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The Independent- Women are less likely to swipe right on male dating app users if they are pictured holding a cat, new research has found.

According to a study carried out by scientists at Colorado State University, men who are pictured holding cats in their dating app profile photos are perceived as being “less masculine”, “higher in neuroticism” and “less dateable”.

Wait. They needed a scientific study to find this out? Please. Everybody knows men with dogs are way cooler than men with cats. Of course cat guys are less masculine, higher in neuroticism and less dateable. That’s science, man. Still, thank you Colorado State University for proving the obvious.

PS- Seriously, this is what they’re passing for scientific studies at CSU? Good God.

PPS- Countdown to someone who doesn’t understand satire posting a photo of Brad Pitt or somebody with a cat. 3, 2, 1 . . . 

Der.

Let me explain. There are only two ways humans perceive time. I shall now ask you a question to determine which one you are. Here we go. If I tell you that tomorrow’s noon meeting has been moved forward by two hours, do you assume it’s been rescheduled for 2:00pm or 10:00am? If you answered 2:00pm that means you have an ego-moving perspective of time. In other words, you see yourself as moving forward through time. If you assume the meeting is now at 10:00am, this means you have the time-moving perspective of time. You see yourself as stagnant, with time moving forwards towards you. What does the way you perceive time say about you? I have no idea.

Is it weird that people perceive time differently? Not really. Ask your friends or family the question. You’ll be surprised. In fact, let’s have a poll and see what happens.

Unsurprising.

We all heard ’em while growing up. Old Wives’ Tales. Some are so embedded in the fabric of our lives they’re nearly impossible to remove.  Without further ado, let’s take a look at 15 of the most popular ones and I’ll promptly debunk them. I’ll start with an Old Wives’ Tale (OWT), followed by the truth. Sorry in advance old wives, but you are about to be debunked.

OWT

You can catch a cold by going outside in cold weather without a coat or with wet hair.

TRUTH

You catch a cold through exposure to bacteria or viruses, not by actually getting cold. It’s just that viruses survive better in colder temperatures.

OWT

Reading in dim light hurts your eyes.

TRUTH

Reading in a darkly lit room might give your eyes some dryness or fatigue, but it won’t cause any serious or long-term damage. Chillax.

OWT

Humans only use 10% of their brains.

TRUTH

In reality, the entire human brain is constantly active—even when we are sleeping. That said, I had a kid in class we called Cheese Cracker who I’m pretty sure only used about  7% of his brain.

OWT

Humans eat an average of 8 spiders a year while sleeping.

TRUTH

Scientists say it highly unlikely that a spider would ever end up in your mouth. Spiders tend to be found either tending their webs or hunting in nonhuman-infested areas. They usually don’t intentionally crawl into a bed because it offers no prey. Why in the world would they enter your mouth? Spiders ain’t dumb. Everybody settle down.

OWT

You should pee on a jellyfish sting.

TRUTH

Uh, that doesn’t work, but this does – first, remove the tentacles (that’s what’s hurting you so much) with something other than your fingers unless you want get stung again. Next, pour something acidic, like vinegar, lemon juice, or battery acid, on the sting. Finally, use a flat object like a butter knife to scrape off the stinging cells. Do that and you have treated your jellyfish sting, all without having Uncle Roger pee on you.

PS- I was joking about the battery acid. Don’t do that.

OWT

Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritus.

TRUTH

Scientists have never actually found a link between knuckle cracking and arthritis. Still, it’s annoying as hell so stop. Also stop popping your gum. And chewing with your mouth open. I’ll stop now.

OWT

Eating too much turkey makes you sleepy.

TRUTH

While meat does contain an amino acid that helps to create melatonin, a brain chemical known for making people tired, turkey does not actually cause more fatigue than other foods. We’re actually tired because of the large quantities of carbohydrates and alcohol that a lot of us consume on Thanksgiving. What I’m saying is that daddy is in the recliner sleeping because he’s drunk.

OWT

Sitting too close to the television will harm your eyes.

TRUTH

This one stems from the fact that General Electric produced color TVs back in the 1960s that emitted up to 100,000 times more radiation than federal health officials considered to be safe—and while the  television sets were recalled almost immediately, the Old Wives’ Tale hangs around (even with our new TV technology and whatnot).

