The Average American Has Cried on Their Couch 17 Times, According to New Poll

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iStock.com/PeopleImages

Most people, at one point or another, have cried on their living room couch. Maybe it was a bad break-up. Maybe it was a stressful day at work. Maybe it was because you just watched the end of Forrest Gump for the 42nd time.

Hey, it happens—and more often than you might expect. According to a survey of 2000 Americans, the average sofa has been sobbed on 17 times. This unusual finding comes from a survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the furniture design company Rove Concepts.

As it turns out, your couch would have a lot of stories to tell if it could talk (which might explain why sofas are such a central and iconic part of your favorite sitcoms, from Friends to Frasier). According to the survey, the average person has napped on their couch 36 times, chatted with friends and family on it 32 times, and spent 21 sick days lounging around on it. And if you really dig deep, you might find at least $1.55—the average amount of change found buried beneath a couch’s cushions.

If you’re overdue for a couch upgrade, you aren’t the only one. The average couch is six years old, and more than a fifth of all respondents said theirs was faded and outdated. Survey takers were also asked what kinds of furniture “grown ups” should have, and when they should have it by. Respondents said everyone should own a dining table and chairs, couch, mattress, and bed frame by age 28.

Check out more findings like these on Poll-Vaulter.com, and be sure to thank your couch for supporting you through all those vulnerable moments (and series finales).

Harry Potter Fans Are Waiting 10 Hours or More to Ride Hagrid’s Roller Coaster

Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando

Muggles will do anything to be a part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal Orlando opened up its newest ride this week at its version of Hogsmeade, the village that surrounds Hogwarts castle. Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure takes wannabe wizards and witches on a twisting, high-speed flight through the mystical Forbidden Forest.

Diehard fans began waiting overnight outside the park in anticipation of the ride, and it looks like just about everyone had the same idea. At 8:30 a.m. on opening day, the line was already eight hours long, and quickly stretched to 10 hours long by 10:30 a.m., CNN reports.

The line is worth the wait for many fans of the franchise. As Potterheads already know, Rubeus Hagrid, beloved friend of Harry Potter and the gang, has a special affinity for mysterious creatures. So who better to see the beasts of the forest with than the half-giant?

Participants on the ride can choose to sit in Hagrid’s sidecar or in the driver’s seat. The winding track includes appearances by some of our favorite wizards, like Arthur Weasley, and creatures benevolent and otherwise, such as Cornish pixies, massive spiders, and the three-headed dog, Fluffy.

Fans aren’t the only ones wanting to experience the ride. Some of the stars of the film series had a little reunion in Orlando this week to celebrate the opening, including Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood).

Unlike the fans, however, they have magic (fame) to keep them from having to wait in 10-hour lines.

Happy riding, Potterheads!

[h/t CNN]

Show Off Your Love of Art With a Frida Kahlo Action Figure

Frida Kahlo Action Figure
Frida Kahlo Action Figure
Today is Art Day

If you're in the market for an action figure based on a real person, you've got plenty to choose from: Everyone from Snoop Dogg to the Pope is getting their own figurine these days. Now, Frida Kahlo has joined the ranks of icons who have become immortalized in plastic.

In 2017, Canadian art website Today Is Art Day (known for its Vincent van Gogh action figure) started a Kickstarter to give Kahlo the action figure treatment. The toy features the artist with a monkey pal on her shoulder, as well as a detachable heart and the faint smell of roses. The packaging has fun facts about the artist, along with some miniature artwork that can be cut out and affixed to a miniature easel.

“Not that I don’t like the great books and reproductions of artworks but, I think it’s more engaging to have a Frida Kahlo action figure on your desk rather than an art history book on your shelf," ‘Today Is Art Day’ founder David Beaulieu told Lost at E Minor during the Kickstarter campaign.

The Frida action figure is available on Amazon for $30.

Frida Kahlo Action Figure

Frida Kahlo Action Figure

[h/t Lost at E Minor]

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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