Wednesday Randoms-People Spending more $ w/ Smartspeakers

Alexa, am I going broke … ? A new survey has found that people who own an Amazon Echo spend 66 percent more on average at Amazon than other consumers. It seems people are enjoying the ease of just voice ordering stuff on a whim -- and also taking advantage of special deals Amazon offers to Echo owners. (Market Watch)

            

Do you gain weight in the winter? It’s not just holiday pounds. A Canadian study has revealed that lack of sunlight in the winter months may contribute to weight gain. Apparently the body’s fat cells that lie just under our skin shrink when exposed to sunlight. Basically, we don't store as much fat when it's sunny out. So in those dark, winter months, especially for those living in cold climates, people can put on weight. (Folio

         

Is more travel on your to-do list for the year? Consider this … A new survey of 2,000 Americans across the country revealed that 11 percent of respondents had never even traveled outside their home state. 54 percent said they’d visited 10 states or less. And 40 percent revealed they had never left the country. But just because these survey respondents haven’t traveled much doesn’t mean they don’t want to. 76 percent said they wanted to travel more, but money and simply feeling unprepared to travel prevented them from seeing more of the country and the world. (NY Post

         

Now this is what we call ghosting … A 45-year-old woman in Ireland has married her "soulmate" -- the ghost of a Haitian pirate named Jack … who died 300 years ago. The "couple" got married on a boat in international waters so the marriage would be legal. According to the bride, Amanda Teague, who just so happens to be a Jack Sparrow [Johnny Depp's character in Pirates of the Caribbean] impersonator, "Jack proposed to me. I told him I wasn't really cool with having casual sex with a spirit and I wanted us to make a proper commitment to each other. If I am going to be in a long-term relationship with somebody I have the right to be married.” Teague, a mother of five, says that she has never felt a connection to anyone like the one she has 

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