April 30, 2019

At the Dreamery, an outfit opened by the mattress company Casper in Manhattan, naps are for sale.

To be more precise, a 45-minute session in a darkened nook with peace and quiet is for sale for $25.

Everything you might need to prepare for your nap is available: various lotions and balms, free toothbrushes, pajamas. “You miss a hundred percent of the naps you don’t take,” reads a little message on the mirror of the changing room. From there, a steward guides you into a quiet space filled with the hutches. You lie down inside, behind heavy curtains. When you’re ready, you turn off the light. Forty-five minutes later the light goes on again.
Is a nap worth $25? Yes. A third of Americans adults aren’t getting the sleep they need for optimal health and well-being. Research from the University of Michigan found that a group who napped for 60 minutes had significantly higher tolerance for frustration and more focus than people who didn’t.

SOURCE: New York Times, 12/8/18

February 26, 2019
  • Be attentive to the reasons someone might disagree with you. It isn’t enough to dwell on the strengths of your own position. Accept that an issue can have strong reasons on both sides.
  • Rather than lead with your strongest arguments, start by interrogating those of your adversary.
  • Establish a common set of foundational terms as quickly as possible. If you and your opponent can’t agree on some basic points -- that the earth revolves around the sun, for example – you will be less likely to come to a mutual understanding. 
February 26, 2019

Recently, researchers scored 47,000 films on IMDb that had been tagged as referencing or being referenced in other films. Following are the top 10 most influential movies in Western culture, according to the study:

10.  Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
  9.  Frankenstein (1931)
  8.  The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  7.  Citizen Kane (1941)
  6.  Metropolis (1927)
  5.  2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  4.  King Kong (1933)
  3.  Psycho (1960)
  2.  Star Wars (1977)
  1.  The Wizard of Oz (1939)

SOURCE:, 12/27/...

February 26, 2019

If “Pokemon Go” has overextended your short attention span, up your game with the Vatican’s “Follow JC Go,” a new augmented reality mobile game in which players collect saints and other notable Bible figures as they move around the world. Pope Francis has approved the game, which asks players to answer questions about the characters and to donate to charities to earn game currency. The Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera reported...

February 26, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day means green: green clothes, green décor and, of course, green beer. All it takes to make a brew as emerald as the Isle herself is a couple drops of food coloring, right? That wasn’t the case 101 years ago when the idea for the hued brew was cooked up in New York City (not Ireland!). That year, the toastmaster of a Bronx social club’s St. Paddy’s celebration added a drop of “wash blue” to the beer. 

February 26, 2019

Not bringing your lunch to work because of the microwave line backup? Consider investing in a butane-powered crème brûlée torch. With it, you can:


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