There’s too much Internet—including step-by-step instructions to make a pumpkin keg —and too little time. That’s why we curate a list of the best of the best (aka “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.
Sure, New Yorkers sound obnoxious when they berate other cities’ second-rate bagels, insisting that the Big Apple’s drinking water makes all the difference. But it turns out New York’s tap water is different from most of the country with lower rates of magnesium, calcium, and sodium. Our friends at Quartz break down the science and share the story of a man who’s gone to great lengths to mimic New York’s water in his Denver bagel shop.
2. Working Out With Hugh Jackman and His ‘DogPound’ (Vulture)
Ever wonder how Hugh Jackman went from typical Hollywood heartthrob (circa Kate and Leopold) to full-on Hulk in this year’s X Men: Days of Future Past? He works out before the crack of dawn six days a week with a group of high-powered (and jacked) New Yorkers: one startup founder, two Olympians, four investment bankers (including the president of the New York Stock Exchange), and noted fashion photographer and America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker. The fitness posse affectionally calls itself “The DogPound,” and it’s a full on beast-mode bromance—they email each other dozens of times a day. Woof!
3. Smart People Prefer Curly Fries (Salon)
If you like chowing down on curly fries while watching The Colbert Report in the middle of a thunderstorm, chances are you’re pretty smart. We’re not just saying this because it sounds like our ideal night. Mathematical algorithms found that people who like the Facebook pages for these terms—yes, there’s a Facebook page devoted to curly fries and it has nearly a million likes—also showed high levels of intelligence. This isn’t to say that curly fries are the Einstein of fried potato dishes. Sociologists note that once smart people like a page on Facebook, their friends, who are also smart (we tend to surround ourselves with like-minded people), follow suit.
4. Buckingham Palace: Teeming With Tinder Hookups (The Daily Mail)
There’s a new culprit threatening to topple all that is good and proper (pinky up!) at Buckingham Palace: Tinder. Yes, the palace staff is there to serve the royal family, but the live-in servants have needs too. It’s just that those dalliances with virtual strangers has palace police on red alert. Security concerns aside, how could you say no to the pick-up line: Wanna come back to my palace?
5. The Science of Conquering Your Greatest Fears (Outside)
Fear is the oldest human emotion, and for many it can be paralyzing—whether it be a fear of heights or pickles. But what if we could better understand how fear affects our body to not only overcome the emotion but also to actually perform better? That’s the type of question being asked by researchers at Duke University who have set up a fear-ridden immersive virtual environment (think: 3-D movie meets amusement park ride). We’re just happy someone else is the guinea pig testing out a virtual world full of coffee-mug-sized spiders and snakes whose bite elicits an electric shock.
6. What’s a GMO? (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
GMO, gluten-free, cage-free: There are so many new food terms out there, it can be tough to keep up. So Jimmy Kimmel sent a camera crew to a Los Angeles farmer’s market to see what shoppers know about GMOs. They might not know what the acronym stands for, but that doesn’t stop them from being righteous about the dangers of genetically-modified foods.