About a third of all employed workers in the UK have flexibility over their working hours, and about a fifth of people work from home on occasion. However, those with more freedom end up working more hours than those with more rigid schedules, finds a new study. Published in the journal European Sociological Review, scientists examined data that followed workers in Germany for several years to track how much overtime they did when they got more control over their working hours. They found the tendency for people to work more when given greater control held true even when controlling for things like level of authority and type of job. And this increase in working hours was greatest when workers had full autonomy over their working hours. It's thought people do this for a few reasons: one is the gift-exchange theory, or, that people work harder in exchange for the freedom given by their employers. It could also be because employers can give the freedom as part of a larger human resource package, which in many cases includes an income determined by performance outcomes. This allows employers to increase workloads without being confined to labor laws. (Quartz)
Is this a mom who's doing the right thing to protect her kid . . . or ridiculously coddling her kid? It's a damn good question.
A woman named Bunmi Laditan in Quebec, Canada has a 10-year-old daughter named Maya in elementary school right now. And she sent Maya's teachers an email on Tuesday to tell them she's DONE with homework.
Quote, "Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She's been very stressed and is starting to have physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4:00 A.M. worrying about her workload.
"She's not behind academically and very much enjoys school . . . doing two-to-three hours of homework after getting home . . . is leaving little time for her just to be a child and enjoy family time."
She posted a copy of the email on Facebook and it's been going viral ever since. It seems a lot of the responses so far have been supportive of her . . . but there's some negative mixed in too.
Parking in a large parking lot can be intimidating, and Google Maps wants to help you remember where you left your vehicle. Here’s how it works: Once you park your car, tap the blue dot on the app and click “save your parking.” A label will pop up, detailing your location. You also have the option to add a note with clearer instructions. The feature is available on both Androids and iOS devices, just update the Google Maps app... http://elitedaily.com/news/new-google-maps-update-parked-car/1882161/
Fresh off the Unicorn Frappuccino the internet is buzzing about a possible new frappuccino flavor: Sriracha. A person claiming to be a Starbucks barista posted a photo of the drink on Reddit Tuesday night (April 25th) with the caption, "Got to make the new summer drinks today!" It's possible the barista was simply trolling the reddit readers, but when a commenter asked if she was joking she replied "Nope." Other redditors claimed they've tried the drink already, with one writing, "Me and my partners were very skeptical when we saw the new drink recipe card, but holy cow! The sriracha is soooo tasty in frappuccino form, I can totally see this being the new craze!" According to comments, the recipe card is apparently already at Starbucks locations, but the actual drink won't be released until July. (Refinery 29)
SEE THE FRAP HERE: FOR REAL OR NOT? https://www.reddit.com/r/starbucks/comments/67kl0w/got_to_make_one_of_the_new_summer_drinks_today/
I'm no expert on what prostitutes are charging these days . . . I swear! . . . but I'm pretty sure this woman needs to raise her prices.
A 22-year-old prostitute named Alex DiReeno from Bradenton, Florida was working outside of a gas station on Tuesday night and offered to perform a sex act on a guy for $25 . . . and one order of Chicken McNuggets.
She wanted the McNuggets up front, so they drove to a McDonald's, but on the way, the guy stopped . . . because it turned out he was an UNDERCOVER COP and it was a sting.
Fat has gotten a pretty bad reputation, but the more research that comes in, the more it becomes clear that eating a bunch of fat REALLY might not be all that bad. Here's the latest . . .
A new study out of the University of California, San Francisco found even if you eat butter, cheese, and all the other delicious saturated fats in the world, you can avoid increasing your risk of developing heart disease with a TINY bit of daily exercise.
Seriously. They found that you can offset your risk if you just walk 22 minutes a day.
Now, obviously, it's BETTER to eat healthy and not eat six sticks of butter just because one study said it's fine . . . but consider this another piece of evidence that fat really may not be as bad as we were all led to believe.
How often does a co-worker tell you they're "stressed"? Now one expert is saying if you feel you're under pressure, you should be careful how you describe your feeling to others. Seth Swirsky, a clinical psychotherapist explains, "Just saying that you're stressed can set off a cascade of chemicals in the body - epinephrine and cortisol - and neurotransmitters in the brain that make us feel, well, completely stressed out." The good news is you can adjust how you feel by choosing your words differently. Swirsky suggests saying something like, "I'm up against it this week, but I know I will get there in the end."
A 38-year-old guy named Kevin Boudreau Jr. tried to use his credit card to pay at a restaurant in Florida back in October, but it got declined.
His tab was $57, and he told the staff his DAD would pay it if they gave him a call. But they couldn't get him on the phone. And Kevin had PREVIOUSLY failed to pay a bill at the same restaurant, so they had him arrested.
