If You Can Wiggle Your Ears, You Have An Ancient Super Power

Can you wiggle your ears without using your fingers?

It’s a strange question, but if you have to ask yourself the answer is probably “no.”

You either can wiggle your ears or you can’t, and there’s a special reason why only some of us have the gift.

PBS

Why can some people move their ears in the first place?

Well, you probably share your home with at least one ear-wiggler, and it should be obvious if you think about them.

Your dog or cat can move their ears, just like horses or other mammals.

It helps them hear better, and to identify where noises are coming from. That’s very useful for an animal with natural predators that want to eat them.

So how come humans are left out of the wiggling club?

As humans evolved, some traits stopped being useful for us, including being able to move our ears.

Over thousands of years, the ability died out from one generation to the next. But it still lives on in some of us, because it’s useless but not dangerous or deadly.

Surveys say that 10-20% of the population can still wiggle their ears, and wiggling is usually common among family members.

But even if you don’t have wiggly ears, the muscles around your ears will still react to loud noises as if they can move.

But this cute feature isn’t the only leftover trait from our ancestors.

After 80 Years, One Man Has Finally Solved The Mystery Of Amelia Earhart’s Final Flight

It seems like we can finally close the book on America’s most famous unsolved missing person’s case.

New research may have finally solved the mystery of famous pilot Amelia Earhart, who vanished in 1937.

The groundbreaking aviator was just 39 when she disappeared, but had already become world-famous as a pioneering female flyer.

Earhart set records as the female pilot who flew the furthest and the highest, including becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo.

She was attempting her most daring feat of all – a 29,000 mile round-the-world flight – when she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, vanished without a trace.

Earhart and Noonan.San Diego Air and Space Museum

Earhart and Noonan began their voyage on July 2, 1937, from the small Pacific island of Papua New Guinea.

The pair were heading east for Howland Island, more than 2,500 miles away.

During the flight, Earhart reported bad weather, thick clouds, and trouble with her plane’s on-board radio.

Earhart’s last message before vanishing was this:

“Gas is running low. Have been unable to reach you by radio. We’re flying at 1,000 feet.”

Since then, professional investigators and amateur sleuths have puzzled over just what happened to Earhart, and there has been no shortage of strange theories in the decades since she disappeared.

But an expert says he has finally proven one of them to be true with “99.9%” certainty.

Cleaning Wipes May Not Be As Good As You Think, But An Old Fashioned Product Could Save The Day

I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m a bit of a neat-freak.

Of course I insist my family members wash their hands before dinner. But it goes a little further than that.

I keep a laundry list of cleaning products in my kitchen cabinet. Some are store bought, and others are my own special recipes.

I don’t just clean to keep my family happy and healthy (although that’s a big part of it). In fact, I find it genuinely relaxing to grab a tube of disinfectant wipes and scrub down my kitchen.

So imagine my surprise when I heard that a germ expert calls those handy cleaning wipes “a waste of money.”

CleanLink

It’s easy to see why those wipes are so popular: they’re good at cleaning almost any surface, and they promise to kill the germs that make you sick.

But are they actually keeping that promise? Dr. Clare Lanyon says no, they aren’t.

The biomedical science expert told The Telegraph that you should keep these wipes off your grocery list.

She explains that germs can reproduce in just minutes, and unless you clean every single one, they’ll just keep multiplying.

That means just minutes after you finish cleaning, those nasty germs are already multiplying on your kitchen counter.

So what should you buy instead? Surprisingly, the good doctor has a very old-fashioned suggestion.

Doctors Use Science To Determine Most Attractive Female Royal

While some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, science proves that may not always be true.

It’s nice to believe your significant other is the most gorgeous person in the world, but there’s a formula to prove they are not.

Called the “golden ratio,” this mathematical equation is used to map out physical perfection of an individual based on the symmetry of their face. It was created by Ancient Greeks, and was used by Leonardo Da Vinci for Vitruvian Man, his famous portrayal of the perfect male body. While I wouldn’t recommend you try it on yourself, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it on your favorite celebrities.

