Friday Links

Happy Friday. Actually not so much, I’m tired and grumpy but it is Friday and coffee will sort out both things, at least temporarily! Meanwhile, some stuff to read and look at..

1) 20 amazing facts about the human body. First, wow, second eyelash mites…yuck

Depending on how old you are, it’s pretty likely that you have eyelash mites. These tiny creatures live on old skin cells and the natural oil (sebum) produced by human hair follicles. They are usually harmless, though they can cause an allergic reaction in a minority of people. Eyelash mites typically grow to a third of a millimetre and are near-transparent, so you are unlikely to see them with the naked eye. Put an eyelash hair or eyebrow hair under the microscope, though, and you may find them, as they spend most of their time right at the base of the hair where it meets the skin. Around half the population have them, a proportion that rises as we get older.

2) Men (ok a man) who chooses to stay at home. I know a couple of guys who stayed home to look after children, but they never saw ‘the house’ as their job the way this guy does.

For most couples, and for me in the past, what would normally follow is a period of managed chaos: Each person tries to navigate a new job in a new city while attempting to remain healthy and sane. Instead, because I wasn’t forced to immediately hunt down a second source of income, we settled into a peaceful routine of breadwinner and homemaker. She was free to put all her energy into her career while I kept house. At first I was mainly dealing with getting us settled—unpacking the boxes, getting utilities hooked up, updating the license plates for the car, and so on. As this list of to-do’s dwindled, I found myself taking on the things we used to do in a rush in the evenings, such as laundry and cleaning, and eventually the things that we had never had time for at all, such as cooking and mending clothes we might have just thrown away. Years of old paperwork got purged or organized, unwanted books sold on Amazon or donated.

3) Mark Steel on match fixing.

The only way round this is the method of clubs like Leeds and Portsmouth, who borrowed millions more than they could ever pay back, before going bust and expecting to be bailed out by the government. You can see why this enraged people because imagine the mess we’d be in if the banks ever behaved like that.

4) Richard III. What he looked like. I’m really not sure about those eyebrows.

5) A map of London’s cocktail bars from Gin Monkey. It’s all been pretty well tested then!

6) Running roadblocks and how to overcome them. There isn’t one there for too damn lazy!

Don’t confuse mental fatigue with physical fatigue. Researchers from Bangor University in Wales report that short-term mental fatigue doesn’t impact the physical function. So it’s your mind—not your body—that craves downtime. And running is the perfect antidote. 

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