The Perfect Times of Day to Do Just About Everything
What's the perfect time of day to do, well, everything? Mental Floss has come up with precisely that list, grounding its calendar in physiological science. Following is a list of the best times of day to undertake various tasks, as well as the scientific explanation for why:
8:30 a.m. Decide something. Researchers have found we make our best decisions right after we wake up.
9:30 a.m. Update your blog. Many people check their favorite websites before 10 a.m.
10 a.m. Take an aspirin. Mornings, particularly Mondays, are the most common times for both migraines and heart attacks.
11 a.m. Send an email. Analysis of more than 200 million emails found that people are most likely to read their mail shortly before their lunch break.
1 p.m. Watch a funny YouTube video. Exhaustive analysis has shown that "the national mood" is lowest at 1 p.m., so cheer yourself up!
2 p.m. Take a power nap. At around 2, your body temperature starts to drop the same way it does at night, and researchers have found that a 10-minute power nap is the most effective way of combating a mid-afternoon slump.
4:30 p.m. Clean the house. It's best to clean when your hand-eye coordination is highest, which is between 4 and 5 p.m.
5 p.m. Get some exercise. Your body temperature is highest from 5 to 6 p.m. The heat increases your stamina and strength, making your workouts more effective.
9 p.m. Sell something on eBay. According to the site's experts, the best time to end an auction is 9 p.m.
10 p.m. Solve the world's problems. Difficult problems require creative thinking, and studies show that people do their most abstract thinking when they are tired.
10 Baby Names of The Future Based on Today's Pop Culture
Buzzfeed has compiled a list of 20 names that are likely to be popular in the future, based on current pop culture. Influences include rappers like Drake and Iggy Azalea, Breaking Bad and, of course, Frozen. For the full list, check out the link; here are 10 of them:
Roughly 80 percent of all Americans carry less than $50 in their wallet at any one time, according to a new poll by Bankrate.com. Furhtermore, almost half carry $20 or less, while 9 percent don't carry any cash at all and only 7 percent tend to walk around with $100 or more in their billfolds. One explanation for this lack of shoe-leather liquidity could be that 27 percent of Americans are essentially living paycheck to paycheck. "In that situation, not only is money very tight, but you need every bit of it to pay the bills," Bankrate's chief financial analyst tells The Washington Post. "So you can’t afford to be tucking away a spare 20 in your wallet."