Hannah's Headlines- 8/3/2017

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Scientists Say These Are The Funniest Words-There are some words that make us chuckle to ourselves when heard or said. Sometimes we even laugh out loud.

Scientists decided to find out for themselves what the funniest words are. Researchers at the Department of Psychology of the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom are studying humor in general because “The aim of providing this data is to help enrich the resources available for understanding the cognitive, developmental, and applied aspects of humor.”

When they dug into funny words, people chose from nearly five thousand of them and the reactions created the ranking. Booty was number one! Interestingly, two through four were nicknames for breasts and that was followed by “nitwit,” “twit,” “waddle,” “tinkle,” and “Bebop.”

The words that were considered the most negative were “rape” and “torture.”

See the full list here. Source: Gizmodo


Can’t Sleep? Try This Bedtime Story App For Adults

Plenty of people have a tough time falling asleep at night and part of the problem is that we’re trying to drift off while holding our phones. But instead of that harsh blue light from electronics that disrupts our rest, now there’s a way for grown ups to unwind like we did when we were kids - with a bedtime story.

Calm is an app that features bedtime stories written just for adults. The tales are meant to help us transition from our hectic daily lives to the relaxing night. Instead of stimulating our brains, like TV and scrolling through social media do, Calm is here to “power down your mind.”

The stories are like mini audio books, with soothing voices to lull you to dreamland. And you can choose from fiction and nonfiction tales, narrated by different readers. So if British actor Stephen Fry doesn’t do it for you, maybe NPR’s Laura Sydell is more soothing to you.

Most stories are about 20 minutes long, so you have time to relax before falling asleep. But once we’re lying down and quiet, it’ll probably only take about five minutes before we’re out.

Source: PureWow


Today is National Watermelon Day and National Grab Some Nuts Day


Airline Pilots Suspended for Letting Child ‘Fly’ Plane

Two pilots have been suspended for allowing a 10-year-old boy to operate cockpit controls during a commercial passenger flight in Algeria, according to local news reports. A video of the incident broadcast by the Algerian TV channel El Bilad shows the boy, wearing a captain’s hat, a tie and a black waistcoat, sitting in the left-hand pilot’s seat. He appears to push buttons and handle the controls, under the supervision of the first officer in the right-hand seat and the captain in the observer’s seat. The boy, an orphan whose ambition is to become a pilot, was invited into the cockpit as part of an initiative by a children’s charity, according to local reports.

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/01/airline-pilots-suspended-letting


Surgeons Love to Blast Rock Music While They're Operating on You.

A recent survey conducted by the music streaming service Spotify and Figure 1, "a global knowledge-sharing platform for healthcare professionals," has found out that your surgeon is very likely rocking out while you're under the knife. The survey, which polled nearly 700 surgeons from over 50 different countries, found that 90-percent of its respondents answered in the affirmative about playing music while performing surgery. Of this overwhelming majority, 49-percent said that rock was their favorite genre, barely edging out pop (48-percent) and classical music (43-percent) as the most popular genre. Why do these professionals enjoy turning up the tunes while operating? They cited music's ability to ease the tension in the room and keep everyone focused.


Heed Those Warnings About Fake Eclipse Sunglasses-Experts are warning people about buying eclipse glasses online.

The American Astronomical Society is advising buyers to beware of fake glasses being sold ahead of the total solar eclipse. The society says the phony glasses and handheld solar viewers are stamped with the ISO logo and may look real. But they don't have proper filters that block all of the Sun's harmful rays. Glasses that appear hazy, out of focus or not dark enough should be tossed out. Also, true solar filters will only allow you to see solar light through them, If you see an indoor light…the glasses are no good.

The society has a list of trusted vendors and tips on safely viewing the upcoming eclipse on its website. NASA has also posted several safety tips for viewing.

The full solar eclipse will be visible across the country on August 21.Source: Geekwire



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