Travel, it makes you smarter →
bobulate: Jonah Lehrer on travel as a basic human desire that makes you smarter, more open-minded, and creative: When we escape from the place we spend most of our time, the mind is suddenly made aware of all those errant ideas we’d suppressed. We start thinking about obscure possibilities … that never would have occurred to us if we’d stayed back on the farm. Furthermore, this more relaxed...
'Mini skirt meteorology' used to predict weather →
The rises and falls in the length of skirts are said to be a good way of forecasting what the weather will be like three days in advance, based on research at eBay. Analysts at the company said the length of skirts sold on the website becomes shorter several days before the weather changes for the better, and lengthens when colder conditions are due.
Well, organizations that are founded to solve problems end up committed to the...– Clay Shirky from the this Wired interview I just posted about.
Polish Beer-Lovers' Party - Wikipedia →
The Polish Beer-Lovers’ Party (PPPP; Polish: Polska Partia Przyjaciół Piwa) was a satirical Polish political party that was founded in 1990 by satirist Janusz Rewiński. Originally, the party’s goal was to promote cultural beer-drinking in English-style pubs instead of vodka and thus fight alcoholism. And: In the 1991 parliamentary elections the PPPP won 16 seats in the Sejm capturing...
Supplementary Program Notes for Husbands Forced to... →
Imagine the violins replaced with kazoos: How different would this sound? Might it be an improvement? Would Haydn (long i) notice? How about Handel? If a kazoo version appeared on YouTube, how many hits would it get? Distractions: If you’re in luck, there will be several attractive women in the audience, and perhaps a few in the choir (which contains 80+ performers, so the odds of a looker...
Time's 50 Worst Inventions →
Among them: Agent Orange, new Coke, Crocs, Farmville, Auto-Tune…
At first we were going to hit Pittsburgh this weekend, which became a day trip to Philly, which then became a Holy Fuck concert in NYC. Walmart is partially to blame (long story involving friends and work). Anyway. Still fun. Happy weekend!
Canadians would give up sex over cars, poll says →
Canadians would rather give up junk food, coffee, television and, some of them, sex rather than park their cars, a World Wildlife Fund poll suggests. “It confirms that Canadians have a deep-seated attachment to our cars,” Josh Laughren, WWF director of communications, said Wednesday. “Cars aren’t just a method of transportation. They’re a place of comfort. For men, in particular, it’s an...
A great talk about the Museum of Bad Art with Louise Reilly Sacco, the Permanent Acting Interim Executive Director. (via) “without bad art there would be no good art”
Snails on meth. Meth! →
The 10 Best Slams from Sex and the City 2 reviews →
#4: “….This deadly, brainless exercise in pointless tedium is dedicated to the screeching audacity of delusional self-importance that convinces these people the whole world is waiting desperately to watch two hours and 25 minutes of platform heels, fake orgasms and preposterous clothes.”
AJ Jacobs: My colossal task burden →
In one sense, task-juggling makes me feel great: busy, energised, fulfilled, as if I’m living three lives in the space of one. But I also know I’m scattered. I’m overloading my circuits. This overstimulated, underfocused world is driving us all batty. My mother – who complains when I click through my emails while talking to her on the phone (and by talking, I mean I toss out an...
The biggest mistake that our societies have made is to believe that you must...– Øyvind Alnæs, former warden of one of Norway’s prisons
The Nice Guy’s Guide to Realizing You’re Not That... →
Guys, you’re not “too nice.” That’s like saying you can’t get seated at an L.A. restaurant because you’re too famous. I know lots of nice guys, fellows who are much nicer than me, and nearly all of them have what ’70s-era singer-songwriters call “special ladies.” Seriously, even guys that in college struck me as the sort that would have trouble sweet-talking a hand towel and a bottle of lotion...
Going To California - Led Zeppelin It just...
We Did the Math: BP Oil Spill Is Now Worse Than... →
The low/conservative flow estimate (12,000 barrels per day) of the gulf spill pegs it at 1.73 Exxons. The higher estimate provided is 25,000 barrels per day, or 3.55 Exxons. Congrats BP!