Where in the World are Our Listeners?
This week we're giving a shout out to Madrid, Spain. The capital of Spain is one of the cultural centers of Europe replete with a rich diversity of architecture, art and music. Founded in the 9th century as a fortress for the Caliphate of Córdoba Madrid has grown to be one of the most influential cities in the European Union. Famous not only for it's culture but also it's passionate sports fans the city is the home to Real Madrid, the most valuable football team in the world. If you visit make sure to try the Cocido Madrileño, a traditional pork stew popular in the region.
Tip of the week - Properly adjust your seat
A common cause of back and neck pain is a poorly adjusted driver's seat. Tuning the position of your driver's seat can make the difference between a comfortable and a miserable commute. One tip is to make sure your hips are higher than your knees to take the pressure of your lower back. Check out more seat adjustments tips.
Look clever at a cocktail party
Can't stand waiting in traffic? Be glad you weren't driving on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway in August 2010. That was the location of the worst traffic jam on record in which a 62 mile backup lasted for 12 days. Most drivers caught in the jam only managed to travel half a mile per day. Local entrepreneurs quickly created mobile stores on bicycles and sold water, noodles, and cigarettes to the stranded drivers.
What are Ian, Darren & March up to this week?
Listen to an upcoming show to hear how our experiments went and what we learned!
Article of the week
A Mystery of Our Time: The People Who Enjoy Commuting - The Atlantic
"Recently, a team of researchers led by Jon Jachimowicz, a doctoral student studying management at Columbia Business School, and Julia Lee, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, identified a personality trait that seems to dictate how much of a toll a commute takes on any given person: self-control. In the study, they found that people with lower levels of self-control were more emotionally exhausted by long commutes. “We find that also predicts whether or not they leave the organization six months later,” Jachimowicz told me."
Product of the week
The Most Comfortable Shoes in the World - by AllBirds
One of our commuting tips in the next episode is to have a pair of comfy shoes for driving. Many people, including the folks at Business Insider, think the comfiest shoes in the world are the merino wool shoes made by AllBirds. From Business Insider:
"They’ve got the insane comfort of a house slipper, but the stylish loafer shape that means you can wear yours to brunch, a museum, or the five-star dinner I recently wore my own to last-minute, and you won’t look out of place. Especially if you’re traveling and want shoes that are efficient to pack and versatile in style, occasion, and temperatures (excepting rainy days), these are going to be a fantastic option."
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