Why it’s hard to pee after sex + 3 other awakenings I had this week

Ever orgasm, then head to the bathroom and sit…and sit…and sit?

Well, I finally looked it up because…irritating. Turns out, when we orgasm, our body releases an antidiuretic hormone called vasopressin. This is to reduce the amount of water in our urine, raise our blood pressure, and constrict our blood vessels.

Mind. Blown.

But don’t skip those post-coital toilet trips because they can help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), and we definite aren’t down with those.

My three other aimless, but interesting awakenings this week:

1. It takes 50 muscles to swallow. Like, that’s ridiculous. And amazing. There are even 3 stages of swallowing according to the National Institute of Health. The human body is hella-complex. I’m going to whip out this stat the next time I’m in a crowded restaurant: “Did you know it’ll take 50 muscles to swallow that swordfish? Don’t choke. Please pass the salt.”

2. Hulu and Netflix have completely ruined my family for “real” TV. You know, the kind of TV with actual advertising. Ugh. Yesterday I was eating supper on the couch with the boy spawn (don’t judge), watching actual live TV when commercials came on—a whole noisy mess of them. About two minutes in, he turned to me with a baffled look that was all “what the hell is this madness?” It was a great segue into consumer culture and marketing tactics. We are not getting rid of Netflix or Hulu (or Amazon Prime) anytime soon.

3. Spices and herbs are different, though people use them interchangeably. Seriously. Both spices and herbs are parts of plants (fresh or dried), but the difference is where they are obtained from a plant.

Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant. Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit such as the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds.

For that fabulous bit of trivia you can thank Fooducate (isn’t that one of the best webnames ever?).

There…don’t you feel smarter now? What idle awakenings have you had lately?

 

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