Saturday, January 31, 2009
Carol Dedrich, a Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles spokeswoman, said the organization decided to shrink their cookies instead of increasing the cost of their traditional product, The Los Angeles Daily News said Friday.
Dedrich said the cookie boxes themselves will also be smaller this year, but their cost will remain at $4 despite the changes.
The changes in the cookie products will likely serve as a good lesson for Girl Scouts nationwide, the spokeswoman added.
'The focus of the cookie program is not just about selling cookies,' Dedrich told the Daily News.
'It's about teaching the girls how to market, develop budgets and provide good customer service. ... This is a great opportunity for the girls to truly understand how the economy affects everyone and everything in business.'"
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Placebo Effect: A Cure in the Mind: "In recent decades reports have confirmed the efficacy of various sham treatments in nearly all areas of medicine. Placebos have helped alleviate pain, depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, inflammatory disorders and even cancer.
Placebo effects can arise not only from a conscious belief in a drug but also from subconscious associations between recovery and the experience of being treated—from the pinch of a shot to a doctor’s white coat. Such subliminal conditioning can control bodily processes of which we are unaware, such as immune responses and the release of hormones.
Researchers have decoded some of the biology of placebo responses, demonstrating that they stem from active processes in the brain."
Daguerreotype of Young Abraham Lincoln: "The only other known, and hitherto earliest, daguerreotype of Lincoln, Meserve #1, in the possession of the Library of Congress, was a gift of Robert Todd Lincoln to Frederick Hill Meserve. Meserve reported that 'Lincoln believed it was made in Washington in 1848'."
Twitter / Genny_Spencer: "This is the real line-a-day diary of a young farmgirl in 1937"
Cash4Gold Will Offer One-Third of the Actual Value for your Gold: "Since I saw the first commercial, I had a feeling that Cash4Gold might be a rip-off. They advertise during late-night cable television programming and on sports radio. This time slot is pretty crowded with what I call 'red-flag' advertising. Another hint is that their DBA sounds more like a text message than an actual business name.
You are encouraged to send your 'scrap' gold in a plastic bag, and to trust they will handle it securely and send a reasonable, near market-rate payment for the precious metal therein. They'll take whatever gold items you have, so maybe it would be too complicated to offer actual prices posted on their website.
So, a little test was in order."
The 30 Most Absurd Super Bowl XLIII Prop Bets You Can Actually Put Money On: "Sports betting used to be a real man’s leisure activity, where one would bet on the outcome of the game and nothing else. Nowadays, Super Bowl bets can be placed on anything, ranging from “How many types of food will John Madden mention during the game?” to “How Long Will It Take Jennifer Hudson to Sing The National Anthem?”"
Friday, January 30, 2009
The 50 worst announcers in sports today: "Now, let's be clear; we're not talking about announcers who simply lose track of the situation or horribly mispronounce athletes' names. No, we're focusing on the announcers whose entire public persona makes us want to kick a hole in our HDs. Deep breath, people, as we call out the culprits:"
What is this strange sensation that is so painful and uncomfortable? It is actually a very common condition and most people have experienced it. The medical term for this occurrence is Precordial Catch Syndrome.
Many people mistakenly believe that they are having a heart attack at the onset of this type of pain. While the pain is strong and located in an area that would seem like the heart, this condition is not a heart attack, nor is it heart related.
Precordial Catch Syndrome (PCS) is the most common cause of recurring chest pain. It is also sometimes known as “a stitch in the side” or “Texidor’s twinge”. It occurs most often in children and teenagers, but does persist into adulthood as well. The pain occurs just under the left nipple, near where you feel the heart beat most strongly on the front of the chest, and comes on very suddenly."
The trait - which is associated with higher exposure to testosterone in the womb - is thought to be linked to attributes such as confidence, risk-taking ability, extra vigilance and quick reactions.
Such qualities could provide traders making snap decisions on high-risk deals with a competitive edge, the research suggests.
Not only did traders with long ring fingers make on average six times more money, they survived more years in a cut-throat world which weeded out the weak and unprofitable."
Shippensburg, PA – January 28, 2009 – A new study in the journal Social Science Quarterly examined the relationship between first name popularity in adolescents and tendency to commit crime. Results show that, regardless of race, juveniles with unpopular names are more likely to engage in criminal activity.
David E. Kalist and Daniel Y. Lee of Shippensburg University analyzed state data by comparing the first names of male juvenile delinquents to the first names of male juveniles in the population."
Researchers constructed a popularity-name index (PNI) for each name. For example, the PNI for Michael is 100, the most frequently given name during the period. The PNI for David is 50, a name given half as frequently as Michael. The PNI is approximately 1 for names such as Alec, Ernest, Ivan, Kareem, and Malcolm.
The least popular names were associated with juvenile delinquency among both blacks and whites. While the names are likely not the cause of crime, they are connected to factors that increase the tendency to commit crime, such as a disadvantaged home environment, residence in a county with low socioeconomic status, and households run by one parent.
Also, adolescents with unpopular names may be more prone to crime because they are treated differently by their peers, making it more difficult for them to form relationships. Juveniles with unpopular names may also act out because they consciously or unconsciously dislike their names.
