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Ah, the old beer-tapping prank: One strong hit on the top of an open beer bottle, and poof! Your IPA explodes into a brewski volcano. This phenomenon has been a long-standing puzzle in beer science — until now.
By: Bubba | Nov 26th, 2013 (3:35 PM)
After perusing the output of some of the finest brains in the therapy profession, I’ve come to the conclusion that misery is an art form, and the satisfaction people seem to find in it reflects the creative effort required to cultivate it. In other words, when your living conditions are stable, peaceful, and prosperous—no civil wars raging in your streets, no mass hunger, no epidemic disease, no vexation from poverty—making yourself miserable is a craft all its own, requiring imagination, vision, and ingenuity. It can even give life a distinctive meaning.
By: Bubba | Nov 20th, 2013 (4:38 PM)
In the 1960s, scientists discovered a new form of water. How did they get it so wrong?
By: SpunOne | Nov 9th, 2013 (9:55 PM)
I'm a fan of following people that go on impossible expeditions and blog about it during the journey. Following them via RSS is especially handy since the updates can sometimes be infrequent.
Up first, The Scott Expedition is a 1,800 mile, four month unsupported return journey from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.
I've also been following the Out of Eden Walk, a 7 year trip retracing on foot our ancestors' 21,000 mile migration out of Africa and across the globe.
Have anything similar you're following? Let us know in the comments.
By: SpunOne | Nov 2nd, 2013 (9:26 AM)
After years of will they or won't they, the FAA has finally given permission for airlines to allow passengers to use personal electronics for the entirety of their flights. Translation: You don't have to shut down your phone anymore. Finally.
By: Bubba | Oct 31st, 2013 (4:20 PM)
I went through first 52 years of the SSA records and pulled out some of the best boy and girl names from the 900 to 1,000 range for each year. Together, they make for great couples.
By: Bubba | Oct 24th, 2013 (4:27 PM)
This video shows the changing front lines of the European Theater of World War II every day from the German invasion of Poland to the surrender of Germany.
"This is a map created by Josh Stevens displaying the 3,313 North American Bigfoot sightings collected by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization in the last 92-years. It's crazy to think that behind every single one of those little purplish dots there's either a liar, crazy person, or someone who refuses to admit they need eyeglasses."
A group of University of Pennsylvania researchers who analyzed the Facebook status updates of 75,000 volunteers have found an entirely different way to analyze human personality, according to a new study published in PLOS One. The volunteers completed a common personality questionnaire through a Facebook application and made their Facebook status updates available so that researchers could find linguistic patterns in the language.
By: Bubba | Oct 2nd, 2013 (4:26 PM)
In which John discusses the complicated reasons why the United States spends so much more on health care than any other country in the world, and along the way reveals some surprising information, including that Americans spend more of their tax dollars on public health care than people in Canada, the UK, or Australia. Who's at fault? Insurance companies? Drug companies? Malpractice lawyers? Hospitals? Or is it more complicated than a simple blame game? (Hint: It's that one.)
By: Bubba | Sep 17th, 2013 (5:45 PM)
Tracking the number of Shaq's in college basketball over the years. Now that we're 20 years out from when Shaq entered the league, there's more than ever.
By: SpunOne | Sep 17th, 2013 (3:30 PM)
Probably the most controversial and rejected position we have at Fix the Family is that parents should not send their daughters to college. It is even more vehemently opposed than the submission of wives to their husbands. Both of these positions we have are a threat to the trophies of the feminist agenda, so the rejection we receive is always emotionally charged and ends up insulting, since once explained logically, the opposition runs out of substance and is only left to hurl insults and presume and misconstrue this practical wisdom into some chauvinistic evil.
By: Bubba | Sep 16th, 2013 (10:34 PM)
We have gathered a great and informative selection of infographical maps that they should’ve shown us at school: every single one of these maps reveals different fun and interesting facts, which can actually help you draw some pretty interesting conclusions.
Some repeats, but also some new ones. Enjoy!
By: Bubba | Sep 16th, 2013 (10:15 PM) | Thanks: FakeWorest
Last year, a pair of researchers from Duke University published a report with a bold title: “The End of the Segregated Century.” U.S. cities, the authors concluded, were less segregated in 2012 than they had been at any point since 1910. But less segregated does not necessarily mean integrated–something this incredible map makes clear in vivd color.
Julia Child famously said that fat carries flavor, but perhaps instead we should give thanks to 4-methylpentanoic acid. Unique combinations of such chemical compounds give foods their characteristic flavors. Science-minded chefs have gone so far as to suggest that seemingly incongruous ingredients—chocolate and blue cheese, for example—will taste great together as long as they have enough flavor compounds in common. Scientists recently put this hypothesis to the test by creating a flavor map, a variant of which we have reproduced here.
A bit wordy, so the author must be a pretentious prick.
Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled “40 maps they didn’t teach you in school,” one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to contribute our own collection. Some of these are pretty nerdy, but I think they’re no less fascinating and easily understandable. A majority are original to this blog, with others from a variety of sources. I’ve included a link for further reading on close to every one.
One of the things about humans is that they die sometimes, and one of the things humans pay a lot of attention to is other people dying. We do a pretty good job of distracting ourselves from the whole "I'm gonna die one day" thing, but the fixation is there, underneath the surface, and one way it shows through is how riveted we are by other people's deaths.
A T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan IT DON’T GITMO BETTER THAN THIS is perhaps the definitive physical manifestation of globalization. Sewn in Honduras and sold by Jamaican contractors on land rented from Cuba, the shirt celebrates an American prison holding Muslims who’ve been declared enemies in the war on terror.
By: SpunOne | Jul 31st, 2013 (7:44 PM)
Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth, answers the popular question 'what do blind people find attractive?'
Artist Nickolay Lamm used CDC measurements of an average 19-year-old woman to create a 3-D model, which he photographed next to a standard Barbie doll.
By: Bubba | Jul 17th, 2013 (5:26 PM) | Thanks: Unwield yWeapon
The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) has created a list to show the approximate time you need to learn a specific language as an English speaker.
By: Bubba | Jul 15th, 2013 (2:18 PM) | Thanks: CrispyCroissant
A quick guide for the guys.
By: SpunOne | Jul 8th, 2013 (6:52 PM)
John Hess traces the evolution of the screen shape from the silent film days through the widescreen explosion of the 50s, to the aspect ratio of modern digital cameras.
By: Bubba | Jun 27th, 2013 (11:56 PM)
"Don't try to fix it. I just need you to listen." Every man has heard these words. And they are the law of the land. No matter what.
By: Bubba | Jun 15th, 2013 (10:54 PM) | Thanks: FakeWorest
At long last, a lawsuit attempting to bring "Happy Birthday" into the public domain.
By: SpunOne | Jun 14th, 2013 (7:10 PM)
Joshua Katz, a Ph. D student in statistics at North Carolina State University, just published a group of awesome visualizations of Professor Bert Voux's linguistic survey, that looked at how Americans pronounce words.
By: Bubba | Jun 5th, 2013 (4:55 PM)
Designer Ruben van der Vleuten was curious about the shipping process, so he did what anyone would do. He installed a camera in a cardboard box and shipped it to himself. A time-lapse video of the package's journey.
Who among you haven’t wondered how many dried tears it would take to fill a salt shaker or how long it would take to sip an Olympic-sized pool through a straw? Doubtless, you’re similarly inclined to have contemplated the size of the screen that could be made if the displays were ripped out of every iPhone ever sold and combined into a single colossus.