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We all like to think we know stuff, don’t we? There is nothing more satisfying than being able to drop a few facts into a conversation and sit there with a smug grin while everyone looks at you in awe of your apparent wisdom. Well what if we told you that some of those facts were wrong? We have put together a list of some of the so-called facts we all thought we knew, but have recently been proven wrong. Quick, get your pen and paper out, you might want to take notes! Chameleons Change Colour For Camouflage Em…they don’t. They do change colour, that much is true, but it is not to blend in with their surroundings. Their reasons for colour-changing are actually more to do with communication with other chameleons and also to help maintain body temperature. Dinosaurs Were Scaly It was once thought that these great beasts of the past were giant scaly monsters. It was thought that their skin resembled that of the lizards we are familiar with today. However, recent discoveries suggest that over 30 species of non-avian dinosaurs actually had feathers. This has been proven either from direct fossilized evidence of feathers, or other indicators, such as quill knobs. Humans Only Use 10% Of Their Brains The origin of this myth is unclear, however it has been attributed to Einstein in the past. Despite scientists being repeatedly outspoken about this, it seems to linger on. While we do not use all of our brain all at once all of the time, we certainly do use all of our brain. The Great Wall Of China Can Be Seen From Space It is a rumour that has been circulating for decades, however, NASA has confirmed that, while there are many man made objects that are observable from space, The Great Wall isn’t one of them. Camels Store Water In Their Humps Again, unsure where this one started, but they do not store water in their humps. What they do store however, is fat. They use this fat as nourishment if there is no food about. Goldfish Have 3 Second Memory Spans This is one everyone has heard. However, in 2009 a team of scientists set out to disprove this theory, and disprove it they did. Through various experiments they proved that goldfish can remember things well past 3 seconds, and can even remember things for a few months. Blood Is Blue Inside Your Body This is a well known myth, although some of you may be surprised. It is said that because the veins are blue and they carry deoxygenated blood, that the blood itself is blue. This is untrue however, as blood is red regardless of how oxygen rich it is. Sugar Makes Children Hyper Many studies have proven this to be a myth. Tests conducted as far back as 1994 show that there is no proof that sugar will make your child hyperactive. Various other ingredients found in candy can have an effect on your children’s behaviour, though, and sugar is certainly not good for children. Cracking Your Knuckles Will Give You Arthritis This is completely untrue. The popping sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is in fact a displacement of air in the joint or supporting ligaments. So now you know, things you thought to be true are not, dinosaurs had feathers and you can crack your knuckles to your heart’s content! It just goes to show that science is continually changing and we are learning, disproving and proving things all the time.   #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Everyone likes to think that the bar they go to is ‘their’ bar. You like to feel like that bar staff are your friends and that they know you so well they have your drinks order down, and know where you like to sit. They might even know you by name. However, in order to get into this inner sanctum of bar staff acceptance, we must first have been good customers. Below is a list of some of the things you should avoid doing if you want to become one of those sacred, fabeled, ‘regulars’ in your favourite bar. Don’t Wave Your Money Around. This does not get you noticed sooner. The bartender will have his or her own system for noticing who comes next at the bar and the order in which to serve them. You waving your €20 in their face will only serve to get on their nerves, and the nerves of the other customers beside you at the bar. Never Click Your Fingers Apart from being just downright rude this is another tactic that won’t get you served any faster. The bartender is not a dog, and treating them as such will only leave you high and dry and waiting even longer to be served. Don’t Make Personal Comments Unless the bartender is your sister or brother or something like that, keep the personal comments to yourself. No bar staff member wants to hear, “you should smile more”, especially at the end of a 10 hour shift on their feet. It is also unacceptable to comment on their clothing or hair choices etc. Don’t Be Indecisive At