Camille Paglia is a professor of the humanities at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a leading public intellectual.
Paglia was recently interviewed by Tyler Cowen, an economist and polymath. In that conversation, Cowen asked Paglia about a line she had written about her intellectual development during the 1970s. While other people had psychedelic experiences from LSD and other drugs, she was eating Indian food. Specifically, she ate lamb vindaloo to open her mind. She explains to Cowen:
COWEN: You once wrote, I quote, “My substitute for LSD was Indian food,” and by that, you meant lamb vindaloo.
COWEN: You stand by this.
PAGLIA: Yes, I’ve been in a rut on lamb vindaloo.
COWEN: A rut, tell us.
PAGLIA: It’s a horrible rut.
COWEN: It’s not a horrible rut, it may be a rut.
PAGLIA: No, it’s a horrible rut. It’s a 40-year rut. Every time I go to an Indian restaurant, I say “Now, I’m going to try something new.” But, no, I must go back to the lamb vindaloo.
All I know is it’s like an ecstasy for me, the lamb vindaloo.
COWEN: Like De Quincey, tell us, what are the effects of lamb vindaloo?
PAGLIA: What can I say? I attain nirvana.
Good Indian food will do that.
You can read or watch the rest of their conversation here, which includes Paglia's thoughts on the movies Ben-Hur and Star Wars Episode III.
Every time a major hurricane sweeps through a coastal region people are left homeless, their homes reduced to a pile of rubble by those incredibly strong winds.
This is seen as an inevitable part of life in places where hurricanes are a constant threat , but Spanish designer Dionisio Gonzales thinks there may be a way to prevent destruction by rethinking the structure.
Hopefully Dionisio's designs for the hurricane proof homes of the future will inspire architects and builders to stop accepting destruction and start building homes that can withstand the weather.
-Via design you trust
What's really important for women to look for when searching for a man to marry? The most popular and growing characteristics are mutual attraction, dependable character, and maturity.
Chastity used to be important, but that's taken a nosedive since 1939, as did housekeeping skills and neatness.
Max Roser, an economist, recently created a series of charts to illustrate a study published in 2008 about what men and women look for in a spouses, and how these values have changed over time. It's explored in depth at the Washington Post.
We've looked at what women want. Let's check in with the men. The above chart shows that men increasingly search for mutual attraction. There were also sharp increases in the importance of good looks and sociability.
The importance of chastity plummeted over the intervening 69 years. Emotional stability, though, is still very important.
Do any of the results surprise you?
-via Glenn Reynolds
Real disasters happen all the time, but rarely are they global. That doesn’t stop us from thinking about how we would deal with the end of the world, whether it come by zombies, disease, nuclear fallout, overpopulation, or war. And those disasters make for many a rip-roaring movie. Nandini Balial looks at some of the better-known apocalypse films to rate the actions of the survivors. Whether the things they do make any sense at all has little to do with how good the movie is.
The characters of On the Beach use several methods that I would like to endorse in advance of the apocalypse: They fish, swim, throw parties, and conduct a Grand Prix in which many men (who have nothing to lose) die in gruesome accidents. The alternative is euthanasia: The government issues suicide pills, and the scene where Holmes’ wife Mary administers them to their baby daughter and herself is particularly heartbreaking. Captain Peck leaves Moira in order to commandeer his men back to the United States; they want to die at home.
Conclusions: Fishing, swimming, partying — good! Self-administered euthanasia — some people will probably want it!
Verdict: Most practical advice for the apocalypse.
When you want the finest toilets in the world, you go to Japan. And now Japan is stepping up its game even further with Taikou Juden's line of artistic toilets available in a vast variety of colors, patterns, and images. For example, pictured above is a toilet made to resemble the famous wood block print The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai.
I'm not sure about getting a camouflage toilet, though. When I need to go, I don't want to struggle to just find the toilet.
Every year since 2008, cyclists in Portland, Oregon, have taken part in a ride called Bowie vs. Prince. They sign up for either Team Bowie or Team Prince, and then dress like them for the ride. Founder Lillian Karabaic had considered changing the event in the wake of Bowie’s death.
"Me and my co-leader, with Bowie's death this year, were considering making the ride Bowie vs. Bowie," said Karabaic. "We felt like a lot of people wouldn't want to be Prince in light of it. I guess for better or worse, it's now going to be Bowie vs. Prince again."
Karabaic was thinking about ending the annual ride even before the stars' deaths. She's hoping some other event can take its place next year, but thinks it's fitting this year's bike ride will be the last.
"Bowie vs. Prince is going to be a totally different type of ride this year," she said. "It's going to be a memorial ride."
