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This is the best snuggle buddy, according to new research

May 10, 2022

Six in ten people would rather snuggle up to their pet than to a partner, new research suggests. In fact, a recent survey of 2,000 pet owners found that 61% would prefer to share their couch or bed with their pet than with their significant other, reports, SWNS.

The reason? Two-thirds said their pet is usually a cleaner and quieter companion.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of  Lovesac  ahead of National Comfy Day last February 20, the survey also found that four in ten  reported a higher quality of sleep when sharing their sofa or bed with their pet, likely because their fur pal doesn’t wake up to use the bathroom (59%) or disturb their slumber by snoring (53%).

The poll also hinted at a nation divided—with half saying they’d never allow their pet on their couch. However, 77% of people would reconsider with older couches, and 65% would do so if their couch had washable covers.

It’s important to consider the needs of everyone in the household, including your pets, but this can be challenging when it comes to furniture,” said Shawn Nelson, Lovesac’s CEO and founder. “Choosing a durable couch with machine-washable covers and replaceable cushions will save you a lot of time worrying about potential repairs or tough stains.”

Respondents also noted that their pets seem to get better sleep than they do, especially dogs (75% vs. 65% of cats). Half (51%) of pets forgo their regular bed in favor of a carpet or rug, while 37% nap on a table. Twenty-nine percent of fur pals have also gotten cozy on the laundry.

And people sometimes do the same. In fact, about as many people (30%) have used laundry as a bed. While 51% have slept or napped on their couch, others admitted to catching some Zs in more unconventional places, including a carpet or rug (44%), and a table or desk (36%).

Overall, the average respondent spends 41 minutes a week sleeping or napping somewhere other than their bed, most commonly their couch, with more than half saying that’s their preferred napping spot.

More than half (52%) of respondents say their pet has damaged their couch and 69% of those were forced to throw it away due to the damage.

What makes a couch more comfortable than other pieces of furniture? Having an ideal level of softness (34%) and an optimal height (23%), according to most respondents.

The most popular things to do on a couch include watching TVs and movies (98%) followed closely by napping or relaxing (96%).

“A good couch should be washable, changeable and rearrangeable so that you can relax, nap or catch up on our favorite series without worry.” Nelson added. “That’s what comfort is all about.”
Research contact: @SWNS

Hen party: U.K. pig befriends rescue chicken who loves to give him back scratches

February 22, 2022

A giant pig that lives in a house has a new best friend—a hen that had to be moved indoors due to an avian flu lockdown, reports People magazine.

Both animals currently live at Tribe Animal Sanctuary in Lanarkshire, Scotland. Vietnamese potbellied pig Francisco, 4, moved to the U.K. rescue habitat after his former owner—a teenage girl who got the pet for her birthday—could no longer care for him after he grew beyond his supposed “micropig” size.

Morag Sangster, who runs Tribe Animal Sanctuary, lets him run the house along with her four dogs, as reported by SWNS.

Alice the hen arrived at the sanctuary after Sangster rescued her from life on a battery farm used for fast food production. Then, last November, Alice moved from the sancutary’s outdoor area to the inside of the conservatory, in order to avoid an outbreak of avian flu. Alice’s lockdown forced the chicken to live with Francisco. Luckily, the hen and pig became unlikely best friends.

Alice quickly became one of Francisco’s favorites thanks to her pig backscratches, which she conducts by standing on the swine and stretching her claws.”I think all pigs love to have scratches on their back Sanagster told SWNS, adding, “Alice will jump on Francisco’s back, and you can tell he likes it.”

The two-year-old hen will eventually be allowed to move back outside, but Stranger believes that she will choose to spend her time indoors to be near Francisco.

However, one way or another, neither of them will be at a loss for company: Tattoo artist Sangster and her partner John Ryan also have four Highland cows, seven pigs, 50 sheep, three donkeys, seven goats, five geese, five turkeys, and 60 hens under their care.

“We like to see animals as fun-loving creatures, there’s no difference between pets and livestock,” Sangster said of her full house.

Research contact: @people

Most Americans say they’re banning unvaccinated family members from holiday gatherings

November 15, 2021

The holidays are about to get heated. Nearly two-thirds of vaccinated Americans have banned unvaccinated family members from their holiday gatherings this year, according to findings of a new poll, reports SWNS.

