ATMs are Filthier Than You Think

Hitting the ATM machine for cash is commonplace these days, and most of us probably don’t think twice when we touch the screen or punch in our codes. But a new report suggests we should maybe have our hand sanitizers ready following our next ATM trip because those machines are downright gross.

A recent report finds that the typical Manhattan ATM is just riddled with bacteria, and there’s no reason to think that’s not true for every other ATM out there. In fact, they were so gross they had more bacteria than a subway pole, and even a handle of a public toilet at Penn Station.

Mike Brown of financial product marketplace LendEDU tested 20 different ATMs in the city with a device that measures bacteria on surfaces, testing areas like the keypad, touch screen and card-reader of each cash machine, and the results were astounding. 

Overall he found that the card reader is the dirtiest part of the ATM, getting a 427 RLU reading, which was double the levels for the keypads and touch screens. When comparing it to other gross things in the city, that number is pretty bad. For example a subway pole only got a 68 RLU reading, while the Penn Station toilet handle got a 163 and a park bench got a 370 RLU.

Source:New York Post

Are you someone who loves the smell of toast browning in your toaster? Well, it turns out that smell may actually be toxic. A new study out of the University of Texas finds that as soon as someone turns their toaster on toxic particles are released into the air and the longer you toast an item, the worse it gets.

“When you make toast, the heating element starts warming up the debris and gunk in the toaster which includes oils,” researcher Marina Vance explains. “Add to that the bread itself - it's going to emit a range of things.” She notes they found ethanol in the air, adding, that smoke, released from the bread touching the heating element, or crumbs at the bottom can release “a lot of particles.” She shares, “'It's led to what would be considered ‘very unhealthy’ air pollution levels compared to the outdoor air quality standards.”

So, what can you do to protect yourself from these toxic particles? Well, the researchers suggest the best option is to keep your bread from getting too dark, and instead go for a light brown color to your toast. 

And apparently your toaster isn’t the only household item that could be emitting such toxic pollution. Other guilty parties include household cleaning sprays, scented candles and wood-burning stoves.

Source:The Daily Mail

Moms and dads understand that parenting is a full time job, but as much as we love our kids, sometimes it does feel like they’re taking over our lives. That’s probably thanks to carpool duty, piano lessons, soccer practice, and homework tutors that rule our lives. All that kid stuff can make it easy to forget we’re also married and have a relationship that deserves attention, not to mention that thing called self-care they say is so important.

So if this sounds all too familiar and you’re at the point where you basically only see your partner when you’re both going to sleep, maybe it’s time to reassess. Because being out of touch in your marriage isn’t good - for your relationship or your parenting. And when you’re ready to reconnect, one thing that can help is blocking off couple time on your calendar every week - even if it means you have to rearrange your kiddos’ schedules.

Marriage and family counselor Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker says the idea is to shift your focus from all kids, all the time, back to you and your partner as a couple. But it’s not selfish, if that’s what you’re thinking, because your kids are better off with parents that are in a healthy, affectionate, involved partnership and not ones who are lonely, separated, and exhausted. The calendar time can be as simple as locking down plans to have dinner together a few nights a week or carving out a set date night and arranging a sitter in advance, so you have no excuses not to make it happen.


Having trouble getting the restful sleep you need so you don’t just feel like you’re moving from one long, groggy day to the next? Maybe it’s time to revamp your “sleep hygiene” - that’s what experts call good sleep habits that can help you fall asleep and stay asleep.We know how important it is to get enough quality sleep, so if you need to transform your sleep habits to finally get it, these tips from sleep specialistDr. W. Christopher Winter can help.

  • Spend some time outside- Being in natural light during the day and in darkness at night helps your body continue a healthy sleep-wake cycle, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Getting outside for some sunshine helps regulate the sleep hormone melatonin and that helps you sleep better.
  • Eat lighter in the evenings- It’s tough to sleep well when you’re stuffed because your body is working hard to digest food when it should be focused on sleep, so try to eat your big meal three to four hours before bed.
  • Avoid late-night workouts- Research has shown that exercise improves sleep quality, but squeezing in a sweat sesh right before bed canrev you upand keep you awake for hours when you should be fast asleep.
  • Skip the nightcap- It’s not just that afternoon cup of coffee that could keep you up, wine can also disrupt your snoozing. Dr. Winter says “alcohol does nothing for sleep” and it can actually reduce the deep sleep we get and make us wake up more often during the night.
  • Power down your devices- The type of light your phone and electronics emit can “dramatically impact” both sleep quality and sleep quantity. It can affect the brain’s ability to produce melatonin, so experts suggest avoiding bright and blue light from devices for an hour or two before bedtime.
  • Keep cool- knock that thermostat down to between 60 and 67 degreesfor optimal sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. And wear looser clothing to keep heat from being trapped inside so you sleep better too.


Disneyland may be the happiest place on earth, but only if you follow the rules. Seems the popular theme park has a strict set of “prohibitive activities” that could get you kicked out of the park if you break them and instead of a happy and smiling kid, you’ll wind up with a crying monster.

So, what are some of these rules? Well, first off there are a lot of things that are simply banned at Disney, and if you get caught when them you’ll be in trouble. For example, kids are not allowed to enter the park with wheeled shoes, as well as scooters, skateboards and skates, while as much as you may want that perfect picture, selfie sticks are also a no-no. And while many adults will be there with small children, you better make sure your stroller isn’t too big, because any stroller larger than 36 inches by 52 inches, won’t be allowed in.

Other banned items include trailers, large suitcases, folding chairs and drones or remote controlled cars.

Now, it isn’t uncommon to see kids dressed up as their favorite character at the park, and that’s totally okay, but don’t think about joining if you’re an adult. While playing dress-up is fine for those 13 or younger, anyone 14 or older isn’t allowed to wear a costume and/or mask. Along the same lines, adults aren’t allowed to dress as characters and pose with guests.

Guests are also prohibited from running, or smoking or vaping anywhere but the designated areas, and they are not allowed to use “any flag, banner or sign for commercial purposes, or to incite a crowd.”

Source:USA Today

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