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It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Spoiler alert: There’s no gunfire, no emergencies, no big-time scary scenes in this movie, but you’ll like it.

I had a friend who I visited in a place like this. The guy worked in my bicycle shop. He had been evicted from three homes because he somehow figured that the furnaces in each place were putting out dangerous fumes. I asked him about that, and all he could tell me is that the fumes were bad and they weren’t carbon monoxide.

When he called the fire department in the middle of the last place, there was nowhere left that he could rent. He ended up homeless. This was winter on the east coast of the United States. He equipped his bicycle with full winter camping gear, and ended up living in the woods.

Then, one night, he got the notion that the local mental ward in the university hospital, where he had been a few times before, wasn’t feeding the patients right. He claimed, perhaps rightly, that the food did not have enough nutrition. As the night shift orderlies tried to calm him and assure him that they’d pass the message along to the doctors in the morning, he became upset because he knew they were just placating him. He became more and more upset, and of course they had to commit him again.

When he didn’t show up for work for a few days, I started asking around and discovered that he was committed. I did visit, and the place was quite like in the movie. However, during the time I was there, I did not see anyone who was catatonic, violent, or looking crazy in any way. There were just people playing chess, conversing, watching TV or reading books.

There’s more to this story. I recorded the whole thing in Five Years in the Bike Shop.

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10 Strange Facts About Psychology

The color red can increase a person’s appetite.

People who daydream more tend to have higher intelligence.

The average person has about 70,000 thoughts per day.

Music has been shown to reduce pain and anxiety, and improve mood.

People with higher levels of education are more likely to experience sleep paralysis.

The scent of lavender has been found to reduce stress and improve sleep quality.

Multitasking can reduce productivity by up to 40%.

The “bystander effect” refers to the tendency for individuals to be less likely to help someone in need when other people are present.

People who swear more tend to be more honest.

The brain’s hippocampus, responsible for memory, is larger in London taxi drivers due to their extensive knowledge of the city’s streets.

Smiling, even if forced, can actually improve your mood.

People are more likely to remember negative memories over positive ones, due to the brain’s negativity bias.

In order to help us successfully navigate life, the negativity bias keeps us aware of things that we may need to change or avoid. Positive events are unimportant in survival.

The “placebo effect” refers to the phenomenon where a person experiences a perceived improvement in symptoms after receiving a treatment with no therapeutic value.

Playing video games can improve hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.

The fear of public speaking, known as glossophobia, affects about 75% of people.

Humans are hardwired to remember faces more easily than names.

People who sleep on their left side have more vivid dreams.

A study found that people are more likely to take risks in a casino if they have to walk past a person smoking, due to the association of smoking with risk-taking behavior.

The brain releases dopamine, the “feel-good” chemical, when we receive social media notifications.

The “butterfly effect” suggests that small, seemingly insignificant events can have far-reaching consequences.

Listening to sad music can actually improve your mood by allowing you to process and regulate emotions.

People tend to overestimate their abilities in unfamiliar areas, a phenomenon known as the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Nostalgia can counteract feelings of loneliness, boredom, and anxiety.

People are more likely to comply with a request if it is made in a quieter voice.

The smell of chocolate can increase theta brain waves, which are associated with relaxation.

People are more likely to remember information that is presented in a visually appealing format.

The “mere exposure effect” suggests that the more we are exposed to something, the more we tend to like it.

A study found that the anticipation of a vacation can bring more happiness than the vacation itself.

The brain can rewire itself through neuroplasticity, allowing for learning and adaptation throughout life.

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Psychologist Jokes

How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, but the light bulb has to want to change.

Why did the psychologist become a gardener? Because he wanted to help people “grow.”

Why did the psychologist become a chef? Because he wanted to “analyze” food for thought.

Why did the psychologist bring a spoon to work? To help his patients “dig deep” into their issues.

What do you call a group of psychologists? A “psycho-babble” of psychologists.

Why did the psychologist always carry a mirror? To help his patients “reflect” on themselves.

How many psychologists does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, the light bulb will change when it’s ready.

Why did the psychologist become an artist? He wanted to paint people’s “emotional landscapes.”

What do you call a psychologist who also acts? A “psycho-dramatist.”

What do you call a psychologist who specializes in canine behavior? A “dogtor” of psychology.

Why did the psychologist bring a broom to work? To sweep away his patients’ “mental clutter.”

What’s a psychologist’s favorite dance move? The “Freudian slip.”

Why did the psychologist bring a telescope to work? To help his patients gain a “clearer” perspective.

Why did the psychologist become a magician? Because he loved making people’s issues “disappear.”

Why did the psychologist bring a stopwatch to work? To help his patients “track” their progress.