The Bar When you do finally get served please try not to take another 30 minutes deciding what you want to order. There is literally no excuse for waiting in line to be served and not having already made up your mind about what you want before you get to the top of the queue. This is infuriating to bar staff so, definitely don’t do this. Don’t Stand In An Area That Is Marked As A Place You Won’t Get Served And if you do, you better not be expecting to actually get served there. You see it all the time, the end corner of a bar has a little sign on it that clearly states “please do not stand here” or “you will not get served if you stand here”. Yet time and again you see people standing there, waving their tenners and clicking their fingers trying to get the attention of the bar staff. This is a dick move, don’t do it.   Don’t Order One Minute Before Closing Everyone heard the last orders bell 15 or 20 minutes ago. So did you. You just decided to squeeze that last bit of faith in humanity out of the bar tender for the night didn’t you? You don’t need it, you will have to down it, and your hangover won’t thank you for it in the morning, so why don’t you just leave it. The bar staff can’t clean up or actually, you know, go home until you do, so, be nice. Don’t Ask For The Same Again Or The Usual At least not unless you have already achieved the elusive ‘regular’ status. This is something that can’t be rushed. Just because you have been in a bar twice before doesn’t mean the bar staff will remember you. As much as you would like to think that you were the most interesting thing about their Saturday night last week, so does every other punter. This has to be earned, you don’t have a usual until the barman asks you the golden question: “Will ye have your usual?”. Don’t Spill Drinks On The Bar An obvious one really, and sometimes it can’t be helped, but just please try to be careful. They are busy enough without having to clean up messes outside or on the bar. Please, it makes the whole bar sticky and gross for hours afterwards, and nobody wants that. Complaining About The Prices Chances are the Bar Staff think drinks are too expensive too. They have literally nothing to do with pricing so it is entirely pointless to complain to them about how expensive your pint is. They can’t change it even if they wanted to. Questioning Measures Don’t do this. They are trained in how to pour the perfect drink. They even have little silver measuring cups to make sure they don’t give you the wrong amount. Just because you have had 12 Vodka Red Bulls before this one, and can no longer taste the alcohol in your drinks, does not mean the bar staff have put less into your drink. Although at this point, if you can’t taste it anymore, maybe you’ve had enough.   So there you have it, some top tips to avoid being ‘That Guy’ at the bar. Always be nice to bar staff, remember, you’ve just walked in for a good night out but they are at work, on their feet, and extremely busy. Give them a break and cut them some slack, you never know, next time you go in they might even have your usual ready for you by the time you get to the bar.   #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Our favorite pals from TV shows often have a complex personality, that enables them to create enough action for the network to make billions on a 12 seasons show. However, if you take a closer look at them – and at humans in general – they all have some stereotypical features that can remind of us various things : our grandma, a boiling kettle, the sound of rain against a window…or zodiac signs. With all the commonly admitted zodiac sign characteristics, let’s try a little matching game. Aquarius Leslie Knope – Parks and Recreations Unlike Leos, you could actually rule de world. Great ideas and certain social skills can bring you far…if you don’t fall into some narcissistic pit. We know you know, Knope. Pisces Lito – Sense8 Ok, seriously, stop crying. For Pisces, it’s the end of the world 50 times a day. Unnecessarily exhausting. In Lito’s case there is a mad guy trying to capture and murder him and his cluster…but all the others, get a grip. Aries Max – Two Broke Girls Listening to your brilliant advice is not part of their agenda, as Aries will always do what THEY consider to be the best option. If you decide to hang out with them, make sure you can deal with their blunt honesty. Face it Caroline, you ARE in love with your father. Taurus Gabriela Solis – Desperate Housewives What do they want? Hot bodies, shiny cars, big houses and fame. That’s right Gabriela, you and your specie are materialistic demons, only driven by your own interest and profit. That’s alright, because you are all so good-looking. Gemini Marshall – How I met your Mother Ok, it’s not because you are always in a good mood and ready to have a laugh that you’re