13 Things You Need To Know Today (November 18)
1. "Temporary freckles" are now a thing.
As long as the company can reach their Kickstarter goal, FreckYourself — a makeup startup — will offer DIY freckle kits that will "give people the option to have freckles forever, but not forever to the point that they get them tattooed." (NY Mag)
2. Charlie Sheen reveals he's HIV positive.
In an interview with the Today show, Charlie Sheen told Matt Lauer that he's been HIV positive for four years, but decided to reveal his status in order to end a smear campaign and extortion efforts. (mbg)
3. Same-sex marriage is officially legal in Ireland.
As of November 16, the Irish state is the first in the world to legalize same-sex civil marriage by popular vote. No news on when the first marriage will take place, but the law immediately affects same-sex couples who married outside the country, as their unions are now recognized by Ireland. (BBC)
4. Drinking coffee can help you live longer.
Science says that three-to-five cups of coffee a day can lower the risk of premature death from diabetes and heart disease, among other life-threatening medical conditions. (mbg)
5. According to science, sounds are an important factor in taste.
A study found that loud noises can inhibit our sense of sweet, while umami flavors were more pronounced in this environment. If you're looking for optimal taste, maybe try some light ambient music. (Time)
6. Taco Bell to start serving cage-free eggs.
After introducing a breakfast menu last year, the chain has announced it will exclusively use cage-free eggs in all of its locations by the end of 2016. (mbg)
7. Research finds an exciting new cure for Hepatitis C.
A recently published study found that a new 12-week drug regimen had a 99% success rate in treating multiple types of Hep C in patients. (U.S. News & World Report)
8. Mindful eating can make your food more enjoyable.
A new study reveals that slowly and steadily breathing while eating enhances the flavor of food and helps people enjoy their meals more. (The Cut)
9. Lena Dunham opens up about living with endometriosis.
In the latest issue of Lenny Letter, Dunham and several other women get real about the mental, physical and emotional affects of the disease. (mbg)
10. "Microbiome banking" is now a thing.
A nonprofit called OpenBiome allows people to store their fecal matter that has healthy microbiome and transplant it back into their bodies during a time when their biome isn't functioning as it should (FastCoexist).
11. Instagram bans post-mastectomy tattoo photos.
The Pink Ink Fun, a nonprofit that provides post-mastectomy tattoos for cancer survivors and people who have reconstructive surgery after a BRCA diagnosis, had their Instagram account removed for "inappropriate" content. (mbg)
12. Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is ... an emoji.
It's the one where you're laughing so hard you're crying, officially known as the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji. (Oxford Dictionaries blog)
13. Sarcasm can make you more creative. (We're serious.)
For both the giver and the recipient, sarcasm appears to improve cognitive function — assuming the recipient understands the comment. Both constructing and exposing contradictions between the intended meaning of a statement is the source of this creative boost. The lesson here: If you can't say something nice, say it through verbal irony. (Scientific American)