Somehow, I think that this year’s event may be the biggest of all, even if it is the last one. -via Uproxx
This week, The Vulgar Chef made lovely and classy egg rolls using just the ingredients of McDonald's Big Mac hamburgers, cheese, and egg roll pastry dough.
First, he placed shredded cheese between two layers of pastry dough. Then he added French fries, pickles, and sliced beef patty.
It looks delicious! McDonald's should actually offer this dish.
Content warning: foul language.
Life is all about the places you go and the adventures you go on, and when you've got a group of friends by your side who never say die you're living the dream! The Goonies never let their fears or weaknesses stop them from living like there's no tomorrow, and when they embark on a journey with pirates and treasure you know the cool kids just have to tag along. So doesn't that make the Goonies the coolest by proxy?
Hey you guys! You're gonna love this Never Say Die t-shirt by Taylor Rose, but it's only to be worn by those most adventurous of souls worthy of being called a Goonie.
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Martin Scorsese brought us a movie in 2002 about organized crime in New York City. That sounds like a lot of his films, but Gangs of New York was different because it was set in the 1860s. How authentic was it? That’s hard to tell, even when you know the source material.
1. IT WAS 32 YEARS IN THE MAKING.
Martin Scorsese read Herbert Asbury’s 1928 nonfiction book The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld in 1970 and immediately thought it would make a good movie. He didn’t have any money or clout yet though, so he had to wait. He bought the movie rights to the book in 1979, and even got a screenplay written around that time, then spent the next 20 years trying to get the project off the ground before finding a willing financial partner in Harvey Weinstein at Miramax Films.
3. THE BOOK THAT INSPIRED MARTIN SCORSESE WASN’T ALL THAT ACCURATE.
A modern historian named Tyler Anbinder, who wrote Five Points: The 19th-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World’s Most Notorious Slum and gave Scorsese input on the Gangs screenplay, said Asbury’s book from the ‘20s exaggerated how dangerous the neighborhood was. Anbinder had access to statistics that Asbury did not, and he said, “Other than public drunkenness and prostitution, there was no more crime in Five Points than in any other part of the city.” Asbury had written that “there was one tenement where there was a murder a day,” but in fact, Anbinder said, “there was barely a murder a month in all of New York City” at that time.
Still, many of the roles were based on real people. Read about them, and who Scorsese envisioned in the roles for those three decades, plus trivia behind the production of Gangs of New York, all in a list at mental_floss.
Tracing the history of pizza back to its earliest roots is virtually impossible, since ancient people often used bread as a plate and therefore probably ate something similar to the modern pizza.
But when did the pizza pie we know and love come out of the oven, and how did that flat “plate” of dough covered in cheese and toppings become the single most popular food in the world?
The PBS Idea Channel's Mike Rugnetta serves up the sizzling history of the pizza one slice of info at a time, and after your brain eats up all eight slices you'll feel full...of knowledge about the pie that conquered the world!
(Photo: Nick Webb)
Imagine your address as not, say, 750 Bel Air Road, Bel Air, California, but instead block.horse.happy.
It could be if the founders of the app what3words are successful. Their system divides the entire world into 57 trillion 9-square meter areas. It assigns 3 random words to each section. The sequences are unique for all 57 trillion sections. April Joyner describes it at The Week:
An algorithm generates each three-word phrase. It filters out profanity, avoids homophones to reduce the chances for mistakes when an address is spoken (hear vs. here), and safeguards for slip-ups with singular and plural words. If you accidentally type engine.door.cubs instead of engine.doors.cubs, you'll get a location halfway around the world — your mistake should be obvious.
what3words co-founder Chris Sheldrick says that the system is already in use:
It's key that the three-word phrases are easy to memorize, because many of the people who are served by what3words' system don't have a smartphone to look them up. Instead, Sheldrick says, once they've been given their address by an aid worker, or a neighbor who has a smartphone on hand, they can simply make note of the phrase for future reference. He gives the example of Rocinha, a slum in Rio de Janeiro, where residents are beginning to use what3words as an alternate address system to receive mail.
-via Joe Carter
You really can’t know what it’s like to play a game until you actually play it, which most of the time requires payment ahead of time. Maybe even before the game is ready for retail. And even if you like it, it will be obsolete by the time you master it -or pay it off.
In the latest of their Honest Ads series, Cracked gives us the lowdown on video games and how they sell them to you. You have to wonder what the complete series will do to their ad revenue. -via Viral Viral Videos
What lies in your baby's future? He can't think beyond the present, so do your parental duty and read out his horoscope. Cartoonist Jim Benton has helpful scanned the stars and made mystical calculations for the next week.
