Volume 20 

The bullshit breakfast, dorms for adults, orgasm edition.

By: Kate Wells | Photos: Tom Froese


The most misleading meal of the day. Turns out breakfast is not nearly as important as the internet – and your mother – would like you to believe. Recent research has shown that our die-hard commitment to breakfast is inaccurate and based on misinterpreted research and poor studies. If the plethora of questionable nutritional advice and diet fads (we see you juice cleanse) being thrown at you weren’t confusing enough, your trust will be seriously eroded when you learn that major cereal companies were the ones to fund many of the studies that “proved” breakfast is essential. Silly rabbit, Trix are for the gullible.

Oversharing. Sharing is caring, but with the latest installment in our current “sharing economy” – from cars, to hotels, to cabs – it is safe to say things have gone overboard. The latest trend is shared living spaces. Think of it as a dorm room for adults. Co-living is taking off in New York, where young professionals are paying upwards of $1,800 dollars a month for a furnished bedroom and shared common areas managed by on-site professionals (as in never having to argue about who is buying TP next). Times are trying when that kind of money can’t even buy you a pants-less morning coffee in your own kitchen. 

Funny guys (make her) finish first. It’s common knowledge that you should look for a partner that makes you laugh, but single straight ladies now have more reason to seek out a comedian – funny men give more orgasms. Previous research has shown that humour is a sign of intelligence, a trait women naturally seek out, but this is definitely a bonus. Another fun fact: women who have had more partners also have more orgasms – tell that to Nana the next time she asks when you’ll find “the one”. After all, practice makes perfect.

Trust your gut. Sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but that guilty late-night pizza is actually causing quantifiable changes to your mental state. The latest research shows that the digestive tract and the central nervous system maintain a complex two-way line of communication via the “gut-brain axis.” By manipulating the gut bacteria in mice, scientists found that stomach microbes influence how the brain develops, particularly the regions that influence the stress response and conditions related to stress, such as anxiety and depression. In one study, researchers fed mice probiotics similar to those found in yogurt and observed that the mice behaved less anxiously and were more open to exploration. Will report back if chocolate fro-yo is a suitable gut-friendly fix.