A survey of 2,000 U.S. residents—conducted by OnePoll on November 2—examined how the COVID-19 vaccine has impacted people’s relationships with their loved ones ahead of the holidays this year.

Based on the results, nearly seven in 10 respondents (67%) said they feel they cannot go home for the holidays without getting vaccinated first. 

Of the 65% who are fully vaccinated, 6 in 10 (58%) have reportedly cut off family members who refuse to get vaccinated, while 63% don’t feel comfortable inviting unvaccinated relatives to their parties.

Seventy-two percent of vaccinated respondents don’t think they could ever get some of these family members to understand the importance of the vaccine.

In fact, 14% of survey respondents don’t plan to ever get the shot themselves.

When asked about their decision, one respondent shared that they “don’t trust the vaccine is safe,” while another said they were “concerned about side effects.”

One even admitted believing the vaccine “was rushed and people who are getting vaccinated are still getting sick.”

Half of unvaccinated respondents (49%) have stopped communicating with family members who don’t understand why they refuse the shot.

These strained family dynamics may explain why 22% of unvaccinated respondents have so far been excluded from all family gatherings, including the holidays.

However, 38% of unvaccinated people said they remain in contact with their vaccinated loved ones, and 58% of the same group added that they’re still welcome at family get-togethers.

Research contact: @SWNS

Russian cat makes shocking impression, with 31K followers on Instagram

October 6, 2021

Fedya, who has his own Instagram account—@fedjakot—with 31,000 followers, was found in his owner’s backyard in Rostov, Russia, nearly two years ago, according to British news agency SWNS.

 According to The Toronto Sun, Natalia Zhdanova found the kitty when he was only one week old and struggling to survive and him in—noticing the misaligned eyes created a permanently shocked expression.

“We’re not sure if it’s a genetic deformity or if he was dropped by his mum as a kitten,” Zhdanova said.  “Now he is much healthier. He is a very sweet, gentle, playful, and intelligent cat. He purrs very loudly.”

The kitty, who is now 21 months old, was nursed back to health with the help of a neighbor’s cat, named Handsome, who came over daily.

“Handsome cleaned and licked Fedya and became like a father figure to him,” Zhdanova told SWNS.

 Zhdanova, who makes educational books for children in Rostov, added: “He is inseparable with Handsome. They are the best of friends.”

 Research contact: @TheTorontoSun

‘Putting on the dog’: Chihuahua beauty pageant gets more than 800 costumed participants

August 31, 2021

Some Chihuahuas were just born to be stars. That much became apparent during the Miss ChihuahuaTown beauty pageant, at which more than 800 of the tiny dogs modeled their best outfits, according to South West News Service (SWNS) – a British news agency.

The pageant was hosted by ChihuahuaTown Events, an event organizer that puts together “fun festivals” dedicated to the toy breed.

Proud Chihuahua owners from all over the United Kingdom attended the event at the Yardley Youth Football Club in Towcester, Northamptonshire, with their costumed pooches.

A black-and-brown short-haired Chihuahua named Twiglet won the Miss ChihuahuaTown crown at the August 22 pageant with her pink pompom dress, which fell in line with the event’s “Summer Fun” theme.

Meanwhile, Fox News reports, the top prize in the pageant’s “fancy dress” category went to a Chihuahua and Dachshund mix named Chiweenie Beanie, who donned a clown costume complete with a rainbow wig, red nose, sunglasses and party hat.

Other Chihuahua pageant participants also dazzled attendees with dog-size ball gowns, fluffy feathers, and patriotic outfits.

“It was crazy. People make these costumes and hand sew them for their dogs,” photographer Sue Thatcher, 69, told SWNS.

ChihuahuaTown was founded in 2017 and has been hosting festival events that are popular among Chihuahua owners.

The company’s owner, Kerry Brooks, told Fox News that ChihuahuaTown festivals remain the “biggest” organized event she and her team operate. 

Another event is already in the works for the holiday season, which will be called “Chi’mas.”

Research contact: @FoxBusiness

A new color scale depicting five distinct shades of ‘yellow’ tells us when we need to hydrate

April 27, 2021

A new color scale has been created with five different shades of  “yellow,” each of which indicates whether we are properly hydrated or not, SWNS Digital reports.

Color experts from the Carlstadt, New Jersey-based Pantone Color Institute have teamed up with London nutritionist Lily Soutter and Scottish bottled water supplier Highland Spring to create the ‘shades of pee’ visual to highlight the importance of hydration.

