Around 50 percent of the population make resolutions each new year. Three quarters of us are promising ourselves we’ll lose weight, quit smoking and exercise more regularly. We also want to better manage our money and reduce our debt. The fourth most popular New Year's resolution is to “Enjoy life to the fullest.” A UK study conducted in 2007 and involving 3,000 people showed that 88 percent of those who set New Year's resolutions fail.
Year after year, my New Year's resolutions remain the same: stay in shape, and keep eating right. Easy for me to say: I’ve been working out regularly for years and am one of those strange [...]
Upon finishing this week's Physical Book, the superlative "Going Clear" by Lawrence Wright (Amazon | Indiebound), your Books Editor decided to go deeper into the belly of the beast.
Auditor: Are you hungry?
Us (puts down E-meter cans excitedly): Wait, are there snacks?
Auditor: No, but the process is not as accurate if you are troubled by physical hunger, have slept less than 7.5 hours the previous night, have been drinking alcohol or taken drugs within the last 24 hours, or find the room drafty.
Us: That is…thoughtful! I cannot provide the answer you would like to literally any of those questions, but would like to proceed just [...]
It's time to start gearing up for bikini season — in whichever way you choose. How about resolving to become a better sandcastle builder? Carl Java, who is from Cleveland where they actually do have beaches, believe it or not, has gotten quite a head start on all of us. Just imagine how good he'll be by June! If anyone figures out the spell he used to make individual grains of sand defy gravity, please share? [via]