Mondays less miserable than Tuesdays, research finds

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Conventional wisdom has been turned on its head by researchers at the London School of Economics, who have been monitoring the moodswings of 22,000 people.

Over a two-month period volunteers have been registering their state of mind with the help of an iPhone application called Mappiness,

The results have shown that Tuesday is when most people are at their lowest ebb.

“It seems plausible that on Monday the weekend has not quite worn off,” said George MacKerron, of LSE’s Department of Geography and Environment, who is running the project.

“By Tuesday they are well into the working week and the following weekend is not yet in sight.”

The information has been gathered by sending an alert to volunteers’ iPhones twice a day.

They are asked how they feel, who they are with, whether they are at home and what they are doing.

Their exact position is logged at the same time by satellite – using the same technology as employed in car navigation systems.

This also enabled researchers to discover the happiest – and indeed unhappiest – places in the country.

Thus far Bournemouth is the happiest place in the country, with 82 per cent of respondents seeming pretty content.

Life is rather less cheerful in the City of London, Eastbourne and Slough, where the Office comedy series was set.

Much could be learned from the research, Mr MacKerron added.

“By tracking across space as well as time, and by making novel use of a technology that millions of people already carry with them, we hope to find better answers to questions about the impacts of natural beauty, environmental problems – maybe even aspects of climate – on individual and national wellbeing.”

Man finds $4,800 in pot in auction painting (AP)

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CANTON, Ga. – A Cherokee County man found a hidden treasure in a painting he bought at an auction: four pounds of marijuana. Gordon Clement, 80, discovered the pot stashed inside of the painting, which he bought at a post office auction about five years ago. He found the drugs last weekend when he tried to sell the artwork at another auction.

Clement planned to ask $25 for the piece. Police said the marijuana was worth about $4,800.

Alarmed, he called his lawyer and turned the painting over to authorities.


Information from: WSB-TV, Original article

Diver finds lost Tiffany engagement ring in lake (AP)

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MINNEAPOLIS – A Minneapolis teacher was devastated when her brand new Tiffany engagement ring fell into a lake — until a treasure hunter came to her rescue.

Adam Segar and Sara Stocco got engaged last month. KSTP-TV reports they were out boating on Lake Minnetonka when she took off the $7,000 ring to keep it clean while she applied sunscreen on Segar.

Stocco put the ring in her mouth but it fell, hit the floor of the boat and bounced into the water.

Denny Geffre of nearby Long Lake, Minn. says he has been hunting treasures in lakes for 40 years. After hearing of Stocco’s loss, he donned his scuba gear and spent three days searching the lake with a metal detector.

He found the ring buried in three inches of sand and was given a $750 reward for his efforts.


Information from: KSTP-TV, Original article