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27 Weird Facts About Something You Do Every Single Day

We all need to sleep. If we didn’t sleep, we’d die. The number of hours we need per night is always up in the air, but the fact of the matter is that those who don’t get enough sleep are usually pretty miserable.

While it seems like a pretty simple activity, so many things happen while we sleep. Don’t believe me? Check these out.

1. Humans spend an average of 25 years sleeping over the course of a lifetime.

2. Parents of newborn babies miss out on roughly 6 months of sleep during the baby’s first 2 years of life.

3. The record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days.

4. Sleeping less than 7 hours each night reduces life expectancy.

5. Some deaf people sign in their sleep.

6. Lack of sleep can cause people to gain about 2 pounds a week.

7. It’s impossible to sneeze in your sleep.

8. Work hours are so insane in Japan that it’s normal for people to fall asleep on the job.

9. If you have trouble getting out of bed every morning, you’re suffering from something called dysania.

10. People sleep differently depending on the moon’s phases. We tend to sleep best under a new moon, and worst under a full moon.

11. Tibetan monks have been known to sleep standing up.

12. Pilots surveyed in the U.K. have admitted to falling asleep while flying passenger planes.

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13. Believing that you’ve slept well improves performance, even if you didn’t get that much sleep.

14. Memories take hold better during sleep.

15. John Lennon used to sleep in an old coffin from time to time.

16. Studies show that students at schools with later start times perform better.

17. You burn more calories while sleeping than you do while watching television.

18. Sleep deprivation can impair judgment and slow reaction time.

19. Neuroscientists believe that babies don’t dream for the first few years of their lives.

20. Women experience more nightmares than men.

21. When in complete darkness, most people adjust to a 48-hour cycle: 12 hours of sleep, and 36 hours of activity.

22. Contrary to popular belief, the likelihood of eating even one spider in your lifetime while sleeping is slim to none.

23. About 8% of Americans sleep naked.

24. The average person in France sleeps 8.83 hours a night — the most in the developed world.

25. Morphine got its name from Morpheus, the God of Sleep, because morphine has a tendency to make people lethargic.

26. A baby’s brain can use up to 50% of its glucose in a day, which explains why they need so much sleep.

27. People who suffer from migraines, heart conditions, and sleep deprivation often experience nightmares.

(via Fact Slides)

I bet you didn’t know all of that! Now you’ll have a better appreciation for what’s going on while you’re sleeping.

#BOWDOWN: NBC News producer wowed by Michelle Obama’s dress

http://twitter.com/#!/ShawnaNBCNews/status/433392283313246208

NBC News White House producer Shawna Thomas was certainly wowed by the dress Michelle Obama wore to Tuesday’s state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande.

http://twitter.com/#!/ShawnaNBCNews/status/433393143120031744

We got that impression. But “bow down”?

http://twitter.com/#!/exjon/status/433396443487817728
http://twitter.com/#!/nathanedmondson/status/433396909102100480
http://twitter.com/#!/AnthonyBialy/status/433403492242165760

Anne Romney has an expensive dress: EVIL!

Michelle Obama has an expensive dress: #BOWDOWN!

This is who @chucktodd says “don’t take sides”— Michi I. (@michi83) February 12, 2014

Here’s a photo of the dress.

http://twitter.com/#!/nycjim/status/433392509541023744

Thomas wasn’t the only one blown away by the first lady’s dress, also known as THE DRESS.

http://twitter.com/#!/NancyWonderful/status/433392959052980224
http://twitter.com/#!/NancyWonderful/status/433400542585294849
http://twitter.com/#!/NancyWonderful/status/433401627827908608

Looks pricey.

http://twitter.com/#!/Cdunlapgo/status/433400180742705152
http://twitter.com/#!/exjon/status/433396659729342464

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Update: Thomas has reconsidered her original tweet.

http://twitter.com/#!/michellemalkin/status/433420315616493568

Instagram threatens to close Madonna’s account over ‘community standards’

http://twitter.com/#!/adsticle/status/305455342735732737

Instagram warning Madonna is kind of funny.

