HOW YOUR BODY ADAPTS TO THE COLD WHEN YOU’RE STUCK IN A FRIGID PLACE

by  Ian Lecklitner This is why your cousin from Buffalo can wear flip flops on Christmas Our homebase of L.A. is finally starting to cool down (albeit not by much), which means transplants from colder parts of the country can now flaunt their impressive ability to endure brisk climates by wearing T-shirts and mocking Angelenos who don scarves and gloves in 60-degree weather. *he writes with gloved hands* One anonymous redditor, who moved from Indiana to California, explains this clash of cultures and climates thusly [sic]: “I moved to Southern California from Indiana a couple of years ago. I’ve never worn anything but … Continue reading HOW YOUR BODY ADAPTS TO THE COLD WHEN YOU’RE STUCK IN A FRIGID PLACE

The Benefits of a Short Attention Span

LUCI GUTIÉRREZ Chronic distraction has its upsides. by BEN HEALY Our supposedly shrinking attention spans are a hot topic these days—as you may have seen on TV or heard on a podcast or read on Twitter or glimpsed on your watch or else just intuited from the antsy melancholy of those few unbearable minutes each morning between when you open your eyes and when you first reach for your phone. Emblematic of the genre is a 2015 Microsoft report that claimed the average human attention span had shrunk from 12 seconds in 2000 to eight seconds in 2013 (even shorter than … Continue reading The Benefits of a Short Attention Span

What Americans Assume About Your Personality Based on Your Body Shape

PBOMBAERT / GETTY People fall back on harmful stereotypes, even decades after they’ve been scientifically debunked. by AMANDA MULL Imagine preparing for a job interview or a promising first date. You probably consider your outfit and general grooming—a fresh shower, plus hair products and makeup, if you use them. Glasses or contacts? Hair up or down? Various decisions signal different levels of erudition or sexual appeal, and people spend considerable time and money trying to use them to their advantage in high-stakes situations. New research suggests, though, that elements of your appearance that are far more difficult to control also have … Continue reading What Americans Assume About Your Personality Based on Your Body Shape