The five shades of yellow have names such as “Dry Spell” for the darkest shade and “Spring In Your Step”for the lightest. The in-between shades are aptly called “Feeling Good.” “Glass Half Full.” and “You’re At Amber.”

The guide is unveiled to mark Highland Spring’s new 10-litre (338 fluid ounce) hydration pack going on sale, and comes after a study of 2,000 adults found 40%r cent are confused about how much water they should be drinking.

Despite believing they should be consuming seven glasses of water a day, people typically have five—although 23% just manage to drink one to two.

Nutritionist Lily Soutter points to the NHS advice on the health benefits of proper hydration and said: “Drinking enough fluids and staying hydrated throughout the day is important for energy, concentration, mood, and even exercise performance.”

But 43% of respondents said they do not think they are getting enough—because they simply forget to drink water (63%), get distracted by their day-to-day routine (42 %), or are too busy (15%), SWNS Digital reports.

Carol Saunders, spokesperson for Highland Spring said: “Our bodies have a built-in and natural way of helping us to know if we are drinking enough fluids. We know it can be embarrassing to talk about our pee, but it’s an important indicator to help us stay hydrated.

“So we’ve partnered with Pantone Color Institute to kick start that conversation, because for many of us, drinking enough fluids is the first step to feeling more like our natural selves in any self-care routine.”

The study also found people are likely to drink more water if the weather is warmer (33%), if they cut back on other beverages such as coffee (27%) , or if they set reminders (21%).

And almost a 25% of adults track how much they drink throughout the day, by using an app (26%), writing it down (22%), or using the measurements marked on a bottle (27%).

However,  more than 50% of respondents do not take a bottle of water with them when they leave the house and 23% of desk workers admit that they do not keep a drink at their desk.

One in 10 of those polled via international research firm OnePoll do not even have a drink when they exercise and 14%  do not have one with a meal.

Side effects people have experienced from not staying hydrated enough included a dry mouth (46%), dark urine (43%), and fatigue (26%).

Whereas the benefits adults have enjoyed from keeping on top of their water consumption were found to be clearer skin (25%), feeling more active (22%), and reduced cravings for snacks (18%).

Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, said: “Eating right and drinking proper amounts of water are critical contributors to taking care of our personal health and our overall well-being.

“Being able to collaborate with Highland Spring and their expert nutrition partner Lily Soutter to create a color flow chart illustrating the relationship between urine color and hydration levels highlights how the visual language of color can be used as an indicator to provide quick and natural insights as to whether we are keeping ourselves healthfully hydrated.”

Research contact: @SWNS

Would you name your baby Donald?

May 3, 2018

Would you name your newborn son Donald? Findings of a poll of 1,434 parents by U.K.-based parenting site Channel Mum indicate that the most common reason for not using a name was that “[It] reminds me of someone I don’t like.”

The research results were released on April 3 and posted on SWNS. A whopping 83% of respondents admitted that they had rejected baby names for this reason, alongside 81% who had ruled out a moniker that didn’t fit with their surname.

The name, Harvey, has been shunned by 34% of respondents, since Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal.

In addition, the pollsters found that such previously popular baby names as Alexa, Stan, and Ollie have been ditched for slightly more bizarre reasons.

For example, while it still is fashionable among older couples, Alexa is not an option for two-thirds of younger parents; because it’s the same name as Amazon’s digital assistant.

Another name that has lost the love of Millennial parents is Stan, because the hashtag #Stan is used online to mean “stalker-fan” in Britain.

And Ollie, which had been the 69th most-popular name for a boy as recently as 2016, also has fallen out of favor with 60% of moms and dads— because of a bizarre Internet phenomena which is driving Brits to eat U.S. Ollie-brand dog food, marketed as “human-grade.”

The female name, Felicia, has been shunned by 55% of new parents, for reasons similar to Stan—because it is the subject of the cruel hashtag, #ByeFelicia. In fact, 55% of respondents said they would be very worried if their child had a name linked to a hashtag, meme or other Internet trend, with one in 25 encouraging their child to use a middle name or change his or her name altogether.

Other boys’ names falling from favor include Christian. Two in five families have shunned the name due to its association with the book and film, 50 Shades of Grey, and because it is seen as “too religious” in multi-cultural Britain.

Finally, Scarlett for girls is becoming less popular, with 27% of moms and dads preferring the trendier Violet.

