by Verlo's Mr. Mattress,posted May 31 2012 11:03AM
Are you any good at guessing people’s age?
Some new research says you probably are, if your nose is working well.
The study shows that young and old people do give off distinctive odors. They’re not sure why, but researchers say people can reliably distinguish the body odor of elderly people from a whiff of the young or middle-aged. But they go on to say the odor of the elderly is actually pretty neutral. And it's a lot more pleasant than the body odor coming from younger to middle-aged guys, who tend to smell the worst.
OK. So this means the thing about Grandma's house having an "Old Person Smell" is all in my mind?
You know what's also a freaky statistic? No joke. An older mattress will tend to gain weight over the years. It's because they accumulate things like dirt, skin and hair. Think about that the next time you sleep over at Gradma's house.
Everyone loves a good nap. Good news is that many recent studies have expounded the benefits of naps on creativity, mood, productivity, and overall health. A 60-minute nap can boost alertness for up to 10 hours and a 45-minute nap can improve memory and learning. Naps have also been thought to reduces stress and lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke, diabetes, and excessive weight gain. No nap is a bad nap, but knowing when and how long to nap can achieve various results.
Limiting naps to 45-minutes or less will enhance alertness and concentration. This may also get you into REM sleep, which enhances creative thinking and boosts sensory processing. Any longer and you may drift off into slow-wave sleep, will result in grogginess upon waking.
Taking a nap between 90 and 120 minutes will get you all stages of sleep, providing all the previous benefits as well as catching up on sleep. This will also get you a full sleep cycle, which reduces grogginess upon waking.
When you take your naps can also be important. Most mammals, humans included, are physiologically programmed for multiple rounds of sleep per day. One in very early morning, and another in early afternoon. For best results, night owls will want to take a nap around 2:30 or 3pm while early rises will want to shoot for 1 to 1:30pm.
So don't feel bad if you feel a little sleepy mid day, it's only nature! Lay down, curl up, and catch a few z's to have a more creative, productive, and energetic day.
Fast, weeknight dish (with a ramen noodle surprise)! Add salsa and sour cream if you'd like.
1/2 pound lean ground beef
2 tbsp finely chopped onion
3/4 cup can diced tomatoes, drained
2 tbsp taco seasoning
1 cup water
1 package (3 oz) ramen noodles
1/4 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese blend
1/4 cup crushed tortilla chips
In a small skillet, cook the beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil. Add ramen noodles (save noodle seasoning packet for another use). Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until the noodles are tender.
Spoon into bowls (recipe serves two); sprinkle with cheese, chips and any additional toppings like sour cream and salsa.
Amongst the summer blockbusters, sequels and prequels we’re getting this year. Men In Black 3 rises a notch above the rest. There’s a lot of mediocrity in the movie houses, and Will Smith delivers a suited up, suitable performance.
Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent J (Smith) are back to another intergalactic go round. This time with a sharp toothed baddie named Boris The Animal (Jemaine Clement.) Imprisoned on a secret moon prison for aliens by K, Boris breaks out to seek his revenge by traveling back in time to kill K in 1969. How very Terminator of him.
J must also head back to the 60’s to stop the retroactive killing. There he meets a younger Agent K (Josh Brolin) and start on a whimsical path of straight guy vs. wacky guy character development. Along the way, we are treated to the host of gooey, scary and hidden aliens that walk unnoticed amongst us.
Director Barry Sonnefeld, who also called shots on the previous MIB films doesn’t spend much time playing up the time change. While in the past Agent J notices that things are a little off and is subject to some tame racism but the points are not dwelled upon. The biggest kicker about time frames, actually comes in the present setting of the film. While Agent J knocks on the door of a stranger and takes a drink from a child’s sippy cup, the little one asks her mother why the president is drinking her chocolate milk?
While at times it seemed like Smith bounced back and forth from an energetic 20-something and the more dignified 43 year old he is today, he still was entertaining. Brolin must have been studying Tommy Lee Jones films, because he seamlessly pulls off the grumpy deadpan persona. That may be the film’s crowning achievement.
What’s nice about the MIB franchise is they do a nice balance job of sci-fi wizardry and human capacity. It’s rare, but three films into the franchise and the fun is still there.