The Best Way to Avoid Back Pain? Lift Heavy Things

A lack of load causes back problems for astronauts. Andrey Armyagov/Shutterstock.com By Fiona Wilson Most people think that the human spine is one of evolution’s great flaws. After all, around 80% of adults suffer from lower-back pain. What more evidence do you need? The truth is, the spine is a robust structure. We’re just using it incorrectly. Everybody “knows” that you put your back out if you lift objects that are too heavy. As a result, many workplaces have introduced lifting training and ergonomic equipment, such as hoists, in an effort to reduce back injuries. The common advice from lifting training is … Continue reading The Best Way to Avoid Back Pain? Lift Heavy Things

JAPAN HAS A LONELINESS ISSUE. ARE HOSTESS CLUBS THE SOLUTION?

image edited by Fernando Kaskais  BY QUORA CONTRIBUTOR  Robot Barista Replaces Human Workers In Japan This originally appeared on Quora. Answered by Misha Yurchenko. An American man in a typical midwestern town goes to his local bar and orders chicken wings and a Miller Light. He got chewed out by his boss, splattered red spaghetti sauce on his pants (not again!) and overall had a pretty crummy day at work. It’s pretty late already and his wife is already asleep at home, so he thought he’d take a bit of time to wind down. He might only stay out a couple of hours for … Continue reading JAPAN HAS A LONELINESS ISSUE. ARE HOSTESS CLUBS THE SOLUTION?

An Axiom of Feeling: Werner Herzog on the Absolute, the Sublime, and Ecstatic Truth

A 1573 painting by Portuguese artist, historian, and philosopher Francisco de Holanda, a student of Michelangelo’s, found in Cosmigraphics “The soul of the listener or the spectator… actualizes truth through the experience of sublimity: that is, it completes an independent act of creation.” BY MARIA POPOVA In his arresting meditation on how we use language to reveal and conceal reality, Nietzsche defined truth as “a movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished.” Truth, of course, is not reality but a subset of reality, alongside the … Continue reading An Axiom of Feeling: Werner Herzog on the Absolute, the Sublime, and Ecstatic Truth

‘Are You Done, Yet?’: Women on How Long Sex Should Last

by Bridget Phetasy Porn can be blamed for a lot of pathologies and false ideas about sex: That women love anal; that we like to have our pussies spat upon or smacked; that men need to bone as if they’re literally filming a porn. But I think one of the biggest myths it’s responsible for is that women expect a gentleman on the streets and a marathon runner in the sheets. I’m all for a robust sex sesh, but I’m not gonna lie, at right about minute 22 of intercourse (or “Pound Town” as one of my friends refers to it), I start … Continue reading ‘Are You Done, Yet?’: Women on How Long Sex Should Last