And while it’s not a nationally-recognized holiday here in America (though it should be), October is National Pizza Month.
So in honor of National Pizza Month, which was first observed in October 1984, the folks over at Ellio’s pizza and Virtuoso pizza gathered up some statistics which show precisely how much we, as Americans, love our pizza.
• 97% of Americans eat pizza.
• Americans consume 350 slices of pizza every second.
• 1 in 3 would give up social media for pizza.
• 28% are likely to eat frozen pizza in the next week.
• 31% of all Americans think pizza is the best food in the world.
• 40% of millennials think pizza is the best food in the world.
• 1 in 4 millennials agree that nothing is better than having a frozen pizza waiting for you at home.
• 35% of millennials crave pizza delivery after it’s too late to order.
• Pizza is most popular in the Northeast.
• The most popular day of the week to eat pizza is Saturday.
The Porsche 911 Writing Desk by 3 GJB 17 gives you one more reason and opportunity to correct those commoners who pronounce it “Porsh” by telling them it is, in fact, “Por-shuh”…
Made from original Porsche 911 body parts, coated in Arctic Silver automotive paint, and finished with Custom Made American Walnut attachments that complement the car’s contours beautifully, the 911 Writing Desk takes the iconic car’s rear end, converting its boot hood into a writing surface that doubles up as a cabinet for storing your stationery (using a spring-loaded hinge that lifts the boot lid up).
There’s no reason you’d NEED the Porsche 911 Writing Desk over any other writing desk (an IKEA or Pottery Barn one, perhaps), but its design may sure leave you lusting after it anyway. Definitely the kind of furniture to be the focal point of your workspace, the Porsche 911 Writing Desk is unusual in every way, from its unlikely inspiration and material source, to the way the boot lid turns into a desk/privacy-partition, to just the surprisingly complementary combination of metal and wood styled to work together marvelously well… and when I say unusual, I mean unusual in a good way!
So, since pretty much anything we eat and everything we do is going to shortenour lives, let’s do another thing we love to do that’s probably bad for us: play the odds.
I mean, if we’re going to be doing things that might kill us, at least we should do them with knowledge of what our odds of survival are, right?
Thankfully, we can do just that as the folks over at Best Health Degrees have gathered up some frightening data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and compiled what our chances are when we do things we love like skiing, scuba diving, playing football, jogging, and *gasp* playing computer games!
• Bicycling: 7.1 deaths per one million participants
• Skydiving: 1 death per 101,083 jumps
• Triathlon: 1.5 deaths per 100,000 participants
• High school or college football: 1 in 59 million
• Soccer and rugby: 1 in 100,000
• Running/jogging: 1 in one million
• Recreational climbing: Annual mortality risk of 1 in 1,750
• Skydiving: 1 in 101,083 jumps
• Driving a car: 1 death per 6,700 car accidents
• Dance party: 1 in 100,000 chance of dying
• Computer games: 1 in 100 million chance of dying
And some more good news…
Whatever the odds of a person dying during the next year it will be twice as large 8 years from now according to British actuary Benjamin Gompertz in 1825; it’s called the “Gompertz Law of human mortality.” Your probability of dying during a given year doubles every 8 years.
The 2018 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to a trio of researchers whose work in lasers enabled all kinds of new experiments and treatments. Arthur Ashkin is the primary recipient, sharing the prize with Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland; notably, the latter is the first woman to receive the prize since 1963, and only the third in history.
“This year’s prize is about tools made from light,” the Swedish foundation said in its announcement of the prize. ”
The work that won the award stretches over decades. Ashkin’s began during his tenure at Bell Labs in the ’60s and ’70s, where he discovered that tiny particles and in fact cells and monocellular creatures could be trapped and manipulated using microscopic lasers.
In 1987 he used his “optical tweezers” to capture a bacterium without harming it, opening the possibility of the tool being used for all kinds of biological applications.
Mourou and Strickland, meanwhile, were also making strides in laser technology. They approached the open question of how to compress a powerful laser into a brief but equally powerful pulse, publishing a breakthrough paper in 1985.
The CPA technique described by Mourou and Strickland’s landmark research.
By “stretching” the beam out, then amplifying it, then compressing it again (as you see in the diagram above), they created the first “chirped pulse amplification,” which would become a standard tool. If you’ve gotten laser eye surgery, for instance, you’ve enjoyed the benefit of their research.
“The innumerable areas of application have not yet been completely explored,” the Nobel press release reads. “However, even now these celebrated inventions allow us to rummage around in the microworld in the best spirit of Alfred Nobel – for the greatest benefit to humankind.”
Strickland joins the very small club of women who have received the prestigious prize. It was given in 1963 to Maria Goeppert-Mayer, who created the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus, and before that in 1903 to Marie Curie for, of course, her work on radium. (She won the Nobel for Chemistry 8 years later, making her the only woman to win two Nobels and the only person to win one in two different fields.)
Speaking to NPR, Strickland expressed surprise that so few women had been honored. “Really? I thought there might’ve been more,” she said. “Obviously, we need to celebrate women physicists, because we’re out there … I don’t know what to say, I’m honored to be one of these women.”
When it comes to the world of fitness, there are more tips and tricks out there than the Las Vegas Strip and an incredible number of contradictions when it comes to what you’re “supposed” to do in order to maximize your workouts.
There was a point in my life where I devoured basically every article I could find to figure out the best way to get in shape.
However, I eventually settled into a routine that works for me despite the multiple dudes with cutoffs down to their waist lugging gallon jugs around the gym who have come up to me to inform me I’m doing things wrong— even when I’m obviously in the fucking zone.
It might not rival the amount of advice out there concerning what to do at the gym but there’s also no shortage of suggestions as to what you should do to recover after you’re done working out.
