Movie theater food is OBSCENELY overpriced. You knew that . . . but here's exactly how much. It's amazing any movie theater could ever go out of business when they're working with THESE margins.
A business school professor at the University of California, Irvine analyzed how much the average movie theater charges for different food at their concession stand versus how much it costs . . . and it's really spectacular. Check it out . . .
A large bucket of popcorn sells for an average of $8.15 . . . and costs them 90 cents.
A large soda sells for an average of $6.31 . . . and costs them 51 cents including the cup, lid, and straw. ($6.31 seems high to me, but even at $4 or $5 that's still a massive markup.)
And a box of candy sells for an average of $4.25 . . . and costs them around $2. So in terms of markup, that's the worst deal for them.
You're not alone . . . we're ALL self-conscious about wearing bathing suits. Maybe we should all move to Europe, where there's absolutely no stigma about jamming the fleshiest body into the tiniest bathing suit possible.
According to a new survey, 7% of Americans haven't worn a swimsuit in public in at least FIVE YEARS.
20% haven't worn one in public in 10 years.
And 5% have NEVER worn one in public.
That's one out of three people who haven't worn a bathing suit in public since 2009.
How much money would it take for you to do something nasty you didn't want to do?
eBay just ran a survey where they asked 1,000 people how much it would take to do a bunch of tough, disgusting, or dangerous things. Here are the average answers for the 20 best ones . . .
1. Give up Facebook for a year . . . $1,000.
2. Give up Netflix for a year . . . $10,000.
3. Give up your smart phone for a year . . . $32,500.
4. Give up caffeine for a year . . . $55,000.
5. Go without shaving for a year . . . $100,000.
6. Go without music for a year . . . $550,000.
7. Go without a hot shower for a year . . . $1 million.
8. Go running with the bulls . . . $5.5 million.
9. Live with 50 cats for a year . . . $5.5 million.
10. Shave your entire body . . . $5.5 million. (This one seems the most surprising on the list. Really. If I gave you $5 million to shave your head, eyebrows, and body, you'd turn that down? Come on. You'd do it for $50.)
11. Eat a donut off the floor of a subway train . . . $10 million.
12. Not speak for an entire year . . . $10 million.
13. Fight an MMA pro for two minutes . . . $55 million.
14. Eat a cockroach . . . $100 million.
15. Chug an entire bottle of Sriracha in two minutes . . . $100 million.
16. Live with 300 spiders for three weeks . . . $100 million.
17. Skydive from space . . . no amount of money.
18. Swim with sharks without a cage . . . no amount of money.
19. Do pull-ups hanging 20 stories in the air . . . no amount of money.
Merriam-Webster is adding over 150 words to the newest edition of its "Collegiate Dictionary". And as usual, things that have to do with technology and the internet tend to dominate. Here are the top 13 new internet and tech words . . .
2. Selfie. In November, the Oxford English Dictionary named "selfie" the Word of the Year. Although Webster's went with"science".)
3. Hot spot . . . as in a WiFi hot spot.
4. Big data. Which they define as, quote, "an accumulation of data that is too large and complex for processing by traditional database management tools."
6. Crowdfunding . . . when you raise money through websites like Kickstarter.
7. Dubstep. That's the electronic music that pretty much requires a computer to create.
8. E-waste . . . which is anything tech-related that you throw away.
9. Social networking.
10. Tweep . . . a person who uses Twitter.
11. Catfish . . . as in someone "catfishes" you online, and pretends to be someone they're not.
12. Fangirl. Obviously it's the female version of fanboy. As in, a girl who's WAY too into something. They're both kind of an online phenomenon.
13. Spoiler alert.
But there are actually a few words that DON'T deal directly with technology and the internet. The top seven are:
1. Baby bump.
3. Freegan. That's, quote, "an activist who scavenges for free food . . . as in waste receptacles at stores and restaurants . . . as a means of reducing consumption of resources."
4. Gamification . . . where you add game elements to something that ISN'T a game to make more people interested in it.
5. Steampunk . . . which is, quote, "science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology."
6. Turducken . . . "a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey."
7. Yooper . . . a native of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
If you struck out with the opposite sex this weekend, this might make you bitter . . . apparently a lot of people are TURNING DOWN sex to do other stuff instead. Here's a list of eight things some people would RATHER do than have sex.
1. Eat. A couple years ago a study revealed that one out of three single people would rather eat than have sex. And a different study showed 43% of Canadians would rather have BACON than sex.
2. Use a smartphone. In an American survey about things people can't live without, sex finished below smartphones.
3. Sleep. This is more for women. In one survey, 80% of them said they'd rather sleep than get busy.
4. Own a plasma TV. Almost half of men in the UK would give up sex for six months to get a 50-inch plasma TV.
5. Drink hot chocolate. There was one study where 70 percent of Irish women said they'd take a cup of hot chocolate over having sex.
6. Go solo. More than 40% of women say they like pleasuring themselves better than doing it with a partner.
7. Catch up on paperwork. Seems like you'd need to be a pretty terrible lover to lose out to a pile of paperwork. But in the UK, women said they prefer the paperwork.
8. Read a book. In the paperwork study, women also said they'd rather read a book than have sex.
Sometimes it seems like texting is the main way we stay in touch these days. Nope. According to a new survey, the PHONE CALL still wins out.
56% of us say calling someone is still the preferred way to communicate. And texting is a distant second at 25%.
Texting IS more popular for people aged 18 to 34 though. But when they're getting in touch for something important . . . like a birthday . . . 67% of young people DO opt for a phone call, compared to 71% of people overall.
The survey also found that 51% of us have been DISAPPOINTED to get a text instead of a call.
64% have misinterpreted what someone meant to say in a text.
And the person guys call the most often is their wife or girlfriend. While women call their kids more than anyone else.