds that 90% of people will have at least one snack during the big game, with 80% of those people snacking on either potato chips or tortilla chips. When it comes to dips, salsa is the number one dip for game day snacking, although French Onion is the most popular for potato chips.
Of course, where you live may influence your Super Bowl snacking decisions.
- It seems, folks in Los Angeles are the biggest chip lovers, as are as those Dallas, Miami, New York City, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
- Meanwhile Boston fans are more likely to pick tortilla chips for the big game, as are fans in Houston and Atlanta.
- And then there’s Chicago, which has it’s own favorite snack – popcorn.
Source: Yahoo Finance
Sometimes just smelling something delicious is enough to make us want to eat it, like when you order a side of fries after catching a whiff of them in a restaurant. That’s not so great when you’re trying to eat healthy, but new researchfinds that just enjoying the scent of junk food can help you make healthier food choices, as long as you do it for two minutes.
Researchers did a series of experiments in different environments, including a middle school cafeteria, a grocery store, and a lab, and found that people who sniffed indulgent foods, like pizza or cookies, were less likely to pick or buy unhealthy foods than those who smelled more nutritious options, like apples and berries. But the key is smelling a food long enough to push past the initial craving.
Experiments show when people are exposed to the aroma of goodies longer, they tended to steer clear of the junk food option and make a healthier choice. So researchers suggest that while a delicious smell can make you start craving that tasty food, over time it can also be enough to satisfy it. And now that we know, we can take a minute to order next time we go out to eat, so maybe that’ll help us make the healthier choice.
Being tall has its advantages and according to new research, it could help women live longer. A large study from the Netherlands finds that women may be more likely to live to be 90 years old if they’re taller.
Scientists looked at the link between height, body mass index and exercise in close to 8,000 participants who were between 55 and 69 when the study began in 1986. They were all monitored until they turned 90 or they died, whichever came first. There were 433 men and 944 women who made it to the big 9-0 and the women who reached this age were taller, weighed less at the beginning of the study and had put on less weight than their counterparts who died sooner. The women who were over five feet nine inches were 31% more likely to live to be 90 than women who were five feet three or shorter.
So why are the taller ladies living longer than the shorties? Lead study author Lloyd Brandts says they can only speculate why height would be associated with reaching old age in women, but they think it “might be related to shrinkage, which is more common among women.”
And while taller women seem to have an edge when it comes to ageing, the study didn’t find the same to be true for men. For the fellas, physical activity levels seem to be more important, with those who exercise more than 90 minutes a day being around 39% more likely to live to 90 than those who workout less than 30 minutes. Women who exercise for 30 to 60 minutes a day were 21% more likely to live to 90 than those who did less than 30 minutes.
If you’re someone who just can’t get enough of Sour Patch Kids, you can now enjoy them for breakfast. Post has just introduced Sour Patch Kids flavored cereal, which features fun, "kid" shaped pieces with a sour coating and a sweet finish. The cereal is available now at Walmart, and will be coming to major retailers nationwide in June.
Source: Yahoo Finance
Everyone’s favorite candle brand, Yankee Candle, is debuting their first-ever scent of the year. The company says they identified an “overarching theme” of the year and built a candle around it, naming it One Together. The candle features the fragrance of the rare Miracle Flower, noting it is a “luscious floral wrapped with soft woods, suede, and amber is combined with mandarin, nectarine, and sandalwood.” It’s available at Yankee Candle locations for a limited time.
Source: Market Watch