The Cotton Anniversary

Speaking of not getting divorced, my wife and I celebrated our second anniversary on Monday. I rewarded her participation in the marriage with a leather briefcase from the Tumi Women's Collection. This gift made sense. She started a new job this week, and I had recently ruined her previous bag (There was an incident with a faulty travel mug.)

While the gift was perfect, it was not appropriate. I was getting ahead of myself. The third anniversary is the leather anniversary. Though I knew my wife couldn't care less, I slipped a bag of cotton balls inside to be safe. Crisis averted.

If you like to adhere strictly to tradition, here's what you need to know:

1st Anniversary = paper
2nd Anniversary = cotton
3rd = leather
4th = linen
5th = wood
6th = iron
7th = wool
8th = bronze
9th = pottery
10th = tin
11th = steel
12th = silk
13th = lace
14th = ivory
15th = crystal
20th = china
25th = silver
30th = pearl
35th = coral/jade
40th = ruby
45th = sapphire
50th = gold
55th = emerald
60th = diamond
70th = platinum

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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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