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600,000 Americans Considered ‘Mega Commuters’
New Census data out today says that 600,000 Americans are “mega commuters,” meaning they travel at least an hour and a half and 50 miles each way to work. The average “mega commuter” is a man who leaves for work before 6 a.m., earns slightly more than the national average and has a stay-at-home spouse.
Lost Teen Skier Survived in Snow Cave
Nicholas Joy, 17, was on a family ski trip in Maine when he got lost. For 48 hours, rescuers and Navy SEALs scoured the mountain for the high school senior. Joy, an avid fan of reality survival shows, used some of the lessons he’d learned from one of those shows and built himself an ice cave. He stayed warm with branches, drank from a nearby stream and followed the sound of snowmobilers to safety.
Jon Stewart Taking the Summer Off From ‘The Daily Show’
“The Daily Show’s” “King of Fake News” Jon Stewart announced today that he would be spending 12 weeks directing his first film, about a BBC journalist held hostage in Iran. “I am a television personality who is accustomed to having a thought at 10 a.m. and having it out there at 6:30 p.m. and moving on. This is a little scary,” he said jokingly. “The Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver, a Brit, will fill in for Stewart.
More People Search for Love in Walmart, Study Says
A new study in Psychology Today magazine says Walmart is the most possible spot for “missed connections” posts on Craigslist.com for 15 states. For New York, New Jersey and Washington D.C., commuter rails or the subway were the most common place. In Hawaii, it was the beach and in Nevada it was the casino. In California, most people searched for love on the treadmill. The gym, 24-fitness, was the most possible spot for a “missed connection” in California.