Saturday, August 15, 2009

8 Classic Board Games That Destroy Friendships

8 Classic Board Games That Destroy Friendships: "Even in this era of electronics, people still play board games. Yes, with a physical board and physical pieces, which allow players spend an enjoyable evening in the physical company of friends (as opposed to interacting through the usual Facebook quiz written by a 15-year old). Of course, this is the ideal to which board games often fall short -- all too many board game experiences end with wrench, a candlestick and a body, and none of you have been playing Clue. Don't blame yourself, though -- many of these games engender this conflict themselves, and have been insidiously waiting for an unaware group of friends to open them up and have their relationships torn apart."

Eye Floaters

Floater - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Floaters are suspended in the vitreous humour, the thick fluid or gel that fills the eye.[4] Thus, they generally follow the rapid motions of the eye, while drifting slowly within the fluid. When they are first noticed, the natural reaction is to attempt to look directly at them. However, attempting to shift one's gaze toward them can be difficult since floaters follow the motion of the eye, remaining to the side of the direction of gaze. Floaters are, in fact, visible only because they do not remain perfectly fixed within the eye."

How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting

How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting. - Slate Magazine: "Seeking. You can't stop doing it. Sometimes it feels as if the basic drives for food, sex, and sleep have been overridden by a new need for endless nuggets of electronic information. We are so insatiably curious that we gather data even if it gets us in trouble."

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Why flamingoes stand on one leg

Why flamingoes stand on one leg: "It is one of the simplest, but most enigmatic mysteries of nature: just why do flamingoes like to stand on one leg?

The question is asked by zoo visitors and biologists alike, but while numerous theories abound, no-one has yet provided a definitive explanation.

Now after conducting an exhaustive study of captive Caribbean flamingoes, two scientists believe they finally have the answer."

25 Things We Miss In Baseball

25 Things We Miss In Baseball:

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Visualized Look At The Estimated Revenues Of The Top Cell Phone Manufacturers

A Visualized Look At The Estimated Revenues Of The Top Cell Phone Manufacturers: "With the recent announcements of 2nd quarter earnings, some incredible data has been released. The cell phone handset industry has sold over $65B in the last 6 months. Of that, 9.7% was pocketed by the companies. It was recently announced that Apple received 32% of the total handset market's profits, equivalent to a whopping $2,038,000,000, all from selling the iPhone. Prior to paying expenses, the net revenue Apple earned from the iPhone is over 5 billion dollars. These figures astounded us, so we did a little more research. The graphic below visualizes what these numbers actually mean by comparing operating profits, operating margins, and net revenues."

Giant 'meat-eating' plant found

Giant 'meat-eating' plant found: "A new species of giant carnivorous plant has been discovered in the highlands of the central Philippines.

The pitcher plant is among the largest of all pitchers and is so big that it can catch rats as well as insects in its leafy trap.

During the same expedition, botanists also came across strange pink ferns and blue mushrooms they could not identify.

The botanists have named the pitcher plant after British natural history broadcaster David Attenborough."

Sea Pig - One of the Ugliest Sea Creatures

Damn Cool Pics: Sea Pig - One of the Ugliest Sea Creatures: "Sea pigs are also known as scotoplanes, a genus of deep-sea holothurians (sea cucumbers). This sea creature is like a cross between a pig and a slug. I still think it's cute, despite the fact that it looks like it has human fingers growing out of its mouth."

Top 10 Funniest Google Suggest Results

Top 10 Funniest Google Suggest Results: "After we discovered what Google thinks of Twitter we were inspired to spelunk a bit deeper into the strange and wonderful territory of Google Suggest.

A feature from Google Labs, Suggest offers you real-time suggestions to complete your search query as you type. One of the factors in the algorithm that determines the results is the overall popularity of searches by other users.

Part illuminating, part entertaining and part terrifying, Suggest is a window into the collective search psyche of our fellow humans. And based on the contents of this list — be afraid. Be very afraid."

Pee-Wee Herman Returns To Hollywood

Pee-Wee Herman Returns To Hollywood | /Film: "Paul Reubens has been going around for the past couple years saying that he was developing two new Pee-Wee Herman feature films, one for adults, one for children. Neither of which seem to have advanced past the “is there anyone crazy enough to fund either of these films?” phase, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t heard the last of Pee-Wee. Reubens has announced that he will be reprising the character live onstage in Hollywood, will have a limited engagement beginning November 8th, 2009, at The Music Box @ Fonda."

Shoot It! turns iPhone pics into mailed postcards

Shoot It! turns iPhone pics into mailed postcards | DVICE: "There's a new way to mail printed postcards directly from your iPhone, with a little app called Shoot It! This $0.99 iPhone application lets you take a picture with your iPhone's camera, or select a picture from your picture library, and for less than a buck you can mail a glossy postcard. We downloaded Shoot It! from the App Store and gave it a try on our iPhone 3GS."

The 10 mysteries of human behaviour that science can't explain

The 10 mysteries of human behaviour that science can't explain - Telegraph: "The New Scientist magazine compiled a list of the everyday aspects of life which continue to confound the world's greatest brains, including the reasons behind kissing, blushing and even picking your nose.

An editorial in the publication said: 'There is nothing more fascinating to most of us than ourselves."

People 'get happier as they age'

BBC NEWS | Health | People 'get happier as they age': "Most people get happier as they grow older, studies on people aged up to their mid-90s suggest.

Despite worries about ill health, income, changes in social status and bereavements, later life tends to be a golden age, according to psychologists.

They found older adults generally make the best of the time they have left and have learned to avoid situations that make them feel sad or stressed."

What's in a new logo?

What's in a new logo?
It can invigorate a company's image or squander its brand equity. To see which gambles paid off, Fortune turned to a few experts to judge some of the

Top Fast Food Reviews by Chefs

Top Fast Food Reviews by Chefs - Great Fast Food - Esquire: "The country's top chefs tell us about twenty-one take-out joints they're not ashamed to love, from a California burger chain to the taco shack down the street."

Monday, August 10, 2009

Meet Koda the miniature horse

Meet Koda the miniature horse: "He is so tiny, visitors often assume he's a stuffed toy.

Standing at 59cm tall, if Koda the horse wants an equal he has to turn to the vetinary cat for company.

The 'American miniature' horse - who suffers the double-whammy of being born a dwarf - has had a bout of health problems caused by his size, but he is now recovering and enjoying the life of a pampered pet."