Monday, June 30, 2008

Cancer 'Cure' In Mice To Be Tested In Humans

The treatment will involve transfusing specific white blood cells, called granulocytes, from select donors, into patients with advanced forms of cancer. A similar treatment using white blood cells from cancer-resistant mice has previously been highly successful, curing 100 percent of lab mice afflicted with advanced malignancies.

What’s So Wrong About Porn?

What’s So Wrong About Porn?
By: Kat Wilder

I like watching it. I don’t think it’s degrading to women or men or animals or inanimate objects. I believe adults have the right to watch it or not, and I don’t want anyone telling me that I can’t or shouldn’t or that I’m sick or perverted for liking it or watching it. I don’t mind if my lover watches it; I’ll watch it with him.

The Weirdest Examples of Mass Hysteria

Mario Sanchez Nevado
It was all in their minds
Have You Heard The One About … ?

For a topic involving laughter, what you're about to read is not amusing. Creepy and disturbing, yes. Funny, no.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A hermit’s 15,000 page work of beauty

Henry Darger
Perhaps the most prolific artist of our time, Henry Darger’s strange genius wasn’t discovered until after his death. He was a lonely and highly reclusive man who worked for years as a janitor in Chicago. He was odd and unkempt, scavenged through the garbage for art supplies and talked to himself in strange voices. He never took an art class, never bought a manual on how to draw or paint, but when he died in 1973 — buried in a paupers’ cemetery not far away, with no family or friends to provide for his burial — his landlord discovered a massive literary and artistic body of work that he had been creating since nearly the turn of the century.

The true face of Leonardo Da Vinci?

Leonardo Da Vinci
Mona Lisa is one of the best-known faces on the planet. But would you recognize an image of Leonardo da Vinci? Illustrator Siegfried Woldhek uses some thoughtful image-analysis techniques to find what he believes is the true face of Leonardo.

VIDEO from TED Talks

10 Extraordinary Burial Ceremonies From Around The World

Burial Ceremonies
The modern dictionary defines the word ‘burial’ as placing a body in the ground. But burying the deceased was not always the case.

Just as primitive man has long worshiped the four elements of Earth, Sky, Water, and Fire, so too have these elements taken their place in burial practices as diverse as the different tribes of the earth.

The way mankind deals with its dead says a great deal about those left to carry on. Burial practices are windows to a culture that speak volumes about how it lives.

As we are told in Genesis, man comes from dust, and returns to it. We have found many different ways to return. Here are 10 that I found particularly fascinating:

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Braving The Elements

The Cool Hunter. Great architecture pictures and stories. Real outside the box thinking. Some of this stuff is just jaw dropping. This one is going to become one of my daily visits.

20 Must-Read Blogs For Freelance Writers
Reading blogs with good writing is a must if you want to improve your skills as a writer/blogger. Keeping this in mind, I decided to list 20 blogs which should be on every freelance blogger’s RSS feed reading list. This is not a definitive list as there are many more good blogs and I can’t possibly name all of them. But still it’s a useful list which I hope you will enjoy.

Note: these blogs are not all about freelance writing or writing for the web. What they have in common is they’re all really well-written.

How to Go From Sedentary to Running in Five Steps
Today, I’m going to give you my advice (as an intermediate runner, not an expert) on how to go from sitting on the couch to being a true runner. I won’t say that it’ll be easy, especially in the beginning. But I will say that it won’t kill you (assuming you don’t have major health problems) and that it will get easier and even fun in a few short weeks.

5 Sites To Play Old Computer Games Once Again

I don’t know about you but I’m not much into fancy-pants 3D first person shooters. I can’t be bothered to build a massive gaming rig, blow $500 on a video card, and figure out what custom weights give me the best mouse response.

I’ve got a WII, and I love it, and one of the big reasons I do is for the emulation. Sadly however, I can’t bring my WII to work or to the coffee shop down the street - but I can bring my laptop, jump on their WiFi and fire up these four awesome sites for a quick old school gaming fix!

Harnessing the untapped power of breast motion.