Now he's BACK on our radar, because he came up with an even worse strategy . . .
Last Saturday night, he racked up a $107 tab at a strip club called Body Shots in Ocala, Florida.
And he tried to pay with a credit card that didn't have a NAME on it. So apparently it was either a fake card, or one of those SAMPLE cards they send in the mail when you get a credit card offer.
The manager of the place tried to run it, but it got declined. So Kevin's facing fraud charges.
Some people aren't ready to forgive SCOTT BAIO for dissing ERIN MORAN after her death. And that includes Erin's older brother TONY MORAN, who not only threatened Scott, but took a shot at his MANHOOD.
In a Facebook post, he said that Erin dumped Scott back in the day because he was "more like a lil girl and not a man" . . . and also because, quote, "You were tiny. Ya know. Barely a man in the man region."
Then he said, quote, "Scott, I'd advise you to get on your knees and pray you never run into me."
A special shout out to Scott Baio. I already went on Twitter about you. I hope it finds you. You and my lil sis had a very very brief fling. She dumped you. 2 reasons. 1. She told me that you were more like a lil girl and not a man. 2. She told me that you were tiny. Ya know. Barely a man in the man region. True story! Scott, I'd advise you to get on your knees and pray you never run into me.
In a later post, Tony said Scott's WIFE tried to apologize to him, but he wasn't having it. Quote, "It's too late you mother[effing] pieces of [crap]! Go back under the rock you crawled out from under."
Maybe Scott and his wife should watch their backs . . . because Tony played Michael Myers in the original "Halloween". Technically, he was one of three people who played Michael. Four if you count the kid who played him at age 6.
Either way, it sounds like Scott is still trying to make amends for what he said. Yesterday he posted an open letter from Erin's husband, talking about her cancer battle and her final moments.
Some people run back into burning houses to save their pets, and others go back for their beer. A South Dakota man was arrested Sunday (April 23rd) after he ran back into his burning home yo "save" his beer. As firefighters were working to put out the fire, the man ran past them and cops to go grab his beer. The Sioux Falls Police Department tweeted, “1 in custody after obstructing fire and police. It is not advisable to push past PD and Fire in an attempt to “save your beer”#besmart
America’s favorite vivacious fitness guru-turned-introvert Richard Simmons took to Facebook to thank his healthcare workers and LAPD -- and assure concerned fans that nothing is amiss in his life.
Simmons, 68, was treated at the Cedars Sinai hospital for severe indigestion, and has been out of public sight for a few years, prompting dramatic rumors that he is being held hostage by his maid Teresa Reveles or in the process of transitioning from male to female.
In his Facebook post, he wrote: “Hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday. I wanted to take a moment to send a big thank you to the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center during my short stay there this week. They make you feel good even though you’re in the hospital for feeling bad.
"Another shout out goes to the wonderful men and women of the Los Angeles Police Dept. They were so helpful and kind as I returned home.
"Let’s take a minute and all be thankful for medical professionals, police, firefighters and our brave military forces here and around the world. They risk so much every day to make us well and keep us protected. God Bless all of them.”
The day after ERIN MORAN's death, SCOTT BAIO posted a nice tribute on social media and expressed his "sincere condolences."
But Chachi apparently didn't love the way Joanie was living her life, because the next day he went on a radio show and shared a slightly different sentiment.
He said he isn't really shocked that she died . . . quote, "My thing is, I feel bad because her whole life, she was troubled, could never find what made her happy and content.
"For me, you do drugs or drink, you're gonna die. I'm sorry if that's cold, but God gave you a brain, [he] gave you the will to live and thrive, and you gotta take care of yourself."
He also said, quote, "I knew Erin well, [but] over the last many years I have not spoken with her. She was just an insecure human being and fell into this world of drugs and alcohol . . .
"I don't know if that's what killed her, [but] I'm sure it was a culmination of years and years of doing it that might have had something to do with it."
Erin's struggles have been well documented, and he'd know better than anyone if she was abusing drugs and alcohol 30 years ago. But in reality, it sounds like she was killed by CANCER.
Naturally, Scott got a lot of backlash. And so, he tried to defend himself. He Tweeted, quote, "I said 'IF' you abuse drugs." (Technically, he DIDN'T say 'if.' He said "You do drugs or drink, you're gonna die.")
And when someone asked if he regretted saying what he did, Scott said, quote, "You know absolutely nothing about me or the truth." (???) He also tried to explain himself in a Facebook post, but it's mostly just a rant about the media and "fake news." (He clearly feels bad. But a simple apology would've been enough.)
