Sometimes, it feels like all the internet is a swirling vortex of cats, goats, and boobs that pulls us in just when we’re at our busiest. But every once in a while, we are reminded of the fact that the internet is also a storehouse full of weird and wonderful things, like Albert Einstein’s notebooks.
After Albert Einstein died in 1955, a small, brown notebook was found amongst his papers. It contained all of his private calculations from 1907-1915. Aka: The period of time during which he was working on this theory of relativity, aka: One of the most important contributions to modern science.
It is referred to as the Zurich notebook, and it is fully uploaded to the internet for all those who want a little peak into the brain of a genius. Check it out in the source!
In the 1970’s, British researcher tested the IQ’s of 8000 children, aged 5 to 10 years. Then, they collected information about the individuals’ level of drug use and psychological stress at age 16 and then again at age 30.
As it turns out, males who had a relatively high IQ score at age 5, were 50% more likely to have taken “hard” drugs like ecstasy and amphetamines 25 years later when compared with men who had relatively low IQ scores. Females with high IQ scores were twice as likely to have used cocain and cannabis later in life than their less intellectually gifted counterparts.
These stats persisted even when parental social class, life time household income, and anxiety and depression during adolescence was taken into account. There is no clear, accepted explanation for the correlation between high intelligence and drug use.
While it is possible that there is no direct correlation in the first place but some researchers hypothesize that it may be because individuals with high intelligence are more easily bored and more open to stimulation-no matter how deadly.
Often shows receive critisism for being too racist. In 1970 Mississippi, it received critisism for being too racial. The show had been cast with a conscious effort to have a diverse group of actors and according to some legislators, “Mississpipi was not yet ready” for an integrated cast. However, pressure from national news coverage compelled the state to reverse it's decision.
The show was also at one point slammed for having strong, single female characters. That critisism was ignored, thankfully. However, when the National Organization for Women complained the show was too male-oriented, the character Susan was changed from housewife to nurse.
If you’re anything like me, one of the reasons the concept of marriage seems like a terrifying beast is because it entails sharing your bedroom with someone else. And for those of us who need their space with a capital N, but fear abandonment with a capital F, this is an anxiety-inducing prospect.
But fear not, because an article from Canadian Health suggests that having two different bedrooms can actually bring you two together.In Canada, 1,700 married couples (that is, one third of the country) have separate bedrooms. Surveys have shown that these couples are more satisfied with their sleep than couples who share a bed.
This is understandable- having your own bed means not listening to another person snoring, not being kicked in the face every 5 seconds, twisted and turning and your leisure, etc. If the sentiment behind the dual-bedrooms isn’t resentful, it can actually lead to better rested individuals and thus happier couples.
In 2007, a soldier in the British army was declared dead. In 2012, he participated in the Paralympics.
So obviously, quite a bit happened in those 5 years in between. But let’s actually back up a little from 2007. Derek Derenalagi joined the British Army in 1999. He fought for about 8 years until, in 2007, his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
He was almost immediately pronounced dead, but while preparing his body bag, medical staff found that he still had a pulse.
He remained in a coma for 9 days before waking up in Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham. As a result of his injury, both his legs had to be amputated. After the incident, he decided to take part in the Ministry of Defense’s “Battle Back” program.
This program is dedicated to physically and emotionally rehabilitating wounded soldiers through atheletics. He eventually mastered the art of discus throwing and went on the compete in the 2012 Paralympics.