not a deep and complex person. The reason you’re not a deep and complex person is because you’re a Gemini. Stick to humour and don’t try to fake Virgos and Pisces’ tortured attitude – no one likes them anyway. Cancer Cersei, Game of Thrones Family and sex first, the rest doesn’t really matter. Once a Cancer is sure their family are safe, they become these seduction machines that no one can resist. That’s until people put them in jail and throw vegetables at them. Leo Trish – Jessica Jones Aren’t you tired of spending hours in front of the mirror? We get it Leo, you’re beautiful and you need to be told so. Dominant, impatient but seriously lacking of common sense, Leos would rule the world is they had any idea on how to. Virgo Sheldon Cooper – The Big Bang Theory It’s less the genius aspect than the « sharing my feelings makes me sick » aspect we’re interested in here. Virgos tend to be talented, smart people, with an unbearable lack of social abilities. It’s ok Virgos, the world will not end if you decide to act like you have a heart. Libra Ted – How I met your Mother One can’t deny it : Libras are an awesome sign. Arty, but not enough to turn emo, just patient enough to act slightly submissive. Yes, Libras, all the other signs want and will hang out with you, take advantage of your awesome personality and then start dating zodiac’s narcissistic assholes. Scorpio King Joffrey – Game of Thrones Did someone say manipulative and sex-obsessed? There is no proof that our late King Geoffrey was actually born in November, but he sure has all the cons of an extreme Scorpio. It’s not like all the Scorpios are psychopaths, capricious and murderous…but yes, it is. However, awesome creativity in bed! Sagittarius Eleanor Shellstrop – The Good place Can’t focus on one project, keep promising you’ll become a better person with absolutely no result? Welcome to your own personal bad place, Sagittarius. You might be intriguing and fun to be around, but stop mistaking your recklessness for an adventurous spirit. Capricorn Quinn – Unreal Can you relax for a bit? Repeat: work isn’t everything. You might always be this way-too-work-focused person, and that’s fine. One might love you for this, except it will probably some kind of sadistic boss, instead of actual friends. If you have been offended by any of this, let us know what your sign is so we can add «touchy » right next to it. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
The best word of advice would be: don’t. Watching a TV show, let alone one with already 67 episodes released (that’s 63 hours to watch), is a complete waste of your precious time on Earth. Think about everything else you could do. Obviously, this is even worse if you have watched it before. Are you going to make the same mistake twice?! (Note that this doesn’t apply to FRIENDS. Re-watching FRIENDS for the 42nd time is always a good idea, but we’ll get back to that.) If you’re going for it, regardless of how useless, here’s what you should probably do.   Make it useful. If you’re going to watch all these episodes for the first, second or third time, don’t you dare ask “ Wait, who’s that again?” when the next season comes out. Be efficient. Grab a pen and a piece of paper. Write down all the important characters on it, their house, and what happens to them in each season. Then lose it and do the same thing on your phone. If this is your first time, it might spare you the re-watching. If this is your third time, seek medical help: your memory is broken.   Spread the word. If you want to make the experience even a tiny bit enjoyable, you’ll have to try to watch the show with a fresh eye. What’s a better way to do so than using this time-consuming hobby to ask a friend who’s been lucky enough to avoid all the GoT mania to join you? Plus if you’ve already been forced to watch it once, you’ll feel superior, omniscient, and if you can’t answer their question, just say “I don’t want to spoil it for you”. Make it a drinking game. If you’ve watched the show before and so did your friends, it doesn’t really matter if you miss a couple of scenes because you’re too drunk. If you haven’t, it doesn’t matter either. Use your binge-watching sessions as warm-ups for your nights out. This being said, the side effects might be that you’ll be craving alcohol everything you hear about the show. It’s ok, better be addicted to drinking than to a show that KILLS everyone you love. Also, if you have a urinary infection, make a cranberry juice drinking game. That’s a fast way to get better in no time. Don’t get attached. Even if you’ve been lucky enough to avoid all the spoilers, you just know that people die in that show. If anyone seems suspiciously nice, beautiful, or makes it enjoyable to watch the series, don’t be naïve: they will be dead before the end of the season. Really, even them?! Oh yes, really. Valar morghulis.* Now enjoy all the blood, the incest, and pray with us that one day this nonsense comes to an end. *« All men must die. » in high valyrian. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
