After 5 years of abstinence, a recovering alcoholic has approximately the same chances of lifetime relapse as a randomly selected member of the general US population has of experiencing alcoholism in the coming year.
Men are more than 200% more likely than females to experience unhealthy alcohol use.
Getting a raise will initially make you really happy, but after 2 years your happiness level will have returned to baseline.
Individuals who rate highly on extraversion and lower on agreeableness tend to receive higher salaries, while individuals who rate highly on conscientiousness tend perform their jobs well.
Top 1% of earners in the US account for 20% of the total national income.
In 2006, the cost burden of alcohol in the US was $223 billion.
Now for every 3 liters of tap water consumed in modern-day Europe and North America we drink 1 liter of coffee.
Bayer tweaked Merck’s morphine structure and created diacetylmorphine. Bayer marketed diacetylmorphine (almost twice as potent as morphine) under the name “heroin” in 1874. Marketed as a non-addictive substitute for morphine (whoops!), heroin was available for retail until 1924.
Adenosine is a byproduct of cellular metabolism and accumulates throughout the day. Caffeine binds to, among other things, adenosine receptors in the brain, blocking the drowsiness-inducing effects adenosine.
Riding a tricycle requires a separate neurological motor system from riding a bicycle.
The latest estimate of the brain’s information storage capacity is about 1 million gigabytes. If we were to store this amount of data on an average USB flash drive, then we would have to carry around more than 30,000 thumb drives. The weight of these thumb drives would be equivalent to giving a small male grizzly bear a piggyback ride.
2-4 episodes per week of 30-minute duration, vigorous intensity level activity may be 15% more likely to result in significant improvement of depression than antidepressants and psychotherapy combined.