Why some Swedes sleep on nail mats

In the land which gave us the Tempurpedic mattress, some people now like to sleep on beds of nails. Here we are in the US, going from Plush to Pillowtop to Europillowtop, sinking deeper and deeper into our mattresses, trying on Memory foams and the ultimate Swedish Tempurpedic mattresses, and the Swedes seem to be…

How snoring spouses help your memory

Do you have a spouse or a roommate who snores? You are in luck. New research has found that if a certain sound plays while someone is learning something, and then that same sound plays while the person is sleeping, the person will remember better whatever he/ she was learning. The experiment itself sounds rather…

How to add a custom header for the Arras theme

The Arras theme has a custom header option, though that fact is not readily apparent. You cannot change to a custom header through the Theme options pages. You will need a very minimal amount of CSS editing. If you’ve never done any CSS editing before, you have come to the right place 🙂 After the…

Why rural teachers do not need a pay rise

“I will not be teaching you from tomorrow”, the teacher told the class.  “I have been suspended.” The students exchanged looks.  “What did you do to get suspended ?” asked one student. “I paid a Rs 50,000 bribe” said the teacher proudly. “I am getting a full 1 year suspension.” One student stood up at…

The cycle of women in the workforce

The two headlines in today’s Wall Street Journal said it all.  They brought out the history of women in the workforce in two short sentences.  The first headline read “Recession Drives More Women to Work“.  Below it, the second headline read “Returning Workers Face Big Pay Cuts“. And so the cycle continues.  Women flood into…