Can you believe we’ve made it to May? Your New Years’ Resolutions are out the window and you’ve almost only got half of 2016 to sort your life out. We can’t wave a magic wand, but we can fill your brain with some pointless and awesome facts to keep those awkward silences to a minimum and your small talk skills to a maximum.
If you’re sick of sugar binges and splashing your cash on drunken Uber trips, can’t understand why your hipster beard isn’t getting you Tinder dates, wondering how you can make the most of your next hotel stay or why you can’t resist a lady in red, then please, read on.
#1 How To Get Around Uber Surge Pricing
Did you know that Sydney Uber prices surged by 800% on New Years Eve this year? If your desperate to get from Point A to Point B and keen to avoid the hefty surge prices, follow these 3 cheeky hacks, via Thrillist.
- Walk to a nearby surge-free zone: Might seem obvious but sometimes walking a few blocks and trying again is all it takes to avoid a “surge zone”.
- Try requesting a fancy vehicle: It might seem like an unnecessary indulgence, but requesting an Uber Black instead of an UberX could do away with a steep surge price.
- Wait a few minutes and tap the Surge Drop feature: Uber understands our surge woes and actually gives you the option to tap “Notify Me If Surge Ends”, rather than accept your expensive fate. The app will send you a push notification that the surge has ended, as long as it ends in the next 30 minutes.
#2 The Hairy Side Of Online Dating
Whether you’re updating your Tinder, Bumble, Grindr or OKCupid profile, have you ever wondered how your body hair is helping, or hindering, your online dating game? The clever folks at Philip James Hair Salon have conducted a study of single swipers to see what kinds of hairy habits get them swiping right, and here’s what they found.
- 62% of people attracted to men think red hair of the worst, and 36% of people attracted to women agree.
- 56% of people attracted to men think brown hair is the best, and 43% of people attracted to women agree.
- Straight women prefer crew cuts 4 times more than any other style.
- Gay men prefer crew cuts 3 times more than any other style.
- People attracted to men prefer messy hair (14%), undercuts (13%) and a ponytail (6%)
- 19% of people attracted to men don’t like facial hair, but 53% love it.
- 49% of people attracted to men think long beards are the worst.
- 26% of people attracted to men think a 5 o’clock shadow is the best.
- People attracted to men prefer a short beard (23%), a goatee (12%) and a moustache (4%)
#3 Weird Things Sugar Does To Your Body
We all know too much sugar isn’t the best choice when it comes to keeping the kilos off, but did you know that the average American consumers almost 60 kgs of added sugars ever year? That’s 22 teaspoons a day. If that’s not enough to steer you clear of the sweet stuff then check out these weird things sugar does to your body, via Bicycling.com.
- Sugar makes your organs fat: Fructose, a component of table sugar, damages your live and triggers it to store fat in weird places like your liver, a precursor to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Sugar primes your body for diabetes: A PLoS One study found that for every extra 150 calories from sugar available per person each day, diabetes prevalence rises by 1.1%.
- Sugar makes you sad: A study published in Public Health Journal followed nearly 9,000 people to study the link between depression and eating sugary sweets and fast food and found that after 6 years, those who ate the most junk faced a nearly 40% greater risk of developing depression.
- Sugar makes you ravenous: Regularly eating too much sugar scrambles your body’s ability to tell your brain you’re full so you’ll always be hungry.
- Sugar turns you into a junkie: Like street drugs, sugar triggers the release of chemicals that set off our brain’s pleasure centre (opioids and dopamine). People develop a tolerance for sugar which means they need it for a ‘feel-good fix’. Sugar addiction can cause chattering teeth, tremors, shakes and anxiety when it’s taken away.
- Sugar ruins your skin: Sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called ‘advanced glycation end products’ that attach nearby proteins, damaging them, including protein fibres in collagen and elastin that keep your skin firm and elastic.
#4 Hotels That Over Amazing & Over-The-Top Extras
Every now and then you check-in to a hotel with low expectations and to your surprise receive some sweet extras that make your stay that little bit more memorable. Here are some of the weirdest and most over-the-top hotel extras, via Listverse.
- Happy Guest Lodge: This UK hotel will provide you with a goldfish called “Happy” for an affordable £5 that will provide a “sense of comfort, a sounding board, and unconditional love after a hard day”.
- Family Pillow Fight Package: The Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida offers families the family pillow fight package, which for $60, includes a bag of satin pillows, a CD, and a book of family games to play together. Songs on the CD include “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”.
- Dog Surfing Lessons: The Su’ruff Camp at Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Spa in San Diego offers dog surfing lessons and an annual dog surfing contest. Other pet perks include walkers, pet sitters, and a special pet room service with a menu of canine delicacies.
- Fragrance Butler: Rosewood Hotels offers a fragrance butler serving up bottle perfumes and colognes 24 hours a day from brands like Hermes, Chanel, Givenchy and Dior. If you’re after a specific scent, simply ring up the butler and they will arrive with a silver tray in hand.
- Personal Oxygen Device: If you’re staying at Boston’s Revere Hotel you can get yourself a Personal Oxygen Device for $40 a pop that contains 2.5 ounces of oxygen (that’s 40 full breaths and a whopping $1 per inhale). Apparently the PODs fit nicely in a handbag and offer a rich, refreshing dose of clean pure air to revive busy tourists instantly. Hey, each to their own.
#5 The Physical Features Men Can’t Resist
What makes the likes of Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson so irresistibly attractive? Well, science has weaselled it’s way into the depths of your male mind to uncover the 6 features that make women attractive because they are associated with health and fertility, via Business Insider.
- A wider waist to hips ratio: Apparently, a ratio of 7:10 is particularly pleasing. The ratio is related to childbirth, which subconsciously attracts men who are looking to procreate.
- A high voice: High-pitched voices evoke youthfulness and signifies a small, feminine body, both of which are attractive to men.
- Healthy hair: Shiny, full and long hair is apparently very attractive to men. It’s a sign of health and fertility.
- Smiles: Happy people are attractive people, and science has also proven that the whiter the teeth, the better.
- Less makeup: Cake faces are a no-go when it comes to attracting men. Men prefer women who use up to 40% fewer cosmetics.
- Wearing red: Red is associated with lust and scientists have proven that wearing red enhances attraction, a phenomenon also held true in animals.