Thursday, May 26, 2005
- According to a study by the Chicago-based Smell and Taste Research Foundation, the odor of grapefruit makes women seem younger [via Gapers Block]:
Ponce de Leon searched Florida in vain for the fountain of youth. Modern explorers need only cut open a grapefruit, according to a news item in the June issue of Allure magazine. It reported on a study by the Chicago-based Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation that found the smell of grapefruit may make women appear younger. Alan R. Hirsch, the foundation's director, asked a panel kept in an odorless room to guess the ages of women from their pictures. He repeated the task after panel members sniffed the scent of pink grapefruit, and their guesses averaged five to six years younger. [Lakeland, FL's The Ledger]I really get a kick out of that story, because grapefruit is one of my favorite scents.
- "ATTENTION ALL GROWNUPS. Your "inner child" has long been waiting for a chance to usurp control of your body and force it to perform certain actions. The time is now at hand. Read and follow the instructions below. Do this now."
- A high-speed action Dutch deodorant commercial that's more entertaining than most feature films [via Skoften.net >> BowBow2]
- Why half a Bean is better than none:
It's going to be a long time until Millennium Park's Bean fully sprouts. Part of it is going to be kept hidden under a big white tarp...After a winter of hibernation, it appears Cloudgate wants to come out of its tented shell. Thirty iron workers are busy sanding, buffing and polishing the monstrous sculpture. They spent five months welding under the cover of a tent. But it's spring now and fans of the Millennium Park sculpture, affectionately known as the Bean, want it to bloom. [Image courtesy CBS2.com, read full story on CBS2 Chicago]
- A quick lesson in Yodic, and the theory that the diminutive Jedi master is actually Henry Luce reborn on Language Log
- Here's a legal precedent that bears very close watching:
Yesterday a Minnesota court of appeals ruled that the presence of encryption software on your computer can be viewed as evidence of criminal intent.[CNet and ZDNet have the story]
We find that evidence of appellant's Internet use and the existence of an encryption program on his computer was at least somewhat relevant to the state's case against him," Judge R.A. Randall wrote in an opinion dated May 3.The government can crack ciphers they deem important enough to justify the effort, but with this recent ruling they don't even need to break your cipher to judge you guilty... the fact that you have a cipher at all is a sign of guilt. That's analogous to saying that people who put curtains on their windows must be doing something bad in the house. [via Wither in the Light]