You Shouldn't Brush Your Teeth Right After Breakfast
My dentist tells me to start flossing EVERY time I go in. But somehow, they've never told me this . . . An oral health expert in the U.K. is trending on TikTok after explaining why it's better to brush your teeth BEFORE breakfast, not after. Some people wait, so they can brush away all the food particles. But brushing RIGHT after breakfast isn't a great idea, because your mouth is full of ACID. Things like coffee, juice, and even toast make your mouth more acidic. And if you brush with all that acid in there, it can damage your enamel. (Mirror / Healthline)(Here's the video.) Brushing before breakfast also adds a thin layer that protects your teeth from all that acid. And in general, there's a lot of bacteria in your mouth right after you wake up. So brushing before you eat is better for a few reasons.
If you REALLY want a clean mouth, you could brush before AND after. Just make sure you wait a little while before your post-breakfast brush. The American Dental Association says to wait an hour after eating. But some dentists say 30 minutes is enough. Or swish with water, and that should lower the amount of acid in there.
The "Milk Crate Challenge" Is the New Overly Dangerous TikTok Trend
Here's the newest dumb thing people are doing on TikTok: The "Milk Crate Challenge" is where you stack a bunch of milk crates into a pyramid, and try to walk up and over them without falling . . . and hopefully without hurting yourself. Pyramid isn't really the right word. It's a line of milk crates stacked at different heights. So you steadily go uphill until you get to the middle one that's SEVEN milk crates high. Then you go down the other side. And you can't use your hands at all. There are a bunch of videos of people trying it, and most of them fail . . . sometimes spectacularly. So people really are hurting themselves. But some make it look easy, like one woman who did it in heels.
Movies That Are Considered Relationship "Green Flags"
Are there any movies that when you hear someone likes them, you instantly trust or like them a bit more? Let's call those movies "green flags". Twitter users made a list of movies they consider "green flags." Here are some highlights: 1. "The Mummy", 1999. 2. "My Neighbor Totoro", 1988. 3. "The Princess Bride", 1987. 4. "Shrek 2", 2004. 5. "The Greatest Showman", 2017. 6. "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet", 1996. 7. "Ghostbusters", 2016. 8. "Big Trouble in Little China", 1986. 9. "It's a Wonderful Life", 1939. 10. "Clue", 1985.
National Waffle Day! Do You Prefer Waffles, Pancakes, or French Toast?
It's National Waffle Day! So here's a question . . .What do you like best? Waffles, pancakes, or French toast? A recent poll asked 45,000 people to name their favorite breakfast food. But they only gave five options: Pancakes, waffles, French toast, eggs, or something else. Here's how people answered . . .
1. Eggs got 43% of the vote.
2. Pancakes, 18%.
3. French toast, 16%.
4. Waffles, only 13%. So they're the LEAST popular of the three.
5. "Other." So things like bacon, sausage, and toast.
Even though waffles didn't rank that high, most of us DO enjoy them. Another recent survey found 76% of us like waffles. That includes 80% of women and 69% of men. Southerners and people over 65 love them the most.
Why Are Baby Carrots Always So Wet?
You've probably noticed that there are three main differences between CARROTS and BABY CARROTS. Baby carrots are smaller, obviously . . . they often come in a bag . . . and they're almost always WET. Which begs the question, why are they always so wet? Well, the experts at Dollar Shave Club looked into it and it all goes back to how they're made. Baby carrots do not pop out of the ground as little stubs. Instead, they're created from regular carrots that are too unattractive to sell. Those ugly carrots are cut into chunks, and put into a "polishing drum" that uses water to whittle them down. So that's PART of the reason. Water is also added to the bag before it's sealed to keep them moist. That's because baby carrots lose their skin while they're being smoothed out, and that makes them VERY vulnerable to drying out. If you've ever left them sitting out, you know they get dry, and a white film forms on them. That white film IS safe to eat, by the way.
Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Back at Starbucks Earlier Than Ever
It always feels too early in the year to say this: But PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES are back at Starbucks starting today, along with the rest of their fall menu. And it's the earliest they've EVER started selling it. They started on August 25th last year. So it's only one day earlier, but still a new record. Fall doesn't officially start until September 22nd, by the way. Dunkin' just brought back their version of the PSL last week. And Panera unveiled some fall menu items too. So if you WANT it to be fall, break out the sweaters . . . it's fall now. In related news: 59% of parents are already thinking about Halloween.
