Texting bans for drivers increases crash rate, US... →
Lund said that the increased crash rates were due to drivers responding to the ban by moving their phones lower down and out of sight when they sent a text — increasing the risk of a crash because their eyes are diverted further from the road and for a longer time.
Time Moves Faster Upstairs, Confirming Einstein's... →
Nearly a century ago, Albert Einstein suggested that time should move faster the farther away you are from the surface of the Earth. Now scientists have tested this theory at the small distances we travel up and down every day. Using the world’s most precise clocks, they confirmed that our wristwatches tick at a slightly different speed when we ride an elevator, climb a flight of stairs, or...
I Married a Mad Man →
In the 1960s, Draper Daniels was something of a legendary character in American advertising. As the creative head of Leo Burnett in Chicago in the 1950s, he had fathered the Marlboro Man campaign, among others, and become known as one of the top idea men in the business. He was also a bit of a maverick. Matthew Weiner, the producer of the television show Mad Men (and previously producer and...
MichaelWesten Reddit novelty account →
I just named this Best Reddit Novelty Account of the Year. And September isn’t even over yet.
Joyce: why did you need bloodwork today?
me: Routine followup.
me: Cholesterol for the most part.
me: But if you're really interested, this is my first test since my doctor told me I was Vitamin D deficient and put me on 2,000IUs/day.
Joyce: get more sun
me: I bought a car with a retractable roof. I have run out of ways to get more sun.
Those who viewed the chili alone rated it as averaging 699 calories. By...– Nudge blog · A fast food marketing trick waiting to happen (via slantback)
I’ve never understood why it’s greed to want to keep money you’ve earned but not...– Thomas Sowell (via thedailyfiona:iambal)
Benjaman Kyle →
Around 6 a.m. on August 31, 2004, a man now living under the name Benjaman Kyle was discovered behind a Burger King at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Hwy 17 in Richmond Hill, Georgia. He was found by the managers of the restaurant lying on the ground inside the stone wall enclosing the Burger King dumpsters, in a space between the dumpsters that is accessed by a walk-through used for...
New Meadowlands Stadium Change Over Time-Lapse
Self-Aware Traffic Light System Could Cut Delays →
Two European researchers, Stefan Lämmer and Dirk Helbing, believe they may have a solution to those daily incandescent delays, though, with a “system of self-organizing traffic lights.” The human-less system, which would purportedly cut delay times by as much as 10-to-30-percent, relies on sensors that recognize and analyze traffic conditions. The sensors subsequently dispatch that...
A Serious Culinary Journey →
I got featured on the Odenton Patch!
Typecasting: The use and misuse of period... →
Without answering, I handed the telephone to the applicant, and sat down. Then...– Mark Twain’s first impressions of the telephone. From “A Telephonic Conversation,” The Atlantic, July 1880 (via theatlantic)
Chipotle Grill’s Secret Ingredient: Obsession →
Two years ago, [Chipotle CEO Steve Ells] was a man who worried about exactly how the oregano in the burrito was chopped. “They were washing it and not drying it –- so when they chopped it, it was clumpy,” he told me. “This is wrong! We need it to be dry and fluffy when you chop it. So we put together a drying procedure.” Could the customer tell the difference, I asked. “Probably not. But if you do...
Jon Hamm: The Last Alpha Male →
Hamm’s high-school girlfriend’s older brother’s college roommate was an eager actor named Paul Rudd. Hamm fell in with Rudd and his gang and visited them in L.A. in 1992, crashing in their North Hollywood apartment during the spring break of his junior year. He came out for good in 1995. “At a certain point,” he says, “I figured I was way too far down the line...
Along With Headaches, Tylenol Also Eases Pain of... →
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, seems to help soothe emotional pain, as well the physical variety. University of Kentucky researchers conducted a study in which adults took regular doses of Tylenol for three weeks. In one experiment, participants were asked to list each time they suffered social rejection over that time period; in another, they had their brain scanned during...
An Animated History of Control of the Middle East →
MeatCards - Business Cards Made of Meat and... →
These are the original and one-and-only laser etched beef jerky business cards! Why do you need your contact info seared into dried beef with a laser? Well…
How good are we at estimating other people's... →
psychotherapy: Sloshed, trollied, hammered, plastered. We’ve done a sterling job of inventing words for the inebriated state, but when it comes to judging from their behaviour how much a person has drunk, we could do (a lot) better. That’s according to a review of the literature by US psychologist Steve Rubenzer. We all have our trusted indices for judging other people’s drunkenness. Perhaps...