JESUSBIG IN JAPAN
If the Da Vinci Code marketing onslaught has got you interested in the hidden life of Christ, you'll love the news from a small farming village in northern Japan where Jesus is said to have spent most of his life. For over 2,000 years, locals in the village of Shingo, Japan, have passed down the legend that Jesus spent most of his life in Japan, arriving as a young man at the age of 21 and returning to Judea 12 years later in order to preach about "the holy land of Japan." The legend also claims that Jesus' brother was the one who was actually crucified, leaving Jesus free to return to Japan where he married a local woman named Miyuko and lived out his time happily to the ripe old age of 106. And if you need proof, you can travel to Shingo to view the plot of land where Jesus is buried. (Times Online)
THE ONLY PROBLEM IS YOU CAN NEVER FIND THE DAMN THING
The advances in the development of "invisibility cloaks" continues with researchers claiming that we are within five years of perfecting a cloak which will make objects disappear. Two separate research groups have published technical blueprints for the creation of "metamaterials" that can change how light travels around an object in order to create the illusion that the object simply is not there. "All light or other electromagnetic waves are swept around the area, guided by the metamaterial to emerge on the other side as if they had passed through an empty volume of space," said Professor David Smith of Duke University. Not surprisingly, Smith's research has received funding from the U.S. military, which hopes to use the technology to cloak military hardware in strategic locations. According to the science, there would be no limit to the size of an object which could be hidden using these materials. (The Guardian)
IF THEY'RE SO SMART, WHY DO THEY BOIL MEAT?
A new study of IQ scores in Europe claims that Germans are the smartest Europeans, followed by the Dutch, Poles, Swedes and Italians. The British newspaper that reported this news didn't spend too much time talking about the brainiacs in Germany however, choosing to focus on the fact that the British, who landed in eighth place, are way smarter than the French, who finished a miserable 19th. The man who carried out this research, Professor Richard Lynn of the University of Ulster, also found that people in large cities are smarter than rural folks because intelligent people are more likely to move to the cities. He also claimed that countries with cold climates have more intelligent citizens, probably because their ancestors had to develop more brain power in order to find food in harsher conditions. Last year, Professor Lynn caused controversy by claiming that men were more intelligent than woman, averaging about five extra IQ points. (The Times)
YOU CAN CALL ME WHATEVER YOU WANT ... JUST CALL ME!
A psychologist in California has created a new word for us to add to our dictionary of neurosis. Ringxiety: the false belief that you can hear your cell phone ringing or vibrating. According to Dr. David Laramie, people have grown "emotionally dependent" on their cell phones for feelings of self-worth, causing us to be so desperate not to miss a call that we "hear" our phones ringing even when they are not ... thus "ringxiety." Go ahead and try to crowbar that into your conversation. (News.com.au)
THAT'S HOW SHE GOT THE JOB IN THE FIRST PLACE
A female DJ on a radio show in Germany is suing her ex-boss for unfair dismissal after she was fired for dressing too sexily on the air. "My boss told me that my skirts were too short and my tops too low," said DJ Lady Ray, 25. "But I don't understand it, it's not as if any of the listeners can see me and my breasts don't speak into the microphone." (Ananova)
WHO NEEDS AN ALIBI?
When 88-year-old Deo Dubbs was arrested for drug possession, he readily admitted guilt. "I really have nothing else to do," he told police, "I get lonely and get tired of watching the tube." (UPI)
I-READ-IT-ON-THE-INTERNET-SO-IT-MUST-BE-TRUE FACT OF THE WEEK
Playing Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell" non-stop makes plants grow faster.
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