Parents Calling To Make Sure Their Kids Aren’t Driving While Distracted Are Distracting Their Teenage Drivers

Parents Calling To Make Sure Their Kids Aren’t Driving While Distracted Are Distracting Their Teenage Drivers

Teens and driving are already a combination that makes many an adult quake in fear. Throw cell phones into the mix, and parents (and the rest of us who have to share the road) get downright desperate. Distracted driving is definitely dangerous. But the next time junior borrows the keys to the family station wagon, mom and dad may want to remember that calling him to remind him not to text his friends doesn’t actually cut down on distractions — it just means they are the distraction. [More]

Study: One Third Of Americans Have Debt In Collections

Study: One Third Of Americans Have Debt In Collections

Sometimes debt isn’t so bad, and sometimes it is, but one thing is clear: 80% of Americans owe someone, somewhere, some money. It might be a mortgage or student loan, or a five-year-old fee that got forgotten about, but the vast majority of us have some outstanding debt. And worse: a third of the country may have debt collectors chasing after them for that cash. [More]

We Eat Too Much Now Because Food Is Super Cheap, Study Says

We Eat Too Much Now Because Food Is Super Cheap, Study Says

Collectively, as a nation, we eat a lot of food. A lot of high-fat, high-sugar bad-for-us, questionable food. Scientists of every stripe are always asking why we do this to ourselves. The answer? It might be as simple as: because we can afford to. [More]

Study: Painkiller Could Be Liver Killer

Study: Painkiller Could Be Liver Killer

Over-the-counter painkillers seem harmless enough, but like any drug, they can cause plenty of pain of their own if overused. According to a study, popping too much acetaminophen over an extended period of time could cause liver failure and possibly lead to death. [More]

Most Americans Giving Black Friday The Cold Shoulder

Most Americans Giving Black Friday The Cold Shoulder

Despite all the hype and hoopla and multi-page spreads, most Americans are planning on doing absolutely no shopping at all on Black Friday, according to a new survey. [More]

America's Top 10 Most Mustache-Friendly Cities

America's Top 10 Most Mustache-Friendly Cities

The American Mustache Institute, a real organization, has published the results of a two-year study based on empirical research into which cities are the most appealing to those who choose to sport facial hair in the region between their nose and lip. Yes, it’s time for America’s top 10 most “mustache-friendly” cities, 2011. [More]

Science Tells You How To Book So You Avoid Airport Delays And Missed Flights

Science Tells You How To Book So You Avoid Airport Delays And Missed Flights

Harvard and MIT scientists have used statistical modeling techniques and figured out what are the best things you can do to avoid airport delays and missed connections. [More]

Study: After 25, After Every Hour Of TV Watched, Lifespan
Drops By 22 Minutes

Study: After 25, After Every Hour Of TV Watched, Lifespan Drops By 22 Minutes

Your mom was right. Watching TV is killing you, albeit indirectly. A new study found an association between people watching loads of TV and living shorter lives. So, it’s one of those correlation/causation dealios. Even still, the results were disturbing. By tracking death rates and lifestyle survey responses, the study found that for people over 25, for every hour of TV watched, their lifespan shortened by 22 minutes. [More]

Study: Fancy Cars Make Us Happy, Briefly

Study: Fancy Cars Make Us Happy, Briefly

In an amazing breakthrough for both Science and the study of consumer behavior, researchers have determined that the pleasures of having an expensive car is fleeting and quickly replaced by thinking about the anxieties of day-to-day existence. [More]

Study: People Love Their Cars Because They're Lonely

Study: People Love Their Cars Because They're Lonely

Why do people love their cars? Like really really love love LOVE their cars? More so than any other possession, cars arouse deep emotions in their owners. A study in the Journal of Consumer Research went to five car shows and interviewed car enthusiasts about their passion to try to figure out why. The most far-reaching of their conclusions is that people who love their cars do it, essentially, because they’re lonely. [More]

Fat Gets You High

Fat Gets You High

A new study finds that eating fatty foods triggers the release of endocannabinoids in the body, which are marijuana-like chemicals. And the feeling they give you makes you want to continue eating more fatty food. [More]

How Nasty Is Your Bottled Water?

How Nasty Is Your Bottled Water?

Does your bottled water taste funny? It’s not just that it’s probably only tapwater. Environmental Working Group rated 173 brands of bottled water based on their sourcing information, purification, testing, and how transparent the information on their label and website was. Turns out, some of the biggest brands in bottled water are, well, a little murky. [More]

Distracted Shoppers Buy More When There's Some Negative Info

Distracted Shoppers Buy More When There's Some Negative Info

Established wisdom is that you should only talk about how awesome your product is. But a new study finds that shoppers in distracted settings tend to buy more when products are marketed with a touch of negative info, what is known as “the blemishing effect.” [More]

Exercising Before Eating Doesn't Increase Fat Burn

Exercising Before Eating Doesn't Increase Fat Burn

Contradicting common advice, a new study says that exercising before eating doesn’t increase the amount of fat you burn. You could even be hurting your body! [More]

Study: At 88 Hours, CrateAndBarrel.com Takes Longest To Respond To Emails

Study: At 88 Hours, CrateAndBarrel.com Takes Longest To Respond To Emails

Going electronic is supposed to be faster and more efficient for retailers and customers, but in some cases you’d be better off just walking into the store to get your questions answered. [More]

Top 10 Dying US Industries Revealed

Top 10 Dying US Industries Revealed

If you work in one of these fields, it might be time to start buffing your resume and taking night classes. [More]

Stuff Bought Through Spam Actually Gets Delivered

Stuff Bought Through Spam Actually Gets Delivered

While most of us don’t trust spam, if you order something advertised through it, be it pills, knockoff Rolex watches, or software, it will probably end up at your door. That’s one of the many surprising conclusions uncovered by researchers tracking exactly how spam works (PDF) from alpha to omega in the transaction process. [More]

Credit Card Reform Worked: Prices Not Increased, Just Clearer

Credit Card Reform Worked: Prices Not Increased, Just Clearer

Ignore all the haters. Credit card reform in 2009 did its job, making credit cards less confusing and safer for consumers. According to a new study from the Center for Responsible Lending, contrary to popular misconception, the reforms didn’t increase prices for credit cards, it just made the real costs clearer. Banks couldn’t tuck costs in hidden fees and sneaky practices, they had to put them on the sign out front. [More]