Adrienne So
As a woman who loves sports, I've always found the concept of breasts bothersome. If all goes according to plan, they will fulfill their intended function for about three of the 70 years that I have them. The rest of the time, they alternate between getting in my way and embarrassing me. They are a favorite target of Frisbees and soccer balls. Finding sports bras is a chore. Shirts don't fit.

Then one day recently I had an idea. As I rode public transportation to the office, my messenger bag slung uncomfortably across my chest, I thought, "Why not put the girls to work?" Human-powered devices are showing up everywhere, from Rotterdam's sustainable dance floor to human-powered gyms in Hong Kong. The time seemed perfect—perhaps even overdue!—for a bra that could harness the untapped power of breast motion.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Jesus in China: Christianity's rapid rise

Rev. Jin Mingri, founding pastor of Zion Church
Christianity — repressed, marginalized and, in many cases, illegal in China for more than half a century — is sweeping the country, overflowing churches and posing a sensitive challenge to the officially atheist Communist Party.

The Amazing Story behind the 256 Year-Old Man

Li Ching-Yun
“Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.” These were the words of advice Li gave to Wu Pei-fu, the warlord, who took Li into his house to learn the secret of extremely long life.

Li maintained that inward calm and peace of mind were the secrets to incredible longevity. His diet after all, was mainly based on rice and wine.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Forensics: Fingerprints can be recovered from fired bullet casings

Scientists have developed a technique for retrieving fingerprints from bullet casings and bomb fragments after they have been fired or detonated. The new method, which relies on subtle corrosion of metal surfaces is already being applied for the first time anywhere in the world by two British police forces.

Wow! 10 Awesome Interactive Websites
Interactivity is the name of the game at the moment. Here are 10 websites that are a combination of the fun, the weird, the educational or the simply bewildering. Prepare to be awed!

Michelangelo 'hid secret code in Sistine Chapel'

Sistine Chapel
Michelangelo hid a secret code in the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel made up of mystical Jewish symbols and insults aimed at the pope, according to a new book.

Friday, June 20, 2008

10 Clever Architectural Creations Using Cargo Containers: Shipping Container Homes and Offices
With the green theme growing in popularity across every stretch of the world, more and more people are looking for green alternatives for office, and even new home, construction. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on the shipping docks and taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to the their origin – in most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. The result is an extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just waiting to become someone’s home or office.

10 Awesome Architectural Shipping Container Designs: From Loft Spaces to Emergency Housing
Amazing shipping container architectural designs from around the world. From self-transforming shipping container rooms to towering retail spaces and emergency housing here are ten additional examples of shipping container reconstructions including information on a company you can hire to create your own modified shipping container places.

Kellogg's, LEGO team up to train kids to choke

There's really not a much gentler way to phrase it: The biggest name in breakfast foods and among the most iconic names in toys have put their ingenuity and marketing genius together to create a fruit-flavored treat -- LEGO Fun Snacks -- that is so mind-numbingly irresponsible that at first I presumed it was a joke.

Top 10 Drinking Achievements Before You Die
Even booze hounds need to have goals in life so, I decided to come up with a list of the 10 things that every true drinker should accomplish before they die. Not every item on the list requires drinking massive quantities of alcohol. Once you have covered every item on this list you will be a well rounded drinker who should have a shit-ton of good stories to tell. Personally I can put a check mark next to six of these so it looks like I still have some work to do. Figure out where you stand and then plan your weekends accordingly.

Colossal construction: The world's nine largest science projects

International Space Station
Some have been heralded as the largest undertakings since the building of the pyramids.

Others have been likened to a new set of wonders of the world.

From a science perspective at least, here are our picks for the largest projects on Earth: running, under construction, and on the drawing-board...

"It'll Never Work!"
In light of the claim that inflatable cars are set to become the vehicle of the future, the Null has found a long and distinguished list of inventions that were poo pooed by esteemed individuals, only for the product to become a raging success. Shame on you all!

How New Defensive Helmets Will Alter the NFL

After long making rules changes designed to increase scoring, NFL owners reversed course this off-season by allowing the use of defensive helmet transmitters. Teams like the Texans recently began experimenting with the new technology during minicamps and OTA (organized team activity) sessions.

