Category Archives: Fun

Fun? We all need some fun in our lives and its part of what keeps us going. This section of the blog is to meet all your needs in the comedy, inspirational and informative sectors. Enjoy!

Are Fist Bumps Good For Us?

It all started in the 1970s (we think), when NBA Baltimore Bullets guard Fred Carter balled up his fist and bumped it against a teammate’s closed fist. Or maybe it was the Wonder Twins, who kissed fists and shouted “Wonder Twin powers, activate!” Soon, athletes and bros alike adopted the fist bump as the preferred greeting. In 2008, it received new prominence when Barack Obama and his wife fist-bumped as he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination. The Washington Post called it “the fist bump heard ’round the world.”

No matter the origin, fist bumps might actually be good for our health. A recent study finds that bumping fists rather than shaking hands in hospitals reduces the spread of bacteria.

Researchers, led by plastic surgeon Tom McClellan, asked people who had washed hands to either shake hands or bump fists. After the contact, the researchers took swabs of the subjects’ hands and cultured the samples to see how much bacteria were thriving on the hands. After 20 handshakes, people had more bacteria populating their hands than those who fist-bumped 20 times. A shake exposed three times as much skin as a bump and lasted 2.7 times longer.

“[Bumping] may lead to decreased transmission of bacteria and improved health and safety of patients and healthcare workers alike,” McClellan and his colleagues wrote in their paper in the Journal of Hospital Infection.

People spread germs via handshake because they fail to clean their hands properly. According to a study in The Journal of Environmental Health, only 5 percent of people wash their hands for 15 seconds or longer. But 15 seconds is not enough—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wash their hands for 20 seconds to reduce the spread of illness. This improper handwashing means that 80 percent of people carry germs on their hands. When one improperly cleaned hand grasps another in a welcoming handshake, the two swap germs that can cause everything from a cold to MRSA to pneumonia to E. coli. While McClellan’s study focused solely on bacteria, he plans on investigating how fist bumps can impact the spread of viruses.


If you’re doing it like this, you’re doing it wrong! stop!

Mental Floss

Nike LunarENDOR Quickstrike Snowboard Boots

Nike’s up it’s game in the snow sport industry. The newly released Nike LunarENDOR QS Boots are impressive, these LED packed stunners will put your audience in a state of hypnosis. The iconic Swoosh is lit by 30 LED attached to a small lithium ion battery within the sole.

If you dont want to be center of attention the off switch is located at the top of the boot.

Pretty sexy right?


Dre’s Beats Brings Us Wireless

Dre’s Beats have been a sensation since their release in 2008. Recently, I was walking around the airport in Zurich, Switzerland and saw a gentleman around the age of 65 catching up on ’60 Minutes’ with a pair of Studio Beats. I wondered if he actually knew who Dr. Dre was. But that is beside the point.

Beats have released their Studio Wireless edition that connects through Bluetooth technology and allows for a range up to 30 feet from your device. Even better, the headphones are rechargeable so no more buzz kills when it comes to dead batteries. The headphones come with a volume control and a gauge that shows how much battery is left so you know how much time you have before you have to actually listen to the person next you on the plane.

No doubt you are going to pay a bold price for these ($380) but then again, life is too short.

Live a little and noise cancel the world.