Happy Birthday, David Bowie! Here's to the Rocker Who's Accomplished Far More Than We Ever Will

David Bowie became an icon some four decades ago, and at that point, he probably could have packed it up and spent the remainder of his career resting on well-deserved laurels. Instead, he's continued to create (to much acclaim) and today, on the glam rocker's 69th birthday, he celebrated the occasion by releasing his 25th album, Blackstar.

You can track Bowie’s long and storied career on a new website called "What Did David Bowie Do at Your Age?" (in short, the answer is: more than you). Enter in your age to compare the superstar's life achievements with your own and prepare to feel very unaccomplished. “This page is to celebrate David Bowie, and remind us to get out of our comfort zone and start doing sh*t,” the site reads.

Of course, it’s unrealistic to compare yourself with a musical visionary—a fact that website co-developer Duy Nguyen acknowledged on Twitter. (“I realized how depressed I’m making everyone feel ... sorry ya’ll haha,” he tweeted.) Nevertheless, it’s humbling—and hilarious—to track Bowie’s evolution. And as the singer himself has pointed out, “The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.” Easy for you to say, Ziggy.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia // CC BY-SA 3.0

[h/t SupBowieNME, Toronto Star]

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How Accurate are Hollywood Medical Dramas? A Doctor Breaks It Down
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Medical dramas like Grey's Anatomy get a lot of things wrong when it comes to the procedures shown on the screen, but unless you're a doctor, you'd probably never notice.

For its latest installment, WIRED's Technique Critique video series—which previously blessed us with a dialect coach's critique of actors' onscreen accents—tackled the accuracy of medical scenes in movies and TV, bringing in Annie Onishi, a general surgery resident at Columbia University, to comment on emergency room and operating scenes from Pulp Fiction, House, Scrubs, and more.

While Onishi breaks down just how inaccurate these shows and movies can be, she makes it clear that Hollywood doesn't always get it wrong. Some shows, including Showtime's historical drama The Knick, garner praise from Onishi for being true-to-life with their medical jargon and operations. And when doctors discuss what music to play during surgery on Scrubs? That's "a tale as old as time in the O.R.," according to Onishi.

Other tropes are very obviously ridiculous, like slapping a patient during CPR and telling them to fight, which we see in a scene from The Abyss. "Rule number one of CPR is: never stop effective chest compressions in order to slap or yell words of encouragement at the patient," Onishi says. "Yelling at a patient or cheering them on has never brought them back to life." And obviously, taking selfies in the operating room in the middle of a grisly operation like the doctors on Grey's Anatomy do would get you fired in real life.

There are plenty of cliché words and phrases we hear over and over on doctor shows, and some are more accurate than others. Asking about a patient's vitals is authentic, according to Onishi, who says it's something doctors are always concerned with. However, yelling "We're losing him!" is simply for added TV drama. "I have never once heard that in my real life," Onishi says.

[h/t WIRED]

#RateaSpecies? Zoos Share Amazon-Style Reviews of Animals on Twitter

The online rating system popularized by sites like Amazon and Yelp has finally reached the animal kingdom. As Earther reports, zoos, aquariums, and science museums are taking to Twitter to review fuzzy, scaly, and feathery specimens with the hashtag #rateaspecies.

The official Twitter account of the Oregon Zoo kicked off the trend on March 9 by tweeting out a picture of a river otter with a four-star review. "Overall very good first impressions," the tweet reads. "Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me." Shervin Hess, who runs digital media at the zoo, told Earther he got the idea from an Amazon review he read that described hiking boots in a similar way.

He followed the tweet with reviews of other animals, each one receiving a four-star rating (Hess says he wouldn't consider giving an animal anything less). Soon other institutions on Twitter started jumping on the hashtag.

"High-quality squeak system, thrives in rocky situations," the Yosemite Conservancy wrote of the pika. It earned four stars despite being "maybe TOO cute" and a "potential pun hazard."

Check out more of the top-rated species below.

[h/t Earther]


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