There’s too much Internet—with wonders like how to paint with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s—and too little time. That’s why we curate a list of the best of the best (a.k.a. “the Greatist”) things we’ve come across on the Web this week. In other words, it’s the stuff we’d email/gchat/tweet/text you immediately if we were besties. While we’ll never stop striving to bring our readers amazing content on a daily basis, we know not all the best stuff comes from us.
1. 16 Hard Facts About Penis Size (BuzzFeed)comprehensive review of studies
2. A Brewing Problem (The Atlantic)
Americans are obsessed with their Keurig machines—they’re now in one of every three homes. There’s just one little problem: The K-Cups that magically turn lukewarm water into delicious coffee are piling up in landfills. So what are we to do? Wait until Keurig develops a recyclable K-Cup? Switch to an old school method of brewing a cup of joe? It turns out that finding the most environmentally-friendly way to make your morning cup of coffee isn’t so simple.
3. How to Make Yourself Poop (Runner’s World)
OK, admittedly there aren’t many situations where we’d actually want to coax our body into pooping. (It usually does that on it’s own schedule.) But say it’s right before a big race or a long car ride (or you’ve just started House of Cards), there are a few science-backed tricks—drink hot beverages, run around, or even get a massage—that can trick your body into taking a number two.
At a time when most fast food restaurants are stressing healthier options—like getting rid of soda in McDonald’s Happy Meals—the pizza industry is doubling down on its greasy, delicious fare. We don’t just top pizza with barbecue chicken and meatballs anymore. Now we stuff the crusts with bacon and cheese. (No wonder it’s the most addictive food we can get our hands on!) If you’re wondering why pizza skirted all of the bad press that’s plagued the fast food industry (and managed to be counted as a serving of vegetables in school lunches for years), look no further than the American Pizza Community, the powerful lobbying group that fights for everyone from Pizza Hut to mom and pop pizza joints.
5. One Twin Exercises, the Other Doesn’t (The New York Times)
Sure, we all know someone who seems like a natural-born athlete or who is blessed with a fast metabolism. But a new study on identical twins in Finland suggests that we can’t just rely on genetics. In pairs where one twin exercises regularly and the other doesn’t, the researchers found dramatic differences in everything from body fat percentage to the amount of gray matter in their brains. And it didn’t take long for the changes to appear: Most of the sedentary twins had stopped regular exercise in the last three years.
6. 17 Times Fitspiration Was Wrong, So We Fixed It (BuzzFeed)
Spend enough time on Instagram or Pinterest and you’re bound to run into supposedly motivational phrases slapped on photos of ridiculously fit people. But messages like, “Hey girl, don’t eat that cupcake—you’re sweet enough,” just send us into a downward spiral of body shame. And fitspiration rarely acknowledges the fact that our bodies are different, so our eating and exercise habits should be different too. Thankfully, our friends at BuzzFeed did some quick edits to make these fitspiration examples relatable and hilarious.