Another long weekend, another Queen’s birthday done and dusted and you’re right back where you started, chained to your desk at work and wondering where on Earth the last 3 days went.
Fear not, magnificent bastards. We have come to the rescue with 5 more Pointless & Awesome things you need to procrastinate on this Tuesday. If you’ve ever wondered where your dog came from, how much Australians are really earning, why Googling a restaurant is a good idea, and who the best superhero is according to science, then we urge you to read on.
#1 Where Did Dogs Come From?
If you own a dog there’s no doubt that you probably love your furry friend just as much (if not more) than your human friends. Dogs, and pets in general, enrich our lives and every now and then help us pick up the opposite sex. But where dogs come from?
According to The New York Times, there are 2 answers.
A new study obtained DNA sequences from 59 ancient dogs and a complete genome from a 4,800-year-old-dog fossil found in Ireland and found a deep split between two groups – modern East Asian dogs and those from Middle East and Europe.
By calculating mutation rates based on the known age of the Irish dog and by considering archaeological evidence of migrations, scientists concluded that dogs most likely originated both in Europe and in Asia. The Asian dogs then migrated with humans to Western Europe and the Middle east.
#2 The Wealthiest Generation In Australia
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the wealthiest Australian generation of them all? According to new research by Australian social research company McCrindle, the generation aged 65+ managed much higher income increases than the younger working age Gen Ys.
Through analysis of ABS Household Income and Wealth data released in late 2015 and 2013, McCrindle worked out how both income and wealth is distributed across the generations of households in Australia, and how it has been changing.
- Gen Y (aged 25-34) have an average annual household net wealth of $268,800 and while they account for 15% of the Australian population, they only earn 7% of national wealth.
- Gen X (aged 35-44) have an average annual household net wealth of $573,300, account of 14% of the population and earn 14% of national wealth.
- Younger Boomers (aged 45-54) have an average annual household net wealth of $944,900, only account for 13% of the Australian population but earn 23% of national wealth.
- Older Boomers (aged 55-64) have an avg. household net wealth of $1,239,700, account for 12% of the population but earn a whopping 30% of the national wealth.
- Those aged 65+ have an avg. household net wealth of 1,040,550, account for 15% of the population (the same as Gen Y) but earn 26% of national wealth.
#3 The Best Superhero, According To Science
Which superhero is the best? It’s a question that has plagued comic book lovers since the beginning of time. Well, there’s finally an answer.
According to TIME, a 7-year study at the University of Leicester used scientific principles to examine the “feasibility of the powers behind renowned comic book superheroes”, with students ranking everyone from Superman to The Flash on their probability of being able to win a fight.
Apparently, the research concluded that Superman is the “best-equipped” superhero of the pack because of his “Super Flare” attack and his high density muscle tissue, while Wolverine, Thor and Mystique are classed in the upper-tier of crusaders because of their “accelerated regenerative abilities, high energy output and being capable of gene manipulation.”
The most destructive superhero title went to the Black Bolt for his high energy output “capable of resulting in planetary annihilation.”
Even though it sounds the students who took part in the study had perhaps too much time on their hands, the supplemental papers show that they can back it all up with physics.
#4 Aussie Restaurant-Goers Lead The Pack
Gone are the days of popping down to the servo for a meat pie. It appears that Australians are far more advanced when it comes to dining and technology, according to OpenTable‘s 2016 Dining and Technology study.
- Australian diners are the most accepting of Googling ahead of a restaurant reservation (69%), compared to US diners (64%) and UK diners (61%)
- Diners across the globe are happy for restaurants to be privy to special dates such as birthdays or anniversaries (AU 48%; US 43%; UK 37%)
- More than half of diners (59%) say they refer to diner-generated reviews and photos from their smartphones while at the restaurant table to decide what to order.
- 68% of Australian diners admit to using their smartphone to take photos purely to remember the occasion while at a restaurant.
- When it comes to dining, 51% of Australians eat at a casual restaurant at least once a week, 44% of diners eat at full-service restaurants at least once a week and 34% of Australians admit to eating takeaway at least once a week.
#5 Why Men Don’t Go To The Doctor
It’s a given that going to the doctor for a check-up isn’t exactly high on a man’s list of things he desperately needs to do. In fact, studies have found that men tend to die earlier than women, are more likely to die from 8 out of 10 top causes of death in the U.S. than women, and are also more likely to smoke and drink excessively.
According to the Huffington Post, an earlier death for men is caused by a number of factors, including the fact that men take more risks, are less socially connected and have more dangerous jobs than women. One other major factor is at play: men are half as likely as women to go the doctor over a 2-year period. But why?
According to an online survey commissioned by the Orlando Health hospital system, here are the reasons men gave for not setting up an annual appointment with a primary care physician:
- Too busy to go (22%)
- Afraid of finding out what might be wrong (21%)
- Getting uncomfortable body exams (18%)
- Personal questions my doctor may ask me (8%)
- Getting on the scale to see how much I weigh (7%)
- Not wanting to be naked under gown (7%)
- It is cold in the exam room (4%)
- Something else (9%)
So there you go, best not to bury your head in the sand if it means a longer life.