Here are 5 more things you should know.
01. If you’re a Google Keyboard user…
Swiping left or right across the space bar moves the cursor. This is super handy for those of you who have a bit of trouble getting the cursor precisely where it needs to be before you start typing, removing, pasting, etc.
Additional useful trick, swipe left from the delete button to delete entire words.
02. You can download the entire Wikipedia
Wikipedia constantly dumps the database for their entire website. You can go to this link to find the right one for you. The current compressed version of English Wikipedia is 12GB (expands to over 49 GB when uncompressed).
Keep in mind that you really shouldn’t download them just for fun though because of the strain on Wikipedia’s servers. If you do plan to download them follow Wikipedia’s advice and use one of the torrents to reduce load. Use this in case your internet goes out or you are in a place with no internet and you got to research/kill time.
You will also need to use a special software to read the files. To view use WikiTaxi for Windows, Kiwix for OSX, Fastwiki for android.
03. Virtually any headline that ends in a question mark…
Especially the ones from sensationalist media, can be safely answered with no at least in the scope of the article. If they were positive about it, they would make a claim, not a question. This is also known as Betteridge’s Law of Headlines
04. Which vitamin supplements are worth taking and which have no evidence to support their value
Important PSA! Do not take take St. John’s Wort if you are on birth control pills. St. John’s Wort has been known to interfere with birth control pills and decrease their effects. It does not tell you this on the packaging. This supplement, while effective, may also interact oddly with other antidepressants and increase their side effects.
DO NOT take herbal supplements if you are on ANY other kind of medication, without checking how they may interact with those drugs.
05. How to increase your lung capacity
One of our readers asked us this question the other day. We thought this would be the best place to answer this question.
You cannot increase your lung capacity. The volume of air your lungs can take in is a fixed quantity based on genetics (how big your lungs are).
What you can do is:
- Increase the efficiency that your muscles use oxygen
- Increase the efficiency that your cardio-vascular system transports oxygen to your muscles.
This means cardio training. Running, swimming, cycling etc. Do this least an hour of moderate to high intensity, 4 times a week if you can. Do Fartlek, intermittence run (45 sec slow/15 sec fast, or 30/30 whatever you feel). Loosing weight/burning fat will help also.