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Single Americans Spend About $1596 on Dating Every Year

Love may be free, but the pursuit of it certainly isn’t, according to a recent survey conducted by dating website Match.com. As Lifehacker reports, single people spend about $1596 on dating every year, splurging on recreational activities, food/drink, personal grooming, and matchmaking tools and services.

This insight comes from Match’s seventh annual Singles in America study, which looked at the romantic habits and attitudes of over 5500 unmarried individuals around the nation [PDF]. Key takeaways include the role of internet dating in modern romance (40 percent of singles have dated someone they met online, while 53 percent have made a dating profile); tech etiquette “dos” and “don’ts” (do keep phone activity to a minimum during a date; don’t over-share on social media); and, as we mentioned before, the financial cost of attracting a partner.

At the end of the day, survey participants shelled out about $80 per date for about 20 dates per year, according to…

People Tossed $1.5 Million Into Rome’s Trevi Fountain Last Year

If you’ve ever visited Rome, you’ve probably heard that the best way to ensure a return visit is by using your right hand to toss a coin over your left shoulder and into the Trevi Fountain. Whether or not you believe in the legend, plenty of people have given it a try—enough that nearly $1.5 million in loose change was dropped into the iconic landmark last year alone.

So just where does all that pocket change go? To charity. “The [city] council hands over to us bags full of coins thrown into the fountain,” Alberto Colajacomo, spokesman for Caritas, the nonprofit Catholic organization that receives and reinvests the loot,…

8-Year-Old Drives to McDonald’s

What do you do when you crave a cheeseburger, but your parents are asleep? An eight-year-old boy in East Palestine, Ohio, figured it out. He looked up how to drive on YouTube, watched a video about it, and then drive his parents’ van to McDonald’s! Oh yeah, he also took his four-year-old sister with him.

Witnesses told police that he expertly drove to the fast food joint, following traffic laws and staying under the speed…