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What’s the cheapest day to buy gas?

Even though it's winter, gas prices across the country remain high — and will probably get higher before spring. Saving money on gas is more than simply knowing where to fill up – it also helps to know when to fill up. Overall, gas prices tend to be lowest at the...

About 3 in 10 U.S. adults are now religiously unaffiliated

Self-identified Christians make up 63% of U.S. population in 2021, down from 75% a decade ago The secularizing shifts evident in American society so far in the 21st-century show no signs of slowing. The latest Pew Research Center survey of the religious composition of the United...

Population declining: Childless Americans not planning to have kids, surging

Are large families becoming passe? My maternal grandmother had 11 kids but my mom had only one (me). Per a Pew Research study in October 2021, a growing share of Americans without kids say it is unlikely they will ever be parents. Some 44% of childless...

Top 15 questions people fear during the holidays

NEW YORK — The holidays are typically when families and friends come together — and ask each other embarrassing questions, a new survey reveals. In fact, one in three adults are dreading the awkward conversations that inevitably start during family gatherings. When it comes to what...

2 in 3 people feel more connected to their families than ever before thanks to COVID

NEW YORK — ‘Tis the season for appreciation. Three in four Americans have a newfound admiration for their loved ones this year as the pandemic reaches its two-year mark, according to a new study. Researchers polled 2,000 Americans to analyze how they plan to connect and make...

4 in 5 college students have trouble concentrating after switching to remote learning

PollsandTrends Note: This shouldn't be a surprise. There are far too many distractions at home or in a dorm room. Moreover, when we're not in a true working environment, it requires more discipline to focus on work or studying. ITASCA, Ill. — College students have a lot...

Having sex with your cousin? It’s 3x more likely today vs prehistoric times

Only 3% of prehistoric humans mated with their cousins — it’s 10% today! LEIPZIG, Germany — Inbreeding is practice people often link to the distance past and prehistoric humans. However, a new genetic study finds only three percent of prehistoric people were the offspring of cousins. For...

She’s not flirting, she’s being nice: No, it should NOT be so easy for men to tell

Grr… Fellas, this used to drive me crazy - and still does to some extent. You meet an attractive woman who seems like she might be interested in getting to know you on a deeper level but you're not quite sure. She's super friendly, overly attentive,...

Trumper states 2020: Yes, red states represented 7 of the 8 most dangerous in U.S.

“It’s embarrassing to us as a nation,” said then-President Trump in October 2019. “All over the world, they’re talking about Chicago. Afghanistan is a safe place by comparison.”And nine months later, Trump, while campaigning for re-election, told reporters, “You hear about certain places like Chicago and...

Gabby Petito: Sensationalism and superficiality, NOT ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’

As the tragic story of Gabby Petito continues to play out, many are crying 'racism' again.Why? The case of yet another missing white woman became the hottest story in America. And even now, nearly a week after her remains were found, we are STILL consumed with...