Snooze Radio

Sometimes I forget what a crafty genius I am in the morning. Last night I made the mistake of trying to outwit my morning self by setting my alarm for the ungodly hour of 6, and placing it on my desk on the other side of the room. That way, I figured if I hit the snooze button multiple times, which I'm ashamed that I'm prone to do, I'd at least get a workout doing laps until I woke up (I'm also ashamed that that's what my workouts consist of). I did NOT, however end up doing those laps. Instead, when I actually woke up, I looked at my clock and realized that at 6 I had rationalized to myself that I needed an extra 3.5 or so hours of beauty sleep and reprogrammed the alarm to go off at 9:30!

Anyway, to make a long story longer, I did a little research this morning, and found a link to the scariest alarm clocks ever made. These are definitely the things (my) nightmares are made of. From hand-grenade alarm clocks that your so-called "friends" can throw into your room to wake you up (the piercing ringing only stops when you find your friend and have them replace the pin), to electronic monstrosities that you have chase around your room and tackle just to hit snooze , to a chicken alarm clock that keeps dropping eggs all over your floor and clucking up a storm until you replace 'em, I think this is exactly the sort of technology the Unibomber was warning us about! Check them out here at your own risk.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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