News, discoveries and … fun
1. Bacteria in your gut – some crave sugar, others want fat – might be dictating what you eat. (Learn more at The Atlantic)
2. Having an office window can help you sleep at night, lower your blood pressure and keep you in a better mood. (Learn more at AARP)
3. $100 is worth $115.74 in Mississippi, but only $84.60 in Washington, D.C. (Learn more at Washington Post)
4. The complexity of a 4-year-old’s drawings can predict intelligence a decade later. (Learn more at King’s College London)
5. Yawning isn’t your body’s trick to send oxygen to the brain after all. (Learn more at the Wall Street Journal)
6. Too much salt in your diet is bad, but too little salt might be just as bad. (Learn more at AARP)
7. The bigger the wedding, the better the marriage. (Learn more at National Marriage Project)
10. A new kid’s bike can grow with its rider. (Learn more at Gizmodo)
11. The best city for soccer moms (and dads) is Tacoma, Wash., thanks to high enthusiasm for the game and low prices for gas and snacks. (Learn more at NerdWallet)
Bonus video: After a few days of reflection, David Letterman has this tribute to his friend, Robin Williams:
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Images: Cupcake: Flickr/Jillwillrun; Woman looking out window: iStock/Squaredpixels; Chart $100: Courtesy of Tax Foundation; Children’s drawings: Twins Early Development Study, King’s College London; Woman yawning: iStock/Skynesher; Women getting married: Flickr/D&K; The Onion: Screenshot; Bike: Courtesy of Doppelganger; Soccer chart: linked from NerdWallet
Music: Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra – “Blue Blazes” by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix project.
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