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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 22, 2020. 23 comments

How to Avoid Getting the Crappiest Seat on a Flight

How to Avoid Getting the Crappiest Seat on a Flight

In a column for the Washington Post, Christopher Elliott of Elliott Advocacy described every crappy seat you might encounter on a flight—there’s the

bulkhead row seat that won’t recline, for instance. Or the seat with the entertainment console that doesn’t work, despite all your button-pushing efforts. Of course, middle seats are all terrible, but what about the middle seat situated near the...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 22, 2020. 10 comments

Here's How the Senate Impeachment Trial Will Work

Here's How the Senate Impeachment Trial Will Work

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made public his resolution which established the ground rules for the Senate trial regarding President Trump’s impeachment—and Democrats, in particular, aren’t happy about it. Curious where we are in the impeachment proceedings? Or wondering what exactly McConnell has proposed? Here’s everything you need to know about the state of President...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 21, 2020. 8 comments

How Exactly Do the Iowa Caucuses Work?

How Exactly Do the Iowa Caucuses Work?

In just two weeks, the Iowa caucuses will take place, a pivotal moment for Democrats that might very well influence the rest of the 2020 election. But what exactly is a caucus? And how is it any different from a primary? Well, if you’ve ever wondered why Iowa’s caucuses have such enormous implications for the presidential election or how the actual process works, below, you’ll find all of the...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 18, 2020. 14 comments

Should You Subscribe to Peacock, NBC's New Streaming Platform?

Should You Subscribe to Peacock, NBC's New Streaming Platform?

On Thursday, NBC made several announcements regarding its new streaming site, Peacock—its attempt at keeping up with streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu. But how do you decide where to subscribe among all of these options, assuming you can’t get access to a friend’s account? Below, everything you need to know about NBC’s new streaming site, launching later this year, and why it’s probably...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 17, 2020. 10 comments

The Best and Worst Airlines in 2019, Ranked

The Best and Worst Airlines in 2019, Ranked

This morning, the Wall Street Journal released its annual ranking of major U.S. airlines, basing its decision on factors like the number of on-time arrivals, canceled flights, and delays (and using 2019 flight data, available from the Department of Transportation). Somehow, ranking below even low cost-carriers like Frontier and Spirit, WSJ named American Airlines the single worst airline in...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 16, 2020. 24 comments

Find the Right Mattress Size With This Guide

Find the Right Mattress Size With This Guide

Shopping for a mattress is a pain in the ass; it’s expensive, after all, and it’s hard to distinguish one mattress from another when they look identical, except for the fact that one might be a few inches longer or wider. If you’ve ever wondered which mattress to buy, how much bigger a queen is than a full—or what the hell an Alaska King is—Reddit has a helpful graphic that might make the...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 15, 2020. 10 comments

Why You Should Always Contact Your Airline During a Tight Connection

Why You Should Always Contact Your Airline During a Tight Connection

Over on the Flyer Talk forums, one user explained why they missed a connecting flight because of an issue with the boarding pass on their phone. According to their account, the United app glitched just as the passenger lined up at security—and failed to show proof of any actual boarding pass. “I fumble and mumble to the TSA guy how this can’t be,” uval44 wrote. “I’m in the middle of my...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 13, 2020. 22 comments

What Happens to Your Items That Get Confiscated by TSA?

What Happens to Your Items That Get Confiscated by TSA?

You pass through the metal detectors at airport security when a TSA agent asks the one question no one wants to hear, directed at the crowd of travelers around you: Whose bag is this? Before you know it, the agent pulls out that oversized liquid from your carry-on and sends you on your way.

If it was a bottle of water, you’re probably fine with abandoning it at security, but what about those...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 11, 2020. 5 comments

What to Do With All Those Cables and Cords You've Hoarded

What to Do With All Those Cables and Cords You've Hoarded

Over at the Wall Street Journal, writer Katharine Bindley asked us to admit one thing to ourselves: Somewhere, in the back of a closet or an attic, we all have a box of unused cords and cables. Collected throughout a lifetime, their individual purpose remains unclear—yet you hold onto them in fear that you might, one day, need that mysterious white cable to fix your internet connection, or...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 10, 2020. 8 comments

How to Watch the News When You Don't Have Cable

How to Watch the News When You Don't Have Cable

2020 is off to an incredibly shitty start—what with the

destructive bushfires in Australia , ramped-up tensions between the U.S. and Iran, and ongoing earthquakes in Puerto Rico. If you’re someone who enjoys staying on top of world events, keeping up with the news has likely become a full-time job.

