Wondering how you’ll make it through the day without committing to your 4th cup of coffee? Not sure if you’re doing your best work between the sheets? Maybe you’re regretting your drunk karaoke show from Saturday night, or you’re quite pleased with your performance and you’re considering a career as an actor or musician.
Either way, it’s Monday, which means 5 Pointless and Awesome things for you to know, digest, then regurgitate when an awkward silence or moment to impress comes your way. Enjoy.
#1 How To Stay Awake Without Caffeine
Big weekend? Or maybe you’re just suffering from a shitty night’s sleep. Either way, there are ways to avoid the afternoon slump and stay alert at work without overdosing on coffee and tea. Here are the best ways to stay awake without caffeine, via Thrillist.
- Turn Up The Music: Listening to your favourite music affects many parts of your brain that can motivate you, improve your mood, and increase energy. Music excites your body by increasing the flow of oxygen to your heart, and releases endorphins. Classical music has been found to help people concentrate and relax but Bieber’s latest banger will probably also do the trick.
- Drink More Water: Dehydration will bring your energy levels down significantly, so keep a bottle of water handy at all times.
- Go Outside: That’s right. Slowly, step away from the computer screen. Fresh air and sunlight will do wonders for your energy levels, in fact, they activate parts of your brain associated with memory and mental energy.
- Breathe Deeply: Taking a couple of long deep breaths is scientifically proven to help reduce general stress and anxiety.
- Chew Gum: Mindless chewing can augment alertness and energy and help you stay focused on the task at hand. Plus, you’ll have fresh breath, which is always a plus.
- Watch A Cat Video: No, that’s not a joke. Cat videos have been shown to boost energy, so start losing yourself in the black hole of YouTube immediately.
#2 How Long Should You Actually Last In Bed?
Whether you’re done in a few minutes or have the stamina to go for hours, there’s plenty of stories out there of how long a man should last in bed, but one psychologist has done the hard yards and found the answer, via Esquire.
Dr. Brendan Zietsch from the University of Queensland asked 500 heterosexual couples from all around the world to use a stopwatch during sex across a 4-week period, documenting exactly how long it lasted. With timings ranging between 33 seconds and 44 minutes, Dr. Zietsch took an average of the couples’ results, and it worked out to be 5.4 minutes. Seems a bit ‘wham, bam, thank you ma’am’, but it’s nothing compared to the results from Turkey, who apparently have an average sex duration of 3.7 minutes.
Of course, age was a factor with younger couples managing to last for longer, but there you have it, if you’re not experiencing hour-long sessions between the sheets, don’t feel too bad.
#3 The Worst Songs To Play In Bars, According To Bartenders
Sick of hearing Cold Chisel’s Khe Sanh belted out by a boozed-up bogan every time you hit the pub? Well, bartenders aren’t the biggest fans, either. Bartenders are often at the mercy of your favourite watering holes’ jukebox or DJ and have some strong opinions on the songs they can’t stand hearing anymore. Here are the findings, via Thrillist.
“Shots” – LMFAO ft. Lil Jon: “You never want patrons thinking they’re entitled to anything free, and for some reason they think you should be giving them shots when they hear this.” – Paul, Milwaukee
“Livin On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi: “I’d probably put anything by Bon Jovi on this list, if we’re being totally honest.” – Frankie, Boston
“Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond: “So bad, so bad, so bad” – Phil, Cleveland
“Closing Time” – Semisonic: “If one more person plays ‘Closing Time’ at my bar after last call, I might never open my place up again in the first place.” – Derek, New York
#4 Movie Stars Turned Musicians
You think all Ryan Gosling is good for is heating up the silver screen in a romantic comedy? Think again. He, along with countless other movie stars are well-versed in the art of making and performing music. Here are some celebrities you never would have guessed are part-time musicians, via Billboard.
Jamie Foxx: The actor has released 4 R&B albums since charting in the top 10 with 2006’s ‘Unpredictable’ and 2009’s ‘Blame It’. You probably also recognise him for his Ray Charles-esque hook on Kanye West’s ‘Gold Digger’.
Russell Crowe: Crowe was in the Aussie band 30 Off Foot of Grunts and later evolved into Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God.
Steve Martin: Steve Martin actually won a Grammy – best bluegrass album for The Crow in 2010 and is an expert in playing the banjo.
Kevin Bacon: The Bacon Brothers have a slew of albums and a duet with the Bellamy Brothers.
Keanu Reeves: Reeves is actually a bassist who gave his music career a chance in the 90’s and early 2000’s with two albums and an opening slot for Bon Jovi. Keanu’s band Dogstar also opened for Weezer in 1992.
Ryan Gosling: Dead Man’s Bones is a rock duo consisting of Ryan Gosling and his friend Zach Shields. The band’s first album is a collaboration with the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir and Gosling performs under the alias “Baby Goose”.
#5 Weird Things You Never Knew About Pollution
Pollution, whether noise, land, or air, is commonplace in today’s world and an issue that plagues us for our lives and for future generations. We all know it’s bad, but we bet you didn’t you know these weird things about pollution, via Listverse.
- Air Pollution Can Make You Fat: According to a study at Ohio State University, mice that were exposed to air pollution gained fat around their internal organs and their bellies. In addition, they became less sensitive to insulin.
- Pollution Helps Birds Sing Better: Behavioural ecologist Shai Markman and his team fed wild European starlings worms that contained the same pollutants found in sewage treatment facilities and found that over time, the area of the starling’s brain that is responsible for the ability to sing became larger.
- We Could Shoot Our Garbage To The Sun: The world’s garbage problem is so huge that some people are considering shooting it to the sun. During a show on BBC Radio 4, Drs. Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry confirmed that this seemingly foolish idea could be done in theory.
- Air Pollution Can Shrink Your Brain: A study released in 2015 suggests that long-term exposure to air pollution can shrink a person’s brain. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston found that “an increase of two micrograms per cubic meter in fine particle pollution [such as car exhaust] was linked to a 0.32 percent reduction in brain volume.”
- Hong Kong Has The Worst Light Pollution In The World: With an urban night sky that is 1,000 times brighter than international standards, Hong Kong is considered to be the most light-polluted city in the world. Unlike megacities like Sydney and London, there are no regulations that govern urban lighting in Hong Kong.