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412.jpgOpera Singer Says Operation Ruined Her Career With Flatulence

Only 15% of Davos attendees are women, even fewer than last year.

An agunah is a woman whose husband refuses to give her a divorce – in Hebrew it means “chained wife.” Mark Oppenheimer reports on agunah in the Orthodox Jewish community.

Women go on twice as many diets as they have lovers.

Girls who found it difficult to understand and express their feelings were more likely to have boys as friends rather than girls.

The brains of older people only appear to slow down because they have so much information to compute, much like a full-up hard drive, scientists believe.

It is now possible to 3-D print your unborn fetus.

Swiss company Algordanza takes cremated human remains and compresses them into diamonds.

What caused a 10-year winter starting in 536?

I would lick a toilet seat before I would lick a cellphone. Though neither one is very likely to cause any harm.

25 worst passwords of 2013

The Indian-head test pattern

Angriest athlete of the weekend

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61.jpgWoman finds wrong body in mother’s casket at funeral home.

Penis pumps draining Medicare of millions

Crime study ended after data stolen by thief

Cyber security firm says it uncovered at least six ongoing attacks at merchants across the US and identified the Target malware author.

A new mathematical model helps hackers to pick the optimal moment to launch a cyber attack against a victim and inflict the most damage. [more]

On a per-consumer basis, a major record label makes more money from streaming services than any other format.

Systematic evidence of fake crying by a baby

In competitions, men make opponents mad in order to win, study shows.

Compared with a brain at rest, a brain listening to music and watching a video is heavier.

Bigger trees grow faster than smaller ones, contradicting previous assumptions that growth rates slowed with age.

How Argentine Farmers Overpowered Monsanto

“anticipatory shipping:” Amazon would consider things like previous orders and searches, wish lists, and the time your cursor spends hovering over a listing to determine what to pre-ship where.

BlackBerry makes an announcement that it just sold 1,000 phones

Successful comedians display symptoms of psychosis, study says

Is it possible that adolescence is most difficult—and sometimes a crisis—not for teenagers as much as for the adults who raise them? That adolescence has a bigger impact on adults than it does on kids?

Queens McDonald’s Terrorized by Pack of Senior Citizens

How Rich Was Hitler and is someone getting rich off his royalties today?

Will Commercial Airplanes Have Parachutes Someday?

Why do some birds fly in a V-formation?

How to open a bottle of wine – without a corkscrew

Here Are the Unretouched Images From Lena Dunham’s Vogue Shoot

American Apparel Mannequins Now Sporting Full Bush [and American Apparel Tells Us Why They’re Using Mannequins with Pubic Hair]

Nasty icons

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423.jpgFlorida’s largest gun dealer bans gun rentals after suicides

Your top three friends probably received 50% of your calls, regardless of who they are at a given time.

While gum-chewing may be associated with excessive gas, increased hunger and migraine in adolescents, recent studies have also linked it with increased cognitive function.

Childless couples have happier marriages, study reveals

A research group developed a system to remove unpleasant memories of selected patients, by using electroshock. The result has been published in Nature Neuroscience and could open the door to a new series of treatments.

Caffeine pill ‘could boost memory.’ More: Researchers find caffeine enhances memory.

First bitcoin ATM to debut in NYC You put in US dollars and receive bitcoins back on your phone.

High cost of living, fewer part-time jobs drive artists out of New York.

Some experts are concerned that Russia might be returning to the Soviet-era days when dissidents were locked away in psychiatric institutions for their political views.

Alfred Hitchcock’s unseen Holocaust documentary to be restored

“These Facebook and Instagram postings are sometimes our most reliable evidence and they become our most reliable informants in identifying who’s in the gang,” says Manhattan District Attorney.

Museum and gallery curators reopen the cabinet of curiosities concept

“Synapse the Electronic Magazine,” all issues, as PDFs

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44.jpgWoman caught sneaking into U.S. in suitcase

Man arrested after Google+ sends automated invitation to ex with restraining order.

A woman tried to sue her lawyers for negligence because they failed to warn her that finalizing her divorce proceedings would end her marriage.

This study solicited the views of 20 young males who exposed their underwear by wearing saggy pants.

Sometime between 360 and 390 million years ago, a group of fishes made the move to life on land. How Do you move a leg that was once a fin?

Postal Experiments

What are the most common months for birthdays?

Facial hair trends from 1842 to 1972

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + … = - 1/12

Spider-Man balloon, inflated.

