This MSNBC article reports that North Americans are worse than babies when it comes to rhythm. A recently published study looked into why people in some parts of the world seem better at grasping offbeat rhythms compared to people in North America. The problem appears to be at least partly cultural. The study would seem complex to those not musically inclined. But here's the upshot:
Compfused.com posted two cool things to see today:
Second one is the Clean Your Snake photograph -- Most guys clean their snakes in the shower on a regular basis, but not quite like this kid. I wonder if that snake is even happy to be cleaned by the kid.
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.
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.