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Snacking on the Job and Dancing on the Titanic: What I Learned from Magazines This Week

Mar 182016
 By , March 18, 2016

Reading magazines this week, I learned that:

Half of American adults eat lunch alone.
(New York Times Magazine, 2/28/16)

There are currently no openly atheist members of Congress.
(New York Magazine, 2/22/16)

Babies in the workplace don’t significantly reduce productivity and can actually boost overall employee morale.
(New York Times Magazine, 1/17/16)

A replica of the Titanic, featuring nightly dances led by a Leonardo DiCaprio impersonator, is scheduled to set sail in 2018. (And yes, it will have more lifeboat capacity than the original.)
(New York, 2/22/16)

Rich people live, on average, 14 years longer than poor people.
(New York 2/22/26)

If you eat with another person, you’ll eat 44% more than you would eating alone.
(New York Times Magazine, 2/28/16)

After Maneesh Sethi hired a woman on Craiglist to slap him whenever he went off task at work, his productivity went way up.
(Time, 3/21/16)

The peak time for workplace snacking? 2 P.M. – 4 P.M.
(New York Times Magazine, 2/28/16)

In his diaries, Christopher Isherwood referred to Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne as “Mrs. Misery and Mr. Know-All.”
(Vanity Fair, Hollywood issue)

Ronald Reagan called the First Lady “Nancy Pants.”
(Time, 3/21/16)

Salt makes people overeat.
(Time, 3/21/16)

Nineteen percent of the heads of top-fifty U.S. medical schools are men with mustaches.
(Harpers, 3/16)

One fourth of U.S. retirees return to work within two years of retirement.
(Harpers, 3/16)

Size of the average male penis? Five inches, erect.
(Men’s Health, 4/16)

The most important rule to live by, according to Kid Rock? “Don’t be a dick.”
(Rolling Stone, 2/25/16)

If you go to sleep to the scent of lavender, you’ll sleep better and wake up feeling more alert.
(Time, 3/21/16)


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Roz Warren Roz is the author of Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection Of Library Humor. She writes for The New York Times and The Funny Times. Her work also appears in Good Housekeeping, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Humor Times. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter or visit her website.

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