8 Peanuts Music Video Mashups

Did you know that there's a whole sub-genre of music video mashups out there using Peanuts cartoon footage? Some of these gems are Christmas related, some are not, but they're all definitely worth watching.

1. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police

This is probably the most famous in the sub-genre, and definitely a good way to start to see what all the fuss is about. Am I the only one who thinks Linus actually resembles Sting a little?

2. Peanuts - The Police

Appropriately enough, the genius that did the mashup above followed up with the Police tune "Peanuts." I think the synching is even better than on the first one.

3. Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne

Fun fact: In 2007 the 1970s band The Rubinoos sued Avril Lavigne alleging that her hit "Girlfriend" ripped off their song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend."

4. The Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim

Did you know? "Right about now, the funk soul brother. Check it out now, the funk soul brother" is a vocal sample of rapper Lord Finesse?

5. Perfect Night For A Hanging - Tourniquet

Tip: You might want to turn the speakers down a notch for this one, which definitely goes to 11.

6. Peanuts Theme Song - Pat Travers

This is the classic Peanuts theme song done as a cover by Pat Travers.

7. Snoopy's Christmas - Royal Guardsmen

Did You Know? The Royal Guardsmen became famous for this song, which was their first big hit. It reached #2 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

8. Hey Ya - OutKast

As always, our readers know their stuff! Thanks to Ryan for the tip! And heya, if you liked this post, follow me on twitter @resila. There's a lot more where this came from... and be sure to follow all our regular _flossers: @mental_floss.

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There’s plenty of research that suggests that exercise can be an effective treatment for depression. In some cases of depression, in fact—particularly less-severe ones—scientists have found that exercise can be as effective as antidepressants, which don’t work for everyone and can come with some annoying side effects. Previous studies have largely concentrated on aerobic exercise, like running, but new research shows that weight lifting can be a useful depression treatment, too.

The study in JAMA Psychiatry, led by sports scientists at the University of Limerick in Ireland, examined the results of 33 previous clinical trials that analyzed a total of 1877 participants. It found that resistance training—lifting weights, using resistance bands, doing push ups, and any other exercises targeted at strengthening muscles rather than increasing heart rate—significantly reduced symptoms of depression.

This held true regardless of how healthy people were overall, how much of the exercises they were assigned to do, or how much stronger they got as a result. While the effect wasn’t as strong in blinded trials—where the assessors don’t know who is in the control group and who isn’t, as is the case in higher-quality studies—it was still notable. According to first author Brett Gordon, these trials showed a medium effect, while others showed a large effect, but both were statistically significant.

The studies in the paper all looked at the effects of these training regimes on people with mild to moderate depression, and the results might not translate to people with severe depression. Unfortunately, many of the studies analyzed didn’t include information on whether or not the patients were taking antidepressants, so the researchers weren’t able to determine what role medications might play in this. However, Gordon tells Mental Floss in an email that “the available evidence supports that [resistance training] may be an effective alternative and/or adjuvant therapy for depressive symptoms that could be prescribed on its own and/or in conjunction with other depression treatments,” like therapy or medication.

There haven’t been a lot of studies yet comparing whether aerobic exercise or resistance training might be better at alleviating depressive symptoms, and future research might tackle that question. Even if one does turn out to be better than the other, though, it seems that just getting to the gym can make a big difference.

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