CURIOUS TIMES APRIL 15 EDITION 

I WONDER WHO OWNS THE MOST HUMANS?

According to the book Who Owns The World? (whoownstheworld.com) Queen Elizabeth II is the largest personal landowner on Earth with a vast empire that covers one-sixth of the planet's non-ocean surface. The queen is the legal owner of 6.6 billion acres worth approximately $25.7 trillion with her main holdings in Canada (2.467 billion acres), Australia (1.9 billion acres), Papua New Guinea (114 million acres), New Zealand (66 million acres), and the United Kingdom (60 million acres). The queen also eclipses all other challengers by a healthy margin. The next largest landowners in the world are Russia with 4.219 billion acres and China with 2.365 billion acres. The second-largest personal land empire belongs to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who owns a mere 553 million acres of land.

I DON'T LIKE TUESDAYS

A survey of 3,000 British workers has concluded that Tuesday morning at 11:45 a.m. is the most stressful time of the work week. While Mondays are traditionally considered the worst day of the week, 53 percent of workers admitted to cruising through the day catching up on gossip and checking out Facebook. Reality doesn't really set in until Tuesday morning when the stress of a long week of work ahead overwhelms most workers, often forcing them to work through their lunch break to make up for Monday's lost time. (The Telegraph)

SCIENCE CAN RATIONALIZE ANYTHING

While the blurb above might suggest that surfing the Web at work causes more stress due to time lost for work, Australia's Department of Wishful Thinking claims that surfing the Net at work actually makes employees more productive. The research carried out at the University of Melbourne concluded that people who engage in WILB (workplace Internet leisure browsing) within a reasonable limit—less than 20 percent of the total work day—are 9 percent more productive overall than those who don't. "Short and unobtrusive breaks, such as a quick surf of the Internet, enables the mind to rest itself, leading to a higher total net concentration for a day's work, and as a result, increased productivity," claimed the doctor who led this study before going back to surfing for porn. (Reuters)

2 + 2 = GIMME MORE CHOCOLATE

So now that you have an excuse to surf the Web at work, here's your excuse to pig out on chocolate all day long. Brain performance researchers have discovered that eating chocolate makes you better at math. The experiments found that giving volunteers large amounts of flavanols in the form of a nice cup of hot chocolate made them less tired, more mentally alert and improved their test scores on math questions. (The Telegraph)

YOUR DOG LIVES BETTER THAN HALF OF THE WORLD'S CHILDREN

They used to say "build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door." Now it's more like "create some stupid way for bored people to pamper their dumb animals and you'll get rich quick." One of the latest trends that is making someone a doghouse full of money is bottled water for your pet. Petrafresh is bottled water which, the inventor claims, is "specially formulated for dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, iguanas, pot-bellied pigs and even fish." Dog yoga has also become popular, especially with the stressed out pooches in large urban centers, where dogs and their owners can stretch and breathe together before heading back into the city to defecate on the sidewalks. You can also now buy sunglasses specifically for your dog that keep out "100 percent of UV light and foreign objects." And don't forget that dog and cat owners can now implant their pets with a microchip so you won't have to plaster your neighborhood with "lost" signs the next time your pet tries to escape from your tiny apartment. (BBC)

BEWARE OF DOG

But, you argue, it's been proven that pets are good for your mental health, right? That's true, but only if you don't trip over your dog and break your skull open. The enchantingly titled "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" reveals that dogs and cats cause 86,000 trips to the emergency room for their owners each year, mostly due to owners falling over their dogs while walking them.

INTERNET FACT OF THE WEEK

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

More bizarro news at curioustimes.com.

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