If you truly use 10 percent of your brain, you’re in really bad shape
If you don’t buy generics, you may be using only 10 percent of your brain
A CNN article describes why smart people buy generics. Whether you’re buying drugs or food, choosing store brands often saves you money without sacrificing quality. The article cites research showing that Americans waste $44 billion annually on buying name brand products. The average household buys name-brand painkillers like Bayer, Tylenol and Advil 26 percent of the time, while pharmacists do it only 9 percent of the time. Similarly, average people buy famous brands of food 40 percent of the time, while professional chefs do so only 20 percent of the time.
Maybe you’re just eating too much sugar
Forbes featured an article about a study which found that adolescent rats who drank sugar-sweetened beverages performed worse on memory tests than those who drank something else. While the study has yet to be published in peer reviewed scientific journal, other studies have previously hinted that consuming sugar and high fructose corn syrup negatively affects the brain.
Books such as Grain Brain by David Perlmutter also decry the harmful effects of sugar and refined carbohydrates on brain function.
Some people didn’t get the memo that Wikipedia isn’t a reliable source
A stoned college student made up material about famous children’s book character Amelia Bedelia and posted it to Wikipedia over 5 years ago. Imagine her surprise when she discovered the misinformation was not only still on Wikipedia but also that researchers, writers and teachers around the world had cited it as fact. Shared via @DailyDot.
News flash: Family friendly policies make women more likely to return to work after childbirth
The New York Times reports that when Google noticed new moms left the company in droves, they expanded maternity leave to five months paid. Attrition decreased by 50 percent. The cost of the paid maternity leave at a company like Google was less than the tab for recruiting and training a new employee. The U.S. is the only developed country that doesn’t offer paid maternity leave as a matter of federal law, and only 58 percent of employers offer it. Shared via @koalani.