Facebook freeze … Access to Facebook will be banned for one month for all residents of Papua New Guinea, an island nation in the South Pacific. The reason? The government there wants to study Facebook’s role in spreading false information and how it impacts its people. The country could ultimately create its own social media network. (Axios)
Talk About It:
- One month without social media … could you do it? Seems like a pretty good challenge. How much more productive do you think you could be? How much more "real time" would you spend with people?
- What’s the longest you’ve gone without social media? A day? An hour? Five minutes?
Upside-down travel … Very few people get to travel to all 50 states in a lifetime ... but even fewer travel all over the country doing headstands in every single state. That's exactly what 71-year-old Anne Bruinooge has spent that last 10 years doing. The yoga fanatic completed her 50 headstands in Alaska last Thursday, and when she was asked what her motivation was she simply said, "The fun of doing headstands." Anne has been actively traveling with her husband for years and just thought it would be fun to do a headstand everywhere they visited. (Newser)
Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? Good for you ... you're burning calories. According to a new study published in The Journal of Physical Therapy Science, chewing gum while being physically active -- specifically walking -- increases the heart rate of both men and women and actually helps men burn more calories. The study couldn't conclude why people who walk and chew gum have a better workout than people who walk without chewing gum, but researchers guess that it has to do with something called cardiac-locomotor synchronization, a process in the body that matches cardiac rhythm and a person's movements. Basically, your walking starts synchronizing with your chewing -- and most people chew a lot faster than they walk. Time to start practicing that whole walking and chewing gum thing. (Huffington Post)
Berry happy … Here's a great reason to reach for some strawberries … they make you happy. Yep, a survey found that people associated strawberries with feelings of happiness more than any other type of produce. The reason? They remind you of summer and happy times. 95 percent of survey respondents said strawberries bring up thoughts of summertime and happy memories. (Shape)