Despite being early on in your working week, we have some good news for you magnificent bastards. Not only is today the June Solstice, or in other words, the shortest day of the year, it’s time for another weekly dose of Pointless and Awesome.
Whether you’ve been putting off a much-needed trip to IKEA or would rather spend your hard-earned cash on some slick sneakers, just remembered the chicken you forgot to defrost this morning or you’re just struggling with too much to do in too little time, we’ve got the short-day procrastination you need.
#1 Things You Never Knew About IKEA
IKEA. The brand that has mastered Swedish meatballs and affordable furniture solutions with strange sounding names has become a go-to for anyone looking to quickly revamp their interiors without taking out a second mortgage. Seems rather simple, but we bet you didn’t know these things about IKEA, via Refinery29.
- The brand’s mattresses are pitted against a 140 kg weight to test their resilience; each one is rolled over between 30,000 and 50,000 times.
- IKEA recently developed an environmentally friendly engineered wood that reduces waste and mimics the look and feel of solid wood.
- Each IKEA worker produces an average of 33,000 products per year.
- With the right equipment, users can now download the IKEA VR Experience and test-drive a new kitchen from the comfort of their…kitchen.
- IKEA is investing in 3-D printing and engaging open-source design and distributed manufacturing networks so you could eventually download your favourite product online then send it to a local manufacturer to have them build it for you.
#2 How Being Busy Affects Your Brain & Body
Being busy, for some people, can make them feel productive while others just feel drained, frantic and always playing catch-up. Whether you crave busyness or love being a bit of a couch potato, here is how it affects your brain and body via Fast Company.
A study recently published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience showed that the busiest people were also ones who scored highest on cognition tests, showing better processing speed, working memory, episodic long-term memory, reasoning, and crystallised knowledge. Clearly being busy is good news for us all as we age as improvements in cognitive performance can ward off neurological disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
While a busy lifestyle shows favourable results in brain health, the study didn’t look at the relationship between busyness and stress and its impact on cognition and the body. Chronic stress (also reported by respondents as chronic busyness) is said to cause heart disease, cancer, disturbed sleep and even death. Apparently, the result of not having enough downtime could possibly release hormonal chemical cortisol that temporarily shuts down our digestive and immune systems, keeping our bodies in constant “fight-or-flight” mode.
#3 The Most Expensive Sneakers Of All Time
As of January this year, the total sneaker market was worth an estimated $55 billion worldwide and the reselling market was sitting at about $1 billion. So if you thought sneakers were no big deal, think again. Here are the top 5 most valuable kicks of all time, via TechInsider.
- Air Jordan 4 Eminem x Carhartt – $30,000 USD
- Air Jordan 4 Eminem – $27,000 USD
- Air Jordan 4 Undefeated – $15,000 USD
- Nike Dunk High Pro SD Flom – $11,000 USD
- Air Jordan DB Dozen – $11,000 USD
#4 Food Storage Rules You Didn’t Know About
To fridge or not to fridge, that is the question. If you’ve fallen victim to food poisoning in recent times you’ll be familiar with the fine line when it comes to storing food. In fact, there are plenty of guidelines most of us don’t even know about that they just don’t teach us about at school. Here are some some shockers, via Reader’s Digest.
Ripe Bananas: Will stay at their perfect peak for another week if you store them in the refrigerator.
Potatoes: Moisture ruins potatoes. Store them in the pantry for up to 3 weeks.
Candles: Keep them cold and the wax will burn longer and more cleanly.
Bread: Nothing makes loaves go stale faster than a stint in the fridge. Freeze what you won’t eat within a few days.
Cake: Chilled air dries cake out. Unless the frosting is melting off, store it on your counter.
Tomatoes: Avoid the fridge at all costs. It will turn tomatoes mushy and bland.
#5 Celebrities Who Had Surprising Day Jobs
Whether you were flipping burgers at McDonalds or schlepping it on the paper route, our first jobs were never fun but us mere mortals aren’t alone. Long before they became stars and red carpet regulars, these celebrity men had some ordinary and pretty surprising gigs. Check them out below, via Life Buzz and Buzzfeed.
- Brad Pitt dropped out of his degree in journalism at the University of Missouri and during his pursuit of stardom delivered refrigerators, drove exotic dancers around in a limousine and wore a chicken suit for el Pollo Loco.
- Kanye West folded clothes at GAP during his high school days.
- Johnny Depp began as a telemarketer who sold pens.
- Gerard Butler took a job at a law firm after graduating from law school, but when his desire to act became too much, he became a casting assistant landing him his first role as the lead in Coriolanus.
- Hugh Jackman was a PE teacher at Uppingham School and worked as a party clown.
- Jon Hamm worked as a set-dresser for porn films.
- Jon Bon Jovi worked as a Christmas decoration maker.
- Matt Le Blanc and Harrison Ford were both carpenters.
- Jim Carey was a cleaner in a factory.
- Vince Vaughn was a lifeguard at the YMCA.