— Oleg (@Ermurati) February 24, 2013

She’s only posted 19 photos on the social media sharing site, but Madonna’s photo album has already set Instagram’s community guidelines police on edge. Naturally, Madonna Insta-grammed the warning message:

The letter doesn’t specify which rules she broke, leaving fans to wonder:

why was Instagram trying to censor Madonna ? was it the cleavage or they thinking it was a fake acc or the pics that werent hers ?

— Banana Del Rey (@Banana1DelRey) February 24, 2013

Here’s one of the cleavage-exposing pics:

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Was it her lips?

Madonna posted 2 new photos + she has 140,000 followers on Instagram! instagram.com/madonna/ twitter.com/MDNADailyTweet…

— Madonna Daily Tweets (@MDNADailyTweets) February 19, 2013

Or the cheeks?

Working on the edit of the live concert! Madonna on Instagram: twitter.com/_madonnarama/s…

— madonnarama.com (@_madonnarama) February 14, 2013

Or maybe it was this. Egad:

Madonna’s new Instagram photo killed me and sent me to heaven!! Holy killer eyes! I’m not worthy! 🙏 #MadonnaFamily twitter.com/Madge_Freak/st…

— ϲɑɾӀօՏ❥ʍɑժօղղɑ♔ (@Madge_Freak) February 24, 2013

Whatever the case, the rallying cry is spreading: Free Madonna!

EXPRESS YOURSELF DON’T REPRESS YOURSELF! Instagram Stop The Madonna Censorship

— María Clara Ríos (@MaClaraR) February 24, 2013

here is the photo uploaded by Madonna and removed by the instagram team!<fede fb.me/1L8LA3xuS

— Madonna on tour (@Madonnaontour) February 23, 2013

Instagram Stop The Madonna Censorship is Trending World Wide (24th of February, 2013) // 6th TT twitpic.com/c6asj4

— Madonna Trends (@MadonnaTrends) February 24, 2013

Madonna is the queen of the universe, say no to censorship! @instagram

— madonna da silva (@madonnadasilva) February 23, 2013

We say no to saggy lady parts. They’re never in vogue.

Cue shocked faces: Fishwrap of Record whitewashes Muslim riots in Sweden

http://twitter.com/#!/nytimes/status/338920647067582465

The New York Times finally got around to covering the week-old Muslim riots in Sweden. Except they left one teeny, tiny detail out of their coverage. You’ll never guess.

http://twitter.com/#!/donsurber/status/339046550078631938
http://twitter.com/#!/jeffemanuel/status/338982763996803073

The Fishwrap of Record wasn’t alone in slopping on the whitewash, of course.

http://twitter.com/#!/EduMontesin/status/338810357181194240

The violence and vandalism have now spread beyond Stockholm.

http://twitter.com/#!/shalimarguru/status/339047381070921728

Newsflash: It’s never enough. Open-borders welfare state Sweden is reaping what it has sown.

http://twitter.com/#!/nsroundtable/status/339054991803293696

Be sure to click the link and read the always-trenchant Bruce Bawer’s diagnosis of what ails Sweden.

http://twitter.com/#!/WrayPressley/status/339058878073417730

Previous:

Fire + whitewash + P.C. = Riots in Sweden by mysterious ‘youths’

‘What could go wrong’? Hollande says France will still welcome 30K Syrian refugees

Well, this is … um …

More from the Washington Times:

France should remain as it is. Our duty is to carry on our lives.

Mr. Hollande said, 30,000 refugees will be welcomed over the next two years. Our country has the duty to respect this commitment. He said that incoming refugees will undergo vigorous security checks.

At least two of the attackers in a series of shootings and suicide bombings that left 129 dead and 352 wounded in Paris on Friday enteredFrance via Greece among Syrian migrants.

After the Paris attacks were carried out last Friday, Hollande declared that France would close its borders. Evidently that was a very temporary response.

Guess we’ll find out.

