Youngest Siblings Think They're Funniest in the Family

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Parents tend to favor their youngest child (at least according to a 2018 survey). Another survey says that youngest siblings think they're the funniest in the family, too.

YouthGov, a UK-based polling firm, questioned 1561 British adults with at least one sibling in 2015 [PDF]. When asked whether they were funnier than their siblings, 36 percent of oldest children said they were, while 46 percent of youngest children claimed they were funnier.

The poll showed that youngests were more carefree in general: 42 percent stated they were more relaxed compared to their siblings, but just 31 percent claimed to be more responsible. In contrast, 54 percent of eldest children considered themselves more responsible. The survey also found that 17 percent of youngest children felt that their parents favored them more, while only 10 percent of eldest children felt that way.

The reasons behind the differing opinions was unclear, though. “To some extent age itself, rather than family dynamics, may be responsible for differing characteristics,” YouthGov reported.

Birth order isn't everything, after all.

[h/t YouthGov]

This Might Be the World's Hardest Jigsaw Puzzle

Amazon/Beverly
Amazon/Beverly

For advanced jigsaw puzzle players, the standard 1000-piece board is child's play. But imagine if none of those pieces had a cute cat or weeping willow on the front to guide you.

The “Black Hell” puzzle ($26)—or “White Hell” ($30), depending on your color preference—by Japanese manufacturer Beverly features a single solid color on its front. Adding an extra layer of frustration, the company claims its micro-sized puzzle pieces are the “world’s smallest,” suitable only for the nimblest of fingers.

One reviewer said it took him 17 months to complete half the puzzle. Another commented, “This puzzle is the devil reincarnated into an inanimate object!”

Although the front of the puzzle is blank, different patterns are imprinted on its back to help users connect the dots. This apparently disappointed one especially masochistic puzzle enthusiast, who wrote that it was “less impossible than I had hoped.”

The recommended age for this puzzle is 7 years and up, but it’s safe to say that this devilishly hard task is best left to professionals.

While the Black Hell is certainly in the running for the most challenging jigsaw puzzle, it doesn’t top the chart for ones with the most pieces. Amazon sells a 40,000-piece puzzle featuring Disney characters, and there's a massive one from Kodak at more than 51,000 pieces, but it's usually sold out. If you want to just start at 1000 pieces, you can see a larger collection here.

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What Can Your First Name Predict About Your Future? Let This Fun New Online Tool Tell You

Actress Emma Watson.
Actress Emma Watson.
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Having a common first name can be a curse, or—if you share yours with some of society's most famous and accomplished figures—a confidence booster. If you're tired of using horoscopes to predict your future, a new online tool from DIRECTV will show you what glamorous occupation your first name is associated with.

Depending on how much stock you put in name meanings, yours can determine your chances of becoming a musician, author, actor, athlete, or politician. Emmas are destined for the screen, with nine out of every 10,000 actors bearing the name, according to the site. Johns dominate the literary world, with the name accounting for 317 of every 10,000 authors. And in the sports scene, five out of every 10,000 athletes are named Meghan.

You can see which category your name is most likely to appear in by plugging it into DIRECTV'S tool and clicking submit. The average Joe may not have much in common with Joe DiMaggio, but imagining what your future might hold is a fun way to pass the time nonetheless. After looking into your first name, check out the meanings behind these common last names.

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