reasons to not become famous


Postmortem Tanning: An Unusual Postmortem Event — We describe 3 cases of an unusual postmortem change associated with prolonged sunlight exposure in both frozen and nonfrozen individuals.

The more emotional words you know, the higher your mental health

Words known by men and women — 24 words should suffice to find out whether a person you are interacting with in digital space is male or female

Even weak traffic noise has a negative impact on work performance

Ketamine no better than placebo at alleviating depression, unusual trial finds

many researchers and engineers say concerns about killer AIs that evoke Skynet in the Terminator movies aren’t rooted in good science. Instead, it distracts from the very real problems that the tech is already causing. It is creating copyright chaos, is supercharging concerns around digital privacy and surveillance, could be used to increase the ability of hackers to break cyberdefenses and is allowing governments to deploy deadly weapons that can kill without human control.

Goodhart’s law states that when a feature of the economy is picked as an indicator of the economy, then it inexorably ceases to function as that indicator

Where Do Great Ideas Come From?

How to Decode a QR Code by Hand

Why Salvador Dalí is the most faked artist in the world — Dalí ensured a steady flow of prints by signing his name on thousands of blank sheets of paper before he knew what would be printed on them. (The signature was worth ~$40 on its own.) Members of his inner circle, some of whom exploited Dalí for profit, once told the Wall Street Journal Dalí would sign blank sheets “every two seconds for an hour without stopping.”

Reasons to not become famous — Nearly all of my friends who have audiences of 1 millions or more followers have personal stories for every category I’ll describe. If you’ve ever wondered why many celebrities disappear for a period of time, sometimes years, it’s often in the hopes that the below will fade or go away. Sadly, it’s very hard to put the toothpaste back in the toothpaste tube once you have a large Google footprint. […] Stalkers. Death threats. Harassment of family members and loved ones. Extortion attempts. Desperation messages and pleas for help. Kidnapping. Impersonation, identity theft, etc. Attack and clickbait media. Dating woes. “Friends” with ulterior motives. Invasions of privacy. […] To quote Henry David Thoreau, “The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”

De Bretteville’s case, known then as a “heart-balm suit,” wasn’t uncommon in the 1900s, when women could successfully win lawsuits if they could prove that they were swindled out of an engagement. The implication of a failed engagement was sometimes that the woman was no longer a virgin. […] A year after the 1902 trial, de Bretteville met millionaire Adolph Spreckels, a man more than 20 years her senior and the son of sugar tycoon Claus Spreckels. The Spreckels family had amassed an enormous fortune in the beet sugar trade and operated a sugar refinery plant in San Francisco […] She nicknamed Spreckels her “sugar daddy.”