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How Does Your Hoarding Compare to Other People?

Most of us have a little HOARDER hidden somewhere inside of us.  At least we THINK it’s little.  Thanks to a new survey, you can compare your hoarding instincts to everyone else.  Here are the results . . .

1.  Do you still have multiple stuffed animals or keepsakes from childhood?  61% say yes.

2.  Do you save your old cell phones?  42% do, 58% don’t.

3.  How many pairs of jeans do you have?  35% have more than five.

4.  How many pairs of shoes do you have?  Only 40% have less than 10 pairs.

5.  Do you still have CDs?  63% say yes.

6.  Do you still have DVDs?  51% have more than 20.

7.  Do you still have VHS tapes?  46% do.

8.  Do you have a bunch of cords but you’re not sure what they connect to?  56% do.

9.  Do you have multiple hammers, screwdrivers, nails, and other tools?  52% do.

10.  And finally, 58% have looked in their closet and thought, “What IS all of this?”

(Buzzfeed)

If You Need to Shift Gears at Work, Go Wash Your Hands First

Sometimes at work you’ve gotta stop one thing and move on to something else.  And it’s not always easy to shift gears like that.  So here’s a trick the next time you need to do it . . .

Before you start in on the second project . . . go wash your hands.

Researchers at the University of Toronto just published a study this week that found the physical act of washing your hands forces your brain to shift gears.

The people in the study used hand wipes.  But apparently washing your hands works too, or you could try it with hand sanitizer.

They had people work on a project, like a word game.  Then they had to stop and do something else.  And when they washed their hands in between, they had an easier time moving on to the next project.

Apparently it works better than something like eating a snack or taking a break to go on Facebook, because the act of CLEANING your hands sends a signal to your brain that it’s time to start fresh with a clean slate.

Could a Drone Save Your Life If You Have a Heart Attack?

  I’m looking forward to the day drones can deliver a Philly cheesesteak straight to my face in 10 minutes or less.  Then when I collapse from the resulting HEART ATTACK a few years later, maybe they’ll save my LIFE too . . .

Researchers in Sweden recently came up with a pretty brilliant idea.  What if paramedics and fire departments started using drones to get DEFIBRILLATORS to heart attack victims?

AED machines are easy to use, and seriously increase survival rates.  But you have to use them right after the person collapses.  Your chances of surviving drop about 10% every minute.  And after 10 minutes, it’s usually too late.

The researchers looked at 18 different calls that came in for heart attacks between 2006 and 2014.  The average time it took for paramedics to get to each one was about 22 minutes.

Then they simulated the exact same conditions, but had a drone with an AED machine FLY to where the victim was at about 50 miles an hour.  And they got to each location about 16 MINUTES faster than paramedics could.

They’re hoping to start using them in Sweden in the next two years or so.  No word yet on when we might see them here.

(The Guardian)

 

 



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