Join me at 6:20am every morning as we fire up the neurons with useless trivia that you just can't resist. We call this THE BRAINBUSTER. Or just BRAINBUSTER would be fine. You put a THE in front of it and people may start taking it seriously.
Enjoy! We'll post each day's answers here everyday!
BRAINBUSTER: a new study says if you want to meet someone, go out and get a ______. Buy a what?
ANSWER: a dog
If you really want to meet someone, get a dog. It turns out that one in four dog owners have met dates while walking their dogs. A third have at least made new friends. We trust dogs’ people-meters, too. Forty percent of dog owners say they would think twice if their pets and dates didn’t get along.
BRAINBUSTER: According to a new study, the strongest predictor of the US rise in obesity is the decline in this. Decline of what?
ANSWER: cigarette smoking
According to the Bureau of Economic Research, the strongest predictor of the obesity rise in the US is the decline in cigarette smoking (when considering between employment, physical activity at work, food prices, the prevalence of restaurants, cigarette smoking, cigarette prices and taxes, food stamp receipt, and urbanization.)
BRAINBUSTER: Survey says that the older you are, the less tolerant you are of this “manners breach” in social settings. The younger you are, not so much. What?
ANSWER: using smart phone
A new survey finds that many Americans feel using the mobile devices in those settings is just inappropriate. But opinions on mobile device manners vary by age, according to the survey out Monday. Younger people tend to be more tolerant of cellphone use during meals, meetings and classes.
BRAINBUSTER: A new survey says women prefer a guy with THESE SKILLS over a guy who has CAR REPAIR SKILLS. What skills would that be?
ANSWER: TECH SKILLS.
In a new survey, women say they prefer a guy who has TECH SKILLS over a guy who has CAR REPAIR skills. In other words, they'd rather you be able to figure out why their phone froze up,and just PAY Jiffy Lube to change their oil.
BRAINBUSTER: according to a new survey, the more colorful these are, the better the economy. Colorful what?
According to a recent survey, colorful underwear signals a better economy.
Dudes tend to buy for practicality, not fashion, when times are tough, according to fashion blog The Underwear Expert. That means your classic Hanes boxers are the go-to, not bright boxers or the sexy briefs your girlfriend loves. But the reverse happens when the economy starts picking up—colors become more popular. So welcome back, economy!
BRAINBUSTER: According to a new study out last week, the earlier in your workday you do this, the more weight you’ll lose if you're dieting.
ANSWER: Eat your lunch.
Researchers don't know why weight loss was greater in the early eaters, but one hypothesis is that glucose (sugar) is processed differently depending on the time of day. Another theory is that the timing of meals can impact the circadian system (the body's clock) which may disrupt the proper function of the liver and fat cells.