What’s a psychologist’s favorite dessert? “Sigmund Freud” cake — it’s layered with deep meaning.

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10 Strange Facts About Music

Music can significantly reduce pain and anxiety, leading to its use in various therapeutic settings.

The world’s longest concert lasted for 639 years. It began in 1349 and is still ongoing in the St. Burchardi Church in Germany.

The famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven was deaf, yet he continued to create extraordinary music.

Listening to upbeat music can improve your physical performance and make exercise feel easier.

The shortest recorded song is “You Suffer” by the British grindcore band Napalm Death, which lasts only 1.316 seconds. See it on YouTube

Playing a musical instrument can improve cognitive skills, memory, and attention span.

The oldest known musical instrument is a flute made from a vulture’s wing bone, dating back around 43,000 years.

Some people experience a phenomenon called “earworm,” where a catchy song gets stuck in their head and plays on repeat.

The brain of a musician is structurally different from that of a non-musician, particularly in areas related to motor skills and auditory processing.

In the 1500s, it was common for wealthy families to hire composers to write music specifically for their pet birds.

The world’s largest playable guitar measures over 43 feet in length and weighs more than 2,000 pounds.

The term “Rock ‘n’ Roll” was originally a euphemism for sex in African-American blues songs.

The word “piano” is an abbreviation of its original name, “pianoforte,” which means “soft-loud” in Italian.

Music with a strong beat can make you feel more confident and powerful.

Researchers have found that cows produce more milk when they listen to relaxing music.

The world’s largest music festival, Rock in Rio, has attracted over 1.5 million attendees for a single event.

The famous composer Mozart wrote his first symphony at the age of eight. They say he had perfect pitch from the age of two. Perfect pitch can be identified when someone hear a note and can tell you what it is.

The Guinness World Record for the most people playing the same song on electric guitars simultaneously is 7,273.

In 1989, the world’s first internet-delivered live concert took place, featuring The Rolling Stones.

Playing a musical instrument can delay the onset of age-related hearing loss.

The melody for the iconic “Star Wars” theme was composed by John Williams in just a few hours.

The “Brown Note” is a hypothetical sound frequency that, if played at a high volume, could cause people to lose control of their bowels.

The guitar legend Jimi Hendrix was left-handed but played a right-handed guitar flipped upside down.

The “devil’s interval” or “diabolus in musica” is a musical interval known for its dissonance and was once considered evil by the Catholic Church.

The song “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple is famous for its simple guitar riff, which many beginners learn to play.

The world’s oldest known song, called the “Hurrian Hymn No. 6,” is over 3,400 years old.

In the 1980s, psychologist Alfred A. Tomatis claimed that listening to the music of Mozart could increase IQ scores temporarily.

Music can evoke strong emotions and memories due to its ability to activate the brain’s limbic system, which is associated with emotions and memory.

The world’s most outrageous musical instrument was made in France during 1450. A long row of spikes was connected to a keyboard. Under each spike was a pig, arranged according to the pitch of its oink.

World's most outrageous musical instrument

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The celebration of Father’s Day dates back to 1910 in the United States and is now celebrated in many countries worldwide.

The average age of first-time fathers is increasing. In the United States, it was around 27.4 years old in 2020.

According to a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives is associated with positive developmental outcomes, including improved cognitive development and higher academic achievement.

The world’s oldest known father was Nanu Ram Jogi, an Indian farmer who fathered his 21st child at the age of 90.

Fathers often experience hormonal changes after becoming dads. Testosterone levels decrease, while oxytocin and prolactin levels increase, promoting nurturing and bonding behaviors.

It has been noticed that men are generally better at focus and women are better at multitasking. The reason is likely to date back to when women had to spread their attention over several children at once to keep them all safe. Meanwhile the man had to bag that antelope no matter what if his family was going to eat. He couldn’t pay attention anything else.

For the same reason, women are also more empathetic while men may be more impervious to pain. The mother had to understand and figure out what was wrong when her pre-verbal children were hurting. The man couldn’t stop hunting just because he scratched his way past a sticker bush.

The average father spends about 7 hours per week on child care activities, compared to 10 hours per week for mothers, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

Studies have shown that involved fathers can have a positive impact on their children’s emotional well-being and mental health.

The term “dad bod” was popularized in 2015, referring to a more relaxed and less muscular physique often associated with fathers.

“Mister Mom:” The United States has the highest number of stay-at-home dads in the world, with around 2 million fathers choosing to be the primary caregivers for their children.

Sperm banks have specific requirements for donors, including factors such as height, weight, education, and physical health.

In many species, including seahorses and some birds, fathers are responsible for incubating eggs and caring for the offspring.