Doctors used the golden radio to judge of the female British royals, which led to not-so-surprising results.

They used the faces of Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Zara Phillips, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, and determined Prince Harry’s future bride had the most “perfect” face, with an 87.4% score.

But how did they calculate that?

Well, according to Harley Street surgeon, Dr. Julian De Silva, it all comes down to the position of your facial features, rated out of a 100 point scale.

“Meghan has beautiful facial symmetry and gets closer than any other princess to having what the Greeks considered the perfect face,” De Silva said.

“Meghan has an almost perfectly shaped nose with a 98.5% score, her eye position is exactly right and her gorgeous V-shaped chin is far more classically beautiful than Kate,” he added.

But how did the other royals stack up?

Some Breakfast Cereals Are Magnetic, And It’s A Good Thing

Growing up, I always begged my parents to buy me breakfast cereal…but the good kind. My five-year-old self determined the “goodness” of cereal based off two things.

  1. Is the box colorful?
  2. Does it mimic the taste of candy?

That’s it. That’s all I cared about. Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp, and any other cereal that was 98% sugar was all I wanted in the mornings. My parents, of course, never obliged which is probably for the best. When we did get cereal, it was the “healthier” stuff like Shreddies, Corn Pops or Chex. Boring, yes. But at least I got to have cereal which is all I wanted.

Another staple we got in our household was Corn Flakes. It was pretty boring, honestly, but that was actually why they were invented. When Dr. Kellogg invented them, he was looking for a way to suppress the desire to masturbate (yes, really) and felt like certain foods encouraged such activities.

“He thought that meat and certain flavorful or seasoned foods increased sexual desire, and that plainer food, especially cereals and nuts, could curb it,” reported Mental Floss.

Rover

Obviously they turned into a household staple, but more because of their relatively nutritious benefits compared to other cereals. But some people started to worry about the consumption of cereals like Corn Flakes after it was found that they actually respond to magnets, aka they’re magnetic.

Seems like something you’d want to avoid eating, right? Think again.

Doctors Share The 3 Things That Help Prevent Dementia And Alzheimer’s

More than a decade ago, I watched my grandparents go through the late stages of dementia.

Watching two people I love change so dramatically before my eyes is something I’ll never forget.

I try to lead a healthy lifestyle, but what’s so scary about these memory conditions is it seems like they can strike anyone.

Lately, I’ve been looking for answers, trying to learn if there’s a proven way to stop or slow down conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Tragically, treatments and “cures” for memory conditions are still a work in progress. And while some research is promising, the results for average people are years away.

Thankfully, doctors can say with some certainty that these three things will slow down the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Pexels

Don’t imagine you need to hit the gym, or look like a pro athlete to keep dementia at bay.

Research shows that even gentle, aerobic exercise – like walking for 30 minutes a day – does wonders for your brain.

Exercise increases blood flow, which sharpens your thinking skills. But it also releases chemical that slow down the brain’s aging process.

If you’re already getting a little exercise, going just a bit further, faster, or longer will pay off years from now.

But be sure to also use the next two techniques to fight memory conditions.

Surprising Evidence Says Twins Can Actually Read Each Other’s Minds

When I was growing up, a pair of twin boys at my elementary school were the subject of a lot of strange rumors.

Like most twins, the boys spent almost their time together. But some of the stories about their bond revealed an almost supernatural connection.

When one fell and scraped his knee on the playground, the other complained that his hurt too.

Stories like this are surprisingly common around the world, and some connections go even further.

The famous “Jim Twins,” who were separated at birth.Shoe Online

One famous pair of Finnish twins made headlines around the world when they died just a kilometer from each other, only hours apart.

The first brother died while biking on a highway, when he was hit by a truck.

Hours later, his twin was biking the same route – oblivious of the accident – and was hit by another truck.

Then there was the famous case of the “Jim Twins,” who were both raised apart since birth, and never knew they had a twin.

