"When you are a young person just out of college, you don’t necessarily want to just read the New York Times or Huffington Post." —Young persons, is this true?
"To better understand Star Trek’s allure, I conducted a lengthy online survey of fans during the first three months of 2011, receiving 1,444 completed questionnaires… It wasn’t surprising, for instance, to find that fans often used words such as 'optimism,' 'hopeful' and 'positive' to describe why they like Star Trek, that they praised the franchise’s celebration of science and technology, or that they enjoyed the idea of a society without poverty or racial tension. Many invoked the famously inclusive vision of 'Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations' or cited story lines that engaged social issues or probed philosophical questions. One common refrain was less obvious. For many viewers, it turns out, [...]
"The H7N9 bird flu virus can be transmitted not only through close contact but by airborne exposure, a team at the University of Hong Kong found after extensive laboratory experiments." Anything else? "'We also found that the virus can infect pigs, which was not previously known.'"
If you are drinking at a TGI Friday's in Jersey you are probably better off sticking with the well brands. Also, if you are drinking at a TGI Friday's in Jersey you probably did something really, really terrible in a previous life, because that is like set-fire-to-an-orphanage karma right there. [Via]
How old is Britain's youngest football hooligan? The answer may surprise you.
Screw floods and other weather disasters, how is global warming going to change the way wine is made?
"These fun pictures, taken by a host of photographers, show animals seeming to have a good laugh."
“For 1,000 square feet [of outdoor space], typically you need to be ready to spend $100,000, minimum." —Are YOU ready?
You know, if someone is going to try to pull the "cold soup" scam on you they may as well do the honorable thing and add some booze to it.
"Prague will soon play the role of matchmaker by introducing dating cars on the Czech Republic's only metro. With brief average ride times of about five minutes, though, can Cupid's arrow strike where it is needed?"
"To adults, services like Facebook that may seem “private” because you can use privacy tools, but they don’t feel that way to youth who feel like their privacy is invaded on a daily basis. (This, btw, is part of why teens feel like Twitter is more intimate than Facebook. And why you see data like Pew’s that show that teens on Facebook have, on average 300 friends while, on Twitter, they have 79 friends.) Most teens aren’t worried about strangers; their worried about getting into trouble."
"Greek yogurt is a booming $2 billion a year industry — and it's producing millions of pounds of waste that industry insiders are scrambling to figure out what to do with."
If you started off your day in a state of depression because of that bear-milking story, hang on:"A bear is wandering through a residential area Wednesday morning in Sun Valley. The bear has been climbing fences and roaming through residences' back yards. The bear surprised two horses as it emerged from one backyard, then walked through another corral with three horses a few blocks away." I am not sure yet how this whole thing will play out, but it has got to end better than "caged bear getting liver drained for medicine." I mean, right? This week has been pretty rough already, I don't know if I [...]
"When I become mayor, you know what I’m going to spend my first year doing? I’m going to have a bunch of ribbon-cuttings tearing out your [expletive] bike lanes." —Anthony Weiner to Mike Bloomberg, June 2, 2010
"Come January 1st, when I am out of office, I am going to destroy your f–king industry." —Mike Bloomberg to Taxi Club Management CEO Gene Freidman, May 16, 2013
"Go fuck yourself." —Christine Quinn, lots of times probably
If am somehow conscious while it is happening, I think my first thought when I am about to die will be, "Jesus, finally." But I'm pretty sure my second thought will be, "What an idiot," no matter what the circumstances. Hopefully there won't be time for a third thought.
Is this the world's tallest rooster? Sure, why the hell not.
"Before I had to be on a flight at least twice a week for work, I’d rather have stared quietly at the seatback in front of me for two hours than muster up the enthusiasm to get anything productive done on an airplane. Now that I’m racking up frequent flyer miles, it’s become a priority for me to treat the tray table as an extension of my office and it isn’t always easy. Here are a few tips to keep you on task, because its way more fun to enjoy happy hour at your destination than it is to finally finish that spreadsheet you’ve been putting off."
"A new study suggests that people with left-brain dominance tend to listen to their mobile phones with their right ear, and vice-versa."