It’s Monday, which means a couple of things. Firstly, you’re probably itching for a good distraction from the mountain of work you need to get through, and secondly, you may be in need of some lighthearted brain power the rest of the week.
Well, you’re in luck. Whether you’re looking to impress an attractive interior designer, want to understand why all your co-workers are searching for Pokémons around the office, or you’re just as a hungry as a cannibal for some carb-loading, then we have the pointless and awesome facts for you.
#1 Design Words You’re Probably Pronouncing Wrong
From fashion to food, it seems like there’s a new trending term to wrap your head almost every day, and it doesn’t stop at the runways and shopping aisles, either. Even your humble home can prove to be a pit of tongue-twisters. Here’s a guide to some home design words you’re most probably pronouncing incorrectly, via Domain.
- Armoire: A tall wardrobe or movable cabinet typically used for storing linens or clothes.Should be pronounced: ARM-WAAH not ARM-OAR-EE.
- Foyer: The entrance hall, an extremely common word that is often mispronounced.
Should be pronounced: FOY-YAY not FOY-EUR.
- Chaise Longue: An upholstered sofa in the shape of a chair that is long enough to support the legs.
Should be pronounced: SHEZ-LAWNG not SHAZ-LONG-UEE.
- Settee: An upholstered seat for more than one person, the couch version of an bergere.
Should be pronounced: SET-TEA not SET.
- Feng Shui: The Chinese philosophical system that examines how the placement of objects within a room affect the energy flow in that living environment.
Should be pronounced: FUNG-SHWAY not FENG-SHO-EE.
#2 Watching ‘Neighbours’ Can Make You Less Attractive
Yep. It’s harsh, but it’s proven to be true. A new study from EliteSingles has revealed some dismal news for Neighbours fans: 54% of Aussie singles think that liking all things Ramsay Street makes you less attractive.
The study looked at data from 580 Aussie singles aged 18-59 and wanted to establish whether someone’s choice in TV can have an impact on their love life. The answer was yes: 67% of Australians think that having the right taste in TV makes you a more interesting person to date. Here’s what else the study uncovered:
- 54% would be turned off by someone liking Neighbours
- 30% would be attracted to someone who likes The Big Bang Theory
- Over half of singles want to binge watch TV on a date
- Men are more interested in watching romance than women
- Aussie men’s favourite TV temptresses are Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker, Jessica Jones), followed by Sofia Vergara (Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Modern Family) and Zooey Deschanel (Jess Day, New Girl).
- For Australian women, the most-wanted TV celebrities are Craig McLachlan (Dr. Lucien Blake, The Doctor Blake Mysteries), followed by Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarret, Hawaii Five-O) and Kit Harrington (Jon Snow, Game of Thrones.
#3 Pokémon Go: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
In case you’ve been living under a rock, or you’re still wrapping your head around Snapchat, nostalgia has been triggered this past week by the long-anticipated arrival in the US, Australia and Japan of Pokémon GO, a mobile game on iOS and Android that allows you, the average Joe, to capture Pikachu in real life. It’s a bit of escapist fun, but it hasn’t come without some funny, weird and tragic consequences. Here’s all the mayhem and joy that has ensued since the launch of Pokémon Go around the world, via NME, Gizmodo & GoodThingsGuy.
- It got someone a date: It’s a classic love story that blossomed with the question, “hey, are you playing Pokémon Go?” and the rest is history – or at least a date according to one Redditor.
- It’s helping people exercise: One 320lb man on Reddit reported he spent an hour riding his bike around the neighbourhood looking for Pokémon.
- A dad-to-be played it while his wife was in labour: A screenshot of a woman in labour emerged online with the caption “when your wife is about to have a baby and a Pokémon shows up and you have to low-key catch it”.
- People are trespassing: The Facebook page of the Northern Territory Police last night took the step of warning users that they didn’t have to enter the station to collect all the pokeballs.
- People are walking into traffic, trees and revolving doors: Ankle injuries, mishaps with revolving doors and walking into trees have been reported as a result of the gaming craze and most recently “one of the worst traffic accidents” was reported after a man stepped in front of the vehicle of another man who was also playing while driving.
- Someone found a dead body: Apparently, last Friday Pokémon Go led a 19-year-old Wyoming girl searching for water Pokémon to a dead body floating in the river.
#4 Scientists Have Proven That Neanderthals Were Cannibals
Did our ancestors resort to cannibalism? It’s an age old question that has plagued paleoanthropologists, until now.
According to Gizmodo, a recent study published in Scientific Reports found cannibalised remains of human, horse and reindeer in the Goyet region of Belgium that show cut marks where muscle and bones were crushed to extract marrow.
Apparently, Neanderthals didn’t just eat either other either. According to the study, they also used bones as tools to sharpen stones, and may “have been aware that they were using human remains.” Why? Desperation.
The bones are 40,500 to 45,500 years old according to radiocarbon dating back to around same time the Neanderthals died in Europe. Many remains show evidence of malnutrition and so, given these factors, it’s likely that Neanderthal cannibalism was a result of food shortages.
#5 Pasta Is Apparently Part Of Healthy Diet
Ah, the Italians. Not only are they always impeccably dressed and considered some of the world’s best lovers, they manage to live surrounded by such decadent food without ever becoming overweight. But how?
Well, new research published in Nutrition & Diabetes, debunks the presumption that pasta makes you fat. In fact, it can actually help you stay lean.
The study looked at 14,402 men and women between the ages of 35 and 29 from Molise, a small region in the centre of Italy, plus another 8,964 men and women between 18 and 96 from all over the country. In both groups, pasta consumption was linked in both women and men of different ages with a lower BMI, smaller waist circumference, and lower waist-to-hip ratio.
Better start hitting up that Mediterranean diet.