Want some fact-snacks to get your day moving?
But you’re worried about getting all bummed out?
Not with these 8 facts.
Rest easy, and learn something(s):
#8. Your fingers are sensitive AF.
#7. Roller-coast your stones away.
Dr. David Wartinger kind of happened onto the study accidentally:
“Basically, I had patients telling me that after riding a particular roller coaster at Walt Disney World, they were able to pass their kidney stone.
I even had one patient say he passed three different stones after riding multiple times.”
So, he tested the theory out with his fake kidney model, and according to Wartinger, it really does matter where you sit:
“In the pilot study, sitting in the last car of the roller coaster showed about a 64 percent passage rate, while sitting in the first few cars only had a 16 percent success rate.”
And, you need to pick the right coaster:
“In all, we used 174 kidney stones of varying shapes, sizes and weights to see if each model worked on the same ride and on two other roller coasters.
Big Thunder Mountain was the only one that worked.
We tried Space Mountain and Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and both failed.
The ideal coaster is rough and quick with some twists and turns, but no upside down or inverted movements.”
And, the doctor not only thinks it’s safe for you to try, but he recommends it:
“If you have a kidney stone, but are otherwise healthy and meet the requirements of the ride, patients should try it. It’s definitely a lower-cost alternative to health care.”
In fact, Dr. Wartinger suggests riding a bumpy, jerky coaster once a year as preventative maintenance.
#6. Speaking of kidney stones…
Here are the stats from 2015, the 11th year in a row that soda sales continued to decline, though it looks like Sprite did OK:
#5. This is from the 1800s?!
#4. Turtle power!
#3. There was an old lizard who swallowed a fly…
This might help you visualize the whole shebang:
The white snake is digesting the orange lizard, who has eaten the blue/green insect.
#2. That house needs a house.
#1. Einstein’s second-best idea.
At least I can fully comprehend his second-best idea…