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39.jpgWoman pulls gun from genitals during sex act after aliens argument upsets her [more]

University study looks at the impact of doing exercise on women’s breasts

App Turns Smartphone Into Virtual Cane for the Blind

The 14-nanometer silicon chips that are now heading to mobile phones and elsewhere may eventually reach 7nm or even 5nm, but that may be it. Moore’s Law created a stable era for technology, and now that era is nearing its end.

That’s particularly useful in Japan and South Korea where streets are rarely numbered in chronological order but in other ways such as the order in which they were constructed. How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View

How to make your own digital currency

One night in 1971, files were stolen from an F.B.I. office near Philadelphia. They proved that the bureau was spying on thousands of Americans. The case was unsolved, until now. [NY Times]

Boxes filled with bananas and cocaine were delivered to five Berlin supermarkets in what police on Tuesday called a “logistical error” by drug smugglers.

Media Company Looking For Ways To Get Rid Of Veteran 24-Year-Old Employee

@GSElevator Shopping Book Proposal

Vanished New York from 2001 to 2013

Ballet Dancers doing splits in an MRI scanner [hip study]

Pointless Diagrams

Say NO to Crack, Say YES! to Roller Skating

$34,000 worth of LOSING LOTTERY TICKETS! - $500

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36.jpgNew Hampshire girl gets tongue stuck to a flag pole after licking it during a blizzard.

Tighter Access To U.S. Deaths List Has Researchers Grim.

They approached fellow college students of another gender and asked one of three questions: (a) “Would you go out with me tonight?” (b) “Would you come over to my apartment tonight?” or (c) “Would you go to bed with me tonight?”

Divorced individuals face complex situations when they have children with different ex-partners, or even more, when their new partners have children of their own. The physics of custody.

Facial Recognition for the People in Your Pupils / Zooming in on the subject’s eye reveals hidden bystanders.

A pill that lets adults learn perfect pitch as easily as kids.

How about a side of giraffe leg? Surprising discoveries result from an excavation site in the buried city of Pompeii.

This machine is the first step toward a 3-D food printer.

In the U.S., road crews scatter about 137 pounds of salt per person annually to melt ice. Where does it go after that?

Zynga Helps Build Bitcoin Buzz But Don’t Get Carried Away – Yet. + How to Trade Bitcoin (And If You Should)

Financial Times readers have more psychopathic traits than readers of other newspapers, study finds.

Goat towers.

Life-sized camel. This one was created for the U.S. Marines as a dead camel training prop. Artificial fur (imported from Germany) .

I am confused on how she grew a foot of hair in an hour.

Several companies sell dildos in the shape of animal penises, both realistic and fantastical. This one is based on a wolf’s penis.

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32.jpgMan tries to sell stolen brains on eBay

Increase in the number of books challenged or banned across the U.S. in 2013.

Thief ripped an ATM out of a Chinatown bank with his SUV - then tried to drag it over the Manhattan Bridge.

Wind chill in NYC was about 2 below today. At that temperature, exposed skin can start to freeze within 15 minutes.

Men are more likely to drop dead during sex if they’re cheating.

Participants had worse memory for objects when they took photos of them.

Biologists once thought humans had 2 million genes. Now it turns out we have 19,000, fewer than nematode worms.

Fate of bones and wood in the Antarctic sea

A mathematical pattern of movement called a Lévy walk describes the foraging behavior of animals from sharks to honey bees, and now for the first time has been shown to describe human hunter-gatherer movement as well.

This study investigated the relationship between foot size and human balance performance.

Walking through doorways causes forgetting.

When, and How, Should Cognitive Bias Matter to Law?

Research shows eye-reflections in photos could be used to identify criminals.

The most accurate psychopaths in cinema.

Are Germans dour, Brits reserved, and Americans brash? The Inaccuracy of National Character Stereotypes

The Paranoid and Obsessive Life of a Mid-Level Bookie

The community of people who consume their own urine every morning to boost their immunity.

When I stopped smoking weed, my appetite shrivelled and my head throbbed – but it was the dreams that really shook me.

Some users will administer it to their children—they’ll blow it into their mouths if they’re smoking it. I Embedded with a Community of Meth Users.

How to Decode What Your Dog Is Saying to You

Dogs Poop in Alignment with Earth’s Magnetic Field.

10 Animals That Went Extinct in 2013

Scientists create glow-in-the-dark pigs using jellyfish DNA.