Both men grew up to marry women named Linda, then divorced and re-married to women named Betty.

They both liked drawing and carpentry, both loved math but hated spelling, both smoke and drank heavily, and both experienced headaches at the same time each day.

They sound like freaky coincidences, but a study shows that twins might actually share a supernatural connection.

An English research project asked pairs of twins and non-twins to guess what their partner was drawing without looking.

The twins scored twice as many correct answers as the non-twins.

So how does science explain this creepy connection?

Why Songs Get Stuck In Your Head, And The Simple Trick To Make Them Go Away

Call it whatever you like – sticky music, earworms, a stuck song, or just plain annoying.

If you’re one of the 90% of people who regularly deal with them, you’ve probably already experienced one this week.

Sadly, I’m one of the 30% who have it even worse, because I can’t make it through a single day without a song repeating in my head.

Whether it’s an old classic, or the last thing I heard on the radio, listening to the music repeat over and over can be seriously irritating.

Because this temporary condition, called “involuntary musical imagery” by scientists, is so common, lots of studies have tried to explain exactly why it happens.

Researchers say “YMCA” gets stuck in your brain very easily.CBS Music

No surprise here, but songs with repetitive, catchy melodies are the hardest to forget.

Classics like “YMCA,” “Jingle Bells,” and “We Will Rock You” all made the University of St. Andrews’s list of stickiest songs.

Recognizability and familiarity also make songs “catch” in your brain, which is why recent radio hits seem to infect the entire country all at once.

Then again, really sticky tunes like “The Song That Doesn’t End” have a habit of jumping out of nowhere and lodging in your brain for days. Is it on repeat in your mind yet?

If you’ve caught an earworm today and it won’t leave you alone, we have expert advice to shake it for good.

Doctors Say Women Are Ignoring These Symptoms Of Ovarian Cancer Until It’s Too Late

We all like to think that we’re keeping on top of our health problems, but let’s be honest: it’s tough.

As we age, it gets harder and harder to keep track of every ache and pain, and we tend to chalk them up to getting older in general.

But a new study points out why we should keep a close eye on our bodies: a worrying number of women are ignoring deadly cancer symptoms until it’s too late.

Women are “risking their lives”

A British organization recently asked women how they would deal with consistent bloating.

More than half said they would change their diet, while only a third answered that they would visit a doctor.

That may sound like a reasonable reaction, but in fact it’s very dangerous.

The organization, Target Ovarian Cancer, says women are “risking their lives” with this kind of thinking, and explains that chronic bloating is a major symptom of the disease.

Zhou Nutrition

“Lives will be saved” if women learn these symptoms

Ovarian cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in American women. But another study from Target Ovarian Cancer found only one in five women could identify symptoms of the disease.

“If women know ovarian cancer symptoms such as persistent bloating and are able to link them to ovarian cancer early on,” says the group’s chief executive Annwen Jones, “lives will be saved.”

It’s as simple as that.

One in 79 American women will develop ovarian cancer, so don’t put off learning the symptoms any longer. Keep reading to learn more about this deadly condition.

The Powerful Health Benefits Of Positive Thinking, And How You Can Unlock Them

Don’t worry, be happy.

That’s not just good life advice, it could actually help you live longer.

It’s no secret that most Americans see the glass as “half empty.” More than half us describe ourselves as pessimists, and last year a record number of us reported feeling crummy about our lives.

But if you ever needed a little persuasion to look on the bright side, here it is: happier people tend to live longer, healthier lives.

But you don’t need to take our word for it. As Jane Brody reports for The New York Times:

Studies have shown an indisputable link between having a positive outlook and health benefits like lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better weight control and healthier blood sugar levels.

Whether you’re living with a chronic condition already, or trying to stay healthy as you get older, there’s evidence that a good mood is good medicine.

Omar Lopez – Unsplash

One study by the University of California gave a group of patients with HIV advice to “foster positive emotions.”

The patients had lower virus loads than other groups by the end of the study.

