See How Far America's Favorite Cars Can Travel on $50 of Gas

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When it comes to buying a new car, you shouldn’t just concentrate on how much your monthly payments will be. You also want to make sure that you won’t be spending your entire paycheck on gas. The graphic below illustrates how big of a difference there is between driving a car that gets 35 miles per gallon versus one that only gets 20. It was created by HowMuch.net, a cost-estimate website that calculates data on everything from the cost of home inspections to how much money it takes to start a new business in different cities.

HowMuch.net used data from the Kelley Blue Book on the 10 top-selling cars in the U.S. and their gas efficiency ratings to create the animation below, which estimates how far you could get in each car with only $50 worth of gas, based on current prices published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

For the most part, as cars get smaller, they become more gas-efficient. The three trucks on the list—the Chevy Silverado, Ram pickup, and Ford F-Series—all had the worst fuel efficiency. The Silverado would only be able to travel 392 miles on $50 worth of gas right now, and the Ram and Ford trucks could only travel 413 miles. Compare that to the Honda Civic, which could travel 722 miles on the same amount of gas, or the Toyota Corolla, which could travel 639 miles.

The mileage is based on maximum estimates, so depending on whether you’re in stop-and-go traffic or cruising down the highway, your $50 might not get you exactly 722 miles in a Civic, but you can expect your money to go pretty far.

While we all know that driving a car that’s more efficient is good for your carbon footprint, this is an easy way to visualize just how hard those gas guzzlers hit your wallet.

Friday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Digital Projectors, Ugly Christmas Sweaters, and Speakers

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As a recurring feature, our team combs the web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, December 4. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

Google Is Tracking Everything You Do With Its ‘Smart’ Features—Here’s How to Make That Stop

Maybe you don't want Google seeing how many exclamation points you use in your emails.
Maybe you don't want Google seeing how many exclamation points you use in your emails.
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Since we don’t all have personal assistants to draft emails and update our calendars, Google has tried to fill the void with ‘smart’ features across Gmail, Google Chat, and Google Meet. These automatic processes cover everything from email filtering and predictive text to notifications about upcoming bills and travel itineraries. But such personalized assistance requires a certain amount of personal data.

For example, to suggest email replies that match what you’d choose to write on your own—or remind you about important emails you’ve yet to reply to—Google needs to know quite a bit about how you write and what you consider important. And that involves tracking your actions when using Google services.

For some people, Google’s helpful hints might save enough time and energy to justify giving up full privacy. If you’re not one of them, here’s how to disable the ‘smart’ features.

As Simplemost explains, first open Gmail and click the gear icon (settings) in the upper right corner of the page. Select ‘See all settings,’ which should default to the ‘General’ tab. Next to ‘Smart Compose,’ ‘Smart Compose personalization,’ and ‘Smart Reply,’ choose the ‘Off’ options. Next to ‘Nudges,’ uncheck both boxes (which will stop suggestions about what emails you should answer or follow up on). Then, switch from the ‘General’ tab to ‘Inbox’ and scroll down to ‘Importance markers.’ Choose ‘No markers’ and ‘Don’t use my past actions to predict which messages are important.’

Seeing these settings might make you wonder what other information you’ve unwittingly given Google access to. Fortunately, there’s a pretty easy way to customize it. If you open the ‘Accounts’ tab (beside ‘Inbox’) and choose ‘Google Account settings,’ there’s an option to ‘Take the Privacy Checkup.’ That service will walk you through all the privacy settings, including activity tracking on Google sites, ad personalization, and more.

[h/t Simplemost]