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If you fail to follow the directions for a cake and forget to add an egg, the worst that will happen is that you’ll be left with a crumbly mess.

But fail to follow the directions for birth control, and you might be left with a whole lot more.

Birth control failure rates increase dramatically when contraceptives (that are otherwise highly effective) are used incorrectly. Rates of failure for condoms, for example, rise from 2 to 18 percent, and failure rates for the pill rise from 0.3 to 9 percent.

There are also contraceptives, like sugarless, flourless, carbless cake, that are so bad they make one wonder why they exist at all.

Take spermicide and sponges, for example, with failure rates in the high to mid 20’s, these methods are shining examples of forms of contraception that one should not seek.

So how much risk is too much? We can’t tell you that, but we can give you the data and let you decide for yourself.

Note, the graph below shows the 16 types of birth control with the highest failure rates by typical use, or how a method or birth control is commonly used in practice. It also includes perfect use, or failure rates when a method of birth control is taken exactly as instructed.

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For many Americans, beer is personal. You’ve got your go-to drink, your standard bar, and maybe even your favorite bartender. Why patronize the swanky place downtown when Harry’s, your good old standby, beckons—just two blocks from home?

So don’t worry: we know how you feel. But a top 10 list had to be done. We pulled our lazy selves off our local bar stools, grabbed our beer bellies, and set out to rank the top 10 breweries in America. For these rare establishments, a night (or weekend) away from your favorite brew is plenty worth it. We promise.

#10 – Papago Brewing Company

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For many, bungee jumping is a once in a lifetime event. So if you’re going to do it, do it right! Don’t mess around with those teeny 100 foot jumps, but go all out at one of the most terrifying destinations in the world.

To help thrill seekers evaluate their craziest options, we ranked 80 of the most popular jumps by height. Click below to see the 10 highest and scariest bungee jumps which include one location where you can jump in the middle of the night, and another that hosted Prince Harry.

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Coachella is a three day foray into the desert of Southern California, where hundreds of thousands of attendees—dressed in their finest hippie garb—flock to the stages of their favorites artists.

There are three types of people who are not going to coachella this year:

1. The Nochella’s. Do you dislike the the thought of being trapped in a desert surrounded by masses of drunk and sweaty people for three days? Congratulations, you’re a Nochella, and you will be happily absent from the festival this year.

2. The Brokechella’s. Do you have big-time FOMO (fear of missing out), but lack the $375 in funds to drop in one weekend? Congratulations, you made a responsible choice—maybe next year!

3. The Slowchella’s. Is Coachella totally your scene? Are you dying to go, but just didn’t get a ticket in time? No congratulations for you, but there is some good news.

There are 5 music festivals in America more expensive than Coachella. We know that price isn’t necessarily correlated with quality, but in this case, we think price has risen to meet demand.

These festivals might be unable to replace Coachella in your heart, but with plenty of artists and bands to see, car camping sites, and beer tents galore, they might make for a good alternative. And with every festival either in California, Florida, or Hawaii, the locations are nothing to complain about.

Note, the festivals are ranked by price per day

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For most of us, a divorce is ugly business, with potential custody battles and complications over shared property. A $200 fee and 30 day waiting period are usually the last thing anyone is worried about.

For the rare individual, however, divorce fees and waiting periods are more than a minor nuisance. Some states require a minimum of 540 days to process a divorce, even if a settlement is reached right away. This is bad news for both Johnny and his mistress in waiting.

We looked at divorce laws for all 50 states to find the easiest (and most difficult) places to file for divorce. The data was collected from individual state government websites and the American Bar Association. Our Ease of Filing Score is based on a combination of waiting periods and fees, where the shorter the period and the lower the fee, the higher the overall score.

Topping the list is Alaska, where you can pay $150, wait 30 days, and skip off into the sunset with a state-verified divorce. Appropriately, Alaska also boasts the highest divorce rate, with 14 out of every 1,000 adults filing every year.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Arkansas. The fee—$165—isn’t too bad, but the 540 day waiting period is the longest in the nation. If you have your next gentleman or lady in mind, be sure to change your residence before you start the divorce proceedings.

Finally, do fees and waiting periods actually influence divorce rates, or is it just a coincidence that Alaska ranks number one in both ease of filing and divorce frequency? We charted our Ease of Filling Score against each state’s divorce rate to find out:

There is a weak positive correlation between the two (0.31), but that’s hardly definitive. There could be any number of factors at play here, and as always, correlation does not equal causation. Also, experts note that divorce laws can vary even within states, changing slightly by county, so be sure to check your local laws before cutting ties with the mister or missus.

Compare divorce rates, fees, and waiting periods for all 50 states

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The majority of Americans (54 percent according to a recent Pew Research Center Study) support the legalization of marijuana.

But until more states join the ranks of Washington and Colorado, which legalized the sale of marijuana in 2012, the only way for most law-abiding Americans to get the drug is to buy it at a dispensary.

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We wanted to know (obtaining a medical marijuana card aside), how difficult is it to find marijuana in the 20 states that sell it?

It looks like a piece of cake in California, where there are more than 2,000 dispensaries. But the establishments aren’t so common in all states where medical marijuana is legal. Check out the top 10 states by number of dispensaries per square foot in the graph below.

Note this graph is based on a database that our users helped build. We’re always welcoming new entries. To add a location we don’t have yet, visit the comparison here, and scroll to the bottom of the page, until you see the “add listing” button. Thanks!

