I found this map on Pennylicious (a terrific blog about money). It's a really interesting look at where the top 10 credit card issuers are chartered - states with the weakest limits on interest rates. 5 of the states don't even have limits. And even if you live in a state that has a strict limit on interest rates, if the bank you use is not based in that state, the limit does not affect that company. National banks only have to follow the limits of the state in which they are chartered.... READ ON
Cracked.com has this hilarious collection of the worst anti-drug commercials ever. From the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles suggesting we eat pizza instead of doing drugs to Canadian attempts at rapping about drugs, the list reminds us why these ads don't work. And yes, the "this is your brain on drugs" egg frying is one of them. Here are a couple... READ ON
A: From Hitler to Mussolini to Saddam, dictators have long relied on their facial topiary to give the illusion of having stiff upper lips. But be careful about offering them any grooming advice. In 1923, for example, Hitler's friend Ernst Hanfstaengl encouraged the future Fuhrer to grow his mustache across the entire length of his lip. Perhaps unaccustomed to receiving a little friendly advice, Hitler tried to have Hanfstaengl killed. Critics of Stalin's "˜stache fared even worse. In a... READ ON
Ever wish you could watch a real-time animated display of the CO2 emissions around the globe, along with the birth and death rates of each country? Well now you can. Breathing Earth is pretty interesting to watch. And you can drag your cursor over any country to see what's going on there.
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1) A New York woman recently won a million dollars on a scratch-off lottery ticket for the second time in four years. The odds of that happening have to be incredibly slim.
They are, at more than 1 in 3.6 trillion. To put that in perspective, we've all heard about how reliable DNA evidence is and how it's virtually impossible for two persons to have identical DNA. Well, the odds there are only about 1 in 3 trillion.
2) A 50-year-old man recently set a new world record for skydiving. Isn't that just... READ ON
The media often talks about how fat the U.S. is and while that's true, scientists gathering at the 10th International Congress on Obesity are pointing out that this is a global problem. Some very interesting facts:
There are now more overweight people in the world than undernourished.
There are over 1 billion overweight adults (more than 300 million areÂ obese) and about 800 million undernourished.
The World Health Organization recognizes that obesity is more of a problem inÂ rich countries but... READ ON
So yesterday we debated whether mice prefer cheese or peanut butter. And today, we return to dogs and their love of toilet water. This isn't really a debate so much as ourÂ pointing outÂ all the companies who are capitalizing on the doggie toilet water business. Mangesh posted recently about bottled water for dogs, which included a toilet water flavor. And today I stumbled onto a site that's selling a toilet dog bowl. This is apparently a hot industry so get in while you can!
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I don't know who started the myth that mice like cheese but someone needs to be sued for this lie. According to British scientists doing some incredibly important, cutting edge research, mice actually like things that have a much higher sugar content, such as grains and fruit.
Mice have evolved almost entirely without cheese or anything resembling it. They respond to the smell, texture and taste of food and cheese is something that would not be available to them in their natural environment.
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I've got an idea for the next shark attack movie. It takes place in the uterus of a grey nurse shark, told from the point of view of shark embryos that are being eaten by other shark embryos.Â And this is actually more realistic thanÂ most shark attack movies.
Australian scientists have been trying to find ways to save the grey nurse sharks from extinction and they're realizing that one of the problems is this intra-uterine cannibalism. As New Scientist reports, "Its embryos have a nasty habit of... READ ON
Â If you turned on CNN or picked up a newspaper this week, you probably learned about the capture of Warren Steed Jeffs, one America's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives. His capture made me wonder how the FBI will decide who replaces Jeffs on the list. It turns out our friends at HowStuffWorks have an article on that very topic. A few interesting facts from the article:
The list has been around since the 1950s.
94% of the fugitives on the list have been caught.
30% of those captured were found because of... READ ON
Flamingos are naturally white. Their diet of brine shrimp and algae turns them pink.