Conversation Piece, May 6, 2018

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Enjoy our Sunday series, Conversation Piece, a NUVO–curated digest of things on the Internet we think you’ll want to talk about.

Micro-managing moods. Over the last three-odd years, there has been a small but notable uptick in conversations about micro-dosing—the practise of ingesting a miniscule amount of a psychedelic substance in order to feel more open, empathetic, engaged, and productive in daily life—without tripping. For the Cut, Simone Kitchens dives deep into the why’s and what’s of the practise to form a definitive guide. Find the answers to your micro-dosing questions, here.

Men explain things. Exactly 200 years ago, Jane Austen published Northanger Abbey. Austen had, however, written the book a decade earlier, and feared it seemed dated upon publication. She needn’t have worried—a passage in which courter Henry Tiley dismissively mansplains away heroine Catherine’s fears odiously feels fresh to this day. Read Henry’s eye-roll inducing monologue, and more on the book, here.

Pear in a bottle. Remember the first time you saw a bottle of Poire Williams? The sight of a whole perfect pear trapped within a thin-necked bottle of brandy likely seemed splendid, inciting you to question just how they got it in there. We’re guessing that by now you figured out the secret of how the pear gets in—but do you know the best way to get it out again? Learn a nifty trick, here.

Heard it with my own eyes. Synesthesia is best known as a manifestation of sound as colour—a newly discovered iteration of it, however, relates to hearing sights. A study from the journal Cortex has found that about 20 to 30 per cent of people experience an auditory sensation upon viewing energetic gifs. Check out the research, and see if you can hear sights, here.

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May 6, 2018