The Age Gap In A Relationship Might Lengthen Or Shorten Your Life

In studies that look at the impact of age gaps in relationships, it’s been found that not only does the number of years between you increase your likelihood for divorce, but that it also impacts your life span. In couples with an older man and younger woman, the man’s longevity usually increased in the studies, while the woman’s decreased. When the opposite is true and the woman is older, her lifespan also decreased in the studies. That’s not to say marriage is a bad thing, though, as life expectancies for married people are higher than for unmarried people.

Spring Is Getting Shorter, But Summer Is Getting Longer

Spring is getting shorter—by 30–60 seconds every year—and summer’s getting that extra bit of time. Summer is already the longest season. The time shift all has to do with the wobble of the Earth on its axis and the point where the planet reaches its perihelion. The change is nothing new. At one time, a day as 21.9 hours long and a year was around 400 days long. We’re on pace to lose a whole day of spring by the year 3000.

An Earthquake Could Send Radiation Into The Aral Sea At Any Moment

Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan, is a town that was left horribly polluted by uranium mining during the Cold War. Residents live and work in unsafe levels of radiation to this day. The seismically active town’s situation could be exacerbated by an earthquake or landslide releasing radioactive waste, and radiation could even be carried by rivers all the way to the Aral Sea.

The Passport Is Surprisingly Ancient

The first mention of anything like modern-day passports comes from a Bible verse—Nehemiah 2:7-9. The Mongols issued one of the earliest passports in the form of an iron medallion presented to foreigners who were in Mongol territory and under the protection of the Khan. It wasn’t until nearly World War I that the more familiar format (which included details like height and eye color) was implemented. British government officials fought that idea for decades, claiming it was “degrading.”

The Unique Witches Of Medieval Sicily

Across most of Europe, witches were known for communing with the Devil and cursing their neighbors. Sicilian witches, though, were thought to commune with the fairy world. Most of the ills that were visited on mortals came from angry fairies, and Sicily’s fairy witches acted as go-betweens for the mortal and the fairy world, resolving disputes and curing illnesses.

How Pets And Children Can Keep Women In Abusive Situations

In the US alone, over 42 million women have been assaulted and/or stalked by a husband or boyfriend at some time in their lives. Up to 60 percent of their children are also likely to suffer abuse from their fathers. Victims may feel that they have to return to their abusers to protect their children because women rarely get sole custody and abuse can escalate toward the children otherwise. According to the Humane Society, 33 percent of abused women also stay in harmful relationships to protect their pets and 25 percent return to their abusers for the same reason. The PAWS Act was recently introduced in the US Congress to provide money for emergency shelters for pets of abuse victims.

When Monopoly Helped Allied POWs Escape In World War II

Boredom proved to be quite a problem in World War II prisoner-of-war camps, and the Germans allowed charity groups to pass on board games to the Allied prisoners in an attempt to keep them placid. A fake charity (actually M19), distributed innocent-looking Monopoly games to prisoners. Inside the board itself, the tiny hotels, and other pieces, prisoners found German money, maps printed on silk, and escape kits. These kits helped thousands of men to escape.

Can Science Measure Morality Or Courage?

A Belgian statistician invented the BMI scale in 1832, and he didn’t stop there. A proponent of “social physics,” Adolphe Quetelet believed that everything could be measured and compared, and that statistics was the key to unlocking the mysteries of social phenomenon. He spent years trying to develop scales for measuring things like morality and courage.

Your Height Could Influence How You’ll Die

A series of studies that have looked at the correlation between height and death have come across some startling statistics. While shorter people are statistically more likely to die from heart disease or stroke (possibly because of the size of the arteries), taller people have a higher chance of being diagnosed with cancer. Taller women are at a higher risk of developing blood clots than shorter ones, but many other factors—including things like lifestyle and genetics—make the whole matter incredibly complicated.

The Different Types Of Processed Foods (And What They Really Are)

When it comes to nutritional content and preparation, food comes in three different categories. Minimally processed foods—like fruits and veggies—have only minor things done to them such as washing, peeling, and removal of seeds or stems. Processed foods have undergone some process that changes their basic nutritional structure, like pasteurization. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, numerous processed foods are combined into ultra-processed foods, and that’s when things can get dangerous. Not all vitamins and minerals were created equally, especially when it comes to products that claim to be things like “fortified.” Studies now show that we get about 60 percent of our energy from ultra-processed foods, and almost 90 percent of that comes from added sugar.