A new study may have answered the age-old question of who is smarter, girls or boys? According to a review by researchers at Griffith University in Australia, the answer is girls. Girls in the U.S. have consistently scored higher than boys on standardized reading and writing tests as early as the fourth grade, with the gap in scores increasing in both the eighth and 12thgrades. As for why, the study suggests it could be because boys are more likely to have learning disabilities, while some research suggests that when it comes to reading and writing, girls are using both hemispheres of the brain, while boys just use one.
If you’re not one of those people who loves the gym or looks forward to going on your evening run every night after work, we’ve got some encouraging news. New research shows that even a little light and easy physical activity is still good for your health, especially the memory.
According to a recent study from the University of California, even as little as 10 minutes of a simple physical activity – like walking, yoga, or tai chi - can boost brain connectivity and help the brain tell the difference between similar memories. Researchers found the volunteers who had exercised were better at remembering during a memory task than those who didn’t exercise. And the group who exercised got a mood boost, too. So it was a win-win.
So if you’re not already getting the 150 minutes a week of physical activity the CDC recommends, try to squeeze more short walks in. They’re advising 30 minutes of activity over five days, and if you break that down into a few 10-minute walks or stretching yoga breaks, you’re almost there and you won’t just be improving your health, but your memory and your mood, too.
While a lot of people have no desire to travel outside of the United States, there are a lot of people who dream of leaving the States for a trip to somewhere exotic, and while there are plenty of places to visit in the world, there are definitely some destinations that are more popular than others.
Mastercard just released their Global Destinations Cities Index, revealing the top destinations in the world. Rankings are based on the number of visitors and amount of money they spent last year, as well as average length of stay.
Topping the list is Bangkok, Thailand, which had 20 million international overnight visitors in 2017, with the average stay 4.7 nights, with visitors spending, on average, $173 a day. And it doesn’t look like interest is declining, with Mastercard predicting a 9.6% increase in visitors this year.
Top Ten Destinations In The World
- Bangkok, Thailand
- London, England
- Paris, France
- Dubai, UAE
- New York, NY
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Tokyo, Japan
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Seoul, South Korea
Source: USA Today
Ben & Jerry’s fans certainly play favorites when it comes to flavors, and when the company introduces Limited Edition flavors many are left disappointed when that flavor’s time is up and it suddenly disappears. Well, those fans are in luck, because Ben & Jerry’s just announced they're going to bring back one of those limited time additions, and they want the public to help them choose which one.
Fans have from now until October 9th to choose between one of six options, with the winning flavor set to return to freezers in December. Flavors in the running include:
- Candy Bar Pie – Peanut butter ice cream, with fudge flakes, chocolate nougat and sweet and salty pretzel swirls.
- Chocolate Cherry Garcia – Chocolate ice cream with cherries and fudge flakes.
- Nutty Caramel Swirl – Nougat ice cream, with peanuts, fudge flakes and a salty caramel swirl.
- Bob Marley’s One Love – Banana ice cream with caramel and cookie swirls with chocolate peace signs.
- Peanut Butter Half Baked – Chocolate and peanut butter ice cream with gobs of peanut butter cookie dough and fudge brownies
- Phish It's Ice…. Cream – Caramel malt ice cream with almond toffee pieces, fudge fish and caramel swirl.
The six flavors were chosen by the company’s Flavor Gurus, who each picked their favorites from previous Limited Batch options. “We're really excited to give our fans the chance to bring back a flavor," Flavor GuruHaylee Nelson shares. "Sometimes, we just need a little help when we can't decide ourselves!" Click here to vote for your favorite.
Source: Ben & Jerry’s