9% of People Can't Decide Whether or Not They're Decisive
If you're in a group of people struggling to settle on a restaurant to eat at or a movie to watch . . . can you make the decision? Even if you're alone, how long do you spend weighing your options? A new poll asked people how decisive they'd say they are, and 22% said "very decisive," while 48% said they're "fairly decisive." So roughly 70% of people are comfortable making a decision. 17% said they were "fairly indecisive," and 4% said they were "very indecisive," which means 21% of people shy away from it. As for the other 9%, well . . . they said they "don't know" whether or not they are decisive. If you break down the demographics, younger people say they're more indecisive than older people . . . people making under $40K a year were more indecisive than people making $80,000 or more . . . And not surprisingly, people who said they're "Not Sure" about their political affiliation were more indecisive than the people who said they were Democrats, Republicans, Independents, or even those who said "Other."
25% of Young Adults Say They Work Harder Than Previous Generations
Grandpa doesn't like hearing that Gen Z has it HARDER than he had it. But here we are . . . In a new poll of 17- and 18-year-olds, more than 25% say they believe they have to work harder than previous generations. They didn't specify HOW they're working harder, but by that age, they're finishing high school . . . applying to colleges . . . getting student loans . . . landing jobs . . . paying bills . . . and developing their social networking and professional lives. But they're just scratching the surface, and haven't really put in the years. That said, 23% say they're simultaneously working on their education, a part-time job, plus a "side hustle."
We Spend 104 Hours a Year on Bills and Budgeting
When you include paying bills, checking your accounts, and dealing with your budget, how much time do you spend on your finances each day A new poll found the average American spends 104 hours a year on those things . . . or about 17 minutes a day. It also found around 1 in 4 people spend at least 260 hours a year WORRYING about money. That's another 43 minutes a day. So combined, a lot of us are spending a full hour a day dealing with money stuff. Here are some of our worst money habits, according to the poll . . . 1. Buying stuff we don't really need. 2. Spending too much on gifts. 3. Not saying "no" to your KIDS when they ask for stuff. 4. Spending money on unhealthy food, and things like soda. 5. Loaning people money when you can't really afford to. 6. Gambling, and things like lottery tickets. 7. Not sticking to a budget in general.
Today's Showbiz Highlights
1. BEYONCÉ and JAY-Z are doing an ad campaign for Tiffany's that features Beyoncé wearing the famous 128-carat yellow Tiffany Diamond. Only a handful of people have ever worn it, and Beyoncé is the first black woman to do so. 2. STING claims he was tricked into purchasing his vineyard in Tuscany . . . but turned a negative into a positive by producing "excellent wine" there. The son of the guy who sold it to him is accusing him of slander. 3 A list of movies that had terrible CGI includes: the Scorpion King in "The Mummy Returns" . . . Henry Cavill's mustache cover-up in "Justice League" . . . and Jabba the Hutt in the re-release of the original "Star Wars" trilogy. 4. A list of movies that are "green flags" includes: "The Mummy" with Brendan Fraser . . . "The Princess Bride" . . . "Shrek 2" . . . and the all-female "Ghostbusters". 5 Wearing all that makeup to play TAMMY FAYE BAKKER may have taken a toll on JESSICA CHASTAIN. She says, quote, "I think for sure I've done some permanent damage to my skin on this . . . But it's fine. It's for my art." 6. MAYIM BIALIK will be the first "Jeopardy!" guest host since MIKE RICHARDS stepped down. But he filmed five episodes before he quit, and they'll air first. Then Mayim will host for the next three weeks. 7. SAWEETIE is selling merchandise to go along with her McDonald's meal. It includes T-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, fanny packs, trucker hats, and socks. 8. LIL NAS X has been named TACO BELL's "Chief Impact Officer" in a new partnership to promote his debut album, "Montero". He used to work there in 2017 . . . and he says, quote, "Life has come full circle, I officially work at Taco Bell again." 9. ELTON JOHN is back on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in 21 years. It's all thanks to his collaboration with DUA LIPA on "Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)" that debuted at Number 81 this week. 10. In an interview on "CBS This Morning", BROTHERS OSBORNE were asked when they knew they finally made it. T.J. OSBORNE said it's when they were big enough for people to hate their guts