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The Dilemma

Where I shop for groceries, shopping carts require a 25 cent deposit, so everyone returns them! This Twaggie was illustrated from a Tweet by @hayeslady. See new Twaggies every day at GoComics! Link

Brits Drunk in 3 out of 4 Facebook Photos

Got an embarassing drunk photo of yourself posted on Facebook? You’re in good company: On average, adult users of the social networking website said they were under the influence of alcohol in 76 [...]

147 Highly Interconnected Companies That Rule The World

That’s not just a pretty picture above. My friends, say hello to the 1,318 highly interconnected transnational companies (with a core of 147 "super-entities") that rule the world, as visualized by scientists at the [...]

Chinese Magical Hard-Drive

Just like eating fifty cent tacos, sometimes paying less for something isn’t always a good idea. Such is the lesson that some folks have learned buying bargain priced 500GB hard drives from China that turn out not to be a lot less than what they appear. It’s a 128-MB flash-drive. Working in a “looped” mode – [...]

Trained Dog Can Detect Colon Cancer by Sniffing Poop

A dog owned by Japanese medical researchers has a remarkable gift for detecting colon cancer victims by sniffing their excrement. The black Labrador Retriever has a 95% accuracy rate: In the study, the retriever performed as well as a colonoscopy, a technique in which a fibre-optic tube with a camera on the end is inserted into [...]

Oh Noes! Gen Y Women Are Losing "Female" Skills

A secret crisis is brewing in Australia: Gen Y women are losing the traditional “female” skills such as cooking, ironing, and sewing: Only 51 per cent of women aged under 30 can cook a roast compared with 82 per cent of baby boomers.Baking lamingtons* is a dying art with 20 per cent of Gen Y capable [...]

The Facebook Divorce

Facebook may let you reconnect with old friends, but for increasingly many, the social network website leads to the breakups of marriages: a staggering 1 in 5 American divorces involve Facebook as evidence of cheating. A staggering 80 per cent of divorce lawyers have also reported a spike in the number of cases that use social [...]

In Praise of the Four-Day Workweek

According to a recent study, people in the U.S. work more hours per week than anyone else in the world (those of us who still have our jobs, at least), and so to workaholics like us, the idea of a four-day workweek seems anathema. A few years ago, however, budgetary problems forced the government of [...]

A Quantitative Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Video Games

Dmitri Williams of the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, et al., conducted a census of video game characters and concluded that non-Whites and women were vastly underrepresented: Seasoned gamers were recruited to play each game for 30 minutes. The researchers analysed video of the sessions and recorded the demographics of each character that appeared [...]

99cent wedding for 9 couples on 9-9-09

Nine lucky couples said “I do” today at a local 99 Cents Only store, giving them the quirky wedding date of September 9, 2009 or 09/09/09. The couples were among 2,999 applicants hoping to score a 99-cent wedding as part of a promotion for the store. With nine family members and friends on-hand, the nine couples exchanged [...]