FYI – We will be taking Monday, December 26th off for Christmas Observance.
Going to concerts regularly leads to a happier life, according to a new study
According to a new study out of Australia, researchers at Victoria’s Deakin University surveyed 1,000 Australians and found that those who attended any sort of communal musical experience, whether that be Big Day Out or just a night out dancing — reported higher levels of satisfaction with their lives. The study also specifically found that the communal aspect was the important part, as regularly listening to music alone did not cause the same effect on “social wellbeing”. Oddly enough, this effect doesn’t seem to be shared among the people making the music. In fact, they tend to live much shorter lives. But for those of us who aren’t musicians and are feeling a little blue, maybe a move to one of these cities is in order. (Sage Journal)
GQ disses Hillary Clinton
GQ recently published a list of “The Least Influential People of 2016,” and listed among more than a dozen other people was none other than Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Other names on the list included Alex Rodriguez, Anthony Weiner, Arianna Huffington, Billy Bush (Access Hollywood), Cameron Crowe, David Cameron, Elizabeth Holmes, Gary Johnson, Harambe, Jack Dorsey, Jeb Bush and the Bush Family, JK Rowling, Jonathan Safran-Foer, Lena Dunham, Matt Lauer, Mark Zuckerberg, Nick Denton, Peyton Manning, Ryan Lochte, Joe Lacob, Steve Ells, Taylor Swift, Ted Cruz, Tim Kaine, Twenty-one pilots. Other names to mention are The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The #NeverTrump Brigade, Whoever Invented Polls, and God. (GQ)
Woman can’t leave her house because of an allergy to Wifi and mobile phones
A woman says she is permanently housebound because she’s allergic to Wifi and phone signals. Kim De’Atta can rarely see friends and family because electromagnetic waves from modern technology give her migraines, fatigue and even infections. The former nurse has to wear a shielded bed net on the rare occasions she leaves her home and can only visit places with poor mobile phone reception. The debilitating condition has forced her to move home twice due to phone masts being built nearby and she now sleeps under a special net. Kim said her problems started when she was 16 and living in south London and she started to become ill when she was near TVs. It got worse a few years later when she was working as a staff nurse in intensive care and she bought a mobile phone so she could be contacted in an emergency. She said: “The first time I put it up to my head it was like a laser going into my brain. Every time I put it up to my head I got the pain. After that I was finding I was getting more and more fatigued and my immune system was getting knocked meaning I was getting infections.”’She discovered more about electrosensitivity and realised her problems were being caused by waves emitted from mobile phones, televisions, Wi-Fi and electronic devices. She hopes that speaking out about electrosensitivity will help people understand her unusual condition and be more sympathetic. (Metro UK)
Adult Wrapping – The Japanese Therapy Craze That Recreates the Comforting Feeling of a Womb
Otona Maki, or ‘adult wrapping’, is a Japanese therapeutic method of correcting posture and alleviating body stiffness by wrapping the human body in a large piece of cloth that emulates the comfortable feel of a mother’s womb. Well-known for their long work hours, many Japanese people develop posture problems and body stiffness. For a long time, getting massages and stretching have been the most popular ways of dealing with these issues, but now someone claims to have come up with an even better solution. Otona Maki is a new and intriguing way of improving posture and making your body more flexible than ever, while at the same time helping practitioners relax by recreating the comfortable feel of a mother’s womb. (Oddity Central)
India Overtakes Britain as the World’s Sixth-Largest Economy
India’s economy has reportedly overtaken the United Kingdom’s for the first time in over 100 years, now standing as the world’s sixth-largest economy by GDP after the United States, China, Japan, Germany, and France. The milestone is a symbol of India’s rapid economic growth and, conversely, the U.K.’s post-Brexit slump. Economically, it’s been a banner year for India. In February, it surpassed China as the world’s fastest-growing economy. And in October, the International Monetary Fund predicted India would retain that title for the foreseeable future; its GDP is projected to increase by 7.6 percent through 2017. (Yahoo)
Super Mario Run Is Doing Super
Super Mario Run was released one week ago today (December 15) and it’s already setting records. In its first four days alone Mario had over 40 million downloads, which breaks records for Apple’s mobile software store. Previous third-party estimates suggested the new game was on track to topple Pokémon Go’s previous early performance and approach the 40 million mark, but this official number confirms it. (TechCrunch)
Can’t Decide Where To Eat?
Apparently many Americans experience supreme difficulty deciding between Applebee’s or IHOP. Fortunately, Detroit has a solution: the first-ever combination IHOP/Applebee’s restaurant will open in 2017. The 300-seat restaurant will employ around 100 people. This wise business decision originated in the declining sales of both chains, but fear not — together, they will be strong. This restaurant will be the first of its kind, but it makes so much sense that we hope they’ll come to other cities, too. Think about it: this combination restaurant has the potential to unseat the current champ of freaky combinations, which is indisputably Pizza Hut/Taco Bell. (Detroit Free Press)
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