if it moves fuck it

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In a mossy forest in the western Andes of Ecuador, a small, cocoa-brown bird with a red crown sings from a slim perch. […] Three rival birds call back in rapid response. […] They are singing with their wings, and their potential mates seem to find the sound very alluring. […]

This is an evolutionary innovation — a whole new way to sing. But the evolutionary mechanism behind this novelty is not adaptation by natural selection, in which only those who survive pass on their genes, allowing the species to become better adapted to its environment over time. Rather, it is sexual selection by mate choice, in which individuals pass on their genes only if they’re chosen as mates. From the peacock’s tail to the haunting melodies of the wood thrush, mate choice is responsible for much of the beauty in the natural world.

Most biologists believe that these mechanisms always work in concert — that sex appeal is the sign of an objectively better mate, one with better genes or in better condition. But the wing songs of the club-winged manakin provide new insights that contradict this conventional wisdom. Instead of ensuring that organisms are on an inexorable path to self-improvement, mate choice can drive a species into what I call maladaptive decadence — a decline in survival and fecundity of the entire species. It may even lead to extinction.

{ NYT | Continue reading }

art { Cy Twombly, Achilles Mourning the Death of Patroclus, 1962 }

Every day, the same, again

2.jpg Florida man accused of murdering his girlfriend claims she accidentally choked to death while performing oral sex

Fake bank decorated as state-owned bank cheated Chinese depositors out of almost £20 million [Thanks Tim]

We find that people have a preference for complex explanations […] We propose that this preference for complexity is driven by a desire to identify enough causes to make the effect seem inevitable.

If we examine the Mona Lisa face, zone by zone, the reason for its mysteriousness becomes clear: there are different emotions expressed in different facial zones. More: Trump’s sad face

Country music has the most drug references of any musical genre, study

An introduction to James Joyce’s Ulysses

It took Indian anthropologists 24 years to befriend the islanders with gifts of coconut and iron chunks

Balthazar typically serves around 1,500 guests a day. The most popular dish is steak frites; the restaurant can sell 200 per day. Out of the 200-odd employees, two full-time prep cooks are required just to handle potatoes for frying.

Sorting 2 Metric Tons of Lego

Devices and implements for staving off monsters, specters, demons and the like as imagined by a child at bedtime

Adidas creates trainers made from plastic ocean debris in bid to end pollution

9gag has buried a giant monolith full of rage faces and other awful old memes in an effort to “puzzle” future generations [Thanks Tim]

Every day, the same, again

2211.jpg Male contraceptive blocked by drug companies who make billions from the female pill

six reasons for pretending an orgasm: feels good, for partner, not into sex, manipulation/power, insecurity, and emotional communication

Husband’s Reaction to His Wife’s Sexual Rejection Is Predicted by the Time She Spends With Her Male Friends but Not Her Male Coworkers

Menstrual synchrony is not a thing

New studies show that salty food diminishes thirst while increasing hunger

Drinking While Jurying

4 Key Tactics For Successful Squirrel Hunting

How shoelaces come undone. Three Californian engineers have found out the answer to a knotty problem.

How hackers hijacked a bank’s entire online operation

Selfie: A New Obsession

For her latest solo exhibition, Anicka Yi turns sweat and bacteria into art

Cy Twombly at the Centre Pompidou, Paris

The Art Market, an annual global art market ana

Lingerie Brand Cosabella Replaced Its Agency With Artificial Intelligence and Crap Branded Apps [Thanks Tim]

You are not your mother

HoloDoodle prototype

Every day, the same, again

23.jpgInternet-connected vibrator with built-in webcam fails penetration testing

Alcohol intake was related to increased sexual willingness of men with a same-sex partner

People tend to unconsciously imitate others’ prudent, impatient or lazy attitudes, study

Selfies and wefies reveal similar biases in untrained modern youths and ancient masters

In this paper, I sketch out an argument that wild animals have worse lives than farmed animals, and that consistent vegetarians should therefore reduce the number of wild animals as a top priority.

Dolphins beat up octopuses before eating them. This isn’t the first example of bottlenose dolphins using clever tricks to eat prey.

Thinking like a philosopher need not be a strange and arcane art, if you get started with these tricks of the trade

The Voynich Manuscript — Secret Knowledge, or a Hoax?

Hells Angels™ Motorcycle Corporation in the Fashion Business: Interrogating the Fetishism of the Trademark Law

Neon signs that grace the windows of Bergdorf Goodman’s and Tiffany & Co. come from this studio in Brooklyn

OFFICIAL SANCTUARY CITY [Thanks Cassandra!]

Mathematical Card Trick

‘When you learn to say no, you have made it to the mid-career arrival lounge.’ –Financial Times

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Keeping the dead buried was a matter of grave concern in 19th-century America. As medical schools proliferated after the Civil War, the field grew increasingly tied to the study of anatomy and practice of dissection. Professors needed bodies for young doctors to carve into and the pool of legally available corpses—executed criminals and body donors—was miniscule. Enter freelance body snatchers, dispatched to do the digging. By the late 1800s, the illicit body trade was flourishing. […]

Inventors got to work. Their solution? Explosives.

