Scientists May Have Discovered a Parallel Universe, Because 2020

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2020 has been weird AF.

There’s a global pandemic, there are murder hornets, the government released footage of UFOs, the Snyder cut is real, Jonah Hill is more foul-mouthed than Samuel L. Jackson. Things are just crazy. But they could be worse. We could live in an alternate universe where time moves backwards. BECAUSE APPARENTLY THAT’S A THING NOW TOO.

Yesterday a story started circulating about the existence of a parallel universe and somehow this story didn’t originate on The Onion. No, it started in New Scientist with an article titled: We may have spotted a parallel universe going backwards in time.

The subtitle reads: Strange particles observed by an experiment in Antarctica could be evidence of an alternative reality where everything is upside down.

And now if you’ll excuse me I have to go lie down.

Another article published back in January first sounded the alarm. That one is entitled Strange particles found in Antarctica cannot be explained by physics. So THAT’S good!

I won’t lie, I’m not a scientist, and reading these articles is not easy. The descriptions of the incident and subsequent experiments that detailed why scientists are leaning towards the ‘parallel universe’ explanation broke my brain. Suffice it to say that scientists were baffled by what they were seeing. They’d been using a balloon equipped with antennas meant to detect high-energy particles arriving from space but were confused when one such signal seemed to be exploding upwards out of the ground instead.

It seems their best hypothesis at this point is the parallel universe theory. This universe is described as “a topsy-turvy universe created in the same big bang as our own and existing in parallel with it. In this mirror world, positive is negative, left is right, and time runs backwards.”

This is a bunch of scientists’ BEST idea for what is happening right now.

So yeah, 2020 is wild. But not as wild as it could be because apparently we could be in some upside-down version of earth where COVID-19 is actually making people healthier, they wear hats on their feet, and hamburgers eat people!

Look, I already told you I’m not a scientist.

Dude Spends Quarantine Building Laser-Shooting Iron Man Suit

Iron Man Suit 3
(TikTok/techmaster_2020)

So what have you been doing during your quarantine? Did you catch up on some new shows? Did you take up knitting? That’s cool. This guy built a laser-blasting Iron Man Suit.

TikTok user techmaster_2020 has decided he wasn’t going to spend all his downtime doing useless time-sucking activities. No, he was going to literally become Iron Man (though he’s not the first, or second). Using nothing but spare parts from his garage, this friggin guy has spent countless hours constructing the Mark-1 Iron Man suit using nothing but his brain, his hands, and fire (and, like, a whole bunch of tools). But instead of being motivated by the need to bust out of a terrorist prison, he’s doing it for the TikTok followers (excuse us while we install that app after locating the instruction manual).

Check out Duderface McGee trying so hard to be cool and 100% succeeding:

@techmaster_2020

#fyp #foryou #ironman #viral #diy #trending #tiktok #tiktokcreator #art #2020 #science #tech #music #fy

♬ Back In Black – AC/DC

Here he is Iron Man-ing his leg:

@techmaster_2020

#ironman #diy #tonystark #creative #artist #music #idea #dream #2020 #future #tech #tiktok #goals #real

♬ All Over the World – Electric Light Orchestra

Here he is getting the hand laser blaster thing in working order:

@techmaster_2020

#science #ironman #diy #sidehustle #homemade #creative #dream #2020 #talent #real #goals #happy #happyathome #tech #artist #home

♬ Can’t Hold Us – feat. Ray Dalton – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Did we mention that it actually works?

@techmaster_2020

#ironman #tonystark #diy #science #tech #2020 #real #artist #homemade #creative #music

♬ Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Remastered – Eurythmics

As does the arm blaster thingy:

@techmaster_2020

#science #ironman #tonystark #future #2020 #tech #creative

♬ The Ecstasy of Gold Ringtone (Original Score) – Version 2 – Ennio Morricone

Here’s ol’ Brohan McGeister getting all Tony Stark on us. His many phones would lead us to believe that he is also as rich as Tony:

@techmaster_2020

#science #ironman #livinglikelarry #diy #artist #music #tech #2020 #goals #creative #happyathome

♬ Should I Stay or Should I Go – Remastered – The Clash

Here he is laying out all his parts so we can get a sneak peek:

@techmaster_2020

#votetiktok #fyp #ironman #tiktok #diy #tiktokcreator #artist #2020 #idea #science #tonystark #real

♬ The Avengers Theme – Movie Sounds Unlimited

Oh yeah. He has flamethrowers. Like…will he actually be able to fly in this thing?

