Your World This Week, Volume IX

Published August 17, 2015
Tetris Black And White

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Tetris: The New Treatment For Drug Addiction, Alcohol Addiction, Sex Addiction, PTSD And More

Following recent findings that Tetris can help mitigate PTSD, new research shows that the classic video game may also be effective in treating addiction. A recent study by psychologists in Australia demonstrates that playing Tetris several times a day, for as little as three minutes at a time, can reduce problematic cravings–be it for cigarettes, alcohol, sex, food, and so on–by about 14 percent.

The reason? As you might imagine, Tetris is simply a very good distraction (it provides what psychologists call “visual cognitive interference”). Perhaps most surprising and interesting is the fact that the game serves as an effective distraction even after many sessions. Participants in the study who played the game as many as 40 times per week were still effectively treated by Tetris. For more, visit Tech Times.

5 Events To Know About This Week

19th Amendment

Suffragettes rally for the vote, which was ratified on August 18th. Image Source: Biography

  • August 18, 1920: The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, granting women the right to vote.
  • Hitler Nazi Salute Trenchcoat

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  • August 19, 1934: Adolf Hitler, already Chancellor of Germany, becomes Führer und Reichskanzler (“leader and chancellor”), effectively making him dictator and completing his rise to power.
  • Voyager 2 Space Probe

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  • August 20, 1977: The Voyager 2 space probe launches with the intent of exploring the outer Solar System and interstellar space. It is currently over 12 billion miles from Earth, the third greatest distance of any man-made object (for comparison, New Horizons is currently a little over 3 billion miles from Earth). It should continue to transmit messages until 2025.
  • Mona Lisa Vincenzo Peruggia

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  • August 21, 1911: In what many call the greatest art theft ever, Vincenzo Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. Peruggia hid in the museum overnight, knowing it would be closed the following day. Come morning, with only a few workers around, he stole the painting and escaped. He successfully stashed the Mona Lisa for over two years before finally being caught.
  • Hawaii State

    A young girl reacts to news that Hawaii has become the 50th state of the union. Image Source: Lyman Museum

  • August 21, 1959: Hawaii is admitted to the Union.
  • John Kuroski
    John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society of history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.