PS- I’m not expert but 100,000 times more radiation does seem a tad high.

OWT

You shouldn’t swim for 30-minutes after eating.

TRUTH

This Old Wives’ Tale assumes that after eating the body diverts blood from your limbs to the digestive tract, thus depleting your arms and legs of enough blood to swim. While it is true that digestion requires extra blood, the body does not drain the limbs of enough blood to work properly. Bottom line, you might get a small cramp. Deal with it.

PS- I fondly remember swimming at the Mead Pool. It was amazing. I also fondly remember a girl about my age named Tammy that swam there. I had a remendous crush on her and would immediately look for her upon our arrival. I long for a simpler time.

OWT

Bulls hate the color red.

TRUTH

Yes!

People believe this because the bull charges at that thing the matador waves around, called a muleta. Actually, bulls are color blind. They’re agitated by the motion of the muleta, not its color. On a related note, I hate bullfighting. I always root for a good old fashioned goring. Leave the damn bull alone.

OWT

The 5-second rule.

TRUTH

This Old Wives’ Tale infers that if you drop food on the floor and snatch it up within 5-seconds it wasn’t on the floor/ground long enough to gather germs. Nobody really believes athat anymore, right? We say that jokingly, right? Right?

PS- This Old Wives’ Tale is sometimes known as the 3-second rule. Or in my case the 3-minute rule.

OWT

It takes 7-years to digest a piece of gum.

TRUTH

Negatory. The truth is gum doesn’t digest at all. It travels through your digestive tract and then, you know. On a related note, who swallows their gum?

OWT

To cure a hangover, just have a little “hair of the dog.” In other words have a drink.

TRUTH

Seems sort of obvious but you can’t drink your way out of a hangover, although many have tried. Der.

OWT

Eating chocolate will give you acne.

TRUTH

I heard this one a lot whilst growing up. It is true that a high fat or high sugar diet can exacerbate acne and sugary stuff can often cause hormone fluctuations, which can increase acne. However, there is no evidence that eating normal amounts of chocolate directly triggers acne. In reality dark chocolate actually promotes numerous health benefits. Snack away kids!

OWT

Rubbing whiskey on you baby’s gums will ease teething pain.

TRUTH

Actually, experts recommend using natural remedies, such as massaging a warm washcloth on your baby’s gums.

Remember those Giant Murder Hornets I wrote about the other day? The ones that recently arrived in America? Their sting can kill you and they are able to kill honey bees by the thousands. Well, it turns out these psychos can be taken out by bees as well – Japanese Honey Bees to be exact. And how do these Japanese Honey Bees kill Murder Hornets? Read on because the answer is awesome.

Murder Hornets are best known for their ability to decimate honeybee hives, decapitating bee after bee during what the Washington State Department of Agriculture so eloquently described as a “slaughter phase”, destroying one hive within a matter of hours. However . . .

In Asia the bees have learned to fight back, and I mean really fight back, as in kicking some serious Murder Hornet ass. Japanese Honey Bees are able to form hot defensive “bee balls” in order to collectively cook hornets at a temperature that the bees can withstand but the hornets cannot. Man, that’s diabolical. They do it by surrounding the hornets and vibrating their rear flight muscles. Bee twerking if you will.

The video below shows a Murder Hornet scout approach a Honey Bee hive as a means of checking it out and marking it with a pheromone that will allow its fellow hornets to find it. But no so fast, Murder Hornet. The video shows the hornet being swarmed by hundreds of bees all at once, with thermal photography revealing the temperature increase as the honeybees raise the temperature within the bee ball to a precise temperature and roasting the hornet alive.

Nature, man. Doing her thing per usual.

PS- I don’t know how those little bees get the signal to attack, but attack they do, and all at once. Just a chilling sight to behold.

The other day I saw a guy working on a streetlight that was sitting on the ground and I thought, “Man, that streetlight is big.” So, I decided to put my crack staff here at Shoe: Untied to work finding other big things that we might think are smaller. The results were astounding, befuddling, stupefying and downright flabbergasting. Take a gander and prepare to be dumbfounded.