@techmaster_2020

#fyp #tiktok #ironman #original #diy #artist #2020 #science #creator #top #freefire #viral #tiktokviral

♬ Hells Bells – AC/DC

Uh oh. Twist. Dude has to start over cause he can’t get in the suit.

@techmaster_2020

#ironman #tiktok #diy

♬ original sound – techmaster_2020

We have no doubt he’ll complete this thing. We don’t know who he is or what he does for, ya know, money…but we do know that he’ll most likely get to Mark 30 by the time Christmas rolls around. Way to show us all up, guy. Also, side note, he has a time machine:

@techmaster_2020

#tiktokdoctorwho #ironman #time #viral #tiktokcreator #tonystark #timemachine #custom #votetiktok

♬ Doctor Who (Opening Theme) – Keff McCulloch

45+ Interesting Facts to Flex When You Want to Impress the Kids

45+ interesting facts
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Want to be met with murmurs of approval from your kids? Drop a random factoid on their ass. That’s right, nothing stops a kid, or an adult for that matter, in their tracks quite like a bizarre or interesting fact. The best type of fun facts defy logic and sound borderline insane, which is what makes them so irresistible. For example, did you know flamingos are born grey? Or what about the fact that parts of the Great Wall of China were built with sticky rice? That’s kind of wild to think about even for an adult.

So if you want to keep your kids enthralled for a solid half hour, sit them down and throw these nuggets of golden wisdom their way. To make it easier, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of our favorite interesting facts. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something new along with them.

 

1. Polar bear fur is actually clear and their skin is black.

2. Baby flamingos are born grey, not pink.

3. A woodpecker’s tongue actually wraps all the way around its brain, protecting it from damage when it’s hammering into a  tree.

4. A shrimp’s heart is located in its head.

5. Elephants suck on their trunks for comfort.

6. Anteaters have no teeth.

7. Nine-banded armadillos always have quadruplets and they’re always identical.

8. Wombat poop is cube-shaped.

9. A flock of flamingos is called a flamboyance.

10. Goats have accents.

11. Dolphins give names to each other.

12. Gorillas can catch human colds.

13. The turkey was once almost named the national bird.

14. A group of owls is called a parliament.

15. There are 32 muscles in a cat’s ear.

16. Snails can regenerate their eyes.

17. Want to know if your pet turtle is a boy or girl? If you listen closely you’ll hear the difference. Female turtles hiss and male turtles grunt.

18. A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.

19. French Poodles are actually from Germany.

20. Henry VIII knighted all four of his “Grooms of Stool” — the people in charge of wiping his butt for him.

21. Jeanette Rankin was elected to congress four years before women were even allowed to vote.

22. Women couldn’t apply for credit at a bank until 1974.

23. Before the invention of modern false teeth, dentures were commonly made from the teeth of dead soldiers.

24. In ancient Egypt, servants were smeared with honey so flies would flock to them, instead of the pharaoh.

25. It was once considered sacrilegious to use a fork.

26. Abe Lincoln was a champion wrestler. He was also a licensed bar tender.

27. Since 1945, all British tanks have been equipped with the necessary items for making tea.

28. Pope Gregory IV once declared war on cats because he believed black cats were used by Satan. His declaration lead to the mass extermination of cats.

29. That lack of cats led to a rat infestation which, in turn, led to the spread of plague.

30. John Adams was the first president to live in the White House.

31. The average person living in Sweden eats about 22 pounds of chocolate a year.

32. While the Wright Brothers are famous as a pair, they actually only flew together once. They promised their father they’d always fly separately.

33. Montana has three times as many cows as it does people.

34. Parts of the Great Wall of China were made with sticky rice.

35. 90 percent of the world’s population lives above the equator.

36. Finland has more saunas than cars.

37. 60 percent of the World’s lakes (three million total) are located in Canada.

38. Virginia is the only state that has the same state flower and state tree, the Dogwood.

39. In Egypt, it’s considered incredibly rude to salt food that has been served to you.

40. 99 percent of Libya is desert.

41. The height of the Eiffel Tour can vary up to six inches, depending on the temperature.

42. George Washington never got to live in the White House.

43. California’s state animal, the grizzly bear, doesn’t live in California anymore.

44. Armadillos are almost bulletproof.

45. Hawaii and Arizona don’t practice daylight savings.

46. Chicago is the birthplace of the ferris wheel.

NBA Star Donates $100k to Increase COVID-19 Testing at Mayo Clinic

Karl-Anthony Towns Donates
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We’ve seen some great things from professional athletes in recent days. Kevin Love was one of the first, offering $100,000 to help arena workers affected by the shutdown. Trevor Bauer started a GoFundMe to help workers at MLB stadiums. Countless other stars have followed suit to help out the people affected financially by the suspension of professional sports.

