According to a new survey, the average woman spends 83 HOURS preparing for Christmas. That includes Christmas shopping, food shopping, organizing parties and family events, cooking, and decorating.
One in three women will spend at least 168 hours preparing . . . or the equivalent of a full week.
The average man spends 58 hours preparing for Christmas . . . which is a full day less than women.
One in three men say they'll be done in 12 hours . . . and one in 14 will spend an HOUR at most.
We all know fast food's bad for you. But here are five ways that it's seriously messing with your BRAIN . . .
1. The golden arches are designed to make you hungry. The combination of bright red and yellow somehow jumpstarts your metabolism. So you automatically get hungry when you see a McDonald's sign.
2. When you eat fast food, you have to keep eating it . . . or you'll get depressed. Studies found that eating a high-fat, high-sugar diet changes the chemical activity in your brain. And if you stop, you'll get anxious and sad.
3. Fast food can be as addictive as drugs. There are tons of studies about how eating fatty, sugar-filled foods can lead to compulsive behavior and stimulate your brain the way hard drugs do. The studies are usually on rats and mice, but still.
4. Fast food makes it harder to appreciate beauty. Researchers claim that just SEEING fast food logos can limit your ability to appreciate art and music. Because now you're more restless, and geared toward instant gratification.
5. You can't make good financial choices. Researchers interviewed people about money, and the people who were standing near a fast food restaurant during the interview made the worst decisions.
And the word is...SCIENCE.
Their main definition of science is, quote, "knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation."
They say searches for the definition of "science" are up 176% from 2012 . . . most likely because science has been, quote, "lurking behind the headlines" this year during political debates on subjects like climate change and education.
It's also possible that in the 24-hour cable news era, where the goal is to scream the loudest and not necessarily deliver any actual news, people are hoping to cut through the noise to get to the root of what's being discussed.
Last year's Merriam-Webster Word of the Year was a tie between socialism and capitalism . . . which are also words whose definitions have been obscured by today's rhetoric.