Fun Fact Friday: Nutella was invented during WWII

Did you know that Nutella was created during WWII in Italy due to a shortage of chocolate?

According to the history of Nutella, it was created during the 1940’s by Pietro Ferrero as a way to deal with the shortage of chocolate during the war by incorporating hazelnuts, which were abundant in the “Piedmont region of Italy.” This is a great example of, “if life gives you lemons, you make lemonade”. If you are interested in reading more about the history of this tasty spread click on the link below.

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Fun Fact Friday: Video Games and Empathy

Did you know that violent video games that objectified women caused less empathy among young players that identified with the characters?

It is true according to a recent study. I heard this one a while back on NPR news, but it’s been a while since I’ve blogged a “fun fact friday.” Although this isn’t quite a “fun fact” I thought it would be an interesting one. I couldn’t find the NPR version, but I did find The Ohio State University article that NPR quoted. It states that the study was conducted among male players between the ages of 15-20. The study was separated among three categories, 1) violent games that objectified women like “Grand Theft Auto,” 2) violent games without the objectification of women, and 3) Non violent games nor the presence of sexism. All three groups were shown two sets of pictures, one of which exhibited a woman that showed signs of physical abuse. Sadly, the games with female objectification caused the first group to have very little empathy. Interestingly, the article says something different than what I heard on NPR. NPR stated that the first group had no empathy what so ever, the second some and the third did have empathy. There is a big realization with this study and that is that games with violence can be poisonous to growing impressionistic young adults. Also, in movies, according to the study, people can move away from feeling connected to the character, but with games there is an undeniable connection as you become this character during the duration of the game.

If you’d like to read more, I’m attaching the article to this post.

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Fun Fact Friday: Play is Good

Did you know that playing, as an adult, continues to be a necessity for good health?

Let us begin with an important question; what is play?

Play consists of something enjoyable that doesn’t always have an end goal. Once again, it should be enjoyable.

Play and Children:

Playing teaches children to share, to be imaginative and creative; it teaches them social skills and it teaches them the importance of tolerating and dealing with different personalities. Playing can assist with “higher academic performance” (NPR, Hamilton).

According to a recent NPR news article, it is said that playing, as a child, actually assists in creating healthy children–psychologically. The radio podcast I listened to, spoke of Charles Whitman who killed his wife and mother and shot students at a university in Texas in 1960. They mentioned that Whitman was denied play time as a child by his father and saw perpetual abuse from his father towards his mother, as well as endured abuse.  Playing is  necessary in order to remain healthy as an adult. Nietzsche states, “in every real man a child is hidden that wants to play” and although I don’t agree with his misogynistic ideals, he has a point. In fact, playing should never stop. In order to remain healthy and happy, allow yourself to play. It can help relieve the stress and pressures of the day or week and it is good for your mind. It is recommended to go out and play with a ball, an inclusive board game, anything that consists of fun. There is a thin line you must know of; the article states that if you play for fun, like poker, great, but once something becomes obsessive or addictive, you’ve removed the “play” aspect of it. So, this weekend, go out and play, have fun.  Continue reading

Fun Fact Friday: Gravitational Waves

Do you know what two black holes colliding a billion light years away registers as?

It registers as a chirp. According to Scientists, Einstein’s theory of gravitational waves has finally been proven–a century later–as they found that two black holes, greater than 30 Suns each, really do exist. In fact, Einstein made a claim that these black holes created a ripple in space-time.  Continue reading

Fun Fact Friday: 12/18/15 Junk food is a Trigger food

Did you know that junk food is actually a trigger food that makes you want to eat more. . .and more?

According to Women’s Magazine, if you eat bacon, cheese and sugary foods, you trigger something in your brain that really pushes you to eat until you are stuffed and the need for more food lasts for up to 3 days. Can you  believe this? In fact, sugar seems to enhance our “memory storage” Continue reading

Fun Fact Friday: 12/4/15 Women respond to romance on a full stomach

Did you know that studies suggest that a woman is more responsive to romance if they eat first?

According to a journal article in Appetite, 2o women were asked to fast for 8 hours and, when given romance cues to respond to, the women were not as responsive to romance on an empty stomach. Suddenly, when fed 500 calories, then given the same cues, the women were “more responsive.” Interesting!

If you are interested in the full article, you can find it on–here on wordpress.

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