The crazy cost of higher education has been blamed for many things, and now it may be responsible for driving up marijuana use. A team of analysts at the firm Cowen were thinking perhaps this debt is causing young Americans to go for marijuana because it gives a stronger high than alcohol. Lead analyst Vivien Azer writes, “The shift towards higher student loan debt levels disproportionately affect millennials who are likely more price sensitive. Supporting our contention that ‘Buzz for Your Buck’ considerations are driving substitution among this younger cohort.” The team noted that over the past seven years, cannabis usage among those between 18-25 has risen 4.6 percent in the U.S., while alcohol consumption has fallen 2.5 percent. Demand for the two items have appeared to move inversely over the past few decades, according to the firm. Ironically, students convicted of marijuana possession become ineligible for federal student loans.
If you follow a UPS truck along its route, you will see it avoid left turns. Vehicle routing programs were developed in 1959 as a way to organize moving objects. They use complex mathematical problem equations that take into account a variety of factors to determine the best way to get from point A to point B. One of these equations is working inside UPS trucks to help drivers deliver their packages more efficiently and safely. This special routing software has determined the turning left is a waste of time and money (only in countries where cars drive on the righthand side of the road.) Although this rule may increase time spent to get to a destination, it reduces the chances of an accident and eliminates time spent waiting for traffic to make a turn (and thus saves fuel.) The Conversation argues if everybody agreed to no longer turn left, it could translate into massive savings and reduced carbon emissions, but would you be willing to add a few more minutes to your drive?
If you cook up the frozen hash browns in your freezer, be careful . . . the little white chunks mixed in might not be onions.
Two of the biggest brands of frozen hash browns have just been recalled . . . because they contain pieces of GOLF BALLS.
McCain Foods USA just recalled Roundy's and Harris Teeter hash browns because, quote, "despite our stringent supply standards, golf balls may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product."
How exactly do you harvest golf balls? They didn't say. Were their potatoes grown on a driving range? Are the hash browns packaged in a factory that also makes golf balls? We may never know.
They say that no injuries have been reported by people swallowing golf balls parts . . . so far.
As always, Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people for 2017 feature a hodgepodge of acclaimed Hollywood stars, TV personalities, tech titans and world leaders.
Among the honorees are Oscar winners Viola Davis and Emma Stone, comedians Leslie Jones and Jordan Peele, musicians Alicia Keys and Demi Lovato, TV talking heads James Corden and RuPaul, sports figures Colin Kaepernick and Simone Biles, techies Evan Spiegel and Jeff Bezos and leaders President Donald Trump and Pope Francis.
Other celebs mentioned include John Legend, Melinda Gates and Riz Ahmed, who were also chosen as cover subjects (Davis and Bezos also earned covers).
Stars like Meryl Streep, Tyra Banks, Taylor Swift, Elton John, Martin Scorsese and Oprah Winfrey toiled behind the scenes penning tributes to their cohorts on the list.
Of model and body activist Ashley Graham Banks wrote: “Every Graham of her body embraces anyone who ever doubted themselves. It is time for everyone to bow down to the fashion industry's—no, make that beauty's—new queen."
Gavin Grimm, an LGBT activist, is the youngest person to appear on the list at age 17. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is the oldest at age 87.
This year’s issue of Time’s 100 Most Influential People will hit newsstands Friday, April 21st.
A woman named Lori just posted a picture on Reddit of the note her seven-year-old son Nathan brought home from school earlier this week. Now, sure, it was clearly handwritten by a kid and NOT an official letter . . . but it had a stern message.
Quote, "Dear Parents, Nathan has been doing good in all his classes except for Video Game Class! If he does not stay up all night playing video games, he will get kicked out of school . . . From, The School."
Lori quickly got him to admit it was fake, but she was impressed enough with the ridiculousness that she DID give him an extra 30 minutes of video game time that night.
Wednesday night, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock visited with President Donald Trump at the White House. Details of the meeting were not immediately made known, though Nugent posted an article on his Deer & Deer Hunting blog about the encounter. The musician wrote, “We discussed various quality of life issues and how entrenched status quo political correctness has wrecked everything it has touched and how his administration is focused and dedicated to get back to the US Constitutional basics of government of, by and for the people.” Images posted on social media of the meeting show the group taking photos in the Oval Office and mockingly standing front of Hillary Clinton’s portrait.
Today is 4/20. And if that doesn't mean anything to you, congratulations, you've avoided getting sucked into weed culture.
But since today IS the unofficial marijuana holiday . . . stoners everywhere are gonna want to eat. And a food delivery service analyzed their orders from last 4/20 to figure out the most popular SNACKS people order today. Check 'em out . . .