Rather than have to worry about reading signals from the sideline, Ryans is told the play through the transmitter. Ryans then conveys the information to his teammates just like the quarterback does on offense when receiving calls in his helmet.

Simon Baron-Cohen, professor of development psychopathology at Cambridge University, argues that the female brain is predominantly hard-wired for empathy, and the male brain for understanding and building systems--though of course not all men have a typically male brain, and not all women a female one.

Don’t tell us your password: the top ten

Passwords rule our lives. You need one to access your computer, your email, your bank account, and on and on. To make matters worse, there are hordes of thieves and hackers out there trying to get the virtual keys to our online kingdoms, via phishing, the hacking of corporate databases, spyware, etc. So why is it, then — despite ubiquitous warnings to the contrary — that so many people still make their passwords simple, intuitive, and use the same ones over and over for years at a stretch? The simplest answer, which via Occam’s Razor is probably the correct one, is that we’re just lazy. If that’s the case, and you can’t bring yourself to memorize eight randomly-generated numbers and letters strung together rather than using the name of your family pet to secure that million-dollar 401k account, then at least take our advice and avoid these most commonly used passwords:

6 Obscure Sports To Try This Summer

Summer is here, which means it’s time to start playing outside as much as possible. Are you tired of all the old summer standby sports, though? Sure, baseball and volleyball are fun, but sometimes you want something just a little, well, weirder. This summer, take a chance on one of these obscure sports.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Dale Earnhardt Jr Hypermiles to Victory in NASCAR Racing

Dale Earnhardt Jr
Who says racing has nothing to do with fuel economy? Honestly, I was rather shocked to hear about the prominence of hypermiling techniques in racing, especially NASCAR. Perhaps the revolution is hitting home with more people than the news would lead us to believe. Here’s the word direct from Earnhardt and ESPN:

The Skinny on Global Body Images
We’re confused, we’re too fat, and we’re too image-obsessed. We’ve got it all wrong, so I decided to look into what is going on in other regions of the world—from Tonga to Toulouse, France. There are some inspirational examples, and some scary ones, too.

A Guide on Douchebags (since we all need to be warned.)

The true definition of douche is; a jet or current of water, sometimes with a dissolved medicating or cleansing agent, applied to a body part, organ, or cavity for medicinal or hygienic purposes. or; to use a douche or douches; undergo douching. Vaginal douches may consist of water, water mixed with vinegar, or even antiseptic chemicals.

RIGHT. The people over at Webster's obviously haven't met some of my exboyfriends. Here is MY guide, watch out ladies....and men, there are girl versions too.

Big breakfast 'aids weight loss'

Big breakfast
Breakfast really could be the most important meal of the day when it comes to losing weight, claims a researcher.

Over several months, obese women who ate half their daily calories first thing fared better than those eating a much smaller amount.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

14 Songs You Should Never Play In A Bar

There’s nothing worse than having a perfectly good drinking session ruined by a song that either doesn’t belong in a bar, has been crammed down your ears too many times, or just plain sucks.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Can’t Find The G-Spot? You’re Not Alone: The Science of Sex

The G-spot
The G-spot, named after the gynecologist Ernest Gräfenberg, is an alleged erogenous zone located a few centimeters inside the vagina on the anterior wall. Its rise to popularity is usually attributed to the 1982 book, The G Spot and Other Recent Discoveries About Human Sexuality, co-authored by Beverley Whipple, a professor at Rutgers. Though the book describes how to find and stimulate this region, and sent intrepid women to try to locate theirs, it also gave the yet-to-be-classified area an almost mythical status—many have heard of it, and can generally describe what it’s supposed to do, but the majority haven’t actually seen its effects. Currently, there is no recognized part of the female anatomy labeled as the “G-spot.” In fact, researchers debate as to whether it exists at all.

Meditation can alter brain structure

Kathy Sykes
Ancient traditional therapies do not always stand up to close scientific scrutiny. But when Professor Sykes put meditation under the metaphorical microscope for the second series of Alternative Therapies: The Evidence, which she is presenting on BBC Two on Monday, she was surprised to find that the saffron-robed monks of Kathmandu and the white-coated scientists of Harvard shared more common ground than might have been expected.

