The news of The Great Royal Knocking-Up broke this morning after Kate Middleton was admitted to the hospital for acute morning sickness. Non-royals are usually just advised to eat saltine crackers for that, but what do I know?
Brits (and the rest of the world) are extremely excited because, boy or girl, the fetus residing in Kate’s Dior-clad uterus will be the heir to the British throne. Little Prince or Princess Embryo will continue to the great royal tradition of doing absolutely… nothing, but looking fabulous while doing so.
Celebrities (and a bunch of people we don’t know) took to Twitter to celebrate:
I bet she’s already planning to have one with Kanye to upstage it. Continue Reading
Need an extra reason to stop studying? A Brown Med School professor posted Monday about a recent metastudy of over 12,000 6-18 year-olds that found “a significant positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance.” Although specific GPA increases numbers weren’t included, the researchers point to “increased oxygen flow” and endorphins as possible factors for this correlation (among manyotherthings that also release endorphins).
At the same time, Brown researchers at Butler Hospital have discovered that adults who had high levels of anxiety during childhood have genetically-modified stress responses. Although their DNA isn’t changed, the way their genes are expressed is (epigenetics FTW), and as a result, they have “greater stress sensitivity and fear in stressful situations,” according to Audrey Tryka MD, PhD.
All this to say that no matter how much work you can get done sitting in the Ratty for four hours straight, “you should probably get off your butt and go get some fresh air.” [Thanks for the quote, Mom.] So, snow football tomorrow anyone?
If you aren’t finished with your finals yet, here’s a video to cheer you up. If you are done, you shouldn’t be at your computer – you should be celebrating – but first, here’s a clip that probably resembles the way you’re feeling right now. Watch and enjoy!