(Photo: Michael Newton)
That person who lives in your house--the one that you've known all of his life--what's his name? Precision is difficult, so just run through the roster and see what sticks.
We've all done this before: call one family member by another relative's name. You may even address your husband or child with your dog's name.
But not your cat's name.
Why? Futurity summarizes research from a Duke University doctoral student named Sparky Samantha Deffler. She explains that it's because dog names have greater significance in families:
In addition to mixing up sibling for sibling and daughter for son, study participants frequently called other family members by the name of the family pet—but only when the pet was a dog. Owners of cats or other pets didn’t commit such slips of the tongue.
Deffler says she was surprised how consistent that finding was, and how often it happened.
“I’ll preface this by saying I have cats and I love them,” Deffler says. “But our study does seem to add to evidence about the special relationship between people and dogs.
“Also, dogs will respond to their names much more than cats, so those names are used more often. Perhaps because of that, the dog’s name seems to become more integrated with people’s conceptions of their families.”
It's time for you to stop waxing your chest. The newest, hottest fashion in manscaping is for men to grow out their natural carpets. The New York Times reports that this is how urban men are reconnecting with their primal masculinity:
“We’re seeing a return to ’70s fashion,” said Tim Bess, an analyst at the trend forecasting agency the Doneger Group. “The late ’60s and early ’70s were about freedom, the hippie movement, having lots of hair.” [...]
Christopher Oldstone-Moore, the author of the 2015 book “Of Beards and Men” and a senior lecturer at Wright State University, in Ohio, believes that an increasingly urban and digitized life has left some men “disconnected from their masculinity.”
“There are different ways to connect to your organic masculinity,” Dr. Oldstone-Moore said. “Hair is one way to do it.”
The obvious next step for enhanced masculine display would be to put glitter in your chest hair.
(Unrelated photo by James Jones)
16 and Pregnant? Not anymore. Or, at least, less of it. The number of teenage mothers in the USA peaked in 1991, when it was considered a major public health crisis. But since 2006, the teen birthrate has plummeted, especially among Black and Hispanic populations.
Why? Scholars says that improved sex education and access to contraception has helped. But teens are also having sex less. The Washington Post explains:
“There has been a change in social norms that has happened in the past 20 years, and the idea of not having sex or delaying sex is now something that can be okay,” said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
Veronica Gomez-Lobo, director of pediatric gynecology at Children’s National Medical Center, said the trend of abstinence has been mostly among younger teens rather than older ones. While there’s not good data on why this is happening, she thinks of it as a “contagion” factor: So many teens are waiting to have sex, she suggests, that the peer pressure goes opposite to the way that it might have in the past.
“We think this is a very healthy trend,” Gomez-Lobo said.
We would, of course, need hard data to confirm this impression.
-via Marginal Revolution
You think that you've got it rought? Just listen to the nightmarish life of Frédéric Desnard, formerly a manager at a perfume company in France:
“I was ashamed of being paid for doing nothing,” he said.
There was simply nothing for him to do for his 4 years at the Interparfums company:
The 44-year-old said his “descent into hell” was similar to a burnout, but less interesting. […]
Desnard complained that between 2010 and 2014 he was mise en placard, or put in the cupboard by his then employer Interparfums, a French phrase that involves giving employees little or no work, or menial tasks.
He told Agence France-Presse he was relegated to doing tasks that had nothing to do with his job and deprived of his original responsibilities. This, he alleges, left him “destroyed” and with “serious depression”.
So, The Guardian reports, Desnard is seeking compensation and damages from Interparfums for approximately $414,000:
In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in France, Desnard is seeking €360,000 (£282,000) in compensation and damages – including holiday pay, he says, is due.
It's the least they can do for him.
(Photo of Mark Zuckerberg by Robert Scoble)
Can you find a security flaw in one of Facebook's social media platforms? If so, the company will give you at $10,000 reward.
The youngest person to ever claim that prize is a 10-year old boy in Finland named Jani. He found a hole in Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. The company handed over the cash reward to Jani's parents. The Washington Post reports:
This reward puts Jani in the upper tier of hackers Facebook has paid for finding bugs. Since the company launched its bounty program in 2011, Facebook says it has paid out about $4.3 million to more than 800 researchers.
Melanie Ensign, a security representative at Facebook, told The Washington Post by phone early Wednesday that most of those payouts are much smaller amounts. The reported $1,780 average reward skews high, she said, with a cluster of very large payouts obscuring the typical sum.
