New month. Three new things. Let’s do it:
- Stress can be easily transmitted from person to person. In a test whereby a group of people were intentionally made to feel stressed, a group of spectators also began to produce stress hormones. The likelihood of this happening (and the strength of the response) was increased by a stronger emotional bond between the two subjects. Why is this interesting? Well, it’s proof that stress is contagious and probably a reminder to us all that we shouldn’t spread such feelings without concern for those we’re spreading them too. A problem shared may not be a problem halved but a problem doubled.
- Razor blades can be kept sharp using old jeans. Not too dissimilar to a strop, if you swipe a blade up the material about 15 times before swiping down 15 times it should help fix small imperfections on the blade. This, in turn, should make the razor feel sharper.
- Significantly less practical but arguably the most incredible thing in this list: In the US, it’s estimated that 63% of inmates are functionally illiterate. That’s absurd. In addition, it’s estimated that two thirds of the world’s illiterate are women. I don’t really want to have to use any words to put that into context. Education is crucial. It’s 2014…