There’s too much Internet—like these adorable photos of hamster bartenders—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.
1. Nutritious Acorns Don’t Have to Just Be Snacks for Squirrels (NPR)
Oak trees seem like a nutty food source. But that hasn’t stopped a group of adventurous foodies in Portland from popularizing the consumption of acorns. It turns out those pesky nuts that litter the ground in the fall looking like brown grapes in cozy winter hats are actually a nutritional jackpot—a great source of protein, carbohydrates, and minerals. There’s just one catch: Off the tree, acorns taste bitter. But shell, submerge in water, and grind acorns and you get the perfect ground meal for soup or flatbreads.
2. McDonald’s New Slogan Is Actually Lovin’ Is Greater Than Hatin’ (Eater)
McDonald’s has lots of haters. And just like Taylor Swift, the fast food giant knows “the haters gonna hate, hate, hate.” So what does McDonald’s do to shake off those haters? Reference them in a cutesy but painfully obvious new slogan: Lovin’ is Greater Than Hatin’. We’re not exactly sure what this new slogan has to do with selling hamburgers.
3. I Stopped Eating Food That Comes in a Package. I’ve Never Felt Better (The Washington Post)
Tim Herrera, a reporter at The Washington Post, lives the quintessential bachelor life. He eats burritos for lunch, orders Italian sausage pizzas for dinner, and for those rare days he decides to cook at home, he mixes up concoctions with ranch dressing and hot sauce. Then, he ate no processed or refined foods for 30 days. His results aren’t super surprising—eating natural foods was hard at first, but in the end his body loved him for it—but Herrera’s 30-day journey is a funny and too-close-to-home experience.
4. The Art of Not Working at Work (The Atlantic)
BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti was on to something when he started targeting a group of people that he called the “bored at work” network. At a time when hundreds of books and articles have been written about the overworked masses, more and more people are actively disengaged at work. What’s the real reason these workers slack off at work? Some don’t like their jobs, but as our friends over at The Atlantic point out, more workers cite not having enough work to do as their reason for not being engaged on the job.
5. How the Performance Revolution Came to Athletics—and Beyond (The New Yorker)
Fifty years ago, throwing a 90 mile-per-hour fastball or running a four-minute mile was rare. Now it’s so commonplace that we hardly bat an eye. So what accounts for these dramatic improvements? Some of the credit can be attributed to a focus on statistics and playback reels to relive and improve past performances. But there’s also a whole change in how we think about athleticism and agility. We no longer think of athletic prowess as being something innate and fixed. Sure, some of us are naturally athletic, but we also know that specialized and focused practice can do wonders for improving anyone’s athletic prowess.