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This Is How Stone-Cold Cool Bike Tricks Were In The 1950s

You kids these days, thinking you invented everything and you’re so "cool" and you even invented the word "cool." When you’re sitting down for awkward Thanksgiving dinner with your grandparents, just remember it was their generation that had these hilarious bike tricks.

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Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

You’ve been told a hundred times that exercise is good for you, and it’s true—but it’s good for a lot more than just losing weight or building muscle. Here are 10 other benefits you’ll see from just a little daily exercise.

10. You’ll Improve Your Memory

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Ever feel like you think a bit more clearly after a good workout? Not only is your brain getting more energy and oxygen, but many studies have shown that exercise can boost your memory and help you learn better. Of course, an intense workout right before a big exam could leave you more tired than smart—but the two are still undoubtedly linked.

9. You’ll Have Better Posture

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Good posture is important, and one of the best ways to fix your posture is to exercise the muscles holding you back. Check out some of the most common posture problems people have, and which muscles you should work out to help fix them. Regularly exercising your abs, back, and other muscles can go a long way into fixing your posture, both sitting and standing.

8. You’ll Boost Your Confidence

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Obviously, exercise can improve your appearance which can improve confidence, but there’s more to it than that. Exercise can also help you feel more accomplished and social (if you work out at a gym). Even if you don’t see immediate results in your body, that effort will make you feel better—and a bit of confidence can go a long way. Photo by chaoss (Shutterstock).

7. You’ll De-Stress

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

We all have stress in our lives, whether it’s the occasional rough day or a more serious, chronic problem. Stress can really wreak havoc with your mind, but studies have shown that exercise is a great way to combat it. Not only are those endorphins natural stress-fighters, but getting yourself into that exercise groove helps get your mind off the things stressing you out. Photo by Tess Mayer.

6. You’ll Sleep Better

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

If you ever have trouble falling asleep at night, the National Sleep Foundation says at regular exercise can help you sleep better. The best time to work out is in the morning or the afternoon, rather than before bed—if you exercise too closely to bedtime, it can actually have the opposite effect! Luckily, there are other good ways to fill up that pre-bed relaxation time. Photo by Deeleea.

5. You’ll Have More Energy

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

It may seem counter-intuitive—after all, working out can drain your energy quite a bit—but regular exercise can actually make you feel more energized throughout the day. In fact, one study found that exercising in the middle of the day can leave you feeling more energetic and productive for the rest of the afternoon. You should still try to get in some walking throughout the day, but a midday workout could be a great pick-me-up. Photo by nasrul (Shutterstock).

4. You’ll Have Better Sex

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Do we have your attention yet? Yes, studies have indeed shown that regular exercise can increase arousal and decrease men’s risk for erectile dysfunciton, likely because exercise improves circulation (which is pretty important when it comes to sex). Photo by wavebreakmedia (Shutterstock).

3. You’ll Get Sick Less Often

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Nobody likes getting sick, and exercise can help. A recent study found that people who exercised regularly were half as likely to get a cold than people who didn’t—which is odds I’d gladly take. Taking a good steam afterward can help, too. Photo by Anna Gutermuth.

2. You’ll Live Longer

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

It’s no secret that healthy living will keep you alive longer, but you might be surprised at how much. One study found that exercise improves life expectancy as much as quitting smoking. It really is true that sitting all day is killing you—and just a bit of regular exercise can stave off the reaper for awhile.

1. You’ll Just Be Happier

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

All this put together equals a much happier you. It’s not just those "runner’s high" endorphins—regular exercise can actually improve your life in oh-so-many ways. All you need to do is make it a habit—the University of Bristol found that people’s mood significantly improved on days they exercised, so find a way to fit a quick workout into your daily routine and you’ll be well on your way.

Title image by Crystal Eye Studio (Shutterstock).

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

You’ve been told a hundred times that exercise is good for you, and it’s true—but it’s good for a lot more than just losing weight or building muscle. Here are 10 other benefits you’ll see from just a little daily exercise.

10. You’ll Improve Your Memory

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Ever feel like you think a bit more clearly after a good workout? Not only is your brain getting more energy and oxygen, but many studies have shown that exercise can boost your memory and help you learn better. Of course, an intense workout right before a big exam could leave you more tired than smart—but the two are still undoubtedly linked.

9. You’ll Have Better Posture

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Good posture is important, and one of the best ways to fix your posture is to exercise the muscles holding you back. Check out some of the most common posture problems people have, and which muscles you should work out to help fix them. Regularly exercising your abs, back, and other muscles can go a long way into fixing your posture, both sitting and standing.

8. You’ll Boost Your Confidence

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Obviously, exercise can improve your appearance which can improve confidence, but there’s more to it than that. Exercise can also help you feel more accomplished and social (if you work out at a gym). Even if you don’t see immediate results in your body, that effort will make you feel better—and a bit of confidence can go a long way. Photo by chaoss (Shutterstock).

