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CURIOUS TIMES MAY 21 EDITION

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POP PERFECTION

Some nut on the Web has declared that the perfect length for a pop tune is two minutes and 42 seconds. Songs under two minutes are definitely too short, writes Joshua Allen, calling them "songs that just take up space there on the LP, a fragment that no one bothered to make work." Songs over three minutes have even bigger problems: "Three minutes is where bloat starts to set in. Where the band thinks: Hey, let's do the chorus seven times. Hey, let's give the saxophone guy a real moment to shine on this one." So what clocks in at the perfect length of 2:42? "There She Goes" by the La's, "Don't Do Me Like That" by Tom Petty, "Divine Hammer" by the Breeders, "Helplessly Hoping" by Crosby, Stills & Nash, "Get Up" by R.E.M., "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas, "This Charming Man" by the Smiths, and "Lovely Rita" by the Beatles. Download his 12 perfect 2:42 songs at TheMorningNews.org.

MONEY FOR NOTHING

If you've ever wished you could get paid for doing absolutely nothing, get your lazy ass down to the NASA Human Test Subject Facility in Houston, Texas, where they will pay you a big fat payday of $17,000 to lie in bed for 90 straight days. This torturously dull experiment will allow scientists to study the effects of micro-gravity on the human body and will require you to lie down with your head slightly tilted downward 24 hours a day except for very brief breaks in some of the tests. (Wired Blog)

TOYS FOR THE RICH AND BORED

While the American company Thunderbolt Aerosystems gets ready to sell the first personal jet pack next month (get yours for $90,000 at Thunderman.net), the Mexican firm Technologia Aeroespacial Mexicana has almost perfected the world's first strap-on helicopter. Billed as the lightest helicopter in the world, the Libelula is powered by two tiny hydrogen rockets and can be strapped onto a person with a carbon fiber corset. Check it out at Tecaeromex.com.

SINGLE-HANDEDLY SOLVING UNEMPLOYMENT IN NIGERIA

According to the technodorks, this month marks the 30th anniversary of the very first spam e-mail ever sent, a sales letter from a marketer named Gary Thuerk to promote a product presentation given by his company Digital Equipment Corporation. These days Thuerk helps out companies who fight spammers, but he doesn't accept the blame for the modern plague of junk e-mail. "If the airline loses your luggage do you blame the Wright brothers?" he asks. (Tech.Yahoo.com)

YOU HAVE SPAM!

Speaking of spam, here's one from the usually empty "poetic justice" department: According to Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates is probably the most spammed person in the world, receiving over 4 million e-mails every day.

THE REAL REASON MEN LOVE STUPID WOMEN

A survey of 2,000 women between the ages of 18 and 49 found that the more educated a woman is the harder it is for her to have an orgasm. The German researchers concluded that smart women are too busy thinking to relax long enough to really enjoy sex. According to the stats, 62 percent of university-educated women said they often have problems achieving orgasm compared to only 38 percent of less educated women. (TheSun.co.uk)

DROP OUT OF COLLEGE

Another German researcher from the Hamburg Medical Research Institute claims that regular sex makes people more intelligent. According to his research, increased amounts of adrenaline and cortisol hormones stimulate the brain during sex, potentially increasing your intelligence, while an added injection of endorphins and serotonin during an orgasm helps strengthens self confidence. (Iol.co.za)

SMELL THE NAPALM

You can now order the "Dangerbomb" alarm clock that looks like a ticking time bomb and gives you about three minutes to get out of bed and deactivate it before it really rattles your brain with a disturbingly loud fake explosion. Get yours at To-conne.co.jp/trd/

INTERNET FACT OF THE WEEK

The smell of cat urine acts as an aphrodisiac for mice.

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