Shinrin-yoku (meaning “forest bathing”) is considered a form of nature therapy in Japan which has positive effects on mental and nervous wellbeing. It consists essentially in taking long walks in forests.
On his travels through the Arctic, naturalist George Steller described a mysterious creature known as the Danish Sea Ape. While this has since perplexed scientists, evidence indicates that he was not describing an animal, but rather subtly mocking the ship’s Danish captain, who he despised.
Tommy Hilfiger’s new line of clothing includes a weird feature. You can earn reward points by wearing the clothes, thanks to a smart chip embedded in them. You can eventually redeem these points for Hilfiger gift cards or merchandise.
A Japanese company has awarded its non-smoking employees 6 extra vacation days to compensate for the smoker’s smoke breaks.
Ingredients in the average bottle of prestige perfume cost about $1.20 to $1.50. The actual liquid in a typical bottle of $150 perfume is less than 1% of the retail cost. The bottle, box and and display carton typically cost four to six times times more than the fragrance itself
A Peppa Pig episode was banned in Australia because it tells kids that “spiders can’t hurt you”
The word Hello became popular after Thomas Edison suggested its use when answering the phone. Alexander Graham Bell, his competitor, preferred Ahoy.
The IKEA effect makes people think anything they make themselves has increased value.
The ‘Time Cube’ is a conspiracy theory in which modern education and physics are hiding the ultimate truth: That each day actually consists of four separate simultaneously occurring days.
The term “Napoleon Dynamite Problem” is used to describe the phenomenon where “quirky” films such as Napoleon Dynamite, Lost in Translation and I Heart Huckabees prove difficult for researchers to create algorithms able to predict whether or not a viewer will like a certain film.