According to a Labor Department study, Americans wildly exaggerate the number of hours we work. Just don’t tell the boss.
In a study from last year, the typical guess at how many hours worked in a week was increased by about 10%. People who claimed they worked 40 hours, really had a work week closer to 36 hours. The more hours a person worked, they worse they became at estimating the amount. People claiming to work about 75 hours per week actually worked closer to 50 hours. Researchers have an explanation for this exaggeration and over estimation. It’s “social desirability” to be busy. It’s the American way to act over-worked.
Based on the sales of Halloween costumes, there are a predicted 41 million trick-or-treaters this year. Better stock up on more fun size snickers.
Halloween has become a $7 billion industry with all the theme-park haunted houses, parties, elaborate pumpkin decorations, and candy. Lots and lots of candy.
Naturally, Halloween has become an adult sport. More money is spent on costumes for grown-ups than for children. And when it comes the smallest members of the family, America will spend nearly half a billion dollars this Halloween outfitting their pets.
Psychologist Martie Haselton says women have contradictory behavior once in a committed relationship. During their most fertile times, women may become extremely critical of their partner – in particular if he’s not very sexy. Studies have shown that fertile women have desires for the sexiest man possible. Haselton adds "Women with the really good, stable guy felt more distant at high-fertility periods than low-fertility periods. That isn't the case with women who were mated to particularly attractive men. The closeness of their relationships got a boost just prior to ovulation.”
So even after making a commitment, women still have an urge for the bad boy.