Monthly Archives: May 2010

Mark Twain says whatever shit he wants, doesn’t give a fuck

It’s been 100 years since Mark Twain died, which means his autobiography can be published.

“When people ask me ‘did Mark Twain really mean it to take 100 years for this to come out’, I say ‘he was certainly a man who knew how to make people want to buy a book’,” Dr Hirst said.

Reasons he might have wanted it held back include his expressing doubts about God, questioning US foreign policy, and calling ladies sluts.

Via The Morning News

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Anxiety and insecurity turn people to religion

Epiphenom has a round-up of research findings about religion and anxiety that jibe well with my pre-existing notions. So take that as a caveat. Items include:

  • Kurt Gray has shown that people invoke god as a moral agent to explain negative (but acausal) events.
  • Nicholas Epley has shown that making people feel lonely increases their belief in the supernatural – and also makes them more likely to think that household gadgets have personalities!
  • Jennifer Whitson and Adam Galinsky have shown that manipulating people so that they feel out of control makes them more inclined to see patterns that aren’t really there.
  • On the one hand, Michael Inzlicht has found that religious people have lower ‘error response negativity’. This is the spike in activity in a part of the middle brain that occurs when you make a mistake – it’s the brain warning system. People who have a lower ERN are less anxious about mistakes (anti-anxiety drugs also lower the ERN). On the other hand, another study has shown that something called the ‘Behavioural Inhibition System’ – a deep seated biological response that’s linked to anxiety – is increased in religious people. This suggests that religious people may be inherently more anxious.
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Eddie the Brick – “Used”

 Eddie the Brick   Used

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Where cursors come from

 Where cursors come from
From Swiss Miss.

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Pow! Monstah!

 Pow! Monstah!

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Happy Draw Mohammed Day!

 Happy Draw Mohammed Day!
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Conan & George

 Conan & George

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Airport screener’s tiny penis revealed, reviled

In an exercise with one of those new scanners that reveal all the contours of your body, a TSA employee’s tiny penis was revealed to his co-worker. They made fun of him about it, until he couldn’t take it any more. From Gizmodo:

According to the arrest report, Negrin said “he could not take the jokes any more and lost his mind,” so he accosted his co-worker Hugo Osorno in an employee parking lot, where he “forced Osorno to his knees and made him apologize before whacking him on the back and arms with the baton.”

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Watermelon shark

 Watermelon shark

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LifeLock CEO’s identity has been stolen 13 times

In ads, LifeLock has posted CEO Todd Davis’s social security number as a demonstration of confidence in their anti-identity theft services. From Gizmodo:

According to a report by the Phoenix New Times, Todd Davis’s bold invitation to identity thieves has been accepted over and over and over. Since 2007, Todd Davis-but-not-Todd Davis (sorta like Fake Locke) has failed to pay back a $500 loan, neglected to pay several AT&T bills, and racked up thousands of dollars in credit card debt.

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