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by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 22 2016 5:41AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A new survey found Pokémon will be the number one Halloween costume this year, and Trump and Hillarycostumes will be big too. 45% of people plan to wear a funny costume . . . 28% plan to go as something scary . . . and 27% plan to wear a sexy costume.

FULL STORY: A new survey found 56% of us are planning to dress up for Halloween this year. And get ready to see lots of people dressed as Pokémon and Donald Trump. Here are five stats from the survey . . .

1. Trump and Hillary costumes will obviously be big this year. But 50% more people said they're planning to go as characters from "Pokémon Go".

2. The top group costume idea is ALSO Pokémon. But for millennials, it's "Suicide Squad" . . . for people aged 25 to 34 it's"The Avengers" . . . and for people over 45 it's "Star Wars".

3. 45% of people are planning to wear a funny costume this year . . . 28% want their costume to be scary . . . and 27% plan to wear a SEXY costume. So sexy costumes are almost as popular as scary costumes now.

4. The average person won't start planning their costume until we're just under three weeks out from Halloween. So you've still got time. And a quarter of people say they'd never wear the same costume two years in a row.

5. Just under 25% of people said Halloween is their favorite holiday.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 20 2016 9:46AM

HIGHLIGHTS: Women are the most attracted to guys with FULL BEARDS, according to a new study . . . because they think they're the best bet for a long-term relationship.

FULL STORY: No wonder the ZZ Top guys get all the chicks.

According to a new study, women are the most attracted to guys with FULL BEARDS . . . because they think they're the best bet for a long-term relationship.

The researchers think it's because beards are a biological sign of being tough, masculine, aggressive, and having high social status . . . and all of those things are worth a lot of points in a long-term relationship.

But what about when women aren't looking to settle down and just want to have a good time? They STILL prefer someone with facial hair over someone clean-shaven . . . only they prefer stubble.

In other words, being clean-shaven really doesn't get you anywhere.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 15 2016 5:44AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A new survey found 84% of us feel like we're unappreciated. And we think the most underappreciated jobs are garbage collector . . . mom . . . and teacher.

FULL STORY: Do you feel undervalued and underappreciated? I'm just playing the odds here . . . you're thinking, "Oh my God, YES."

A new survey found 84% of us feel like we're unappreciated. You could feel that way at work, at home, with your family, with your friends, or all of those.

And three out of four of us say we've done something nice for someone and not even gotten a "thank you."

The survey also found the four jobs we think are the most underappreciated. Check 'em out . . .

1. Garbage collector.

2. Mom.

3. Teacher.

4. Mail carrier.

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by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 14 2016 5:47AM

FULL STORY: We found a list online of ways to live life to the fullest. And some of them are things you've probably thought about. But they should be GOALS . . .

1. Be bold and take risks. If you ALWAYS make the safe choice, you end up limiting yourself. And that applies to everything from taking a new job, to asking someone on a date.

2. Stop doing the same thing every weekend. Try to expand the list of stuff you do on a regular basis, so you don't get in a rut. When you're on your death bed, you won't regret missing a football game or two.

3. Do stuff that's outside your comfort zone. Which goes hand-in-hand with the last one. It doesn't have to be something big, like skydiving. It could be as simple as ordering something new at a restaurant.

4. Get together with friends as much as possible. And do whatever you can to make NEW friends, so you're not just hanging out with the same people all the time.

5. Try to master a new skill. It doesn't matter what it is. Just stick with it, and you'll feel like a more interesting person who didn't just sit around wasting time.

6. Travel as much as you can. Maybe you can't afford to fly to Europe every year. But just going somewhere new that's within driving distance can open you up to new ideas and experiences

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by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 12 2016 9:18AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A new survey says the three most awkward situations in dating are meeting the other person's ex . . . meeting their parents . . . and the first date.

FULL STORY: New relationships are basically just a string of awkward moments. Until one of you finally poops in front of the other . . . then you're basically ready to get married. That's free wisdom for you, by the way. You're welcome.

A new survey found the eight most awkward situations in dating and new relationships. Check 'em out . . .

1. Meeting the other person's ex.

2. Meeting their parents.

3. Going on the first date.

4. Making a poor attempt to talk to someone you find attractive.

5. Meeting up with someone from online dating who isn't quite what you expected.

6. Bumping into your ex.

7. The first time you dance with someone.

8. The first kiss.

by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 8 2016 3:53PM

FULL STORY: You've probably heard some of these before, and how you're supposed to look out for them on a date. But they also apply in other situations, like when you're at work. Here are four subtle signs you're making someone uncomfortable.

1. They touch or rub anywhere on their neck. There are a lot of nerve endings in your neck, and studies have shown that touching it reduces your heart rate and blood pressure. So we do it subconsciously when we're stressed out.