“We base our bounties on the scope of the risk, rather than the novelty or sophistication,” Ensign said. The flaw that Jani found “would have impacted everybody on Instagram.”
Jani hopes to spend some of that reward money on a bike, soccer equipment, and new computers.
-via Marilyn Terrell
The worldwide film phenomenon known as Bollywood began with this 1913 silent film Raja Harishchandra. Govind Phalke, who is sometimes known as the "father of Indian cinema," produced this, the first Indian feature film.
The story centres around the hero Harishchandra, a noble king, who, to honour his promise to the sage Vishwamitra, sacrifices his kingdom, his wife, and eventually also his children. By the end, however, having pleased the Gods with his actions, Harishchandra’s former glory is restored.
Phalke was apparently inspired to make films after watching the French film The Life of Christ (1902), twice in one day. He quit his job at a printing press and went to London to learn the technical ins and outs of making a film. Returning to India, he pledged in his life-assurance policies and his wife sold her jewellery to raise the capital needed.
Embedded above is an 11-minute synopsis. You can watch the full 40 minutes that survive at the Public Domain Review.
-via Nag on the Lake
(Photos: Rau Antiques)
19th Century pianomaker Henry O. Studley is now famous for the portable tool chest that he built for himself. It's a marvel of design and precision craftsmanship.
Sadly, we don't know who made this cabinetmaking tool chest, which is equally magnificent. It dates back to the United States in the early 20th Century. It has multiple layers that fan out to tigthly contain 210 antique tools, including a vast array of planes, chisels, bevels, gauges, saws, punches, and even a tiny vise.
Then it folds up neatly again into a beautiful cabinet.
This masterpiece is up for auction by Rau Antiques. You can see more photos of it at Core 77.
It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Send your pup out with as many advantages as possible.
Etsy seller Lebovski's Cocker Spaniel is ready for anything. He's wearing a suit of aluminum plate and mail armor. It has a ferocious-looking helmet featuring tusks for close-quarters combat. Now he will rule the dogpark with no rival to challenge him.
-via Dude I Want That
Obvious Plant is an ongoing prank series in which Jeff Wysaski prints official-looking signs and flyers and leaves them in public places. In the past, he's made in-store IKEA product reviews, library signs, and Halloween costumes.
Most recently, Jeff created a fake guestbook for an Airbnb rental in Florida. The owners will be delighted to see fairly positive reviews of the state, which will hopefully generate new customers.
You want to chat about what's going on in your life? That's for the Twitter bench.
Did you catch that new viral video on the YouTube screen?
Civitacampomarano is a village of 400 people in central Italy. Most of the residents are elderly and many are out of touch with web culture and the social media utilities available in the world.
So the street artist Biancoshock created low-tech simulations of them around the village. They include a knowledgeable elderly woman who is a talking Wikipedia, a local newspaper labeled as an RSS feed, and a bulletin board called Facebook. You can see them all at Design Boom.
Would you like to enjoy human contact for once? I've heard that it's a wonderful experience, but holding a "Free Hugs" sign out in public isn't helping. Perhaps Together Wear will. Mashable reports that this new line of hoodies has pockets in the back that encourage someone to hug you, especially in chilly weather.
Pro tip: slip a $5 $20 bill in each pocket to seal the deal.
-via The Presurfer
Italian artist Fruttart Scuruchi (translation) felt inspired when seeing an elaborate pumpkin carving for the first time. Since then, s/he (?) has been turning fruits and vegetables into fine sculptures, including, recently, several colorful apples. This Rubik's Cube began as an apple, as you can see from this video illustrating it partially complete.
French photographer Patrice Letarnec calls his series "Head over Heels." In a surreal alien world, humans flail about awkwardly (from our perspective) as their bodies are inverted, but their clothes are like ours. The fashionable subjects stride down the streets of Paris a bit more slowly than we do.
-via Laughing Squid
How well did Glee end? Fans were clearly delighted. I didn't see it, but I did watch the finale of Newhart, which was ingenious.
Dexter rightfully deserves to be dead last in this list. Just hacking off the last 3 minutes alone would helped a lot.
Redditor ChallengeResponse compared IMDb ratings of the first and last episodes of famous television shows to see whether they were relatively good or bad, as well as compared finales with average ratings for the respective durations of each show. You can see all of the charts here.
