Being pessimistic may extend your life

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Through history, some have concluded that a pessimistic attitude, although justified, must be avoided. Worrying takes years off your life, right? Well, maybe not. Pessimists rejoice: happy-go-lucky, care-free peers of yours probably won’t live as long as you. New research suggests that the pessimists wind up outlasting the optimists.

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‘World’s strongest coffee’ has 200% more caffeine than normal cup

Death Wish coffee: the strongest in the world (Picture: Solent)
Death Wish coffee: the strongest in the world (Picture: Solent)

Have trouble waking up in the morning? Maybe your cup of joe isn’t giving you the jolt you need. But not to worry: there’s a new coffee on the market that promises to inject 200 per cent more caffeine in your mug than ordinary coffee.

Its name? Death Wish — and it claims to be the strongest coffee in the world.

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Some people have a disorder that allows them to “see” music, numbers and letters as colors

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Credit: peacemakergirl.deviantart.com

Some musicians and composers have a brain disorder that allows them to “see” music as colors or shapes. This sensory disorder is called synesthesia. Mozart is said to have had this condition. He said that the key of D major had a warm “orangey” sound to it, while B-flat minor was blackish. A major was a rainbow of colors to him. This may explain why he wrote some of his music using different colors for different music notes, and why much of his music is in major keys.

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Grapefruit combined with certain drugs can be deadly

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Grapefruit juice can cause severe side effects (including sudden death) when taken with certain common medications. Many of the drugs are common, such as some cholesterol-lowering statins, antibiotics and calcium channel blockers used to treat high blood pressure. Others include agents used to fight cancer or suppress the immune system in people who have received an organ transplant.

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Having boys can shorten a mom’s lifespan

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Researchers in Finland have found that having a boy, historically speaking, shortens a mother’s life expectancy by a statistically significant amount. Their study, which looked at Finnish villagers in pre-industrial Scandinavia, showed that a woman’s risk of death increased by seven percent per year for each son born. By investigating parish records for individuals in eight parishes who lived during the seventeenth to mid-twentieth centuries, “they found that if a woman in these communities was 37 years old at the time of having her last child, her life expectancy would vary depending on the sex of her children.”

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Dogs understand human perspective

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A recent study reveals that dogs are much likely to steal food in the dark when humans cannot notice them, indicating they understand a human’s perspective. A series of experiments were conducted in different light conditions. In each test, the humans forbade the dog from eating the food. On conducting these tests, she noticed that the dog ate more food in the dark and that too quickly, as compared to when the room was lit.

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It was once a common practice to conceal shoes in the structure of a building to ward off evil spirits

It’s believed that people as far back as the 14th century thought that concealed shoes would ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. They are often found near chimneys, perhaps because evil spirits would enter through the highest point of the house, as well as near other access points like doors and windows. The shoes are usually well-worn, and are more likely to have belonged to children or women than men.

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Watching horror movies burns nearly 200 calories

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Image credit: Moviestore Collection/Rex

Now there’s another reason to love horror flicks — scientists say we can burn calories as we watch. A new study has revealed that watching scary movies can burn up to 200 calories a sitting. The adrenaline rushes that viewers experience during a 90-minute horror film are believed to use up the same amount of energy as is contained within a bar of chocolate.

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