Obama’s ‘War Against Keystone XL’; Update: Keystone amendment fails; Update 2: Carney blames Republicans

http://twitter.com/#!/RNC/status/177866666514984960

UPDATE:

The Hoeven amendment failed to garner the required 60 votes in the Senate.  The final vote count was 56-42.

Eleven Democrats voted in favor of the amendment.

RT @kerpen: 11 Ds so far voting YES on Keystone XL: Baucus Begich Casey Conrad Hagan Landrieu Manchin McCaskill Pryor Tester Webb

— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) March 8, 2012

From earlier today:

More Cornyn on POTUS lobbying against Keystone: "Behind-the-scenes maneuvering in his crusade against Keystone is… http://t.co/MauF8yQB

— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) March 8, 2012

Via John Cornyn regarding John Cornyn on John Cornyn:

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement responding to reports that the President is personally lobbying Democrat Senators to vote against an amendment that would approve the Keystone pipeline’s construction:

“Americans have heard the President profess to wake up every morning thinking about jobs, but apparently today he woke up thinking about how to lobby against them.

“President Obama’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering in his crusade against Keystone is the starkest reminder yet he’s the only thing standing between this country and more jobs.”

Just to be clear, Senator Cornyn didn’t call it a “War Against Keystone XL.” We did. Why? Because we think that’s funny.

If you don’t think so, please write and tell us why.

UPDATE:

Obama Making Personal Phone Calls To Senate Dems Begging Them To Vote Against Keystone Pipeline… http://t.co/nlnqw8bo

— Weasel Zippers (@weaselzippers) March 8, 2012

At today’s White House briefing, press secretary Jay Carney was asked about Obama’s phone calls to senators:

Carney pressed again on Obama calling senators on Keystone: "The president obviously has communications with Congress with some regularity."

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) March 8, 2012

Additionally,

Carney says the pres believes i's wrong "to play politics" with the pipeline. Obama delayed pipeline decision till after the pres election.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 8, 2012

Carney stresses that TransCanada says it would take years before a single drop of oil flowed through the pipeline anyway.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 8, 2012

Carney has a knack for deflecting questions, though he has a tendency to do so ineptly.  Those who are suspicious about Obama’s behavior are unlikely to be satisfied with Carney’s answer.

UPDATE:

Former president Bill Clinton may be throwing a small wrench in Obama’s plans. Though he’s been out of the White House for more than 11 years, Clinton still has a lot of political pull.

is bill clinton having an effect on the csenate keystone vote today? check out this story from @tedbarrettcnn and me http://t.co/Grk9fITW

— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) March 8, 2012

To make matters more difficult for the administration, Democratic aides said reports last week that former President Bill Clinton came out in favor of building the pipeline are making it harder for Democratic senators to oppose it.

Right now, though, it’s unclear as to how much influence Clinton actually has regarding the Senate vote.  Senate Republicans still need a substantial number of Democrats to side with them.

The measure needs 60 votes to pass which means, with Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois out sick, Republicans will need to pick up 14 Democratic votes for the amendment to pass.

 via CNN

Twitter users aren’t shy when it comes to expressing their opinions on anything and everything. Keystone XL is no exception.  Here are some of their thoughts and reactions:

This week, Obama said of course he doesn't want high gas prices. Then why has he been personally lobbying Senators to kill Keystone?

— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) March 8, 2012

"The Dem alternative aligns with Pres Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL jobs and is a massive over-reach into the private sector. " #KXL

— The Lugar Center (@TheLugarCenter) March 8, 2012

Bill McKibben And Ezra Levant Debate Keystone XL Pipeline Pros And Cons http://t.co/X0eYfNQO

— Forested Streams (@ForestedStreams) March 8, 2012

High gas prices hurting families, killing businesses and Obama calls members to block Keystone? Unbelievable. #onetermobama #tcot

— Donna Cahill (@DTCahill) March 8, 2012

Reid: Democrats will kill #Keystone amendment – The Hill's E2-Wire: http://t.co/A38j7wF0 #eg

— Suzanne Goldenberg (@suzyji) March 8, 2012

Could u get on that? RT @SpeakerBoehner: VIDEO: POTUS owes Americans an explanation 4 lobbying against Keystone #4jobs http://t.co/z7dsOFCJ

— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) March 8, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/DeanLeh/status/177825265534238720

With American families struggling to find jobs & feeling pinched at the pump, we need #KeystoneXL now more than ever.

— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) March 8, 2012

Obama knows keeping the environment safe and uncontaminated in the long run is more important than making money in the short run #Keystone

— WhyVote4Obama (@WhyVote4Obama) March 8, 2012

Even if Obama reverses on Keystone Pipeline, green groups are ready to block production http://t.co/S6102CcA #tlot #tcot #right #gop

— Kevin Mooney (@KevinMooneyDC) March 8, 2012

We are funding oil exploration for Brazil (Soros) but Keystone? Obama is actively lobbying against it, but he "won't play politics w/it."

— Ken (@KenFro) March 8, 2012

#headdesk #headwall #fail #EpicFail RT@Joelmentum: WH: Keystone has 'no impact on price of gas' http://t.co/rlEE5oGL

— Shaun Jenkins (@shaunj_07) March 8, 2012

And then there’s this guy:

Am I the only one who reads "Keystone XL Pipeline" and thinks, "That must be one hell of a keg of beer"?

— Pete Heery (@bronlau) March 8, 2012

Update 2:

THEN: Carney: GOP cancelled Keystone, not Obama – Yahoo! News http://t.co/cfuBsd07 — NOW: TRYING TO DO THE MOON WALK OVER THE ISSUE!

— ROCKWITHBECK (@ROCKWITHBECK) March 9, 2012

Daily Caller via Yahoo:

The president didn’t stop the Keystone XL oil pipeline — Republicans did.

That’s the message on Tuesday from White House spokesman Jay Carney as gas prices rise above $4.00 per gallon.

“The president didn’t turn down the Keystone pipeline,” Carney said, because the proposal to construct the pipeline was reviewed by the Department of State.

President Barack Obama’s decisions to nix construction of the pipeline has been repeatedly attacked by the GOP, and by some Democratic-allied unions representing construction workers. They say Obama cancelled the pipeline, and up to 20,000 well-paying jobs, to please his environmentalist supporters as the November election draws closer.

‘Priorities’: Dianne Feinstein wants to ‘#FixHobbyLobby’

http://twitter.com/#!/ShelbyMetter26/status/499646525866528768

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is still gnawing at congressional Democrats, as Sen. Dianne Feinstein proved today:

http://twitter.com/#!/SenFeinstein/status/499644430128013313

Fix the SCOTUS decision on Hobby Lobby? But Sen. Feinstein, “It’s. The. Law.”

http://twitter.com/#!/CactusHowl/status/499645942811729920

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Related:

Hey, remember when Dems supported Religious Freedom Restoration Act? Neither do they!

Pics: Bush 41 rocks awesome pink socks at GWB Center dedication

http://twitter.com/#!/MelissaQuinn97/status/327438677972242432

George H.W. Bush’s socks are always a crowd-pleaser, and his footwear selection was no exception today at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

PINK SOCKS of Bush 41 w/ Bush 43, President Obama at George W. Bush presidential library dedication via @ap twitter.com/Dharapak/statu…

— Charles Dharapak (@Dharapak) April 25, 2013

Are George H. W. Bush’s socks pink? twitter.com/JordanRaynor/s…

— Jordan Raynor (@JordanRaynor) April 25, 2013

Senior Bush has great taste in socks! #bushlibrary #stylishman

— Lucy Ma (@lucy_ma) April 25, 2013

https://twitter.com/JDavidWicker/status/327440109064552448

Love Bush 41’s socks. MT @dharapak 5 x POTUS at George W. Bush presidential library dedication via @ap twitter.com/Dharapak/statu…

— Abha Bhattarai (@abhabhattarai) April 25, 2013

love the pink socks! RT @telemundo39: 5 Presidentes reunidos durante la ceremonia del Centro George W. Bush Foto: NBC twitter.com/Telemundo39/st…

— Iris(@IrisNews) April 25, 2013

Loving George Bush senior’s pink socks. Rockin’ it.

