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Tube Rules

Actually, I think this rule is quite universal… Photo found at Win!

The Missing Links: Rules for Running With the Bulls

The Running Bulls Rules The first rule of running with bulls is probably, ummmm, don’t. Second rule is that if you’re going to do it anyway, be really prepared. This video will help get you there. * Fancy Dining Tip: Don’t Insult the Chef By Calling His Food “Whale Puke” When It’s Clearly “Whale Feces” Eat up everyone, there’s [...]

China’s “Two Flies Only” Rule

Public restrooms are notoriously bad in China, so the authorities there are cracking down with a new "two flies only" rule: Authorities in the Chinese capital have set new standards for public toilets, [...]

Fight Club Rules 3 Through 8

While almost everyone knows the First Rule of Fight Club and of course the Second Rule of Fight Club, it occurs to me that there are five more Rules of Fight Club that are a lot less famous. Do you remember them? I sure didn’t, and I’ve read the book three times. [...]

What Music Helps You Write?

When I need to write but I’m having trouble concentrating, or transporting myself into that weird twilight head-space that makes me productive, I turn to music. I’m certain this applies not only to writing work but to lots of other mental tasks as well, but there’s something about music that helps shut out the white [...]

Hugs Follow a 3-Second Rule

Think about it: when someone hugs you, it lasts about three seconds. If they hold on longer, you know something else is going on, like a child not wanting to go to sleep at bedtime, or a lover craving closeness. A study of Olympic athletes congratulating each other confirms the three-second rule. But it’s not [...]

Rule #1

Because if you don’t follow Rule #1, apparently there’s no need for Rule #2. A fantastic photo taken by Flickr user Gord McKenna in a Petting Zoo in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Understanding Alphanumeric Phone Numbers

Minnesotastan found a delightfully thorough post about alphanumeric phone numbers that were in use through the biggest part of the 20th century. Remember the Glenn Miller song “Pennsylvania 6-5000″? That was a phone number, using a system set up to help callers find and remember ever-longer strings of numbers as the newfangled “telephones” became popular. The [...]

Pornocracy: Rule by Harlots

If democracy is rule by the people (from the Greek words “demos” for people and “kratos” for power), and theocracy is rule by religious body, then what about pornocracy? Yes it’s real and no, it’s not what you’re thinking of. In the tenth century, the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church fell under the influence of [...]