New Drinking Game From NZ
A new drinking game called “possum” has attracted the attention of City Council officials in Dunedin, New Zealand after the city’s botanic gardens reported “an increase in possum activity.” One city official is worried the game — which only requires that you sit in a tree and drink until you fall out of the tree — could result in “food scraps, broken bottles and vomit left behind.” Other concerns are, “the potential for someone to get injured falling from a tree and the effect on other users of the gardens.”
Harvard Wants To Get You Drunk… FAST
A Harvard scientist has collaborated with a French designer to create a portable mouth spray, called Quantum Sensations, that gets users instantly drunk — although it only lasts for a few seconds. The system, which was presented at a French exhibition, sprays a small amount of alcohol directly into the users’ system, creating the brief buzz and leaving behind no hangover. Distribution details aren’t yet available, but The Week says the spray will reportedly cost $26.
6-Year-Old Suspended After Telling Girl ‘I’m Sexy and I Know It’ Song Lyric
A 6-year-old Colorado first-grader was suspended from school for three days last week after he told a girl, “I’m sexy and I know it,” a line from the popular song by LMFAO. D’Avonte Meadows is accused of sexual harassment and disrupting other students, according to a letter the school district sent to his mother. Stephanie Meadows said her son doesn’t know the meaning of sexual harassment, telling a local TV station, KMGH, “I’m floored. They’re going to look at him like he’s a pervert. . . . that’s not fair to him.” Aurora Public Schools issued a statement saying it is trying to provide an equal learning environment for all students, stating, “We have policies and protocol in place to prevent any disruption to the learning environment.”
Work Email Stressd People Out
Giving employees occasional “vacations” from work e-mail significantly reduces stress and allows employees to focus far better. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, and the U.S. Army conducted a study in which heart rate monitors were attached to computer users in a suburban office setting, while software sensors detected how often they switched between on-screen windows. People who read e-mail changed screens twice as often and were in a steady “high alert” state, with constant elevated heart rates. Participants who were then removed from e-mail for five days experienced more natural, variable heart rates, the researchers said. “We found that when you remove e-mail from workers’ lives, they multitask less and experience less stress,” UC Irvine informatics Professor Gloria Mark said. People with e-mail switched windows an average of 37 times per hour, the study found, while those without changed screens half as often, about 18 times in an hour. Those with no e-mail reported feeling better able to do their jobs and stay on task, with fewer stressful and time-wasting interruptions. (UPI)