On girls’ names, the study found Katie and Cait are becoming less popular for a range of reasons, including links to the I Am Cait TV show, which tracks the transformation of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner; and the decline of Kate Middleton fever in favor of new Royal Meghan Markle.

Research contact:  jack.peat@swns.com

40% of Americans would have sex with a robot, at least once

April 30, 2018

Fully 40% of Americans say that they would have sex with a robot at least once—“just to try it”—based on findings of a poll of 2,000 U.S. adults released by Georgia-based Eden Fantasys and posted on the SWNS website on April 27.

However, an adventurous (or desperate) 16% of respondents are “all in”—saying they would have sex with a robot “frequently.” And male respondents were 21% more likely to say they were ready for the experience.

Shockingly, 16% of respondents admitted that they would rather  have sex with a robot than with a real human. Some 13% even said that they would prefer to date a robot.

The survey went on to ask people how much they’d pay for their ideal sex robot, and found that the average American would pay an astonishing $1,666 for the sexbot of his or her dreams, with men willing to fork over an extra $560 more than women.

So, what is that ideal sexbot exactly? The study went on to explore that idea—finding that 41% of Americans would prefer their sexbot to be capable of talking, creating memories and having sentience.

And while there was overwhelming agreement that a realistically human-looking sexbot would be preferred, there were still a curious 4% of respondents who said they would rather have sex with a robot that looked more like a traditional robot.

 “Robots are entering human spaces everywhere and, as the research shows, sex will not be an exception,” said Fred Petrenko of  . “Creating a perfect sexbot will be a huge challenge both scientifically and commercially. But we are still a few years away yet.”

Bringing up a slightly dystopian predicament: if your partner has sex with a robot, would that be considered cheating? According to 30 percent of Americans, the answer is yes. And even more (53%) would consider it cheating if the robot were physically attractive and had its own personality.

Research contact: jack.peat@swns.com

Please don’t ‘push the envelope’

April 25, 2018

Have you ever caught yourself “thinking outside of the box”? Don’t mention it to colleagues, who are likely to roll their eyes at your choice of words.

New research suggests that fully 70% American workers have added “office jargon” to their vocabularies—with “give it 110%” the phrase that is odds-on the most annoying, according findings of a poll covered by SWNS on April 24.

The study, conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Jive Communications, looked at the shop talk of 2,000 U.S. workers and compiled the 40 most cringe-worthy office phrases.

We’ve all been there—whether we were the ones wincing or actually using these phrases. According to 72% of American workers, these annoying words and phrases are used out of habit. We also would guess that workers use jargon such as “let’s ballpark this” and “run it up the flagpole,” in order to sound professional.

What about “synergy”? Ranked at 13, this oft-used word is one that many people detest. And, while we all have gone “back to the drawing board,” 27% of American workers draw the line at that phrase.

Interesting enough, fully 29% of workers have used these buzzwords just to get a backlash from their co-workers; and 22% use them for assimilation purposes.

What’s more, while many people are cringing at office communications on a daily basis 60% of Americans can’t even understand what they mean.

Below, are the most annoying examples of office jargon, as determined by the recent poll:

  1. Give it 110%
  2. Think outside the box
  3. Hammer it out
  4. Heavy lifting
  5. Throw them under the bus
  6. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch
  7. Pushing the envelope
  8. Let the cat out of the bag
  9. Let’s circle back
  10. Win-win situation
  11. Blue-sky thinking
  12. Boil the ocean
  13. Synergy
  14. Low-hanging fruit
  15. Take it to the next level
  16. Barking up the wrong tree
  17. Going forward
  18. Let’s ballpark this
  19. Run this up the flagpole
  20. Back to square one
  21. There’s no I in team
  22. Back to the drawing board
  23. Paradigm shift
  24. Elephant in the room
  25. Raise the bar
  26. Drill down
  27. Best thing since sliced bread
  28. Deep dive
  29. Skin in the game
  30. Reach out
  31. Touch base
  32. Play hardball
  33. Don’t reinvent the wheel
  34. Kept in the loop
  35. The bottom line
  36. Down the road
  37. I’ll loop you in
  38. Hit the nail on the head
  39. ASAP
  40. Team player

And we’d like to add a number 41: “Let’s unpack that” has been used far too frequently during the past year.

Research contactjack.peat@swns.com