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The Brief: Do You Live in One of the Hardest Working States?

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Are you working hard or hardly working? If it is the former then there is a good chance you live in Anchorage, AK, Plano, TX, Cheyenne WY, Virginia Beach, VA or Irving, TX. With March 3 being Employee Appreciation Day and Americans outworking many of their foreign peers by hundreds of extra hours per year, WalletHub looked at 2017’s Hardest-Working Cities in America. In order to determine where Americans work the hardest, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 116 largest cities across six key metrics. The data set ranges from “labor-force participation rate” to “average hours worked per week” to “share of workers with multiple jobs.” Something interesting we learned? Cheyenne, Wyo., has the shortest average commute time, 13.7 minutes, which is 2.9 times shorter than in New York, the city with the longest at 39.9 minutes. Well, you probably won't get as much reading done, but a short commute is always nice. Find out more here. 

Sleep No More

Someone get Arianna Huffington stat. If your planning on having kids but don't yet, take a nap right now. New research from the American Academy of Neurology and Georgia Southern University found that women who live with children get less sleep than those who don't live with them. But if you're a man, children don't really seem to impact your sleeping (of course, you may get a dad bod.) Researchers questioned 5,805 people nationwide on the phone, and asked them how long they slept and how many days they felt tired in the past month. They also asked questions about their age, race, marital status, exercise habits, number of children, and more. Of the 2,908 women 45 years and younger in the study, the study found that having children in the house was the only factor linked to getting enough sleep. For those women, 48 percent with children in the house said they got at least seven hours of sleep each night, while 62 percent of women without children reported getting enough sleep. And once again, children or no children, men's sleep habits weren't affected. 

Be Our Guest and Then Cook For Us

In case you hadn't heard, the live action version of your favorite childhood animated movie Beauty and the Beast is coming out in March. This is a huge Disney movie that you know is not only going to attract kids, but also adults because it's going to be sentimental, people love it when inanimate objects come to life (as long as they aren't trying to kill you,) and Dan Stevens is really hot. And as you would expect many brands are partnering with the film. One of those brands is Le Creuset which has teamed up with Williams Sonoma to create a limited edition soup pot for the film. It is blue and adorned with red flowers and oh so French.  That's great and all and everyone wants a Le Creuset pot (they are the KitchenAid mixers of pots), but umm am I the only one pointing out the obvious missing feature? If this is supposed to promote the film then why doesn't the pot talk (and sing and have a background in modern dance)? THE WHOLE POINT OF THE FILM IS THAT THERE IS AN ENCHANTED SPELL AND NOW ALL YOUR KITCHEN UTENSILS AND OTTOMANS CAN TELL YOU WHAT THEY REALLY THINK ABOUT YOU AND THEN GIVE YOU A MAKEOVER!  Isn't that everyone's dream? 


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