Curious Times: Slacker Health Tips, Balling for Change, All-Sushi Diet 


A 14-year-old boy in Germany won a cosmic lottery of sorts last week when he was hit by a meteorite and lived to tell the tale. The pea-sized chunk of space debris sliced open the boy's hand as it crashed to the Earth at 30,000 mph, leaving a 1-foot-long crater in the ground and a 3-inch-long scar on his hand. "At first, I just saw a large ball of light and then I suddenly felt a pain in my hand," recalled Gerrit Blank. "The noise that came after the flash of light was so loud that my ears were ringing for hours afterwards. When it hit me, it knocked me flying and then was still going fast enough to bury itself in the road." Scientists calculate that the chances of being struck by a meteorite are about one in 100 million. The only other recorded instance of a person surviving a meteor hit happened in 1954, when a meteorite crashed through the roof of a house in Alabama, bouncing off the furniture and hitting a sleeping woman. (Yahoo News)


Feeling drowsy? Take a nap. Need an excuse? Take one from an article called "19 Reasons to Take a Nap" that claims sleeping between 20 and 90 minutes before 4 p.m. each afternoon will increase your alertness at work, regenerate your skin cells, increase your sex drive, help you lose weight, reduce your risk of heart attack, lift your mood, improve your accuracy, make you more creative, lower your cravings for coffee and alcohol, relieve migraines and improve your nighttime sleep. (


The BBC reports that not bothering to make the bed in the morning might be healthier. Research done at Kingston University in England found that dust mites are less likely to live through the day in the warm, dry conditions of an unmade bed, but thrive in the cool moistness underneath the sheets and blankets of a properly made bed. And fewer mites in your bed reduces the chance of developing or aggravating asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The doctor who led this research claimed that "something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die." (BBC)


Witness competition in its purest form at the Football World Cup for the Homeless taking place in Milan, Italy, next September. The tournament pits 500 homeless players from 48 nations against each other to see who will reign supreme as the World Football champions. Last year, Afghanistan defeated Russia to take the glory, but this year, they'll face a stiff challenge from strong teams out of Brazil, France, Japan and the United States. Organizer Berhard Wolf says that the tournament has been designed both to highlight the problem of homelessness and also to help the homeless overcome their problems, and he claims that the tournament has proven a huge success with 77 percent of players experiencing a "significant life change" after participating in the event. "It is ... pure therapy for those taking part," says Wolf, "because football has a magic effect." Get all the vitals at


Police in Salt Lake City are on the lookout for a man who tried to rob a shop called Black Diamond. He entered the store brandishing an ice pick and demanded the staff hand over precious metals and money. The only problem was that the Black Diamond shop deals in ski wear and mountaineering gear. The staff let the man take off with some computers and climbing equipment instead. (

so that's why THE ALL- SUSHI DIET works so well

Sashimi-loving yuppies beware: A new report from the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases claims that there has been a huge rise in what they call the "urban tapeworm" thanks to the raw fish in sushi restaurants. The main culprit is the Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense, a critter that lives inside a salmon and can grow to the length of 39 feet. The report suggests you eat only fully cooked fish or sushi made from fish that don't spend time in rivers, such as tuna. (Scientific American)


The average person spends three years of their life sitting on the toilet.

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