YOU CAN PRETEND TO BE POLITICALLY CORRECT, BUT YOU'LL STILL BE HUMAN
A great article in Psychology Today called "Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature" reveals the scientific research behind some human frailties that may seem immoral or offensive, but that are nonetheless backed by the evidence. The top 10 include these conversation starters: humans are naturally polygamous; men like blonde bombshells and women want to look like them; having sons reduces the likelihood of divorce; beautiful people have more daughters; most suicide bombers are Muslim; it's natural for male politicians to risk their power for an affair; and men have their mid-life crisis not when they reach middle age, but when their wives reach middle age. Get the facts behind these assertions at PsychologyToday.com.
THE GRIM REAPURR
A 2-year-old cat who was adopted by the staff of a nursing home when he was a kitten has developed a remarkable ability to predict the deaths of the patients. Oscar the cat is so reliable that the staff now call members of the family whenever he curls up on the bed of one of the hospice patients, as this usually means that the patient will die within four hours. Oscar's unique ability has been observed in 25 cases so far, and, according to the doctors at the center, "he doesn't make too many mistakes." (Washington Post)
GENERATION Y BOTHER
Continuing the time-honored tradition of bashing the next generation, a survey of 315 business owners in Australia found that employers are unsatisfied with the work ethic of Generation Y. Big surprise! According to the employers, today's young workers are demanding, impatient and spoiled, with poor spelling, poor grammar, poor communication skills and an inability to understand what constitutes appropriate corporate behavior. But business owners have to keep hiring them because they're the only staff members who know how to use a computer. D'oh! (News.com.au)
COLD ENOUGH FOR YA?
A British endurance swimmer became the first person to swim at the North Pole last week, establishing a new world record for swimming in the coldest water ever swum by a human. Lewis Pugh, protected by nothing but a pair of Speedo trunks and a mind power technique that allows him to increase his body temperature to 101 degrees Fahrenheit, jumped in at the geographic North Pole and swam for 19 minutes in 28.7-degree water. "It was like jumping into a dark black hole," said Pugh. "I was in excruciating pain from beginning to end and I nearly quit on a few occasions. It was without doubt the hardest swim of my life." To prepare for the record attempt, Pugh practiced swimming in a pool filled with a ton and a half of ice. He has broken 20 endurance swimming records, including swimming more than a kilometer in the Antarctic Ocean, where the water is a much milder 32 degrees Fahrenheit. (Daily Mail)
THERE'S A FREAK BORN EVERY MINUTE
Or if you'd rather stay warm while staking your claim to fame, why not tackle one of the "10 Most Bizarre World Records" as compiled at Oddee.com? You can try your luck growing the world's longest fingernails (33 inches), writing the world's longest diary (35 million words), getting the most body piercings in one sitting (1,016), creating the world's largest rubber band ball (175,000 rubber bands weighing 4,594 pounds) or growing the world's longest eyebrow (3.5 inches). And if you're really bored (I mean boring), you can try beating the record for typing out all the numbers from one to one million in words, which took the current record holder 16 years and seven months.
DRINK YOUR SHOTS
If you're a new doctor who wants to pay off your student loans, you can make a quick $75,000 by drinking a mixture of additives that are put into children's vaccinations. According to a group called Vaccination Liberation (Vaclib.org), the offer is open to any medical doctor or pharmaceutical company CEO who is willing to drink a mixture of additives routinely injected into 6-year-old children. The toxic cocktail includes thimerosal (a mercury derivative), ethylene glycol (antifreeze), phenol (a disinfectant dye), aluminum, benzethonium chloride (a disinfectant), and formaldehyde (a preservative and disinfectant). The press release also claims that some vaccines may also contain small amounts of pig blood, rabbit brain and monkey kidney.
More bizarro news at CuriousTimes.com.