Every week by this point you have undoubtedly spent nearly 100 percent of your time online watching videos of cats riding vacuum cleaners and finding out which character from Blossom you really are. Meanwhile, the world has been going on without you. Here are some things you missed while you were buried in the Internet:
With the movie Divergent premiering No. 1 at the box office last week, its star Shailene Woodley has been catapulted to superstardom. With her newfound platform, she's helping to educate us all on how we can live more natural lives—and one of those way is oil pulling. Oil pulling is when you take a tablespoon of a natural cooking oil—olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil—and swish it around in your mouth for 20 minutes. Translation: You have to sit through an entire episode of Brooklyn 99 on Hulu with your mouth full of sesame oil. Apparently it detoxifies your mouth, but like most health practices that involve the word "detoxify," there has been little to no actual research done on the benefits. So you may not want to give up your dentist just yet.
Bare-Hand Ban Canned
Last year California passed a food-code update that seemed unremarkable at first glance but contained a provision that drew outcries and protests from chefs and bartenders all over the state. That provision made it illegal for customer-bound food or drinks to be prepared with bare hands. That's right: The mustachioed-and-suspendered mixologist at your favorite cocktail bar would be legally required to spoil his outfit by donning rubber gloves before muddling you up a drink. So great was the blowback that this week the state legislature voted unanimously to repeal and reconsider the regulation. One restaurateur said, "We already have laws governing sanitation and it's called washing your hands."