29-year-old Edward Snowden is the ex-CIA and ex-defense contractor who blew the whistle on the NSA . . . and how they've been secretly spying on all of our horribly boring lives for years. Edward pretty much gave up everything to tell the truth. He's hiding out in Hong Kong now, hoping the U.S. government can't extradite him. He gave up his six-figure salary, his hope of seeing his family again . . . and his girlfriend of four years.
We're going to focus on his girlfriend today . . . because it was a HELL of a sacrifice. She's 28-year-old Lindsay Mills . . . and she's a PROFESSIONAL POLE DANCER. We don't THINK that means stripper, but we're not positive. She says she never even got to say goodbye to Edward because he didn't tell anyone his plan before he flew to Hong Kong to expose the NSA.
While they aren't officially broken up, it SEEMS like their relationship has to end. Edward may have to spend the rest of his life hiding in a country that gives him asylum, and that could keep him from having contact with her.
The article is on Yahoo!
If you're too scared to go skydiving, here's something that MIGHT make you feel like less of a coward. Driving during rush hour is JUST as badass. A new study out of MIT found that driving in bad traffic causes the same stress in your body as jumping out of an airplane. We're thinking it doesn't quite give you the same adrenaline rush, of course . . . but all the stress is there.
For the study, the researchers measured people's facial expressions, heart rate, and stress levels in different situations. Tough driving situations and extreme sports both led to the same facial expressions and reactions in the body.
In fact, on a day-to-day basis, driving is usually THE most stressful thing we do . . . more stressful than the average day of work. The study also randomly found the least stressful thing we do on a day-to-day basis is eat breakfast.