[click a pic and scroll to read the witty captions by Shoe: Untied intern Naitee Aggarwal]

Check out that little Armadillo Lizard, man. Dude looks like a tiny dragon. Armadillo Lizards get their name because they grab their tail in their mouth and roll up into a ball when threatened, like regular Armadillos. This guy likes to hide in crevices and whatnot, and enjoys fine dining fare such as termites, fleas and crickets. Tasty. Anywho, Armadillo Lizard.

PS- They make great pets! Woot!

  1. There isn’t a single bridge across the Amazon River.
  2. The founders of Adidas (Adi Dassler) and Puma (Rudolf Dassler) are brothers and their houses are next door to each other in Germany.
  3. The distance from the United States to Russia is 55-miles.
  4. Jack the Ripper was still active when Nintendo was founded.
  5. The sun is so loud that if space was filled with air instead of being a vacuum we’d be hearing screeching sun noises at 125 decibel at all times.
  6. Stonehenge was already a ruin when Jesus lived.
  7. Because the number of possible combination of genes isn’t infinite, there are probably at least 7 humans that look the same as you.
  8. Netflix was founded before Google.
  9. The 10th president of the US, John Tyler (1790-1862), has two living grandchildren. Yes, GRANDchildren.
  10. Wyoming only has two escalators.
  11. Dinosaurs were officially discovered in 1842, so George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the boys had no knowledge of them.
  12. Vending machines kill twice as many people per year than sharks do.
  13. Sharks are older than trees. Sharks date back 450 million years, trees 350 million years.
  14. The combined weight of all the ants on the planet is greater than the combined weight of all the humans.
  15. The Nazis were the first people in modern history to start an anti-smoking and tobacco movement.
  16. Maine is the closet US state to Africa.
  17. Woolly Mammoths were still alive when Egyptians were building the pyramids.
  18. England’s Oxford University had existed for hundreds of years when the Aztec Empire was founded.
  19. The world’s oldest living tree was already 1,000-years old when the last Wolly Mammoth died.
  20. When the Pilgrim’s landed at Plymoth Rock, the Spanish had been settled in what is now the American Southwest for 100-years.
  21. The Brooklyn Bridge was being built while Custer’s Last Stand occurred.

Did you know that in Antarctica around 1% of the continent is permanently ice-free? Wait. Whuuuut? It’s true. These areas are called Antarctic Oasis or sometimes, more boringly, Dry Valleys. They’re surrounded by the Antarctic ice sheet, which is what we all think of when we think of Antarctica. They develop in areas that have very low humidity and very little precipitation. Sure, it’s very cold there (der), but enough solar energy is absorbed by the ground to melt what little snow falls. That’s wild and I had zero idea Arctic Oasis existed. Anyway, it does and here it is:

Harrison County Hospital, Kentucky.

Harrison Memorial Hospital, Kentucky.

You know COVID 19, the virus that dropped into all our lives a few weeks ago? The virus that’s turned all of our lives topsy-turvy? I recall first hearing about it when the first case in the USA was comfirmed at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Kentucky. That’s when something began nagging at me. I didn’t quite know why.

Until late last night when it hit me.

As many of you know I was a big Walking Dead fan in the early years of the series. Even read the comic books. The Walking Dead is about a plague that has turned the world into a zombie apocalypse. It begins when Rick Grimes, a Kentucky policeman, is shot and goes into a coma, only to wake up in a completely different world.

Wanna guess what hospital he was in?

 

Yep. Weird, man.

PS- I know the TV series is set in Atlanta so shut it.

Mansa Musa became the King of Mali in 1312. This was well before European Colonization of Africa and the slave trade. Africa was free to live unimpeded at that time and the Kingdom Of Mali was rolling in resources, specifically gold and salt.

The Kingdom was doing well and the then King of Mali decided to go on a pilgrimage, so he told Musa to run the kingdom until he came back. It being the 1300s and whatnot traveling anywhere was a gamble. No cell phones to call for help, exposure to storms, marauding headhunters, dysentery, typhoid, smallpox, leprosy, no Fortnite or NBA 2K20, you get the drift. Tough world back in the day.

