“Don’t do it,” you warn your drowsy coworker. They yawn and it’s all over. Yawning has many triggers, such as boredom, sleepiness, and even temperature. Studies also show that we will sometimes yawn to draw in brain-soothing ambient air through the nose and mouth. All that aside, yawns are pretty universally contagious. Yawning feels pretty great, so why not join in? Some studies have even shown contagious yawning after just being shown a photo of someone yawning. But why? Scientists are stumped, which can only lead to some fun speculation. It’s currently believed that they are indeed an evolutionary trait whose original purpose has faded out, but because there’s no negative affect, there’s no pressure to get rid of it. Let the theories fly on what evolutionary advantage they once held…
We don’t mean to seem immodest here, but our emails are pretty awesome. Wouldn’t you agree?
This month, we’re inviting you to help us write them. Here’s the contest: Write a haiku poem for one (or all) of these four products. If we pick your poem, you’ll be featured in an upcoming email and win the item you extolled! Read on for the rules and details:
Periodic Table Building Blocks: These 20 toy blocks contain the entire periodic table– every known element in the universe. Pretty deep, right?
Tipping Tea Cup: Tipping back and forth to brew your tea, this cup sure has some poetic rhythm.
Stump Ring: Is there anything more symbolic than your true love’s initials carved into the trunk of a tree?
Recycled Glass Owl Night Light: Our night owl’s eyes seem to gaze right into your soul.
Here’s an example that Marisa wrote for our soup & sandwich tray:
“I love you, Grilled Cheese”
“And I you, Tomato Soup”
-Doomed never to touch
Ok, go. We can’t wait to see your creative poetry!