Part of the reason why is the positive group was better about following their doctor’s orders; positive people tend to look after themselves, and adapt to changes more easily.

If you’re hoping to stay alive for a long time, a positive outlook is a must-have.

Patients with chronic conditions including Type 2 diabetes and even AIDS tend to live longer if they focus on positive emotions.

But just telling yourself to “cheer up” isn’t good enough. Instead, there are some practical ways to boost your mood and keep yourself in good shape.

13 Proven Home Remedies That Cure Hiccups Fast

Every home in America seems to have a different approach to curing hiccups. So let’s hear about your family’s.

Did they tell you to eat bread crust? Drink water upside down? Hold your breath?

If it sounds like we’re still trying to figure out how to cure hiccups, that’s because we are.

What we know is that hiccups are caused when a muscle called the diaphragm spasms inside your chest.

That spasm pushes air out of your lungs, and makes your vocal cords snap together, which makes the hic, hic, hic noise.

We do know some of the things that cause the diaphragm to spasm in the first place:

  • breathing in too quickly
  • coughing
  • eating too quickly
  • acid reflux

Our planet’s top scientists are still searching for the perfect hiccup cure, but they’ve already discovered two tried and true ways of dealing with them.

Vermont Sports

Raising the amount of carbon dioxide in your bloodstream causes your diaphragm to contract more deeply, and stop spasming.

There are a few ways to do this:

  1. Hold your breath for as long as possible, or inhale slowly three times without exhaling.
  2. Breathe in and out of a paper bag slowly. The carbon dioxide you exhale will be absorbed back into your bloodstream.
  3. Eat a spoonful of peanut butter. All of the chewing and lip smacking involved in this treat gets your mouth to open and close, helping to regulate your breathing.
  4. Scare or distract yourself. Ask a friend if you need help. Keeping your mind occupied or distracted seems to help your diaphragm settle down.
  5. Drink water through a paper towel. Forcing yourself to breathe in harder to drink the water makes your diaphragm “pull” more, and suck in more air.

There are even more ways to stop hiccups using the vagus method.

Research Says Picking Your Nose Is Actually Healthy – But You Have To Eat The Boogers

Picking your nose is seen as a gross habit around the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s rare.

In a survey, 96% of teenagers admit to digging for gold regularly, while a surprising 90% of adults say they do it too.

In fact, the average person cleans out the attic four times a day, even if they’re in the 10% that won’t admit to it.

But that may not be a bad thing. While it’s certainly bad table manners to pick your nose in front of friends and family, research says there are health benefits to burrowing for boogies.

The only downside is you need to eat what you find to get those health benefits.

Napper and his students pick their noses.The Sheaf

It’s gross but true, according to biochemist Scott Napper. He says humans may have actually evolved to eat their boogers because the little nuggets are so good for us.

“I’ve got two beautiful daughters and they spend an amazing amount of time with their fingers up their nose,” he told the CBC.

“And without fail, it goes right into their mouth afterwards. Could they just be fulfilling what we’re truly meant to do?”

If you’re feeling skeptical – or nauseous – just wait until you learn what boogers can do for your body.

First-Borns Are Smarter Than Their Siblings, Says New Study

If you’ve got a rivalry going on with your siblings, the results of a new study will give you a bit of an edge.

We’re all familiar with the stereotype that older siblings are more responsible and obedient, while the younger ones are often seen as boisterous. Well, this may actually be more than a stereotype.

For decades, researchers have been studying the birth order phenomenon to better explain why siblings raised in the same environment don’t always turn out the same. Obviously, personality is a factor, but it turns out, parents are unknowingly raising their children differently.

SheKnows

Last year, researchers from MIT, Northwestern University and the University of Florida discovered that second-borns are more likely to become criminals. The reason is that parents of two or more, pay less attention to their younger children because they’re too busy trying to focus on one child at a time.

“Despite large differences in environments across the two areas, we find remarkably consistent results: In families with two or more children, second-born boys are on the order of 20 to 40 percent more likely to be disciplined in school and enter the criminal justice system compared to first-born boys even when we compare siblings,” the study’s authors explained.