Minnesota Timberwolves superstar big man Karl-Anthony Towns is the latest to make a big gesture, although he went a slightly different direction with his. Towns announced over the weekend that he’ll be donating $100,000 to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to help with COVID-19 testing.

He shared an image from the Mayo Clinic with the quote “We’re all in this together, let’s protect ourselves and the community around us.” He also posted the following statement:

“The Mayo Clinic has begun rolling out a test to detect the virus that causes COVID-19. My hope is that we can fight this virus quicker and more efficiently by increasing the testing capabilities and availability and Mayo Clinic’s overall COVID-19 response.

This is why I will be donating $100K to support these efforts. Thank you to the Mayo Clinic workers and all healthcare workers who are working around the clock to treat us. You are our heroes.

We’re all in this together, let’s protect ourselves and the community around us.

Towns is correct – the healthcare workers around the clock to care for coronavirus patients are the true heroes in this country right now. While schools shutter and jobs try to go remote, healthcare workers are going to feel the brunt of this as the number of cases increases, so it’s important to recognize and support ALL of those people.

In a press release about the gift, the Mayo Clinic said it was blown away by the gift and that it would help the hospital increase its testing from 200 per day to more than 1,000 per day.

If you’re looking for other heroes to celebrate during these trying times, give a strong shout-out to everyone who still has to show up at work to keep this country going, especially first responders, grocery store workers and truck drivers (and so many more).

It’s great to see the athletes that get it making a statement and setting a strong example with gifts like these. Now, it may be time for some of those billionaire owners to follow suit.

Here at The Dad, we hope you, your families, and communities stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information, please utilize online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization to remain as informed as possible.

Canadian Scientists Make COVID-19 Breakthrough, Days After NHL Suspended

Canadian Researchers COVID-19 Breakthrough
(YouTube/University of Saskatchewan)

The news seems like a steady drumbeat of negativity and awfulness, so any shred of positivity needs to be celebrated. And today, that bite-sized piece of good news comes from a team of Canadian scientists who made one of the first major scientific breakthroughs on the coronavirus.

Only days after the NHL suspended its season, scientists from Canada helped push the scientific community a step forward by successfully isolating and growing copies of the virus, bringing the world one step closer to finding a vaccine for the virus that has caused chaos around the globe.

It should also help scientists potentially develop improved methods to treat it. OK, I read the release, and honestly, most of it is over my head. Like many, I’ve spent the past two weeks becoming an expert on infectious diseases. Fortunately, many people have been working on this for many years prior.

“Researchers from these world-class institutions came together in a grassroots way to successfully isolate the virus in just a few short weeks,” said Dr. Rob Kozak, clinical microbiologist at Sunnybrook, a statement released by the team. “It demonstrates the amazing things that can happen when we collaborate.”

Not to be outdone in this hockey-less Canadian world, a research team from Saskatchewan has developed a vaccine for COVID-19. It could be a major development, even if such news needs to be tempered with the knowledge that it could still take up to a year for the vaccine to be tested, studied, produced, and made available for human use.

The news came not long after they were awarded a pretty sizable grant to tackle the task.

And yeah, anything that comes from this would still face a long road, but one of the experts said he is positive the vaccine will work.

I’ll take the optimism, in the face of so much gloom. And if we want to fast-track this (we do), we need to start taking more things away from Canada.

Take hockey away, and we’re hitting scientific breakthroughs. Let’s try beer next. No more Molson and we may be saved in time to salvage our summer.

Here at The Dad, we hope you, your families, and communities stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information, please utilize online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization to remain as informed as possible.

Man Straps Grenade to Nokia Phone to Prove They’re Indestructible

Nokia Phone VS Grenade
(YouTube/[OddlyTube])

Phones these days claim to have it all. Water resistance. Wide-angle camera lenses. A bottomless well of selfie filters that make you look like a dog. But ask yourself:

Can my precious smartphone withstand the blast of a small grenade?

Chances are, it can’t. No, not even if you put it in rice afterward.

But what about an old Nokia? As you may recall, cell phones were known for their brawn before they got all smart on us. The Nokia 3310 in particular. You could throw one of those bad boys into a canyon and whoever found it could still challenge your high score in Snake.

