❄️ Winter sickness discovery 🏋️ Weight loss $$$ ✍️ Writing hack

❄️ Winter sickness discovery 🏋️ Weight loss $$$ ✍️ Writing hack

Everyone knows you're more likely to get sick during the winter. Yet, why that's the case has largely been a mystery...until now!
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December 11, 2022
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This week I got the flu. Or a cold. Or COVID. I'm not entirely sure what the differences in symptoms are at this point. All I know is I could barely move for 5 days.

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We now know why we get sick in winter

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Everyone knows you're more likely to get sick during the winter. Yet, why that's the case has largely been a mystery...until now!

For the first time ever, scientists discovered a clear link between cold air and a weakened immune system.

More specifically, they found that just a nine degrees Fahrenheit drop in temperature kills ~50% of the cells in your nostrils that fight bacteria and viruses.

"Cold air is associated with increased viral infection because you’ve essentially lost half of your immunity just by that small drop in temperature," remarked Benhamin Bleier, the Harvard Medical School rhinologist whose team made the discovery.

But fret not - there's a simple way to sidestep cold air carnage in your schnoz and ward off sickness. Ready for it?...

Wear a face covering! By wrapping a scarf or other warming material over your nose, you keep your nostrils at a nice balmy temp and maintain proper nasal immunity.


Weight loss comp, AI milestone, China dilemma...

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Weight Loss

A newly released study found that paying people to lose weight is a surprisingly great strategy. It outperforms weight-loss programs, diet books, and wearable fitness trackers.


The European Union invested $400,000 into a 24-hour metaverse "beach party" full of "music and fun." Only 10 guests showed up. All left in under an hour. Not a great sign...


ChatGPT, the AI chatbot made by OpenAI that's all the rage, just announced it had over a million users in its first five days. No tech product has ever ramped to 1M users this fast.


Pressured by mass protests against its "zero COVID" policy, China dropped most of its strict mandates. Now, a staggering 1M deaths are expected in the country this winter.


Ramesh "Sonny" Balwani, former COO of now-infamous blood testing startup Theranos, was just sentenced to 13 years in prison for fraud. Meanwhile, SBF roams free. Hmm...


Type your hand-written notes!

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Everyone loves receiving a handwritten note. And yet, most of us don't churn them out all that often. Why?

It's a lot of work! Or at least a lot more work than typing up your sentiments in, say, an email. There's good news, though - you can now start typing your handwritten notes.

If you go to Calligraphr.com, print out the template they provide, fill in each letter with your unique handwriting, and upload it back onto the site, you'll be able to download and use your own handwriting as a font.

I can't vouch for whether or note a typed up note looks exactly like its truly handwritten counterpart, but I've been told on good authority it's quite close.

This hack could come in handy for the holidays, of course.

  1. One of the main uses of folders is to avoid things from folding.
  2. One of the only things we wash with cold water instead of hot water is our teeth.
  3. Sweaters and sweatpants describe precisely when you don't need to wear them.
  4. It is actively against a barber's interests to cut hair too short.
  5. People peel the stickers off of bananas despite banana peels not being eaten.

George Eliot: “It's never too late to be what you might have been."

Today I learned that only two companies have a higher credit rating than the United States Government, Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson. (more here)

lachrymose [ lak-ruh-mohss ] - adjective
tearful or given to weeping
She was pink-eyed and lachrymose.

Q: Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize (in 1903)?
A: (see below next section)

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