The Cellar had an interesting image of the day yesterday. I've been looking around the office all day for the right supplies to give this a shot. I'm not sure what it's going to cure but I can't wait to feel... READ ON
Get ready because Ted (or whatever your office know-it-all is named) is going to mention that it was today in 1215 that the Magna Carta was sealed. Well, he might remember the basics about it being one of the first documents to establish that monarchs were subject to earthly law but he probably doesn't know some of these delicious facts (courtesy of our Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets book):
* Most of the Magna Carta isn't really devoted to the rights of mankind but to things like whether widows should be... READ ON
Neatorama links to a really interesting article about the Aymara people of the Andes in South America. Unlike every culture I've ever heard of, the Aymara refer to the space in front of them when talking about the past and the space behind them when talking about the future. How weird is that? That's almost... READ ON
Vaccines have been in the news quite a bit recently, with the FDA approving a cervical cancer vaccine and now there are reports of promising news on an Alzheimer's Vaccine. Here's a bit from the AP article:
An experimental vaccine is showing promise against Alzheimer's disease, reducing brain deposits that are blamed for the disorder.
The deposits have been cut by between 15.5 percent and 38.5 percent in mice, with no major side effects, researchers said Monday in the online edition of Proceedings of... READ ON
Boing Boing linked to an interesting study today from the University of Michigan. After researchers polledÂ adults in their twenties and adults in their sixties, the results showed that theÂ older population was happier.Â These results were published in the Journal of Happiness Studies. Here's what the Michigan Health System had to say:
Â "Overall, people got it wrong, believing that most people become less happy as they age, when in fact this study and others have shown that people tend to... READ ON
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Alex died on this day in 323 B.C. We've got lots of interesting bits on Alex in our new Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets book. Here are a couple you probably haven't heard:
In all likelihood, Alexander's tomb does not contain Alex himself. The emporer Ptolemy took Alexander's body and brought it to Alexandria, where it was on display for a long time. But the body was lost and its current whereaboutsÂ is unknown. Don't you just hate it when you misplace a body?
Ever wonder where Ty Cobb got his name? Me... READ ON
According to a Reuters article, "Phnom Penh patriarch Non Nget has told Cambodia's 40,000 Buddhist monks to remain passive while watching World Cup soccer games or be defrocked."... READ ON
Apparently teenagers have discovered a ring tone that adults can't hear. This is true.Â The ringtone has a veryÂ high pitch. As people reach adulthood, they start to develop aging ear, which is the inability to hear high-frequency sounds. So with this super new ringtone, students can receive text messages without the teacher being able to hear. It's also funny that the tone was initially developed to keep teenagers away from certain stores because store owners thought they'd find the sound irritating.... READ ON
Disney-Pixar hit another homerunÂ over the weekendÂ weekend with the opening of "Cars."Â Can aÂ cartoon aboutÂ cars reallyÂ be that good?Â The animated flick wasÂ #1 with $62 million.Â And as Pixar churns out success after success, I'd assumedÂ that these movies have become easy to create because of computer animation. I was pretty suprised to read the following on IMDB:
Â The film's animators drew up over 43,000 sketches for designs of the cars.
Even with a network of... READ ON
Neuticles are synthetic testicles for neutered pets. The tagline: "It's like nothing ever changed."