This Self-Cleaning Plate May Mean You’ll Never Have To Do The Dishes

Coinye West isn’t an official production of Kanye West, and the developers are staying anonymous because they probably fear the inevitable copyright lawsuits.

Its 2014 trends report predicts that next year will be one to be “proudly imperfect”—including in the world of food.

Roman Emperors, Up To AD 476 And Not Including Usurpers, In Order Of How Hardcore Their Deaths Were

After the tomb was completed, the slaves who built it were massacred, and then the soldiers who killed them were also killed.

What is the best position to use a laptop?

One of the most popular puzzles ever created was the Get Off the Earth puzzle, invented by America’s premier puzzlist, Sam Loyd, in 1898.

Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalization


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62.jpgSmall Alabama town accidentally hires black drag queens to dance in Christmas parade

Scientists Successfully Forecast the Size and Location of an Earthquake

Evidence that the Lunar Cycle Influences Human Sleep

“Grasping the testicle with forceps proved laborious” in most of the animals, the authors write. They also mention using a “two-handed technique” and ”moderate traction.” Why It’s Nearly Impossible to Castrate a Hippo

People who tell themselves to get excited rather than trying to relax can improve their performance during anxiety-inducing activities such as public speaking and math tests, study finds.

The current study examined whether men’s ratings of women’s desirability as a long-term pairbond, based on static photographs, were related to the women’s second-to-fourth digit (2D:4D) ratio and their sexual attitudes and behavior.

Human development of the ability to learn from bad news [PDF]

What Are Neuromarketers Really Selling? The poor data and shoddy logic behind a hyped business boom.

Researchers identify gene that influences the ability to remember faces.

Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future

How radioactive poison became the assassin’s weapon of choice: The mysterious life and brutal death of a Russian dissident.

How the Science of Swarms Can Help Us Fight Cancer and Predict the Future

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario

The only thing set to be less watchable than Girls in 2014 was E!’s upcoming reality show, Rich Kids of Instagram, based on the worst Tumblr in existence with the same name.

Personal Possessions found in the Pacific. Related: Tiny museum in New York showcases the ordinary

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657.jpgFrench officials have fined a pub €9,000 for “undeclared labour” after a customer returned some empty glasses to the bar.

11 percent of people shop online naked, survey says.

‘Whatever’ rated most annoying word.

After exclusion of days when Bond was unable to drink, his weekly alcohol consumption was 92 units a week, over four times the recommended amount. Were James Bond’s drinks shaken because of alcohol induced tremor?

Distinct Personality Traits Associated with Intake of Coffee, Tea, and Cola Drinks and Smoking

When Waking Up Becomes the Nightmare: Hypnopompic Hallucinatory Pain

Some might consider drilling a hole in someone’s head a form of torture, but in the province of Ahdahuaylas in Peru, ca. AD 100-1250, it was state-of-the-art medical care.

Most vitamins such as antioxidants don’t help to prevent cancer, heart disease and dementia, and some supplements could be harmful, say doctors who advise people to stop wasting their money on the pills.

Tracking the secret lives of great white sharks. “There’s no frickin’ pattern at all.”

What color is the sun?

James Joyce: caught up in a scandal?

The recording industry’s nightmare: A government-backed torrent site

The US now watches the majority of its online porn on mobile phones.

One day in 1856, hundreds of people gathered to gawk at an escaped pet squirrel up a tree near New York’s City Hall.

The one airport hack that will get you home faster

While there until 5 a.m., they caroused with two women who called themselves travel executives from Great Britain.

Republique is set in a dystopic police state where everything is under surveillance. More: “There were lots of publishers who said you’re not making a mobile game here, you’re making a console game that nobody would want to play on mobile.”

The object of the game is to cut down the hydra to its root. Play: Try to defeat the hydra!

Shed your weight problem here

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320.jpg Scientists sent a text message using evaporated vodka.

Man fined 1.3 million yen for urinating in elevator every day for 6 months.

Warren Buffett made $37M a day this year.

The goal is to identify how much time can pass before a food no longer tastes good, which in turn dictates the sell-by date. Generally, foods are still safe to eat after that point, but they won’t taste as they were intended. Taste-testers are an elite bunch. In its last recruitment period three years ago, 150 people applied. The NFL accepted 15.

Uncontrollable rage could be cured by aspirin.

When You Criticize Someone, You Make It Harder for that Person to Change

Why does time fly as we get older?

Meteorologists solve the last major mystery of rain.