Do any of these rating shifts surprise you?
-via Twisted Sifter
(Image: 7 Cent Brewery)
To brew beer, you need yeast. And where should you find yeast? The truth lies within yourself--and specifically, your belly button.
As for how Belly Button Beer tastes, the brewery has described it as being "in the style of a new world-ish Belgian-ish Witbier with fresh orange zest and toasted coriander seeds".
"The yeast exhibits qualities of Belgian beer with the key characteristics being spiciness, clove and light banana esters. The orange zest and coriander seeds were used to help complement the yeast and a calculated amount of Riwaka and Mosaic hops were added to increase the citrus qualities and give it a refreshing hop kick," they said.
"Four different grains were also used to add both body and complexity including: barley, wheat, oats and rye."
This isn't the first time 7 Cent Brewery has used unique ingredients in a beer recipe:
The brewery also made an oyster stout, and launched a 'hipster beer' at GABS 2015, which was made with quinoa, chia seeds and kale.
-via Ace of Spades HQ
Hammacher Schlemmer calls it the Bunyanesque Hammock after the mythical lumberjack Paul Bunyan. The $500 hammock holds 5 200-pound adults and measures 8 by 15 feet. The straps appear to be rigid, thus preventing it from being used as a slingshot, which is a shame. Perhaps those could be added as an aftermarket feature.
-via Incredible Things
Inside this aquarium is another aquarium, inside of which ferns grow.
Resident fish can swim up to the top of the ferns, but no further, as there's a bubble of air inside this little balloon.
Haruka Misawa, a Japanese designer, calls her series of surreal aquariums "Waterscape."
Game show host Steve Harvey has shaved his head for years now. But it looks like he's grown back his coiffure. An unknown barber made good use of the cut hair on his shop floor to shape a realistic portrait of Harvey.
-via Pleated Jeans
One of the great joys of life is playing with a young child. They're full of pure energy and bliss. But if you're paralyzed, then actively participating in play is very hard. As Donna Lowich, a grandmother in this video from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, says, "I'm basically relegated to spectator."
That's why the Foundation is developing toys that people with paralysis can use with children. These include remote control cars that can be operated with blow tubes and neck movements, as well as voice-activated pitching machines. They're called Adaptoys.
With the Adaptoys, users can participate in the simple joy of play. Eric LeGrand described his experience with the remote-controlled cars to Fox News:
“The idea of playing with my nephews with the Adaptoys, I thought it was honestly incredible,” LeGrand said. “It was awesome. I had a lot of fun with them competing and showing them that Uncle E does have some competitive drive. It was great.”
“It opens doors for me because all of a sudden I could play with them. I could pitch with a baseball or whiffle ball with them,” he said. “It was funny to see how my little nephew got so mad telling me I cheated when I won. That’s the priceless stuff you can’t replicate.”
-via Huffington Post
That's because Giles Newman's first design principle is a spoon is always a spoon:
Each piece must be a functional spoon, suitable for daily use and comfortable in the hand. This constraint ensures that I don't let the complexity of my designs compromise the functional premise of the carving. Creatively this gives me a firm foundation on which to design. Knowing that there must be a bowl and a handle of some sort helps me avoid the 'blank canvas' feeling. My designs always start with the bowl and work out from there.
That's from an interview that the artist gave with the Wood Workers Institute. He describes his work in detail, including his use of hand tools. Newman's techniques focus on the axe and the knife, for which he completes almost all of his work. You can see a time-lapse video of his use of the axe on a spoon here and view more photos of spoons on his Instagram feed.
You and I might reach for a claw hammer, but all this mason bee needs are his own legs--his very strong legs. Watch him pull the long nail completely out of the hole.
What's happening here? The bee is probably returning home. The Daily Mail quotes zoologist Lynn Dicks:
Dr Lynn Dicks a research fellow from Cambridge University's Department of Zoology explained the bee's behaviour: 'Mason bees like this usually choose existing holes rather than excavating their own.
'I have never seen anything like this and suspect that the nail was places in a nest hole this bee had already started using. This would explain its urgency to remove the nail - it may have laid eggs or have larvae inside.'
This new treatment for Parkinson's Disease is called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). It begins with the surgical implantation of electrodes that send signals to specific parts of the brain. The eletrodes are regulated by a pacemaker-like device in the chest. When activated, the electrodes counteract the tremors.