7. You’ll De-Stress

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

We all have stress in our lives, whether it’s the occasional rough day or a more serious, chronic problem. Stress can really wreak havoc with your mind, but studies have shown that exercise is a great way to combat it. Not only are those endorphins natural stress-fighters, but getting yourself into that exercise groove helps get your mind off the things stressing you out. Photo by Tess Mayer.

6. You’ll Sleep Better

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

If you ever have trouble falling asleep at night, the National Sleep Foundation says at regular exercise can help you sleep better. The best time to work out is in the morning or the afternoon, rather than before bed—if you exercise too closely to bedtime, it can actually have the opposite effect! Luckily, there are other good ways to fill up that pre-bed relaxation time. Photo by Deeleea.

5. You’ll Have More Energy

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

It may seem counter-intuitive—after all, working out can drain your energy quite a bit—but regular exercise can actually make you feel more energized throughout the day. In fact, one study found that exercising in the middle of the day can leave you feeling more energetic and productive for the rest of the afternoon. You should still try to get in some walking throughout the day, but a midday workout could be a great pick-me-up. Photo by nasrul (Shutterstock).

4. You’ll Have Better Sex

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Do we have your attention yet? Yes, studies have indeed shown that regular exercise can increase arousal and decrease men’s risk for erectile dysfunciton, likely because exercise improves circulation (which is pretty important when it comes to sex). Photo by wavebreakmedia (Shutterstock).

3. You’ll Get Sick Less Often

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Nobody likes getting sick, and exercise can help. A recent study found that people who exercised regularly were half as likely to get a cold than people who didn’t—which is odds I’d gladly take. Taking a good steam afterward can help, too. Photo by Anna Gutermuth.

2. You’ll Live Longer

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

It’s no secret that healthy living will keep you alive longer, but you might be surprised at how much. One study found that exercise improves life expectancy as much as quitting smoking. It really is true that sitting all day is killing you—and just a bit of regular exercise can stave off the reaper for awhile.

1. You’ll Just Be Happier

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

All this put together equals a much happier you. It’s not just those "runner’s high" endorphins—regular exercise can actually improve your life in oh-so-many ways. All you need to do is make it a habit—the University of Bristol found that people’s mood significantly improved on days they exercised, so find a way to fit a quick workout into your daily routine and you’ll be well on your way.

Title image by Crystal Eye Studio (Shutterstock).

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

You’ve been told a hundred times that exercise is good for you, and it’s true—but it’s good for a lot more than just losing weight or building muscle. Here are 10 other benefits you’ll see from just a little daily exercise.

10. You’ll Improve Your Memory

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Ever feel like you think a bit more clearly after a good workout? Not only is your brain getting more energy and oxygen, but many studies have shown that exercise can boost your memory and help you learn better. Of course, an intense workout right before a big exam could leave you more tired than smart—but the two are still undoubtedly linked.

9. You’ll Have Better Posture

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Good posture is important, and one of the best ways to fix your posture is to exercise the muscles holding you back. Check out some of the most common posture problems people have, and which muscles you should work out to help fix them. Regularly exercising your abs, back, and other muscles can go a long way into fixing your posture, both sitting and standing.

8. You’ll Boost Your Confidence

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Obviously, exercise can improve your appearance which can improve confidence, but there’s more to it than that. Exercise can also help you feel more accomplished and social (if you work out at a gym). Even if you don’t see immediate results in your body, that effort will make you feel better—and a bit of confidence can go a long way. Photo by chaoss (Shutterstock).

7. You’ll De-Stress

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

We all have stress in our lives, whether it’s the occasional rough day or a more serious, chronic problem. Stress can really wreak havoc with your mind, but studies have shown that exercise is a great way to combat it. Not only are those endorphins natural stress-fighters, but getting yourself into that exercise groove helps get your mind off the things stressing you out. Photo by Tess Mayer.

6. You’ll Sleep Better

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

If you ever have trouble falling asleep at night, the National Sleep Foundation says at regular exercise can help you sleep better. The best time to work out is in the morning or the afternoon, rather than before bed—if you exercise too closely to bedtime, it can actually have the opposite effect! Luckily, there are other good ways to fill up that pre-bed relaxation time. Photo by Deeleea.

5. You’ll Have More Energy

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

It may seem counter-intuitive—after all, working out can drain your energy quite a bit—but regular exercise can actually make you feel more energized throughout the day. In fact, one study found that exercising in the middle of the day can leave you feeling more energetic and productive for the rest of the afternoon. You should still try to get in some walking throughout the day, but a midday workout could be a great pick-me-up. Photo by nasrul (Shutterstock).

4. You’ll Have Better Sex

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Do we have your attention yet? Yes, studies have indeed shown that regular exercise can increase arousal and decrease men’s risk for erectile dysfunciton, likely because exercise improves circulation (which is pretty important when it comes to sex). Photo by wavebreakmedia (Shutterstock).

