In this week's Weekly Reads: The tax bill causes headaches for grad students, menu scientists mess with our brains, and saunas are good for our health.
University Graduate Students Walk Out To Protest Tax Plan That Hurts Them
Congress’ proposed tax bill isn’t popular. Don’t take my word for it; objections have been raised by the National Association of Realtors, the National Association of Homebuilders, the AMA, the AARP, the National Association of Police Organizations, a number of hospital associations, and the American Council on Education, among others. (Turns out you can write a law that everyone hates.) In regards to that last one, NPR highlights a number of grad students who participated in a walkout because the tax bill aims to have a huge impact on their student loans and taxes. We’ll see what happens with the vote (which hasn’t happened as of this writing), but it’s clear what side these students are on.
The secret tricks hidden inside restaurant menus
You might think you’re a smart, strong-willed person, but turns out you’re not smart enough to outsmart a menu. The BBC takes a deep dive into the world of menu engineering, where everything is constructed to make you do what the restaurant wants. Some common practices? Conveying higher quality with italics, using longer words, and taking away the dollar sign. So the next time you’re having trouble deciding what to eat, just go with your gut. You’ve been manipulated to feel that way.
We should all be taking saunas right now
Staying in shape can be hard work. Diet? Exercise? Who wants to do that? Especially when you can just take a nice relaxing sit in a sauna. Recent research has shown that using a sauna may decrease risk of heart disease, stroke, dementia, high blood pressure, musculo-skeletal disorders, chronic-tension headaches, common colds, and pneumonia. You should still eat healthily and exercise regularly (this helps fight off disease even more when combined with saunas) but if you’re looking to add a new health regiment to your 2018 resolutions, consider sitting in your own sweat with a bunch of other half-naked people. It might help protect you from literally every disease.