— Julie D. Ratcliff (@JulieDRatcliff) April 25, 2013

Awesome. H.W. has a primo sock collection. RT @jordanraynor: Are George H. W. Bush’s socks pink? twitter.com/JordanRaynor/s…

— Alexis Levinson (@alexis_levinson) April 25, 2013

The pink socks were a hit and so was the 41st president.

In closing brief remarks, Bush 41 says “God bless America and thank you very much,” then quips to son, “Was that too long?” #BushCenter

— WFAA TV (@wfaachannel8) April 25, 2013

Bush 41 speaks just a moment thanking the crowd, which responds with standing ovation. With help, he rises to his own feet in acknowledgment

— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) April 25, 2013

Standing ovation for Bush 41 at the Bush 43 library commencement. So good to see him out and about and able to speak briefly to the crowd.

— Jennifer Baty (@JenBaty) April 25, 2013

incredibly moving remarks by President George HW Bush.Unanimous standing ovation for Bush 41#BushCenter -SD

— OurPresidents (@OurPresidents) April 25, 2013

Update:

A shout-out to her grandpa (and his socks) from Jenna Bush Hager:

One of the cutest, sweetest men I know, loves a good sock! Happy to be with family! twitter.com/JennaBushHager…

— Jenna Bush Hager (@JennaBushHager) April 25, 2013

Update:

The socks now have their own Twitter account:

What did everyone think of my first appearance today? #Socks #Bush

— GHWB Socks (@GHWBSocks) April 25, 2013

India Bans Documentary About The 2012 Delhi Gang Rape

The BBC show, which was due to be aired on Mar. 8, contains a new interview in which one of the convicted attackers says women “should just be silent and allow the rape.”

India has banned a documentary on the fatal gang rape of a student in Delhi in 2012, an attack which sparked a huge and ongoing debate about women’s rights in the world’s biggest democracy. Officials made the announcement on Wednesday.

Women protest against alleged police negligence in investigating the rape in January. AP / Tsering Topgyal

Home affairs minister Rajnath Singh said the BBC show was banned partly because it featured an interview with one of the five people convicted of the attack, who made “highly derogatory” comments about women.

Rajnath Singh talks to journalists after leaving parliament on Monday Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Mukesh Singh was interviewed in jail for the documentary and made a string of incendiary comments that went viral this week, saying women were more to blame for their rapes than men, and women should not fight back during rapes.

The four convicted rapists, with Mukesh Singh on the far left. Uncredited / AP

His comments have provoked widespread disgust in India, but some people say simply banning the documentary ignores the true problem — poor attitudes toward women. Here is one of India’s most prominent journalists:

This senior women’s rights activist supported the ban and said the documentary was helping a rapist spread his views.

Interview with a rapist ? Promoting misogyny ?? What sort of reporting is this ? https://t.co/whk2ya5xdF

— ranjanakumari (@Ranjana Kumari)

Leslee Udwin, the British film-maker who made the documentary, said she was “deeply saddened” by the ban, in a statement published by NDTV, the Indian television channel that was due to air the show in India. It will still air internationally on Mar. 8.

Udwin at a news conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

India’s home affairs minister directed the city’s police to obtain a court injunction against the film on Tuesday night, Reuters reported. India’s information and broadcasting ministry on Tuesday also issued an advisory warning television channels not to show excerpts from the interview, which it said “appear to encourage and incite violence against women.”

The home affairs minister has not only questioned the content of the interview — he has also ordered an enquiry into how Udwin got into Delhi’s Tihar jail. Udwin, who made the documentary for the BBC’s Storyville series, says the federal government and the jail gave her permission.

In the December 2012 attack, the 23-year-old student was gang-raped and tortured after boarding a minibus with a male friend. She later died of her injuries. Four adult men were found guilty of rape and murder and sentenced to the death. A teenager was found guilty of rape and murder and sentenced to three years in a juvenile detention center.

The four men are all appealing their sentences. Mukesh Singh says he was driving the bus during the attack but did not take part in the rape.