2. They avoid eye contact. But that doesn't mean they should ALWAYS be looking at you. Too much eye contact can actually be a sign that they're trying to HIDE how uncomfortable they are.

3. Their feet are pointed away from you. We do it subconsciously when we're uncomfortable with someone. And most people can force a smile or maintain eye contact if they try to. But we don't usually think about what our feet are doing.

4. Withdrawing or blocking. Meaning they might adjust their chair so they're not quite facing you. Or they might put a barrier between the two of you by crossing their arms or legs, or standing behind something, like a table.

Keep in mind that you might not be the reason they're uncomfortable though. They could just be stressed out about something that has nothing to do with you

by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 6 2016 4:49PM

The Seven Things in Your Online Dating Profile That Get You the Most Matches

HIGHLIGHTS: A new study found the most common things people put in their online dating profiles. The most popular type of restaurant is Italian . . . the top social activity is going out with friends . . . and the top type of book is autobiographies.

FULL STORY: If you think online dating is less about meeting someone perfect and more about getting as many dates as possible . . . this is for you.

A new study analyzed dating profiles and found the most common things people put in their profiles. So if you put these things in YOUR profile, in theory it should make you compatible with way more people. Even though you're lying. Check 'em out . . .

1. Favorite type of restaurant: Italian.

2. Favorite social activity: Going out with friends.

3. Favorite type of TV shows and movies: Comedies.

4. Favorite pet: Dog.

5. Favorite type of music: Rock and pop.

6. Favorite type of book: Autobiographies.

7. Style of humor: Dry.

by Lou Bartelli posted Sep 1 2016 9:57AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A new study found less than a third of people say they're ALWAYS honest online . . . and 68% of us have lied on social media.

FULL STORY: I've got some shocking news here, so maybe you want to pull over . . . believe it or not, everyone LIES on the Internet.

A new study found less than a third of people say they're ALWAYS honest online. Less than 2% think everyone else is always being honest online. So right, sure, everyone lies but you.

We expect people to be the most honest on social media, mainly on sites like Facebook where it's tough to hide behind anonymity. But . . . 68% of people admit they tell lies on social media.

And we have ZERO expectation of people being honest in online dating. 90% of us expect people will exaggerate at least one thing on their profile, especially when it comes to their physical features.

One more thing: The site where people admit to lying the most frequently is . . . Craigslist's Casual Encounters

by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 31 2016 9:33AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  A new survey found the top ways we try to make ends meet.  Some of them are practical ideas, like cooking at home or getting a part-time job.  And some aren't . . . like racking up credit card debt or not going to the doctor.



FULL STORY:  A new survey found the 10 biggest ways people try to make ends meet these days.  And they're all over the place.  From good, practical ideas . . . to a few REALLY misguided ones.  Here's the top ten.



1.  Cooking at home more instead of eating out . . . 68% of us do it to make ends meet.


2.  Spending less on clothes and beauty products . . . 66% of us.


3.  Buying cheaper food . . . 55% of people do it.


4.  Skipping social activities, 46%.


5.  Not going on a vacation, 39%.


6.  Borrowing money from family and friends, 25%.


7.  Racking up credit card debt, 24%.  (That's a creative way to save the cash you CURRENTLY have, I'll give you that.  But not much more.)


8.  Not going to the doctor, 22%.


9.  Getting a part-time job, 13%.


10.  Moving to a cheaper place, 7%

by Lou Bartelli posted Aug 30 2016 11:26AM

FULL STORY:  According to women who've had at least one kid, these seven things can actually be more painful than CHILDBIRTH.  See if you agree, ladies . . .



1.  Kidney stones.  One woman said it's like being stabbed in the side with a hot knife over and over again.  And the pain was so bad, she couldn't talk and temporarily went BLIND.  Plus she didn't know what it was at first, which made it even worse.



2.  A really bad toothache.  Meaning the pain is constant.  One woman said giving birth was bad, but she had a toothache that was even worse.



3.  Broken ribs.  Not because the pain itself is worse.  But they take a long time to heal, and it hurts every time you breathe.  So some women said they'd rather give birth.



4.  A really bad migraine.  Which can last hours, and cause some people to pass out from the pain.  A lot of people also said cluster headaches can be just as bad.



5.  Gout.  Which causes burning and swelling in your joints.  A recent survey found more than two-thirds of people with it said it's the worst pain they've ever experienced.



6.  Trigeminal neuralgia.  (Pronounced try-JEM-in-uhl.)  Which is when a nerve in the side of your head gets inflamed and causes a stabbing pain.  Apparently it's rare, but there's no cure.  And it's so painful, it makes some people consider suicide.



7.  Third-degree burns.  But not just the burn itself.  Getting skin grafts, new bandages, and washing the burned skin can actually be MORE painful.