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In a recent study done by professor Andrew Jarosz of Mississippi State University reveals that drunk people are more creative at problem-solving.

We gave participants 15 questions from a creative problem-solving assessment called the Remote Associates Test, or RAT—for example, “What word relates to these three: ‘duck,’ ‘dollar,’ ‘fold’?”; the answer to which is “bill.” We found that the tipsy people solved two to three more problems than folks who stayed sober. They also submitted their answers more quickly within the one-minute-per-question time limit, which is maybe even more surprising.

What Jarosz’s study showed is that impairment of focus is a boon for creativity. Sober people tend to overthink. Being a little tipsy loosens the need for perfection and crowd-pleasing.

“Aha!” Let’s relax and unwind

The study is not an excuse for artists or anybody for the matter to get drunk. But what it says is that our intention to be serious and focus all the time can get in the way of outside the box thinking.

Keep in mind that Ernest Hemingway only imbibed after his writing sessions ended so take the study for what it’s worth. Nonetheless, here’s Hemingway kicking a beer can.

Cool Products Creativity

Creative infographics from Pop Chart Lab including a poster of every emoji

From hand-illustrating every emoji ever to showcasing all varieties of beer, a taxonomy of rap names, and a compendium of basketball jerseys, the artists at Pop Chart Lab turns data into creative infographics.

Not surprisingly, the visuals make perfect posters for the wall. You can order a standalone print, pair it with a handmade frame, or request a print mounted on a panel. Check out the Popchart website for more cool prints.  

Every Emoji Ever

The Very Many Varieties of Beer

Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names

A Visual Compendium of Basketball Jerseys

Psychology Quotes

Hemingway: ‘Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.’

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

Ernest Hemingway

On Getting Drunk in Antarctica

Someone someday will make a chart of the inverse relationship between “activities available” and “alcohol consumed.”

Change is good.


The Bar Car

The bar car is no different than any other standalone bar. The people that tend to sit there want to drink and socialize. The people that pass by the bar car wonder what life is like in it. The people that get stranded in the bar car because all other seats are taken keep their earbuds in.

Occasionally, the morning and afternoon trains include the bar car. It’s no surprise that the people that fill it up at the earlier hours use it to enjoy the silence without the beer and without the raucous. During these hours, the bar car might as well be a library car. It’s probably a good idea to offer coffee during this time to create a caffeinated bar experience. A bit of background noise keeps people inspired and more productive.

The roundtable couch-seating arrangement in the bar car contrasts the front facing and backward facing seats of all the other cars. It’s designed to promote relaxation and conversation with people looking face to face as opposed to the back of their chairs. There’s even a community drink holder which typically goes unused, mostly because people feel more talkative when they have a beverage in hand.

The “bar car” name and design ultimately set expectations and dictates behavior. But it can also morph into other uses depending on the time of day. Every place, thing in life shares elasticity and permanence. It is what it isn’t.


Digital bar tap

The worst part about watching sports at a pub is the beer line.  We almost always miss the start of the second half and we even lose our seats.

Not anymore.  An English pub called The Thirsty Bear has digitized ordering using iPads.  There’s no need to even get up.  There’s no need for waiters.  People can even order and pour the beer themselves.

Revenue at the digital bar is up 78 percent.  Starbucks should take a hint.

Automation and self-serve may not be true to the pub experience but waiting is also impractical.  

No more lines.

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