10 Things You Need To Know Today (December 11)
1. Turns out Hemingway's favorite drink wasn't a mojito.
Havana's La Bodeguita del Medio, long thought to be Ernest Hemingway's watering hole of choice, has been harboring a deep, tourist-drawing secret for years. A framed inscription from Papa hangs on the wall of the bar stating, "My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita." But it turns out the note is a forgery, thought up by the bar's owners as a way to drum up business. (Eater)
2. The American Academy of Pediatrics released new health screening recommendations for kids.
The group updated their guidelines to include nine new screenings, including high cholesterol starting at age 9, depression starting at age 11, and HIV in certain high-risk populations. The extra preventive testing is meant to address concerns like childhood obesity and suicide. (TODAY)
3. Focusing on a visual task may leave you temporarily deaf.
A new study featured in the Journal of Neuroscience found a person's sense of vision and hearing are located in a shared region of the brain and that the brain is forced to choose between the two senses, resulting in a multitask fail. (Tech Times)
4. This video of an orangutan will make your day.
It's magical, truly. (mbg)
5. McDonald's is adding healthier options to its menu.
Named after their coffee line, McCafé, McDonald's Canada will open a new line of small cafés that serve quinoa, kale, and edamame. According to John Betts, president and CEO, “The new standalone McCafé locations allow us to build on our strong coffee credentials and create even stronger connections with our brand by offering our guests the more complete café menu they have been asking us for.” (Business Insider)
6. The first puppies born using IVF are pretty adorable.
They also might be the key to saving endangered canine species. (Gizmodo)
7. Good news! Being grumpy won't kill you.
Following 1 million middle-aged women in Britain for 10 years, researchers found that happiness does not appear to have any direct effect on mortality. (mbg)
8. Counterfeit masks add to the pollution problem in China.
This week, China's air pollution reached a record high, and many people are wearing masks to protect themselves from smog. But the government recently discovered that at least 140,000 of these masks are counterfeit and might not actually do anything to block out dangerous pollutants. (New York Times)
9. Yet another reason to stay in school.
A new study found that women who say "I do" have the best chance at a lasting marriage if they're college educated. In fact, their marriages are twice as likely to span 20-plus years as the marriages of women with a high school education or less. (Pew Research Center)
10. Sleep deprivation is a legitimate reason for being cranky, says science.
A new study found that people who are sleep-deprived possess a lower threshold for emotional activity, meaning that things a well-rested person would have no reaction to or just brush off elicit a much greater response from those who are sleepy. (Refinery29)