The Ig Nobel Prizes, which takes the mickey out of the real Nobel Prizes as genuine Nobel laureates present awards to those who have made the most banal breakthroughs in the world, is a brilliant, brilliant — and did we say ‘brilliant’? — affair. This year’s Probability Prize, for instance, deservingly went to a team […]
Whoah, what is this? If it doesn’t smell fishy, it must at least smell like fish poop. Not that you’d find an option to ship that, though on Shit Senders, which allows you to order fresh dung (choose from the fine produce of cows, elephants, gorillas — or make a combo shit pack) and send it to the vile company you keep.
November is fast approaching, which means one thing; it’s about to be Movember in Melbourne. Urchin Associates is spearheading a creative new campaign called Generation Moustache, or Gen Mo, to raise awareness for men’s health by growing (or supporting) a moustache. This new campaign will be revealed at movember.com and across a variety of platforms […]
Back in 2011, I undertook two ‘a-day’ type projects. Each day I drew a picture, and each day I wrote a haiku. I then posted them to my Tumblr so if I stopped doing it, I would be embarrassed publicly (assuming anyone was reading). This year-long moment in time got a write up on Lost […]
‘They spread their hands apart, looking sorrowful’, so goes a line in The Snack Thief. In the accompanying notes to the novel, Andrea Camilleri went on to explain helpfully that this gesture ‘expresses helplessness and resignation to fate’ and is often used by Italian Americans, including Al Pacino in many movies. Which then made us realize that Al Pacino really is the spitting image of cinematic sadness.
Cats love milk, and two years ago, milk brand Cravendale decided to give our furry friends a hand — er, we mean thumbs — so they can get to the good stuff themselves instead of having to wait around for their milk. Naturally, this spun an equally hilarious series online of Tim Curry-narrated clips that […]
We wish making beer straight from our guts was a sign of evolution and that we are all turning into super beings who produce what we consume — but no, auto-brewery syndrome (or gut fermentation syndrome) is really a health ailment. Barabara Cordell, the dean of nursing at Carthage’s Panola College, and Lubbock-based gastroenterologist Justin […]
Now this is truly a dream job for the new age: lie in bed for 70 days at NASA’s state-of-the-art bed rest facility of its Flight Analogs Research Unit in Galveston, Texas and get paid. While it sounds a lot less desirable once you find out the real purpose of the study — it will […]
Two thousand newly digitized documents of Ernest Hemingway’s personal papers in Cuba (where he lived from 1939 to 1960) recently made their way to Boston’s John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum — among which were ‘instructions to the household staff, including how to prepare his hamburgers: ground beef, onions, garlic, India relish, and capers, […]
Yes, it’s true. UK’s Chessington World of Adventures Resort has hired Animal Print Bouncers to shoo visitors away from entering its premises with animal prints on — or cover up the offensive attire with a grey boiler suit. Apparently, ever since Chessington introduced a safari-style tour that lets visitors get close to the animals, its […]
A bunch of declassified documents from the CIA’s Science and Technology Directorate released 12 years ago revealed that the CIA tried to use cats to spy on the Kremlin during the Cold War. One such exercise involved wiring a cat, Acoustic Kitty, so he could perform his eavesdropping duties by listening in to secret conversations from window sills, park benches or dustbins.
US-based Japanese blogger Ryoko Iwata, who read an article by fellow blogger Mikael Cho about how coffee and beer affects brains, was inspired enough to create this infographic for the rest of us who are too lazy to read the whole damn thing. Fun fact: caffeine helps with focus while alcohol helps you get these ‘aha’ moments.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota have proven what we’ve known all along: folks with messy desks tend to be more creative. Three experiments were conducted, one of which stuck people in two environments, one neat and one grubby. The people in the grubby room were more likely to choose new stuff compared to their counterparts in the neat room — and we all know trying new things drives creativity.
Let’s face it. The vast majority of creative people (artists, musicians, writers, etc.) will never make it so big that their creative output earns enough money to pays their bills. I think that creativity thrives within limits, so maybe that’s not a bad thing, but a key problem still remains: how do you pay your […]