How Starbucks Got Its Cup Sizes

It’s interesting to see where the names of the Starbucks Coffee cups come from. The options for cup sizes are short (8 ounces), tall (12 ounces), grande (16), venti (24) and trenta (31). So where did the sizes come from? Howard Schultz opened his first coffee shop in Seattle in 1986 and the shop had just three sizes: short, tall and grande.

Starbucks describes that Schultz “became captivated with Italian coffee bars and the romance of the coffee experience. He had a vision to bring the Italian coffeehouse tradition to America.” He wanted cup names that would reflect his vision.

So how did a tall become a small? In the early days at Starbucks they had three sizes. They were short, tall and grande. When the venti size was introduced the short dropped off the menu and tall became the new short.

Exercise Helps with Alzheimer’s Disease

man-1464787_960_720Here is one of the secrets of avoiding Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers who presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America have found that if you exercise four times a week you can cut your risk of developing the disease. Using MRI data, researches have found that adults with mild cognitive impairment who exercise four times a week over a six-month period had an increase in brain volume.

And, people who participated in aerobic exercise had even greater gains than did those who stretched.

Dr Laura Baker, from Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina said, “Even over a short period of time, we saw aerobic exercise lead to a remarkable change in the brain.”

Read more about the study to see more details.

Fascinating Links Between Psychological and Physical Issues


Now here is a weird connection. Depressed teenagers are more likely to develop arthritis when they get older. Together, Swiss and German researched assessed 6500 teenagers to see what types of links they could find between mental illness and physical problems. They did find that certain physical manifestations can be tied to psychological issues.

They found, for instance, that depression is often followed by arthritis and diseases of the digestive system; anxiety disorders are more common if the teenager already has heart disease; a link between epilepsy and eating disorders was found as well! The findings were published in PLOS One.