LAST OF SEASON MARKDOWNS ON NOW WITH COMPLIMENTARY SHIPPING - For her | For him
LAST OF SEASON MARKDOWNS ON NOW WITH COMPLIMENTARY SHIPPING - For her | For him

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TALKING POINTS:

The Kinky Creativity Edition 


Volume 27.

By: Kate Wells | Illustration: Tom Froese

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NEWS BITES 

Zap to the future. Sci-fi nightmares have become reality after US military scientists have found a way to use electrical brain stimulators to enhance the mental skills of aircrews, drone operators and others in the armed forces. In a series of successful tests, electrical pulses were beamed directly into subjects’s brains to improve their effectiveness in high-pressure situations – effectively turning human beings into robots. While this study may sound ominous, we’re curious when this will be available to the general public – coffee is no longer cutting it the morning after a Netflix binge.

The Dark Ages. A recent study has shown that the average American worker takes less vacation time than a medieval peasant. Economist Juliet Shor found that in 14th-century England, peasants often put in no more than 150 days of work per year (less than half!), while Americans average only eight vacation days annually after a year on the job. Sure, disease and famine were rampant and you went to bathroom in a hole, but what a benefits package.

The spice of life. Here’s something to discuss over sushi tonight – kinky sex can enhance creativity. A small study suggests that the exhilarating high we get from “kink” may stem from an altered state of consciousness known as transient hypofrontality – or “flow”, if you’re trying to speak like a normal person. “Flow” stimulates the imagination (among other things) and people usually associate it with running or playing chess, and it has been likened to a rewarding sense of control and loss of self-consciousness. So crack the whip and start getting creative.

In the Land of Snow and Syrup. Now that the dust has settled after the US election and people have stopped trying to figure out how to move to Canada, it’s fun to take a look at how little the States knows about their northern neighbours. Formerly referred to as “Top Hat of America”, let's revisit a truly painful YouTube series displaying just how little Americans know about Canada. Pretty sad, eh?