Hannah's Headlines- 7/9/2018

Did You Know Wearing Neckties Might Slow Blood Flow To The Brain?

Comfortably dressed men may be smarter and higher-functioning than guys who wear ties — because the neckwear reduces blood flow to the brain, according to new research. The uncomfortable office attire squeezes neck veins, potentially slowing down the brain’s processing, according to a report published last week in the journal Neuroradiology. The study found that guys wearing ties had 7.5 percent less blood flow. I cant stand wearing a necktie and now I know why it hurts my head and neck.

  • Do you leave the top button open on your shirt so your necktie isn’t too tight?

Link: https://nypost.com/2018/07/06/wearing-neckties-reduces-blood-flow-to-the-brain/

Study shows doing simple things a different way can give you a rush

You don't have to skydive or climb a mountain to get a rush, researchers say. You can always try eating popcorn with chopsticks.

Scientists at Ohio State University recently conducted a study that found doing mundane things in an interesting way can make them more enjoyable.

The researchers took nearly 70 people and assigned them to a task that they were told was about "mindful eating." They were separated into two groups, with one group instructed to eat 10 kernels of popcorn with their hands, and the other group to use chopsticks.

Afterward, the chopstick group noted eating the popcorn was more enjoyable, and the snack more flavorful than the other group reported.

It only worked one time, however -- when the chopstick group repeated the exercise, the novelty had worn off.  “This suggests chopsticks boost enjoyment because they provide an unusual first-time experience, not because they are a better way to eat popcorn,” says Robert Smith, the study’s co-author, in a university press release.

Interestingly, Smith notes, this experience enhancement could be applied to other aspects of your life -- for example, giving an old couch new life by moving it to another room.

"It may be easier to make it feel new than you might think," he explains in a statement. "It is also a lot less wasteful to find new ways to enjoy the things we have, rather than buying new things."The study was recently published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

There’s Still A Small Snow Pile Hanging On In Wisconsin - It’s July and there is still a sign of winter in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Between two parking garages sits a stubborn pile of snow. Last month, it was much bigger so maybe by the end of this month it may be gone. The man who discovered the pile last month has been sharing posts with the city and it’s been amusing. We have to wonder if it really is a record to have snow around this long. Source: Fox 11

Venmo Is Making People Realize When Their Friends Don't Invite Them Places

It's getting more and more popular, especially with younger people.  But . . . it's also making those same people realize THEY'RE less popular than they thought.

One of the features of Venmo is that you can see when one of your friends sends money to someone.  So people are going on Venmo, and noticing that their friends are sending money to each other.  Which means their friends were probably hanging out . . . and they didn't get an invite.

But it's not just friends.  "Venmo anxiety" can hit whenever you're home and you see other people out having fun.  It's kind of like what used to happen back when people used Facebook.

A 23-year-old woman named Caroline Keene told the "New York Post", quote, "Seeing these transactions, even among people I have no desire to be hanging out with, creates a sense of emptiness and unease." (New York Post)



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