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Pouring sugar into a car's gas tank is thought to be a petty yet effective means of sabotage. As parodied on The Simpsons, it's the preferred revenge method of estranged (and deranged) spouses and partners.
The idea is that the sugar causes the car's engine to permanently seize up, resulting in a costly trip to the mechanic. The guys at Project Farm recently put this mischievous theory to the test. Here is the video.
From vitamin C and echinacea to warm clothes and antibacterial soap, there’s no shortage of ideas about how to prevent and manage colds and flu. Unfortunately, many of these are not based on solid scientific evidence. In fact, medical researchers are only starting to unravel the range of factors that affect our susceptibility to getting an infection. Now we have discovered that our body clock plays an important role – making us more prone to get infected at certain times of the day.
Australian guidelines recommend limiting salt intake to six grams a day or less. The World Health Organisation advises limiting salt even further: to 5g (for adults) and 2g (for children) per day or less. But how much can you get away with before it starts to become seriously unhealthy? Let's take a look at the science.
Finding the silver lining in rough situations can help you keep your head up. But according to a 2016 study, it can also be detrimental to your overall well-being. It all depends on the situation.
As linguist and podcast host Daniel Midgley explains at Quartz, making clever protest signs is difficult because you have limited space and your message has to be absorbed quickly (since you'll be moving around). Whatever you'll be protesting, Midgley offers up seven approaches that can help your sign really be seen.
Several studies suggest that messing with your natural circadian sleep rhythm can have adverse affects on your health. A 2015 study, however, suggests that greatly altering your sleeping schedule on the weekend can have a similar effect.
One thing I almost never fail to lose is my Chapstick. For other people, it's their keys, sunglasses or wallet that always go missing. And while it sucks to misplace stuff and feel like you're going crazy, it's also just something that inevitably happens. Here's how you can methodically find things again.
Crying is a great way to let out all your pent up emotions and, according to a new study, boost your mood considerably. All you need is a sad song that gets the tears flowing.