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It ain’t easy being furry. Among all dog breeds, the median life expectancy is only 14 years, and even the luckiest canines don’t live a day past 20. That said, if you’re the sort that wants Rex to be around for as long as possible, one thing is clear: smaller is better.

We looked at over 900 different breeds, from the AKC-approved standards to crossbreeds, to determine the overall correlation between weight and life expectancy. Here’s what we found:

There’s a strong negative correlation (-0.78 for you stat-heads) between weight and life expectancy, which is bad news for the Irish Danes (250 lbs, 8 years) and English Mastiffs (195 lbs, 10 years). On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got your watermelon-sized Cockapoos (18 pounds, 16 years) and New Guinea Singing Dogs (25 pounds, 18 years…on average, the longest living dog of all), each happy and healthy enough to see the kids off to college.

Want a big dog that won’t keel over in under a decade? Try an Anatolian Shepherd (120 pounds, 12 years), or an Estrela Mountain Dog (99 pounds, 14 years). Or perhaps you’re the rare owner who wants a small dog with a short life. Chow Peis (52 pounds, 8 years) and Miniature Italian Greyhounds (13 pounds, 10 years) stand out as exceptions to the rule.

Compare over 900 dog breeds by weight, life expectancy, temperament, and more

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With the costs of attending college steadily rising, the pressure to lock down funds can be overwhelming. But the average student pays far less than the sticker price, particularly those whose families make less than $30,000 per year. Why? Financial Aid.

And thanks to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), which requires every aid-granting university to publish their average net price, everyone can get a good idea of how much they will actually pay to attend a university before they apply.

Net price, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board, other expenses.

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Net price is lowest for students who come from low income households, because they tend to receive the most financial aid. The following graph shows what these students can expect to pay per year to attend college, with average housing, book, and other required fees included, in comparison to in-state tuition.

Colleges that offer the most savings when compared to in-state tuition are in the upper left hand corner. Take, for example, Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where the sticker price for tuition is $45,000. Low income students can expect to save $27,000; paying on average $18,000 a year for tuition and associated fees.

Note that we’ve focused on the most common range of net prices in this graph, but there are outliers which are not shown (for example, sometimes financial aid is so generous that net aid ends up being negative).

The nation’s best schools are often outliers, so following is a graph showing sticker price tuition vs. net price of attendance for schools which FindTheBest ranks as the best, with a Smart Sating of 95 or higher.

Note the smart rating is a weighted score based on the following attributes, admission selectivity, academics excellence, expert rankings from Forbes, US News, and ARWU, financial affordability, and career readiness.

Washington University in St. Louis, for example, has an in-state tuition of $42,000, but the average net price for low income students is -$1,890. The financial aid that Wash U awards students actually outweighs the cost of attendance for the average low income student.

Other schools—such as Amherst, California Institute of Technology, Haverford and Harvard—have an average net price of $300-$1,300 for students who come from low income families.

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The short answer is no, more embryos do not mean more successful fertility treatment.

One of the toughest questions during fertility treatment is how many embryos to transfer. It can be tempting to transfer multiple embryos at once. Some patients want twins, others think that transferring more than one embryo is the logical way to optimize for success, and almost everyone wants to avoid the cost and hassle associated with undergoing a second cycle if the first one is not successful.

However, women may want to think twice before transferring multiple embryos. The risks of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) are mostly associated with multiple births. According to WebMD, IVF twins and other multiple birth children are at a higher risk of premature birth, stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, preeclampsia, placenta previa, birth defects, and cerebral palsy. The risk of a birth with multiple infants increases when multiple embryos are transferred, so the safest way to ensure a single birth (single birth IVF carries only slight risks when compared with natural conception) is to transfer one embryo.

Furthermore, don’t assume that transferring more embryos increases the chance of implantation. It turns out, there is a slightly negative correlation between embryos transferred, and IVF success rates.

What does this mean for you? If you are currently trying to find a fertility clinic, it might be wise to not only inquire about the clinic’s percent of cycles with live births, but also for the percent of births with multiple infants. A center which has high success rates and low births with multiple infants will most likely be one you can trust!

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We admit we have a problem. Instead of, you know, exercising or playing sports, we sat at our computers for hours comparing every facet of the 27 fitness trackers on the market. Here are the final scores:


The Methodology

To determine an overall Smart Rating for each device, we combined scores from experts (Wired, CNET, PC Mag), then factored in specs and features, with a focus on advanced measurements (calorie counting? heart rate? mood? sleep quality?) and ease of syncing (is it automatic? mobile? seamless?).

Compare the prices, specs, and full feature sets for every fitness tracker available
Key Takeaways

  • Style matters – the experts praise sleek bands and simple straps over fancy gizmos that look ugly. Get something that looks good.
  • Comfort does too – if you can, try your favorite two or three options before you buy. You’ll get the most out of your tracker if you’re willing to wear it for many hours per day.
  • Seamless syncing is critical – your early enthusiasm for tracking every calorie will fade by week three or four, so a simple syncing solution is critical. Pay attention to our Ease of Syncing score. The best trackers transfer data to your mobile device automatically.
  • Double check compatibility – make sure your preferred tracker will sync with your device, whether that’s a phone, tablet, or computer. Certain trackers will only sync with some phone models, even within the same OS ecosystem