Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to their favorite foods, and it seems when it comes to French fries, folks get particularly defensive when it comes to their favorites.
Earlier this week, Los Angeles Times’food critic Lucas Kwan Petersen came out with his picks for the best and worst French fries, reviewing 19 of the top food chains, and folks are definitely not happy with his picks. Lucas picked Five Guys fries as the best, followed by McDonald’s, Del Taco, Steak ‘n Shake and Arbys.
As for the worst, Lucas picked In-N-Out, describing them as “bland,” and while some folks agreed, plenty of others were furious over the diss. In fact, even Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcettie chimed in, noting, "Respectfully disagree, In-N-Out fries do not belong in the lower left corner of this graph.”
- The whole article sparked massive debate online, with some also upset that Chick-Fil-A’s fries didn’t get a higher rating, wth the paper calling them “mediocre.” “Wait a minute…WHAT DO YOU MEAN CHICK FIL A FRIES ARE JUST MEDIOCRE?!,” one person noted. “You’ve made a powerful enemy, LA Times.”
There’s no doubt a lot of couples got engaged yesterday on Valentine’s Day, and they better start putting their money away immediately because if they want a full-blown wedding it’s going to cost them. The Knot’s annual Real Wedding Study surveyed close to 14,000 couples who got hitched in 2018 to uncover the truth about the big day, and it seems the average wedding cost is pretty ridiculous.
Couples in 2018 spent an average of $33,391, and that doesn’t include the honeymoon. Of course there are plenty of people who spend way more than that, with the average cost of a high spender wedding $104,109. These days the average wedding has about 136 guests, with the couple spending about $15,439 on the venue, about $70 per person for catering, and $2,564 for drinks.
Not surprisingly, New York (Manhattan specifically), will set you back the most to tie the knot, $96,910, while Long Island (also in New York), is thesecond-most expensive at $66,409. The least expensive place to wed? Idaho, at just $16,366.
Other wedding statistics include:
- Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,631
- Average Marrying Age: Bride 29.1; Groom, 30.5
- Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
- Average Length of Engagement: 13.6 months
- Most Popular Month to Get Married: September (18%)
- Most Popular Wedding Colors: Ivory/Champagne (33%), Dark Blue & Burgundy/Wine (tie at 29%), Gold (27%) and Light Pink (23%)
- Percentage of Destinations Weddings: 23%
As for who’s paying for all this, 91% of couples say they contributed to their wedding budget, with 9% of them paying for the wedding entirely on their own. As for that budget, 80% of couples say they had one, while 45% admit they went over it.
To check out the full breakdown,click here.
Hey single people, congrats! You made it through another Valentine’s Day. And if you’re feeling down at all about not being coupled up after the holiday that’s all about celebrating love, get this: science says being single is actually better for you.Here are some science-backed benefits to being on your own:
- Single people are healthier- Some research has shown that singles get more exercise than married couples. According to onestudy, divorced people do more physical activity than married ones, but the most active of all are those who’ve always been single. And anotherstudyfound that singles in nine countries in Europe had a lower body mass index than married people and weighed around five pounds less overall.
- Singles are better at keeping friends- People who’ve always been single are more attentive to their friends and family than married folks and put in more effort to keep sibling relationships strong, according to onestudy.
- They’re better with money- Being single has a financial advantage, too.According to debt.org, 27% of married couples without kids have credit card debt, and 36% of married couples with kids do, compared to just 21% of singles with credit card debt.
- Being single can mean doing better at work-Researchhas shown singles are more likely to “value meaningful work,” since not spending time maintaining a relationship gives them more time for their careers.
- Being alone can be less stressful- Not having to deal withrelationship issueslike coupled up people does have its advantages.
- Singles are more self-sufficient- Learning to appreciate alone time and realizing you can take care of yourself is important andstudieshave shown that the more self-sufficient people are, the less likely they are to have negative emotions.
If you had a really late night celebrating Valentine’s Day and you can hardly keep your eyes open today,we feel you. But instead of reaching for that fourth cup of coffee, we’ve got an energy-boosting alternative for you to try: chewing peppermint gum.
The trick comes from “5-Minute Energy,” a book byIsadora Baumthat offers suggestions of more than 200 activities to help put some pep in your step. And one of them is chewing gum. Sounds strange, but science backs it up. Astudy at Coventry Universityin the U.K. finds that chewing gum stimulates the autonomic nervous system and that boosts alertness. Chewing increases blood flow to the brain as well and that can help wake you up, too.
But if you’re reaching for a pack of gum at the store, put down the Juicy Fruit and stick to peppermint. It turns out it’s especially effective because the scent of peppermint can “uplift mood and energy as well as bring a sense of mental clarity and focus,” according to Baum’s book. So next time the afternoon slump hits, try this pick-me-up and freshen your breath at the same time.