1. Ben & Jerry's Half Baked ice cream.
2. Sour Patch Kids.
3. Swedish Fish.
5. Haribo Gummy Bears.
6. Nerds Rope. Yes, that's a bunch of Nerds candy made into a long stick.
AARON HERNANDEZ may have been acquitted of that double murder . . . but he WAS convicted of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Although, his death might actually vacate that conviction.
There's an obscure law on the books in Massachusetts, that says Hernandez died an INNOCENT man. Technically. Because if a defendant dies before ALL of his appeals have been exhausted, then he's not a criminal in the eyes of the law.
Some legal experts say the whole case could be erased . . . as if he was never arrested, tried, or convicted. Obviously, that's putting the cart before the horse at this stage, but it could have MAJOR implications.
For example, TMZ says the ongoing civil case that Lloyd's family has against Hernandez could take a hit . . . and they'd have to re-establish his liability by having the whole case re-tried with a new jury. But it's unclear how that could happen, because he's too dead to defend himself.
Other legal experts say a vacated conviction might mean the Patriots are on the hook to pay Hernandez's family the remaining MILLIONS from his contract. And the family is already looking into that.
The nationwide manhunt for the guy who murdered an innocent, random victim and streamed it on Facebook on Sunday is over . . . and it's all thanks to a McDonald's employee. Someone promote him to assistant manager, stat.
The killer, who we won't name because he doesn't deserve any recognition, apparently had made his way east from Cleveland, Ohio to Erie, Pennsylvania.
And yesterday around 11:00 A.M., he went to a McDonald's drive-thru and ordered a 20-piece McNuggets and fries.
Thankfully, the employee working the drive-thru recognized him. So he stalled by saying his fries weren't ready while some other employees called the cops.
He drove off JUST as the Pennsylvania state troopers arrived. And after a two-mile chase, they managed to hit him and pop his tires.
As the cops swarmed the car, he shot and killed himself.
There's no word on whether the McDonald's employee might be eligible for the $50,000 reward that was being offered for info on his whereabouts.
Someone on a ranch in Canada posted a video where a herd of 150 cattle are following a BEAVER around. The owners of the ranch say they've never seen it happen before, and don't know what was going on. Apparently the cows were curious or confused.
A tennis match at the Sarasota Open was interrupted by a couple having SEX yesterday. At first people thought it was someone in the crowd watching porn on their phone. So one of the players hit a ball into the audience.
But it was a REAL couple. They were getting-it-on across the lake from the arena, and the sound carried. So the other player came up with a pretty good line. He shouted, "It can't be THAT good."
A woman in Texas recently moved into a new place and didn't have a plunger yet. So when her toilet got clogged last week she tried to unclog it by just reaching her HAND in there. And it got STUCK, so she had to call the fire department.
They had to unhook the toilet from the wall . . . carry it outside with her . . . and break chunks off by tapping it with a sledgehammer until she could get her hand out.
You remember that scene in "Billy Madison" where one of the kids pees his pants, and ADAM SANDLER helps him out by splashing water on his own pants so it looks like he peed his too? That literally just went down in real life.
A guy named Ben Sowards from Enoch, Utah found out his six-year-old daughter had an accident at school last week.
So before he went to pick her up, he splashed a bunch of water on the front of his own pants so she wouldn't feel alone and ashamed.
Apparently his daughter thought it was funny and it DID make her feel better.
Her sister posted a few photos on Twitter and now they've been going viral.
'Fake news' is a term consistently in the headlines lately, and now Facebook wants to help you spot false stories, and elimate them from the platform. The social network has a system in place that has allowed it to eliminate morme than 30,000 fake accounts in France. They hope this will eliminate spamming. Facebook technical program manager Shabnam Shaik wrote in a blog post, "We've found that a lot of false news is financially motivated, and as part of our work to promote an informed society, we have focused on making it very difficult for dishonest people to exploit our platform or profit financially from false news sites using Facebook." (Fox)
1. The scrolling text at the beginning of the first "Star Wars" movie was done by printing out the entire thing and having a camera slowly dolly down over it.
2. You could fit 63 Earths inside of Uranus. Yup, Moose checked too. Confirmed.
3. A rock is considered a boulder if it's more than 10.1 inches in diameter.
4. The mascots on kids' cereal boxes, like Tony the Tiger, are drawn so their eyes are looking slightly DOWNWARD. That's a trick to make sure that if the boxes are on a high shelf at the grocery store, the mascot is making eye contact with kids.
5. There's only ONE PIG in the entire country of Afghanistan. His name is Khanzir and he's in the Kabul Zoo. Since it's an Islamic country where they don't eat pork and aren't even allowed to TOUCH pigs, there's no need for any other pigs.
(Gizmodo / Cool Cosmos / Wikipedia / Consumerist / Wikipedia)