Five things you shouldn’t do in the morning including drink coffee … Ranch dressing has replaced ketchup in condiment popularity … The first new Christmas product of the year is Brussels sprout-flavored gin? …
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Five things you shouldn’t do in the morning… including drink coffee…
If you HATE getting up in the morning, this is for you. It’s five things you shouldn’t do in the morning, mostly because they make you feel even MORE tired.
- Hit the snooze button. It’s bad because you’re likely to enter a sleep cycle you won’t be able to finish. So you’ll wake up even groggier instead of refreshed.
- Check email or social media. It’s too easy to get sucked in scrolling through your feed while still in bed, and before you know it an hour has gone by. It gets your entire day off on the wrong foot.
- Leave your bed unmade. According to research, making your bed is associated with increased productivity throughout the rest of the day.
- Drink coffee. Your body naturally produces higher amounts of the stress hormone cortisol, which regulates energy, between 8 and 9 in the morning. So for most people the best time to drink coffee is after 9:30 A.M.
- Get ready in the dark. It can be hard to turn the lights on and open the window shades first thing in the morning. But getting ready in the dark can signal to your body that it’s still nighttime and make you feel more tired.
If it’s still dark outside when you wake up, experts recommend getting a strong light, like the ones used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Ranch dressing has replaced ketchup in condiment popularity?
There’s an article in “Ad Age” magazine right now that’s claiming RANCH DRESSING has now passed KETCHUP in popularity.
Hidden Valley Ranch says they’ve found the majority of the time, people aren’t using ranch as salad dressing. 70% of ranch is now used as a dipping sauce or topping.
They also say more than half of restaurants serve ranch . . . and three-quarters of the homes in the U.S. have a bottle of ranch.
Last year, ketchup brands combined did $833 million in sales. We don’t know the exact specifics on ranch, but “Ad Age” projected it was around $1 BILLION. And ranch sales have been growing for years . . . while ketchup has been flat.
By the way . . . this isn’t a battle for the MOST popular condiment. The article says both ranch and ketchup are outsold by salsa and mayo. So this is a battle for third.
And, as you might expect, people on social media are TORN APART over the ranch-versus-ketchup battle . . . neither side can believe there are so many people supporting the OTHER condiment.
The first new Christmas product of the year is… Brussels sprout-flavored gin…
It’s September 10th, and you know what that means . . . Christmas!
Here’s your first new Christmas product of the season, and it’s a weird one. A distillery in Scotland is selling ornaments filled with different flavors of gin. And one of them is a bright green gin that tastes like BRUSSELS SPROUTS.
They say the vegetables, quote, “deliver a pleasantly sweet, slightly nutty gin.” But if you’re interested, you’ll have to go overseas to get it . . . they’ll only ship in the U.K.
Survey Says?! Win Raising Canes + Kearney Cinema 8!
According to a new survey, THIS is the most annoying wait we have to deal with and might be in the middle of it right now.
More results . . .
- Sitting in traffic.
- Being stuck on hold with customer service.
- Waiting in line at the DMV.
- Waiting for your food at a restaurant.
- Waiting to use a public restroom.
The survey also asked a few other questions about customer service. Specifically about having to sit on hold for a long time.
39% of Americans said they’d rather watch water boil . . . 30% would rather watch paint dry . . . and 32% would rather give up sex for one week.
The Moore Yoou Knoow!
Random facts to feed your brain…
- Almost 99.9% of the mass in our solar system is the sun.
- There are 28 fireplaces in the White House.
- There have only been two First Ladies born outside of the U.S. John Quincy Adams’ wife, Louisa Adams was born in England . . . and Melania Trump was born in Yugoslavia.
- AIDS was originally called GRID, which stood for gay-related immunodeficiency. The CDC realized that term was wrong since heterosexual people were getting it too, and they changed the name to AIDS in September of 1982.
- “Playboy” didn’t have a black Playmate of the Month in its first decade. A black woman named Jennifer Jackson broke the Playmate race barrier in March of 1965, which was more than 11 years after “Playboy” started.