You know how annoying it is when people a LOT younger than you complain about being old? Maybe this will help. We now have an OFFICIAL GUIDE to getting old.
A new survey asked people to name the signs you're getting old. Here are the top 15. So if these don't apply to you, you're NOT as old as you think . . .
1. Feeling stiff.
2. Groaning when you bend down.
3. Saying, "It wasn't like that when I was young."
4. Saying, "Back in my day."
5. Losing your hair.
6. Not recognizing any songs in the Top 10.
7. Hairy ears, bushy eyebrows, and extra nose and facial hair.
8. Hating noisy bars and restaurants.
9. Talking a lot about your joints, or your day-to-day aches and pains.
10. Forgetting people's names.
11. Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort over style.
12. Thinking cops, teachers, and doctors look young.
13. Falling asleep in front of the TV.
14. Needing an afternoon nap.
15. Finding you have no idea what young people are talking about.
With the end of the academic year upon us, kids everywhere will be escaping the confines of their schools and, thus, the horror that is cafeteria lunches. Most fourth graders choke down the food, as it is their only means of getting outside quickly for recess. But luckily for documentary enthusiasts and elementary school gastronomes alike, 11-year-old Zachary Maxwell is not most fourth graders.
In the fall of 2011, the New York City public school student became fed up with the NYC Department of Education (DOE), claiming that the meals they provided didn’t live up to their lofty descriptions in the online menu. In response, Maxwell snuck a video camera into school periodically over the next six months in order to document the true nature of the school lunches. The resulting film, titled Yuck, has blown up since its release, garnering accolades from critics and screenings at film festivals, including the Manhattan Film Festival.
Since then, the DOE has visited Zachary’s school in the Little Italy section of Manhattan. Officials from the department claim to “provide students with healthy and delicious school meals that are low in fat, sodium and calories.” While healthful meals are important for the well-being of our children, it is more important that they actually eat the food so that they may have the energy for learning. Perhaps Zachary’s impressive film is a step towards a more delicious school lunch.
I guess now that Father's Day is over, we can stop giving dads attention and go back to focusing on moms. After all, molding our nation’s youth into decent human beings is a difficult, not to mention stressful, task.
Here are some results from a big new survey on moms and STRESS:
The average mother feels stressed at least five times a day. 14% feel stressed at least 10 times a day.
The most stressful time of day is 11:56 A.M. Probably because it's right around lunch time, when they realize the morning is over and there's a TON of stuff still left to do.
The second-most stressful time is 8:01 A.M. And the third-most stressful time is 5:30 P.M.
The most stressful situation is going to the grocery store with kids. The rest of the top five are: Juggling housework with taking care of kids . . . the chaos of the morning . . . trying to get kids to eat . . . and preparing different meals for picky kids.
And the average mother spends three hours and 28 minutes a day doing family tasks.
Men's hair isn't very complex. You cut it, grow it, cut it, grow it, and repeat the cycle until it falls out. And a new survey just put that cycle into numbers. The grow-and-cut cycle part...
According to the survey, the average man only has FIVE hairstyles in his life . . . and picks his permanent hairstyle by age 32. Women try an average of seven hairstyles in their lifetime. The survey also found two out of three men say they'd MUCH rather go gray than see their hairline start to recede.
Also . . . 12% of men would consider dying their hair gray to keep up with trends, and 6% actually DO already dye their hair gray.
If you're too scared to go skydiving, here's something that MIGHT make you feel like less of a coward. Driving during rush hour is JUST as thrilling.
A new study out of MIT found that driving in bad traffic causes the same stress in your body as jumping out of an airplane. We're thinking it doesn't quite give you the same adrenaline rush, of course . . . but all the stress is there.
For the study, the researchers measured people's facial expressions, heart rate, and stress levels in different situations. Tough driving situations and extreme sports both led to the same facial expressions and reactions in the body.
In fact, on a day-to-day basis, driving is usually THE most stressful thing we do . . . more stressful than the average day of work.
The study also randomly found the least stressful thing we do on a day-to-day basis is eat breakfast.