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It’s National Potato Day! What’s Your Favorite Way to Eat Them?

It’s National Potato Day.  And a new survey found only 2% of Americans DON’T like potatoes.

The survey also asked people to name their favorite way to eat potatoes.  And #1 didn’t surprise us much.  Here are our ten favorite ways to eat potatoes . . .

1.  French fries, with 24% of the vote.

2.  Baked potatoes, 20%.

3.  Mashed potatoes, 19%.

4.  Roasted potatoes, 9%.

5.  Hash browns, 5%.

6.  Tater tots, 5%.

7.  Potato salad, also 5%.

8.  Potato chips, only 4% of the vote.  (Does America really like hash browns and potato salad more than chips?)

9.  Potato pancakes or latkes, 2%.

10.  Some other way to eat them, 1% of the vote.  (That was me voting . . . I just bite into them raw, like an apple.)

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Kids Actually Want to Hang Out With Their Parents . . . and Here’s What They Want to Do

Even if you think your kids consider themselves “too cool” to hang out with you . . . they don’t. Deep down, they still want to do stuff as a family. Even if they’d NEVER admit it in front of their friends.

According to a new survey, 73% of kids who are between six and 17 years old say they want more opportunities to hang out with their parents and siblings and bond with them.

And 70% of parents wish they could spend more quality time with their kids.

The survey also found the activities that kids want to do with their parents the most.

The top 10 are: Go to the beach . . . exercise . . . play sports . . . go to the pool . . . go to the movies . . . play at a park . . . go camping . . . go to a zoo, museum, or amusement park . . . play video games . . . and go shopping.

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What’s More Stressful: Holiday Shopping or Back-to-School Shopping?

Why do we get so stressed out buying pencils and pants?

A new survey asked people which is more stressful: Holiday shopping . . . or back-to-school shopping? And believe it or not, more than one-third of people said it’s back-to-school shopping.

And there’s more . . .

1. 26% of people say they expect they’ll take on some debt for back-to-school shopping this year.

2. 32% will spend MORE than they do on their holiday shopping.

3. And 23% say back-to-school shopping, quote, “has at least somewhat damaged their relationship with their child.” What? Back-to-school shopping is destroying families?

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The Rise of “Cat-chelors” . . . Single Men Who Get a Cat Instead of a Girlfriend

Is this like the male equivalent of a crazy cat lady?  There’s a new term called “CAT-chelors” . . . as in cat-bachelors.  And it means single men who opt to get a cat instead of a girlfriend.

A new study found more and more single guys are getting cats, because they feel like it takes pressure off them having to find a partner.

One in four cat-chelors said having a cat makes it easier to be single.  29% said they like having a cat around, because they’re “good to talk to.”  And 1 in 10 said their cat has even helped get them through a bad break-up.

Here are four more stats from the survey . . .

1.  50% of cat-owning single men said their cat helps keep them calm.

2.  One in four think their cat makes them come across as a more loving person.

3.  One in five single men overall think owning a cat would have a positive effect on their romantic life.

4.  And one in six cat-chelors claim it HAS helped them land more dates.

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We’re in Our Best Mood Between 6:00 and 9:00 P.M. . . . Plus, the Top Things That Instantly Lift Our Spirits

A new survey looked at how our mood shifts during the day. And on weekdays, we’re at our happiest between 6:00 and 9:00 P.M., because we finally get to unwind from work. On weekends, we start feeling good a lot earlier, around 11:00 A.M.

The survey also asked people to name the top things that can instantly put you in a good mood. Here are the top ten . . .

1. A good night’s sleep.

2. When the sun comes out.

3. Going for a walk.

4. Getting a compliment.

5. Finding money in your pocket.

6. Getting a hug.

7. Good weather on the weekend.

8. The sound of birds chirping.

9. Flowers in bloom.

10. Having a snack. A few more that just missed the top ten are hearing the words “I love you” . . . eating a home-cooked meal . . . sleeping in . . . the smell of fresh-cut grass . . . finishing work early . . . and bumping into an old friend.

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There’s a Petition to Change the Date of Halloween . . . and It Has 100,000 Signatures

Halloween has been on October 31st for all of our lifetimes.  But does it HAVE to be?

There’s an online petition right now to change the date of Halloween from October 31st to the last Saturday in October.

So it would work like Memorial Day, which is always the last Monday in May . . . not like the Fourth of July, which is always on, um, the fourth of July.

The thinking is that it’d be better for everyone if it were on a Saturday . . . from parents looking to take their kids trick-or-treating to people in their 20s looking to wear sexy costumes and throw back 17 drinks.

So far, the petition on Change.org has around 100,000 signatures.  When a petition crosses the 75,000 mark, it’s sent to the president so . . . I guess we’ll see what happens with that.

For what it’s worth, this petition has been going since last year . . . but it’s finally getting more steam now, so maybe this time it’ll have a shot?

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What Do You Do on Your Lunch Break?

How do you spend your lunch break at work . . . you know, assuming you actually take one?

Here’s what people said in a new survey, and you’ll be happy to know that nothing here should make you feel like an underachiever . . . things like “hit the gym” or “put in an hour on starting my own business” are nowhere to be found.

1. Listen to music, 50%.

2. Go to a restaurant to eat, 46%.

3. Eat in the break room or cafeteria, 44%.

4. Call a friend or family member, 40%.

5. Watch videos, 40%.

6. Go outside, 36%.

7. Eat at my desk, 35%.

8. Go on a walk, 27%.

9. Read a book, 21%.

10. Listen to a podcast, 12%.

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Ed Sheeran Bought the Houses on Either Side of His Home to Eliminate the Noise Complaints

When you spend close to $25 million on a house, the last thing you should have to endure is annoying neighbors.  But that was happening to ED SHEERAN at his London home.

His neighbors were moaning about the noise from parties and other rock star shenanigans.

So when the opportunity arose, he spent another $5 million to buy the properties on either side.

A source says, quote, “Ed has not only made a wise investment but is limiting the chance of people grumbling about loud music or parties.”

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A New Type of Dating Event Has People Present PowerPoints About Why You Should Go Out With Their Friend

Is it possible to look SEXY over POWERPOINT? There’s a new type of dating event where people get three minutes to do a PowerPoint presentation in front of a room of single people . . . explaining why those people should date their single friend.

The presentations use all the standard elements of PowerPoint . . . bulleted lists, graphs, and pictures.

Right now, these events are going on in Boston and New York . . . but if they get popular enough, who knows?

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Where Did You Shop for Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is so big now, a lot of the other major retailers felt the need to offer deals this year.  So where did we shop?

34% of people in a new poll said they bought something on Amazon for Prime Day this year.  That’s more than three times as many customers as Walmart in second place.

11% bought something at Walmart . . . 8% shopped at Target . . . 8% bought something on eBay . . . 4% shopped at Best Buy . . . and 4% at Macy’s.  54% of people in the poll said they didn’t shop at any of those outlets for Prime Day this year.