I love funny kitchen gadgets & accessories. It takes all my willpower not to go nuts when I see something that makes me smile. Whether or not you get them for yourself or as gifts, funny kitchen gadgets are always a hit AND can be quite useful.
They won’t make you a better chef on their own, but we tend to use stuff we like more than stuff we don’t. A few funky gadgets in your kitchen might motivate you to spend more time prepping & cooking, which is key for those of us trying to live a little healthier. If you’re just starting out in the kitchen, they might even encourage you to invite the friends over to show off!
Here are some of my all time favs…
16 wicked tools for kitchen time fun.
Thought these were adorable. They come in a few colors and are perfect for rocker chicks and dudes alike.
Good to know, right? Laugh OUT Loud!
A rattling good laugh with friends will help you deal with pain thanks to opiate-like chemicals that flood the brain, according to a British study released on Wednesday. Researchers carried out lab experiments in which volunteers watched either comedy clips from “Mr Bean” or “Friends,” or non-humorous items such as golf or wildlife programmes, while their resistance to mild pain was monitored. Another test was conducted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the volunteers watched either a stand-up comedy show or a theatrical drama. In lab conditions, the pain came from a deep-frozen wine-cooler sleeve which was slipped onto the arm or from a blood-pressure cuff that was pumped to the threshold of tolerance. For the Fringe Festival, the volunteers were asked to do a tough exercise — leaning against the wall with their legs at right angles, as if sitting on a straight-backed chair — before and immediately after the performance, to see if laughter had helped with the pain. Just 15 minutes of laughter increased the level of pain tolerance by around 10 percent, the study found. In the lab experiments, the neutral, non-funny programming had no pain-alleviating effect at all. Nor did watching drama at the Fringe Festival. However, the study notes two important distinctions. The only laughter that worked was relaxed, unforced laughter that creases the eyes, as opposed to a polite titter. And this kind of belly laugh is far likelier to happen when you are with others, rather than being alone. “Very little research has been done into why we laugh and what role it plays in society,” said Robin Dunbar, head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. “Using microphones, we were able to record each of the participants and found that in a comedy show, they laughed for about a third of the time, and their pain tolerance rose as a consequence.” The protection apparently comes from endorphins, a complex chemical that helps to transmit messages between neurons but also dulls signals of physical pain and psychological stress. Endorphins are the famous product of physical exercise — they help create the “buzz” that comes from running, swimming, rowing, yoga and so on. In laughter, the release comes from an involuntary, repeated muscular exertion that comes from exhaling without drawing a breath, the scientists believe. The exertion leaves us exhausted and thereby triggers the endorphins. Great apes are also believed to be able to laugh but, unlike humans, they breathe in as well as out when they do so. The investigators believe the experiments help to understand the physiological and social mechanism of how laughter is generated. The group seems vital in unleashing the right kind of endorphin-making laughter, they contend. Previous studies have focussed more on why humans laugh, as opposed to how they do it. One theory is that laughter helps transmit mating signals or cements bonding between individuals. Another idea is that, in a group setting, laughter promotes social cooperation and collective identity. It is thus an evolutionary tool to help survival. The paper appears in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a journal published by Britain’s de-facto academy of sciences.
Read More: http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/laughter-really-is-the-best-medicine
Tried hard to share this on Tumblr, but can’t get the platforms to play nice with each other. Bah…
Click here to see a pretty wicked display of human strength, agility, balance and talent, all wrapped in a Whitney Houston blanket.
I don’t know who originally posted this, haven’t been able to find it online. If you know, please send me the link so I can source it, k?
Enjoy! Be sure to ‘like’ my page while you’re there if you haven’t already!
Update: Found the video! Thanks @jcness
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear."
—- H.P. Lovecraft
Sometimes, it’s not lack of motivation, lack of time, or lack of knowledge that keeps us from our fitness goals. Sometimes, we’re actually just scared shitless!
From the fear of trying new things, to the fear of knees, to the fear of things located on the right side of the body: there’s a phobia for pretty much everything you can imagine. Check out this list of very real fitness/health/weight-loss related phobias.
P.S - Actual phobias get in the way of living a full, happy & otherwise healthy existence. If you feel like you’ve got a real phobia (you start shaking, will cry, will avoid something at all costs, need medical attention, or miss out on otherwise normal life events due to your phobia): it is treatable. Seek help here: http://www.phobics-awareness.org/
Somewhere out there, Billy Blanks is giddy, giddy, giddy. This is insane!
Earlier this month, 17 people doing a Tae-Bo workout in South Korea caused the evacuaction of their skyscraper, after it started to shake during the workout. Their punchy-kicky moves set the upper floors shaking and the vibration resonated throughout the rest of the building for over 10 minutes according to a report from the Korea JoongAng Daily. To confirm what caused the tremors, scientists recreated the workout on the 12th floor and we’re able to reproduce the results.
The story is crazy enough, but my favorite part? That they were working out to the song ‘The Power' by Snap! Ha!
So, how did a small group of people kicking and punching cause tremors massive enough to warrant evacuation?
Excerpt from CNN.com Blogs
“It just happens to be that the vibration cycle caused by Tae Bo collided with the vertical vibration cycle unique to the building,” Chung told the Korea Times. The action amplified the building’s vibration and caused the shaking, he said.
Now THAT’S an intense workout. :)