I've survived this week without defenestrating a single project manager!
Life is good.
In fact, it's too good to post any scientific studies. You don't want to read those on a Friday, do you?
Oh, you do?
Okay then, just one.
We must be pretty smart, eh Crabby?
Apparently you have to have a fairly sophisticated brain to grasp sarcasm. A group of Israeli researchers published a study in the journal Neuropsychology, which states that "People who have trouble understanding sarcasm also have trouble understanding social cues, empathic response and emotion recognition."
I can understand that grasping sarcasm would require an effort by several different parts of the brain. The language areas of the left hemisphere deal with the literal meaning, areas of the frontal lobes and the right hemisphere handle intentions and emotional content, while a part of the brain known as the right ventromedial prefrontal cortex integrates the two. Still, it's a pretty complicated system when you stop to think about it.
The Israeli researchers wrote, “Understanding sarcasm requires both the ability to understand the speaker’s belief about the listener’s belief and the ability to identify emotions.” Apparently to understand sarcasm you have to be able to perform "sophisticated social thinking."
I like the idea of being thought sophisticated.
Especially if I can be sophisticated without having to wear uncomfortable shoes and chase after somebody named Mr. Big.
Sure they're pretty... to look at...
Death by Starbucks
Ever wonder if you're drinking too much coffee? This website, Death by Caffeine, figures out how much espresso, or cherry coke, or chocolate milk it would take to do you in. (Death by Chocolate Milk? Even Agatha Christie never thought of that one.)
The solution to the high price of gas?
I think this idea of a retro-fitted electric bike is really cool. If a fully electric car is not in the foreseeable future, this might be a solution. I mean, for around a thousand dollars, you can get a vehicle that goes up to 35 miles per hour. That's enough for getting around on a lot of city streets.
From the 'I don't believe it's making a comeback' department: useless exercise equipment
Yes, just when you thought it was safe to go to the gym, it's back. The vibrator machine! One of those machines that has a vibrating belt that is supposed to 'jiggle' all your fat away. It could be yours for a mere $4,900. Get one today before they're all gone!
I swear, I can't believe someone is selling these again. Or that anyone is buying one. Somebody must. (Note: if you really feel the need to buy one of these, I have this swampland in Florida that you're just going to love.)
From the 'Weird and Wacky Humor' department
A T-Shirt you probably shouldn't wear at work (unless you're a plumber):
This is another T-Shirt that made me smile, though I'm worried that not everyone might remember the reference.
Warning: play this video and you will be hearing this song All Day!
And finally, thanks to Boing Boing, there is this video. It's a wacky Thai commercial that seemed really bizarre to me.