Are there aliens out there on Neptune who've never heard about the good people of Earth and maybe they, them, or it(?) are wondering if there's life out there too? You may have heard about scientists finding the possibility of life on Venus last week. So a new survey asked Americans: Do you believe basic life forms exist on other planets in our solar system? 47% say yes . . . 23% say no . . . and 29% aren't sure.
Would you say you're "young" or "old" for the job you're in? Or about average? Well, the jobs site Zippia.com has a new calculator that can tell you. You enter your age and job title, and it tells you how much older or younger you are than the average worker in your position. And it's got stats for a bunch of different jobs. (For example, they say the average radio DJ is 42.) They also figured out the careers with the oldest and youngest workers, on average. The youngest are people in the military, where the average is 31 years old. [...]
Everyone THINKS they're a good driver. But spend 30 seconds on any road in America, and you know it's not true. So a new survey asked people to name the top signs someone is a BAD driver. Here's the Top 10 . . . Excessive speeding. 61% said it means you're a bad driver. But over 40% admitted THEY like to drive fast. And one in three think of speed limits as "just a suggestion." Cutting people off, 54%. Tailgating, 44%. Constant road rage, 43%. Using your horn too much, 38%. Not using turn signals, 38%. Driving with one hand on [...]
If it was any other year, this would be pretty shocking, but 2020 just about has me fully numb. Still, it's a little crazy. For the first time since the 1980s, vinyl records have outsold CDs. In the first half of the year, vinyl accounted for $232.1 million of music sales. CDs only brought in $129.9 million. Vinyl grew by 4% in the first half of 2020, while CD sales were down 48%. Overall, physical sales are down 23%. Which isn't all THAT surprising, since the world is pretty much moving to streaming and digital music . . . and records [...]
Labor Day was the unofficial end of summer. (It officially ends September 22nd.) So in general, how did this summer compare to an AVERAGE summer? A survey asked 1,500 Americans if this was their WORST summer ever . . . and only about one in six said yes. That's 16%. 14% said it was a "good" summer overall . . . 38% said "average" . . . and 30% said "bad." And it turns out some Americans have been having a blast the last few months. 2% said it was their BEST summer ever. The survey also found the most popular [...]
I'm not sure we needed MORE proof that the era of the phone call is over, but here you go: According to a new survey, the overwhelming majority of people would rather have you TEXT them than call them. The only exception is people over 55. 72% of people under 39 would rather you text, and so would 61% of people between 40 and 54. For people over 55, 35% prefer a text, 49% prefer a call. Also, for what it's worth, people who prefer calls over texts are almost three times less likely to have smartphones.
The "Brokini" . . . a Bikini for Men If you liked Borat's bathing suit but want to show 8% less skin, this is for you. Two guys from Toronto launched a new line of bathing suits called the "brokini," a bikini for men. It's not a two-piece, so it's not really a bikini. There's a single strap that goes over one shoulder. So it's more like a skimpier version of André the Giant's wrestling singlet. But with fun patterns. They've got two versions for sale at Brokinis.com. One with pineapple polka dots, and a pink-and-white one that's covered with flamingos. [...]
Opposites may attract, but do they last? A new survey asked 2,000 people to name the most important things you need to have in common in a relationship. Here are the top ten answers . . . 1. Future plans and long-term goals. Like how much money you need to make, and whether you want kids. 57% agreed it's important for that stuff to line up. 2. Shared values, 56%. 3. Sense of humor, 50%. 4. Sex drive and your overall attitude about sex, 50%. 5. Lifestyle, 49%. 6. Personality traits, 46%. 7. Work ethic, 44%. 8. Hobbies and interests, 41%. [...]
- Small town baseball is alive and well! State Amateur tournament over the weekend in my home town. So many fans coming out to cheer on their hometown team. - Hot 'nuff for ya? Ran into a few Minnesotans over the weekend who said it wasn't so hot, it was just the humidity. That makes me happy that we hang on to the old lines! - I don't know if it was just the season or not, but I definitely did not have any good sweet corn this year. - Is it just mine, or do anyone else's parents refuse to [...]