How Qatar's New Airbus Is Designed to Help Passengers Fight Jet Lag

Pascal Pavani, Getty Images
Pascal Pavani, Getty Images

Originally meant to reference a person's issues with adjusting to a new time zone, "jet lag" has become a catch-all term for any kind of discomfort or fatigue experienced as the result of extended air travel. Qatar, the airline offering the new Airbus A350-1000 passenger plane, is hoping the aircraft's design might reduce symptoms by changing the entire experience of flying, as USA Today reports.

Stale air, poor lighting, and high altitudes are some of the common reasons passengers can develop fatigue during or after a plane trip. The A350 addresses each of these issues. The cabin air is replaced every two to three minutes, with Qatar claiming a 20 percent increase in air quality; LED lighting can mimic sunset and sunrise, keeping the body’s circadian rhythms intact; and the cabin altitude itself is pressurized to 6000 feet, down from the 8000 typical of most passenger planes.

A journalist takes a photo of the A350-1000 cabin
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The latter adjustment might be the most important. At 8000 feet, your heart and lungs work harder to supply oxygen, prompting shortness of breath and discomfort.

Qatar is boasting increased comfort in other ways, too: The Airbus has 18-inch wide seating, more head room, and better cabin humidity to avoid dried-out noses. Qatar has ordered 37 of the A350-1000s, with the first already in service from Doha to London.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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Does the Dryer Eat Your Socks? Use This Simple Laundry Hack to Solve the Problem

You never have to search for your missing socks again.
You never have to search for your missing socks again.
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Doing laundry is never fun, but when your pile of apparel emerges with socks missing, it can turn into an investigation worthy of a homicide detective. Whether they're Nike, Gucci, or Gold Toe, no sock is immune to foul play—and typically, no suspect can ever be located.

Socks get “lost” when they cling to the washer drum, disappear into a pair of pants, or fall out of the hamper on their way back to the sock drawer. It’s also possible for a washer to “eat” a sock by allowing it to tumble out of the drum and get stuck in an inaccessible portion of the appliance. Some socks have even made it to the water drain or pump in their desperate bid to avoid your feet.

Reader’s Digest has a solution to this phenomenon: Use a safety pin. When you take your socks off, clip them together with the pin. By utilizing this sock buddy system, the pair will never be separated in the wash. It’s also far less likely for a pair to be obscured by other clothing or to cling to a hidden surface like the washer or fall by the wayside in a crevice.

If you’re concerned safety pins might damage your washer, you can opt for plastic sock clips like Loc A Sock. A pack of 40 clips is just $15 on Amazon.

[h/t Reader’s Digest]

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