There’s so much Internet and so little time. That’s why we’re curating a short list of the best of the best (aka”the Greatist”) meaningful, thought-provoking, hilarious, and/or just incredibly cool content we’ve come across 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. The Rise of Beefcake Yoga (The New York Times)
Pro wrestlers and yogis don’t seem to have much in common—besides spending hours on the mats, of course. But in recent years, a number of current and former WWE wrestlers have started to practice yoga. The rise in “beefcake yoga” can be attributed to Diamond Dallas Page, a wrestler who swore yoga helped repair his spine so that he could return the ring. Just don’t expect much talk of shavasana. This yoga includes modified poses with names like broken airplane, space shuttle, and hood ornament.
2. Why Do I Have Useless Body Parts?(BuzzFeed)
What does your tailbone do (besides annoy you on long bike rides)? And what about those wisdom teeth we got removed as teenagers? Sure, the week of mashed potatoes and ice cream that followed was pure bliss, but the fact that these teeth can’t even fit in most people’s mouths seems evolutionarily confusing. BuzzFeed comes to the rescue and provides us with the science-backed reasons why humans still have all of these useless body parts. If only all science classes were taught this way.
3. This is Your Brain on Fish (The Atlantic)
Eating fish is like lifting weights for your brain. OK, so that totally oversimplifies the science. But a recent study found that people who eat fish at least once a week have denser brains with more gray matter than those who don’t eat much seafood. This has some major long-term impacts, including reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately fish and chips or any other fried dishes don’t have an impact so stick to baked or broiled fish to reap the hippocampus-boosting benefits.
4. CrossFit Flirting: Talk Burpee to Me (The New York Times)
Who better to fully appreciate your bumps, bruises, and calloused hands than a fellow CrossFitter? Battle wounds that are deemed unsightly by the mainstream beauty and fashion standards are the social currency of the CrossFit world. But there’s a limited number of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes at any one box—CrossFit lingo for gym—and besides, that’s basically like dating your co-worker. So it’s not surprising that larger, citywide social groups—with names like Team Dangerous and Barbells and Boroughs—have formed to connect CrossFitters. And yes, most outings involve handstand push-ups and burpees.
5. Sleep Hack: Keep Your Feet Outside the Covers (Science of Us)
We thought we were alone in our weird sleep-with-one-foot-outside-the-covers life hack. But it turns out there are legions of people who swear by this method as the quick way to a cooler, better night’s sleep. And it just so happens to be (sort of) backed by science. Our friends over at New York magazine’s Science of Us blog talked with the National Sleep Foundation to do a deep dive into why kicking the covers off your feet is such an effective sleep tactic.
6. A Machine Lets You Inject Bananas with Sweet Fillings (Gizmodo)
We’ve already professed our love of Yonanas, but this tool takes banana-based desserts to the next level. The DespataBanana creates a borehole in the banana that you can fill with whatever delicious filling your heart desires (dulce de leche, chocolate, caramel—the possibilities are endless). Be right back; we’re just going to make a quick trip to the grocery store to start our stockpile of bananas.