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Paging doctor Greenthumb!

Posted in anthropology, facts, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Мрачная Топ-10 одиозных докторов. Все на месте, муа-ха-ха.

dirty-версия здесь.

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BBC Sound of 2010: The longlist

Posted in culture, entertainment, facts, music, opinions, review by questionabletopic on Wednesday, December 23, 2009

BBC представила список перспективных новых исполнителей на 2010 год

Daisy Dares You (новая итерация софт–гррл)
Delphic (нью нью–вейв, хм)
Devlin (кокни реп, но норзерн)
The Drums (нью–вейв и серф, а голова не будет пухнуть?)
Everything Everything (не слышал)
Giggs (работал с Streets)
Gold Panda (не слышал)
Ellie Goulding (ривайвал 80 аз син фром 2009)
Hurts (“Интерпол” минус гитары)
Joy Orbison (надежда вонки, нид ай сей мор?)
Marina and the Diamonds (не прет, но ротация будет)
Owl City (тут, наверное, пролет)
Rox (голосистый соул/рнб, куда же без него!)
Stornoway (хуйня вроде АнКо, тоталли ретардед энд концепчуал (биографии доставляют, да!))
Two Door Cinema Club (Жиль и Масая, как всегда, держат хипстеров за яйца)

точность их прогнозов на 2009 поражает!
Sound of 2009 top 10: One year on

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Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature

Posted in amazing, anthropology, culture, facts, opinions, political correctness by questionabletopic on Monday, April 28, 2008

Why most suicide bombers are Muslim, beautiful people have more daughters, humans are naturally polygamous, sexual harassment isn’t sexist, and blonds are more attractive.

Human nature is one of those things that everybody talks about but no one can define precisely. Every time we fall in love, fight with our spouse, get upset about the influx of immigrants into our country, or go to church, we are, in part, behaving as a human animal with our own unique evolved nature—human nature.

This means two things. First, our thoughts, feelings, and behavior are produced not only by our individual experiences and environment in our own lifetime but also by what happened to our ancestors millions of years ago. Second, our thoughts, feelings, and behavior are shared, to a large extent, by all men or women, despite seemingly large cultural differences.

Human behavior is a product both of our innate human nature and of our individual experience and environment. In this article, however, we emphasize biological influences on human behavior, because most social scientists explain human behavior as if evolution stops at the neck and as if our behavior is a product almost entirely of environment and socialization. In contrast, evolutionary psychologists see human nature as a collection of psychological adaptations that often operate beneath conscious thinking to solve problems of survival and reproduction by predisposing us to think or feel in certain ways. Our preference for sweets and fats is an evolved psychological mechanism. We do not consciously choose to like sweets and fats; they just taste good to us.

The implications of some of the ideas in this article may seem immoral, contrary to our ideals, or offensive. We state them because they are true, supported by documented scientific evidence. Like it or not, human nature is simply not politically correct.

Excerpted from Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters, by Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa, to be published by Perigree in September 2007.

1. Men like blond bombshells (and women want to look like them)

Long before TV—in 15th- and 16th- century Italy, and possibly two millennia ago—women were dying their hair blond. A recent study shows that in Iran, where exposure to Western media and culture is limited, women are actually more concerned with their body image, and want to lose more weight, than their American counterparts. It is difficult to ascribe the preferences and desires of women in 15th-century Italy and 21st-century Iran to socialization by media.

Women’s desire to look like Barbie—young with small waist, large breasts, long blond hair, and blue eyes—is a direct, realistic, and sensible response to the desire of men to mate with women who look like her. There is evolutionary logic behind each of these features.



Posted in amazing, facts by questionabletopic on Sunday, April 27, 2008

1. Only in America… can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.

2. Only in America… are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.

3. Only in America… do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

4. Only in America… do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

5. Only in America… do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.

6. Only in America… do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

7. Only in America… do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won’t miss a call from someone we didn’t want to talk to in the first place.

8. Only in America… do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

9. Only in America… do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.

10. Only in America… do we use the word ‘politics’ to describe the process so well: ‘Poli’ in Latin meaning ‘many’ and ‘tics’ meaning ‘bloodsucking creatures’.

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Ten WORST Things to Do During a Zombie Outbreak

Posted in survival by questionabletopic on Saturday, April 26, 2008

10. Don’t set zombies on fire. Burning zombies smell terrible.

We’re not sure why you see it in every zombie movie, but it stands to reason that the only thing worse than a zombie is a flaming zombie. Remember, it can take a long time for a zombie to burn to death – more than ten minutes, in some recorded cases. Do you really want a burning zombie lighting you and your friends on fire? Play it safe – chances are good that there won’t be any fire-fighting infrastructure during a zombie outbreak if things get out of hand.

9. Don’t get sentimental. Zombies won’t.

Sure, it’s your house. Sure, they were your family and friends. But now it’s a zombie nest, and they’re zombies. Stick around, and your best chance is to become zombie food – worst case, you’ll end up a zombie like the rest. Zombies don’t have any feelings – neither should you.

8. Don’t forget to shut the door behind you. Zombies often come over without calling first.

Were you born in a barn? Zombies might not be the brightest, but they know an open door when they see one. Keep your suburban zombie fortress secure by remembering to close and lock the door behind you. And don’t slam it either! Zombies hate that.


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Top 10 Most amazing facts about the Earth

Posted in amazing, facts by questionabletopic on Saturday, April 26, 2008

(замість прологу)

Маленький Нострадамус маме:
– Мама,а что у нас сегодня на обед?
– А то ты, сука, не знаешь…

так от, те чого я не знав:

Top 10 Most amazing facts about the Earth

1. Gravity is not the same over the surface of the Earth

It turns out that in some places you will feel slightly heavier than others. A low spot can be seen just off the coast of India, while a relative high occurs in the South Pacific Ocean. The cause of these irregularities is unknown since present surface features do not appear dominant. NASA‘s twin satellites, launched in March 2002, are making detailed measurements of Earth’s gravity field which will lead to discoveries about gravity and Earth’s natural systems.

2. Atmosphere ‘escapes’

Due to thermal energy, some of the molecules at the outer edge of the Earth’s atmosphere have their velocity increased to the point where they can escape from the planet’s gravity. This results in a slow but steady leakage of the atmosphere into space. Because unfixed hydrogen has a low molecular weight, it can achieve escape velocity more readily and it leaks into outer space at a greater rate. For this reason, the Earth’s current environment is oxidizing, rather than reducing, with consequences for the chemical nature of life which developed on the planet. The oxygen-rich atmosphere also preserves much of the surviving hydrogen by locking it up in water molecules.

3. The Earth is slowing down

As a result of variation in gravitational forces due to the moon, the sun and other planets in the solar system, displacements of matter in different in different parts of the planets and other excitation mechanisms, the rotational speed of the Earth about it’s axis varies in time. Recently, days have been getting shorter by hundredths of a second, which implies that the angular velocity of the Earth has been increasing. The factors causing this increasing in the Earth’s rotational velocity have not been determined. The rotation data shows oscillations over several different timescales. The one with the largest variation is seasonal: Earth slows down in January and February.

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