So, something happened and the real king never came back. Nobody ever knew for certain why, but one of those reasons above is as good a guess as any. Anywho, because of this Musa ruled Mali for the rest of his life. He built upon the empire by acquiring Timbuktu and Gao, and that allowed him to dominate trade routes all over Africa during the middle ages. This was huge because the world needed Mali’s salt, of which it had in abundance. Salt back then was a big deal because it was used to preserve food. No refridgeration in the 1300s, kids. Salt was so important, in fact, that at that time that you could trade it for it’s weight in gold, and that is exactly what Musa did. He amassed so much gold that he was worth an estimated $400-billion in today’s money. That’s more than John Rockefeller, who topped out at a measly $336-billion. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos? A paltry $120-billion. That’s chicken feed to Mansa Musi. He probably carried half that under the cool turban he sported.

The thing is, nobody really knew about Musa because he was down in Africa. It wasn’t until he took his own pilgrimage to Mecca that people learned about him internationally. That said, he wasn’t going to make the same mistakes as the King before him. Nope. My man traveled in style. He traveled across Africa to Cairo and then on to Mecca with an entourage of 60,000 people and thousands of animals, and they would throw gold at people on the streets along the way. Amazingly, they brought so much gold with them that it messed up the world’s economy for a while. Mansa Musa alone increased the amount of gold in circulation by giving so much away. Good Lord, man.

Mansa Musa died in 1337 after ruling for 25-years and had continued to give money away for his entire life. He built so many mosques across Africa that the legend is he constructed one every single Friday.

So there’s your history lesson, my loyal readers. Mansa Musa, the richest man who ever lived.

PS- Mansa Musa roughly translates to “King Of Kings” and that’s certainly fitting.

 

Note: Shoutout to Barstool Sports, where I got a lot of this information.

 

Ok, I have a problem with this one. As Neil Armstrong once said when asked what state should get credit for inventing flight, “Well, Ohio provided the innovation. North Carolina provided the wind.”

PS- Alabama invented hearing aids?

PPS- Oklahoma must really be proud of the parking meter, huh?

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Ohio seems well represented.

Check out Jonathan, the oldest damn animal in the world. Jonathan is a Seychelles Giant Tortoise and has lived through a lot. I mean, this dude was born in 1832 and has lived through the the Civil War, both World Wars, 9/11 and that God awful 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Hell, Jonathan was born before Albert Einstein, Mahatma Ghandi, Vincent Van Gogh, Thomas Edison and freakin’ Betty White.

At 188-years old he’s now living a relaxing life on the remote island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic, just chillin’ like a villain in the sun whilst eating grass and weeds and stuff.

And get this – Jonathan is so popular on St. Helena that his portrait is on the back of the island’s five pence coin. That’s cool. Anywho, Jonathan the World’s Oldest Known Animal.

Nebraska. Who knew? Complete rankings are below the map.

Here the 2019 rankings:

1. Nebraska
2. Iowa
3. Missouri
4. South Dakota
5. Florida
6. Kentucky
7. Kansas
8. North Carolina
9. Montana
10. Hawaii
11. Arkansas
12. Wisconsin
13. North Dakota
14. Vermont
15. New Hampshire
16. Alabama
17. Texas
18. Idaho
19. Mississippi
20. Wyoming
21. Oklahoma
22. Tennessee
23. Massachusetts
24. Michigan
25. West Virginia
26. Ohio
27. Rhode Island
28. Georgia
29. Indiana
30. Connecticut
31. Maine
32. Delaware
33. Colorado
34. Pennsylvania
35. Utah
36. Louisiana
37. New Mexico
38. Arizona
39. Virginia
40. Minnesota
41. South Carolina
42. New Jersey
43. California
44. Oregon
45. Nevada
46. Washington
47. Illinois
48. Alaska
49. New York
50. Maryland

Not a coffee drinker so I do not care. Italy is a bit of a surprise though.

Basketball rules have changed a lot over the years, even some dramatic ones in the last 30-years or so. Some of these might just surprise you . . .

1900-1901

A dribbler may not shoot for a field goal and may dribble only once, and then with two hands.
Wait. What? What does that even mean?

1908-1909

A dribbler is permitted to shoot. The dribble is defined as the “continuous passage of the ball,” making the double dribble illegal.
Great that they finally allowed the dribblers to shoot, man.