50 Best Websites 2008

From Time Magazine

You can trace your family roots, get a daily shot of football or redecorate your apartment. You've seen our picks but now it's up to you to decide which you like best. Vote for your favorites and see where they rank on the list.

World’s Weirdest Wedding Customs

Kidnapping the Bride
All over the world, people practice numerous wedding customs that have been passed on through many generations. Although each has a long history of meaning and significance, many just seem strange and out of place in today’s culture.

Check out some of the historical wedding customs that are still practiced today, much to the intrigue and wonderment of its audience.

Solstice Moon Illusion

Solstice Moon
Sometimes you just can't believe your eyes. This week is one of those times.

On Wednesday night, June 18th, step outside at sunset and look around. You'll see a giant form rising in the east. At first glance it looks like the full Moon. It has craters and seas and the face of a man, but this "moon" is strangely inflated. It's huge!

You've just experienced the Moon Illusion.

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Electric Shock: Electric Cars Pre-Date the Civil War!
Talk about an old idea. The first electric cars hit the scene way back in the early 1830s, 30 years before the Civil War (for the record, they’re also older than the Eiffel Tower, Joan Rivers and sliced bread). In fact, the electric car was actually the first popularized car. In the year 1900, of the 4,192 cars produced in the United States, 28% of them were electric. And in 1903 electric cars outsold gasoline powered cars, representing about 1/3 of the cars found on the road in New York City, Boston, and Chicago.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Phone Sex Operators

Phone Sex
With Pictures!!!

“My first night was on a Saturday at midnight. It was a gentleman who I believe called himself Bob. He told me about his first experience with a glory hole. He explained that he had no one he felt comfortable telling this to, and I felt a strange intimacy between us, though it was rooted in a fantasy. I think it’s easier to release repressed desires to a non-judgmental, fictional person, because there are no consequences in the outside world.”

The Smurfs head to the big screen

The Smurfs
Classic children's cartoon characters The Smurfs are heading to the big screen for their 50th anniversary.

Studios Columbia and Sony have scooped the film rights to the original 1958 Belgian comic book series - which later became a TV show.

The as-yet-untitled film will combine live action and animation.

Cave where '70 beloved by God worshipped while Christ was alive' is found

33 AD to 70 AD
Jordan archaeologists have unearthed what could be the world's oldest church dating back 2,000 years.

Resembling scenes out of an Indiana Jones movie, scientists explored the underground cavern and discovered a cave underneath the church which they believe it is an even more ancient site of Christian worship than the church site above it.

Archaeologist Abdel-Qader Hussein, head of the Rihab Center for Archaeological Studies, Abdul Qader al-Husan told The Jordan Times:'We have uncovered what we believe to be the first church in the world, dating from 33 AD to 70 AD.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The 125 Healthiest Supermarket Foods in America

Eat This, Not That!
Ladies and gentlemen, rev your appetites—and steer your shopping carts toward the delicious staples of a healthy diet. We scoured the grocery aisles and chose the most reliable basics and the best secret ingredients that will improve your diet and take your cooking up a notch—all in one trip to the supermarket!

So click the items to the left to learn about the 125 best grocery foods. Find better breakfast choices, the best sandwich stackers, and the greatest fresh and frozen dinners. After stocking your kitchen with these mouth-watering foods, you'll never want to eat out again.

17 Classic Pop-Culture Beards and 'staches

As hirsute rockers ZZ Top release a new live DVD, we're serving up shots of whiskers -- see our favorite fuzz-ified faces

15 Secret Restaurant Swaps

Eat This, Not That!
See, the way you pick your favorite fixes—from burgers to banana splits—could help you make the transition from chubby to chiseled. In researching Eat This, Not That!, the best-selling book based on the popular column in Men's Health, we found that the most effective weight-loss strategy doesn’t require you to abandon the foods you love but simply to make better choices when selecting them. Do that and you’ll trade failed diets and wild weight fluctuations for healthy eating patterns and a lean, new you. And once you learn how it’s done, you can stay that way forever. Who wouldn’t make that swap?

