We’ve been watching a video of an adorable beagle balancing fruits and veggies on his head on repeat all day. But, as much as it pains our dog-loving hearts to say, there are many other things worth checking out on the Internet. That’s why we’re curating a short list of the best of the best (aka”the Greatist”) meaningful, thought-provoking, hilarious, and/or 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. Watch a Latté Artist Make Famous Internet Animals (And A Poo-Emoji) Out of Foam (Fast Company)
Thoreau once wrote, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Those wise words were definitely in reference to this phenomenal latte art. Prepare to be transfixed as a Bushwick barista creates some of the most famous animals from the Internet, including the dramatic squirrel and Boo. This is just one of the many awesome posts that our friends over at Fast Company put together to celebrate coffee week. It’s worth checking them all out—from the side effects of drinking bulletproof coffee (guaranteed mid-morning hanger) to the future of coffee (bitter and pricey).
2. How Changing Your Body Can Change Your Mind (Science of Us)
Brains are kind of like an old-fashioned gym teacher with a megaphone, shouting out orders (run faster, legs!) to the underlings. But new research suggests that the reverse can be true, too. Body position might impact how you think. Lucky for us, the folks at Science of Us put together a nifty graphic to explain how your body movements can play tricks on your mind.
3. The Best Podcasts to Listen To While You Run (Fit Bottomed Girls)
We have to admit we’re partial to turning up some bumpin’ beats when we go for a run. But there’s something to be said for getting lost in a podcast, where next thing you know, it’s an hour later and you’ve breezed through a 10K. Our friends at Fit Bottomed Girls have searched the depths of iTunes to bring us five podcasts to listen to next time we lace up for a run. Our personal favorite: Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Listening to the NPR quiz show gives your brain a workout, too.
4. Juice Cleanses: The Worst Diet(The Atlantic)
We’re not shy about being James Hamblin fanboys. Can you blame us for loving an adorably quirky doctor who answers all of our burning scientific questions? This week, he tackles juice cleanses. Spoiler alert: They’re not that healthy and also not very filling, which Jim can attest to as he sneaks off to McDonalds in the middle of a Master Cleanse.
5. Why Facebook’s ‘Satire’ Tag Is Necessary, and Why Smart People Fall for Fake News (Science of Us)
We know we weren’t the only ones to linger a little when we passed by 5 Tragedies Weirdly Predicted By Adam Sandler on our Facebook news feed this week. He didn’t really predict the BP oil spill, or did he? He didn’t. Our willingness to believe these headlines can’t be chocked up to simple naiveté. Science says the lack of context is to blame, too. Thankfully, Facebook is testing out a satire tag for these posts so we won’t be fooled twice.