There’s no universal rule that says prisons have to be horrible facilities. Some prisons place their focus squarely on rehabilitation, because the majority of inmates will re-enter the world sooner or later. And there’s a variety of ways to do this, as you’ll see in a roundup of innovative prisons from all over the world. Some them are even in the US.
Located in West Mahanoy Township, Pennsylvania, The Mahanoy State Correctional Institution is a medium-security, all male facility. Inside, the nonviolent offenders enjoy every amenity from outdoor football fields to lounge furniture in common areas. Offenders have the opportunity to work in the correction industries program which is a distribution center for commissary items. Other jobs include road crew to collect garbage along the interstate. Inmates can also participate in apprenticeship programs which teach them new marketable skills such as electrical wiring, masonry, culinary, carpentry and painting.
While the facilities may be pretty nice, the inmates are still prisoners, and you won’t find anyone going to these places voluntarily. Some of these rehabilitation programs have research showing that convicts with better accommodations have a lower recidivism rate. See all ten prisons at Money Inc.
It has been proven time and again that strict drug laws lead to people doing whatever kind of strange drug they can get their hands on, typically something concocted in a home lab by an unscrupulous individual.
In fact, outlawing drugs often leads to higher rates of consumption, or in the case of the Middle East finding strange new substances to get high on, like the dried out carcass of a poisonous scorpion.
Drug users in Pakistan and Afghanistan are recreationally smoking scorpions, which causes a hallucinatory high that's stronger than most psychedelic drugs, and the addiction is harder to kick than opium and heroin combined.
Medical experts say the worst part about smoking scorpions is the effect the venom has on the brain, where it can cause permanent delusion, and the nervous system, which is often permanently damaged by the "drug".
-Via Dangerous Minds
The Insectarium in Montreal is the largest deliberate collection of bugs in North America, with over a quarter-million insects, from butterflies to cockroaches, from scarabs to centipedes. Some are dead and mounted for study, while others are alive and on display for observation. There are even hands-on exhibits! Mike Powell and Jeurgen Horn went on a cold weekend, when the Insectarium was full of children. Even so, they had a wonderful time.
Perhaps I liked the stick-bug village best; I had been searching through this big enclosure, trying to locate the bugs, until realizing I had been staring at them the entire time. And then, I was able to see dozens. I also had the chance to hold an Orchid Mantis, which, when it stands still, resembles a flower petal almost exactly.
There were so many bugs… big ones, small ones, cute ones, ugly ones, coughing and sneezing ones, some that were crying, and one that cleverly dodged all my attempts to smash it underfoot… oh wait, I’m talking about the kids again. Actually, the truth is that the exhibits are so engaging that we were able to ignore the chaos and concentrate on the insects. And it was fun to watch kids interact with them. I waited by the tarantula cage while one little girl searched for its hiding spot. When she finally found the monster, she nearly jumped out of her skin
To get up close and personal with these insects, you can visit the Insectarium in Montreal, or see pictures and video at For 91 Days.
Whenever Greg Baskwell needs a helping paw, he can count on Finley. Finley will do anything to contribute. Need to wash the car? Finley is there. Need a helicopter landing pad? Count on Finley. Need bail money? You're on your own. Sorry, but there are limits.
-via Tastefully Offensive
The following article is from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Nature Calls.
Most people think biological warfare is a modern phenomenon created by scientists in a laboratory, but it’s actually been in use for centuries. From ancient times, whenever humans needed help defeating their enemies, they drafted Mother Nature into their army.
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When the ancient Greeks besieged the town of Krissa in the sixth century BC, they poisoned the local wells with the toxic hellebore plant, a flowering perennial. The enemy was knocked out with extreme stomach distress, diarrhea, and in strong enough doses, death.
Another case of mass poisoning took place in the first century BC. Knowing that rhododendron was poisonous and that when bees made honey from rhododendron nectar, the honey contained alkaloids that could severely sicken humans, the Heptakomotes (who lived in what is now Turkey) used it to defend themselves against the Roman legions led by Pompey the Great. They left batches of the toxic honey near the path of Pompey’s advancing troops, and the soldiers, who thought they’d found abandoned spoils of war, ate it all. The fierce Roman soldiers— now suffering from delirium, vomiting, and diarrhea— were easily defeated by the weaker Heptakometes.
