Feb 28, 2013

First we had Sarah Jessica Parker looks like a horse

And now we have a goat singing Taylor Swift's song. I laughed harder than I should have.

Also, http://sarahjessicaparkerlookslikeahorse.com/

Feb 26, 2013

F*** the police

Well, not really. 
[Researchers have] concluded that the main law enforcement-related themes in hip-hop are not pleasure and pride in aggressive and criminal acts, but the unfairness of the criminal justice system and the powerlessness felt by those targeted by it.
It appears that rappers don't hate justice but rather its current implementation.

More here.

Feb 22, 2013

New game

This morning I reached for a commonly used product and noticed the following description on it:

Do you have any idea what it's for?

So I am starting a new game called "Guess What This Is." If you see anything good, send it to me.

Answer for the above here.

Feb 20, 2013

Dolphins Call Each Other By Name

This is cool.
Bottlenose dolphins call out the specific names of loved ones when they become separated, a study finds. 
Other than humans, the dolphins are the only animals known to do this, according to the study, published in the latest Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The big difference with bottlenose dolphins is that these communications consist of whistles, not words.
More here.

You do get stupid(er) when you are sick

When you are sick, your mind feels a bit slow. But you ignore it since you know the cold virus infects the lining of the airways and not the brain. 

Except that appears to be false. You actually do get dumber when you are sick:

This theory could explain why we lose our mental edge when we get sick, Kipnis says. When we’re healthy, T cells keep the immune cells in the meninges from inflaming the brain. But when we get sick, the T cells loosen their hold to let the immune system attack invading pathogens. The resulting inflammation helps clear out the invaders, but it also blunts learning. When we’re sick, Kipnis proposes, it’s more important to launch a powerful immune attack than to have a sharp mind.
More here.

Feb 19, 2013

Florida: welcome felons

You know I am a fan of Florida. My love was first realized through Loveline:

And then it became a thing, like when you travel with a friend who has a peanut allergy and suddenly you notice peanuts EVERYWHERE. Similarly, I started noticing that all the weird stories seemed to come from Florida. 

Well, there is now a solution for Floridaphiles like me. Florida Man Twitter account is a collection of all the best Florida stories, updated every day.


Feb 13, 2013

Feb 11, 2013

Remember The Postal Service?

They are creators of this little diddly that everyone loved so much. 

And then they went quiet for 10 years, not releasing any new music. Until now.

And it's exactly the way you'd expect it to sound.

No soda for breakfast?

No problem, PepsiCo is releasing a fruit-flavored Mountain Dew beverage called Kickstart. The drink combines Mountain Dew with fruit juice to make you an even more delightful person, you Mountain Dew-chugging SOB.

More here.

Why Jordan was Jordan

From NY Times profile of Jay Williams, who adored Michael Jordan and wanted to be like him:
In his rookie season, Williams played against Jordan, who was then with the Washington Wizards. Jordan went at Williams on several consecutive possessions. Each time, Jordan told Williams how he would score — first over the left shoulder, then fake over the left shoulder and shoot over the right, and so forth — and each time, Jordan scored exactly as he said he would.
Hat tip to Deadspin.

Feb 8, 2013

Feb 7, 2013

Feb 5, 2013

Russell Brand does his thing

Russell Brand is a very intense, very articulate British comedian who is known for his crazy antics. You probably know him from Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Here he is on Jimmy Fallon, where he is trying to impress his crush, Katharine McPhee. And he doesn't know that she is married.

Vegging out vs. geeking out

Modern English has given us two terms we need to explain this phenomenon: "geeking out" and "vegging out." To geek out on something means to immerse yourself in its details to an extent that is distinctly abnormal - and to have a good time doing it. To veg out, by contrast, means to enter a passive state and allow sounds and images to wash over you without troubling yourself too much about what it all means.
From Neal Stephenson's NY Times piece.

Feb 1, 2013