Today’s Pointless & Awesome is for the jet-setting, money-making, aspirin-taking, magnificent bastards of the world.
If you’re keen to impress your co-workers and mates with tricky foreign pronunciations, nab yourself a cheap romantic getaway, consider a new career direction or make yourself happy with science, then we insist you read on.
#1 Places You’re Pronouncing Wrong
We’re not all linguists and if you’re not much of a world traveller, there are plenty of tongue twisting foreign cities and landmarks to get you lost for words. Here are the global locations you’re probably pronouncing incorrectly, via Traveller.
- Reims, France: The hub of the Champagne region is pronounced, “Rarnce“
- Niger, Africa: The former French colony gets the tricky French approach, and is pronounced, “Neezh-air“
- Budapest, Hungary: The Hungarian capital is pronounced, “Boo-da-pesht“
- Ibiza, Spain: The Spanish party island is pronounced, “Ee-bee-tha“
- Qatar: The peninsular Arab country is pronounced, “Cutter“
#2 Free Phone Apps To Save You Money
Unless you’ve won the Powerball or have stumbled across a suitcase full of cash, we’re guessing that saving a few dollars here and there wouldn’t hurt. Luckily, there’s a whole world of phone apps out there to help you do just that. Here are a couple of free ones so you can invest that pocket change and make it big, via Thrillest.
- Hopper: Like a trusty pseudo-psychic travel agent, Hopper predicts whether a given flight price will go up or down and notify you when the the price drops significantly.
- Mint: Like a little financial advisor keeping you on track by creating budgets, syncing with your bank account or credit card and letting you know when you’re slipping up and where you can save.
- Hotel Tonight: If you don’t mind a last minute romantic getaway, Hotel Tonight sets you up with killer deals on rooms in major cities around the world. If a hotel has a block of unbooked rooms in the morning, it’ll offer them to you that afternoon at a steep discount.
- RetailMeNot: Launch the app while you’re shopping and it’ll cut all the deal and discounts available in that store, then display a barcode for any you want to redeem at checkout.
- Raise: If you’ve amassed a stack of unwanted gift cards, Raise helps you sell them for cold, hard cash.
#3 Things You Didn’t Know About Aspirin
Aspirin isn’t just your saving grace the day after a boozy night out, it’s stood the test of time as an effective over-the-counter medicine. Here are a couple of things you might not know about the wonder drug, via Thrillist.
- Willow trees were an early source of aspirin-like medications because of their naturally-occuring component of Salicylic acid.
- Aspirin was one of the first synthetic drugs to be developed in a laboratory.
- Aspirin (and Heroin) used to be trademarked by Bayer.
- It may have benefits we don’t know about yet. Recent studies have shown that daily aspirin use may reduce a person’s chances of developing certain cancers by 20%.
#4 Highest Paying Jobs Of Last Year
If 2016 is anything like last year, and your new years resolution is to make it rain, you might want to consider a career in healthcare. Here are the highest paying jobs of 2015 and their annual media wage, via Career Cast.
- Surgeon: $352,220
- Psychiatrist: $181,880
- GP: $180,180
- Corporate Executive: $173,320
- Dentist: $146,340
#5 Scientific Secrets To Happiness & Success
According to Emma Seppala, science director for Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, working harder and longer hours will not necessarily make you happy or successful. In fact, neuroscience and psychology studies suggest that the opposite is often the case. Here are the seven simple but effective scientifically proven ways you can build your happiness, via Inc.
- Live (or work) in the moment: Instead of thinking about what’s next on your to-do list, focus on the task or conversation at hand.
- Tap into your resilience: Instead of living in overdrive, train your nervous system to bounce back from setbacks.
- Manage your energy: Instead of engaging in states of mind that exhaust you, learn to manage your stamina by remaining calm and centered.
- Do nothing: Instead of spending all your time focused intently on your work, make time for idleness, fun, and irrelevant interests.
- Be good to yourself: Instead of being self-critical, be compassionate with yourself.
- Step outside of your comfort zone: Understand that your brain is built to learn new things.
- Show compassion to others: Instead of focusing on yourself, express compassion to and show interest in those around you.