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Left-handers have different view... Are you left handed or right handed?

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BBC News report that left-handed and right-handed people view the world differently, scientists have shown. Psychologists found they use opposite sides of their brains when looking at, and making sense of, an image.

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How often do you check and read AQFL (not via a RSS reader)?

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Worms, lobsters, and crabs cannot feel pain?

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Reuters and Yahoo! News report worms squirming on a fishhook feel no pain -- nor do lobsters and crabs cooked in boiling water, a scientific study funded by the Norwegian government has found. "The common earthworm has a very simple nervous system -- it can be cut in two and continue with its business," Professor Wenche Farstad, who chaired the panel that drew up the report, said Monday.

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Is the Half-Life 2 EULA and its Steam illegal?

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This Inquirer article says many people are having problems connecting to the Steam servers to play Half-Life 2. People say that you could always use offline mode to play without an Internet connection, but these people seem oblivious to reports online that many people are unable to get this mode to function properly.

More interesting, perhaps, are the legal agreements that surround a purchase of Half-Life 2. One is that no mention of Steam is on the HL2 box or in the End User License Agreement (EULA), yet it is required to play. The second is that where a gamer buys a copy of the game for which the CDKey has already been hacked, he/she will have to wait up to two weeks to get a replacement from Sierra/Vivendi, since shops will generally not take back opened software. The third is that no copy of the game can be sold without paying Valve a $10 fee to transfer the CD-Key to another Steam account.

The German Consumer Association has recently found that the packaging on Half-Life 2 is misleading.

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A Flower That Detects Wi-Fi Networks

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Broadband Reports, I4U News, and Gear Live report a flower (not a living one) that can detect wireless/wi-fi hotspots. When one comes into range of a hotspot, the Hotspot Bloom Wi-Fi detector (the flower) will simply light up with a designated color to let you know how strong the signal is.

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"The Funniest Oedipus Paper You'll Ever Read"

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"The Funniest Oedipus Paper You'll Ever Read" was allegedly written and submitted by a real college student, who was REALLY high. This is the scanned copy of his graded paper. It is seven pages long.

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Funny TV Commercial/Advertisement/Spot: When driving, don't drive crazily with soda cans...

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Viral Videos & Ads posted a funny TV commercial/spot/advertisement of a car. Just don't drive crazily and then open a soda can.

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World of Warcraft: A Screen Shot of the Day -- Flying Fish

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Ever seen flying fish in World of Warcraft? Neither had I, but apparently Fungah and other have. See here for a screen shot.

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Watch Super Bowl Ads (2005) online!

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IFILM has streaming commercials for Super Bowl 2005/XXXIX. Three of them are already up and more are expected after the game begins.

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Worth1000's doctored images: If Dogs Ruled 2 -- If the world were ruled by Fido.

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Worth1000's current contest theme is on showing what the world would be like if it were ruled by dogs. In other words, depict mundane ordinary people and things - doctors, grandparents, videogames, etc... if the world were run by dogs.

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2 Animal Photographs of the Day (2/5/2005)

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CNN has two amusing photographs of the day:

  • Heavy turnout:
    Three elephants demonstrate the proper way to cast a vote during a show in Ayuthaya, Thailand. Thais are set to go to the polls on Sunday to cast ballots for 500 seats in the lower house of parliament.

  • Rosco fetches a tree: Rosco hangs on tight with his jaws to a tree branch after he leaped up. He's on the Keene State College campus in Keene, New Hampshire and belongs to the Phi Kappa Omega fraternity.
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Bear & Cat -- An addicting Flash game like Puzzle Bubble

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Blue's News posted a cool Chinese Flash game titled Bear & Cat. It is like Puzzle Bobble, but in a non-straight line.

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Red vs. Blue's funny "Welcome to the Internet" video presentation.

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I have seen this funny Red Vs Blue's video clip before (years ago?) so I never got to post about it. Blue's News reminded me of this YouTube video short. It talks about the differences between real life and the Internet life.

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FoxTrot's Jason attempt to recreate Tomb Raider in real life...

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FoxTrot's Jason shows how playing Tomb Raider in real life just doesn't work. Warning: The cartoon has a sexual reference.

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Beagle 2 'should never have been built'

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New Scientist reports that Beagle 2, the British lander lost on Mars in 2003, should never have been built. That is the damning conclusion of the official investigation into the loss of the probe in a report that the UK government and the European Space Agency (ESA) attempted to hide. The probe was carried to Mars on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft and released towards the Red Planet in December 2003. It was never heard from again.

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Dyslexia slows drivers' reactions...

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New Scientist report that dyslexia can impair a driver's reactions as much as a moderate drinking session. That is the conclusion of a small study which compared how quickly dyslexic and non-dyslexic drivers react to traffic signs.

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2005's Super Bowl TV Commercials/Advertisements/Spots Preview

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Yahoo! News has a preview, with screen captures, of the upcoming Super Bowl XXXIX commercials.

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Chinese Watermelon Art/Sculpture

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Compfused posted a cool link that shows Chinese watermelon art/sculpture. In China, they carve watermelons instead of pumpkins.

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A Chinese man grows his own chairs.

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Blue's News posted an interesting and amusing Ananvoa link (with two black and white photographs) about a Chinese man who patented his technique for growing his own wooden chairs. Mr. Wu, from Shenyang City, Liaoning province, moulds branches into shape while the tree is still growing. He uses elm trees which are pliant and do not break easily, reports the China Morning Business View.

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Price-Comparison Sites Do the Legwork

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The New York Times (no registration to read) reported on price-comparison sites that do the legwork:

"The conventional wisdom a few years back was that the Internet would erase price differences among retailers by giving consumers instant access to the best deals. Merchants who charged more would be driven out of business.