Now, a new study from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland has found that older siblings, specifically first-borns, tend to be smarter than their younger siblings.

“First borns score higher than their siblings in IQ tests as early as age one, the study has found,” the researchers reported.

Why? Again, it all comes down to parenting.

Can You See Why This High School Class Set A World Record?

High school is a place where students learn what sets them apart from everyone else, but kids at New Trier High School in Chicago are more alike than you would expect.

That’s because 91 students in New Trier’s class of 2020 are triplets or twins, an unusually high percentage at a school with just over 1,000 students.

New Trier’s class of 2020.New Trier High School

The startling number of twins in a single class was enough to get the school into the Guinness Book of World Records, and there’s a surprising reason behind the huge number of double births in the community.

Luke and Ryan Novosel came up with the idea to break the record.Pioneer Press

The idea to apply for the record came from Luke and Ryan Novosel, who also set one of the previous records with their grade school class. The Novosel boys say this isn’t necessarily an “academic” or “skill-type” record, but they’re still proud of it.

“There’s something unique you share with a twin, but you also have a special bond when you meet other twins,” Luke explains, and he had no idea just how many twins went to his school until he tried to break the record.

A pair of New Trier twins.JWC Media

New Trier beat the previous record set by a school in Connecticut, which featured 18 pairs of twins and two sets of triplets in one eighth-grade class.

In case you’re curious how so many pairs of twins end up at the same high school, New Trier parents have a theory.

Scientists Uncover Cancer ‘Vaccine’ That Has Eliminated Tumors In Mice

A team of scientists at Stanford University have discovered a solution for combating cancerous tumors.

The newfound “vaccine,” which used immune-stimulators to target tumors throughout the animal’s body, has received promising results for the future of cancer treatment.

The university’s research team said after they injected a combination of two immune boosters into the mice’s tumors, all traces of the specifically targeted cancer had vanished from the rodent’s entire body. This included metastases (a secondary malignant growth) that were previously untreated.

“When we use these two agents together, we see the elimination of tumors all over the body,” Dr. Ronald Levy, the senior author of the study, told the Stanford Medicine News Center. “This approach bypasses the need to identify tumor-specific immune targets and doesn’t require wholesale activation of the immune system or customization of a patient’s immune cells.”

Now, scientists are hoping the vaccine’s success in mice will positively translate into the upcoming human trials.

Science Says You And Your BFF Really Do Share The Same Brain

Ever wonder why you and your best friend seem so in sync?

I mean, it makes sense. We’re friends with them because we think so much alike, right?

As it turns out, you and your best friend might actually be inside each other’s heads, in more ways than one!

A group of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles and Dartmouth College wanted to know what exactly the brains of friends have in common.

Normally, we think of our friends as a diverse group of individuals, each with our own unique traits and personalities, as well as some overlapping interests.

But we might be giving too little credit to the similarities between ourselves when considering who is really close to us.

A classroom of students were told to name a friend that they have in the class and then had their brain activity recorded as they watched videos on some pretty random subjects.

What they found seems to have redefined how we define our relationships with the people around us.

Your BMI Isn’t Giving You The Whole Story About Your Health, Here’s Why

It seems like every doctor and dietitian wants to tell you what the best way to monitor your health is, and many use the same system. You need to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) that falls into a certain range to be considered healthy.

However, the truth of the matter is that BMI isn’t actually a very accurate form of measurement, and can be detrimental to many people. The outdated system has a lot of critics asking why it’s still being used to classify people’s weight.

BMI was actually invented in the 1800s by Adolphe Quetelet to study populations. It was created to study “the normal man,” but it wasn’t until 1972 that it started being used to measure body-fat percentages. The test was fairly accurate about 80% of the time, but it has been found to be incorrect in a lot of situations.

It’s all based on a mathematical formula that takes your weight in kilograms and divides it but your height in meters squared.

