Welcome to yet another juicy instalment of Pointless and Awesome. These are the facts men need to know today, useful or not, for getting you that first date, promotion, breaking the ice during an awkward encounter or giving you some intellectual prowess in a heated debate.
We’ve got all the facts on hallucinogens and how they can help you be happy, when your friends are going to start dropping like flies, why we insist on eating “humble pie”, where Drake gets all his money from and things that will make you lose faith in the modern world. Read, learn, laugh and pass it on.
#1 Magic Mushrooms Can Treat Depression
Think magic mushrooms are just for tripping out? Think again.
A recent clinical trial has shown that hallucinogeic mushrooms may serve as a treatment for severe depression. The 12 clinically depressed participants involved in the study were given psilocybin, the psychoactive substance in magic mushrooms as well as counselling throughout the one week treatment with sessions before and after.
8 volunteers from the study reported markedly reduced symptoms of depression just one week after treatment, and 5 of those 8 said they had no major symptoms 3 months afterward.
So there you have it. Perhaps ‘shrooms aren’t just for happy hippies.
#2 You’ll Start Losing Friends At This Age
Feel like you’ve been burning bridges left, right and centre these days? Well, you might not be so wrong, with a recent study narrowing down the exact age when you’ll start losing friends.
The study, conducted by Finland’s Aalto University School of Science and Oxford University’s Department of Experimental Psychology, found that both men and women start to lose friends when they hit 25.
Researchers analysed calls made from mobile phones within different time periods, to find that men and women called people most regularly at age 25. But at 39, most men were calling only about 12 people regularly and women were calling closer to 15.
Maybe it’s not so bad to be able to count your pals on one hand.
#3 Where Common Sayings Came From
There are plenty of expressions we use on a daily basis, whether you’re a fan of “kick the bucket”, “rub you the wrong way” or “face the music”, but where on Earth did these strange sayings come from? Here are the answers, via List 25.
“Bite The Bullet” – During battle, there was no time to administer anesthesia before emergency surgery so surgeons made patients bite down on a bullet to distract them from the pain.
“Butter Someone Up” – It was an ancient Indian custom to throw balls of clarified butter at statues of the gods to seek favour.
“Cat Got Your Tongue” – There are 2 possible sources for this saying. The first refers to the ‘cat-o’-nine-tails’ whip that was used by the English Navy for flogging that caused so much pain victims were left speechless. The second refers to the practice of cutting out the tongues of liars and blasphemers and feeding them to cats.
“Don’t Throw The Baby Out With The Bathwater” – In the 1500’s, most people only bathed once a year and the entire family would use the same tubful of water. The man of the house bathed first, followed by other males, females and finally babies. By the time the baby was bathed, the water became so thick and cloudy the mother had to take care not to throw the baby out with the bathwater when they emptied the tub.
“Eat Humble Pie” – In the Middle Ages, the lord of a manor would hold a feast after hunting and he would receive the finest cut of meat, but those of a lower standing were served a pie filled with the entrails and innards, known as the ‘umbles’. So to eat ‘umble pie’ was considered humiliating as it informed others of your lower status.
#4 Hip Hop’s Wealthiest Artists Of 2016
Drake once rapped, “25 sitting on 25 mill”. The now 29-year-old is not alone in his quest for wealth as revealed in Forbes‘ recent list of hip hops’ wealthiest artists of 2016. Whether it be lucrative endorsements, musical releases, tours or clothing lines, here are the hip-hop stars who are laughing straight to the bank with a combined net worth of $2.2 billion.
- Sean “Diddy” Combs: $750 million
- Andre “Dr. Dre” Young: $710 million
- Shawn “Jay Z” Carter: $610 million
- Bryan “Birdman” Williams: $110 million
- Aubrey Drake Graham: $60 million
#5 Bizarre Facts That Will Make You Lose Faith In The Modern World
We live in one damn crazy world. Advances in medical science and technology are exciting and continue to develop our planet for the better, but we can’t say it’s all peachy. There are signs that the universe is getting collectively dumber, meaner and weirder. Here are some facts that will make you lose faith in the modern world, via Listverse.
- You’re more likely to be bitten by a human than a rat: In 2012, over 40,000 ER visits were recorded in the US for human bite wounds, that’s more than 10 times the number of Americans bitten each year by either rats or nonvenomous reptiles.
- American toddlers shoot one person a week: Last year after a 2-year-old kid in South Carolina shot his grandmother, The Washington Post’s Wonkblog crunched the numbers and found that American toddlers have on average shot one person a week.
- The richer you are, the longer you’ll live: For US men born in 1930, being in the bottom 20% of income meant having a life expectancy of 76.6 years when they hit age 50 in 1980, and 76.1 years if you turned 50 in 2010. If you were in the top 20% of income, however, you’re life expectancy would have leaped from 81.7 to 88.8 years in the same time period.
- Sex toy injuries soared after Fifty Shades was published: After the Fifty Shades was published in 2011, sex toy-related injuries almost doubled. They had been rising steadily since 2003, with nearly 1,500 recorded in 2005, but when Fifty Shades became a global phenomenon in 2012, sex toy injuries soared past 2,500.