YOU COULD LIVE FOREVER AND WE STILL WON'T HAVE MOVING SIDEWALKS
If you're still pessimistic about the future, check out the books of Dr. Ray Kurzweil, a scientist/futurist whose predictions about technology have been coming true since the beginning of the computer age. At the World Science Festival in New York, he predicted that within five years, solar power will be competitive, and within 20 years, all energy will come from clean sources. Kurzweil said in 15 years, life expectancy will rise faster than you are aging, which means you may, in theory, be able to use future technology to live for hundreds of years all the while benefiting from cool new toys that have yet to be invented. (NY Times)
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS MONSTER REWARDS
OK kids, time to go monster hunting and earn your fortune. A new marketing gimmick from binocular manufacturer Bushnell and Field & Stream magazine is offering a $1 million reward to anyone who can prove the existence of Sasquatch/Bigfoot/Yeti. It warns that they will not be liable for any injuries you might suffer during a Bigfoot attack. The official rules ask for "an unaltered photograph/video, verified and substantiated by a panel of scientific experts including a zoologist and biologist." Good luck. (LiveScience.com)
SLEEPY PEOPLE ARE SLEEPIER THAN THOSE WHO AREN'T
Special thanks to the genius minds at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine who recently completed research that concluded taking a midday nap is a good way to beat afternoon sleepiness. You don't say? The researchers also concluded that caffeine can also help and might be an easier solution to implement while you're at work. (ScienceNews.org)
STEP AWAY FROM THE ESPRESSO MACHINE
But what if you have the opposite problem? What if you're all jacked up and can't relax? Well, there's a new "anti-energy" drink that is being marketed as an "extreme relaxation beverage." The carbonated beverage called Drank is spiked with melatonin, valerian root and rose hips to help you chill out when you can't find your stash. (Village Voice)
NO MEANS NO TEETH
Here's one you don't hear every day: A 41-year-old woman in Stockholm has been accused of raping a 30-year-old man after she took him home from the pub and, according the story in the Aftonbladet newspaper, "performed oral sex on him against his will."
IF YOUR WALLET AND BRAIN ARE EMPTY, TOO
The next time you're about to run out of gas, keep track of how far your car will drive after the needle hits the "E." Then go to TankOnEmpty.com and add your data to the growing body of research that answers the pressing question, "How far can you go after the gas light in your car comes on?"
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, AND YOU CAN'T GIVE IT AWAY
Everyone claims they want more money, but if you offer them some, they probably won't take it. This was proven on the streets of London, where experimenters wore sandwich boards offering a £5 ($9.79) note to anyone who asked. Of the 1,800 people who could have claimed the cash, only 28 bothered to do so. (Webitpr.com)
THE ROAD TO NOWHERE
A German nursing home has set up a fake bus stop in front of their building in order to stop Alzheimer's patients from escaping. The Benrath Senior Centre in Dusseldorf came up with the unique idea after too many patients wandered off. Now when the seniors have a seat at the bus stop, they are rounded up by the staff. (The Telegraph)
TRICKS ARE FOR KIDS
The next time you think your kids are faking a sickness, try a new placebo pill. A mother sick of her hypochondriac son invented the pill to fool him. The Obecalp (placebo spelled backwards) is a cherry-flavored chewable tablet that looks and tastes like it might be filled with medicine. Get 'em at PlaceboStore.com.
I-READ-IT-ON-THE-INTERNET-SO-IT-MUST-BE-TRUE FACT OF THE WEEK
The Earth moves more than 89 million miles every time you have sex.
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