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The Flu Really Does Hit Men Harder Than Women

Grown men have a reputation for immediately turning into GIANT BABIES when they get sick.

And according to a new study . . . that’s totally JUSTIFIED.

Researchers in Canada found that flu symptoms really DO hit men harder than they hit women.

Why?  They found that women’s immune systems do a better job of fighting viruses and producing antibodies than men’s . . . and it seems to be connected to their extra estrogen.

And this could all go back to evolutionary biology.  Early men needed to be bigger and stronger to survive . . . so it was more important for their bodies to produce extra testosterone and not bother with making enough estrogen to fight off viruses.

We’d Pay $1,445 to Avoid These Ten Things We Hate About the Holidays

 How much would you pay to avoid all the STRESSFUL stuff about the holidays?  According to a new survey by Yelp, here are 10 things that stress us out this time of year, and how much we’d pay to have someone else deal with them . . .

1.  We’d pay $143 to have someone put up all our decorations, inside and outside.

2.  We’d pay another $128 to have them all taken down.

3.  To have all your holiday shopping done for you . . . $121.

4.  To have all your gifts perfectly wrapped for everyone . . . $96.

5.  To guarantee your significant other will love their present?  We’d pay $134 ON TOP of what we’re planning to spend on the actual gift.

6.  To have your entire holiday meal taken care of . . . $146.  That includes buying the food, cooking everything, and doing the dishes.

7.  We’d pay an extra $108 to make sure the turkey was perfect.

8.  To guarantee no one at dinner argued about politics . . . $152.

9.  To completely avoid your IN-LAWS this year . . . $158.10.  And the thing we’d pay the most for is to find our Christmas spirit again, and really enjoy the holidays like when we were kids . . . $259.

If you add it all up, that’s $1,445 worth of holiday stress.

 

We’ll Hit Peak Holiday Stress on December 18th

 What’s more stressful about the holidays?  The lead-up to Christmas when you have to shop for everyone and travel?  Or is it the days right AROUND Christmas, when you’re with all those extended family members you can’t stand?

Well, according to a new survey, the LEAD-UP to Christmas is the most stressful part.  And the average person will hit PEAK stress next Monday, December 18th.

The date you were most likely to START feeling stressed out by the holidays was on December 1st.  Apparently that’s when it really hits you that Christmas is right around the corner.  But one in five people say their holiday stress lasts several months.

71% of us agree that the holidays are a stressful time of year.  The other 29% must be huge fans of Christmas music, or single people with no kids.

The most stressful things about the holidays are being short on money . . . finding the right gifts . . . and not having enough time to do everything.

And the most common way we DEAL with all the stress?  You guessed it . . . booze.

About a third of people said they drink more this time of year to deal with the added stress around the holidays.  Eating more sweets and unhealthy food is a close second.

 



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