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Soothe Yourself With "Drunk Tank" Pink

The hues in your crayon box aren’t just good for filling in coloring books. Researchers have long found that people often have physical reactions to certain shades. Blue, for instance, is said to suppress appetites. Conversely, red stimulates hunger—so it may not be a coincidence that you’ll find the bold color in logos for Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, Arby’s, and KFC. Orange is supposedly an energy booster, while purple is thought to encourage sleep.

And then there’s Baker-Miller Pink. Also known as Schauss Pink, this color is probably what you think of when someone mentions Pepto-Bismol. Named after the two U.S. Naval Officers who experimented with the psychological effects of the color, the shade was made by mixing one pint of outdoor semi-gloss red paint with one gallon of pure white indoor latex paint. The officers then used it to coat the walls of a cell at a Naval Correctional facility. The results, they said, were impressive: Just 15 minutes of exposure reduced the potential for violent and aggressive behavior.

With results like that, even football teams got in on the act. University of Iowa football coach Hayden Fry notoriously had the opposing team’s locker room painted this shade back in 1979. Fry’s motives weren’t entirely to “calm” the opponent, however—he noted in his autobiography that pink is “often found in girls’ bedrooms, and because of that some consider it a sissy color.”

Despite critics who declared the tactic sexist, the Hawkeyes doubled down on the approach in 2005 when they added pink metal lockers, carpet, sinks, showers and urinals.

The University of Iowa football program isn’t the only organization to give Drunk Tank Pink a try. The city of St. Louis, Illinois, painted their public buses pink and saw a dramatic decrease in vandalism and assaults. The Washington State Penitentiary tried the Naval Correctional facility’s tactic, putting violent inmates in pink rooms to reduce aggression.

And hey, if it works in prisons and correctional facilities, it may work for you. The next time you need to calm down or de-stress, try thinking pink.

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The North Face's New Geodesic Dome Tent Will Protect You in 60 mph Wind
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The North Face

You can find camping tents designed for easy set-up, large crowds, and sustainability, but when it comes to strength, there’s only so much abuse a foldable structure can take. Now, The North Face is pushing the limits of tent durability with a reimagined design. According to inhabitat, the Geodome 4 relies on its distinctive geodesic shape to survive wind gusts approaching hurricane strength.

Instead of the classic arching tent structure, the Geodome balloons outward like a globe. It owes its unique design to the five main poles and one equator pole that hold it in place. Packed up, the gear weighs just over 24 pounds, making it a practical option for car campers and four-season adventurers. When it’s erected, campers have floor space measuring roughly 7 feet by 7.5 feet, enough to sleep four people, and 6 feet and 9 inches of space from ground to ceiling if they want to stand. Hooks attached to the top create a system for gear storage.

While it works in mild conditions, the tent should really appeal to campers who like to trek through harsher weather. Geodesic domes are formed from interlocking triangles. A triangle’s fixed angles make it one of the strongest shapes in engineering, and when used in domes, triangles lend this strength to the overall structure. In the case of the tent, this means that the dome will maintain its form in winds reaching speeds of 60 mph. Meanwhile, the double-layered, water-resistant exterior keeps campers dry as they wait out the storm.

The Geodome 4 is set to sell for $1635 when it goes on sale in Japan this March. In the meantime, outdoorsy types in the U.S. will just have to wait until the innovative product expands to international markets.

[h/t inhabitat]

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These Are the 157 New Emojis Coming to Your Phone
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Emojipedia

If words alone aren’t enough to express yourself while texting, there are now new emojis at your disposable. As Slate reports, the roster of flags, smiley faces, and random sports equipment just grew by 157 pictographs. After receiving the stamp of approval from the Unicode consortium, these emojis will soon be making an appearance on your keyboard.

The release of the redhead emoji has been long-anticipated, but this newest batch includes curly hairstyles as well for the many people without straight locks. Texters also now have the choice of gray hair or no hair at all when designing their emoji avatars.

Other human-related additions include superhero and super villain emojis in various skin tones and hairdos. There are 10 new animal emojis, including a badger, a peacock, a lobster, and a kangaroo, as well as six new food emojis, like a cupcake, a mango, and a lettuce leaf.

People who prefer classic smiley-face emojis will be happy to see the six new options in that category: cold face, hot face, partying face, pleading face, woozy face, and smiling face with four hearts. Along with these come plenty of new entries, like the dismembered leg, petri dish, abacus, safety pin, and lacrosse stick.

After announcing the initial designs on February 7, the emoji-standardizing team at Unicode will vote on the final versions in June before they’re made available to phone companies.

[h/t Slate]

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