My typical strategy involves inhaling a protein shake as fast as possible but I’ve run into a number of other approaches over the years, whether we’re talking about going to town on a banana, housing spoonfuls of peanut butter, or downing a glass of raw eggs.
However, there’s one other tip I’ve come across that I like more than any other: drinking beer.
It sounds too good to be true. How does drinking the thing that probably sent you to the gym in the first place help you recover after going?
As is the case with most anecdotal advice extolling the virtues of alcohol I’ve never really looked that hard into whether or not the beer strategy is actually true.
I guess it’s about time I do.
Does Beer Help You Recover After Working Out?
At its core, the idea that beer is a good post-workout drink revolves around one major element: carbs.
Much of the energy you exert when you exercise comes from glycogen, a substance that stores carbohydrates in your muscles. Working out depletes this supply, and as a result, you need to find a way to recharge.
Beer relies on carbs (whether we’re talking about grains or corn) to create the sugars required for yeast to produce alcohol which— at least in theory— makes it an ideal supplement when it comes to getting your muscles back to their baseline.
Unfortunately, that’s far from the only aspect to take into consideration.
If you’ve ever consumed an uncomfortable amount of dairy or forced yourself to experience what sadness tastes like in the form of skinless chicken breasts, you know all about the importance of protein (which is responsible for muscle recovery and the growth that comes with it).
Additionally, when you work out, you— much like the plants in Idiocracy— crave electrolytes that prevent dehydration.
Beer only contains a minuscule amount of both of those substances and there are cleaner carbohydrates you can turn to in order to replenish your glycogen store.
With that said, if you decide to wash down your protein of choice and brown rice with a perfectly paired IPA, you might actually be doing yourself a major disservice.
I’ve looked far and wide for studies attesting to the healing qualities of beer but I’m sad to report I’ve only found ones to the contrary.
The main culprit? That whole “alcohol” thing.
As anyone who’s woken up with a hangover multiple bottles of Gatorade can’t cure knows, alcohol isn’t the most hydrating substance in the world, which means beer isn’t exactly your friend if you’re trying to raise your water levels.
Other studies have shown it can actually hinder muscle recovery as the alcohol disrupts the protein synthesis required to foster growth.
If you can’t resist the urge to crack a cold one after the gym, there is a compromise you can turn to: non-alcoholic beer, which is the drink of choice for a number of Olympic athletes.
If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.
At the end of the day, having a beer isn’t going to totally destroy your gains.
However, if you’re a fitness fanatic, you might want to lay off the booze until your cheat day.
Three day weekends are the best. Not only do you get the extra 50% but your work week is shorter. It’s a win-win.
I’ve seen studies of startup CEOs in America who have tinkered with their company’s calendar to ensure employees get at least one 3-day weekend per month. So on months when there isn’t a holiday that aligns with a 3-day weekend the employees automatically get one. But I’ve never seen anything quite as radical as what this study below calls for: every single week should be a 4-day work week with a 3-day weekend.
The new study from Oxford University found that employees working 4-day weeks every week were happier, more motivated, that they made more sales, and that they procrastinated less.
None of this is surprising, at least not for how it relates to my own work life. On 4-day work weeks I’ve still got plenty of things I need to get done for the 5th/6th/7th day. The world of online publishing never sleeps. When we have 4-day work weeks I find that I bust my ass that much harder to get it all done before the long weekend, and I also find that I’m able to unplug more from the Internet on long weekends than I am on a typical 2-day weekend.
Over six months, associate professor of economics and strategy Jan-Emmanuel De Neve studied the happiness and productivity of 5,000 call centre workers from 20 BT offices. Workers were asked to rate their happiness every week on a scale from one to five.
The results showed how a four day week was correlated with more positivity, an increased number of calls made, and a better quality of calls when customer satisfaction was measured, the Telegraph reports. There were also fewer absences and more sales made.
This might suggest that having a three day weekend could improve work-life balance, as employees would have more opportunity to unwind, instead of feeling like they run out of time with the current system.
“I would argue the four day working week is spot on in terms of finding or striking that right balance between improving the work-life balance and unlocking the happiness potential from that in terms of productivity gains,” De Neve told The Telegraph. “This outweighs the net reduction in productivity from working a day less.” (via B.I.)
More positivity (1), increased number of calls made over 5-day work weeks (2), a measured better quality of calls/better work output (3), more sales (4), and fewer absences (5).
How the hell are we not talking about this more? Obviously, this couldn’t apply to every field. But if nurses can only work 3-days a week and get paid well why can’t the rest of us work our asses off for 4 days a week and get paid the same as we are now if the quality of output goes up?
People are always reluctant to change, it’s the human way. Just because we see something work on paper it doesn’t mean that we’re willing to adapt. If we were willing to change than cannabis would already be completely legal recreationally across America and we would’ve fixed the health care system decades ago so that Americans don’t go broke anytime they get sick. But we’re set in our ways.
This study won’t get everyone to change to a 4-day work week. But if we can get this study to spread so that more business owners and CEOs are aware of the data then it’s at least the first step in getting people to realize that just because we’ve always worked 5-days it doesn’t mean we should.
Side note: I’m still bitter about this 5-day work week bullshit because it’s my great great grandmother who is partially responsible for its popularity in America. Henry Ford is widely credit with creating the ‘5-Day Work Week’ in America but he didn’t institute that until 1914. My great great grandmother was the CEO of Knox Gelatin Company (it used to be a big deal but you can still buy it at the grocery store) and in 1913 she instituted the 5-day work week along with 2-weeks paid vacation and paid sick leave for her employees, a year before Henry Ford.
I really wish I could just go back in time and be like ‘gram, quit yer bullshit’ but that’s not possible. What is possible is sharing the news that a 4-day work week every single week is beneficial for productivity and quality of output.