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The Jobs with the Most Single People Over 40

If you’re spending Valentine’s Day alone this year, could the type of CAREER you’re in have something to do with it?

Someone went through a bunch of census stats, looking at single people over 40 and the various jobs they have. And BARTENDER is one of them.

It’s the #1 job with single MEN over 40, and also made the top ten for women. Which is surprising, since so many people hit on bartenders.

The top five single-guy jobs are bartender . . . tile installer . . . transportation screener . . . food prep worker . . . and parts salesman.

The top five jobs with single women over 40 are postal clerk . . . veterinary assistant . . . personal care worker . . . information security analyst . . . and a tie between salesperson and Uber driver.

Now here are the five jobs where you’re LEAST likely to still be single at 40: Sales engineer . . . clergy . . . dentist . . . biomedical engineer . . . and optometrist.

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What’s the Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candy in Every State?

It’s good that heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are popular for Valentine’s Day.  Because the people making them probably have a hard time selling them the rest of the year.

CandyStore.com just released the results of a study that found the most popular Valentine’s Day candy in every state.  The results are based on 12 years of sales data, so they’re working with a serious sample size.

And heart-shaped boxes of chocolates won the most states overall, with 18 states and Washington D.C.

Conversation hearts came in second, winning 14 states.  But their popularity has gone off a cliff in the past few years.  Conversation hearts weren’t on sale last year, and this year’s have a printing error where a lot of them came out blank.

M&M’s in Valentine’s Day colors came in third, with eight states . . . Hershey’s Kisses won five states . . . chocolate hearts won three . . . and chocolate roses won two.

Candy necklaces also won one state . . . Alabama.

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Here Are the 10 Things We Feel Confident Cooking Without a Recipe . . . and They’re Not Exactly Gourmet Dishes

Can you cook anything without a recipe? And I do mean ANYTHING, no matter how basic, based on the answers that other people gave.

A new survey asked people what they can cook without a recipe, and it’s clear that most of us aren’t anywhere CLOSE to being gourmet chefs. Check ’em out . . .

1. Eggs over easy. 49% of people said they could make it without a recipe.

2. Scrambled eggs, 46%. Which means the majority of us can’t make scrambled eggs.

3. Hard boiled eggs, 44%.

4. Poached eggs, 44%. Yes, the first four really ARE just basic eggs.

5. French toast, 41%.

6. Soup, 36%.

7. Grilled cheese, 36%.

8. Pasta, 36%.

9. Rice, 36%.

10. Salad, 36%.

In 11th place? Toast, with 34%.

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Vermont Might Be the First State to Allow Emojis on License Plates

“Hello, officer.  Yes, I’d like to report a bank robbery.  I got a great look at the license plate on the getaway car.  It’s J-3-K-laughing face-red heart-woman with scissors cutting her hair-9-P.”

There’s a bill in the Vermont House of Representatives right now that would let people use EMOJIS on their license plates.

They would be the first U.S. state to allow them if the bill passes.

Vermont’s plan would let people choose from six emojis for their plates, but they didn’t say which ones would make the list.

Last year, Queensland, Australia became the first place in the world to allow emojis on license plates.  The five emojis they allowed are:  The “laugh out loud” face, the “wink” face, the “sunglasses” face, “heart eyes,” and the “smile” emoji.

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Scientists Have Finally Figured Out Why Stress Turns Your Hair Gray

Stress makes you go gray . . . we’ve all known that forever. But we never knew WHY.

Well, scientists at Harvard finally figured it out. It has to do with your sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for your “fight or flight” response under stress.

It turns out that when it gets activated, it can produce a chemical that attacks the cells that color your hair.

And when it happens enough times, your hair goes gray for good. Now you know.

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Here Are the Office Tasks We Hate Doing the Most

If you feel like you spend a lot of your time at the office copying stuff from one file to another . . . at least you’re not the only one.

A new survey asked people what office tasks they hate doing the most. And here are the top five . . .

1. Manual data entry.

2. Email.

3. Organizing digital files into the right folders.

4. Compiling reports.

5. Managing invoices.

The survey also found we waste an average of three hours a day on boring, repetitive computer tasks.

And 34% of people in the U.S. even find themselves staying at work late sometimes to do those jobs.

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Do You Always Put Your Shopping Cart Back? Or Only If It’s Convenient?

Here’s an interesting look at a mundane topic. Do you always return your shopping cart after you put your bags in the car? Or only sometimes?

Well, someone actually studied this, and figured out there are FIVE different types of shopping cart returners. Here’s how it breaks down . . .

1. People who always return their cart. They have a sense of obligation, or feel bad for making someone else do it.

2. Never Returners. People who never do it and feel it’s someone else’s responsibility. They might even justify it by saying something like, “It gives someone a job. If everyone returned their cart, that person would be out of work.”

3. Convenience Returners. People who only return their cart if the weather’s nice, or they’re parked close to where it’s supposed to go.

4. Pressure Returners. People who only do it if they know someone’s watching. Like an employee or someone parked right next to them.

5. Child-Driven Returners. Meaning parents who make their kids do it, or trick them into thinking it’s fun.

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You Might Get the Flu Twice This Year

The only good part about getting the flu is you build up antibodies, so you won’t get it again anytime soon. Or at least that’s USUALLY the case . . .

According to a new report, we’re in the middle of what’s called a “double-barrel flu season.” And you’re much more likely to get the flu TWICE this year.

There are two different general strains of influenza, type A and type B. And both are circulating this year.

Type A is the more common one we see every winter. But there’s also been a huge spike in Type B cases, which hasn’t happened in almost 30 years.

Even though both types cause the same symptoms, the antibodies for one don’t really protect you from the other. And we’re only about halfway through flu season.

So there’s a chance a lot of people who’ve already had the flu will get it again in the next couple months. I sure as heck hope not! I already had it this year!

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The Ten Most Annoying Things When You’re Driving Include Potholes and People Texting and Driving

If you’re driving and something on the road ISN’T making you crazy, does it even count as driving?

A new survey asked people to name the most annoying things they deal with when they’re driving. And here are the top 10:

1. Potholes.

2. Drivers who don’t signal.

3. Tailgaters.

4. Construction.

5. People on bicycles.

6. People who text and drive.

7. Drivers weaving in and out of lanes.

8. Finding parking.

9. Speed bumps.

10. Slow drivers in the passing lane.

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The Most Common Winter-Related Injuries

We’ve still got two months till spring. So if you haven’t had any winter-related INJURIES yet, there’s still time to do something dumb . . .

71% of us have experienced a winter-related injury before, according to a recent study. And slips and falls are the #1 cause.

They’re followed by cooking-related injuries . . . hurting yourself while decorating, or taking decorations down . . . and injuries from shoveling snow.

Shoveling is also the #1 winter-related thing that causes aches and pains for Americans.

The top four things that make us ache this time of year are shoveling . . . sitting too long in a car or on a plane . . . cooking-related injuries . . . and dealing with decorations.

25% of us have had a winter-related back injury before . . . 21% have had neck pain . . . and 18% have dealt with achy knees.