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Sleeping eight hours at once might not be the healthiest option!

A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural. A psychiatrist conducted an experiment where a group of people were put in total darkness for 14 hours a day for a whole month. It took a while for them to regulate their pattern, but by the 4th week, they had settled for a very distinct sleeping pattern: they slept 4 hours, woke up for 2 and then slept for another 4.

Looking at historical data, it seems like that sleep pattern was not just widely accepted, it was also common knowledge. In fact, people used the time in between sleeps to talk or have sex. Doctors even recommended that time as the best time to conceive. It wasn't until the late 17th century that references to 1st and 2nd sleep started to disappear: it started in the upper classes and then it disappeared entirely by the 1920s.


Christians were originally called atheists by the Romans!

Christians were routinely punished by the Romans who saw their religion as impious and backward. Beginning with Jesus, Christians were rounded up and executed for their religion over the course of three centuries. The Romans characterized them as “impious atheists” because they did not believe in many gods. Virtually everyone in the ancient world agreed there were many gods, which is why Christianity and Judaism were considered so bizarre.

In fact, the act of praising only one God was so foreign to the Romans that they considered it equivalent to denying the existence of all gods and thus labeled them atheists!


Those suffering from depression may actually see things more clearly than everyone else!

It is called “depressive realism,” and it is the idea that those suffering depression actually have a better sense of reality than most people, who harbor a false sense of being liked or a perfect world. However, this phenomenon is limited to those with what is considered moderate depression.

Psychologists Alloy and Abramson did studies in the 1970’s and 80’s in which they concluded that those who are somewhat depressed better understand their actual importance, reputation, locus of control, and abilities than those who are considered happy. However, all studies still highlight that it is better to be happy than intentionally be depressed to better understand things.


Male llamas have fighting teeth.

A male llama’s mouth is nothing short of a death trap. At around 2 years of age, it will develop a total of six fighting teeth. There are two upper and one lower blade sharp teeth on each side. When male llamas are threatened, they bring out those secret weapons. In fights with other male llamas, they often aim their teeth at the “junk” area, and have been known to castrate their opponent.

It is reported that these teeth appear in conjunction with the llama’s ability to settle females. Until these teeth come in, the male llama is not fertile. Llama’s often use their teeth to compete for their mate. Naturally, most llama keepers decide to remove the llama’s fighting teeth before it’s too late.


7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Hockey

An average professional hockey player loses 7 pounds in one game!

Hockey players are on the ice for only one minute shifts. The workout of the game is one of the most intense in professional sports. Players say that the time on the ice is spent holding their breath. They are pushing and shoving so much that they feel they exhale almost the whole time they are on the ice. 

Players don’t have time off in the off-season like they used to, either. The sport is so demanding that they do everything possible to stay in shape. Players can lose from 5 to 8 pounds in a single game. Of course most of the loss is water weight, but it causes the players to be very conscious of the amount of their fluid intake.

Goalies don’t make it to the bench as much as other players and can lose as much weight as a forward or defenseman. They began putting water bottles on top of the goals. Sometimes, the water bottles move when goals are made, and judges and announcers have actually used this more than once to determine if a goal counted or not!



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