Ever wondered what happened when you placed red hot nickel on a bar of soap? No? Watch it anyway because it’s cool. (Er … not cool, technically, I suppose …)
Some of the interesting things I found this week …
- In a Dire Situation? – Quick, press this button.
- UK Government Smashing Newspaper Hard Drives – The Guardian’s Editor in Chief, the man running one of the largest newspapers in the United Kingdom, is now reporting that the UK Government smashed its computer hard drives to try and stop it from publishing a story on the extent of the unconstitutional actions of various world governments against their citizens. At what point do we just dispense with the pretext and acknowledge that we are in full-blown coverup?
- Protest the NSA – The website Hello, NSA, will generate a Facebook, Twitter, or Email message for you filled with tons of so-called “watch words” that will result in your message being spied on illegally. They are encouraging people to use it to overwhelm the system and fill it with noise. For example, my phrase was, “Airborne Toxic Event is always fun. It’s also the name of a sick rock band.”
- Librarian Chastises Child for Reading Too Much – In the world of bizarre but true … this sums up so much of what is wrong with the education system and priorities of people.
- My Friend Ian Started a STEM Blog – It’s about Science and Technology and stuff you should read …
- He’s 41?! – I don’t know anyone who was surprised that Prison Break star Wentworth Miller came out yesterday, but what is shocking is the line in the story saying the guy is forty one? What is he, drinking some sort of youth elixir? He looked like he was in his early twenties even a few years ago so he must be sacrificing virgins to the moon gods because this is some crazy witchcraft.
- Birth Control Subtly Influencing Divorce Rates? – Turns out that hormones change the type of scent women are attracted to when selecting a mate. The leap, not yet fully proven, is that a woman who spends her dating years on the pill, then stops it once married, might experience a perceived shift in the attractiveness of her husband. Even worse, women who opt for similar mate genetics through scent, which is thought to be made more likely as a result of the use of the pill, have children with weaker immune systems.
- The Cultural Changes in the Mining Industry – A great write-up on why investors are so displeased with the mining giants, and how it has influenced the way these businesses are allocating their capital for the future. It will take another couple years to bring capital expenditures down to below cash flows and have the investors really get surplus generation of funds, again. That’s why the impatient don’t find anything interesting here.
- Sexy People Blog – You can’t even handle all these Glamour Shots and 1980′s hairstyles …
- Awkward Family Photos - If you still need even more breathtaking photos, check out this collection of family treasures …
- The Bible Belt Is Collapsing- One of the most influential Southern Baptists in the United States acknowledges what polls have been saying for years, telling The Wall Street Journal that “The Bible Belt is collapsing”.
- Decoy Habits – An interesting theory on certain types of so-called “click whirl” saying people are likely to repeat without much thought.
- Do We Live in a Black Hole? Could it be that black holes are big bang events? A discussion from a physicist …
- Chemical Reaction Gifs – Do you like chemical reactions? Do you wish you could watch them all the time? Now you can … (This is where I found the soap video!)
- Japanese Soaking Tubs – As an American living in a melting pot where we get to take the best ideas from cultures around the world, why wasn’t this made standard in every bathroom since the 1950′s? I need one of these! They are giant, heated tubs that you get in after showering, so you can just soak and think. Agatha Christie used to sit in her bathtub like this, much on apples, and come up with plot lines for her bestselling books.
As always, if you come across something you think I’ll enjoy reading, send it in through the contact form!