The simple formula then will place you in a category. You are considered underweight if you have a BMI below 18.5, normal if your BMi is between 18.5 and 24.9, overweight if your BMI is 25-29.9, and obese if it’s over 30.

The important thing to know is that in no way does it consider muscle mass as a part of the equation. As most people know, muscle weighs a fair bit and while it takes up less physical space than fat, it will increase the mass. This causes your BMI to be higher, and often will make it so that it doesn’t accurately represent your health.

If it is so wrong, why don’t we use another method?

Study Reveals People Can’t Actually Tell If They’re Eating Low-Fat Ice Cream And We Don’t Get It

Ice cream is probably the most heavenly substance on the face of this big blue planet of ours. It’s cold, refreshing, sweet, and basically perfect in every way. Whether it’s a rich chocolate, a smooth vanilla, or a satisfying cookie dough, every flavor has its benefits.

Seriously, if it were acceptable to eat ice cream for every meal, I would. The thing is, as delicious as ice cream is, it isn’t really the best thing for you. There is a lot of fat and sugar in it, and not a lot of protein or any of those other substantial things you need to live a healthy life. But as a treat, nothing will ever beat it.

Even though we all have our own favorite flavors, many of us are willing to try those “low-fat” options that we see. Maybe if it’s still delicious, then we won’t have to restrict how much we eat! However, every time we try out these so-called “healthier alternatives” we find ourselves returning to the higher fat options, because obviously they are just better. Or so we thought.

Scientists have done a study where people were given the option of a low-fat and a high-fat version of ice cream, and participants couldn’t actually tell the difference. But how can this possibly be true?

6 Skin Conditions You Might Mistake For Something Else, And How You Can Treat Them

As you age, dealing with newfound skin conditions and issues can often be a recurring problem. However, did you know that sometimes what you’re confident you’re suffering from could actually be entirely different?

Here are 6 skin conditions that you may want to consult a professional on, because otherwise they could be very easy to misinterpret as something else.

BUPA

Often misdiagnosed as acne or a skin rash, roacea is a condition that causes pus-filled bumps to rise up in the central part of your face.

Unlike acne or blackheads, rosacea is purely red, and is actually triggered by extreme temperatures, diet changes, and stress. There is no cure for it, but there are ways to keep it controlled.

MedicineNet

Convinced that the flakes falling from your scalp are just dandruff and you need to change up your shampoo? Hold that thought, because you might actually be suffering from psoriasis on your scalp, especially if you’re prone to it in other places.

No matter where you get it, psoriasis manifests as dry, flaky skin that can often feel quite rough. Fortunately, there are treatments for it that can be prescribed by a dermatologist.

Healthline

Another condition that sometimes gets written off as simply being acne, milia cysts are tiny white bumps that can appear on the nose and cheeks. They’re caused by an excess amount of the protein keratin getting trapped under the skin, and are most common in newborns.

Milia will simply go away with time, but if they become uncomfortable, there are treatments available through a doctor.

These next few conditions are often misdiagnosed…

Why Your Waiter Hates When You Order Dessert

Sadly, we have news about a popular restaurant trend that doesn’t involve tasty new foods.

Have you noticed that your favorite local eatery has stopped offering dessert specials? Or your server just seems really reluctant to ask if you want a slice of cake after your meal? It sounds paranoid, but you could be right.

LDarS / TripAdvisor

The reason behind this weird behavior is desserts just don’t make money for most restaurants. And there are a number of reasons why.

First and foremost, customers love to share a small dessert, and any menu item with the cost split between two people is bad news for a restaurant owner.

Economics professor Tyler Cowen also told the Washington Post that people have a very tight mental limit for how much they’ll pay for dessert.

Betty Crocker

“Dessert needs good ingredients to taste good, but you can’t psychologically convince people to pay even $20 for dessert,” he explains.

Ordering dessert can also double your meal time, and the restaurant business demands tables “flip” to new customers quickly, to keep money and tips flowing.

More and more restaurants are eliminating dessert from their menu entirely, but there’s a good reason they shouldn’t.