Why Is This Big Fella Spinning with the Homeless?
Plus, how coffee shops increase creativity, proof that mean people suck, and the four-minute workout that could change your life
• The whir and hum of a busy coffeehouse can boost your creativity according to a study in "The Journal of Consumer Research." But only if you can tune out the annoying barista whining about his boyfriend while he's pulling your half-caf, double-whip, skinny mocha hoo-ha coffee. Can't hit a coffee shop? The website Coffitivity offers a free coffee shop soundtrack. (Source)
• Ugly truth of the day: unattractive people are more likely to be bullied or belittled at work, according to a study published in the journal "Human Performance." The study, spearheaded by an associate professor of management at Michigan State University, found that workers who were rated as unattractive (by people who did not know the study's participants) were treated much more harshly than attractive employees. Mean people suck! (Source)
• We'd like to hug the researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology for this bit of news: 12 minutes (minutes!) of exercise per week, broken into three four-minute high-intensity intervals can do all the good things our body's need to stay fit and trim, including elevate oxygen intake levels and lower blood pressure and glucose levels. The key factor is maintaining ass-busting intensity in these mini-workouts. We love where this workout quality-over-quantity research is headed. (Source)
• Proof that we're not smart enough to walk and talk at the same time: in 2010, more than 1,500 pedestrians were treated for injuries stemming from using a cell phone while walking -- double the number of injuries in 2005. And that's not counting the folks who were too embarrassed to admit they were texting when they twisted an ankle or walked into a moving car. (Source)