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.
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.
"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.
Viral Videos & Ads posted a funny TV commercial/spot/advertisement of a car. Just don't drive crazily and then open a soda can.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UserFriendly posted a link of the day on The Budget Traveller's Guide to Sleeping in Airports show people's experiences, tips, and comments of sleeping at airports around the world.