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

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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 The average couch is six years old, and more than a fifth of all respondents said theirs was faded and outdated.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).

Watch 25 Minutes of Friends Bloopers Ahead of HBO Max Reunion Special

Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox star in Friends.
Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox star in Friends.
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Much like The Office, Friends continues to enjoy an always-growing and ever-loyal following—thanks in large part to streaming services, but also because of its brilliant cast and still-relatable storylines. And now that all six cast members have officially confirmed they'll be returning for a reunion show on HBO Max, could fans of the series be more excited?

Though very few details have been offered up about the reunion, it's expected to be an hour-long special that will bring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer back together again. In addition to the special, subscribers to HBO Max will have access to all of Friends's 200-plus hilarious episodes.

So in the spirit of warming up for what will inevitably turn into a Friends marathon, here are 25 minutes of bloopers, in two parts, for your enjoyment.

The Friends reunion special does not have a release date yet, but HBO Max is debuting in May 2020.

Run! IHOP Is Giving Away Free Pancakes for National Pancake Day

What better way to celebrate National Pancake Day than with a free stack of IHOP's signature buttermilk pancakes?
What better way to celebrate National Pancake Day than with a free stack of IHOP's signature buttermilk pancakes?
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If ever there were a day to forgo that container of leftovers in the fridge and treat yourself to breakfast for dinner, it’s today: IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day by giving each customer a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. The dine-in deal is available at participating locations from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.—but the hours can vary, so you might want to confirm with your local IHOP before heading there.

While a pile of hot, syrup-soaked pancakes is definitely a good enough incentive to visit IHOP immediately, it’s not the only one. IHOP is also hosting a sweepstakes that offers thousands of instant-win prizes across all locations, and you can only enter by scanning the QR code on your table at IHOP. One lucky carb-loader will win the grand prize—pancakes for life—and other rewards include everything from $500 IHOP gift cards to IHOP merchandise like blankets, watches, duffel bags, customizable jackets, and even bikes.

The pan-tastic event is all in the spirit of charity, and IHOP is hoping to raise more than $4 million for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society—you can donate online here. According to a press release, IHOP has contributed more than $30 million to its charity partners since beginning its National Pancake Day celebrations in 2006.

“IHOP launched its National Pancake Day event 15 years ago as a way to celebrate the best food ever—pancakes—and put a purpose behind the day by partnering with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities to help kids in our communities,” Stephanie Peterson, IHOP’s executive director of communications, said in the release.

If you can’t make it to IHOP to claim your free short stack today, you can always celebrate National Pancake Day with a tall stack of homemade pancakes—find out how to make them extra fluffy here.

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