"Terrifying footage shows what it is like to be eaten by a bear." Trigger warning, I guess, if you've been eaten by a bear before.
"Meet three young women who want to teach our repressed society how to explore its relationship with death."
This being the day on which Erik Satie was born way back in 1866, let's take a couple moments to listen to a few of his compositions. If you're at work put on some headphones, and wherever you are free yourself of all distractions, and let these wash over you for a short while. You will feel calmed, refreshed and ready to face the rest of the day. And then? Weekend! Everybody wins.
"Silvio Berlusconi’s private disco featured women dressed not just as sexy nuns and nurses but also as President Barack Obama and a prominent Milan prosecutor the former Italian premier has accused of persecuting him."
"A homeless man who achieved brief Internet fame for disrupting a California attack with his hatchet was arrested and charged with homicide on Thursday in the killing of a New Jersey attorney found bludgeoned to death in his home, officials said. Police arrested Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 24, known as 'Kai the Hitchhiker,' at a bus terminal in Philadelphia, Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said…. The day after the killing, McGillvary met up with 'fans' in southern New Jersey and told them he was on his way to Philadelphia, the prosecutor's office said."
"When her amorous advances were repeatedly rejected by her live-in boyfriend, Krystle Harrison allegedly 'bit his penis' in retaliation, police allege."
As a man of a certain age, every now and again I wonder if Grit still exists. Turns out it does! It's a funny old world.
"By zapping the brain during mathematical lessons, scientists have improved students’ numerical skills by a third. Not only did the participants become quicker when calculating figures in their head, they also learned their arithmetic up to five times faster."
14. Obviously 5 Believers
13. Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine
12. Temporary Like Achilles
11. Pledging My Time
10. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
9. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
8. Just Like A Woman
7. Absolutely Sweet Marie
6. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)
"For some reason when you go to a restaurant and they have a kale salad on the menu, you automatically accept that it’s a cool spot."
What are the most difficult emotions to fake? The answers may surprise you. Unless you said "surprise." Because that's one of them.
Does the world need another cover of this David Bowie classic? Sure, why the hell not. [Via]
Writer/performer Victoria Davey Spelling turns 40 today. All my copies of her work are at the library in the summer house, so instead of giving you some of the more poignant excerpts from Uncharted TerriTori ("Having it all isn’t always easy—especially when you’re a perfectionist—but with the help of her unconventional family and friends, an underwear-clad spiritual cleansing or two, and faith in herself, she’s learning to find her happy ending. Because when you’re Tori Spelling, every day brings uncharted terriTORI") we will instead have to pay tribute by watching this collection of some of the choice dramatic moments from her pivotal role as Donna Martin on "Beverly Hills [...]
"Although the notion of listening to music to improve mood may not come as a surprise, researchers at the University of Missouri found that an individual can indeed successfully try to be happier, especially when cheery music aids the process." Coming hot on the heels of yesterday's revelation that sad music helps sad people feel happy, the question is obvious: Is there any kind of music that won't bring you joy? Insert Skrillex joke here!
"Scientists have finally succeeded in using cloning to create human embryonic stem cells, a step toward developing replacement tissue to treat diseases but one that might also hasten the day when it will be possible to create cloned babies." —Who are we going to clone first? Einstein? Mandela? Nicki Minaj? It's wide open!
"Current marijuana users had significantly smaller waist circumference than participants who had never used marijuana, even after adjusting for factors like age, sex, tobacco and alcohol use, and physical activity levels. They also had higher levels of HDL ('good cholesterol'). The most significant differences between those who smoked marijuana and those who never or no longer did was that current smokers' insulin levels were reduced by 16 percent and their insulin resistance (a condition in which the body has trouble absorbing glucose from the bloodstream) was reduced by 17 percent."
Solid power pop, nice build to the finish, and a happy ending? I'm there. [Via]