The average computer user makes more than 1000 mouse clicks per day. Scientists would love to know if that practice affects other aspects of your brain’s control of your body. The problem is finding people with no computer experience.

Valuable scientific data disappearing at alarming rate, 80% lost in two decades into old email addresses and obsolete storage devices.

Who Owns the World’s Biggest Bitcoin Wallet? The FBI

Bitcoin Alternative Dogecoin Soars 900% As Other Crypto-Currencies Suffer. Almost all of the 53 crypto-currencies tracked by CoinMarketCap are seeing growth.

While some analysts initially suggested that Google’s goal was to more thoroughly automate factories, it’s now clear that the company’s team of engineers and scientists has a vision of truly dexterous, autonomous robots that can walk on sidewalks, carry packages, and push strollers.

U.S. Copyright Office recommends that artists be paid a royalty when their work is resold at a profit.[NY Times]

Many people think that tweens and teens make up much of the music buying population. But older people actually buy the most music. So, why do record labels market most music to the demographic that buys the least music?

You have never actually used a Styrofoam cup, plate or takeout box.

The next big thing in surfing is artificial waves you can ride anywhere, any time.

Before we move on to other topics, I think it’s interesting how much the built landscape of New York has changed since you wrote The Warriors.

The Billion-Dollar Megaprojects That Will Transform NYC By 2030

New York City galleries have noticed an uptick in newcomers who share photos of themselves on social media.

Man Says ‘Fuck It,’ Eats Lunch At 10:58 A.M.

Chug-a-lug, Donna.

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316.jpgChildren evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile.

Hospital security guards sent an “uncooperative” patient who was “refusing to talk or move” home in a taxi, though he was dying or already dead.

Man banned from every supermarket in Britain for masturbating in Sainsbury’s meat aisle. He can now only enter a supermarket when accompanied by an adult.

Scientists say they have been able to successfully print new eye cells that could be used to treat sight loss.

The faces on LEGO Minifigures are becoming increasingly angry and less happy. The influence of LEGO is immense. The researchers state that on average each person on earth owns approximately 75 bricks.

6 in 10 13-year-old girls, compared to 4 in 10 boys the same age, are afraid of gaining weight or getting fat.

Genetic factors contribute to being skinny.

Exposure to dogs and livestock early in life can lessen the chances of infants later developing allergies and asthma.

Susana Soares has created a simple way of harnessing bees to screen for a number of diseases, including cancers, like tumors of the lung and ovaries.

Snowy winters are something that animals have evolved to overcome or even use to their advantage.

Although the new calculations predict that a collapse of the universe is now more likely than ever before, it is actually also possible, that it will not happen at all.

The Infinite Monkey Theorem Comes To Life

Firms are increasingly resorting to litigation—some of it extraordinarily unpleasant—to prevent employees from moving to rivals.

Expert says a group, with strong footing in financial sector, could be behind Bitcoin phenomenon. And: Bitcoin lost almost 50% of its value overnight after BTC China said it could no longer accept deposits in the Chinese currency.

With a new setting, someone wearing Glass only has to wink at you to take a photo.

Wikipedia:Lamest edit wars

Parsing the Fed: How the Statement Changed

The Man Who Duped Millionaires Into Paying Big Bucks For Fake Wine .

I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System

We’re devaluing your miles. 10 things airlines won’t tell you.

2013 Black List / most liked unproduced screenplays circulating around Hollywood

Gaga stole our style, say twins.

Following yesterday’s post about a SantaCon Santa who was allegedly caught by a filmmaker having his North Pole publicly waxed by a naughty little elf, Gawker received an “urgent” email from a man claiming to be Santa’s lawyer.

More Santa.

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39.jpgBots now ‘account for 61% of web traffic.’

NASA Admits Google Execs Flew Private Jets with Cheap Government Fuel

Today’s young women are the first in modern history to start their careers making nearly as much as men.

Do Animals Have Orgasms?

New Pacemaker is small enough to be delivered through blood vessels into the heart.

Remember Watson, IBM’s Jeopardy champion? What If IBM’s Watson Dethroned Google?

Zero-rupee notes are an Indian anti-corruption gimmick now attracting worldwide interest.

In his performance art piece “Eating People,” Zhu photographs himself cooking and eating a human fetus that he divided into five parts. [Thanks Tim]

Place one fruit on a mirrored pedestal. Take the rest of the day off. [Thanks Tim]

List of films featuring powered exoskeletons, which are also known as powered armor, exoframes, or exosuits.