"First name characteristics may be an important factor to help identify individuals at high risk of committing or recommitting crime, leading to more effective and targeted intervention programs," the authors conclude.
16 Wild Materials and technologies : "The Technology Hunters at Inventables, a Chicago-based firm, collect and sift through thousands of unique materials, products and gizmos every year. Then they pick the winners and drop details about the materials that have the right mixture of utility and uniqueness into an enormous electronic database, along with suggestions for how they could be incorporated into new products. Here are 16 of the best, brightest and quirkiest from Inventables."
A team of physicists has teleported data over a distance of 89 miles from the Canary Island of La Palma to the neighbouring island of Tenerife, which is 10 times further than the previous attempt at teleportation through free space."
The Top 11 Most Depressing Songs of All Time: "There’s just something about a depressing song that can instantly shift your mood from light to dark. A lot of music listeners out there will even use gloomy and emotional songs to put themselves in a low-spirited state. If you're one of those people, these are the songs most likely to make you want to wallow in the darkness."
Because of back problems, he was unable to free his 19-stone frame and remained stuck for 60 hours until a neighbour spotted him through the curtains.
He said a bottle of whisky, which had rolled within reach, kept him going.
'The whole settee tipped over catching me like a rat in a trap,' he said
'I took a sip of [the whisky] and thought, well this isn't too bad.'"
IPhone Apps: Sirius Satellite Radio iPhone App Could Come Within a Week: "Sources close to Orbitcast have revealed that Sirus is finally submitting their uSirius StarPlayr to the App Store this weekend. Once accepted, subscribers will be able to enjoy Sirius XM on their iPhone.
With Sirius being so late to the party, the only question is whether the service is really worth paying for when there are so many good, free streaming apps out there like Pandora and Slacker."
says a study it conducted found that women's underarms typically smell like onions, while men's smell like cheese.
Firmenich of Geneva, Switzerland, said its research on the armpit sweat of 24 men and 25 women found that women typically release an onion-like smell due to the combination of bacteria and a sulfur-containing compound, The Daily Telegraph said Thursday."
The combination of the two underarm residents creates a chemical called thiol, which smells distinctly like onions.
Men, meanwhile, typically release a cheese-like smell from their underarms once working up a sweat, Firmenich said.
The cheese smell is the result of enzymes created by bacteria combining with an odorless fatty acid.
Professor Tim Jacob of Cardiff University said the test results would likely vary in other parts of the world.
"Other factors include what you eat, what you wash with, what you wear and what genes you inherit," the science of smell expert told the Telegraph.
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Movie Traffic Stops Gone Bad - Premiere.com: "Whether you’re the cop or the perp, getting stopped on the side of the road is never a good thing. At best, it’s an inconvenience. At worst? Well…"
Sustainability is the buzzword of the day. In a recent study, the global PR firm Weber Shandwick found that, aside from chief executive officers, chief sustainability officers were the most-wanted executives for business conferences. Companies are doing all they can to ensure their survival right now."
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Apple Issues iPhone and iPod Touch 2.2.1 Firmware Update: "Apple has released a 2.2.1 update for the iPhone and iPod Touch today. Available from iTunes, the update appears to be a rather minor one with the following improvements:
iPhone 2.2.1 Software Update
This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:
- Improved general stability of Safari
- Fixed issue where some images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll
Products compatible with this software update:
- iPhone 3G"
The 10 Most Embarrassing Award Winners in Automotive History - Car And Driver: "It’s always a risk making judgments based on the initial exposure to a car, and sometimes a vehicle’s ultimate crappiness only reveals itself with the fullness of time. We’re all subject to hype for something that seems new, different, and maybe even better, and in this business, we all feel the crushing pressure to be timely, amusing, and authoritative. Being wrong is always a risk. Still, here are ten award winners for which somebody needs to apologize."
6 Pop songs that rip off classical music: "Musicians have always lifted tunes from each other. Stravinsky borrowed from Tchaikovsky, who rearranged Mozart, who stole from Beethoven, who took local folk songs and made them his own, and on down the line.
Of course, these composers were always pretty creative when it came to thievery. Here are six recent(ish) pop songs that were either influenced by famous classical melodies, or sample actual tunes and use them in the fabric of the song. I leave it up to you to judge whether or not they do justice to the originals."
Sunday, January 25, 2009
The boy did not have a gun, never issued any tickets and didn't drive the squad car, Deputy Superintendent Daniel Dugan said."
Assistant Superintendent James Jackson said the ruse was discovered only after the boy's patrol with an actual officer ended Saturday. Officers noticed his uniform lacked a star that is part of the regulation uniform.
Police said they were investigating how the deception went undetected for so long in what they described as a serious security breach. Police said disciplinary steps are possible pending the outcome of the investigation.
Police didn't identify the boy because of his age. He has been charged as a juvenile with impersonating an officer.
Dugan said the boy looks older than 14 and was motivated by a desire to be an officer, not malice or "ill intent."
The boy once took part in a Chicago program for youth interested in policing, so he would have been familiar with some procedures, perhaps helping him blend in, police spokeswoman Monique Bond said.