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Spotify Can Curate a Throwback Soundtrack Based on the Year You Were Born

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The internet is a great tool for discovering new music, but some days you just want to play “Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa on repeat. Spotify understands that many of its users are just as interested in digging up old tracks as they are in listening to current chart-toppers—and it wants to help. As Mashable reports, the streaming service now offers curated Time Capsule playlists based on the user's age and taste in music.

If you already have a Spotify account, you may remember being asked to enter your date of birth when you first signed up. Using that information, the app can now generate a list of songs you may have liked in your teens and early 20s. Spotify employs algorithms similar to the ones used for its Discover Weekly playlists to personalize the song selections, which means every soundtrack is different. So if you’re a millennial who loves boy bands, you may see a lot of NSYNC and 98°. Someone born in the 1950s who likes rock ’n' roll might get songs by Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

It isn’t hard to find music from past eras on Spotify. The service has playlists for every decade of the past 50 years, and some recordings in its database date back to the 19th century. But if you don’t feel like calculating which period is most likely to tickle your nostalgia receptors on any given day, Spotify is happy to do the work for you. Members between the ages 16 and 85 can pull up their own playlists at timecapsule.spotify.com.

[h/t Mashable]

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A Simple Trick For Figuring Out the Day of the Week For Any Given Date
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People typically remember anniversaries in terms of dates and years, not days of the week. If you can’t remember whether you got married on a Saturday or Sunday, or don't know which day of the week you were born on, there’s a simple arithmetic-based math trick to help you figure out sans calendar, according to It's Okay To Be Smart host Joe Hanson.

Mathematician John Conway invented the so-called Doomsday Algorithm to calculate the day of the week for any date in history. It hinges on several sets of rules, including that a handful of certain dates always share the same day of the week, no matter what year it is. (Example: April 4, June 6, August 8, October 10, December 12, and the last day of February all fall on a Wednesday in 2018.) Using this day—called an “anchor day”—among other instructions, you can figure out, step by step, the very day of the week you’re searching for.

Learn more about the Doomsday Algorithm in the video below (and if it’s still stumping you, check out It’s OK to Be Smart’s handy cheat sheet here).

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Pig Island: Sun, Sand, and Swine Await You in the Bahamas
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When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

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