  It’s happened to the best of us, we sit in front of the TV on a Sunday afternoon with the honest intention of only watching one or two episodes of that cool new Netflix show. After that, we earnestly promise ourselves, we will get lots of other, much more productive things done. Flash forward to 16 hours later, you’re still on your couch, wiping tears from your eyes, as the credits scroll on the final episode of that same new series. You look around you, aghast at the empty crisp packets, sweet wrappers, and empty mugs that sit in idle judgement. You’ve lost an entire day to Netflix. But what exactly is happening to our neurotransmitters when we binge watch something?     The First Stages Of Binging As soon as you switch on your TV, what ever room you are in will be filled with light and sound. When you sit down to watch any show, no two moments will be exactly the same. Scenes change rapidly from one second to the next. Your brain recognises this as continually altering audiovisual stimuli. A function within the brain known as ‘the orienting response’, means that our brains are programmed to automatically take notice of any new stimulus within our immediate environment. So, essentially, when we watch TV, our brains are in a constant state of arousal. This enables us to watch TV for long periods, without the brain ever tiring or getting bored By The End Of Episode One Many studies have shown that by the time you reach the end of the first episode of a show, all brain activity has shifted from the left hemisphere of the brain to the right. In other words, you have switched from logic to emotion. This switch is coincided with the release of endorphins. This raises the serotonin levels in your brain and boosts your mood and overall sense of well-being. An increased level of serotonin is the hallmark of all addictive, habit-forming behaviour. Endorphins are also known to induce a relaxation state. The heart rate slows, breathing regulates and brain activity slows right down. This is sometimes referred to by scientists as your ‘reptilian brain’, where you are reduced to the most basic of cognitive function and awareness. This is known as ‘automatic attention’: everything is washing over you in an endorphin fueled haze. The literal meaning of ‘Netflix and chill’ After A Few Hours After a number of hours fixed in front of a TV screen, we eventually move from the automatic attention phase to whats known as the ‘controlled attention’ phase. During this phase your brain becomes slightly more active. It occurs most frequently when we have been watching the same show for a number of hours. It involves the connections our brain makes with characters and situations we see on screen. Very engrossing scenes or characters we feel very strongly about will trigger this phase. Cognitive response happens in perpetuity, and these two neural states are fluctuating constants. While this fluctuation is happening, the ever changing content of what we are watching is lighting up the brain’s synapses and triggering emotional responses. This is why, for example, we feel genuine sadness if our favourite character is going through an onscreen trauma. The Aftermath When you finally get around to turning off the the TV, or laptop, or what ever device you use to watch, you might find that you are tired and irritable. This is because, like any addictive substance, once you stop taking it, your endorphin levels drop. You then experience an emotional and physical crash. You can feel exhausted, experience low levels of energy and motivation, and even feel slightly depressed. The residual feelings you had at the end of what ever the last thing you watched was can linger. This could mean lingering warm and fuzzy feelings after watching something like Queer Eye. But, it could also mean lingering feelings of violence and aggression, if the last thing you watched was something like El Chapo! Always Binge Responsibly The best way to avoid any of the negative effects of binge watching is to stick to a TV time limit. This is easier said than done, especially when each episode ends on a cliff hanger, but setting timers or alarms is a good way to ween yourself off your Netflix addiction. Also make sure that you are allocating enough time to all of your other interests too. If you don’t already have other hobbies, take up a new one. Spread your spare time evenly between all of your activities. That way you can maintain a healthy equilibrium between active and non active past times. So remember, folks, it’s fun to watch, but try to do it in moderation! #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }