New Website Shows You What Synesthesia Looks Like

This is how Bernadette Sheridan, who has grapheme-color synesthesia, sees the name Aiden.
This is how Bernadette Sheridan, who has grapheme-color synesthesia, sees the name Aiden.
Bernadette Sheridan, Etsy

If you happen to find yourself seeing music, smelling color, or unusually combining two other senses, you may have synesthesia, a possibly genetic condition that affects about 4 percent of the population.

Since synesthetes perceive the world in such a unique way, it’s perhaps unsurprising that many of them pursue work in a creative field. Billy Joel, Vincent van Gogh, and Pharrell Williams are just a few examples of well-known artistic synesthetes.

For the rest of us, the whole concept can be a little hard to wrap our minds around. To help us out—and to help herself make sense of her own senses—artist Bernadette Sheridan created a website called Synesthesia.Me that illustrates grapheme-color synesthesia, which causes her to see letters as colors. If you type in a word or phrase, the site will produce a row of color blocks that correspond to those letters.

synesthesia.me color-blocks for 'mental floss'
We think our color blocks match our personality perfectly.
Bernadette Sheridan, Synesthesia.Me

As Sheridan explains in a post on Medium’s health and wellness vertical, Elemental, each person’s grapheme-color synesthesia manifests itself differently, so the letter-color combinations on Synesthesia.Me are specific to how Sheridan sees words. That said, there are some common combinations across many synesthetes—the letter A, for instance, is often seen as red.

Not only is the site a fascinating foray into the mind of a grapheme-color synesthete, it could also help you bring a bright, personalized pop of color into your home: Sheridan runs an Etsy shop where she sells prints of the color blocks. She’ll email you a high-resolution, printable portrait of any name or word for just $12, or you can order an already-framed version for $96. Looking for a special engagement or anniversary gift? Sheridan also makes them with two names.

bernadette sheridan etsy synesthesia portrait
Dawn and Pete make a colorful couple.
Bernadette Sheridan, Etsy

[h/t Medium]

25 Most Popular Songs to Clean the House To, According to Spotify

Sergey Nazarov, iStock via Getty Images
Sergey Nazarov, iStock via Getty Images

Doing the dishes is a lot less grueling when you pretend you're in a Whitney Houston video. Spotify users around the world have discovered the power of music to make chores more fun, as evidenced by hundreds of playlists with words like housework, cleaning, and chores in the title. Before diving into your next home project, queue up these 25 popular songs for cleaning.

To compile the list below, the price comparison site Compare the Market looked at 50,000 songs from 348 Spotify playlists with names referencing housework. The most common song in this category is "Señorita" by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, which appears on 44 of the playlists surveyed. It's followed by "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers in the second slot and "bad guy" by Billie Eilish in third.

The top 25 cleaning songs include a lot of recent hits, but some older tunes are also represented. Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," and Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" have been inspiring listeners to pick up their brooms for decades.

You can read the full list below before updating your own cleaning playlist.

  1. Señorita // Shawn Mendes (Featuring Camila Cabello)
  1. Mr. Brightside // The Killers
  1. bad guy // Billie Eilish
  1. Uptown Funk // Mark Ronson
  1. Bohemian Rhapsody // Queen
  1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody // Whitney Houston
  1. Truth Hurts // Lizzo
  1. I Don’t Care // Ed Sheeran (With Justin Bieber)
  1. Shape of You // Ed Sheeran
  1. Someone You Loved // Lewis Capaldi
  1. Old Town Road // Lil Nas X (Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus)
  1. Sunflower // Post Malone
  1. Don't Stop Believin' // Journey
  1. Shake It Off // Taylor Swift
  1. Believer // Imagine Dragons
  1. Wake Me Up // Avicii
  1. Despacito // Luis Fonsi
  1. High Hopes // Panic! At The Disco
  1. Sweet but Psycho // Ava Max
  1. Sweet Home Alabama // Lynyrd Skynyrd
  1. Party In The U.S.A. // Miley Cyrus
  1. Shut Up and Dance // WALK THE MOON
  1. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) // Beyoncé
  1. Livin' On A Prayer // Bon Jovi
  1. Billie Jean // Michael Jackson

Dominate Game Night With Godzilla-Themed Monopoly and Jenga

Usaopoly
Usaopoly

Competitive board games have a tendency to bring out players' monstrous sides, and later this year, you'll be able to embrace those destructive impulses with Jenga and Monopoly games inspired by Godzilla.

Both products featuring Japan's iconic mutant menace are a collaboration between games publisher USAopoly (also known as The Op) and entertainment company Toho International, CBR.com reports. The first one, dubbed Monopoly: Godzilla, is billed as a "city-terrorizing twist on the classic board game." The properties available for conquering include Monster Island, Goro’s Workshop, and Kitakami Lake. Instead of the classic game pieces, players use tokens of monsters like Mothra, Rodan, and Godzilla to dominate the board.

The second game pairs so perfectly with Godzilla that it may rival the classic version. In Jenga: Godzilla Extreme Edition, the block tower resembles a skyscraper taken from downtown Tokyo, and it comes with a cardboard cutout of Godzilla unleashing a beam of atomic breath. With every role of the die, Godzilla moves along the "approach track," increasing the number of blocks removed each turn and hastening the building's destruction.

Godzilla Jenga.
Usaopoly

Monopoly: Godzilla will sell for $40, and Jenga: Godzilla Extreme Edition will cost $20. You can find them in select stores when they debut in the spring.

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