ANOTHER DOOMSDAY ALERT
The cheery folks who run the "Doomsday Clock" have moved the hands of the clock forward two minutes and placed humanity at about five minutes to midnight (with midnight, of course, symbolizing the end of the world as we know it). The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) first came up with the fun idea in 1947, and since that time has moved the hands of the clock back and forth in response to world events. The last time the clock moved closer to doomsday was in 2002 after the events of 9/11. This time, the BAS expressed concern over two potential sources of catastrophe: the increasing dangers from the spread of nuclear weapons and the potential of increased chaos due to climate change (including the increased risk of disaster due to the expansion of nuclear power as an energy source). The closest the clock has ever come to midnight was following hydrogen bomb tests by the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. in 1953, when the clock was set to two minutes to doomsday. (TheBulletin.org)
ANIMALS PLUS VALIUM EQUALS DINNER
Experts in the field of genetically modified animals and bio-engineered clones have warned that the next step in their science will be to create "zombie" animals, which will be completely oblivious to the harsh surroundings of the factory farms in which they are bred. Professor Ben Mephan of Nottingham University, former member of England's Agriculture, Environment Biotechnology Commission, warned that the impact of the new breed of "farmyard freaks" could be huge. He claimed that GM scientists are currently trying to develop ways in which to remove the stress and aggression genes from animals such as cows, pigs and chickens in order to turn them into "complacent zombies," which would be unable to feel the suffering of normal farm animals on their way to slaughter. (The Daily Mail)
An EXCUSE NEXT TIME YOU GET CAUGHT SHOPLIFTING
Ever heard of "Anarchic Hand?" Sounds cool, but you probably don't want it. Only 40 cases of this condition have been documented, in which one hand seems to have a will of its own and "argues" with the other hand about things like which TV channel to watch or what to eat. Sergio Della Salla, professor of neuropsychology at the University of Aberdeen, UK, has started to study this phenomenon in relation to our ideas of free will. "The patients are aware of the bizarre and potentially hazardous behavior of their hand but have great difficulty inhibiting it," he says. "They often refer to the feeling that one of their hands behaves as if it has its own will but never deny that this capricious hand is part of their own body."
I can't figure out if this is for people who love fish or hate them ... either way, you can now buy a toilet tank that doubles as a see-through aquarium so that your pet fish can watch you take a dump. Plus, when they die, it's just a very short trip to the graveyard. Check it out at FishnFlush.com.
ALWAYS BE NICE TO PEOPLE WHO PUT SHARP OBJECTS IN YOUR MOUTH
Our first (and hopefully last) contestant in the Worst Dentist of 2007 competition is England's Dr. David Quelch (well, he used to be a doctor), who was found guilty of serious professional misconduct after extracting two teeth from an 87-year-old woman against her will and without anaesthetic. The worst part is that the extractions were completely unnecessary and only done as revenge after the patient complained about a previous visit to the dentist. According to her testimony, the dentist shouted, "That'll teach you to complain to the doctor about me," after pulling a second tooth out of her head, leaving her bleeding profusely and in excruciating pain. (The Telegraph)
I'LL WRITE A HEADLINE LATER
A study on procrastination by a Canadian professor has finally been released five years after it was supposed to be complete. And the ground-breaking news, which took 10 years to discover, is that more people procrastinate then ever before due to the many more distractions we all have available to delay work. Incredibly insightful, isn't it? (CNN)
I-READ-IT-ON-THE-INTERNET-SO-IT-MUST-BE-TRUE FACT OF THE WEEK
$4.8 million will buy most people everything they think they will need in order to be happy.
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