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In the fifth century BC, Scythian archers (who lived in what is now the Crimea near the Black Sea) dipped their arrows into viper venom mixed with blood and animal dung. They were crack shots, the Scythians, and already famous because each archer could fire off about 20 arrows per minute, but the arrow mixture made them even more formidable. The venom contained toxins that destroyed red blood cells and caused a lot of pain; a wounded man would suffer until his eventual death from heart failure or respiratory paralysis. If, by chance, the venom didn’t work, the infection caused by the blood/ feces combination would do the job.
The Ninja Turtles had been patrolling the city so long they started nicknaming locations where they like to hang during their nights out on the town. Their favorite spot was located right behind Krang's Pizza Rocket, a location they dubbed "anchovy alley" because the dumpsters always smelled of dead fish. Even though the boss-creature didn't want Pizza Rocket employees talking to those teenage mutants the workers didn't care- the TMNT were making the city great again, and you've gotta keep heroes well fed, right?
Hang with your favorite mutant ninjas every time you slip on this Anchovy Alley t-shirt by Djkopet, it looks fresher than a sizzling pizza pie and won't smell like fish so long as you wash it once in a while!
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This is PuiPui, a Holland Lop and celebrity in the rabbit world. He's a fashion model without equal, dressing in only the most perfecty designed and crafted outfits. Whatever PuiPui wears is guaranteed to be the new look, so pay close attention.
Naturalist John James Audubon combined his science interests with his talent for art, and left a legacy of knowledge contained in his book The Birds of America. He had identified 25 new species and documented thousands more. Recently it came to light that he left behind a massive prank as well. Smithsonian curator Neal Woodman has been studying the notes of French naturalist Constantine Rafinesque, and found how much he had been influenced by his time spent with Audubon on a riverboat trip in 1818.
Rafinesque was an extremely enthusiastic namer of species: during his career as a naturalist, he named 2,700 plant genera and 6,700 species, approximately. He was self-taught, and the letter of introduction he handed to Audubon described him as “an odd fish.” When they met, Audubon noted, Rafinesque was wearing a “long loose coat...stained all over with the juice of plants,” a waistcoat “with enormous pockets” and a very long beard. Rafinesque was not known for his social graces; as John Jeremiah Sullivan writes, Audubon is the "only person on record" as actually liked him.
During their visit, though, Audubon fed Rafinesque descriptions of American creatures, including 11 species of fish that never really existed. Rafinesque duly jotted them down in his notebook and later proffered those descriptions as evidence of new species. For 50 or so years, those 11 fish remained in the scientific record as real species, despite their very unusual features, including bulletproof (!) scales.
You might say Rafinesque was taken hook, line, and sinker. But fish were just the beginning. Woodman has uncovered birds, plants, and mammals that Rafinesque detailed, all from information Audubon fed him two centuries ago. Read about those “species” and see pictures at Atlas Obscura.
(Image credit: Smithsonian Institution Archives/SIA2012-6095)
There's very little you can witness that is more satisfying than a dose of instant karma served up to someone who truly deserves it.
Whether the recipient is being rewarded for their goodness or punished for acting like an a-hole, it used to be extremely rare to witness instant karma being handed down from on high.
But thanks to smartphone and GoPro cameras we have documented video proof that karma exists, and the moral of this particular video lesson is "don't be a jerk or karma will get you".
(Contains NSFWish material and terrible music, viewer discretion is advised)
(Photo: Mike Mozart)
Fifteen years ago, when Mike and Angela Hovak Johnson of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada got married, they ate food from Kentucky Fried Chicken. Since that time, they've always celebrated their anniversary by eating at KFC.
Then the local Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant shut down.
Mike Johnson didn't see that a a problem. He and his son drove to the nearest KFC in High Level, Alberta, ordered 15 buckets of chicken, then drove back. The trip was 870 miles long. That's a long way, but it's how the couple keeps their relationship fresh and crispy. CBC News reports:
"This year was the most difficult one to plan," said Angela. "But my husband didn't hesitate. He wanted to drive all the way to…
"High Level," said Mike, finishing her sentence. "So during March break, me and my son got up early one morning, drove 700 kilometres, picked up 15 buckets of KFC and drove 700 kilometres back — in one day."
According to Mike, his unusual to-go order got him a bit of a weird look in High Level, Alta.
"When I ordered 15 buckets, they said: 'uh, it might take a little while,'" he said. "I said: 'no problem,' so they cooked it up right away."
-via Dave Barry
That is one fat ‘possum. Redditor P_bryant562 has a friend who works at a pet store and had to snap this customer. If it wasn’t a marsupial, you’d call this a Rodent Of Unusual Size. She’s obviously raised this opossum from a very young age, or else it would be skinny, bitey, and would not be wearing a tutu. In the discussion under this picture, there are many tales of more common, yet funny, encounters with yard vermin.
