Turn Coffee Time Into Play Time With This LEGO-Compatible Mug

The magic of LEGO is that it can make anything more fun—even mornings. If you're looking to get the creative juices flowing while you caffeinate, this build-on brick mug might do the trick.

While the mug itself isn't made by LEGO, it’s compatible with LEGO and K'NEX Bricks, PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks, and Kre-O blocks, and it also comes with its own bricks. Basically, almost any buildable brick or block sets that you have lying around the house could be incorporated into your morning routine. The manufacturer, Fubarbar, also says it’s "a good way to spend boring conference calls" (but you didn’t hear that suggestion from us).

Most importantly, the cups are fully functional. Made of BPA-free plastic, these 12-ounce mugs are suitable for hot beverages like coffee or tea, as well as cold beverages. Just don't try to stick them in the microwave.

The mug comes in eight colors, and you can get it on Amazon for $11.75.

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A Brief History of the High Five

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Since 2002, the third Thursday of April is recognized as National High Five Day—a 24-hour period for giving familiars and strangers alike as many high fives as humanly possible. A few University of Virginia students invented the day, which has since evolved into a “High 5-A-Thon” that raises money each year for for a good cause. (For 2019, it's CoachArt, a nonprofit organization that engages kids impacted by chronic illness in arts and athletics.) Here are a few more facts about the history of the hand gesture to get you in the high-fiving spirit.

UP HIGH

That may sound like a lot of celebration for a simple hand gesture, but the truth is, the act of reaching your arm up over your head and slapping the elevated palm and five fingers of another person has revolutionized the way Americans (and many all over world) cheer for everything from personal achievements to miraculous game-winning plays in the sports world. Psychological studies on touch and human contact have found that gestures like the high five enhance bonding among sports teammates, which in turn has a winning effect on the whole team. Put 'er there!

Down Low

There is some dispute about who actually invented the high five. Some claim the gesture was invented by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Glenn Burke when he spontaneously high-fived fellow outfielder Dusty Baker after a home run during a game in 1977. Others claim the 1978-79 Louisville basketball team started it on the court. Since no one could definitively pinpoint the exact origin, National High Five Day co-founder Conor Lastowka made up a story about Murray State basketballer Lamont Sleets inventing it in the late 1970s/early 1980s, inspired by his father's Vietnam unit, “The Fives.”

Regardless of which high-five origin story is more accurate, there is little question of its roots. The high five evolved from its sister-in-slappage, the low five. The gesture, also known as “slapping skin,” was made popular in the jazz age by the likes of Al Jolson, Cab Calloway and the Andrews Sisters.

Gimme Five

As the high five has evolved over the past few decades, variations have developed and become popular in and of themselves. Here are five popular styles:

  1. The Baby Five
    Before most babies learn to walk or talk, they learn to high five. Baby hands are much smaller than adult hands, so grownups have to either use one finger, scrunch their fingers together or flat-out palm it.
  1. The Air Five
    Also known as the "wi-five" in the more recent technology age, this one is achieved just like a regular high five, minus the hand-to-hand contact. Its great for germaphobes and long distance celebrations.
  1. The Double High Five
    Also known as a “high ten,” it is characterized by using both hands simultaneously to high five.
  1. The Fist Bump
    It's a trendy offshoot of the high five that made headlines thanks to a public display by the U.S. President and First Lady. Instead of palm slapping, it involves contact between the knuckles of two balled fists. In some cases, the fist bump can be “exploding,” by which the bump is followed by a fanning out of all involved fingers.
  1. The Self High Five
    If something awesome happens and there's no one else around, the self high five may be appropriate. It happens when one person raises one hand and brings the other hand up to meet it, high-five style. Pro-wrestler Diamond Dallas Page made the move famous in his appearances at WCW matches.

You're too slow!

Don't fall for that old joke. The key to a solid high five is threefold. Always watch for the elbow of your high-fiving mate to ensure accuracy; never leave a buddy hanging; and always have hand sanitizer on you. Have a Happy High Five Day!

This article has been updated for 2019.

This Is America's Most Hated Chore, According to a New Survey

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Pixabay

There's a reason why the word chore has become synonymous with all sorts of dreaded tasks. Few people enjoy doing the dishes or organizing that unruly stack of plastic containers in the cupboard, but some items on the typical household chore list are more universally loathed than others.

As Real Simple reports, a new survey of more than 1200 people was conducted on behalf of Clorox in an attempt to better understand people's cleaning preferences, and some of the results might surprise you. As it turns out, organizing and dusting bedrooms is the chore that's least likely to spark joy: Only 11 percent of respondents called it their preferred chore, making it the most hated clean-up duty (32 percent of respondents said they'd rather clean their kitchens).

As for the most "popular" chore—believe it or not, that dubious honor goes to the act of doing laundry. That's right, 37 percent of survey takers said they'd rather do the one chore that is never truly finished. (Perhaps some of these people own folding machines or folding boards to make the process a little more bearable.)

The survey also revealed other interesting findings about cleaning habits, like the fact that 31 percent of people said they never or rarely deep-clean their houses. Less surprisingly, 78 percent said they've concealed clutter in hidden spaces, like closets, while doing some last-minute tidying. Hey, we've all been there.

On the off chance that this survey has ignited your inner urge to get your home spick and span, check out these 15 tips for speeding up your spring cleaning.

[h/t Real Simple]

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