Happy Monday. It’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, this Monday is a cause for celebration as Dry July is FINALLY OVER and we have another juicy instalment of Pointless & Awesome for you.
Whether you’re curious about the origins of wacky tobacky, where you should relocate to in Sydney, who your next celebrity crush should be, why hot weather makes you ready for a fight or how to romance the hell out of your partner, we have the random facts for you. Enjoy.
#1 Humans Were Smoking Weed 10,000 Years Ago
You may think pot-smoking is a modern day phenomenon but it looks like our ancestors also knew how to party, according to Complex.
Scientists from the German Archaeological Institute recently published a report showing evidence that humans were using marijuana since Europe’s glaciers began their final retreat, a whopping 10,000 years ago.
The report also found that humans in Europe and Asia simultaneously yet independently discovered the drug, but didn’t use it as a hallucinogenic like many might assume. Tribes reportedly picked the seeds for nutritional supplements and used the hemp fibres for clothing.
Most surprisingly, however, is the fact that humans didn’t start drinking alcohol until about 3,000 years after they discovered the marijuana plant. It was literally the Stone(d) Age.
#2 Sydney’s Most Liveable Suburbs Revealed
With it’s blue waters and white sands, Sydney is a pretty damn desirable place to live, but out of the city’s 600-odd suburbs which one is the most liveable?
The Domain Liveable Sydney 2016 study has drawn together data to rate the quality of life in neighbourhoods across Greater Sydney to find the most liveable suburb of all. Here’s the top 10, via Domain.
- Lavender Bay
- Milsons Point
- McMahons Point
- North Sydney
- Millers Point
- Elizabeth Bay
- Darling Point
Other suburbs that made it into the top 50 included Balmain, Paddington, Potts Point, Darlinghurst, Double Bay, Chatswood, Bondi Junction, Surry Hills, Glebe and Manly.
The study took into account factors like access to employment areas, proximity to train, bus, light rail or ferry, whether there are cultural facilities nearby, like libraries, museums and art galleries, the level of traffic congestion, and closeness to schools, shopping, cafes and restaurants.
It must be mentioned, however, that what is considered ‘liveable’ to a 21-year-old single compared to that of a retiree will no doubt be vastly different, so the results of the survey are definitely up for debate.
#3 These Are The Most Beautiful Women In The World
The world is full of stunning women, but as well as your natural instinct’s ability to determine attractiveness, science has been able to tell us a lot about beauty as well.
Julian De Silva, M.D., of the Centre for Advanced Facial Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery recently took an ancient Greek philosophy called the Phi ratio, as well as computer facial mapping to determine which famous women have the ideal face ratio and symmetry. Here’s are the top ten most beautiful women in the world according to De Silva’s findings, via Esquire.
- Amber Heard 91.85%
- Kim Kardashian 91.39%
- Kate Moss 91.06%
- Emily Ratajkowski 90.8%
- Kendall Jenner 90.18%
- Helen Mirren 89.93%
- Scarlett Johansson 89.82%
- Selena Gomez 89.57%
- Marilyn Monroe 89.41%
- Jennifer Lawrence 89.24%
While standards of beauty vary by culture, the Phi ratio is an interesting approach to aesthetics. “The results were startling and showed several famous actresses and models have facial features that come close to the ancient Greek principles,” said De Silva.
#4 Interesting Effects Humans & Nature Have On Each Other
Our relationship with the natural world around us is far more complex than you would have ever thought. Here are some strange and interesting effects we have on our environment, via Listverse.
- Warmer Climates Contribute To Violence: Many research studies over several decades have consistently suggested that rates of violent crime are always higher near the equator in warmer climates.
- Light Pollution Causes An Early Spring In Urban Areas: Over time, bright lights in urban areas may have succeeded in slowly tricking surrounding trees and plants into thinking spring is arriving earlier than it once did.
- Exposure To Nature Improves Mental Health: In 2013, a University of Essex study found that depression scores dropped markedly in 71% of participants after taking short nature walks. In comparison, a group that took their walks in a shopping centre saw reduced depression scores by 45% but 22% actually felt more depressed.
- Impoverished People In Greener Areas Have Fewer Illnesses: University of Glasgow researchers found that with no other relevant underlying causes, higher levels of health and lower levels of mortality were found across the board in lower-income populations living near green areas.
- Mothers Who Live Near Nature Deliver Bigger Babies: A 2014 Ben-Gurion University study observed that mothers in greener living spaces tended to give birth to babies with a much higher average birth weight. The study also found a much lower risk for low birth weight, which can lead to an array of potentially lifelong health issue.
#5 The Romance Women Really Want
What do women really want? That is the question. To celebrate Romance Awareness Month, eHarmony conducted a study on what Aussies want and need when it comes to romance, unveiling some surprising results.
Apparently, the number one act of romance for Australians are words of affirmation – specifically ‘I love you’ (49%) followed by simple acts of kindness like taking out the garbage without being asked (33%) and physical intimacy like a cuddle or kiss (24%).
Surprisingly, men are actually the ones more likely to want a higher frequency of romantic gestures, choosing daily (44%) over weekly (35%), while women are happier with weekly (40%) over daily (37%) romance.