A father’s age at the time of conception can impact a child’s health. Older fathers have a higher risk of passing on genetic mutations and may increase the chances of certain health conditions in their children.

In a study published in the journal “Developmental Psychology,” it was found that fathers who are actively involved in their children’s lives tend to have kids with higher IQs and better linguistic and cognitive abilities.

In some indigenous cultures, fathers may play a significant role in naming their children, often choosing names with special meanings or connections to their heritage.

A study published in the journal “Pediatrics” found that children who have a close relationship with their fathers are less likely to experience behavioral problems and are more likely to exhibit pro-social behavior.

The world record for the most children fathered by a single man is believed to be held by a Moroccan emperor, Moulay Ismail the Bloodthirsty, who is said to have had 888 children.

In the animal kingdom, male seahorses give birth to their offspring. They carry fertilized eggs in a special pouch until they hatch.

According to a study published in the “Journal of Marriage and Family,” fathers who actively participate in household chores tend to have daughters who aspire to higher-paying careers traditionally dominated by men.

A study published in the journal “Nature Neuroscience” found that fathers’ brains undergo changes, including increased activity in areas associated with empathy and caregiving, when they become parents.

The concept of paternity leave is becoming more prevalent globally. Countries like Sweden, Norway, and Iceland offer generous paid paternity leave to fathers.

According to a study published in the journal “Pediatrics,” children who have involved fathers are have greater self-esteem and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as drug use and delinquency.

The “World’s Greatest Dad” trophy was created by the American Trophy Company in 1954 and has since become a popular gift for Father’s Day.

A father’s voice has a unique impact on children. Studies show that babies can recognize and prefer their father’s voice within days of birth.

In 2016, a study published in the journal “Psychology of Men & Masculinity” found that fathers who play an active role in caregiving experience higher levels of happiness and satisfaction with their lives.

In some cultures, such as in parts of India and Africa, fatherhood is celebrated with specific rituals and ceremonies, such as baby-naming ceremonies or initiation rites.

According to a study published in the “Journal of Marriage and Family,” fathers who are actively involved in their children’s lives have healthier relationships with their partners.

Single fathers are a growing demographic. In the United States, the number of single fathers has increased from 300,000 in 1960 to over 2 million in 2020.

In the animal kingdom, male emperor penguins incubate the eggs and care for the chicks while the females go out to sea to hunt for food.

According to a study published in the journal “Evolution and Human Behavior,” expectant fathers experience hormonal changes, including increased levels of prolactin, a hormone associated with nurturing behavior.

The world’s shortest known father is Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal, who stood at a height of 54.6 centimeters (21.5 inches). That’s shorter than an average 2-year-old.

The tradition of giving Father’s Day gifts, such as ties or tools, originated from the desire to promote gender equity and encourage men to embrace their nurturing side.

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Human Babies

Babies have more bones than adults. They are born with about 300 bones, while adults have 206 due to the fusion of some bones as they grow.

A baby’s taste buds are more sensitive than those of adults. They can taste a wider range of flavors, which may explain why they can be picky eaters.

Newborn babies can recognize their mother’s voice from birth. They are also able to recognize familiar sounds they heard while in the womb.

Babies have a strong sense of smell. They can differentiate between their mother’s breast milk and that of another woman.

On average, a baby will triple its birth weight within the first year of life.

Newborn babies are nearsighted and can see objects clearly only at a close distance. They can see best at a distance of 8-12 inches, which is roughly the distance between their face and their mother’s while breastfeeding.

Babies don’t have kneecaps at birth. Instead, they have soft cartilage that eventually hardens into kneecaps as they grow.

The brain of a baby doubles in size during the first year of life.

Babies have a natural instinct for swimming and can hold their breath automatically underwater until about six months old.

A newborn baby can cry as soon as they are born. This helps clear their lungs and open up their airways.

Babies have a strong grip reflex. They can hold onto an object placed in their hand and can even support their body weight for a short time.

Babies have a unique grasping reflex known as the “palmar reflex,” where they instinctively hold onto objects that touch their palms.

Babies have more taste buds on their tongues than adults. They have around 10,000 taste buds compared to adults’ 2,000-4,000.

A baby’s head is proportionally larger compared to the rest of their body compared to adults. This is because the brain develops rapidly during the early years.

Babies are born with the ability to mimic facial expressions. They often imitate the expressions they see their parents making.

A baby’s heart beats faster than an adult’s. The average heart rate for a newborn is around 120-160 beats per minute.

Babies have a higher body surface area-to-weight ratio than adults, which makes them more susceptible to changes in temperature.

Newborn babies have more bones in their skull than adults. This allows for flexibility during birth and helps the skull to mold and pass through the birth canal.

Babies have a stronger sense of hearing than adults. They can hear higher frequencies and are more sensitive to sounds in general.