The YouTube channel [OddlyTube] decided to put this phone’s resilience to the test by blowing on up with an RGD-5 Firecracker. The results may surprise you if you’ve never paid 15 cents to send a text.

 

Innovative 8th Grader Utilizes Projection Tech to Eliminate Blind Spots

Alaina Gassler Eliminates Blind Spots
(YouTube/Paul Gassler)

It doesn’t matter if you have a brand new driver’s license or if you’re a veteran behind the wheel with decades of experience under your belt – everyone struggles with blind spots. It’s simply not possible to see certain things due to the pillars between car windows.

Most folks would write this off as an unfortunate and unfixable problem, but there might be a surprising solution thanks to technology designed by a 14-year-old.

Alaina Gassler, an industrious 8th grader from West Grove, Pennsylvania, created an innovative system that essentially eliminates the A-pillar blind spot between the windshield and front seat windows.

“Many car accidents are caused by drivers not being able to see hazards due to blind spots,” Gassler wrote. “My prototype is designed to get rid of those blind spots by displaying an image of the area behind them onto the spot. I used a small projector as the displaying device and a webcam as the recording device. The webcam is mounted onto the outside of the car, and the projector displays the image only the A-pillar of the car.”

Granted, the system could benefit from some image stabilization, but it’s pretty extraordinary nonetheless. It’s basically like riding in Wonder Woman’s invisible jet.

The Broadcom Foundation MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) Program and the Society for Science & the Public were impressed by the inventive teen and awarded her the Samueli Foundation top prize of $25,000.

Gassler says the idea came to her while riding in the car, noticing her mother struggling with her blind spots.

“I wanted to find a way to get rid of them,” Gassler told Popular Mechanics. “And my older brother, Carter, just started to drive, so it was a big safety concern.”

Gassler and her father have searched for patents and found a few similar inventions, but they’re over a decade old and never went into production. The family hopes to acquire those patents or figure out a way to make the teenager’s model unique enough for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to issue Gassler her own patent.

Instead of starting her own line of products, though, Gassler hopes to sell her idea to a company that can really utilize the tech.

“Tesla is always looking for the future in their cars and I feel like my project would be something they’d be interested in,” she said.

Allergist Dad Develops a New Treatment for Peanut Allergies

Dad Invents Peanut Allergy Treatment
(YouTube/UNC Health Care)

Food allergies have been on the rise over the past two decades and it’s a terrifying situation for any parent. It requires constant vigilance, education, and repeated explanations at every restaurant trip and birthday party. But there may be more hope on the horizon for parents thanks to the work from one dad with a personal connection to the cause.

Dr. Edwin Kim, the medical director of the University of North Carolina’s Allergy and Immunology Clinic in Chapel Hill and a dad of two, has developed an innovative new treatment for those allergic to peanuts. The motivation behind Kim’s focus was a severe allergic reaction his son had at 9 months old. As an expert who has studied food allergies for his entire career, Kim immediately recognized the reaction his son was experiencing.

His innovative approach, called sublingual immunotherapy, involves putting minuscule amounts of liquefied peanut protein under the tongue. After it’s absorbed into the bloodstream, it helps desensitize the immune system to higher amounts. In testing, patients have been able to tolerate nearly 20 times the amount of peanut protein that it would take to trigger a reaction. The results could be a safer way to protect kids from hidden exposures.

“As a parent of two children with nut allergies, I know the fear parents face and the need for better treatments,” said Kim. “We now have the first long-term data showing that sublingual immunotherapy is safe and tolerable, while offering a strong amount of protection.”

And the results from his clinical trial has Kim hopeful that he’ll someday be able to help kids with peanut allergies live more normal lives.

“They want to be like every other kid at school. They don’t want to sit at a separate, peanut-free table. They want to go out trick-or-treating with their friends. They want to go to dinner and sleepovers,” he told one news station.

Kim’s treatment is still awaiting FDA approval but could be available to patients by the end of the year.

Psychologists Say Those Who Decorate For Christmas Earlier Are Happier

Dad and Son Decorate Early
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Along with Thanksgiving and Black Friday, November reintroduces the much-heated debate as to when it’s appropriate to bust out the Christmas decorations.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with laying out that porcelain snowy village set or erecting that Christmas tree right after Halloween, but some think it lacks practical sense (or they just hate being reminded of how much holiday shopping they have left to do).

However, according to experts, decorating a bit earlier might actually make you happier than if you wait.

“In a world full of stress and anxiety, people like to associate to things that make them happy, and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood,” psychoanalyst Steve McKeown told Unilad.

“Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extends the excitement!”

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Simple enough, but psychotherapist Amy Molin goes even further, emphasizing the importance of those nostalgic feelings and why they affect us so strongly.

“Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past, and it helps people understand their identity. For many, putting up Christmas decorations early is a way for them to reconnect with their childhoods.”

So, don’t feel bad about decking those halls a few weeks early and don’t be a Scrooge by criticizing others for doing so either. It’s just a little injection of nostalgic holiday cheer and everyone deserves it!

12-Year-Old Discovers Woolly Mammoth Tooth at Family Reunion

Jackson Hepner with Woolly Mammoth Tooth
(The Inn at Honey Run)

There are few things are less exciting for a 12-year-old than a family reunion. You’re surrounded by your parent’s cousins and other estranged family members you barely know for an entire afternoon. Boorrrrrrrinnnnnnnnng. So you can’t blame Jackson Hepner, who was “taking a break” from pictures at his family reunion in Ohio, for wandering alongside a creek. And he found more than a brief respite from familial chaos — sticking out of the creek bed, Jackson found a woolly mammoth tooth.

It’s not like he a found a “woolly mammoth tooth”, which is just some random rock that a liar of an uncle pretends is legit. He found the real thing, as he had the discovery verified by multiple different university professors who all concluded it appears to be the upper third of a Woolly Mammoth molar.

Granted, when you’re told you’ll be going to a family reunion in Ohio’s Amish Country, you expect you might encounter some ancient history. However, you probably aren’t expecting to find a fossil from a creature that died 10,000 years ago.

Jackson, to his credit, said he wants to get his Woolly Mammoth tooth “back in my hands as soon as possible,” so he can show it to his friends.

Jackson Hepner Woolly Letter
(Facebook/The Inn at Honey Run)

What’s up with kids finding prehistoric teeth lately? Just a few weeks ago a boy found a megalodon shark tooth on the beach.

Should we be worried?!

Mario Kart & Chill: Couples Who Game Together, Remain Together

Mario Kart Helps Couples Bond
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Video games get blamed for a lot of things. Violence, shortened attention spans, melted brains. But any gamer knows that there are a lot of benefits to the increasingly sophisticated console games that so many of us spend hours playing every day. Improved motor skills and hand-eye coordination, enhanced critical thinking and decision-making skills, it can even help with social skills, which may surprise you. Science already says that playing video games with your daughter can be good for her health.

What’s more surprising is that playing video games can help your marriage!

Early in 2019, a viral Reddit thread featured a photo (above) of parents who had played Mario Kart every morning for 20 years. Video game enthusiasts were quick to conclude that the couple’s relationship had obviously benefitted from gaming.

But it was anecdotal evidence at best.

Well, now a new survey from a company called Century Link has some surprising results about the effect video games, more specifically, playing video games together, has on your relationship.

Over 1000 people were asked about the impact of playing video games with their significant other has on their relationship, and one in three people between the ages of 18 and 24 said it helps. Of course, the older the survey respondent was, the less likely they were to believe that.

“Romantic partners from the millennial generation grew up with video games as a large part of their lives,” James Gaskin, a game developer, and professor of business at Brigham Young University explained. “Therefore, gaming is simply more natural and accepted. Whereas with older generations, a partner who played video games was perceived as juvenile and irresponsible.”

Yes, that second part resonates with forty-something me and my similarly aged (but significantly younger looking!) wife. Methinks this may be what they call a “generation gap.”

Apparently, the game that is the most beneficial, at least according to these youngsters, is Mario Kart, with Call of Duty and SkyRim rounding out the top three. The cynical 40-year-old in me is somewhat inclined to assume that this is mostly just wishful thinking on the part of these youngsters. But the fact is that they have grown up in a world in which playing video games is as much a part of the landscape as TV and movies were for kids my age, so it makes sense that they offer a little common ground.

The survey also found only 42 respondents said gaming led to a breakup, and I can almost guarantee you that’s because they forced their partner to be Luigi.

If you need more proof of the positivity of gaming how about this Fortnite millionaire teenager who is purchasing a home for his mom?

Teen’s Method to Remove Microplastics in Ocean Wins Google Science Fair

(Google Science Fair)

The world’s oceans are in trouble. Sure, we’ve all seen photos depicting massive floating islands of trash, but the most prevalent pollutant is one so small that photos wouldn’t even capture it.

