8/24/2012 10:28 PM
From sushi to sleep to beer, it turns out that everything we are doing, we are doing wrong. There are better ways to do everything that we do every day. Among the things the experts say you are totally screwing up:
Using a beach towel – Whoever knew that the beach towel was such a marvel of engineering whose features we’ve so blithely ignored? Beach towels are specially designed with a side that is designed to dry you off, and a side that is intended as a soft surface to sit on, shield you from irritating sand, grass and bugs.
Dipping stuff in ketchup – those folded paper cups that you squirt ketchup into? Turns out that those crimps aren’t just there for optimum jello-shot extrication when you lift a stack of those cups for a party. The paper crimps pull apart to make it easier to dip larger items, like hamburgers, into the condiment.
Consuming plastic cups of alcohol – Ever eyeballed the proportions in a cocktail made in a Solo cup at a party? Turns out there was no need; you had the proper measurements for your drink right in your hand. The lines on Solo cups aren’t just for looks; the striations mark various measurement marks at the one-ounce line (for hard liquor) five ounce (for wine) and twelve ounce (for beer).
Cooking green beans – According to many cooks, those cooking green beans just until they are bright and tender-crisp are doing it wrong. Green beans, in their opinion, are far better suited to long braises, on the order of a couple of hours long.
Eating sushi – using chopsticks, mixing with your wasabi with the soy sauce, and dipping the rice side into the sauce? According to the “sushi concierge” in this video -- which should be sub-titled "how to be a high maintenance twat in a restaurant" -- all of that is bad, and you are a bad person who should feel bad for doing it.
Sleeping – So you’ve caved to the experts who say that you’ll die early if you don’t get eight hours of shut-eye a night? The newest round of experts say that those experts are wrong. Apparently, a solid block of sleep is a relatively new human behavior that did not exist before electric lights artificially extended our waking hours. Previously, people would go to bed when it got dark, sleep for three or four hours, wake for an hour or so, then sleep another few hours. People in experiments who have had their exposure to artificial light reduced revert to this sleep pattern. And, they have higher levels of prolactin, a hormone that makes us feel more calm and content.
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8/24/2012 10:28 PM |