Tuesday, May 31, 2005
- "A former top official at the FBI has reportedly admitted he was "Deep Throat" -- the unidentified source used by two Washington Post reporters to help uncover the Watergate scandal that led to Richard Nixon's resignation." More at The New York Times [reg. req.]
- Types of Throat Singing [With Tips]
- I haven't had a lot of strange search strings on this site lately, but this one stood out: "what hair style goes with a big oval square head." Apparently, farkleberries is the top ranked result on Yahoo! for those seeking big oval square heads.
- You've no doubt heard of Freakonomics; how about Neil Diamond Economics? [Slate]
- Smuckers™ claims to hold the patent for crustless peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, so "beware renegade sandwich makers." However, the Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals doesn't agree with the jam giant:
Appellate Judge Arthur Gajarsa cited his wife's habit of smooshing together the upper and lower bread slices when preparing their children's peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches. "I'm afraid she might be infringing on your patent," Gajarsa told the Smucker's legal team. The verdict to reject [Smuckers'] appeal was made in two days -- one of the quickest decisions in the court's history, patent lawyers say.[via Overlawyered]
- "The Corporate Fallout Detector scans barcodes off of consumer products, and makes a clicking noise based on the environmental or ethical record (selectable via the "sensitivity" switch) of the manufacturer. It explores issues of corporate accountability and individual choice."
Utilizing stored information from UPC barcode databases and corporate responsibility/pollution level websites, this "device" would allow consumers to know instantaneously the "socially irresponsible radiation level" of any product. Right now, it only seems to work on Smelly European Companies...[via MeFi]
- New Scientist reports on controversial evidence from the University of Rochester that phthalates, chemicals commonly found in household plastic items, may mimic estrogen:
“Gender-bending” chemicals mimicking the female hormone oestrogen can disrupt the development of baby boys, suggests the first evidence linking certain chemicals in everyday plastics to effects in humans.Scientific American picks up the phthalate story as well.
The chemicals implicated are phthalates, which make plastics more pliable in many cosmetics, toys, baby-feeding bottles and paints and can leak into water and food. [read full article]
- "Save Arthur Chi'en, the "F" man":
...Have we come to the point in this country when we honestly think that a word that has lost all meaning, just a word, is going to cause the downfall of the nation and is worth a man's career? Perspective, people! What's offensive is that we let the offended run the world....[Jeff Jarvis' BuzzMachine]
- Thinking of shooting a film in a foreign country? AON Corporation has released their 2005 country-by-country risk assessment map [PDF] detailing "crime, corruption, kidnap and ransom, disease and medical care risks, and references terrorism and political risks" posed to filmmakers. [via Boing Boing]