If you were one of an estimated 33 million people who axed their cable and satellite tv...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 09, 2020. 9 comments

Test Your Trivia Knowledge Using This Database of 'Jeopardy!' Questions

Test Your Trivia Knowledge Using This Database of 'Jeopardy!' Questions

Jeopardy!’s “Greatest of All Time” tournament is in full swing. And if you haven’t gotten your chance to compete on the show just yet, now you can do the next best thing.

A group of die-hard fans has created a database of Jeopardy questions and answers across all 36 seasons of the show, known as the J-Archive—yes, someone took the time to review VHS tapes of early Jeopardy! seasons to compile...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 07, 2020. 13 comments

The Best Horror Movies to Watch in the Dead of Winter

The Best Horror Movies to Watch in the Dead of Winter

They say revenge is a dish best served cold—and the same goes for horror movies. What makes winter the perfect backdrop for a horror movie? Well, take a look at the Shining or Misery, where winter’s harshness renders our protagonists powerless and unable to escape their killers. Below, a few of our picks for the best horror movies to watch on a cold winter night, in case you’re suffering...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 07, 2020. 18 comments

These Airlines Had the Fewest On-Time Arrivals in 2019

These Airlines Had the Fewest On-Time Arrivals in 2019

If you’re flying Frontier or JetBlue in the near future, don’t be surprised if your flight doesn’t exactly arrive on time. Cirium, a data collection agency that tracked over 5.6 million flights last year, ranked all North American airlines based on their on-time arrivals. The report found Frontier and JetBlue were the single worst airlines at getting travelers to their destinations on time.

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 04, 2020. 14 comments

How to Avoid Crowds at the Gym

How to Avoid Crowds at the Gym

So you’ve found a new gym and it’s, dare I say, beautiful. There’s new equipment, spotless locker rooms, and actual space to sprawl out without bumping into the lifter beside you. But of course, there’s always a catch.

Despite all of these incentives to sign up, there’s one thing no gym membership salesperson will ever admit to: The gym in question is a practical mosh pit most hours of the...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 03, 2020. 11 comments

Why Deadlifting With Hex Plates Feels Like Hell on Earth

Why Deadlifting With Hex Plates Feels Like Hell on Earth

If you went home for the holidays and visited a local gym to break a sweat, you probably know by now that not all gyms are created equal. Some are shitty by nature, filled with old, rusty weights and uneven flooring. But even at a perfectly new and well-equipped gym, things can sometimes just feel different, and therefore, exponentially harder. The barbell can feel off. The benches can feel...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 03, 2020. 5 comments

How to Help Those Affected By the Australian Wildfires

How to Help Those Affected By the Australian Wildfires

As of Thursday morning, ongoing bushfires have continued to devastate Australia. At least 15 people have died, 17 are missing, and roughly ten million acres and one thousand homes have been destroyed in New South Wales, one of the hardest-hit states; it’s estimated at least 12 million acres have been burned nationwide. The fires have also ravaged the lands of national parks and impacted the...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 03, 2020. 24 comments

Why You Can't Sit in First Class Even When It's Empty

Why You Can't Sit in First Class Even When It's Empty

If you book a basic economy ticket for a flight, you’re left with whatever crappy seats the airline wants to give you, whether it’s at the back of the plane or just a middle seat in a row that won’t recline. When you see row after row of empty first-class or business-class seats as you board, you might think to yourself: Why not trade up? You silently grab your belongings and make your way to...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Dec 31, 2019. 19 comments

The Best Movies to Watch on New Year's Eve

The Best Movies to Watch on New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve, a 2011 rom-com that takes place in the hours leading up to the New York City ball drop, is a terrible movie. You probably know it because every actor—save for those in a similar holiday-movie with an ensemble cast, Valentine’s Day—was in it. Still, with massive star power and a hell of a budget, New Year’s Eve was a trainwreck. Why do Lea Michelle and Ashton Kutcher’s...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Dec 27, 2019. 8 comments

How Early Can You Check a Bag For Your Flight?

How Early Can You Check a Bag For Your Flight?

If you’ve ever checked out of your Airbnb several hours before your flight begins boarding, you might think to yourself: What exactly do you do with your luggage if you want to explore your destination a little while longer? If it were a hotel, the answer’s easy; you could leave your things at the front desk for a few hours and return before you head for the airport. Of course, you could also...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Dec 20, 2019. 7 comments

Why You Shouldn't Book Duplicate Flights

Why You Shouldn't Book Duplicate Flights

After weeks of careful searching, you’ve finally happened upon a great deal for a flight—or so you think. Hours after booking, you discover an even better deal for a few hundred dollars less through that same airline. In a rush, you might book that second flight, knowing that the seat might be taken right out from under you and that most major U.S. airlines offer free cancelations for up to...

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