Getting a cold shower in the midst of this blistering hot summer weather? Sure, why not?! But did you know that there is more you can get in taking ice-cold showers?
The Art of Manliness reveals that people from the ancient times, subject themselves to the chilling embrace of cold water even if they have already developed heating systems. The Greeks, the Romans, the Japanese, etc. even had a special practice that involves bathing in cold waters. Some Native American tribes took it to the extreme. After getting a good warm up in a sweat lodge, they would then quickly jump in an icy river or lake. You might think this is already a kind torture, but not exactly. They did it because they recognize its amazing benefits to the physical and mental health of a person.
It’s not that you follow suit what our forefathers have done because it could only prove to be dangerous. A 5-minute worth of cold shower in your bathroom is already good enough to get these benefits like:
Improved blood circulation
Relief from depression
Increase in the body’s metabolism
A way to get a good sleep
Helps keep the skin and hair health
And more others!
Now before you grab your neon-colored shower cap, you might want to watch the whole video down below.
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In the Future You Can Learn A Language Just By Taking a Pill
Tirelessly grinding over textbooks and putting countless hours in a classroom trying to learn verb usage could now be a thing of the past. This is how MIT Media Lab and One Laptop per Child Association founder Nicholas Negroponte see the future.
In a latest TED Talk event held in Vancouver, Canada, Negroponte addresses the audience by saying, “My prediction is that we’ll be able to ingest information. You’re going to swallow a pill and know English. You’re going to swallow a pill and know Shakespeare.”
By ingesting it, the information from the pill will go through the bloodstream and will then be absorbed by the brain. After which, different pieces of the information get deposited in the right places.
You might at the absurdity of the idea but it has to be noted that in 1984 TED Talk, Negroponte predicted the demise of the computer mouse for control and instead we’ll be using our fingers. This basically forecasted the touch screen technology which, obviously, is abundant on today’s smartphones and tablets. Heck, you might be reading this post in your tablet!
Though the “Learning Pill” may sound so far-fetched, we still put faith in the capacity of the human knowledge to take technological advancement to the N th level.
Check out Negroponte’s video of his full prediction.