Friday, June 12, 2009

The 50 Most frequently looked-up words on

N.Y. Times mines its data to identify words that readers find abstruse : "If The New York Times ever strikes you as an abstruse glut of antediluvian perorations, if the newspaper’s profligacy of neologisms and shibboleths ever set off apoplectic paroxysms in you, if it all seems a bit recondite, here’s a reason to be sanguine: The Times has great data on the words that send readers in search of a dictionary."

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10 of the Most Stunning Art Thefts in World History

10 of the Most Stunning Art Thefts in World History: "Diamonds and dollar bills are fine spoils for thieves, but more cultured crooks know that just one work of art can be worth millions on the black market. That’s probably why art theft has persisted through the years, and why some of the world’s most famous paintings are prime targets. Here are 10 of the world’s most high-profile cases of art theft:"

Ten Things You Should NOT Do In Las Vegas

Ten Things You Should NOT Do In Las Vegas || VegasChatter: "You often hear of travel guides telling you about things that you must do or see when you are in Vegas but we're taking a different track here. Riffing off a list our friends at made about NY, we've put together a list of Ten Things You Should NOT DO in Vegas."

7 things electronics salespeople won't tell you

7 things electronics salespeople won't tell you | Crave - CNET: "Going to a retail store for consumer electronics purchases can be both exciting and frustrating. After working at Best Buy for two years, I have a few opinions to share that you might want to consider before your next shopping trip."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

10 scientific objects that changed the world

10 scientific objects that changed the world: "To mark its centenary, the Science Museum in London had its curators select the ten objects in its collection that made the biggest mark on history. Explore them in this gallery, and cast your vote in the public poll to decide the most significant of all."

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Why Men Prefer Direct Pick-Up Lines

Why Men Prefer Direct Pick-Up Lines PsyBlog: "Men and women's attitudes to relationships have become remarkably similar -- when dating women are now much more likely to make the first move.

It will come as no surprise that research finds men prefer this first move to be direct. But do men and women agree on what a direct approach is and why is such directness necessary in the first place?"

35 Tip Jars Designed to Make You Give More

35 Tip Jars Designed to Make You Give More | Top Cultured: "Here are 36 tip jars with uummph that deserve your spare change."

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

PR shop bans internal e-mail, starts 'talking'

AdFreak: PR shop bans internal e-mail, starts 'talking': "Doesn't everyone love workplace e-mails in all their passive-aggressive glory? Apparently not the folks at Arment Dietrich. The Chicago PR firm is entering the second month of a ban on internal e-mails. Hoping to increase face-to-face interaction, the staff tested the waters with a 10-day e-mail fast. External communications were fine, but internal discussions had to happen in person. 'A funny thing happened,' writes CEO Gini Dietrich (shown here). 'We began talking to one another."

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The Largest Bankruptcies in History

Transparency: The Largest Bankruptcies in History | GOOD: "Last week, General Motors began the fourth largest bankruptcy proceedings in history, joining the many other large and venerable companies that have sunk to the bottom during this economic crisis. In fact, eight of the 20 largest bankruptcies have happened during the last two years of crisis. Our latest Transparency is a look at the biggest sinking ships in business history."

America's Top Public High Schools

America's Top Public High Schools | Newsweek Best High Schools | "Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement, Intl. Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors. All of the schools on the list have an index of at least 1.000; they are in the top 6 percent of public schools measured this way."

Monday, June 8, 2009

The day pain died

The day pain died: What really happened during the most famous moment in Boston medicine - The Boston Globe: "The date of the first operation under anesthetic, Oct. 16, 1846, ranks among the most iconic in the history of medicine. It was the moment when Boston, and indeed the United States, first emerged as a world-class center of medical innovation. The room at the heart of Massachusetts General Hospital where the operation took place has been known ever since as the Ether Dome, and the word 'anesthesia' itself was coined by the Boston physician and poet Oliver Wendell Holmes to denote the strange new state of suspended consciousness that the city's physicians had witnessed. The news from Boston swept around the world, and it was recognized within weeks as a moment that had changed medicine forever."