Philip. K Clover, a Columbus, Ohio artist, patented an early coffin torpedo in 1878. Clover’s instrument functioned like a small shotgun secured inside the coffin lid in order to “prevent the unauthorized resurrection of dead bodies,” as the inventor put it. If someone tried to remove a buried body, the torpedo would fire out a lethal blast of lead balls when the lid was pried open.

{ Atlas Obscura | Continue reading }

art { Roy Lichtenstein, Mirror #2 (Six Panels), 1970 }

DECIM8R

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Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, sees Superman as a great example of what not to look for in the search for alien life.

{ Wikipedia | Continue reading }

photo { Melanie Schiff, Spit Rainbow, 2006 }

unrelated { Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow flag, has died }

Life offers second chances, it’s called tomorrow

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Simulation suggests 68 percent of the universe may not actually exist

According to the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (Lambda-CDM) model, which is the current accepted standard for how the universe began and evolved, the ordinary matter we encounter every day only makes up around five percent of the universe’s density, with dark matter comprising 27 percent, and the remaining 68 percent made up of dark energy, a so-far theoretical force driving the expansion of the universe. But a new study has questioned whether dark energy exists at all, citing computer simulations that found that by accounting for the changing structure of the cosmos, the gap in the theory, which dark energy was proposed to fill, vanishes.

{ New Atlas | Continue reading }

art { Portia Munson, Her Coffin, 2016 }

Every day, the same, again

21.jpgIf alcohol is consumed after witnessing a crime it can protect memory from misleading information

Getting High Off Snakebites?

American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s compared to the late 1990s

Hormones, brain and behavior, a not-so-simple story

For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. [more]

The only known photograph of Chopin

Since 1954, more Burger King restaurants have burned down than any other fast-food chain [Thanks Tim]

James Brown “MISO’n up” based on Sex Machine(1992) [Thanks GG]

There is an alarming increase in demonic activity being reported by those who work in exorcism ministry, said the exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Tilling a teel of a tum, telling a toll of a teary turty Taubling

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How much water goes into a cup of tea? Somewhere around 30 litres of water is required for tea itself, 10 litres for a small dash of milk and a further 6 litres for each teaspoon of sugar. This means that a simple cup of tea with milk and two sugars could actually require 52 litres of water.

{ ResearchGate | Continue reading }

related { A Corpus Study of ‘Cup of [tea]’ and ‘Mug of [tea]’ | PDF }

oil on canvas { Roy Lichtenstein, Bread in Bag, 1961 }

Qu’est-ce qui pose problème dans la vie? Tout pose problème dans la vie.

22.jpgNew scientific test finds up to 75 litres of urine in public pools. Hot tubs were found to have far higher urine levels. One hotel Jacuzzi had more than three times the concentration of sweetener than in the worst swimming pool

I’ve studied all the body’s fluids and used each in diagnosing disease, and urine stands out in the wealth of information it grants about a patient’s condition

Distilled urine from female cattle currently fetches at least as much as milk in India

art { Andy Warhol, Oxidation Painting, 1978 | copper metallic pigment and urine on canvas }

In the stillness of remembering what you had, and what you lost

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Heterosexual men were most likely to say they usually-always orgasmed when sexually intimate (95%), followed by gay men (89%), bisexual men (88%), lesbian women (86%), bisexual women (66%), and heterosexual women (65%).

Compared to women who orgasmed less frequently, women who orgasmed more frequently were more likely to: receive more oral sex, have longer duration of last sex, be more satisfied with their relationship, ask for what they want in bed, praise their partner for something they did in bed, call/email to tease about doing something sexual, wear sexy lingerie, try new sexual positions, anal stimulation, act out fantasies, incorporate sexy talk, and express love during sex.

Women were more likely to orgasm if their last sexual encounter included deep kissing, manual genital stimulation, and/or oral sex in addition to vaginal intercourse.

{ Archives of Sexual Behavior | Continue reading }

pocelain, china paint and luster { Jessica Stoller, Untitled (frosted bust), 2012 }

Every day, the same, again

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Women are getting freckles tattooed on their faces

There are a thousand ways to buy weed in New York City, but the Green Angels devised a novel strategy for standing out: They hired models to be their dealers.

Man wins back girlfriend’s love after she forgets him due to amnesia

Wikipedia is teaming up with Google to work on algorithmic discussion monitors that will understand and police online harassment

Emails that closed with a variation of thank you got significantly more responses than emails ending with other popular closings

The Science of the Rorschach Blots

Minnesota’s Mall Of America is holding a contest to find a “Writer-In-Residence” who can spend five days “deeply immersed” in the mall “while writing on-the-fly impressions” of the whole experience. [Thanks Tim]

A Virtual Look Into Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

somebody modeled the trump handshake [Thanks Tim]

Bratatat

A coffee machine that turns selfies & photos into latte art [Thanks Tim]