1910-1911

No coaching is allowed during the progress of the game by anybody connected with either team. A warning is given for the first violation and a free throw is awarded after that.
Hear that? NO COACHING ALLOWED. So strange. Then again, maybe they were onto something.

1921-1922

Running with the ball was changed from a foul to a violation.
If traveling was a foul James Harden would be out of games very early.

1923-1924

The player fouled must shoot his own free throws. Before this rule, one person usually shot all the free throws for a team.
Designated free throw shooters, man. Steve Nash would have averaged 50 a game.

1937-1938

The center jump after every made basket is eliminated.
Yes kids, before this rule was changed there was a jump ball after every basket.

1939-1940

Teams have the option of taking a free throw or taking the ball at mid-court.
This would actually lead to some intersting strategy.

1944-1945

Defensive goal tending is banned.

I’m guessing the advancement of player athleticism led to this rule.

1944-1945

Offensive players cannot stand in the free throw lane for more than 3 seconds.
Good rule. Congestion on the court is not a good thing.

1948-1949

Coaches are allowed to speak to players during a timeout.
And thus the modern basketball coach was born.

1956-1957

The free throw lane is increased from 6 feet to 12 feet.
Look at that old 6-foot lane. So damn small.

1956-1957

Grasping the rim is rule unsportsmanlike conduct.
Players be jumpin’ higher!

1967-1968

The dunk is made illegal during the game and during warmup.
Ah, the famous Lew Alcindor rule.

1972-1973

An official can charge a technical foul on a player for unsportsmanlike conduct if the official deems the player ‘flopped’ to get a charging call.
Aaaand flopping is still not called today.
1972-1973
Freshman are now eligible to play varsity basketball.
This is why Alcindor’s UCLA freshman team used to beat the hell of of the varsity all the time.

1973-1974

Officials can now penalize players away from the ball for fouls for acts such as holding, grabbing and illegal screens.
Great rule and hard to believe it took this long to add it.

1976-1977

The dunk is made legal again.
And a nation rejoiced!

1981-1982

The jump ball is eliminated except for the start of the first and second half, and overtime if necessary. An alternating arrow will indicate possession of the ball in jump-ball situations in a game.
And the Possession Arrow was born.

1985-1986

The 45 second shot clock is introduced.
The shot clock is coming to high school basketball as well . . . soon.

1985-1986

If a shooter is intentionally fouled and the basket is missed, the shooter will get two free throws and the team will get possession of the ball.
Hard to fathom that I was coaching before the addition of the intentional foul.

1986-1987

A three point shot was introduced at 19’9″.
And everything began to change . . .
1989-1990
Three free throws are awarded when a shooter is fouled from three point range and misses the shot.
Oddly enough, for a couple years after the advent of the 3-point shot you only got 2 free throws if fouled while shooting it. Dumb.

1993-1994

The shot clock is reduced from 45 seconds to 35 seconds.
Will it get shorter?

1997-1998

Timeouts can be made be players on the court or the head coach.
Seems odd now, but before this coaches could not call timeouts. You had to yell for your players to do it.

So yeah, the game has changed. A lot. I wonder what it will look like in 50-years?

Color coded with each team’s colors.

In the world today, 1 in 200 men are direct descendants of Genghis Khan.

Check out that Flower Mantis, man. How have I missed this guy? Just stunningly beautiful like you read about. The little dude climbs up twigs of plants and sits there, imitating a flower and patiently waiting for its prey. It then sways from side to side, and soon various small flies land on and around it, attracted by the small black spot resembling a fly on the end of its abdomen. The Flower Mantis at once seizes the bug and the party’s over. Diabolical. Anywho, Flower Mantis.

Hey kids, remember The Wonder Years? The Wonder Years aired from 1988 and 1993 and depicted the years between 1968 and 1973. When I watched the show it felt like it was set in a time long, long ago, which it was – way back when I was a youngster. But get this- if a new Wonder Years premiered today, it would cover the years between 2000 and 2005.

Think about that for a second.

Interesting.

Interesting stuff.

I met Lex Wexner once. Seemed like a regular dude.

Yikes.