1.) Fast food, portion sizes, lack of exercise – all of those things are cited as factors as things that are making Americans fatter. Now, the New York Times is reporting a new study says that spending less time on housework is adding to waistlines. That study of American women's cleaning habits from 1965 to 2010 shows that the amount of time spent on housework by non-working women fell nearly in half, from 25.7 hours a week to just 13.3 hours, while sedentary time, like being parked in front of a TV or computer, more than doubled to 16.5 hours a week. That works out to 360 fewer calories burned each day. Even for working women, 132 fewer housework-related calories were burned. Not all the reduction is because of laziness - advances in cleaning technology has made cleaning quicker and easier.
2.) Here’s another sign the economy is getting better – the tooth fairy is paying more than she did a year ago. Since 2000, the tooth fairy's payments have risen and fallen with the S&P 500, and kids are getting the benefit of an increase in the stock market. According to Delta Dental Plans, the tooth fairy is paying an average of $2.42 a tooth, which is a 15% increase over last year, when she paid $2.10. Kids get even MORE for the first tooth that they lose. The tooth fairy pays $3.49 for the first tooth. On average, more kids get one dollar from the tooth fairy than any other amount of money.
3.) Remember when Princess Diana visited the White House in 1985 and at a gala dinner, took to the dance floor with John Travolta? The dark navy, figure-hugging velvet dress the Princess wore that night, and on state visits and royal banquets, will be up for sale at a vintage fashion auction in London this month. Nine other of Diana's dresses will be up for sale, with the auction expected to raise more than $1.2 million.