3. You’ll Get Sick Less Often

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

Nobody likes getting sick, and exercise can help. A recent study found that people who exercised regularly were half as likely to get a cold than people who didn’t—which is odds I’d gladly take. Taking a good steam afterward can help, too. Photo by Anna Gutermuth.

2. You’ll Live Longer

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

It’s no secret that healthy living will keep you alive longer, but you might be surprised at how much. One study found that exercise improves life expectancy as much as quitting smoking. It really is true that sitting all day is killing you—and just a bit of regular exercise can stave off the reaper for awhile.

1. You’ll Just Be Happier

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

All this put together equals a much happier you. It’s not just those "runner’s high" endorphins—regular exercise can actually improve your life in oh-so-many ways. All you need to do is make it a habit—the University of Bristol found that people’s mood significantly improved on days they exercised, so find a way to fit a quick workout into your daily routine and you’ll be well on your way.

Title image by Crystal Eye Studio (Shutterstock).

Chairs Technica: Where your favorite Ars writers park their rears

It’s an oft-overlooked fact that we at Ars have no actual central office out of which we work. Although we do have space set aside at the Condé Nast building in New York, it’s rare that we actually are in a position to use it. Instead, each of us works out of our respective homes scattered across the USA. We did a short gallery last year showing what our home offices look like (spoiler alert: lots of Macs), but we didn’t focus much on that all-important bit of office kit: the chair.

People like us who spend most of the day writing have an extremely close relationship with their office chairs. We spend eight, 10, or 12 hours every day (and sometimes even more!) sprawled in the things, and a good chair can make the difference between a productive workspace and crippling boneitis. You’d think that we’d all have high-quality crazy space chairs—and some of us actually do—but like any other group, we’re actually pretty diverse in our seating choices. In fact, a couple of us don’t use chairs at all.

The pedestrian

Senior IT reporter Jon Brodkin starts us out with his thoroughly average and only half-functional Office Max special: “This chair is pretty comfortable, but there’s nothing special about it. I bought it years before I started working at home, at Office Max or Office Depot, and I think I paid somewhere between $50 and $75 for it. The only problem is that it doesn’t always stay up at its full height, so I have to hit the lever a few times a week to raise it back up again. I don’t know why Lee wants a picture of it, but he’s a bit off in the head and he lives in Texas so I usually avoid asking too many questions.”

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Saab Production Re-Starts Monday, Huzzah

Saab Production Re-Starts Monday, Huzzah

After keeping us all under baited breath ever since they made one single, solitary car a few months ago, National Electric Vehicle Sweden has announced that they are re-starting production of the Saab 9-3 on Monday. And despite the company name, the new-old 9-3 is not electric! Huzzah!

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Greet Your Audience at the Door Before You Start Your Next Speech

Greet Your Audience at the Door Before You Start Your Next Speech

Public speaking isn’t easy, so it helps to have every trick in the book at your disposal to beat your fear. The next time you have to speak in front of an audience, you might want to introduce yourself to them at the door, suggests Dumb Little Man.

Greet people as they walk into the room. Simply stand at the door and introduce yourself as the speaker. For bonus points, ask people if they have any questions in advance. That will ensure you are aware of the audience’s expectations and what they hope to get out of your speech. Boom. You’re no longer speaking to a room full of strangers. You’re speaking to new friends.

The post has some other neat tips on how to be an effective speaker, including a professional speechwriter secret: printing out your speeches in size 18 font or larger so it’s easily readable from a distance.

7 Little-Known Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking | Dumb Little Man

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A Helicopter Has Slammed Into A Pub In Glasgow, Fatalities Reported

A Helicopter Has Slammed Into A Pub In Glasgow, Fatalities Reported

A police helicopter that was flying over Glasgow smashed through the roof of a local pub last night, in a scene in which the word "terrifying" is most probably an understatement. At least one person is reportedly dead, and the number of fatalities is expected to rise.

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Did You Know That The Yugo Was Holy-Crap Levels Of Cheap?

The Yugo has been called a punchline. The worst car in history. Even a whale. But one thing that was no joke at all was its price – just $3,990 when it went on sale in 1987. In 2013 dollars, that’s only $8202.89. Holy crap that’s cheap.

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LG Canada says G2 will get Android 4.4 KitKat by March

LG G2

LG G2 owners may have to wait a while to get the Android 4.4 KitKat software that their Nexus 5-toting counterparts already enjoy. A spokesperson for the company’s Canadian branch informs MobileSyrup that the G2 should get its KitKat upgrade late in the first quarter of 2014 — in other words, March. While that will disappoint early adopters, LG does note that every local carrier will receive the update at about the same time. Whether or not Americans will see the new OS any sooner is another matter. We’ve asked the company about its US upgrade schedule, and we’ll let you know if it can provide some details.

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