(Photo: Gabi Shull)
When she was 9 years old, Gabi Shull was diagnosed with cancer in her right knee. So doctors amputated her leg, removed the knee, then re-attached the rest of the leg backwards.
This surgery reduced her ability to enjoy dancing. She couldn't dance en pointe--that is, on tip toes--until she got a custom prosthetic leg. This prosthetic slips over her right leg. When she flexes her ankle, it acts as her knee. Now 14, Gabi is back dancing, cheerleading, and inspiring others to overcome their challenges.
-via The Soul Is Bone
Some are expecting a free-for-all at the Republican National Convention this July in Cleveland. Honestly, that may seem unusual to younger people, but party nominations used to be much more public fights. Even in my lifetime, there have been political conventions in which we had no idea who the eventual nominee would be as they began. Yes, little kids watched the conventions because 1) we wanted to find out what happened and 2) there wasn’t anything else on TV. But even those were tame compared to the 1912 Republican convention. Former president Teddy Roosevelt challenged incumbent president Howard Taft for the nomination. Two presidents fighting for a nomination? No party would allow that to happen today.
When Donald Trump told CNN, “I think you’d have riots,” if the Republican Party’s leaders denied him the nomination, people were understandably disturbed. But on the eve of the 1912 convention, Roosevelt told his nephew that his supporters were prepared to “use roughhouse tactics” to “terrorize” the party’s leaders if they denied him the nomination. His delegates included men who were used to barroom brawls, including several who had been with his Rough Rider brigade in the Spanish American War. When the proceedings started, Roosevelt’s managers flooded the Chicago Convention Center bleachers with rugged supporters who were prepared to use their voices and even their fists to fight for their demand that Roosevelt be selected.
The plans for taking over the convention were even messier than what really happened. You know that Roosevelt went on to run on the Bull Moose ticket and both he and Taft lost to Woodrow Wilson. But you might not know about the extremely contentious 1912 Republican National Convention, which you can learn about at the Atlantic. -via Digg
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When your package has to get to someone immediately, call the Royal Norwegian Air Force.
The patient in the town of Bodø was dying. Doctors needed to perform a specialized procedure to save his life, yet they didn't have the necessary equipment to do it. But a hospital in Trondheim, 280 miles away, did have that equipment.
Hospital officials in Trodheim went to the nearby Air Force base. The Guardian reports that the officers there didn't hesitate and immediately fired up an F-16 fighter jet:
“They didn’t ask any questions, except for what size the machine was,” Anders Wetting Carlsen, chief doctor at Trondheim’s Saint Olaf hospital, told AFP.
In a further stroke of good luck, one of the fighter jets was equipped with an external hold that allowed it to transport equipment. The machine was loaded on to the aircraft, which made for Bodø at top speed.
The trip normally takes 35 minutes. But the pilot pushed hard and got there in just 25 minutes. This quick delivery saved the patient's life.
-via Glenn Reynolds
Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould like to include Easter Eggs in their shows for observant fans to find, and viewers enjoyed finding secret stuff on Breaking Bad so much Vince and Peter decided to keep the Eggs rolling in Better Call Saul. (Spoiler-ish material ahead)
For the second season of Saul they decided to go beyond the visual and play with words by including an anagram in the episode titles, so they put the puzzle in place and didn't give it a second thought.
But a fan named Shaquita discovered the Easter Egg faster than a tweeker on Blue Sky, posting her findings on Twitter with the caption “on vacation this week, and have nothing but time lol".
The creators confirmed Shaquita's findings and were blown away by how fast she found it:
“We had this—to us—this very bright idea of encoding the words “Fring’s Back” in the episode titles,” Gould told Vanity Fair. “And we thought we’d be revealing it maybe sometime over the summer. I guess we really underestimated the genius and hard work of our fans.”
“And their attention to detail, and God bless them for it,” Gilligan chimed in.
Gould concluded: “It’s hard to complain about people paying attention to every aspect of the show. It certainly reminds us again that we better keep all our i’s dotted and our t’s crossed in every aspect of the show.”
(Photo via Jenny Pancakes)
Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Austin, Texas is named after the famous Confederate general with that name. As the Confederate States of America was founded for the explicit purpose of preserving slavery, many people think that it is inappropriate to keep Lee Elementary's name. The school board has voted to rename the school and has asked the public for suggestions.
Among the potential new names are Donald J. Trump Elementary, Harper Lee Elementary, and Schoolie McSchoolface--a reference to the British ship that was to be named Boaty McBoatface.
-via David Burge