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Hunger is in Your Mind

A long but brilliant article on why the mainstream approach to weight loss is bullshit.

Here’s what happens when you interfere with your hypothalamus – when medical advice collides with psychology. Let’s say you decide to cut back on calories. You eat less for a day. The result? It’s like picking up a stick and poking a tiger. Your hunger mood rises and for the next five days you’re eating bigger meals and more snacks, perhaps only vaguely realising it. People tend to judge how much they’ve eaten partly by how full they feel afterward. But since that feeling of fullness is partly psychological, if your hunger mood is up, you might eat more than usual, feel less full than usual, and so mistakenly think that you’ve cut back. You might feel like you’re making progress. After all, you’re constantly vigilant. Sure, now and then you slip up, but you get yourself right back on track again. You feel good about yourself until you get on a scale and notice that your weight isn’t responding. It might go down one day and then blip up the next two days. Dancing under the surface of consciousness, your hunger mood is warping your perceptions and choices.

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It’s always useful to know what happens beneath all that skin when you’re stretching, and to know which stretches target the tightest spots in your body. [More information]

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Another One of Them Trippy Illusions

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Which side is it spinning?

Via Kottke

Horizontal History

From WaitButWhy, here’s a genius map of “Horizontal History”. It lays down history a little different than we’re used to. I’ve always been fascinated by how disconnected past contemporary events are, so this is really fantastic.

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Incredible video of snakes, Nokia Snake, and physics

What happens when you put snakes and boards successively closer together in a box? This video.

It is really amazing – I feel like I’m watching a real-version of the Nokia Snake game.

For an explanation of the physics, head on to io9.

Don’t Double Dip You Nasty Loser

Really, double dipping is such an awful habit. Here’s why it’s bad for your health.

Anywhere from hundreds to thousands of different bacterial types and viruses live in the human oral cavity, most of which are harmless. But some aren’t so good. Pneumonic plague, tuberculosis, influenza virus, Legionnaires’ disease and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are known to spread through saliva, with coughing and sneezing aerosolizing up to 1,000 and 3,600 bacterial cells per minute. These tiny germ-containing droplets from a cough or a sneeze can settle on surfaces such as desks and doorknobs. Germs can be spread when a person touches a contaminated surface and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.

That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends covering the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing to prevent spreading “serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).” With that in mind, there may be a concern over the spread of oral bacteria from person to person thanks to double-dipping. And a person doesn’t have to be sick to pass on germs.

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Photographer Documenting Homeless People Discovers Her Own Father Among Them

This is really strange and touching story. Photographer Diana Kim was photographing homeless people in Hawaii when she discovered her estranged father among them. Emaciated and suffering from severe schizophrenia, he didn’t even recognize here.
Read the article here.

You won’t believe what this Chinese master does with cotton candy…

I want that so much I’m going to cry.

via BoingBoing

Five-year-old boy’s incredible Bruce Lee nunchaku demo

This is the most impressive thing I’ve seen in ages.

via bb

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