Monthly Archives: March 2011

Touching makes people more persuadable

When you want someone to do something, it helps to touch them. It is scientifically shown.

Passersby, 53 men and 67 women, were asked by two confederates to look after a large and very excited dog for 10 minutes because each wanted to go into a pharmacy where animals were prohibited. In half of the cases, subjects were touched during the request. Analysis showed that, when touched, 55% of the subjects agreed with the request whereas 35% only in the no-touch control condition agreed.

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Pronounced Franken-STEEN

 Pronounced Franken STEEN

From Reddit, via The Daily What.

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Eggshell chicken

 Eggshell chicken

By Kyle Bean, via Neatorama.

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One in six Americans is Hispanic

According to the Census Bureau, America’s Hispanic population grew by 43% in the last 10 years, making up 1/6 of the total population. Births had more to do with the growth than immigration.

Via The Slatest.

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The state of Constitutional justification in the House of Representatives

To nobody’s surprise, the GOP promise to cite Constitutional authority for every bill turns out to have been a meaningless promise.

Now some Republicans aren’t worrying too much about it. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., who introduced the NPR bill, filed a “Constitutional Authority Statement” that consisted entirely of six words: “Article I, Section 8, Clause 1.” For those of you scoring at home, that part of the Constitution allows Congress to “lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises.”

For what it’s worth, the Democrats haven’t embraced it, mostly just citing the Commerce Clause.

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Groundhog with pipe

tumblr lhqeg1mQ6O1qanb21o1 400 Groundhog with pipe

Via Fuck Yeah Albuquerque.

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Steven Seagal, sheriff raid valley home in tank

Drama in Arizona:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio rolled out the tanks to take down a man suspected of cockfighting.

West Valley residents in the neighborhood are crying foul after armored vehicles, including a tank, rolled into their neighborhood to make the bust.

In a massive show of force on Monday, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant and arrested the homeowner, Jesus Llovera, on charges of suspected cockfighting.

Steven Seagal was in the tank. Llovera’s lawyer thinks it was all staged for Seagal’s reality show.

Via The Morning News.

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DIY dragon tails

 DIY dragon tails

Learn to make these yourself at Tatertots and Jello.

Via Neatorama.

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If someone says hi, you say hi back

Wisdom from Allison Davis at The Hairpin:

I was on the subway in Boston on my way to a party around 11 p.m. when some guy got on the train alone, wasted. Not in a fun way, either. I mean like slurring his slurs, sweating vodka. When he focused his eyes on me and practically belched a “herro,” I nodded and said hi back, then kept on with my thousand-yard stare (but engaging the hell out of my peripherals). At the next stop, a well-dressed business man with matching luggage got on. The drunk said hi. The businessman said nothing. The drunk tried again, louder, “HIIIII.” The businessman clearly ignored him, and even turned away. The drunk had a moment of clarity and said, for the entire train to hear, “I know what’s happening. You think because I’m a drunk you think you’re better than me. That it? You think you’re better than me? I got news for you buddy. I may be drunk, but I ain’t dumb. And I’ma puke allllll over your nice ass luggage, you asshole.” And you know what? THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HE DID. HE VOMITED ALL OVER THIS MAN’S LUGGAGE. Conveniently, I got off at the next stop for my party. But I never forgot: someone says hi to you, you say hi back.

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Episode 10 — “The Pickup Artists”

 Episode 10 — “The Pickup Artists”

Did you know that a cockfighting rooster killed a man? Neither did Dave. He also didn’t know about Thomas Edison’s 2011 predictions, the Catholic Church’s policy on organ donation for saints and non-saints, or the suicide bomber’s unfortunate text message. The fellas also dispense some advice on romance.

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