There’s too much Internet—with wonders like an insane treadmill dance to “Uptown Funk”—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. Test-Driving the Latest Over-the-Counter Hangover Cures (First We Feast)
By now we know what foods to reach for and which ones to avoid when we wake up with our head throbbing after a night of drinking. But if you need any extra boost to make your hangover disappear (or just manageable), there are a lot of over-the-counter cures—everything from pills to sprays to (non-alcoholic) drinks. But these supposed quick cures aren’t created equal. Luckily someone over at First We Feast volunteered to test them out and report back.
2. The Nap Hacks You Need in Your Life (BuzzFeed)
Naps, glorious naps. They can be the perfect thing for perking up and boosting creativity—until they turn into a multi-hour snooze fest. Use these tips from our friends at BuzzFeed—like propping up your pillow, which makes it less likely you’ll fall into a deep sleep—and start napping like a pro.
3. How to Handle Weight Gain Like a Boss (Refinery29)
Stepping on the scale and seeing the numbers tick higher than usual spells doom and gloom for most of us. And yes, it’s OK to feel annoyed, upset, and frustrated. But in this installment of the Anti-Diet Project over at Refinery29, Kelsey Miller gives us some tips on how to handle weight gain in an adult manner.
4. What If We Made Pizza That Didn’t Give Us Heartburn? (Lucky Peach)
Pizza is basically the definition of savory goodness on a plate. But gobbling up one too many slices is enough to put your digestive tract through the ringer. Thankfully chefs at one San Francisco bakery say they’ve found the key to stomach-friendly pizza: letting the dough ferment for a full day before giving it a toss and sticking it in a brick oven. The fermentation process introduces more bacteria into the dough that give your digestive system a helping hand.
5. The Scientific Case for Cold Showers (Fast Company)
We’ve only had to endure cold showers the few times our roommates took an extra long one—probably well-deserved karma for forgetting to wash the dishes the night before. But some people actually choose to take cold showers (even when hot water heaters are at the ready) for the health benefits of giving your body an icy shock. Studies have found it spikes your adrenaline, boosts moods, limits inflammation, and might even improve memory.