Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever
The Illuminati were amateurs. The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy: There's no price the big banks can't fix
stuff. Here's two to get you started:
Calling from the grave - If you ever felt slightly claustrophobic using a traditional BT telephone kiosk, this might be down to its unique architectural history – the design of the UK’s world famous red telephone boxes was inspired by a nineteenth century tomb.
Mass trespass - The Duke of Devonshire’s gamekeepers were on high alert. A left-wing group had been agitating in the Derbyshire village of Hayfield, threatening to “take action to open up the fine country at present denied us.” Their target was Kinder Scout, part of the Duke’s extensive moorland estate in the Peak District. But if they wanted to trespass on His Grace’s land, they would have to get past the gamekeepers.
It is worth overcoming your hatred of lists, your dislike of the word "lifehack," and your distaste of ugly tumblr sites to scroll through the rather revelatory 99 Life Hacks
. Highlights include: using a dustpan
to fill containers, dental floss to cut cheese and cake
, using drink tabs to hold straws
, charging phones at hotels using the TV
, filtering for spam the easy way
, keeping your zipper up
on your pants, filtering
microwave popcorn, and the secret to locating highway exits
. I can't believe I never knew that one...
We decided to have a little fun with the app and see how many fake followers vocal celebrities on Twitter have.
"Earlier this week we discovered Status Group's new app that allows users to find out how many fake Twitter followers you and your friends have.
We decided to have a little fun with the app and see how many fake followers vocal celebrities on Twitter have."
Safety nets: hammocks or trampolines?
Academic James Wimberley argues that the supposedly entrepreneurial USA fares poorly on business startups, and attributes this to the relative absence of a comprehensive social safety net.(via)
Did you know that two guys once flew a Cessna for 64 days, without landing? They apparently
refuelled from a moving pickup truck with a hose
. Did you also know of the monks from Mt. Hiei, Japan who run 900 marathons in 6 years? To qualify, they do 30 km. a day for 100 consecutive days
. I did not know these things when I woke up on Friday, but Now I Know
. [more inside]
Amazing dance animation.
Ryan Woodward submitted this to Sundance Film Festival. Sad that they didn't accept it because it really is beautiful.
is a blog by Jon Rafman
, featuring a collection of interesting images found on Google StreetView.
The Sunday Magazine
- Every Friday, David Friedman (of Ironic Sans
) posts the most interesting articles from the New York Times Sunday Magazine from 100 years ago that weekend. [more inside]
Meet The Lady
: A tumblr blog of ladies you may want to meet. No captions. No explanations. Possibly NSFW..[via mefi projects
SLYT There isn't really much else to say... a game, a city bus simulator game. Peaceful and scary...
What happens if you post a letter using coins instead of stamps?
Edo Photo Generator. Use this ancient photo generator (in JP, but a cinch to use) to give your photos that certain Edo look.
Via C. Buddha's Hasty Musings
Positive self-deception is a normal
In 1988, psychologists Shelly Taylor and Jonathon Brown published an article making the somewhat disturbing claim that positive self-deception is a normal and beneficial part of most people’s everyday outlook.
Boy is this cool.
Mostly useless, completely awesome. Try flying.
How's the weather? Is it polluted? Do you have plenty of rainforests? Send someone a Geography Information Postcard
and tell them about where you live by filling out infographics. (via)
Oodles of past and current interviews with both living
celebrities and interesting nobodies
over at the support website
for Andrew Denton's Australian television show Enough Rope
. You will find video excerpts, some full interviews as audio downloads (the more recent ones), and lots of transcripts.
The Interweb Medley!!
What happens when you mix up some of the more well-known Internet memes around? Madness.
Spanish Castle Magic.
Stare at the dot in the center of the image for 30 seconds, then mouseover the picture. Don't shift your glance, because until you do the picture will appear to be in color, despite the fact that it's in black & white.
Just when you thought you'd seen all that the Internet had to offer: Um, here's some lovely
, haunting x-ray porn
. Yeah, it's art
, but it's still probably NSFW. [MI]
Very interesting pictures of food represented as something else - pie tins as ice skating rinks, donut cycling rings, and mining for watermelon seeds.
The Musical Listening test
is harder than it sounds, no pun intended. Hosted at the University of Newcastle at Tyne
, it is a study of musical perception in the general population. Listen to two short melodic phrases and decide if they are the same or different.
Using typography as comic art. Portuguese version
by the same creator.
Meet the Robocoaster
- The Robocoaster is a variation on the robot arms which are used in factories to build cars. By adding seats, designers have turned a functional machine into the fastest, most unpredictable ride you'll ever take. It can be self programmed to travel in millions of movement combinations. No ride will ever be the same. Video (Flash) 1
. Via Beyond Tomorrow
Imagine rocking down to the shops on this thing.
The Wheelsurf is a motorised monocycle powered by a chainsaw engine. Designed by Brazilian engineer Tito Lucas Ott, the rider sits inside the turning wheel, and steers by leaning the whole machine into corners – hence 'surfing'. The wheelsurfer takes practice to master and you need to be relatively well coordinated. Weight distribution, body balancing and throttle all play a part in a successful ride. See images
. Via Beyond Tomorrow
Learn to love cannibals
, hear from a cat about pet diets
, discover some facts about bottled water
, or create your own tornado
(flying cow included) ... all this and more at the Why Files
San Francisco’s Terra Infirma
and other Interesting Things of the Day
. Putting the muse back in museum
was another that struck me with its focus on unconventionally-themed museums, reminiscent of the roadside attractions in Gaiman
's American Gods
. Audio feeds
of recent articles are available, and well read, but it seems that most of the clips are intended to become available by subscription-only. Regardless, many of the past year's articles
make for fascinating reads. (via bsag
Matthias Wandel's Home page
is reminiscent of an earlier time in the online world. It's a homepage in the pre-weblog sense, and it's full of the sort of interesting things that made me excited about the Internet in the first place. From marble machines that can divide by six
to homemade pipe organs
and the story of his dad's old sawmill
, there is almost nothing on the site that fails to be interesting.
How Culture Molds Habits
is a fascinating article. Read this article, tally another point for nurture. I've long thought this was true, but Nisbett's supposedly gathered rather a lot of data proving it is so. The article raises some interesting parts of the study, but I think the ramifications bear some considering. I'd be interested in reading the full study when it's published, but I haven't a clue where to get the Psychological Review.
And can you imagine what the advertising execs will do with this stuff? Ads tailored to the way you think. Wheee. It does, of course, raise some fun questions about religion and politics.