Have you heard the term “wine o’clock”? Oxford actually added it to the dictionary last year. The official definition is, quote, “the appropriate time of day to start drinking wine.” Well . . . a new study figured out what time that actually IS.
A company analyzed two million users who track their wine drinking on an app, and figured out when most people start drinking. And the answer is . . . 6:30 P.M.
They also found that the majority of wine drinking goes on between 4:45 P.M. and 9:00 P.M., with the peak between 6:00 and 6:45.
This is a pretty brilliant Starbucks scam right here. And you’ll be disappointed you didn’t think of it, because you would’ve saved a fortune AND you would’ve been WAY less obnoxious than this guy in the process.
A Starbucks employee named Brad Halsey just shared the story about a nightmare customer at his store who figured out a loophole to get free coffee 365 days a year.
When you get a Starbucks gift card, you can register it with your birthday . . . and you get a free drink that day. This guy bought 365 cards and registered each one for a different birthday . . . so he gets a free drink every single day.
He goes to the same Starbucks every time, and there’s a chance the employees would’ve let him get away with it if he’d been cool . . . but he’s not.
He orders an iced quad Venti vanilla white mocha with heavy cream . . . then he takes the marker and draws arrows on it giving the barista a bunch of extra instructions.
For example, quote, “Two pumps of white mocha here, then add five pumps of vanilla. That should take us to this line here where you’re gonna add cold heavy cream up to this ridge. Make sure to add it before the espresso.” He sounds horrible.
Now that this story is out, we’d expect that Starbucks will shut down this loophole.
The whole Ice Bucket Challenge thing was as much about vanity as it was charity. It mostly took off because people liked posting videos of themselves getting drenched in ice water on Facebook.
But it raised over $100 million, and it looks like that money might have ALREADY made a huge impact.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University now think they might be on their way to finding a CURE for ALS.
In a study published this month, they said they think they’ve figured out how a protein called TDP-43 might be responsible for the disease.
And they were able to do the study because of the Ice Bucket Challenge donations.
Basically, the protein clumps up inside the neurons of people with ALS, as well as 45% of people with a type of dementia called FTD, but scientists didn’t know why it mattered.
The new study found that TDP-43 is supposed to prevent cells from using the wrong genetic information to make other proteins. But it stops working when it clumps together, so the cells malfunction and die.
Now, it could be years before they figure out how to stop that from happening, so this might not help people who are currently suffering from ALS. And they want people to keep donating, because they’ll need more funding going forward. But they think this could eventually lead to a treatment, or even a cure.
(HopkinsMedicine.org / Science / Washington Post)
If you had to sum up the Internet in two words, “cat videos” might not be a bad call. But HOW did they become that much of an obsession?
Scientists at Indiana University have finally figured it out.
They had people assess their moods before they watched a few cat videos on YouTube, then assess their moods after.
And once people had watched a few, they felt happier, more energetic, more positive, less anxious, and less annoyed. They also didn’t feel any GUILT over procrastinating for the sake of cat videos.
Those are a lot of the same results we get from actually being with a cat and petting it. So the researchers think that translates over the Internet, and THAT’S why we love watching cats online.
By the way, cat videos get more average views than any other type of videos on YouTube. There were more than two million cat videos uploaded last year, and they got almost 26 BILLION views.
Instead of carving a pumpkin LIKE A SUCKER this year, just let creepy agricultural engineering take care of things for you.
Tony Dighera is a farmer in Fillmore, California, and he figured out a way to grow pumpkins in a mold that makes them look just like Frankenstein’s monster. They’re tall, narrow, and have the monster face molded right into them.
It took him four years and $500,000 to get these pumpkins right. They’re sold out on his website right now but grocery stores around the world are importing them . . . if your grocery store has them, expect to pay at least $100 each.
Tony is working on a new mold now for pumpkins that look like a Jolly Roger-type pirate . . . those will be on sale next Halloween.
(Los Angeles Daily News)