Random Crap

Ceiling Height Alters How You ThinkWorkers have long been concerned about glass ceilings at the office. Now they can wonder if the physical ceiling is keeping them from their full mental potential. A recent study at the University of Minnesota suggests that ceiling height affects problem-solving skills and behavior by priming concepts that encourage certain kinds of brain processing. “Priming means a concept gets activated in a person’s head,” researcher Joan Meyers-Levy told LiveScience. “When people are in a room with a high ceiling, they activate the idea of freedom. In a low-ceilinged room, they activate more constrained, confined concepts.”

Motorists drove around dead body on roadMore than two dozen Israeli motorists maneuvered around the dead body of a road accident victim lying in the middle of a busy intersection, failing to stop to help in an incident captured by a traffic camera. Sigh… those 2 dozen people better have a good reason/emergency why they didn’t stop to help.

Microsoft pranks with oFone, Apple rolls eyesSeeing as the Zune was such a hit, Microsoft decided to repeat the success and tackle the iPhone before it even gets out the gate; friends, we give you the Microsoft oFone. Not to be outdone by Apple’s multi-touch keyless interface, the oFone features not one or two, but three keyboards that can all pivot about the small central screen. Need to bag some wild game for dinner? No worries, oFone can do that too, simply extend the three arms (like in the pic above) and it apparently makes a decent boomerang. We’re loving where they’re going with this idea — cool and unusable, just how we like our fake phones. Check the vid after the break.

Oral sex can cause throat cancer (from Tera) – People who have had more than five oral-sex partners in their lifetime are 250% more likely to have throat cancer than those who do not have oral sex, a new study suggests. That means each oral sex partner you have increases your chances of throat cancer by 50%. The researchers believe this is because oral sex may transmit human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus implicated in the majority of cervical cancers. The new findings should encourage people to consistently use condoms during oral sex as this could protect against HPV, the team says. Other experts say that the results provide more reason for men to receive the new HPV vaccine. Interesting…

Quadradius (from Hjo3) – The game’s interesting, though I’d suggest you go through the tutorial before jumping into the game. I was tricked when Hjo3 said it was like checkers so I tried jumping over opponents and setting myself to do so, which ended up with me losing a lot of soldiers. The pieces move up, down, left, right and 1 step at a time. No need to jump over an opponent to take his piece. There are these power ups and I suggest you familiarize yourself with them before using any. I managed to do some pretty disadvantage things to myself when executing power ups at the wrong time. All in all it’s a pretty fun game. I’m pretty sure my opponent thought I must’ve really sucked.

Richard Box’s ‘Light Field’ (from Digg) – Using wasted energy, Richard Box was able to get over a thousand fluorescent tubes powered by low overhead power lines. Derek had mention this at work. I think it was Derek and I mentioned it was similar to the scene in The Prestige when the guy lights up all the light bulbs.

richard box - fluorescent lights powered by power lines

Richard Box, artist-in-residence at Bristol University’s physics department, got the idea for Field (2004) – 1,301 fluorescent tubes powered only by the electric fields generated by low overhead powerlines – after a conversation with a friend. ‘He was telling me he used to play with a fluorescent tube under the pylons by his house,’ says the artist. ‘He said it lit up like a light sabre.’ Box decided to see if he could fill a field with tubes lit by the ‘waste’ energy emanating from powerlines. Box denies that he aimed to draw attention to the potential dangers of powerlines, ‘For me, it was just the amazement of taking something that’s invisible and making it visible,’ he says.

The Simpson vs. Family Guy (from Digg) – With the ongoing pop-culture debate of which show is actually better raging at an all-time high, we at Unibrow decided to put an end to the conversation with the ultimate showdown. While Simpsons fans say that Family Guy ripped off The Simpsons, the Family Guy faithful declare that The Simpsons now rips off Family Guy. We figured the only way to settle this was by having the main characters of each show face-off in a no-holds-barred family cartoon slugfest.

Mr. Jukes’ Halo 3 Betalicious Video! (from Digg) – Check out Mr. Jukes’ Halo 3 “Betalicious” Video. Halo 3 looks like it’s going to be lots of fun. The red laser seems awfully powerful though. The guys over at Bungie like his video so much, they decided to distribute it.

Turning the tables on Nigeria’s e-mail conmenMike is a “scambaiter,” dedicated to fighting back against those who send out the notorious 419 e-mails, promising untold wealth to anyone gullible or naive enough to disclose their bank details. Ungsunghero tells me his code name is “shiver metimbers” and you can find his stories over at: 419 Eater.

perth hillarys australia day 2007 (from Digg) – This panorama shot is amazing! Fireworks on 1 side and lightning on the other. It’s just so pretty.

Truth About Food video (from Digg) – Find out how to be healthy, how to sexy, how to feed your kids, how to be slim, how to stay young and beautiful, and how to be the best. You can also watch the videos without using their interactive flash player: no flash.

101 Greatest George Carlin Quotes (from Digg) – The man who says “life is worth losing” turns 70 today. George would say that’s irony, not a coincidence. George Dennis Carlin was born May 12, 1937 in New York City and for the last 47 years he’s been doing stand-up comedy better than anyone else on the planet. In the process he’s pissed off a lot of people and accumulated some of funniest, and most controversial, quotes known to man. Even a list of 101 quotes is just scratching the surface. In no particular order here are his 101 best… I love this guy and his quotes. 🙂

Lawsuit Claims Pinkberry Isn’t Really Yogurt (from Ungsunghero) – Pinkberry has lots of fans — there is often a long line at the stores. But now there is controversy, and even a lawsuit, over whether or not it’s really frozen yogurt. For a company that’s only been around two years, Pinkberry has figured out how to make frozen yogurt a hot item. Now the company is catching some heat over what’s in its yogurt — or more specifically, what isn’t. It’s neither pink, nor a berry. And now critics say Pinkberry frozen yogurt isn’t even yogurt. … Bryan Williams of L.A. says there’s no “yo” in their “fro-yo.” Williams’ lawsuit says Pinkberry’s catchy jingle and signage claim its healthy, but that the frozen treats don’t have the bacterial cultures that make yogurt good for you. Ungsunghero then brings up another good point. If Pinkberry does win this lawsuit and is able to prove that they are indeed yogurt, then they’ve basically admitted to breaking the law. Well, if Katz provides evidence that Pinkberry’s frozen yogurt is, indeed, made out of yogurt, Katz would have another problem to deal with. Apparently, it is illegal in the state of California to manufacture yogurt anywhere other than a state-licensed dairy facility; Pinkberry manufactures their “yogurt” at each individual store.

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