Amazing Origami V-12 Four-Stroke Engine Runs on Pure Ingenuity

There are some DIY projects that are cool, some that are useful, and then there are others -- like the full-running Origami V-12 four-stroke engine -- that are simply awesome.

Built by a self-employed Montreal man named Yee, the Origami V-12 is a paper engine that pumps just like real engines (with the help of electrical wires, a resistor, a motor and a battery holder). It looks complicated because it is: One V-12 engine consists of 195 sheets of fine-printed patterns. From those sets, 1,978 pieces are used in total. And it only weighs 3.2 lbs when finished. This makes your 1,000-piece puzzle look like a piece of cake.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Man Likes Woman So Much He Marries Her
WELLTON, AZ—Henry Leighty, a 32-year-old Arizona native and insurance claims adjuster, reportedly had such a huge crush on his girlfriend, Stacy Tompkins, 29, that he just had to marry her in a small ceremony Sunday which he totally dreams about every night when he goes to bed.

The 10 Maddest, Baddest Daddies in Film

Jack Nicholson: Jack Torrance
Father figures can be inspiring and wonderful... but these guys are not. Take a look at Premiere's list of the worst fathers on the big screen, and then go hug your old man. Happy Father's Day!

6 Historic Figures That Were Celibate

Unlike most, some people chose a life of celibacy. They avoid marriage and having sex so they can focus on more important things - there is a famous Seinfeld episode about it. This is a look at 6 historic figures that became celibate at some point in their life. They either avoided marriage like the plague or completely cut sex out of their life as if it would give them leprosy.

10 Stunning Monuments Dedicated to Heroes: More Memorials From Around the World

Red Dragon of Wales
Be it war monuments or those dedicated to peace, memorials stand out from other structures man have built because of their unique and stunning appearance. With so much history behind one, standing in front of a gigantic memorial can be very awe inspiring as these masterworks of art and engineering are dedicated to those who fought and died for a better future. From all over the world, here are ten of the most impressive monuments dedicated to heroes.

Read This Post. Do Not Pass Go. Do Not Collect $200.

I love me a good game night. Monopoly gets pretty cut-throat when we’re at my in-laws – cheating bankers, people hiding money, my brother-in-law yelling at people about the free market. It’s a blast, actually. But I love the word games too – Scattergories is probably my favorite, but Catch Phrase is a good time. Especially if there’s alcohol involved. I’ve been itching for a good game night lately, so to satiate my urge until I can convince some friends to come over and be mercilessly beaten at Clue, here are a few facts about some of your favorite (at least, my favorite) games.

Monday, June 9, 2008

5 Things You Didn't Know: DNA

It's inside all of us, telling us how to behave, how to function and how to grow. It's your deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and it contains the genetic instructions that essentially make you who you are. Just in the last decade alone, our use and manipulation of DNA has skyrocketed. We now have genetically modified foods and microorganisms, genetic testing for disease and we even know the full sequence of the human genome -- all attributable to DNA. However, with such power comes controversy. Did you know that the human genome was almost commercialized? Well it was -- almost. Here’s a little more on that story, and a few other things you likely didn’t know about our double-helix friend, DNA.

Bust a Myth, Get a Benefit
Dr. Ornish sets us straight on common diet myths. Few subjects harbor more myths and misconceptions than nutrition. Some of the most common:

Summer Beers

A new season calls for a new wardrobe—and a new brew. Lighter, crisper, and typically lower in alcohol so you can drink 'em all afternoon and stay upright, the best summer beers are custom-tailored for warmer weather. And there are more of them out there than ever.

Computer Literacy Tests: Are You Human?

Every web surfer, in the course of his or her browsing, has been forced to stop and perform this weird little task: look at a picture of some wavy, ghostly, distorted letters and type them into a box. Sometimes you flub it and have to retype the letters, but otherwise you don't think about it much. That string of letters has a name; it's called a CAPTCHA. And it's a test. By correctly transcribing it, you have proved to the computer that you are a human being.