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7 TV Shows That Could Make You Smarter

7 TV Shows That Could Make You Smarter

Ever heard the phrase “television rots your brain”? Most probably said by your gran? Abigail Clark of Dumb Little Man has some shows that’ll make you smarter, so you can go and impress people with the knowledge you’ve gained from simply watching tv:

It’s easy to sit on your couch for endless hours watching TV shows that do nothing more than entertain you. After all, you don’t have to do anything besides change the channel and look at a screen. However, if you’re not in the mood to read a book or travel to a museum in your area, then tuning in to one of these shows is a good way to stimulate your mind and educate yourself.

MythBusters

MythBusters

    This science entertainment TV show is created and produced by Australia’s Beyond Television Productions. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, the show’s hosts, use components of the scientific method to test the legitimacy or rumors, myths, adages, movie scenes, news stories, and Internet videos. At the end of each episode, the myths are either busted, plausible, or confirmed.

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    Although most of the filming and experimenting takes place in San Francisco, some of the production elements occur in Australia. Some of the most popular episodes of the show include the alligator experiments in Florida and the shark and elephant myths in Africa. Through nine seasons, the team has completed 2,391 experiments and used 12 tons of explosives to test 769 myths.

    Sesame Street

    Sesame Street

      The first episode of this popular program aired Nov. 19, 1969. Since then it’s captivated kids with educational content creatively communicated through Jim Henson’s Muppets, short films, humor, cultural references, and animation.

      What makes this show so special is its cast of characters, like Big Bird, Elmo, and the Cookie Monster, who have personalities that make them relatable to the audience and qualities that teach them something in the process. The purpose of the show has always been to shape it using educational goals and a curriculum, reflecting the viewing habits of the audience and the changes in American culture. Since its inception, the show has become a case study on the educational benefits of TV programming and the effects its had on kids. Although the format has changed throughout the years, the main characters and core value have remained the same.

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      Bill Nye the Science Guy

      Bill Nye the Science Guy

        What made this show so memorable was host Bill Nye’s personality. The premise for each episode was to teach a specific topic in science, using action and humor to intrigue the audience and make the subject interesting. Additionally, each episode contained a parody and music video summarizing it with lyrics substituting a popular song.

        Although the show originally aired on Sept. 10, 1993 and stopped its run at 100 episodes on June, 20, 1998, the show can still be seen on certain stations on TV. Many schools also still use it as an educational medium, too.

        Cash Cab

        Cash Cab originally aired in the United Kingdom, but has since been licensed to TV networks in other countries including the United States. Participants of this game aren’t aware they’re on a show until they step inside a city cab and host and stand-up comedian, Ben Bailey greets them. Contestants then have to answer a series of questions, which increase in difficulty, before they reach their destination.

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        Once a contestant reaches their destination (if they’ve made it that far), they have the choice of risking their winnings or doubling them by answering a video question. Because of the format of the show and the trivia asked, this show is great for audiences wanting to learn something new while trying to answer the questions, too.

        Discovery Atlas

        Unlike the above mentioned shows, Discovery Atlas takes a more serious tone in educating viewers. It focuses on cultural, sociological, and natural aspects of countries in the world, exploring the different people, traditions, and lands found within them.

        Whether it’s following the lives of locals struggling to survive or examining the country’s history and culture, the show is a great example how TV changes the world by revealing hidden facts and truths about the regions it explores while informing the audience.

        Frontline

        Much like Discovery Atlas, Frontline is a program that produces in-depth documentaries about a variety of subjects. Since the series début on Jan. 17, 1983, there have been more than 500 films broadcasted.

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        From examining the connections between organized crime, gambling, and professional football in the U.S, to taking a look at the most controversial educational reformers in the modern era, the show touches on just about every issue an audience can think of wanting to know more about.

        Nova

        Unlike Bill Nye the Science Guy, which simplifies the subject of science to educate younger viewers, Nova interviews scientists performing research in the topics covered and footage about a particular discovery. Some episodes have also focused on the history of science, taking an in-depth look at its roots. Examples of things covered in the show include: the Drake equation, the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, global warming, storm chasing, Tarim mummies, and moissanite.

        Whether you’re young or old, there’s a TV show to stimulate your mind. Which one do you like most?

        Abigail Clark is an upcoming freelance writer. She graduated from The University of South Florida with a bachelors in marketing, minoring in journalism. When she isn’t up to her neck in coupons she is enjoying the outdoors fishing. She loves doing reviews for technology, home products and beauty products. If you would like her to do a review for you look her up on twitter @downtownabby17.

        Use Your Brain: 7 TV Shows That Will Make You Smarter | Dumb Little Man

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        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

        1. Breathe

        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

        2. Loosen up

        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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        3. Chew slowly

        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

        4. Let go

        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

        It’s not. Promise.

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        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

        5. Enjoy the journey

        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

        6. Look at the big picture

        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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        Will this matter to me…

        • Next week?
        • Next month?
        • Next year?
        • In 10 years?

        Hint: No, it won’t.

        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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        8. Practice patience every day

        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

        Final thoughts

        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

        Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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