Women with PMS are better at seeing snakes


Finally, PMS serves a purpose! According to a new study, premenstrual women are better at seeing snakes (yes, snakes) than they are at any other time during the month. Kyoto University researcher Nobuo Masataka (who has the best-ever employee photo) had 60 women look at a nine-photo grid featuring eight “neutral, non-scary” flowers and one snake shot. The results showed that they could spot the snakes faster during the “luteal” (aka PMS-y) part of their cycles, suggesting a biological mechanism that can “help pregnant and potentially pregnant women stay safe.” We like to think it’ll keep us safe from sequels to that Samuel L. Jackson movie, too.