Microplastics, which are less than 5mm in length, are now the most common debris found in marine biomes. Their microscopic size allows these tiny particles to bypass traditional filtration, instead, ending up our oceans, and eventually, in our food. A recent study estimated that your average consumer ingests 50,000 plastic pieces each and every year. While the exact detriment to humans is still being studied, let’s just say it’s probably not great.

So when 18-year-old Fionn Ferreira was walking along a beach near his home in West Cork, Ireland, and spotted a rock covered in oil and plastic, the teen immediately had a brilliant idea. Noticing how the tiny pieces of plastic seemed to be drawn to the oil, he began experimenting with how that could work to remove the pollutants from the water supply before it ever made it to open waters. His plan? Mix the oil with magnetite, then use a strong magnet to remove everything all at once.

Ferreira’s ambitious hypothesis led him to conduct over 1,000 trials with the substance, eventually concluding that his new method would be about 88 percent effective in the removal of these once untouchable pollutants.

Beyond being a big break for environmentalists looking for solutions, his efforts have netted the inquisitive Irishman a cool $50k, thanks to a recent win at Google’s Science Fair. While the cash is nice, Ferreira says being able to share his work is the true win. “One of the most valuable rewards from this science fair for me is the opportunity to present my work to a body of professional interested people.” As for his advice for any aspiring young scientists, Ferreira says “I want to encourage others by saying you don’t have to test everything in a professional lab. That’s why I built my own equipment.”

This isn’t the end of Ferreira’s scientific endeavors — in fact, it’s only the beginning. The prize-winning pollution punisher will be heading to the University of Groningen’s Stratingh Institute for Chemistry in the Netherlands this fall.

So, while your kid constantly asking “why” may be annoying now, there’s a chance that their inquisitive minds could one day end up saving the whole damn world.

In the meantime, just smile and tell them to ask Alexa.

Optimize Your Dad Nap By Drinking Coffee Beforehand, Science Suggests

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To be a parent is to be tired. That’s probably written on an ancient stone tablet somewhere.

That being said, there are a number of ways to ward off those pesky waves of exhaustion, two of the most popular being naps and caffeine. But have you ever thought about combining the two?

While conventional wisdom might lead you to think caffeine would interfere with a power nap, scientists suggest that crushing some caffeine right before taking a quick snooze will actually give you the most bang for your sleep-deprived buck.

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Coffee naps actually make sense when you consider the science behind it.

(DISCLAIMER: You’re about to read some fancy-pants neuroscience terms that is sure to impress your friends and coworkers)

After downing that sweet cup of java, caffeine is absorbed through the small intestine, passes into the bloodstream, and travels up to the brain. There, it’s pulled into receptors that are usually filled with a similarly-sized molecule: adenosine.

Adenosine is the pesky by-product of normal conscious brain functioning. It builds up the longer you are awake and when more and more receptors receive adenosine, you feel increasingly more tired. Caffeine actively blocks adenosine from being absorbed by these receptors, so while you might think coffee is making you feel more awake, it’s technically making you feel less tired.

Stephen R. Braun wrote in Buzz: The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine, that it’s like “putting a block of wood under one of the brain’s primary brake pedals.”

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Sleep, even in the form of short naps, clears adenosine from the brain. In fact, shorter “power” naps (15 to 20 minutes) are suggested over longer midday naps since much longer usually throws people into deeper stages of sleep, which means you’ll wake up groggy and possibly even more tired initially.

It takes roughly 20 minutes for caffeine to travel through your digestive tract and back up to your brain, and with less adenosine to compete with thanks to your midday snooze, it’ll be considerably more effective.

In fact, a couple of studies carried out in the UK found that participants who took 15-minute coffee naps performed better in driver alertness tests compared to those who only took a nap or only had caffeine (or were given a decaf placebo).

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So, how do you take a proper coffee nap? Well, obviously, start with coffee. Sure, other caffeinated beverages could help, but that delicious dark bean water usually provides the most caffeine per ounce (and it tastes way better than energy drinks. . . fight me).

However, you need to drink it fast because that 20-minute countdown window starts with your first sip. Maybe skip that French press for something you can drink quickly, like cold brew or a couple of shots of espresso.

Then, simply go to sleep. Don’t stress about jumping deep into dreamland; even a relaxed doze is helpful in clearing adenosine from the brain.

Lastly, make sure you set an alarm. While the caffeine might be enough to wake you back up, you might also be tempted to keep on snoozing. Get up right at the 20-minute mark and let the caffeine do the rest.

Now, whether you have to jump right back into work or give your spouse a much-needed coffee nap of their own, you can do it with an alert and adenosine-depleted noggin!