Babies are born with a natural instinct to suck. This reflex helps them to feed and find comfort.

A baby’s first social smile typically appears between 6-8 weeks of age. This is when they start to recognize and respond to their caregivers.

Newborn babies have a heightened sense of touch. They can feel pain, temperature, and pressure more intensely than adults.

Babies have more rapid eye movement (REM) sleep than adults. This is thought to contribute to their brain development.

A newborn baby has no control over their saliva and may drool frequently.

Babies have a natural preference for human faces and will often gaze longer at faces compared to other objects.

A baby’s immune system is not fully developed at birth. They receive antibodies from their mother through breast milk, which helps protect them against infections.

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The teenage brain is more susceptible to addiction because of the underdeveloped prefrontal cortex.

Teens require more sleep than adults, but their natural sleep cycle causes them to stay up later and wake up later.

Teenagers are more likely to take risks due to their developing brain and desire for social approval.

Teenagers are more likely to engage in “drama” or conflict due to their heightened emotional sensitivity.

The teenage years are a time when individuals begin to question their identity and develop their sense of self.

The teenage years are when most mental health disorders first appear.

The frontal cortex, which controls decision-making and impulse control, is not fully developed until the mid-20s.

Teenagers are more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors when they are in groups rather than alone.

The teenage years are a time when individuals begin to develop romantic and sexual relationships.

The teenage brain is more sensitive to the effects of alcohol and drugs.

Teenagers often experience a sense of invincibility and believe that negative consequences will not happen to them.

The teenage years are a time when individuals begin to develop their own values and beliefs.

The teenage years are a time when individuals begin to explore their sexuality and sexual orientation.

The teenage years are a time when individuals begin to develop empathy and emotional intelligence.

The teenage years are a time when individuals begin to think about their future and career goals.

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The adolescent stage of human development generally refers to the period of life between childhood and adulthood, and is characterized by significant physical, emotional, and cognitive changes. Depending on which expert you ask, the age range can be from 10 years old to mid-twenties, but is generally age 12 to 15.

As a result of improvements in nutrition and healthcare, people reach puberty earlier and live longer than in past eras.

Girls generally go through a growth spurt sooner than boys. So a sister that has always been shorter than her older brother may be taller and stronger for a year or so, until he finally grows into his adult-size body.

Adolescents often experience “sleep drunkenness,” which is a state of grogginess and confusion that occurs when they are woken up abruptly.

Adolescents are more likely to engage in risky behaviors like drug use, drinking, and unprotected sex, as they test the limits of their newfound independence.

The adolescent brain goes through a pruning process where it eliminates unused neural connections.

The teenage years are a time when individuals begin to develop a sense of humor and enjoy joking around with friends.

Adolescents are more likely to engage in “self-talk,” or talking to themselves, as a way to process their thoughts and emotions.

Adolescents often experience a heightened sense of self-consciousness and may feel like they are constantly being judged by others.

Adolescent boys are more likely to experience body dysmorphia and muscle dysmorphia due to societal pressure to be muscular and fit. For some boys, penis size becomes a concern.

The adolescent brain is more susceptible to addiction because of the underdeveloped prefrontal cortex.

Adolescents require more sleep than adults, but their natural sleep cycle causes them to stay up later and wake up later.

During puberty, the body undergoes rapid growth and hormonal changes, leading to increased hunger and appetite.

Adolescents have a greater tendency to conform to peer pressure and follow trends.

Adolescent girls are more likely to experience depression and anxiety than boys.

Adolescent girls are also more likely to experience body image issues and eating disorders.

Adolescents have a more heightened sense of social justice and fairness.

The adolescent brain is more sensitive to stress, which can have a long-term impact on mental health.

The adolescent brain is more responsive to rewards, which can lead to addictive behaviors.

Adolescents are more likely to experience mood swings and emotional turbulence.

Adolescents often experience conflicts with authority figures such as parents and teachers.

Adolescents are more likely to engage in binge drinking and drug use.

Adolescents often experience a sense of alienation and feel like they don’t fit in.

The teenage years are a time when individuals start to form close friendships and experience loyalty and betrayal.

Adolescents often experience a sense of nostalgia for their childhood, as they begin to realize that they are no longer children.

The adolescent brain is more susceptible to the effects of peer pressure due to increased activity in the amygdala, which processes social information.

The adolescent stage is also a time when individuals begin to explore their spirituality and religious beliefs.

The adolescent stage is a time when individuals begin to develop their own moral code and ethical beliefs.

Adolescents are more likely to experience “fear of missing out” (FOMO) and anxiety related to social media use.

The adolescent stage is often marked by an increased interest in social justice and political activism.