In the above video by the New York Post, Dr. Paul J. Waguespack activates the system in a patient named Mr. Richardson. Once the system is turned on, Mr. Richardson's tremors stop cold within seconds.
-via Robb Allen
Alcoholic Architecture, a bar in London, wants to appeal to your sense of smell. That's why it once created a cocktail cloud that you could drink simply by breathing.
Continuing that theme, the bar recently offered a novel speed dating event called Romancing the Armpit. Participants placed paper bags on their heads, then smelled each other's armpits. They rated each other by smell and were matched up accordingly. The premise is that people are naturally attracted to good partners by smell:
We know that pheromones – the airborne compounds secreted in our sweat – play a role in sexual attraction.
Our body odour is largely influenced by Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) molecules, which are genetically determined and linked to the immune system. Experiments have shown that opposites attract; we tend to judge potential sexual partners as more attractive if their MHC composition is different from our own. Further, MHC is also linked to sexual preference, so differences in body odour are detected and responded to on the basis of an individual’s gender and sexual orientation.
Perhaps, one day, all online dating profile pictures will be scratch-n-sniff. In the meantime, you can see more photos of this speed dating event at the Daily Mail.
-via Debby Witt
Johannes Haushofer is a full-time professor at Princeton University. So by academic standards, he's tremendously successful.
But he wants his students to understand that the journey to success is filled with failure after failure. He wants them to encounter defeat, overcome it, and keep moving forward. So he made a curriculum vitae (a type of résumé that academics use) listing all of the failures in his career that he can think of.
Haushofer explained his perspective to the Washington Post:
“Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible,” Haushofer writes. “I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me. As a result, they are more likely to attribute their own failures to themselves, rather than the fact that the world is stochastic, applications are crapshoots, and selection committees and referees have bad days.”
Do you have a long list of failures? Good. That means that you're trying:
Haushofer adds that if his CV of failures seems short, it’s probably because he’s forgetting some things. And a longer CV of failures could very well be a good thing – it might mean the person is good at trying new things.
-via Nag on the Lake
Driving a streetcar isn't just a job. It's a way of life that perfects both the mind and body in athletic perfection.
SB Nation reports that the tram drivers of Europe sometimes play sports with their cars, including bowling. The greatest tram athletes recently gathered in Berlin at TRAM-EM, the championship competition, to find out who was the best. You can watch a video of their events here.
-via The Presurfer
But I mean that figuratively. You're a wizard when it comes to cleaning well. The Sorting Hat has spoken. Study hard and you could be head custodian in a couple decades.
This black Labrador is on his way to the park. He's in a hurry and acts like a backseat barker in response to his human's slow driving. He's just like a kid.
Keith Moon was the drummer for The Who, a British rock band formed in 1964. He had serious drug addiction problems that ultimately killed him 1978.
By 1973, Moon's drug use was greatly impairing the effectiveness of The Who. At one concert in San Francisco, Moon overdosed and passed out. After punching him and giving him cold showers for half an hour while the audience waited for the concert to resume, the other band members managed to get him conscious. Then he slipped out again. Moon was out for the night.
This was a huge problem. The band had to have a drummer.
Lead singer Pete Townshend stepped up to the mic and addressed the audience:
“Can anybody play the drums? I mean someone good!”
20-year old Scot Halpin was in the audience. He could play the drums, though he hadn't in a year. But he would have to do.
For an evening, Halpin became a member of The Who. He had a brief moment of fame as news about his feat swept around the world. You can read about Halpin's experience at Dangeorus Minds and view his performance in the above video.
-via Jonah Goldberg
(Photo: City Council of Tomares/AP)
Construction workers in Tomares, Spain were laying pipe when they found 19 amphorae (ceramic jars) containing 1,300 pounds of bronze and silver coins that date back to 4th Century A.D. The Seville Archaeological Museum says that they were probably minted in the area and then stored to pay soldiers and government officials. The Guardian quotes archaeologist Ana Navarro:
Navarro declined to give a precise estimate for the value of the haul, saying only that the coins were worth “certainly several million euros”.
The coins are stamped with the inscriptions of emperors Maximian and Constantine, and they appeared not to have been in circulation as they show little evidence of wear and tear.
It is thought they were intended to pay the army or civil servants.
“The majority were newly minted and some of them probably were bathed in silver, not just bronze,” said Navarro.
-via Atlas Obscura
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