The 25 Sexiest Accents in America

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No matter where in the U.S. you're from, accents are probably a big topic of discussion—whether you're wondering when, exactly, we lost our British accents to which accents are the most annoying. You may have even argued about which accents are the sexiest. Well, debate no more: As Philly Voice reports, we finally have an answer for which accents are the sexiest thanks to the international media company Big 7 Travel.

Big 7 Travel surveyed their 1.5 million social media followers to come up with the list. The results are equal parts hilarious and puzzling: It makes sense that the slow drawl of the Texas accent (think Matthew McConaughey's "alright alright alright") topped the list, but Boston coming in No. 2 is a wicked surprise. The Philadelphia accent, with its "jawns" and "wooders," also ranks in the top 10. Meanwhile, New Jersey and Long Islander came in 49th and 50th, respectively.

So how did your accent rank? Check out the top 25 accents below, and click over to Big 7 Travel to see the full list—plus an explanation for what distinguishes each accent from the others.

Top 25 Sexiest Accents in America

  1. Texan
  2. Bostonian
  3. New York
  4. Mainer
  5. Chicago
  6. Mississippi
  7. Hawaiian
  8. Philadelphia
  9. St. Louis
  10. Californian
  11. Northwestern
  12. Chicano
  13. Miami
  14. Yooper
  15. Cajun
  16. Midwestern
  17. Alabama
  18. Baltimorese
  19. Virginia Piedmont
  20. Tennessean
  21. Kansas
  22. Connecticut
  23. Cleveland
  24. Oklahoma
  25. New Orleans

[h/t Philly Voice]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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These Are America's 20 Happiest States

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Natalya Zaritskaya, Unsplash
Personal happiness is subjective, but there are many factors that contribute to someone's well-being. Income, sleep habits, and work-life balance are a few examples. By gauging how these factors affect people across the country, WalletHub was able to put together a map ranking the happiest states in the U.S. in 2020. To compile the list below, the personal finance website determined how all 50 states performed in three categories: emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community and environment. These three labels cover more than 30 specific criteria, including divorce rates, unemployment rates, adequate sleep levels, and average work hours. Hawaii tops the list, earning a total score of 69.58 out of a possible 100. It ranks second in emotional and physical well-being and third in community and environment. Just behind The Aloha State is Utah, which beats out all other states when it comes to work environment. Minnesota, New Jersey, and Maryland round out the top five. You can read the full list of America's 20 happiest states below. Judging happiness levels by state is just one way to view the country's mental health. For an even more localized snapshot of happiness across the U.S., check out the country's happiest cities.
  1. Hawaii
  2. Utah
  3. Minnesota
  4. New Jersey
  5. Maryland
  6. California
  7. North Dakota
  8. Iowa
  9. Idaho
  10. Connecticut
  11. Nebraska
  12. South Dakota
  13. Massachusetts
  14. Virginia
  15. Washington
  16. Vermont
  17. New York
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Nevada
  20. Arizona