How often have you avoided a drink not because of its ingredients, but because of its name, or because of its look? Many men don't order fruity drinks because they have an umbrella in them, say some experts, which is just plain silly.
Long before Dug in Pixar's Up could tell us that he hid under our porch because he loves us, humans have wondered what their dogs are thinking. It would be incredible to speak with our canine companions, and that's exactly what a speech pathologist is doing with her blue heeler mix. Since my dogs are also blue heeler mixes this is incredibly cool for me to read!
Have you heard that rats are now driving cars? Rats in a research lab were taught to drive custom made cars in order to pick up their own food, something that, many have pointed out, many humans seem to struggle with today. It's leading scientists to believe that rats are much smarter than previously thought, which pretty much makes anyone who's been around rats say... duh.
If you thought that hugs were only good for expressing affection and connection, think again: they're a necessary part of brain development. Researchers have discovered that children who are hugged more have more brain development and are more intelligent on average than those that aren't, so if you're a hugger, your kids are benefiting from it.
By now you already know that it's not great to read your phone or other device at bedtime. It's much healthier to shut down your devices at least half an hour or longer before you go to bed to get your brain ready for sleep and promote a good night's rest. But if you do choose to read before bed without a screen, such as a book of poetry, did you know that you'll likely have a better night's sleep?
When a brewery puts the face of a pooch on their can above their own logo, you know they care about animals. That's exactly what Fargo Brewing is doing in order to promote dog adoption. The brewery is putting faces of actual dogs that need adopting on the cans of their product in hopes of getting dogs furever homes.
I always laugh when I mention how good savory crepes are and people make a face. Sure, crepes are wonderful when they're sweet, and many people prefer them sweet over savory, but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy both! Savory crepes are a delicious meal to enjoy, too.
A bill that makes animal cruelty a felony on a federal level was just passed in the House in a unanimous decision, demonstrating how all parties can work together when they really want to do something. Great, they can all agree that hurting animals is horrible; now why don't they all agree that global warming is, too?
Not every pet owner buys gifts for their creatures in crime, which is fine; pets don't know it's their birthday or the holidas (as far as we know!). But for those of us who love to spoil our critters with something special here and there, it can be really fun to pick out something we know they'll absolutely love. It's fun to watch them enjoy what we pick out for them, too.
Adults like to blame violent video games for the decline of society, but we all know it's much more complex than that. There are a number of factors, from poverty to war, blaming the poor instead of the rich--playing the blame game at all instead of focusing on solutions--and the apathy that seems to grow. It's true that our tech definitely messes with our brains and can cause some damage, especially when the youngest members of our society are exposed to it on a regular basis, but to say that's the end all of it is just naive.
Holiday parties often call for keeping spirits bright--literally--and Total Wine and More in Seattle has everything you need to stay well stocked for company. Not only do they have most major wine, spirits and beer, but they also sell cigars and accessories that you might need for your party.
Is it just me, or are there always big book releases in November? Every year I seem to have several books that come out in November on my radar, which is always a highlight of the month. This month is especially exciting between The Starless Sea, which I still have yet to read, and Queen of Nothing, which will finish Holly Black's Folk of the Air series and will be released next week.