Wednesday, February 19, 2014

6 Surprising Things That Can Influence Your Dreams

An abridged version of this article on Mental Floss.
1. Sleeping on your belly gives you erotic dreams

People who sleep on their fronts are way more likely to have erotic dreams compared to those who go to sleep in other positions. According to a study, people who sleep on their tummy tend to get short of breath at night, and because of that, they often get dreams of wild sex.

2. Nightmares can be shared

Identical twins may usually have the same interests and habits, but scientists have discovered that they can even experience nightmares at almost the same frequency. In a study of nearly 2700 identical twins and 4200 non-identical twins, scientists found that identicals are twice as likely as fraternals to have frequent nightmares.

3. Earth’s magnetic field triggers weird dreams

It's possible that the Earth’s magnetic field has a profound effect on dreams in people. Psychologist Darren Lipnicki has been recording his dreams for over eight years and concluded that low geomagnetic activity caused weirder dreams.

4. Black and white television gives you black and white dreams

Trying to think of a world in black and white might sound impossible, but some people actually do so in their dreams. A study published in 2008 found that respondents aged 55 and over had colorless dreams 20 percent of the time, suggesting that children who were exposed to black-and-white film and TV are more likely to dream in greyscale throughout their life.

5. Different cheeses affect your dreams

A study has found out that different types of cheeses can affect your dreams. All cheeses contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which is helpful in normalizing sleep and reducing stress levels. A 2005 study conducted by the British Cheese Board found that the subjects who normally ate cheddar cheese dreamt more about celebrities; the people who ate blue cheese experienced bizarre dreams.

6. Sound and scent influences your dreams

Our mind interprets the noise occurring around us while we’re asleep and makes it a part of our dreams. In one study, researchers found that there was a significant difference between the dreams of the people who were exposed to music in their sleep and those who weren't. Smells can also influence dreams and be incorporated into dreams. For example, the scent of rose gave people pleasant dreams while the scent of rotten eggs resulted in bizarre dreams.

(Full article here)

News: Clown Population Dwindling

GOOD! The fuckers. I hate 'em.
The U.S.’s Clown Shortage Is No Laughing Matter

The United States is running out of clowns, and according to industry insiders, it’s no laughing matter.

The Daily News reports that membership in the country’s largest clown trade organization has plummeted over the last decade amid higher standards for clowning, decreasing popularity amongst the younger generation, and an aging population of current clowns.

The World Clown Association, the nation’s largest clown trade group, says membership has declined from roughly 3,500 to 2,500 since 2004 — a loss of over 28%. Glen Kohlberger, President of Clowns of America International, another large trade organization, also complained of shrinking membership, but declined to give specific figures due to privacy concerns.

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Photoshops Of The Day: Long-Distance Olympic Skiers

A Photoshop battle on Reddit to spruce up this picture of long-distance skiers in Sochi right after their race. I guess they were exhausted.

Now, the spoofs:

Andy's coming!


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