25 Bizarre Items Uber Riders Have Left Behind

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Have you ever had to call Uber's help line after leaving your phone, camera, or wallet in a driver's car? If so, you're far from the only one. These are the three most commonly forgotten items among Uber riders, according to Uber's new Lost & Found Index for 2019.

While this in itself is unsurprising, Uber's annual analysis is full of offbeat findings. For instance, East Alabama is the most "forgetful" region in the U.S., followed by Gallup, New Mexico, and Cookeville, Tennessee. Boozy holidays like New Year's and Halloween are the most forgetful days of the year, and people are more likely to forget their watches on Mondays, their passports on Fridays, and their cakes on Sundays.

And these are the more mundane objects discovered by Uber drivers. The taxi and ridesharing service also rounded up a list of the “50 most unique lost items,” and it leaves us with more questions than answers. What was someone doing with both deer antlers and a welding helmet? Why was someone carrying around a piece of parchment with sap on it? How could anyone forget an entire tank full of fish?

Of the 50 items on the list, we’ve selected 25 of the best ones, which you can enjoy in the list below.

1. An 8-week-old coffee-colored Chihuahua
2. Fog machine
3. Six chicken tenders from 7-Eleven
4. A black and white tuxedo for a small dog
5. Full set of 18-carat gold teeth
6. Professional-grade hula hoop
7. Salmon head
8. Star Wars skateboard
9. Mannequin
10. Propane tank
11. Tray of eggs
12. LEGO championship wrestling belt
13. Two packs of Italian sausage and a Thanksgiving ham
14. Shopping cart
15. Small handmade cat puppet
16. Baseball autographed by Babe Ruth
17. Harry Potter magic wand
18. Pizza costume
19. A bird
20. Full fish tank with fish and water
21. Bejeweled Elvis cape
22. A piece of parchment paper with sap on it
23. Deer antlers and a welding helmet
24. A small plush toy of a cat eating a slice of pizza
25. Cheer skirt with a lion head

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you've forgotten your favorite Elvis costume—or perhaps just your keys—don't panic. You can contact the Uber help desk by tapping "menu" in the app, then "help," then "report an issue with this trip." Check out the video below for more information about how to retrieve a lost item, and visit Uber's website for the full Lost & Found report.

Swear Off Toilet Paper With This Bidet Toilet Seat That's Easy to Install and Costs Less Than $100

Tushy
Tushy

The recent coronavirus-related toilet paper shortage has put the spotlight on the TP-less alternative that Americans have yet to truly embrace: the bidet.

It's not exactly a secret that toilet paper is wasteful—it's estimated to cost 437 billion gallons of water and 15 million trees to produce our yearly supply of the stuff. But while the numbers are plain to see, bidets still aren't common in the United States.

Well, if price was ever the biggest barrier standing in the way of swearing off toilet paper for good, there's now a cost-effective way to make the switch. Right now, you can get the space-saving Tushy bidet for less than $100. And you'll be able to install it yourself in just 10 minutes.

What is a Bidet?

Before we go any further, let’s just go ahead and get the awkward technical details out of the way. Instead of using toilet paper after going to the bathroom, bidets get you clean by using a stream of concentrated water that comes out of a faucet or nozzle. Traditional bidets look like weird toilets without tanks or lids, and while they’re pretty uncommon in the United States, you’ve definitely seen one if you’ve ever been to Europe or Asia.

That said, bidets aren’t just good for your butt. When you reduce toilet paper usage, you also reduce the amount of chemicals and emissions required to produce it, which is good for the environment. At the same time, you’re also saving money. So this is a huge win-win.

Unfortunately, traditional bidets are not an option for most Americans because they take up a lot of bathroom space and require extra plumbing. That’s where Tushy comes in.

The Tushy Classic Bidet Toilet Seat.

Unlike traditional bidets, the Tushy bidet doesn’t take up any extra space in your bathroom. It’s an attachment for your existing toilet that places an adjustable self-cleaning nozzle at the back of the bowl, just underneath the seat. But it doesn’t require any additional plumbing or electricity. All you have to do is remove the seat from your toilet, connect the Tushy to the clean water supply behind the toilet, and replace the seat on top of the Tushy attachment.

The Tushy has a control panel that lets you adjust the angle and pressure of the water stream for a perfect custom clean. The nozzle lowers when the Tushy is activated and retracts into its housing when not in use, keeping it clean and sanitary.

Like all bidets, the Tushy system takes a little getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want to use toilet paper again. In fact, Tushy is so sure you’ll love their product, they offer customers a 60-day risk-free guarantee. If you don’t love your Tushy, you can send it back for a full refund, minus shipping and handling.

Normally, the Tushy Classic retails for $109, but right now you can get the Tushy Classic for just $89. So if you’ve been thinking about going TP-free, now is definitely the time to do it.

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The World's 10 Richest Cities

New York City.
New York City.
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When a city has vibrant culture, a booming economy, and appealing real estate, it attracts a lot of high-profile residents. To see which world-class cities have the largest populations of wealthy individuals, check out this list of the richest cities in the world.

As CNBC reports, the United States is home to several wealthy cities, accounting for six of the urban centers in the top 10. New York takes the top slot, with 120,605 of the people living there boasting a net worth of $5 million or more. That's more than 4 percent of the global wealth population.

It's followed by Tokyo, where 81,645 residents have a net worth totaling at least $5 million. Hong Kong ranks third with 73,430 wealthy citizens. Other U.S. cities on the list include Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Dallas. The other two cities in the top 10—London and Paris—are Europe's only representation.

The information used to compile the list comes from the data firm Wealth-X, which looked at global wealth statistics from the past decade. Cities that attract wealthy residents tend to have a high cost of living, but the richest cities in the world aren't always the most expensive to live in. After reading the list below, compare it to the 10 most expensive cities in the world.

  1. New York City, U.S.
  1. Tokyo, Japan
  1. Hong Kong
  1. Los Angeles, U.S.
  1. London, UK
  1. Paris, France
  1. Chicago, U.S.
  1. San Francisco, U.S.
  1. Washington, D.C., U.S.
  1. Dallas, U.S.

[h/t CNBC]